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Reducing Mold in the Home

Filed under: Mold Control — admin @ 8:22 pm July 31, 2015

Mold ControlMold is a significant health threat. It can be found in damp, poorly ventilated areas of the home including the basement and the bathroom. Here is some basic information about mold and how to reduce it:

What is mold?

Mold is a fungus that grows in warm, humid areas both indoors and outdoors. Mold reproduces through spores that hang in the air. These spores can survive dry conditions, but in order to grow, they need dampness. It’s important to keep dark areas of the home dry in order to prevent these spores from forming mold.

What are the health hazards of mold?

Mold can cause certain health conditions including allergies, and upper and lower respiratory infections. Here are the most common health risks from mold:

SneezingAllergies

Some people are sensitive to mold spores. Exposure to large amount of mold and spores trigger allergic reactions. Common symptoms of mold allergy are:

• Sneezing
• Wheezing
• Rash
• Red, watery, and itchy eyes
• Runny nose
• Coughing

Fungal Infection

Mold can also cause fungal infections, even in otherwise healthy adults. Common symptoms of mold infection are:

• Cough
• Fever
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Coughing up blood

How do you reduce mold?

Due to the health risks that mold carries, it is extremely important to take steps to reduce mold growth. Mold tends to grow in areas of your home like the basement and bathroom. Here are tips to reduce mold growth:

• Run exhaust fans every time you shower or cook.
• Clean your bathrooms and basement frequently with a bleach based cleaner.
• Use a dehumidifier in your basement and bathrooms, especially during the summer months.
• Clean water or liquid spills quickly.
• Wipe condensation from walls and windows.
• Use an air conditioner or open windows to keep air flowing.
• If your basement has carpet, replace it with hard flooring.
• Empty all drip pans in your home regularly. Don’t forget the dehumidifier, air conditioning, and refrigerator drip pans.
• Clean out your basement. Get rid of old paper, bedding, clothes, and upholstered furniture.
• Clean or replace air filters at least once a month. Make sure the filters you have are rated to trap mold.
• Vacuum at least once a week to prevent mold spores from embedding in carpet.
• Use a mold resistant shower curtain and liner.

These are the best ways to reduce mold growth in your home. Mold is serious and can cause health issues. It’s vital to keep mold under control. For fast and effective mold removal and remediation, call Preventive Pest Control.

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Protecting Your Home from Mold after a Flood

Filed under: Mold Control — admin @ 11:48 am April 3, 2015

Mold ControlWhile most people know that flood damage is nothing to scoff at, often it is the aftereffects of a flood that can be the most damaging to your home. The moist conditions after a flood occurs are the perfect breeding ground for mold. There are serious health risks associated with mold, so it is essential to understand the ways you can dry out water damage, prevent mold from growing and defeat mold once you find it.

Drying Out the Water Damage

When it comes to drying out the water damage, take a sooner rather than later approach. Dehumidifiers, fans and heaters will all help dry moisture quickly and efficiently when water damage is minimal to moderate. If your home has experienced severe water damage, you may need to get it pumped out by professionals, and they will have the tools necessary to handle the job. No matter which strategy you choose, complete moisture removal is imperative in order to alleviate safety concerns and reduce further home damage.

Preventing Mold Growth

The best way to prevent mold growth is through a proactive approach. In short, always be on the alert for mold. When you catch mold growth in its early stages, you can prevent further growth by a comprehensive bleach and water cleaning. You can also prevent further mold growth by disposing of irredeemably moldy items such as carpeting and other porous household items that have been damaged past the point of no return. Examples include drywall, upholstery and certain woods, leathers and ceiling tiles. Another excellent mold defense strategy is adding mold inhibitors to your paint before water damage has even occurred. This can make all the difference between expensive and lengthy drywall repairs and a home with minimal repair costs and hassles after flood damage.

Eliminate All the Mold You Discover

Finally, be sure to take no chances with mold. Eliminate all the mold you discover by fully drying out your home, and then fully removing all mold sources. Even dead mold can cause health risks, so only total mold elimination is acceptable for your home. When it comes to complete mold remediation and removal, it is highly advisable to seek out professionals with the equipment and knowledge you need to restore your home and your peace of mind.

If you need mold services for your home, you can contact Horizon Pest Control now!

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How to Dry Out Basements to Prevent Mold

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 1:29 am February 27, 2015

Basement Mold Cleaning

There are different ways your basement can become wet, and when this area gets water inside, it can ruin some of your possessions and the quality of the basement. If you are able to get rid of the water quickly and dry your items as well as the whole basement, then you will be able to save yourself from some of the headaches molds can bring. However, drying your basement is not as easy as it seems since it needs quick action on your part and a lot of disinfecting. Not drying out your basement as soon as it gets water damage would mean further headaches in the future.

Flooding is not the only cause of your basement having molds. If your basement is damp or if the area has moisture problems, then it can ruin drywall, carpeting, and framing. Even if your basement is just used for storage, if it has the high humidity or condensation, this can ruin the basement and create mold. If your basement suffered from water damage, take it seriously.

How to Dry Your Basement

Turn off the main power

Turn off the electrical power for the basement or if you want to make sure, turn off the main power of your house, especially if the wiring of the outlets are wet or moldy. Ask an electrician to check the house’s electrical system just to make sure that everything is working fine. Once the electrician has cleared your home, you can turn it on.

Open your windows and doors

Your basement needs enough air to circulate in. If your basement has windows, open them and the doors too.

Remove the water

Start removing the water that has accumulated in your basement. Even if it just a few inches of water, get rid of it right away.

Remove materials

Remove any items, such as furniture, boxes, carpets, rugs, and any other items that became wet in the basement. Start to dry these items and dispose of any items that may not be salvaged and may cause molds to grow.

Clean the basement

Use chlorine bleach by creating a solution of one-half to three fourths cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and skin when using this solution. Disinfect your basement and focus on areas where the water resided. You can also wipe the walls if they became wet or damped. Make sure that you thoroughly clean the entire area. However, cleaning your basement needs more than just bleach and water since you have to scrub the areas where you think the water accumulated. Take your time disinfecting the place so that your basement will be free from any sort of contamination and bacteria.

Use fans and dehumidifiers

To allow your basement to dry fast, use fans and dehumidifier after totally disinfecting the area.

Monitor your basement

Do regular inspections on your basement and replace cracked or defective mortar of the basement. Inspect the outside drainage of the basement for water leakage.

Be safe

Wear a mask if you are sensitive to mold and mildew. The basement should be well ventilated before you work. If you think you are too sensitive to clean the basement, hire a specialist.

Keep in mind that your main goal when drying your basement is to entirely dry it. Some homeowners will focus in cleaning and drying their furniture, curtains, books, papers, clothing, and the likes, and will go back in drying the basement as soon as they are done with their possessions. However, it is important to focus on your basement first before you worry about your items. Remember that mold can grow after a day. And, the longer you make your basement wait, the worse your problems will be.

To Stop Mold Growth in the Basement

To stop the growth of possible mold in the basement make sure to:

Keep the basement clean and dry

This includes cleaning fabrics and any items that may promote mildew. You can also have the air ducts cleaned if there is any suspicion of mold or the air ducts becoming wet.

Fix possible problems

Always check for possible causes of water problems such as leaky pipes, water seepage, dirt in crawlspaces, and the likes.

Keep the basement dry

Use dehumidifiers, fans and open windows to keep the place dry, especially during the summer. Do not use fans if mold is already present. Insulate the area to avoid condensation. And, make certain that the humidity level in the house is below 40%.

Protect your family and your home by eliminating your mold problem and give them the quality air they deserve. Horizon Mold Services provides affordable and reliable service that will make you say goodbye to your mold problems. Call 1.888.162.2487 today!

 

 

 

 

How to Determine If Your Home Has Mold

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 1:28 am February 20, 2015

Mold Growth

Mold plays an important role in nature since it is designed to break down organic matter from fallen leaves, dead trees, logs, branches, and so on. When mold grows indoors, it has the potential to harm those who are around it since they can inhale mold spores. It is actually difficult to find a home without mold. Most homes have molds, mostly small amounts, though. Some are able to see it, others ignore the mold, while most just do not realize it’s there.

Molds can grow easily, especially if moisture is present. The reason that most homes are susceptible to molds, is because mold spores commonly float in the air. Mold spores are invisible to the eye, but when mold spores find moisture they will be able to grow, thus creating molds.

So how will you know if your home has molds?

Strange smell

An easy way to know if your home has mold is to smell your surroundings. Molds have a distinctive smell that can spoil the air and can affect the scent on furniture, carpets, bathroom walls, etc. that have been infected.

Presence of mold

Mold spores begin to grow when they land on wet surfaces. For instance, bathrooms are one of the most common areas where mold or mildew grow because this place is constantly wet. Mold will stick to the solid surface of the bathroom wall and will continually thrive there as long as it is left alone. Other areas where molds can grow easily are in the basement and cellar. When these areas become moist it is difficult to dry out, thus leading to mold growth.

Mold symptoms

Since some molds may not be visible, some individuals may end up having some symptoms to the mold cause by the inhalation of mold spores. Some of the most common symptoms of mold growth and mold spores are asthma, itchy skin, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny or blocked nose. The problem with having mold symptoms is that most do not realize that they are already infected by the appearance of mold. They might just think that they are sick or they are having an allergic reaction. However, if multiple people also have the same symptoms and if the symptoms decrease when not at home, it could indicate that molds are near.

Water leaks

A leaking roof or attic caused by water damage can cause molds. Pipes are also known to cause leaks. When these places are damaged make sure to fix the problem and clean possible mold growth.

Flooding

If your basement or your home suffered from flooding, it may end up having mold growth. Even after you have cleaned your home after the flooding occurred, some places like inside wall cavities may create mold growth. When flooding happens, it is necessary to clean and dry the area right away. Not drying the area for more than 24 hours may allow an environment for creating molds.

Other reasons for mold growth includes:

  • Humidity
  • Condensation
  • Damp basement
  • Rust
  • Warping
  • Deteriorated structure caused by water damage
  • Poor ventilation
  • Standing water
  • Humidifiers

If You Have Mold Problems

If you think your home has molds, search for places where you think the molds are. Check all moist places, basements, attics, kitchen, and bathrooms. Once you have located mold growth, you can clean it yourself with the use of soap and water. Remove the mold as soon as you find it so that they cannot do further harm.

Understanding Basement Mold and How to Stop It

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 7:30 pm November 28, 2014

Mold Removal NJ

One of the common places where molds occur is the basement when moisture is present. When there is water, the basement will take the longest time to dry out since the basement gets no sunlight. The basement also has minimal ventilation, which makes the place humid and difficult to dry out.

The problem with mold is that it gets little notice by most homeowners. Basements are rarely visited, which will allow dusts to accumulate and helps molds grow.

Reasons Why Mold Grow

Condensation

This can occur when the basement experiences high humidity. The cold temperature can also produce a lot of condensation. It is easy to find this during a rainfall when the temperature goes up. Metal pipes and concrete basement floors will soon become cold, which will start the process of condensation.

Flooding

If the basement gets flooded, it is likely that the basement will stay wet for some time even after you have removed the water. Flooded basemenst and molds usually go hand in hand since molds flourish in moist climates.

Leaks

When a basement has leaky pipes or water seeping in through the walls, this can also result in mold growth.

How to Prevent Basement Mold

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores since mold spores are floating through the air in common house dust. They are waiting for the right moment and place to grow. However, mold will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can be stopped or controlled just by controlling the moisture of the home. When molds are already present, the easiest solution is to clean up the mold with soap and water, and then fix the water problem that caused the mold in the first place.

When the basement becomes flooded, it is important to clean the area immediately. The longer you wait to clean up the basement, the faster the mold will grow. In some cases, clean up or water removal may become difficult. If this is the case, hire a contractor to do the cleanup for you so that the basement can avoid the growth of mold.

To stop the growth of mold in your basement, make sure to:

  • Ventilate your basement by opening the doors, windows, or turning on a fan to allow air to get in.
  • Do not place items that can easily become wet such as clothes, books, carpets, newspapers, cardboard boxes, and so on in the basement.
  • Use insulation for your basement pipes to stop condensation.
  • Run a dehumidifier when the basement’s humidity levels go up.
  • Gutters and drainage pipes should be free of debris.

We can help you with your mold problem! To learn more about our services, visit Mold Removal NJ.

Stop Mold Growth in the Summer and Fall

Filed under: Mold Control,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 5:49 am September 2, 2014

Mold Care

Allergic rhinitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and asthma are just three of the most common ailments for individuals during the late summer. But, why have an allergy when most are just enjoying their days at home? Well, for sensitive individuals, mold spores can create or trigger these ailments most especially during the late summer and fall. To avoid these allergies, it is necessary to get rid of mold or mold spores at home.

What is Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that is made from airborne spores. It needs a damp place to settle in and grow. When a place they are staying does not have proper ventilation and offers a humid environment, mold will grow. Mold can be found in bathrooms, basements and even walls that have plumbing leaks. Mold can also grow right after a flood. It takes about 48 hours before molds start to grow. They will spread and eventually and you will notice it.

How to Stop Mold Growth

Luckily, mold spores and mold can easily be stopped from spreading by doing to following:

  • Keeping all areas clean and dry, especially the basement.
  • Opening the windows and let air come inside your home.
  • Using an exhaust fan when cooking.
  • Creating a moisture barrier in crawl spaces.
  • Wiping possible surfaces that are affected by continuous condensation.
  • Fixing any leaks that could cause mold, such as on roofs, plumbing and walls.

There are still a lot of ways to get mold out. It is necessary to stop condensation and be aware about the possible presence of mold growth at home. If you are sensitive towards mold, it is not practical for you to clean them in the first place. You can either assign the task of cleaning the mold to a family member or a mold removal specialist to avoid getting allergies.

What to Do about Flood During the Fall

One major cause of mold growth in a basement is when the basement experiences flood. Suffering from a flood can really be devastating and the aftermath of cleaning up may take its toll to any person. However, it is necessary to act quickly when a flood occurs. The best solution to combat mold after a flood is to call a mold remediation service to get rid of the water and dehumidify the place faster.

To avoid possible flooding:

  • Divert water away from your home, such as extending rain gutter downspouts away from your house.
  • Clean rain gutters since they may help in the accumulation of water at home.
  • Re-grade the drainage away from the wall foundation.

Remember that mold growth will happen if mold spores have a dump, and even dirty places to grow on. Clean your home regularly and, always check for possible mold growth, to avoid these spores from reaching you.

Mold infestation is never safe. Horizon Pest Control offers Mold Care to homes who have mold problems. Since we value your family, and do not want them to suffer from the different allergic reactions these molds can bring, our services offer a cure to these mold spores, allowing you to breathe the real air that you should be breathing and not of the mold spores. To know more about our services and solution for mold control, call us.

Crawl Spaces and Mold: A Not So Good Combination

Filed under: Mold Control — Megan Howard @ 5:28 am August 26, 2014

New Jersey Mold RemovalMoisture and crawl spaces are never a good combination. Crawlspaces that are left unchecked and unsealed usually create a damp environment, which is just what mold and mildew are looking for. When a crawlspace suffer from mold and mildew, it is not just the attic that suffers, but the whole house as well.

Since the natural circulation of air flow goes in circles, from bottom to top, the spores from mold will circulate together with the good air from the upper part of the house, which then becomes part of the air quality that homeowners will inhale. Poor indoor air quality may result to some health risks and respiratory problems.

Reasons Why Mold Enters Crawl Spaces

  • Dampness created by recurrent water entry
  • No ventilation
  • Dirty crawlspace floor
  • Plumbing leaks or improper ventilation
  • Presence of fiberglass

When mold is present in crawl spaces and are not treated, individuals may become sensitive to damp and mold environments that can create different health risks. While there are those who are not affected by mold and mildew, there are those who are sensitive to it. Molds are known to cause nasal stuffiness, coughing or wheezing, throat irritation, and skin problems. Those with severe reactions to mold may compromise their immune system and may have serious infections in their lungs.

These health risks are not just your reasons for making sure that your crawl space is free from molds since the integrity of the house will also be compromised. A dirty crawlspace will invite more pests to harbor the area. Rodents and wood destroying insects will come to live in the area, and will create more problems than what you originally had at first.

In a severe scenario, when mold and mildew have severely affected the crawlspace, rot and degradation of wood will become known. This will become a good breeding ground for termites, carpenter ants, moisture ants, beetles, and many other types of pests to harbor the area. Rodents will also love to share the space with you. The stink that this will cause will be prominent. And, once you decide to clean and fix the area, it will be one of a messy place that you may hate to clean, plus thousands of dollars will be wasted for repairs.

While most individual’s relationship with their home’s crawlspaces are an “Out of sight, out of mind” type of relationship. It will still be wise to check this place occasionally. Make certain that the humidity is just right and the wood is still in good condition. Another solution is to have your crawlspace checked to make sure that your home is protected from high levels of humidity, moisture intrusion and condensation, and so on. Also, having professional mold care expert handle your crawl space will aid in the enhancement of your crawl space environment, thus reducing the chances of mold and mildew to stay in the area. They will also be able to provide aid in reducing and eliminating the presence of pests in the crawlspace.

We offer a solution to your mold problem. Call us today and inquire about our New Jersey Mold Removal services.

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Mold Control – What You Need to Know

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mold Control,Mold Extermination,Preventing Mold — Megan Howard @ 4:13 pm July 16, 2013

Mold is a collection of fungi and microorganisms that thrive in dark, damp areas. They are found pretty much anywhere you go and they serve an important purpose in nature: to help speed up the process of decay in dead or dying plants. Mold spreads through the release of airborne spores, and often end up in homes where they thrive in crawlspaces, under sinks, and in bathrooms.

There are more than 100,000 different kinds of mold, most of which are harmless to humans save for the occasional allergic reaction. The only mold known to cause serious harm to humans is the Black Mold, aka stachybotrys, but it can be identified and treated by a qualified mold control professional.

Mold on basement walls

Protection Against Mold

  • The best way to prevent mold is to prevent excess moisture.
  • Excess moisture often comes from leaking pipes and plumbing fixtures. Fix leaks as soon as you spot them; this has the benefit of saving you money on your water bill as well as preventing mold growth.
  • When building a home, make sure that the ground slopes away from the home so that water can’t pool or collect in the foundation.
  • Keep indoor humidity low. This is often a problem in basements, where the lack of ventilation coupled with the presence of plumbing fixtures, like water heaters and pipes, both contribute to high levels of humidity. Dehumidifiers are the most effective solution for these.
  • Air out and clean your basement as often as possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Appliances that produce moisture, like clothes dryers and stoves, should be vented outdoors whenever possible to reduce moisture buildup.
  • Air conditioners also have a dehumidifying effect. Use them to keep your home cool and and dry in the summer.
  • Be sure to wrap any cold pipes or coils in insulation so as to prevent condensation that can lead to excess moisture buildup.
  • Make sure that air conditioner drip pans are free to drain properly and are not clogged.

Why you should call a mold removal professional

  • Only a mold specialist can determine the kind of mold infesting your home. Many of the 100,000 different mold species look exactly the same, and the differences between each can only be seen with specialized equipment.
  • Professionals have access to the equipment needed to remove mold infestations safely, and without endangering themselves, others around them, or the rest of the home.
  • Professionals also have access to the substances needed to clean mold off of surfaces that can be cleaned.
  • Mold control professionals will be able to identify potential causes of mold, and advise you as to how they can be addressed.
  • Good mold removal companies can perform follow-up visits to ensure that the treatment has worked and can re apply treatments if it hasn’t.

Don’t let molds invade your home. Request an appointment today! Call us or visit New Jersey Mold Care.

 

Why You Should Clean Your Air Ducts To Discourage Mold

Filed under: Mold Control,Mold Extermination — Tags: — Megan Howard @ 2:25 am January 23, 2012

mold growth

Mold is a form of fungi that breeds in warm and moist places. While most forms of mold are harmless to humans and are very useful in decomposing dead matter, there are some unwanted forms of mold that find shelter in our homes. People may become very sick with breathing problems because of the presence of mold spores. Areas which are prone to condensation tend to attract the formation of mold. A common area where condensation takes place is air ducts. This makes it important to clean your air-ducts regularly to avoid mold formation.

How to check for the presence of molds in air-ducts

You can dismantle sections of the air-duct to check for mold. Mold signifies its presence by white or black spots and by a typical musty odor. Regular inspection of the air-ducts is a must as mold breeds at breakneck speed and will spread every time the air vents are turned on.

Air-duct cleaning to get rid of mold

It is best to request the services of a certified and licensed air-duct cleaning firm in your area. They will inspect your air-vent and suggest the right treatment for the mold. The normal course of treatment is a chemical based spray.

Some tips to keep your air-ducts free of mold:

  • Keep the cooling coil of the air-conditioning system dry. It will usually drip water, keep wiping the coil regularly. Spray  disinfectant regularly.
  • Opt for sloping drain pans instead of flat ones.
  • Have your air-duct filter changed regularly. A mold infested filter may cause the mold spores to spread throughout the house.
  • Fiber-glass insulation should be removed as it tends to become breeding colonies for mold infestations. Its better to opt for plain sheet metal minus insulation.

Protect your home and your loved ones from the dangers of molds. If you think you have a mold problem, schedule a free inspection us by calling us or through this link –> New Jersey Mold Control.