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Mold Basics

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF MOLD

Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. Lately, mold has become a hot topic because of increasing awareness about its potential health hazards. People aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to over a few hundred thousand. Some of these different types aren’t dangerous to human health, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions.

When addressing any mold growth in your home, it’s important to understand which type of mold you’re dealing with. Each one has its own characteristics, growth patterns and health effects to be aware of. It’s also necessary to be aware of the common places to find mold in your house so you can prevent the spread of these harmful and toxic substances. Check places like bathrooms, basements, roofs and window seals for harmful mold growth.

Harmful molds can be any of the following classifications:

  • Allergenic: Molds that cause and produce allergies and allergic reactions such as asthma attacks.
  • Pathogenic: Molds that cause health problems in those suffering from an acute illness.
  • Toxigenic: Molds that produce toxic substances that can lead to dangerous or even deadly health conditions. This is sometimes referred to as “toxic mold".

Original Article: AER Industries Mar 28 2017

Mold Removal Vs. Remediation

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding mold is the first step in preventing it from causing serious concerns in your home. SERVPRO is here to educate you so you can keep your family safe and healthy. 

Remediation Vs. Removal What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

    • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
    • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Step 3: Mold Containment
    • Step 4: Air Filtration
    • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Keeping Mold Out of Your Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can pose a huge hazard for everyone living in your home. it's important that preventative measures are taken to ensure safety for you Family. 

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't completely 'mold proof' your home but you can look for problem areas that could be hot beds for mold spore production such as a place where a leak is occurring, a basement that has flooded or a window with condensation. Consider installing a dehumidifier or looking into hiring professionals should heavy lifting be required.  

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture. Therefore even so much as a spill on a carpet should be dried up as quickly as possible. If you experience a flood remove all damaged carpeting, bedding furniture and other items then promptly call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Daily activities such as showering, doing laundry and cooking could be encouraging mold growth. To prevent this ensure you have proper ventilation through out your house. After showering leave the bathroom door opened until the moisture is dried up, never leave wet clothing in the washing machine for too long and have a goof HVAC system and dehumidifier installed.   

All About Mold

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation All About Mold SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo is an IICRC Certified Firm. We are a company that you can count on and trust!

Mold plays a very important role in our lives.  Without mold, we wouldn't have certain life-saving drugs like penicillin.  We also wouldn't have cheese.  

Sometimes, though, mold grows in places it shouldn't - including inside our homes or workplaces. 

This kind of mold needs to be cleaned up so that it doesn't cause health problems, such as headaches, runny eyes and noses, and coughing; or trigger attacks in kids and adults with asthma.  

You can call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at 586-336-7373, if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business. Our licensed technicians will come out and inspect the mold. Tests can be performed if necessary and then we will cleanup the mold so that your home or place of business is safe to live and work in.

* By Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Helpful tips if you have mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

What to Do 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.

Below are some helpful tips:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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.

We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo specializes in mold cleanup and remediation.  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 at  (586) 336-7373

Is Sampling For Mold Needed?

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals like SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo, who have specific experience in mold remediation.

 

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (586) 336-7373
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo is close by and ready to help with your mold related questions, testing and clean up. We are proud to be an active member of the Marine City community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

NEW SERVPRO PRODUCT

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has a new product that destroys mold and mildew at their roots. It is safe and effective and can be used on hard and soft surfaces. It is 100% biodegradable surfactant. It is safe for use in air ducts and has the EPA's lowest toxicity category.

Every day, SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo laces up the gloves and faces tough jobs of all kinds. You work hard, so you deserve reliable products in your corner. New SERVPROXIDE™ is the culmination of years of research by the SERVPRO® Professional Cleaning Products Team. Exclusive stabilized chlorine dioxide chemistry and an on-board surfactant makes SERVPROXIDE™ simultaneously effective and safe. In fact, the product is EPA-registered and NSF-listed. In addition to destroying mold, mildew, and odors, SERVPROXIDE™ features expansive bacterial and viral kill claims and air duct claims. It works on hard and soft surfaces. 

Contact SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo for all your Mold questions or concerns.

Commercial Buildings and Mold

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. 

Mold problems can cause major business interruptions at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Marine City / Romeo at (586) 336-7373. We will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Don't Let Mold Move In

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Move In

Like mushrooms, molds are members of the fungi kingdom. They and the tiny spores they generate to reproduce need only water and something living or once living—like old wood—to eat. They thrive outdoors, hitchhiking into your home in dust and dirt on your clothes and shoes, on air currents, and in water that enters through cracks in walls and foundations. Once inside, they proliferate anywhere moisture exists. 

In hot, humid months, more mold spores than usual surf the breeze. Check Web sites and newspapers for the daily mold count. On days when the count is high, close your windows (to keep spores out) and run an air conditioner (which dehumidifies). No AC? It's not ideal, but open your windows to keep indoor humidity down and prevent spores already inside from multiplying. No matter what the weather, the real key to avoiding mold problems is to keep things dry. What you should do:

Vent. Turn on an exhaust fan or open a nearby window while showering, bathing, running the dishwasher, or cooking, since all these activities produce water vapor. Make sure clothes dryers and all gas appliances are vented to the outside.

Monitor moisture. Use a hygrometer (about $20 at hardware and home stores) to check the indoor humidity level. If it exceeds 55 percent—most likely in summer—lower it by running an air conditioner or dehumidifier. In cold weather, indoor humidity should stay around 30 percent.

Fix leaks and dry waterlogged areas. If the pipes burst, the roof springs a leak, or a new crack in the foundation ushers water in, fix the problem ASAP. If you find a leak, dry the area pronto. "Within 24 hours, most molds are growing," says Berlin Nelson, PhD, an expert on plant pathology at North Dakota State University. Rent a wet-vac to dry floors. Use a space heater and fans to dry wallboard and ceiling tiles. Call SERVPRO if you can't quickly manage solo.

Declare War on Spores. Though molds are often a dark color (black or brown), they may be green, yellow, or even an incongruously delicate pink. They usually spread out in a circular pattern. Don't worry about finding out what type you're dealing with, says Redd. Just clean it up. If you have asthma or are allergic to mold, get someone else to do the cleanup.

Scrub the small stuff. You can easily and safely tackle swatches of about 1 square foot on tiles, walls, windowsills, and other hard surfaces even if toxic mold has gained a foothold there, says Portnoy. To be extra safe, put on a pair of goggles, an N-95 respirator (about $5 from hardware and home stores), and rubber gloves. Then scrub with a brush and a dilute bleach solution.

Know when you need a pro. If mold covers more than a square foot, get professional help. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373. If you can smell it but can't see mold—that means it's probably behind a wall or wallpaper. 

Replace porous moldy things. It's nearly impossible to remove mold from the tiny pores in wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpeting, and dry-clean-only upholstery.

Vacuum. After cleaning up mold, go over all surfaces with a vacuum that won't disperse it into the air, such as a central vac or one equipped with a HEPA filter.

Find a Reputable Pro. Call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373. 

Ref. By: Barbara Loecher

Black Mold Guide

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold Guide Mold in basement before clean up.

Mold In Homes

Mold in homes causes numerous problems. House mold problems go beyond an unpleasant smell or unsightly stains on carpets, walls or ceilings. No one wants those things in their home, of course, but mold also contributes to a number of health problems, some quite serious.

Health Issues Due to House Mold Problems

Health issues due to mold problems include all sorts of respiratory problems, such as asthma attacks, even the development of asthma in people that previously showed no signs of the condition, chronic sinus infections, sore throats, runny noses, watery eyes and coughing. Other common health problems related to mold include headaches, fatigue and depression. Young children, elderly people, people with respiratory problems like asthma or emphysema, and people with disorders of the immune system are more susceptible to health problems related to household mold but even healthy adults can be affected.

Some people think toxic molds cause these kinds of health problems but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that toxic molds are very rare. Some types of molds produce toxins but most do not. However, they can still cause health problems even if they are not toxic.

Testing for Mold in Homes

Chances are you know it if you have house mold problems. You’ll see and/or smell the mold. However, you can call in a specialist to test for the presence of mold. If you believe you are suffering health problems related to mold in your home, and you have a specialist come in to clean up the mold or you attempt to clean it up yourself, you should have a test for mold done after the cleanup has been completed to make sure all mold has been removed. Just because all visible mold has been removed, that does not mean your problem is gone. If even trace amounts of mold are left behind, your house mold problems will continue.

You can purchase a test for mold in homes that you can perform yourself, but we really encourage you to have a specialist come in and perform a test for you. Their tests will be much more accurate than the tests you can buy yourself, and they will be able to advise you about the best way to clean up your house mold problems. If you have home owner’s insurance, your policy may pay for a test for mold in your home.

Problems Cleaning Up Mold In Homes

Cleaning up mold in homes poses many problems. If you don’t get it all, any health problems you’re experiencing will continue or even get worse. Cleaning mold from your shower tiles may be fairly easy, but cleaning mold from porous surfaces like wooden wall studs, insulation, carpeting and drywall is much more difficult. Some surfaces cannot be cleaned and must be removed and replaced instead.

Not only is it possible to miss a bit of mold while doing the cleanup, it’s even possible to spread some mold around to other parts of the house while trying to clean mold up. For instance, if you carry contaminated carpeting or insulation through the house to throw it out, mold spores can be deposited elsewhere in the house. Mold spores can also cling to the clothing of the people cleaning up and then be deposited elsewhere in the house as they walk through the house. You can probably avoid these problems by hiring a qualified professional to clean up the mold in your home. As we said before, you should also have a test for mold after the cleanup has been completed to make sure all of it is gone.

Why We Recommend a Consultation with a Mold Removal Specialist

  • We know how to locate mold in places where many homeowners miss it, including inside walls and inside heating and air conditioning ducts.
  • We also know how to remove mold from those hard-to-access spots, and have the equipment needed to do the job.
  • We know the best techniques for treating different types of mold.

Call our office to schedule an appointment at (586)336.7373. We have experts available 24/7 to help you through any situation.

Do you have mold?

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

What is mold? Mold is a living thing. It has tiny seeds, called spores, that are always in the air, indoors and outside. The spores are so small, you can’t see them without a microscope. Most of the time, the spores land on something dry and nothing happens. They get sucked up in your vacuum or wiped away when you dust. But if the spores land on something that is wet, they can begin to grow into mold that you can see.

How do I know if I have mold growing in my house? You cannot see mold spores because they are too small, but once the mold starts to grow, you will notice it. Mold can grow on almost anything, as long as there is a little bit of water for a couple of days. The growing mold can be different colors: white, gray, brown, black, yellow, orange or green. It can be fluffy, hairy, smooth or flat and cracked, like leather. Even if you can’t see the mold, you will be able to smell it. Mold can smell very musty, like old books or wet dirt.

If the mold is growing on something that can be cleaned with bleach and water, and you do not have asthma or other health problems, you can probably clean the mold yourself. If the area that is moldy is very large or you have health problems, you may want to hire a contractor to do the work for you. If you decide to clean the mold yourself, please read the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Steps for Cleaning Mold” fact sheet before you start. 

If you suspect you have mold contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo at (586) 336-7373.

Source:http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch

Health Concerns With Mold

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for at  risk people,which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings possible health effects include: runny nose, sneezing, coughing,  aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses. throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. 

The people most at risk include: 

  • Infants and Children 
  • Pregnant women 
  • The elderly 
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies 

Information from SERVPRO pamphlets and the CDC

THE TRUTH ABOUT MOLD

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

ALL ABOUT MOLD

According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services mold is a living thing. It has tiny seeds, called spores, that are always in the air, indoors and outside. The spores are so small, you can’t see them without a microscope. Most of the time, the spores land on something dry and nothing happens. They get sucked up in your vacuum or wiped away when you dust. But if the spores land on something that is wet, they can begin to grow into mold that you can see.

What if I think I have toxic black mold (Stachybotrys)? While stories about “toxic mold” have been on TV a lot, black mold is not worse than any other mold you may find in your house. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term “toxic mold” is not really correct. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce poisons (called mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic or poisonous. You do not need to test your mold to find out if it is “toxic mold” – just clean it up like you would any other kind of mold.

How do I stop mold from growing in my home? For mold to grow, the spores need about two days of dampness in order to put down good “roots.” If you discover a leak or a large spill, dry the area right away using towels to soak up as much water as possible. Then use a fan, if you have one, to blow air over the area to dry it completely.

How do I know if I have mold growing in my house? You cannot see mold spores because they are too small, but once the mold starts to grow, you will notice it. Mold can grow on almost anything, as long as there is a little bit of water for a couple of days. The growing mold can be different colors: white, gray, brown, black, yellow, orange or green. It can be fluffy, hairy, smooth or flat and cracked, like leather. Even if you can’t see the mold, you will be able to smell it. Mold can smell very musty, like old books or wet dirt.

Should I hire someone to test for mold in my home? Having someone test your house for mold costs a lot of money and is not really useful. You can probably find the mold just using your eyes and your nose. Look in places that you know are often wet or damp, like bathrooms or the kitchen; or that have been wet because of leaks, floods or broken pipes. If you have mold, you will probably find it in those areas.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo have been trained in mold remediation. Call us day or night at 586-336-7373.

Understanding Mold

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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.

How To Prevent Mold

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

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  1. Identify Problem areas in your home and Correct Them. A few examples of problem areas in many homes are: basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and, laundry rooms. A few things to check for in these potentially damp areas are condensation on windows, walls pipes etc and consider whether you have had recent water damage in your basement or any of the above areas in your home. 
  2. Dry Wet areas Immediately. Any water or moisture in any capacity should be dried within 24-48 hours. If the area is flooded don't hesitate to call SERVPRO to help remove any and all damaged carpeting and furniture and professionally clean and restore the area as if the damage "Never even happened" 
  3. Proper Ventilation By using proper ventilation in the most moisture prone areas of your home you are preventing the moisture from accumulating. Vent any and all appliance such as HVACS, ovens, washers and dryers to the outside of your home as opposed to your attic . This will also prevent moisture accumulation. 

If you ever experience mold damage to your home or business please call SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo for removal. 

Mold Remediation

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Attention St Clair County Residents: Do you or someone you know suspect a mold problem?


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 Marine City/Romeo 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.


Our Mold Remediation Services:


SERVPRO of Marine City/Romeo 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 at  (586) 336-7373 

DOES YOUR HOME HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

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 – 586-336-7373