Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Keeping Mold Out of Your Office Building
Whether you live and work in a humid climate, or just in a space that tends to be humid, such as those in older buildings, you or your staff may be experiencing problems from mold and/or mildew or dust mites. Limited ventilation in places such as basement office spaces, or small kitchens/break areas and bathrooms, can cause moisture to build up, even in the driest of climates. It will only take 24-48 hours for a mold colony to begin growing once the airborne spores discover an environment they find attractive.
Using a dehumidifier is one of the best ways you can protect your business from a mold growth invasion. Using a dehumidifier will:
- Reduce humidity levels, making your building less inviting to allergens, particularly mold spores.
- Reduce the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials.
- Help to reduce the unpleasant odors that accompany mold and mildew.
- Allow you to breathe easier by reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system.
- Reduce dust, so you won’t be cleaning and dusting as much.
- Provides a less humid environment for your office and staff, keeping electronics and tools free from rust and corrosion.
- Lower energy costs, helping your HVAC to run more efficiently. When the air in the home is humid, the A/C must work doubly hard by cooling the air AND removing the moisture. Your unit will wear out sooner under that stress.
- Run quietly and efficiently in the background of daily life. You won’t even notice them.
Another way to protect your commercial investment is to have routine cleaning done in all areas where water is prevalent, and keeping these areas dry daily will be helpful here, as well.
The team of SERVPRO of Belle Meade West Nashville is always available to help with your clean up issues in your home or office. Fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention are just some of our areas of expertise.
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Apartment Buildings
Mold can take hold in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right. Once it begins a colony, it is impossible to remove completely, and the best you can hope for is remediation. As an apartment building owner, you are responsible for a lot of people and a lot of living spaces. A mold infestation is one of those things you really don’t ever want to see. Here are a few ways you can stay on top of it:
- Educate your tenants. When a new tenant signs their lease, provide them with literature about mold and how it starts. Make sure the information is written in such a way that anyone can understand it, and make sure all their questions are answered sufficiently. Post this information in all public spaces, especially laundry and pool areas. You can include this information again in monthly emails to all tenants, and post it on your website.
- Schedule inspections. Schedule mold inspections; they can correspond with pest control to make sure your tenants aren’t overly inconvenienced. Engage a professional to check the places where mold is most often found. A person or company with mold remediation experience will know what to look for and what information to provide you with when it comes to problem areas or tenants.
- Regular cleaning. Schedule regular deep cleaning of all laundry areas and pool-related spaces such as public bathrooms and showers. If you have a clubhouse, you will want to include it in this schedule as well. Any place where your property experiences a lot of foot traffic and involves water is a prime place for mold to take hold.
- Patio rules. Institute rules for patio, deck, and balcony areas. This is where people have a tendency to store things, and it isn’t going to help you keep an eye on mold if spots such as these are cluttered and inaccessible.
Being proactive will go a long way towards preventing the outbreak of mold in your apartment buildings. If a mold problem begins, don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville. We are mold remediation experts!
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Hotel
Mold is unsightly and unhealthy, and a mold issue can cost you valuable hotel business. Today, we are sharing some steps you can take to mold-proof your motel or hotel business so your guests can truly enjoy their stay with you.
- AUDIT PROBLEM AREAS. Do an audit of your business premises to identify the problem areas. Are the windows in some rooms frequently damp? Are there any persistent leaks in ceilings or hallways? Preventing mold from taking hold and spreading can be as simple as ripping up carpet or using mold-resistant cleaning and renovation products, or just cleaning out rain gutters.
- HANDLE MOISTURE. Mold can’t grow without moisture, so take care of wet areas immediately. Seepage after heavy rainfalls or melting snow and ice, or even carpet spills or minor flooding due to broken pipes, etc. need to be fully dried within 24 to 48 hours. Make sure any bedding and furniture that may have been affected are either completely dried or removed from the area.
- VENTILATION. Make sure all your staff members are educated as to good practices in the prevention of mold. All areas need to be properly ventilated, from the kitchen to the on-site laundry, if you have one. Your housekeeping staff needs to be trained to keep a lookout for leaking AC units in guest areas, and everyone should know what to look for in break areas, bathrooms, and other areas where they work daily. Dehumidifiers might be appropriate to use, especially in more humid regions or during very wet seasons in your area to prevent water damage and mold growth.
- LEAK INSPECTIONS. Regular inspection of exterior doors, windows, and roofing can expose any leaks or improper fits right away. Even the smallest leaks can, over time, cause a mold issue that can be difficult to eradicate.
- LIVING THINGS. Do you use live plants in your decorating scheme? We know they are beautiful and useful, too; they help to purify the air of indoor spaces, which is a welcome advantage. However, they can also accumulate mold on their leaves and in their pots. Make sure that part of their regular care involves checking for mold. Natural food stores carry products that can be added to water for your plants to keep excess moisture down while being safe for the environment.
- RESISTING MOLD. When it comes time to repair or renovate, keep in mind that there are many mold-resistant products on the market today, such as drywall or Sheetrock. Many paints now include mold-inhibitors, which are a great asset in the battle. Some cleaning products can be a benefit, as well in preventing mold growth.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade / West Nashville, we are experts when it comes to water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation and are here for all of your emergency service needs.
Winter Mold Prevention Tips for Your Business
Winter conditions can naturally encourage mold growth. To prevent mold, you need to control moisture, warmth, and food. However, this is easier said than done. It can be tasking if you don't know where to start. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our best mold prevention tips for business environments!
Waterproof your business premises
Start with properly laid out and maintained plumbing works. Leaking pipes, taps and joints can cause significant moisture in your home. If they go unchecked, they can elevate your moisture levels.
Roofing is another area that you must check. Ensure that your roofing is perfect before winter. Heavy rain or melting snow can seep through cracks or damaged gutters. Check your trenches and channels to ensure that water moves smoothly.
Unclog and clean your gutters properly. If you are unsure of how to do it, we are here to help.
Ensure proper ventilation
Humidity can cause condensation on the surfaces of pipes, walls and ceilings, which can encourage mold growth. Adequate ventilation can foster standard room conditions, which include the right humidity, temperature and quality of air. Rooms that can receive sunlight should be exposed to the natural light whenever possible.
Dustproof your premises
Dust can settle on virtually any surface. Fine dust is a potential vector for dust mites and other allergens. It has a high affinity for moisture, too. Together with humidity, the dust forms a conducive environment for all types of fungi.
Dustproofing and cleaning dust from your premise can help reduce the risk of mildew on your premises. We recommend cleaning from the top down. When vacuuming, use a HEPA-approved vacuum cleaner that can deal with the finest dust particles floating on air.
Reverse ceiling fans
Reversing fans is one of the mold prevention tips that are simple yet effective. Air circulation is important. Ceilings, walls, and other exposed surfaces are at risk of condensation. Clockwise movement pumps air upwards, which reduces the risk of condensation from the top.
Preventing mold is easier than mold remediation. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we specialize in mold remediation and prevention. We know where business premises are vulnerable. We know that mold problems can cost a business significantly in terms of downtime and costly repairs. We hope you can use these mold prevention tips wisely. If you need assistance with your water damage, fire damage, commercial cleaning, or mold remediation needs, please reach out to us at (615) 242-9391.
Changes In the Commercial Insurance Business
We at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville work closely with your commercial insurance company to provide you with a stress-free claims process and manage your insurance paperwork every step of the way. We know there have been changes in the commercial insurance business, and we have a professional staff who will properly and competently manage all your paperwork. Don’t worry about a thing and rely completely on us to provide you with a highly well-trained staff of professionals who will not only take the stress out of your situation but will also provide you with excellent service in getting your insurance paperwork done efficiently and competently.
In the world of the commercial insurance business, there are some changes coming with regards to mold claims, and these changes are something that every commercial property owner should be aware of. More losses caused by mold growth, bacterial growth or fungal growth are being denied than ever before.
How do you prepare for this change as a commercial property owner? The first step can be in looking into Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) insurance policies. Mold growth is the number one source of new claims under EIL policies, and these policies are sold to commercial buildings for any damage or loss caused by a contamination of some degree. However, less than 5% of commercial properties are insured under EIL insurance policies.
How do you get EIL policies?
Good EIL coverages are available at good rates for those commercial properties that have an active water intrusion loss prevention plan that is provided by a certified IICRC firm. Luckily, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is one such certified damage restoration firm! Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we are able to provide businesses with Emergency Ready Programs, or ERPs, which are plans to help a business recover as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster by implementing an immediate plan of action.
With this overall increase in denial rates for mold growth claims, it is more important than ever for commercial property owners to establish a water intrusion loss prevention plan, such as an ERP, in order to better qualify for affordable EIL Policy coverage.
Don’t wait until it is too late and the mold growth has set in on your property! Reach out to SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville today to help set up your ERP. Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Storage Unit
Your storage unit is one of the areas you may not think about as much when it comes to mold growth, so keeping that issue in mind is going to be a good idea. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue here where you are storing items that are important to you, such as paperwork, artwork, equipment, or family heirlooms, just to name a few.
Storage units are often climate controlled, but they still need to be monitored since mold spores are everywhere. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises, even in places that are supposed to be immune.
Here are some tips to preventing mold growth in the first place:
- When bringing any items to the unit, or removing them, check the floors, ceilings and walls for any signs of mold. That musty smell we are all familiar with will help you here.
- Look out for standing water in this area. During storms, your unit could develop a leak due to roofing or wall damage. Alert the storage company and managers immediately, or contact a contractor or building expert to help with repairs on your own property.
- Ensure your storage area is well-ventilated. This information can be discussed with the managers of the storage company. If you are using storage areas in your home or business, you can always invest in a dehumidifier.
- When you are repairing or upgrading storage areas, use mold-resistant products whenever possible. There are many kinds of paint, wood, and other materials available on the market today to help you with these types of projects.
Keeping mold out of your storage units and storage areas will keep your important items safe and in good repair.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (615) 242-9391, or visit our website:SERVPRO of Belle Meade/West Nashville
TOP THREE PLACES TO CHECK FOR MOLD GROWTH
Mold. Just hearing the word can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. And it can show up so fast that it can be shocking! Just knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.
Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:
The bathroom. This almost goes without saying, since everyone knows that mold likes water. And water is the name of the game when it comes to the bath area! Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, and that can be a great help.
The kitchen. This area of your home is also a watery place, and it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed. The trick is not giving them a place to land and settle!
The laundry room. This room, since it has large appliances, also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected. Make sure spills are cleaned and dried right away, as well.
Other areas to keep an eye on: hall closets, your garage, and/or basement.
SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is always here to help you with any issues related to water damage in your home or business, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (615) 913 4280, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SUMMER SHOWERS
As Spring rolls around into Summer, you are probably thinking about sunshine. The pool will be open, and the grill will be in use again. It’s a great time of year!
But Summer is also a time for rain showers in most of the country, and one thing you can expect from summertime showers is that they come up fast and bring a lot of moisture with them! Here are some things homeowners need to consider:
- Roofs and gutters. It’s obvious to think about the condition of your roof and rain gutters in the fall, before the winter weather hits. But if they are not well-maintained after snow, ice, and winter storms, a simple summertime rain shower can create its own problems for you. Inspect these areas closely in readiness for a downpour so that you can spend the rest of your summer worry-free.
- Garden drainage. If you have planted vegetables and/or flowers this year, you will be looking forward to the yields this project will bring. Take a good look at the drainage surrounding any garden or landscaping area and make sure water can escape if there is an abundance during a summer downpour.
- Outdoor furniture. Some summer showers can last for an extended period of time and that can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture if it hasn’t been maintained from the prior year. There are many paint and finishing products available that will do a great job protecting your furniture from weathering.
- Humidity. Summer rain storms can last for several hours, and even a day or two. In these weather conditions, you might feel the effects of extended rain showers by experiencing a higher interior humidity level. Mold can grow pretty quickly in these conditions! Investing in dehumidifiers for your home can greatly reduce the chances of a mold infestation and keep your interior air quality at healthy levels.
Here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville, we care about your personal property and your business. Call us at (615) 013 4280 if you need any assistance with damages from water or fire. And remember, we are mold remediation experts! Our website is: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Handling Mold in Your Carpet
In areas where the weather is often humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold spores and growth can be a challenge. With daily in and out foot traffic, dirt and dust and other contaminants are tracked onto the carpet, and it can be quite a challenge to keep those carpets spotless!
Here are some helpful tips for you to use if you do find mold spots:
- If the carpet or rug can be taken outside, do so as soon as spots are found.
- Sweep the affected area with a broom to loosen the mold growth.
- Vacuum the area to remove as much mold as possible, and empty the vacuum bag into the garbage immediately.
- Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, scrub the affected area with the solution.
- Let it dry in the sun, as this is one of the best ways to disinfect material. If you cannot take it outside, pat it dry using dry towels or rags.
You can also use this method for the purpose of cleansing your carpet of mold:
- Scrub the affected areas with a rag soaked in dishwashing detergent and water, or do a base clean with a steam cleaner.
- Using household bleach with a gallon of water, soak the mold patch for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Using a steam cleaner, suck up the liquid, and then pat the carpet dry or remove outside into the sunshine.
If the mold growth is too much for you to handle on your own, or you would like the assistance of professionals, SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville has the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs!
The team at SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as clean up after a flood and/or fire damage and water damage. Call us today at (615) 913 4280!
Or visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
HOW TO DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH
We all know that a humidity level in your home that is too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions, establishing a significant colony within 24-48 hours. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases the situation can become toxic to those with respiratory problems. Children, older people, and pets can be especially susceptible to this danger.
Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to prevent this situation. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. A dehumidifier will help to maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which saves you money and helps to stunt or prevent any mold growth. Small units are available at reasonable prices, so you can put one in every room of the house that is devoted to water: the bath, laundry, and the kitchen!
Making sure your HVAC system is running at its most efficient will help to keep down your humidity levels, as well. Vents should be cleaned before the wetter months and replacing filters before every season is always a good idea.
Running fans when it’s humid outside helps to keep the damp down and cool you off at the same time. Circulating air keeps everything drier. If it’s more humid inside than out, crack a window.
Give your houseplants some outside time, as well; potting soil is wet, of course, since you must water your plants, so putting them out in the sunshine can be helpful. The leaves of a houseplant can also sustain mold growth, and you will want to keep an eye on that. There are natural solutions that can be applied to take care of this issue.
Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville at (615) 913 4280 for all your larger cleanup projects after a fire or flood. We are also experts in mold remediation! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Nashville Business
The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Yes, mold can be beneficial, used in making brie or penicillin, but it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings.
It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.
Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:
- Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
- Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
- Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Belle Meade business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
- Monitoring the humidity indoors in your Belle Meade business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.
Contact the SERVPRO team of Belle Meade/ West Nashville for all your water or fire damage needs, or if you need assistance with mold prevention or remediation! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville
Or give us a call at (615) 358 0603. We’re here for you!
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
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Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful or even fatal to humans. At low levels of exposure, spores can cause respiratory problems and irritation; at severe levels of exposure, it can cause bleeding in the lungs and severe nausea and vomiting.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Belle Meade for professional mold remediation services in the Nashville area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Belle Meade has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.
How to Keep Mold from Coming Back
Bathrooms are more susceptible to mold damage because of excess moisture.
Mold is a serious problem. For some Nashville homeowners, it can cause problems for the foundation of their home and even trigger health issues. At SERVPRO of Belle Meade, we know how dangerous it is. Many of our clients want to know how to prevent mold from coming into their home and prevent it from coming back. Many homeowners are delighted to learn there are easy steps they can take that will help with mold remediation. Such steps can help make sure the mold stays away from all areas of your home.
Moisture and Humidity
This problem is frequently caused by too much moisture and humidity in the home. Water encourages the growth of spores. If the initial treatment did not stop the problem, it's a good idea to think about where water in the home originates. We do our best to examine each area to make sure there is no problem with water. However, sometimes things can be missed. Water may be coming from other areas of the home as a result of a new problem. In that case, steps need to be taken to remove the moisture again.
Clean, fresh air can help get rid of mold. New mold remediation efforts may focus on bringing cleaner air into the home. It's a good idea to think about air circulation. If the air is stagnant, the problem can recur. Items like a ventilation system in each bathroom can help. Ventilation systems help remove water vapor and improve air circulation in your home. They're easy to install and can be turned on after a quick shower to remove the moisture in the air.
In addition to a ventilation system and a complete inspection of the property, it also helps to clean as often as possible. Cleaning helps with mold remediation efforts by keeping humidity and moisture at bay. Spills should be mopped up quickly. Vinegar is an effective cleaning agent that kills most mold species instantly. Distilled vinegar can be poured into a spray bottle and used to clean the walls each month. This will help kill any new spore growths. Wipe it down after cleaning to keep moisture out of your home.
Benefits of Mold Remediation
Don't let a moldy situation get you down! We can handle it!
Excess moisture in your home, whether from a flood, leaky pipe, or high humidity, can lead to mold growth. Once mold grows, it requires a company such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade to safely and completely remove mold and mold spores and prevent its return.
Due to heavy rains and high humidity, Nashville homes are at risk for excess interior moisture. This leads to the growth of mold and mildew in the home. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are especially susceptible to mold, though it can occur in any area where there is dampness or moisture. Mold remediation ensures that mold is safely and completely removed from an area while also preventing further growth.
Remediation is a multi-step process that requires a certified and licensed professional such as SERVPRO of Belle Meade. It is not safe to attempt as a do-it-yourself task. We can test the areas to see where mold spores are located and what kind of mold is growing to best combat the problem. Once that is determined, technicians seal off the area with heavy-duty sheeting and duct tape to prevent mold from escaping. Then, we remove all objects that can not be clean, such as porous items like drywall that has mold grown all the way through.
After sealing and removing items from the home, work can begin. Technicians use air filtration and professional-grade cleaning agents to start the process. We scrub and clean the area off of non-porous items such as wood and tile. The detergents used are effective and environmentally-friendly and safe for homes and businesses. Once clean, technicians dry the area using fans and dehumidifiers. We also search for the cause of the mold growth if not already treated.
Mold remediation will ensure your Nashville home is safe and healthy for you and your family. If your home has had water damage, whether minor or major, or there are damp or humid areas, it is a good idea to call a professional company to test and see if remediation is required. Call us to set up an appointment today!
How to Choose Between "Mold Removal" and Mold Remediation
The choice is easy once you know the facts!
Discovering mold growth in your home can be an awful experience, and if left unchecked, mold can wreak havoc and destruction. Calling in experts to remove the growth can restore the safety of your home before the growth gets out of control. You need to be careful when choosing a professional because some may try to pull the wool over your eyes on how the process works. One of the easiest to catch is hearing “mold removal.”
What happens during this process is not a complete wipe of mold in the home. The reason why is because it’s impossible: mold spores are everywhere much in the same way bacteria is, and they can’t be destroyed in totality. Services who claim they can may either be misinformed or dishonest, so it pays to know ahead of time what you need for your home. A company with the experience and expertise to know the difference won’t lead you astray.
The professionals here at SERVPRO of Belle Meade can handle mold growths in home, whether they spring up or worsen over time. The true process is mold remediation, in which the source of the growth is addressed and treated until mold levels reach a safe, natural amount. It takes more than removing mold-infested surfaces and filtering in fungicides, so the root of the problem is the most important thing to tackle.
Even though mold spots look and smell unpleasant, they aren’t going to be the main concern. Any business that eliminates the physical threat of mold alone isn’t doing the whole job, which is why it’s important to distinguish between a “removal” and remediation. The obvious signs of a growth go when the actual cause of the mold goes, so make sure you’re getting the procedure you need done.
If you need an inspection or mold assessment, give SERVPRO of Belle Meade a call today!
3 Warning Signs of Mold
Be on the lookout for these signs of mold!
Nothing sends shivers through a homeowner's spine like mentioning the word "mold." Not only can it cause damage to your home and make it hard to sell, it also can be a health hazard to you and your family. Here are three warning signs of this insidious fungus that you don't want to ignore:
1) Water spots
Any wet spot in your Nashville home can be a potential sign of fungus growth. This can include water spots on your ceilings or walls, or on floors in your basement or crawlspace. If you find evidence of water spots, you need to find the potential moisture source and get it taken care of promptly. Using a highly-recommended remediation company like SERVPRO of Belle Meade is the best option.
If you find a spot on a wall or floor that's discolored, it is a potential sign of mold. Discoloration that is green or black is a definite warning sign of fungus growth. However, any discoloration can mean growth is present, even if it isn't of the tell-tale colors.
3) Bad smell
If you have fungus growth in your home, it can cause a bad smell. Depending on the type of growth and how much of it you have, you could have a very strong smell or one that is faint. It can smell musty or earthy, or it can produce a smell that is more pungent. Any bad smell needs to be investigated.
Mold can be harmful and is not something to be ignored. If you experience any of these warning signs, call SERVPRO of Belle Meade to investigate. Our staff receives extensive training on how to effectively deal with mold infestations. We also have the equipment and start of the art techniques to carry out remediation tasks and keep your home safe and clean.
Nobody Wants A Moldy Bathroom In Nashville
Keep your bathroom mold free with these tips!
You may already know SERVPRO employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!
Now, it’s important to understand how and why mold grows in a bathroom to work on preventing its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.
That sheen of steam on your mirror may be fun to draw letters or cute faces for your significant other but beware! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.
Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.
If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.
Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs!
Be Prepared to Handle Mold in Your Nashville Home
Part of having your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often discuss preventing fires and leaks, but preventing and checking mold is just as important. Mold can continue to grow and become a serious health problem.
Firstly, it is important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try a structure guard that can help protect surfaces with a sealant. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to stay on the lookout and test for mold continually
If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try conducting an at home mold test. Here are the best ones for 2016. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once completed, it's the results that matter.
What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.
- Call SERVPRO of Belle Meade/ West Nashville - (615) 242-9391
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Maintain your Nashville home during winter to prevent mold damage
Source - http://blackmoldresources.com/mold-science/?viewall
Although the winter weather has been mild so far, we have to be ready for the harsh weather that January might bring. The cold winds and wet snow not only take a toll on our bodies, but also our homes and belongings. Unfortunately, the wet weather brings on lots of water and mold damage possibilities during this time of year. It’s important to check your home throughout the season to make sure that permanent damage isn’t going unnoticed.
HubInternational gives a list of common household areas to maintain during winter in order to make sure that there is no water or mold damage occurring. These main areas include the roof, basement, windows and plumbing. These are the most common places that water is likely to enter the home and collect bacteria that can possibly turn into mold.
· Check for water leaks in corners and spaces where the wall and floors meet.
· To remove excess moisture from the air, place a dehumidifier in the basement to decrease the humidity.
· Keep an eye out for loose or missing shingles.
· Check the seals around any openings in the roof such as skylights, chimneys or vents.
· Dry any areas that are covered in condensation to make sure that the water does not sit and collect bacteria.
· Check for loose or damaged siding or caulking.
· Ensure that seals around windows are tight and not cracked.
· To prevent exposed pipes from freezing, cover them in insulation to keep from bursting.
· Make sure there are no leaks or cracks in the pipes that will let water out.
· Let water drain from outside faucets and then turn them off for the winter.
· If you’re not going to be near your home for an extended period of time, shut off the water.
Many people wait until spring to fix damages and inspect the home, but the damages have usually already occurred and gotten worse by then. Try to inspect before and during the winter to ensure that you catch any leaks ahead of time and prevent permanent damage to your Nashville home.
Methods to removing the water and mold damage from your Nashville home
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According to epa.gov, there are some cleanup methods to remediating mold damage and water damage from a home or commercial building. The methods used are chosen depending on the amount of water damage done or the material that is affected.
Some methods used to cleanup mold and water damage
1. Wet vacuums
Restoration companies use wet vacuums to collect excess water that has accumulated on floors, carpets, or hard surfaces. These vacuums should only be used when the surface is still wet and should not be used on porous materials. These vacuums can be in contact with contaminated water and mold, so it is important to make sure that all parts and attachments are cleaned thoroughly.
2. Damp wipe
When water damage occurs, there is a high possibility that mold damage is right around the corner. Use a damp wipe to remove the mold spores and dry immediately to make sure that the surface is no longer damp. Leaving a damp surface can cause mold to grow further. Most porous materials need to be discarded due to the mold growing in spaces that cannot be reached or cleaned out.
3. HEPA Vacuum
A high-efficiency particulate air vacuum is usually used as the last piece of equipment to finish up the remediation of the area. The vacuum should be used after mold or water damaged is removed and thoroughly dried. The contents that are vacuumed up will pass through the air filter in the HEPA vacuum making sure that all allergens and left over contaminants are taken out of the air.
Source - http://www.epa.gov/mold/i-e-r.html#Remediation