Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Remediation vs. Removal
Mold is a tiny but mighty adversary when it comes to your home or office. Visible growth can look like a solid covering, but it’s actually a colony of microscopic spores that cling together. These microscopic spores exist naturally in almost every environment. This makes “removal” almost completely impossible. Claims to “remove” mold in its entirety or a guarantee to eliminate all mold are misleading. As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO of South Mobile County understands that mold is a natural entity in our environment. We have undergone extensive IICRC training in the proper methods to remediate mold in your home or office. The goal of any qualified restoration company should be to restore the mold levels to their natural levels. Our goal is to develop a treatment plan customized to your situation and return your home or office to a healthy environment. If you are concerned about mold, contact us at 251-653-9127 to schedule an inspection today.
More Common Than You Think
Mold is that dirty little four-letter word that can strike fear into the heart of any property owner. Whether it’s a residential property or a commercial structure, it is important that mold be remediated properly to prevent adverse effects to residents, tenants, employees and customers who live, work and play within those buildings. Although it is a situation that must be tended to promptly, it is not as scary and isolated as you may think. Mold is a natural occurrence in our environment and exists almost everywhere. It is relatively harmless unless the natural balance is unsettled allowing for uncontrolled growth. So how can you prevent it? The first step in prevention is understanding the “perfect environment” that would allow mold to flourish. To grow, mold only needs three main ingredients: food, moisture and optimum temperatures. Mold “feeds” on any organic substance, especially porous surfaces such as textiles. When combined with moisture and temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees, the conditions are perfect for an explosion of mold colonies. Knowledge is your best defense; however, you can’t always prevent mold growth. If you find that you have an issue with mold, contact SERVPRO of South Mobile County at 251-653-9127 to schedule an inspection.
No Need to Panic
No Need to Panic (Mold)
If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, it can inspire a feeling of panic and dread. You have heard horror stories, from a friend of a friend of a friend about the health repercussions that mold can cause. You immediately recall the news stories about “killer mold”. As a certified mold remediation specialist, SERVPRO of South Mobile County is here to help allay some of your fears. First, we want you to realize that mold is a natural entity that exists in virtually all environments. The problem arises when conditions arise, such as excessive moisture, that allow for exponential growth. This is when you want to call in an IICRC certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of South Mobile County to help you treat the issue. However, there is no reason to panic. If left uncheck, mold can cause extensive damage to your home, but it’s not as frightening as you may think. Certain types of mold can even be our friend. Just think of penicillin and your favorite blue cheese. Mold is a natural element in our world, but it must be kept in check. We will help remediate mold issues and restore the natural balance within your home. Call us today at 251-633-7500 if you think you may have a mold issue.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home (Mold)
Nobody wants to hear that they have a mold issue in their home. Unfortunately, the circumstances that cause mold growth can be unavoidable. Mold likes to lurk in hidden space, such as wall cavities, behind appliances or baseboards. Often a hidden link an be the source of the mold issue. You may not even realize you have a problem until you call in the experts. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our IICRC certified team members have extensive experience in dealing with mold remediation. Our warm humid environment encourages rapid growth and a small problem can become a large issue very quickly. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to minimize the possibility of mold growth in your home.
- Perform an audit on your home and check for areas that hold moisture or collect condensations. Visit your local home improvement store to find a wide range of products that can help protect those areas.
- If you experience a water damage, make sure to have wet areas dried completely by a professional restoration service as quickly as possible.
- Install proper ventilation, especially bathroom areas, to prevent mold growth.
- Monitor indoor humidity.
If you are concerned about mold in your home, call SERVPRO of South Mobile County today at 251-653-9127 today to schedule an inspection.
Mold likes to lurk in hidden spaces. Often, you may have no idea that you have a mold issue until you start to experience some of the nasty side effects including a bad odor or health problems. Mold can wreak havoc on compromised immune systems, but it can also cause breathing difficulties and respiratory issues in perfectly healthy individuals. One of the biggest problems with mold is how the structure allows it to spread very rapidly throughout your home. When the spores become airborne, they are easily moved about by air flow and set up new colonies wherever they land. One space that is often overlooked by homeowners is their HVAC system. Even those who change their filters routinely often forget that the ducts should be cleaned regularly as well. The ductwork can harbor moisture, which may lead to mold growth. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County we recommend that you have your ducts cleaned and inspected at least once a year to keep your unit running in optimal condition and to keep your home mold free.
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek
Mold growth in your home can bring with it a wide array of problems and should be remediated as quickly as possible by a certified professional. But what happens when you suspect their might be a problem but you can’t locate the culprit. Often homeowners will begin to think there may be mold in their home due to increased allergy, asthma issues, or just a distinctive “musty” smell. The problem is that mold is a sneaky adversary and often sneaks in to hidden spaces. Most often it is found hiding out behind appliances, under cabinets, in the walls, behind baseboards and in crawl spaces, just to name a few. At SERVPRO of South Mobile County our team members have the training and experience to effectively locate Mold, wherever it may be hiding. If you suspect you may have a mold issue in your home, contact us at 251-653-9127 to schedule an inspection.
Where Can Mold Hide in Your Home?
Vacant Rental with Mold
Mold can occur anywhere in a home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom, crawl spaces (Common in Mid Town Mobile, AL) and in basements. Mold can cause respiratory problems and should be removed if found as soon as possible. Most restoration companies only do mold inspections if the mold is visible, an industrial hygienist would come in and search for traces of mold that are not visible.
One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.
Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.
Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.
What to do if you Find Mold?
Mold can be anywhere
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold. Dead mold spores can be just as harmful as live spores. Bleach and other cleaners will not get rid of mold, but may actually help the mold spread. 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 South Mobile County 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.
· Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Mold and Textile
In the past, textiles affected by mold or sewage were often labeled as unsalvageable and simply tossed away. Now, thanks to the advanced technology of the Esporta Washing System,this is no longer the case. The Esporta offers a one of a kind clean by utilizing a four-quadrant system and specially formulated cleaning solvents. This innovative process allows us to remove 99.9999 percent of contaminants, which is equivalent to food grade quality. Historically washing machines used a system of agitation and standard cleaning solutions to beat items against each other and “grind” out the contaminants. The Esporta has a unique system of chambers that hold the contents securely while water and cleaning solutions are pushed through the chamber, flushing out the contaminants. This allows us to clean a wider variety of items, from leather goods to porcelain dolls. The Esporta also uses a unique blend of solutions that are adjusted for each item based on the contaminant, the level of contamination, and the type of item being cleaned. Benefits include minimized claims costs, reduced claim turnaround time and increased customer satisfaction. This revolutionary system is exclusive to the restoration industry and SERVPRO of South Mobile County is proud to be the only provider along the Gulf Coast.
Despite the myths perpetuated by the media in recent years, it is impossible to tell what types of mold are dangerous simply by looking at the color. The so called “killer black mold” that made headlines for its dangerous health affects was Stachybotrys. While it is black, there are many varieties of mold that have the same color but generally cause minimal health concerns. Mold has been around for millions of years and there is almost always a small amount of mold on the air and on many surfaces. All mold has the same biological structure, consisting of millions of tiny spores that bind together to create colonies. These spores are what give each variant of mold its unique coloring. Colors can range from black and brown to green, orange and yellow. When disturbed, the colonies release spores into the air, which can lead to health issues if inhaled. Those with allergies, asthma, chronic lung illnesses or compromised immune systems are most susceptible to the effects mold growth. In those healthy individuals with normal immune systems, the effects are much milder. More severe health effects attributed to what became known as killer black mold have not been proven according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). All mold should be treated immediately as the long-term ramifications can be much more detrimental than short term exposure. Mold growth should always be remediated by a trained, certified professional to properly treat the problem and avoid further spreading of the issue. Here at SERVPRO of South Mobile County, our technicians have been trained and certified in Mold Remediation and we follow IICRC and OCEA standards to ensure that your home is safe, healthy and mold free.
Why We Don't Test For Mold?
Most people think a company that remediates mold would also do the testing of mold? Here at SERVPRO of South Mobile, we do not, and this is why:
Given we are a Cleaning and Remediation Company, we have determined being a certified Industrial Hygienist (IH) is veering too far from our profession. Mold remediation and mold testing require different sets of training, certifications, and professional equipment. For remediation purposes, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers a course called Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. In this course, technicians learn how to properly remediate mold, not test for it. For testing purposes, you must have a 4 year bachelor’s degree in the particular field as well as specific IH courses. We are trained professionals in remediating your mold concerns and that is where we focus our expertise.
In addition, a company that does both testing and remediation of mold could potentially be perceived to be skewing test results and protocols to serve their own needs (i.e. - to provide their own “passing” remediation status or inflate a remediation protocol to increase the cost of the job). To avoid this, we not only have another company do the testing, but we also have the customer call in the IH rather than bringing them in ourselves as a subcontractor of our services. This ensures that the IH is working for the customer’s best interest. At SERVPRO of South Mobile, we make sure our customers can be fully confident they are receiving the most ethical and trustworthy service.
So what do you do if you find Mold?
If you believe that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of South Mobile to evaluate your site and assess the source and extent of the issue. We will provide you with a written assessment of our findings and recommendations of next steps. If the mold issue is severe enough, your next step may be to contact an Industrial Hygienist. The IH will test the area for mold and create a remediation protocol and report with their findings. Adhering to the protocol from the IH, we will properly remediate the site to ensure a passing post-test and return your home or business to a preloss condition.
Mold In My Summer Rental Rental
Did you unlock your front door of your summer rental and smell a musty odor?
Every year home owners from all over come back to their Dauphin Island or Mobile Bay rental unit, and find the horrible smell of mold and mildew has taken over their awesome condos and vacation homes.
One quick tip to help avoid arriving to the unwelcome smell of musky mold and mildew is to use the Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers. If you have the luxury of being able to check in on your unit during the off season, then the air conditioning and dehumidifiers can really help you keep your unit dry.
If you do not have the ability to monitor your vacation home everyday in the off season, call SERVPRO a few days to a week before you plan on opening the unit back up. We can fix your mold issues and have you enjoying your property in no time! 343-0534