Why Water Damage Can Lead To Mold Issues

Water Everywhere

The river is rising quite fast and you watch looking beneath the house as the water creeps up. up, up. It begins to seep and then run in streams inside. You are standing outside watching as the water level rises and wonder how it will affect your home. If the water can invade your home through a tiny crack, what’s next? Can it invade everything. Will it generate more cracks and get into the electrical, soak the carpet, make a soggy mess of the sub-floor?

Water will penetrate the slightest crack, crevasse, hole. It will settle comfortably in carpets and upholstery. And everywhere it settles, water is the giant petri dish with the needed food for growing mold.

Black Mold

What is black mold and why does it cause such fear? Most of us have seen books that were left out overnight leaving some pages covered with black spots-with black mold. As mold grows it throws out spores, called micro toxins, we can’t see but can inhale and ingest. Both are dangerous and may bring serious problems. If these spores are ingested regularly, the person may have trouble breathing. Breathing in spores can cause coughing, wheezing, runny nose.

Mold may not be causing the problems, as nothing has been absolutely proven, as the symptoms are so common it is hard to separate what is caused from mold. but many people who have ingested or inhaled these spores have these symptoms. In some cases, things get worse. Some have even gotten pneumonia. Don’t forget pets who may also be affected.

Where Did It Come From

You live in a nice house, haven’t had a river or hurricane execute water damage. The house is high and clear as are all the houses around. Your two children and now your new baby are having trouble, all sneezing, coughing and complaining of a sore throat. The doctor says the baby is in danger of getting pneumonia.

Unknown by you, your bathroom has been leaking water inside the wall going where it can’t be seen and doesn’t cause trouble you can see from outside the wall, down the inside wood foundation to the sub basement structure. The water sits in this inside river and now has the wood in some sensitive area rotted. The reason the water in the wall rotted when wood that floats in the ocean doesn’t is that the water in the wall comes to a standstill in a warm humid place.
Mold needs humidity more than it needs water.

How to Grow Mold

Have you seen water that remained in a small child’s pool and formed alga and mold? Air that is warm absorbs more water than colder air. To grow mold, moisture is needed. The air gathers humidity and becomes warm and that water is stable and sits without much movement over a period of time and voila, mold will form. Once it has formed, it begins throwing out spores.

So wood that has water staying on it inside that wall, will likely grow mold and mold will rot the house.

That Fire Damage

Fires can be small and make a lot of smoke and the fire department, eager to put the fire out, sprays water not only on the fire but on the rest of the building. Smoke will cause a lot of damage.

I had a restaurant burn down and the acrid smell was so bad it sent us to the hospital the day after the fire was out. But the water damage was all inclusive. No amount of wiping down and cleaning got rid of it.

The water was in and on everything, but not just in what we could see, but beneath solid wood and finishes, down in cracks we could not see. The only way to get the mess cleaned up was to call professional cleaners who knew what they were doing.

Mold Doesn’t Die

Can you clean up the problem and expect the mold to go away? The answer is no. And it doesn’t matter whether you are in Allentown PA or any other location – this will always be true. Allentown water damage remediation is necessary or mold will be an issue. Mold will dry and seem dead but give it some warmth and humidity and it is alive again sending out spores. Getting rid of mold is not an easy job. Purex that is identified as mold removal will work if all the mold can be cleaned. Professionals coat the finish with a sealer to help keep the mold from reappearing.

When to See a Doctor Due to Mold Exposure

Since mold has not been proven to cause illness, going to the doctor is what is normal for serious problems. Go to the doctor if:

Asthma is worse and doesn’t respond to usual remedies
You have trouble breathing’

You bleed from mouth or nose


Sure Ways To Pass

Drug tests are getting stringer by the day. They are there to ensure that no drug abuser gets onto a company’s payroll. Hair tests are 

employed because they are hard to beat. For example, earlier they used to test urine samples. However, there is always a chance of people resorting to ‘cleaning up’ methods before such tests. Drug remnants remain embedded in hair follicles for a longer period of time. There are though some tips using which you can beat a hair follicle test. Let us take a look at them.
Detox diet
It is through the bloodstream that marijuana or for that matter any other drug is carried into hair follicles. If you were to cleanse your blood of all toxins, then it is a surefire method of beating a hair follicle drug test. How do you do it? You can do it by following a strict and regimented diet routine. You need to cut out all junk food and refine sugar from your diet. Make sure that you are taking in a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as part of your diet. You should also drink plenty of water. If you find that water not tasty enough, then you can always try out vegetable juices too. Lemon juice, in particular, is known to be particularly good. This is because the high levels of vitamin C in lemon juice are known to be the best to remove traces of drugs from the bloodstream. These measures will cleanse your blood. After a couple of months, samples of your hair follicles are sure to test negative.
Detox Shampoo
If you feel that you are not disciplined enough to stick to a strict detox diet plan, then you can also try using a hair detox shampoo. A simple online search is all that you need to find out about the various hair detox shampoos that are doing the rounds of the market. The key is to check the ingredients. It is always preferable that you opt for the shampoos containing natural ingredients. Shampoos containing, for example, Aloe Vera as an ingredient are always known to work well. You should start using the shampoo at least 5-10 days before the actual test. If needed you should also be ready to take around 3-4 showers to every day. Only such a rigorous routine would ensure that all the residual build up gets removed from your hair follicles.
There are also some simple home-made shampoos too that you can yourself prepare and use. Commonly available household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, detergent, lemon juice and rosemary oil can be used for preparing these homemade shampoos.
Get Your Exercise
Marijuana once consumed is stored in the fat cells of the body. Removal of the substance through a natural detox diet is, therefore, a tough job for the body. Fortunately, there is an easier way out. Once you exercise you ensure that you are burning up the unwanted fat in your body. Exercise is also known to speed up the metabolism. Both these factors will ensure that the traces of marijuana or any other drug that you may have taken are removed. It is preferable to go in for a mix of strength and cardio training, for the combination is known to help in burning fat faster, as compared to other exercises.
Shave off all hair
This is perhaps the most straightforward of all the choices. Take a razor and remove every strand of hair in your body. However, there is a flip side to this method. Examiners would be clever enough to find out your intentions. They may actually end up failing you since you cannot submit a sample.
Stop using drugs
Perhaps the best way to go about the process would be to stop using drugs at the earliest. What is the point in using drugs when you know that the test is just around the corner? You need to be strongly willed in order to do this. Once you sit down and jot down your life’s priorities, you will surely note that getting settled in your dream profession would be perhaps your biggest priority. Remember, there are certain drugs that can be detected even after 3 months of its usage. Even otherwise it is always preferable that you stop using drugs for the sake of your health. It is sure to count among the best decisions of your life.


Kate Brockway Respects Your Ability

The Kate Brockway site is one dedicated to clients, and respecting the ABILITY while not concentrating on what a person is UNABLE to do. Kathleen (Kate) Brockway, for whom this site was named, is an author, presenter, and also activist for the Deaf community.

Kate also works diligently to preserve Deaf history, as well as American Sign Language (ASL). There is a lot you can learn about the Deaf community and its history from Kate. While we will be providing numerous resources on this website in the near future, we did find a terrific starting point, for those who wish to dive into the topic of Deaf history, with Kate, in this interview on Maryland Morning on public radio affiliate YPR, from 2014. Enjoy!