Mold: What Types Are There And Which One Is Hazardous
When we hear the word mold it can make us squeamish. However, most of us have dealt with it at some point in our lives. Whether it be on our loaf of bread, surface of our wall, or penetrated into our walls. There is no shame if you are dealing with this type of situation. It can be very helpful in understanding household molds and how to prevent or treat them to ensure a clean and safe environment for you and your family.
Let’s start with the most common mold that almost every one of us have dealt with. The bread mold, one day when you open your bread you see green and/or black blotches on it. This is known as the food mold. This type of mold is natural and more than likely does not mean there is any cause for concern in your home.
The second type of mold we are going to talk about is called the surface mold. This type is strictly on the surfaces of items or walls. It can be easily cleaned using certain over-the-counter cleaners. It also does not cause any harm. However, you want to make sure that it truly is only limited to the surface. If you see surface mold you can reach out to us here at SERVPRO Of Bowling Green/West Lucas County where we specialize in detecting what type of mold you may have.
Lastly, we now want to talk about the most hazardous one called mold infestation. This type will typically show up in areas where significant water damage has occurred, or where there is high humidity. A mold infestation requires deep cleaning of the structure to ensure complete clearing of the infestation and restoration of the structure affected. This mold can be very invasive and dangerous. Please do not try to clean this yourself! The cleaning of a mold infestation needs to be done by a specialist in this area that knows how to remove it correctly. We here at SERVPRO Of Bowling Green /West Lucas County are trained and certified to make sure this is done safely for you and your family. So if you only suspect a problem or have had a water damage where you know for sure that there is a problem, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are here for you 24/7.
Storm Season Is Upon Us
In the water, fire, and clean up restoration industry we know that storm events can be a big ordeal, and cause fear amongst our community. A lot of times when the storm topic is brought up many think of tornadoes, heavy rainstorms and huge snow storms. Most of the time these events can be forecasted ahead of time allowing for us to prepare trucks, stage equipment and map deployment routes so that we can be there for you in an instant.
What about the unpredictable events? Living in the Northwest Ohio this can be an all too common occurrence. Spring showers can lead to astronomical rain totals causing basement and lower-level living quarters to flood. Those hot summer days can pop up a storm out of nowhere with severe lighting, blowing rain along with damaging tree limbs crashing down, tornadoes, trees toppling straight out of the ground, and roofs being blown off instantly wreaking havoc on homes and businesses in our area. Before you know it, winter is creeping upon us. Warm temperatures begin to exit, and the cold air starts coming in. Heavy snow falls and cold temperatures can lead to many in our region dealing with freezing pipes that can have a devastating effect on your structure.
Here at SERVPRO Of Bowling Green/West Lucas County we are always prepared to help you twenty-four hours a day seven days a week in case an emergency arises. We also keep lines of communication open with our neighboring franchises in case of mass amounts of damage to our community to help those in need of assistance.
To our amazing community, thank you for trusting SERVPRO Of Bowling Green/West Lucas County in your time of need!
When should I test my Home for Mold?
MOLD GROWING ON A CEILING
Mold or Mildew?
If you find green spores or notice a musty smell in your home, then you may have a mold problem. A mold assessment can help you find out for sure whether this fungus is in your house.
- You Find Evidence of Mold
Not every fungus in your home is dangerous. What you think is mold could be relatively harmless mildew. A test can determine whether mold is present.
- You Want to Identify the Mold
Mold testing can also identify the exact type of fungus in your home. This can help you determine what to do next. If the test identifies black mold, you need to have the spores removed immediately.
- You Want to Make Sure the Mold Is Gone
After hiring certified mold remediation professionals to eliminate the fungus from your home, you should confirm that they have done their job. A mold assessment can determine whether your house is truly clean.
Ways To Test for Mold
There are several different types of mold tests available. Surface tests check household surfaces for mold, and air tests collect samples from the air. There are also bulk tests that collect various items from the house and send them to a lab for further examination. Ideally, you should utilize these tests.
Some test kits are available in stores. However, to determine the exact extent of your mold damage, you should have an environmental hygienist or certified mold specialist perform the tests.
A mold assessment can determine whether your home has a potentially harmful fungus or the less dangerous mildew. The test can also reassure you that remediation professionals have removed all of the mold from your property. While store bought tests are available, you are better off calling a professional to have it tested properly.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County at 419-867-8678. We are Here to Help!
How to stay SAFE this Holiday Season
Happy Holidays from ALL of us at SERVPRO!
If your home, like millions of other households in the United States, includes a Christmas tree and festive holiday decorations, you should be aware that the breathtaking beauty of the decorations also comes with a fire risk. That is why we are offering helpful tips to people as we come closer to one of the biggest holidays of the year!
The following are a few tips for individuals to consider when putting up and maintaining their holiday decorations this December:
• Do not overload power outlets with holiday lights. Pay close attention to the
manufacturer's instructions on the number of lights you can string together.
• Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
• Be careful not to splatter wax when extinguishing a candle.
• Use flashlights instead of candles for emergency lighting.
• Do not purchase a Christmas tree that is dry or dropping needles excessively.
Be sure to water your Christmas tree regularly.
• Do not use strings of lights that are worn, frayed, manually spliced, or broken.
• If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled fire-retardant.
• Do not link more than three light strands unless the directions indicate it is safe.
Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Be sure to periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch.
If a fire disaster does strike your home, SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County offers services to help people quickly recover and restore any damaged property. We are here to help @ 419-867-8678!
Why is SERVPRO the Best in Mold Remediation?
BLACK MOLD GROWING ON CORNER OF WALL
Why is SERVPRO the one to trust when it comes to Safe and Effective Mold Remediation?
Effective mold remediation of your home involves a protocol that trained professionals develop. SERVPRO's team of mold specialists may include indoor environmental professionals (IEPs) and indoor air quality professionals (IAPs) during the restoration process
SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County follow the proper safety protocols during the restoration process. Our goal is to ensure that the mold damage is mitigated as fast as possible without spreading it to unaffected areas during mold inspections, remediation and removal.
SERVPRO technicians develop a strategy based on industry mold remediation guidelines and standards.
EPA mold remediation guidelines- These guidelines provide a flowchart of critical steps in mold remediation. Initially developed for schools and commercial buildings, some of the suggestions in these guidelines are often applicable in residential mold damage as well:
- Clean and dry moldy materials
- Discard non-cleanable moldy items
- Dry the non-moldy items within 48 hours
IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard- Professionals from the indoor air quality industry and the restoration industry developed this standard. It guides practical procedures for both small and large mold remediation. SERVPRO uses the five principles of mold mitigation outlined in this standard:
- Provide health and safety
- Document the conditions and processes
- Control mold at its source
- Remove contamination
- Correct moisture problem
Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County for all your needs! We are here to help!
Why is SERVPRO the Best Choice in Restoration?
We are ALWAYS Here to Help!
Serving the Community for over 50 years!
Since 1967 SERVPRO corporate has been a leader in the restoration industry. With over 1,800 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO has created a system that allows for personal touch while giving access to resources on a much larger scale. As a part of that system, We believe that part of the importance is in the name itself, to “serve” and to be a “pro”, as in a professional.
Nothing matters more to us than the people we serve. With every job from our initial call to the last interaction, our customers will know that their wellbeing and peace of mind matter to us. We consider ourselves a company of helpful problem solvers, that value people first, and happen to be excellent with the work of restoration. Much of our heart for people can be seen in our community involvement, and programs we have developed to help our local community outside of our work with restoration. If you are looking for a company that will treat you with professionalism as well as compassion, you have come to the right place.
Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County for your restoration needs @ 419-867-8678. We are "Here to Help!"
Who should I hire for Mold Remediation?
MOLD GROWING ON DRYWALL
Why Should I Hire a Mold Remediation Company?
When a home in devastated by water damage from floods, broken pipes, or leaks, a homeowner may end up having to pay for costly repairs. If you leave water damage untreated, your property becomes susceptible to mold. Mold colonies form when mold spores find optimal conditions to survive. When these colonies develop, they rot the natural construction materials of a building. You should hire a mold cleaning service if your building has untreated water damage and has become rotted due to mold. Signs of mold are:
- Rotting wood
- Falling bathroom tiles
- Visible green sludge on walls and ceilings
Here are three reasons you should hire a mold remediation service:
- They Will Help You Find Hidden Mold
Bathroom tiles will fall when mold colonies consume the grout holding them up. Sometimes, mold can hide behind these tiles. A mold remediation company will first inspect your property to find hidden mold and places with higher humidity levels.
- They Will Dehumidify Your Property
After a leak or a flood, materials that are affected can remain damp even after the water has been cleaned away. Dampened construction materials are ideal hosts for mold, especially if it is located in a dark space. A mold cleaning company will help dehumidify your property to keep mold from rotting wood, drywall, or grout.
- They Can Help Restore Your Property
A company specializing in remediation and cleaning services will help to restore materials that have mold damage. Along with dehumidifying, they can assist with repairing drywall, carpets, and paint. Depending on the severity of the damage, they can also help reconstruct entire rooms affected by mold.
If you have water damage that has been left untreated and has become a hotspot for mold, hire a mold cleaning company to assist you in cleanup and repairs. You can prevent costs from accruing by restoring water-damaged materials immediately. Contact SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County @ 419-867-8678 to help!
How do you know if it's Mold or Mildew?
Mold growing on a wall
Mold or Mildew?
You have seen it in the basement before, and it has now reappeared after cleaning. What is it? A remediation expert has different tests they can perform to figure out if you have mold damage. However, if you don't want to ask for an assessment, then three identifiable features can help you differentiate between these two fungal cousins.
The appearance between mold and mildew growth is often evident. Mildew is typically flat and grows of non-porous surfaces, like tile, making it a nonpenetrating substance. Its cousin, however, loves to invade porous items, growing deep within. Mold also has a more three-dimensional appearance and is often described as fuzzy.
Color can also vary drastically between mildew and mold damage. Mold is often more vibrant and colorful, often appearing in green and yellow. Mildew, on the other hand, is often described as being monochromatic, appearing mostly in greys and whites. However, mildew and mold can both alter their color if they come in contact with other liquids.
When it comes to resilience, mold growth reigns supreme. Mildew can often be removed with over the counter and readily available cleaners. Mold, however, due to its deep-rooted ways, will usually require deep and invasive cleaning practices. For example, porous items might need to be discarded altogether, and non-porous surfaces will typically have to undergo several rounds of scrubbing. Also, because of how mold develops, drywall might need to be removed as well as the insulation behind it.
While mildew and mold damage might both be considered fungal growths, they are significantly different. Therefore, if you cannot figure out which you are dealing with, you are better off hiring a professional to assess your property. They will look for signs of water damage and probably tests the air quality to determine which fungus you are dealing with.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County to come help with your needs to determine the best course of action!
How can frozen pipes affect your Home?
FROZEN PIPE THAT IS BURSTING!
When frozen pipes are flooding a home, SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County is available to respond quickly to disaster and return affected properties to a preloss state. Certified Restoration Technicians undergo training in emergency water cleanup situations per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.
Burst and frozen pipes flooding in neighborhoods can affect more than just one property. In multi-family residences, burst pipes in an upstairs unit can cause ceiling leaks and other disasters below.
SERVPRO addresses flooding by:
- Creating weep holes for drainage in ceilings
- Disposing of water in a treated sewer
- Making flood cuts to remove unsalvageable portions of drywall
- Drying wall and ceiling cavities
- Restoring and sanitizing ventilation with EPA-registered anti-microbial products.
SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County is here for your needs! Call the professionals at 419-867-8678 to help with your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Do I Maintain my Sump Pump?
HOW A SUMP PUMP WORKS
Sump Pump 101
Regardless of whether you live in an area that is susceptible to floods, it is beneficial to consider having a sump pump in your home. An exceptionally heavy rainstorm, rapidly melting snow, or a broken pipe could all be the cause of a flood in your basement that can more easily be managed with the proper equipment. Once you have your pump, there are several tasks that you should do regularly to keep it properly maintained.
The discharge pipe and vent hole, pit, and intake screen are all points that are vulnerable to obstructions. Proper pump maintenance means checking for dirt and debris that could be preventing proper drainage, eliminating anything that is blocking the screen, and clearing things that prevent the float component from functioning. You can conduct periodic tests by pouring water into the basin. The pump should activate and drain the water. Regular maintenance of your sump pump ensures that it is ready for an emergency.
Maintain a Safe Connection
Pumps are plugged into an electrical source, so make sure that yours is plugged into the correct type of outlet (ground fault circuit interrupter or GFCI). You should also check the cord especially if you have any history of rodents in your basement that could damage the cord.
Replace Backup Power
Your pump probably has a backup power source. Test the battery at least annually and replace it every couple of years. The backup power source is your last line of defense in the face of a flood, so if it's been sitting unused for a lot of years, there's a good chance it won't work when you need it to. If that happens and your basement does flood, call an emergency mitigation company like SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County evaluate for safety before you start to clean up.
A sump pump will always be at the ready to protect your home from water damage if it is maintained properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County at 419-867-8678 to help in case an emergency does happen!