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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.

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Toxic Mold

How Severe are the Dangers of Toxic Mold?

Mold Danger - Mold Solutions NWAccording to Dr. Mercola, the dangers of toxic mold can be far more damaging than even pesticides. He also sites statics that suggest that up to 40% of our schools and 25% of our homes have levels of mold that are harmful to people.

In the Seattle, WA area, it’s not surprising that, considering the heavy moisture content in the air, there would be a heavy concentration of homes reporting mold growth. But what is surprising is that even in drier areas of the country, mold is still a problem.

Toxic Mold Health Issues

We have all heard that mold causes such symptoms as sneezing, coughing and increased respiratory issues, but there are more serious possibilities that aren’t talked about as much.

Please watch this brief video of a family that had extreme health problems. Problems you can avoid if you will be on the lookout for signs of mold in your homes, schools or businesses, and when you find it, have it remediated immediately!


Is Breathing Mold Dangerous? Read This If You See Any Mold

How Harmful is Breathing Mold?

Mold Decays Leaves - Mold Solutions NWFall is fast approaching, which means leaves are falling and decaying, and people are having allergy and asthma attacks.

The decay is caused by mold doing it’s job, feeding off the organic plant matter and turning it into organic compost.

When this natural cycle occurs outside people with allergies can become very uncomfortable, but when mold is growing and feeding off the organic materials in your house, it is not only uncomfortable, but can become dangerous.

About Mold:

Mold is not like typical plants that produce their food by means of photosynthesis, mold is a fungus that must find its food to survive, and it will find it in dark, moist, warm places…that’s where fallen leaves, over ripe fruit and your water damaged wallboard comes in.

As mold finds its food source, the process of decay and destruction begins.

How Mold Grows

Your home can be the perfect environment for mold to grow, like you it likes nice warm places with moist air. And like you, it will thrive when conditions are just right.

As mold grows, it spreads by sending out tiny seed like spores that travel through the air looking for the same conditions. This process happens rapidly, in fact if you have had water damage and haven’t thoroughly dried out everything that got wet, mold will begin in about 24 hours.

Some molds produce mycotoxins, which are dangerous to human beings, and are all but impossible to destroy. If we have mold in our homes, when we breath the air, we are also breathing in the mold spores and possibly dangerous mycotoxins.

Possible Health Problems Related to Mold:

  • Mold Can Cause Health Problems - Mold Solutions NWRespiratory problems – trouble breathing, allergies and asthma
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Sinusitis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Depression
  • Aching joints

If you’re experiencing poor health symptoms that you can’t explain, you might want to consider the possibility of mold exposure.

We are not intended to coexist with mold in our homes – call us for a FREE mold assessment.

Mold Solutions NW is a full service mold solutions provider for the Seattle Puget Sound area, Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma.

 


Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Can You Use Bleach To Remove Mold?

Bleach won't kill mold - Mold Solutions NWMany people think that all they need to do to kill mold once and for all is to use bleach. This works just fine if the mold is on a non-porous surface such as glass, bathtubs or kitchen countertops (why would there be mold on the counter where food is prepared?).

Many of the new mold removal products, which are becoming more and more popular, contain bleach as an active ingredient. Again, this is fine on hard, non-porous surfaces.

The problem is, people think bleach will kill mold that is on everything…walls, ceilings, carpets or upholstery. This  is a false assumption.

Killing Mold

Mold is a living organism, with roots that grow into its food source. Therefore, the process of truly killing mold is to kill its roots, which is easier said than done.

You would think that because bleach is liquid, that it would soak into wood based materials, but the properties of bleach prevent it from doing so. Which means you may bleach the color of the top of the mold, but it’s roots go untouched, and continue to grow.

Facts about mold and bleach

Mold thrives on water - Mold Solutions NWMold loves moisture (water), bleach is made up of 95% water. It is recommended that you use a beach solution of 1part bleach and 10 parts water. This won’t kill the mold, and it may even encourage its growth!

We’re simply handing it what it needs to survive.

One of the problems with mold are the toxic spores that it sends into the air, bleach sends toxic gases into the air – both of which we inhale.

It seems to me that using bleach to try and kill mold is only compounding the problem.

More cold hard facts:

There are times when mold has taken over and is so bad that it can’t totally be remediated or removed. So whatever it’s growing in (you notice I didn’t say on), must be totally cut out and removed. It’s very difficult to remediate mold from such things as wallboard.

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.