Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Here are some things to consider from the American Lung Association about air quality in your home:
- Is anyone smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors.
- Can you see or smell mold or mildew?
- Is the humidity regularly above 50 percent?
- Are there leaks or standing water anywhere—kitchen, basement, attic?
- Are all fuel-burning appliances (gas stoves, water heaters, fireplaces) fully vented to the outdoors?
- Is there an attached garage or basement where cars, lawnmowers or motorcycles are stored?
- Are household chemicals, paints or solvents stored indoors or in an attached garage or basement?
- Have you recently remodeled or added new furniture, carpeting or painted?
- Do you use odor-masking chemicals or "air-freshening" devices?
- Has kitchen or food garbage been covered and removed?
- Have you used pesticides recently?
If you have an ongoing air quality issue, call SERVPRO for further consultation. We have a staff of professionals, certified in all aspects of deodorization and microbial remediation.
Natural Disasters and Mold
When Hurricane Harvey hit, our SERVPRO team responded immediately. Our team heard the news of the hurricane and prepared for the worst. With in a few days, our team was on the way to Houston. Most of our team focused on the rebuilding and restoration of residential and commercial businesses. There was so much flooding and water damage in the area, it was difficult to asses what the harm would be from the water damage.
When severe water damage comes into play, mold is likely to surface shortly afterward. Mold can begin to grow 48 to 72 hours after the water hits the exposed area. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, the area in question had the perfect growing environment for mold. This picture was the result of a ton of water on the area affected and massive mold growth. SERVPRO not only helped with the destruction and devastation in Houston, but they stuck around for the aftermath of the aftermath.
Mold in Insulation
A few months ago a terrible natural disaster hit Houston, Texas. Our SERVPRO team responded and headed down south. After our team responded to calls of storm and water damage, they addressed evidence of mold in multiple locations. Initially, one thinks that a hurricane is going to cause destruction due to heavy winds, rains and flooding. However, the average customer doesn't even think about the mold until the rain water and flooding has done it's damage. Our SERVPRO team responded to several jobs with mold issues after the long hours they put into storm repair.
By this time, our team had been out of state for almost three weeks helping with the aftermath of Harvey. They were going to stay longer if it meant addressing more issues such as mold.
This picture shows water damage in a customer's ceiling, which has insulation. Since insulation has to be removed for the drying process, the SERVPRO team could take the steps needed to address the mold issue. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO.
Mold in your home
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. If you are in need of mold remediation please call our office at (859)225-3193.
SERVPRO has the Mold Infestation Expertise
Mold damage occurs when a natural environmental fungus finds its way into your Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, or Harrodsburg home. It treats many of the organic materials used to build your home as a food source, finds a suitably dark environment, where moisture exists and goes to work almost immediately.
Finding mold damage in your Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, or Harrodsburg area home is quite common. Many homeowners suffer from this problem; some of you may not even know that it exists. Mold growth produces a dank, musty smell in a localized area surrounding developing colonies. If you know what to look for, or are familiar with the scent, it can be easy to identify areas fairly early. Unfortunately, most homeowners dismiss the odor, even after smelling it countless times.
Discovering mold damage often means that a larger problem exists, by the time you can visually see mold, growth is often out of control on the inside of a wall, ceiling, or floor. Professional remediation specialists, like those at SERVPRO, use specialized equipment to locate sources of water that allow mold growth to occur and use containment methods to stop the spread.
In most situations, homeowners that attempt cleaning moldy areas alone create additional problems that expand the affected area and cause additional damage. They do not understand that store bought chemicals only provide them with half measures, never producing quality results. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists never use chemicals as a sole method to control mold growth in your home.
It may be fun to learn which type of mold invaded your home. However, knowing the species of mold does nothing to change the methods used to mitigate the problem. Unless you specifically want to know, just to know, the mold home test kits that you find in your local supermarket are a waste of time and money. Besides, the results you receive from the lab after 7 to 10-days are often incomprehensible to anyone without an advanced degree in biology or medical testing.
Take advantage of mold remediation services available from SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville and Danville today. We stand ready to help you recover and make the most of any emergency situation that may occur.
Contact our office at (859)-887-1123.
Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold in your home
Mold in heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems in Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg homes can cause serious health effects. Every time you turn on the air conditioner or furnace, numerous microscopic mold spores are forced out of the air ducts and into the air, which makes it easy to inhale them. Quick action is important to minimize the extent of the damage.
If you notice the presence of mold on your HVAC system, you can count on SERVPRO to neutralize the problem. Our mold damage control experts are available in Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg areas 24/7 to respond to your emergency. We use advanced tools and equipment in every restoration project, and all our technicians are certified by the IICRC to ensure that our methods are up to date with industry standards.
You need to do something about mold damage in your air conditioning system if you notice obvious signs such as a strong musty smell or visible mold. The most obvious places include the drip pans, cooling coils, intake vents, and air ducts. If there are no visible signs of mold, but you can detect a definite odor, you should contact SERVPRO to inspect your system.
Mold damage in the air ducts should be dealt with immediately. Failure to do this can cause mold spores to spread throughout the house when the system blows air into the different parts of the home. The two main causes of mold in the air conditioning system are organic material and condensation. Condensation happens when parts of the HVAC system get cold.
Air conditioning systems often collect dust over time, both within the air ducts and in the unit itself. Dust is packed with all sorts of organic material, including dead skin cells and pollen, which are excellent food sources for mold. When you add a damp environment, it creates a suitable place for mold growth.
If you are looking for timely and efficient mold damage control services, SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville. & Harrodsburg is always there to help. We have a large variety of resources that are effective at mold remediation, regardless of the extent of the damage. Call us today at (859)-887-1123.