Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Mold Removal-Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?
As you can see in this photo the first indication that this is mold not mildew is its black or dark green coloring.
You’ve discovered mold growing in the closet of your Arcadia home and you think ‘this is no big deal I can do it myself’ but before you begin here are a few things you need to consider.
- Consider where the mold is growing. Mold likes warm moist areas of your home so if you see a little on a shower tile or grout odds are you have a ventilation issue and a little air flow and elbow grease is all you need. But if like in this scenario you’ve discovered mold in a typically dry place you may have and underlying issue such as a leaking pipe behind the wall.
- Look at the surface where the mold is growing. If the mold is on a nonporous surface such as type a solution of one-part bleach to one-part water should do the trick. But, if the mold is on a porous surface such as drywall, studs or cabinets the bleach and water mixture will be ineffective. You will only kill the surface mold while feeding the mold spores embedded in the surface. The mold will come back, and odds are the affected area will be larger.
If you have mold and have questions, let the professional of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville come out and assess the situation. Our team will come out and check out the issue, try to discover the source of the damage and give our opinion on your best course of action-all for free. If you would like to schedule your appointment, give us a call today at 336-224-2565.
Mold and Mildew Are Not The Same Thing
The words Mold and Mildew are often used interchangeably the realty is the are two different species within the fungi family. And thus, mold and mildew react differently to the environment and need to be cleaning up differently as well.
Mold is one of mother natures major decomposition sources. Mold consumes “dead” or decaying” organic materials such as a fallen tree or leaves as a food source. But unfortunately, mold cannot tell the difference between a dead tree and your drywall. Mold reproduces by releasing a very small seed into the environment called a spore. Theses spores use indoor or outdoor air currents to travel and colonize in other locations. Think of them as a dandelion seed floating along looking for a place to land. When this spore lands all it needs to begin to colonize is a water source and organic material. Mold will not only colonize on the surface of the organic material but penetrate beneath the surface quickly causing structural damage if left un treated. Thus, finding a removing mold in the early stages is very important to prevent wide spread damage to your property.
Mildew on the other hand is primarily a parasite meaning is lives off a living host such as plants. It can be found in your home in damp or moist locations but unlike mold mildew remains on the surface and can be wiped away easily.
How can you tell the difference between mold or mildew? Typically, active colonies of mold appear black or green while mildew looks grey or white. Also, if you pour bleach on the surface mildew will die and not come back while the surface mold may be killed but it will rapidly reappear because it permeates the material.
If you suspect you have an issue with mold give the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville a call at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment today.
Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Damage?
This mold was caused by a leaking water pipe.
While this question is quite simple the answer is not. Generally speaking, some homeowners’ policies do cover mold damage. But to get the answer you need to talk to your insurance agent for your coverage and deductibles. Something to keep in mind even if your policy covers mold is that there are some limits and exclusions. As an example, if your home or business has mold damage caused by a maintenance issue such as a long-standing water leak, the water and mold damage may not be covered. These cases will be reviewed, and a decision made on a case by case issue with your adjuster.
In addition, most homeowner’s policies have a cap or limit on the amount they will cover in regard to mold damage. That’s why it’s so important to take care of any water damage quickly. If you think your home or business has water or mold damage give us a call at 336-224-2565 and our team of highly trained technicians will schedule a time to inspect your property and report their findings. And, if damage is discovered, they will begin the clean up and restoration process.
Knowing who to trust with one of your biggest investments is critical so calling the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is a way to ensure you have trusted professionals on site to fix an damage promptly and professionally.
What Does Mold In Your Home Mean For Your Health?
When people think of issues that can cause health problems many might first think of high blood pressure or cholesterol but there might be something that you aren’t even aware of: Mold. Mold is in most homes at one time or another. We all have seen it on a shower curtain or drain. But mold can be a big problem. There are 1,000 of types of mold that can be found growing in the U.S. Illness due to mold exposure can cause a variety of health problems the most common of which is mold allergy. But, mold can also cause more serious health issues especially for those who have a compromised immune system. Mold can also cause a number of illness and symptoms such as infections, fatigue, aches, pains, numbness and tingling just to name a few.
As you can see there is a wide variety of symptoms of mold exposure. That’s why knowing who to call to check to see if your home has a mold issue is so important. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is your local trusted mold remediation specialist. With our no cost assessments and highly trained technicians we are your go to source for all your mold questions. If you suspect your home or business has a problem with mold give us a call at 336-224-2565 and schedule your appointment.
How to prevent mold growth in your Wallburg home
Bathrooms are vulnerable to mold growth.
Mold plays an important role in nature. Mold breaks down dead organic matter, including fallen leaves, and speeds up the decomposition process so nutrients can return to the soil as quickly as possible. But mold inside a home can be a formidable foe, triggering allergic reactions and increasing a person's risk of developing respiratory problems. Mold can even cause damage to a home by attaching itself to wood and breaking down that wood. Because the consequences of mold growth inside a home can be so dire, it's important that men and women take steps to prevent mold growth in their homes and apartments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that controlling moisture levels in a home or apartment is the key to controlling mold as well.
• Address spills quickly and properly. Many instances of mold infestations can be traced to leaks or spills that were not quickly or properly addressed. The EPA advises that wet or damp materials or areas should be dried within 24 to 48 hours to prevent the growth of mold. Make sure spills are thoroughly cleaned as opposed to a cursory cleanup of only the areas visible to the naked eye. Inspect nearby crevices when spills occur to ensure the area where the spill happened and all surrounding areas vulnerable to mold growth are dry. In addition, fix leaky plumbing fixtures immediately, hiring a professional if necessary.
•Inspect the ground surrounding your home. Factors outside a home can sometimes contribute to mold growth within a home. Make sure the ground outside your home slopes away from the foundation. If the ground slopes toward your home, rainwater or runoff from sprinkler systems may direct water into your home, creating conditions favorable to mold growth inside. Gutters and downspouts also should be inspected to ensure they are working optimally. If not, they can contribute to water damage on the roof that can ultimately lead to mold growth.
•Monitor indoor humidity. The EPA advises that homeowners keep indoor humidity below 60 percent relative humidity, which can be measured with humidity meters available at many hardware stores. Homeowners who can keep indoor humidity at levels 30 to 50 percent below relative humidity might be even more successful at keeping indoor mold growth at bay.
• Dry wet surfaces immediately. Surfaces can become wet even if a home has no leaky fixtures and no spills have occurred. For example, the surfaces of bathroom walls, ceilings and floors get wet when a home's inhabitants take hot baths or showers. That condensation is natural, but such surfaces are also susceptible to mold growth. Make sure to dry wet surfaces immediately, and keep exhaust fans on or windows open when bathing to decrease the likelihood of mold growth. Mold growth can be detrimental to human beings and their homes. But many mold infestations are easily prevented.
If you suspect your Wallburg home or business has a mold issue, contact the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville for your no cost assessment. Give us a call at 336-224-2565.
Mold: The Facts
Mold is most common in moisture-prone areas such as crawl spaces and basements as seen in this Lexington Basement.
When talking to some mold remidation specialists you may hear unfamiliar phrases such as microbial contamination; containment and establishing negative air environment. While all this are accurate phrases they can sound terrifying and confusing to someone who has never experienced a mold problem. The experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville are trained to walk homeowners and business owners through the process of mold removal in easy to understand phrases and answer any questions they may have. In this article we will discuss some mold facts to help you understand what mold is and how to best to prevent it’s spread.
Microbial contamination is a fancy way to say mold, mildew, bacteria and other microorganisms that have impacted our home in a negative fashion. Mold is one of the most common problems that property owners face. Mold can develop in as little at 24 to 48 hours and needs only two things to thrive; a food source such as drywall and moisture. That is why mold is such a common problem after a water leak.
Many people believe that bleach is an effective tool in mold removal. The truth is in a well-established colony the only thing bleach will do is kill the surface mold and feed the mold below the surface since bleach is made up of 90% water. The best way to eliminate mold from returning is to solve the moisture or water problem that caused the mold to grow in the first place and contact an expert in mold remediation.
That’s why SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville follows the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. If you think your property has a mold problem give us a call at 336-224-2565 and schedule your free assessment today.
What is that Smell?
A couple of days ago you noticed a little water in your basement. You cleaned up the water and went on with your day. But now you walk into your basement and are hit with a musty smell and you wonder where is that smell coming from? Did you know one of the easiest ways to determine if a home or business has a mold problem is by smell? The odors released by a microbial contamination problem is a musty or earthy smell. And mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours after water damage has occurred.
If you are experiencing a musty smell in your home or business it could be a sign of undetected water damage causing mold to growth. If you think your home or business might have an issue with mold contact the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Our certified mold experts will come to your home or businesses and we will examine your structure for any visible signs of mold. And in the event mold is found techs are ready to clean the affected area and get your home or business back to preloss conditions.
We care about your home, health and safety so let the experts at SERVPRO assist you in make your home or business loss “Like it never even happened.”
The Real Story About Mold
This mold on the ceiling was the result of a clogged ac unit.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment, including a home. But by controlling moisture in their homes or apartments, men and women can control indoor mold growth. One way to do just that is to prevent condensation in a home by adding insulation. In addition, clean building materials or furnishings that become wet as promptly as possible, and no more than 48 hours after the items have become wet. Those with compromised immune systems can be more affected. If you think your home or business has been affected by mold, having a trusted professional such as SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville as a resource is important. With our highly trained technicians and no cost assessments calling us at 336-224-2565 is the start of getting your home or business back to preloss conditions.
Facts About Mold
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that there is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment, including a home. But by controlling moisture in their homes or apartments, men and women can control indoor mold growth. One way to do just that is to prevent condensation in a home by adding insulation. In addition, clean building materials or furnishings that become wet as promptly as possible, and no more than 48 hours after the items have become wet. Mold produces allergens and irritants, and inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can trigger allergic responses such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, rashes on the skin, and even fever-like symptoms. If you or any of your family are experiencing these symptoms you may want to have your home inspected for possible mold damage.
Our professionally trained technicians are trained in mold remediation and will examine your home for any visible signs of mold and clean the affected areas safely. Give SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville a call at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment.
3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality
As winter wears on, it’s not uncommon for people living in cold weather climates to experience some cabin fever. Winter weather confines many people to their homes, making many antsy to get out once the first signs of spring begin to appear.
In addition to contributing to cabin fever, winter weather can have a negative impact on indoor air quality. While air pollution is something most often associated with densely populated cities, the air inside homes is not immune to pollution, especially during long winters when windows are often closed for months at a time. Though open windows in spring and summer can vastly improve indoor air quality, there are ways to ensure that air stays fresh and healthy regardless of which season it happens to be.
- Clean the floors.
Dirty floors are one of the chief contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can accumulate on floors, leading to poor air quality and potentially aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is a uniquely designed mechanical air filter that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. When you finish vacuuming, mop floors to gather any dust or allergens that escaped the vacuum. If simple vacuuming does not work the experts at SERVPRO are the leaders in carpet and upholstery care and cleaning.
- Control indoor air moisture.
Moist air is great for dust mites and mold, both of which are very bad for humans, so do everything you can to maintain healthy levels of indoor air moisture. Dehumidifiers can reduce indoor air moisture and control allergens, but it’s important to take additional steps as well. When bathing, try to keep a bathroom window open on a slight crack to prevent mold growth. When preparing meals in the kitchen, make use of your exhaust fan. In addition, don’t over water houseplants, as they can become breeding grounds for mold. If a musty smell continues even after all these steps call us at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment to determine if your property has a mold issue.
3. Resist synthetic fragrances.
A home that smells good tends to feel more pleasant, especially during winter months when windows are closed. But synthetic fragrances, such as those found in detergents and air fresheners, may be providing that welcoming scent at a heavy cost to a home’s inhabitants. Such fragrances may be emitting various chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air, affecting indoor air quality and possibly even human health. When buying laundry products, look for those that are fragrance-free, also choosing home cleaning products that do not include any artificial fragrances.
Indoor air quality tends to suffer in colder months, when windows are closed and doors are open only briefly. But homeowners can take a handful of simple yet effective steps to ensure the air in their homes is healthy all year long.
Call the Experts on Mold Remediation
There are many types of contamination that can affect your home or business. Some examples of these contaminates are bed bugs, insects, mice and more. But when people hear the word mold it can strike fear. The reality is mold is everywhere around us. The only thing mold needs to survive and proliferate is a water source. That’s why it is so important to know who to call to prevent additional damage from occurring. Something as simple as a slow drip from an aging spray attachment on the kitchen sink or a crack in the caulk in a shower can result in the interior of a wall or rarely opened cabinet becoming damp enough to harbor mold. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville trains its employees on the latest mold remediation.
SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville will begin tackling your mold problem first by isolating and eliminating the water source and drying the surrounding area. Then the mold will be contained by IICRC certified technicians (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) by using air filtration techniques that will protect your home and family from the mold spores. Personal property and home furnishings will be cleaned properly if possible.
Approach mold remediation the smart way with a call to SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville at 336-224-2565. Team up with us to make the frustration of musty smells and ugly strains "Like it never even happened.”
Homeowners in Clemmons call the Professionals when it comes to Mold in their Home
As they say in football ‘a good office is the best defense’. The same is true for home maintenance. If you suspect your home may have had a water loss, or you smell a musty smell call the experts in mold; SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Early detection and repairs are critical in making sure a minor issue doesn’t become a major loss.
The vast majority of mold damage situations that we face at SERVPRO involve poor maintenance. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville has access to trade partners that can address any issues you may have while we address the drying and/or mold removal.
If it is not possible to address a situation before it becomes a problem, our technicians have extensive experience in a variety of services to help return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
Make the call to SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville to obtain advice on how to deal with your current situation or to acquire the services you deserve to return your home to a safe, healthy condition. (336) 224-2565
What is Mold
With all the talk about mold in the news media many have questions about such a sensitive topic. What is mold or microbial contamination? Where does mold come from? If I have mold in my house is a health concern? How do I get rid of it? There are a lot of questions out there but fortunately knowing who to call if your Thomasville home or business experiences a mold problem is key. SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s highly trained technicians have the most advanced training when dealing with mold remediation
Mold or Microbial contamination refers to microorganisms which are too small to bee seen by the naked eye until the colonize on a surface. This contamination can come from various sources such as a broken water, pipe, outside flooding, or from a biohazardous/sewer loss. Other contamination could come from fecal matter from an animal infestation. Each types of these issues can require a variety of different techniques to remove the mold safely from your home as well as preventing cross contamination. Thus having an expert you know you can trust is critical in to getting your home to preloss conditions.
The technicians of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville have gone thru extensive training in all areas of mitigation and restoration and are required to continue to train regularly to ensure we are providing the best possible service.
If you think you have an issue with mold call our office at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment for your property. Remember, we are here to help.
Get The Facts About Mold In Your Wallburg Home
Mold can grow in many areas of a home. Though not always dangerous, mold can, in certain instances, cause serious illness. Experts estimate that there are tens of thousands of different types of mold in the world. A type of fungi, molds are single-celled or multicellular organisms without chlorophyll that reproduce by spores and live by absorbing nutrients from organic matter. Some of the common types of molds found indoors include cladosporium, alternaria, penicillium, and aspergillus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that molds can be a health hazard to some people. Some individuals are more sensitive to molds than others, and may experience anything from a mild allergic reaction to severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or other complications with their lungs. Mold spores travel very easily through the air and can also travel on people and pets. Coming in contact with mold in one location and then traveling to another can cause spores that hitched a ride to dislodge in the new area. People who may have never had mold problems at home before can find that mold quickly takes root if mold spores have been accidentally brought into a home. The only thing mold needs to survive is moisture, poorly ventilated air and warmth.
Mold's versatility to live in a variety of areas and feed on just about anything make it a formidable foe. But there are natural ways to tackle it. Mold thrives in moist conditions, so removing the source of moisture is the primary way to control mold growth. Invest in a dehumidifier if your home is plagued by moisture. Dehumidifiers are especially useful in basements and crawlspaces where moisture tends to be a problem. It's also good to avoid using bleach to address a mold problem. Although bleach is an excellent disinfectant, it is not always successful in killing mold spores. The most it may do is whiten areas where the mold is growing. Plus, bleach has its own strong aroma and can be noxious to breathe in at high doses. Instead of bleach, consider all-natural methods of controlling mold.
Before attempting to remove mold in your Wallburg home contact a professional to make sure it is safe and to help prevent contaminating your whole home. We offer no cost assessments of your home and business.
Control Mold when using HVAC in Thomasville
Stop mold before it becomes a problem in home heating and cooling systems, as air conditioners can spread mold around a home.
Exposure to mold in your Thomasville home can be hazardous, leading to any number of adverse health effects, including respiratory distress. Certain strains of mold may release mycotoxins, which can cause bleeding in the lungs and pneumonia.
Mold can grow in any dark and damp spot, which makes air conditioning units prime locations for mold proliferation. Mold spores can be circulated through a home via a central air conditioning system or window air conditioning unit. Mold spores in the air are very easy to inhale, especially for young children and elderly people.
Air conditioners also are susceptible to mold growth. Preventing mold from becoming a problem means being in tune to indicators that mold may be present, and then taking the necessary actions to eradicate that mold and preventing future growth.
Visible mold or a musty smell when operating the air conditioner are prime indicators of a problem. If you suspect mold has infiltrated your air conditioning system mold, consider these tips.
•Keep equipment clean. Routinely clean dirt and debris out of air conditioning ducts and equipment. Pay special attention to organic matter, such as dirt, that may come in from outdoors.
•Eliminate water sources. Standing water presents an ideal breeding ground for mold. If there is excess water present in or around the system, have your AC unit serviced.
•Change the filter. Many manufacturers recommend change an HVAC filters and window unit filters once every three months at a minimum. This can prevent mold growth and reduce allergens like dust and dirt that circulate through the air.
•Clean up the mold. Homeowners may be able to clean up a minor mold problem, but larger issues are best left to a professional. Exposure to mold can put a person and the entire household at risk, especially if mold spores are disrupted. Air conditioning repair companies and mold-removal specialists are better equipped to clean and contain mold. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of North Davidson County can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
If you clean a window unit, make sure that all components are completely dry before reassembling the parts. Damp conditions can lead to more mold.
Air conditioning can be a life-saver during the summer. But men and women must make sure mold doesn't become a problem while their AC systems are in use
Mold Damage Affecting Homes in Arcadia
Moisture in Your Arcadia Property Can Result in Mold Damage
SERVPRO Remediates Mold in Arcadia Homes Professionally
Taking a strong offensive approach to protecting your home from mold gives you an advantage over other homeowners. If caught early enough, mold damage does not become a problem. However, when the visual signs are not clear, or the infestation festers for longer periods of time, you end up with a severe problem.
Ignoring the signs of mold damage that develop in your Arcadia area home over time can lead to large-loss events and possible health issues affecting the occupants of your property. The main key to preventing mold from growing within your living space is control over the moisture sources you use on a daily basis.
The majority of mold damage situations that we face at SERVPRO involve poor maintenance of appliances and fixtures that are present throughout your home. Every plumbing fixture in your home needs repairs or replacement eventually. Toilets, faucets, shower heads and all of the plumbing they are attached to, can wear over time.
It is the homeowner's responsibility to keep an eye on constant moisture source areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and appliances that link to water like, washing machines, dishwashers and ice makers. When you are uncertain about whether you are developing a problem, contact a professional for help.
SERVPRO has access to trade partners that can go through your entire home, inspecting plumbing, fixtures and appliance connections to ensure proper operation and safety from leaks. You can rest assured that we have the ability to manage your situation correctly and present you with the services you deserve.
If it is not possible to address a situation before it becomes a problem, SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience in a variety of services to help return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
We can extract water from the affected area, provide proper drying and cleaning services to help return your home to normal, with limited interruption to your daily routine.
Make the call to SERVPRO of North Davidson County to obtain advice on how to deal with your current situation or to acquire the services you deserve to return your home to a safe, healthy condition. (336) 224-2565
Mold Damage Solutions For Lexington Homeowners
Lexington Mold Growth Needs Remediation from SERVPRO
Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for Safe Mold Removal and Remediation
You've noticed a stale, musty smell developing in your basement. Before you can to look into it, steady work issues cause you to forget. A few days later, you discover large patches of mold growth on the walls. You begin researching ways to combat this situation.
After a little research, you decide to contact a local company for professional assistance in handling the mold damage found in your Lexington home. Even if you had the time to do the repairs yourself, the process is quite involved, and all of the information you have read says that if you do it wrong, there is a high possibility of causing the infestation to spread even further.
Mold plays a significant role in our environment, assisting with the decomposition of decaying materials, such as broken branches and leaves from a tree. It is also beneficial in biotechnology and food science, producing various foods, beverages, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, and enzymes. However, when it comes to these fungi intruding on our living spaces, they are unsightly, destructive, and have the ability to cause health effects in specific individuals that most people would rather avoid.
To control mold growth within an indoor environment, SERVPRO technicians deploy a variety of services in an attempt to combat the spread of microscopic spores and remove the conditions that allow expanded growth on the interior of your home. In most cases, special handling and disposal methods are required for the remediation to be effective. We deploy a unique solution to each scenario. However, the general mold remediation process remains the same.
You place an initial call to SERVPRO for mold damage remediation or an inspection service. Our technicians arrive at your property and perform an inspection to determine if mold is present, and to what extent. Since mold needs a food source (cellulose) and moisture (a leak, high humidity level), we can use moisture sensors, thermal hygrometers, and infrared devices to detect pockets of moisture. A plan of action moves the remediation service forward, and recommendations are made to address the situation properly in a safe, efficient way.
The technicians use various containment methods to limit contamination to the smallest area possible, locate and repair the source of moisture, properly deploy (HEPA) air filtration equipment to capture any microspores freely floating inside of the contained area and use specific methods to dispose of mold-infested materials. Contaminated materials are wrapped and disposed of according to EPA, OSHA, and local regulations.
An IICRC certified SERVPRO cleaning technician handles the remaining contents and belongings found in the affected areas, paying specific attention to recover a high number of your personal items. While repair technicians put the finishing touches on any repairs that were necessary to return your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
Contact SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for quality mold remediation services. We are always 24/7 at the ready to serve our communities. (336) 224-2565