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Why You Must Consider Mold Problems

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Must Consider Mold Problems Black mold is a serious problem that all homeowners should consider.

Why You Must Consider Mold Problems

Your home may be completely new or perfectly cleaned, and you might still discover mold tucked into an out-of-the-way corner. This is because molds have the ability to survive in all types of environments. To survive, mold needs a source of food, basically anything organic, and a bit of moisture. This means that a towel you used for drying off the mirror and left in the corner could become moldy within a week. Black mold develops when the right conditions exist and Stachybotrys spores are in the area.

Controlling Mold

You may already be doing the necessary steps to control mold:

  • Cleaning up spills
  • Repairing leaks
  • Conducting home maintenance
  • Reducing levels of humidity in the home

However, there are many things that could lead to mold buildup that are out of your control. When any of the following happens, contact a mold cleanup and remediation professional.

High Humidity

During wet weather and in humid climates, you may struggle to reduce the levels of moisture in your home. When humid air meets a cold window or wall, condensation occurs, and water builds up. When this happens on porous surfaces, mold can form. It may happen inside the walls, behind tils, or under flooring where you can't see it.

Broken Pipes

One of the most common causes of broken pipes is freezing weather. When water freezes and expands, pipes may break and cause extensive water damage. When this happens mold cleanup is an essential part of repairs.

Broken Supply Lines

Broken supply lines cause a lot of flooding in homes. These thin hoses carry water to appliances, such as the refrigerator and washing machine. Although the lines are small, if they become disconnected or damaged, the amount of water that escapes could be the cause of a significant moisture problem.

Black mold is a serious problem that all homeowners should consider. No matter where you live or the condition of your home, mold could become a serious issue. Take immediate action when your Tyler, TX home is threatened by water damage.

Managing Mold - Part 1

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold - Part 1 Mold damage

When there’s a water intrusion such as a roof leak or broken water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Although each mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler

The mold cleanup and restoration begins with a call to your local Mold Certified SERVPRO. The office staff will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Check out our next blog post that will continue the steps of mold remediation!

3 Facts About Mold Remediation Costs

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Facts About Mold Remediation Costs Mold remediation can be an expensive process.

Mold Remediation Costs

Mold remediation can be an expensive process. Determining which type of mold is present and the extent of an infestation may cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to $1,000 before remediation. Here are three facts to keep in mind regarding mold removal costs.

1. Costs Come in Several Stages

A visit from an environmental hygienist may take several hours and range from $200 to $600. This specialist will take air samples to analyze. Analysis of each sample may cost $30 to $150. Remediation is the most expensive phase of the process. If mold growth is limited to crawlspaces or a small portion of a home, cleanup may cost up to $5,000. If mold growth is more extensive, expenses may range up to $6,000 or more. If structural damage is widespread, cleanup can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.

2. Most Homeowners Insurance Excludes Mold Remediation

It may be difficult to get a claim to remove mold covered by standard homeowners insurance. An additional rider or endorsement may be available for this damage. It may also be possible to obtain coverage if mold results from a covered peril and you have proof that you have done everything you can to mitigate or prevent damage.

3. Black Mold Removal May Be More Expensive

If toxigenic mold is present in a residence, the cleanup process may end up being more expensive. Remediation professionals may recommend that homeowners arrange for a decontamination chamber or airlock around quarantined areas. Additional equipment may be necessary if the infestation is widespread.

These three facts should prepare a homeowner to spend at least several thousand dollars on mold removal, even for a minor infestation. It may be possible to simplify the remediation process and obtain a more accurate estimation of the total cost of these procedures by contacting a full-service mold damage restoration company in Tyler, TX.

What Is Mold?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Mold? Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors

Mold

Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Molds, along with mushrooms and yeast, are known scientifically as fungi. Their purpose in nature is to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need a food source - any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt - and moisture. Since molds grow by "eating" the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they are feeding on.

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen as a colored spot, frequently green, gray, brown, black or white. It commonly appears as a powdery, fuzzy, or hair-like material. Actively growing molds typically produce odors, sometimes described as earthy or moldy, or like mildew, old dirty socks, or ammonia. Molds release thousands of microscopic spores, which are lightweight, easily airborne and carried by air currents to surrounding areas. The spores must have both food and moisture to actually start growing, similar to plant seeds.

If you think you may have a mold issue in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Tyler today!

How To Check for Mold Growth

9/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Check for Mold Growth If your home smells dank and you suspect you need mold cleaning, have it tested first.

A musty odor in your home may be a sign of mold growth. How do you know for sure, though? If you are considering purchasing a kit to test your home in Tyler, TX, save your money. The only way to know if you need mold cleaning for sure is to enlist the expertise of a certified industrial hygienist. A CIH can identify whether or not you need to seek out mold remediation services.

What Does a CIH Do?

A CIH is trained to test for a variety of hazards in your living environment. There are four main areas to his or her expertise:

• Anticipating problems by analyzing present factors
• Recognizing problems through testing
• Evaluating safety issues
• Controlling and eradicating hazards

If your home tests positive in an evaluation conducted by a CIH, you know for certain that you need mold cleaning services. When you hire specialists to remediate the mold damage in your home, the tests performed can tell them a lot about the extent of the problem.

Why Do I Need a CIH to Check for Mold?

Mold is everywhere. Spores live in the air outdoors, and they are carried into your home on clothing, pets, hair and shoes. It is impossible to have a home that is completely spore-free. When you use the home mold test kits, they will almost always report that you have mold in your home, even if there is no growth to be found. The store-bought kits do not distinguish from the mold spores that are inevitably in the air and a problematic growth causing potential damage to the home's structure. A CIH can discover if an actual problem exists.

If your home smells dank and you suspect you need mold cleaning, have it tested first. A test conducted by an expert is the best way to determine if you have a mold problem. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Get Rid of Plant Mildew in 4 Steps

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Plant mildew is prone to develop in humid or wet climates. Mildew may develop if a plant remains warm, wet, shaded, and improperly ventilated. Powdery mildew is one of the most common types of plant fungus. This type of mildew does not require moisture, but it thrives in warm conditions.

Most mildew can slow down growth and even kill a plant over time. Here are four steps you can take to eliminate mildew on plants.

1. Carefully inspect the plant to determine the type of mildew and identify the conditions that have enabled mildew to thrive. In order to come up with the right treatment, you should determine the type of plant mildew you are dealing with and the conditions that have promoted mildew growth.

2. Remove and destroy the affected portions of the plant. This can help to increase air circulation, which may make a plant less prone to develop mildew. Mildew is more likely to spread if you leave affected portions on a plant or compost these trimmings.

3. Change the way you water. Avoid overwatering or pouring water down over leaves. Water from the side of the plant directly on the roots.

4. Use a fungicide. There are many fungicides, including treatments that contain beneficial bacterium and those that are absorbed into plant tissues where they continue working for weeks. Other treatments include a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water, neem oil, sulfur, or lime-sulfur.

You may also reduce the chances of mildew growth by selecting fungus-resistant plants and spacing them out in suitable areas, in terms of light and moisture levels. If you are experiencing difficulties with mold or plant mildew, contact a company that offers mold and mildew testing, containment, and cleanup in Tyler, TX. Experts can identify the source of the issue and help you prevent mildew from spreading or intensifying.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Property

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Tyler, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


Know What Makes Mold Grow


There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

1. Moisture

2. A food source

3. Warmth

Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation.

These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

3 Common Types of Household Mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is one of the last topics most Tyler, TX, residents would prefer to discuss. Nevertheless, it has a way of thriving inconspicuously along bathroom walls, windowsills, and other areas of the house that you may otherwise forget about. The average homeowner is likely not aware of the many forms of mold growth or the characteristics of each type. Keep reading to learn about the three most common fungi in the household and the methods used to spot them.


1. Aspergillus


Mold comes in a plethora of shapes and forms, but aspergillus is among the most common. A mold just as unappealing as its name, Aspergillus branches into countless species and is typically abundant in soil and in the air. Like many molds, it can grow on a variety of surfaces, especially in places with high humidity.


2. Stachybotrys Atra


Also known as "black mold," stachybotrys atra is perhaps the most infamous of all household molds. Usually a greenish black in color, this pesky mold grows best in areas with past water damage, water leaks and other humid spots. While there have been countless studies on this popular household villain, it is clear that stachybotrys atra does not play around; sometimes, this mold can move in with no obvious signs of growth.


3. Cladosporium


Because cladosporium can be hard to pinpoint, hiring a mold professional is usually the ideal step in combating this fungal problem. If you observe mold growth in your home that looks like green, black or brown spots, there is a chance you could be dealing with cladosporium. Also a lover of dampness, this mold commonly grows on walls, wood, HVAC vents, wallpaper and other susceptible areas.

Although it may take the inspection of a professional to properly identify the type of mold plaguing your turf, learning the basics about the most notorious types can prepare you for the remediation process. Mold growth may be an inevitable part of our world, but it doesn't have to be part of your home.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com.

The Air Ducts Have Mold. Now What?

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

You can smell a pungent, musty odor every time you turn on the climate control system. You could have mold hiding somewhere in the ducts. In Tyler, TX, experts in mold remediation help you identify contamination and clear out the offending infestation with a thorough HVAC cleaning.

How Do Molds Get in the Vents?

Mold is a microscopic fungus. It reproduces by expelling spores into the air. These spores ride on currents until they find a new home.

Fungus-like mold needs the right conditions to survive:

• Plenty of moisture
• Organic material for food
• A stable resting place

Your HVAC system moves air by design. Its whole purpose is to circulate air, and it is a prime source for mold spore transmission.

Doesn’t the Air Move Constantly?

Yes, it does, but dust sticks in some places. Mold spores landing on the dust have everything they need to start a new colony. Air ducts covered in dust are also covered in mold spores. The organic compounds in the dust are enough for the fungus to grow.

Your evaporator in your air conditioning collects moisture in the form of condensation. In normal conditions, drains allow that moisture to exit the system without causing a problem. If an obstruction blocks the drain, the pooled water is enough to support mold growth.

How Do You Prevent Contamination?

HVAC cleaning and proper maintenance are key. Change the filters regularly to prevent dust contamination. When dust accumulates, it provides a foundation for mold in your system. Also, get in the habit of cleaning vents and evaporator coils.

Your indoor air quality also contributes to mold contamination in your vents. A HEPA filter and air purifier can help to reduce the number of spores in your home in the first place.

When Should You Call an Expert?

If you smell mold but cannot see it, you may need to hire an interior environmental technician to test your air quality. A professional mold remediation expert knows how to perform proper HVAC cleaning to remove mold.

Managing mold- Part 2

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing mold- Part 2 Call SERVPRO of Tyler to walk through the process of managing mold.

Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business:

Air Filtration 
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our technicians clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our teams are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting or installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms in your home or business.

Managing Mold- Part 1

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold- Part 1 Call SERVPRO of Tyler to walk through the process of managing mold.

When there’s a water intrusion such as a roof leak or broken water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Although each mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

Call SERVPRO® of Tyler
The mold cleanup and restoration begins with a call to your local Mold Certified SERVPRO. The office staff will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.


Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Check out our next blog post that will continue the steps of mold remediation!

What is Mold?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Molds are microscopic organisms commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Molds, along with mushrooms and yeast, are known scientifically as fungi. Their purpose in nature is to break down dead material and recycle nutrients in the environment. For molds to grow and reproduce, they need a food source - any organic material, such as leaves, wood, paper, or dirt - and moisture. Since molds grow by "eating" the organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they are feeding on.

Mold growth on surfaces can often be seen as a colored spot, frequently green, gray, brown, black or white. It commonly appears as a powdery, fuzzy, or hair-like material. Actively growing molds typically produce odors, sometimes described as earthy or moldy, or like mildew, old dirty socks, or ammonia. Molds release thousands of microscopic spores, which are lightweight, easily airborne and carried by air currents to surrounding areas. The spores must have both food and moisture to actually start growing, similar to plant seeds.

If you think you may have a mold issue in your home or business, call SERVPRO® of Tyler today!

Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth?

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Flooding Cause Mold Growth? Mold can cause health effects and significant damage to your property.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak, storm flooding or leaking waterline, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle you mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

1. Call SERVPRO of Tyler at 903-561-0168

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration 

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

6. Restoration 

SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives.

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Tips: What you can do until help arrives. Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (903) 561-0168

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tyler 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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth.

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Tyler. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. 

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Managing Mold -Part 2

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold -Part 2 Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business.

Here we continue on with the steps SERVPRO® of Tyler will take to remediate any mold issues you may have at your home or business:



Air Filtration
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these spores while the mold remediation is in progress.



Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.



Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our technicians clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Our teams are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.



Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting or installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms in your home or business.

Managing Mold

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

When there is a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking waterline, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Tyler has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle you mold problem.  Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

1. Call SERVPRO of Tyler 903-561-0168

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment

3. Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration 

5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

6. Restoration 

SERVPRO of Tyler's professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.