Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Cleaning Mold Effectively
SERVPRO Franchises all across the country are available to make your home look "Like it never even happened."
There are many safe and recommended types of cleaning solutions to use for the removal of mold spores.
Here are a few different solutions that are used in restoration cleaning:
- Concrobium: Concrobium is generally used on any surface and it works by suffocating the mold as it dries on the affected area.
- Benefect: Benefect is widely used in a lot of different commercial settings like hospitals and various other professional endeavors. It doesn't require wipes after application but does require careful measuring to ensure proper results.
SERVPRO also produces its own line of chemicals that are used by all franchises in their various mold and other projects.
It is very important for the solutions that are used to be of the right grade and the right amount to be used to achieve the right result. If you believe that your home or business has mold problems, it would be wise to have a professional crew assess and determine whether the issue is indeed mold. Call our crew at SERVPRO of Fraser to get your home or business assessed.
Mold from Pipe Bursts from the Polar Vortex?
Even our owner Paul will come out to do the work!
Within the last few weeks, the frigid temperatures and vast amounts of snowfall have caused many breaks within the pipes in the Southeast Michigan region. Even with the temperatures warming up since then, the changes in temperatures can cause cracking around the exterior of your home, which may cause interior damage. Many homes that were left unattended have been affected and are now either susceptible to or have mold within the damaged homes.
If this is the case for your property, please call a professional company like SERVPRO of Fraser to remove any interior mold within your home. By calling in a professional, you can save yourself from a lot of headaches later on because the remediation techniques performed by our staff will remove any chance that mold will ever reside within the affected area of your home because of the storms. It will also greatly reduce the cost of repairs should the mold problems be ignored. Call us at (586) 296-3331 for a professional assessment.
Does My Insurance Policy Cover Mold?
Early detection of water damage will help prevent extensive mold growth.
Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, so removing all of it from a home or property is practically impossible. Mold is found throughout our environment and our body has certain amounts of tolerance towards mold. We try to focus instead on identifying the mold, controlling it before it spreads, overseeing its removal through proper procedures and with the environment of the home in mind. It is also important to ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination, making sure that safety and health precautions are taken into consideration.
Mold can develop on any space that allows for optimal growth conditions. This depends on the conditions in the environment of your home and the different toxins that thrive there. The key to its growth is moisture, which can occur due to temperature changes, roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, or humidity. Mold removal or remediation can be expensive, but depending on your policy, some of the cost may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
If you find that you experience a mold situation, call SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 and we will aim to make the mold within your home or business look "Like it never even happened."
Mold And Your Health
Exposure to damp and moldy environments over time could cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people molds can cause Nasal stuffiness,throat irritation,coughing or wheezing,eye irritation or in some cases skin irritation.The most common form of Hypersensitivity is caused by the direct exposure to inhaled mold spores that could be dead or alive or Hyphal fragments which can lead to allergic asthma or allergic rhinitis. The long term effects of mold is also known to cause asthma and life threating primary and secondary infections in immune comprised patients that have been exposed .Toxic mold exposure has also been linked to more serious long term effects like memory loss, insomnia,anxiety,depression,confusion,trouble concentrating.any other questions feel free to give us a call 586-296-3331
Importance of Ventilation in the Bathroom
Mold in a Bathroom
Mold in the bathroom is a common occurrence. Most often homeowners don't even think about areas in their bathroom which may be mold. There may be staining on the ceiling, discoloration in the grout or a slight odor in the bathroom. Mold can often be prevented in the bathroom. Proper ventilation is important to have in the bathroom. Turn on the fan or open the window when taking a shower to help with the humidity and steam caused during a shower. Be sure to remove wet items and do not let them sit in the bathroom for long periods of time. Also, clean up any standing water right away to prevent the wetness from sitting in the bathroom for a long time. If possible, wipe down the shower/bathtub after use. All of these suggestions will help prevent mold growth in the bathroom. If you experience mold, or suspect you may have mold feel free to give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331. We are here to help.
Why Mold Does Not Impact Everyone the Same
Mold can find itself even in the moldings of your home.
Mold is heavily dependent on many different factors, which results in different reactions. Some people are prone to being sensitized. These individuals are much more sensitive to mold exposure and have greater reactions towards mold. This is due to anything from allergies to their genetic makeup. Often, these sensitivities occur from strong odors as well. Professional mold remediators should always be the first thought when talking about mold removal and how to properly handle the situation. Mold remediators, residential or commercial, are specifically trained in handling mold and are educated and aware of the proper protections and protocol for the safest mold removal.
Just like colds and the flu, the young and the elderly are particularly susceptible and careful precaution should be exercised in those cases. Every home has some degree of spores, but it is important to make sure that your home’s environment mimics the outside environment. In the event that you suspect mold in your home, please call your local SERVPRO experts at (586) 296-3331.
Why You Should Not Use Bleach on Mold
Mold can present itself in the smallest of places. Porous drywall still has the root of the mold spore within the material.
Occasionally, we hear of customers that use bleach to stop mold and we start to shake our collective heads. It may look like it is gone, but really the spores are just hiding in the porous materials of carpet, hardwood floors and drywall. Here are some reasons as to why it is not a good idea to use bleach for mold remediation.
- Various types of bleaches are made with specific purposes in mind. The chemical makeup of these bleaches are not always the same, and can even vary wildly amongst brands. There are much more suited cleaning options for mold remediation that are specifically designed to combat mold growth.
- Liquid bleach has a large amount of health related impacts. Organizations like OSHA and the EPA have stopped recommending the use of bleach for mold cleanup because of the environmental damage it can cause.
- Bleach can actually cause mold spores to grow more because of the chlorine evaporation, leaving behind water that feeds mold spore growth. This is particularly prevalent in carpets and wood floors as the mold spore root tends to reside in the core of the materials present.
If you believe that you have a mold problem in your home, it may be best to call the local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331.
Mold and Crawlspaces
Crawlspaces with long term mold issues can look like this.
Crawlspace mold can be a real problem in a home or building. They often require a lot of time and energy to remediate properly. As a result, these crawlspace projects require special tools and the labor time accumulated can quickly bring up the cost of a project. In order to prevent mold growth in those areas it is important to know that there are ways to prevent growth in those areas of your home.
One such method to consider is to check and make sure that proper ventilation is in the crawlspace. This would prevent mold from developing and can help your home to remain structurally sound and safe. Another area of concern to check on is the foundation walls. If those walls are cracked in any way, water can slip through and accumulate in those areas. Without a proper seal, pockets develop that water can squeeze into and dark, damp conditions often spark accelerated mold growth. If you fear your home or business has an issue and mold has resulted, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.
Mold vs. Mildew
Mildew looks like dust or dirt as opposed to a growth like mold.
Mold and mildew are often thrown together in the same classifications when talking about home issues. The problem is that they do not necessarily go hand in hand with each other. When talking about mold and mildew, it is important to consider the area of impact. Mildew is typically a gray-white and at its worst can turn brown. With Mildew, it only impacts the surface level of a material. If the substance that collects looks to be more of a powder, then it is more than likely just mildew and removing mildew can be done with cleaning products and or vinegar.
Mold has a much greater impact on its material in that it cannot be removed by just wiping down a certain area. The mold spores can attach and form on a myriad of porous surfaces. This means that professional services are often required and the proper remediation techniques to remove mold in a healthy and safe matter. Proper ventilation and containment is essential towards removing the mold in a safe way that returns your home or business into its prior condition. If you suspect that your home has a potential mold situation, please call your local mold experts from SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Conditions of Mold Growth
Mold can grow in the most finite of places, even in crawlspaces.
Mold can grow in any damp or humid area. When the seasons change, the rapid changes in temperatures can often speed up the development of mold. Mold does not grow as frequently in climates that are consistently cold over time, like Northern Canada and Russia. The cold temperatures do not allow for mold spores to grow as the mold spores often rely on damp conditions for its survival. Michigan is unique in that we experience a lot of different weather conditions from spring, summer, fall and winter. Mold growth is most common in the hot and humid months of the year like June and July. There are also non environmental factors to mold growth. Mold cannot grow as frequently if your home is sealed properly and high grade building materials are used in the construction of your home. This can also add to the value of your home. If you suspect that your home has a mold issue, please contact SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com
Most Common Areas for Mold Growth
Mold like this can grow in insulation and other areas of your home.
With the winter months coming, it is important to make sure that your family, close and extended, are living in homes that are safe for the holidays. Here are the most common areas for mold growth.
Crawlspaces: Crawlspaces are notorious for having mold in them. This is mostly due to foundation cracks and can be easily prevented if a homeowner monitors their foundation. If you find cracks, it is important for call a professional to fix those cracks to prevent more moisture from entering the space.
Insulation: Most types of insulation have some resistance towards everyday moisture, but in the event of a water damage situation, it is important to remove that wet insulation as soon as possible. This can prevent the possibility of mold growth, when removed within 24-48 hours.
It is important that if you see mold within your home or business, that the mold be properly remediated by a team of experts. Thankfully, your team at SERVPRO of Fraser is in the local area. If you suspect mold within your home, call your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
The Hurricane Season and Mold
The path of Irma was fierce on the coast of Florida.
After the recent hurricanes of Harvey and Irma, the storms will leave the cities affected with another grave health concern: The development of widespread mold. The mold growth is especially rapid in humid areas like Houston and the Florida Keys. This can be a cause of great concern if the mold issues are not taken care of immediately and can lead to damaged sinuses, COPD, asthma and damages to a person’s respiratory tract. The long-term effects are dangerous and could potentially warrant a state of emergency issued for those communities. SERVPRO franchises across the nation have helped in the cleanup, along with our national Storm Team. Over 500 crews from our franchises have accumulated to expedite the water extraction process so that these families can go home to safer conditions. We want to salute our fellow franchises for the efforts being performed in the areas affected by Irma and Harvey and that SERVPRO strives to make disaster situations “Like it never even happened.”
A Timeline for Mold Growth
The SERVPRO of Fraser crew working on a mold claim.
SERVPRO of Fraser has worked with many mold claims and situations and we want to give our readers a typical timeline for how long the mold growth process takes in a home or business.
- In a controlled environment, microscopic structure will begin to germanize in less than 24 hours.
- Within a week, mold can grow at a microscopic level on untreated, water saturated wallboards.
- In 18 days, a room with drywall exposed to standing water can cause visible mold growth.
- In 21 days, a room temperature environment can have visible mold growth appear.
It is best to try and mold growth from happening by treating it as soon as possible after a flood or major event within your home or business. By remediating the spots where mold could grow and has grown, you can stop the mold from spreading and cut costs regarding the repairs within your home. If you are seeing signs of mold growth within your home or business, call in your local Fraser experts at (586) 296-3331.
Colors of Mold
This is a photo taken of insulation of mold.
Green is a common color for mold, and there are thousands of types of green mold. Green mold can be found on food, carpet, outdoors and a myriad of other places. Because of the various types of mold it can be, it is best for a mold professional to identify the type of mold in question.
Brown, Grey and Black:
These colors of mold can be found outdoors on plant leaves and trees. These colors of mold can also be found on walls, damp carpet as well as insulation. They are often linked to skin, eye and sinus infections. These colors of mold can become a risk to your health without proper intervention.
Blue or White
These molds are usually found on food and walls. The mold of these types generally start as a white color and may eventually transition into a bluish and black color mold.
If you fear that Mold may be present in your home or business, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331.
Unattended Water Damages Can Cause Mold
There was an unknown water leak over several months before it was detected. Mold began to grow behind the baseboards.
SERVPRO of Fraser technicians handle water damages on a regular basis 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 a long period of time. If your home or place of business has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:
- The presence of mold.
- Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect your home or business for mold growth and water damage problems.
If you think that you may have mold issues, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Fraser at 586-296-3331 or email us at SERVPRO9752@gmail.com.
Intrusion of Water May Cause Mold
Mold found on the baseboard and drywall from a long-term leak.
Intrusion of water into your home or place of 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 water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. 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.
If you find mold or suspect you may have mold in your home or place of business, give SERVPRO of Fraser a call at 586-296-3331. Our crew is trained in mold remediation and they will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.
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Types of Containment used in Mold Remediation
Properly sealing off the contaminated area can drastically improve the remediation process.
Containment during remediation is used to limit mold releases into the air and surroundings within a building. By allowing your building to have a quarantined area where the mold affected area does not spread allows for the tenant’s space to have greater chance of cleanliness and also improves the efficiency of the mold remediation process. In assessing the mold situation in a building, you want to find where the source is. In identifying the source, it allows for a greater chance for complete removal of the mold. Depending on the size of the mold area it is important to understand what types of containment methods could be used. The three most common types are surface containment, or the area affected, local containment which consists of the area affected and the immediate area, or a full containment which includes the entire building. By properly assessing your unique situation and creating a plan with one of these methods for mold remediation, then you can implement a plan to begin the removal process of the mold within a building.
Moldproofing Your Home From the Winter temperatures.
The winter weather months bring the cold temperatures and great amounts of snow, but the conditions are also a time for mold to gather within your home or business. Here are a few ways where you can moldproof your building from the dangerous aspects of mold growth.
- One such way to stop mold growth is to make sure your humidity in your home is within a safe standard. Extremes in humidity within your home can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity to about 45% or below.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. They will grow into colonies when exposed to water, resulting in allergens and irritants in your home. By getting a dehumidifier for your home, you are saving your home from developing potential danger spots for mold growth.
- Checking the integrity of your building can help to spot and prevent leaks from forming into zones where mold growth is possible.
- Finally, you can install various plants that capture the moisture in the air and improve air circulation within your home.
By implementing these few variables into your building, it will prevent you from having mold grow inside your home or business and keep your life running smoothly.
Fraser, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, and Warren Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 Fraser 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.
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Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?
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 – 586-296-3331