Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mold Removal - Protect Your Lungs while Removing Mold in Your Home

Avoid breathing in mold or mold spores. In order to limit your exposure to airborne mold, you may want to wear an N-95 respirator, available at many hardware stores and from companies that advertise on the Internet. (They cost about $12 to $25.) Some N-95 respirators resemble a paper dust mask with a nozzle on the front, others are made primarily of plastic or rubber and have removable cartridges that trap most of the mold spores from entering. In order to be effective, the respirator or mask must fit properly, so carefully follow the instructions supplied with the respirator. Please note that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that respirators fit properly (fit testing) when used in an occupational setting

*From the epa.gov site on Mold*

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Mold Removal - Don't Paint Over Mold

Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel. It just doesn't make sense to try to mask the mould problem by simply painting over it.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Do you have a mold allergy? Mold Allergic Symptoms

What kinds of symptoms are seen in mold allergies? Here are just a few to help you identify if it is in fact a mold allergy that you're dealing with.

  • Sneezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy, watery and red eyes
  • Skin rashes and hives
  • Sinus headaches
  • Reduced lung capacity and difficulty breathing

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Black Mold - What is Black Mold? (Mould) Toxic Mold

Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra) is a type of mold that has been associated with health effects in people. It is a greenish-black mold that can grow on materials with a high cellulose content - such as drywall sheet rock, dropped ceiling tiles, and wood - that become chronically moist or water-damaged, due to excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.

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