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A Mold Message!
The following information was adapted from SERVPRO's Corporate Website:
Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
Our highly trained staff is available to provide 24/7 emergency service, allowing us to be faster to any size disaster!
If you are need of mold remediation, call your local SERVPRO Franchise today!
In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. Philadelphia Area SERVPRO Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.
Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they 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.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
- Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Do you believe you are in need of mold remediation after reading this article? Call your local SERVPRO Franchise to take care of you today!
Important Mold Information!
In less than 48 hours, mold can cast itself over your property with a vengeance, especially if there is a water intrusion that is not seen by the naked eye.
Instances where mold can go unseen can be due in part by a roof leak or a leaking water line, both of which can condemn a portion of your property to deal with bold.
The issues with this, aside from obviously having mold ruin some part of your property, is that there are many health effects that stem from being in contact with mold spores and particles.
Although this information may be concerning, it is important to know that your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals possess the necessary training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety!
Call your local SERVPRO franchise today to handle all of your mold remediation needs!
Mold? What to do until help arrives:
First and foremost, it is important to understand that significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours; it is safe to say, the sooner you investigate and determine if you have mold or not, the better off you will be.
Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. A typical giveaway of a mold infestation is if you sense a strong, musty odor; these odors can be stemming from behind drywall or under carpeting.
Here are a few things you should do if you find mold and are waiting for help to arrive: stay out of affected areas, turn off the HVAC system and fans, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.
Here are a few things you should NOT do if you find mold are waiting for help to arrive: 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, and don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
For more information, please contact your local SERVPRO franchise so we can assist you in any way that we can!
Food for Thought — Mold Awareness!
Rainwater that collects in areas of your homes or businesses could lead to serious damage, especially if that water goes a long time without being taken care of properly.
Before you know it, mold infests the affected area and slowly begins to spread to the surrounding areas, given that humidity and dampness on the site is very apparent.
There are numerous forms of mold; as a matter of fact, there is over 100,000 kinds of fungi in existence!
As some of these types of fungi are beneficial to our lives and the ecosystem, growths of fungi in your dwellings or businesses will always be an unsettling discovery that needs to be excavated before further damage ensues.
SERVPRO is more than capable and willing to tackle any and all of your mold remediation needs; our experienced staff will help you solve your issues throughout the entire process.
From the moment you call in to your local SERVPRO, to the moment that one of our professionals walks through your property after the job is done for the last time, we got you covered — every step of the way!
Let us take care of your mold damages in order for you to get your property back in peak form! If you think your home or business is affected by mold, contact your local SERVPRO franchise today!
Mold Information: For Your Health!
Mold has been a huge suspect behind many of the calls we get throughout the year, as it is present in every environment. The reason behind this is the fact that mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present; this means that year-round, due to rain, humidity, snow, etc., your home/business is at risk of being affected by mold (if it hasn’t been affected already).
An important study, done by the Institute of Medicine, found that excessive dampness inside homes/businesses encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, which can lead to my health concerns.
If you see/have any of the following symptoms, it is possible that mold has already affected your home/business: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses. These cases vary, some being more threatening than others.
It is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor or medical professional if you are having these symptoms and are exposed to mold regularly.
SERVPRO tackles mold when you can’t, though — we would love nothing more than to free your homes or businesses from the mold within! Contact your local SERVPRO franchise so you can take the next step in preventing mold-related illness and infestations!
Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours and can quickly become a huge problem in your business or home. Whether it is caused by a leaky pipe, water intrusion, or a roof leak, mold will grow if things like this are not taken care of quickly. Mold not only can cause damage to your property but also can cause health effects. Luckily our SERVPRO crew has the tools, training, and equipment to handle any mold job.
What To Do If You Discover Mold:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system.
- Contact us for mold remediation services.
What NOT To Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Do not blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the make up of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent.
- Step 1: Emergency Contact to your local SERVPRO Franchise
- Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Step 3: Mold Containment
- Step 4: Air Filtration
- Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- Step 7: Restoration
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Mold Mitigation Services
Our franchise has been very busy the past few months with mold mitigation jobs. Buildings that suffer from excess moisture can be potential breeding grounds for mold to grow. If your building has experienced problems with ongoing moisture due to long-standing leaks, roof damage, water intrusion, or from poor humidity control, be sure to be alert to the following factors:
- Strong musty odors may be a sign that mold is present
- Excessive humidity in the building or outside
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might indicate previous mold growth
- Any visible mold
Mold removal and remediation can help fix these situations if mold was found in the building. Our crew will arrive on site ready to identify any visible signs of mold. Following the industry standards for mold remediation, they will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future mold growth.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
Best Ways to Remove Shower Mold
While mold growth in your shower or on your shower curtain doesn’t necessarily require a mold remediation crew it can be a hassle to remove. If you let it go on for too long without handling it though, it may require more extensive work by professionals. Mold growth in your shower is something homeowners can’t always avoid so it is best to know a few tricks to ensure a speedy removal.
One of the oldest tricks in the book is to spray the tile or grout where the mold is growing and scrub it with a toothbrush. While time consuming, this often gets the job done. If you are concerned about causing damage to the grout from continual scrubbing then try soaking cotton coils in bleach and press them in to the grout or tile. Let the coils soak overnight, remove and then rinse the area.
If you are not comfortable with using bleach, then try vinegar! Spray it on the grout and tiles, let it sit for a few hours and then scrub with a brush. Both methods have proven to be effective ways of keeping mold from growing in your shower for months.
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Detecting and Preventing Mold
Water and Mold
While seeing standing water on the floor is the most tell tale sign that there could be mold growing in your house, there are many less obvious signs that one may overlook, such as:
- An unexpected increase in your monthly water bill
- Corrosion on the plumbing fittings and valves
- Warped or damaged flooring and panels in under the sink cabinets
- Stains on the ceilings, floors or walls
- Peeling paint or wallpaper
- Musty odor
If you discover mold in your house, deal with it as quickly as possible. Clean up the water, if any, and try to locate the source. If mold is not dealt with quickly it can lead to health problems in the future.
How to Prevent Mold
- Plumbing: The water lines, shut off valves, and fittings for all appliances including toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines and even ice makers should be inspected every 6- 12 months. Checking consistently for leaks and cracks in these appliances is also a beneficial practice to start as well.
- Appliances: Your washing machine hoses should be replaced about every 5 years and the machines should be checked consistently to make sure it stays properly balanced. An unbalanced machine can cause the hose to pull away and leak. If possible, turn off the washing machine and dishwasher when you are not home, as this can also help prevent water from leaking unexpectedly.
- Roof and Gutters: Make sure to have your roof professionally inspected every three years to check for damage you may not be able to see from the ground, such as missing shingles. Gutters should be routinely cleaned and maintained so they do not overflow, creating a larger issue.
- Exterior Walls and Foundation: Be sure to inspect the outside of your house and seal any visible gaps. Roots from nearby shrubs can also cause a problem if they are allowing water to enter through the foundation of the house.
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Mold and Your Health
Most people do not realize how badly mold can affect your health both short term and long term. Everyone has different levels of sensitivity to mold and thus will have various reactions. Those who only have a mild sensitivity will mostly experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, coughing, wheezing, throat irritation and at times skin irritation. Next comes the people who suffer from a mold allergy. Their symptoms tend to be a little more serious and affect their lungs more often than not. Immunocompromised individuals or those with chronic lung illnesses may actually get a serious infection in their lungs if exposed to mold. Studies recently have linked early exposure of mold to the development of asthma in children.
Mold is a very serious entity and has been documented to cause serious health problems. It can grow inside, outside and can even enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and even air conditioning systems. Mold tends to grow in places with lots of moisture and humidity so be sure to check your house inside and out for leaks and/or cracks in which it could possibly grow. Protect yourself, friends and family from mold by taking the necessary precautions to make sure mold doesn’t start growing in your home or business today.
Content By: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
Prevent Mold from Invading Your Classroom This School Year!
Most schools are closed up during most of the summer, with no AC which is the perfect environment for mold to grow. The doors are locked, windows closed, and the rooms are shut, with no ventilation, it leaves the question of what to do to prevent mold when school is back in full swing. Mold thrives in an environment with moisture and can then lead to some serious health problems later on in the year if not taken care of. Here are some tips to help prevent mold growth so that everyone can enjoy the upcoming school year.
- If wet cleaning has to be done, be sure to do so when it isn’t raining. Also open all the windows and do not close up until everything is dry.
- If there are some concrete floors that are constantly wet, try to keep them as clean as possible. Mold grows in dirt and this can then cause a larger problem.
- Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours so if there are spills or leaks try to identify them quickly and clean them up right away. You can use wet vacuums, heaters or fans unless the problem is too big, then professionals should be called.
- Keep a close eye on closets that might be on outside walls as condensation can build up here more quickly. Try to keep them open as much as possible.
- Avoid clutter especially with paper and boxes as if these get moist, mold can and will grow very quickly.
These are just a few of the things you can do to try to reduce the chance of mold growth in your classroom or school building. It is always a good idea to have a baseline measurement of temperature and dew point to compare to in extreme humidity situations. Keeping your space clean and consistently clean is the most important step to take to prevent mold from growing in order to have a successful school year!
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All Mold is the Same, Right?
If you find mold in your house you may not know exactly what type it is. There are various different types of mold that are commonly found in houses. Some molds are worse than others and are more toxic than others so knowing the difference is critical.
- Acremonium: Toxigenic mold that evolves in appearance, from a small moist mold in to a fine powdery mold. It normally grows in humidifiers, drain pans, window sealants and cooling coils. This mold is very dangerous and can cause diseases of the bone marrow, immune system and other organs. It is a carcinogen and can lead to brain impairment.
- Alternaria: The most common form of allergenic mold in the whole world. It resembles the texture of velvet and has brown or deep green hairs. This mold tends to grow where there is dampness so typically in bathrooms and below leaking sinks. This is the type of mold most people see in their house after dealing with water damage. This mold can cause asthma like symptoms in the respiratory tract.
- Aspergillus: It can vary in color and is a very common household mold. The long flask-shaped pores can form thick layers of mold. It is an allergenic mold but can become more toxic depending on the environment and species of the mold. Certain strains can produce harmful carcinogens.
- Stachybotrys: Commonly known as “black mold”. This mold thrives in wet, dark areas that have high humidity levels. It is dark greenish or black in color with a slimy texture. Black mold produces mycotoxins that can be harmful to one’s health and should be taken care of as quickly as possible.
These are just a few types of the more common mold types one could find in the house. If you find mold in your home the best thing is to call a professional service, such as SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, in order to have it taken care of quickly and safely.
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Back-to-School & Unwelcome Surprises!
Is Your School Ready & Mold-Free?
runny nose and itchy eyes are just a few of the common symptoms associated with certain allergens. While these symptoms may not seem too serious, for allergy-sufferers, they can be a complete nuisance.
One particularly hard-to-tackle cause of allergies is practically unavoidable because it is every where.
That’s right! Mold actually consists of microscopic spores that thrive in our air space both indoors and out. This is why mold “removal” is an impossible task. Mold can, however, be managed and remediated if treated properly.
For example, as the fall season is rapidly approaching and schools across the Upper Bucks County are preparing for the upcoming year, some faculty returning early are surprised with a heavy musty smell upon opening the doors after a much-needed summer break. Unfortunately, many school buildings make the decision to cut the AC for the warm-weather months to help reduce costs but many do not consider the fact that mold reproduces even quicker in an environment filled with moisture.
Luckily for our local schools and those across the United States, SERPVRO has highly trained mold technicians prepared to tackle this kind of job. On several occasions, mold has been discovered in one or more areas of a classroom(s) and our teams have completed the job in just one weekend, so come Monday morning, it's "Like it never even happened."
Call us today @ 215-536-7989 for more information or for references on a job well-done at the aforementioned situation!
Look What the Cat Dragged In! Mold?
Mold is everywhere.
No, that is not an exaggeration. Spores of mold are microscopic entities floating in the air which can enter your home or business through a cracked window, open door, AC/heating system and possibly on your pet.
One good thing to keep in mind about mold, however, is that not all molds are dangerous and can be present without causing harm. Mold remediation is useful for those who are prone to allergies or when mold is discovered in a densely populated building such as a school.
There are, however, certain types of mold that must be removed immediately. Black mold, for instance, can be potentially harmful but it does emit an indistinguishable, fowl smell that can lead a professional right to its source!
It is important to begin remediation quickly. SERVPRO follows a strict process to effectively remove mold from an affected area.
- Mold Containment-the affected area is sealed shut as to not release spores
- Air Filtration-cleaning the air of spores
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials-some materials must be thrown away
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
- HEPA processes -used to remove mold/mold spores, clean and seal.
Check out our mold remediation section to learn more about the process and mold in general.