Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Professional Remediation Vs. DIY for Your Clarksville Home
Many Clarksville homeowners would argue that their methods of repairing and restoring damage to their home are as effective as the professionals could produce. While there might be instances in which this could be as effective or more money-saving, mold remediation is not one of these situations. There are some things that every homeowner should know about the differences between DIY mold removal and professional remediation work for their property.
One of the first concerns about mold damage that any Clarksville homeowner should have is the extent of the damage that they are currently facing. Even a small colony can spread quickly throughout a home and pose a significant risk to both structural integrity of the property and those that get exposed to the colony. This safety concern is one of the defining factors that should deter homeowners from DIY removal. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment and training, removal efforts could cause acute health effects.
DIY approaches encourage homeowners to use a harsh detergent like bleach and scrub over present colonies to remove them, but this can prove problematic as well for multiple reasons. The first of these concerns is that bleach can react adversely with certain types of mold and become more volatile. Another reason that this is less effective is that this approach only takes off surface mold, and does not remove the entire hyphae like the equipment our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use can.
Another concern is the spread of the organism. Homeowners do not have the available equipment to contain a spreading mold colony as our SERVPRO Franchise professionals do. With the use of air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and physical plastic sheeting barriers, we can effectively prevent the spread of the organism to new areas of the home while remediation and mold removal efforts get underway.
As tempting as it might sound to save money and take care of mold growth on your own, many homeowners find that the situation only ends up continually getting worse despite their efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Montgomery County remediation specialists a call at (931) 645-1285 to make mold damage “Like it never even happened.”
Recognize Signs of Mold
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like that of a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.
Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County for mold remediation services.
Remember significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours. You might notice a strong, musty odor, this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible but the odor can help identify it. Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
If you suspect mold growth in your home or business give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call at: (931) 645-1285.
SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage and Takes Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth
A continuous state of elevated humidity is a primary cause of excessive microbial growth in Clarksville residences and can quickly increase the amount of damage that follows. Other factors, such as the presence of absorbent materials in the home can also play a role in how rapidly microbial growth occurs.
Whenever a residence in Clarksville sustains mold damage, one of the aspects examined inside the home includes the presence of water sources. Leaky water lines, past flooding events, and saturated ground near the home can all increase the amount of humidity the interior of the home experiences. SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters and other devices to locate the sources as well as areas where moisture accumulated. Once we locate these areas and sources, we can then resolve the situation that caused microbial growth to affect the home.
Mold remediation experts know that the existence of future invasive water can cause the microbial problem to return, rendering mold remediation efforts useless. Once we eliminate these sources, we can then begin removing mold-damaged materials, laundering and cleaning household items and furniture, and caring for the carpeting throughout the home. Walls that harbor mold, even if dormant, need cleaning and dried.
During our work, maintaining a set of controls to keep all mold contained safely, affects the overall outcome of our labor. This includes the use of plastic sheeting surrounding areas within the home, along with the use of our air scrubbers. Sending microbes outdoors helps keep them from entering other areas of your property.
However, ensuring that moisture sources no longer exist where they should not helps keep old sources from returning in full force. Effectively starving microbes, their population growth stays under control. Once we complete our remediation work, diligent homeowners know to keep an eye out for leaking water lines, loose connections, and other sources of moisture. Microbes do not need a great deal of moisture to begin growing again and causing future problems.
SERVPRO of Montgomery County is always ready to serve those in our community. Contact us by calling our 24-hour service line at (931) 645-1285. Your family does not need to live with the effects of mold damage in your home.
Ten Things You Should Know about Mold
- Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
- 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:
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.
- Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
- Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
- Increasing ventilation
- Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
9 Ways to Manage Mold
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.
- Dry wet areas immediately.Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products.Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints.
- Monitor humidity indoors.The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store.
- Direct water away from your home.If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
- Clean or repair roof gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
- Improve air flow in your home.Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.
- Keep mold off household plants.They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.
Mold Prevention In Bathroom
Mold thrives on lingering moisture, especially in rooms that do not have the correct type of ventilation. Mold can grow on numerous materials in your bathroom like shower curtains, rugs, wallpaper, drywall, and grout.
Tips on How to Prevent Bathroom Mold
- Do not leave damp towels or any other wet materials on the floor.
- Make sure the bathroom is getting proper ventilation. Use the bathroom vent anytime the shower or tub is running and leave the vent on for 30 minutes after you are done.
- After you are done showering, wipe down the tiles and grout in the shower.
- Wash your shower curtain regularly.
- Wash the rugs in your bathroom regularly.
- Purchase a mildew resistant shower curtain.
Sitting water can cause mold growth. Make sure to keep your tub, shower, and sink clean by cleaning them frequently. A clean and dry environment will prevent mold from ever growing.
August is National Back to School Month
Hot temperatures outside and high humidity inside can be a disastrous combination for schools.
Back to School Month in August gears up parents, teachers, schools, and students for education. With shorter days, it’s time to dust off the backpacks, fill them up and plan for a new school year. Preparing children for the new year includes everything from supplies, clothes, checkups, planning schedules and making new friends. While teachers develop their lesson plans and ready their classrooms for the new, smiling faces.
Despite all the excitement, a busted pipe or leaky HVAC can put a damper on things especially in a school. During the summer months many schools are left abandoned and HVAC systems are turned off to reduce costs. However, many times when this happens humidity begins to rise causing some areas of the school to show signs of mold. This was the case at a Clarksville elementary school in the summer of 2016. Each piece of furniture from staplers to desks had to be physically wiped down with anti-microbial. Along with the contents, the structure and duct system had to be cleaned as well.
For precautionary measures in the summer months, make sure all systems are left on, the risk may outweigh the reward. Also keep humidity low when temperatures outside are high.
Whether you’re ready or not, friends, activities, and books are just around the corner. Get ready to learn!
Is Mold Remediation Worth The Investment?
Mold on wall and floor.
In short, Yes! Real estate home inspections will come back failed if inspectors notice visible mold. This will then require the homeowner to call a mold remediation company to eradicate the issue. While this may be costly and time-consuming, it is a major investment when trying to resell your home or business. Not only will this pass the home inspection, but the new homeowners will have a better sense of comfort when moving in. This can be summarized into 3 small steps:
Three Steps to Remediate Mold
- Identify and cut off the source of water.
- Eradicate the mold with SERVPRO product.
- Encapsulate the mold.
The most important step is enclosing the mold after cleaning it. This ensures the mold will not spread into other parts of the house. Some mold jobs can be done by the homeowner while some require professional cleaning. Ultimately this decision is up to you and the home inspector. The typical rule is if the mold exceeds a 3x3 square, professional remediation is required.
For more information on SERVPRO's mold remediation process check out http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com/mold-removal-process or give us a call today!
Insurance Claim Tips for Mold Damage
Check with your insurance provider to see if mold damage to your home or business is covered, then give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call!
Mold can cause serious illness and property damage if not treated immediately and properly. Check out the tips below on how to properly file an insurance claim and how to prepare before a cleanup crew arrives.
- CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT AND REPORT A CLAIM IMMEDIATELY.
Follow the phone call with a fax, email, or letter. Make sure to put everything in writing. During a flood or pipe burst, getting a remediation team in within 48 hours to begin the drying process is critical to containing mold growth. Ask for and keep business cards from everyone involved in your claim to keep track of names, companies, phone numbers, addresses, and job titles.
- REVIEW YOUR POLICY AND UNDERSTAND YOUR COVERAGES
If you don’t have a complete copy of your policy, get one from your insurance agent. Review the coverages you have, the policy limits for each coverage, and the effective dates of the policy. Review the fine print of the policy which shows what’s insured, what’s excluded, and what you have to do to prove your claim.
- PROTECT ALL YOUR PROPERTY FROM FURTHER DAMAGE
Take any necessary emergency measures to protect the building and personal property from further damage. DO NOT throw anything away until you have permission from your insurance company and its documented. If there is roof damage to your building, you may need to hire a professional to tarp or tent the building to protect against bad weather.
- PHOTOGRAPH, VIDEOTAPE, AND INVENTORY ALL DAMAGED PROPERTY.
It is important to document the source and extent of water intrusion, and visible mold contamination. Seal and save contaminated items. In a dispute with your insurer over whether any particular belonging is contaminated, the item may need to be tested by a remediation specialist. Don’t throw away any items until issues are resolved.
SERVPRO of Montgomery County is an IICRC Certified Firm with certification in:
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician
- HST - Health and Safety Technician
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
For more tips check out our website at http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.comor give us a call 24/7 at 931-645-1285.
Does Your Policy Cover Mold?
Check with your insurance provider today if mold damage is covered.
The best way to protect your home from mold is to prevent fungus growth from occurring in the first place. That means keeping your home in good repair, maintaining proper ventilation and keeping indoor humidity under 60 percent. Unfortunately, mold may become an issue anyway, and if it does, you’ll need to pay a professional mold remediation service in Clarksville, TN to take care of it. Will your homeowners insurance cover it? The answer is: it depends.
As a rule, insurance policies exclude mold damage that results from:
• Structural leaks
• High humidity
• Poor drainage
• Water seepage
This covers nearly all of the most common causes of mold damage, so if you’re already dealing with a mold issue, your chances of being covered are low.
What Is Covered
Exactly what is covered will vary depending on your personal insurance policy. Many policies will cover damage resulting from a burst water pipe or a backed-up sewer, including fungus growth, but these may be the only instances in which you will be covered.
It’s also important to check your policy regularly to see if coverage has changed, as many companies are reducing their coverage for mold damage. They may put a cap on how much coverage you can receive for mold damage, which can be problematic if the mold growth is extensive. Some insurance companies explicitly deny coverage for mold no matter what the cause or may require that you pay extra for mold coverage.
What You Can Do
First, read your policy so you understand what is and is not covered by your policy. Talk to a public insurance adjuster or a mold cleanup representative about your situation to learn more about your options for getting coverage and filing a claim. If you live in Clarksville, TN, where fungus growth is a common issue, it could be worthwhile to pay extra for mold insurance.
Learn more mold remediation at http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com.
Common Mold Misconceptions
There's a lot of bad information about mold, know the truth. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County for all your mold-related needs.
When it comes to mold, there’s a lot of information out there, however that doesn’t mean that it’s all correct. From methods of cleaning mold to which types of mold are hazardous to your health, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for information after encountering mold growth in your home, keep an eye out for these common mold misconceptions:
- Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes
While it’s true that mold normally forms in areas that have issues with water damage or flooding, that’s not the whole picture. Molds and mildews are always present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface that contains any amount of moisture, it can begin to grow. So regardless of whether or not you’ve had recent water damage to your home, all homes have the potential to wind up with a mold problem, especially in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements.
- It’s Not Dangerous Mold if it isn’t Black
While black mold does have a dark appearance, it’s not the only type of mold that can cause health issues for people. You can’t solely rely on the color of mold to determine its level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, or white. When it comes down to it, a significant group of any mold type can release enough spores into the air to affect those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions, so it’s important to address any type of mold growth in a timely manner.
- Black Mold is “toxic” to Humans and Animals
Calling black mold “toxic” implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who come into contact with it. In reality, there is no “toxic mold”—although molds can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spore into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality conditions that affect members of the household. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health issues.
- Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods
There’s a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell homeowners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although it is true that bleach can be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes within porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue for good, a professional team of mold technicians should be contacted to evaluate the scope of the problem.
While there’s no question that mold can be a headache for homeowners, it’s not a problem that has to result in an empty wallet and damaged home! At SERVPRO of Montgomery County we provide fast, highly-effective mold remediation. Best of all, our services are guaranteed!
Don’t rely on random, incorrect information from the internet to treat your mold issues—just give our experts a call for a free estimate at 931-645-1285.
For more information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process check out our website at http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com/mold-remediation.
What Makes Mold Grow in Your House?
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Molds are a type of fungus that naturally grow in many places, but inside your house they can pose a health risk and negatively impact air quality. Therefore, preventing mold in your house is important for the health and safety of your family and visitors who spend time in your home. The good news is that preventing mold is quite simple, and the key is controlling moisture and humidity in your house. So just why is your house so attractive to mold, and what can you do to stop it?
You Probably Have a Moisture Problem
Mold needs moisture to grow. Before it becomes the unpleasant, fuzzy patches of black mold, mold exists as invisible spores in the air. Those spores are essentially inactive until they come in contact with moisture, at which point they begin the next developmental stage and begin the dreaded black mold invasion. Common sources of moisture include:
Broken water mains
Leaking roofs and windows
Any one of these problems can be enough to prompt an outbreak of black mold inside your home. Getting rid of the moisture can help to cease the spread of mold, but it’s not enough to get rid of the mold fully.
How Do You Handle Mold Cleanup?
The safest option is to contact a mold remediation specialist here at SERVPRO of Montgomery County. Our mold remediation specialists possess the tools and knowledge needed to not only carefully remove mold from your surroundings, but also help you prevent it from reappearing. Working with our mold specialists can help you understand the type of mold that has taken root in your home and can often lead to identifying water damage or other issues that had previously gone unnoticed before the mold problem began.
While waiting for help to arrive, you can get a head start on disposing of contaminated materials and drying out saturated items. Do everything you can to contain the mold infection and prevent it from spreading further until it can be destroyed. For more information on mold remediation check out our website at www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com or give us a call at 931-645-1285.
Montgomery County Residents: Follow These Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 of Montgomery County 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 of Montgomery County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (931) 645-1285
Mold Remediation Procedure in a Fort Campbell Home
Mold groth in a local Fort Campbell home. SERVPRO of Montgomery County and its trained staff will take care of your mold remediation.
Mold Remediation Procedure in a Fort Campbell Home
When a homeowner encounters a problem with mold growth in a Fort Campbell home, it is an unwelcomed situation that requires mold remediation immediately. If a homeowner is concerned that he has a problem with mold, then a SERVPRO expert can effectively administer mold indoor air quality testing, which will determine the severity of the problem. When a technician completes a mold inspection, a homeowner will be ready to start mold remediation services, if required. A homeowner will benefit from choosing a reputable and highly rated company in Fort Campbell that will be able to administer mold remediation services in an efficient and timely manner. When a homeowner is preparing for a mold remediation service in his or her home, here is what can be expected during the process.
When a mold remediation procedure is started, an initial assessment will be administered by a SERVPRO specialist. This technician has received specialized training to detect and recognize mold spores and growth in an indoor area. Once the air quality test has been finished, a homeowner will be given a set of written instructions for proper mold removal protocol. The mold removal protocol encompasses specific guidelines for a mold remediation company like SERVPRO to execute.
When a technician has completed the initial assessment and provided a homeowner with the written protocol, the home will be ready for the mold removal process. In order to ensure mold spores do not spread, our mold remediation technicians will establish barriers throughout the home. The technicians will then remove any porous surfaces that have tested positive for mold, which could include drywall, carpet, carpet padding, and insulation. When the removal steps has been completed by the technicians, they will then clean and sanitize all surfaces followed by an application of an antifungal paint or product.
Air Scrubbing and Clearance Testing
Air scrubbing and clearance testing are the final steps in the mold remediation process. When all of the contaminated materials have been removed from the home, the technicians will reduce mold spores in the air by using air scrubbers. By using air scrubbers, the SERVPRO technicians will effectively restore healthy air levels within the home. After the process has been completed, the technicians will perform a final clearance test to the home. A SERVPRO technician then will sign a document that certifies the mold remediation has been administered and was successful, which is the final step in the procedure. The homeowner than can safely return to his home and enjoy the fresh, clean air.
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Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. Call us for help. (931) 645-1285