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Difficulty Breathing

What Could Cause Your Breathing Difficulty?

Difficulty Breathing - Mold Solutions NWRespiratory problems, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing can be caused by any number of things, it could be caused by:

  • Something as simple as a cold
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Viruses
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Allergies

When the problem is allergies, the symptoms could be caused by pollens, dust or mold. When mold is the culprit, it can increase the intensity and frequency of all of the illnesses or conditions listed above.

Real life example

This is a communication between a client and me in regard to a respiratory problem from a tenant.

Thank you for having me out to your client’s home to figure out what might be causing some of their respiratory issues.

I am not a medical professional, but in the course of my mold investigation I did notice that the level of humidity in their apartment is on the high side, possibly creating an environment conducive to organic growth.

There was some evidence of organic growth under their mattress, but nowhere else was anything visible. There are some other factors too that might be contributing and I have listed them out and thoughts on ways to keep these things in check in the attachment.

I believe that if the tenants give some consideration to the ideas in that attachment as well as you possibly providing them with a dehumidifier to keep moisture content of air down, (between 40 and 50% is what we want to see, higher than that creates conditions for mold growth). There may be some dust issues there as well, which can create allergic reactions for folks and is easily rectified.

Don’t underestimate mold and dust

Mold Free Happy Home - Mold Solutions NWBoth mold and dust can be very detrimental to your ability to breathe…luckily the couple in our story didn’t have a big issue in their home, it was one that could be easily rectified.

Mold Solutions NW’s goal is to help you breathe easier with a complete and thorough inspection. Our client from the above story wrote a great review on Google + that you might enjoy reading.

If you or someone else in your family is experiencing difficulty breathing and it can’t be associated with a medical condition, contact us for a Free Mold Assessment.


Mold in Shower

Is Mold in the Shower Dangerous?

Mold in the Shower - Mold Solutions NWWe’ve all seen and shuddered at the development of mold on shower tiles, around shower doors and in the caulking round the base of the shower. In a place designated for our cleanliness, it just seems wrong that mold would be growing there.

But of all the places in your house, the bathroom, and more specifically the shower, provides some of the best conditions for the growth of mold.

Mold needs a moist, warm place to grow and thrive…what better place than in your shower, it’s the perfect breeding ground.

But is this type of mold dangerous to your health?

Types of Mold

There are two types of mold that are considered toxic and harmful to your health:

  • Stachybotrys
  • Memnoniella

The type of mold typically found in your shower or bath is Cladosporium, which feeds on soap scum, and as a rule is not considered toxic.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t address the problem and get rid of the mold, because some people who are extremely sensitive and who may already have pre-existing respiratory problems may experience intensified symptoms.

It’s unhealthy to live around and breath in the spores of any type of mold.
All mold is a fungus, why would you want any of it growing in your home?

Removing the mold

It’s much easier to remove the mold from a solid piece of tile or shower surround by using a nice stiff brush and a good disinfectant, than it is to remove it from grout or the caulking around the doors and the floor.

Cleaning Mold - Mold Solutions NWWhen you do clean the mold from the walls, always protect yourself by using gloves, having good ventilation and never combining chemicals.

To clean the mold from the caulking, you will probably need to remove all caulking, clean the area well, and then let it totally dry before applying a new bead of silicone.

If you have mold growing on other porous, organic surfaces in your home, such as walls, ceilings, carpets or wood, you will not be able to “clean” it up safely, thoroughly and permanently yourself.

Give us a call for a Free mold assessment


Growth of Mold

How Can You Prevent the Growth of Mold?

Don't Breathe Mold Spores - Mold Solutions NWYou don’t have to be someone who suffers from asthma or other respiratory problems, you don’t have to be a certain age or a certain gender…you just have to be someone who breathes to be affected by the growth of mold in your home, business, school or any other place where you spend a lot of time.

The fact is, just about anyone could be at risk.

We all know that mold requires organic material for food and growth, but even more necessary to its survival is moisture.

The thing about moisture…

In many people’s homes, due to types of heating or other circumstances, the air is too dry, which for some causes dry, itchy skin and even bloody noses. So, in order to avoid this, they run humidifiers or keep tea kettles simmering on the stove to put moisture into the air.

This type of activity can put too much moisture into the air and can be just what mold spores want and need for growth and reproduction.

So where do you draw the line?

How can you reduce moisture in your home to prevent mold growth?

  • The humidity in your home should be below 60%. There are inexpensive instruments available in hardware stores, called hygrometers, that can do the measuring for you.
  • Determine ways to increase air circulation in your home:
    • Keep doors between rooms open
    • Ceiling Fans Help Reduce Humidity - Mold Solutions NWKeep furniture from being pushed up against walls
    • Use ceiling fans
  • If you have concrete floors in your basement, consider painting them
  • Always useĀ  a ventilation fan when showering and in addition, open a window
    • Don’t leave your damp towels in a heap on the floor
  • Using a dehumidifier will help eliminate excess moisture from your home
  • Make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well ventilated
  • Keep outside sprinklers from watering the walls of your home
  • Along with keeping your moisture levels within healthy guidelines…repairing leaks and other water damage immediately will help prevent the growth of mold.

Don’t let mold compromise yours or your family’s health, give us a call for a free assessment.


Toxic Mold

How Severe are the Dangers of Toxic Mold?

Mold Danger - Mold Solutions NWAccording to Dr. Mercola, the dangers of toxic mold can be far more damaging than even pesticides. He also sites statics that suggest that up to 40% of our schools and 25% of our homes have levels of mold that are harmful to people.

In the Seattle, WA area, it’s not surprising that, considering the heavy moisture content in the air, there would be a heavy concentration of homes reporting mold growth. But what is surprising is that even in drier areas of the country, mold is still a problem.

Toxic Mold Health Issues

We have all heard that mold causes such symptoms as sneezing, coughing and increased respiratory issues, but there are more serious possibilities that aren’t talked about as much.

Please watch this brief video of a family that had extreme health problems. Problems you can avoid if you will be on the lookout for signs of mold in your homes, schools or businesses, and when you find it, have it remediated immediately!