Blog Articles About Mold


What Mold Does to You

What Can Mold Do to You?

Open Door to Mold - Mold Solutions NWBecause mold spores are always in the air, everytime you open a door or a window, you’re inviting mold into your home. It’s unavoidable. Spores can also enter your home through your air conditioning or heating systems and on the bodies of your pets as they come and go.

You wouldn’t think that something so tiny as these microscopic spores could cause the damage they are able to, but because they are the reproductive cells of mold, their reason for existence is to multiply and continue their life cycle.

Food for Mold

Their means of growth is to attach themselves to anything organic in warm, damp, humid conditions:

  • Walls, ceilings
  • Wood  and wood products
  • Drapery, upholstered furniture
  • Paint
  • Carpet
  • Even household dust

Once they have accomplished this task, it only takes between 24-48 for growth to begin. When this happens, mold begins digesting whatever it is attached to, and if left alone will destroy it and whatever else it spreads to. More spores are then created, and the cycle continues.

Mold Destroys More Than Your Home

Mold can destroy your health, especially if you are someone who has respiratory conditions, immune suppressed conditions, if you are elderly or very young. It can cause:

  • Allergy symptoms
  • Congestion
  • Nasal irritation
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Asthma attacks
  • Skin rashes
  • Eye and throat irritation
  • What Mold Does to You - Mold Solutions NWMigraine headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills or fever
  • Aching muscles
  • Nausea

As you can see from this list, because mold symptoms can be attributed to any number of  conditions, it is often difficult to diagnose that what you’re experiencing has been caused by toxic mold. For this reason, many people have become very ill from mold exposure.

If you or someone in your home is experiencing chronic symptoms that can’t be attributed to a physical condition or doesn’t respond to treatment, you should consider having your home inspected for mold. Mold is not always visible to you because it can grow in places you don’t necessarily look at frequently, if at all.

Call a professional, trying to handle a mold problem on your own can make the situation worse by inadvertently spreading it. A professional mold remediator will locate the cause of the mold, then safely and thoroughly get rid of it for you.

 


What does it take for Mold to Grow in Seattle?

How Does Mold Grow in Seattle?

How Does Mold Grow - Mold Solutions NWMany people are amazed when they discover that they have mold growing in their home.

The problem is, they’re not thinking of mold in the right way…they equate it with dirty living conditions. You can have a very clean house, and still have mold. It’s not about the dirt, it’s about mold spores that colonize anywhere there is moisture, oxygen and organic material for them to feed on.

Mold spores are extremely tiny and invisible to the naked eye, but the damage they can do is not. Once mold gets started, it doesn’t take long to take hold and begin the damage.

Damage from mold

If you’re wondering what type of damage mold can cause in your home, ask the victims of Hurricane Katrina and most recently Hurricane Sandy.

The news talks about power outages, shortages of gas, no food, no water, injury and evacuations. What you don’t always hear about is the destructive force of mold.

Once any type of water damage occurs, you only have 24-48 hours before mold begins to grow. If you can repair and stop the damage right away, you probably don’t need to worry. But in natural disasters where homes are evacuated and flooded, it’s unlikely that homeowners will not be able to return soon enough to stop the damage.

For homes (or any other buildings) that were left standing in water after the storms, mold will be their largest enemy. By the time people were able to re-enter their homes after Katrina, mold was growing everywhere and the homes were beyond repair.

But it doesn’t take a hurricane for mold to begin growing, it only takes a leaky pipe, too much condensation or lack of good ventilation.

Tell tale signs of mold

Water Damaged Home - Mold Solutions NWIf your home, office or school has experience any type of water damage, be on the look out for signs such as these:

  • Water stains
  • Musty smell
  • Discolored walls or ceilings
  • Warped floors

Mold doesn’t go away on its own…if your home has had water damage that has encouraged mold growth, don’t try to deal with it yourself, you could actually make matters worse – call trained mold inspectors and remediators. They know how to solve your mold issues safely and without spreading the spores so they can start again.


Can Mold Cause Breathing Difficulty in Seattle?

What Could Cause Your Breathing Difficulty?

Difficulty Breathing - Mold Solutions NWRespiratory problems, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing can be caused by any number of things, it could be caused by:

  • Something as simple as a cold
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Viruses
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Allergies

When the problem is allergies, the symptoms could be caused by pollens, dust or mold. When mold is the culprit, it can increase the intensity and frequency of all of the illnesses or conditions listed above.

Real life example

This is a communication between a client and me in regard to a respiratory problem from a tenant.

Thank you for having me out to your client’s home to figure out what might be causing some of their respiratory issues.

I am not a medical professional, but in the course of my mold investigation I did notice that the level of humidity in their apartment is on the high side, possibly creating an environment conducive to organic growth.

There was some evidence of organic growth under their mattress, but nowhere else was anything visible. There are some other factors too that might be contributing and I have listed them out and thoughts on ways to keep these things in check in the attachment.

I believe that if the tenants give some consideration to the ideas in that attachment as well as you possibly providing them with a dehumidifier to keep moisture content of air down, (between 40 and 50% is what we want to see, higher than that creates conditions for mold growth). There may be some dust issues there as well, which can create allergic reactions for folks and is easily rectified.

Don’t underestimate mold and dust

Mold Free Happy Home - Mold Solutions NWBoth mold and dust can be very detrimental to your ability to breathe…luckily the couple in our story didn’t have a big issue in their home, it was one that could be easily rectified.

Mold Solutions NW’s goal is to help you breathe easier with a complete and thorough inspection.

If you or someone else in your family is experiencing difficulty breathing and it can’t be associated with a medical condition, contact us for a Free Mold Assessment.


How to Remove Mold From Your Shower in Seattle?

Is Mold in the Shower Dangerous?

Mold in the Shower - Mold Solutions NWWe’ve all seen and shuddered at the development of mold on shower tiles, around shower doors and in the caulking round the base of the shower. In a place designated for our cleanliness, it just seems wrong that mold would be growing there.

But of all the places in your house, the bathroom, and more specifically the shower, provides some of the best conditions for the growth of mold.

Mold needs a moist, warm place to grow and thrive…what better place than in your shower, it’s the perfect breeding ground.

But is this type of mold dangerous to your health?

Types of Mold

There are two types of mold that are considered toxic and harmful to your health:

  • Stachybotrys
  • Memnoniella

The type of mold typically found in your shower or bath is Cladosporium, which feeds on soap scum, and as a rule is not considered toxic.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t address the problem and get rid of the mold, because some people who are extremely sensitive and who may already have pre-existing respiratory problems may experience intensified symptoms.

It’s unhealthy to live around and breath in the spores of any type of mold.
All mold is a fungus, why would you want any of it growing in your home?

Removing the mold

It’s much easier to remove the mold from a solid piece of tile or shower surround by using a nice stiff brush and a good disinfectant, than it is to remove it from grout or the caulking around the doors and the floor.

Cleaning Mold - Mold Solutions NWWhen you do clean the mold from the walls, always protect yourself by using gloves, having good ventilation and never combining chemicals.

To clean the mold from the caulking, you will probably need to remove all caulking, clean the area well, and then let it totally dry before applying a new bead of silicone.

If you have mold growing on other porous, organic surfaces in your home, such as walls, ceilings, carpets or wood, you will not be able to “clean” it up safely, thoroughly and permanently yourself.

Give us a call for a Free mold assessment


How to Prevent Mold Growth in Seattle?

How Can You Prevent the Growth of Mold?

Don't Breathe Mold Spores - Mold Solutions NWYou 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
    • Ceiling Fans Help Reduce Humidity - Mold Solutions NWKeep 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.