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  1. Mold Mania! 10 Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Mold

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    1. Black mold, (scientific name stachybotrys), is only one species of over 10,000 different species of mold

    2. Bleach does not work on mold. It may kill mold growth, but not airborne mold spores.

    If you use bleach, do not assume the mold has been entirely removed from your home.

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    3. Dead mold spores are just as harmful to humans (manifesting in the lungs) as live mold spores

    4. The archaeologists that discovered King Tut’s tomb in Egypt likely died from dead aspergillus mold spores that sat dormant for centuries. One death was believed to be part of the tomb’s “curse” because it occurred within months of exposure to the tomb.

    5. Mold will not decompose a happy meal.

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    6. The T-2 mycotoxin is composed of three different species of mold, (including black mold), which combined are so toxic it has been used as a biological war agent. In its aerosol form it is known as “yellow rain,” which was used heavily during the Vietnam war.

    7. The largest settlement to any individual claiming property or health damage involving mold was awarded to actor and Johnny Carson sidekick on the Tonight Show, Ed McMahon for $7.2 million.

    8. Everything is bigger in Texas. Turns out the number one city in the U.S. for mold allergies is Dallas, Texas.

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    9. Texas is also the home to the most publicized mold case on record. Melinda Ballard sued her home insurance company over mold damages and was initially awarded $32 million! (Later this amount was reduced to $4 million).

    10. The states you are least likely to find mold are Wisconsin, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Alabama. It is not that these states are less humid or experience less rain, but rather their home construction is built tight, improving energy efficiency which protects against mold growth.

    Climate actually has little to do with indoor mold growth; it usually comes down to building practices and construction

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  2. Post Rainfall and the Mold Aftermath

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    Despite the night and day transformation in North Carolina weather over the past week, the rainfall was pretty intense. Incredible amounts of rain collected and created dangerous flooding throughout central NC. Flood stages in areas around Raleigh were cresting at 20 feet, and businesses that had several feet of water are now foraging what’s left of their inventory.

    The storm may be scary, but the aftermath is the hard part. One post-rain issue people often forget is mold. When it rains this much, it is a pretty good idea to check spaces around your home or business that are likely to develop mold.

    Your Crawl Space

    If you’re brave enough to perform this check-up yourself, when the rain stops, grab a flashlight and look inside your crawl space for standing water or lingering moisture. Standing water is usually in the lowest places under your home, but be sure to check thoroughly regardless. If large amounts of water or any moisture for that matter are found in your crawl space, it is worth calling a professional for further examination.

    Drainage Around Foundation

    Rain runoff should drain away from your home – unfortunately, this is not always the case. If standing water is found near your foundation after heavy rainfall, especially if it lingers for several days, it can lead to condensation in your crawlspace or basement, which can ultimately lead to mold buildup.

    Attic, Roof, Soffit, and Gutters

    In your attic, look for signs of moisture or water damage in the corners of the space and especially around vents.

    Check to make sure your gutters are clean and free of debris. If gutters are backed up they can cause water damage around the roof and lead to ponding around the foundation.

    Make sure your roof  isn’t missing any shingles, or have any discolored spots, soft spots, and any other visible damage.

    If your home has a soffit (the underside of a balcony or archway), look for signs of water damage or rot, these will usually lead to mold.


    Indoor Moisture/Humidity

    When your HVAC system is not running, neither is your dehumidifier, which means your home is allowing moisture to collect. Areas prone to moisture buildup are bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Check for signs of excess water, and in response, run your air conditioning while it is still mild.


  3. Black Mold: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    mold removal and remediation raleigh ncMold in all of its over 100,000 species comes in almost every color, shape, size and consistency imaginable. Stachybotrys Atra (sometimes called Stachybotrys Chartarum) is the scientific name for the black fungus growth that produces spores in the form of slime heads—also known as black mold. While black mold can sometimes grow in natural substances such as soil and organics, it is most commonly found growing in porous cellulose based building materials that have been exposed to moisture as a result of water damage or excessive humidity. Toxic black mold is dangerous and needs to be handled accordingly.

    The Good

    • Remediation is possible
    • Black mold does not spread through the air as easily as other mold spores due to the wet environment where it is found

    The Bad

    • Black mold is a toxic fungus
    • Black mold has a distinct musty, mildew smell
    • Black mold is likely to appear in damp spaces
    • Black mold is capable of causing health issues
    • Black mold is capable of damaging your home

    The Ugly

    Exposure to black mold can cause symptoms such as:

    • Breathing difficulties especially in those with pre-established breathing conditions such as asthma
    • Allergic reactions including sneezing, redness and itching eyes, nose and mouth or symptoms typically associated with hay fever
    • Headaches, dizziness, queasiness

    Always consult your physician when experiencing any symptoms you feel may be related to mold exposure

    Please note: This list is not exhaustive and these and other symptoms may be exacerbated in infants, pregnant women, and the elderly or those with a suppressed immune system.


    All mold, toxic or not, has the potential to make you sick. Don’t let mold growth compromise your health and safety or the structural integrity of your building.

  4. Can I Remove Mold Myself?


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    Finding mold in your home can be an unsettling discovery. Whether or not to remove it is a simple question. However, determining if you should remove it yourself or if you should call a professional sometimes proves more difficult. Below are a few guidelines to help you make that decision. (more…)