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Help Prevent Mold Growth

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Help Prevent Mold Growth Mold in Gloucester Township sun room.

Molds needs moisture, you're most likely to see mold in damp places such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Molds can also grow on your walls, floors, appliances, carpet, or furniture – they can all provide the food mold needs to grow.

It's impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores in your home, but because mold spores can't grow without moisture, reducing moisture in your home is the best way to prevent or eliminate mold growth. If there is already mold growing in your Blackwood or Gloucester Township home, it's important to fix the problem causing the dampness, and then have the professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township come remove or remediate the mold. If you clean up the mold but don't fix the problem, the mold will most likely return.

Here is some advice for reducing moisture throughout the home with specific tips for the areas most prone to dampness and mold growth:

Around the house:

• Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

• Keep air conditioning drip pans clean.

• Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.

• Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

• Open doors between rooms to increase circulation.

In the kitchen:

• Use exhaust fans to move moisture outside.

• Check for leaks around the kitchen sink, refrigerator ice makers, and other sources of water.

• Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans if necessary.

In basements and crawl spaces:

• Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces.

• Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated.

• Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements.

• Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.

In the laundry room:

• Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.

• Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions.

In bathrooms:

• Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside

• Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.

• Open a window when showering.

• Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.

In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they land on a damp spot in your home, they can start to grow. If you suspect a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township for a free estimate. 856-227-7800. Don’t let a mold situation get out of hand. We are Here To Help.

How To Manage Mold

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Manage Mold Water damage not attended to lead to this mold growth.

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. Molds have a potential for health concerns and this is one important reason to prevent moisture problems that lead to mold growth. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, couching, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or sinus problems.

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. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township Professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If you are experiencing an ongoing moisture problem in you home or office be alert for:

• The presence of visible mold.

• Strong musty odors.

• Any evidence of past moisture problems.

• Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of the Professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to inspect the building for mold growth and/or water damage problems. Contact us to protect your health and your property.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is Here To Help. 856-227-7800.

Mold Remediation in Gloucester Twp., N.J.

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Gloucester Twp., N.J. Gloucester Township Mold Remediation: Day 1 and Day 5

Local homeowner in Gloucester Township noticed the water bill being excessively high in her vacant property. When the homeowner went to the property, the basement was flooded and visible mold was everywhere. A pipe split and went unnoticed for some time. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was called to do the job. Once the basement was emptied of it’s contents, the remediation process could begin. Some of the walls were cut 2’ high and others had to be cut 4’ high or even removed due to the rapid spread of mold growth. Several dehumidifiers were placed to control the humidity in the air. The area was then treated with what we call a “Hepa Sandwich” which is, Hepa Vac all studs, wipe all studs and a second pass with the Hepa Vac. Air movers were placed on the final day to ensure the structure was completely dry.

Testimony from our customer:

“After a pipe split in my house and the entire basement flooded, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township was there. Wayne came in and not only helped professionally but knew exactly what to say to calm me down. Within a few days I went from completely overwhelmed to a sense of calm knowing and watching the crew do what they do best. Their work is incredible. Thank You”

If you see mold, or suspect mold call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

Plant Mold and Mildew: What To Do.

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the home requires restoration professionals like SERVPRO. However, your house plants or gardens can get affected with mold and mildew as well. Over-watering, lack of sunlight or poor air circulation can make your plants susceptible. Plant mildew and mold may look unsightly, eliminating them is usually less challenging than you might think.

Moldy Leaves

Mold can infiltrate your plant’s leaves. To remedy the situation, follow these steps:

• Take the affected plant outside

• Remove mold with a wet paper towel, taking caution to avoid contaminating other areas of the plant

• Cut off moldy leaves that you cannot easily wipe down

• Spray remaining leaves with a fungicide.

• Return the plant to a sunlit area with adequate air circulation.

Moldy Soil

Moist soil is also a potential breeding ground for mold. To alleviate the problem, scoop off any soil surface mold. If mold growth is abundant, you may need to replant with fresh potting soil. To avoid recontamination, allow new soil to dry before re-watering the plant.

Moldy Growth

Plant mildew often appears as a white, powdery substance on the surface of leaves. To eliminate this fungus, follow these three steps: • Wipe contaminated leaves and stems with a paper towel to remove some of the mildew

• Cut off lower infected leaves to reduce the risk of additional mildew growth

• Spray plant with a fungicide, allowing the solution to run off the leaves To avoid damaging the plant, wait a week to reapply the treatment if the initial spray did not kill all of the mildew.

Reducing excessive moisture is a key prevention strategy for houseplants and your home in general. But if a burst pipe or flood causes significant water damage, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township to help mitigate the risk of mold growth inside your home.

Mold Testing: When to Have It Done

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing: When to Have It Done If you see mold have it remediated by SERVPRO Professionals.

When should you spend money on mold testing?

First things first- If you see visible mold—you usually do NOT need a mold inspection or mold testing. If you already see it, then you need to simply have it removed following industry standards. You may wonder, Don’t you need to know what kind of mold it is so you can determine if it is toxic? Knowing what type of mold is irrelevant at this point, a mold professional, like SERVPRO, needs to get rid of the mold. Mold Remediation Principles are followed to remove mold regardless of the color, species, etc.

Mold testing can be useful in certain circumstances, though.

• When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is. Here a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.

• There have been plumbing leaks or water issues and there is a suspicion that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.

• Post Mold Removal Clearance Testing to ensure that the previous mold issues has been resolved and mold counts have returned to levels found in normal environments of the same type.

•Health Concerns: In some cases a doctor or the patient has a health issue that they cannot pinpoint the cause but seems to be related to mold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc). Here, a mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.

• For real estate transactions for the protection of Buyers and Sellers.

• Landlord/Tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.

• Someone thinks they see or smell mold but are not sure.

• Someone is interested in a general Indoor Air Quality test of their environment.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township offers professional mold spore testings. Our technician comes out and samples indoor and outdoor air quality. We then send the samples to a lab to be tested and interpreted. A full report is issued within three to five days. There is a fee for the testing.

If you would like more information on mold testing or mold remediation please call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

Don’t Use Bleach to Kill Mold!

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don’t Use Bleach to Kill Mold! If you suspect mold, Call SERVPRO. Don't use bleach.

Using chlorine bleach to kill mold is probably one of the worst things you can do.

As a matter of fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), stopped recommending the use of bleach for dealing with mold problems. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated their guide as well, removing the suggestion to use bleach to kill mold.

The problem is, it’s true that bleach can kill some mold in some places some of the time.  But, bleach only works to remove mold on hard, impermeable surfaces like bathtub and shower surrounds or tiles. However, on porous surfaces like drywall or hardwood floors, it won’t work to kill mold or keep it from coming back.
Mold spreads its roots deep into porous surfaces.
Simply spraying a bleach solution on the surface won’t kill mold spores at their roots.

Here are some reasons Why you should NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

•   Bleach encourages toxic mold growth on     porous surfaces because it provides excess moisture.
•   Bleach only removes the color from mold.
•   Chlorine bleach is extremely harmful to surfaces.
•   Bleach is extremely corrosive.

You don’t want to use bleach to kill mold because there are many antimicrobial alternatives readily available. The Professionals at SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. have the knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold from your home or business.  We care about the proper restoration of your structure.

If you think you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. to protect your health and property. (856)227-7800.

MOLD in your Coffee Pot?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD in your Coffee Pot? Keep your coffee pot clean and free of mold.

Your clean you wipe and wash your kitchen, keep your dishes done run hot water through your coffee machine from time to time. Could there be mold in my coffee? A study done by National Science Foundation (NSF) found that the largest concentration of germs is located ( no not the bathroom) but in the kitchen. Guess what the top 10 dirtiest items are Kitchen sponges, Kitchen Sink, Toothbrush Holder, Pet Bowl, COFFEE RESERVOIR, Faucet Handles, Pet toys, Counter tops, Stove knobs, and Cutting boards..
  

   A pets bowl is cleaner than  your coffee reservoir? Inside half these reservoirs they found mold and yeast. A staggering 10% have been exposed to Coliform Bacteria.

How is that even possible?
    

     I run hot water through my machine to make the coffee.  I also thought coffee had antibacterial properties to it.  Should those two things be enough to keep the bacteria and mold at bay? Nope not even close for water to work it needs to be boiling NO coffee maker gets water to reach its boiling point. You would sue them for getting burned all the time. The acid in coffee only works on about half of the germs that are found in the pot and filter. If anything the warm moist environment makes it the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria and mold.

    Our bodies are great at adapting. We build up a resistance to these germs that are ingested in small amounts over the course of time. When ingesting a potentially harmful organism  our body does have the ability to filter out some of the infected particles. This is not ideal because the germs too adapt and can slip by your immune system eventually and make you sick.

How to clean your Coffee Maker:

    The frequency is commensurate with how often you use your machine. If you use it for a pot per day I would suggest a through cleaning once a week. If you have a machine that gets more use like a communal one at work a few times a week would be advised. All parts of the coffee machine that can be removed should be for effective cleaning. This includes but is not limited to carafe if there is one, the basket that houses the filter and coffee itself, any parts of the machine that can be removed easily. Make sure you use hot soapy water to eliminate germs, stains, and residue oils left over from making the coffee. Once this is done make sure everything is fully dry before you put your machine all back together.

    Your water no matter how hot or soapy will leave behind elements that can encourage growth because there are minerals in the water. This will have to be removed. Because you drink from this machine it is suggested that you leave the chemicals behind and settle for some natural products. The suggestion is using a vinegar based solution at a minimum of once a month. This will d-calcify the machine and produce a better cup of coffee.

      Here the suggested way to get that done. Fill the water reservoir with half water and half vinegar… Pretend you are going to brew a pot of coffee and put the filter in where you normally would. **DO NOT PUT COFFEE IN IT** Brew this until almost half of the water has emptied into the pot turn off the machine. Walk away and leave everything for about a half an hour. Turn the machine back on and finish the brewing process. Once this is done remove the filter and just run some plain water through the machine. I would advise doing this two times to make sure the vinegar is fully out of the machine. Then do one more rinse of the hot soapy water that is being done once a week. This will ensure the bacteria and mold are not able to grow and make you sick.

   The machine is clean and there is no more mold in your coffee. This should allow you to enjoy that cup of coffee the way it was meant to be enjoyed worry free……. Happy sipping

   You may not need SERVPRO® for your coffee pot, But, if you find any signs of mold in your home or office, CALL US 856-227-7800.
We are Here To Help.

SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp.

Quarantine Methods used by SERVPRO

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quarantine Methods used by SERVPRO In some mold cases, quarantine and containment measures could be used in parts of your home.

SERVPRO Quarantine Methods Used When Dealing with Mold Damage

Depending on the extent and severity of your mold damage, SERVPRO may deem it necessary to put in containment and quarantine measures in parts of your home. These can range in size from a few feet to entire sections of the home but are always designed to contain mold to its current extent and prevent further contamination throughout the home. If the mold is limited, you may not need to worry about containment at all. However, if our inspector does deem the situation worthy of quarantine measures, these are some of the preventative steps you can expect us to take.

Sealed HVAC Systems

One of the most often implemented containment measures is the sealing off vents and air ducts throughout the building. Mold damage in homes can spread quickly through heating and air conditioning lines, especially if the source colony is located near a vent. Sealing off HVAC systems may make temperatures a bit uncomfortable in the home, but it is worth it if the mold can be successfully contained.

Plastic Sheeting

We may put up plastic sheets and barriers across moldy surfaces to keep its spores from becoming too much of a problem. These air-tight barriers are effective at both denying the mold moisture and preventing its spores from reaching other parts of the home, and so are used widely and in both small and large mold remediation projects.

Establishing Clean Rooms and Decontamination Rooms

In some cases, we may need to erect or adapt small areas within the home for decontamination and cleaning of supplies and clothing. Whenever someone - be it SERVPRO staff or the homeowner - leaves or enters the moldy area, they have to go through this special area and make sure that no mold spores can leave the quarantined zone. This stops mold spores from hitching a ride on you and your belongings as you move between rooms.

If you think you have mold, call SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. (856)227-7800.

Our trained professionals will make it
"Like it never even happened."

The Proper Steps to Take When You Find Mold at Home

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Proper Steps to Take When You Find Mold at Home Mold in your Blackwood home.

Mold forms all the time in homes, even when people don’t believe it’s a problem that could happen to them. There’s a misconception that mold damage only occurs in bathrooms and basements, and people who live where humidity and moisture levels are low don’t have a risk of mold damage. This might mean a lesser risk of mildew, fungus, and mold damage occurring, but it’s still a possibility. It’s possible for anyone in any location to find mold in the home or even commercial mold damage at work. It makes it important for everyone to learn the basics involved mold and the damage it causes.

Mold in the home is not uncommon, and it always requires proper remediation. It can be found in bathrooms and basements, but it’s not limited to only appearing in those rooms. Some homeowners find mold in the home in bedrooms if the condition is right. Perhaps a leaking pipe in a wall provided enough moisture for fungus and mildew to form mold inside a wall that migrated outside the walls into the bedroom. When you see any mildew or fungus forming at home or work, it could be a sign of mold. Mildew and fungus both grow when the conditions are just right, which is very similar to the condition in which mold grows. It must have a moist area with a high level of humidity. One of the most common signs of mold in the home is the presence of a smelly odor. This smelly odor might have a hint of must to it. Most people who notice a smelly odor do nothing but use a form of deodorization to cover it up. Deodorization makes a home or office smell better, but it does nothing to kill the mold or minimize the problem.

Remediation and mitigation are both required when mold is found at home or work. A professional mold removal company is going to come to the home or office and perform numerous tasks. Remediation and mitigation occur when mold is identified. There are many different forms, which means finding out which one is invading a house or office is imperative. Once the mold is identified, it’s then removed. Mold removal involves getting the mold at the source, blocking off the area in which moisture occurs, and then performing the mitigation process. Professional mold removal is necessary because it’s the only way to get rid of mold at the source.
Anyone who finds mold at home or work should handle the situation accordingly and not attempt to remove it on their own. This only makes things worse, and mold will grow back .


SERVPRO® of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. can help with mold removal and remediation.Call us if you need help. (856)227-7800

The Truth About Mold

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere. Mold can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Mold plays a very important role in nature- it helps break down dead leaves, plants, and trees. We are exposed to mold daily, meaning removing all mold is impossible.

 

In small amounts, mold spores are usually harmless, but when they find a damp spot in your home or business, mold may begin to grow.

 

Mold can spread quickly, in as little as 48 hours. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, or AC/ heating systems. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor.

 

Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. If mold is found, SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. has the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

 

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be taken care of, or the mold will return.

 

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas in your home or business.

 

Here is a helpful list of specific recommendations to limit your chance of getting mold:

 

• Keep humidity levels as low as you can- no higher than 50%.
• Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
• Be sure the home has adequate ventilation.
• Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
• Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
• Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
• Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

 Every mold damage is different and requires different solutions. SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Twp. understands mold and mold growth, we are trained mold damage specialist who get started quickly to get your home, “Like it never even happened.”

If You See Signs of Mold,

Call Us Today (856) 227-7800

 

Mold Tends To Favor Hard-To-Reach Places.

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Tends To Favor Hard-To-Reach Places. Mold In Hard-To-Reach Places.

Mold In Hard-To-Reach Places.


Mold gets behind walls, under crawl spaces, into tiny cracks and corners, and other unreachable places in a home with relative ease. This is what has allowed mold to survive for so long throughout the planet's history: it seeks out places where little else can grow, takes root there, and spreads out as far as it can go. While this is perfect for the mold, it is bad for your home, as mold eats away at building materials and can even cause health effects for residents. SERVPRO technicians take care to check each of these key out-of-sight areas in most mold remediations, to find out if a colony has taken root without the homeowner noticing.

Under Carpets
Carpeting is one of the most at-risk materials in a home to mold damage. There are a few fundamental reasons as to why carpeting fosters mold growth. Firstly, carpets are absorbent and can store small amounts of any water spilled over them for extended periods of time, giving the mold a suitable and lasting source of moisture to survive on. Secondly, the fibers and weaving of most types of carpeting create the perfect harbor for growing mold spores. We always use thermal, chemical, and sometimes physical checks to determine if mold has worked its way under any carpeting.

Behind Walls
Most of the biggest mold colonies SERVPRO technicians tackle are located behind walls or underneath floors. These areas are static and dark, giving mold the perfect place to grow if any moisture finds its way into the vicinity. Our advanced detection equipment allows us to find mold where you'd otherwise never notice it.

In Cracks And Corners
Mold does not require much space to start growing, making it a tough opponent in constricted spaces like wall cracks and deep corners. We stock an extensive supply of specially-designed tools and materials to root out these almost unreachable colonies, so don't worry if you find the mold in a seemingly impossible place.

SERVPRO of Blackwood/Gloucester Township is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (856) 227-7800.

For more information regarding mold, visit: https://www.SERVPROblackwood.com

Top Hidden Places Where Mold May Grow In Your Home

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top Hidden Places Where Mold May Grow In Your Home Top Places Where Mold May Grow

While there are common places where most people find mold, like around showers and tubs, there are many places in a home or business where mold be hidden. It’s these hidden areas that can lead to further damage from mold which is why it’s important to check them on a regular basis for any signs of moisture or condensation. In no particular order, here are the top places where mold can grow in a home:

  1. Crawl Spaces

Most homeowners never look into their crawl spaces but they might want to. Crawl spaces can easily collect moisture from water seeping through the foundation to moisture rising from the ground. A crawl space should have a vapor barrier on the ground to keep moisture from rising up. A crawl space also need adequate ventilation to allow any moisture that may collect to flow out. Failure to keep the moisture out from your crawl space can result in mold growth on the exposed framing of your home. The mold can eventually lead to excessive damage to all wood surfaces and make its way into the home.

  1. Basements

Basements are similar to crawl spaces but the fact that they are open and exposed to the rest of the house, can result in mold spreading quickly throughout your home via the air ducts and open doors. If your basement smells musty, then you either have mold growth already happening or the high possibility of it occurring. Due to the fact that many basements are furnished and carpeted, there are more areas in a basement that are perceptible to mold growth when compared to a crawl space.

  1. Bathrooms

A good ventilation fan is important in a bathroom not for the odor issues but the moisture issues. This is especially true with bathrooms where there are showers in them. While everybody loves a hot shower, a hot shower also creates a large amount of moisture that can lead to mold growth. Another area where mold may grow is behind toilets and under sinks with cabinets. Moisture can condensate on the toilet tank and wall causing mold to form on the wall.

  1. Under the Refrigerator

Some refrigerators have drip pans where water can collect. If dust or debris get into the drip pan, mold can start to grow. Water can also leak from the water line or drip from the cooling coils. It’s a good idea to check every few months as well as keep it clean by sweeping and vacuuming on a regular basis.

  1. Around the Washing Machine

The washing machine and the dryer are both susceptible to mold growth. If the dryer vent hose does not properly vent out the steam from the drying clothes, it can accumulate in the hose or around the back of the dryer causing mold to grow. Washing machines can also leak and drip down under the machine where dust can gather creating the perfect home for mold growth. Just like the refrigerator, it’s important to keep the areas clean and check underneath them often.

Does Your Home Or Business Have A Mold Problem?

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Or Business 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 – (856) 227-7800

Does your Blackwood Home Have a Mold Problem?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your Blackwood Home Have a Mold Problem? Mold growth at a local property

Mold Damage

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Mold growth is common in springtime with warm temperatures and rain showers.

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 SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township Today: 856-227-7800

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Mold Damage In Your Stratford Property

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage In Your Stratford Property Mold spores are microscopic and can be located everywhere

Mold Damage

Mold spores are microscopic and can be located everywhere. There are thousands in every home and are dormant, causing no problems, for the most part. It takes an open source of water or high levels of moisture in the air to cause these spores to expand and grow. If untreated or removed, mold can quickly destroy building material and other property, costing hundreds (even thousands) of dollars in damage.

If you are concerned there may be mold damage in your Gloucester Township home, call a professional mold damage restoration company for assistance. SERVPRO has extensive training in handling mold and cleaning up property that has been infested by it.

We start by finding the source of the mold and determining just how far it may have already grown. Our technicians use air testers to determine the exact levels which help us plan how to neutralize and remove it. Once we find it, the next step is to isolate the affected room or area. Our response team seals off all entrances and exits using plastic sheeting and duct tape to prevent further contamination of your home. The vents and ducts of your heating and air system will be sealed off as well.

Next, technicians begin to clean the area using anti-fungal and anti-microbial sprays to destroy active spores. Every surface will be sprayed and then wiped down; if the growth is exceptionally thick in some places, we use special scrubbing tools to remove it without damaging the surface underneath. Areas difficult to reach may be cleaned by using anti-fungal foggers that get into every surface and crack mold may hide. These foggers are also used in case your heating and air system has been compromised by the mold. After the ducts have been exposed to the anti-fungal agents, technicians will use specially designed exhaust fans to blow the spores out of your home. When this is finished, we wipe down all of the vents and replace the air filters.

To prevent new mold growth, our technicians also test the air to see if the air moisture levels need to be reduced. If they do, dehumidifiers will be set up at key points to draw water from the air. Once the levels test out to under 12 percent, your home is considered to be safe against new growth. If you are worried about mold in your house, call us at (856) 227-7800 today to schedule an inspection. SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township is here to help restore your home and put your life back together.

Mold Damage Restoration

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Restoration Mold in Sicklerville, NJ

Have you found evidence of mold contamination in various areas of your home? Did you know that it may not be possible for you to control the spread of mold spores all by yourself?

When you discover mold damage in your Gloucester Township home, there are a few things you should know. Beginning with, we are available if you determine that your situation is out of control and you need professional assistance. SERVPRO technicians would like to help educate you more about why mold exists and how it makes its way into your home. It is a constant part of our environment; microscopic spores exist in the air that we breathe, the food that we eat, and almost every facet of our environment.

Mold is rather harmless in small quantities; it only becomes harmful when we provide it with the correct conditions to multiply. However, you should also know that it is impossible to remove it from your home entirely. You can limit the exposure that you experience by properly maintaining and controlling the different water sources that exist in your home.

At SERVPRO we highly suggest that if you discover a water-damaged area in your home, that you find the water source, clean and dry the affected area, or immediately seek help. You need to act quickly; mold only needs 24-48 hours to begin spreading. Your entire home could become infested before you realize what has happened. Mold spores can reach areas that you cannot see and make your situation extremely hard to control.

If you are only facing small patches of mold growth, you can likely handle the job yourself. However, anything larger than three square feet is entirely different. Attempting to handle large contaminated areas could cause you to spread the infection even further, without even knowing. Choosing to hire a professional, like SERVPRO, is the best option.

If you notice that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system contains mold, you need to shut the system off entirely and seek professional cleaning services immediately. Running the system could cause you to spread the contamination, everywhere. When you are facing a mold damage situation and need professional help, contact SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township at 856-227-7800.

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Remediate Your Mold Damage Problem

3/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Remediate Your Mold Damage Problem Mold in Stratford, NJ

The prospect of having mold remediation specialists enter your home and set up decontamination areas is the stuff of science fiction movies for the most part. If you have never experienced extensive mold damage before, it will be an entirely new process. And yes, it can look a little strange at first.

The reality, however, is that containment booths and decontamination areas are a lot less dramatic than they seem. They are very common, and they really are not designed to protect homeowners at all. The primary purpose of mold containment is to protect the property. Mold damage in Gloucester Township homes can spread very quickly if left unchecked.

This guide to the containment procedures used by SERVPRO will tell you a little more about what to expect.

What Does Containment Look Like?

The level of containment will depend entirely on the extent of the problem. Usually, however, we only set up small areas and cause minimal disruption to daily routines. If the mold damage is spreading across a bedroom wall, for example, the SERVPRO team may need to establish a containment perimeter around the room.

While this does mean that you will not be able to enter, there is no danger to worry about. Containment prevents mold spores from being carried out of the space and into other areas of the home. The technicians will wear special PPE suits and footwear, which are treated to neutralize spores every time that they exit the perimeter.

There will be clear polyethylene sheets set up around the affected area. They may be hung over doorways, across carpets, and along ceilings in some cases. If items or materials are removed from the containment space, they will be wrapped in this plastic first. Once again, it can look a little strange, but the SERVPRO team will discuss any concerns that you might have.

What Happens Inside the Containment Area?

The processes carried out inside the containment area are no different to those that are used on any other mold remediation job. The use of polyethylene sheets simply helps to maintain certain drying conditions. The technicians will set up dehumidifiers, negative air movers, and possibly ozone generators to deal with the source of the damp.

It may be necessary to keep some of the machines (such as fans) running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress.

Don’t let mold and mold damage take over your home. Get in touch with the experts at SERVPRO of Blackwood / Gloucester Township. We are experienced, highly skilled, and provide excellent customers service. Call us 24/7 at 856-227-7800

Mold "Removal" v Remediation

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold "Removal" v Remediation Got Mold?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 856-227-7800
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration
  • When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
    • 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.