Recent Mold Remediation Posts

How to Protect Your Outdoor Living Space from Mold

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Have you seen mold on your patio furniture or mold on the cushions?

If you’re hoping to save your current furniture or you’ve bought a new patio set and want to keep it from falling victim to the same problem, you can take steps to prevent mildew and mold. When purchasing new furniture, look for water-resistant fabrics and materials and check to see if the dyes used are also weather-resistant. Acrylic and polyester are usually the most durable. You can also waterproof your patio furniture yourself by purchasing a waterproofing kit at your local supply store.

Note that sunscreen and bug spray are known to soak into cushions, so always use a towel to sit on as added protection, and never sit down directly after coming out of the pool. If you do spill water or otherwise soil the furniture, clean it immediately, and do routine cleaning every few weeks. If you do not use your patio furniture year round, consider using furniture covers, or find a shed, garage or storage unit to house it during the off season.

Please call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland today for any mold removal questions you may have. 

Source: Living Direct Online

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen and Basement

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Top Tips Reducing Mold Growth in the Kitchen and Basement

  • Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside (not into the attic) whenever you are cooking, washing dishes, or cleaning.
  • Turn off certain appliances if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water. Repair if necessary.
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

Source: Web MD, Jan 2019

Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room

In the laundry room:

  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.

In bathrooms:

  • Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
  • Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
  • Open a window when showering.
  • Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

If you can see or smell mold in your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland today.  

Source: Web MD Jan 2019

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

How can people decrease mold exposure?

Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages
  • Lake Houses

Source: cdc.gov

What are molds?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

What are molds?

One of the most common questions we receive at SERVPRO® is: what exactly is mold.  What kind of mold do I have?  How do I keep it from spreading?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. In addition, mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

SERVPRO® can help to remediate the mold in your home.  In addition, SERVPRO® will bring in air scrubbers that will help to remove the mold spores in the air in order to prevent any additional mold from forming.  In most cases, the contaminated area will be sealed off in order to contain the mold spores in the air while the air is being "scrubbed" by the air scrubbers.

In many cases, the mold can simply be remediated.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Signs of Mold Growth

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Do you suspect mold growth in your home?

Toxic Mold can be one of the most frightening situations for a home or business owner.  There are a few common warning signs that may indicate mold in your home or business:

WATER SPOTS

Wet spots and water staining on ceiling, walls, floors, and baseboards can indicate a serious moisture problem and is a good indication of potential growth.  Water can travel inside the walls and areas of our home that we are not able to see- this hold true for mold growth as well.

SMELL/ ODORS

If you have any type of growth in your home or business it can cause a bad smell.  The odor can be very faint or it can be a strong musty smell.  Any type of smell no matter how pungent needs to be investigated immediately. 

DISCOLORATION

Typically home owners and business owners describe seeing visible signs of mold growth as black or greenish slimy spots.  These types of discolorations are a good indicator of mold growth.  Mold can also appear in different colors such as white, pink, blue, or even grayish colors.  It can also be fuzzy looking, be grouped in clusters, or even have a dust like texture.    

To learn more about the Mold Remediation Process click here or call the Professional Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland. 

Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland Area Residents: If You Suspect Mold, Follow These Mold Safety Tips

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home. This can be dangerous to you and your family.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland for mold remediation services.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

ABOUT OUR MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES:

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991

Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

FROM THE ORDINARY…

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products.  Blue cheese’s unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life saving penicillin is a product of mold.

… TO THE UNHEALTHY

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to mold may present health concern for some people.

Water intrusion into your home or business can result in mold growth.  This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home or business, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

HELP IS HERE

If you believe you may have a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland at 936-441-8550.  Our trained and friendly team members will be here to answer your questions and help walk you through the mold remediation process. 

Managing Mold

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Under Sink in Kitchen Cabinet from Leaking Pipe (Actual Customer Photo)

When there's a water intrusion event like a leaky roof or leaky water line, mold can quickly become a problem in you home or business. Mold can  cause health issues and can also cause significant damage to your property. Our Technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle any size mold problems at your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mitigation process remains the same, the following is a typical mold removal process. 

Call SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland

Our Customer Care Coordinator will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed. An independent Air Quality/Environmental Professional may be needed to do the initial mold testing. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment 

Your property will be carefully inspected by SERVPRO for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment 

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration 

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. We have powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings 

Restorable items such as furniture, decorative items, and curtains affected by mold can be cleaned. We use a variety of cleaning methods and techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Technicians are trained to remove odors with specialized fogging equipment. 

Restoration 

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major reconstruction.

The Professional Technicians at SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland have the training and equipment to mitigate mold in your home or business. Call us today!

Spreading Contaminates

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Many homes and businesses in the Lake Conroe and surrounding areas suffered water damage from Hurricane Harvey.  Many of those homes and business where evacuation was necessary began seeing signs of mold growth shortly after the hurricane.  Of course, the key to mold control is moisture control.  Pictured is a home that took on water during hurricane Harvey.  Fortunately, the entire home was not affected and SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland was able to seal off the contaminated areas to prevent cross contamination.  The Trained and Licensed Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland are able to contain and remediate mold growth and get your home back to safe air quality levels.  To avoid any mold growth, remediate and repair water damages immediately and if you see signs of mold call our office at 936-441-8550. 

Controlling Mold In Your Environment

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Controlling the spread of mold

Mold – It is a four letter word that makes most people cringe.  But contrary to popular belief, not all mold is dangerous; some mold is even quite useful.  Fungi and mold naturally occur in the environment.  More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been identified.  You can find fungi in our everyday lives in bread and baked products; the unique flavor of blue cheese is the result of mold.  Though some types of mold can be useful, many other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present health concerns for some people.

The intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When these water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If they humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not controlled, mold spores can grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, like wood, drywall, paper and insulation, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish.  This can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

SERVPRO ® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Professionals handle water damages everyday and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time.  If your property has sustained recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  Once the environment is dry, it is important the structure is properly cleaned.

When determining if you have a mold problem be alert for: the presence of mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.  If you fear you have a mold problem call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland and a trained technician in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and clean the affected areas. 

Signs of Mold

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Signs of Mold Growth

Toxic Mold can be one of the most frightening situations for a home or business owner.  There are a few common warning signs that may indicate mold in your home or business:

WATER SPOTS

Wet spots and water staining on ceiling, walls, floors, and baseboards can indicate a serious moisture problem and is a good indication of potential growth.  Water can travel inside the walls and areas of our home that we are not able to see- this hold true for mold growth as well.

SMELL/ ODORS

If you have any type of growth in your home or business it can cause a bad smell.  The odor can be very faint or it can be a strong musty smell.  Any type of smell no matter how pungent needs to be investigated immediately. 

DISCOLORATION

Typically home owners and business owners describe seeing visible signs of mold growth as black or greenish slimy spots.  These types of discolorations are a good indicator of mold growth.  Mold can also appear in different colors such as white, pink, blue, or even grayish colors.  It can also be fuzzy looking, be grouped in clusters, or even have a dust like texture.    

To learn more about the Mold Remediation Process click here or call the Professional Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland. 

Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland Area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland for mold remediation services.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

ABOUT OUR MOLD REMEDIATION SERVICES:

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

The Dangers of Mold

FROM THE ORDINARY…

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products.  Blue cheese’s unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life saving penicillin is a product of mold.

… TO THE UNHEALTHY

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to mold may present health concern for some people.

Water intrusion into your home or business can result in mold growth.  This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control.  When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your home or business, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

HELP IS HERE

If you believe you may have a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland at 936-441-8550 or 281-356-9991.  Our trained and friendly team members will be here to answer your questions and help walk you through the mold remediation process. 

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipes cause mold if not properly Mitigated

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.  Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you make the initial call.  A friendly representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view. 

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the clean up process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air.  SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surface on which mold appears.  Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming.  Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable contents affected by mold.  They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.  They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed.  Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland’s Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.