Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Drying your home after a water loss, and why is important.
Mold will happen so quick if your home is not properly dried.
The top things 3 things to remember when dealing with a water loss are:
- Know what kind of water loss it was: Clean water (CAT 1) = Pipe or rain water.
Gray water (CAT 2) = Toilet water, Kitchen sink pipe.
Black Water (CAT 3) = Sewer water.
CAT 2 and 3 are the most harmful to your family. The water is contaminated and will cause problems.
- Make sure you investigate all the damage.
- Establish proper air flow, and keep windows closed when drying.
Mold can grow so quick if the moister is not addressed right away. SERVPRO can help with drying out your home we have equipment that will dry you home quickly. If your home is experiencing this problem SERVPRO can fit it.
Signs to watch for MOLD in your home
The top 6 warning signs of Mold in your home are:
- Smelling a musty smell “Mold Odor”.
- Seeing Mold growth “Black and Green splatters”.
- Water Problems
- Bubbling paint/ wall paper
- Water stains
- Damp materials like “drywall, flooring, cabinets, and ceiling tiles”
- Water Leaks that are not addressed right way. Growth can happen so fast.
- Home has flooded in the past.
- If the home was not properly dried and cleaned. Growth with start right away.
- If your home has a moister around window, and under cabinets were your water pipes are. Mold loves moister!
We here at SERVPRO of Benton County work with cleaning and removing mold on a daily bias. If you need help with a Mold problem, let us help you. “We make it like it never happened.”
Mold: The pink stuff in the bottom of your shower is actually mold
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When you picture mold, most people immediately think of black mold, the scary stuff.
However, there are all kinds of mold, from bread mold that was used to make vaccinations, to black mold.
But did you know, that the pink stuff in the bottom of your shower is a form of mold? When water pools in an environment like the shower, it grows a pink mold called “Serratia Marcescens” which is a bacteria that feeds off soap scum.
It tends to grow on the floor of the shower, and in crevices like where grouting is.
Ways that you can clean it is easy, according to the cleaning company “The Maids”, the easiest way to kill it is by placing white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle, spraying it onto the mold, and letting it sit an hour before washing it off.
According to “The Maids”, vinegar kills up to 82% of species of mold, which can be useful in smaller jobs like light mold removal from a shower.
The 10 Things You Need to Know About Mold
If you see, or even suspect mold, contact the Professionals at SERVPRO today!!
Mold is everywhere – indoors, outdoors, and even on the evening news! There is a lot of concern over mold in our environment, and how it can impact us and our families. Here are the top 10 things the EPA feels everyone should know about mold:
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints
If you do see, or even suspect mold, in your home, do not hesitate to call your Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO today!
Is it Black Mold???
Ask for a professional mold inspection to correctly identify the mold in your home
Its what everyone fears, Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. 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 SERVPRO Mold Remediation Professional immediately.
If you see signs of mold, call us today at, 541-745-2097
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
- 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom
Prevention is key in keeping mold out of your bathroom
One of the most common places mold grows in our homes is in the bathroom. This room is usually damp, exposed to high-humidity, dark, and often neglected. Investing a small amount of time and money now, can help prevent a large amount of time and dollars down the road. Here are a few simple suggestions to help prevent mold growth in your home:
Choose Mildrew-Resistant paint After a nice hot shower, our bathroom walls absorb the lingering moisture, which can invite the growth of moisture. Selecting a paint that resists mildew will give your walls an extra level of protection.
Proper Ventilation Mildew loves moisture. To help eliminate excessive moisture, be sure to run your exhaust fan during your shower, and for about 30 minutes after. This helps ensure the walls and ceiling will dry properly.
Let the light shine A surprisingly simple step, that is easily overlooked, is to let in the light. Mildew loves darkness, so leaving the overhead light on, or better yet, allowing natural light to enter the room through a window will actually help keep that fungus at bay.
Mop up water Nip mildew in the bud by getting rid of excess water as soon as possible. Keep a squeegee near the shower to quickly take care of the shower walls, and mop up any puddle on the floor.
Keep it clean Simply taking the time to give your bathroom a good cleaning on a regular basis can help prevent mildew from gaining any ground in your bathroom. Spending 20 minutes a week to wipe down and disinfect can save you save you a lot of time and headaches down the road.
Prevention is the key when it comes to mold in your home. But if you do see or smell mold, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call today! Our Mold Remediation Specialists are ready to respond, and make it ‘’like it never even happened”.
Preventing Mold in Your Home
Mold. Most hear the word and think ‘YUCK!’. It’s easy to forget that mold can ever be a good thing! We use it to make some cheeses and even penicillin. It is one of nature’s beneficial decomposers. Mold can, and does, grow anywhere – as anyone in Oregon knows only too well! But, it’s easy to forget any of the good reasons for mold when we find it in our homes. Decomposing our carpets, or drywall, or floorboards…
To flip the old adage, a good defense against mold is a good offense. Its best to prevent mold growth before it becomes a problem. And the best offense is: moisture control. Easier said than done, here in Oregon, I know! Mold can be costly to fix, but relatively easy to prevent. Here are a few ways you can help curb indoor moisture issues, and the mold that thrives on it.
- Identify potential problem areas in your house. While you cannot ‘mold-proof’ your home, you can take measures to make it more ‘mold-resistant’. Inspect your home for problem areas: does your basement flood? Do you experience condensation on windows? Invest a little time and money now to address such issues.
- Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow – taking a moment to wipe up any standing/pooling water can prevent mold growth.
- Proper Ventilation. Every day household activities can encourage mold growth: cooking, showering, and doing laundry…making sure your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room are properly ventilated can help keep moisture down, and thus keep mold from taking root.
- Utilize ‘mold-resistant’ products in your home. Whether building a new home, or renovating an older home, consider using mold-resistant drywall or sheetrock in high-humidity rooms.
- Clean or repair gutters. A mold problem may be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking due to a clogged or damaged gutter. Cleaning your gutters regularly and having them inspected for damage can help prevent water from invading home.
These are just a few of the often simple measures you can take, as a homeowner, to help protect your property, and your family against the potentially harmful effects of mold in your home. If you do suspect or find mold in your home, call your Mold Remediation Specialists at SERVPRO.
Detecting Mold in your home
Learn more about what to look for in your home concerning mold
Quite often, constantly smelling a musty odor could be the one of the only mold signs that your home has. If you can smell mold there is likely mold under something or mold in something. If there is a funky smell that you cant seem to get to the bottom of, it may be mold lurking somewhere hard to reach. SERVPRO can help find the mold and get rid of it in a safe and healthy way.
Mold can often present itself in the form of allergies. If you feel better when you’re away from home, but notice your allergies tend to flare up whenever you’re at home that can mean that you have mold somewhere. Mold can cause health effects for most individuals. Mold can be behind walls, in the basement, under the carpet, in damp areas of the house, surrounding roof leaks or in an area that experiences high humidity. If you think you might have a mold problem in your home, give SERVPRO a call. We can find the source of the mold damage and locate any water damage or leaks that are causing the mold. We will repair the problem and have your home back to preloss condition in no time.
Why drying out your home is important
Commercial drying your home and why it is important.
The longer water and moist air remain in your home following a storm, the greater the likelihood of increased damage to the house and health risks to your family. Within 48 hours, mold, mildew and fungus can begin to grow, producing a lasting musty odor. In addition, water can warp and rot wood, disintegrate wallboard, ruin most types of insulation, compromise electrical wiring and more.
This is why SERVPRO can help you dry out your home after water damage to help you prevent mold. We have commercial drying machines that will dry out your home in no time.
Main areas we aim to dry ensure are dry are walls and flooring, especially carpet flooring. This is a place that mold will thrive.
Here are some helpful tips to handle moisture until we get there.
During the day, when the weather is dry – open all windows and doors to exchange damp interior air for drier outdoor air. Close them at night or when outdoor humidity rises.
Also, open closet doors and drawers. If drawers are hard to pull open because of swelling, remove the backs from cabinets to increase air circulation and allow access.