Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm.
How Can You Prevent the Growth of Mold?
You 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
Keep furniture from being pushed up against walls Use ceiling fans
If you have concrete floors in your basement, consider painting them
Always use 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.
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm.
How Severe are the Dangers of Toxic Mold?
According 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!
Posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:20 am.
How Does Mold Affect Pregnancy?
More and more people are coming to the understanding that exposure to mold can cause many health issues, especially for young children, the elderly and those who already have respiratory problems.
With that in mind, the question now is will mold negatively affect your pregnancy and your unborn child?
Unfortunately, there has not been a great deal of research done on this topic. There has been animal research that has shown there are risks of birth defects if the animals have eaten moldy food, but nothing has been determined about airborne mold exposure.
Is It Coincidence?
There have been many women who, during the time of their pregnancies were exposed to mold for extended periods of time, either experienced miscarriage or had a child born with a birth defect. But science has not validated the idea that these situations were caused by or linked to mold exposure.
What we do know…
We do know how mold can affect those of us who have already been born.
We know that mold is a fungus and is around us all the time.
We know that it’s good for the outside environment, but not for us.
We know that it grows by sending out tiny spores into the air we breathe.
We know that continuous exposure to these spores can cause health problems:
Increased asthma attacks
Eye irritations Allergic reactions
We know that mold should be removed as soon as possible
It may be a coincidence, but we really don’t know. Even though there is no research that proves mold exposure is harmful to your unborn child, why take chances?
Protect yourself and your pregnancy, have the mold remediated
Posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm.
What should you know about
Asthma and Mold?
Asthma 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.
These 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.
Posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:30 am.
Is There Mold in your New Seattle Home?
Unfortunately, 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.
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.
Trees that have been around for a while consist of two types of wood:
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.
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.
If 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.