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How to Remove Mold From Your Shower in Seattle?

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


Can Asthma be Linked to Mold?

What should you know about Asthma and Mold?

Image of Mold increases risk of asthma - Mold Solutions NWAsthma is a disease that has no boundaries. It can affect the old as well as the young; affecting the lungs, it makes it difficult to breathe for millions of Americans. It is incurable, chronic and can be life threatening.

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • Asthma rates have tripled during the last 20 years, and many can be directly linked to mold exposure
  • Mold contributes to poor indoor air quality, which is the cause of 94% of all respiratory problems
  • 35% of all adult onset asthma patients can be attributed to workplace mold exposure
  • Thousands of lawsuits over mold are filed every year

Asthma in a nutshell…

Inside our lungs we have small tubes through which air passes called airways. The airways of an asthma sufferers are typically inflamed and swollen, which makes them sensitive to things and situations such as illness, weather, smoke, dust, and many other pollutants.

These “triggers” cause the airways to create extra mucus and become even more swollen making breathing extremely difficult and the person then has what is called an asthma attack.

The role of mold

This is where mold enters into the picture. As we know, mold is a fungus that is always present indoors and out. As it grows, it reproduces by growing tiny spores that are expelled and travel through the air until they find a damp, warm place to take root and begin growing and producing even more spores.

Mold Infected Airways - Mold Solutions NWThese mold spores contribute to poor air quality in our homes, businesses and other buildings. As people who suffer from asthma breathe in spore infested air, their airways become irritated and breathing becomes difficult, sometimes almost impossible.

Everyone, but especially people who have asthma, should avoid prolonged and constant contact with mold.

If you have recently developed asthma, or your symptoms seem to be increasing, you should consider the idea that you are being exposed to mold, and it’s making you sick.

Make sure your environment is healthy and safe for breathing…Call us right away for a Free Assessment.


Is Mold Common in New Homes in Seattle? Could Your Home Have Mold?

Is There Mold in your New Seattle Home?

Mold on Joists - Mold Solutions NWUnfortunately, the answer to that question is yes, you could have mold in your brand new house.

Most people think they are safe from mold because their home is new, but the fact of the matter is, mold can move into your house before you do.

It can begin to grow in the lumberyard and become part of your construction.

Lumberyard Mold

Mold appears on new lumber as dark, fluffy areas and is becoming quite an issue in the construction industry as people recognize the dangers of mold to their health.

Lumberyard Mold - Mold Solutions NWTrees that have been around for a while consist of two types of wood:

  1. Sapwood – This is the first wood formed in a tree. Its job is to move and store water and nutrients which travels from the roots to the leaves.
  2. Heartwood – Named because of it’s position in the center of the tree, it is denser wood and forms after several years of growth as new sapwood forms around it. Due to the fact that the sapwood does all the work, heartwood is basically dead.

It is the sapwood that is at risk for mold growth. As the wood is harvested and milled into lumber, moisture and sugars from the sapwood become exposed and available to air-borne mold spores to take hold and begin growing.

Controlling Moisture in the Wood

Because all mold needs moisture in order to thrive, controlling the amount of moisture in the wood is the key to controlling mold, which is why it’s important to keep the lumber as dry as possible.

Mold on New Construction - Mold Solutions NWIf you are in the process of building a new house…

  • Communicate with your builder and request that all lumber and wood products will be inspected before leaving the lumberyard.
  • Check your construction site frequently to make sure that the wood is stored off the ground and protected from moisture.
  • Make sure your new construction is checked for mold.

If you are already in your new home and you think you have mold…

Call us for a FREE mold assessment, we also inspect new construction and can warranty for 25 years!

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma.


Is Breathing Mold Dangerous? Read This If You See Any Mold

How Harmful is Breathing Mold?

Mold Decays Leaves - Mold Solutions NWFall 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.

About Mold:

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:

  • Mold Can Cause Health Problems - Mold Solutions NWRespiratory problems – trouble breathing, allergies and asthma
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinusitis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Depression
  • Aching joints

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.

 


How Long Does It Take for Mold to Grow?

How Long Before Mold Starts Growing?

Image of Mold Grows Fast - Mold SolutionsNWBecause mold is both damaging and dangerous to property and people, it’s important to pay attention to any evidence that it might be growing in your office or home.

Too much water is the culprit:

Water damage comes in many shapes and forms, from flooding to leaks in pipes to too much humidity in the air.

It doesn’t take large amounts of moisture to cause water damage; accumulation of condensation on windows or an undetected drip from an under counter pipe is all that’s necessary.The perfect environment for mold growth has been created.

Mold grows fast

Once water damage has occurred, there is a small window of time, 24-48 hours, before mold will begin to grow, and once it begins it spreads quickly.

As you can see from this brief time lapse video of a 2 week time span, mold grows rapidly once it begins.