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Ways to Prevent Condensation and Mold Growth on Your Windowsills

Mold forms on windowsills when moisture builds up around them from either condensation or from an airflow issue within your home. Either way it can be quite persistent as it tends to form on wood which is a porous material. Thus, it is easier to prevent mold buildup on windowsills than it is to remove it once it has established a beachhead in your home. Before you panic, read these helpful hints on how to identify mold around your windowsills and prevent it from returning in the future.

How to Identify Mold around Your Windows

Most people have trouble identifying mold growing around their windows. This is because mold often looks a lot like dust when it grows on the sill, joints, etc. Moreover, mold can be nearly the same color as your window frame depending on what kind of mold it is. You can generally spot mold that is not the same color of your window frame because it will make the area around it seem discolored. Finally, mold can damage wood window frames and threaten the health of your family.

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth around Your Window

As we said before, condensation and moisture issues – such as leaking windows – are major causes of mold buildup around the windowsill. Nevertheless, there are several ways you can prevent this kind of mold.

  • Increase the airflow: Keep the humidity in your home low using a dehumidifier. Also keep your doors and windows closed while using your air conditioner. This will reduce the amount of wet, warm air from circulating inside your home. Finally, you may also wish to use an exhaust fan in your kitchen to keep the moisture caused by the cooking process from building up around your windows.
  • Regularly remove condensation to prevent mold: Condensation is also a leading contributor to mold formation around windowsills. Be sure to clean your windows and to wipe away condensation as it forms. Warning: If you have a wood frame and mold has begun to form, it will not be possible to remove it using only bleach.window
  • Add caulk to the edges of your windows to prevent leaks: Caulk will help prevent leaks, insulate your home and save you money on your heating bills.
  • Keep your windows dry: Mold requires moisture to grow. Therefore, wash and dry your windows often in order to deprive mold of the fuel it needs to develop.

Our certified mold removal services cover windows, floors, walls, ceilings and basements too. We’re the area’s trusted mold remediation specialists. We are also experts in water damage restoration and water extraction carpet cleaning which can also help prevent and destroy mold anywhere in your home.

Different Mold Colors: What they are and Would they Could Mean

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Mold is more complicated than most people might imagine. Yet, the fact that it can trigger rashes, headaches, allergies and asthma attacks and that it is unsightly is all that concerns most people. On the other hand, we at Conejo Restoration are familiar with the different types of molds you may stumble across. Here is our helpful guide that will tell you how to identify each kind of mold that may be in your home based on its color.

  • Green mold: This is the color that most people associate with mold. However, green mold is more complicated than most people would imagine. For example, did you know that there are thousands of species of green mold? Well, there are. Additionally, it is impossible to know exactly what kind of mold you are facing without an expert’s guidance. This kind of mold – just as with all other kinds of mold – should be disposed of immediately.
  • Olive green to brown/gray: Mold in these colors often has a velvety appearance. Further, there are approximately 40 species of this kind of mold – Alternaria – that can be found outdoors on many kinds of vegetation as well in your carpets, basement and attic.
  • Blue, white mold: These kinds of mold belong to the Penicillium genus. Yes, you’ve guessed it. This kind of mold was first used many years ago to produce penicillin. It is commonly found on walls. It too can create allergenic reactions in those who are sensitive it its presence.
  • Black mold: There are 180 species of black mold which commonly grows in damp areas of houses and sometimes in nature. Exposure to it can cause aspergillosis, a group of diseases often characterized by breathing issues.
  • Pink mold: Pink mold is often found in bathrooms around sinks and tubs and is actually a form of bacteria. The danger with it is that it can enter the urethra through catheters or the lungs through respirators for patients who are confined in hospitals. It has even been known to infect the corneas of some contact lens wearers via their contact lens cases.mold

Whatever kind of mold is in your home it has no place there. Our mold remediation team can inspect and remove any kind of mold that is growing in your home. We have the right equipment and experience to conduct mold inspection that will be thorough and complete whether it was formed in the aftermath of a flood or other cause.

How Mold Affects Pets

There is much information on the Internet about the effect of mold on humans. However, not much has been written about how mold affects our four legged friends who see and traverse the world in an entirely different way than we do. Dogs, for example, very much explore the world through inhalation. This means that they can be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of mold. Let’s take a look at how mold affects our pets.

How Mold Affects Pets

As we have already stated, dogs are even more susceptible to mold than we are. This is because their sense of smell is many times greater than ours and because they are more likely to come into direct contact with mold as they travel through our homes. Thus, prolonged mold exposure can affect dogs in much the same way that it can affect us. Black mold can cause respiratory conditions in your pets such as COPD, asthma, and respiratory allergies. There is even some evidence to suggest that mold can trigger even more serious conditions in pets (and humans) such as acute liver damage, tumors, cirrhosis of the liver and immunosuppression damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Mold in Dogs

The first thing we can do to protect our pets from the dangers of mold is to learn to recognize the symptoms and signs of mold exposure. Some of the signs of mold sickness in dogs include:

  • Excessive licking, especially on your dog’s paws Loss of fur in small areas
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Discharge from eyes and nose
  • Noisy or labored breathing
  • Lethargy and listlessnesspets
  • Lack of appetite
  • Behavioral changes

How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Mold

If you suspect mold growth in your home then you should have an inspection done immediately. This will help to protect your pets and your human family. We specialize in water damage restoration and water damage repair. Water following a flood or fire are often the preamble to a mold problem in many homes. Next, you should keep everything that your pet comes into contact with clean and dry. You should also keep your pet away from trash cans, underneath sinks, etc. These are places that mold can hide. If your pet does become exposed to mold, then you should immediately take it to a veterinarian.

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