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Seven Ways To Prevent Mold
It's impossible to create a mold-proof home because mold is all around us. Most of the time, we live peacefully with mold spores all around us. But, if the spores find a damp environment with organic matter to feed on, they can quickly grow into a mold colony. Then, it's only a matter of time before the mold begins to spread. Once that happens, it can be challenging to eradicate.
Mold serves an essential purpose in the environment. It helps break down organic material like leaves and dead plants. They also help create useful things like cheese and penicillin. At the same time, mold can cause serious health issues for people.
You cannot mold-proof your home, and SERVPRO would rather help you prevent mold from invading than wait until there is a mold problem to intervene. There are some easy steps you can take to make your home mold-resistant to avoid the hassle and cost of mold remediation. Here are ten easy ways to create a mold-resistant home.
Seven Ways To Prevent Mold
Prevent Mold and Mildew in the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most vulnerable rooms in your home because of all the moisture and humidity. Make sure you have a functioning exhaust fan to remove moisture more quickly and circulate the air.
Mildew and mold can grow easily on fabrics. Spread out damp towels after you use them to help them dry more quickly. Wipe down or squeegee the shower after each use. Also, choose shower curtains that dry quickly and clean easily so that soap residue doesn't build up. Soap scum can foster mold growth.
Ventilation is vital for your home. New homes are more energy-efficient, preventing air leakage, which saves money but can allow moisture to build up inside your home. Routine activities like cooking dinner, showering, and doing laundry can encourage mold to grow in your house.
Make sure your kitchen, laundry room, and other high-moisture areas are well ventilated. Add vents to the outside (not the attic) to appliances like clothes dryers and stoves. Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers to control the moisture levels in your house, especially in humid climates.
Open doors between rooms and move furniture away from the walls to increase circulation around your home. Open your windows on beautiful days with low humidity to let in the fresh air.
Keep Mold Off Your Houseplants
Plants are beautiful and improve the air quality in your home, but the moist soil around the houseplants are the perfect breeding ground for mold colonies. Don't get rid of your beautiful plants! Add a little Taheebo tea to the water when you water them. Taheebo tree oil is resistant to fungi, even in the humid, damp rainforests, and it helps prevent mold from growing in the plant soil. Taheebo tea is readily available in most natural food stores.
Monitor Moisture Levels
It is easy to monitor moisture levels in your home with a hygrometer. The EPA recommends keeping the humidity levels in your home between 30 and 60 percent.
You can also look for telltale signs that there is too much moisture in your home. Condensation on your windows, pipes, and walls is one of the most obvious symptoms of high moisture levels. Dry the surfaces immediately and turn off any humidifiers. Consider putting a dehumidifier in moisture-prone rooms.
Use a Properly Sized Air Conditioner
Make sure your air conditioning unit is the right size for the home and the climate. A central air conditioning unit might cool your home faster, but it won't remove the right amount of moisture from the air. If you live in a climate with high humidity, consider adding a dehumidifier to the central air conditioning system.
You can also raise the temperature in your home so the moisture doesn't build up and cause condensation.
It is also essential to have your air conditioner cleaned and ducts and regularly maintained, including the unit drip pans and drainage lines. Water collects in these dark areas, creating a perfect environment for mold to thrive.
Ventilate Crawl Spaces
Crawl spaces and basements are cool, damp, and dark--the ideal environment for mold colonies to grow. Make sure crawl spaces have the right amount of ventilation and lay down heavy-duty plastic sheeting over dirt to keep moisture from seeping up from the ground.
Clean and Maintain Your Gutters and Roof
One of the easiest ways to prevent rainwater from seeping into your home is to keep your gutters and roof cleaned and maintained. Make sure the gutters and downspouts aren't blocked with leaves and debris. The downspouts should move rainwater at least five feet away from the foundation of your house. This will help keep your basement and crawl spaces dry.
It is important to clean mold properly and as quickly as possible to prevent it from spreading to other areas of your home.
How To Clean Mold and Mildew From Fabrics
It is essential to carefully take the fabric or upholstery outside if possible to prevent mold spores from spreading throughout your home. Once outside, brush as much of the mildew off as possible with a rag or gentle brush. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to protect your skin and lungs.
Wash the fabric in chlorine bleach and hot water to kill the mildew. If that is not possible, soak the cloth in oxygen bleach and hot water for about 30 minutes, then wash as directed. It is also helpful to allow the fabric to dry in the sunlight.
Vacuum any upholstery that you cannot take outside, then immediately replace the vacuum bag or take the canister outside and clean it thoroughly to remove the mold spores. Mix 1 part ammonia and 1 part cold water and use a clean, white cloth to sponge the mold stains. Blot the stain until all of the solution is absorbed. Repeat the process until the stain is gone, then clean the area with cold water to remove the ammonia. Make sure the upholstery dries completely with a fan, hairdryer (set on cool), or dehumidifier.
How To Clean Mold From Wood
Cleaning small amounts of mold or mildew from wood surfaces is not as difficult as you might think. However, it is important to clean the area thoroughly to prevent it from spreading elsewhere around your home.
Create a solution of equal parts vinegar, soap, and warm water. Use a clean, soft rag to wipe away the mold or mildew. Make sure to scrub between cracks or joints as much as possible. Rinse the area with clean water and dry the wood thoroughly. Use a fan or dehumidifier to make sure there is enough ventilation in the area.
It is important to clean mold with the right methods and equipment to prevent the spores from spreading to other areas of your home. It's easy to clean small amounts of mold growing on hard surfaces with commercial mold and mildew removers. It is crucial to address the cause of the mold.
Because mold spores travel by air, SERVPRO technicians use technology like negative air chambers and HEPA air filters with "air scrubbers" to prevent the mold spores from spreading while they clean and disinfect the area. SERVPRO uses the following process to remediate mold:
- Inspection and assessment: SERVPRO agents inspect your home for mold using a variety of technologies to detect unhealthy mold levels and hidden areas of moisture.
- Containment: Depending on the extent of the mold contamination, SERVPRO agents will use things like negative air chambers to keep mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. They usually turn off the heat and AC to keep mold spores from spreading through the air ducts.
- Filtration: SERVPRO uses specialized air filtration equipment to clean spores out of the air. HEPA vacuums and "air scrubbers" help bring the mold spores down to normal levels.
- Removing mold and damaged materials: Technicians remove all the mold-infested things like drywall, carpeting, insulation, and other materials from your home. Then, they use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to kill any remaining mold and prevent new mold colonies from growing.
- Cleaning your belongings: SERVPRO is committed to restoring as much as possible to its original condition, including your belongings like furniture, clothing, curtains, and decorative items. They use a variety of chemicals and cleaning techniques to sanitize everything and remove the moldy smell.
- Restoration: The job isn't complete until the SERVPRO technicians make all the necessary repairs to return your home to its original condition.
If you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Technicians are available 24/7, and they are trained to handle all kinds of mold issues.
Could You Have Mold Damage in Your Home? What To Look For and What To Do
When water has come in to your home, caused by any number of things – from what may seem like a small problem with persistent moisture from a slow leak or excessive condensation to broken pipes, toilet overflows, appliance failure such as the washer, dishwasher, or water heater, roof leaks, or flood waters from a natural disaster— mold can begin growing in as little as 48-72 hours.
How do you know if you have a mold problem? What do you do if mold is found? Are there precautions one should take? Read on as we answer your mold questions.
Mold: What is it?
Mold is a naturally occurring organism that is found anywhere there is oxygen. It is a type of fungus and thrives in moist environments. In nature, molds play an important role in helping break down organic material like leaves, fallen trees, and the like. How many different species of mold there are is actually unknown, but experts estimate there are between tens of thousands to more than three hundred thousand. Cladosporium, penicillium, alternaria, and aspergillus are the most commonly found mold species in indoor mold situations.
Mold reproduces by releasing spores. Mold spores are microscopic particles, unable to bee seen without a microscope. Many types of mold spores are easily blown around, travelling through the air, settling and stirring with the wind. Other types are “sticky” and find their way by contact, sticking to a surface and transferring off somewhere else.
Spores can withstand extreme drought, extreme heat, and cold; they can survive in the spore state for years. These mold spores come into our homes through windows and doors, heating or air conditioning systems, and even traveling in on your clothing, shoes, or pets’ fur.
Like pollen and dust, when these spores are still “dry”, they for the most part they get vacuumed up or washed away when you clean house (make no mistake,they are still present, however in small, natural amounts.). They become problematic when they meet moisture indoors for an extended period of time.
Mold thrives in moist conditions and will begin growing when it comes in contact with moisture, and when in your home, it will begin “digesting” whatever it is that is wet that it has landed on – drywall, carpet, wood, even fabric.
What to do – and not do if you suspect mold damage
When you have water damage, if it hasn’t been dried out quickly and thoroughly by a professional, or if the source of the water hasn’t been found and repaired, it is very likely that you will develop mold, and subsequent mold damage.
Mold can cause damage to your property and pose potential health risks if not taken care of thoroughly and professionally. SERVPRO of Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow offers mold remediation services, and has professionals on staff with the proper training and equipment to safely and effectively handle mold issues. Until a mold remediation expert arrives, some safety precautions should be taken. Here are some basic “do’s and don’ts” for suspected mold issues:
- DO be aware of “smells” after a water damage event. Any “musty” “old” “like dirt” or “like rot.” smells can mean mold is present.
- DO keep the humidity inside your home at about 45% for your comfort (too dry can be uncomfortable) and inhibiting mold growth (too wet, over 50%, makes conditions ideal for mold growth.)
- DO keep clear of the mold affected area. Depending on the severity, it may be wise to stay somewhere else until remediation is complete – especially if you have children, elderly, immune compromised, or folks with respiratory trouble.
- DO shut down your air conditioner, heater, and any ventilation fans.
- DO close the space off from the rest of your dwelling, if at all possible.
- DO call SERVPRO of Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow as soon as you suspect a problem.
- DON’T attempt to dry out an area affected by mold on your own.
- DON’T disturb the mold affected area or move any furniture/items that are in the area.
- DON’T attempt to clean the mold affected area yourself.
If you think you have a potential mold problem in your home, call the experts right away. SERVPRO of Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow have experts at the ready to help with any of your mold remediation needs.
Mold Remediation FAQs: What Homeowners Should Know
For most of us, our homes represent safe, healthy, and happy places. But you might not even realize that your house could easily be taken over by mold. If you've experienced water damage or have excessive moisture in parts of your home, it's possible that you may have a mold problem you don't even know about. If you do, it's essential to take care of this problem as quickly and as effectively as possible. In today's post, we'll discuss the solution -- mold remediation -- and answer some of the most common questions homeowners may have.
Where and How Does Mold Grow?
Let's start out with some mold basics. Mold can be found virtually everywhere, both inside and outside. Most of the time, mold is invisible, airborne, and relatively harmless. But when it makes its way into your home and starts to grow, that's when you can have a real problem.
Mold can grow on virtually any surface and can derive nutrients from both organic and synthetic products. It's typically aided by moisture or water, though some types of mold need more than others. For example, if you live in a humid climate, have a leaky roof, or have experienced basement flooding, this will make a mold infestation much more likely. It takes only 48 hours for mold to set in -- and the longer the environment remains wet, the more likely your home and belongings are to be damaged or permanently destroyed. That's why it's so important to take action early on; the longer you wait, the more the mold will multiply and the worse the damage will become.
How Can I Recognize Mold Growth?
One of the most recognizable signs of mold is the characteristically musty smell it has. If you associate basements with a musty odor, mold may actually be the reason why. It's also likely to grow in attics, within carpets, in crawlspaces and closets, and behind walls. It's possible, however, that you could have mold growth without ever detecting this distinctive odor. Mold also reveals itself visually and usually leaves visible stains on ceilings, walls, or even on furniture. It can usually be recognized as some type of discoloration; growths that are black, white, brown, tan, green, or even purple are often identified as mold. If you know your home is prone to flooding or you've experienced abnormally humid weather, you might want to keep your eyes peeled (and your nose sharp) for signs of mold.
What is Mold Remediation?
Now, let's talk a bit more about mold remediation. Remediation entails the removal and/or the clean-up of mold from an environment, such as a home or a place of business. There actually is a slight difference between remediation and removal, however. Some companies like to promise consumers that they can remove 100% of the mold from their homes. But mold exists everywhere, so this really isn't an accurate statement at all. Remediation actually refers to bringing mold inside a building back to normal, acceptable, and safe levels. If a company uses the term "remediation," it's usually a pretty good indication that they understand the science behind this process and are experts in their field.
What's Involved in the Mold Remediation Process?
Every company has their own remediation process, but generally speaking, there are some specific steps that are followed in most cases. Remediation specialists will inspect and assess the extent of the mold and the damage it has caused. Then, they will contain the mold, filtrate the air, remove the mold and mold damage, and clean the materials left behind. Depending on the circumstances, this process can take anywhere from a single day to a little less than a week.
Is It Possible to DIY Mold Removal?
Although DIY mold removal is technically possible, it's really not recommended. When you make disturbances to mold, it actually causes the spores to spread and can actually make the problem worse. Unless you have the proper equipment and training to perform mold remediation, it's not a good idea to try doing this yourself. To ensure this process is done correctly the first time, you'll want to enlist the help of professionals.
Think you're dealing with a mold infestation? We're here to help. For more information, please contact our team today.
Why You Need to Let Professionals Remove the Mold in Your Commercial Building
Do you operate a business in Nashville and suspect that you have a serious mold problem that needs to be professionally handled?
If so, you should consider contacting SERVPRO, which will give you everything you need to get the job done properly.
With that said, continue reading on below to learn why it is always best to turn to professionals for help when you’re facing a mold problem in your business.
Top 5 Reasons to Enlist the Services of a Commercial Mold Restoration Professional
Though it’s possible to perform a mold removal and remediation project in your commercial building yourself, you’ll have to do a lot of research beforehand.
Plus, the entire project will take a considerable amount of your time to complete if you’re not used to doing it.
Mold restoration professionals already have the knowledge and skills required to get the job done correctly the first time. In addition to this, they have the correct equipment for every job. Therefore, they will take a short time to get rid of all the mold in your commercial space.
If mold removal and remediation isn’t your core business, it is best to leave the job to the professionals and focus on what your business specializes in.
Remember, the amount of time available for you to get things done cannot be increased. So you need to spend your time attending to things that require your utmost attention.
If you don’t know the right removal procedures, you may end up spending lots of money on remedies that don’t achieve the intended results. Hiring commercial restoration professionals to get rid of the mold in your commercial space can save you time as well as money.
These professionals will take the guesswork out of your mold restoration job and ensure you get the desired results the first time.
Plus, most mold restoration businesses usually charge competitive prices for their services, so you don’t have to worry about getting ripped off.
Prevent Spread of Mold
Mold is ubiquitous, meaning mold growth can occur anywhere, provided that conditions are favorable.
When you hire a professional commercial restoration company, they will not just remove the visible mold growths in your commercial space – trust that they will identify the source of the mold spores that freely roam through the air.
They will also trace the source of the moisture that encourages mold to grow. This way, you will be able to reduce the potential for further mold growth in your commercial building.
Get Informed About Mold Growth and Damage
Mold remediation professionals don’t just remove the mold in your commercial space – they also strive to understand the cause of the mold problem and the extent of damage it causes.
After getting rid of all the mold in your commercial building, they will educate you on how to stop mold from growing and even suggest what you may need to do to avoid a recurrence of the problem.
If your commercial space is hot and humid because of insufficient air flow, they may recommend that you get a proper size air conditioning system or improve ventilation. This will ensure efficient circulation of cool and dry air to discourage mold growth.
Protect the Value of Your Commercial Property
Mold can cause costly damage to any building if it goes unnoticed for a long time. This is particularly true for mold that grows in often-hidden areas of buildings such as wall insulation, underside of carpets, ceiling penetrations, air conditioning ductwork, and so on.
When you hire a professional to provide commercial restoration service, they will carry out a thorough inspection of your commercial building so they can spot all the mold no matter how hidden it may be.
This is essential to preventing costly mold damage and maintaining the value of your commercial property.
Get Mold Remediation Services from SERVPRO
Often, you’ll find some businesses shy away from seeking the services of commercial restoration specialists because they think they can save money by doing the job in-house.
While this may be true, they risk facing spread of mold to other areas of their commercial space due to shoddy mold removal.
Commercial Restoration: How to Spot Mold Problems in Your Commercial Space
Like in other places across the U.S., running a successful business in Nashville isn’t an easy thing.
You need to plan everything properly but also stay on top of things that may throw a wrench in your plans.
Unfortunately, there are some things that you may not see coming – like water intrusion or damp spots that may create the perfect environment for black mold to grow and thrive.
Thankfully, there are many commercial water restoration professionals out there that can help you deal with the problem the right way.
But before approaching these professionals for help, you should be able to determine if you have a mold problem in your commercial premises.
Top 5 Signs Your Commercial Building May Be Mold-Infested
Mold infestation manifests itself in many different ways, but it is particularly common in damp areas of a building. Here are a few warning signs indicating that you may require restoration service in your commercial building.
Water leaks are one of the major reasons why mold attacks occur in many commercial buildings. These leaks can arise from faulty water pipes, faucets and plumbing fixtures, as well as damaged roofs.
Water leaks that go unnoticed for too long encourage mold growth because they are a moisture-source, so you should consider hiring a remediation expert immediately you find out that water is leaking into your commercial building.
As already mentioned earlier, mold usually grows on wet surfaces that are exposed to oxygen supply. So when you start seeing colored spots or hair-like patches forming on the walls, ceilings or floors of your commercial building, you should know that you have a mold issue.
Leave the mold undisturbed, as it may easily move to other areas of the building if you try to remove it yourself. Remember, mold comprises countless microscopic spores that can easily travel through the air and settle elsewhere.
When mold invades your commercial space, it will introduce a pungent odor that will make the space feel rather stuffy and uncomfortable. This can make it hard for staff to concentrate on their duties. Make sure you seek the services of commercial restoration experts when you notice musty odor in your commercial building.
Ensuring there’s fresh air in the workplace is vital to boosting the overall productivity of your employees.
Is the paint on your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces within your commercial space peeling off? Paint is designed to make your commercial space look nice, but also prevent surface damage.
One of the elements that the paint protects interior surfaces from is water. The paint stops water from infiltrating interior surfaces, thus preventing water damage. If you notice that the paint on the interior surfaces of your building is peeling off, you should watch out for mold infestation.
Have you experienced flooding in your commercial space in the past? If so, mold might have crept into your space without your knowledge. The wet areas of the building were not dried in good time, they could have allowed mold to grow and thrive.
With that said, it is important to ask a commercial water restoration specialist to inspect your entire building after flooding to spot any areas where mold growth and damage might have occurred.
Can Mold Problems Recur?
Mold can be found anywhere and it comprises countless microscopic spores that freely wander through the air. Provided that conditions are right – that is, moisture is present, mold growth can occur anywhere.
It is important for you to keep the interiors of your commercial space as dry as possible. This is the best way to manage mold problems in your space. You won’t be able to remove all the mold in your commercial space, but you’ll at least be able to maintain acceptable mold levels.
Mold growth is an eyesore and serious health issue, but it can also cause costly damage to your commercial building. Therefore, it is important that you deal with the problem as soon as you detect it.
The best way to handle the problem is to enlist the services of a professional.
They will remove the mold from your building, but also advise you on how to minimize a recurrence of the problem down the road.
SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Services
Home improvement is always the mark of a proud home owner.
If you take a moment to think about it, your house is where many major parts of your life occur and where you create cherished memories with your family.
It’s a place where comfort is key and where you should be able to relax.
Why wouldn’t you want to improve it?
In the process of looking after your home, there can be some tasks which are not as glamourous as beautifying your lawn.
Home improvement could also mean taking an inventory of things which could potentially harm your house. In this regard, mold is a prime candidate for scenarios that can damage the place you call home – and when not attended to, it can lead to costly repairs.
As a company that services many households throughout the Nashville, Percy Priest community, SERVPRO ensures you have the knowledge to keep your home in the best shape possible.
With a bit of insight, you’ll be able to understand the causes of mold growth in your home, and the mold remediation methods available to quickly remedy this issue.
Where Does Mold Come From?
The presence of mold in your home is the result of an organic process caused by some very specific, yet common, in-home scenarios.
A continual source of warmth and water creates the right equation for mold to grow and spread quickly. Mold is basically just waiting for these two factors to combine, and it will thrive on them if it’s overlooked.
The worse thing about this potential problem is that mold has no respect for your home. It’s an organic fungus which eats through other organic materials. It won’t stop until something in its environment has changed.
Meanwhile, your walls, ceilings, and carpets are at risk of mold taking hold and causing irreparable damage.
It could be that you currently have not noticed any mold problems in your home, but a pro tip is to check areas of your home where water is constantly in use or flowing through – like pipes.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to check appliances or areas of high water usage. Things like faucets, water heaters, and refrigerators are all good places to start looking.
You may not be qualified to fix a leak, but you can certainly spot one and call a professional. Even a small leak can be a cause of mold in the future, so you should never overlook any scenario where water can damage your home.
Heavy storms and flooding also have the potential to send large amounts of water flowing into your home’s roof, walls, basement, and foundation.
If met with the intense heat of the summer season or if you live in a warmer climate, your mold issues could start outside – and quickly move in.
It might take more effort, but make sure to check for leaks in the aftermath of any intense weather.
Mold Remediation Services for Your Home
The worse part about mold is that, if the conditions are right, it can continue to grow.
If it’s already gotten out of hand, you need professional services to make sure mold doesn’t continue on its disastrous warpath.
Professional mold remediation is our suggestion for confronting mold issues head on in your home.
Mold remediation will make sure that mold is cleaned and removed from your house, in addition to remedying the root causes.
Special methods and chemicals are used after a mold remediation specialist does an assessment on your situation. This process will also prevent mold from returning.
Get Served by the Pros at SERVPRO
Mold growth and damage in your home is no small matter. But with a little preventative action, you can make sure to keep your house completely mold-free.
SERVPRO has a wide variety of services and a wealth of knowledge to help you understand and combat all the mold causes in your home. Additionally, SERVPRO has mold remediation services available, so you can have one of the industry pros assess, prevent, or remedy any mold issues you may have.
A Professional View on Commercial Mold Remediation
These days, there seems to be a do-it-yourself guide for every situation.
With a quick “how to” internet search, you can have step-by-step instructions to do everything – from planting your own garden to building a rocket.
It’s a privilege to have access to so much information, and the fact that there are so many tasks which can be completed on your own (with practice and the right tools) is wonderful.
However, dealing with mold isn’t a task anyone should undertake without professional help. Mold is a particularly nasty problem which, if not prevented, can lead to damaged homes.
A mold invasion can be an even more problematic situation for commercial spaces. Mold issues at home can at least be taken care of while you’re at work. But having mold at your place of business is a completely different situation.
SERVPRO knows how difficult mold can be based on experience servicing businesses throughout the Nashville, Percy Priest community. As your go-to source for commercial mold remediation, we’d like to shed light on how mold can begin and how we’re here to put an end to it.
Mold’s Humble Beginnings
Summer heat is typically a time where people enjoy going for a dip in a cool pool or a lake. Unfortunately, mold loves the combination of heat and moisture that happens during the summer months just as much as we do.
What causes mold growth is the meeting of unchecked moisture and a warm climate.
One thing that can be commonly overlooked is the root cause of mold. Pipes are used every day, especially in commercial spaces to transport massive amounts of water, and like anything, they experience wear and tear.
This will eventually lead to leaks.
A pro tip is to consider areas where water runs through pipes as a possible point for mold growth.
Whether in your business’s kitchen or bathroom, a leaky pipe can be the beginning of a much bigger problem and it is something that should never be ignored.
Why Getting a Pro is Way Better Than a DIY
You’ve already probably noticed mold growth in your building and you’re now looking for solutions.
Even in the age of open source do-it-yourself guides, you need to get a professional to look at your mold situation. Handling it by yourself can be a fast track to seeing mold eat at your walls and wallet because there’s a good chance that it has a hold far beyond what you can see.
The first thing a SERVPRO professional will do is take an assessment of how extensive the damage is. You will be provided with accurate feedback on what needs to be done next.
Why a Mold Assessment is Vital
Knowledge of any situation facing your business is important.
With mold, a professional assessment will give a full account of the damage and what commercial mold remediation work needs to be done.
Commercial mold remediation is a service where a full assessment is taken. During this process, the mold is removed. In extreme cases, this can mean cleaning or getting rid of the carpets, dry wall, and even ceilings which have been compromised by mold.
Special methods, chemicals, and cleaners are then used to clean up the mold – such process also prevents it from returning.
A professional assessment is an all-around look into your mold issue. It will consider the source of the problem, offer solutions to stop it, and employ tactics to keep it from happening again.
SERVPRO is Here to Serve You
Commercial mold remediation is a professional service that SERVPRO finds to be one of the most valuable assets to local businesses.
There are few things more troubling than to see a hardworking business owner come to us with a compound mold issue that would have been easily fixed with professional mold remediation services.
If you want to know more about commercial mold remediation or if you’re in need of one, feel free to reach out to us.
We’re here, so the mold doesn’t have to be.
Mold Restoration: Top Causes of Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold spores are all over. They can enter your house through windows or vents and thrive in damp areas leading to infestation. Although this green fungus may seem harmless, it poses a great risk to the structural condition of your house.
In order to deal with mold influx, you should take the initiative of finding its root causes. This will help you deal with the problem effectively.
How to Tell You Have a Mold Problem in Your Home
Have you noticed a strong, stuffy odor in your home? Do you feel congested or have watery eyes while indoors? Is the paint on your walls and ceiling peeling off? Can you see white spots and frothy patches forming on your floor and furniture?
If your answer to these questions is affirmative, you might have a mold problem.
5 Common Causes of Mold Infestation in Your Home
Mold needs both moisture and oxygen to flourish. Here are some of the moisture/oxygen sources in your home that could facilitate its growth.
1. Poor Ventilation
Closing your windows all through makes your house poorly ventilated and creates pouches of stagnant humid air – a conducive environment for mold growth. Poor aeration will also make the wet surfaces in the house dry out slowly.
Always ensure your house is well-ventilated by keeping the windows opened during the day, especially the rooms that prone to dampness like the kitchens and bathrooms.
High humidity indoors promotes mold growth. A humidifier is a great device for regulating the humidity in your home. To prevent it from growing, ensure your humidifier is set below 55%. However, don’t set it too low – dry air can also be a health hazard.
3. Water in the House’s Foundation
Underground water or stagnant water in the yard can seep through the foundation and allow mold to grow on it. This can severely damage the foundation and walls, especially if the ground around your home slopes towards the house.
You will need to seek the services of a landscaper to modify the terrain so that that the water drains away from your house. Afterward, contact a remediation professional to inspect areas affected by mold growth and prevent further growth.
If you live in an area that’s area is prone to flooding, then mold infestation is unavoidable during the rainy season. Your house may take weeks to dry out, but mold takes only 24 hours to grow. In fact, extreme flooding can put your home at the risk of being infested with toxic molds.
Once the flood has cleared, seek the services of a remediation expert to determine the extent of the damage, dry your home, and then clean it up.
5. Leaking Water Pipes
Leaking pipes do not only waste water, but also promote mold growth, especially if the leak is under the sink or within walls.
Ensure to check your water pipes on a regular basis to avoid any further damage. If there is leakage, call a plumber to repair the damage as soon as possible.
6. Organic Food Sources
Just like any other living microorganisms, mold also needs food to survive. Mold gets its nutrients from various organic food sources, such as paper, cardboard, wood, drywall, organic dirt layer and many more.
As a result, removing decomposing organic material from the interiors of your home is a reliable way to mitigate infestations.
What Happens During Mold Remediation?
If you notice any signs of mold in your home, ensure you call a remediation specialist and get rid of the green nuisance. During the remediation the specialist will:
- Inspect and test for infestation.
- Seal off the room with plastic covers to prevent spores from spreading to other parts of the house.
- Sanitize the air with HEPA filters to remove spores that linger in the air.
- Moisten dry mold before removing it with bleach, ammonia, borax, or vinegar.
- Clean both affected and unaffected surfaces for the ultimate protection.
- Dry-vacuum the house to remove all residue.
When remediation is taking place in your home, it’s best that you wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, and masks to prevent contact with the mold and spores.
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How to Get Rid of Mold Damage in Your Home
You think you spot mold damage in your house. Now what?
There are several factors you need to consider when determining your next step to get rid of your excess mold. For instance, how large is the area, how long has it been there, and where in your home is the problem located.
Don’t Use a Home Kit to Test Your Mold Damage
The first thing some homeowners do when they spot mold damage is to buy a home testing kit. These will cost you anywhere from about 50 to several hundred dollars, but Consumer Reports does not recommend them. The publication says the tests are often confusing and unreliable, and states it’s more important to get rid of the mold problem than identifying the species.
The main thing to remember – you have options. Here are two ways you can get rid of the mold damage in your home.
1. Clean Up the Mold Yourself
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says if your suspected damage is less than 10 square feet and less than 48 hours old, you can probably clean it by yourself. The EPA suggests using a mixture of water and detergent to scrub mold off of hard surfaces. A good ratio to use is a maximum of one cup of bleach for every gallon of water.
It’s important to make sure the area is completely dry after cleaning before applying another layer of paint or covering. In some instances, you might have to remove and replace the impacted material.
2. Hire a Professional to Get Rid of Your Mold
If the mold damage is in an area larger than 10 square feet or has been there for a long time, you might want to consider hiring a professional to get rid of your mold. The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO in Percy Priest and Hickory Hollow are equipped with tools and testing methods that aren’t available to the general public. Our team will diagnose your problem and suggest timely mold remediation services that are best for your home, family, and budget.
It All Starts With Prevention
The best way to stop mold growth in your home is by controlling the moisture. The Tennessee Department of Health suggests these methods to prevent mold damage:
- Fix leaks promptly, especially around windows, pipes, and roofs
- Make sure your indoor humidity is between 30 and 50 percent
- Avoid carpeting bathrooms and basements
- Inspect your HVAC system on a regular basis
- Properly vent your shower, cooking, and laundry areas
- Promptly clean up and dry out your home after flooding
If you spot mold damage in your home, contact SERVPRO in Percy Priest. Call us at 615-731-4222 to schedule your appointment today.
How to Prevent Mold Damage While You’re on Vacation
When many families take summer vacations, they turn up or off their air conditioning.
And it makes sense – it costs a lot of money to keep your home cool. Why pay extra to do it when no one is there?
But before you think about shutting down your AC when you hit the beach for a week, there are a few things you need to consider to prevent mold damage while you’re away.
3 Simple Ways to Prevent Mold Damage While You’re Away
It’s not difficult to prevent mold damage when you’re on vacation. It just means adding a few extra things to your checklist before you leave. Here are three simple tips to help stop mold from growing while you’re out of town.
1. Leave the Air Conditioner Running
It may cost a little more money to leave your AC running while you’re away, but consider how much money and effort it will save you to prevent mold damage in your home. Mold tends to grow when there’s more humidity in the air, and running your air conditioner will help keep your humidity down in your house. Angie’s List recommends you turn up your thermostat four degrees while you are away. For instance, if you normally keep your home set at 74, turn up the temperature to 78 while you are on vacation.
2. Use a Dehumidifier
Not all homes in the Percy Priest and Hickory Hollow areas may have reliable air conditioning, or you might be using window units in some areas of your house that you can’t keep running while you’re away. A simple, not too expensive solution would be a dehumidifier. These devices will cost anywhere from 50 to several hundred dollars, depending on the size and area in which you’ll need to use it.
3. Clean Up Any Water Spills
Where there’s standing water, there’s a greater chance for mold. If you’re like most people, you’re probably pretty busy in the days or hours leading up to your vacation. Make sure you give yourself time to clean up the sink before you leave, especially if you have pots or pans with water in them. Besides coming home to a smelly house, you might come home to discover mold damage.
Also, be sure to have a plan for any appliances that tend to leak, such as a refrigerator.
Call In the Pros if You Spot Mold Damage
If you find mold damage in your home after you return from your vacation, call in the professionals at SERVPRO right here in Percy Priest. Our team of highly trained technicians will help find the source of your problem and suggest mold remediation services that are right for your home and budget.
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5 Areas in Your Home Where Mold Damage Is Common
Mold damage is a problem.
The fungi can lead to costly home repairs and even cause health issues for some people.
One of the best ways to get rid of excess mold in your home is to prevent it from growing, and that means understanding where mold is most likely to show up.
What Causes Mold Damage in Homes
Mold grows in environments that are warm, wet or humid. So generally anywhere in your home that might be warmer or have more standing water is more favorable for mold. With this in mind, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a full list of areas in your home that are most susceptible to mold damage. Here are the top five places you need to check most often.
1. Mold Damage in Your Basement
Few locations in your home will be as humid and wet as your basement. Take extra care if your basement is carpeted and be sure to check areas around your pipes. Using a dehumidifier can help prevent mold damage in this area.
2. Mold Damage in Your Bathroom
One of the wettest rooms in your house, mold growth is common in bathrooms, especially around showers. Be sure to regularly check any drywall near the shower as well as your shower curtain. The EPA also suggests running your exhaust fan or opening the window while you shower to vent some of the humidity.
3. Mold Damage in Your Attic
Be sure you check your attic for leaks, especially after heavy rain or the summer storms common in the Percy Priest and Hickory Hollow areas. Water can collect and lead to mold growth. If you do not have an attic, be sure to check for water stains on the ceiling of your top floor.
4. Mold Damage in Your Kitchen
If your dishwasher or refrigerator leaks, mold damage can occur in your kitchen. Take note of any standing water around these appliances, and call a plumber immediately if you suspect a problem. It’s also a good idea not to leave pots or pans filled with water in your kitchen sink for too long.
5. Mold Damage in Your Laundry Room
It’s important to make sure your washer and dryer are properly vented so the heat and humidity caused by these appliances is flowed outside. Otherwise, you could develop mold damage on the walls near the exhaust.
What To Do If You Find Mold Damage
If you find mold damage in any of these areas, call in the professionals at SERVPRO right here in Percy Priest. Our team of highly trained technicians will help find the source of your problem and suggest mold remediation services that are right for your home and budget.
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How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home
Dehumidifiers can help keep humidity levels in your home manageable!
There are many reasons we can have too much moisture in our home. Condensation, a leaky HVAC system, poor insulation, or the weather can end up causing an array of health hazards to your family and structural issues to your home.
The most common problem caused by moisture is mold. It starts off unseen, but quickly gets out of control. Mold can occur behind sheetrock, behind wallpaper, underneath baseboards - anywhere. If not found and removed, mold can cause serious breathing issues, especially in those with allergies or asthma. It is always important to speak with a mold remediation service as soon as possible when spotted. Trying to tackle this problem yourself could only end up costing more and not solving the problem.
Less thought about are the microbes, allergens, and bugs that thrive in a moist environment. From dust mites to bed bugs, these creatures reproduce in high humidity. Eliminating the extra moisture will help slow down their life cycle and may help eliminate the problem. Not only are these organisms disgusting to think about, but they can also cause major health issues. Of course, those with compromised respiratory or immune systems are more affected.
What can you do? If the problem is from cooking or taking a shower, then opening a window may solve your problems. But after a major incident, such as a burst pipe, it may be better to call a professional. SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow provides the equipment and expertise needed to handle any major humidity or moisture issue. Professional dehumidifiers, high powered fans, meters and other equipment can be brought into your home to help get rid of unwanted moisture quickly.
Whether the job calls for a professional, or is the perfect DIY project, humidity problems must be addressed properly to protect your family and your investment. Dehumidifiers are a simple, inexpensive, yet effective way to eliminate moisture from your home. When used properly, they help create a comfortable and healthy living space, while easing your mind about the potential problems high humidity can create.
“Mold Removal” vs Mold Remediation In Your Home
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Household mildew is unsightly and can pose a health danger. People with problems like pollen allergies and asthma are especially susceptible. Fortunately, there are ways to handle moldy growth inside the home with SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow.
Moldy fungus is present in nature but it is the active spores that grow and become visible. Dormant particles do not normally cause problems. It is wet moist areas that activate the spores, causing it to appear and spread.
Spore control is one of the biggest problems that homeowners must face. The first step is to try and keep rooms as dry as possible. If there is a leak, it needs attention as soon as possible. Moisture is the culprit when it comes to mildew.
Time for Action
The appearance of fungus is the obvious first indicator of a potential problem. The sooner you deal with it the easier it is to fix. Spores grow when activated and can take over a large area in a small amount of time.
The fact that spores are everywhere makes removing them altogether nearly impossible. Moldy spots that are small in size are easier to deal with. This is an indicator that the spores may be restricted to one spot. The remediation process helps to stop mold from growing. The work usually begins when the area has been dried and is prepped.
Larger infested areas are more serious and often need a complete solution. Mold remediation focuses on eliminating the growth of spores. The size of the affected space is a factor in what treatment is required during the restoration process. This involves long term solutions such as moisture reduction techniques.
SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow is the place to turn to for help. We are experts in their field and are trained on the specifics of spores. Dealing with moisture and mildew requires professional help. We will draw up a comprehensive plan that plots the entire restoration process. Our trained technicians use advanced equipment and techniques to solve the problem. No one should have to live with spores in their homes and it can be fixed. Call us today!
Mold Remediation and your Home
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Dealing with mold in the home is a daunting task, especially if it has spread to many areas of the house. It forms in areas that have been exposed to prolonged water exposure, such as a leaky roof or in the plumbing lines. It only takes from one to three days for a single spore to spread to an entire colony into a significant problem for your home and family.
There are serious health consequences associated with its presence. It contributes to health conditions such as respiratory illnesses and headaches. It can also irritate allergies and conditions like asthma. Young children and the elderly are even more at risk for symptoms from mild exposure. The spores spread through the air and are invisible until the effects take hold. It also has a dingy, musty scent to it.
It's not only unsightly but also has serious health consequences if it isn’t handled properly. SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow is fully equipped to eliminate mold issues. We can restore your home to manageable condition and ease your worries. The source of the moisture needs to be addressed to ensure that it doesn’t return or spread to other areas in the home.
The process of remediation involves steps that, if not done properly, will lead to problems in the future from improper removal. The room needs to be sealed off from other areas to limit exposure to the problem area. A dehumidifier will reduce the moisture level in the air to make permanent removal easier. All individuals participating in the process need to wear proper clothing, goggles and a mask to minimize exposure.
All porous materials including drywall, insulation, curtains, furniture, wood and carpet need treatment. Surfaces need to be scrubbed with a specific chemical to kill the spores completely. When the process is complete the levels in the air need to be checked to guarantee the issue is gone for good. Always wait for damp surfaces to dry before remodeling to prevent another incident from occurring.
Cleaning methods vary from one surface to another. Some take more time and precision than others, which is why you should always use a professionally trained remediation company to do the job right the first time.
Ways to Prevent Mold at Home
Open windows help keep mold at bay at home!
Mold is dangerous. When left untreated, it is free to cover walls, ceilings, windows, and rarely checked areas. Give it an inch (water) and it will take it a mile (black, green, or yellow appearance). Mold is a problem, but you can use these proactive measures to ensure it does not take over your home.
Find the Source
Thoroughly investigate the interior and exterior parts of the home for mold. It isn't easy, but it can reveal potential problems. Wet areas such as condensation on windows, pipe leaks under sinks, and moist basements attract the fungus. Look at ceilings for discoloration. Search your bathrooms for wet walls, floors, and condensation around windows, toilets, and shower/tub.
Once homeowners discover the source, determine if the source is easy to clean or remove. Easy removal involves cleaning up the water, ventilating rooms, and removing easy to carry items like indoor plants. Hard removal includes removing carpet, removing a wall piece, and removing water damaged items after a flood.
Dry Wet Areas ASAP
Without moisture, the fungus cannot thrive, so dry a wet area as soon as you spot it. Wipe spills, drops, and standing water with a dry cloth or a paper towel. Most moist areas are dry within a day. In addition, dry wet clothes in the dryer or outside. Bathrooms, the wettest room in the house, require constant attention due to showers, tubs, sinks, and toilets. Wash dirty shower curtains and shower doors.
Help wet areas get dry with ventilation. Just open a window and/or turn on a fan. The area is dry within an hour. Open doors and use dehumidifiers to let fresh air in as well. Tasks such as washing laundry, cooking food, and taking a shower should always receive ventilation nearby. Turn on exhaust fans in the kitchen.
It sounds crazy at first glance, but clutter stops air from circulating. Less clutter means the best chance for the fungus to hide and grow. A clean area means fungi has nowhere to hide.
Increase Air Circulation
Circulate air around the home by opening room and closet doors. Additionally, never let furniture touch windows or walls. Condensation builds up, giving fungi a chance to reproduce. Allow space in the back for air circulation.
Prevention is much better than cure, but just in case, have a remediation service handy. Homeowners who prefer DIY methods are risking their health so a professional is best. SERVPRO of Percy Priest / Hickory Hollow is the premier choice to tackle remediation. Contact them for the difficult tasks. Let them remove it before it worsens.
Warning Signs of Mold
Be on the lookout for these warning signs!
Mold is a scourge that no home or business owner wants to face, but it is a threat that many people will deal with at some point. Not only does it cause damage to your property, can cause health problems for anyone affected. The key is to recognize the warning signs so you can catch it early and then hire a professional to take care of the remediation process.
A Few Warning Signs
Sometimes mold announces itself in a bold way and other times it stays hidden and gives you only the faintest hint that it is there. That's why it's important to know how to find the warning signs. Green or black discoloration on your walls, ceilings or floors should always be checked for mold. Bad smells, especially an earthy or musty smell, is also an indicator. If you find water spots or water damage inside or on the exterior of your home, that could be another warning sign. One final potential warning sign is allergy or respiratory symptoms that can't be explained by something else.
If you think you have a mold fungus growing in your home, call in a professional like SERVPRO of Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow. We are equipped to perform tests in an area to let you know what's happening in your building. If mold is found, we'll make sure you are aware of the scope of problem and then perform remediation activities. We are an experienced company with extensive experience getting rid of this homeowner scourge. We take our time to do the process right and explain to you what steps we are taking and why. This is not something you want to try to take care of yourself or leave in the hands of inexperienced contractors. Call us today to deal with your problem.