Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Residential Mold Remediation

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Remediation Mold remediation

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 – 256-233-4033

Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Mold growing behind the sheetrock

The very thought of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a very big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow on just about any surface such as clothing, paper, carpet, and food. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here is an example of what happens when you have a leaking AC unit on the outside wall of your home. Many times, homeowners can have this problem and not even know it because the mold grown in an area that is hidden. This mold was behind the sheetrock so it was completely hidden. If you discover mold in your home, give us a call and let us help you.

(256) 233-4033.

Residential Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Remediation Mold in a closet

Here is a picture of mold that was found in a closet in a home. The homeowner was cleaning out the closet and found this behind some boxes.

Humidity levels in your home that are too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases it can become toxic.

To prevent this, you can install dehumidifiers in areas of your home that remain moist and humid. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. Dehumidifiers help maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level.

Making sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently will also help to keep your humidity level down in your home. Inspect and replace your filters on a regular basis and keep vents cleaned.

If you have a problem in your home, give us a call at (256) 233-4033. We are here to help.

Mold Remediation

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation This is a photo of mold that grew on a sub floor of a home. When removing the flooring from a water damage, this was discovered.

Mold is a serious problem. For some homeowners, it can cause problems for the foundation of their home and ever cause health problems. Many of our customers want to know how to prevent mold from invading their home and also prevent it from coming back once it is taken care of. These are some very simple steps that you can take to help with the prevention of a mold problem in your home.

  • Keep moisture and humidity in the home to a minimum.
  • Make sure there is good ventilation in the home. Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. Ventilation systems helps to remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home.
  • Cleaning your home to include periodically wiping areas that are not cleaned routinely.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us and schedule and inspection (256) 233-4033

Residential Mold Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Damage This is what can happen when your toilet has a slow leak around the base. The sub floor in this home was covered with mold.

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.

Residential Mold Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Damage Mold caused by a slowly leaking pipe. It was able to be cleaned, treated and sealed.

We aim to get your building back at full productivity as quickly and safely as we can. We offer comprehensive services to make your business “Like it never even happened.” Our services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Water Removal and Drying
  • Mold Remediation
  • Odor Removal
  • Carpet Treatment and Installation
  • Commercial Cleaning

Our highly trained technicians can help locate and fix the source of the problem, remove the water, and treat the affected area. 

The longer water spreads through your building, the more damage it causes—especially as it becomes more contaminated over time. Prolonged periods of moisture in your business can also lead to mold problems. That’s why we’re committed to being faster to any sized disaster.

With our 24/7 service, we’re able to contain and treat water damage quickly, which allows us to save and restore as much of your building and property as possible.

At SERVPRO Limestone and Lawrence Counties, we commit to a “restore first” mentality that prioritizes restoration above replacement to save you money and get you back into your building faster.

Residential Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold This is what mold in a crawlspace looks like. This was caused by excessive moisture and humidity.

Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.

Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. New mold remediation efforts may focus on bringing cleaner air into the home. It's a good idea to think about air circulation. If the air is stagnant, the problem can recur. Ventilation systems help remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home.

Humidity and Mold

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humidity and Mold Humidity can cause mold

Usually, something fairly obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home take you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your  home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or underperforms the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an obvious leak we pay close attention to the level of moisture in the air of your home. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to abate the fungal damage.

Once we contain and remove the mold and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call 256 233 4033 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

What You Need To Know About Mold

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Need To Know About Mold This is a floor that was affected by mold and water damage. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties was able to come and restore it.

Our SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties website gives some neat facts about mold that you may have not known:



  • 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 you have mold in your home, it is nothing to be embarrassed about, however it does need to be addressed and looked at if you question your well-being and your home being negatively affected by it. Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties today and we will glad to assess any mold damage that you may suspect. (256) 233-4033

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties Knows Mold!

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation   SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties Knows Mold! This kitchen in Athens, AL was affected by mold and water damage after a sink had been left running.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties has a team of production technicians that get to be a part of education classes to learn how to handle, treat, and remove mold safely: 



  • IICRC Training

  • Employee Certification Training

  • Initial Franchise Training

  • e-Learnings

  • Continuing Education Classes


It is important to know how to do mold remediation and how to do it as safely as possible. Being educated to know how to remove mold and in a safe way is vital to your home or business and to the health of others. Some of the trainings that SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties provides to it's workers are courses that are several days long because of the amount of quality information our team needs to know about to be able to perform the job as effectively and efficiently as possible. 

Black Mold: What You Need To Know

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold: What You Need To Know This room was affected by mold. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties was called and we were able to do mold remediation is a timely manner.

Black mold is also called stachybotrys chartarum. Mold can cause health effects in humans. In any case, if you suspect or see mold in your home or business, SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties can fix this problem with mold remediation.


SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties uses specialized equipment, educated team members, and a variety of tools to remove different types of mold safely. Some of the benefits of using SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties to help with mold remediation is that we are open 24/7 to help in cases of emergencies, we have a team of highly educated production technicians to do the remediation process effectively and efficiently, and we can work with insurance companies to make the process as easy as possible.


 


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Mold can be hazardous to your health

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold can be hazardous to your health Mold can be hazardous to your health

Mold can seem almost benign due to its slow rate of visible damage and sluggish spreading but make no mistake; it can pose a health hazard to you once it has taken hold. SERVPRO technicians take entire courses on mold safety. There are many species of fungi that can create widely varied situations and problems depending on a high number of factors. If you have uncovered mold in your home, protecting your health and safety becomes a concern, and should top your list of priorities. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you live and work in your home during the remediation service. SERVPRO stance is that mold does cause health effects, we do not diagnose, but we do remediate.

You May Want to Wear a Mask
Timonium mold damage has a potential to cause respiratory health issues, in particular for individuals with weakened immune systems or asthma. SERVPRO technicians have access to industrial-grade protective masks and even suits when needed, and you should, at the very least, try to protect your mouth and sinuses with a mask when working near mold damage. For those with asthma or respiratory issues, the urgency of this precaution is even higher. We firmly recommend that you do not grapple with this problem. Our main advice is to call us to tackle your mold problem. Be safe, not sorry.
 
Hands Off
Some types of mold can produce toxic or infectious byproducts, making the act of touching mold with your bare hands potentially dangerous. In general, you should never touch visible mold growth, as doing so can not only hurt you but also spread the mold to other surfaces. If you touch mold by accident, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching other surfaces.
 
Be Mindful of Other Dangers
Many mold damage cases come with additional problems, whether you are aware of them or not. That patch of mold could be the result of a five-year-old water pipe leak, and in addition to allowing mold growth, it may have already long weakened the surrounding structure. Being aware of structural issues and other types of damage could save you money while protecting your home investment.
 

Call SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties if you suspect you have a mold issue.

256-233-4033

GOT MOLD?

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation GOT MOLD? Mold in Athens Bathroom caused by moisture. 01/20/2017

 


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 – SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties 256-233-4033

Does Your Limestone County Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Limestone County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Limestone County, 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 – 256-233-4033

Mold in Crawlspace Athens, AL.

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Crawlspace Athens, AL. Mold in your crawlspace in Athens, AL? SERVPRO can make it like it "Never even happened".

SERVPRO Of Limestone and Lawrence Counties is your source for crawlspace mold problems in Athens, AL.  Our IICRC certified and trained technicians can diagnose your crawlspace mold problems and eliminate your black mold problem.

The first step in our crawlspace cleaning process is to spray the mold with an antimicrobial treatment to keep the mold from growing and spreading.  We then hand wipe and/or HEPA Vac the floor joists and subflooring to remove the mold spores. The next step is to seal any wood that is showing any signs of water staining. Our technicians will test the moisture content of the wood to make sure that the moisture content level of the flooring is less than 20% so that you will not have further moisture issues. 

We can also remove and replace your crawlspace vapor barrier. A lot of the homes that we visit do not have adequate coverage of their crawlspace floor which allows moisture to enter the crawlspace and create mold problems on the wood. Mold spores in your crawlspace can also negatively affect your indoor air quality as the the air flows up into the home.

Give us a call at (256) 233-4033 to schedule a free estimate.

Crawlspace Mold in Athens AL

11/4/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Crawlspace Mold in Athens AL Crawlspace Mold Removal

Does your home or business suffer from mold in your crawlspace or or on your floor joists or subflooring?

Due to the high levels of humidity we experience here in North Alabama, it is very common for homes with crawlspaces to have some form of mildew or mold growing. Typically most people do not know this until they are getting ready to sell their home and get a home inspection. Although the main cause of mold in a crawlspace is high humidity levels, other causes could be leaking pipes in the crawlspace, or an inadequate vapor barrier.

SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence Counties has professionally trained technicians that can help you with that. Depending on the amount of mold that is present and the severity, our technicians can go in and  disinfect or kill the mold with an EPA registered anti-microbial disinfectant. After the mold has been killed, we then come in and remove the mold spores by wiping or HEPA-vaccuming the floor joists or decking to remove any residual dust or mold. Once that process has been completed, we come in and seal the wood with an anti-microbial sealant so that you have the peace of mind not to have to worry about the mold regrowing in the future. The final step is to remove the old vapor barrier where the mold spores have fallen onto, and replace it with a new one that will cover the entire floor of the crawlspace and prevent residual moisture from seeping up from the ground into the crawlspace and creating future problems. 

Call SERVPRO Today for a free estimate! (256) 233-4033