Mold and Mildew Solution Guide

Free Shipping and 365 Day Return PolicyUsing bleach to remove mold is simply ineffective; and it can cause problems for allergy sufferers by releasing harmful vapors and chemicals back into the air. Instead of reaching for the bleach, help to prevent mold from forming by using a true HEPA air purifier and HEPA vacuum cleaner to reduce the amount of mold spores in your indoor air. Next, control indoor humidity and prevent mold growth by removing excess moisture from your home with a dehumidifier. Should you need to remove mold, go for a non-toxic cleaner, wear gloves and don't forget an allergy mask that features HEPA filtration to keep you from breathing in harmful particles. These simple steps can help you control your environment and avoid allergic reactions.

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Mold: The Pervasive Fungus Among Us

Mold: The Fungus Among UsAs a relative of mushrooms and yeast, mold serves nature well by decomposing dead organic matter like leaves and wood. However, when mold grows in your home, its powerful enzymes eat through wallpaper, wood, and other materials while producing allergens that can have severe health consequences. Prolific throughout nature, there are over 200,000 identified species of mold, with more being discovered regularly.

Mold reproduces with mold spores which are like microscopic seeds. At about three microns in size, mold spores are invisible to the human eye. For comparison, the period at the end of this sentence is roughly 300 microns in size - that's 100 times larger than the typical mold spore! Not only are they invisible, but mold spores are virtually indestructible. They can live for decades, just lying dormant, waiting for the right conditions to begin growing and producing more mold spores, and many species release chemical toxins into the air as a self-defense mechanism. The more you learn about mold spores, the more they sound like space invaders in a sci-fi flick.

Mold & Your Health

Mold and Your HealthIn 2006, a University of Cincinnati study found that infants who were exposed to airborne mold spores were more likely to develop allergies to mold, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and certain foods as they grew older. Tina Reponen, author of the study, says, "It turns out that the health effects of airborne fungal spores are more complicated than we thought."

Over 80% of allergy sufferers are sensitive to mold spores, and a 1999 Mayo Clinic study discovered allergenic fungal sinusitis among 93% of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Like other allergens, mold can cause sneezing, chronic cough, runny nose, congestion, itchy and watery eyes, skin rashes, sinus headaches, and even more severe respiratory problems.

But you don't have to be an allergic individual for mold to adversely affect your health. Mold can also act as an infectious agent, like bacteria and viruses. Additionally, some species of mold produce chemical toxins called mycotoxins. Stachybotys (pronounced "stack-ee-BOT-ris"), also known as black mold, is the most common and dangerous species of toxic mold. Symptoms of toxic mold exposure may include memory loss and other cognitive disorders, nose bleeds, dizziness, nausea, anemia, difficulty breathing, and death.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

Crawl Space DehumidifiersThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that half of all U.S. buildings contain areas damp enough for mold growth.

Your Home + Moisture = Mold Growth

It's as simple as 1 + 1. If there's not enough moisture in the air, then mold cannot grow. Therefore, if you suffer from mold allergies (or if you don't want mold to decompose your home), you should monitor your relative humidity with a humidity gauge and dehumidify the air to remove excess moisture. By keeping your relative humidity below 50 percent you can prevent mold growth.

Mold flourishes on your bedding, feeding off moisture from your body. Sleeping on allergy relief bedding can help you avoid breathing in allergens while you're sleeping. Exclusive to AchooAllergy.com, Allergy Armor bedding features a special antimicrobial finish to prevent the growth of mold and other microorganisms while keeping dust mites and other allergens out.

M-1 Sure Cote and EcoDiscoveries MoldZyme also prevent mold growth on surfaces like tile, shower doors, furniture, mattresses, wallpaper, ceilings, walls, and many more. Finally, if your home experiences water damage from a leak or flood, be sure to dry out all damp materials within 24 - 48 hours.

Mold Removal and Remediation

Allergy Zone - Furnace FiltersModern houses and apartments are sealed up tightly for energy efficiency; however, those tight seals trap allergens and pollutants inside your home. Air out your home as much as possible and use air purifiers to remove mold spores and other allergens from the air. Hidden mold often grows inside HVAC systems. An allergy relief vent filter will trap mold spores before they have a chance to enter your lungs.

For allergy sufferers, frequent cleaning can transform misery into relief. While dead human skin makes up the majority of household dust, mold spores are present in dust as well. Vacuum thoroughly and regularly with a HEPA vacuum cleaner to remove mold spores from your carpet and furniture. M-1 House Wash, the world's finest and most versatile all purpose cleaner, works well on almost any surface, and it can be used in pressure washers, carpet cleaners, and pump sprayers, as well as for cleaning by hand.

Vital Oxide - Mold RemovalAccording to the EPA, if you find a mold colony that's 10 square feet or smaller, you should be able to handle the cleanup job yourself. Scrub the mold off hard surfaces with water and Allergy Armor House Wash or Vital Oxide. But be careful! Cleaning mold releases spores into the air, so if you are sensitive to mold, you'll need to wear goggles, gloves, and an AllergyZone N95 mask for protection. Make sure the area is well ventilated, and wash all supplies and clothing after cleaning.

For large scale clean up after look over our Water Damage Restoration page for some useful tips and hints. If you suspect that mold may be releasing toxic chemicals or if a mold colony is larger than 10 square feet, you should consider hiring a mold remediation professional.


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