Category: Mold

Limiting Mold Growth in the Winter Months

Limiting Mold Growth in the Winter Months

Limiting Mold Growth in the Winter MonthsYou might think that the winter months offer a break from the challenge of controlling mold — but you would be wrong. While mold growth does typically slow when it’s cold, it can still cause problems in your home.

It is extremely important that you take steps to prevent mold growth and get rid of it as soon as you notice signs that it might be spreading. Mold can grow very quickly, leading to unpleasant earthy odors, potential damage to drywall and insulation, and unhealthy living conditions.

Mold in the Cold

Moisture, nutrients, and a favorable temperature range create ideal conditions that support mold growth. And since that temperature range for most species is 60–80 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s easy for mold to feel comfortable in the same type of environment where people feel comfortable year-round. That means mold and fungi will almost always be able to find the right conditions to spread in your home.

Despite the availability of comfortable temperatures, what’s even more valuable to mold is moisture. The rainy season — and its accompanying high humidity — typically sticks to the warmer months, keeping the soil around your house damp and moisture in the air. In winter, however, moisture is prone to plaguing certain areas. Windows are especially worrisome, as the mixing of warm inside air and cold outside air causes condensation to form. This makes your windows a prime location for mold growth during the winter months.

How to Prevent Mold in the Winter

It’s not realistic to expect families to keep their homes cooled below livable temperatures for mold, so the best way to keep it in check is to target moisture. Be diligent about cleaning up moisture wherever you find it, whether it’s a window, a leaky pipe, or a spill on the carpet.

Other ways to mitigate mold include:

  • Running a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50%
  • Use ventilation fans in the bathrooms while in use
  • Get rid of old materials that might absorb moisture (cardboard, newspapers, etc.)
  • Use cleaning products that are designed to deal with mold
  • Regularly clean your gutters

With a little diligence, you can keep moisture levels down throughout your home and prevent the spread of mold in the winter months. But if you suspect there might be a problem, contact East Coast Mold Remediation to take care of the issue immediately.

Myths About Mold and Mildew

Myths About Mold and Mildew

Myths About Mold and MildewWhen left unchecked, mold growth can become a serious problem — both in terms of health and the structural integrity of your home. And while there are plenty of reasons to take it seriously, there are also lots of myths and misconceptions about mold.

Here are just a few for you to consider as you consider your approach.

Myth 1: You should test for mold regularly.

Testing for mold can give you some interesting information about types and quantities, but at the end of the day, ALL mold needs to be removed when it reaches a level visible to the naked eye. Save yourself some money and skip the testing if you suspect you have a budding mold problem on your hands.

Myth 2: If it’s black, you’re in danger.

While it’s true that the species commonly referred to as black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) can cause serious health issues, it’s a little misleading to judge a mold by is color. Even Stachybotrys can range in color from black to dark green — not to mention all the other species of mold that can appear black in color. Better safe than sorry either way. Always approach the clean-up process with a respirator and rubber gloves to prevent inhalation, ingestion, and contact with the skin.

Myth 3: It’s only a problem if you can smell it.

Simply put, you should not rely on smell alone to diagnose a mold problem. Some species don’t smell as much as others, and others still can cause problems well before you can detect them. Mold can flourish quietly inside your walls or under your house for years, feasting on your insulation, drywall, and subflooring. If you don’t smell anything, investigate anyway. Places where moisture builds up require regular checks and maintenance.

Myth 4: Mold-killing products are the only thing you need, and bleach is best of all.

Chemical products will absolutely kill mold. But unless you deal with your home’s underlying moisture issues, your victory will be short-lived. Bleach can be an effective killer too, but it’s not great for actually removing signs of mold damage. It’s also hard on your lungs and can make a room smell noxious for days on end. Porous surfaces will have to be replaced either way since most chemicals don’t penetrate the surface. Soap and water is often your best bet for the safe removal of mold.

East Coast Mold Remediation

For all of your mold removal needs, East Coast Mold is the professional remediation team to beat. Our professional services will give you peace of mind knowing that your home is a safe and pleasant place to live. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

Black Mold Clean-Up

DIY Danger: Black Mold Clean – Up

If you’re the Do-It-Yourself type, you might feel like there’s no home improvement challenge you’re unable to meet. But if that challenge is black mold, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Black mold poses serious health hazards, and if not approached safely, it can put you in danger.

What Is Black Mold?

Black Mold Clean-UpBlack mold — or Stachybotrys chartarum — is toxic to humans and grows easily on common household materials like drywall, insulation, subflooring, or carpet that have been exposed to moisture. When the spores of this fungus go airborne, often carried by your ventilation system, they can be inhaled or ingested and lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Chronic coughing and sneezing
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes
  • Persistent headaches

In more severe cases of black mold poisoning, people can experience nausea, vomiting, and bleeding from the nose and lungs.

How East Cost Mold Handles Black Mold Safely

Black mold poisoning can be very dangerous, so it’s imperative that proper precautions are taken during any and all clean-up projects. The process can be difficult and requires patience, but it’s well worth it to call East Coast Mold for our professional remediation services.

Our first step is to deal with any endemic moisture issues. If we don’t, the mold is likely to grow right back. Next, it’s best to turn off the ventilation system and seal off the affected area with plastic to prevent spores from spreading to other rooms. After that, our team suits up with respirators and rubber gloves to avoid inhaling the mold or touching it with bare skin. Long sleeves cover the other extremities of the body.

To clean the mold, we start by wiping it away with a soapy sponge. Dry surfaces can be lightly sprayed to prevent spores from going airborne. With the top layer removed, we then move on to the application of commercial black mold removal products — assuming that the job calls for such measures.

When finished, we dispose of all cleaning materials in a heavy garbage bag and put the bag out through the nearest window or exit. After cleaning the room thoroughly before unsealing, we run an exhaust fan to the outdoors (if possible) for at least a few hours.

East Coast Mold Remediation

Mold remediation service will go a long way toward eradicating black mold from your home. And while black mold can be handled on your own, it is still a dangerous project. Contact East Coast Mold to get the best in residential remediation services today.

How To Prevent Mold

Because mold can be toxic and expensive to remediate, the best policy is to help prevent mold in your home. Preventing mold is fairly simple and can save you from future problems.

Mold cannot grow without moisture, so the way to avoid mold is to control moisture. Here are some ways to help prevent mold growth in your home:

• Check around window frames to be sure they are sealed tightly so no water can get in.
• Check around toilets, tubs, sinks, and water heater to ensure there is no water leakage.
• Examine the roof for any signs of water leakage.
• Make sure bathrooms have adequate ventilation.
• Check the basement and attic for any musty smells.
• Keep rain gutters clean. Leaves and debris can cause water back up, which can seep into your walls and attic.

Preventive moisture maintenance is key to stay on top of potential mold issues. If you have questions or concerns, contact the professionals at East Coast Mold Remediation.

How To Test for Mold in a House

If you suspect there may be mold in your house, ease your fears with a mold inspection. It is best to have your home thoroughly inspected by trained mold professionals. Sometimes you can visually see mold growing in your house, but mold can often be hidden in areas such as attics, basements, or crawl spaces. A professional mold inspection will uncover issues throughout your home.

When your home is tested for mold, your home will be inspected by a qualified team of technicians (we work with trained and certified third-party mold testing and inspection companies). This inspection will catalog any obvious mold issues and uncover any additional or hidden mold issues throughout your space. The team will do a visual evaluation to locate any high moisture areas that could foster mold growth. They will remove samples for testing and also test for airborne mold. The moisture sources will be pinpointed so you can control any water issues before the remediation process begins.

Don’t let mold affect the health of your family or cause long term damage to your home. If you think you may have mold, we can help. Contact East Coast Mold Remediation today for an estimate.

How To Get Rid of Mold

If your professional inspection team determines that you have mold, mold removal (remediation) is the next step. Mold can grow quickly after water damage in your home and can also become a health risk. Remediation is a priority. Mold remediation consists of cleaning and sanitizing contaminated areas or surfaces.

After moisture sources have been addressed, the mold remediation team will isolate the contaminated areas and remove any mold-infected materials. They will safely discard any moldy materials. The affected areas will be treated for your specific type of mold and then deep cleaned. It is important to choose a professional mold company that uses environmentally friendly techniques and products to help keep your home free from additional toxins.

After visually inspecting for any remaining contamination, fans and humidifiers will be placed to ensure moisture is completely removed. Following mold remediation, you may choose to have mold verification performed. This can provide additional peace of mind that mold has been removed.

Pre-Treatment – Preventing Mold in Construction

Mold growth is a concern for many builders and their homeowner customers. Mold can easily grow on building joists that get wet during the construction process. It is important to prevent mold growth prior to closing walls and ceilings with drywall, but many builders don’t have the proper products or tools to help.

We are proud to offer a solution to help builders control mold growth during construction. East Coast Mold Remediation, a sister company of DeVere Insulation, applies an anti-microbial solution that is used by restoration professionals. This disinfectant kills disease-causing microbes and helps keep odor-causing bacteria away. The product is fog sprayed across building joists, then wiped down the joist to prevent any growth while the home is being constructed.

As builders move into peak season filled with moisture and humidity, mold spray should be added to your construction project. Contact us to discuss using mold spray for your next new construction project.

Tips on Indoor Air Quality by East Coast Mold Remediation

What impacts indoor air quality?

The air quality inside your home is also known as Indoor Environmental Quality (IAQ). Clean, fresh air inside your home is critical for your health, comfort and work ability. Some air contaminants can produce an immediate effect on your health and others may not be noticed for years.

Some of the elements that can impact your indoor air quality are:

Ventilation. Poor ventilation inside your home prevents pollutants from escaping to the outside. It is important to allow fresh outside air into your home. Installing a mechanical ventilation system can facilitate air exchange and improve indoor air quality.

HVAC Contaminants. Dirt and dust particles can accumulate in the ductwork of your heating and cooling system. When your HVAC system runs these particles can circulate throughout your home. Be sure to conduct routine maintenance on your HVAC system and have your ducts cleaned.

Water and Humidity. Water from roof leaks, flooding or extreme humidity can propagate the growth of mold. Mold should be assessed by a professional and remediated if necessary. Mold can exist in a home even if it is not easily visible. Contact us to have your home checked for mold.

Chemicals. Some cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can remain in the air long after they are used. For your safety and to help improve your home’s indoor air quality, select non-toxic products whenever possible.

 

 

What to expect during mold remediation

What to Expect During Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is a specialized home service. It is important to choose a company with the experience to properly address any sources of mold and be sure mold is properly remediated.

Before beginning mold remediation, the moisture source must be repaired so the mold does not return. Then the mold remediation process can begin with the following steps:

  1. The contaminated area is isolated by containment barriers and put under negative pressure to prevent spreading any mold spores.
  2. Materials infected by mold spores are removed and cleaned or carefully discarded.
  3. The affected area is treated with products for the specific mold type.
  4. The areas are cleaned and sanitized to be sure all mold is eliminated.
  5. All areas inside the containment area are inspected to ensure they are visibly free of contamination and debris.
  6. Fans and dehumidifiers are used to assure moisture is completely evaporated.

At East Coast Mold Remediation, we are ready to recommend the best solutions for mold remediation. Contact us today!

is mold making you sick? Mold exposure symptoms

Is Mold Making You Sick? Here Are Some Signs.

Chronic illness can be caused by many things. If you or someone in your home suffers from chronic illness and your physician is having a hard time getting to the bottom of it, you may want to check your home for mold.

Mold exposure can create a variety of symptoms that can be mistaken for other illnesses. Here are some signs that mold in your home is making you sick:

  1. A cold you cannot get rid of.
    Sneezing and a continually runny nose can be reactions to a mold problem, especially if the symptoms occur in a particular area of your home.
  2. Your asthma gets worse for no apparent reason.
    If you have preexisting breathing issues that flare up after being at home for long periods, the cause could be mold. Mold can worsen an asthma condition.
  3. Itchiness.
    Mold can grow on the fibers in damp clothing. This can cause skin to itch. You may also experience itchy eyes, ears or other areas of the body.
  4. Seasonal allergies do not lessen.
    If your seasonal allergies are lingering this could be a symptom of mold. If your symptoms are better at work than at home this could be a hint that your home has mold.
  5. You are chronically tired.
    Fatigue is one possible sign of a reaction to mold. If you have trouble waking up in the morning and staying awake during the day, or feel particularly tired at home, mold could be the culprit.

Mold is not the cause of all illness. If you have recurring health issues that are not resolving despite medical attention, check your home for mold. Contact East Coast Mold Remediation to discuss your home’s mold issues.