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Are You Living With Mold? It’s More Likely Than You Think

Could You Be Living With Mold?

Your child could be exposed to mold at school - Mold Solutions NWBecause we know that mold spores exist virtually everywhere, we should each be asking ourselves if we could be living with mold.

Chances are pretty good that each of us comes into contact with mold several times a week, and we probably don’t even realize it. But coming into contact with it isn’t nearly as bad as if we are living with it.

Where we live…

Although our houses are the predominant places we “live”, we also have to consider the other places we “live” or spend a large part of our lives. Mold can be found in:

  • Homes & Apartments
    • Mold will be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, under sinks and in closets and drawers.
    • When mold is found in apartments or rental houses, the issue really becomes who is responsible for the cost of remediation.
  • Schools
    • It can be found on walls, in restrooms, showers and kitchens.
    • When mold growth is too great, it will impact the comfort and health of staff and students causing fatigue, nausea, or even increasing asthma attacks.
    • All schools can experience mold problems, but older schools and schools located in areas of high humidity are at higher risk.
  • Businesses and offices
    • Currently, there are no OSHA standards for what are acceptable levels of mold spores in the workplace, but the effects on health should be reason enough for business owners and managers to prevent or remediate mold growth.
  • Mold can grow in your hair - Mold Solutions NWEven in your hair!
    • I read an article the other day that talked about people who wore their hair in dreadlocks. The article commented that dreadlocks require a proper amount of maintenance which includes special products that allows the hair to continue to grow and entangle. However, if there is too much maintenance and too much product, the hair may not thoroughly dry out, and mold and mildew will begin to grow.

What should you do?

If the mold problem is in our home, the solution is easy, hire a mold inspector to locate the growth and what is causing the problem, then get it remediated.

But if the mold issues are in a school, an apartment or a business it gets a little more complicated. A mold inspector still needs to be hired, but it’s not up to you as an individual to do that. So I would begin by talking to administrators, managers, apartment owners and business owners to get the process started. Don’t ignore the problem because you are not in direct control of the situation, keep talking to people until you have found the person who can get things done.

Luckily, if the mold is in your dreadlocks, you don’t need an inspector, you may just need a haircut.

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.

What are the Dangers of Mold Spores?

What are Mold Spores?

Without mold, leaves would be slow to decompose - Mold Solutions NWIf it were possible for mold spores to remain outside, we wouldn’t worry about them quite as much, because when they are outside they are actually performing an important function.

Unfortunately, they don’t remain outside, they come into our homes and businesses continuously.

Mold is a fungus that benefits the environment by breaking down animal or plant matter which is slow to decay, such as:

  • Leaves
  • Wood
  • Food

Without the help of mold, we would be overcome with leaves and wood, that needs help to decompose.

But that’s outside…inside, mold spores are not helpful.

Mold spores inside our homes

Mold spores have one function; to breakdown organic materials. So whether they are inside or out, they seek out moist, nutrient rich surfaces where they can grow and produce more spores.

In our homes some of their favorite breeding grounds are:

  • Poorly ventilated or insulated attics and crawl spaces
  • Continuously moist wood caused by condensation on windows or leaks under sinks
  • Walls and ceilings
  • Carpets

Mold Spores Cause Health Problems

Because symptoms of mold exposure are so similar to the common cold or allergies, many people don’t realize they are having a reaction to mold.

Mold exposure can cause headaches - Mold Solutions NWKeep in mind that colds and seasonal allergies don’t last for 12 months of the year.

So if you are experiencing such symptoms as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, wheezing and even chronic headaches for prolonged periods of time, you are possibly feeling the effects of mold exposure.

For some, the exposure is more dangerous; it can trigger asthma attacks, other respiratory problems, predominantly affecting infants, the elderly and people who have weakened immune systems or respiratory conditions.

Usually when the mold is remediated, people who have these symptoms recover just fine, but there are people who have been exposed for too long and have never fully recovered.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as these and you’re 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.

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.