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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 Do Tenants in Seattle Resolve Mold Issues?

What Should You Know About Mold in Apartments?

Image of How do tenants deal with mold issues? - Mold Solutions NWHomeowners and business owners are not the only people who have mold issues. It is not uncommon for a renter or tenant to discover they have mold in their rental home or apartment.

The problem with mold being found in a rental property is determining who is responsible for remediation, which can lead to conflict between landlord and tenant.

If you are a tenant…

Before signing your name on the dotted line of the lease, you always do a walk through to take note of the condition of the dwelling; you look for doors and drawers to work properly, the condition of the flooring and the walls and you check to make sure all appliances are in good working order.

One thing you may not have considered looking for is mold growth, check for:

  • Musty odors and where it seems they are originating from
  • Evidence of water damage, such as stains in the carpets, the walls or ceilings.
  • Discolored laminate on the floors that are near sinks, dishwashers, clothes washers and other plumbing

If mold is found before you sign a contract and move in, the mold cleanup would be the responsibility of the landlord. It would be my recommendation to have it remediated before you move in to avoid any health issues that the mold may cause.

Your responsibility:

Once you have determined that your future home is free from mold, and you have moved in, your responsibility begins.

It’s up to you to:

  • Notify your landlord immediately once you have discovered a water leak.
  • Image of Keep floors vacuumed to reduce mold spores - Mold Solutions NWBecause mold spores are always in the air, keeping your home clean and vacuumed will help remove spores that are waiting for moist humid conditions to begin growing and spreading.
  • Allow fresh air to circulate by opening windows whenever possible.
  • If you have had a leak or water damage, make sure that all organic materials, clothing, bedding or carpets are dried as quickly as possible.
    • Mold begins growing within about 24 hrs, so timing is critical.
  • If you discover mold, contact your landlord right away.

More often than not, a mold inspector or remediator will not be able deal with the tenant, but will need to discuss the problem with the landlord or property owner, which doesn’t mean they are responsible for taking care of the mold – you may need to work together to resolve the issue of responsibility.

If you are a tenant in Washington State, you are covered by the “Residential Landlord-Tenant Act“, which will help you understand your rights and responsibilities.


How Do You Find The Source of Mold in Your Seattle Home?

How to find the source of mold?

Mold is frequently found when people are remodeling their homes. Because it is often necessary to work with and around the house’s structure, signs of mold that would not normally be seen become very visible.

One such homeowner in the Seattle, WA area began a remodeling job on their home and discovered a great deal of mold growth in their crawl space.

I think you’ll find these before and after pictures very interesting.

Before our team did their job:

Image of Mold on Joists and Walls - Mold Solutions NWThis is what one typical crawl space looked like, the mold was caused by a lack of proper ventilation. We work with the best insulation companies in the State; they come in and extract the insulation and put the correct ventilation in, sealing ducts if necessary to further diminish moisture getting into the crawl space.

Then after we do our job, they come back in and replace insulation up to code, making sure you get any available rebates from your energy company and saving you big bucks on your future energy bills!  And you also get peace of mind knowing your indoor air quality is much cleaner because of our team efforts!

Protecting the air you breathe

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Have you ever noticed when you bite into a powdered donut, the powder flies everywhere!  Kind of like when you disturb mold, the spores like to fly everywhere, and we like to keep that under control and make them go where we say. Tough on mold, easy on the environment.

Our Team

Image of Mel the Mold Lady - Molds Solutions NWWe are proud to say that all of our remediators are certified. Its dirty work but someone has got to do it!

But really, each of our team has got to pass a rigorous certification program, we don’t hire just just anyone, plus they all wear the proper personal protective  equipment.

Our Tools

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After containment, we vacuum every surface with specialized High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuums, designed specifically to capture mold spores. Then we scrub and treat with a fungicide, then apply a stain remover, then finish off with an anti microbial which deters future mold from being able to grow. We can warranty the areas we treat for ten years!

The Finale

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Happy Healthy crawl space …so you can breathe easy!

 


Can You Paint Over Mold?

Is It a Good Idea to Paint Over Mold?

Image of Don't just paint over mold - Mold Solutions NWIf you have mold growing on your walls, don’t be tempted to “just paint over it” hoping that will get rid of the problem for you…it won’t. What seems like a good idea is really an effort in futility.

Although there are paints designed to inhibit mold or mildew growth, they are not designed to stop it once it has begun.

Mold must be killed, you can’t just cover it because before you know it, it will resurface right through that new coat of paint, cause it to peel and continue to grow and destroy.

Mold Survival

Like all living organisms, mold survival depends on moisture and food, and the food it focuses on is your home. Finding organic materials in your home, such as wood, fabrics, insulation or wallboard, it begins the process of decomposition, which is what it does best.

When mold is outside, it’s decomposing characteristics can be very beneficial, but when it has the opportunity to reside in your home, it can be very destructive as it weakens your home’s structure or destroys furnishings.

Other Dangers

Mold is not only dangerous to your home, but can also create health risks as its tiny spores circulate through the air and are inhaled, which can be especially bad for the elderly, the very young or people who already have respiratory problems. Some of the problems it can cause or increase are:

  • Problems breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms that resemble the flu
  • Even learning disabilities

Controlling Mold Growth

You can’t get rid of all the organic materials in your home, but you can control the moisture that encourages mold to begin in the first place.

  • Image of Good ventilation helps prevent mold growth - Mold Solutions NWOpen windows as often as possible to increase good airflow in your home.
  • Repair leaks of all kinds – it only takes about 24-48 hours for mold to begin growing, the sooner you repair your leaks the better.
  • If you have had water damage of any kind, especially to carpets, fabrics or upholstery, be sure to to not only get them dried and cleaned as soon as possible – don’t forget the short period of time it takes mold to start.
  • Check your attic and crawl space to make sure they are well ventilated and have good airflow.
  • Always use exhaust fans in your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms to vent excess moisture outside.

For your peace of mind and the safety of your health and home, 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

 


How Does Mold Affect Children in Seattle?

What is the Effect of Mold on Children in Seattle?

Image of Mold increases risk of asthma - Mold Solutions NWPeople are more concerned today than ever about pollutants in the air, about the environment and the effect these two things have on them, and especially on their children. And we should be concerned.

One of the environmental and air quality issues that should be at the top of our list is mold. Because mold spores are always around us, the chances of long term exposure is high. It just takes the right environment for mold to take hold and start growing, growing in places you may never think to look at.

Along with the elderly and those with existing respiratory problems, children, especially young children, are one of the most likely groups of people that mold can have an adverse effect upon. Some of the problems that young children can develop from mold have been known to last throughout their entire lives.

What are the problems?

Just the smell of mold puts a child at risk for respiratory problems, especially asthma. In fact it has been estimated that the odor can increase their risk of asthma by 2.5 times. If, because of family genetics, meaning their parents have a history of allergy or asthma, not only are they more prone to developing these conditions naturally, but the presence of mold in their home or school will increase their risk.

This makes total sense when you consider that as mold grows, it emits a gas into the air, which is what we are smelling. Then combined with the fact that mold spores, which are allergens, traveling through the air are inhaled, sensitivities can develop.

What is asthma?

To begin with, asthma is incurable, it can be treated and managed, but never totally cured.

The disease affects the airways that allow us to breathe. The air passages of an asthmatic are inflamed and swollen, making them very susceptible, whenever allergens are introduced, to become even more swollen and narrow, restricting the passage of air, causing:Image of Asthma causes trouble breathing, coughing and wheezing - Mold Solutions NW

  • Tightness of the chest
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing

Young children’s bodies, especially their immune systems, are still developing, they’re not physically prepared to deal with the negative effects of continuous mold exposure, the damage it can do may be with them for a lifetime.

What is the quality of the air that you and your children breathe on a daily basis?

If you have mold, or even think you have mold in your home, don’t risk future health of  your children. The smart thing to do is call a mold inspector to determine if and why you have mold growth and then remediate it.

Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, or Tacoma
We can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.