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Home Mold - Is Your Air Safe?



Mold Remediation Services in Charlotte, Asheville, and Spartanburg | Nelon-Cole

It is almost that time of year when the Bradford Pear trees begin to bloom and homeowners across the Carolinas begin to think about the upcoming spring season. With that, many of us think of pollen in the air (you know, the same pollen that turns your newly washed car into a grimy shade of yellow overnight...). Some of us even take precautions to filter the air in our homes to help with breathing and allergy relief. While thinking the air quality inside your home is most common during the spring season, homeowners should be aware that undiagnosed mold problems in your home can cause far greater health risks to you and your family. Nelon-Cole are your local experts at diagnosing and removing mold and mildew problems for homes and businesses in our region, and we are pleased to present some information here to help educate those within our service area on the importance of being diligent with inspections and (if necessary) actions. 


Mold Remediation Services in Charlotte, Asheville, and Spartanburg | Nelon-Cole
not all mold is as easily found as this; many types will be inside walls, floors, or even underneath your home

WHAT TYPES OF MOLD ARE COMMON IN HOMES

Although many varieties of mold can grow in and around homes across the Carolinas, some are more dangerous than others. Here is an overview of the more typical mold types common in our region.


  • Aspergillus: Aspergillus is a genus of molds that includes various species. It is commonly found both indoors and outdoors. While most types of Aspergillus are not harmful to healthy individuals, some species can produce mycotoxins that may pose health risks.

  • Cladosporium: This mold is widespread and can be found both indoors and outdoors. It often appears as black or greenish-brown spots on surfaces. Cladosporium can cause respiratory issues in some individuals.

  • Penicillium: This mold is known for its blue or greenish appearance and is commonly found on water-damaged materials. Some species of Penicillium can produce mycotoxins.

  • Stachybotrys chartarum (commonly known as Black Mold): While less common than other molds, black mold can still be found in homes, especially in areas with water damage. It is known for its dark green or black color. Stachybotrys chartarum has been associated with respiratory issues, and its presence should be addressed promptly.

  • Alternaria: Alternaria is a common outdoor mold that can also be found indoors. It is known for its dark green or brown appearance. Exposure to Alternaria can trigger allergic reactions in some people.

  • Chaetomium: Chaetomium is commonly found in water-damaged homes and has a cotton-like texture. It is often white or gray.

  • Fusarium: This mold can grow in areas with high humidity and can be found on surfaces like carpets and wallpaper. It may be pink, white, or red.


Most of these common mold types can be extremely difficult to find, and the issue they cause may not be immediately obvious. However, prolonged exposure can cause some serious health issues if remediation solutions are delayed. Let's examine some of the potential health issues that home mold can cause. 

Mold Remediation Services in Charlotte, Asheville, and Spartanburg | Nelon-Cole
cleaning and removing existing mold should only be done by trained professionals

HEALTH ISSUES CAUSED BY MOLD EXPOSURE

Exposure to mold in your home can pose significant health risks, particularly for individuals who are sensitive or allergic to mold, and for those with underlying respiratory conditions. The health effects of mold can vary depending on the type of mold present, the extent of exposure, and individual susceptibility. Some potential health risks associated with home mold may include

  • Allergic Reactions: Mold spores can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Symptoms may include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, skin rashes, and throat irritation.

  • Respiratory Issues: Individuals with asthma or other respiratory conditions may experience worsened symptoms when exposed to mold. Mold spores and mycotoxins (toxins produced by some molds) can irritate the respiratory system, leading to coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.

  • Infections: Certain molds can cause infections, especially in individuals with weakened immune systems. While this is less common, it can occur in people with compromised health.

  • Mycotoxin Exposure: Some molds produce mycotoxins, which are toxic substances. Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins may have adverse health effects, but the link between mycotoxin exposure in homes and specific health outcomes is still an area of ongoing research and debate.

  • Irritation of Eyes, Skin, and Mucous Membranes: Direct contact with mold or mold spores can irritate the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.

It's essential to address and remediate mold issues actively to minimize health risks. Individuals who are particularly susceptible to mold-related health problems should take extra precautions to reduce exposure. Professional assessment and remediation by your Nelon-Cole professional may be necessary for severe or extensive mold infestations. If someone is experiencing persistent or severe health symptoms related to mold exposure, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance.


Mold Remediation Services in Charlotte, Asheville, and Spartanburg | Nelon-Cole
undiagnosed mold issues underneath your home can lead to health issues and costly repairs

WHAT IS MOLD REMEDIATION?

"Mold Remediation" is a term that you may see advertised quite a bit, as there are many competing services in our region (but only one industry leader!). It is essentially the process of locating, identifying, removing, and preventing the future growth of mold in your home. But exactly what happens and how is mold effectively removed from your home? Our technicians receive rigorous training and have an extensive checklist of operations to safely handle and remove mold problems for homeowners. Some of these steps include 

  1. Inspection and Assessment:

  • Identify the extent and location of mold growth.

  • Determine the cause of mold growth, such as water leaks, high humidity, or inadequate ventilation.

  1. Containment:

  • Isolate the affected area to prevent the spread of mold spores to other parts of the home.

  • Use physical barriers, negative air pressure, and other containment measures.

  1. Moisture Control:

  • Address the source of moisture or water intrusion that led to mold growth.

  • Fix leaks, improve ventilation, and ensure proper drainage to prevent future mold problems.

  1. Removal of Mold-Infested Materials:

  • Remove and discard materials with extensive mold growth, such as drywall, insulation, carpet, or other porous items that cannot be adequately cleaned.

  • Bag and dispose of mold-infested materials following local regulations.

  1. Cleaning and Disinfection:

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces with appropriate cleaning agents to remove mold and prevent its return.

  • Non-porous surfaces can often be cleaned and salvaged.

  1. HEPA Vacuuming:

  • Use HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuums to capture and remove mold spores from surfaces and the air.

  1. Air Filtration:

  • Use air filtration devices with HEPA filters to trap airborne mold spores during remediation.

  1. Post-Remediation Inspection:

  • Conduct a thorough inspection to ensure that all visible mold has been removed.

  • Check indoor air quality to ensure that mold spore levels are within acceptable limits.

  1. Preventative Measures:

  • Implement measures to prevent future mold growth, such as maintaining proper ventilation, addressing leaks promptly, and controlling indoor humidity levels.

  1. Professional Assistance:

  • In cases of extensive mold infestations or when dealing with toxic molds, it may be necessary to seek the services of a professional mold remediation company.


As you can see, the steps of cleanly and professionally handling mold issues aren't just a 'spray and leave' approach. Mold can pose serious issues, and the professionals at Nelon-Cole treat each customer as if it were their own family. That is how we have earned our reputation and a bevy of industry and customer-voted awards. If it has been a while since you have had a comprehensive inspection of your home, or if you have never had an inspection performed, call Nelon-Cole TODAY and we will give you a FREE consultation and quote for services. It may be that your home is in great shape, and if that is the case we will tell you that too. There are never any hard-sell tactics from any of our staff; we earn your business with honest and dependable service that we back up with unparalleled support. Click back to our homepage and request a FREE quote for services, or call 1-888-7-TheWeb and breathe easy! Charlotte Mold and Moisture Control - Gastonia Mold and Moisture Control- Asheville Mold and Moisture Control - Spartanburg Mold and Moisture Control - Hendersonville Mold and Moisture Control - Lincolnton Mold and Moisture Control


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