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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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.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Dog Itchy Patches and Ear Infections Caused by Mold

 

Humans are commonly affected by mold in their homes, so it stands to reason that their canine companions would be affected too. Dogs are not impacted in the same way that humans are. Their reactions tend to show up on their skin and in their ears. These allergies affect many dogs and are an indication that your home is infested with mold.

Itchiness Exhibited by Your Dog

Chewing or biting of the fur all over the body shows that the dog’s skin is aggravated. Dogs may also rub against furniture and other objects to relieve itchiness. The more a dog scratches and bites, the more likely their skin is to become inflamed and infected. Don’t wait a long time to take your dog to the veterinarian if you see them exhibiting these symptoms. First, treat your dog and then consider the possible mold problem in your home.

Ear Infections in Dogs

Most dog owners have experienced their pet at one time or another suffering from an ear infection. Many don’t know that ear infections in dogs can be caused by mold. The dog may even appear to be sick, showing symptoms such as wheezing, watery eyes, and sneezing. It is important to not diagnose the dog’s symptoms by yourself, take them to a trusted veterinarian who can run tests to determine what is going on with your pet.

Ventilate Your Home

Even after mold is removed from your home by professionals, you will need to keep it ventilated. Your dog needs a dry environment that isn’t too hot so that their skin can breathe and remain free from allergies. By keeping the conditions of your home dry and on the cooler side, you will prevent your family and pets from suffering the symptoms of a mold infestation.

Water Damage Zone’s Mold Policy

Water Damage Zone has a zero tolerance policy for mold. If you hire us for the job, we will see to it that every spore of mold is removed from your home completely and permanently. Water Damage Zone employs professional equipment and certified professionals to get the job done. We’ve been keeping Los Angeles homes and businesses mold free for years.

 

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Mold Spreading Inside Walls of New Home

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Foul Air Ducts Spread Dirt and Mold

Having your air ducts cleaned may seem like overkill but when you think about the amount of dust in your home it no longer seems so ridiculous. Did you know that in a normal sized home, around 40 pounds of dust is created every year? The air ducts of the home breathe this dust in and out, allowing it to build up and coat the inside of the system. This begins to show you a picture of what happens to the air ducts in our homes over a period of time.

Symptoms of Foul Air Ducts

If your air ducts have any of the following symptoms, then there is a reason to be concerned:

-Clogged with any debris, dust, cobwebs, or other particles
Mold on the inside surface of the air duct
-Rat or mice feces
-Dead insects or other bugs

Reasons to Clean Air Ducts

There are many reasons to clean the air ducts in your home. Here are a few of the top reasons:

-Remove any built up debris from your vents
-Prevent the spread of mold and dust
-Increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system
-Newly moved into an existing home

Duct Cleaning Service

There are many different ways you can choose to have your air ducts cleaned, not all of them recommended. Know that if you do not hire a certified professional, your air ducts can be damaged and lose functionality. If this happens your air system will be incapable of performing its job in your home. By choosing professionals like Water Damage Zone, you are ensuring that the job is done right and it won’t cause further headaches for you and others living in your home. Always go with professionals who will do the job the right way without damaging your home.

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Mold May Be Causing Your Fatigue

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You’ve been experiencing low energy and fatigue for a while now and you’re not sick. Well, it may seem like you’re sick but nothing is showing up when you go to the doctor. Other symptoms may be present such as sinus infections, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, rashes, allergies, or asthma. All of these things contribute and make your fatigue even worse.

Excessive Sleep

Mold exposure can lead to sleeping all day long, up to 16 hours. You may even be calling out of your job because you’re so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed. Even moving around the house to eat or take a shower will seem like a lot of work.

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Why Does Mold Make Me Tired?

Mold exposure can leave us feeling tired for a lot of different reasons. Respiratory problems don’t allow us to breathe in proper amounts of oxygen, so we end up feeling tired. Coughing and wheezing at night won’t allow us to sleep. Mold causes many problems in humans that cause them to feel uncomfortable, leaving them unable to get in a position where they can sleep. It is even known to cause depression. All of these things contribute to your overall fatigue.

What Can I Do?

You should have hopefully already seen a doctor for your symptoms. If not, make sure you go to the doctor so that they can treat any physical ailments that you may be experiencing. After you ensure your own health, you need to look into calling mold remediation professionals, like Water Damage Zone, to completely eliminate it from your home. We do a free home inspection and consultation to inform clients of the necessary steps to solve their mold problem. Mold specialists know exactly where to check, in hard to reach places like vents and inside walls, in order to thoroughly evaluate your home.

Have you ever experienced fatigue from mold? What did you do about it? Let us know in the comments section.

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