Mold in Your AC Could Be Making You Sick

You may think that because your air conditioner is cold that it can’t grow mold inside of it. If you think this, then you’re not only wrong but you may have mold in your air conditioner already. Once mold has begun to grow it is nearly impossible to remove from your home.

Mold is a Type of Fungi

Mold exists in the same family as mushrooms and types of yeast. This makes it extremely adaptable and able to grow and spread quickly from one area to another. Mold spores are the seeds of the fungi and they will spread through air in your home. This is why it is very dangerous for mold to find its way into your air conditioner. It will use the air current from your AC to spread around in the air inside of your home.

Breathing in Mold

If there is mold in your AC, then you can bet that you’re inhaling mold spores whenever you are inside of your home. The condensation that collects on the outside of your AC unit will continue to feed the mold spores as they rapidly grow and spread to other areas in your house. When the spores are airborne they can travel large distances and settle on other objects as well as being inhaled into your lungs.

Health Problems from Mold

Mold on your AC can cause a variety of health problems that range from allergic reactions to more serious complications such as illnesses and diseases. People living in moldy environments also have a chance for their preexisting health problems to become worse. This means that it can be especially dangerous for young children, the elderly, and those with autoimmune diseases.

Removing Mold from Your AC

Once you have determined that your AC has mold you will need to have it professionally removed. By the time you have found the filter covered in mold you can imagine how much mold is elsewhere in the air conditioner as well as in your home. It is best to have everything professionally inspected because all it takes is one spore for a mold infestation to start all over again. Completely removing mold from your home on your own is nearly impossible. Trust the professionals at Water Damage Zone and other certified mold removal companies to do the job the right way instead of botching it by yourself.

 

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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Different Types of Mold in Homes

The damp is attacking the wall at a window

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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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Warning: Car Mold!

Macro mold colonies

People are well aware of the danger of mold in their homes but many don’t know that it could also be hiding in their cars. Mold is even more dangerous to have in your car. In this post we’re going to explain to you how mold can find its way into your car.

Danger

Your car is a small space with air that is mostly circulating around. If there were to be mold spores in this space there would be nowhere for them to go except for around in a circle. The more you are exposed to the mold spores, the more prominent your allergic reaction to them will be. One of the main indications will be the occurrence of a respiratory infection or illness.

Don’t Run the A/C

If you suspect that your car contains mold, running the air conditioner is one of the worst things you can do. When you do this, the mold begins to spread around the car in the form of spores that travel through the air. When you are in this situation you will be inhaling mold spores at a higher rate than you would even normally be in a home setting. The mold spores are actually being blown in your face by your own air conditioner.

Musty Smell

One of the most prominent signs that mold is in your car is that it begins to take on a musty odor. This smell will pervade the whole car and it will be hard to get rid of. You will notice that something smells earthy and musty. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to get rid of this scent. The best thing to do in this case is to completely clean and wash and blow dry your car out. This will dry out any mold that is growing inside of the car.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

The Effect of Mold Spores on Pregnant Women

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Most of us know that black mold is extremely toxic and can make people sick easily. However, do you know the effect that being in the presence of black mold has on pregnant women? Many newly pregnant couples worry about issues like this because they know that the environment of the pregnant mother has an effect on the health of the child in her womb.

No Conclusive Evidence

There is no serious evidence to this day that women who are exposed to mold will lose their child. One reason that there may not be any evidence however is because of the fact that it’s difficult to perform clinical trials on pregnant women. These means that it would be hard and highly irresponsible to test the effects of black mold on pregnant women.

What is Believed?

It is believed that black mold can harm the pregnant mother and in doing so it would also harm the unborn baby. This is based soundly on the fact that black mold is already known to create an array of health problems in those who are exposed to it. In one test that was performed on mice, it was found that the pregnant mice had a decreased litter size when exposed to mold. This points to the possibility of mold being a factor in damaging the health of unborn babies.

Asthma in Unborn Babies

Many doctors now believe that asthma can form along with other allergies in the womb. They believe that asthma is linked to the environment and not genetic factors. What this means is that black mold in the environment of an unborn baby could possibly cause problems in the respiratory system of that child.

Stay Away from Mold

It is safe to say that with all of this information, it’s not worth the risk to be around mold if you’re pregnant. If you believe that your home or work environment is contaminated with mold and you’re concerned, make sure to let a coworker or family member know. Then you can decide on a plan of action to let a company such as Water Damage Zone, Inc. know so that we can begin the process of mold removal for you.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Why We Are Open 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a Week

 

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When disaster strikes it can strike at any moment. When an earthquake happens it doesn’t decide what time of the day it’s going to occur. So when your home is damaged and you need someone out to fix it, you don’t want to wait. We have good news; you can ALWAYS depend on us.

24/7 Phone Operators

We have an operator on the phone at all times. Call us at (877) 520-1923. For your convenience you can also schedule your appointment or email us directly at: info@wdzinc.com for more information.

We Work with All Insurance

We even bill them directly to make it easier on you. By working with Water Damage Zone, you are hiring experts who know how to communicate directly with your insurance to get the coverage you need.

License # 963976

We are fully licensed, bonded and insured. We follow all IICRC guidelines and standards for water damage and mold remediation. Our technicians are certified with the IICRC, guaranteeing you the best quality of work that money can buy.

 

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold Recall: Nu Skin Epoch Mist Diffuser

 

The company Nu Skin recently had to recall its line of Epoch mist diffusers due to the possibility that they could become contaminated with mold. If you recently purchased one of these products, you will be pleased to know that Nu Skin has provided a way to easily contact them. The recalled models are: PZ11351, PZ17051, PZ21551, PZ03151 and PZ03451. You will be able to find this number on the white plastic underneath the product.

Product May Harbor Mold

These products have been found to have the ability to harbor mold and this poses a threat to those with weakened immune systems. Anyone suffering from allergies may also notice them worsening while they inhabit the contaminated area. It is important to remove these products as quickly as possible and report them to the manufacturer so that you can be given a refund or an exchange.

Contact Nu Skin

Call Nu Skin at 800-487-1000 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.nuskin.com, select United States, click the Contact link at the bottom of the page and then click on Recall for more information.