Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Putting a Stop to Moldy Carpets
Mold is extremely versatile. If given the proper environment mold can grow in virtually every single area on a property. While there can be many causes of mold, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce the chances that you will ever have to deal with mold damage. As with many aspects of home maintenance, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Consider taking the below steps in order to keep mold from growing on your carpets.
Control the humidity and temperature in your home.
Mold grows best with a certain amount of moisture in the air, in addition to certain temperature ranges. One way to help prevent mold growth in any location on your property is to ensure that your humidity levels never reach 60%.
Consider a different floor covering in areas prone to moisture
Some areas of a home are just more prone to humidity and moisture. Like your bathroom, for instance. Every design aspect of your home should be done with appearance and functionality in mind, and that includes making sure you’re making smart decisions about the type of floor coverings to have in certain areas based on the area’s usage along with environmental aspects. When it comes to bathroom floors, and to a lesser extent basement floors, sometimes the smartest plan is to avoid carpets altogether.
Use carpet padding that is anti-microbial
There are a few different types of padding most commonly used in residential homes. While some are more budget friendly than others, if you’re considering carpet in areas that may be more prone to moisture issues, consider installing rubber-slab carpet padding. It’s much more resistant to mold growth than traditional carpet pads.
If you do get standing water on your carpets, get it out fast!
This goes for any surface type in your home, and it’s especially true with carpets. With the right humidity levels and temperatures, mold growth can accelerate quickly when food and water are present. Getting the water and excess moisture out quickly can be the difference between a close call and a serious health problem for your family.
Clean your carpets regularly
Vacuuming your carpets regularly, along with having them professionally steam cleaned, can go a long way in preventing mold growth. One of the components of rapid mold growth is food, and mold loves dirt, grime, food, and any other organic substance that can be found in your carpet fibers. Regularly cleaning your carpets is a great way to help reduce the likelihood of dealing with mold in the future!
Typically, if you have black mold on your carpets a visual inspection is all that is necessary. But in other instances, you may notice a musty smell or perhaps you’ve also been experiencing some troubling health issues that you think may be attributed to high levels of mold. In most states, mold remediation companies must be different than mold testing companies. The way it works is that the mold testing company will come take environmental samples from your home and have them sent off to a lab to be evaluated. If it’s determined through the testing that your home has a toxic black mold problem, it’s at that point that you’ll want to hire a mold removal company like us. Call our franchises!
Mold Remediation: Mold versus Mildew
An example of growth in a home after water damage occurred.
When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. That's where we come in!
How can you tell the difference between mold and mildew?
Primarily mildew is a plant disease but it can thrive on any organic matter, not just living tissue. It can appear on clothing, leather, paper, walls, ceilings, floor and even on your shower wall. It usually grows in a flat pattern in a white, gray or yellowish color. It will turn brown or black over time.
Mold is usually fuzzy and appears in irregular shaped spots. It also can appear in many different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Mold grows on organic matter everywhere but is only visible once the colonies grow.
How can you test the affected area to see if it is mildew or mold?
If you are unsure of what the substance is within the affected area, you can easily have it tested. The best course of action is to ask for professional assistance (like us!), but you can also fairly easily identify whether it is mildew or mold with a little bit of household bleach.
1. Apply a few drops of bleach to the affected area.
2. Wait 5 minutes and inspect the spot.
3. If the affected area becomes lighter, you are more than likely dealing with mildew. If the spot remains dark, it is most likely mold.
Who do you call when you think you've got mold?
SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen, that's who!
If you suspect that your Chaska/Chanhassen home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect, assess and remediate your property. Call 952-999-2435 with any questions or concerns.
Mold Remediation: Signs and Services
Your satisfaction is our focus, and we work to ensure you have nothing to fear about mold again.
Mold is a problem and concern that any modern homeowner or property owner should be prepared to face. You may feel inclined to ignore a small spot of mold, but when you consider the health effects it can have on your home and environment, you know you need a solution. Our professional and certified mold remediation services around Chaska/Chanhassen ensure that you don't encounter mold in your house again - at least until the next flood or leak.
What is Mold Remediation/Removal?
Mold remediation is all the processes involved in restoring the mold spores level in your home. Remediation is the whole bang for your buck that not only removes current mold issues, but ensures that it will not grow again. SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen is certified to remove the physical mold that is present in addition to reducing airborne spores.
Warning Signs of a Mold Problem
Mold is always present. Whether it is in the air, indoors, or outdoors, this fungus has been around for millions of years. When exposed to moisture, it feeds, expands, and releases mold spores into the air.
You might be asking yourself: "How will I know if there are unsafe levels of mold present?"
- Mold has a variety of colors from black to white, although green and black see to be the most prevalent.
- Mold has a nasty musty odor that signals its presence. If you notice an odd scent even after eliminating all other possibilities, mold testing will help you verify if you really have mold issues, if it is just a stain on the wall, or an odd smell.
If you find yourself wondering if that smell is your garbage or that spot on the wall is just dirt from the dog, consider your local mold remediation service and...
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Our specialized technicians make use of modern equipment to carry out mold removal or remediation in Chaska/Chanhassen. There is no need to question who you go to when you're worried about mold. Call 952-999-2435 today with any questions or concerns.
What to Know when dealing with Mold Issues
At SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen we have a team of mold mitigation experts who have been certified by the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation.
Mold is hazardous and can cause severe issues to the structure of a building. If not contained and removed properly, mold spores can spread and cause unhealthy mold strains capable of causing various health effects on a person.
Things you should know when dealing with Mold
Mold can be cleaned with a simple bleach solution. The EPA's recommendation to clean up a moldy area of up to 9 square feet is to wipe it with a cloth dampened with a diluted bleach solution.
Mold can be caused by lack of monitoring and maintenance. Mold accumulation can often be caused or worsened by failing to properly ventilate a residence. For example, if you shower without a fan on and the humidity builds and remains warm for extended periods, mold can build up in the vents and within the walls.
Insurance doesn't always cover mold. Insurance policies won't normally cover mold, fungus, or dry rot within a home. However, if a water damage event occurs and mold results from that damage over time, property insurance will cover most repairs except mold remediation.
Save money on mold remediation and be smart during emergencies. It isn't necessary to have a plumber or contractor rip out your walls if you fear you have mold. Our expert mold remediators can come and examine the situation before any expensive teardowns ever happen. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and pride ourselves in restoration before replacing.
SERVPRO of Chaska/Chanhassen is here for all of your mold remediation needs. If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 952-999-2435.