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Facts on Mold
There are many misconceptions about mold growth, removal and especially cleanup. We are here to help sort things out.
Who Should Do the Cleanup?
Taking on the task of mold removal and cleanup can be overwhelming. If you have a small area, less than 3 square feet, you may be able to deal with it yourself. If the affected area is larger then it is recommended you contact a trained professional with IICRC licensing for Mold Removal.
When searching for the right company, check reviews and customer testimonials specific to mold removal. There are strict guidelines that need to be followed when it comes to mold removal so it is important to check the credentials of any company hired to ensure these guidelines are followed accurately. SERVPRO of East Riverside is certified by IICRC in mold removal and remediation. For more information on these guidlines go to www.epa.gov/mold or http://www.IICRC.org/standards/IICRC-s520/
Mold will grow on wet surfaces, so it is important to fix any water leaks and dry-out moist areas first before focusing on the mold. If an affected area is not dried correctly the mold growth will return!
- Do not paint or apply caulking on moldy surfaces. This will only cover the problem. You must clean the mold and dry it before painting. Paint is likely to peel if the area is not properly treated.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet are recommended to be destroyed. The mold can grow or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials thus making it very difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- The use of chemical or biocides that kills organisms is not recommended. This may disinfect the area but will leave mold spores behind. Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions and may reactivate if the affected area is disturbed, or if the area on which the mold spores are living is moved or exposed. It MUST be removed.
How Do I Know the Remediation is Finished?
- There should be no visible mold or moldy odors present. Staining and cosmetic damage may remain on affected areas such as furniture or wood material. There are specialists that can restore items that cannot be replaced, although the process of restoring items like furniture or sentimental items can be expensive.
- You should be able to re-occupy the area without health complaints or phsical symptoms.
If you have any further questions regarding Mold Removal feel free to contact our helpful hero's at SERVPRO East Riverside either via email SERVPRO10102@gmail.com or directly at #951-222-2224
Why Use Professionals When Getting Rid Of Mold?
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An old saying states that "where there is smoke, there is fire." This principal can be applied to water and mold. If you suspect that your home or structure may have a water leak, then give SERVPRO of East Riverside City a call!
If not treated quickly, standing water inside of a structure can begin to grow mold within 24-48 hours. The EPA recommends that you begin to dry all the affected areas within this time limit to prevent any mold growth (https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211432848-What-is-mold-). SERVPRO of East Riverside City has the proper equipment and training to mitigate water and mold damage. Our technicians will be at your location promptly to perform the proper inspections required to determine what work needs to be done. In the mean time, here are a few tips to keep in mind that can help you prevent any possible mold growth from spreading:
- Stay out of all affected areas
- Turn off HVAC system and turn off all fans
- Contact SERVPRO of East Riverside City
- DO NOT touch or disturb areas with mold or water damage.
- DO NOT blow any air across affected surfaces
- DO NOT attempt to dry the areas yourself.
- DO NOT pour bleach on or utilize any other disinfectants onto the mold.
If you have any concerns at all, please contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside City to come and assist you in a timely manner. Their skills and training will begin the process to full restoration of the damage in your home. They will make it "Like it never even happened."
Identify Mold Types
Know Your Mold
Most of the population can identify the fuzzy growth on their bread or dark patches under the kitchen sink as mold. Before you attempt to remove that patch yourself it is important to identify what it is first.
Disturbing mold can release into the air thousands, if not millions of spores! Which may plant themselves and start to grown elsewhere or end up in the lungs of any one nearby. Knowing whether or not the mold growing is toxic or not is truly beneficial.
Once you know what you are dealing with you can take the needed precautions to protect yourself and the rest of your home. This is why the professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside not only "suit-up" but will set up containment around the affected area to prevent these spores from spreading.
How To Test
It is highly recognized that both surface and air sampling is done to get an accurate evaluation of both the indoor air quality and the specific mold type.
This is done through first a visual inspection; looking at microbial activity, water stains, moisture intrusion, musty odors, from room to room. Checking suspect areas with a moisture meter or thermal imaging camera to detect further moisture in wall cavities. Where there is moisture there is likely mold.
Then samples are taken of both the air in the room as the surface area in question either with a swab or a tape lift. These samples are then set to a lab to be tested and identified.
So, if you suspect you have mold in your home what should you do? Don't panic, call SERVPRO and we can help you through the process. For more information on how to identify mold visit Identify Surface Mold Type
A Hidden Fungus Among Us
What’s that smell?” A wife asks her husband after returning from a long day of work. “Did you leave wet clothes out again?”,she says as she checks the bathroom and hamper where the odor seems to be emanating from. The thought come’s to her mind: could it be mold? If you’ve experienced this scenario in the past, here are some places you may want to check.
There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew growth. 1st the water supply line and 2nd the discharge hose. The Water Supply line needs to be lubricated and properly tightened periodically. The discharge hose involves a hose made of rubber and a clamp. The hose can wear out over time and the clamp can loosen. Check these if your dishwasher is over three years old or you notice an odd smell when opening the door.
Moving a fridge can weaken or break the water line connection to the ice maker causing leaks behind the fridge. Check the connection periodically to ensure that no leak has formed.
Remember, even the smallest amount of water creates the perfect environment for mold growth. All rubber washers need to be tight to prevent leaks. Also, regularly check any hose that supplies or drains water from the washing machine for cracks or leaks.
Hot Water Heater
Most states have laws requiring overflow pans to be installed so that the water is drained outside. Check that your water heater is properly installed. If your home contains an older model water heater, make sure that an overflow pan has been properly added to decrease chances of mold growth.
Under every sink in your home is a “P-Trap” which prevents sewer gases from entering inside. They are often made out of PVC, which has a tendency to expand and contract while in use. This causes the P-Trap connection to eventually loosen over time, allowing water to leak onto the base of the cabinet. Use Teflon tape to seal the P-Trap and check them periodically. Take care to not over tighten the PVC pipe which can cause it to crack.
The most common place on a toilet where mold growth can be found is at its base. The grout around the base serves as a filter between the bowl and floor to keep it from rocking, thus preventing the the wax ring from being compromised and allowing mold to grow.
Mold growth at the base of the tub may be from a leaking or improperly installed shower door. The door needs caulking on all three rails--the two side rails and the bottom rail--to ensure water does not leak out.
Cracks in the caulking allows for water to drip down underneath the tub, causing mold growth. If you have a slab floor, there is an even greater risk for mold growth as holes in the concrete will hold onto moisture and can allow moisture to come from the bottom up. These areas can be filled with liquid tar or expandable foam to seal them.
Exterior Hose Base
A poor connection, missing rubber washer or loose hose can result in water spraying out. This can cause the water to enter cracks or other inaccessible areas where mold can grow. Make sure all holes, gaps or areas around every outdoor water connection have been properly caulked and sealed.
Keep sprinklers away from the house and make sure they spray away from any structure. Also remind children or teens that they may water the garden or use sprinklers to play in, but not to spray the house directly.
By taking proper precautions and being vigilant with upkeep, you can avoid mold growth or catch it h before it spreads. If you do suspect mold in your home or office call SERVPRO of East Riverside for a courtesy inspection.
Why Does Mold Grow?
See something suspicious? Don't try to deal with it yourself but call the professionals at SERVPRO. We'll make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"
Mold and mold spores are a natural part of our environment, both indoors and out. Outside mold plays an important role in breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees. However, indoor mold growth should be avoided. Mold spores cannot be seen by the naked eye and float through the air, traveling inside and outside. Mold begins to grow when the spores land on a wet surface. There are many different types of mold and they cannot grow without moisture.
Effects of Mold
Mold gradually destroys things that it grows on. The research of mold on health is ongoing. For information on health concerns, consult your health care professional or your local health department.
What Can You Do?
Because mold spores are everywhere it is impossible to eliminate spores completely. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. If you see mold growing in your home then you can be certain that you have a water leak or moisture problem. The source of the water or moisture needs to be addressed along with the mold cleanup. If you clean the mold and do not fix the source, the mold problem will return.
- 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 areas within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
For more information on how to clean mold see our blog on the topic Mold Cleanup.
Mold can be a scary word, but the truth is: not all mold is bad. In fact, people can find certain types of mold quite enjoyable. Blue cheese is a result of mold. Edible mushrooms are a type of fungi. Even the antibiotic Penicillin is a product of mold. However, certain forms of mold can be harmful and may cause health concerns for some people.
Those at Risk:
- Infants and children
- Pregnant Women
- The Elderly
- People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
- People with weakened immune systems
Where Does Mold Come From?
Mold is all around us. Some levels of mold in your home are common and normal. Mold becomes a problem when it becomes excessive. Certain conditions feed the normal levels of mold causing the mold to grow.
1- If you have a water leak or flood in your home, big or small, it needs to be addressed promptly and professionally to prevent harmful mold growth.
2- If the humidity and moisture levels are not properly monitored this creates an environment for mold spores to grow and multiply.
3- If water leaks are not addressed at the source any mold can return or even spread.
What Can You Do?
Be alert for moister problems in your home or office. Fix leaks or plumbing issues promptly. A strong, musty odor can be a sign of mold that may not to visible. If you suspect harmful mold, call the professionals.
Do not try to remove the mold yourself. True not all types of mold are bad but it's best to leave any clean up to the professionals rather than risk getting you or your family ill. If not removed properly, you risk spreading the mold spores.
Do not treat the area with bleach. This may treat the surface but may mask the mold growing under the surface or within the walls and other surrounding material.
Do not turn on your HVAC or use fans or air blower in the area with suspected mold. This will spread the mold spores to the rest of your home or office.
If you're unsure about the mold in your home or office call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside City who are trained in mold remediation and can assist and advise you if further testing is required. Our team is IICRC certified and ready to make it "Like it never even happened."
Control Your Mold
A growing concern for homeowners and renters is the possibility of mold. It’s a valid concern as mold can pose real health hazards. This concern is especially valid with schools and commercial buildings which tend to have a high volume of foot traffic as well as occupants of varying ages and degrees of health. Being pro-active is the key to overcoming this concern.
It is important to come to terms with the fact that mold is everywhere. There is no such thing as a "mold-free building". Mold spores cannot be seen with the naked eye. They can become air born with even the slightest of movements and can attach themselves to any surface and begin to grow.
What’s the best way to control mold?
Here are 3 easy steps you can implement right away:
1.)Have good Ventilation
2.)Repair water leaks ASAP
3.)Act Quickly; dry wet areas within 48 hours
If you’re concerned that your home, apartment or office space may have mold, call the Mold Remediation experts at SERVPRO of East Riverside to take a look. The EPR has great information on mold in commercial buildings and school campus’s. You can find it at: www.epa.gov/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide/