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The best ways to prevent water damage
Thunderstorms are certainly common throughout the summer and, while they may not last long, they are most likely intense, dropping a lot of rain in a short amount of time. Because of the storm's intensity, your property may not be able to handle this deluge, resulting in minor flooding that may cause some major damage....
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What to do if your home is flooded
Winter has no shortage of unpredictable weather, from snow to freezing rain, mixed in with balmy temperatures and sun. Residents along the Chesapeake/Mid-Atlantic region have been asking themselves over and over again,“What’s Next? And with April just around the corner it’s no “foolin’” that we can probably expect even more rain to usher in the spring. This could mean flooded garages, crawl spaces, and basements...
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Mold effects on your health
"People who are sensitive to mold may experience health problems such as; a stuffy nose, irritated eyes, wheezing, or skin irritation. People who are allergic to mold may have difficulty in breathing and shortness of breath. People with weakened immune systems or with chronic lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs." — CDC
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Types of mold
What are the most common types of mold? There are over 100,000 types of mold; however, only a few hundred of these have been studied at length. The following are the most likely causes of allergic and pathogenetic disease based on current research.
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Mold facts
Mold is nature's garbage disposal. Unfortunately it doesn't know the difference between a dead tree and wood studs or wall boards. Because molds produce allergens and irritants, it is common for exposed individuals to experience hay fever-type symptoms.
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Common mold misconceptions
Throw some bleach on it...This is one of the biggest myths regarding mold. Believe it or not, in most cases, bleach will actually encourage further mold growth! When you apply bleach to kill mold on a porous surface, (i.e. wood, drywall, grout, carpet, etc.) the chlorine molecules stay on the surface and will only kill a fraction of the mold while the water in bleach (bleach is mostly water) sinks into the material and actually promotes further growth.
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Mold prevention tips
Water in the home can contribute to higher humidity levels. Water intrusion can occur through leaks, seeping through basement floors and floods. The amount of moisture in the air in your home can often depends on the temperature. Increased temperatures enable the air to hold more moisture. In cold weather moisture condenses on cold surfaces. Windows and pipes that are warm or hot. Such moisture can encourage biological growth.
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Mold hot spots
Musty, mildew odors are a sure signal that a basement is too moist. Look for patches of mold-like growths on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Also, mold is commonly found on cardboard boxes, wallboard, behind walls, and on wood studs.
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Mold in schools

When mold grows in school buildings and portable classrooms, some staff and students, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems, may report adverse health effects. Mold requires oxygen, water, and a source of food to grow. There are molds that can grow on almost anything.

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Mold and your pets
Medical Mycologists (fungi specialists) agree that animals are no less susceptible to the threat of mold than humans. Indeed, small mammal pets are often the first to experience the symptoms and health ravages of living in a home with elevated levels of mold.
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Crawlspace mold
There is good reason; they can be very nasty places, especially in humid climates like Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic area. Crawlspaces here are almost always wet or damp either from excessive humidity or water intrusion. Of course, when you combine a moisture problem with all the “mold food” available in every crawlspace it’s no wonder that these areas are prone to fungal growth.
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Attic Mold

A good portion of our business at American Mold & Restoration comes from mold growth in attics. Of course, as in all mold infestations, it’s paramount to identify and correct the source of moisture. A problem common in the Mid-Atlantic, attic mold frequently goes undetected, as homeowners sometimes do not enter their attic for years.

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Basement Mold
As you might suspect, basements are hot spots for mold in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Basements are magnets for water and basements are magnets for humidity. This coupled with all food sources for mold that people typically have in their basements, is why the basement is one of the first places an American Mold & Restoration mold inspector checks when people call us in to inspect a home.
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Save Money with Mold Remediation
If you have mold in your home, fixing the problem now can save you a lot of money later. Mold is eating the structure it's growing on. If it has colonized wood, wallboard, paint, insulation backing, wall paper, caulk, etc., it is slowly eating away at these materials. Many homeowners end up replacing floor joists, support beams, rafters, plywood underlayment, etc. because they have been weakened by mold infestation
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