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Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Excess Moisture a Leading Cause of Mold Growth If you suspect your home or property suffers from MOLD damage call SERVPRO of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek, We're always here to help! (972) 524-3894

When excess moisture is present within a structure, chances are good that in a relatively short period of time mildew and mold growth can, and probably will, occur. Of course, other conditions do play a factor in the equation as well, including a food source like paint, wood and other organic materials.

Given an organic food source, mold can begin to visibly grow in as little as 24-48 hours. For this reason, it is very important to react to moisture problems and water damages quickly and properly to help prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Offering 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can respond to a water damaged structure within four hours under normal circumstances. Prompt arrival enables SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to gather the necessary information needed by the property owner or the insurer, and to begin emergency mitigation services. This helps limit secondary damage to the structure and contents.

A routine of measuring and recording moisture readings will be instituted, allowing SERVPRO Of Kaufman Cuonty/Cedar Creek professionals to monitor, adjust as needed, and maximize the efficiency of the dry down process. Utilizing specialized equipment, your SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals will help make sure that the moisture is not hiding behind walls or under floor coverings- two areas that commonly offer opportunities for mold growth as the moisture goes undetected by the property owner.

Once the structure is dry, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals can provide complete mold remediation services if necessary, which may be the case especially when a water damage has gone unnoticed by the property owner for a lengthy period of time.

Upon project completion, the property owner and/or the insurer will be presented with a complete job file, including signed work authorization and satisfaction forms, digital photographs, monitoring reports, a written project scope, and job estimates.

Contact SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals to learn more about our 24-hour emergency services. (972)-524-3894

Managing Mold in Your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Property

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment 

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians will utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending in the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. 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 or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

The Truth About Mold

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold occurs naturally throughout the environment- both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold spores could probably be found in nearly every structure in the United States, regardless of how new or clean the structure is. That's because mold is no more dangerous than dust or pollen.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

If there us an ongoing moisture problem in your office, your home, or in your customers home, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have cause mold growth

If you suspect your home or business is suffering from a mold problem, call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894 

Facts About Mold

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

12/9/2016

Mold has existed since ancient times. The human species has always lived in the presence of mold. There are over 100,000+ species of mold identified. The unique flavor of bleu cheese is produced by mold.

We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives. Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles. Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful to health.

While the types and concentrations of fungi existing in the environment vary from one geographic region to another, the most common types are as follows: Aspergillus (most common), alternaria, bipolaris, chaetomium, fusarium, penicillin, and paecilomyes. 

Mold Needs The Right Environment To Grow

  • Water, moisture or high humidity.
  • Food (any organic substance)
  • The right temperature (generally 68*F-86*F, but some can grow in 30*F or colder)
  • Lack of Ventilation
  • Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.
  • Some molds can produce toxins if the environment conditions are right.

If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894 

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

From The Ordinary...

Fungi and Mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results. For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other foods. Blue Cheese's unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold.

...To The Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Any water intrusion into your office or your home can result in mold growth. This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose to a health threat. 

TAKE PRECAUTIONS!

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If you think you have a mold problem, Call SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek at (972)-524-3894

Does Your Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

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, our SERVPRO Of Kaufman County/Cedar Creek technicians 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 Kaufman County/Cedar Creek Today– (972)-524-3894