Is Black Mold Dangerous and Why?

Black mold is a type of fungus that refers to several mold species, which have a black or dark green appearance. The Stachybotrys chartarum is the most common species of black mold. Most of these molds are known to be toxigenic, meaning they release toxins that can be harmful to anyone especially people with pre-existing health conditions. They are usually produced as mold spores known as mycotoxins that feed on various food sources such as paper, dirt or wood and later grow to form colonies Continue reading →

Is Mold Dangerous?

Mold is associated with negative health effects especially for those individuals exposed over a long period. It can cause throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, coughing, and wheezing. People suffering from mold allergies may experience severe reactions and may compromise your immune system leading to serious lung infections. Molds can make you sick whether you are allergic or not because their spores can get into your eyes, throat, nose, skin, and lungs. It is always important to take care of yourself when you are at school, home Continue reading →

Can Mold Cause Cancer?

Exposure to moldy and damp environments is likely to cause serious health effects especially when you get exposed for a long period of time. It is associated with a variety of health problems such as allergies, asthma, and depression. Chronic sinus infections are usually mistaken for common cold but the ugly truth is that most of them are caused by mold exposure. Allergic reactions to mold can happen throughout the year and are not seasonal. Mold is often invisible and can grow inside schools, homes Continue reading →

What is Black Mold and Where Does it Come From?

Also referred to as stachybotrys, black mold is one of the most common molds you can find indoors. It grows in areas that are damp, dark, and humid as such conditions favor their existence and survival. Like other types of molds, the black mold releases spores into the surrounding air, which can be absorbed through your skin or inhaled into the lungs. Black mold can be transported easily to other areas in your home through damp clothing, shoes or pets. It is always important to Continue reading →

3 Ways to Keep Your Shower Mold-Free

Keeping the bathroom clean is an ongoing project, but it’s one of the most worthwhile undertakings for any homeowner. There’s nothing like walking into a bathroom that’s spic-and-span in every respect; it’s like a sanctuary. Some people have the cleaning down to a science, with a regular cleaning schedule and a detailed checklist of tasks to complete. Others clean when they can, or do a few tasks at a time to keep things reasonably in order. The tub and/or shower is actually one of the Continue reading →

Should Homeowners Be Worried About Residential Mold in HVAC Systems?

The trick thing about mold is that it often takes up residence in places where you’d least expect it. It makes sense that mold and mildew commonly appears in bathrooms, since there is so much moisture and steam from hot water. It also makes a reasonable amount of sense that mold would commonly be a problem in basements, which tend to be humid and undisturbed for long periods of time. The attic is another common spot for mold to grow, in large part because heat Continue reading →

Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 2—Treatment

Editor’s Note: It was three weeks ago that we published Part I of a two-part guest blog post on the challenges of living with mold in Tampa, Florida. That post, Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 1 — Recognizing the Warning Signs,” was authored by the Tampa-based medical team at BioDesign Wellness Center. If you read the post, you learned about the symptoms of mold illness and the signs your home may be contaminated with toxic mold. The post also described the four mold toxins Continue reading →

Should I Finish My Basement Without Checking for Mold?

Home renovations are a big deal these days. The number of magazine and TV shows dedicated to the subject is proof that more and more people are interested in renovating and improving their living spaces. There are a seemingly endless number of projects that can be undertaken, and the spectrum of quality is even wider. That’s part of what fascinates people so much about home renovations: Some of them turn out great, while others seem to create nothing but drama. Basements are one area that’s Continue reading →

Are You Buying a House with Mold Issues?

Buying a home is one of the most exciting moments in the life of an individual, couple, or family. Suddenly, you don’t have to worry about that pesky landlord anymore. You are the landlord, and the property is your kingdom. If you want to make changes to the home’s interior or exterior, you don’t need to ask permission (there are, of course, exceptions to this – certain renovations will require special permission from local and/or state governments). Indeed, becoming a homeowner is a great feeling. Continue reading →

Living with Mold in Tampa: Part 1 — Recognizing the Warning Signs

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re excited to bring you a guest blog post from the medical team at BioDesign Wellness Center — a Tampa-based Functional Medicine and Integrative Healthcare practice with deep expertise in diagnosing and treating mold-related illnesses. At BioDesign, their sole emphasis is on helping patients understand and resolve the underlying cause of their health conditions (as opposed to just treating symptoms). They work to help you take control of your health and not just rely on medication and temporary fixes for what ails Continue reading →