Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Mold Q&A: Is Black Mold Toxic?
This black mold was growing on the back of a ceiling tile. Fortunately, black mold is not toxic!
The last thing a homeowner wants to hear is that they have black mold in their home. Especially in recent years, black mold has become known as a dangerous, if not deadly organism. But there’s a lot of misinformation about this kind of mold, and we hope to clear that up.
Is Black Mold Toxic?
Despite what you might have heard or read, black mold is not toxic. In fact, according to the CDC and other experts, no species of mold is toxic. While certain species can produce a byproduct known as mycotoxins, they are only produced in certain conditions and should not be regarded any more hazardous than other mold byproducts. In fact, black mold species are not the only kind to produce mycotoxins!
Black mold has unfairly received a lot of negative attention, but it should not be regarded as more dangerous than other mold species.
Remediating Mold Damage
Even though mold is not toxic, it can still pose a threat to your health or your home. That’s why we still recommend you have growth remediated as soon as possible. If you have mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East today at (828) 465-6504!
What is This Mold?
Most homeowners want us to identify the mold in their home, but it is impossible without taking it back to a lab!
Mold can be a major problem. Even if you do not suffer from allergies or have pre-existing respiratory conditions, over an extended period of time, mold growth can cause structural damage or even destroy your possessions. That’s why we still recommend you have it addressed, even if it does not seem like a major issue. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about mold, and there’s one we’d like to address.
What Kind of Mold Do I Have?
When a customer identifies a mold problem, one of the first things they ask us is to identify the kind of mold they have. There are two issues with the question.
First, while it is possible to identify a mold species, it is not something that can be done on the spot. Some characteristics are not exclusive to particular species, so it is impossible to identify the species based on appearance alone. Instead, samples will have to be taken and sent to a lab to be identified under a microscope. The cost and the extra steps are often more than what most property owners are willing to pay.
Second, the remediation process is the same regardless of the mold species, meaning the growth can be addressed even if you do not know what species you have growing in your space. Identifying the mold is an extra, unnecessary step.
Remediating Your Mold Growth
Simply knowing you have mold growth is an important first step in the mold remediation process. If you can know or suspect you have mold growth, we can quickly help you treat and stop it. Just call SERVPRO of Catawba County East today at (828) 465-6504!
Mold Q & A: Is Mold in My Home?
Mold spores are virtually everywhere, but in the case of the above photo, stagnant, humid area led to active growth!
The idea that mold might be in your home elicits fear in most homeowners. While the fear has been overhyped in recent years, there is some validity to these concerns as mold growth can cause structural damage and some health effects. But the question is whether or not you have mold in your home to begin with.
Is Mold in My Home?
The truth is one that nobody wants to hear: yes, mold is almost certainly in your home.
But the truth is that there is mold in almost every home and building around the world. However, they’re microscopic and spore counts generally low, so most people are none the wiser. In fact, that means it’s virtually impossible to “remove” mold from your home as opposed to performing mold remediation to stop and clean up active mold growth.
The only time that mold becomes an issue is when these dormant mold spores meet the right conditions and activate. That’s what leads to elevated spore counts and the unseemly growth you find in homes. Fortunately, mold growth can be prevented by controlling your home’s humidity levels and immediately drying water damage.
If you discover mold growth is occurring in your home, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East at 828-465-6504!
Mold Q & A: How Do I Prevent Mold Growth?
Water from a burst pipe sat in this home for weeks, which led to excessive mold growth. It's important to address water damage immediately!
Mold is generally unwelcome in homes and buildings, but that doesn’t stop it from growing once it’s in the right conditions. Fortunately, while mold spores are found virtually everywhere, it’s only when they activate that they become a problem. If you want to prevent mold growth in your home, you can do so with a few simple actions.
How Do I Prevent Mold Growth?
As we mentioned, mold spores are virtually everywhere, but they don’t grow and become a problem until certain conditions are present. So the only way to prevent mold growth is to ensure those conditions are not met. In general, mold needs 3 ingredients to begin growing: moisture, organic material, and warm temperatures.
- Moisture. When a home has water damage or high humidity levels, it presents a golden opportunity for mold to being growing and become an issue. It’s highly recommended that water damage is immediately addressed by a professional water mitigation company to ensure that moisture levels are acceptable and to treat hidden moisture, such as behind walls.
- Organic Material. Mold is a type of fungus that breaks down organic material for food. In fact, without this food, it will starve and die, which is why it does not grow on inorganic materials. If you do see mold growing on inorganic materials, it’s likely breaking consuming dust or other organic material on the object’s surface.
- Warm Temperatures. Theoretically, mold spores can grow in cool areas if it’s constantly fed moisture. But cool air does not hold moisture as well as warm air, which is why you are less likely to find growth in cool places, especially if there’s no other source of moisture.
In short, if you can prevent excess moisture in your home, you can mitigate the possibility of mold growth in your home!
3 Commonly Asked Questions About Mold
Mold might seem scary, but that feeling's often because of commonly shared misconceptions!
Mold growth is a common problem for properties, but there’s also a lot of conflicting information out there that leads to confusion. In fact, for every statement you see or hear about mold, there are at least 2 others that contradict it. It’s no wonder we often get calls from confused and concerned customers!
For this reason, it’s one of our missions to correct misinformation and allow property owners to make educated decisions to protect themselves and their assets. Today, we’re sharing the answers to 3 commonly asked questions about mold.
1. Can you kill all the mold in my home or business?
The short answer—no. Mold spores are virtually everywhere (indoors and outdoors) and are capable of surviving in harsh conditions. The only way you could escape mold is by moving into a sterilized bubble.
The good news, however, is that mold only causes an issue when it’s actively growing. When that happens, we remove affected areas and take steps to stop any other spores from growing.
2. Is black mold toxic?
One of the most common misconceptions is that black mold is toxic and dangerous. Fortunately, neither of those things are true. Black mold is simply that—mold that is black. There are many species of mold and some of them happen to be black.
Some mold species put off byproducts called mycotoxins, but they should be considered no more dangerous than any other species of mold, which are really only a concern around the elderly and people with asthma or immune system deficiencies.
3. There’s no leak or standing water, so why do I have mold?
Mold growth requires three key ingredients: organic material (food), moisture, and warm temperatures. If you have mold, then all three ingredients are present, including moisture. But sometimes the water source isn’t always visibly present.
When leaks or standing water aren’t visible, the three likely culprits are high humidity levels, condensation where cool and warm air meet, or hidden leaks.
Mold can seem scary and confusing, but the truth is often a lot simpler than what you’ve been told to believe. If you have additional questions or are looking for more in-depth information, signup to get our free ebooklet titled, “Is Mold Scary? An Honest Guide for Property Owners who are Concerned About Mold.”
3 Misconceptions About Mold--Debunked!
There are a lot of misconceptions about mold floating out there, but we're here to straighten out the truth!
A quick Google search on mold will reveal that there is a lot of false and conflicting information out there. This information often causes fear and misdirects homeowners into taking the wrong steps when dealing with their mold problems. Fortunately, we are mold experts who are here to clear up some of the most common misconceptions we run into.
1) Black mold is toxic and dangerous.
We often get calls from frantic customers who have found black mold in their home. Because black mold has been demonized by the media and the Internet for many years, it is often seen as life-threatening.
If you find black mold in your home, take a deep breath and relax. Black mold is simply that—mold that is black. Some variations can emit a type of toxin that can cause allergies in some people, but the CDC and other reputable organizations have declared that black mold should be treated with no more alarm than any other color of mold. In fact, this toxin is not exclusive to black mold.
2) Mold can be completely removed from a home.
Sometimes customers will ask us to “Get rid of all of the mold.” While we can certainly stop and remove active mold growth, the actual mold spores are literally everywhere. Because mold spores can remain dormant even in extremely uninhabitable environments, they are virtually impossible to eliminate from a home.
Fortunately, there’s nothing to worry about unless there is active growth! This can generally be avoided by keeping your home’s humidity low and drying any standing water.
3) I need to know what type of mold I have to get rid of it.
If you already see you have mold and an expert tells you that you still need to test it—run. Regardless of what species of mold you have growing in your home (there are thousands of different types), if you can see it, get rid of it.
We sometimes have customers request that we identify the exact species of mold they have, but unless they insist, we typically suggest that it’s not necessary. The standard remediation process is the same no matter what kind it is, so there’s no real need to know the species.
There’s a lot of mystery and ambiguity surrounding mold, but some misconceptions have created unnecessary fear that we hope to alleviate. If you do have mold growth, SERVPRO of Catawba County East to come and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Mold Damage Can Happen In The Attic During Winter Months In Newton
Mold proliferates during any season whenever conditions become beneficial, including the cold winter months.
Mold Damage During Winter Months
When mold grows, most people think it only happens during warmer months in Newton, around pools, bathrooms, and other areas that remain damp or wet for extended periods. However, mold proliferates during any season whenever conditions become beneficial, including the cold winter months.
Because many homes have unheated attics in Newton, mold damage often remains undetected until someone needs something from storage. Discovery of mold often happens while looking for holiday items or winter sporting equipment. Finding microbial activity should signal the need for a call to remediation specialists.
SERVPRO technicians, highly trained in this and other home restoration activities, can eliminate the damage and restore healthy microbial activity. We work quickly so your family's routines and schedules can remain undisturbed. We know every household has their schedules to keep and we always do our best to work within your needs. If there is ever any concern regarding how our services might affect your family, please discuss this with us.
Before we eliminate the overgrowth of mold from your attic space, we use moisture detecting equipment to determine where the moisture comes. Sometimes this reveals a leaking roof, while other times we discover that the problem is inadequate or improper venting. We work with families to eliminate the problem so that it does not recur in the future.
Because heat rises, even in an unheated attic, it is often sufficient to allow mold access to liquid water. If the attic remained extremely cold, the water would freeze, starving the microbial population. Moisture can also travel on the air from hot showers, dryers, and even kitchens, adding to the moisture. No matter the sources of moisture, we can detect them. If the problem is ongoing and not easily eliminated, we install dehumidifiers, so the situation remains under control more easily.
For any concerns about mold damage in your attic, or elsewhere in your home, call SERVPRO of Catawba County East. We offer 24-hour services, every day of the year. Our number, (828) 465-6504, is local and always answered.
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Mold Damage Remediation in Your Conover Home
SERVPRO finds the source of your mold damage and takes steps to remove it and prevent the mold from returning.
Steps to finding, cleaning, and preventing mold damage
A mold infestation can rightly be called ‘the silent disaster.' There is no sound to announce its presence like a crackling fire or flood water smacking against the side of a home. The restoration cost to a homeowner can be just as expensive, however.
Before mold damage to a Conover home can be removed or treated, we have to find its source. SERVPRO technicians use visual inspection and air mold content meters to trace the spores to their origin and determine the extent of the mold growth. We do this to discover not just how much mold is present but also to find the source of moisture which has allowed the spores to expand and grow.
Mold needs moisture, a food source, and a temperature between 68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit to grow. The simplest and quickest way for us to stop the mold is to remove the moisture. It does not have to be a significant amount; in a home several years ago, we found the spores began to spread from small leaks through a roof. The water dripped down an interior wall where it came into contact with spores over a utility room that held the owner’s washer and dryer.
In a situation like this, the first step is to stop further growth and clean the mold. We do this by using a waterproof caulk to seal the leak. Next, technicians remove infested sheetrock, ceiling tiles and other structural property for disposal. It is often cheaper to simply replace these items rather than spend time and resources attempting to clean them.
Now, our teams place dehumidifiers at the source to dry the area and bring down the moisture in the air (humidity). Once we have brought the numbers down far enough, the spores return to an inert state and are no longer a threat to the home or its residents. In this state, mold spores are easier to remove. Technicians can often use a commercial grade vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter which is designed to trap even a single mold spore off a surface.
A mold infestation is harder to find than the effects of fire or water damage. Removing the damage and restoring your home to its original state is usually easier though. SERVPRO of Catawba County East has both the experience and the training to help you put your home back together after a mold or any other disaster. If you suspect a problem, call today at (828) 465-6504.
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The Five Step Mold Damage Remediation Process in Newton
Spores can exponentially multiply from a small number to a very large one. Contain and remediate a mold infestation by contacting SERVPRO today.
Technicians at SERVPRO Follow the Latest Approved Mold Removal Techniques When Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Home
Mold can grow throughout a home and remain unseen for a long time. Individual spores are smaller than the tiniest seed, and even a growth of thousands of spores is no bigger than a pinhead. If there are food sources and moisture, mold can grow year-round in most houses, condos, and apartments.
SERVPRO uses our industry standard to clean and remove mold damage from Newton homes. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) has developed a five-step process that cleans and removes mold, changes the local environment that created the initial problem, and protects workers and residents while we return homes to a clean state.
The first step we take is to reduce exposure and spread. Our technicians build containment around the infested areas to prevent the accidental transfer of spores to clean rooms and hallways in the home.
Our next step is to write it all down. Our team leader records every action to include the type of mold found, location, and the test results in every room and hallway of the air and structural property for mold and moisture content. The numbers from the clean areas of the home are the baseline we use to determine when the infested parts of the house are clean.
Now, we begin controlling the level of contamination. To reduce the mold in the air as we start to clean, team members set up negative air machines at the points of contamination. These machines draw out spores, dust, and other particulates from the air. We use special, HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single spore from out of the air.
Step four is removing the contamination. By combining the negative air machines with flexible hoses and exhaust fans, we can blow captured mold spores directly out of a home. Spores that have settled onto furniture or other surfaces we clean using vacuums with HEPA filters or wipe them down with dry or wet cloths. After each round of cleaning, we wait for mold to settle and then repeat until test results meet the baseline.
The last step is to lower the moisture to a normal level. Mold spores become inert and harmless when the surrounding air is too dry. As we finish removal, other technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to the normal, baseline level in the clean areas of the home.
Restoring any home to a level clean enough for occupation is never a quick procedure. SERVPRO of Catawba County East ensures our result is a place that looks like it did before we arrived. If you wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (828) 465-6504 today.
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Mold In Your Conover Basement
Since it gets no sunlight and very little ventilation, it is often humid, therefore creating the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Mold In Your Basement
One room in your home where mold is most often seen is your basement. There are several sources of moisture found in this room, and any water problem in the basement takes a long time to dry out. Since it gets no sunlight and very little ventilation, it is often humid, therefore creating the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Even worse, once mold begins growing down here in your Conover home, it likely goes unnoticed for a long time if you do not spend much time in your basement. Basements do not always get cleaned, so the dirt and dust also help mold to grow and create additional mold damage. The discovery of mold is not a happy event, but SERVPRO can help you to clean it up and get rid of the moisture problems that created it. They have the training and special tools to thoroughly do the job right and make your basement safe again.
There are materials in your basement, such as wood, drywall, and insulation which mold loves to grow on. High humidity plus colder temperatures make much condensation. The condensation collects on cold concrete floors, metal pipes, and on walls.
A significant cause of mold in the basement can also come from flooding. If your home is flooded in any way, water can run down into the basement and stay there long after other rooms have been dried. There are dangerous molds, such as toxic black mold, which can grow after a flood. They need materials to be quite soaked for several days to start growing.Pipes that are leaking in your basement or rooms nearby also lead to mold growth in your basement. Water in the ground can find its way into the basement through cracks in the wall.
After the water evaporates in the basement, it raises the level of humidity. Then, the humidity stays high due to lack of ventilation and sunlight. Certain mold can start growing in your basement from this high humidity.
One of the biggest signs of mold in your basement and you needing to call SERVPRO for help is the smell. Odors build up and are quite noticeable in your basement because of stagnant air. Do not ignore a moldy or musty smell, as this probably means you have a mold problem.
Instead, contact us at SERVPRO of Catawba County East of so that we can find the mold problem and take care of it for you. Mold can cause adverse health effects, and you should not leave it unattended. We can be easily reached by dialing (828) 465-6504, so do not hesitate to let us know of a mold problem right away.
Three Reasons We Use Dehumidifiers to Repair Mold Damage in Newton Homes
Mold infests your property especially when there is a hidden leak. Call SERVPRO to investigate the source and remediate.
Mold Can Spread Quickly in the Right Conditions
It is a familiar story. Homeowners spot creeping mold in their properties, and they spend months trying to banish it with household chemicals. They are, inevitably, unsuccessful, because rampant mold is a product of an underlying problem. The thing to remember is that mold is all around us. It is an organic substance, and it lives anywhere people do.
It is relatively harmless and poses no threat until it finds fertile enough conditions for multiplication. The conditions needed are lots of moisture and warmth, which is why residential leaks often lead to mold outbreaks. Fortunately, our team knows how to handle mold damage in Newton homes.
At SERVPRO, we use a system of dehumidification and humidity control to very successfully neutralize the spread of mold spores. Keep reading to find out why.
Dehumidifiers Dry the Air
When the problem is not standing water (large amounts of visible liquid) the fastest way to dry materials is to draw the vapor out from the air. It is an important part of mold remediation because it is this moisture which feeds the spores. Once it is gone, they cannot spread and go back to being harmless. Dehumidifiers are highly efficient and completely non-toxic.
Dehumidifiers Improve the Air
Damp conditions make rooms feel uncomfortable. When the air is thick with water, and humidity levels are high, it changes the way your skin and lungs react. Many people find it hard to sleep because the air is clammy. If left to spread, the musty odor of mold is another frustration. Dehumidifiers extract the vapor and capture odor causing particles.
Dehumidifiers Protect Materials
When used carefully (in a controlled environment) dehumidifiers are the best way to safeguard furniture and other organic materials from the mold. The spores eat away at things like wood and paper. Given enough time, they disintegrate structural components. So, applying dehumidifiers protects organic substances and prevents them from becoming moldy.
If you need help tackling the mold damage in your home, our technicians can carry out fast, effective repairs. SERVPRO of Catawba County East is a local service, and we cater to residents in the Newton area. Call us 24/7 at (828) 465-6504.
Mold Damage Newton from Moisture
Keep Out the Mold in Your Newton Home By Keeping Out the Moisture
Call SERVPRO for Successful Mold Remediation
To grow, mold needs two things: Moisture and a Food Source. Homes do not have a high enough level of moisture normally for mold to expand. Only areas that have been flooded by the Clark or Hildebran Creeks rising or have a leak that goes undiscovered for an extended period develop a high enough level for mold spores to expand and seek out a food source such as drywall and other building material.
The best way to stop mold damage in your Newton home is to prevent it in the first place. After decades in the restoration business, SERVPRO has a set of recommendations that you can do to prevent or at the least, alleviate the effects:
- If you have a water spill or find a leak inside your home, clean it up immediately. Make sure the area is dry to the touch with 24 to 48 hours.
- Keep the humidity in your home as low as possible; between 30 to 50% if you can. A dehumidifier that covers 1000 square feet can be purchased for less than $100 and a humidity tester can be purchased for as little as $10 to $50.
- If you see moisture or condensation collecting on the walls, dry the surface and try to find the source of the water and eliminate it. Or call SERVPRO.
- If there is a leak in your roof, fix it as soon as you can afford it.
- Check the crawlspace under your home and make certain it is dry. If there is excessive moisture, then it may need to be sealed off from the house. This is a technically difficult task that your local SERVPRO franchise can execute. It would also help to slope the ground around the foundation away from the house.
If the flooding water is too much for you to remove or if it returns, call us immediately at (828) 465-6504. SERVPRO of Catawba County East has a team ready 24 hours, seven days a week to restore your home from a mold infestation or any fire or water disaster. We're here to help.
Manage Mold Damage
SERVPRO Cleans HVAC Systems to Mitigate Mold Growth in Claremont
SERVPRO's Expertise is the Answer for Mold Remediation
Most homes use ductwork to deliver heat and cooling to keep temperatures comfortable throughout the structure. Unfortunately, undesirable particles can also hitch a ride in your heating and cooling ducts including the microscopic spores from a mold outbreak anywhere within your house. If you have mold damage because of a roof leak or burst pipe know that your HVAC system may be spreading the problem to other areas of your home, a complicated problem that we at SERVPRO are uniquely positioned to solve.
Remediating mold damage in Claremont is not a do it yourself proposition. The tiny spores multiply at an alarming rate when water feeds the infestation. Misguided attempts by a homeowner to patch up water damage and clean up the mold actually can cause the fungi to populate even larger areas of your home. When a forced air highway like your ductwork becomes a pathway, mold can crop up all over your house, even in rooms far from the initial moisture that encouraged the growth. Mold in a cooling and heating system should be handled by our experts who have up to date Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) training in finding and remediating mold colonies.
Professional technicians from SERVPRO are trained in all aspects of mold removal and can formulate a plan that is efficient and comprehensive to make your home dry, clean and healthy again. The threat of mold can never be completely eliminated as its particles are everywhere. Our staff knows how to attack a mold infestation where it feeds and then how to plan for limiting its potential for growth in the future. When ducts are affected it is critical that proper containment procedures are followed, including adequate air filtration as the mold is removed and a diligent effort to prevent moisture from entering your house again which could start the mold cycle anew.
Mold can grow on any surface including metal making it a real problem if it establishes a stronghold within a heating and cooling system. We have the inspection, cleaning and filtration equipment and the training and experience to handle mold growth on structural and mechanical elements of your home.
Replace the fear and despair you feel when mold multiplies in your HVAC system with confidence in a speedy and professional solution by calling SERVPRO of Catawba County East (628) 465-6504. Compassionate and highly qualified technicians are available to consult and respond with affordable and competent mold damage remediation fast.
Mold Damage Newton-Homeowners Need Remediation
Mold Growth Should Be Dealt With Quickly--Tip from SERVPRO
SERVPRO Can Safely Remediate Mold Damage in Your Newton Property
Your Newton home mold damage must be remediated wherever and whenever it turns up. Mold spores, start the beginning of all of the growth that can happen to your home. Mold Spores are everywhere in nature. They can be blown into the house by an air stream or can come in when water gets inside, such as from a flood and it can also get in carried by a pet, or even a person's clothing. It can attach itself to anything that it is exposed to it and can also get behind walls, below floors and above ceilings where production into large mold colonies can occur.
As you may know, the reasons behind the need for the rapid removal of these living organisms are health related. Many people are allergic to allergens and mycotoxins which are produced by molds. Some people just experience discomfort and tiredness, other (most of the population) are not affected by the presence of mold growth. Molds can cause health effects.
A restoration company should be insured and bonded professionals, trained in the specific methods and processes to remediate, it is not possible to totally eradicate, the mold infestation from your house. They begin with an inspection. Since molds get everywhere, it can be difficult to inspect visually everywhere it may be. They employ a host of specialized testing equipment, so nothing is missed. With experienced technicians using them, this state of the art gear helps discover mold and even the moisture that is needed for them to grow. SERVPRO has vast experience, training through IICRC standards, expertise, and equipment to resolve mold infestation issues.
Since an entire house can be infested within 48-72 hours, you can see how critical urgency can be in this regard. After finding the location of the mold, a system of physical barriers and negative air pressure is established around it. Barriers prevent the mold spores from circulating elsewhere. Therefore, the rest of the house remains uncontaminated as we work on one space at a time. This safeguards your home as much as possible. This is the preferred process for this dangerous element.
The technicians wear protective clothing as well as HEPA breathing gear to prevent inhaling this material and do the removal protocol quickly and thoroughly. The cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces, within this containment space, take place with green technology cleaners and sanitizing agents.
In some instances, building materials, such as drywall, wood, some furniture and even clothing may not be cleanable. This is because the mold has gotten into the fiber and might not be able to be removed, completely. These items, these construction elements, may have to be removed from the structure and disposed of in specially permitted locations throughout the area.
When you have the telltale signs of a Newton mold infestation, meaning an earthy, musty smell, stains on ceilings or bathroom walls and tile, give SERVPRO of Catawba County East a call 24/7 at (828) 465-6504!
The Basics of Preventing Mold Damage in Claremont
Mold Has NO Place on Bread or Your Home
Suggests from SERVPRO to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Claremont Property
After a minor flood or water leak affects your Claremont home, moisture accumulates in spaces typically not exposed to water, and without fast remediation, mold spores begin to develop colonies that eventually cause mold damage. Mold may cause health effects to humans and pets, and cause structural damage to cellulose building materials. Mold can grow in several areas of a home, but there are things homeowners can do to try to alleviate the problem.
One: Wall Cavities--After a flood, water could remain in wall cavities and voids for months and years. Without ventilation, mold begins to grow in the dark and warm environment. Only a professional mold remediation team like SERVPRO can find this mold with specialized instruments and equipment.
Two: Drywall--Sheetrock in homes is a porous building material that quickly absorbs water. Usually, the lower several feet of drywall has to be removed and trashed for proper mold remediation.
Three: Paper--Paper documents and books absorb water quickly to create an environment where mold grows. Most water damaged paper is impossible to save unless it is quickly removed from a water source and allowed to air out.
Four: Carpet-- Our professional water damage remediation team from SERVPRO, who are all IICRC-certified, can often save carpet by using water extraction machines, lifting the items from flooring to dry underlying surfaces and using air movers to reduce moisture. If a flood covered the carpeting for an extended amount of time, then the carpet is discarded.
Five: Ductwork--Ductwork provides ventilation for buildings, and invading moisture requires fast removal to avoid contaminating an entire structure. It is also vital to reduce the humidity in a building to avoid mold growth. Explicit training is needed to eliminate adequately mold proliferation from ductwork.
There are several steps that one of our mold remediation professionals can explain to you to prevent dangerous mold infestations on a building’s surfaces. Mold spores are always present in a home, but it is possible to control the conditions inside a home to avoid mold growth.
Prepare for potential disasters by taking a look at your property in Claremont to understand the areas prone to having water leaks. Store possessions off the floor or ground to avoid damage in the event of a flood. Inspect water pipes in basements and bathrooms for leaks. Verify that a home has adequate ventilation, including areas such as attics and bathrooms where high humidity is prevalent. Make sure water heaters or air conditioners are draining properly to restrict moisture buildup leading to mold growth.
If high humidity appears to be a problem in your Claremont home, then invest in a moisture meter to monitor levels. Several portable dehumidifiers may also aid in maintaining an optimal level of humidity in your home of between 30 and 60 percent.
SERVPRO hopes that these suggestions and tips allow your Claremont home to be free of a serious mold infestation. If you sense a mold issue, call us to assess and inspect your property, and a determination if mold remediation is necessary can be made. We are part of this community and wish to help our neighbors.
Locally Owned, with National Resources
We live and work in Claremont too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Catawba County East is close by to Maiden, Sherrils Ford, and Denver and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. Call us for help. (828) 465-6504