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FAQ’s of Mold

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

What is mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of different molds. Molds grow best in humid and warm conditions.

What molds are most common indoors?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where can mold be found?

Molds can be found on any environment all year round. Indoors mold can be found where humidity levels are high such as basements or shower. Outdoors they can be found in shady damp areas where vegetation is decomposing.

What are recommendations?

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can. Moisture levels change throughout the day so be sure to use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to keep the levels low. This is true especially during the humid months.
  • Also, be sure that there is enough ventilation throughout your home.
  • Apply mold inhibitors to your paints before application.
  • Clean your bathrooms with mold killing products. Do not use carpet in bathrooms or basements.
  • Always remove or replace previously soaked carpets and clothe materials

If you suspect mold in your Carmichael home call SERVRPRO of Carmichael to assess your mold remediation needs.

Preventing Post-Flooding Mold at Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

This week’s rainfall has caused localized flooding throughout the Sacramento area. Many homes were flooded with inches of water. Mold can start to form in as soon as 24 hours. Even if the water damage seemed minimal it can cause devastating damage if it causes mold.

Even if your property and possessions seem to have dried you must properly assess them to see if they are salvageable.

Carpets are a problem because drying out does not remove the mold spores. Carpet with either mold or mildew should be replaced.

Wood furniture and other porous materials can trap mold and it might be necessary to dispose of them.

Non-porous items such as plastic and glass can simply be cleaned, disinfected, and reused.

An important thing to remember is mold thrives in moisture, so try to save items that have not been affected by the water. Putting blocks under furniture to raise off of wet flooring can be the difference between saving your favorite coffee table.

You can begin to clean and air out your home but drying a wet building should be left to professionals that know the science behind water damage and mold prevention. Mold can be dangerous to you and your family, so it is best to make sure mold does not grow in your home after a flood.

Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows Your tub can be a breeding ground for mold.

Mold can be growing in places that you would think are safe. Below are the most common places that mold grows but is overlooked. Mold is hydrophilic which means it is water loving. Always keep that in mind when you are trying to keep your home free of mold.

Dishwasher –  Dishwasher are wet in their nature and if not properly cleaned can accumulate dirt. It can also be a breeding ground for mold. Be sure to always clean your dishwasher of food and keep it dry when not in use.

Ice maker Connections – Ice is the solid form of water. Make sure to periodically clean your ice maker connections.

Shower Doors – Even though we use our showers to get clean they may not remain clean. A system should be kept in place to keep them clean and dry in between showers.

Bathtub – the same is true for your bathtub. If you want to keep taking relaxing baths, you have to have the peace of mind that your tub is not growing mold.

Outdoor Water Sprinklers – Keeping these clean can be difficult but regular maintenance can help prevent mold buildup.

If  you do suspect that your home has mold call our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael.

Do Not Neglect Leaks That May Seem Minor

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Never neglect repairs in your home no matter how small they may seem. That tiny leak can cause major mold damage to you Carmichael home. Small leaks can seem like a trickle but that trickle slowly but surely will eat away at your property.

At SERVPRO of Carmichael we have five principles of mold remediation. The first one is safety and health. Mold is can be dangerous, so top priority is making sure people are safe and that it is properly contained.

The next principle is documentation. Our experts must document before, during, and after to show the process of your mold remediation.

Up next is controlling the contaminants. We must control mold at its source.

The fourth principle is remove the contamination. Our experts we remove from the structure. The nonporous materials are cleaned and the porous materials that are extensively contaminated are removed.

The last principle is correct the moisture problem. Identifying and correcting the moisture problem is necessary to ensure mold does not reoccur.

The moisture causes mold in your home that is dangerous to you and your family. Our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael can remediate your mold problems.

Prevent Mold in Your Carmichael Home While on Vacation

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevent Mold in Your Carmichael Home While on Vacation Mold can be growing in your kitchen without you knowing.

While preventing mold in your home may be part of your regular cleaning routine what are you to do when you’re gone on vacation. While you are off vacationing on the beach, there could be mold growing inside and around your home.

Gutters – Keep your gutters clear to allow water flow. The water needs to be leading water away from your house.

Temperature – Set your AC between 78-80 degrees. Any less than that will not dehumidify and anything lower will create cold surfaces where moisture can collect.

Standing Water- Check around your toilets, shower stalls, and washing machines for any water that could potentially grow mold while you are away. Make sure there are no leaks or faulty faucets.

Clean – Clean your home thoroughly before your vacation. Make sure there is no furniture blocking AC grills. Air must be able to flow freely.

Follow these simple rules to help protect your home from mold growing while you are on vacation.

Remember mold can start growing in as little as 24 hours, if you return home to find mold call the experts of SERVPRO of Carmichael to remediate your mold problems.

What is mold?

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is mold? Mold grows in moist places.

You have probably seen mold on your old bread or worse your bathroom ceiling but what is mold? Mold is are fungi that grows in multicellular thread-like structures. There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi. Some are used in cooking and baking. Some are eaten in cheese, but some are hazardous to your health.

The reason you may see it around your home is that mold grows where there is moisture. Areas such as your kitchen or bath are hot spots. They can also grow in places you least expect it so be careful. They can also grow under your carpet.

Mold can have effects on you and your family. The people most vulnerable to the effects of mold are children, pregnant women, the elderly and with compromised respiratory systems.

If you suspect mold in your Carmichael property call the experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael to remediate your mold issues. (916)967-2500

The Most Effective Mold Remediation Methods

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Most Effective Mold Remediation Methods Extensive mold growth in Folsom closet.

Many renters and homeowners fear the word 'mold.' The imagination goes immediately to what some people call Black Mold and are worried that they will lose their homes and property. Excessive mold growth is a rare occurrence and normally seen only in structures abandoned for an extended period.

Mold damage in Carmichael is a much smaller concern when dealt with by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO has decades of experience in finding, cleaning and removing mold from apartments, houses, and condos.

Mold is in the air of every structure in Sacramento and Placer County except for special, clean rooms such as surgical bays. In most cases, it is entirely harmless to people, animals, homes and other property. What triggers a mold growth is an increase in moisture which helps microscopic mold spores expand and begin to grow, looking for a food source.

The first step is an inspection. Our inspectors examine every visible surface for traces of mold and use air content meters to help determine the origin of the infestation. Each step is recorded to include taking digital photographs and samples.

Once our inspectors discover mold, they determine if it is toxic or non-toxic. They accomplish this by testing the air quality inside a home. If it tests as non-toxic, then residents can return to natural areas of the home as our technicians clean and remove the mold.

To begin removing the mold growth, we first isolate the affected area. Technicians secure plastic sheeting over all openings and set up an area for workers to remove cleaning suits to prevent spreading mold spores to other parts of the home. They also block all vents and seal off access to the HVAC system until the mold has been neutralized and removed.

While cleaning occurs, other technicians establish negative pressure in the affected area. Exhaust fans are placed at exit points such as windows to blow all spores loosened by the cleaning process out of the home.

Every surface in the affected area is wiped down and cleaned from ceilings to floors. If mold is on carpets or walls, then technicians determine if these items are salvageable or if must be disposed of outside the structure. We have an extensive inventory of anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaners that are safely used on ducts, furniture, walls and other personal property.

SERVPRO of Carmichael is a locally owned franchise. It is our privilege to serve our neighbors and help them through a disaster. If you suspect you have an old infestation, call us at (916) 967-2500 today to schedule an inspection.

IICRC Principles Used To Combat Mold Damage Situations In Your Carmichael Home

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation IICRC Principles Used To Combat Mold Damage Situations In Your Carmichael Home SERVPRO uses the proper handling and disposal methods while maintaining personal and structural safety throughout your property.

Combat Mold Damage Issues In Your Carmichael House with IICRC Principles 

According to the IICRC training that every SERVPRO technician utilizes during your repairs, there are five specific outlines concerning the major principles of mold remediation in your home. We train hard to ensure that each of these standards gets addressed during mold remediation services we provide on your Carmichael property.

After all, you want expertly trained professionals responding to any mold damage conditions present in your Carmichael area home. Reading about the benefits of having an IICRC certified technician perform the mitigation and restoration services in your home helps provide you a level of peace of mind and added confidence in your technician's ability.

These principles include:

1. Always ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
2. Perform a post-cleanup assessment to determine the extent of damage present.
3. Control the spread of mold.
4. Properly dispose of contaminated materials.
5. Limit future contamination or recontamination.

No one, not even a professional assigned to address the situation in your home should ever rely solely on chemicals for mold remediation purposes. Bleach and other chemicals have some effect on mold but cannot kill all of the microscopic mold spores that exist. Therefore, physical removal of any affected materials becomes necessary to complete the job with the most success.

SERVPRO technicians locate the moisture issue causing the problem and make the necessary repairs as soon as possible while removing any existing water from even the smallest, hard-to-reach areas of your home. Containment and safety procedures allow us to limit exposure of affected areas and prevent spreading the infection further.

SERVPRO uses the proper handling and disposal methods while maintaining personal and structural safety throughout your property. We use personal protective equipment such as masks, boots, gloves, and goggles to prevent contamination.

Controlling the area throughout the remediation process with negative airflow equipment, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filtered vacuums and a variety of different remediation equipment as necessary.

Keep in mind that obtaining testing to identify the type of mold that is contaminating your home is a waste of time and resources. Any mold found in your home, regardless of type or amount, needs to be addressed immediately and treated as hazardous to your health.

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Do not take any chances, seek professional mold remediation services at the first signs of contamination. Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael today for the expert help you deserve. (916) 967-2500 

Mold Damage Remediation in Maddox Ranch

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Maddox Ranch Call SERVPRO when you see mold damage in order to prevent the spread.

Steps that SERVPRO Technicians Will Take in Response to Mold

Mold in any home is a health threat. In most cases, the contamination can be isolated to a single room or area of the duplex, apartment or single family house. If the mold has grown into or started in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, then certain steps must be taken to keep mold from spreading further.

If you find mold in your HVAC system or suspect it due to that typical 'musty' odor, call us here at SERVPRO immediately. Mold damage to your Maddox Ranch home can be reduced and even eliminated if our response team can get into your home in a rapid fashion. Once we arrive, here is what we will do:

  1. Turn off your HVAC if you have not already done so.
  2. Remove all filters, insulation, and anything else porous that is wet or even damp. To ensure we do not accidentally spread the contamination, technicians will double bag everything.
  3. Use water vacs to remove any puddles or other standing water in the duct work.
  4. Seal the ductwork before cleaning to prevent spores from spreading further in the HVAC or outside the system to other parts of the home. Once that is done, technicians will use an anti-fungal fogger to initially clean every inch of the ducts.
  5. Employ an EPA approved disinfect for HVAC use to clean coils, pans and other parts of the system. Technicians will also use an anti-fungal agent to kill and remove mold and mildew. This cleaning agent is also excellent at destroying the mold bacteria that causes the typical 'musty' odor.
  6. Vacuum out the HVAC using special HEPA filter designed to catch the tiny spores and then apply an EPA approved mold inhibitor to help prevent future growth.

Clearing out your home's HVAC system is not a simple process and should be handled by a professional. SERVPRO of Carmichael has decades of experience and a nationwide network of equipment and cleaning agents to make certain the job is completely quickly to provide a safe environment for you and your family. Call us today at (916) 967-2500 to get started.

Call SERVPRO To Control Mold Damage In Carmichael

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO To Control Mold Damage In Carmichael Mold outbreaks are a significant concern that SERVPRO can help you remediate.

Dealing With Mold Damage

If you are experiencing a mold outbreak in your home contacting our expert technicians at SERVPRO is the first step to returning the air quality within your home back to healthy levels and save structures and belongings from ruin. We follow the protocols and standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when responding to mold infestations in our client’s homes, the very same protocols used to protect children and the public in schools and commercial buildings. Mold growth can pose risks to your health, but we can help lower any potential risk when we respond quickly, using the five principles developed by the EPA for mold remediation.

The first step in managing mold damage in Carmichael is to provide for the health and safety of occupants of the affected building and the technicians who are attempting to remediate. Second, as the technician's complete remediation tasks, they document both the moldy conditions and the methods used to contain the growth. Third, all efforts must focus on containing the mold at its source, taking precautions to limit airborne spread of the microbial growth. Using EPA accepted approaches the fourth step is to remove the mold, which may include the surfaces and structures it lives in or on. Finally, once the mold has been contained and removed properly certified and trained technicians should isolate the source of the moisture that fed the growth. That source must be permanently eliminated to prevent future problems.

SERVPRO will assign mold remediation only to staff who have completed appropriate training and received required certifications. Know as Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEPs) these staff members will manage the workflow as the mold problem in your home is addressed. The EPA Mold Remediation Standards parallel the IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standards that our technicians will follow as they solve your infestation problem. A key to limiting risk for future mold outbreaks is to respond quickly, including drying out adjacent areas within 48 hours even if they have no mold growth apparent.

Mold outbreaks are a significant concern that SERVPRO of Carmichael can help you remediate. As mold can multiply out of control quickly call us at (916) 967-2500 as soon as you notice visible growth or a musty smell. Operators answer all inquiries 24/7.