Category Archives: Mold Remediation

Carpet Care and Cleaning – Keeping a Healthy Home!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:51 am

Carpet Care and Cleaning

There could be something lurking in your home that is actually making you ill – and youcarpet care and cleaning wouldn’t even know about it. With improper carpet care and cleaning it can lurk anywhere – including: Bathrooms and kitchens, especially under sinks – particularly leaky ones. Behind or under appliances that hide slow plumbing leaks (refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.) Roof leaks, around windows where condensation collects, high humidity areas of your home, and even fabrics and carpets – through leaks or through bad/cheap carpet care and cleaning, caused by over wetting.

We are of course talking about mold, and in this article we are going to focus on bad cleaning. You may have experienced this before? Most people find themselves fed up with dirty carpets and decide in that moment to hire a professional.  You either Google “Carpet Cleaning” and find a website with a deal – or you perhaps you respond to a cheap leaflet  left on your door? It has happened to all of us. Timing is everything and most of our customers come by referral we also get many phone call by way of Google or advertising.
But lets first find out what this mould can do to you, it’s not just harmless black spots that’s for sure. It can cause:
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headache, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and visual disturbances
  • Immune system disturbances and fatigue
  • GI problems
  • Shortness of breath
Fungi grow by releasing reproductive cells (spores) into the air, just as plants reproduce by spreading seeds. The airborne spores are invisible to the naked eye, which is a major reason mold is such a problem. It is not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air. Spores are extremely small (1-100 microns) – 20 million spores would fit on a postage stamp.
commercial cleaningSpores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dryness, that do not support normal mould growth. In fact, many spores can lie dormant for decades until favorable conditions allow them to spring back to life.
Mould is a type of fungus, as are mushrooms and yeast. There are between 100,000 and 400,000 types of fungi (estimates vary), and of these, scientists have identified more than 1,000 types of mold growing inside houses across America for instance. Moulds are classified into three groups according to human responses:
Allergenic Moulds: These don’t usually produce life-threatening effects and are most problematic if you are allergic or asthmatic. The challenge is in figuring out what you are sensitive to. Children are particularly susceptible to mould allergies.
Pathogenic Moulds: These produce some sort of infection, which is of particular concern if your immune system is suppressed. They can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an acute response resembling bacterial pneumonia. An example is Aspergillus fumigatus, which can grow in the lungs of immune-compromised individuals.
Toxigenic Moulds (aka “toxic moulds”): These dangerous moulds produce mycotoxins, which can have serious health effects on almost anyone. Possible reactions include immunosuppression and cancer. Mycotoxins are chemical toxins present within or on the surface of the mould spore, which you then unwittingly inhale, ingest, or touch. An example of this is aflatoxin, one of the most potent carcinogens known to mankind. Aflatoxin grows on peanuts and grains, and on some other foods.
Some mould compounds are volatile and released directly into the air, known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). Fragments of the cell walls of moulds (glucans) can also be inhaled and cause inflammatory respiratory reactions, including a flu-like illness called Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome (ODTS).
According to mycotoxin expert Dr. Harriet Ammann, exposure to indoor moulds can damage the systems of your body in the following ways:
So having excessive moisture in your home really is not good for you. If you have had a bad experience with a cleaner – using cheap, weak equipment, thus leaving your carpets too wet – often for days on end, then next time make sure that they really do have the most powerful cleaning system available (regardless of them saying so on their websites – it’s just sales talk). This way you should never get a serious mould problem – possibly giving you health issues again. If the equipment is NOT the most powerful, then it simply cannot extract as much moisture possible, a simple fact.

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Mold is More than Just a Buzzword

Posted by: Erin Meyer 7:31 am

mold in homeIn recent years, there has been a steep rise in the number of companies offering mold cleaning and remediation services. TV and radio ads now try to sell you mold remediation services several times a day. This exposure may have passed the point of raising awareness of the mold problem, and may actually now be desensitizing the people that feel inundated by the many companies vying for their dollars.

Mold is a Potential Hazard

Exposure to mold is not a problem for everybody. Indeed, there are people that are not sensitive to mold.  Unfortunately, not everybody is immune to the effects of mold exposure.  Many people do experience symptoms from exposure to mold, and the Institute of Medicine has found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with symptoms in the upper Continue reading

How to Deal with Mold in Your Restaurant Kitchen

Posted by: Erin Meyer 7:40 am

moldMold in any workplace spells significant problems, but for those operating a restaurant it spells double the trouble. As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect your staff from anything that may be potentially harmful, and as an establishment serving food, you need to ensure that the appropriate hygiene standards are met.

Causing Problems in the Kitchen

Mold can cause a variety of health-related problems, including: Continue reading

Mold Inspection: A Guide to Mold in Your Home

Posted by: Erin Meyer 7:50 am

mold in homeDiscovering mold in your home is a worrying prospect. Although there are many different types of mold, the one thing that they all have in common is that they’re not terribly good for your health. In short, finding mold in your family home is not good news at all.

Different Types of Mold: A Guide

There are many different types of mold. All are unsightly (not to mention smelly!) and most are dangerous to your health. Here are just a few of the types of mold that you might discover in your home. Continue reading

Black Mold in the Bathroom: What is Black Mold and How Can You Get Rid of It?

Posted by: Erin Meyer 7:54 am

mold damageBlack mold is a common problem in the bathroom. It thrives in warm, moist environments, and once established, can be tricky to get rid of. It’s one of the most noticeable forms of mold, due to its dark coloration, and it can also pose a health problem if allowed to develop.

Black Mold: What Exactly Is It?

Black mold comes in two different varieties; Stachybotrys Atra, or Stachybotrys Chartarum. Continue reading

Kitchen Mold: How to Eliminate Mold in the Kitchen for Good

Posted by: Erin Meyer 2:38 pm

kitchen moldYour kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s often called the ‘heart of the home’, and it’s where you and your family meet to have breakfast, relax with a coffee, or prepare the evening meal.

As a result, hygiene matters more in this room than any other zone in the house. If you’ve got a mold problem in the kitchen, it’s not simply an unsightly problem that makes the room look dirty; it can also pose significant health issues too. Inhalation of mold can cause respiratory problems, and if spores are accidentally consumed, this can lead to sickness and allergic reaction. Continue reading