GOT TOXIC BLACK MOLD IN YOUR HOME?  0

Posted on March 16th, 2008. About .

Take the time to Educate Yourself:

What Is Toxic Black Mold?

Is the media hype True?

Is ALL Mold going to make you and your family sick?

Should you burn down your house and flee for the hills?

Can Toxic Mold Kill You?

Do you do Nothing and Hope for the Best?

We have hundreds of sources (scientific, professional & technical) on the site for those of you that want to break down molds into their simplest form and understand everything there is to know about the hundreds of mold species. I suggest you read our 33pg Free On-Line Mold Brochure if you want a quick and detailed start. It’s fairly long, but worth a slow read if you really want the “meat & potatoes” of molds and their possible affects on your health.

For the other 99% of you that want to know if the mold you have, or suspect that you may have, in your home is toxic, if it can be controlled and safely removed ……

Please Read >>> K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Silly – Don’t Panic and jump to Horrible Conclusions. Molds and the Mycotoxins that they produce can be harmful to your health. The affects of Mold exposure have almost killed me three times since May of 2004, but I have no doubt that I could have minimized the many months of hell associated with it, had I had the knowledge that I am going to provide you with in this 5 step section.

TOXIC BLACK MOLD CAN BE CONTROLLED AND ELIMINATED FROM YOUR LIFE.

Introduction to Toxic Mold:

A 1999 Mayo Clinic Study cites molds as the cause of most of the chronic sinus infections that inflict 37 million Americans each year. Recent studies also link molds to the soaring asthma rate. Molds have been an under recognized health problem, but that is changing. Health-care professionals now know that molds can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks and increase susceptibility to colds and flu. Anyone with a genetic predisposition can become allergic if exposed repeatedly to high enough levels. Last year Dr. David Sherris at the Mayo Clinic performed a study of 210 patients with chronic sinus infections and found that most had allergic fungal sinusitis. The prevailing medical opinion has been that mold accounted for 6 to 7 percent of all chronic sinusitis. The Mayo Clinic study found that it was 93 percent – the exact reverse. Newsweek, 12/4/00
Mold, nor spores cause illness, other than allergy and/or infections. It is the mycotoxins released when the molds’ food source (moisture) is severed. ( continued below )

An Important Note to Our Visitors:

Toxic Black Mold Exposure and its affects can be very confusing if you do not understand what you are dealing with. We believe it can be controlled with the right knowledge.

HOWEVER, getting over the health problems caused by toxic mold exposure is not as easy.

Please Remember that Toxic Black Mold in Your Home or Workplace & Bad Indoor Air Quality in general, can be Dangerous to Your Health. Never Touch or Go Near Suspected Toxic Mold without Proper Protective Gear. Do Not Breathe In Toxic Mold If At All Possible.

Good Luck! ~ “RemodelingGuy”

To help comprehend how small mycotoxins are, one common housefly could carry about 7.35 billion attached to its external body hairs. Consequently, IF 50,000 constitute a theoretically lethal dose, a housefly could carry a lethal dose for over 100,000 individuals.

Outdoor spores are not a usual cause of toxicity, (except for allergies and infection), but when growing inside, molds produce toxins, which are in much higher concentration and can cause illness.

Indoor mold spores indicate mold growth, which indicates mycotoxin production. Currently, we can measure spores, identify spores, but it is difficult to measure mycotoxins. Stachybotrys produces at least 170 known mycotoxins, and probably more that have not been identified.

The Safe Removal of House Mold and Black Mold

House mold is a problem that’s causing more and more concern for people everywhere. The source of a great deal of property damage, house mold can also cause considerable discomfort and illness (particularly allergic problems) if people are exposed to it on a regular basis.

House mold can be controlled—and problems, when detected, can be virtually eliminated. It’s strictly a matter of dealing with dampness and moisture. Here’s why: Mold spores are everywhere in nature. They are constantly floating in the air (they’re too small for the naked eye to see). As dry floaters, they do no harm to people or property. The trouble begins when these mold spores land on surfaces that are wet, like:
leaky pipes rooms or household areas that are unusually humid places where rainwater (or water from a leaky pipe) might seep in and collect; behind walls, for instance, in crawl spaces or in the attic.

Consider this fact: All kinds of mold appear in nature, and none of them grow without water or moisture. However, it’s hard to detect the onset of mold growth, especially if it’s happening in an out-of-the-way location (such as behind a wall). By the time you discover it (through moldy, mildew-like smells), house mold is already a problem. Mold removal is imperative.

Reported Symptoms

The following list represents some of the symptoms reported in literature relative to mold exposure. Other symptoms specific to infectious and/or toxic molds may be experienced.

Respiratory problems
Nasal & sinus congestion
Burning, watery or reddened eyes
Blurry vision or light sensitivity
Dry, hacking cough
Nose and throat irritation
Shortness of breath
Skin irritations
Headache
Memory problems
Mood changes
Aches & pains
Nosebleeds
Dermatitis
Immune suppression
Fatigue
Chills/fever

House Mold and Health Problems

When house mold is growing freely, it releases allergens (particles that cause allergic reactions), irritants and even, in some cases, toxins, into the air. The usual immune response to breathing in house mold might be excessive sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, rash and, in some cases, asthma.

Black Mold: Danger in the Walls

Most house molds are usually relatively harmless in nature. Save for the potential allergic-type reactions, they do little other harm to people. Black mold is something different, and much more serious.

Known to scientists as Strachybotrys atra or Strachybotrys chartarum, black mold is slimy and often shiny (because it’s wet) in appearance. Greenish/black in color, black mold has been known to cause all kinds of lung disorders, including respiratory bleeding, bronchitis and asthma. It can be fatal as well, especially for babies.

Black mold is no joke. Be especially careful if you try to clean it up yourself. In fact, if you suspect black mold in your home, you’re probably making a wise decision to call for expert mold removal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued these preventive measures against black mold:

Keep home humidity down.
Make sure ventilation is adequate (especially in the kitchen and bathrooms).
When choosing cleansers, use mold-killing products.
Don’t carpet bathrooms.

Mold Removal

If you discover mold growth in your home, tend to it immediately. The longer house mold is free to grow, the more damage it can cause. Don’t just clean up the mold. Removal is not enough. You must also fix the water or humidity problem that caused the mold in the first place. In terms of mold removal, consider these important questions:

Should you do it yourself? If the damage is confined to less than 10 square feet, you can probably handle the problem yourself. (Note: If the damage is due to black mold, you might feel more comfortable calling on a mold removal expert.)

Is your HVAC system involved? Before anything else, have your air ducts cleaned thoroughly. Do NOT run your heat or air conditioning before the problem is addressed. Doing so will increase the likelihood of spreading mold throughout your house.

Was the water damage caused by sewage or other contaminated water? Call on an experienced professional to deal with the problem.

Tips for Mold Removal

If you decide to tackle the project yourself, keep these tips in mind:

Fix the source of your water leak first.

Never scrape or scratch at mold. Your actions could release spores into the air and present an inhalation risk.

Prevent skin contact.

Always wear rubber gloves and a facemask.

If mold is on a hard surface scrub it with detergent and water.

If you must use chlorine bleach or other “biocides,” be sure to vent the area to the outside. Dry the area completely.

If house mold is on an absorbent surface, such as carpeting or ceiling tiles, it will be difficult to clean thoroughly. These items might have to be discarded and replaced.

Before painting or caulking a surface ensure mold removal is complete.

Good Luck with eliminating Toxic Black Mold from your life.

Beware of ads that promise to ‘stop foreclosure’  

Posted on March 15th, 2008. About .

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Beware of ads that promise to ‘stop foreclosure’.

By RYAN FRANK
Newhouse News Service

They come with a knock at the front door, a letter in the mailbox or a bright sign on the telephone pole.

“You’ll lose your home if you don’t call now!” Or “Sign here and we’ll save your home!” Or “Stop foreclosure!”

But watch out for this last-ditch offer: a rescue from foreclosure.

Some foreclosure-rescue operations may be legitimate and their tactics may, in some cases, be legal. But consumer advocates say they haven’t found any that they’d endorse.

“Every single one I’ve seen is bogus,” said Richard Hagar, a Seattle-area real estate appraiser who trains police in how to spot scams.

At their core, most foreclosure-rescue schemes offer a false promise to save someone’s home from foreclosure.

The schemes come in two basic flavors: a consultant who takes a fee, roughly $1,000, to negotiate with the lender, but does nothing; and a person who persuades an unsuspecting homeowner to sign over the title to the property.

“These people are selling hope,” said Lauren Saunders, a lawyer with the Boston-based National Consumer Law Center. “They are telling people what they want to hear.”

Foreclosure-rescue schemes have been around for years. But with the U.S. housing bust, they’re booming now. The message spreads through Internet ads and traveling seminars selling get-rich-quick schemes for people to profit from foreclosure.

“The homeowners end up losing their homes to these people when there are legitimate solutions,” said Verla Fuller, executive director at Open Door Counseling, a foreclosure adviser in Cornelius, Ore.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says homeowners should steer clear of for-profit rescue services.

Instead, the government subsidizes housing counselors who provide the same services — for free or a low fee.

No law prohibits someone from persuading another person to sign over the title to a home. Police can make a theft case but only if the buyer lied about the conditions of the sale. That leaves a costly and long civil court battle.

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