Black Mold- Health Risks

There are several kinds and types of mold that can be divided into several categories and sub-categories. Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common species. It is not only toxic, but also causes several problems related to skin and the respiratory system. However, not all mold that is black by appearance is Stachybotrys chartarum. Here are some of the symptoms you may experience if your home has black mold.

Respiratory Problems

The respiratory system is usually one of the first things that will be effected due to breathing in the area of the black mold. The toxic fumes are breathed in and then enter the respiratory system, which immediately leads to difficulty breathing. Major symptoms may include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing, swelling of the lungs, sore throat, bleeding in the lungs, runny nose, itchy nose and nose bleeds.
These symptoms may vary based on the age, and the immune system of the person.

Circulatory Problems

The irritation doesn’t stop at the respiratory system, encountering black mold can also effect the circulatory system if it’s absorbed through breathing or the skin. The toxins in the black mold can find their way into the bloodstream and cause complications such as, heart damage, blood clotting and external or internal hemorrhaging.
If you or someone you know has been in direct contact with black mold, see a doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: irregular heartbeat, heart inflammation, low blood pressure, vomiting of blood, bone marrow disruption and bleeding tendency.
The severity of the symptoms may vary from one person to another, but immediate care should be taken in order to eradicate the chances of further damage to other organs. To ensure safety contact a doctor immediately following the presence of any of the above symptoms in order to minimize damage. The person having these symptoms should be moved to a mold free area, in order for them to be safe from any more damage or difficulties.

 

Skin Problems

One of the several ways through which mold makes it into the human body is by getting absorbed into the skin. Skin can be highly damaged due to mold. Areas that can get sweaty, like armpits or creases in the skin, have a higher tendency to be effected by black mold.
Symptoms may include, crawling of the skin, dermatitis and jaundice.

 

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Removing and Preventing Carpet Mold

Moldy carpets are smelly and unsightly. Not only that but it’s extremely hard to completely remove mold from carpets. Removing moisture from carpeting is just the beginning of removing any mold that has grown on it. It has been found true that carpets with dirt in them are far more likely to have mold growth. The following are some tips and precautions for preventing and eliminating mold growth in your carpets.

Humidity and Temperature

One of the best things you can do to prevent mold growth in your carpets is to keep the humidity in your home low as well as the temperature. By doing this you are creating an environment that is unfavorable for mold growth. You can reduce your home’s humidity by installing a dehumidifier in the room that is affected. By keeping your thermostat low, you will also prevent the temperatures in your home from being too high and encouraging the growth of mold.

Clean Your Carpet

When you spill something on the carpet, clean it up. Doing this as well as vacuuming on a weekly basis will ensure that the carpets in the home remain clean. Clean carpets don’t grow mold as easily as carpets that have dirt and spills on them. By maintaining the cleanliness of your home you also prevent mold from growing in unnoticeable places.

Organic Isn’t the Answer

There is a lot of talk in the news about how much healthier organic products are for us. While this may be true of foods, it is certainly not true of carpeting. Organic carpet made out of materials such as wool, houses mold much easier than a synthetic carpet. This is because mold can actively break down organic compounds in things like wool and use them for food. In order to best protect your carpets from mold make sure they are made from synthetic materials.

Have you ever had mold in your home’s carpet? What did you do to get rid of it?

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Preventing Carpet Mold After Water Damage

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Finding mold in your carpet isn’t a pleasant experience and it may return even after you remove it. Carpet is one of the hardest things to get mold out of because of the porousness of the material. One of the main ways that mold begins to form in carpet is after it becomes water damaged. Any water sitting on the carpet for a prolonged period of time will allow it to start growing mold. In this post we’re going to focus on ways to prevent your carpet from growing mold after water damage.

Quickly Dry Carpets

Any carpets that sustain water damage need to be dried as quickly as possible. Use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up all of the water from inside of the carpet. If you don’t know anyone who owns one, you can easily rent one from a hardware store. The more quickly you dry carpeting, the less time mold has to begin to grow. Use fans in addition to vacuuming to speed up the drying process.

Get A Dehumidifier

If you have rooms in your home where the humidity levels are high, you’re going to want to invest in a good dehumidifier. This will prevent the room from becoming excessively humid and allowing mold to grow in your carpet. The better climate control that you have in a room, the more quickly you can dry it out and prevent mold from having the conditions that it needs to grow.

Replace Carpet Padding

If simply cleaning your carpet doesn’t work, the carpet padding may need to be replaced. Replacing just the padding will save you money and prevent mold from growing. Just make sure that the carpet is properly steam cleaned and dried. In addition to this you will want to sanitize your walls and baseboards in the home so that they don’t transfer mold spores to your carpet. Check other furniture in the home to ensure that it isn’t wet or growing mold.

Keep Your Home Dry

By ventilating your home and keeping it dry you will prevent yourself from having to deal with mold problems. These tips should help to give you a starting point when dealing with wet carpeting so you can prevent the situation from turning into a mold problem. The main thing to focus on when keeping mold out of your carpets is keeping them clean and dry by vacuuming them regularly and airing out your home.

 

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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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Dangers of Standing Water

Every single living thing needs water. However, when water is left to stand for long periods of time, it can get you into a lot of trouble. Standing water is one of the biggest threats to human life and most people are not even aware of what it does to their health. We are going to go through the main health problems that are generated from standing water and methods to eradicate this problem.

Health Problems Caused by Standing Water

There are several dangers when it comes to stagnant water. It is the favored breeding ground of mosquitoes, dragon flies and flies in general. Standing water is a nest that mosquitoes breed and grow within. Stagnant water is normally undisturbed by people for a long enough amount of time for disease causing mosquitoes to grow in.
Bacteria and viruses from all surrounding areas are attracted towards stagnant water like a magnet and it is there that they make contact with breeding insects. Eventually they will be carried around by the mosquitoes and flies that have been hatched in the stagnant water. If you think you’re safe from standing water in the street by staying inside your home, you’re wrong. Stagnant water serves as a nest to the mosquitoes, which means that once they grow up they start spreading disease in adjacent areas.
If the insects and disease don’t bother you, realize that standing water offers additional risks. It also is one of the main causes of the growth of mold inside the home. Mold presents a separate, but even deadlier threat to your health.
How to Minimize the Risk?

There are three things you need to carefully do upon the discovery of stagnant water:
1. Cover the stagnant water with sand, so that bacteria and the viruses are unable to grow and breed in it.

2. Make sure everything inside your home is properly covered and that there is no water left standing in your kitchen sink or bathrooms, this will help keep the mold from growing and ensure your safety.

3. Contact water damage professionals to assess the situation and take any additional steps that are necessary to completely sanitize the area.

 

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Black Mold in Rotting Wood

Most homeowners have encountered dry rot and know about its structural implications, but many do not know that it is a home for all types of mold including one of the most deadly, black mold. Mold causes dry rot to spread extremely fast and can cost you thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs. This doesn’t include the impact that mold has on the health of the home’s inhabitants.

Black Mold and Dry Rot is Often Unnoticed

Many don’t even become aware of the presence of dry rot and black mold in the home until it is renovated. When walls and fixtures are removed it allows you to look inside of the home where mold is allowed to grow undisturbed for extended periods of time. Anything can cause mold to grow in the walls including leaking pipes, high humidity, or mold spores spreading from another source.

 

Dry Rot and Black Mold Needs THIS to Grow

Water leaking

Black mold and dry rot can occur on wood in the home anywhere that is dark. It needs the following four things in order to establish itself on the wood of your home:

Oxygen
Moisture
Temperatures between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit
Food Source (in this case it is the cellulose in wood)

By eliminating access to these, mold will eventually wither and die. Unfortunately, when it is growing on wood, it has constant access to a food source and is hard to remove. For tricky situations like this it is best to call professionals.

Removing Dry Rot

Getting rid of dry rot is tricky and time consuming. It often requires chemicals, replacing whole parts of the structure of the home, and heavy detailing when cleaning. In order to ensure that this process is completely correctly, it is best to hire a home restoration company like Water Damage Zone, to inspect and repair the damage. By incorrectly repairing dry rot and black mold, you risk causing further damage to your home and the health of its inhabitants.

 

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How Common is Shower Mold?

 

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Shower mold is common and is inevitable in showers that don’t get cleaned frequently. Showers are constantly encountering debris that provide mold with the necessary conditions for growth. All of its heat and moisture makes the shower the perfect place for mold to start growing in your home.

Important Equipment

You need to make sure that your bathroom either has a ventilation or exhaust fan to allow air to circulate in the room. This removes excess moisture and allows the bathroom to dry quickly. Air circulation is something that needs to happen if you are going to prevent mold from beginning to grow in your shower.

Mold Spreads Quickly

Small patches of mold that have been ignored for long periods of time will spread and turn into a bigger problem for home owners. It will contaminate your walls, floors and move behind and underneath them as well. When mold is hidden it can remain undetected for long periods of time, allowing it to continue to grow unnoticed.

Calling Professionals

Professional mold and water damage companies such as Water Damage Zone are valuable assets in the prevention of mold growth in your bathroom. By calling such companies you can have the proper technology installed to allow proper air circulation so mold doesn’t grow. They will inspect your home and determine the proper course of action.

Preventing Bathroom Mold

Use the ventilation fan in your bathroom whenever someone has a shower or bath and leave it on for 30 minutes afterwards. If you don’t have an exhaust fan you should look into getting one installed to properly circulate the air in your bathroom. Use a shower curtain that is resistant to mold that can be washed frequently. Don’t keep lots of products in your shower, they provide hiding places for mold to grow. Wash rugs in your bathroom routinely. By following these precautions, you can avoid the growth of mold in your bathroom.

 

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