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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.

 


How Do I Know if I Have Mold in Seattle?

What are signs of mold in your house?

Image of Frightened about the thought of having mold - Mold Solutions NWBecause they understand the health risks, thinking they might have mold in their home can be a frightening thing to many people. It would seem the solution is relatively easy, just get rid of it – problem solved. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done.

First of all, discovering the presence of mold in your home isn’t as easy as you might think.

Yes, there are times when you can see it, but maybe even more often, there are times when it’s hiding, lurking in places you can’t or seldom look at like back in the dark corners of an under sink cabinet, or in the padding of your carpet or even in your drywall.

Mold is called a Filamentous fungus and is considered a parasite.

Mold can grow anywhere it has a food source (any organic materials), moisture or high humidity, and a little time (if conditions are just right, it doesn’t take much time at all for mold to begin growing).

What are the signs of unseen mold?

Mold smells…mold is considered a microbial volatile organic compound that releases gas while it’s growing which is where its odor comes from. When it is growing in enclosed spaces or in high concentration, the odor is much more noticeable.

If everytime you enter your home or a certain room in your house, you get a whiff of “musty”, chances are good that you have mold.

Keep in mind that in addition to the fact the smell develops slowly over a period of time, because you live in your home and you’re there a great deal of time, you could get used to the odor and not recognize it’s presence.

Health issues are another good indicator that you have mold.

Mold can make you sick…Although mold exposure doesn’t have the same effect on everyone, for some, it doesn’t take a great deal of exposure to cause health problems, especially for infants, the elderly and people who have respiratory or autoimmune disorders.

Some of the symptoms might be:

  • Image of Mold can cause health issues - Mold Solutions NWBurning, watery or reddened eyes
  • Nasal or throat irritations
  • Sinus congestion
  • Coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chronic headaches

The difficulty using these symptoms as mold indicators is that they are so similar to cold and flu symptoms. If these symptoms persist and don’t go away it’s evidently not a cold.

If you have any indication of mold in your home, give us a call, don’t put your health at risk.

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.

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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.


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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