Mold Health Effects & Healthy Aging

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Mold Health Effects & Healthy Aging

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2012 and 2050, the United States will experience considerable growth in its aging population. In 2050, the population aged 65 and over is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population in 2012. Women, on average outlive men by several years. It is crucial for women to take the necessary precautions to ensure a healthy future. 


As people begin to approach their "Golden Years," they begin to experience new challenges in regards to their physical condition. Due to various ailments and other physical concerns, certain issues get pushed to the wayside that cannot be overlooked. If you have an aging relative you suspect may have mold exposure, it’s important to address the issue with them right away. If they are unwilling to take care of the problem, then you need to insist that they do so or possibly take matters into your own hands. 

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, pregnant women, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Certain types of black mold can be very dangerous and the elderly are at a higher risk. When it comes to mold, people often don’t realize it’s an issue because mold symptoms can be mistaken for other things such as allergies or asthma. Some common symptoms are fatigue, congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, itchy skin and eyes, difficulty breathing and other flu-like symptoms. Long-term exposure to mold spores can have a serious impact on anyone, but can be especially serious for the elderly. They will likely experience mold symptoms more quickly and severely than healthy, younger individuals. 

It is important to keep in mind that mold symptoms do not occur overnight, it takes prolonged exposure to mold spores and inhaling the spores over an extended period of time. Mold is never good when present inside your home. If you are concerned that you may have a potential mold problem, make sure to contact a professional. The importance of controlling the mold dangers for a growing elderly population is imperative.

With the increasing elderly population, living with indoor mold will not only impact their health and quality of life, but also potentially cause a substantial increase in medical bills. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. You may also visit our “Resources and Information” page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information. 

How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

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How Mold Impacts Autism and Children’s Health

About 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subtracting mold toxicity from an already complex illness equation like ASD holds potential to improve function and quality of life for people with autism and their families. In 2009, Dr. Jack Thrasher conducted a study where the observations suggest that boys on the spectrum with toxic mold exposure may average nearly twice the neuropsychiatric abnormalities as ASD boys without exposure to mold toxins.


Mold spores can spread to every corner of your house because of cross-contamination. Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Some of the other more common health conditions mold causes are:
  • skin rashes
  • loss of memory, hearing, eyesight
  • fatigue
  • chronic headaches
  • depression
  • "crawly" feeling skin
  • unexplained irritability
  • epileptic-like seizures
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upper respiratory distress
  • trouble breathing
  • irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
  • coughing
  • restlessness
  • sinus congestionequilibrium or balance loss
  • nausea
  • dizziness or stuffiness
  • sneezing
  • arthritic-like aches
  • runny/bloody nose

Mold removal should never be attempted by a homeowner or handyman if the area is over 10 square feet. It is a job best performed by a certified mold professional. At Comprehensive Mold Management, we correct what caused the mold growth and then remove the mold properly. Once completed, we thoroughly HEPA-vacuum away the residual material, leaving the area clean and safe. All work is done in a confined, negative air pressure environment that prevents cross-contamination concerns. 

Your children and family are your top priority and maintaining their health is imperative. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a mold professional. Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information. 

Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

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Heart Health & Indoor Air Quality

People generally do not correlate heart health to indoor air quality. However because our hearts and lungs are so closely related, breathing polluted air can be harmful to them. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov ), poor indoor air quality can bother your eyes, nose and throat. It can also lead to chronic heart and lung problems and cancer. Breathing dirty air increases the risk of death from cardiovascular problems, which include heart attack and stroke. 


One way to improve your indoor air quality is by having your air ducts cleaned. There are several benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, making the expense worthwhile. The most common problem that customers experience with their HVAC systems include mold, pet hair, dander, dirt, pollen as well as other debris and contaminates. The collection of these contaminates over time in your air ducts contribute to breathing disorders, including asthma and allergies as they circulate throughout your home. When moisture is present, if debris is in the ducting, mold growth can form and compromise the air quality in your house. By having your air ducts cleaned it will not only provide a healthier living environment, but also extend the life of your heating system.

If no one in your household suffers from allergies or unexplained symptoms or illnesses and if, after a visual inspection of the inside of the ducts, you see no indication that your air ducts are contaminated with large deposits of dust or mold (no musty odor or visible mold growth), having your air ducts cleaned is probably unnecessary. It is normal for the return registers to get dusty as dust-laden air is pulled through the grate. This does not indicate that your air ducts are contaminated with heavy deposits of dust or debris; the registers can be easily vacuumed or removed and cleaned. On the other hand, if family members are experiencing unusual or unexplained symptoms or illnesses that you think might be related to your home environment, you should discuss the situation with your doctor.

If you still have questions whether you should have your air ducts cleaned, contact a professional. Investing in the health of your family and home is crucial, therefore cleaning your air ducts is well worth the expense. 

Please visit our Resources and Information page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

Men’s Healthy Aging & Mold Health Effects

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Men’s Healthy Aging & Mold Health Effects

Men tend to be more likely to neglect their physical health and well-being compared to women. According to aging experts men frequently put off regular physical exams, forget to take medication, get vaccines, exercise regularly and eat a well-balanced healthy diet.


Many older men have a “tough” or “macho” attitude when it comes to taking care of their health. Men have a habit to only go to see a doctor only when they are very ill or very uncomfortable. This approach to health is especially risky for older men who are at increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and kidney disorders, stroke, lung diseases, cancer and other diseases of later life. Due to various ailments and other physical concerns, certain issues get pushed to the wayside that cannot be overlooked. If you have an aging relative you suspect may have mold exposure, it’s important to address the issue with them right away. If they are unwilling to take care of the problem, then you need to insist that they do so or possibly take matters into your own hands.

Healthy people can experience many annoying or even dangerous symptoms due to the presence of mold. People with allergy/breathing issues, pregnant women, compromised immune systems, children and the elderly are especially impacted. Certain types of black mold can be very dangerous and the elderly are at a higher risk. When it comes to mold, people often don’t realize it’s an issue because mold symptoms can be mistaken for other things such as allergies or asthma. Some common symptoms are fatigue, congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, itchy skin and eyes, difficulty breathing and other flu-like symptoms. Long-term exposure to mold spores can have a serious impact on anyone, but can be especially serious for the elderly. They will likely experience mold symptoms more quickly and severely than healthy, younger individuals.

It is important to keep in mind that mold symptoms do not occur overnight. It takes prolonged exposure to mold spores and inhaling the spores over an extended period of time. Mold is never good when present inside your home. If you are concerned that you may have a potential mold problem, make sure to contact a professional. The importance of controlling the mold dangers for a growing elderly population is imperative.

With the elderly population living with indoor mold, it will not only impact their health and quality of life, but also potentially cause a substantial increase in medical bills. If you are concerned you may have mold in your home and it could be impacting you and your loved ones, please contact a licensed mold professional. You may also visit our “Resources and Information” page on our website at www.compmold.com for more information.

Warning Signs of Mold

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Warning Signs of Mold

Warning Signs
One of the major concerns, in regards to mold growth inside of residential properties is the health effects on the residents. It is pretty easy to determine if mold is present when there is visible spotting or an ongoing moisture issue. However, it is best to catch an issue prior to mold growing or early on prior to it impacting your health and becoming a major problem. There are warning signs to look out for, including the smell, discoloration, condensation, other structural issues and rapid growth of mold on normal household items.



“Moldy” Smell
A key indicator that mold is present is its distinctive musty smell. The musty smell alone does not mean that you have mold, however you should have it looked at by a professional. The smells given off by mold at certain stages of their growth and reproduction are called Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs). It is a combination of various chemicals that are being released by the organism as it eats, grows, and multiplies. The “smell of mold” has been described as damp, clammy, earthy, mildewy, musty, rank, old, as well as many other descriptors.
Physical Signs
The smell alone is not a direct indicator that you have mold in your home, however you should have it evaluated by a mold professional. Do you see any dark discoloration around your ceiling lines, corners or flooring? Discoloration or spotting is a strong sign that you have mold growth. Check for condensation on your windows, this indicates that you have a moisture issue inside of your home. In addition, peeling paint or wallpaper, loose tiles or flooring. There are many others, however these are some of the main ones to look out for.
Mold Growth on Items
Another sign to watch out for is mold growth on other items inside of your home, more so the amount of time it takes for the mold to grow. For example, fuzzy mold growth on drinks left out overnight, flower vases that grow slime within a few days to a week, dark buildup appearing in the bathroom (toilet, shower or sink that appears within a day or so from cleaning.) If you do have any of these signs, make sure to have your home evaluated ASAP. These are normally key signs that you have a mold issue and best to take care of it sooner rather than later, before it becomes a bigger issue. Make sure to take care of your home and your family’s health. Call Comprehensive Mold Management for more information at 585-235-6182. 

Mold Removal From Wooden Furniture

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Mold Removal From Wooden Furniture

People who own nice furniture or collect antiques, cherish these items and hope to keep them in good condition. Furniture is often made from wood, which is one of the food sources that mold loves to grown on. Here are some tips on how to keep your antique wooden furniture and other valuable furniture mold free.

Cleaning Your Furniture
One of the best ways to prevent mold from growing on your furniture is by cleaning and polishing it on a regular basis. The safest thing to do is to regularly wax your furniture with a quality product. The waxing aids in preventing dust buildup and moisture as well, which is crucial in preventing mold growth.
Mold Removal from Furniture
If mold growth does end up growing on your furniture, there is a solution to remove it. We recommend using 1 cup of 20 mule team borax (which can be found in the detergent aisle) with 1 gallon of hot water. Mix this solution together and carefully scrub the mold off of the item. After that is complete, do NOT rinse off the surface and place it in the sun to dry.
Maintain Your Furniture
When purchasing your furniture, always make sure to go for a quality wood and nicer materials. This will not necessarily prevent mold growth, but will assist in not having other issues with the furniture. Seeing as you are buying a quality product, you want to make sure you keep it in good condition, by cleaning and protecting it. If mold growth occurs on larger areas inside of your home, make sure to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. Call Comprehensive Mold Management at 585-235-6182 to schedule a mold estimate.