News: An abandoned home
If you don’t think that mold is a problem affecting many Americans, all you need to do is look at the news on any given day to hear about how this fungus can alter the course of your family life.
Lisa Lusk has a story that’s become all too normal in the United States—mold in her home that was so bad it forced her to change her lifestyle for fear of illness. Recently she told her tale to The Roanoke Times and it involves a four hundred-thousand-dollar home that now sits abandoned because of mold.
She recently reported having a variety of different symptoms including joint pain and dizziness, but was unable to find the medical help that could tell her exactly what was wrong. She said that before she discovered the culprit was mold, she worried that she might have a debilitating disease like multiple sclerosis and would soon wind up in a wheelchair. Lusk eventually found a local doctor who specialized in the treatment of mold biotoxin and helped her to put her life back on track.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done some research on mold and reported more than a few interesting findings. They write that mold is not usually a problem unless it occurs indoors. The World Health Organization’s 2009 Guidelines also cautioned against indoor moisture that can result in mold and adversely affect health.
A Patch on Your Tile
So, for many people it’s important to understand what they’re up against and how to identify this crafty enemy. Mold can grow along the grout in your bathtub or attach itself to your shower curtains or tiles. Good ventilation is a great way to fight back but mold is a sneaky adversary that likes to colonize where ever it can find moisture. A humid bathroom is a great place for this fungus to set up shop. If you find a discolored patch on one of your shower tiles, mold might have already established a beachhead in your bathroom.
Mold and Mildew: Cousins or Siblings?
There are quite a few different tools that you’ll need to have under your belt to successfully combat mold and one is being able to tell the difference between it and mildew.
They have a few matching characteristics since they both like moist areas and can grow on a variety of services. However, the similarities end there. Mildew is white or gray and generally grows on the surface of any moist area. The best part about mildew is it’s easy to tackle with a scrub brush and some cleaning solution.
Mold is a much bigger problem. It can be black or even green which tells you there is a much larger issue and it can be slimy or even fuzzy to make it more disgusting.
News: Mold in NYC
If you need some more convincing that those dark spots on your basement wall could be a predicament and health hazard, current events are always happy to supply the proof. A report last month from Rocklin in New York City told the sad tale of a family that lived in a city-owned dwelling that was so run down it had mold growing on the walls.
The mother of two young boys who lived in the apartment told Eyewitness News in the Big Apple how she had complained about the broken pipes in her son’s bedroom for three years with nothing getting done.
Regina Pridgen even went on to say that her four-year-old son is now suffering from asthma because of the black mold that he was forced to breathe in while sleeping in his bedroom at the complex. Officials in New York apologized for the sad incident and quickly implemented a clean up.
So the question becomes: “What should I be looking for if I think mold is affecting my health?” Understandably everybody wants to know what they should be aware of to prevent themselves from getting sick like the children in New York City or the family in The Roanoke Times story. Here’s a few of the symptoms you should be looking for especially when you’re not sure whether you’re dealing with a mold infestation or something the kids or dog dragged in. Checking off these boxes might just set up the red flags you need to call in our New Mexico mold removal services.
- Mental. Black mold is called toxic for a very good reason because it can affect your mental abilities and even your respiratory system. It can cause a variety of mental disorders including hallucinations, shock and anxiety. As well, you can suffer from memory loss and disorientation and even slowed reflexes.
- Respiratory. If you’re living with black mold, you’re breathing in toxic black mold spores called mycotoxins. Some of the symptoms that can mimic other sicknesses like a cold include a burning feeling in your throat and stuffed up nasal cavities. In a worst-case scenario, these mycotoxins can get lodged in the lungs and cause bleeding. Shortness of breath as well as wheezing and coughing are just some of the other symptoms of a respiratory system has been compromised by black mold.
- Circulatory. If these mycotoxins find their way into your bloodstream, you can suffer from a variety of different serious ailments. Blood clotting and hemorrhaging are two of the more severe problems you can encounter. Watch for symptoms that include low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.
Keep in mind the spores from this type of mold can get into your eyes and cause a variety of different medical problems. Blurry vision and jaundice are two of the symptoms you should be watching out for. As well, you might notice bloodshot or red eyes and an inflammation.
News: Chicago Schools Have Mold
By now, we will bet that you are starting to realize what a formidable enemy mold is. However, if you’re still sitting on the fence and not convinced, here’s a story about mold in the Chicago school system that should do the trick.
Just a few days ago it was reported that three schools in the Chicago area will need to have both asbestos and mold removed over the Christmas Holidays. The Chicago Tribune reported on December 2 that these schools will have certain rooms remain closed until the repairs can be affected.
To prove our point about this type of fungus springing up everywhere, a computer lab in one school, some floor tiles in the nurse’s office in another and the library in a third were all found to have small traces of moisture and mold. However, school officials who understood how important it is to have an environment free of all this kind of fungi, closed the rooms and vowed to make full repairs over the holidays.
What Are the Causes?
Our New Mexico mold removal services understand that a well-informed client is our best customer. That’s why we’ve made it our business to understand everything about this nuisance so you can prevent an infestation before it starts.
That said, here are just a few of the perfect conditions that mold needs to grow, invade your home and threaten your family’s health.
- A source to start. Drywall, wood and even clothing are some of the more common jumping off points were mold gets its beginning. If you’re looking to stay on top of any problems before they become too large, we suggest you implement a routine and look in these three areas.
- Dark places. Mold doesn’t like the light and that can help you to further refine your search pattern. Those dark corners of the basement that are always a little damp are perfect places to start looking and the attic and even rooms without a good source of light can attract mold spores.
- A nice warm place. There’s no need to look for mold spores in your garage in the middle of winter. They like the warmth and around your hot water heater and furnace is an excellent breeding ground where mold sets up shop.
- Mold also likes moisture. That’s good reason to look after any leaky pipes right away, but mold can grow because of what’s going on outside as well. It’s a good idea to check those dark spaces and pipes right after it has rained for a few days or the weather has been especially humid. It’s also a great idea to check your roof for leaks on a constant basis when you’re looking to prevent mold spores from getting a hold.
You need to watch out for pockets of stagnant moist air that can be trapped inside when you don’t have the right ventilation in your home. Keep in mind that poor ventilation also means that surfaces dry out slower and increase your chance of inviting mold in.
News: Biblical Mold?
Once you start to scratch the surface, it will come as no surprise that mold is as old as human history itself. The Book of Leviticus even has specific instructions about what a homeowner should do if black mold is found on a stone they used to build their home.
Isn’t it interesting to know how far back our profession goes in history? There is more to this great story that translates well into our modern-day services. For example, way back in those biblical times, anyone who touched the infected stones in the house had to wash their hands. As well, if the mold began to appear on any other stones, the whole place was dismantled and everything was taken to the outskirts of the city.
Black mold has quite a history. Way back in 1938 Russian scientists first discovered the link to it growing in hay, on the walls of stables and near livestock that had become sick. The first recorded cases of people becoming ill from toxic mold came in the 1940s when farmers encountered grain that had this growing on it.
Looking for a contractor?
In the end, if you have a mold problem in your home or business it’s best to call in the professionals to get rid of it once and for all. Fair enough you might say, but what should I be looking for in one of these places? Here’s a list of a few criteria that will help to ensure you get good service and excellent follow-up. Be forewarned, following these steps will ensure you wind up on our website and we wind up helping you with your mold issue!
- A professional assessment needs to be the first step in any thorough job. It’s important to test all surfaces in your home as well as the air quality to find out exactly what the problem is.
- Drying the entire area is the first step once the problem has been isolated. It’s important to keep in mind that mold loves moisture and keeping things dry is the best deterrent we can offer.
- Removing the spores is a delicate procedure and you want the company you are thinking about giving your business to walk you through the steps. Professional companies use HEPA filters and antimicrobial cleaners to make sure the job gets done thoroughly and correctly.
- After the job is done, any mold removal service in Albuquerque that’s credible will test the affected areas to make sure there are no more mold spores present.
Finally, it’s important for a company to have the right accreditations and that they should be backed by the Rainbow International Standards and name. This all sounds like a lot for you to sort through when you’re looking for a mold removal company, we’d be more than happy to make the whole process simple for you.
Everything that we have described are the features we have and are happy to provide to every one of our clients. Why not give us a call today?