Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Does Your House Have Mold?
Kids' asthma risk more than doubles if their homes smell of mold, says a new study.
"This study is important for families everywhere," says Jim Burkhart, PhD, in a news release. Burkhart is the science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives, which published the study in its March issue.
"Anyone with young children in the home should be aware of the potentially harmful effects of long-term exposure to mold and this potential link to asthma in children," he continues, in the news release.
Mold has been linked to asthma before. Mold has been linked to asthma before. So have other irritants such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, and furry or feathery pets. A family history of asthma or hay fever give children genes that raises a kids' risk of being susceptible to environmental triggers to asthma, say the researchers.
You don't have to see mold for it to cause problems. The smell alone can be bad enough, the research shows. Stamp Out Dampness, Mold
Household mold odor increased kids' asthma risk about 2.5 times, according to the study. No connection was seen between asthma and homes' visible mold, water damage, or the presence of moisture, like wet spots in the home.
Still, damp dwellings can be troublesome, and not just from an architectural perspective. Mold contains allergens, which can trigger hay fever or asthma in sensitive people. They also produce a musty odor that can cause irritation to the nose, eyes, and throat.
Dampness could foster dust mites, mold, and other breathing hazards, write the researchers. It could also indicate ventilation problems that allow indoor pollutants to build up, they add.
Getting rid of mold and moisture problems aren't always a do-it-yourself chore. Professionals can help find and fix the problem.
Call us if you have a concern. We will assess the situation and put you in contact with an Industrial Hygienist that can test you air and tell you what mold is present.
Call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties @ 541-808-2600 today!
Who Cares About Mold? We Do!
What causes mold?
Mold is a fungus that’s an integral part of the earth’s bio-mass. It consumes and breaks down organic material, like leaves, wood, and plants. The problem is when mold colonizes in our buildings, consumes our building materials, and puts spores into our indoor air. This happens when there’s a moisture problem since mold can’t grow without water. When there’s enough moisture or humidity for colonization, that’s when humans begin to have problems.
Why is it important to get mold removed?
For the majority of people, exposure to very low concentrations of mold won’t be an issue. However, some spores can create allergy or respiratory-related health problems, and mold growth can also adversely affect property value. Nobody wants to purchase a Seller’s mold issue. Attic mold almost never affects the indoor air quality in the living space, but it sure threatens real estate deals.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry and Del Norte Counties today at 541-808-2600 for professional help.
What Causes Household Mold?
What are the most common causes of mold in homes?
The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. We see it most often in attics due to roof leaks, poor air circulation, and bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors; crawl spaces because earthen or gravel flooring allows moisture and spores to rise from the soil; basements that have flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks; and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.
Is there a chance I have mold and don’t even know it?
There are four criteria that you should be aware of:
- A musty odor is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air current changes.
- If you have water staining or if building materials have discoloration that’s spreading over time… that may be a sign of mold.
- Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.
- Health Effects. If your allergy or respiratory symptoms begin to worsen or if you feel worse in certain indoor environments and better when you leave that space, you may have mold.
What is the removal process like?
The remediation process (providing a remedy to a known mold issue) involves three things: Killing the fungi, removing the dead mold, and protecting against future mold growth/colonization. In order to do this, professionals have a multi-step process that he uses:
- Contain work area and apply negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination.
- Mist EPA registered anti-microbial to suspend and kill mold spores.
- Remove affected building surfaces.
- Bag and dispose properly
- Treat cavities/underlayment and dehumidify.
- Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
- Apply EPA registered protective sealer.
- Perform clearance testing.
Why is it important to hire a professional?
It is always a good idea to consult with an honest mold professional. If there’s an issue you can tackle yourself, they should give you recommendations about how to do so. Honestly though, it may be a bit too much for a homeowner to keep safe while preventing cross contamination, killing mold, removing it and preventing new mold from growing. That’s when a professional is necessary, so you can get things done properly.
SERVPRO of Coos, Curry and Del Norte Counties is your local mold professional! 541-808-2600
Indoor Air Quality Concerns
Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, Call us at SERVPRO of Coos, Curry and Del Norte Counties to assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality or Environmental Professional.
Here at SERVPRO we care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations excessive mold growth is not a problem, and SERVPRO professionals can safely restore your building and belongings to preloss condition. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site indoor environmental inspection. Please keep in mind SERVPRO professionals do not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult your insurance company to determine the scope of policy coverage.
Know Your Toxic Molds
The most common types of mold include aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys atra (also known as black mold).
Aspergillus is a fairly allergenic mold that is commonly found on foods and in home air conditioning systems. Cladosporium is typically a black or green "pepper like" substance that grows on the back of toilets, painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts. While this mold is nontoxic to humans, it can trigger common allergy symptoms, such as red and watery eyes, rashes and a sore throat.
Mold that appears to be orange or red in color is typically found outdoors, given its nature to thrive on decaying plants or moist wood. This type of mold, which can appear slimy, is harmless and should only be removed for aesthetic purposes.
White mold is not technically a type of mold, but the good news is that this typically indicates the mold is only in the early stages of growth and can easily be treated.
To learn more about the type of mold you are dealing with, call SERVPRO of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties at 541-808-2600 today.
Got Mold in Coos or Curry County?
Mold thrives in the right conditions in our community!
Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Coos, Curry, and Del Norte Counties. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.
A Moldy Situation
Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Most likely this year, an ice dam supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.
Containing the Infestation
When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.
Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air
Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.
Removing Contaminated Materials
Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.
Inhibiting Future Growth
SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.
Call SERVPRO® for Mold ASAP
When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our mold remediation team at (541) 808-2600 for an estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again.
Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties Residents: Follow These Mold Safety 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 Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties 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 Coos, Curry & Del Norte Counties 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 – 541-808-2600
Does Your Coos, Curry or Del Norte County Home Have A Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (541) 808-2600