Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Air Scrubbers on mold clean up

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO air scrubbers green AIR SCRUBBER

Air scrubbers, also known as air filtration devices, are used on various types of clean up projects. We use air scrubbers on mold remediation, sewage clean ups, drywall removal, and deodorization jobs. The purpose of the air scrubber is to help filter out the air of the fine particles that you can’t see. As air passes through the machine, it traps airborne particulate in the filters, releasing clean air back into the area. The critical component of an air scrubber is the high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles down to a size of 0.3 microns. (For reference, a micron is approximately 1/100th the width of a human hair.) The filtered air is very clean, and essentially free of mold spores and dust.

MOLDY CRAWL SPACES

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Wood floor joist in crawl space covered with mold Moldy Crawl Spaces

When was the last time you checked out your crawlspace?

If you haven’t inspected your crawlspace in a while you probably should, and check it regularly as well.  At any time you could have water damage in your crawlspace and never know it. People often think that their crawlspace is just dirt, and the water will simply absorb into the ground. Often, this is true. But larger amounts of water, continuous could mean that it will not dry out on its own quickly. With saturated soil and standing water, high humidity can develop in the crawlspace. If that humidity condenses on the underside of the subfloor and flooring joists, secondary damage can occur. If these porous materials stay wet, mold can grow. With its lack of sunlight and air flow, a crawlspace is a perfect environment for microbial growth.

If you check your crawlspace and see any suspected microbial growth, give SERVPRO a call. We will come out and do a free inspection. We will review the steps that need to be taken to bring your crawlspace back to a safe state. Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County today for your free assessment at 419-867-8678.

Steps for Mold Clean up

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Basement with mold covered walls, with personal belongs still in the basement Moldy Basement

If you notice musty odors in your home, or discover damage that appears to be mold, you should definitely have a professional look at it. A visual inspection from SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County can help identify what caused the damage, and what needs to be done to correct it.

                Sometimes, we may recommend that you have an Industrial Hygienist perform testing. While home mold test kits are a popular, inexpensive purchase at local hardware stores, they are inadequate for proper mold assessment. An Industrial Hygienist is an expert in Indoor Air Quality, and is properly trained to collect samples and analyze them. Once the analysis is done, an Industrial Hygienist writes a mold remediation protocol, detailing the exact steps required to effectively remove the mold. Armed with this information, the professionals at SERVPRO of Bowling Green/West Lucas County can perform remediation services to bring your home or business back to a normal state.

Over Watering

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

The ground surrounding a home in Whitehouse, Ohio was not quite as dry as they owners thought. They had been watering their lawn too much and the water has gone through the cement foundation causing wet drywall and lots of mold.  3/4 of the walls in the basement needed to be pulled out and replaced. 

Don't put mold on hold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

After a large freeze, water pipes may burst which if not dried properly, can lead to a significant amount of mold growth. Our team at SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County's team can provide demolition and drying services, and to prepare the affected area for renovation. 

Our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Response Team is able to complete the demolition and drying services in a timely manner so that your facility or home is not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business or home resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

The Moldy Facts

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County is here to help, just give us a call at 419-353-2300

Controlling Moisture Controls Mold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Controlling Indoor Moisture

When you see moisture accumulating, dry it promptly and deal with the source of the problem. Two basic elements of controlling moisture build up are minimizing cool surfaces and reducing humidity.

Storm doors and windows minimize cool surfaces in the winter by separating the interior from cold, outside air. Double-and triple-pane windows also insulate interior glass from the cold. Pay attention to window treatments as well. Opening drapes and blinds in the winter allows warmth to reach the interior glass. Some condensation may occur, but the improved circulation makes it less likely to accumulate. Insulating cold-water pipes eliminates a common cool surface in warm weather. Straight and angled sleeves let you fit insulation to your pipes — just slide on the sleeves and seal the slits and joints with duct tape.

Your heating and cooling systems can also help control moisture in the home. Gas and electric furnaces reduce humidity with dry heat. Air conditioning lowers the moisture level in the air as it cools. Keep registers open and unblocked to allow good air flow, and have the systems inspected and serviced regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Caulking and weather stripping improve energy efficiency and prevent humid air from entering a home, but they also reduce the air exchange that allows moisture to move out of the house. Bathroom exhaust fans, dryer exhaust and kitchen exhaust hoods that vent to the outside remove moisture that activities such as showering, bathing, clothes drying, dish washing and cooking create. Keep the devices free of dust, lint, grease or anything that could keep them from working efficiently.

Other simple ways to reduce air moisture include:

  • Covering pots while cooking, when possible
  • Leaving room doors open to allow good air circulation
  • Storing firewood outside
  • Covering aquariums

If high humidity is a problem you can't overcome by other methods,remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. They're effective in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms and any room that isn't air-conditioned or has poor air circulation. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified models, which consume less energy than conventional dehumidifiers.

If you are ever concerned about moisture build up leading to mold issues call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County, we can come out and take a look. 

Mold and Your Business

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a favored word among lawyers and a feared word among building owners, employers and landlords.

Lawsuits arising out of mold. Multi-million dollar verdicts are not unheard of. Mold, in the words of some, is becoming "the next asbestos."

Mold has even reached the attention of the U.S. Congress. Last year, Representative John Conyers of Detroit introduced a proposed bill, the "United States Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act of 2002," intended to set standards for indoor mold levels and to provide for related research.

Due to increased public awareness,

almost mounting to hysteria, the number of legal claims is sure to mount. Workers who believe they are being exposed to mold may not want to work, their productivity may decline and they may file worker's compensation and disability claims

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent excessive moisture in buildings. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices since the 1970s, which resulted in tightly sealed buildings with diminished ventilation, contributing to moisture vapor buildup. Other moisture problems may result from roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under a building, or nonvented combustion appliance. Delayed or insufficient maintenance may contribute to moisture problems in buildings. Improper maintenance and design of building heating/ventilating/air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, such as insufficient cooling capacity for an air conditioning system, can result in elevated humidity levels in a building.

If you see any kind of growth in your business call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County at 419-353-2300

Prevention Tips

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold prevention tips include:

  • Repairing plumbing leaks and leaks in the building structure as soon as possible.
  • Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture incursion problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Preventing moisture from condensing by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.
  • Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 70% (25 - 60%, if possible).
  • Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms according to local code requirements.
  • Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots as soon as possible, but no more than 48 hours after discovery.
  • Providing adequate drainage around buildings and sloping the ground away from building foundations. Follow all local building codes.
  • Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.

If you have Mold present call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County today. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 419-353-2300

A Bad Exhaust Fan can Cause Damage

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Without a good exhaust fan inside of your bathroom, it is easy enough for all of the excess moisture and humidity to cause a problem like mold damage. When you shower, the exhaust fan helps remove the steam from the room, therefore minimizing the moisture that clings to your walls. Without it, that condensation has nowhere else to go and can settle on the walls instead. 
 
You may begin to notice speckled green, gray, or blackish spots along the walls inside of your bathroom, and it is most likely mold damage. The excess moisture is the perfect feeding ground for mold spores. On their own, spores are not harmful, in fact, they are omnipresent and impossible to get rid of. However, when they multiply and grow into a colony, they can cause health effects and damage to your home. When you find mold, it is best to reach out for professional help. 
 
SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can swiftly travel to your home after receiving your call. After investigating your bathroom and only finding mold on the walls, our technicians can get to work. Often, mold damage does not require intense or expensive techniques to remove.


First, our SERVPRO technicians can take steps to ensure that the mold damage cannot spread to other parts of your home while the colony is being agitated. We use polyethylene plastic sheeting to create a barrier. Sealing the entryways to your bathroom, such as your door, vents, and over the exhaust fans allows us to deal with the mold without it spreading anywhere else. 
 
After we have set up the quarantine, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can use a disinfectant solution to wipe down your walls and remove the colonies. To be sure no colonies are forming that we can not see yet, we can wipe down the entire wall. Afterward, we can use a SERVPRO approved agent to help prevent regrowth. Once we finish, SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County can remove the plastic sheeting and then leave your bathroom feeling like it did before the mold. 
 
If mold damage finds its way into your home, do not delay. Call for SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County at 419-353-2300. Night or day, we can help keep the mold away. 

Mold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are very small fungi that feed on dead animal or plant material.  Examples of food in the home include wood, the paper backing in drywall, insulation, wallpaper, glues, dust and dirt.   Molds produce spores which allow them to spread to different locations in the home.  These spores can travel in the air or through water and quickly spread to other areas in your home.  Many people are allergic to mold and can develop severe respiratory illnesses.  Allergic reactions can include:  asthma attacks, chronic sinusitis and various other lung problems. Children, the elderly and people with immune system problems are particularly at risk. 

Signs of a mold problem:

  • Musty damp odors
  • Moist or damp areas
  • Warped baseboards or trim
  • Water marks or discolored areas on walls or ceilings

If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County. We can locate and remedy the source of the water and remove the water-damaged materials. Mold will continue to grow as long as it has a source of water.

https://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/eh/healthyhomes/Emergency%20Flood%20Cleanup%20and%20Mold.aspx

An Ideal Meal

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

While cells demand water to live, mold also lacks a crucial component: chlorophyll. Without this vital feature, mold simply cannot make its own food. It is for this reason that the organism seeks out other dead, organic matter as a tasty meal. The following materials in your building could bolster mold growth by becoming food:

• Basements with dirt floors
• Drywall
• Carpets
• Carpet padding

Mold in your home, here are some tips.

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

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 Bowling Green and West Lucas County 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 Bowling Green and West Lucas County is experienced 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 – 419.867.8678

Mold Remediation

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

In any presence of water damage, mold growth or must odors needs to be addressed right away. In all cases, any source of water has to be found and corrected, and the extent of water damage and mold growth figured out. Materials that are water damaged should be taken out of the home or cleaned and dried.

Trained professionals, like our SERVPRO staff, should be hired to take care of any mold damage in West Lucas County. They can develop a site-specific plan and assess the extent of your moisture problem. Whoever you hire, they should be following all EPA guidelines and health regulations to keep them and your family safe during the entire process.

  1. Visual Inspection: This is the most important step in finding a possible mold problem and planning out remediation strategies. The extent of any mold growth and water damage should be assessed visually and the affected materials in your home identified. This visual inspection should include observations of hidden areas where damage might be found, like attics, crawl spaces and behind drywall. Carpet padding and backing, moldings, wallpaper, insulation and other materials that could be harbingers of mold growth should be assessed as well. Our SERVPRO technicians use personal protective gear like respiratory protection and gloves, in efforts to lower the generation and mitigation of any mold and dust.
  2. Remediation: The goal here is to clean or remove any materials that are damaged by mold using work practices which protect you and your family by controlling the spread of mold from the work area and also to protect workers doing the remediation. The known remediation methods were made to achieve this goal, but they are not meant to exclude other methods which could be effective and aren't a substitute for a worm plan that is site-specific. 

Suspected Mold?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Consistent use of your shower, as well as cooking and cleaning appliances can cause mold to spread throughout your property. There are several ways for this type of infestation to run rampant in your home, but what is it, and how can you help decrease exposure? 

If you suspect that your home has mold damage locate a certified professional to assist with the repairs and cleaning before things get out of hand. At SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County we become more aware of molds and fungi, it is our responsibility to understand them, find out why they exist and get the proper help to control the spread in any home.

  • We experience new species regularly: No one knows how many types there are, yet. Molds exist both indoors and outdoors, within our environment, in the air that we breathe, the food and water that we consume, everywhere around us. We also know that various types of airborne molds and spores may cause health effects in certain people if exposed to the right quantity.
  • We have also learned that mold and fungus can grow at the highest rate when inside of warm, damp, humid environments, and spread quickly through the reproduction of microscopic spores. They can even survive harsh dry or cold environments that limit or completely stop normal mold growth, mainly waiting for the right conditions to exist. 
  • Mold growth inside of your home is controllable: It is when things get out of control that you need professional help from a company like SERVPRO. We can help you learn how to control your humidity levels inside and properly ventilate your showers and cooking areas to prevent growth from forming.

SERVPRO technicians can also help you learn which products to use for cleaning smaller contaminated areas. However, when the area exceeds 10 square feet, professional assistance may be necessary to clean the area and mitigate damages properly. It is unlikely that you have the experience or equipment needed to handle a job of larger size and most homeowners find that they make the problem bigger by attempting to do it themselves. We suggest leaving grappling with mold in the hands of the professionals. 

Basement Mold

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold build up in corner of Whitehouse basement.

When a Whitehouse homeowner went on vacation overseas the last thing that they thought would happen would be that they would have moisture issue in their basement. This being left unchecked and with a corner shelf that never got moved, the homeowner had a mold issue that was building up. This picture shows what can happen when a wet basement goes unnoticed for months and it is not properly dried out. SERVPRO was able to come out to the home, help direct the homeowner in what his next steps are and help put the homeowners mind at ease. When all was said and done the basement was gutted and most of the contents had to be disposed of. It was a small price to pay to insure your family's health. 

Attic Mold in Delta

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth in the attic of a Delta home before SERVPRO remediated.

A homeowner in Delta had a company working in her attic when the workers noticed what appeared to be mold in the rafters. They informed the homeowner and she immediately contacted SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County was on site that day and started working in the attic to remediate the mold. Luckily, the homeowner was not storing any of their belongings up in the attic, as this would have made it a much bigger job. After a day of remediation, the mold was taken care of and the homeowner could not have been more pleased. SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County was able to arrive the day that the issue was noticed and make it "Like it never even happened."

You got mold, we got the answers.

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call SERVPRO today 419.867.8678

Mold in Ducts

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority, In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home. Unlike the majority of the duct cleaning services, your SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Professional uses a Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

We can Help:

Remediate Bacteria, Fungi and Mold

Reduce Potential for Mold Growth

Restore Peak Energy Efficiency

Eliminate Offensive Odor

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.

CALL US TODAY at 419.867.8678

Does Your Maumee Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 419.867.8678

Does Your Millbury Home or Business Have A Mold Problem?

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

 In Millbury, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 419.867.8678