Recent Mold Remediation Posts

What should you know about Mold?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us and with it high humidity and often wet weather. These are prime conditions for the growth of mold. The following list from the U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency describes the problem and solutions.

As you can see, mold can be serious problem. Homeowners can  deal with small amounts of mold; for bigger problems, call the professionals at SERVPRO. We are experienced, trained, and we have solutions for you mold problem.

Mold can cause health effects.

There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outsideUsing air conditioners and de-humidifiers

Increasing ventilation

Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning

Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Mold Remediation by SERVPRO of Bay City

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow under a multitude of conditions present in our buildings every day. Moisture, however,  is the foremost factor that causes mold growth. Specific areas of Michigan are considered flood zones. Flooding can affect virtually every area of a home or business. More water damage in a basement or a building's foundation causes devastating effects. If standing water of any type is not extracted quickly, mold growth and damage can be the result.

If homeowners or office managers experience any mold damage to their properties and belongings, it is most beneficial to contact SERVPRO immediately. Mold spores live and grow through moisture and high levels of humidity. If these conditions are not addressed immediately - within 48 hours, mold will continue to return. These fungi can also produce a musty odor. We specialize in water and mold mitigation and restoration. Our advanced mold remediation equipment and restoration processes help to detect and handle the source of the water problem. 

Each mold infestation requires a particular solution. Our highly trained professionals use an exacting system of inspection, assessment, containment, air filtration, removing mold infested materials, disinfecting, and cleaning your belongings.  We can perform various types of minor and major repairs. To save our customers stress, time and costs expense, SERVPRO can handle the entire mold remediation service. We can handle the initial damage mitigation and the rebuilding, including sanitizing and deodorizing of all affected areas. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, are IICRC certified, with advanced corporate and franchise training. We are also experienced in dealing with your insurance company, and we can assist you in these matters if applicable. We can even assist you with your paperwork for your claim.

Call SERVPRO of Bay City with any questions that you may have. We are available with 24-hour emergency service – including holidays. We are locally owned and operated, which means when you call us, we can respond quickly with the help that you need. Don't try to tackle a mold situation yourself call the pros at SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO Offers Professional Mold Remediation Services for Your Auburn Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Auburn mold remediation provides professional and reliable mold restoration services if the need ever arises. This involves reversing the damage done by mold growth in commercial and residential properties through repair and remediation. It may include cleaning, mold growth extermination of know colonies, sanitizing, deodorizing and the integration of mold mitigation measures and strategies. If a company claims they will remove all mold from your home. Walk away. Everly home will harbor a certain amount of mold spores and possibly small colonies in hidden pockets and voids.

Here are some frequently asked questions about mold remediation.

How Do I Find the Right Mold Remediation Specialist?
The two most important thing to check for are a license to operate and full insurance. This is crucial; if a mold remediation company causes more damage, instead of remediating the current infestations, you need to know that it is covered and can pay for the costs incurred.

Then, do some research and look for online reviews and testimonials. If possible, seek feedback from a previous client who used a similar service to the one that you need. While it is not always a legal necessity for mold remediation companies to have full certification, you should ask for evidence of qualifications and training. SERVPRO provides years of experience with full licensing and certifications as set forth by the IICRC standards. Our technicians then have additional corporate, eLearning, and franchise level on-going education. This is a serious field--mold remediation that requires expertise, experience, and top-notch equipment.

As for cost, it is important to choose your mold remediation specialist carefully. The rates do vary wildly from company to company. The companies with the highest rates do not necessarily offer the best restoration services, so look for a team with excellent qualifications and a lot of experience. SERVPRO will always look out for your best interests and offer you only the services that improve your home and health.

How Do I Know If the Mold Remediation Service is Acceptable?
It is essential that all mold remediation companies perform a final clearance assessment, to make sure that you are satisfied with the work provided. This will give you a chance to raise any issues that you have and ask questions about future prevention measures.

If you are particularly worried about the quality of work, you can seek the approval of a third party company. This third party would not perform any job, but would be paid by you for advice and feedback on the quality of the restoration. This is not necessary if SERVPRO has been your mold remediation company. We do a final walk-through with you to guarantee your satisfaction with our service. We provide ducumention that the moisture levels are reduced, inhibiting the return of a mold infestation. Our record speaks for itself. Your Auburn mold damaged home will be restored to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

How to Know When You Need a Mold Remediation Company

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Linwood mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected. Although mold might seem harmless, it is not. It is something that most homeowners cannot deal with alone. Mold can destroy a house. It is important to know when you need to contact SERVPRO.

Why You Cannot Ignore Mold in the Home
Mold can grow and slowly destroy the structure of the house. It can rot wood and drywall. It can also decompose carpets.

Removing Mold Yourself
It is tempting to think that you can deal with a Linwood mold problem yourself. This might be true if you see just a small amount on a non-porous surface like a metal fixture or a plastic bracket. Bleach can usually kill that mold. Unfortunately, if you spot mold, then there is likely much more on porous surfaces like your walls. It might even be hidden between the walls, under sinks or inside carpets. You do not want to rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you detect mold in your home.

When to Call SERVPRO
You should call a mold remediation company whenever you find a significant amount of mold in one place, or patches of mold spread throughout your house. A remediation company, like SERVPRO, will test your home for mold, seek out the source of the mold and then remove it. They can often repair or stop any Linwood mold damage. The company will be able to use special tools to find hidden mold in your home. They will remove the mold in a way so that spores are not redistributed into other rooms. It is always best to call SERVPRO when you find patches of mold in the house.

Preventative Actions to Take
After SERVPRO finishes, you can do a few things to prevent future problems. Start by ensuring your house is well ventilated to remove excess moisture. Check your insulation since it acts as a moisture barrier. Maintain a good temperature so that the air is not overly humid. If you do experience humidity problems, then run a dehumidifier during the day. These actions can slow or prevent the growth of mold. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bay City is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Bay City community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.