How to reduce harmful mycotoxin levels your homes?

We spend nearly 90% of our lives indoors. 

It is critical to our overall well-being that we reduce toxic molds from our homes and lives. 

So how does mold make us sick? It’s pretty simple actually.  Molds produce harmful mycotoxins which often become aerosolized and easily inhaled.   

Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungi (molds) that are capable of causing cancer, disease, and even death.  

In a recent publication, The American Society for Microbiology stated that mycotoxins can be inhaled and should be investigated as parameters of indoor air quality, especially in homes with visible fungal contamination.

Also, they noted that the presence of indoor mycotoxins should be taken into consideration as an important parameter of air quality.  So what can we do to reduce mycotoxin exposure in our homes?

Here Are 5 Effective Ways :

1.) Have a professional remediate any visible mold growth.    

2.) Vacuum and dust your home consistently.  If you have carpets it is recommended you get them steam cleaned at least once a year.  Cleanliness is the easiet 

3.) Replace your air filters according to manufacturers recommendation, and get your air ducts cleaned every year. 

4.) Install a dehumidifier in your basement, and make sure your bathroom exhaust fans are working properly. Note, if your bathroom fogs up when you take a shower while your fan is running it is often a sign your vent needs replaced.  

5.) Have your home professionally treated with an antimicrobial prevention system.   ATG offers innovative prevention systems that not only remediate mold, but prevent it from coming back for years.  

Sources:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170623131520.htm

Is mold really that dangerous?

YES!! Mold really is extremely dangerous and needs to be taken very seriously.  Have you read the news lately?  UPMC one of the top hospital enterprises in the world has announced that an internal mold outbreak is linked to 5 patient deaths!  Your read it 5 DEATHS!!! If mold can kill people do you really think that it doesn't negatively affect your health?  Studies show that 28% of people have a specific gene directly linked to serious multi-symptom reactions to mold exposure that can be debilitating.  This is around 75 million people in the US alone!  Here are some serious effects that are linked to mold poisoning with scientific data backing it:

  • Numerous Cognitive Effects (Significant Reduction in IQ, Depression, Mood Swings)
  • Numerous Infections
  • Sudden Weight Gain/Weight Loss 
  • Rashes
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Asthma
  • Cancer

Mold illness is 100% factual!  Experts say over 50% of buildings have toxic mold exposure!  It ruins lives if you like to believe it or not. Unfortunately, in many cases mold illness isn't the first thing doctors diagnose.  If you feel any negative health symptoms please contact us today for a free consultation.  If you think you are falling victim to mold exposure we will put you on the right track out!  We promise there is hope!

(740)-283-3700

 

SOURCES:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21763705

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/health/pittsburgh-hospital-mold-outbreak-emails/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/09/05/mold-toxicity.aspx

https://moldymovie.com/screening_watchnow

Mold Dangers Under UV Light

In this short demonstration video which can be found HERE. We used a UV Light to show how easily mold spores spread can throughout the air and into your lungs! This video is also a prime example why you DIY Mold remediation can cause more harm than good! Call us today (740)-283-3700 to schedule a consultation, and let us make your home healthy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0kpGyMBjeU&feature=youtu.be

15 Mold Prevention Tips

#1) Clean up any standing water. Mold begins to grow in less than 24 hours. This includes tubs and showers. Dry them after each use.

#2) Proper ventilation is very important. Air movement dries the structure.

#3) Control Humidity. Get a humidity gauge! You don’t know how humid a space is without it. Use dehumidifiers and fans to help lower the humidity. Keeping the humidity under 60% is important.

#4) Filter the air. Good furnace filters or air scrubbers with HEPA filters.


#5) Insulate air ducts that are exposed. Condensation from temperature differences can cause moisture issues.

#6) Pay attention to how water flows around your home. Go outside when it is safe and watch the water when it rains hard. Landscaping to move water away from your foundation can pay off a hundred to one, in dollars saved.

#7) Avoid keeping organic materials such a boxes, paper, and old wood in your space. Mold loves to use it as a host.

#8) Routine cleaning of your freezer and refrigerator. Keep it cleaned and disinfected and dispose of moldy foods.

#9) Be aware of indoor plants.The plants are good the soil is full of mold. Try using cedar mulch on top of the soil if you must have plants.Water only as needed.

#10) Eliminate clutter. Everything you have will get dust on it and mold is looking for it Move all furniture a few times a year to vacuum. The dirtiest places in most homes are where you eat and sleep. Most people never move their beds or refrigerators.

#11) Maintain your gutters, downspouts, and check to make sure your drains aren’t clogged. Roots and debris get in them and prevent the flow when it rains hard.

#12) Use neutral or acidic cleaners whenever possible. White vinegar 3 to one mixture will clean almost anything. Mold hates acids.

#13) Use your nose. Musty smells mean there is mold somewhere close.


#14) Essential oils such as thieves oil or thyme oil are great disinfectants. Essential oils are very safe, if mixed properly.

#15) Please keep the perimeters of your home mold free. Block walls, concrete, and siding all need to be kept clean so when you open a door or a window, all the mold spores don’t attack your home.