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How Much Mold Exposure is Harmful in Seattle?

Is Mold Exposure Harmful in Seattle?

Mold SporeSome people are more sensitive to mold than others, but no matter what your sensitivities are, everyone should limit their exposure to mold.

Mold is actually a fungus and can be found indoors as well as outdoors. Although there is not an exact count of how many different types of mold there are, it is estimated that there may be from tens of thousands to as many as three hundred thousand.

As most of us know, mold thrives in damp, warm, humid environments. They reproduce and spread by creating microscopic spores that go unseen by the naked eye. These spores travel through the air, and when they land on a surface that has moisture, they can begin to grow.

Because the spores travel through the air, they can be inhaled, and if a person inhales large quantities, their health may be impacted.

Mold may cause health problems

Mold exposure can lead to several health complications. There are several ways people can avoid too much exposure. Remove visible mold as soon as you notice them. The application of hot soapy water can wash away the pores. Experts can apply bleach to clean the surfaces. Porous surfaces tend to attract mold. It is good to discard any wet porous materials in a home. Carpets and insulation materials can develop mold if they are not kept dry.

Ensuring the home is dry can play a great role in keeping mold away. If mold does develop, it is essential to get a professional who can remove them as fast as possible. Family members can face health complications if the pores are left to stay in the air for long.

Molds not only produce allergens, which cause allergies, but they can also produce toxic substances, which may lead to sensitive people developing symptoms.

The most common health problems caused by mold, whether by the actual mold or by the mold spores, are allergic reactions.

Symptoms of mold exposure

Depending on the person, these symptoms may be manifest immediately or even after a period of time has passed since the exposure.Mold can cause allergies

  • Skin irritations – possible rashes
  • Itchy, watering red eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Possible asthma attacks
  • Migraine headaches

Aches and pains

When the body is exposed to toxins, the body will react by activating the immune system. Common symptoms people face after they have been exposed to mold include aches and pains. Children and older adults will even become worse when they are left to inhale high levels of mold. Quick action should be taken to remove the molds as fast as possible. Children and infants can become restless if the home is full of pores. Comfortable environment can make homes habitable and comfortable.

Changes in mood

Family members will not be happy after they are exposed to mold. The pores will be suspended in the air, making it hard to breathe. It is good to take necessary actions and remove the mildew. Experts know the right steps they can take to remove the mold so that family members can enjoy staying at home.

Headaches

When people breathe pores, they tend to experience headaches. Getting quick help from doctors is necessary. The pores react differently when they enter people. Some people can experience severe complications. It is essential to get an expert who can analyze the air condition. Sometimes the mold can enter the home from outside. If your neighborhood has let the walls develop moisture and have pores, then having an air purifier can reduce their levels. Other symptoms of exposure are memory loss and nosebleeds.

Allergy and irritation

Mold can lead to allergies and irritations. When the spores enter the body, they trigger allergic reactions that can lead to several symptoms. Some of the signs that people experience after they have been exposed to mold include the following:

Runny or blocked nose

The pores lead to allergic reactions that can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the nose. The body will then react through the production of mucus. If your family members tend to have runny noses, then it is good to get an expert who will assess the air condition and determine whether there is a high level of mold.

Watery and red eyes

The allergic reactions can lead to red eyes. The watery red eyes are caused by too much exposure to mold. The allergic reaction in the body tends to affect different organs of the body. The eyes can contact the pores as they are suspended in the air and lead to red eyes.

Dry cough

Inhaling the mold pores can make one develop a dry cough. There is a need to assess the room’s air quality if people start developing a dry cough. When people are exposed to allergic reactions, they tend to react differently. The dry cough can be among the signs you have been affected.

Skin rashes

Kids can start developing skin rashes after being exposed to high pore levels from the mold. The pores tend to cause allergic reactions that are manifested on the skin. There are several measures family members can take to avoid the exposure and even stop the skin reactions.

Sore throat

After a runny nose and dry cough, some people can end up developing a sore throat. The sore throat is caused by allergic reactions where the cells in the throat are inflamed. The condition can be controlled if the necessary measures are taken to reduce pores’ concentration in the air.

Sinusitis

Some people develop sinusitis. If you notice black coloration on your walls, then you develop sinusitis, then it is essential to ensure you get the mold assessment. Maybe your home has developed high levels of mold that make it hard for family members to enjoy their free time.

Wheezing

Some people experience wheezing. An inflamed air passage causes the sound. The allergic reaction can act on the walls of the air passage, making it hard to breathe. The problem can worsen if not tackled fast. It is good to get professionals to tackle the problem before it is too late. The exposure is known to worsen asthma in people who suffer from health complications.

Shortness of breath

In severe cases, people can experience shortness of breath. The condition is caused by inflammation of the windpipe. The problem can become worse. Many home homers take necessary measures to reduce the accumulation of mold pores in their homes. Some people have an allergic reaction that can lead to severe complications.

Depending on the type of mold, even more severe symptoms, such as fever and difficulty breathing, may be caused in some people who are extremely sensitive or vulnerable.

One young woman who is prone to migraine headaches began having the headaches recur more and more frequently. Then she noticed that during the weekends, when she wasn’t at work, the headaches were gone.

She worked in a retail store that was located in a very old building where she discovered large of amounts of mold growing. Luckily the business was relocating, and once they had moved, the frequency of her headaches went away.

People who suffer from asthma have an especially hard time when they are exposed to mold. Because they have breathing issues already, mold can affect their upper respiratory system, making it even more difficult for them.

People at risk of mold exposure

People who stay at home for long hours are at high risk of developing severe mold complications. They include infants and children. Infants have not fully developed their breathing systems. When they are exposed to mold, it can affect their health. Children and older adults tend to spend a lot of time indoors, and they are at high risk. People who suffer from allergy-related health complications such as asthma are at high risk. The condition can become worse in people with a weak immune system.

Can mold lead to breathing problems?

Mold can affect the breathing system. People who have asthma can experience the worst cases. There are documented cases where people have experienced shortness of breath. There is a need to take action and control the levels of mold. People with preexisting lung conditions can be at high risk if left in areas with high mold levels.

How mold affects the body

Mold leads to allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to the pores. When the offering particles enter their bodies, the immune system overreacts, leading to itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and even shortness of breath.

What happens when you inhale mold spores?

When some inhale the pores, the immune system overreacts, leading to allergic reactions. The allergic reactions can lead to several health complications. It is advisable to avoid exposure if possible. Getting mold removal services is very necessary.

Mold removal experts

We offer mold removal services. Our experts can carry out a mold inspection and recommend the best removal techniques. It is good to get the mold removed and prevented from coming back. Our experts are known to employ the latest technology to remove the mold. Call us today.

 

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Brown Mold in Seattle?

What Do You Know About Brown Mold?

BrownMold-MoldSolutionsNWThere is a lot of discussion about black mold and its dangers, but there isn’t a lot said about brown mold, and although it’s a fairly common type of mold many people may not have even heard the term.

Brown hairy mold, or Stemonitis, is called that because it has a brown furry appearance. Although it’s not typically as toxic as black mold, it can still affect the health of people who have weak immune systems, respiratory problems and allergies. Its existence should not be ignored.

Where is Brown Mold Found?

WetnessFromLeaks-MoldSolutions NWLike other molds, brown mold thrives in damp dark places. Wherever there’s a leak or repeated wetness that seldom dries out, that’s where you’ll find it.

A common place for growth can be found in one of the wettest places in our homes – the bathroom. Water gets under the floor tiles, where it remains damp, and before you know it you have mold growth. By the time you see it on the tiles, there is probably a lot of damage done to the sub-flooring. This is one very good reason why carpeting in bathrooms is not a good idea.

Kitchens are another common breeding place for brown mold. If your refrigerator or your dishwasher has a leak that goes unnoticed, mold growth will begin.

One family had a dishwasher that had an undetected leak. Brown spots began appearing from the underside of the linoleum tiles before the homeowners knew there was a problem. Once the dishwasher was removed and the tile lifted, they were able to see the sub-floor was full of mold, rotted and needed to be replaced.

Signs of Mold Growth

Being able to see the growth is not the only way to detect a mold problem.

  • Mold gives off a musty odor – you may be able to smell it whenever you are in the area of the growth.
  • If you ever see mushrooms growing on the inside of your home, it’s pretty certain that you have hidden mold and very likely damage from rot and insects.

If you have found, or even think you have mold growing in your home or business, it’s important to have it removed correctly and thoroughly. Don’t take a chance of spreading the spores by trying to remove it yourself…call an expert to remediate the problem.

Contact us – Mold isn’t always easy to see, but we know what to look for, where to find it, and what to do when its found.

 

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Is Mold Exposure Dangerous to People With Weakened Immune Systems?

Weakened Immune Systems and Mold

MoldandHealth-MoldSolutionsNWThe answer to that question is a resounding “yes”!

Although continuous exposure to mold growth is hazardous to everyone, the level of risk for people with weakened immune systems is definitely higher than for those who are healthier.

By inhaling or simply touching mold or its spores, allergic reaction may be experienced, and for those who suffer with asthma, mold can increase the asthma attacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those who have weakened immune systems are more likely to get mold infections, which could lead to hospitalization or even death.

Who is at a higher risk of mold infection?

  • People who have cancer.
    • People undergoing chemotherapy.
  • People who have had organ transplants and are on medication that typically weakens the immune system.
    • People who are on antibiotics.
  • People who have aids.
  • People born with weakened immune system issues.

Because mold is a fungus, and reproduces by emitting its tiny spores into the air, another term for mold infection is fungal infection. As the spores are inhaled, they make their way into your lungs which is where most fungal infections begin.

Protecting Yourself From Mold Infection

Obviously, mold exposure can be a real health hazard and is a situation that should not be ignored. There are signs of mold growth that you can recognize:

  • Black Mold - Mold Solutions NWBlack or white spots growing on walls, ceilings, under wall paper or on furniture.
  • A dank musty smell – you can’t always see mold…it can be found lurking under counters, behind furniture, inside the walls, but you can often smell it in areas that it’s growing.
  • Mold can grow just about anywhere there is a lot of moisture or humidity, a nice warm temperature and little sunlight. Some of the most common places it’s located are bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and basements.

You can control mold in your home by:

  • Making sure you have good ventilation and air flow.
  • Repair leaking plumbing right away.
  • Don’t let condensation from your windows build up on your windowsills…dry them off right away.
  • Keep furniture a few inches away from the walls to encourage good airflow.
  • Always run the exhaust fans in your bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.
  • If there has been flooding, even minor flooding, be sure it is dried thoroughly immediately…mold can begin to grow in about 24-48 hrs.

Symptoms of fungal or mold infection may include: headaches,  difficulty breathing, coughing, fever, skin rashes and congestion. Unfortunately these are symptoms for many other conditions, so oftentimes they get ignored because “they’ll go away soon”. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you have a weakened immune system, you may want to consider the idea of mold exposure, especially if there have been signs of mold growth in the home.

The first thing you should do is have trained professionals inspect your home for mold, and get their recommendations on how to remediate it. Removing the problem in your home may not be the only solution to get rid of our symptoms, consult with your doctor who may have anti-fungal medication.

If you think you have a mold problem:

Contact us  – Mold isn’t always easy to see, but we know what to look for, where to find it, and what to do when its found.


What Happens When Mold Spores Enter the Body?

Black Mold in the Body

Is it really a problem if you are exposed to black mold spores?

MoldSporeExposure-MoldSolutionsNWThe answer to that is definitely yes! Mold not only grows on surfaces inside and outside of your home, but if it is inhaled, it can continue its growth inside your body.

I remember as a child being told that if I swallowed watermelon seeds, they would begin growing in my stomach. That was a pretty frightening thought…

But the idea that mold can grow inside your body is a pretty disgusting thought, but it’s a reality.

Once it begins growing there, it will produce toxins that can make you very ill, from simple things such as sneezing and watery eyes to more severe problems such as breathing disorders, vomiting and neurological disorders.

Mold Diagnosis

Mold exposure problems are very difficult to diagnose…in fact they are probably the most misdiagnosed symptoms and illnesses in the country, often confused with other illnesses, so diagnosing it correctly can be nearly impossible.

Watch this short little video which will help you understand how mold can enter your body and what it can do once it is there.


If you think you have a mold issue in your home, don’t wait until it affects yours and your family’s health…Contact us right away!


Can You Get Mold Out of Clothes?

Mold in Clothes

MoldyClothes-MoldSolutionsNWDealing with moldy clothes isn’t typically what we do, but it’s an issue for many people, and can be a sign of further problems.

Just like organic materials around your home, ie. walls, carpets, flooring or ceilings; if conditions are just right, mold can begin growing on your clothing and shoes, especially if they are made of of organic materials such as cotton or cotton blends. If there is too much moisture in your home, if clothing is left sitting while wet, (swimsuits and towels, or sweaty clothes from a workout), or if they aren’t thoroughly dried after washing, your clothing becomes a breeding place for mold spores. They just need the right conditions, (moisture, warmth and a little darkness), and within a few hours mold will begin to grow.

How do you know if your clothes are moldy? They will be discolored, black or green and will have a distinct musty smell.

Because of too much moisture…

If you find mold growing on your clothing, shoes or bags in your home, you can be pretty certain you have a moisture problem in your home. You can try to clean your clothes or throw them away, but unless you deal with the excess moisture, mold will continue to grow.

Places where mold can be a problem is in dark, damp basements, in closets and under sinks.

One young woman was constantly getting migraine headaches and couldn’t understand why. One day while looking through her bedroom closet she discovered black mold growing on the walls and floor, and it had spread to some of her clothing. After checking a little further, she discovered that her closet, which was on an outside wall of her home had a leak. Once she had the leak repaired and the mold properly removed, her headaches went away.

Can you clean mold from your clothes?

Mold is basically digesting your clothing if it has begun to grow on it, and it leaves a stain where it has been, so the longer it grows the larger the stain, the less you’ll want to use the clothing and the harder it will be to remove the stain and the smell.

If the mold hasn’t been growing too long, there are some products that will help remove it from your clothing:

  • BleachMoldyClothes-MoldSolutionsNWWashing them in a detergent that is designed to kill mold
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach – can help lighten stains
  • Vinegar – helps remove the smell of mold
  • Borax – doesn’t emit toxic fumes

Be sure to wash the items in hot water and run through 2 complete wash cycles. A great way to make sure the mold has been killed is to line dry the clothing in the sun, where the sun’s ultraviolet rays will not only help to fade the stains, but will work to kill the mold as well.

If you have mold growing on your clothing, your home might have a mold problem, if you do…

 Contact us  – Mold isn’t always easy to see, but we know what to look for, where to find it, and what to do when its found.