Archive for the Category ◊ humidity ◊

• Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Yorlanda Fisher, Aubrey Hill, Ja’Nyra Walton and Nyshia Walton filed a lawsuit against Huntington Park LLC and its insurer in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on Dec. 7 over mold exposure.

The apartment they rented had a water leak, and mold and mildew causing coughing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headaches, fatigue and nose bleeds.

People with asthma or allergies can develop sensitivity to mold and demonstrate some of the symptom mentioned above, including breathing difficulties and skin irritation.

New Orleans can be particularly bad in the mold department, due to high humidity.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Friday, July 20th, 2012

Be extra vigilent regarding your cereals this year, because you know we can’t clean your cereal.

It doesn’t change the fact that there’s a higher mycotoxin risk in cereals.

European legislative limits for the most common mycotoxins (eg DON and ZON) in grain intended for human consumption have been in place for around six years. Guidance on acceptable limits has also been set for feed. Weather conditions for many regions last season were relatively dry and, in general, mycotoxin levels remained below the legal limits. “Record-breaking wet conditions during flowering could mean that the risk of mycotoxins is much higher than the past two years. Extra vigilance will be required by everyone in the grain supply chain, particularly if the weather remains wet.”

Even if you’re in drought conditions, there are growers with water problems (as in too much); and then there’s storage to be considered. Both stored grain and stored processed cereal are always at risk under humid conditions.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sometimes you wish Mr. Clean would just show up with the scrubbing bubbles, the Ty-D-Bol Man, and all the guys from the “orphanage of cast-off mascots” just to deal with the bathroom. What is there to do when the bathroom looks perfectly clean but has that old mold smell?

Bathrooms are one of the places where mold turns up. Mold is like the homeless guys downtown looking for a card board box to move into and establish eminent domain. But the homeless mold spore isn’t looking for a nice dry box to keep out of the rain. It will be seeking out areas of humidity and darkness where it can nest in natural and organic hosts like wood, fabric, carpeting, tile, wallpaper, and sheetrock—maybe even hang around in crooks and crannies for years waiting for a single drop of water, or a nice hot summer, or a steamy unvented shower or your child to dump the contents of your purse in the toilet. If you suspect mold somewhere in your house, look for the water leaks. Your bathroom can be a good place to start.

If insurance or a lawsuit might be involved, a professional mold assessment company is also a good place to start. Such a company, like ByebyeMold (of course) will able to find the baseline (ambient mold count outdoors) to compare with your indoor results, perform professional sampling or other location methods (such as thermal), provide lab work and documentation to help establish your case, and do this with a long history of experience in following established and essential chain of custody procedures.

For purposes of litigation, regulatory agencies must prove the integrity of all samples introduced as evidence. This integrity is established by following a certain tracking protocol with possession, handling, and location of samples and data from collection. Your at-home genius with tools and home repairs may know the nuts and bolts backwards and forwards, but will his record-keeping satisfy the courts? Don’t sabotage your case by disregarding protocol! Get a professional!

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

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• Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

From the archive of ByebyeMold

Question i moved into my apt six months ago, it looked clean when i moved in but ever since then, all of the perishable food I buy grows mold within days, the same mold grows in my toilets within 2-3 days…where is it coming from and how do i get rid of it?

Mold does not occur spontaneously. It grows from spores, which come from somewhere.

There is a certain concentration of mold in outdoor air, even though outside mold does not grow everywhere. The key then, is that mold will grow in an environment which is hospitable to it. If you are living in a naturally humid location like New Orleans then you may wish to get a dehumidifier.

You may have a water or humidity source and a temperature in your house that is hospitable to the mold. If you don’t see any visible leaks, I would guess, offhand, that perhaps carpeting in the apartment may have been cleaned, then the apartment possibly closed, trapping the moisture within.

Either that, or there was mold already established, and whatever cleaning they did before you moved in was inadequate remediation. Inform your landlord right away, and perhaps something can be worked out. You may want to have a company like Bye Bye Mold come in and test for mold, if you need to prove to your landlord the existence of the mold—or possibly in case you have to go to court. Superficial mold can be removed with a bleach-water solution, and keeping the property dry and ventilated. That is, it can be removed if it has not grown into the drywall nor integrated within the soft surfaces.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Wednesday, February 01st, 2012

A mold screening test is used to determine if a mold antigen is present in your living environment. A mold diagnostic is a full lab analysis on the type and size of your mold problem.

You may need a dehumidifier. To eliminate mold, you need to get the humidity below 50%, and around 35% is optimal. If you can’t get a dehumidifier, you will need to open windows to the outside to equalize humidity (if it is less humid outside), insulate cold, moisture-beaded water pipes, and remove saturated paper and wood from affected rooms.

If your results reveal that your inside mold count is significantly higher than the mold outside, you will need to eliminate the moisture and humidity, which give mold a foothold. This may mean anything from a good clean-up to serious remodeling and remediation, but that is one reason to rely on proven professionals.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Saturday, December 03rd, 2011

Here’s the problem with mold:

The spores are everywhere. They just float around in the air, waiting for time and the opportunity to land on something edible like cellulose. Some areas there aren’t as many spores (like, say, in the arctic) and in some areas like humidity-prone Louisiana, they abound year round. Architects must build accordingly, and residents must live wisely to keep ahead of a potential problem.

So the trick is to learn when and where you are most vulnerable, depending on where you live, and build appropriately, ventilate appropriately and filter appropriately. It will differ depending on where you live. Different locales will have to deal with different problems, such as continuous or occasional humidity, fluctuations in weather, etc… And of course, all internal dwellings will have to deal with whatever happens in closed systems like bathrooms, which have huge possibilities for developing internal humidity, the kind of area which is perfect for a rogue mold spore to establish a mold colony.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Thursday, December 01st, 2011

Toxic mold growing in carpet can be worsened by fish tanks, especially if they leak.

Placing the fish tanks over a hard, cleanable surface can help control the mold.

Dehumidifiers can help, and also flow-through ventilation can help dry the area. The objective is to remove humidity and spores from the whole house, although during initial cleaning phases, it can be a good idea to keep the problem area sealed off, especially during remediation, to keep from spreading spores.

Aquarium owners should always urn a dehumidifier.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Little surprise that Hawaiian properties can have mold issues.

It’s surrounded by water, after all.

There’s even mold at the Hawaii Convention Center.

There are leaks from tile and grout leading to drywall that is holding moisture, and, according to Jennifer Nakayama, Honolulu Convention Center Director of Operations,”…therefore, mold started to grow in the adjacent pump room.”

Pacific Enterprises Hawaii is investigating. Pacific Enterprises Hawaii is the certified mold inspector who discovered lots and lots of mold.

But fortunately the drywall is so wet, the mold has not gotten airborne.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Good airflow is crucial to prevent mold.

New houses that are built with zero airflow when the electricity is off are a mold magnet when they are foreclosed, simply because the air flow is prevented. Airflow in the attic can be handled with having your contractor install a simple ridge vent in the soffit.

Humidity also must be controlled in the house. Depending on the temperature and relative humidity, moisture can condense inside the walls if the humidity level is allowed to rise too high. This is less crucial in arid states but in humid states on the coastline or in the south, it is a real problem.

• Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Tips for handling mold

When you are dealing with precipitation (rainfall, flooding, humidity), running a dehumidifier in your basement can take some of the work out of your air conditioning, and help keep the basement dry.

If mold turns up somewhere, remediation is a good idea, but it is pointless if you do not stop the cause (wall, roof, plumbing leaks.)

Minor maintenance by running a dehumidifier and preventing mold can prevent typical exposure reactions including headache, nasal congestion and respiratory complications from ever occurring.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.