How Hazardous is Black Mold in the Shower?

April 14th, 2011 by admin

My roomate and I have been smelling a horrific mildewy smell for the past couple of months. We only smell it after our suitemate takes a shower, so we’re not sure if it has anything to do with the mold, but we blew it off. Today my roomate finally decided to clean the shower and when she lifted up the mat she found the underside to be completely covered with “black mold“. We cleaned it thouroughly with what we had, but I was wondering how harmful it might be to us.


Hi, in the long run mold of any kind and color is very bad to breath in. Use the homemade Mold remover. Borax is a natural mold retardant. If you live in an area where the humidity levels are high, try adding a cupful to your soapy water whenever you wash down the walls. 1/2 cup borax 1/2 cup vinegar 1 cup water In a spray bottle, combine the ingredients and spray generously on black moldy surfaces. Wipe clean with a damp sponge. You might want to invest in a good air purifier too, and a fan in the bathroom. Hope that helps, good luck



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Why should I use a Water Filtration System and what kind should I use?

February 9th, 2011 by admin

Lately my friends and family have been telling me that I should really be using some kind of water filtration system instead of drinking my water straight from the faucet. I was just wondering if there was any advantage health wise as to drinking filtered water over tap water.

Here is an answer to that question: There are also some more down below the video.


After taking a home water test and discovering all the toxins in your water supply you may want to protect the health of you and your family with a simple faucet water filter or an even more comprehensive whole-house filtration system. There are many available and many companies that install these systems. Price around and get the best deal!



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What Could Be the Dangers of Inhaling Toxic Black Mold Everyday?

February 5th, 2011 by admin

I am getting tired of going to work and coming home everday with a runny nose, coughing, itchy and swollen red eyes, and wheezing! All of my coworkers have the same problem. What are the dangers if we keep inhaling toxic black mold? Thanks for your answers!

 


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Black Mold Exposure documentary film trailer

April 21st, 2010 by admin

Black Mold Exposure follows Michael Roland Williams, filmmaker, and Karen Noseff, founder and designer of Fortune Denim, struggling to regain their livelihood and well-being after they were unknowingly exposed to high levels of various molds that had infested Karens apartment.

A growing number of people from all ages and walks of life claim mold made them ill while physicians, lawmakers, and medical associations dispute the validity of these claims. Most of the symptoms of those claiming illness from mold can be caused by, and diagnosed as, any number of other illnesses. There are no standardized methods to measure what molds, at what exposure levels, over what period of time, might cause any given person to become ill.

BLACK MOLD EXPOSURE explores the bizarre illnesses associated with exposure to toxic mold and the film participants difficult task of regaining their health and lives in an atmosphere of political and social intolerance and disbelief.

Duration : 0:2:48

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Can you control the spread of black mold by just using household products?

April 3rd, 2010 by admin

I think I may have  BLACK MOLD  starting to grow from the inside of the wall behind my shower (where the pipes and plumming are). I know there are problems back there because there is  rust coming through the grout that I have to bleach w/CLR, but now between the tile and the basin, the caulk has fallen off (its a 50+ year old town home, cheaply built). The caulk was a black/gray color when we moved in, I sprayed it with a tub cleaner and scrubbed in that area, only to have the caulk fall off, and a black colored mold exposed behind it. The mold is now starting to grow on the grout, and I cant kill it with any of my tub cleaners. I have to scrub out my tub frequently or it will adhere to any soap scum and make my shower look really nasty in a VERY short period of time (twice a week). Are BLACK MOLD  spores air borne? Does this sound like BLACK MOLD? Could this be what is making me sick? It’s only in this one bathroom, but the presence of the rust tells me there are leaks back there.

ANSWER:
Please be careful cleaning up BLACK MOLD and use some breathing protection. Here is some info I found: LIMIT HEALTH RISK FROM TOXIC MOLD Exposure to mold spores can occur during clean-up procedures. Accordingly, those who might experience adverse health effects from exposure to mold should not involve themselves in the cleanup process. 1. Wear a medium-efficiency or high-efficiency filter dust mask or a respirator designed for particle removal to protect against the inhalation of mold spores. 2. Wear protective clothing that covers all areas of the body including hands and eyes. Protective clothing should not be worn outside the work area. 3. Only persons involved in the cleanup process should be allowed in the cleanup area. 4. Work in short intervals – rest in a fresh air location. CONTAINMENT Toxic mold spores can become airborne during the cleaning. Before cleanup begins, the affected area should be contained and HVAC systems should be shut down to prevent the spores from spreading. Each area affected by mold should be separately contained. Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal doorways, vents, and other openings. Where possible, place an exhaust fan in a window that is open to the outdoors to direct air flow and mold spores outside. To limit health risks and reduce the spread of mold spores ensure dust levels are kept to a minimum. Air purifiers and /or Ionizers can be used to minimize airborne particulate. REMOVING TOXIC BLACK MOLD 1. Lightly moisten the affected area before cleaning commences. 2. Thoroughly clean in and around the affected area with soap and water to remove as much of the mold and mold infected material as possible. 3. Carefully place the mold and mold infested materials into heavy duty plastic bags and landfill or incinerate. 4. Apply disinfectant (e.g. bleach) in and around the affected area to kill residual mold spores. 5. Ensure that the affected area is completely dry and free of mold and musty odors. Aerate the area after cleaning is complete

NOT SURE IF YOU HAVE A BLACK MOLD PROBLEM????


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Why Should I Test the Water in My Home ?

February 18th, 2010 by admin

We all need water for various purposes – for drinking, bathing, washing, irrigation etc. Amongst all, the drinking water should be safe and contamination free for a healthy living. There are various types of water tests which apply stringent criteria to ensure microbial, mineral and chemical safety of drinking water.

A microbial or bacteriological test indicates presence of any pathogenic or disease-causing bacteria in the drinking water. The EPA has designated testing of coliform bacteria as a standard for determination of safety of using water as these bacteria are simple to identify and are much abundant.

The drinking water test kit is made to check for presence of various coliform bacteria & nitrates. Such kits are quite accurate as all testing material – including sampling bottles are often sterilized to prevent external contamination of samples. A mineral analysis on the other hand provides an estimate of the extent of mineral impurities in the water.

Many industrial-waste chemicals can also contaminate a water supply and impair its usability and/or create a health hazard, for instance, petroleum products, industrial chemicals, agricultural pesticides, heavy metals like lead so and so forth. So, water must be checked periodically.You can order a home test kit here:

 

 

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Toxic Black Mold Syndrome – Get Tested !

January 23rd, 2010 by admin

Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan

Duration : 0:3:35

 

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Environmental Health Hazards Testing

January 12th, 2010 by admin

Environmental pollutants are all around us infiltrating the very air we breathe and the water we drink.  Hazardous chemicals and pesticides are now a part of our daily lives and affect our indoor air quality as well as our physical health.  These toxic materials can take a toll on our environment but more importantly on our bodies.  Keeping our homes and workplaces safe from the indoor pollution is becoming more difficult as time goes on. 

 

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangerous and toxic pollutants in your home by testing for these hazardous chemicals and substances yourself.  Have you ever worried about your drinking water or if there might be radon in your air at home or asbestos in the basement?  There have been many recent reports about lead in children’s toys.  Lead poisoning is very common and causes irreparable damage to a young child’s brain and nervous system.   Just because you can’t see the contaminants does not mean they are not there.  They are real and do impose toxicity health risks. 

 

The best way to determine if you are at risk for exposure to any of these environmental hazards is to perform a test yourself.  There is a test for many of these common health hazards and you can take control and get the answers you need.

 

There’s a TEST for that !

 

  • Lead
  • Radon
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Air Quality
  • Fungus
  • Water
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy Metals
  • Bio-contamination
  • Disasters

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