Effect of Black Mold on Pregnancy

 

Black mold is often found in buildings that have issues with getting rid of moisture. It will grow on any material containing cellulose and also appears as a greenish-black color. It frequently grows outside as well on wood, dried up leaves, or other decaying materials. Black mold can grow on the following surfaces:

Natural carpet
Insulation
Wood
Wallpaper
Cotton
Ceiling Tiles
Paper
Drywall

Black Mold Exposure

This mold is a tricky one because it mostly begins releasing its spores after it becomes dried out. Once the wet slime that is the mold begins drying out the spores can begin to break away from the mass. They become released into the air and then are inhaled by the occupants of the building.

How Does it Affect Pregnancy?

There is no distinct evidence that proves that black mold causes pregnancy loss, but it is believed by many to be a causative factor. There are many reports that do support the idea that pregnancy loss in humans is possible due to mold exposure. Animal studies with mice have shown that mold toxins disrupt fetal development. Many of the mice in this study weren’t able to produce as large or healthy litters as they would have normally. If you are pregnant the best thing you can do is to make sure that your environment is as clean and mold-free as possible.

Testing for Black Mold

If you find mold make sure to have someone first put on protective gear including a face mask, gloves, and safety goggles. This will ensure that they don’t accidentally ingest the mold while inspecting it.

1. Get a few inches of scotch tape.
2. Hold the tape with the sticky side against the mold and gently press down.
3. Don’t fold the tape and stick it into a sandwich bag.
4. Write locations on each of the bags to keep track if there are differences in the mold.
5. Put all the baggies into a mailable envelope or bag.
6. Send the sample to a mold testing laboratory that you find online.

Wherever you send the mold will take some time to inspect it and then will call you with the results. If you find that you do have mold on your hands it is time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone to come in and completely remove the mold from your home. Risking your pregnancy by living in moldy conditions isn’t a smart thing to do. Make sure that you check all of your surrounding and limit your time in areas that may have mold in them.

 

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Roof Leak leads to Roof Collapse

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How Long to Perform a Dry Out for Mold

 

Doing a dry out for mold is important but not always something that people know about and understand. Keep in mind that controlling the humidity in the home will help with a mold problem but it will not eliminate it completely. The humidity in the home should be around 50% or less for mold to become inactive. This means that it will stop it from growing and it won’t get any worse. Keep this humidity for as long as possible and especially while you are taking the time to eradicate the mold from your home. There are more steps to eliminating your mold after reducing the humidity.

Vapor Steam Cleaner

A good thing to use at this point to eliminate your mold problem is a vapor steam cleaner. This steam cleaner will use dry vapor that gets up to between 180 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature range is high enough to actually kill the mold and this works on most kinds of mold. There are some types that are heat resistant and may actually become dormant and not die from this method.

Tea Tree Oil

A combination of tea tree oil and water can be used by spraying it on top of the mold. Use this combination at a mixture of 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil for every 2 cups of water. Apply it to all of the mold in the location. This will work to kill off most mold in areas like the shower, bathroom, and kitchen where you don’t want to use harsh chemicals in case you accidentally ingest or inhale them.

White Vinegar

White vinegar in a bottle has been known to eliminate mold on contact. Just buy your white vinegar and pour it directly into a spray bottle. Then spray it directly onto moldy areas and let it dry. The smell will be strong but when used repeatedly and allowed to dry completely, the results will be good. Vinegar is another good alternative for those of us who are harmful to chemicals or just being cautious for their own health and well-being.

Call Professionals for Big Mold Problems

While the methods listed above work for small mold problems that pop up from time to time, they will not work on larger areas with mold damage. These problem areas will need an expert’s touch. Only hire companies like Water Damage Zone, who are certified in mold removal, and will treat your property with the utmost care. We have an expert team of professionals who ensure that the problem is solved quickly and with proper care to a customer’s personal property.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Small Leaks Lead to Big Problems

 

Pretend that you are walking around your home, going about your daily routine when you hear a faint dripping in the background. You try to discover where it’s coming from but to no avail. You check all of the faucets in the home in all of the bathrooms. Even though you’ve checked every room you can’t seem to find it. Eventually, you walk towards the wall next to your bathroom. You put your ear up to it and hear the dripping from within the wall. This is a common occurrence in homes that need some maintenance and shows just how easily a leak can be overlooked and allowed to continue for long periods of time. Well, these leaks may seem small but they cause big problems.

Mold

One of the first things that you should be concerned with is mold. Mold can easily begin to grow from a small leak in your home. The more hidden the leak is, the more likely there is to be mold growth because you won’t be able to see it. Remember, mold likes moist damp places to grow in. It will quickly take hold in these areas and begin to spread throughout the home.

Damage to Drywall

Water will also degrade your drywall. Once it has made contact with the drywall it will begin to absorb into it. Drywall is not water resistant so it will continue absorbing the water which will cause it to morph and degrade until it is in need of replacement. This is why it is important to detect leaks and fix them quickly.

Electrical Wiring Havoc

Any electrical wires or outlets that come into contact with water will become damaged and dangerous for those living in the home. The moisture from a leak is all that is needed for the electrical wiring in your home to go crazy. Water will also flow in your home because of gravity and this will inevitably lead it to places like outlets and wires that you don’t want it to reach.

Structural Destruction

Water will also soak into the structure of your home. This includes the foundation and the flooring. Over time these things will begin to warp and discolor, creating the need for massive overhauls and repairs in order to restore the home to its original condition. Water is also harder to detect in these areas because like inside of your walls, it is hidden from your view.

Pests

Hidden water leaks in your home will also undoubtedly provide pests with the moisture that they need to survive. They will use the water for hydration and also may build their nests around it because it is usually in a hard to see area. Once pests have found a home they will continue to wreak havoc on yours until you find them and eradicate them. Even then, it will be hard to keep them out unless you fix the source of the problem, the leak in your home.

Professional Repairs

When you have found a leak in a hard to reach area it usually means that it’s time to call professionals like Water Damage Zone. We know how to check difficult areas for leaks so we can be sure before drilling holes into your walls that it is necessary in order to repair the damage. Companies like ours are certified and experienced in fixing this type of damage. We will quickly and efficiently patch up holes and repair leaks so that your home is back to normal in no time.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Should I Use Bleach on Mold?

This is a question that mold experts get asked frequently and the answer changes based on who you ask. What you need to know is that yes, bleach will kill mold, but not on all surfaces. Other cleaners work a lot better than bleach does when it comes to killing mold, you just have to know what to look for when you’re shopping at your local home improvement store.

Bleach Kills Mold Sometimes

The fact of the matter is, bleach will sometimes kill mold, not all the time. Because of this, you should really not rely on bleach to kill off mold spores in your home. Bleach is great for tiles, glass, bathtubs, or counter tops but it really fails at getting mold out of things like wood, grout, drywall, and other porous materials. Bleach won’t penetrate deeply enough into these materials to efficiently kill off all of the mold. It will return time and time again until it is properly removed at the root.

Bleach is Toxic

Remember that even when using bleach it can be extremely dangerous to inhale. If you decide to try and use bleach you must open up all the windows in the room and have a fan going to blow the toxic air from the bleach out of the room. If you do this it will at least lower the damage you will cause to yourself from breathing in the fumes.

Using Bleach and Calling Professionals

We recommend that instead of using bleach you try a mold killer and mold protector that you can buy from your local home improvement store. This two things will kill off the mold and prevent it from returning. If these two products fail to keep the mold away, then it is time to call a professional company like Water Damage Zone. Companies like ours will go above and beyond at inspecting your residence for any mold infestation and completely treating it from beginning to end so that it does not return.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

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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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Mold and Your Pets

Mold is not only deadly for our homes and health but also for our pets. Many people think about the negative effects that mold can have on their home and health but they never think about what it could be doing to their pets. Mold gives off toxins that cause damage to cells in the body regardless of whether it is a human body or not.

Death of Pets

Mold has been known to kill pets who are exposed to it and contributes to the weakening of their immune systems. The toxins that are inherent in mold are ingested by the animal either when it eats it, touches it, or breathes it in. This can cause the liver to become damaged and allow for other issues with the immune system such as the inability for blood to clot.

Symptoms

You will notice an array of symptoms in your pet if they are exposed to mold for long enough. Some of these symptoms seem like they could even be related to other conditions if you are unaware that your pet has come into contact with mold. These symptoms include but are not limited to:

Sneezing
Nosebleeds
Exhaustion
Skin rashes or sores
Shaking
Loss of appetite

What to Do

The first thing to do would be to take care of your pet. Make sure they get to a veterinarian as quickly as possible so they can run tests and check your pet to make sure that there isn’t more harm from the mold that you are unable to detect. Your veterinarian will give you instructions to follow in treating your pet for mold exposure and how to help detox it from their body.

The second thing that you’re going to want to do is have your home checked and treated for mold. Since your pet spends most of its time in and around your home there is a high possibility that the mold is growing there. This means that it will also eventually start to affect your health and damage your home if it is left unchecked. The best thing to do is call a certified mold remediation company like Water Damage Zone who can easily inspect your home and remove the mold problem for good.

 

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