Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Big Bad Black Mold
There are many news reports coming out giving warnings about mold and all of the dangers that it can pose to our health. “Black mold” is the most dangerous type of mold, and can also be known as “toxic mold”. The reports that do come out seem to be very alarming and scary, but they also are a little bit confusing to some. It is better to understand mold a little better, before getting upset over news reports.
Black mold comes from a type of mold that comes from stachybotrys chartarum. This type of mold can cause some health issues, such as, allergies and other irritants. Though, many other types of mold can cause the same type of allergens and irritants, so it is important to get any mold tested by a professional to ensure it will be treated properly. You must treat any type of mold you come in contact with, with caution. It is best to stay out of any affected areas that you see mold, and to not touch the mold or disturb it in any way. Disturbing the mold can cause it to grow and spread to other areas.
If you suspect you have mold growth, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call!
The Mold & Remediation Process
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO’s Call Center. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Inspection & Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning Contents & Belongings
SERVPRO Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.
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.
SERVPRO Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 15, Iss 6
Dry Climate Does Not Deter Mold Damage
SERVPRO Technicians Look to Figure Out the Source of the Mold in Addition to the Remediation Process
The myth that mold cannot grow in a dry or cold climate is easy to debunk. With a list of 100,000 plus different strains of mold possibly causing problems, each has its own requirements to flourish, even in relatively arid or chilly conditions. SERVPRO mold remediation crews train in proven ways to abate any mold problem regardless of the conditions where the infestation happens.
You recently bought a multi-unit property near the University and hope to rent to students next semester. When painters started working on the upper floors, they reported mold damage and ceased painting until the building receives treatment. We are mold remediation specialists and use proven methods developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to abate the outbreak and limit further infestation, well positioned to help you with this issue.
The triplex has antiquated bathrooms and no exhaust fans. A previous owner rigged up showers without further remodeling, and the spray and steam left enough moisture to encourage mold growth on tile and painted surfaces. Attempts to eradicate the mold with bleach only lightened the staining, with the high water content of the bleach actually increasing the outbreak.
SERVPRO technicians contain the affected areas above the bathtub, with sheeting and remove the mold from the tile and wall. The roots of the mold extend through the grout and gypsum board, so a portion of the wall is removed as a precaution, and the moldy material is disposed of according to local regulations. We then use appropriate antimicrobial products that deactivate any mold spores remaining. Repair to the wall and tile follows.
Commercial mold remediation is incomplete until the SERVPRO locates the water source and arranges for its disappearance. This is tough to do in bathrooms, but until an exhaust fan is installed, we suggest the window must remain open during use of the bath. We recommend a more complete remodel before showers recommence in your rental units. Mold spores are everywhere, indoors and out, and another significant outbreak is possible if the moisture continues to be present.
Find competent and trustworthy mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO. Start planning for solutions to your mold issues today.
What Is That Musty Smell? Could It Be Mold?
You may not learn about the mold problem in your building until you hear complaints about the irritating musty odor. Some people think that the smell actually comes from tiny particles of mold in the air or from mold spores. Neither are true. Odors from molds are caused by mycotoxins, which are gases released during the digestive process of some molds.
What Is Mold?
Molds are fungi, just like mushrooms. Some scientists think the mycotoxin production from certain types of molds is actually an adaptation developed to protect the molds from animals and insects. Nobody is sure how many varieties of mold live on our planet because they are so abundant, living wherever oxygen and moisture are found. Since molds exist abundantly in our environment, it's just about impossible to keep them out. Here are a few ways the spores can enter a building:
• On pets and clothing
• Through windows and doors
• Via cooling, ventilation, and heating systems
The problem is when mold spores land in a hospitable environment, one with organic material, moisture, and oxygen. That is when the mold begins to grow and form colonies. As it grows, it consumes organic material as food, producing that familiar musty smell.
How Can You Prevent Mold?
The best way to prevent molds is to make sure you are not providing a welcome environment for their growth and development. You can manage your building's environment by reducing humidity with ventilation systems and dehumidifiers, fixing leaky areas from pipes or roofing, and proper remediation of water damage.
When you do follow that musty odor to the source and discover mold in your building, at least you can count on professional mold remediation specialists to clean up the problem. During the cleaning process, professionals use HEPA air filtration equipment and containment procedures to reduce further spread of mold spores inside your building. This cleanup process will prevent mycotoxin production, making the environment more hospitable to your human building occupants again.
Busting Mold Myths 101
Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your Russellville, Hamilton, or Fayette home.
Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources.
But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:
- A Clean Home is Mold-Free.
A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.
- Your home has no moldy odors.
It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.
Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.
A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.
Want to know more about mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette today - (205) 921-1449!
If You Suspect You May Have Mold Issues, Here Are Some Helpful Tips!
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of RHF for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly re-mediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Do You Have Mold In Your Kitchen?
From Assessment to Remediation, Our Trained Technicians Eliminate the Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold damage is a genuine risk for householders living in Alabama. Mold can eat into soft materials, cause structural damage, and even bring about health problems. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO at the first sign of fungal growth. Some signs to look out for include the telltale black spores, discolored patches, or a musty smell.
It is important to re-mediate mold damage as soon as possible. After all, your kitchen is where you prepare food for your family so of course, you do not want mold growing there. Our professional remediation process includes removing existing colonies, preventing them spreading further throughout your home, and drying out the damaged area.
Your SERVPRO visit begins with a thorough assessment of your kitchen. In some cases this includes removing baseboards or molding to examine the insides of the wall – mold, unfortunately, likes drywall, so a check of the internal wall cavity is often needed.
Our IICRC-certified technicians use moisture meters and thermal imaging to examine the wall and ensure we focus only on damp areas where mold might be growing. We also check for hidden leaks such as from damaged pipes or faulty appliances. Isolating and removing the source of dampness is key to thorough remediation and helps control growth in the future.
Unfortunately, in cases where mold has damaged drywall, it often needs to be replaced. Your technician can advise you on what restoration work is necessary, and safely remove any drywall that cannot be saved.
The next step is to use plastic sheeting to seal off the area and ensure spores cannot travel further into your home. Now we have a safe working area and can focus on removing mold and drying out your kitchen walls.
Our teams come equipped with brushes, powerful HEPA vacuums, and cleaning solutions to scrub, clean and wipe away visible colonies. We also bring in air scrubbers: These use HEPA filtration to remove particles and spores as tiny as 0.3 microns from the air and reduce contamination.
The final step is to dry your kitchen wall and cavity thoroughly. We bring in commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers and set them up in a carefully calculated configuration for effective drying of the area.
Do not let mold take hold in your kitchen. Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette at (205) 941-1449 today for assistance.