Any Mold Should Bring Concern, But Don't Worry!
If you read online articles or watch news coverage, you have probably heard about black mold. The substance has developed a negative reputation in recent years, as homeowners learn about the negative effects of this type of mold growth. You may not know, however, that other types of mold can be just as harmful as black mold. By understanding how to keep mold in check, you can keep your home looking and feeling good.
Water Damage is a Problem
We all know that water is essential inside your home. When water stays where it should, you likely do not have to worry about mold growth. If there is a leak, mold can feed and spread quickly. When inspecting your house for signs of mold, look in the following areas where water damage is common:
Humidity Is Not Your Friend
While increasing the humidity in your home may make breathing easier, it could encourage mold to grow. If you suspect you have high humidity throughout your home, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier.
Cleanup Requires Equipment and Skill
Removing mold is not always easy. In fact, you may seemingly wipe away mold only to realize that you did not effectively kill it. If you want to stop mold growth, consider contracting with a reputable mold remediation service. Expert technicians know where to find mold. They also have the expertise and equipment to stop mold in their tracks.
To keep your home in good shape, you simply cannot ignore any type of mold growth. While finding mold in your house can be challenging, the task is likely worth your time and energy. If you notice the signs of mold, you must work diligently to remove the substance. With some information and the right team, though, you can likely ensure your house stays comfortable.
Signs You Might Have A Water Leak In Your Bathroom
There are many sources in your home that can create water damages or be the source of a leak. Here are a few signs in your bathroom that could be the root cause of some of them.
Take a look at your water bill from around the same time in previous months or previous years -- has it gone up or even changed just enough for you to take notice? That could be because of a leak. Keep an eye on it for next month and if you are still seeing the same jump, have a professional take a look. It can never hurt to have another pair of eyes on your water meter. Water bills can run deep and especially if it is winter season and the bill is climbing.
This is the main issue that we see when bathrooms are the culprit of a water damage. Water stains almost always are a symptom of a more serious issue going on in your home. Once you notice, check the adjoining sides of the walls to see if there are water spots showing up in other rooms. These kinds of water damages can spread quickly and cause a lot of damage in their wake. Always call someone when you notice water stains so that they can be stopped and cleaned up quickly before they spread.
When there are loose tiles in your bathtub, that may be signs of more serious water damages. Take a few tiles out and see what is behind the wall.
The Science of Drying
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition.
While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening; measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly; and speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature?" A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material-but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette has the tools to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help accelerate the drying of your home or business.
The bottom line? We have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."
Get Your Ducks in A Row and Call SERVPRO For a Duct Cleaning!
Spring is not far away and we know that here in Alabama, allergies run rampant for some people. Did you know a cleaning of your duct system can help? Duct cleaning can improve the air quality in your home and business. You may wonder, why use SERVPRO for your duct cleaning? The SERVPRO duct cleaning system is proven and cost-effective.
The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but our trained professional here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette can help you change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your home or business should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home.
What might be residing in your ducts:
A routine part of your local SERVPRO franchise professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. We will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.
In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO franchise professional can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.
If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO franchise professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.
If your allergies persist this season, call us to come out to provide you a FREE quote for duct cleaning.
The Longer Your Business is Closed, The More Money is Lost
Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette we understand that when a commercial water emergency occurs in your business it is important that the issues is mitigated quickly and efficiently. During these emergencies, it is not just the building that needs to be back up and functioning but the materials and equipment you use on a daily basis that allows your business to be successful.
We have the ability to save things like office furniture, desk, and even sensitive information that may be stored in the office with our Document Restoration. We are in the business of restoring these items that may have been damaged during your water emergency. We always attempt to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you and the insurance company as well the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored it is worth the time to do so.
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette works tirelessly to treat each of your items with special care to protect. Our team is trained to keep your items from damage while we do work. Our content specialists team does wonders with your clean-up on all types of materials.
Trust that our highly trained technicians keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. So our team will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running!
Mold After A Water Damage? It's Possible.
Water Damage is common and at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette, we handle water damaged property pretty much every single day.
One of the most common problems with a water damage is mold that can be lurking. It can be as simple as a roof leak or a leaking water line, that lead to other and much larger problems on the property.
At SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette we know that immediate action is required to prevent mold growth so how can you do your part?
- Be on the lookout for visible mold
- Strong must odors; this may indicate that mold is present
- Any evidence that past moisture that may have caused undetected mold growth
- Excessive humidity
Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Every mold situation is different, at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette, we take the proper steps to make sure you receive quality service.
Mold Keeps Coming Back! Why?
The quick, and accurate, answer to repeated microbial growth is water issues. Knowing this, doesn't always help you prevent further growth and contamination, especially after repeated growth in a certain area.
The Reasons for the Return
Certain properties of mold can help you understand why it keeps coming back:
• Most molds aren't harmful. These organisms exist everywhere, inside and outside. Most of the time, molds aren't dangerous and are often helpful. However, certain types, such as black mold, can be unsightly and costly.
• Molds are fungi. They reproduce by spreading spores. To facilitate colony growth and the spread of spores, thread-like hyphae (branching filaments of mold) release enzymes and spores. If a hypha is detached from the rest of the colony, it can begin to take root and establish a new colony on a new surface.
• Mold is microscopic. This means it can get into places that you may not think possible. It also makes it very hard for you to clean mold completely with a spray solution and scrubbing. For example, you probably can't access both sides of the drywall, but when there's high humidity, this is an ideal location for mold growth.
• Mold grows quickly. Whether spores are carried into an area through the ductwork or hyphae have broken off and transferred to a new surface, it only takes 24 to 48 hours for a new colony to take hold.
Prevention and Remediation
The best route for water damage restoration is to work with a professional and prevent water damage. Inspect your property for any leaky pipes or faucets, install a dehumidifier, and keep the property well-ventilated.
When you don't know what else to try, contact a professional. Our trained professionals can handle problems in inaccessible areas, locate areas of moisture you couldn't find, and provide education for further prevention of mold.
Could You Have A Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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 a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- 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.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Removing Water With Minor Disruptions
There are two rooms in a Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette home or business that is most likely to experience a water damage: the bathroom and the kitchen. Coincidentally, both of these rooms usually have cabinets and the same issues when the house needs water cleanup services.
When SERVPRO techs handle water removal in homes or businesses, the goal is always to limit disruptions to the home and get the job completed promptly, including leaving structural elements in place such as vanities and cabinets.
Tracking the water damage path within your property is a crucial part of limiting the number of items that require removal during water damage cleanup services. SERVPRO technicians use a myriad of devices and techniques to locate and remove the water in a home. Upon removing the toe kick at the bottom of a cabinet or vanity, the techs can use their detection equipment to determine the moisture level present and if seepage into the subfloor under the cabinet has occurred.
Examples of Water Removal Techniques
- Use of attachments on equipment to get under cabinets when possible
- Drilling weep holes to drain walls that have wicked moisture
- Use of controlled demo when needed to stop the deterioration of an entire wall or ceiling
Content Inventory is Key!
It is no secret how damaging flames and smoke can be to your home or business. Smoke and soot clean up alone can be tedious and expensive. One area we find is often overlook when it comes to protecting a home or business, are the contents contained within.
Most insurance policies have contents coverage, in the event that they get damaged in a fire or water (sometimes both!) loss. However, policy holders are still required to submit a list of the items that were deemed unsalvageable in order to receive payment. We assess and do our very best while on the job site to take note of any item we determine must be thrown away. But sadly, not all items can be recognized. Especially if it's in the room where the fire started.
Taking pictures and an up to date home inventory, can help determine what times were stored in each room so nothing gets missed. If you are renting your home or office space, and have tenant's insurance, your inventory can be just as critical!
Set aside a few minutes every four months or so, to take pictures and make note of any new valuable items you may have acquired. Hopefully you will never need to use them, but if disaster does strike, they could keep you from losing out on content reimbursement.
We are here for you 24/7 if you have a fire or smoke disaster.