Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Black Mold? Watch Out!
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's corporate website:
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
But how do I tell if it is Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.
If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professional immediately. Click here to find a SERVPRO Franchise.
Commercial Mold Remediation Services
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
Furthermore, mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO Professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.
Next, they will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. They have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.
We offer a variety of services, all of which is conducted by one or more of the following individuals:
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call a SERVPRO Professional, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation!
Content Restored After Mold Exposure!
At SERVPRO, we understand that water and mold damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. Furthermore, to us, your home is more than just a structure in need of remediation or restoration; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are all inside and could be affected.
We try our best in ensuring that we restore all of these belongings, as they were once intended to help transform a house into a home; we strive to get them back to their original condition like it never even happened!
Most SERVPROs use very sensitive, but strong, cleaning techniques that restore your goods and place them back in appropriate, working order. We handle a ton of different items, clothing, electronics, etc., and we do not shy away from taking on challenges to ensure that our customers are ecstatic with the final, cleaned product.
For all your content restoration needs, call SERVPRO today!
Mold Content Restoration: Our Services!
SERVPRO handles many different types of content restoration jobs, most of which have to do with the following: dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe cleaning, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, immersion cleaning, and more.
Here is a brief explanation of what each cleaning is utilized for:
- Dry Cleaning: this is best used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning: this is quite an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe: this method is effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning: this is used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning: an involved method that includes agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning: this method ensures that the dirty contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
Through the above services, SERVPRO franchise professionals can restore your contents that are damaged by fire, water, mold, or more. Our expertise can help save you bundles of money while you are able to keep personal items that usually are not capable of being replaced.
If you are in need of content restoration, trust SERVPRO — give us a call TODAY!
A message from SERVPRO:
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, there are over 100,000 forms of fungi that have been identified in the world. Some of these forms of mold can add value to our lives; however, exposure to certain types of molds can affect our lives in a negative way, presenting several health concerns.
Mold is typically formed due to an intrusion of water inside your home or place of business. These intrusions may include flooding or a result from inclement weather, but when they are not address immediately, there is an increased risk of harmful mold growth — a lot that you cannot even see!
We want you to take precautions, especially due to the massive amounts of rainwater that has been flushing its way through our nation/region. Be alert for the presence of visible mole, strong musty odors, any evidence of past moisture problems that might cause more mold growth, or excessive humidity.
You may not be comfortable enough to tackle these types of concerns head on, but that’s why we’re here to help. Among the many specializations we pride ourselves on, SERVPRO tackles mold with confidence and the quickness! If you fear that you have been affected by mold, don’t wait and compromise your health — call your local SERVPRO franchise!
Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours and can quickly become a huge problem in your business or home. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, water intrusion, or a roof leak, mold will grow if things like this are not taken care of quickly. Mold not only can cause damage to your property but also can cause health effects. Luckily our SERVPRO crew has the tools, training, and equipment to handle any mold job.
What To Do If You Discover Mold:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system.
- Contact us for mold remediation services.
What NOT To Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Do not blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the make up of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent.
- Step 1: Emergency Contact to your local SERVPRO Franchise
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Mold Mitigation Services
Our franchise has been very busy the past few months with mold mitigation jobs. Buildings that suffer from excess moisture can be potential breeding grounds for mold to grow. If your building has experienced problems with ongoing moisture due to long-standing leaks, roof damage, water intrusion, or from poor humidity control, be sure to be alert to the following factors:
- Strong musty odors may be a sign that mold is present
- Excessive humidity in the building or outside
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
- Any visible mold
Mold removal and remediation can help fix these situations if mold was found in the building. Our crew will arrive on site ready to identify any visible signs of mold. Following the industry standards for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Best Ways to Remove Shower Mold
While mold growth in your shower or on your shower curtain doesn’t necessarily require a mold remediation crew it can be a hassle to remove. If you let it go on for too long without handling it though, it may require more extensive work by professionals. Mold growth in your shower is something homeowners can’t always avoid so it is best to know a few tricks to ensure a speedy removal.
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to spray the tile or grout where the mold is growing and scrub it with a toothbrush. While time consuming, this often gets the job done. If you are concerned about causing damage to the grout from continual scrubbing then try soaking cotton coils in bleach and press them in to the grout or tile. Let the coils soak overnight, remove and then rinse the area.
If you are not comfortable with using bleach, then try vinegar! Spray it on the grout and tiles, let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with a brush. Both methods have proven to be effective ways of keeping mold from growing in your shower for months.
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Preventing Mold in Schools
Most schools are closed up during most of the summer, with no AC which is the perfect environment for mold to grow. The doors are locked, windows closed, and the rooms are shut, with no ventilation, it leaves the question of what to do to prevent mold when school is back in full swing. Mold thrives in an environment with moisture and can then lead to some serious health problems later on in the year if not taken care of. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth so that everyone can enjoy the upcoming school year.
- If wet cleaning has to be done, be sure to do so when it isn’t raining. Also open all the windows and do not close up until everything is dry.
- If there are some concrete floors that are constantly wet, try to keep them as clean as possible. Mold grows in dirt and this can then cause a larger problem.
- Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours so if there are spills or leaks try to identify them quickly and clean them up right away. You can use wet vacuums, heaters or fans unless the problem is too big, then professionals should be called.
- Keep a close eye on closets that might be on outside walls as condensation can build up here more quickly. Try to keep them open as much as possible.
- Avoid clutter especially with paper and boxes as if these get moist, mold can and will grow very quickly.
These are just a few of the things you can do to try to reduce the chance of mold growth in your classroom or school building. It is always a good idea to have a baseline measurement of temperature and dew point to compare to in extreme humidity situations. Keeping your space clean and consistently clean is the most important step to take to prevent mold from growing in order to have a successful school year!
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Precautions to Fight Against Mold
Routine inspections are a critical piece in preventing mold growth.
Water and Mold
While seeing standing water on the floor is the most tell tale sign that there could be mold growing in your house, there are many less obvious signs that one may overlook, such as:
- An unexpected increase in your monthly water bill
- Corrosion on the plumbing fittings and valves
- Warped or damaged flooring and panels in under the sink cabinets
- Stains on the ceilings, floors or walls
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
- Musty odor
If you discover mold in your house, deal with it as quickly as possible. Clean up the water, if any, and try to locate the source. If mold is not dealt with quickly it can lead to health problems in the future.
How to Prevent Mold
- Plumbing: The water lines, shut off valves, and fittings for all appliances including toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and even ice makers should be inspected every 6- 12 months. Checking consistently for leaks and cracks in these appliances is also a beneficial practice to start as well.
- Appliances: Your washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years and the machines should be checked consistently to make sure it stays properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can cause the hose to pull away and leak. If possible, turn off the washing machine and dishwasher when you are not home, as this can also help prevent water from leaking unexpectedly.
- Roof and Gutters: Make sure to have your roof professionally inspected every three years to check for damage you may not be able to see from the ground, such as missing shingles. Gutters should be routinely cleaned and maintained so they do not overflow, creating a larger issue.
- Exterior Walls and Foundation: Be sure to inspect the outside of your house and seal any visible gaps. Roots from nearby shrubs can also cause a problem if they are allowing water to enter through the foundation of the house.
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