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Is Mold Harmful To Your Health?

 

Where I grew up, I lived in a 900-square foot home that was not made with the same Building Code and Safety Regulations that homes are built with today. The building requirements were very different years ago because of what we now know about construction and its affect on our overall health and wellness.

Every spring, I did what my mother called “Spring Cleaning My Room.” I moved my bed away from my bedroom walls and sprayed a bleach compound to clean the black mold that had grown from floor level up 3-feet high on the walls next to my bed. If my mother had known then what I now know about mold, we would have known not to spray bleach on mold and that having mold in my bedroom was not a safe environment where I should have been sleeping.  I now have a very high sensitivity to mold. I get headaches, have trouble concentrating, my throat gets scratchy, and I get extremely tired when I am exposed to mold.

What Is The Best Way To Remove Mold? 

Most people are not aware of the detrimental affect mold can have on their health or just how toxic mold is when we breath it or are exposed to it over an extended period of time. Because of my personal experience, it is important to me to help others understand that mold can be harmful to one’s health.

It is so important to hire a professional to properly remove mold rather than risk your health or the health of those you love by removing mold on your own. Professionals who are certified in the proper removal of mold wear protective clothing and respirators to protect their health. That should tell you just how scary mold is and that it isn’t good to touch or be anywhere where elevated mold spores are actively growing.

Do You Know The Facts About Mold?

Learn About Mold  I invite you to read other related blog articles I’ve written on the symptoms to look for when you have mold and how to remove mold the right way:

Frequently Asked Questions

SOS Solutions is your #1 resource when you need to hire reputable and trusted mold removal specialists. Place your trust in what we do best!

Frequently Asked Questions

SOS Solutions is your #1 resource when you need to hire reputable and trusted mold removal specialists. Place your trust in what we do best!

PLUMBING LEAKS & WATER DAMAGE

What If I Have A Plumbing Leak?
  • Turn off the water at its source (close the angle stops located under bathroom or kitchen sinks, behind toilets, at the top of the water heater, behind washing machines, etc.)
  • Turn off the main water shut-off valve to the property (usually located outside)
  • Unplug anything plugged into electrical outlets in areas that are wet
  • Remove wet rugs or furniture to prevent staining
  • Use towels and blankets to soak up standing water
  • Call SOS SOLUTIONS:
    • Arrange for a plumber to locate the leak or water source
    • Temporarily restore water to the home or building
    • Repair the plumbing problem
    • Provide an estimate for repair or re-route
    • Assess if moisture or water damage exists
    • Schedule Professional Water Restoration Services
    • Properly dry out any wet building materials
    • Properly remove any visible mold
    • Replace any materials removed due to the leak or water damage
    • Provide an estimate to repair the damage
What If I Find Water In My Home or Building?
    • Turn off the source of the water or turn off the main water shut-off valve
    • Unplug anything plugged into electrical outlets in areas that are wet
    • Use towels or blankets to soak up any standing water
    • Remove rugs or furniture that are wet to prevent staining
    • Moisture and water can be trapped inside wall cavities, behind cabinets and under flooring, so hiring a professional water restoration company with the right equipment to check for moisture is recommended to prevent further damage and to minimize mold growth
    • Do not place fans, blowers or air movers as this can blow around dust, asbestos, lead or mold and can contaminate unaffected rooms
  • Call SOS Solutions for help with:
    • Moisture Testing
    • Water Restoration Services
    • Furniture Pack Out and Storage
    • Mold Removal
    • Bacteria or Sewage Cleanup
    • Restoration and Repairs

MOLD & MUSTY ODORS

Is Mold Harmful To My Health?
    • Some people have a higher sensitivity to mold. (ie. infants, elderly and immune-compromised)
    • Exposure to mold can be fatal.
    • If you see mold or smell a musty odor or have physical symptoms related to mold, immediately exit the area to prevent further exposure
    • It is best to confirm whether elevated mold spore counts are present before risking your health
  • Call SOS right away for help:
    • Confirm whether elevated mold spore count levels are present
    • Properly remove mold and clean any affected areas or rooms
    • Replace any damaged or removed materials
Does Bleach Really Kill Mold?
  • Spraying bleach or other cleaning chemicals on mold is not recommended
  • Mold spores can become airborne once sprayed and then can be breathed into your lungs
  • Fans and blowers can cause mold spores to become airborne and settle in unaffected areas
  • Once moisture is introduced into an area, mold spores can grow quickly 
  • To minimize breathing elevated mold spores, place a sheet of plastic extending 2-feet on each side of the visible mold area and tape the plastic down 
  • Immediately call SOS to hire professionals that specialize in the proper removal and cleaning of mold to protect you and your loved ones
Is Mold Making You Sick?
    • Physical symptoms can occur such as:
      • nose bleeds
      • allergy-like symptoms
      • coughing
      • throat irritation
      • eye or skin irritation
      • vomiting
      • headaches
      • nausea
      • respiratory problems
    • The color of mold can vary along with its appearance so don’t assume you don’t have mold if you aren’t sure
    • Some people have a higher sensitivity to mold:
      • Infants
      • Elderly
      • Immune-Compromised  
    • MOLD FACTS:
      • Exposure to mold can be fatal
      • Mold is not uncommon
      • Mold is everywhere
    • CAUTION: Mold testing kits sold at hardware stores will often growth mold in any environment
  • CALL SOS SOLUTIONS to request:
    • Mold Testing to confirm if there are any elevated mold spores that can be harmful to your health
    • Mold Testing to confirm the types of mold present 
    • A Written Protocol/Report on how to:
      • properly remove mold
      • determine the correct method of cleaning
      • properly clean different surfaces 
    • Mold Clearance Testing, after proper mold removal and cleaning efforts have been completed, to ensure mold spore count levels are back to normal
Resources On Treating Mold

10-Tips – Prevent Water Damage

10-Mold Prevention Tips

10-Tips – Prevent Water Damage

10-Mold Prevention Tips

Are You At Risk?

Mold is located both inside and outside of your home and generally, is not harmful to your health. However, once mold spore count levels become elevated, breathing mold into the lungs can cause serious health problems for individuals with a high sensitivity to mold.  There are certain individuals who have a higher sensitivity to mold:

  • Infants
  • Elderly
  • Immune-Compromised/Low Immune System

Are You At Risk?

Most people do not know that mold is located both inside and outside of their home and generally, is not harmful to one’s health. However, once mold spore count levels become elevated, breathing mold into the lungs can cause serious health problems for individuals with a high sensitivity to mold.

There are certain individuals who have a higher sensitivity to mold:

  • Infants
  • Elderly
  • Immune-Compromised/Low Immune System

 Proper Mold Removal Procedures

  • Preliminary Mold Testing will confirm the types of mold present and what steps need to be taken to ensure proper removal of mold.
  • Hire A Professional Mold Remediation Contractor to remove mold and to do proper cleaning to get rid of airborne mold so that your health is not at risk. 
  • Mold Clearance Testing is recommended to confirm that the mold spore count levels have been returned to normal after proper cleaning was done to remove mold.

 Proper Mold Removal Procedures

  • Preliminary Mold Testing will confirm the types of mold present and what steps need to be taken to ensure proper removal of mold.
  • Hire A Professional Mold Remediation Contractor to remove mold and to do proper cleaning to get rid of airborne mold so that your health is not at risk. 
  • Mold Clearance Testing is recommended to confirm that the mold spore count levels have been returned to normal after proper cleaning was done to remove mold.

You Benefit From Our Free Services:

  • We schedule initial mold testing or Mold Clearance Testing
  • We assist you in scheduling mold cleaning and removal services
  • We ensure that proper procedures are followed
  • We’ll work with any insurance company
  • We manage all other needed contractors’ services for you
  • We help expedite the overall job repair time frame

You Benefit From Our Free Services:

  • We schedule initial mold testing or Mold Clearance Testing
  • We assist you in scheduling mold cleaning and removal services
  • We ensure that proper procedures are followed
  • We’ll work with any insurance company
  • We manage all other needed contractors’ services for you
  • We help expedite the overall job repair time frame

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Mold


Victoria Davis, Realtor - Capre Real Estate

I’ve lived in Lake Arrowhead for 27-years and sell a lot of real estate. I’m very grateful to have SOS on my Team. I use them…they are my Go-To when we have floods or any type of emergency or mold. They handle it very professionally. My clients have called me back and said ‘thank you’. That’s what I appreciate! 

Bonnie A., Insured - State Farm Insurance Company

“These people are great!  I had a leak in my kitchen….SOS had a specialist out that same afternoon to assess what was needed to begin mold removal.  SOS then took care of getting it dried, tested and cleared so that the rest of the work could continue.  Efficient, quick, professional….I highly recommend them….”

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WATER DAMAGE

Clean Up Excess Water
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SUSPECT MOLD?

Locate the Source
Minimize Contamination
Thoroughly Clean Mold
Reduce Health Concerns

What You Need To Know About Mold

Advantages To Hiring A Professional

  • Protect Your Loved Ones
  • Minimize Health Risks
  • Peace Of Mind

Proper Mold Removal Procedure

  • Lab Testing to Identify the type of mold
  • Clean and remove mold under containment
  • Mold Clearance Testing to confirm normal levels

Individuals Highly Sensitive To Mold

  • Infants
  • Elderly or Seniors
  • Immune Compromised/Low Immune System

Proper Mold Protocols Followed

  • Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Worn
  • Legal, Health and Air Quality District Regulations Met
  • Published Mold Regulations Followed

How To Recognize Mold

  • Alternaria – often found outdoors, but also grows in damp places indoors in showers or under sinks where pipes are leaking as well as in buildings that have been flooded or have suffered water damage. It spreads easily from one area of the home to another. Exposure to alternaria can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  • Aspergillus  –  frequently found indoors. It can causes allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which causes inflammation of the lungs.
  • Aureobasidium found outdoors, but it can also be found in homes growing on wooden surfaces, wallpaper, and painted surfaces. It’s also often found on damp window frames and caulking. It is pink and black in color. Many people are allergic to aureobasidium. Follow the link for more information on pink mold in the bathroom.
  • Botrytis – grows in areas with high levels of humidity like bathrooms with poor ventilation. It can cause allergic reactions and asthma.
  • Chaetomium – often grows on drywall that has sustained water damage. It produces a characteristic musty odor.
  • Cladosporium – often found growing inside home on fabrics like carpets, and on wood surfaces like cabinets and floorboards. It can cause a variety of respiratory problems.
  • Efflorescence – salt deposits that are often confused with white mold in basement. Can often be seen on concrete slabs, foundation walls, masonry or block walls where high levels of moisture are found.
  • Fusarium – can grow and spread at lower temperatures. It’s often found growing on water-damaged carpeting and other fabrics. It causes allergic reactions, asthma, and respiratory infections. People with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable to infections due to fusarium exposure.
  • Penicillium – often found growing on materials that have been damaged by water including carpeting, wallpaper, insulation and furnishings like mattresses. It’s one of the mold types that spread quickly and easily from one part of the home to another. Exposure to penicillium can cause allergic reactions, chronic sinus infections, and inflammation of the lungs. Usually appears as a blue mold and/or a green mold.
  • Serpula lacrymans – a yellow mold that causes “dry rot” because it feeds on wood.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum – often referred to as “black mold” because of its black color or “toxic mold” because it produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins which cause allergic reactions, breathing problems, chronic sinus infections, asthma attacks, fatigue, and depression. Stachybotrys chartarum has a characteristic musty odor and usually grows in places that stay damp all the time, like in air conditioning ducts where there is a lot of condensation or around leaky pipes.
  • Trichoderma – often found growing on damp carpet, wallpaper, and other wet surfaces. It produces mycotoxins similar to those produced by stachybotrys chatarum and it can cause similar health problems. Many people are also allergic to trichoderma.
  • Ulocladium – frequently grows in areas with extensive water damage, including homes that have been flooded. It’s often found growing on wet walls. Many people are allergic to ulocladium.

Information obtained from Mold-Advisor.com – (http://www.mold-advisor.com/mold-types.html)

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