Mold Prevention

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In outdoor, dry environments mold is an annoying allergen that may cause a few sneezes but is essentially harmless. However, when it finds its way inside a residence, building, or facility and lands on an organic surface, it can become a costly danger. This is especially true if the location is subject to moisture or humidity that allows the mold to reproduce rapidly. 

Left unchecked, the mold will spread and consume organic materials such as wood. The spores created will also cause health issues to arise for those who live or work inside. However, if it is not treated early, it may cost thousands of dollars in terms of damage and replacement. In some cases, homes and buildings have been condemned because of the infestation. 

The key is prevention which means taking the appropriate steps to ensure that it never grows inside your home or building. What follows are a few tips that can help you prevent infestation. 

Check for Leaks: Water leaking from your water pipes, water heater, or drains can cause mold to form and grow. Check over your pipes and eliminate small leaks before they become large problems due to infestation. 

Improve Ventilation: The key to keeping it from reproducing is to reduce the moisture or humidity levels in the air. That means installing proper ventilation in rooms that generate humidity such as the kitchen and bathroom. 

Mold-Resistant Paint & Drywall: When repainting or adding new drywall to areas of your home, particularly the kitchen and bathroom, use mold-resistant materials. Such materials will help keep it in check if it should find its way to the surface. 

Waterproof the Home: Simple techniques such as adding French drains to the foundation or kick-out flashing to the roof can prevent water from getting inside the home. 

But even if you perform all the prevention techniques, there is still the possibility of flooding. 

Flooding

One of the most common ways for mold to reproduce in your home is after a flooding event. Whether caused by precipitation, a break in a pipe, an outside body of water entering the home, or a backup in the drain, it creates the proper conditions to grow. 

It becomes vital to clean up the water and contaminants that have entered. Once the water has been removed, the home must be well ventilated and dried using fans to ensure that any mildew that has not been removed does not have the moisture to grow and reproduce. 

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Call Brickley Environmental today and find out more about their mold removal services. They can provide the guidance you need to make the best-informed decisions about how to prevent or remove mold from your home, office, or facility. 

For more information on mold, click here to visit the CDC’s website.

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Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Mold vs. Mildew – The Similarities and Differences

Although mildew and mold are funguses, there are some important differences that you need to know. This is because the differences are such that they will shape how you clean away the organisms from your home, office, or facility.

Similarities – Mold & Mildew

Both mold and mildew are organisms that grow on organic materials. Both are essentially harmless until they reach a warm, moist atmosphere. The moisture will spark both organisms to grow rapidly and consume whatever organic materials are nearby. Mold and mildew will grow on food, shower basins, and especially wood products that include paper.

It is the growth of mold and mildew that must be checked if you want to preserve the structural support of your residence or business assuming it is made from wood. However, there are some important differences that you need to know as well.

Differences – Mold & Mildew

The most important difference is that mildew is a surface organism that does not penetrate materials nearly to the same extent as mold. This means that if you see the familiar page of white or gray patches, then all you really need is a cleaner and scrubbing brush. Because mildew sticks to the surface, it can be removed rather easily. However, mold is far more insidious as it penetrates surfaces to consumer-organic materials. It’s green or black coloring is easy to identify just like mildew. However, the damage it creates is far more extensive.

If not caught in time, the materials themselves may have to be repaired or replaced. Under dry conditions, mold is generally harmless. The spores may cause a mild allergic reaction to those who are sensitive, but that is the extent of the trouble it causes.

Humid or moist conditions, such as those found in the interior of buildings next to water sources cause both funguses to grow. However, with mold, the growth is far more extensive and damaging. In addition to destroying organic materials, there are certain types of mold that are toxic in nature. However, toxic mold is rare.

Symptoms of inhaling the spores from toxic mold include allergic reactions, headaches, and it can be harmful to those with respiratory issues.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

If you suspect the presence of these issues, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We have the expertise to identify and remove funguses from homes and buildings using proven techniques.

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To see more information on the dangers of mold & mildew, visit the CDC.

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Paint Over the Danger of Lead

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Paint Over the Danger of Lead

Lead was present in paint prior to 1978. It provided strength and durability, but it also created a serious health risk to those living inside the home, particularly children. Lead has not been included in paint for over four decades. There are still thousands of homes that have lead paint inside. 

The lead paint may be under layers of newer paint that keep the exposure to a minimum. Renovation projects may uncover the paint and cause the lead to enter the atmosphere. Studies have shown that upwards of 30% of lead poisoning cases in children were caused when the old lead paint was exposed due to renovation. This means that testing for lead becomes paramount before any work is done on the property. 

Not Testing for the Presence of Lead

Many government officials including health, building, and fire safety inspectors have little to no training when it comes to lead poisoning despite the health risks. This is partly due to the slow, long-term effects of lead that often go unnoticed for months, if not years. Children who are most vulnerable may not show signs of lead poisoning until considerable damage has been done to their brain and nervous systems. 

The lack of action may be due in large part to not wanting to believe that lead is present. The presence of lead may go undetected for many years. Testing is relatively inexpensive, but the removal of the lead may cost a considerable amount. 

Test for Lead Paint

If your home, office, or facility was built before 1978, there is a good possibility that it has lead paint present. You should test for the presence of lead paint. Even if you are not planning a renovation, you may want to test for the presence of lead just in case. 

If you believe that lead may be present in your home, do not attempt to remove it by yourself. Instead, call the experts who have years of experience in identifying and removing lead from properties just like yours. Brickley Environmental is here to help. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental? 

Brickley Environmental will test for the presence of lead and initiate removal procedures to ensure that it is gone from your home or building. Do not wait, call Brickley Environmental today and let their experts inspect and remove the lead from your property. 

Please call your doctor or visit the CDC’s website for more information if you believe you may have been exposed to lead or have lead poisoning.

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Asbestos: Past, Present, and Future

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Asbestos is a natural substance. It is a mineral that consists of thin fibers that form when it crystalizes. These long fibers provide it with its ability to resist fire, but they also make it a danger to human health.

Although most people associate it with fireproofing buildings, this mineral has been used for thousands of years. 

History

Because the fibers are flexible, ancient societies that mined and used the substance considered it a fiber similar to wood and other linens. It’s fireproof qualities soon became evident as discovered on the island of Cyprus where asbestos was abundant. 

By the early Medieval era which included prominent figures such as Marco Polo, asbestos was commonly used as fireproofing material. Although it was still used for making clothing with those wearing the items unaware of the danger it presented to their health. 

Today

By the mid-20th century, it was used for many different items which included shoes, filters for cigarettes, wicks, and even artificial snow. There was an abundance of it and it could be used for many different purposes.

People began to realize the negative effects on the lungs around the late 1960’s. A condition first called “mountain linen lung” was coined for those who suffered this condition. This later became known as mesothelioma. 

Future

It is still being used today in certain limited forms. However, it was banned in the 1970’s. You may find small amounts of asbestos used in electrical devices or appliances which are sealed to limit exposure. There are still countries that use asbestos commonly, such as China, Brazil, and India, although its dangers are now being addressed. 

However, the widespread use of asbestos for homes and commercial structures means that there is still plenty of material present when it was installed legally before the late 1970s. If you suspect that your home or building has it present, then you should give Brickley Environmental a call for more information. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

The experts at Brickley Environmental have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to safely remove asbestos from residences, offices, and facilities. Their experts can answer your questions about the possible presence of asbestos, explain the services provided, and even send out a representative upon your request to discover if asbestos is present. 

Brickley Environmental will offer a free quote for removal services. All will be removed in a safe manner that complies with local, state, and federal laws. If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, office, or facility, call Brickley Environmental for more information today. 

For more information on asbestos, please visit OSHA.

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Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mold is a term used for a collection of fungi that are found virtually everywhere in the air. When in a dry state, mold is relatively harmless. However, on surfaces that provide a source of food in a humid atmosphere, they can take hold and grow quickly. It does not take long for mold to grow inside the home.  It can consume materials, cause damage to structural integrity, and even create respiratory issues.

A damp environment represents a potential home for mold to infiltrate and begin to grow. A humid environment is the perfect breeding ground for unwanted pests.  These include dust mites, bacteria, and even airborne fumes from both natural and chemical sources. The health effects of mold may cause long-term health effects.

How Mold Affects Your Health

The most common way that mold affects the health of those living inside homes where the mold spores are being released is relatively mild respiratory issues. This is because the nostrils, sinuses, throat, and lungs are being infiltrated by mold spores which may cause the following:

 

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Mild Breathing Issues

It is true that most of these effects are not only mild but may be misinterpreted as common allergies. While mold spores are quite abundant, especially outdoors, the overall effect on human health is quite mild. Although people with established respiratory issues such as asthma may suffer to a greater degree.

Toxic Compounds: Certain types of mold produce toxins that infiltrate the spores. While relatively rare, they present a considerably greater danger to your health compared to common mold. Such mold spores may cause respiratory infections and other conditions that affect adults and children in a stronger manner compared to standard mold.

For healthy adults, the threat of mold spores may seem minor. However, for children, the sick, and the elderly the health threat of mold spores is considerably higher. The presence of mold spores inside the home may be a strong sign that mold is growing. You will need to choose the right professional company to confirm that mold may be present.

Why Choose Brickley Environmental?

If you are concerned about the possible presence of mold in your home, then it pays to call or get in touch with Brickley Environmental. We offer the trained personnel with the right services to inspect, identify, and remove mold infestation from the home. Over the year, Brickley Environmental has helped many families by removing mold and other contaminants which means living in a safer environment.

Remember that mold can grow quickly and become a threat to your home and those who live inside. Get in touch with the professionals as Brickley Environmental. We will explain our services, answer your questions, and provide the assistance needed to ensure that your home is free of mold infestation.