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Mold 101: How to Spot it and What to Do

8/30/2017 (Permalink)


Mold 101: How to Spot it and What to Do

No building is immune to mold growth. Any event that causes moisture to infiltrate the structure could very likely spur mold growth because the microscopic spores of mold are present throughout indoor and outdoor environments. A flood, broken pipe, roof leak, or prolonged exposure to moisture such as in a bathroom without good ventilation could create an environment where mildew and fungus can grow, reproduce, and inflict dry rot on the structure.

Unless a person notices a flood or leak, moisture buildup might go unseen until an abnormal smelly odor arises. The smelly odor comes from the metabolic function of the microorganisms that give off volatile organic compounds. Deodorization alone cannot solve the problem because it would only cover up the smell of mildew and mold growth. A restoration company, however, would use a deodorization process after remediation of the causes of problems like black mold and dry rot. When a smelly odor persists but mold growth cannot be seen, then mold growth behind a wall could be happening. Mold in a home could also occur inside heating and cooling ducts and vents or behind wallpaper.

Visible mold like black mold represents a clear warning sign of mold in the home. Black mold can appear as blotchy and expanding dark areas on drywall, studs, or under carpet. People need to take signs of fungus and smelly odors seriously. Calling a restoration company to do an inspection will inform the home or business owner of the severity of the problem. Technicians trained in mold removal, remediation, and deodorization will have special equipment that can test the microbial nature of the fungus or mildew to determine how to treat it. They will know how to assess both commercial mold damage and mold in homes.

After determining the species of fungus present, a restoration company will begin the mitigation of mold damage by first fixing the moisture problem. This can be as simple as cleaning up water from a flood or obvious leak that has already been fixed. In other cases, an investigation might reveal that poor drainage outside is causing water to seep into a basement or that ventilation needs to be installed. The remediation and structural experts at restoration company will address these needs.

Drying goes hand in hand with water cleanup. A mold removal contractor will have commercial-grade fans and dehumidifiers to dry up the infected areas and stop the spread of mildew and mold damage. Drying alone will not suffice to fix contaminated materials like carpet or drywall. The mitigation process will require removal and replacement, especially of wood that has experienced dry rot. Structural elements that cannot come out will be deeply cleaned and mitigation treatments will be applied to stop new problems. These efforts will achieve deodorization of the smell caused by commercial mold damage or mold in the home.

Mold removal professionals have the resources to begin mitigation efforts as soon as possible unlike a property owner who has many other daily responsibilities. Specialists from restoration companies have the skill set to identify residential or commercial mold damage, mold growth behind walls, and black mold. They have fungicidal products to kill the microorganisms causing mold damage. Their testing equipment will them to locate the reach of mold damage and allow for a remediation crew to remove infected materials.

The rapid cessation of mold growth behind walls or commercial mold damage is important because the days that go by without mold removal mean that the problem will spread. With the services of a restoration company, a homeowner or business person will gain the support necessary to find mold growth behind walls, dry rot, moisture penetration, and unpleasant odors that limit the usability of a space.
Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold.

Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Mold Remediation Strategies

The presence of mold in your home or business can have serious consequences on a number of fronts. Mold damage, left unchecked, can have serous consequences and can be costly.

With all of this in mind, you need to be aware of some basic factor when it comes to mold removal and remediation. This is true whether you are facing mold removal and remediation in a residential or commercial setting.

Mold Removal, Remediation, and Restoration Company

When it comes to a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company, there are some key considerations to bear in mind. First, a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company must have a team with specific experience in addressing mold in home or commercial mold damage, depending on your specific set of circumstances. You need to bear in mind that there are enterprises that focus on addressing mold in home or commercial mold damage, but not necessarily both types of situations.

Price considerations are also important when it comes to engaging a restoration company. In this regard, you do not necessarily want to go the cheapest route. By doing so, you may not access the best mitigation services. On the other hand, you do not need to overspend when it comes to engaging mitigation assistance. Rather, finding a reasonable priced mold in home or commercial mold damage mitigation service is the responsible course.

You also need to look at the team maintained by a restoration service. A restoration team's members need to be suitably trained as well as licensed, bonded, and insured.

Taking a Proactive Approach to Mold Damage

One factor that you need to consider is taking a proactive approach to mold damage. There are mold damage services that assist home and business owners in taking a proactive approach to dealing with mold. This includes assistance in preventing mold growth, including mold growth behind wall. These services that preempt mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, truly give meaning to the concept that an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Mold, Smelly Odor, and Deodorization

One of the many negative aspects associated with mold is an associated smelly odor and the need for deodorization. When seeking a mold mitigation specialist, it is important to determine how a company addresses mold, fungus, mildew and associated odor. The conversation needs to include a discussion of what a provider does to provide appropriate deodorization of a home of business. This necessitates a consideration of the chemicals and equipment potentially used in the deodorization process to address a smelly odor. In the end, you want a permanent solution to a smelly odor, and not something that is temporary.

Fungus and Mildew as Warning Signs

If you experience fungus or mildew in your home or business, these growths can be warning signs of something more serious in the offing, including black mold. When fungus or mildew is detected, a professional should be consulted. Although it might be theoretically possible to address fungus or mildew on one's own, that coursed of action may not provide a lasting solution. In addition, as noted, the presence of fungus or mold may be indicative of a more serious situation, including black mold or mold growth behind wall. At a business, these problems could be harbingers of more extensive commercial mold damage.

Dealing with Dry Rot

Left unaddressed, mold can lead to situations like dry rot. Dry rot can causes expensive, permanent damage to a structure. The prospect of dry rot underscores the need for prompt, professional assistance with a mold condition. However, it also underscores the need for a professional that is adept at addressing dry rot when it occurs.

The Unique Dangers of Black Mold

In exploring the possibility of mold growth, including mold growth behind wall, black mold may be discovered. Therefore, when black mold is discovered, immediate professional remediation is strongly recommended.
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Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Benefits Of Professional Mold Removal and Remediation

Are you looking for a residential or commercial mold damage professional? Need a reputable company that can help you with mold in home problem? When you find yourself dealing with a mold in home or commercial mold damage, you need to seek expert assistance right away.

Mold thrives wherever there is moisture and little ventilation: under floor covering, behind walls, in crawl spaces, attics, and basements. Mold can be present in dry wall, insulation, and ducts.

Removing mold or smelly odor can be an extremely complex task. If you are dealing with mold that covers a large surface area, or if you there is mold in the HVAC system in your home or business, it is imperative that you hire a mold removal company to address the situation. It’s advisable to hire a reliable company to ensure safe and effective removal of mold in home, fungus or mildew.

Mold removal comprises of identifying and resolving mold problems in a structure, such as a home or commercial building. To prevent the spread of mold and reestablish a healthy environment, it is crucial to isolate damaged areas, remove affected material, eliminate moisture sources and apply deodorization.

Mold Removal Process

Mold remediation entails mold clean up and removal by professionals to address the damage caused by mold. Using bleach and water to clean mold will not kill it.

The process of getting rid of mold involves removing the affected material and reconstructing the damaged area. Therefore mold elimination is best handled by a professional who has the training to handle hazardous material. Expert mold remediation includes:

. Assessment

A mitigation professional will come into your location to identify moldy areas and the source of the problem. The mold damage expert will then create a plan to remove mold, fungus, mildew and smelly odor.

. Containment

It is crucial to set up containment, so that other areas of the building are not contaminated. The source of the moisture issue is addressed and appropriate steps are taken to avoid spreading mold spores during the removal process.

. Removal

Personal belongings and building materials can be affected. Keep in mind, mold ingrains itself into materials, so it is advisable to get rid of all porous materials. The safest way to make sure that mold does not return is to dispose of all affected materials. Sealants can be applied to treated areas to make them more resistant to mold, and also to help with smelly odor. Nonporous materials may be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaning products. It is important to have air conditioning and heating systems professionally cleaned.

. Drying

Cleaned items must be thoroughly dried. Remember, excessive moisture is what started the problem. As a result, a reliable professional will likely utilize moisture management techniques to ensure your property doesn’t encounter future problems.

. Repair

After all contaminated materials are removed, the reconstruction process begins. Some mold mitigation companies or professionals also do repair and restoration work. Restoration can usually be more costly than the mitigation depending on factors such as the style of residential or commercial structure or building materials used.

. Testing

In some cases, testing is necessary in order to be sure there is no mold in home. Following remediation, professionals search for any indications of recurrent water damage, smelly odors or visible mold to make sure the cleanup, deodorization or restoration has been successful.

Considerations

If you require residential or commercial mold damage service, including deodorization, it is advisable to hire an experienced company to ensure that the job is done right. Mold remediation is best left for trained technicians.

Reputable mold damage restoration companies often provide free estimates for mildew, fungus and mold removal. Both residential mold damage experts and commercial mold damage technicians are available to handle your mold removal or remediation projects. Be sure to find out about their prices and guarantee on all mold damage or mitigation services provided, including mildew mitigation, fungus removal and deodorization. Visit http://www.SERVPROdanburyridgefield.com for more information on mold damage.

Are Odors Affecting Your Fairfield County Home?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield in Fairfield County, CT can address problematic smells in the home, but it’s important to understand that eliminating them goes beyond spraying a fresh scent. The difference between removing and masking scents can have a big impact on your home when the problem is more than a passing stink.

Odor removal and deodorization targets the source of the smell. Whether it’s from mold, leaks, or whatever might give off a smell around your home. This can be inside or outside, and there can be multiple spots and sources involved. This will often call for special training or equipment if the source is serious. A few home staples like vinegar and baking soda can help, but the more powerful and long-lasting the smell, the more likely you’ll need a professional to tackle the issue. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to eliminate odor.

Lingering stenches, as described above, are usually indicative of a bigger problem. Masking smells with air fresheners can mean missing a dangerous health risk to your home and family. Additionally, air fresheners can’t eliminate the smell. It might make an area smell nicer for a while, but unless the source is removed, air fresheners simply deposit a scent that won’t last. Overpowering the bad smell won’t clean any affected surfaces, either, so it’s better to address whatever is causing the issue.

Air fresheners offer a quick fix when you can’t identify the source of a smell, but they can end up mixing smells instead of eliminating the bad one. There’s usually more to a stench than the odor itself, so careful consideration of the problem can spare you a lot of unpleasant stinking. In short, if the odor is coming from a place like your garbage can or dirty laundry, air fresheners can offer a temporary improvement. However, when the problem is larger, older, or worse, seek out professional removal and deodorization to get rid of the smell for good. SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has numerous techniques to remove odors from your Fairfield County home or business. Contact our office today at (203)-791-0920 to speak with a member of our team who can assist you.

Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic?

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

In our experience, 95% of all mold problems in attics go completely unnoticed for a long time because most people seldom spend any time in their attic.

The attic mold might be discovered during a home inspection or by the homeowner who is not even selling their home but notices it one day after going into the attic for the first time in many months or even years.

That’s why it’s so important to be proactive. You have to check your attic for mold periodically, then fix the problem in the early stages when it’s far easier and lighter on your wallet. But the good news is that the type or color of the mold you have is pretty much irrelevant. Why? Because all visible mold regardless of the color, type, species etc should be approached in the same manner.

The approach is simple: if you see visible mold, it should be removed.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Ridgefield, CT

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Whether its your home or business that is contaminated with toxic mold, SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield has the equipment and expertise to handle both small mold remediation projects. The first step in the mold remediation process is having an industrial hygienist perform mold testing to determine the extent of contamination. Mold spores are microscopic in size, so the spores are invisible to the naked eye. Testing determines the concentration of mold spores in the areas which provides SERVPRO a plan for remediation. Utilizing H.E.P.A. filtered vacuums, air scrubbers and disinfectants our technicians clean all affected areas. Once all areas are cleaned testing is performed to verify that the air quality has returned to a normal environment. Contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield at (203)-791-0920 to setup an inspection.

Mold Tips & Facts

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. Although if you think you have mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield to discuss the plans of actions.

MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?

Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.

There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides. That means they kill life. (Bio = life + cide = kill.)


MYTH No. 2  
 'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.

"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that makes people sick, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic. 

Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.

On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.

MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can property remediate mold themselves?

Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.


Fact No. 1 :  
Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.

Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans. 

Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.

Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.

Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.

Helping Reduce Mold Contamination in your Ridgefield Home

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

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 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 Boise 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 Danbury/Ridgefield 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 remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (203) 791-0920

SERVPRO is trained in the latest procedures to handle mold

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally grow both indoors and outdoors. Controlling indoor moisture will control the growth of indoor mold. Mold can and will eat whatever it grows on. The water or moisture source must be corrected immediately. The longer mold remains on any surface, the more damage it can inflict. It can also cause structural damage. A few causes for the growth of mold can include leaks, damaged gutters, high humidity, improper ventilation, fire, water, and flooding. 
 
Any mold damage to Danbury, Connecticut  residential or commercial environments, would be devastating to our Fairfield County communities. If you think you have mold because you smell a musty odor or if you see just a small mold area, call SERVPRO immediately. 
 
Our mold remediation technicians are highly trained and IICRC certified. We are locally owned and operated. This means that as soon as you contact us, we can begin our remediation process. Remember, a faster response lessens additional mold damage and reduces additional remediation costs. 
 
We use the latest inspection techniques to locate and identify mold colonies in and around your home or business. Before we begin our remediation process, first the source of water or moisture must be found. If the source is not addressed, the mold may return. 

Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Danbury, CT Mold Remediation Danbury, CT

Mold Damage in Danbury is a very severe emergency that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. It also needs professional service to effectively get rid of the occurrence. Therefore, if you have mold, then you should get in touch with us at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield. We are available 24/7 for any emergencies.  It could take as little as 48 hours for the mold to spread throughout the property. Also, it takes a particular type of technique to clean the mold while preventing cross contamination. 
 
The staff here at SERVPRO of Danbury/Ridgefield have everything that is necessary to take care of every occurrence of mold. When left alone, mold could even cause health problems. Therefore, it is crucial to get in contact with us so that we can quickly find the mold damage and professionally remediate it.  We can provide effective mold remediation services because we have an understanding of mold and how it can cause many problems in the home. We have relationships with Industrial Hygeinists who can perform mold testing to determine the extent of contamination, and which strain of mold we are dealing with. 
 
Each mold remediation is unique and requires a different solution. We are equipped for many different types of mold infestations. If you have or suspect you might have a mold issues, then give us a call at (203)-791-0920.