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Survey Shows Many Homeowners Living With & Worried About Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that can cause stains and bad odors and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Mold can also break down organic materials and cause dry rot. The microscopic spores can spread throughout a home or building quickly and cause an infestation. A recent survey conducted by the National Center for Healthy Housing revealed that 49 percent of respondents have concerns about mold. According to the survey, these respondents are aware and concerned about living with the following issues: 1. Mold Growth Mold needs several things to grow: spores, food, habitable temperatures and moisture. Mold spores are virtually everywhere, and they can feed on just about anything, which means that these two factors are impossible to control. Molds can even grow in near-freezing temperatures, as anyone who has ever cleaned out a refrigerator knows. Moisture is one factor that can be controlled. Molds like humidity to remain around 70...
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Asthma and Mold – Everything You Need to Know

If you or someone you love has asthma, you understand the critical importance of keeping your living space allergen free. What you may not know, however, is that some of the most troublesome allergens might be present in amounts that make daily existence a tormenting ordeal for those with respiratory ailments. More than a mere nuisance, common mold can worsen asthma, and it’s up to you to take action. How Mold Exacerbates Allergies The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, refers to mold as a trigger. This means that it can make asthma and allergies worse. How does this work? Mold is a common name for a vast range of fungus species that reproduce by releasing spores. These tiny bodies float along on air currents until they land in spots that they find hospitable and grow new mold cells. Because they're microscopic, spores are easy to inhale, and depending on how...
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Highlighting our sister-site, www.aquasolutionsus.com

Frequent customers of Flood and Mold NJ sometimes don't know that we have a sister company, Aqua Solutions. We founded both companies in 1997, and both are family-owned and -operated to this day. The companies also share the same office location. The Repairs We Perform The focus at Aqua Solutions is on water and well services. Customers can have our licensed and insured team come over to: Unclog well drains and dry wells Repair water filtration systems Repair water filtration systems A dry well keeps water from pooling around the home and eroding the soil, so it's good to have in your yard. However, these holes are prone to clogging as lint, soap scum, and other materials get stuck in them. You can count on us to unclog them right away. A well can give you a great supply of fresh water, but it requires a lot of maintenance. If your...
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5 common Places Where You Can Find Mold in Your Home

Every year in the United States, mold exposure is responsible for nearly 5 million cases of asthma. Between 2000 and 2010, mold-related insurance claims increased by 1,100%. Clearly, mold is a major issue that homeowners are taking more seriously nowadays. Here are five areas of your home where mold often appears as well as a few reasons why they're hot spots. 1. Basements That Have Been Flooded It shouldn't surprise you that flooded basements are a haven for dangerous mold. Mold spores need damp environments to thrive, after all. Even an un-flooded basement is ground zero for mold infestation under normal conditions. Throw a burst pipe into the equation and you've got the perfect recipe for a festering mold situation that must be fixed by professionals. 2. Underneath and Behind Refrigerators The areas around a refrigerator are prime breeding grounds for mold for a number of reasons. For starters, these appliances...
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The Dangers of Mold

The Dangers of Mold Mold is everywhere. In nature, its growth plays an important role in the decomposition process. Inside a building, it is a destructive force that endangers both your property and your family. Mold and Your Home Mold is a fungus that is spread via spores, and having it move into your home is a major problem. Much like termites destroy homes with their appetite for wood, mold feeds on the materials that it grows on, releasing substances that break them down so that it can gather the nutrients it needs. Molds feast on organic materials, and they will happily grow on wood, paper products, ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper, upholstery, carpet, insulation and fabric. Mold can even thrive on some glues. Over time, mold can cause significant damage to both your home's structure and its contents. Mold and Your Health There are actually several species of molds. Penicillium, aspergillus,...
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Signs Of Mold In Your Home

Signs Of Mold In Your Home Mold is part of nature but can be disastrous to your health when left untreated in your home. There are many different types of mold, and some types are toxic. It is important to know the signs of mold, how to prevent it and what to do when you find it growing in your home. Five Signs Of Mold Most people see the obvious sign, which is mold growth on a surface. However, mold is not always out in the open. Keep these important tips in mind: A strange and lingering odor can indicate a hidden mold problem Unexplained health issues and especially respiratory issues can signal a hidden mold problem If the home is usually humid, there may be mold growing in several places If there are cracks in the foundation and moisture in the basement, this could be a telltale sign that mold...
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Check Out Your Air Purification System For The New Year

Check Out Your Air Purification System For The New Year As the new year approaches, most people make resolutions about eating better, exercising more or taking time to appreciate the important things in life. All of these goals are hard to accomplish with a dirty air purification system. Unfortunately, many people neglect checking on their system regularly, and the effects are far worse than you might think. Why You Need To Check Your Air Purification System If your system is not updated, it can cause serious health problems. For those who have breathing problems or chronic respiratory illnesses, an outdated purification system can complicate health issues. Also, mold and mildew can grow in the system when there is humidity. If the air filter is not clean, grime can build up and fuel the growth of mold. This means that allergens and spores are transmitted throughout your entire home. The most important...
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Stay On Top of Keeping Your Home Dry & Mold Free

How to Keep Your Home Dry and Mold Free For the Holidays In your fight against mold, you will have greater success if you lower the amount of moisture that's in your home. The key is to be proactive. You also have to pay close attention to the details. Covering all the bases in your personal inspection is a must because overlooking even the smallest source of moisture can lead to the onset of mold. Signs of Mold Growth If mold is present in your home, you will likely smell a pungent odor. You may also find clusters of black spots in the carpet or along the wall. As mold grows, its appearance slightly changes, but it will still be easy to distinguish. The bathroom, the laundry room, the furnace room and the kitchen are the first places to check because they produce the most moisture. When You're Cooking You ought...
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Keep Your Home Mold Free this Fall

Keep Your Home Mold Free this Fall Mold is a homeowner's nightmare. It's more than ugly and unpleasant. It's hazardous to the health of your family and your home. Unfortunately, mold spores don't require much encouragement to settle down and colonize a location. When the circumstances are right, a mold infestation can develop in as little as 48 hours. What is Mold? Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that is present in practically every environment. Microscopic mold spores float in the air, and they can easily enter your home via doors, windows or your heating and cooling system. Spores can also be carried inside on your hair, clothing or shoes or on your pet's fur. The problems start when these spores encounter sufficient moisture or humidity and begin to colonize an area of your home. Why Mold Is a Menace Why is a mold infestation so problematic? For starters, it can...
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Preparing For Hurricane Matthew in New Jersey

Hurricane Matthew is projected to hit landfall in the US, please take some pre-cautions to be ready. Here is one example of a smart and easy preparation tip. This storm can include lightning that can cause electrical power surges that could damage your home’s equipment and sensitive electronics and other electrical components. This lightning can also strike and damage sump pumps. Before the storm arrives, cycle your sump on to make sure it operates. Check your battery backup system and replace the battery if it is bad or if it is aging. Turn off power to all your appliances that you are not using and unplug them if possible to prevent a power surge. Once the storm passes and it’s safe to turn the power on again continue using your electronics. Because a hurricane can drop a large amount of rain in a short period, spend a few extra minutes inspecting...
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Tips on Keeping Mold Out of Your House

Once mold finds its way into your property, it can be a real pain to get rid of. We’ve seen it over the years—mold that just gets out of control to the point where you need to hire a heavy-duty mold remediation service like ourselves to get you out of the bind. It doesn’t need to be like that, though. You can take some easy steps to ensure that you keep mold out of your house or business and away from anyone in your property. Invest in a Dehumidifier Dehumidifiers are extremely useful anti-mold tools, especially in basements and other parts of a property that may prove damper than others, like certain attics and garages as well. Dehumidifiers pull in the air around them and condense the water out of the air. Mold needs moisture to thrive, and having a high-quality dehumidifier will definitely work to prevent mold from gaining a...
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Mold Education from Flood and Mold NJ

We’ve been at this since 1997—fixing flood damage and removing mold from all sorts of properties throughout Jersey. With our level of experience, it’s dangerous to assume people know the same things that we do. The information we’ve learned over the years helps to fuel our purpose and drive as a great company. In fact, we seek to improve the health and well-being of our clientele. There are some facts out there that help justify our place on the map—every year, mold affects the lives of thousands of Americans, and we strive to reduce that number. So, stick with us and enjoy this educational piece on the sometimes-fuzzy threat known as mold. What Biology Tells Us According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are several common mold species that infest houses and then proceed to decrease air quality, destroy materials and threaten the health of all occupants. Cladosporium –...
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Water Damage Prevention Tips

At Flood and Mold NJ, we’ve seen a lot of different cases of water and flood damage, ranging from entire homes being damaged to just a few select rooms. There’s many different ways flooding and water damage can happen in a property. Some of it is unavoidable, like in the case of severe storms, in other cases, water damage and even flooding can be entirely preventable. Right now, we’re going to tell you some useful tips that’ll keep water right where it belongs during any season. Regularly Check Your Sump Pump Sump Pumps are responsible for draining water that builds up in your foundation, such as the excess water that doesn’t make it through the primary drainage system of your property. If this pump breaks or loses power, it’s going to spell bad news for your property. You can test your sump pump by literally taking a bucket of water and...
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Here’s Where All That Mold Might Be Lurking

Many of us already know why it’s bad to have mold around. Not only does it reek, it also compromises your immune system, and gets caught in your respiratory system. People with serious allergies can even have life-threatening symptoms from mold exposure. But, where does it lurk? Well, there’s no one definitive answer to this question. Each property and each flood and mold remediation project is a little different, and mold can lurk all over the place. Let’s go over where that mold might be lurking in your property. Bathrooms There’s not too many places in your home that will experience more water evaporation and airborne microorganisms than your bathrooms. Even when you flush your toilet, small particles of water and microorganisms are filling up the air. That being said, where can we expect mold to lurk? Toilets You’re going to find mold in some places of your toilet, especially if...
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Why Is Mold Bad?

We’ve already discussed how to best prevent mold and how to know whether your home has mold or not, but we felt one important topic still needs to be discussed: Why is mold so bad? As the premier mold remediation company in Seaside Heights, NJ, and the surrounding areas, we make a big deal about mold removal and warning our customers about its health risks and other dangers, and we do that for a good reason. So here’s a short introduction to the possible side-effects and concerns that come with having mold in your home. Mold is Toxic Most of toxic mold is, in fact, invisible to the naked eye. That means a house with a mold problem can have toxic mold swirling around without anyone noticing it for a long time. That’s why it’s important to periodically make sure your house hasn’t been exposed to mold. At its mildest, being...
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Common Molds Found in Houses

As a company that specializes in mold and flood restoration services in Ocean County, NJ, we know that mold comes in various kinds and colors that can cause different kinds of problems. We’ve noticed, though, that not all homeowners know this, which is why we wanted to give a short introduction to the most common types of household molds and how to recognize them. Aspergillus - The Common House Mold Known as the most common household mold, there are more than 185 kinds of Aspergillus molds and approximately 16 of them cause symptoms in humans that range from respiratory disorders to eye and ear infections. In houses it is most often found in damp walls, but can grow almost anywhere. Different Aspergillus species look different; for example Aspergillus Niger is black on the surface and white or yellow underneath, while Aspergillus Flavus is yellow-green on the surface and gold or red...
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