Can you control mold?

My Story

In 2017 just one week before traveling to America, I was cleaning a wall that was covered with crystalized mold.  I wore a shirt over my face and protected my hands as I scrubbed off the mold to prepare for a reapplication of paint (as was advised by painters).  Even though the wall was coated 6 months before with damp-proofing products, the mold crystals returned within days of repainting it!

When I arrived in the U.S., I was coughing up phlegm and wheezing.  At first I thought it was just a cold, but it became clear that something was not right with my lungs. After running many culture tests and one month of coughing, I was diagnosed with a lung infection from a particular type of mold.  I took a specific anti-fungal medication and finally felt some relief!  After that experience I began to wonder how many people are suffering from a mold infection without knowing it?

Mold Growth and Effects

Mold grows where there is moisture such as from leaky roofs, walls, windows or pipes.  Mold can grow on nearly every surface; wood, cement, plaster, tiles, paper and cardboard.  It can also grow in dust, wallpaper, insulation, paint, fabrics, upholstery, and even in the foods we eat!

A quick search of the most common molds (Stachybotrys, Mucormycetes, Aspergillus, Alternaria, Chaetomium, Penicillium, Trichoderma,) will bring up some pretty alarming results.

Mold can cause many health issues that may be overlooked such as: sore throat, coughing, stuffy nose, wheezing, skin rashes or irritated eyes.  Mold can cause reactions for people suffering with allergies or asthma and those with immunity issues like chronic lung disease may suffer severe symptoms and infections.

Did you know?…

That you can control mold by;

  1. Cleaning your home regularly
  2. Fixing areas where water infiltrates (walls, roofs, pipes)
  3. By using soap and or vinegar and water to clean effected surfaces
  4. Trying to keep humidity levels in your home low (use a dehumidifier or an AC)
  5. Making sure your home or business is well ventilated (having airflow is critical)
  6. Cleaning bathrooms and utility rooms regularly
  7. Removing any old upholstery (fabrics or foams)

Safety First!

  1. Wear a mask and old clothes that can be discarded
  2. Wear eye and hand protection
  3. Keep windows and doors open when cleaning off mold

The OBIC Solution

OBIC Solutions provides innovative products designed specifically to provide the next level of protection for your home and health. OBIC Solutions is committed to providing our customers and communities with a high quality, cost-effective solution for your waterproofing needs. In addition to saving you money and keeping your structure cooler, our products will:

  1. Minimize wear and tear, stop leaks and cracking due to heat expansion / contraction
  2. Prevent growth of bio-organisms and act as a water-proofing barrier
  3. Protect your home and our planet with environmentally friendly products
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