Posts Tagged ‘humidity levels’

Dealing With Mold In Your Home

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mold. You have seen it around your home; it shows up in your bathtubs and showers and can be easily taken care of with a store-bought cleaner. Other than that, do you really ever think about mold? Probably not.

This, however, is a mistake.

As this article from explains, mold can be present and affecting your health long before you even know it is in your home. We are not talking about a little mold around your tub, but the kind of mold infestation that you find in basements, attics, crawlspaces, and piping; the kind of mold that clings to walls and gives of a noxious, musty smell.

Most homes have warm and moist areas in which mold can easily grow. Eliminating these areas is the only way to truly make sure your home stays mold free.

-          Look for leaks or other water related problems and repair them.

-          Maintain proper ventilation in all rooms of your home.

-          Don’t leave standing water.  Make sure it is dried up.

-          Be aware of mold odors and see if mold is undiscovered behind walls or flooring.

-          Make sure your dryers and other appliances are vented outdoors.

-          Use a dehumidifier in the home if moisture is a persistent or recurring problem.

-          Keep the home as cool as possible.  This will help cut down on humidity levels.

Mold spores are found everywhere in nature. We inhale them everyday without any negative effects. It is when we encounter heavily concentrated mold infestations (indoors), that mold becomes a serious health hazard. The health threats posed by mold are various, from mild reactions such as coughing, sore throat, or asthma problems, to more serious issues such as respiratory problems, neurological disorders, and lung disease.

While you can deal with smaller patches of mold on your own, larger infestations should be handled by a professional. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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Mold and Asthma

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Mold can very negatively affect any asthmatic person.  From inflaming a person’s symptoms to triggering a full on Asthma attack, mold is dangerous for any person with respiratory issues.  This is alarming because mold can thrive on almost any moist surface.  It is for these health reasons that it is important to rid your environments of mold, especially if you are afflicted with asthma.

The EPA mentions some easy ways to rid your home of this threat to your respiratory system:

  • Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be replaced if they are contaminated with mold.
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
  • Keep drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator and dehumidifier clean and dry.
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows in kitchens and bathrooms when showering, cooking or using the dishwasher.
  • Vent clothes dryers to the outside.

Humidity level is also an important factor is keeping mold away. The EPA recommends that your mold levels be between 30 and 50% for ideal conditions.  These levels are measured with hygrometers which can be purchased at most hardware stores.

For more information about getting rid of mold in your home, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions here or by calling 410-296-6653.

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