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Mold: Driving you up the wall?

As any seasoned reader of MoldBlogger will by now know, mold is most commonly caused by moisture, humidity and lack of ventilation. It stands to reason, therefore – what with the likes of plumbing leaks and badly insulated pipes – that walls commonly fall prey to this fungal fiend. Not only can this cause health problems but also structural ones, so definitely not something to ignore!

What else do you need to know?
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How to Clean Mold from a Fish Tank

Is Your Fish Tank Growing Mold?

The health of fish and their owners depend on tank hygiene. This is because every fish tank provides the perfect environment for both submerged and airborne forms of fungi. General tank cleanliness, water quality, filtration, decor material, and the initial health of the fish all contribute to the growth and dispersing of mold spores. A dirty tank allows a film to build both underwater and in contact with the air above. Decomposing organic material, such as wood decor, dead fish, excrement, or the open, seeping wound (infection or injury) of a fish can all provide nourishment to underwater fungus, as well as airborne mold.
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How to Clean Mold Off Clothing

Moldy Clothes

Wondering how to clean mold off clothing? Here are all of the answers you need.

Mold in the house is something every homeowner dreads and fears. Mold can be toxic and spread quickly and quietly without you even being aware of it. If you have mold in your home, you likely had water intrusion either from rain or flood water or a leaky pipe. Mold can ruin your belongings – from your flooring and walls to your furniture and even your clothing. Many times mold-damaged belongs must be discarded for your safety or because they have been permanently damaged.

If you have found mold on your clothing or there is a potential for mold growth because of a flood, you may be wondering if you can save your clothes or if you need to throw them away. The good news is that (depending on when you found the molded clothing), you may be able to save them. With a little bit of persistence and quick action, you can often rid your precious clothing of damaging mold and make them safe to wear again.
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Essential Steps to Take After Your Home Floods

Hurricanes, Rain, and Mold

What happens to a city when a storm system dumps an entire year’s worth of rain in just 3 days? In late August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston, Tx and surrounding areas. The storm left 33 trillion gallons of water on U.S. soil before finally weakening. As you can imagine, the flooding experienced in Houston was intense. Many lives were lost. Homes were ripped apart, bridges collapsed and dams gave way. Even though the hurricane is now in the rear-view mirror, the health catastrophe continues to unfold in slow motion. While the focus of the news was on the shear amount of rainfall in the city (upwards of 50 inches in some locations), mold will be an issue for months and potentially years to come.

So, the question remains: after the wrath of a big storm has passed, what should a homeowner or renter do to keep mold from growing in their homes? Here are the essential steps to consider after your home has been flooded.
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A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

A Closer Look at Mold – Types, Classes, and Tips to Clean it

  1. Mold can grow almost anywhere! You might not see it but it could be there!.
  2. All types of mold prefer areas low on light and high on moisture – behind drywall/sheetrock, within wallpapers, carpeting, bathtub stains and etc.
  3. Mold spores or mold toxins can be present in food without you ever knowing.
  4. Many anti-biotics are manufactured thanks to mold types like Penicillium & more.
  5. Baking soda, borax, ammonia, oregano oil, neem seed oil, they all can help you clean up and get rid of mold, but bleach and peroxide will not handle Class A types of mold.
  6. The early stage of being sick from Mycotoxin will show no physical symptoms but it can affect the brain cavity.
  7. There is no such thing as mold allergy. You either fight it as a virus, or you end up sick (or even very sick).
  8. Mold toxins are even more dangerous if you use steroids, anti-biotics or even immune suppressing products.
  9. Candida Albicans is detected in the stomach and mouth of 40% to 60% of adults.It emits toxins, able to cause cancer.
  10. Most types of mold prefer to grow in a low pH environment, while Candida does it at pH of 7.
  11. NOBODY IS IMMUNED TO HEALTH RISKS FROM MOLD TOXINS!

Yellow. Green. Brown. White. Black. Mold comes in these and many other colors, just like a box of crayons. However, unlike crayons, these invasive fungi are nowhere near as fun to work with. If your property has been affected by this highly persistent growth, simply wiping it away will not solve the issue. Below, we will discuss the effects of mold on health, its common varieties, and the cleaning techniques that you can use to prevent the growth from coming back.
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Mold Removal Tips

Mold Removal DIY Steps

What do you do when you’ve spotted mold in your home? You’ve heard of all the negative effects mold can have on your health and it can really ruin the appearance of a room, so of course you want to get it cleaned up quickly. For larger mold infestations, you’ll have to call in the professionals, but if you’re looking to clean up surface mold you can handle it up yourself with just a few steps.
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5 Ways to Avoid Mistakes While Cleaning Mold

The Dangers of Cleaning Mold

Cleaning mold may seem like something you can do on your own, but dealing with mold cleaning is not a task to be done briefly or unprofessionally. This process requires knowledge, attention, and experience which are usually provided by trained mold cleaning technicians and service providers. Why? Well, primarily because mold is a tricky fungus and a stubborn one as well, and if you take this matter lightly or not seriously as you should, you can find yourself in a really unpleasant situation, to say the least.

Taking mold cleaning lightly can result in severe mistakes. So, what are the 5 main ways to avoid such mistakes in the process?
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6 Ways to Get Rid Of Your Mold and Mildew in Your Home

Mold and Mildew in the Home

Mold and mildew do not only represent a big esthetic issue. They can also be very troublesome for your health. That being said, we need to be serious when dealing with this issue.

In fact, mold is one of the most common instigators of respiratory diseases ranging from common cough to bronchitis and asthma. On top of that, mold is one of the top 3 allergens.

Luckily, there are a few solutions. Here are 6 good (and cheap) ways to get rid of mold.
Let’s check them out!
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Mold Prevention Tips for Cleaner, Healthier Bathrooms

A Healthy Bathroom

Bathrooms are vulnerable to mold because they are constantly exposed to moisture. By visiting tile shops, homeowners are taking the first step to making their bathroom mold-free. Tile is one of the most water-resistant decorative materials available for bathroom use, and when installed and cleaned properly it can remain free of mold. Here are some tips for reducing the risk of mold in any home.
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Cleaning Mold with Tea Tree Oil

I’ve used tea tree oil as an ingredient for my homemade deodorant, as a natural treatment for breakouts, for repelling insects, and also as a safer alternative for cleaning and killing mold and mildew. Tea tree oil may not be effective for all mold contaminations; but for small areas, on clothing, and treating non-porous surfaces it can be quite effective.
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How To Remove Mold From Non Porous Surfaces

It is frustrating and sometimes downright scary to notice mold growth on your walls, favorite furniture, and personal belongings. In such cases moldy drywall and other porous items typically have to be discarded by professional mold remediators. Fortunately, you can often salvage some specific types of moldy semi porous and non porous or hard items yourself. In this post we share some tips on removing mold from hard or semi porous and non porous surfaces.
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Hidden Mold Cleaning Tips

If you have experienced some unpleasant smells in your home, leading you to suspect mold is involved, but you cannot pinpoint the exact source, then you should likely be aware that water damage might be involved in what happened. Mold can hide in the most out-of-the-way places you can imagine, such as the back of a dry wall, under paneling, wallpapers, on top of ceiling tiles, under carpets and rugs and more. You can likely find mold growing around slightly leaking pipes as well as the surface of the walls behind large pieces of furniture in a moist environment, inside ductworks and under the roof materials used above the ceiling tiles.
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Black Mold Cleaning Tips

If you happen to spot any black mold in your home, you must do everything you can to remove it as soon as possible before the infestation spreads throughout your home. Black mold is very toxic to humans and animals, being the source of serious health issues. There is a bit you must know about the mold itself before you try to focus on cleaning it. We still recommend you look for professional help when you’re handling things as this is a dangerous task. The following tips will give you some idea about what you can expect:
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Bathroom Wall Mold Removal Tips

The CDC reports that mold spores may easily enter your home via openings to the outside, such as doors, windows and even the cooling and heating system intake vents. They can attach to your clothes and remain dormant until favorable conditions are met, leading to their revival and growth. All mold needs is warmth and moisture to bloom into life, thus your bathroom makes the best place for it to thrive. It is very important to remove mold from your environment, as it can easily find its way into your respiratory tract and into your lungs, causing issues with those of us suffering allergies or asthma. The following tips will cover what you can do to keep them away from the walls of your home:
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Types of Mold Cleaners

What Are Some Mold Cleaners that Work?

If you’re battling a mold problem, here are some cleaning solutions recommended by others who have waged war on mold.

  • Lysol – Lysol is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a product recommended for spray disinfecting of mold mildew.You can find Lysol spray cleansers that claim to kill bacteria, as well as spray disinfectants that can be applied to surfaces before the mold or mildew has a chance to develop.
  • X-14 and Tilex – Products like X-14, Tilex, and Clorox cleansers are very similar to bleach, and often the main ingredient is chlorine bleach.They are inexpensive, and while they may not completely remove the mold roots, they are affective at removing the unsightliness of the mold.Keep in mind, however, that on porous surfaces, a stronger mold killer will need to be used. Even Clorox concedes that bleach is a somewhat effective tool in the removal of mold on hard surfaces.
  • H2Orange2® – This is a popular new green product on the market used for eliminating mold problems. It is user-friendly and environmentally safe, having the lowest level of toxicity of any mold killer on the market.It contains citrus oil (from orange peels) to cut through the dirt, surfactants which clean the dirt, and hydrogen peroxide, which oxides the mold and mildew and brightens the surface by bleaching out the stains.
  • AntiGrowth® – This is actually a mold, mildew, and algae preventative solution, and therefore regular use of this can actually prevent and control mold problems just as easily as cleaning up an established stain.The good thing about this product is that it works on almost all surfaces, porous and non-porous alike. It is also safe for all surfaces, made for outdoor and indoor use, and is relatively affordable.
  • Air Ionizers – While an air ionizer is not a liquid cleaner, it does in fact clean the air. Ionizers are powerful air purifiers that remove dust, allergens, and mold spores from the air.These spores land inside the house, using moisture in the environment to grow into troublesome patches. Regular use of an air ionizer may prevent future mold outbreaks by removing the source of the colony.

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