Different Types of Mold in Homes

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Mold comes in many forms and this can be hard when it comes to diagnosing which kind you have. All mold is bad for you and besides being ugly to look at, it can also cause many different health issues in those who are living in the home. One of the first things to check for is a musty smell, if this is present then you most definitely have a mold issue to consider.

Alternaria

This type of mold likes to grow in damp spaces, under sinks, in showers and around leaking pipes. It can also grow in carpets where moisture has been allowed to sit for extended periods of time. This mold spreads quickly and causes allergy symptoms such as asthma in those affected. Elderly people, children and others with pre-existing health conditions should not be exposed to this mold at all.

Cladosporium

This type of mold is found on wood and in clothing and carpeting. Outside it will grow on decaying plants and can enter your home through the ventilation system. This mold can cause problems with skin and nails and your respiratory system. Things to look for are respiratory infections, itchy eyes, wheezing, and runny nose.

Penicillium

Penicillium can spread rapidly from one place to the next and starts in insulation, wallpaper, carpeting or other old fabrics. This is one of the most common types of mold and can lead to chronic sinus infections as well as allergy symptoms and an inflammation of the lungs.

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Stachybotrys chartarum

Black mold, has a slimy appearance and is usually found in areas with continuous moisture like leaky pipes, air conditioning ducts, and in showers. It does spread to other areas from these primary sources. This mold is one that is one of the deadliest and is associated with many kinds of health problems. Exposure leads to chronic sinus infections, asthma, depression, and fatigue. It has a distinct musty odor that will alert you to its presence.

Have a Mold Inspection Performed

The best thing that you can do is to contact specialists that know how to eradicate mold from homes. It can easily be wiped off surfaces but this does not mean that it’s gone. It could be growing within your walls as well as in other hidden areas. Contacting a mold specialist such as Water Damage Zone has many advantages as they can run the proper tests to determine which kinds of mold you have and exactly how to treat it.

 

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Recent Water Damage Leads to Mold

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When our homes become filled with water, whether through flooding or broken pipes, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Besides causing mold to grow in your carpets and walls, it can also begin to grow in your belongings as well. Acting swiftly and drying out your home can save you and your possessions from mold infestation.

First Things First

Disconnect the power to the home and unplug any electronics that you can access without going into the water yourself. If you’re scared to do this, the best option is to leave the premises and call a mold remediation company to inspect the property for you. They have the proper training and equipment to ensure that injury does not occur.

Drain the Water

You need to eliminate the water from your home as quickly as possible. Using buckets and mops can work but is not nearly as effective as the equipment that a local water damage company will have. Be careful if you decide to use a wet/dry vacuum because the electrical cords can become dangerous if they come into contact with the water.

Completely Dry the Area

After all the water has been mopped up, fans and a dehumidifier must be used in order to completely dry out the area. Open up windows if it’s no longer humid and damp outside so that the moisture can leave the home. Baseboards will likely have to be removed as well as any drywall that has crumbled or buckled. After the area is completely dry it will need to be disinfected using a heavy-duty disinfectant that you can purchase at a local hardware store. After disinfecting, you can purchase a chemical called Concrobium that can be sprayed over the area to prevent mold from growing.

Call Us!

Remember that the easiest and best way to eliminate mold and water damage from your home is by calling professionals who deal with it on a daily basis. Water Damage Zone has the training and expertise to deal with all of you mold remediation needs. We are available 24/7 and offer free inspections. Don’t hesitate to call now.

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5 Signs Your House Has Mold!!

 

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It may be hard to see the mold in your home. Even if your house has mold, you may not be able to actually see where it is growing. There are some signs though that will make it easier to determine whether or not you have a mold problem. Check for the following symptoms in your home in order to decide whether you need to have a mold inspection done.

1. Water Stains

One major sign that you have mold in your home is the occurrence of water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors. If you see water stains then it is likely that water is collecting and sitting in your home. This allows mold spores to begin to grow and spread.

2. Rust

Rust on metal in the home, especially in basements indicates that there is a moisture problem. When the moisture levels rise to the point where rust is occurring, there is a likelihood that mold is also forming. If you see rust you should also check for some of the other signs of mold.

3. Standing Water

A major indicator of mold is standing water. Never, ever leave standing water in or around your home. This breeds all sorts of bacteria and viruses as well as mold spores. They use the water as a breeding ground to collect in and spread from.

4. Condensation

If you see condensation collecting on surfaces in your home, it is possible that mold could be feeding off of it and growing beyond eyesight. Condensation is one of the major leading factors in the beginning of mold growth. Beware of any condensation and where it is coming from. By eliminating the source you can potentially prevent a severe mold problem.

5. Humidity

Purchase a hygrometer for your home; this will help you to determine the levels of humidity in each room. By figuring this out you can determine where trouble areas may be and purchase devices like dehumidifiers to correct the humidity level in certain areas of the home. This is important in keeping the environment from becoming a breeding ground for mold.

 

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Removing Mold from Books

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Mold grows in many places often hidden for long periods of time before it gets discovered. It might surprise you to know that mold can also grow inside of books if they are exposed to the right temperature and humidity. If the book has a musty odor to it, there is a good chance it has been exposed to mold.

Identifying Mold

Mold will grow anywhere and on anything as long as there is a source of food and moisture. You will notice spots that look like spider webs or fuzzy. These are mold and they will begin to grow on any porous surface that has organic materials for them to feed on. In books, mold gravitates towards the paper which is easily deteriorated and turned into a food source.

Preventing Mold

Any books that have mold must be removed from your storage and placed in a sealed plastic bag. Humidity must be brought under control in the room where the books are being stored. This may mean moving them to another area or buying a dehumidifier for the room that they are in. This will prevent the mold from getting the moisture it needs to grow and spread. Make sure the room is properly ventilated so mold doesn’t have the chance to rest on things and grow.

Mold Contamination

If you believe that the mold in your books has led to a larger contamination of mold in your home, you will need to call a professional like Water Damage Zone. Large areas of mold should not be dealt with on your own. Professionals are the only ones who have the equipment and knowledge to eliminate large mold infestations and prevent them from occurring again. Remember, you’re saving yourself money in the long-run by eliminating mold the right way, the first time around.

 

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Indoor Air Contaminated by Floodwater

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If your home floods the first thing you’re going to be doing is getting all the water out of your home. The thing that you may not think about is how polluted the air is inside of the house. If contaminated materials aren’t removed from the area, then moisture will continue to cause problems.

Standing Water

If water is left alone for any period it can begin to breed bacteria and mold. These pollutants don’t stay confined to the water either. Once they have started to grow in the water they will be released into the air around the water. This can leave individuals with symptoms anywhere from allergic reactions to infectious diseases.

Health Concerns

Microorganisms in the water can become released into the air and cause illness. Also, high humidity and moisture will allow mold to begin to grow and spread. Dust mites may appear in the home as well. The air in the home should be cleansed as soon as possible so that health complications don’t begin to arise in those living in the home.

Removing Water ASAP

The water in your home should be cleared and removed immediately so that bacteria and mold aren’t allowed to form and become airborne. If the water is dirty or the damage is extensive, don’t hesitate to contact professionals like Water Damage Zone. It is unsafe to touch any of the pollution and our professionals have the equipment and training to professionally and quickly remove the water from your home. Time is of the utmost importance in this case, the sooner you remove the water, the less likely you are to encounter health problems.

 

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