Blog Articles About Mold


Fungus Removal in Seattle

How to Remove Fungus in your Home?

Mold Spores are everywhere - Mold Solutions NWLet’s just start off by saying that mold is fungus, which makes up 25% of the earth’s bio mass, and is considered ubiquitous or omnipresent –  it’s everywhere.

So, when we talk about removing mold, we must realize that it can never be totally removed or eliminated. It’s just not possible to have a total absence of mold spores.

There are no standards or guidelines when it comes to fungal samples, there are no levels which are considered typical or permissible.

But if you can see or smell mold growing in your home or business, it is unacceptable…it presents a potential health risk to people who consistently breathe the air.

Mold Should be Professionally Remediated

Many people think they can remove mold themselves, and not hire a professional, but the truth is…they can’t.

If the mold is on a non-porous surface such as glass or tile, it is generally easily removed.

But, if it is found growing in walls, ceilings or carpets, the only way it can be remediated properly is by hiring a professional who can assess the degree of contamination and infestation. Then, using the correct tools and products, they will either treat, or in some cases where treatment is ineffective, they will remove the item or the part of it that is untreatable.

In the future

Unfortunately, bringing professionals in to do the job doesn’t insure that you won’t have a mold problem sometime in the future.

Mold Spores are always in the air - Mold Solutions NWWhenever the situation is right (a warm, moist environment), mold will begin to grow again. Remember, it’s spores are in the air, they’re always in the air.

The best thing you can do to keep your mold spore concentration levels down is to keep excess moisture in your home at a minimum.

  • Fix leaks
  • Run ventilation fans
  • Make sure your attic and crawl space are well ventilated
  • Handle water damage quickly and thoroughly

Water is the problem and mold is the symptom.

If you are in the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, or Tacoma, give me a call for a free assessment…so you can breathe easy!

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.


How to Remove and Prevent Mold on Windows in Seattle?

Is That Mold on Your Windows?

Condensation encourages mold growth - Mold Solutions NWDuring the winter season we experience not only a chill, but also dampness in the air.

With the cold air outside and the warm air inside, with our homes closed up tighter, and our furnaces running, many of us are plagued by foggy windows or even worse, wet windows, better described as condensation.

Condensation can accumulate only in a small area on the window, or it can cover it completely, either way, condensation is a warning that there is too much moisture or humidity in your house.

We all know that too much moisture encourages mold growth.

Mold on your windows

If you have noticed little black spots appearing on your windows, obviously you’re seeing mold. When mold grows on non-porous surfaces such as glass and tile, it’s relatively easy to remove.

But if you’re seeing condensation and mold growing on your windows, chances are it could be growing in other places, places that are not so easily cleaned and it’s more difficult for mold remediation.

Why do homes get condensation?

  • Older Homes are prone to condensation because they weren’t built as well as homes are today…they aren’t sealed up as well which causes drafts. The cold air from the outside enters the home, mixes with the warm humid air of the inside and the the water vapors turn to liquid.
  • Cooking steam can cause condensation - Mold Solutions NWNewer Homes, because they are built better and “tighter” than older homes are less drafty, so you would think that would solve the problem. But actually the lack of draft can contribute to condensation. The moisture in the home is basically trapped because the home is so tight, and when you cook, use moisture creating appliances or showers, excess moisture is created with no where to go.

So whether you have a new home or an older home, it’s possible to have mold growth due to condensation.

Steps to control condensation:

  • When you’re cooking, always run your ventilation fan.
  • Also run the ventilation fans in the bathroom when showering or bathing.
  • Turn your humidifiers off during the winter.
  • Check to make sure both the attic and crawl space of your home are well ventilated.
  • Open your fireplace vent periodically to give excess water vapor an escape route.

If you have a mold problem, the best way to insure its total removal is to call a qualified mold inspector and solutions provider to test and remove properly and thoroughly.

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.


Do You Have Air Pollutants in Your Home? Learn What To Do

Indoor Air Pollution Facts

Air Pollution is indoors as well as outdoors - Mold Solutions NWWe’re all aware of the many air pollutants we can come into contact with when we are outdoors: smog, smoke, and carbon dioxide to name a few.

We’re also aware of the respiratory health issues they can cause us. So as a society we do everything we can to keep the air we breath as clean as possible.

Are we as cautious in our homes? Are we aware of the indoor air pollutants that we encounter every day?

Time Spent Indoors

As Americans, we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors” – Aileen Gagney, Program Manager for Environmental and Lung Health for the WA American Lung Association.

The air we breathe every day, all day and all night is basically trapped inside our homes, and according to Gagney, it can be even more polluted than the outdoor air. Haven’t you ever noticed how good it feels to open a window and breathe in some fresh air?

Poor Air Quality in our Home Can be Caused by:

  • Cigarette Smoke causes indoor air pollutants - Mold Solutions NWSecond hand smoke
  • Household cleaning products: Bleach, aerosol spray cleaners, air fresheners
  • Paints
  • Formaldehyde
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold

Mold is probably one of the most insidious of all these pollutants, because it’s almost impossible to entirely eliminate its presence in our home. Mold spores are always in the air outdoors, and every time we open a window or a door, they float inside.

When the spores find a cool, poorly ventilated, moist, organic area, they can begin to grow and reproduce more spores which begin to spread through the air…and the cycle continues.

Breathing the floating spores into our lungs is what causes respiratory problems in so many people. Those who have to be especially careful  to avoid mold are:

  • Mold affects the very young - Mold Solutions NWThe very young
  • The very old
  • People with asthma
  • People who already have respiratory problems

Although you can’t totally eliminate mold in your home, there are things you can do to minimize its growth.

  • Keep the humidity in your home at about 40-60% using dehumidifiers or air conditioners.
  • Always run your kitchen fans when cooking or running the dishwasher.
  • Always run your bathroom fans when bathing or showering.
  • Repair leaks immediately.
  • Don’t use carpeting in the bathroom.
  • Be aware of musty or stale smells that could indicate mold growth.

If you think you have mold growing in your home, don’t ignore it, call a certified mold inspector to assess the problem.

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.

Don’t wait until you have mold associated health issues, if your nose and your eyes have alerted you to a possible mold problem.


Mold Symptoms

Is Your House Showing Symptoms of Mold?

Does your house have mold symptoms - Mold Solutions NWBecause mold creeps in slowly and in undetectable places, many people aren’t even aware when their house is beginning to show symptoms of having mold growing in it.

Mold spores are everywhere, inside your home and out.

It’s when they find nice moist, warm places, with an organic food source that they begin to grow and flourish.

In reality, we all have those places and potentials in our homes…

  • Humid bathrooms
  • Damp dark basements
  • Poorly ventilated attics
  • Dark, moist under sink cabinets
  • Windows with condensation

Recognizing mold symptoms in your house

A great tool to detect mold is your nose:

  • You may be smelling musty, stale odors in your:
    • Bathroom
    • Laundry room
    • Attic
    • Basement
    • It can even be in the walls
  • Your clothing and towels may smell musty even after just being laundered
  • When your furnace or air conditioner turns on, the air may smell stale

Because you get used to the smells and odors in your home, you may not recognize unwanted odors right away. A good time to pay special attention to those symptoms is when you return and enter into your home after having been gone for a while.

Search for mold problems - Mold Solutions NWIf you can smell these odors, but you can’t see them, you may need to do a little detective work to determine the source: check behind sofas, under carpets, in cabinets, even check any wallpaper you may have in your home.

If your nose is telling you that you have mold, you probably do.

Use your eyes to locate mold growth also.

  • Watch for damp cardboard or other organic materials in your basement, attic or garage
  • Check your basement walls for crystalline substance that appears white or gray
  • If you have a water softener or filter in your home, speckles or splotches may appear on them
  • Be aware of discoloration on your ceilings or walls

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.

Don’t wait until you have mold associated health issues, if your nose and your eyes have alerted you to a possible mold problem.


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Black Mold Can Destroy Your Home And Health!

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  • Black Mold Can Grow Undetected
  • It Can Pose A Dangerous Health Risk
  • A Certified Technician Can Eliminate the Mold and the Risk

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Mold is considered a predator that can grow almost anywhere and in many cases undetected, which gives it an opportunity to grow uncontrolled and pose a dangerous threat to your health.

If you think you have found mold in your home, office or any other facility, you should have it inspected by a professional, certified inspector as soon as possible.

Why hire a professional?

Why can’t you take care of it yourself?

A certified inspector:

  • Mold Inspector - Mold Solutions NWThoroughly inspect every nook and cranny of your home, areas you may not think to look at.
  • So the problem can be properly addressed, they will not only locate the mold, but will also locate the reason for the mold. You can’t just treat the mold, you have to treat the problem, such as:
    • Open windows
    • Leaks
    • Cracks in the foundation
    • Sump pump failure
    • Any other sources of water intrusion or excess moisture
  • Offer a proposal or solution for mold remediation with a detailed explanation of the protocol.

A certified technician will:

  • Isolate and contain the affected area
    • Ducts, vents and other openings will be sealed off
    • HEPA air scrubbers, which are used to eradicate airborne mold spores, Use mold solutions that are eco friendly - Mold Solutions NWwill be used to prevent cross contamination to nearby areas
  • Treat contaminated areas using EPA registered products
  • Remove any stain left by the mold
  • Remove items that have been damaged, but can’t be remediated
    • Drywall
    • Carpeting
    • Upholstery
    • Padding
    • Cabinetry
  • Using a HEPA vacuum, the entire work-site will be swept clean of all debris to minimize the transference of contaminated particles.
  • Apply an EPA registered anti-microbial.
  • Perform a final inspection to make sure all areas have been treated correctly
  • Remove all equipment and materials used on the job site.

Mold Solutions NW

We are a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold. Our inspectors and technicians are IICRC certified and are experts in the field.

Our work is affordable, environmentally friendly, permanent, and all of our services are backed by a 10 year warranty.