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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.

 


Guide: How to Kill Mold in Seattle

What Kills Mold in Seattle?

Will cleaning kill mold - That Mold LadyMost people realize that mold is a living, growing organism, so when they see it growing in their home, the first thing they think about is killing it.

Just the idea of mold growing in our homes makes us shudder, but what’s even worse than the idea of it is the knowledge that too much exposure to mold spores can adversely affect our health, especially the health of infants, the elderly and those who have respiratory problems.

Mold spores are always floating around in the air outside, so it only makes sense that some will find their way into our homes. The problem arises when the spores that have entered our homes find a nice moist, warm place to land, attach to and grow.

Is mold hard to kill?

Mold is usually easy to clean off of non-porous surfaces such at tile, glass or metal and is  less easily cleaned off of surfaces such as plastic or finished woods that are semi-porous.

Ridding porous surfaces like wallboard, furniture and unfinished wood of mold growth can be quite difficult. Sometimes if the mold can not be remediated:

  • Parts of walls may need to be removed and replaced
  • Household items may need to be throw away.

What not to use on mold

So often you hear, just use a little bleach on it, and it will go away. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Here are the facts:

  • Mold thrives on moisture (water)
  • When using bleach (which is already 95% water), it is recommended that you  dilute it to 1 part bleach and 10 parts water…are you starting to get the picture?
  • This solution may remove the color pigment from the mold, but it leaves the mold alive and ready to grow some more.
  • Bleach emits a gas that is not healthy for your or your family.

Mold hides where you can't see it - Than Mold LadyWhat should you do if you think you have a mold problem? How can you kill it?

Oftentimes there is more than meets the untrained eye, mold hides in places you wouldn’t think to look.


Remove Mold

Are You Worried About the Dangers of Mold?

Have mold remediatedCertainly mold growth in your home is very undesirable, but there really isn’t any reason to be afraid of it, unless you don’t have it properly taken care of.

Mold is sneaky, it can start growing in places you can’t see and remain undetected for a long time. The important thing is that when it is discovered that the situation is taken care of quickly, correctly and permanently.

The process of removing mold is called:

Mold Remediation

The term remediation simply means: to remedy, or remove something bad or defective, correcting a fault. In this case, the something “bad” is mold.

Using the right procedures and products, mold can be removed from your home or office and you can once again breathe easier knowing there is no further danger.

Mold removal is a process

If you think you may have mold in your home…

  • Inspect for moldThe 1st step is to have certified inspectors thoroughly inspect your home.
    • They will look in places you might never consider looking.
    • They will give you a report of their findings and a detailed proposal for remediation.
  • Next, the area in question must be contained.
    • Rooms must be isolated.
    • Areas like vents, ventilation ducts, cold air returns and other openings must be sealed off.
  • Then the mold is treated, preferably with EPA-registered products, which are designed to fight contamination.
  • If there are items or materials that cannot be remediated, they must be removed and discarded.
    • Such things as drywall, carpet, upholstery, cabinetry or padding
  • An extremely important part of remediation is the clean up. It’s essential that all debris and hard to notice particles are properly cleaned up and removed in order to properly complete the process.
    • HEPA vacuuming is a must.
  • Next, an EPA-registered anti-microbial product should be applied to prevent regrowth.
  • Finally, another complete inspection should be held to make sure that all mold has been removed and all areas have been treated with the anti-microbial.

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider with IICRC certified inspectors.

This is the proven process that we follow, a process that will provide you with peace of mind so you can breathe easier.

If you think you have a mold problem, don’t panic, but don’t wait either.