mold check

Easy 4 step mold check

Mold can be hiding anywhere! Here is our easy 4 step check for you to perform on your home before winter.

Step 1:

Perform a visible mold search in your home. If you have NO idea what mold looks like, please see our previous posts or google image search so that you know what you’re looking for. Check for anything furry or colorful growth on items in areas that are exposed to moisture. Specifically, investigate the bathroom, basement, attic and kitchen.

Step 2:

Engage your other senses! Do you smell mildew or a moldy smell in a certain area of your home? If it is evident upon opening the door to your basement, attic or bathroom that there is a mildew or mold smell, chances are there is.

Step 3:

Have you experienced basement flooding, recurring roof leaks or other moisture issues in your home? This is a question you’ll have to ask yourself and your family. If you have, those areas are prone to mold growth and you should have those areas investigated further.

Step 4:

Perform an at home mold test. These tests can help to identify a possible mold issue if your first three steps have given you caused to proceed further.

Performing this easy 4 step check for mold in your home can help you to identify a potential mold problem and health hazard. If any of the four steps give you cause for concern, then you should call in a Certified Mold Inspector. With proper experience and knowledge, inspectors can help to locate the mold, the cause of the mold and direct you on how to abate the problem.

As a certified Mold Inspector, HNST Mold Inspections has helped many throughout New York and New Jersey identify mold issues and assess them. Call us today at (845) 215-9258 (NY) or (201) 733-0091 (NJ) if you have any questions or need our assistance after performing your 4 step check!

Immune System

Exposing young Children to bacteria

In today’s world of antibiotic use, hand sanitizing and anti-bacterial soap, is it any wonder that allergies are at an all-time high, and that children’s immune systems aren’t as strong as they used to be? We came across this great video that we’d like to share with you regarding allergies.

Mold allergies, asthma and other respiratory concerns are a big consequence of mold growing in homes. Children with low immunity can have a stronger and more impacted response tom mold and allergens inside the home. Because children are our future, and we want to see them thrive with a strong immunity, we’d like to highlight this video posted by David Wolfe, on his Facebook page we hope you enjoy it.

You can view the video here.

With over 7.6 Million views, we know that this short video will make some sort of impact on you. Even if you just learn something new in regards to auto-immune disease, immune systems, or overuse of antibiotics you will walk away a more informed individual.

Allergies to mold can look just like any other allergy symptom. That is why it’s so important to really do some investigation into your home, look for areas of moisture, and get your home inspected if you suspect mold is the culprit. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more!

Types of Mold: Cladosporium

Last month we highlighted one of the four common molds called Aspergillus, see our blog here. This month, we are turning the spotlight onto another of the CDC’s top 4 common indoor molds, Cladosporium. Just like Aspergillius, Cladosporium can be found indoors and outdoors and also can cause infection, allergies and lead to asthma.

Here are the facts you need to know regarding Cladosporium:

  • Found indoors on surfaces such as carpet or wallpaper when moisture is present (think carpeted basements)
  • Found outdoors on plants and organic matter such as leaves
  • Very rarely causes illness, but can cause skin, eye, sinus and brain infections as well as allergies and asthma
  • Linked to 2015 outbreak of fungal meningitis, according to the CDC

Since Cladosporium is common, there is no way to completely avoid the mold, however you can take steps to prevent and reduce exposure. This is important for those with mold allergies or undiagnosed allergy symptoms.

Tips to reduce exposure:

  • Remove wallpaper and carpeting from areas prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and basements
  • Avoid raking or disrupting earth, any movement of this debris can release dormant spores into the air
  • Call a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms such as itchy eyes, skin, allergy symptoms or increased asthma symptoms
  • Have your home inspected for mold

If you notice your allergy symptoms are particularly bad in your home or workplace, call HNST Mold Inspections to schedule your indoor inspection. As a company founded on honesty and integrity, you can count on us to give you an un-biased opinion as well as all possible solutions to combat your mold problem. Use our quick contact form to get in touch with us today!