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Controlling Mold Growth in Your Home or Business

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Controlling Mold Growth in Your Home or Business

Mold cannot be completely removed from our environments.  It is a natural part of our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This isn’t possible.  What you are going to be doing, instead, is removing the triggers in your home that cause mold that cause large amounts of mold growth.

Where Mold is Likely to Grow

Mold is likely to grow in places that are dark, warm, and humid.  These places include kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.  It’s also likely to grow in places that have previously had a water damage that wasn’t dried properly.  If you smell something musty in the air or see black spots growing on your walls, you may have mold.

How to Control Mold Growth

  1. Fix anything that is leaking.  That includes pipes, windows, and roofs.  A leaking structure or pipe that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture.  Most people discover a leaking roof or pipe when they see secondary damage to their home, like a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.
  2. Control the humidity in your home.  Mold likes to grow in high humidity.  An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH).  In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH.  You can purchase a home hygrometer (a humidity meter) and temperature gauge at your local home and hardware store or online for less than $10.
  3. Ventilate humid areas.  Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used.  After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan.
  4. Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.  If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties.  This company should extract water and monitor your property as it dries.  Ask for documentation to verify your structure has been properly dried.

If you find or suspect mold growing in your home, call us.  We will assess your property and, if anything is found, remediate your mold and help you find the cause of the mold and fix it.

Free, No Obligation Mold Assessments

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30 years of experience mitigating water, fire, and mold damages.  We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and respond 24/7 every day of the year.  Call us.  We offer free, no obligation mold assessments, and we’re ready to help.

How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold and Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold?

When a homeowner or commercial property finds mold, one of the first questions we are often is how quickly we can get rid of the mold.

Removal versus Remediation

Mold cannot be truly removed from an environment.  It is a natural part of our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This isn’t possible. We understand mold and mold growth.  We will remediate your property’s mold growth and help make its levels safe for you and other inhabitants.

The Speed of Remediation Depends on the Size of the Mold Growth

Texas requires licensed mold contractors to remediate mold in residential and commercial properties, which SERVPRO of North Irving is.  However, not every mold growth needs to be reported to the state.  It all depends on size.  Our mold specialist will visit your property and tell you if the mold can be remediated immediately or needs to be filed with the state.

Less than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is less than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold does not need to be filed with Texas.  Our mold technicians can begin remediation immediately.

More than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then it falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you; we can give you a list of assessor for you to choose and make an appointment.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a clearance document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the cleanup for your insurance provider or future home buyer.

Be assured that our team of mold specialists will be available and happy to walk you through every step of this process.  

Free, No Obligation Mold Assessments

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30 years of experience mitigating water, fire, and mold damages.  We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and respond 24/7 every day of the year.  Call us.  We offer free, no obligation mold assessments, and we’re ready to help.

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How Mold Grows

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

How Mold Grows

When a homeowner or commercial property manager finds mold, they often want to get rid of it as soon as possible.  When our mold specialists arrive to inspect the property, we’re often asked:

  • Is mold dangerous?
  • How quickly can you get rid of the mold?
  • How will you get rid of the mold?
  • How did the mold get there when the wet spot was way over here?

Is Mold Dangerous?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold may cause a variety of health effects in some individuals and none in others.  People sensitive to molds may have nasal stuffiness, coughing, and eye and skin irritation.  People with mold allergies can have more severe reactions.

How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold?

Mold is a natural part of our environment and cannot be completely removed.  Companies who make the claim to be able to fully remove your environment of mold simply can’t.  Instead, we can remediate mold growth to help the levels of mold in your property be safe for its inhabitants.  How quickly we can remediate your mold depends on its size.  Texas requires a licensed mold contractor to remediate your mold, which SERVPRO of Ellis County is. 

  • If your mold is smaller than 25 contiguous square feet, the mold does not need to be reported to Texas and we can begin remediation immediately.  
  • If the mold is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold must lawfully be filed to be remediated with Texas; the remediation process will, therefore, take about 5 days longer as the documentation is processed.

Either way, our mold specialists will walk you through the mold remediation process and make sure your property is taken care of.

How Will You Get Rid of the Mold?

Our first step when remediating a mold is to set up containment.  We do this to prevent the spread of mold spores to other parts of your home.  Mold is very small, sometimes smaller than a pinhead, and can spread through the air when it’s disturbed.  When the affected has been contained, then we use other techniques to either clean the area or remove the damaged mold-affected structure.  If there is affected clothing, we can transport it back to our cleaning facility and clean that clothing in a specialized machine.

How Did the Mold Get Over There When The Wet Spot Was Over Here?

Mold grows is a dark, warm, and moist environment.  We find it often at and near sources of small water leaks that hadn’t been detected until a water spot presented itself or a homeowner began to experience symptoms of mold sensitivity.  When mold is disturbed, it flies through the air and lands somewhere else, where it can continue to grow if the right environment is present.  Mold can also enter into a home from the outdoors through doorways, windows, the air conditioning system, and even cling to your pet’s fur.  For more information, read our article Where Mold Hides.

Free, No Obligation Mold Assessments

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30 years of experience mitigating water, fire, and mold damages.  We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and respond 24/7 every day of the year.  Call us.  We offer free, no obligation mold assessments, and we’re ready to help.

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Source:

Central for Disease Control and Prevention Article Facts about Mold and Dampness.

What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold? These mold-affected boots were restored by our office after they were in a water damage.

What Do I Do When My Clothes and Shoes Have Mold?

It happens more often than we think it might.  A water damage happens on a 3-day weekend when you decided to go visit some friends in a different city.  When you come back, not only do you have a water damage on your property, but you see that some of your clothes and shoes have gotten wet and now they are mold.

What do you do?

  1. Take care of your water damage.  This is the most important step because it impacts the home you’re living in.  The longer water is allowed to stand, the more thoroughly it will soak everything and have the possibility of causing secondary damage to your floors and carpets.  
  2. Ask your cleanup and restoration company if they can clean and sanitize textiles.  If they say yes, the company should be able to take any affected clothing, shoes, etcetera and take them back to their facilities for cleaning.  Ask your restoration company:
    1. Will you clean the items in-house or subcontract it?  Remember that traditional dry cleaners are not usually equipped to handle mold-affected clothing
    2. How will I know my clothing is safe to wear again?
    3. What if I need some clothing back now?
    4. When will I receive my items back?
    5. Will you work with my insurance company it can be part of my claim?

How Can SERVPRO of Ellis County help?

  1. We are a full-service company.  We can take care of both your water damage and clean your mold-affected clothing.
  2. We’re available 24/7 every day of the year, and we’ll be at your door in 4-hours or less ready to help mitigate your water damage.  As soon as you see a water damage, give us a call.  
  3. We are one of the few Esporta Certified firms in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex.  Unlike traditional dry cleaners, we can clean mold-affected textiles.
    1. We’ve successfully cleaned over 100,000 items.
    2. We have a specialized textile cleaning crew in our facilities that know how to take care of mold affected clothing and shoes.  
    3. Most items are ready to be returned within 2-weeks.
    4. We offer a 72-hour emergency item cleanup, where we clean clothing you need to continue living your life while the rest of your wardrobe is getting finished.  We deliver all items back to you.
    5. We ATP test items to scientifically prove they’re food-grade clean and safe to handle again.
    6. We work with all insurance providers to try to make textile cleaning part of your claim. Since we do not have access to your insurance policy, we can never say anything definitive until we speak with your adjuster.

Mold and Water Damage Items.  Act Quickly.

Water that is not cleaned up will permanently damage almost anything in your home.  Call us as soon as you see a water damage on your property.  Likewise, mold will also destroy what it is growing on if its not remediated quickly.  Mold can eat clothing, leather, and even walls.  If you have mold-affected clothing, we will take them back to our facilities and immediately get in contact with your insurance to try to get your claim approved.  The faster we can remediate your items, the higher the chance of your textiles being saved.

SERVPRO of Ellis County has been responding to emergency water, fire, and mold damages for homes and businesses for over 30 years in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex.  We’re a licensed Texas State mold contractor and offer free assessments.  We're available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us any time.  We're ready to help.

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Mold Growth In Your Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth In Your Home

Mold may cause allergic reactions or exacerbate respiratory problems.  It’s not surprising when we receive a call from a homeowner or a business who wants us to take a look when they find growth on their property.  Sometimes, we even receive phone calls from concerned homeowners asking us to assess their property after a family member begins to experience symptoms.  

What Causes Mold Growth?

Many times, mold is caused by a leaky pipe that hasn’t been noticed.  Mold can begin to grow in as little as 72-hours, yet a small drip on a pipe hidden behind a wall can be noticed weeks or months later.  Mold can also be caused by a water damage that was not handled properly.  If any portion of your structure (or a content) remains wet, mold will likely begin to germinate.  If you find a leaky pipe, contact your plumber and get it fixed as quickly as possible.

What Is Mold and What Does It Look Like?

There are different types of mold.  What you’ll commonly see is black and white spots around the area where the leak or water damage occurred.

Mold spores are microscopic, float in the air, and can exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to completely remove.  When mold has access to water, mold spores can grow into colonies.  Some restoration businesses advertise mold “removal” services, but this can’t actually be done.  Mold can be remediated, not completely removed.

How Do I Prevent Mold?

Get your pipes inspected, especially around your kitchen and bathrooms.  If you have a water damage, make sure that an experienced mitigation company extracts all water and properly dries your contents and structure.  Since mold thrives in high-moisture environments, keep your property’s moisture levels to below 45%.

What Happens If I Have Mold?

Before any remediation can take place, any water leaks must be fixed.  If you suspect mold, hire a Texas licensed mold remediator to assess your property.  Depending on the size of the mold, the remediator will tell you what the next steps of your remediation project will be.  While you wait for help, do not circulate the air in the area you suspect has mold.

SERVPRO of Ellis County is a Texas licensed mold remediator.  We have over 30-years of experience with mitigation and remediating water, fire, and mold damaged properties.  We often receive phone calls from concerned homeowners asking us to check out potential mold growth.  We’re always happy to respond and let you know whether you need mold remediation services.  Give us a call to schedule your appointment today.

SERVPRO of Ellis County services Waxahachie, Ennis, and all other communities in Ellis County plus those surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 935-0827.  

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Mold Remediation in a Business

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in a Business

We understand the negative impact of business interruption, which is why we’ve worked with many businesses in the past to remediate their commercial mold damage either after hours or during the weekend.  We are a Texas licensed mold remediation contractor and can start helping you immediately.

What is Mold?

Mold is fungi that can grow in moist environments and possibly cause allergic reactions to some people.  There are many types of mold.  Some are not typically harmful to humans, while others are considered toxic. Molds release small spores in the air, which can be inhaled.  An indication of mold is a strong musty smell, even when none is visible.  Some mold is clearly visible and appears as black and white spots near a moist source.

What Happens When I Find Mold?

Give us a call and we will come out to assess your property.  We will be able to describe the next steps we have to take to remediate your mold safely and legally.  If the mold is small enough to not need state-filed paperwork, we can begin the job immediately.  If the mold is large enough to involve the state, we will set up containment to keep you and other occupants safe while the legal paperwork is filed and processed.  Our experts will also give you more instructions on-site to prevent from disturbing the mold.

Will Remediation Interrupt My Business Operations?

Many businesses ask us to work after-hours, overnight, or on the weekends to remediate their mold.  We have experienced crews who have done this many times in the past and have had successful results.  We will create a work schedule for your remediation project so your business is minimally or not interrupted at all.

If you suspect mold in your business or see visible growth, give us a call.  We’re always available and always ready to help.

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30-years of experience.  We service Waxahachie, Ennis, and all other communities in Ellis County plus those surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 935-0827.  

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Where Mold Hides

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Where Mold Hides

Mold tends to grow in warm, dark, moist environments.  For this reason, we are not surprised to find additional mold behind walls where pipes are present when a homeowner or business owner has called us for a bit of visible mold on a bathroom or kitchen wall.  Inspecting for mold in places that are not typically is important to keep a safe and healthy environment.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are ideal places for mold to grow since they tend to be more humid than other rooms around the house.  Look around your tub or shower.  Typically, it will be dark green or black on the caulking or wall joints.  Look also under and behind your sink, especially if you have a cabinet with pipes running inside of it and into the wall.  Also look at your exhaust vents.  Mold spores are airborne and can very easily reach your fans and travel to other portions of your house if mold begins to grow in them.

Kitchen

Kitchens are also popular places for mold growth because of their increased humidity level.  Look under your kitchen sink, especially if it sits atop a cabinet.  Also take a look behind your refrigerator and dishwasher.  If you’ve experienced a refrigerator or dishwasher leak in the past, be especially vigilant.

Bedroom

The reason to look in closets it because they tend to be dark and not have a lot of air circulation.  If you put clothing that is freshly washed and not completely dry, that moisture may make your closet a humid environment.

Basement

While not very popular in Dallas, we still encounter homes every now and then with a basement.  If you have a basement, pay attention to any point on the wall that is showing structural weakness.  If you smell anything resembling strong must or mildew but you cannot find a source of moisture, call a mold remediator.

Attics

Attics are often a place of mold growth, particularly if the home or property’s roof has been damaged.  If you’ve experienced roof damage, have your attic checked out for a water damage.  Today, attics are also popular places to place air conditioners and water heaters, both of which have higher probabilities of leaking.

Laundry Room

Make sure that both your washer and dryer are working properly and not leaking.  Heat released by your dryer can make this room humid.  Often, there are vents in these rooms that help humidity escape; also check those vents for possible growth.  

If you suspect or see mold growth in your home or business, give us a call.  We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and can guide you every step of the way.  We’re always available and always ready to help.

SERVPRO of Ellis County has over 30-years of experience.  We service Waxahachie, Ennis, and all other communities in Ellis County plus those surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 935-0827.  

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Mold Growth on Soft Contents: From Inspection of Damage to Remediation or Removal

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth on Soft Contents: From Inspection of Damage to Remediation or Removal Our Esporta Wash System can remove mold growth from up to 85% of all soft contents and restore them to food-grade safe quality.

Soft Contents are anything that won’t break when dropped on the floor--blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, etcetera.  Mold can grow on these items the same way it can grow on walls and floors.  Oftentimes, soft contents are thrown away--even those of high sentimental value like a baby blanket.  However, these items are oftentimes restorable and don’t have to be thrown away at all.  If you have items that fit into this category, we can help.  

 

SERVPRO of North Irving is now a certified Esporta Wash System operator.  We have a skilled team of technicians that know how to restore contents that have mold on them before they are damaged to an unsalvageable state.  Usually, our team can restore up to 85% of all soft contents.  This is how:

 

Step 1:  Content Removal

All soft contents that are covered in mold are removed from site and brought back to our restoration center.  Contents are sorted accordingly.

 

Step 2: Tagging

Contents are tagged for identification purposes so they can be returned to their owner later.

 

Step 3: Washing and Sanitizing

Contents are washed in our Esporta Wash System.  All contents will end the wash cycle with a food-grade safe level of cleanliness.

 

Step 4: Drying

Contents enter our drying room where the humidity level is monitored and no other contents are allowed inside to avoid cross-contamination.

 

Step 5: Packing and Content Return

Contents are carefully wrapped and packaged.  Contents are then returned to our client.

 

If you have a question or would like to schedule a scope with one of our mold experts, give us a call today.

 

SERVPRO of North Irving is proud to be both a licensed mold contractor with the state of Texas and a certified Esporta Wash System operator.

 

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