Posted on April 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm.
What Happens When Mold Spores Enter the Body?
Is it really a problem if you are exposed to black mold spores?
The answer to that is definitely yes! Mold not only grows on surfaces inside and outside of your home, but if it is inhaled, it can continue its growth inside your body.
I remember as a child being told that if I swallowed watermelon seeds, they would begin growing in my stomach. That was a pretty frightening thought…
But the idea that
mold can grow inside your body is a pretty disgusting thought, but it’s a reality.
Once it begins growing there, it will produce toxins that can make you very ill, from simple things such as sneezing and watery eyes to more severe problems such as breathing disorders, vomiting and neurological disorders.
Mold exposure problems are very difficult to diagnose…in fact they are probably the most misdiagnosed symptoms and illnesses in the country, often confused with other illnesses, so diagnosing it correctly can be nearly impossible.
Watch this short little video which will help you understand how mold can enter your body and what it can do once it is there.
If you think you have a mold issue in your home, don’t wait until it affects yours and your family’s health…Contact us right away!
Posted on November 30, 2012 at 10:35 am.
Are You a Victim of Sick Building Syndrome?
You may be wondering if this is a made up term or if it’s real, but believe me, it is very real. Health issues and syndromes may be caused by buildings.
Buildings, such as homes, schools, churches and offices can become toxic, and cause what is called Sick Building Syndrome or SBS. SBS is an environmental illness or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity manifested by a variety of symptoms in people who inhabit these spaces.
Symptoms of SBS
Dry, itchy skin
Irritation in eyes, nose and throat
You can see by the types of symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose this syndrome, but one thing that can give you a hint into what the problem might be is if after leaving a building, you get relief.
Causes for Building Toxicity:
Chemical contaminants which could be anything from vehicle exhaust to adhesives for upholstery, cleaning agents or pesticides.
Biological contaminants such as pollen, viruses, bacteria or
Mold is everywhere around us, it’s part of our natural environment, but when it takes hold and grows uninhibited in the spaces we “live” in, it can cause many health issues, even more than the ones listed above.
Interesting Facts About Mold
Mold has been known to cause over 30 types of health problems.
Penicillin is created by purified mold.
Mold is the great wood destroyer: It destroys more each year than the combined destruction of fire, termites or floods. Mold can survive and thrive on just about any surface.
People who suffer with chronic sinus infections are usually exposed to mold growth.
Mold likes dark, damp humid areas for growth.
With the knowledge that approximately 50% of homes in the United States are affected by mold, it stands to reason that many of us could face the possibility of being exposed to mold and the risk of Sick Building Syndrome.
If you or someone you know is experiencing unexplainable symptoms such as the ones mentioned above, you should have your home, or possibly another building where you spend a great deal of your time, inspected.
Contact us for a Free Mold Assessment
Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:20 am.
How Dangerous is Breathing Mold
Fall is fast approaching, which means leaves are falling and decaying, and people are having allergy and asthma attacks.
The decay is caused by mold doing it’s job, feeding off the organic plant matter and turning it into organic compost.
When this natural cycle occurs outside people with allergies can become very uncomfortable, but when mold is growing and feeding off the organic materials in your house, it is not only uncomfortable, but can become dangerous.
Mold is not like typical plants that produce their food by means of photosynthesis, mold is a fungus that must find its food to survive, and it will find it in dark, moist, warm places…that’s where fallen leaves, over ripe fruit and your water damaged wallboard comes in.
As mold finds its food source, the process of decay and destruction begins.
How Mold Grows
Your home can be the perfect environment for mold to grow, like you it likes nice warm places with moist air. And like you, it will thrive when conditions are just right.
As mold grows, it spreads by sending out tiny seed like spores that travel through the air looking for the same conditions. This process happens rapidly, in fact if you have had water damage and haven’t thoroughly dried out everything that got wet, mold will begin in about 24 hours.
Some molds produce mycotoxins, which are dangerous to human beings, and are all but impossible to destroy. If we have mold in our homes, when we breath the air, we are also breathing in the mold spores and possibly dangerous mycotoxins.
Possible Health Problems Related to Mold:
Respiratory problems – trouble breathing, allergies and asthma Headaches
If you’re experiencing poor health symptoms that you can’t explain, you might want to consider the possibility of mold exposure.
We are not intended to coexist with mold in our homes – call us for a FREE mold assessment.
Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma.
Posted on July 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm.
Why Would a New House Have a Mold Problem?
You would think because your home was purchased when it was brand new that you wouldn’t have to deal with mold problems. In fact, for most new home owners, this is probably one of the last things on their mind. Instead, they are focusing on window treatments, landscaping and wall decor because they think they are safe…this is a new home you know!
Incidence of mold occurring in new homes is growing rapidly. In fact, the issue of mold in new construction could become the asbestos or leaded paint issues from previous eras.
Why is this happening?
Many attribute part of this problem to the fact that there are areas in a newly constructed home that cannot be inspected easily. Such places as:
Around the floor joists
The area above your crawl space
Within the stud cavity
It’s easier to detect mold in living areas than it is in foundational areas.
Newer homes are also being build much “tighter” than were the homes of the past, which means there is less air flow, keeping more moisture inside and giving mold fertile territory to begin growing.
Home Construction Mistakes
Another problem that newer homes have is when construction errors occur, and they do, because even the best of us makes mistakes.
There was a show on a Home Improvement Chanel on the other night that featured a young family with 2 young sons, a toddler and an infant, who had recently moved into a new home.
Both children became very ill…stomach aches, coughing, runny noses and even vomiting. Then the parents began experiencing bronchial problems as well.
One day after it had been raining, the mother noticed some water coming in one of the upstairs windows in the baby’s bedroom. Because the walls and the carpets were so wet it occurred to her there might be a mold problem.
Due to the fact the windows didn’t have a good seal and the moisture barrier wasn’t installed correctly, water had consistently been entering the house, and sure enough they had mold, in the carpet and on the wallboard, not just in that room but in several other areas also.
Because they didn’t know how widespread the mold was, the family moved out until they could get the mold removed and the house put back together by professionals. Mold had made this entire family very ill.
Don’t assume that because you are in a new home that you couldn’t have mold problems. Remember too that just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
For your peace of mind and the safety of yours and your family’s health, if you think you have a mold problem, give us a call, and have it remediated properly.
Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, or Tacoma