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Molds in Homes: Different Types

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Molds in Homes: Different Types

Mold in homes can be of various types and can cause various health problems. These problems depend on the type of mold found in the home and can be removed by los angeles mold remediation. Most of the times mold is allergenic but sometimes it is also toxic and hazardous for the human health. Molds found in the home are of almost 100 types but we will discuss some common types here.


Alternaria

It is often found outdoors but sometimes alternaria growth is also seen indoors in damp places. Showers and under the leaky pipes of sinks are best places for its growth. It also grows in the flood damaged areas of buildings. Allergies and asthma attacks can be caused from this type of mold. It can spread from one house to another.

Aspergillums

This type of mold is frequently found indoors. It also causes respiratory infections and allergies. A special condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis(inflammation of lungs) also arises when humans expose to this type of mold.

Aureobasidium

It is found outdoors and sometimes indoors. Its color is pink and black.

Botrytis

The low ventilated areas are best for its growth, for example bathrooms. It also causes allergenic reactions and asthma.

Chaetomium

This mold type grows on the drywall damaged by the water. It has musty odor.

Cladosporium

This type of mold is found indoors. Its specialty is that it grows in cooler areas instead of the warm places. It also causes the respiratory infections.

Fusarium

This mold also needs low temperatures for growth. It usually grows on water damaged carpets.

Penicillium

This type of mold quickly spreads from one home to another. It can cause chronic sinus infection and lungs inflammation. It is green or blue in color.

Stachybotrys chartarum

This is also known as black mold. This is toxic in nature and can cause serious health problems. Toxicity is due to the release of toxic mycotoxins. Its odor is musty and it grows in moist and damp places.

Serpula lacrymans

It is yellow in color and its feed is wood.

Trichoderma

It also releases the toxic mycotoxins that are serious threat for the human health and can cause allergenic reactions.

Ulocladium

This type of mold grows where there is excessive water. So the homes hit by the water damage and floods are best for their growth.

Efflorescence

These are actually salt deposits not molds. People confuse it with the white mold.

 

Cleaning Up of Mold: Some Methods

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Cleaning Up of Mold: Some Methods 

Mold is usually formed by the excess moisture and water damage. Mold is allergenic whether it is alive or dead. Sometimes it can also be toxic. Mold can be cleaned up by variety of ways. Usually it depends upon the effected item or the material .here we would discuss some of them through which you can get rid of the mold.

1st Method :Wet Vacuum

Special vacuum cleaners that are made to collect the water are known as wet vacuums. If the water is accumulated on the hard surfaces then wet vacuums can easily drain and collect the water. They are used to minimize the effects of water damage. It can be used on wet carpets and floors. It is not recommended to use wet vacuum on porous materials e.g. Gypsum board. After the usage it should be thoroughly cleaned in order to get rid of the mold spores sticked to tanks and hoses of vacuum.

2nd Method :D amp Wipe

From hard and non porous surfaces mold removal is easy. This can be done by scrubbing through water or a mixture of water and detergent. After this the surface must be dried as soon as possible. In this way re-growth of mold can be prevented. The removal of mold from the porous surfaces is difficult and such type of materials must be discarded immediately through los angeles water damage restoration.

3rd Method :HEPA Vacuum

HEPA vacuums are High-Efficiency Particulate Air vacuums that are designed for final cleanups. After the drying and contamination removal of the affected areas HEPA vacuums are used. Filter must be seated properly into the vacuum and while changing the filter remediator must take care so that the captured mold cannot affect him. After completion of the task. The filter of these vacuums must be disposed of properly.

4th Method :D iscard

Non salvageable furniture and other items must be discarded. This is because these items have been intensely affected by the mold and cannot be used further due to contamination. los angeles water  Damage repair items must be sealed in polythene bags in a proper way to avoid and prevent the occupants from mold spores. During the removal of mold affected items hands must be covered wit gloves. Also try to cover and protect your eyes. Respirators must be saved from the mold growth.  PPE (Personal Protective Equipments) can help you to avoid mold inhalation and protection of hands and eyes.

 

 

 

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