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how do I deal with mold

With all the news coverage about molds, most people would likely agree that mold can be found in any home that has some age to it. After all, mold only needs a little bit of water dripping in the wrong spot to begin to grow.

Recently, I had my own mold story from a discovery in my own home. One morning, while showering, I began to notice very little black spots around the edges and grout on the tiles circling my bathtub. Within a matter of weeks, small black dots grew into larger black spots.

Black mold can only grow where there is water. Typically it is found near bathrooms and kitchens. Showers, ceiling tiles, or walls that have leaky pipes behind them are the hot spots for black mold. A dark, black color indicates that the mold has been unattended to and could potentially reach dangerous toxic levels if people are exposed to it repeatedly.

Black mold needs to be treated at the point of water contact. Sometimes this might call for a total rebuild job, other times, it is a smaller job. Regardless of the size, this type of work needs to be done to get rid of the mold problem. If caught in the early stages before the mold spreads and darkens, some molds can be cleaned away with a special Mold spray, or a home mixture of bleach and water.

However, if untreated, repeated exposure to toxic molds, especially by someone who is allergic to mold, could easily cause a handful of long-term problems and symptoms, including shortness of breath, consistent coughing that could lead to bronchitis or ammonia, and more.

The best prevention for mold is being aware of possible trouble spots locations. Keeping those areas dry and ventilated can go a long way in slowing down mold growth.

In addition to being aware of mold for human health reasons, pets can also be affected to the presence of mold in homes just because of their curious nature to discover hidden spots with their sensitive noses.

If you’re concerned about mold in your home but don’t see any growing, consider having your home tested. Exhale’s Mold testing makes finding out if there is mold growing in your home easy. All you have to do is plug in the device for 24 hours and place it back in the box, attach the prepaid shipping label and drop it off at any Fedex store. We’ll help you get to the bottom of the problem so you can have peace of mind knowing that the air your family is breathing is free of mold.

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Samantha Masmar

Samantha earned a Nursing degree from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. A former Labor and Delivery Nurse, Samantha has spent the last seven years continuing to practice as a Registered Nurse at an Asthma and Allergy Center. Samantha is married and is the mother of two children, Ella (10) and Griffin (8).
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  • Lillian Schaeffer

    You pointed out that black mold grows near bathrooms and kitchens because it needs water. I’ve noticed a kind of musty smell in my bathroom, and while I haven’t seen any mold, I’m worried that the odor means there is some nearby. It would make sense that it would be growing in my bathroom because there’s water in there, so maybe I’ll have a professional come and take a look.

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      Lillian, our service detects airborne molds that can effect asthma and allergies, four in particular: aspergillus, cladosporium, penicillium and alternaria. We aren’t the experts on black mold, as much as the allergy prone molds. But if you feel worry, I think having someone come and do a check, might set your mind at ease. If you know you are allergic to mold, then it might be wise to test the rooms you spend time in most to identify if it is a problem and get busy removing. In that case, we can help you. Just click on our purchase tab and you will see a room sampler service available that will test for mold and many other allergens. Hope you feel well and breathe well! The Exhale Team

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