Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Defining Mold!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's Corporate website:

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold Remediation: The Process!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our National Call Center. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

A Closer Look at Black Mold

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold, often known as “toxic mold” and scientifically named, stachybotrys chartarum, presents many dangers for homeowners and those who are immersed in its environment. Black mold also has a very large stigma surrounding it, this is due in part by many sensational news reports that periodically condemn the mold for its harsh side effects.

While these reports may seem very alarming, and quite often confusing, it is important that you maintain a clear head in order to limit unnecessary exposure to black mold. For instance, any mold in your home should be treated with caution; stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

SERVPRO has many, easily readable articles that define the do’s and don’ts of dealing with mold, all of which is easily accessible through various portals on our page! However, for tips on what you should do until helps arrive, please refer to our Mold Damage Tips page to learn more!

See Mold? Seek Help!

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Do you think you found black mold on or in your property? Call SERVPRO immediately!

We do not recommend trying to determine if the mold you have found is characterized as “black mold”, as you put yourself at a higher risk to develop a laundry list of health effects that stem from exposure to black mold.

As a matter of fact, there are many types of mold that can produce allergens and irritants; more so, if you have been in contact with said mold on a constant or repeat basis. Regardless if you came in contact with black mold or otherwise, you should seek assistance from a qualified mold remediation company.

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 your local SERVPRO franchise for assistance!

SERVPRO for Mold Remediation? Of Course!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Have you been affected by mold and considering calling SERVPRO to handle all of your remediation needs? Here is why you should follow through with your instincts:

SERVPRO understands that any home or business can quickly become infested with mold, especially if the property faces the unwanted introduction of an unseen water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. 

These leaks can cause mold!

Within 48-72 hours, mold can spread throughout a property, producing allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, do not hesitate! Call your local, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals so that they can inspect and assess your property.

If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation!

Our 24/7 service is here to assist you! 

Mold Tips!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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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Precautions to Fight Against Mold

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

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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Preventing Mold in Schools

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

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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Back-to-School & Unwelcome Surprises

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Is Your School Ready & Mold Free?

Coughing, sneezing,...

runny nose and itchy eyes are just a few of the common symptoms associated with certain allergens. While these symptoms may not seem too serious, for allergy-sufferers, they can be a complete nuisance.

One particularly hard-to-tackle cause of allergies is practically unavoidable because it is every where.

That’s right! Mold actually consists of microscopic spores that thrive in our air space both indoors and out. This is why mold “removal” is an impossible task. Mold can, however, be managed and remediated if treated properly.

For example, as the fall season is rapidly approaching and schools across the Upper Bucks County are preparing for the upcoming year, some faculty returning early are surprised with a heavy musty smell upon opening the doors after a much-needed summer break. Unfortunately, many school buildings make the decision to cut the AC for the warm-weather months to help reduce costs but many do not consider the fact that mold reproduces even quicker in an environment filled with moisture.

Luckily for our local schools and those across the United States, SERPVRO has highly trained mold technicians prepared to tackle this kind of job. On several occasions, mold has been discovered in one or more areas of a classroom(s) and our teams have completed the job in just one weekend, so come Monday morning it's, “like it never even happened.”

Call us today @ 215-536-7989 for more information or for references on a job well-done at the aforementioned situation!

Look What the Cat Dragged In! Mold?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold and allergen spores

Mold is everywhere.

No, that is not an exaggeration. Spores of mold are microscopic entities floating in the air which can enter your home or business through a cracked window, open door, AC/heating system and possibly on your pet.

One good thing to keep in mind about mold, however, is that not all molds are dangerous and can be present without causing harm. Mold remediation is useful for those who are prone to allergies or when mold is discovered in a densely populated building such as a school.

There are, however, certain types of mold that must be removed immediately. Black mold, for instance, can be potentially harmful but it does emit an indistinguishable, fowl smell that can lead a professional right to its source!

It is important to begin remediation quickly. SERVPRO follows a strict process to effectively remove mold from an affected area.

The process:

    1. Mold Containment-the affected area is sealed shut as to not release spores
    1. Air Filtration-cleaning the air of spores
    1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-some materials must be thrown away
    1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    1. HEPA processes -used to remove mold/mold spores, clean and seal.

Check out our mold remediation section to learn more about the process and mold in general.