Mold in the Workplace: What You Should Know

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

If you are a business owner, building owner, or any kind of employer, “mold” is one word you absolutely fear. It is common for lawsuits to arise out of a mold problem and claim “sick building syndrome.” Because public awareness about mold is increasing, hysteria surrounding it will also increase, and it is likely that lawsuits will also increase in number. Workers who believe they are working in an environment exposed to mold may not want to work, their productivity may decline, and they may file for worker’s compensation. As an employer, there’s a lot about mold in the workplace and what you should know to limit your legal liability as much as you can.

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Look for Signs

No matter how much we want it to be untrue, mold is always in every building. It’s a normal and common thing. However, it’s the type and size of the mold spores that matters. If the mold is allowed to grow into a large enough concentration, it can become toxic. Although the severity of mold’s effect on health is in debate, it is known that exposure to mold can cause irritation. Watch your employees and look for signs of eye, nose, and throat irritation; respiratory complaints; skin irritation; nausea; dizziness and fatigue. If you are an employee and are experiencing any of these symptoms, tell your HR department or office manager right away so they can investigate the possibility of mold in the workplace.

Advise Your Employees

If you do happen to find yourself dealing with a mold problem, keep your employees informed on the steps you are taking to rectify the issue. Concern and anxiety are likely to fill your employees and keeping them up to date will help ease some of that. If you have hired professionals to remove the mold, ask them for a write-up of the steps they are taking so you can circulate that amongst your employees. That way, your employees know how they are being protected. Whatever you do, don’t keep your employees in the dark. If you do and someone has serious health issues and later finds out there was a mold problem, a lawsuit is definitely in your future. Plus it’s better they know right away so they can take their own precautions and still remain a productive employee.

For more information on mold in the workplace and what you need to know, contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 866-920-6653.

Mold 101: How Mold Poisons Your Body

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

When you find mold in your home, you know there are going to be some problems. Not only does it look gross and make your home appear unclean, but it can also make you and your family sick. Everyone knows that mold can cause health problems, but how it does that exactly is a whole other question. Mold releases something that is known as a biotoxin. A biotoxin is simply a poison produced by a living organism, which mold is. When you ingest a biotoxin and it gets into your system, it can trigger a process of events that can cause serious health issues. That is how mold poisons your body.

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Biotoxin Invasion

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against any foreign substance, including biotoxins. In many cases, when your immune system registers the presence of a biotoxin, it will attack it, break it down, and properly remove it via your liver. The gene HLA-DR forms antibodies that attack biotoxins and, if your body doesn’t have a sufficient supply of that gene, complications can arise when trying to fight off a biotoxin invasion. Now the biotoxin is free to roam through the rest of your body and make you sick.

How Mold Poisons Your Body Through Biotoxin Illnesses

As the biotoxin travels through your body, it attaches to your pain receptors and generates an inflammatory response. The resulting symptoms of this attachment can include headaches, fever, and an inability to focus on anything. During the binding of the biotoxin to your receptors, it suppresses the production of an alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH). When your body has low levels of MSH, you can develop symptoms that include insomnia, leaky gut syndrome, infections, excessive thirst and urination, and high blood pressure.

Be Safe

If you find signs of mold, even the smallest amount, you need to call MicroZyme Technologies right away. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can remove the mold from your home and keep your and your family healthy. Don’t let mold poison your body. Call us today at 866-920-6653.

6 Ways to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in Your MA Home

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Mold and mildew growth can make your home look dirty and unappealing to visitors. Not only are they an eyesore, they both can cause serious health issues if left for too long. Mold is the most common cause for respiratory problems ranging from coughs to asthma.

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That being said, getting rid of mold and mildew in your MA home is very important. Here are 6 natural ways to get rid of mold and mildew:

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix a little hydrogen peroxide with water in a spray bottle. Spray  mixture on mold or mildew growth and let it sit for an hour or two. After the time is up, you can simply wipe it away.

Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the best ways to remove mold and mildew. Put some vinegar in a spray bottle to make the application easier, spray it directly on top of the infestation and let it sit for a few hours. Vinegar has a really strong smell and since it needs to sit for a long time, you can add some essential oil to the spray bottle. Lemon essential oil is the recommended oil to add as it has a similar acidity and is mild enough not to cause respiratory problems.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a home product that has many different uses, one of them being to clean mold and mildew. Baking soda works better against mold and mildew when mixed with vinegar, hitting the infestation with a double whammy.

Ammonia

Ammonia is an excellent agent to use against mold and mildew, but it can be very volatile. Do not mix ammonia with any other cleaning agent. Put it in a spray bottle, spray and then scrub the mold and mildew. After scrubbing, let it sit for a few hours before wiping it away and cleaning it up.

Borax

A lesser known cleaning product, Borax is a natural cleaner. It is normally used by homeowners as an insecticide, but it works great on mold and mildew as well. Apply the borax to a scrubbing brush and get to cleaning. Use inward strokes to help prevent the spread of mold spores. Once you’re done scrubbing, wipe away the Borax and let it dry.

Grapefruit Seeds

While an uncommon cleaner for mold and mildew, grapefruit seeds have proven to be as strong or stronger than vinegar. Put some water in a spray bottle, add about 20 drops of grapefruit extract, shake everything up to mix it, and spray it on the infestation. There is no need to wipe it off later like you would need to do with vinegar.

If none of these natural ways are working to remove your mold or mildew, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

What is Mold Remediation in Worcester MA

Friday, April 7th, 2017

No matter how much we wish it weren’t true, microscopic mold spores will always be in our homes and businesses. Trying to completely remove such tiny spores is impossible. That’s just the way it is and that’s alright. Mold becomes an issue when the growth rate increases and the spores come together to create a little colony and when health problems become prevalent.

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To have proper mold remediation done, experts first must understand the science behind mold. Here at MicroZyme Technologies, we are equipped with all the knowledge for understanding mold and how to get rid of it.

Mold Remediation Process

Since mold spores are so microscopic and can never be 100 percent removed, mold experts have come up with mold remediation. The process of mold remediation focuses on getting the mold levels within your home back to natural levels, levels that are not harmful to you and your family. Every mold remediation scenario follows the same process with adjustments depending on the severity of the mold in question. The process starts with you calling us.

From there, we will come out to your home for a mold damage assessment and inspection. We will learn just how much mold there is, at what level of infestation it is at, and where it is. Mold containment is next. We don’t want the mold to spread to the rest of your home so we will use a negative air chamber during our cleaning process. During our cleaning process, we need proper air filtration to capture the microscopic spores. Finally we reach the cleaning and removal process. We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to remove the mold and help prevent more mold from growing.

What Does Mold Remediation in Worcester MA Include?

When you call MicroZyme Technologies, we will remediate your mold problem and help with any restoration needed. Sometimes, depending on the level of infestation, some drywall and other building materials need to be removed during the remediation process. We will help with repairs because we aren’t just a mold company. We’re a company dedicated to your safety and happiness. Call us today at 1-866-920-6653.

Mold Removal Cost Worcester MA

Monday, March 6th, 2017

When it comes to the safety and health of your family, you would be willing to pay almost anything. The same should be true for mold removal. While mold may not seem like that big of a deal, it can cause serious health issues to your family and is best to be treated early. Knowing that your family’s health is on the line, many companies will exponentially increase mold removal costs in Worcester MA. Don’t be taken advantage of when it’s your family’s health, call MicroZyme Technologies for affordable mold removal costs in Worcester MA.

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All About Mold

Mold is more common in homes than thought of. It grows wherever there is moisture and, since your home has a lot of it, mold can easily spring up anywhere within your home. Once you have a mold infestation, it can be difficult to remove it yourself if you catch it too late. It’s always best to have a professional remove your mold problem because they can make sure no residual particles are left over or have moved to a different space in your home to set up shop all over again. If you or a family member have allergies, asthma, or any other respiratory issues, you will be more sensitive to health issues caused by mold. Symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Sinus congestion and a runny nose
  • Chest tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

What Mold Removal Costs in Worcester MA

If anyone in your home is experiencing these symptoms and you think you may have a mold infestation, MicroZyme Technologies can help. Mold removal costs will vary depending on a number of factors: how much mold there is, the size of the area is covers, and where exactly in your home it is. If your mold problem is in your air ducts and vents, the mold removal costs will increase. This is because your vents will have carried the mold spores to other areas of your home, not keeping it in an isolated region like say if it was in your bathroom. What mold removal costs in Worcester MA really boils down to is the man-power. If it is going to take a lot of labor, it will increase the cost. If little labor is required, your cost will be lower. To help your bank, don’t wait around for your mold problem to get worse. Call MicroZyme Technologies at 866-920-6653 when you first notice signs of mold.

How We’ll Remove Black Mold From Your Worcester MA Home

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Despite being a common household problem, having a mold infestation is no fun. Mold doesn’t necessarily mean that your health is at risk, but it does make you uncomfortable having it there. Once you find mold, you have to spend your time removing it yourself if the infestation is small enough to not need professional care. Sometimes, however, mold can go unnoticed for a long time and that is bad. When mold lingers in your house for a long period of time, it can start to turn black and black mold can turn toxic, causing severe health issues.

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Regular Mold vs Black Mold

Mold is a fungus that absolutely loves moisture. Wherever there is moisture in your home, it is a potential hotbed for mold growth. Mold is made up of spores that vary in size and color, which many people don’t know. If your mold is growing behind wallpaper, it will take on a pink or yellow hue. When mold grows on open walls or tile, the color is green, brown, and can turn black. Regular mold isn’t all that worrisome, but when it turns black and begins producing toxins, that is the time to really start worrying and call a professional mold removing company if you haven’t already.

Removing Black Mold From Your Worcester MA Home

When you call MicroZyme Technologies, here is how we’ll remove black mold from your Worcester MA home:

  • Inspection. The first thing we will do is come to your home and inspect the mold growth. This gives us insight into how much mold, what level of mold, and how we will proceed to remove it.
  • Protective Equipment. Once we come up with a game plan, we will start by wearing protective gear. It not only protects our experienced mold removing technicians, but it also helps prevent moving mold spore to other parts of your home.
  • Seal your home. Wherever the mold is growing, we will seal it off from the rest of your home with clean plastic tarps to contain the mold spores.
  • Negative pressure. We will create negative pressure in the room the mold is growing by using a fan to blow air outside a window.
  • Mold removal. Once everything is set up, we start with the actual mold removal process. Depending on the contamination level, we will use safe chemicals to remove the mold, or physically remove whatever the mold is growing on.

For all your black mold removing needs, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 866-920-6653.

Dealing with Bathroom Mold

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Dealing with Bathroom Mold

Mold, however revolting it is, is a common thing to happen in homes, especially in the bathroom. If you’ve never had to deal with mold in your bathroom, you may not be looking close enough. Mold tends to be found in the corners of your bathroom and if you just gloss over everything during a cleaning, you won’t notice the mold hiding in the depths of the corners. Mold is a common problem for all households, but it can be easily removed so long as it hasn’t gotten out of hand. Once the mold has reached a certain level of infestation where home remedies can’t touch it, it’s time to call MicroZyme Technologies.

Dealing with Bathroom Mold

Common Causes of Bathroom Mold

The first thing you should know is that mold is attracted to damp, dark places. This makes the corners of your bathroom the perfect place for mold to set up camp and grow. Showering and bathing leaves your tub, shower, and even the entire bathroom damp enough for mold to latch onto. This leftover moisture is due to poor ventilation of your bathroom. If your bathroom is properly ventilated, mold will have a harder time growing because most of the moisture has been sucked from the room.

Leaky plumbing and toilets are also common causes of bathroom mold. The water leaks out slowly and you don’t realize it, creating the perfect environment for mold to grow. When dealing with bathroom mold, it is best to regularly check the dark corners of your bathroom and make sure everything stays dry. The best way to do this is through proper ventilation and keeping the air moving through the bathroom. If your mold situation increases, the experts at MicroZyme Technologies are here to help.

Safely Dealing with Bathroom Mold

Dealing with bathroom mold can become tricky if you let the situation go for too long. Mold can cause serious health issues, especially when it grows in a room you and your family use daily. Here at MicroZyme Technologies, we have been trained in the highest techniques to safely remove the mold from your bathroom. The last thing you want during a mold removing session is for a mistake to happen and the mold just moves to a different part of your home. Our experts make sure that the highest caution is taken so that doesn’t happen. When we come to remove mold, we remove all of it. For all of your mold-removing needs, call us today at 1-866-920-6653.

Water Damage? Get A Mold Inspection!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Water Damage? Get A Mold Inspection!

Massachusetts is often hit with a lot of rain throughout the year. All that water accumulates and turns into flooding which can be detrimental to your home. The water damage from flooding can be excessive and difficult to fix. Water damage can also occur on a smaller level than flooding from the Massachusetts rain. Your home can experience water damage due to leaky plumbing, an overflowing washing machine, and even clogged toilets. No matter how your water damage occurs, you need to get a mold inspection! Water damage means dampness, and dampness means mold growth.

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About Mold

When you think of mold, you probably have this picture in your mind. It most likely consists of dark brown or black patches that can just be easily scrubbed away with some soap and warm water. No. That can possibly make things worse. The number one thing to about mold is that it thrives off of moisture. Trying to clean it up by adding more moisture to it will only give it strength. Your vision of mold is correct, however. Mold will appear in black and brown specs around places that have access to water, like the part of your home that has succumbed to water damage. Mold will also give off a distinct, musty odor. Mold can cause health issues so if you have water damage, get a mold inspection.

Water Damage Mold Inspection

Mold growth is not always a given if you have water damage, but it is best for you and your family to have a professional mold inspector come out to your home and give it a thorough check. Our experts here at MicroZyme Technologies are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to detect mold. When you call us for your water damage mold inspection, we will comb over every inch of the water damage to make positive there is no mold. If we do find mold, you can count on us to remove all of it and remove it all safely. You don’t need to have any mold worries when you call MicroZyme. We will take care of everything from the mold inspection to mold removal. Call us today at 1-866-920-6653.

Mold Prevention During the Winter Months

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Mold Prevention During the Winter Months

Winter on the East Coast means snow and a lot of it. Sparkling white snow is beautiful and it can make for fun days with snowball fights or building snowmen. But it also means moisture and moisture is not good for mold growth. Mold thrives off of moisture and you may be thinking that snow is frozen so how does mold grow from that? Even the slightest drop in temperature or exposure to the sun can cause the snow to melt and turn to water which opens the area up for mold growth. Follow these tips for mold prevention during the winter months to reduce your chance of mold growth.

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General Maintenance for Mold Prevention During the Winter Months

During the winter, general maintenance for your home or business can help prevent mold growth. Here are a few tips to follow:

  • Keep all areas properly ventilated. When showering, cooking, or washing dishes, keep a window cracked or turn on an exhaust fan to keep the air circulating.
  • If any of your pipes or appliances are broken, you can prevent mold growth by turning off the water flow and immediately repairing the damages.
  • Make sure your rain gutters are cleaned regularly and necessary repairs are made in a timely manner.
  • Clear the area around your home or business so water doesn’t collect around them.
  • Keep tabs on your roof. If damage occurs, water can leak inside and cause mold growth.
  • Keep things dry. The best thing you can possibly do is keep your home and business dry. If you see moisture collecting anywhere, you should immediately clear it.

Professional Mold Experts

If you need further help for mold prevention during the winter months, MicroZyme Technologies can help you. We have over 15 years of experience dealing with mold and we know how to fortify your home or business against mold growth. If our precautions don’t work and you do find yourself with a mold infestation, our expertise covers mold removal as well as mold prevention. No matter your mold state, we can take care of you and your home or business. Call us today at 866-920-6653 with any mold questions!

Commercial Mold Remediation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold is a natural part of our ecosystem, but it is best kept to the great outdoors where it can successfully complete its job as a recycler of biological material. No one wants mold in their office, warehouse or commercial workspace! It starts to creep indoors when moisture is present and the spores travel, then multiply.

Commercial Mold Remediation MA | MicroZyme Mold InspectionMold can destroy commercial building materials, in addition to causing health problems for employees. It should be eliminated as soon as it’s detected to prevent long-term damage. MicroZyme Technologies specializes in commercial mold remediation.

Steps to Commercial Mold Remediation

The first step in commercial mold remediation is determining if mold is present. This inspection includes a visual inspection of the exterior of your building, hygrometer readings, a moisture detector, swab tests and air samples. All samples are sent to an accredited third party lab to test for microbial growth. You’ll then receive the full report detailing the types of mold found, the contaminated areas and if remediation is recommended.

If mold is found, we’ll create a commercial mold remediation plan based on the contaminated areas. Uncontaminated areas may be sealed off from contaminated areas using poly sheeting. We may use air scrubbers or a negative air machine which will help clean the air as we work and will prevent cross-contamination. Any contaminated building materials will be demoed, sealed, bagged and disposed of properly. These materials can include drywall, linoleum, baseboards, countertops, etc.

Bring in the Pros

Once we’re down to the surfaces, we’ll use our proprietary EC-34 technology to treat all surfaces, the HVAC system and even the air. Then we will use a HEPA vacuum to clean up. Following remediation, we will retest the contaminated areas and the samples will be analyzed again by a third party lab. You will receive the full report. We take remediation one step further; we’ll also consult with you on how to keep moisture out of the building and keep us from coming back.

At MicroZyme Technologies, we take air quality and commercial mold remediation seriously. We are based in Massachusetts and have over 15 years of combined experience with indoor air quality. We’ve completed 2,000+ successful remediation projects. If you suspect mold or have already been tested for poor air quality and are need of remediation, call us today at 866-920-6653.