Your Pets & Mold

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Your Pets & Mold

We love our pets and we want to protect them and keep them healthy just as we would our own family. When people have a mold issue often they overlook thinking about the health effects on their pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, they have confirmed the hazardous effects of mold on your pet’s health.

Pets can actually be more vulnerable to the effects of mold because they are usually smaller and have more sensitive respiratory systems compared to humans. These helpless creatures could be suffering and aren't able to let you know. Pets and humans have similar health effects caused by mold such as ear, nose, and throat issues, and other respiratory problems.

There are some ways to try and decrease your chances of your pets getting sick due to mold. You should only buy pet beds and toys that can be washed in hot water. If they cannot be washed, then they need to be thrown away after a year. You should also use a HEPA filter to clean the air, and a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth. However, if there is a mold issue then you need to have your home taken care of by a professional to guarantee it is removed properly. This will keep you and your animals healthy!

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“Good” Mold vs. “Bad” Mold

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“Good” Mold vs. “Bad” Mold

"Good Mold"


There are thousands of different types of mold. Most people are familiar with the “good” molds that are found in cheeses or used to improve wine. Mold also helps to create medicines such as antibiotics. In our ecosystem mold aids in breaking down organic matter and keeps our natural environment from being overwhelmed.


"Bad Mold"


Mold is considered to be “bad” when it is growing inside and is growing on a sustainable food source. Common food sources include wood, paper, carpet, drywall etc. Certain molds can be toxic and pose a variety of serious health issues. Some of the health problems include, allergic reactions with irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, flu-like symptoms as well as many others. When mold ends up growing inside it is considered “bad” because not only must the impacted materials be properly removed, but the spores in the air need to be taken care of as well. Also, the moisture issue must be controlled to ensure the mold does not return. The proper removal is a methodical process, which requires the proper equipment and knowledge, it is not something a homeowner should attempt to do themselves.

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When is Air Testing Necessary?

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When is Air Testing Necessary?

Air testing is performed to determine the presence and concentration of mold spores in your home’s air, especially when mold is not visually evident. There are also situations where individuals need proof that mold is present such as at rental properties. People with allergies, asthma/other respiratory issues, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly who are particularly sensitive to mold, air testing is recommended. Other individuals are just looking for peace of mind and request mold testing air quality services.

Testing is typically done prior to and after remediation work is performed to validate the elimination of the mold threat. Most experts including the EPA suggest only testing under very specific conditions. In general, a moisture and mold inspection by a qualified professional is far more useful in determining if a mold problem exists. Comprehensive Mold Management offers both air and surface testing. We provide a report which includes spore concentration, types of mold and the health effects that can be caused based on the specific types of mold.

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Mold During the Winter

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Mold During the Winter

During the winter months mold tends to become even more of an issue. In the winter, warm air rises into attics where it meets under the roof causing condensation which is the perfect home for mold. Mold thrives in moist and warm areas where a food source is present such as wood an organic material.  Therefore, proper insulation between the attic and living areas are crucial. If there is a problem it needs to be addressed right away to make sure your home is healthy and safe for you and your family.

Throughout the cold months windows are not usually open, which creates condensation to collect indoors on windows and walls, once again creating an optimal area for mold to grow. Homes become more tightly sealed and when the heat is turned on the warm air is unable to escape. In kitchens and bathrooms steam accumulates from showering and dishwashers and tend to be two problem areas in homes. It is imperative to have proper ventilation in these areas of the home as well to prevent mold growth.

The winter outdoor environment is more conducive for spore activity to be higher as well. Keep your family warm and safe during the winter months. We can answer any of your seasonal or general mold questions, please feel free to call us at 585-235-6182.

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