Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Removal Seguin, Texas

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

White corner of kitchen wall with mold growth about 3 feet high. Blue HEPA Filtered Negative Air Machine on the floor working If you think you might have mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties. (830)-379-7474

The Process of Proper Containment.

Finding mold in your home or business can be a stressful event. Knowing what to expect can alleviate some of that anxiety.

When a Mold Remediation expert begins their work, they will be focused on is proper containment of the affected area. Isolation of the area is essential as when removing or disturbing a mold source, large quantities of mold spores become airborne. Without proper containment, these spores could spread throughout the indoors and affect nearby areas causing cross-contamination.

The first step of the containment process is installing a HEPA Filtered Negative Air Machine. This system has a fan that sucks the air from the mold affected area and exhausts it outside and far away from the structure. While the machine works to cleanse the air of airborne spores and create a Negative Pressure Environment, the mold specialist will move onto the second step of containment.

The second step of containment is installing physical barriers in the work area. Most commonly this is done using heavy plastic. These barriers are established to ensure that the affected area is completely isolated from adjacent, non-affected areas. Part of this process includes covering all HVAC Systems, shared airways, electrical outlets, light fixtures and more. Any area that could allow for air to enter or leave will be properly sealed.

By this time, the HEPA Filtered Negative Air Machine will have created a Negative Pressure Environment in the room. That means that the air pressure within the affected area is less than the air pressure in the area surrounding the space. As a result, any mold spores that become airborne during remediation will be controlled and flushed out of the indoor environment!

Air scrubbers and their use in mold remediation.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Air scrubber being utilized on a mold job.

In the mold remediation industry a very important step in ensuring that your home or business is free of mold is to use a “air scrubber” during the mold remediation.  In some cases the air scrubber will be left on site for a few days after the work has been completed to ensure that all mold spores are removed from the air.

The term “air scrubber” is another term for High Efficiency Particulate “HEPA” filtration system. Think of a machine that scrubs the air.  This removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area.  These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants. 

Most mold spores range from 3-100 microns in size, but some can be as small as 1 micron that is why we use a HEPA filtration air scrubber.

Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at 830-379-7474.  We are a mold licensed contractor in the State of Texas.

What to wear before entering a home or building with mold damage.

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Safety - What to Wear

With all the widespread flooding and storms we have been experiencing it is important to take safety precautions before entering a home or building with mold damage. The following is suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as to "What to Wear":

  • Googles or eye protection
  • N-95 respirator or one that provides even more protection (check packaging for "N-95")
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Protective gloves
  • Long pants

We are a mold remediation certified company by the State of Texas.  Our owner, Channing Simon is also licensed by the State of Texas to perform mold testing.  He can provide you with a comprehensive report with what type(s) of mold may be present as well as a protocol as to taking measures to remediate any mold.

If your home or building has been affected by mold, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call at 830-379-7474.

How common is mold in buildings?

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Don't feed mold! Call us for mold remediation at 830-379-7474.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoors where there is moisture. The most common indoor molds are CladosporiumPenicilliumAspergillus, and Alternaria. We do not have precise information about how often Stachybotrys chartarum is found in buildings and homes. While it is less common than other mold species, it is not rare.

Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Mold spores may enter your house from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people and animals, making clothing, shoes, bags, and pets convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors.

When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture, such as where leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some molds. Other materials such as dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation materials, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, commonly support mold growth.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call at 830-379-7474.  We are licensed in Texas for mold remediation.

First Step to Mold Remediation - Proper Containment

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

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When a mold remediation project is initiated, the first step is to set up containment (isolation) of the affected area. One of the concerns when indoor mold is present is the resulting airborne mold spores. Containment will help control the spread of these spores, while assisting the remediation contractor in returning the affected area to normal conditions. The act of removing or disturbing a mold source tends to distribute large quantities of mold spores into the air. If proper containment is not utilized, this can affect adjacent spaces to the work area and cause cross contamination.

The first step to setting up containment of the work area is installing a HEPA Filtered Negative Air machine. This is a fan that is set within the work area which pulls air from the area which is typically exhausted outside of the structure via flexible tubing or ducting. Doing this will begin to draw any airborne mold spores away from the airspace eventually creating a negative pressure environment.

Step two is to install physical barriers in the work area. This is most typically done with the use of heavy plastic. The main goal when creating this physical barrier is to completely isolate the work area from any adjacent, non-affected areas. For example, if mold is present in one room of your home and the adjacent areas have not been affected, the room must be isolated. Depending on the layout, the doorway would be completely sealed with plastic. All HVAC systems or shared airways between other rooms would be taped or covered in plastic. All electrical outlets and light fixtures would be covered. In essence, any area that could allow air communication between the work area and other non-affected areas should be properly sealed.

Once step one and two are completed, a negative pressure environment should be created. A negative pressure environment simply means that the air pressure within the work space is less than the air pressure in the areas surrounding that space. This is achieved when the volume of air being pulled out of the space (through the negative air machine) is greater than the volume of air being pulled into the space. As a result of this negative air pressure within the work space, any mold spores that become airborne through the remediation efforts are being controlled, preventing them from affecting the adjacent spaces and flushing them away from the indoor environment which is necessary when attempting to return the area to normal conditions.

Once these steps have been completed, the demolition work and mold removal may begin.  Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties for your mold remediation needs.  830-379-7474.

The Most Common Household Mold Types

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

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Hopefully you will never encounter a mold problem in your home, but sometimes mold is unavoidable. Here are some of the more common kinds of mold.

Alternaria

One of the more common molds found indoors and outdoors is alternaria. Alternaria usually appears in areas that are damp like the sink, shower, or dark and dimly lit areas outside the home. 

Aspergillus

Another common indoor mold is aspergilus. This mold incredibly common.

Aureobasidium

The aureobasidium mold is most often found on wooden furniture, surfaces, painted walls and wallpaper as well as around windows and in caulk. If you notice a spotty substance that is pink and black in color in those areas, it’s probably this type of mold. 

Chaetomium

Chaetomium mold is found in drywall that has experienced water damage. People typically identify its presence when they smell a musty or old odor in their home.

Cladosporium

Homeowners often find the cladosporium mold inside both cool and warm areas like carpet, wood floorboards, wooden cabinet and older fabrics. 

Fusarium

Fusarium is a mold that tends to grow in colder, wetter areas. The typical homes for the fusarium mold are carpeted areas and similar fabrics. 

Penicillium

Penicillium is a mold that can found indoors inside insulation, furnishings, water damaged furniture, carpeting and more. Penicillium is known for spreading quickly throughout the home.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

Black mold or stachysbotrys chartarum is also called "toxic mold". This is due to the fact that this type of mold creates toxic compounds known as mycotoxins. This type of mold can be identified by its musty smell and is found in areas that stay damp, like air conditioning pipes and ducts.

Serpula Lacrymans

The serpula lacrymans mold is commonly found outside but can also grow inside on wooden surfaces. This mold leads to dry rot within wood as it feeds solely on wooden surfaces. It’s most noticeable by its yellow appearance.

Trichoderma

Trichoderma is another damp area mold. Homeowners often find the trichoderma mold within damp carpeting, wallpaper and similar surfaces. 

Ulocladium

The Ulocladium mold is found both outside and inside. Ulocladium is typically found in areas that have been severely damaged by water like in the floors and walls of homes that have experienced a flood. 

We are a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor with the State of Texas.  If you suspect mold in your home, give us a call at 830-379-7474.

Need Mold Testing?

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Testing - 830-379-7474

Channing Simon is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mold Assessment Consultant and a Mold Remediation Contractor.

His focus is determining the existence of indoor mold growth, type of mold, and the airborne mold spore concentration.

Primary types of lab samples that we recommend to test for mold:

Ambient airborne mold spore samples (air in the breathing space of a room).

  • Wall cavity air samples (air inside of a ceiling or wall cavity).
  • Surface (direct) samples (swab, bulk materials, tape lift).

Mold Inspection and Mold Detection Services:

Complete visual mold investigation of your home, rental property, school, or business designed to identify sources and instances of moisture intrusion and to detect mold.

  • Our findings, conclusions, recommendations, and digital color photographs are assembled into a complete written report.
  • If the mold inspection and mold testing of your property detects a mold problem, we can write a Mold Remediation Protocol (“scope of work”) that provides detailed instructions for a Licensed Mold Remediation Contractor to follow when doing the Mold Remediation.
  • Once the mold has been completely and property remediated, we will perform a Post Mold Remediation Clearance Inspection and Testing to ensure that the job has been done properly.

Testing prices start at $350.00.  Call us at 830-379-7474 for more information on pricing and to set up an appointment

Four Steps to Removing Mold Growth after a Flood

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

This mold was caused by a small water leak that went undetected and caused mold to form under the carpet.

Step One – Remove Affected Materials

Aside from stopping the source of the moisture, it’s important to promptly remove wet furnishings and porous materials from the flooded area to enable a thorough damage-assessment and drying and restoring contents that have not been compromised. 

Some of it - such as wet/moldy carpet, drywall, upholstery and fabrics - will need to be discarded.

Vacuum using HEPA-wet-dry vacuums to remove moisture, mold and soils without spreading allergenic or unhealthy mold and dust particles around your home. According to the IICRC, "It is preferable to use a HEPA vacuum, but a simple wet/dry vacuum can work. When using a wet/dry vacuum, attach a hose to the exhaust and vent the exhaust air to the outside. This keeps dust, spores and other fine particles from being suspended in the air and settling back on clean surfaces.

 In the case of minor “clean” flooding, say from a small burst indoor water pipe, homeowners can remove smaller wet items themselves, but should wear goggles, gloves, long sleeves and an N-95 respirator to avoid exposure to mold spores that may already be present in the environment. 

Clean mold from smooth surfaces using a weak bleach-water solution (1/4 - 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water). Use gloves, eye and skin protection and plenty of ventilation. If you are sensitive to mold or chemicals, have someone else do it.

If the flooding is excessive and/or “dirty” - e.g., from a rising river or sewer backup - expert help is needed to protect health and property.
 

Step Two – Dry It Out and Quickly

 Mold spores are everywhere but need moisture to “germinate” – so drying affected areas is Step Two. Since mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours, quick action is critical.

Aside from obviously wet areas, experts using special meters can check for and locate moisture - even finding hidden wet/moldy places, such as inside wall cavities - and implement techniques to enable a thorough drying-out process. They may also use special fans or “air-scrubbing” equipment with HEPA filters. See also Step Three. 

Step Three – Air It Out

The flooded, wet area will need fresh air and ventilation to dry it out but take care not to spread mold spores around your home by improper “airing”. Consult with an IICRC -certified firm to set up “containment”– a fancy word that means keeping doors closed, putting up plastic sheeting, exhausting air to the outdoors, and other measures to enable the drying and ventilation process without exposing loved ones to contaminated air from the flooded area.

Step Four – Keep it Dry to Keep It Out

The cardinal rule for preventing mold growth is – Keep it Dry. Strive to ensure your home’s insides are staying dry.  It’s also a way to protect the investment of your home, since excess mold growth and moisture will damage the structure, in addition to being unhealthful.

Try to keep indoor humidity below 50% using air conditioning or a dehumidifier. Have carpets cleaned by professionals that use equipment to clean and properly dry your carpet.

Keep mold outside where it belongs.

Tip: Use a water-sensing alarm (battery-operated) in moisture-prone areas such as next to the washer, the hot water heater, in the basement and other possible wet zones, so you are alerted if excess moisture happens.

Tip: If you can’t use a HEPA vacuum to clean, damp-wipe surfaces to remove mold. Put moldy items in plastic (bags or sheets) before you take them out.

Why is mold growing in my home?

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold will grow when it has a water source. This home had a water leak under their sink, you can see the results, the mold spread up the wall.

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. 

Mold Basics

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged area and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

 If you believe you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call, 830-379-7474.  Our Technicians can do a moisture check to see if the conditions are probable for mold growth.  If conditions are right for mold growth, we will be able to establish a plan to take care of the problem, and get you back to exceptable levels. 

6 tips to help reduce the liklihood of mold growth

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

When you do not dry out water-damaged areas, then you get mold containment areas till the mold level is back to tolerances.

Remove the water as quickly as possible.

Depending on the depth of the water, you can use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.

 Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster.

It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process. Carpet and carpet pad will need to be removed if the water damage is from flood waters or sewage leaks. Laminate flooring does not hold up to water damage, it will need to be removed as well.

 Dehumidify the affected room.

Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment you can use to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.

 Steam-clean your carpet.

Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any spores which may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much cheaper than having to entirely re-carpet the house.

 Sanitize walls and baseboards.

Anything that has been touched by storm water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.

 Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun

Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.

Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties – (830) 379-7474.  

Water damage and mold remediation solutions

SERVPRO is the leading company in fire damage, and mold remediation areas. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet any customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties (830) 379-7474.

What's that smell?

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

If you do not want a mold problem, check any where you could have a water leak. Where water is leaking is where mold will grow.

Do you smell mildew, or a musty odor?  Do you see Mold on your walls or cabinets?

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, our technicians have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Some insight to Mold

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 false. 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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 you believe you have a mold problem, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call, 830-379-7474.  Our Technicians can do a moisture check to see if the conditions are probable for mold growth.  If conditions are right for mold growth, we will be able to establish a plan to take care of the problem, and get you back to except able levels. 

What to wear when cleaning mold?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Always protect yourself, if you are going to clean up mold. Sometimes the best protection is calling SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties!

With all the flooding that has occurred, the conditions in your home could be right for mold to grow.  Did you get water in your home? Do you see discoloration on your walls or ceiling? The following is a brief summary of items you will need if you are going to tackle a mold problem on your own.  

Wear an N-95 respirator to avoid breathing in mold or mold spores. N-95 respirators may be found in many hardware stores and from companies that advertise on the Internet. In order to be effective, the respirator or mask must fit properly, so carefully follow the instructions supplied with the respirator.
Wear gloves to avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended.

Wear goggles to avoid getting mold or mold spores in your eyes. Goggles that do not have ventilation holes are recommended. 

When in doubt, give SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties a call at (830) 379-7474 to have a your mold issue evaluated and remediated by professionals.  

5 Signs You May Have Mold in the Home

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

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Most people know that mold in the home can present problems for the health of you and your family. But not everyone knows what to look for. After all, mold in your basement doesn’t always present itself as obviously as green growing on an old loaf of bread. Still, if you wait for more visible signs, you risk deeper, more significant structural damage in your home, resulting in greater removal and restoration costs. More importantly, it allows threats to your respiratory health to grow and fester for longer. If you notice any of these signs of trouble, it may be time to reach out for professional Mold Removal Services.

1. Discoloration on Your Walls

One early sign of mold is discoloration on your walls. This, by itself, may or may not signal that mold is present; other staining on your walls can come from fading paint, water spots, or rubbing against the surface. You can determine whether the discoloration comes from mold in a few ways. The most obvious is textural: if the spot is soft, fuzzy, or fibrous, it has a greater chance of being mold growth. Another comes from where the discoloration occurs. Mold tends to grow more in cool, damp places. A basement and/or near a water heater or water line is the most obvious example.

Finally, if you cannot tell, you can test the sample. Home tests are available, or a professional mold removal service can inspect and test the spots, and the area in general, for the presence of mold. In either case, you want to find out quickly before mold has a chance to spread further into your living environment.

2. Musty Smells

Often, even before you can see mold emerging, you notice a stale, musty smell lingering in the air. It may be subtle at first, but it provides an important signal for potential mold growth in your space. What’s more, because mold spores spread in the air, it can also start clinging to your clothing and other fabrics in the area. One way of figuring out whether that scent comes from mold is to keep track of whether the scent stays away after you address it. Air freshener should help remove the scent from the air, and washing your clothing, shower curtain, or other materials should get rid of it there. If the smell keeps returning, there is a good chance you do have a mold problem. On the other hand, you want to be careful about letting airborne spores spread through your home. Having the air tested can be an important safety precaution to prevent it from advancing into other areas.

3. Cold or Allergy Symptoms

Seasonal allergies are common, and can present themselves in any family.But some of the same symptoms—runny noses, scratchy throats, headaches, and the like—can be signs of mold present in the air in your home.If the symptoms linger longer than normal, or if they come up in times of the year you would not expect, you may want to look into it. Most of the time these symptoms do not become larger health problems, but the symptoms can be frustrating and prevent you or your family from feeling or working your best. And if anyone in the home suffers from asthma, mold spores can exacerbate the problem and bring on shortness of breath and even full-fledged asthma attacks. If you start to see symptoms or breathing difficulties develop in yourself or your family members, have a professional test the areas potentially affected.

4. Soft, Soggy, or Damp Materials

Because mold grows better in cool, damp places, you find a softer, damper feel to materials that it has infiltrated. If you touch cardboard or wood and find it squishy or softer than you would expect those materials to be, there is a good chance that mold has worked its way in. This kind of damage can be troubling in two ways. First, the more mold works into the materials, the weaker those materials become. Deep mold damage can disrupt the structural integrity of your home. Similar to termite damage, mold seeping into your woodwork can create problems that remain invisible until too much has been done to remedy it. Second, when mold works into porous structural parts, it can be difficult or impossible to remediate in a way that allows you to save those elements rather than replacing them. Merely cleaning these surfaces with antibacterial cleaning materials will not remove the problem; you need to work with a professional mold removal service to truly get rid of this level of mold in your home.

5. You See It!

Sometimes you can see mold growing and do not need to do any kind of analysis or deeper investigation. If you see black and white specks on the wall or ceiling, or gathered around appliances that run water, you have mold. It may also appear just as a black or white or orange mass of crystalline structure gathered in those places. If you look with a magnifying glass, you will usually see spores or fibers present on the substance. This is clear evidence of mold present in your home, and something you need to address right away before it can spread.

Get Rid of Indoor Mold

If you see any of these signs of mold invading your home, trying to take care of it on your own is usually a mistake. Wiping surfaces by itself might remove the mold from those surfaces, but it has the side effect of pushing mold into the air where it can do more damage if inhaled. And for all of that, the mold will likely return to the surface you wiped down to begin with! We take a thorough, professional approach to removing mold from the surfaces, structures, and air in your home. When you think mold may be present in your home,Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties (830) 379-7474 for all of your professional mold removal needs.

 

Mold can grow anywhere.

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere, where the conditions are right for it.

Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture present. It doesn't have to be present for an extended period. It can take just a few days for microbial growth to form. The problem can originate from a sudden water release, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated by a state licensed Industrial Hygienist and removed by a state certified professional.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing behind the wall as well. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the environment on the outside, and could create a perfect haven for microbial growth. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back of the drywall could be worse than what you can see on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to preloss condition

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales 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.

Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at (830) 379-7474 for all your cleaning, water damage, fire damage or mold mediation. 

Mold Remediation: A Brief Overview

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

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When you find yourself experiencing a mold infestation, the most effective and appropriate solution is to attain professional mold remediation services. As many remediation experts know, leaving your mold issue unaddressed may cause health effects while also compromising the structural integrity of your property. To learn more about mold and why attaining mold remediation services is so important, consider the following overview:


What Causes Mold?
Mold can begin to grow and thrive on a residential or commercial property for several reasons. For example, natural disasters like fires and flood almost always result in substantive water damage. Because mold grows in moist, water-rich environments, properties impacted by natural disasters are almost always an excellent breeding ground for the unwanted fungus. Pipe leaks also result in the type of water damage that can become the perfect environment for unwanted mold. When mold infestations become so profound that normal removal procedures are ineffective, a specialized modality referred to as mold remediation is required.


What Is Mold Remediation?
Although defined broadly, mold remediation is the process of eliminating mold that measures over 10 square feet. Unlike traditional mold removal methods, Louisiana mold remediation must be implemented by a professional team of experts who possess the specialized tools and techniques to expedite and optimize the elimination process.


The Mold Remediation Process
When you call a professional mold remediation company, they will use precautionary containment procedures in conjunction with industrial chemicals to prevent contamination and further spread of mold spores. The only individuals who should ever complete the mold remediation process are industry professionals who utilize the right equipment, including the ideal breathing apparatus.


Prior to cleaning up the mold spores, your property will be contained through the use of plastic sheeting. The sheeting possesses the level of thickness necessary to preclude any microscopic spores from escaping and invading other areas. The remediation specialists will then use specialized equipment to complete the cleanup and repair processes. Some of the specialized equipment utilized will include an HEPA filtered vacuum, industrial strength cleanser, and a wet vacuum. In the event that you are experiencing plumbing issues or roof leaks that generate mold, you may need to call another specialist. After completing the mold remediation process, your professional remediation specialist will work with you to determine whether any of your furniture and books are salvageable or will require replacement.


Conclusion
If you find your residential or commercial property subjected to mold infestation, it's time to call a team of excellent, efficient remediation specialists. To attain the optimized, expedited remediation care that you deserve, trust the professionals of SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties. For many years, we've helped people eliminate unwanted mold and restore their property to its original, pristine state. Call us at (830)379-7474 immediately so that we can do the same for you!

What to do if you suspect Mold.

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

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 Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties for 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 Guadalupe & Gonzales 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.

Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties at (830) 379-7474 for all your cleaning, water damage, fire damage or mold mediation. 

Air Scrubbers on Water Damage & Mold remediation jobs

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2 of our Air Scrubbers.

Air scrubbers are a very beneficial pieces of restoration equipment that can be used on a variety of jobs. So what exactly is an air scrubber and how does it work?

SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Counties uses only Dri-Eaz DefenedAir HEPA 500 air scrubbers. These are top of the line scrubbers. The HEPA 500 is a portable filtration system that draws air in from the surrounding environment and passes it through an advanced filtration system. The unit removes airborne particles like dust, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and miscellaneous debris.

The HEPA 500 uses an efficient mix of airflow and filtration to create "cleaner" air. The unit's motor draws air into two types of filters - a pre-filter and a HEPA filter. The first stage of filtration captures larger particles, and the second stage of filtration captures 99.97% of smaller particles down to 0.3 microns.

While air scrubbers are typically used on water damage and mold remediation jobs, they are useful on post construction cleaning, general cleaning jobs, and fire damage restoration jobs. For fire damage restoration a charcoal pre-filter can be used to help scrub the air and reduce smoke odor. 

 

Got Mold? ...We can help!

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Who you gonna call if you have Mold? Call SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales Co.

Do you have Mold in your home?

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Understanding Mold

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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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 you have Mold, we at SERVPRO of Guadalupe & Gonzales can help!

Call us at (830) 379-7474