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Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Presents: Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

We cannot see mold spores without magnification. The spores can survive almost anything.

Mold removal is impossible.

 “Mold removal”

  • Get rid of all of the mold.

AND

  • Get rid of all the mold spores.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties can’t promise the impossible. It CAN promise mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties is licensed in mold remediation.

 “Mold remediation” 

  • Remove mold colonies.
  • Throw out whatever mold has destroyed.
  • Clean, dry, and disinfect the rest.
  • Identify materials that stayed wet for over 24-48 hours.
  • Throw out those items.
  • Identify moisture sources
    • leaking pipes
    • standing water
    • condensation
    • humidity (40% or higher)
  • Stop the moisture = Prevent mold

Important:

By law, only licensed professionals can remediate large areas. A “large area” is 10 square feet or more.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf        

Different Kinds of Mold

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Different Kinds of Mold SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Condensation and Mold in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties.

There are many different kinds of mold. EVERY SINGLE ONE needs moisture to grow.

Mold doesn’t need a storm or flood. Even a tiny bit of dampness is enough for mold.

Have you seen condensed water on the inside of a window? Have you noticed water droplets near the shower?  That water is more than enough for mold to start growing.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to know: if you control moisture, you control mold.

Control Moisture:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly. Mold can start growing within 24 hours
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Indoor humidity should be under 40%
  • Wipe condensation from windows, pipes, or walls

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties offers these suggestions:

  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers. Low humidity reduces condensation
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers and dryers produce water vapor

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has ideas on reducing condensation:

  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep the temperature comfortable

Links:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

You Found Mold. What Next?

7/24/2018 (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 Weakley, Gibson & Carroll 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 Weakley, Gibson & Carroll County 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 – 731-627-6251

Spring into Cleaning! Windowsill Growth

4/22/2018 (Permalink)

This month, we’ve been talking about spring cleaning. Most of us are already looking forward to the warmer weather and working in our yards but the shift in season also brings something that most of us don’t want: windowsill growth. But not to panic, it’s not always a cause for concern.

  • Tip #1: What appears to be windowsill mold isn’t always mold, so don’t worry too quickly most of the time you can just wipe it clean.
  • Tip #2: To remove it you can use one-part bleach with three parts warm water and remove with a scrub brush.
  • Tip #3: Black mold on windowsills is not toxigenic but it is allergenic, meaning the worst that will happen is that your allergies will flare up.

If you have any questions about mold, don’t hesitate to call us. We have professionals that can determine if it is mold on sight. That’s it for today, we hope you will join us for next week’s Friday lunchtime minute, where you get tips from the PROS. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Does Your Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties Home Have A Mold Problem? In Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties, 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.

What is the best way to get rid of black mold?

We recently talked to Jeramy Link, a SERVPRO mold professional, from our warehouse in Newbern, Tennessee. Why to call SERVPRO when we can find information in Internet explaining how to remove mold on our own? He told us that by calling us, as a homeowner or a business owner, you would avoid cross contamination. You would also prevent getting in touch with mold spores that would “cause bigger issues than you would normally have”.

Jeramy told us that one of the first steps when our team perceives mold is to determine what is the source. “If there is a water damage, we try to find what caused the water damage”. And for that, we use our state-of-the-art equipment! “We use moisture meters, half masks to protect our employees, different virucidal disinfectants, of course gloves, and we also set up a containment”.

The cost of these procedures we implement in your mold affected home or business may vary depending on the source, sais Jeramy. “If you got a roof leak, of course that would cost more than a small mold caused by a leak underneath the sink”. And he continues: “You have to take care of the source first. This is always the important part, because we can come in and clean and we can get rid of the mold, but it doesn’t help if we don’t get rid of the source”.

Jeramy has worked for SERVPRO® of Dyersburg/Union City, SERVPRO® of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties and SERVPRO® of Jackson/Crockett County for more than 12 years. He tells us the story of one of the worse mold situations he has ever encounter so far. “It was probably unattended for several months. We open the door, go in to identify a water leak, because the owners meter was constantly running. The mold was present from the ceiling to the floor!” When our team saw that situation, they actually had to suit up to be able to physically get inside the structure.

We congratulate Jeramy Link, who recently obtained his certification as an Applied Microbial Restoration Technician (AMRT), offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Watch the full interview in our Facebook Page. 

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 – (731) 784-4938

Weakley, Gibson, & Carroll Counties Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Weakley, Gibson, & Carroll Counties 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 ofWeakley, Gibson, & Carroll Counties 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 Weakley, Gibson, & Carroll Counties 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 – 731-784-4938