Can I Test for Mold Myself?

Many people ask themselves this question when the first begin to wonder if their home has mold or not. The answer is, yes, you can test for mold in your home on your own with a testing kit. These kits are somewhat effective in diagnosing a mold situation in your home by yourself. If you’re wondering where you can find one, just look to your local home improvement store or online. Just be aware that these kits will not test for every kind of mold that exists.

What are Popular Brands?

First Alert

First Alert has inexpensive kits that can test 9 different areas in your home and can tell you if there is mold or not. If you want to know specifics like type of mold, you will need to send in samples to a lab so that they can analyze them. This would be an additional charge and is not always reliable. Many people who buy these kits claim that it takes a long time to receive results and that it’s not worth the money.

IAQ

IAQ is another brand that has a low price kit that tests for 32 different types of mold including black mold. You will receive your results quickly and in your own home. It will only test one area for mold so if you need to test multiple, you will need to buy more kits. This can be pricey and often doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have to pay to remove the mold as well.

Mold Armor

One of the best low cost kits that you can get, Mold Armor, is capable of determining whether mold is present or not. For specific results you will have to send a sample to the lab in order to determine the type of mold. As usual, this service comes at an extra charge. This kit is a little bit better than the other two but still has some of the same problems of taking too long and requiring more money if you need to test other areas.

Just Get a Professional

Most consumers aren’t pleased with the level of quality of DIY Mold Test Kits that they have bought to use on their homes. It is much more practical to hire a local mold remediation company to come and test your home. The results will be precise, quick and scientific. Professionals know exactly where to test for mold and how to test to get the best result. These results also won’t take long to get back to you. Companies like Water Damage Zone are certified in mold remediation and not only can test your home for mold but provide a way to quickly remove the troublesome mold from your home for good.

 

 

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Waterproofing Window Seals

Sealing windows is an important part of keeping your home clean and weather proof. By ensuring that your windows are maintained and properly sealed you will ensure that problems don’t start from lack of proper upkeep. Caulking and replacing the weatherstripping around your windows is of the utmost importance in taking proper care of your home.

Problems of Leaking Windows

Windows that are leaking air signify deeper problems in the home. You may notice that your energy bills are getting more and more expensive. Also, water will be able to travel through the window and into your home. If the window is surrounded by wood or drywall, water can seep into these materials and begin to degrade them and allow for the proper conditions of mold growth.

How to Seal Windows-io90

It is best to use a high-end polyurethane caulk to seal all gaps between the trim and the windows in your home. Make sure you are careful to seal all sides of the window, even the top, this way water will not be able to find any way into your home. Often times it is necessary to completely remove the old caulking from around your windows in order to securely replace all sealant around the window. If you leave some of the old caulking it is possible that it is no longer sealed and will allow for the passage of water into your home.

Weatherstripping

Windows also have something known as weatherstripping that is used in order to keep windows from leaking. Removing the part of the window that opens will help you to find wear the worn out weatherstripping is. It will then have to be sprayed with a solvent to remove the parts that are still adhering to the window. Taking this weatherstripping to a home repair store will help them to identify the proper type you need to replace it with. You will now need to reapply the new product to your window. If all of this sounds way too complicated, never fear, there are professionals that can properly replace your window seals for you. Call a certified home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, who will come out to your home to evaluate and repair the problem quickly and easily.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Physical Signs of Mold Exposure

Mold can be very dangerous when it comes into contact with your body. It is hard to know often if what you are experiencing is a reaction to mold, allergies or illness. This article will help you to know a little bit more about identifying whether or not you are a victim of mold exposure. Look for the following signs to determine whether or not you are suffering from mold exposure.

Mold Exposure Symptoms

You will notice that you are having a lot of issues with your upper respiratory system. You will be coughing, sneezing, and itchy. Your nose will usually be runny or stuffy and you will have a cough. Besides these symptoms you may also notice that you have watery eyes and/or dry skin. Symptoms can be different in other people but will mainly be related to the respiratory system.

Asthma Attack

With those of us who already have asthma it is possible for the mold to trigger a severe asthma attack. You will notice that you are coughing and wheezing more than usual and that you have shortness of breath and tightness in your chest. People suffering these symptoms need to be especially careful not to put themselves back in the area that has mold because it could cause severe side effects to their health.

What Makes Mold Exposure Worse?

If you have a history of allergies then you will likely experience even worse symptoms than someone else who becomes exposed to the mold. If you work in an area with a high mold count you will increase the severity of your symptoms the longer you spend in that place. Your home having a high level of humidity will also make the problem even worse over time, increasing the levels of mold that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

Call for Help

There are many professionals, such as Water Damage Zone, that are certified in mold removal and will help to alleviate the extreme dangers of having mold in your home or workplace. The longer the mold sits in these places the more havoc it will wreak on your body. It is best to call professionals when you first notice the problem so that it can be fixed before permanent damage is either caused to you or your home.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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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Is There Black Mold in My Walls?

 

 

Black mold is toxic, deadly and can live inside of your walls without you knowing. If your home is dark, hot and humid, then you have the perfect conditions for black mold to grow. Mold growing in your walls can be hard to detect so it is best to leave it to professionals.

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Black Mold

It’s actually a greenish-black color and has a slimy texture. You will notice an earthy smell near where it is growing. It has the scent of soil and rotting leaves. This odor can be especially strong in bad cases. The danger here is that the toxins are already floating in the air all around. Breathing in the spores is futile for your health. Expect to have allergy-like symptoms with wheezing and coughing.

Identifying Black Mold

You will notice that it is a greenish-black color in addition to being slimy. It has a musty odor and needs moisture to grow. The mold begins by feeding on the building materials or whatever organic materials it can get a hold of. Sometimes it appears gray with a powdery texture. The only way to know for sure if it is black mold is to study it with a microscope. If you have mold it is best to consult professionals like Water Damage Zone to come to your home for an inspection.

 

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The Effect of Mold Spores on Pregnant Women

Woman in shower.

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

Bleach Doesn’t Work on Mold

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Many labels state that bleach is only effective on hard, non-porous surfaces. This is because it doesn’t soak into porous surfaces and leaves the root of the mold intact. This allows the mold to regrow again and again. The roots are how mold is able to regrow and stay alive for long periods of time.

Bleach Only Removes Mold Stains

Bleach may appear to work on mold because it completely removes all of the discoloration from the surface it’s on. However, the mold is still present in the roots and will continue growing deeper inside of porous material. Bleach also becomes less and less effective on mold over time. This means that the more you use bleach on the same spot, the less mold it will remove.

Find Mold Cleaner

Buy a special detergent that is designed to kill mold at the roots and spray this on the affected areas. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes so it can completely remove all of the mold from the area. After the area has been cleaned of mold, you can buy products to apply on top of the area to protect it from growing mold again. Research your products and see what others are saying about them. If you can identify the specific types of mold that you are dealing with you can find specific products that work better to remove those kinds of mold.

Forget the Bleach

Unless you’re using it to whiten counter tops or clothing, bleach is often not the best cleaning option. It is better to use other cleaners and only use bleach for the things that it works best at, whitening and stain removal. By researching homeopathic cleaning solutions, you can also work to make your home more Eco-friendly by using less chemicals.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411