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IF YOU SUSPECT MOLD IN YOUR HOME

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

IF YOU SUSPECT MOLD IN YOUR HOME

  • Smelling something odd; there are a number of different signs that can indicate that you might have mold in your house.
  • If you do suspect you have mold in your home, getting it taken care of as soon as you can is very important as the situation generally won't improve over time.
  • If you don't address any underlying leakage, however, you really haven't gotten things under control — the mold will likely come back.
  • The best thing to do if you know or suspect that there's mold in your living area is to address the problem as soon as you can and as thoroughly as you can. 
  • Here are some signs that might indicate that you have mold in your home.

https://www.insider.com/is-there-mold-in-my-house-2018-12

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Sometimes, letting go can be best

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Sometimes, letting go can be best

Discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected. Remove carpeting, padding, draperies, upholstered furniture, pillows, stuffed animals and mattresses, as they absorb water quickly and dry slowly.

Ceiling tiles that are wet lose their insulative properties and need to be replaced. If you are removing building materials, like flooring or popcorn ceilings, trim or siding, be aware that in older homes they may have lead paint and asbestos.

Cleaning mold means we must remove it, not just kill it, keep an eye out for new growth or continued dampness. Remember, mold can form in as little as two to three days. Check the outside grade to make sure you have good drainage of rainwater away from your house. Make sure you are using indoor humidity controls like bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans vented to the outside to help prevent added moisture.

https://theconversation.com/beyond-bleach-mold-a-long-term-problem-after-flooding-and-disasters-84399

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How common is mold in buildings?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

How common is mold in buildings?

How do you know if you have a mold problem?

Large mold infestations can usually be seen or smelled.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

The most common indoor molds are CladosporiumPenicillium, and Aspergillus.  We do not have precise information about how often different molds are found in buildings and homes.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

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Look for the Cause

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Mold needs water or moisture and oxygen to grow. Water does not have to flow into the building for there to be enough moisture to promote the growth of mold. Although one-time leaks or burst water pipes may not be a problem if repaired, even a one-time leak, if not properly addressed, can cause unacceptable mold growth. There are a number of potential causes of moisture or water entry:

  • Lack of building maintenance
  • Poor building design or construction
  • Using wet building materials
  • Leaky pipes, windows, or doors
  • Regular, or even one-time flooding
  • Simple plumbing mistakes
  • Excessive humidity and condensation
  • Improper landscaping design or maintenance outside the building, causing water to flow toward the building
  • Any other serious water related problem
  • Address Moisture or Water Issues Promptly

https://www.ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/article/21906241/toxic-mold-what-every-employer-should-know

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What can you do

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

What can you do to cover your losses?

  • Check your insurance - Call your insurance agent to find out if your policy has a mold exclusion. If it does, ask if you can buy mold coverage. Compared to the expenses you will incur addressing a mold claim, buying this extra coverage will be well worth the cost. When your insurance is renewed annually, be sure to check your coverage, as your insurer may have placed a mold exclusion in the renewed policy.
  • Put your insurer on notice immediately if a claim is made - Under most insurance policies, you are obliged to notify the insurance company promptly if a claim is made. Some insurance policies have very specific requirements for notification, so call your agent and read your policy carefully. Make sure that you follow the notice procedures, which may include placing the claim in writing and sending the notice via certified mail to a particular address. Send the notice even if a lawsuit has not yet been filed.

https://www.ehstoday.com/industrial-hygiene/article/21906241/toxic-mold-what-every-employer-should-know

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Identify the Cause

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Identify the cause of the mold. Make sure during the cleanup that it is fixed so that the mold will not return. If there was a leak in the roof, make sure its repaired. If a pipe causes a water leak in a wall, make sure its fixed. If the humidity level on your home humidifier is set too high, make sure it is turned lower. You don’t want the mold to return. Contact your insurance company and find out if mold removal is covered in your policy. In many cases it is, depending on the cause of the mold.  After getting your mold test results and speaking with the mold tester, decide if you are going to remove the mold yourself or hire a professional to do it. Have the mold in your home removed. If doing it yourself, here is more information on the mold remediation process. Mold removal is a much more complex process than most people realize. You don’t want to spread the mold to other parts of your home. 

https://www.mold-advisor.com/mold-in-your-home.html

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What are Molds?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year-round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#indoor

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How can people decrease mold exposure?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use (see product label).

If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Remove all of the mud and dirt on the floor first.  Bleach, soap, or any other product will not reliably remove mold from a muddy or dirty floor.
  • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#indoor

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Hidden signs your house could have mold

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Does your Chimney smell weird?

Chimney sweeps don’t only remove dangerous creosote buildup; they can clean out toxic mold too. Moisture can accumulate in the porous bricks and mortar of a chimney. Rusty chimney caps or flashing that needs repair allow rain and snow to seep in, creating an environment for mold to thrive. That may be the reason you smell something funky on days when the wind is blowing in a certain direction. Fix the cap and flashing and call the chimney sweep to extinguish the mold issues. Watch out for these other scary ways your fireplace could be toxic, too!

Is the Paint bubbling on your walls?

Have you noticed that the paint is bubbling on the walls of your bathroom or near a window? One of the most common reasons paint begins to bubble is moisture. And where there’s moisture, there’s probably mold. You won’t be able to cover up the problem with a fresh coat of paint; you have to find the source of the moisture. It could be a leaky windowsill, too much humidity, or leaky plumbing. Once you fix the moisture issue, then you can repaint. Just make sure to scrape, patch, clean, and thoroughly dry the walls before rolling on the first coat. Watch out for these sneaky everyday objects you touch every day that can be toxic.

https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/hidden-signs-of-toxic-mold/

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MOLD PREVENTION TIPS

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Stay vigilant. If you aren't aware of any toxic mold in your home, keep an occasional eye out for it. "A lot of keeping mold away comes down to maintenance," Schoenberg says. "Anywhere you may have dampness, there can be mold. So look in dark and damp places. And it isn't always in obvious places. Like your washing machine, the tray where you put your soap, open that up and let that dry out." Caulk around the water fixtures. That is, your kitchen and bathroom sink, or any sinks or showers in any rooms. "Leaks in and around showers, sinks and bathtubs are source of mold,"
• Clean out the gutters. Well, at least you were going to get around to this sometime, anyway, right? Not only will you prevent things like flooding, it'll reduce your chance of mold. "Standing water in your gutters due to clogs can lead to water leaking into the eaves, and thus in exterior walls," Bodrozic says.
• Caulk around your windows. On the outside, Bodrozic says. You don't want any leaking after a big rain.
• Take care of any roof leaks. You'll notice if your roof is leaking into your bedroom, of course, but do you have an attic? Or a crawl space over your ceiling? "These leaks can go unnoticed for years, causing mold growth," he says.
• Do you have a crawl space under the home? If you do, check under it, to make sure there's no water accumulating and standing there, Bodrozic says. Sure, it'll be gross, but water can lead to mold and structural problems, Bodrozic warns.

https://loans.usnews.com/what-to-do-if-your-house-has-mold-or-you-think-it-does

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MOLD PREVENTION

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there’s some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing the ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.

Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. ¦ Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/moldguide12.pdf

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Protection and prevention

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Despite the inconclusive nature of current research, the CDC and EPA recommend that any mold growth should be dealt with promptly.

Both organizations state that controlling moisture is most crucial to preventing mold from growing indoors. Acting quickly in the event of a leak or spillage is important, and drying areas within 48 hours of exposure to excess moisture should ensure that mold will not grow.

The level of humidity within the home is another important factor. Although it may not be immediately apparent, a high level of moisture in the air will promote mold growth. Condensation on windows is often a sign that humidity is high within a room.

Increasing ventilation by opening windows or using an extractor fan reduces the level of moisture in the air. Humidity can also be reduced in specific rooms by avoiding moisture-producing activities in them, such as drying clothes or using kerosene heaters.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288651.php

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Protection and prevention

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Increasing ventilation by opening windows or using an extractor fan reduces the level of moisture in the air. Humidity can also be reduced in specific rooms by avoiding moisture-producing activities in them, such as drying clothes or using kerosene heaters.

When cleaning mold from hard surfaces, commercial products, soap and water or a heavily-diluted bleach solution can be used. Always dry surfaces that have been cleaned thoroughly to prevent mold from growing back.

Be wary of porous materials that have been affected by molds, such as fabric or wood. Mold can infiltrate these materials, may be impossible to remove completely and could potentially grow back if the conditions are right. In many cases, it may be best to get rid of items such as these that have been affected for a long period.

Patches of mold that are larger than 3 ft by 3 ft may be best tackled by professional mold cleaning experts.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288651.php

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Mold

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

For many people, January is a cold and damp month. During the winter, activities at home can lead to increased humidity and moisture indoors and, unfortunately, this can lead to the growth of mold.

 Walls, clothes, books, toys and even CDs - nothing is sacred when it comes to mold growth. Its seemingly insidious growth can turn prized possessions into musty, moist sadness that only look fit for the garbage.

But for all its corrupting menace, to what extent should we be worried about mold when it invades our homes? If these are the effects that it can have on our possessions, what effects can it have on our bodies? In this spotlight feature, we take a look at precisely what mold is, what causes it to grow, whether it is bad for our health and, if so, what can be done to stop it.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288651.php

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What to Do If Your House Has Mold (Or You Think It Does)

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

What to Do If Your House Has Mold (Or You Think It Does)

Mold. The very word can put terror into the eyes of a homeowner. 

So if you think you have mold, and plenty houses do – a 2003 University of Arizona study found that 100 percent of homes have mold (albeit not necessarily the dangerous kind) – what should you do?

Test for mold. That's probably the last thing you or any homeowner wants to hear because mold testing can be expensive, and there are plenty of horror stories out there.

 If you do have mold. Don't panic yet. This may not be a major problem. As noted, all homes have some mold.

Stay vigilant. If you aren't aware of any toxic mold in your home, keep an occasional eye out for it. "A lot of keeping mold away comes down to maintenance," Schoenberg says. "Anywhere you may have dampness, there can be mold. So look in dark and damp places. And it isn't always in obvious places. 

https://loans.usnews.com/what-to-do-if-your-house-has-mold-or-you-think-it-does

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A Few Mold Facts

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

What are molds?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

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What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#where

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Why does my home smell musty?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Why does my home smell musty?

If your home or clothing smells musty, chances are you have mold or mildew hiding out. While other things — like a lack of ventilation or high levels of humidity — can make a musty odor more noticeable, they typically are not the primary cause of the smell.

While the term “musty” often brings to mind an old library or your grandma’s attic, mold and mildew can grow practically anywhere—even your modern home or apartment. Essentially, all mold needs to grow is the presence of mold spores, a surface to grow on, warmth, darkness, oxygen, and moisture.

The last ingredient — moisture — is the biggest problem. When all of the other environmental elements combine with condensation, moisture from humidity, or leaking water, mold begins to grow. As mold forms, grows, and spreads, it emits gasses known as microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs). So that musty odor you are smelling is not “just” mold but is a result of the chemical compounds released at different stages of the mold’s growth.

https://molekule.com/blog/musty-smells-getting-rid-of-them-from-your-home-clothes/

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Common Mold Types

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Molds (also spelled “moulds”) are simple, microscopic organisms that can grow virtually anywhere, both inside buildings and outdoors. Mold colonies can grow inside damp or wet building structures. And mold spores are a common component of household and workplace dust.

Health effects from exposure to mold can vary greatly depending on the person and the amount and type of mold present.

Regardless of the type of mold, it should be treated as potentially a health hazard and should be removed from homes and workplaces.

Common Mold Types Found in Homes and Their Hazard Classes

Hazard Classes of Indoor Mold

In some countries indoor fungi have been grouped into 3 hazard classes based on associated health risk. These classes are similar to risk groups assigned to microorganisms handled in laboratory environments.

  • Hazard Class A: includes fungi or their metabolic products that are highly hazardous    to health. These fungi or metabolites should not be present in occupied dwellings. Presence of these fungi in occupied buildings requires immediate attention.
  • Hazard class B: includes those fungi which may cause allergic reactions to occupants if present indoors over a long period.
  • Hazard Class C: includes fungi not known to be a hazard to health. Growth of these fungi indoors, however, may cause economic damage and therefore should not be allowed.

Molds commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms

  • Cladosporium cladosporioides (hazard class B)
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum (hazard class C)
  • Ulocladium botrytis (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium globosum (hazard class C)
  • Aspergillus fumigatus (hazard class A)

Molds commonly found on wallpapers

  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Doratomyces spp (no information on hazard classification)
  • Fusarium spp (hazard class A)
  • Stachybotrys chartarum, commonly called ‘black mold‘ (hazard class A)
  • Trichoderma spp (hazard class B)
  • Scopulariopsis spp (hazard class B)

Molds commonly found on mattresses and carpets

  • Penicillium spp., especially Penicillium chrysogenum (hazard class B) and Penicillium aurantiogriseum (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus versicolor (hazard class A)
  • Aureobasidium pullulans (hazard class B)
  • Aspergillus repens (no information on hazard classification)
  • Wallemia sebi (hazard class C)
  • Chaetomium spp., particularly Chaetomium globosum
  • Scopulariopsis spp.

Molds commonly found on window frames

  • Aureobasidium pullulans
  • Cladosporium sphaerospermum
  • Ulocladium spp.

Molds commonly found in basement (cellars)

  • Aspergillus versicolor
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Fusarium spp.

Molds commonly found in flower pot soil

  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Aspergillus niger (hazard class A)
  • Aspergillus flavus (hazard class A)

https://www.moldbacteria.com/mold-types.html

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When you think you have mold?

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do If Your House Has Mold (Or You Think It Does)

If you do have mold. Don't panic yet. This may not be a major problem. As noted, all homes have some mold. If it's a small area, generally less than 10 square feet, and not that this is a recommendation, but you may be able to do it yourself or hire a handyman to come in and clean it. Websites from RemoveMoldGuide.com to Good Housekeeping articles explain the process, which basically entails treating areas of mold with a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach and 15 parts water while wearing goggles and making sure you're in a well-ventilated room.

But you may need to hire the professionals. Lynn Munroe, who owns a public relations company in New City, New York, says that about 10 years ago, her youngest son, then 8 or 9 years old, had an unexplained stomach illness, and his asthma was getting worse. Munroe had taken him to numerous doctors, all of whom had no idea what was wrong.

It turned out the problem was with a dehumidifier in the basement. It was attached to the pipes behind the wall, to keep the basement dry. Unfortunately, the pipe apparently became disconnected from the drain pipe behind the wall, and for some time, had been dripping behind the wall.

"Next to where it was dripping was a cedar storage closet with my kids' old clothes that I was saving for my sister's kids," Munroe says. "I opened up that door one day and the inside of the closet was filled with black mold. The wall of that closet leaned up against my sons' playroom – and his TV where he spent countless hours with his brother playing video games. Air tests revealed a really bad mold problem not only in the closet but in the air."

 

Twenty-four hours later, Munroe says, "hazmat suits came and demolished my completely finished basement."

https://loans.usnews.com/what-to-do-if-your-house-has-mold-or-you-think-it-does

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What to do if you smell or see mold in your home or business

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

What to do if you see or smell mold in your home

The most important step is to identify the source(s) of moisture, which result in mold growth, and make repairs to stop them. If you only clean up the mold and do not fix the moisture problem, most likely the mold growth will recur. If the source of the moisture is related to a building failure or fault, such as a burst pipe or leaking roof, a professional contractor should be consulted. In instances where the moisture source does not appear to be related to leaks, floods, structural faults or rising damp, it is most likely due to condensation. If you do not see mold growth but smell a musty odor, mold may be growing underneath or behind water-damaged materials, such as walls, carpeting, or wallpaper.

Once the source of the moisture has been identified and fixed, you need to decide if removing the mold from the affected areas is something that can be done without professional assistance. If the mold growth was caused by sewage back-up or other contaminated water, potential pathogens may be present and the work should be performed by a professional contractor that has experience in cleaning buildings damaged by contaminated water.

If the mold growth is due to condensation or small-scale leak and is limited to a small area (fewer than ten square feet), you can probably do the work yourself following guidelines such as those that have been prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and AIHA. On hard surfaces, such as countertops and furniture, use detergent and water to wash mold off and then dry completely. The use of biocides or chemical disinfectants is not recommended as these may be hazardous to occupants. Moldy porous or absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, wallboard and carpeting should be removed and replaced. People cleaning mold should wear rubber gloves, goggles and an approved respirator to protect against breathing airborne spores. An N95 respirator would be appropriate for most cleanup projects, provided that you are medically capable of wearing a respirator. If you have health concerns, you should consult your doctor before doing any mold cleanup.

Over the past decade or so, the industry has given rise to many individuals and companies who tout themselves as experts and certified in various aspects of mold investigation and remediation, but who may have little or no practical experience. If you choose to hire a consultants to help identify your problem, or a contractors to perform the cleanup in your home, make sure that they have specific work experience in dealing with and cleaning up mold, and check their references.

https://www.aiha.org/publications-and-resources/TopicsofInterest/Hazards/Pages/Facts-About-Mold.aspx

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Mildew & Mold

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

The Problem with mold mildew and molds are fungi - simple microscopic organisms that thrive anywhere there is a moist environment. Molds are a necessary part of the environment; without them, leaves would not decay and aspects of soil enrichment could not take place. It is their ability to destroy organic materials, however, that makes mold a problem for people - in our homes and in our bodies. Mildew (mold in early stage) and molds grow on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves and other organic materials. Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores - tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air. Molds digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material. In addition to the damage molds can cause in your home, they can also cause mild to severe health problems. See the HEALTH section to check for possible moldrelated health problems. Mold in Your home? If your home has water damage due to - • flooding, • sewage back-up from flooding in the area, • plumbing or roof leaks, • damp basement or crawl space, • overflows from sinks or bathtub, or • high humidity: steam cooking, dryer vents, humidifiers, mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

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The Truth About Mold

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Over 70% of homeowners are unaware of mold lurking in their walls.

As a homeowner you are vulnerable to certain types of damages such as water and even mold! Mold can develop at anytime, anywhere in the world!

Most homeowners do not inspect their homes for leaks and moisture build up. Even the newest of homes could have excess moisture in even the smallest nooks and crannies.

It is imperative that homeowners prepare themselves for any possible damage to their home.

Here at SERVPRO of North Arlington we believe education is key in preventing any and every possible damage situation. 

Do you know the truth about mold? Mold can grow in any environment there are over 100,000 different species of mold. Over 70% of homeowners are unaware of mold lurking in their walls. And 100% of all type of mold have the potential to cause health problems for your family. The symptoms of mold related illness are often confused for the common cold. Mold toxicity symptoms include but are not limited to; 

  • Sneezing
  • Itching,Watery eyes
  • Runny Nose/Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, Mouth & Lips 
  • Fatigue/Weakness
  • Headache/light sensitivity

The truth is mold is everywhere. And by arming yourself with the proper information you can handle any mold situation in your home.

How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home...

Check out these easy tips on how to prevent mold growth in your home. And remember prevention is key! 

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. 
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold cannot grow without moisture. Don't leave wit items hanging to dry. If you hang dry certain items dry items outside. 
  • Prevent Moisture with Proper Ventilation
  • Monitor moisture humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter  from your local hardware store.  
  •  Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors.
  •  Keep mold off household plants.The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

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Conditions In North Arlington Might Be Right For Mold

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth can occur in any home, So, it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of North Arlington to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (817)557-1447

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Arlington for mold remediation services.

Does Your North Arlington Home Have A Mold Problem?

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In North Arlington, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts: 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (817)557-1447.

Suspect Mold

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO Grand Prairie for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO North Arlington specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 817-557-1447

Notice a different odor in your home?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

We are surrounded by mold spores unknowingly every day, but in the right conditions mold can quickly become a problem within our homes. Dealing with mold growth can be overwhelming and frustrating, especially because many people aren’t aware that they have a problem until it is excessive. Recognizing the signs of mold in your house and knowing how to prevent growth can save you time, energy, and money. 

First Signs of Mold - Trust Your Nose

Molds produce gases that have an earthy, musty odor. This odor is typically the first noticeable sign that there is a mold problem; however, for someone who has never encountered this smell it can be hard to identify. Many people compare the smell of mold to rotten wood or wet socks.

Typically, this odor is not one that will go away regardless of how many times you light candles, open windows, etc. People will often become “immune” to the smell of mold since they are living with it each day. If you suspect mold go outside for some fresh air before coming back into the house to try and identify any smells. Even if you are unsure that what you are smelling is mold pay attention to your nose. If your nose feels irritated, or if you are sneezing more often in a certain room, your body might be recognizing mold even if you are not.

Once you have recognized the smell of mold in your house, follow the scent until you find the point at which it is strongest. This is most likely the source of your problem. If you only notice the smell when your air conditioning turns on the growth could be occurring within your HVAC.

Visible Signs 

The first visible signs of mold may be just a few spots of discoloration on the wall or on the grout between tiles. While small spots like this may not seem too problematic, they show that the conditions in that area are perfect for mold growth and you may have a larger, unseen problem somewhere else.

There are many different types of household molds, and they can vary greatly in color. The most common colors of growths in houses are black, grey, and brown; however, mold can also be white, yellow, or even brighter colors such as blue or green. The only way to truly identify the species of mold in your house is for it to be tested by an industrial hygienist, color is not always indicative of the type of mold.

Mold can grow anywhere and on anything, as long as the conditions are conducive. If you see discolored spots in your home – on walls, floors, furniture, or even books - that are accompanied by other signs of mold, you might have a growth problem.

Certain Conditions Can Also Serve as Signs of Mold

The conditions that allow mold spores to thrive in a house can often serve as signs for growth that you might not be able to see or smell. In order to grow mold needs moisture. Knowing the history of your home, particularly pertaining to previous water damages, is vital when it comes to identifying the rooms in your home that may be displaying signs of mold. Some subtle symptoms of excessive moisture in your home that can lead to mold growth include:

  • Rust on pipes
  • Wallpaper or paint peeling
  • Warping wood
  • Condensation on walls or floors
  • A humidity level above 60% inside the home

At SERVPRO North Arlington our professionals have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business, if you suspect a water damage or mold growth don’t hesitate to call us for 24-hour emergency services at 817-557-1447.

11 Days until Christmas

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Continuing with our fun Christmas facts:

6. The well-known reason we give presents at Christmas is to symbolize the gifts given to baby Jesus by the three wise men. But it may also stem from the Saturnalia tradition that required revelers to offer up rituals to the gods.

7. Because of its roots in pagan festivals, Christmas was not immediately accepted by the religious. In fact, from 1659 to 1681, it was illegal to celebrate Christmas in Boston. You were fined if you were caught celebrating. 8. Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for giving it away to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children. 9. After his death, the legend of St. Nicholas spread. St. Nick’s name became Sint-Nicolaas in Dutch, or Sinter Klaas for short. Which is only a hop, skip, and jump to Santa Claus. 10. Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland’s celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6. Children would leave shoes out the night before and, in the morning, would find little gifts that St. Nicholas would leave them. Source:http://www.etonline.com/news/155454_31_facts_you_didn_t_know_about_christmas

Are your Allergies in full force? It may be a result of your Christmas Tree

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Who would have thought that bringing in a real Christmas tree, enjoying the smell, the lights, and décor would cause an increase in your allergies. If you are suffering from the sniffles your REAL Christmas tree could be the cause. Here are the reasons why:

  • Even though it’s not visibly decaying, it is.
  • Christmas trees are coniferous softwoods and have a high moisture content.
  • Mold loves moisture.
  • The tree may take 6 years to grow before it’s cut.
  • In that period it can collect all sorts of mold, dust pollens and allergens.

SERVPRO of North Arlington is certified through the State of Texas to perform Mold remediation services. Though it is highly unlikely that your homes structure be affected with mold spores due to your real Christmas tree a previous water damage or a constant leak could cause potential damage. If you are in need of mold remediation services we would be more than happy to assist you.