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Attic Mold Is More Common Than You Think

Attic Mold Is More Common Than You Think

[ 0 ] April 12, 2010

Attic Mold

 

moldAttic mold is a very common issue for many homeowners.  One of the most common reasons attics are notorious for moisture problems is because they’re usually not insulated properly.  And with the weather, our constant use of central heat and air systems, exhaust fans and even the shingles on the roof, can cause problems such as water damage mold to attics.

Yet, before you try to tackle that mold problem, you need to actually get to the source of the problem and repair it, otherwise those molds will just continue to come back. Then once you’ve eliminated your moisture problem, you can make mold removal your next step.

But, before you actually remove the mold, you need to know what types of mold you are dealing with. Most funguses that are found in attics are black, green, brown and white in color. They can be found on drywall, wood and even insulation in attics.

In order to identify where mold may be lurking, you should look for areas where discoloration or staining has occurred. You may also find small splotches or spots , or you may see a fine powdery substance on the affected surface area.

Keep in mind that while most molds are harmless, black mold is extremely toxic and is a far more serious problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  They acquire your full attention and you may even need professional expertise to remove the dangerous fungus. 

Once you’ve identified the molds and know where they are lurking, you’ll want to get rid of  the problem by removing any damaged surface areas that are covered with the fungus. Once the damaged area has been removed, you’ll need to apply a chemical that will destroy the fungus permanently and prevent it from coming back.

And although using a bleach solution on the affected moldy area may seem like a cheap fix, it’s not. Bleaching doesn’t work as a permanent solution simply because it’s not made to penetrate below the surface area where molds hide.

Also, keep in mind that while you may think you don’t have to worry about removing mold because you never use the area, it doesn’t mean you won’t be affected by the fungus. If you’re experiencing an unexplained illness, constant headaches, fatigue or the flu that just won’t go away, chances are you have a problem with mold.

And if your excuse is because you can’t get to the mold, then it’s time to call in a professional to get the job done. A mold removal professional not only has experience in removing mold, he or she also has the proper equipment that will allow them to properly remove and dispose of the fungus problem.

Remember, ignoring a mold problem will not make it go away. It will however, make it worse if it’s left untreated. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to mold growing in your home. Your family’s safety depends on it no matter where the problem may lie and attic mold is certainly no exception.

Types of Mold You Should Know About

[ 0 ] January 28, 2010

For most of us it’s important that we keep our homes as clean as possible and that includes keeping it free from mold. Yet as easy as that may sound, there are literally millions of types of mold in and around your home every day. And while some molds are not harmful, there are some, which can cause a variety of health issues.

Here are the most common molds, which can generally be found in your home:

Types of Mold

Aspergillus is actually the most common species when it comes to mold (fungus). There are over 150 different types of Aspergillus molds with sixteen of those species having known to cause humans illnes. The fungus is often found in decomposing organic materials and contaminated foods and can cause severe allergic reactions in humans almost immediately.

Caldosporium is a fungus that is found on decaying plants, woody plants, food, straw, soil and paint. There are over 30 species of Caldosporium with the most common causing skin lesions, nail fungus, sinusitis and asthma.  And in several studies, chronic exposure to the fungus has been known to lead to pulmonary emphysema.

Fusarium is a fungus that is commonly found in soil and on plants. The fungus can also be found in humidifiers and carpets that have been water damaged. Human contact with Fusarium can result in eye, skin and nail infections, but can also product hemorrhagic syndrome in severe cases.  

Mycotoxins are actually a byproduct used by the fungi inside of our bodies, which in return can cause cold and flu type symptoms, sore throats, nosebleeds, headaches and fatigue. Some molds that have been known to produce mycotoxins are black mold (also known as stachybotrys) and Aspergillus.

Penicillium is a green or blue fungus found in soil, food, cellulose, paint, wallpaper and decaying vegetation. The fungus can cause hypersensitivity, asthma and severe allergic reactions in some people. Penicullium also has several species and has been used to make certain cheeses and penicillin. However, it can also cause kidney and liver damage in some people since it does have the ability to produce mycotoxins.

Stachybotrys is a fungus, which thrives on water damage and moisture ridden surfaces such as drywall, shower tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. Stachybotrys also know as black mold effects more households than many people realize.

If a leaking pipe or leaky roof has gone unnoticed, chances are that area will have Stachybotrys growth. The fungus is generally black and slimy in appearance and can cause extreme health illnesses to both humans and pets when it is left untreated.

Exposure to this toxic fungi can cause dermatitis, chronic pain, coughing, respiratory infections, migraines, dizziness, nose bleeds, fever, cold and flu like symptoms and even death in small children and pets.

Of all of these types of mold, they should all be handled with extreme care regardless of the situation or species. Removing mold from your home not only allow for a cleaner environment, it also gives you a peace of mind against unnecessary health risks.

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