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How To Prevent Mold After Flooding

As if dealing with a flooded home wasn’t enough, you then have to worry about the very real possibility of the unwelcome intruder that is mold (when it rains it pours and all that – quite literally in this case!). And with floods holding the accolade of leading natural disasters in America today – unavoidable, even, in many regions of the country – it’s something that may be closer than you think. Read about the role of mold in post Hurricane Katrina deaths here. So, what should you do if the unthinkable happens and you have to deal with a flooded property?
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Winterizing Tips to Prevent Mold Growth

Mold in the Winter

As the cool weather blows in and we pack up our bathing suits until next year, our minds tend to turn to snowball fights and Christmas trees. Winter is a great season where we enjoy family and friends, hot cocoa and mold. Wait? Mold?!?

The cold, wet months of winter are some of the most opportunistic times for mold growth. Luckily there are some steps you can take in advance to prevent mold growth in your home throughout the winter season.
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How to Prevent Five Common Health Problems Caused By Mold

The Health Effects of Mycotoxins

No one is very comfortable with the idea of mold. It’s slimy and smells bad and just is generally distasteful. Even the word “mold” is an ugly sounding word. You wouldn’t even imagine eating a piece of cheese or slice of bread that has mold on it. And yet, when it comes to mold in their home, many people are surprisingly complacent. The smell might be annoying, but not annoying enough for many to want to spend time, money, or effort getting rid of it. This idea is potentially disastrous; despite being seemingly innocuous, mold in the home can be very dangerous. Even if you don’t come into physical contact with the mold, it can still affect you. A number of different types of mold especially forms of black mold, release airborne spores known as mycotoxins, which can enter the human body through the respiratory system and cause a number of adverse health effects.
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5 Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

5 Reasons to Buy a Dehumidifier

When you’re looking to make a change in your life, buying a dehumidifier is probably not the first item on your list of resolutions. It’s a distinctly un-sexy purchase, that’s for sure. But when it comes to your health and well being — not to mention the safety of your home and the preservation of your belongings — a dehumidifier can have a huge effect on your life.

Here are five reasons it might be time to spring for one.
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How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally

How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally Infographic

Mold is invasive, and it can creep into unlikely places. From sippy cups to condensation pipes, mold can grow wherever there’s moisture. Unfortunately, people can have serious reactions to mold. Some people are simply allergic, and others develop respiratory issues over time after being exposed too long to mold.

How to Get Rid of Mold Naturally

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Dangerous Signs of Mold Allergies in Children

Dangerous Signs of Mold Allergies in Children and What You Need to Do About It

Mold allergy is a common problem that affects millions of people across the globe, particularly children. However, adults are also susceptible to mold allergy. Mold is simply a fungus that grows rapidly in thousands and requires water and warmth to grow and multiply. Research studies have shown that at least one in every three children is allergic to mold. Some of the signs and symptoms of identifying mold allergy in children include:
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How to Maintain Healthy Moisture Levels in Your Home

Mold Prevention

The best strategy against mold infestation is mold prevention. While there are various steps to correct a mold issue in your home, there is one vital step that must be taken whether the inhabitant (that’s you!) is attempting to prevent or fix a mold concern. That single, most important step of all is maintaining home-healthy moisture levels. In other words, reducing humidity–mold’s best friend.
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Mold Prevention

Get Ahead of and Stay on Top of Mold

Mold is one of those things we know is bad and though we may know we want to avoid it, and deal with it in our homes, very few of us truly know how invasive it can be and how best to get it out. Or we may assume that because we can’t see it, our homes are mold-free. Let’s take a look at some of the most basic questions – what, why, where and how – of dealing with this invisible threat.
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Preventing Mold from Occurring in Your Home

When looking to prevent mold in your home it is important to protect your home from a number of problems that might cause mold to arise. This scourges that can bring on mold include humidity levels, leaky roofs, improperly installed sump pumps, and water damage problems. These are common problems in many home across the nation including homes in the state of Maryland. With Maryland being at a low sea level mold is a consistent problem. The first part that needs to be understood is stopping the mold from occurring from in the home is controlling the humidity level.
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Hot Water Maintenance: Effective Tips to Keep Your System Mold-Free and in Tiptop Condition

If you think neglecting your water heater’s care is acceptable, you might want to think again.
While maintenance is often straightforward, many homeowners repeatedly commit the unforgivable blunder of not observing necessary water heater upkeep.
Ensure your water system stays in peak condition by keeping in mind the following recommended maintenance tips.
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Apartment Managers are Responsible for Preventing Mold in Rental Units

Prevent Moisture

Anyone working as a building maintenance professional at a rental property needs to prevent and eliminate mold growth on surfaces to protect the health of their tenants. Once mold starts to grow on walls or insulation in an apartment building, it begins to take away from the value of the structure, making it difficult to lease apartments to new tenants. Mold spores are on many surfaces in a room but remain inert until there is enough moisture to proliferate. The most important thing to do to prevent mold from growing into large colonies is ensure that surfaces in apartments are as dry as possible.
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Mold Removal Tips for Houseplants and Gardens

Houseplants and gardens can create a wonderful, attractive addition to a home. They can help purify the air or even serve as more than just decoration, having a much better effect on your garden or rooms. Caring for plants needs efforts and time, but some pretty bad issues can come up during the process of care. Mold can be one of these, ending up growing on your plants in ways you may not predict. Take the following steps to ensure this never happens or to stop it once it does:

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5 Misconceptions About Mold That Could Change Your Life (Part 2 of 5)

Under many common conditions mold can be serious, and given time could possibly lead to severe health complications. In this five part series I hope to tackle and explain some of the biggest misconceptions about mold.

Misconception 2 of 5 – If you have a mold problem bleach will get rid of it, always and forever.

I hear this one a lot. If a mold problem develops, many will grab some bleach, pour it on, and think they’ve kissed their mold problems good bye. If this is the typical scenario, their battle with mold has only just begun.

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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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Preventing Carpet Mold and Mildew

If you have recently washed your carpet or you have issues with excessive moisture in your home, then you should be aware that it is a situation where mildew and mold may grow well. This is an excellent opportunity for them to use the abundant water present in it as a nourishing source of food, which makes it doubly important for you to keep your carpet clean and dry as often as possible so you won’t have it be the host of such growth. Many people are allergic to mold and mildew so you will do well if you avoid having it in your home where it may eventually enter your lungs and your body. The following tips will give you some insight into what you can do to keep it out of your life. Read More

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