If your home has moisture or basement flooding problems, then it probably also has mold and mildew problems! Mold and mildew are harmful toxins that can lead to dangerous health problems for you and your family. This is why it is important to control basement moisture and remove any mold or mildew from your home. At Mold Erasers LLC, a PA Basement company, we provide expert mold and mildew remediation services across all of PA.
Mold Erasers LLC has professional mold specialists on staff who can assess the causes of the mold or mildew, and recommend solutions that are safe, effective and affordable. If you are experiencing basement mold or mildew issues or think you have the symptoms of mold, call today to learn more about our mold testing, removal, and remediation services!
Mold Warning Signs
Common Mold Symptoms
Signs of Mold in Your House
Smelling a Mold Odor (very important sign)
When you have mold growing hidden away in your house, often a moldy smell might be the only clue that it's there. Don't ignore mold odors if you can't see any mold. You should thoroughly inspect your home before a mold problems get worse.
Seeing Signs of Mold Growth
Visible mold growth might seem like an obvious sign of mold. Please don’t simply ignore visible mold in their house. If you don't take care of mold it will soon become a bigger problem. Visible mold growth could also be a sign that there is a much larger mold colony growing hidden away from view. While black mold is the most common type of mold, mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green, orange, pink, purple, white and many other colors. The color is not an indication of whether it is dangerous or not. For example “BLACK MOLD” is sometimes Stachybotrys, which is a health hazard to humans, but the truth is not all black mold is Stachybotrys.
Hyphae (like seeing the veins in a tree leaf)
Molds are tiny, multi-celled organisms made up of branching filaments called hyphae (singular: hypha). Some of the hyphae are embedded in the material on which the molds grow and are called vegetative hyphae. Rhizoids, hair like filaments resembling roots, grow from the vegetative hyphae of some molds.
Common Allergies & Symptoms
Do you notice your allergic reactions are worse when you're at home but you feel better when you go out? If so then it's especially likely you could have mold. If you find that your allergies are worse in some other building, like your workplace, then there could be mold growing there instead. Common allergic reactions to mold include sneezing, sore eyes and a runny nose or nasal congestion just to mention a few.
Visible mold growth needs to be properly addressed. However, physical growth is not the only form of contamination related to mold. Spores released by mold sources can settle on surfaces that are not otherwise contaminated by mold growth. This spore deposition can remain long after the actual mold growth is removed. Since individual mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, simple observation is insufficient to determine if a surface is contaminated with potentially hazardous spores Spores can also be toxic since they carry mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins are toxins produced by some species of mold (myco means fungal). These mycotoxins are some of the most toxic substances in existence.
Types of Mycotoxins
Some of the different types of mycotoxins are:
- Aflatoxins (produced by Aspergillus) - includes Aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, M1 and M2
- Ochratoxin - includes Ochratoxin A, B, and C
- Trichothecene (produced by Stachybotrys) - includes Satratoxin-H, Vomitoxin and T-2 mycotoxins
- Fumonisins - includes Fumonisin B1 and B2
Mycotoxins aren't actually alive like mold spores. So when we talk about "killing mycotoxins" it really means breaking down mycotoxins and their toxicity so they are no longer dangerous to humans.
Size of Mycotoxins Like mold spores, mycotoxins are too small for us to see with the naked eye. Mycotoxins are as small as 0.1 microns. Mold spores are between 1 and 20 microns. Human hair, for comparison, is about 100 microns thick.
A group of possible health effects from fungal exposure derives from the volatile compounds (VOC) produced through fungal primary or secondary metabolism, and released into indoor air. Some of these volatile compounds are produced continually as the fungus consumes its energy source during primary metabolic processes.
Signs of Water Problems
If you have had any long term moisture problems in your house it's usually inevitable they will lead to mold beginning to grow. So if you know you've had some water problems in your home then it's a pretty good sign you could have mold.
Some signs that you have a moisture problem include water stains or discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings in your house. Seeing these could be a clue that there is mold growing within or behind the material.
Another sign of a moisture problem is surface abnormalities like peeling, bubbling or cracking of the paint or wallpaper. If your walls are bowed, bulging or warped it probably means moisture has gotten into them. Another clue is if the surface of walls or other materials feel damp.
Water Leaks Causing Mold
Mold from a leaking sink
The above signs of water problems in homes are usually created by leaks. However if you already know that you have had a water leak (such as leaking pipes or a leaking ceiling) then just that knowledge by itself, even if you don't see signs of water damage, is a good sign that you might have mold growing in your house around the area where the leak was.
Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through.
The Mold Erasers Dry Ice Blasting Method
At Mold Erasers LLC, we only use the latest, most advanced dry-ice blasting method to remove mold from your home. Dry ice blasting is superior to traditional techniques which involve harsh chemicals, mechanical scrubbing, or scraping.
Why Choose Dry Ice Blasting for Mold Removal?
For one, our dry ice blasting method is more effective at killing mold spores. While industry standards recommend a maximum of 3 microns of mold per million, the Mold Erasers LLC dry ice blasting method results in less than 1 micron of mold per million. It is also by far the most effective method of removing mold spores from wood, stone and concrete, and at cleaning tight, hard to reach spaces. Lastly, our dry ice blasting creates far less mess and requires less clean-up that traditional methods, because it does not generate any secondary waste. The solid CO2 pellets that we use turn into vapor upon contact, leaving the mold itself as the only waste generated.
Services provided by Mold Erasers LLC, a subsidiary of PA Basement Waterproofing, Inc. PA contractor registration # PA095538.