Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Does Your Northbridge, MA Property Have Mold?
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 Northbridge, MA 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 at (508) 234-3399!
What to Expect - Mold Remediation
Have you recently experienced water damage, potentially promoting the growth of mold? When you realize that visible mold is in your home or building it may be time to seek the help of a professional. Not all molds that exist in homes are toxic, but it is always safe to hire a certified mold hygienist who can help you determine exactly what kind of mold you are dealing with and how to remedy the moisture and/or mold problem.
There are several steps you need to take before you can get mold remediated. Let SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County walk you through what to expect during a mold inspection.
Find an Industrial Hygienist
The first step is to contact a local, reliable industrial hygienist who can come to your home and do a mold inspection. The hygienist will determine if it is mold, what type and will provide recommendations on how to remediate.
The Hygienist Arrives
When the hygienist arrives at your property they will do a visual inspection, surface sampling, and air sampling in order to determine the source and the type of mold that is present in the building or home. They will check the property and look for any signs of water damage, water intrusion, possible faucet or pipe leaks, and any other signs of moisture. They will also test the temperature and the humidity on the property.
Air samples are collected & sent to the lab
The mold inspector will gather air samples both indoors and outdoors. These air samples are then sent to a specialized lab, where they will produce a report of the findings.
Typically a mold inspection can last about an hour or so. Your report will be given to you within 2-4 business days. When the hygienist receives the lab report, they will share the results with you and discuss the findings. If mold is determined to be present in the home, you will need to undertake some form of mold remediation.
Your mold remediation will be unique to your circumstance(s), and will largely be determined by the results of the sample tests completed by your mold inspector. These factors include the toxicity of the tested mold, as well as the size of the affected area.
Once the mold has been tested, send your results to the experts at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. We will work with you and your insurance company if you have filed a claim to schedule an appointment. For a stress free remediation process, give us a call at (508) 234-3399 or visit our site to learn about our mold inspection or other home inspection services.
Auburn, MA: How to Spot Mold in Your Office
Mold growth in commercial buildings is a serious issue. While the cleanup and repair costs can be tremendous, the cost and inconvenience of potentially having to move out of the building for a period of time can be far greater. Even in instances of mold smell, most encounters with mold are after it’s had the opportunity to grow and become visible. However, there are ways you can spot mold growth before it gets out of hand.
A Strange Smell
Although mold can grow in your walls for a while before you see it, there are instances when the mold smell is obvious before the stains show up. For example, if you notice a persistent, rotting or fungus smell in a particular section of your office, then the culprit is likely mold.
If your building was affected by any of the flooding in Massachusetts then it’s likely to experience mold growth. In this case, even before you smell anything, mold may start to gain traction in the affected areas. Similarly, if there’s a leak in an area of your building, then mold can certainly begin to take form.
Before your walls turn totally green or black, you may notice some slight darkening initially. This is also a possible sign of possible mold growth that should be investigated further.
In either of these cases, you should not attempt to determine the severity or clean up the mold yourself as it may not be limited to what you see. You should contact a mold cleanup specialist who can properly identify the entirety of the growth. Even if the mold can’t be seen or the mildew smell isn’t present, the specialist can use an infrared thermal camera to detect the presence and level of moisture in your walls. With this information, the specialist can make a proper recommendation for safe cleanup.
Mold smell in commercial buildings should not be taken lightly. Overlooking it or using traditional cleanup measures may lead to bigger problems down the line. It’s best to contact a specialist early on who can complete a thorough assessment and recommend a safe solution.
Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399!
What is "Black Mold?"
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399 or visit our Facebook page!
Have Mold in Your Auburn, MA Home?
Did you know? If there is moisture anywhere in your home, you MAY have mold. The invisible spores spread rapidly and before you know it, your walls, ceilings and even furniture could be covered in patches of mold.
If you have leaky pipes or have recently dealt with a water damage, your risk of mold is even higher. Trying to manage it yourself or ignoring the problem could result in damage to your property. The quicker you get rid of it, the less havoc it can wreak on your life.
Fixing Mold Problems
It is important to hire a professional service. At SERVPRO, we clean up the causes of the mold by analyzing the damage and cleaning the affected area thoroughly. Calling us quickly is crucial as mold can spread.
If you suffer from water damage and need cleanup & restoration, call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399 or visit our Facebook page!
Does Your Commercial Building Have Mold?
Have you noticed any water damage to your property? Although mold exists naturally everywhere indoors and outdoors, if you have suffered a water damage and leave the area untreated for as long as 48-72 hours, the potential health side effects from the spread of mold can be very dangerous to your health. Here are just a few signs that a mold infestation may be present within your workplace:
- Musky smells
- Allergic reactions while in the workplace
- High humidity levels above 45%
- Condensation on windows or pipes
- Poor ventilation
- Water leaks
Although these are just a few examples, a good rule of thumb is to never look past any warning sign of mold. Don’t take it upon yourself to try and remediate the situation, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County! We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate the problem to its preloss condition.
For more information, call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROsouthernworcestercounty.com/mold-remediation.
Commercial Mold Remediation
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property.
Did you know? Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. If you suspect that your property has a mold damage, call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County immediately!
Step 1: Emergency Contact (508) 234-3399
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our franchise Call Center. Our representative(s) will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
SERVPRO of Southern Worcester Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. To detect whether or not mold is present, various technologies are implemented by our certified professionals.
Step 3: Mold Containment
We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. Our professional(s) may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Southern Worcester Franchise Professionals use anti fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Franchise Professionals evaluate your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other items to determine if they can be cleaned.
Exposure to mold in school settings where not only children will be vulnerable to the possible health effects, but educators as well is a very common issue nowadays. To ensure that your school and children will be safe, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County can be your first line of defense to mitigate and make the problem, “Like it never even happened.”
Before any course of action can be done, there are few things to first understand about mold.
First, mold(s) can be found almost anywhere in the environments, both externally and internally. Any substance is susceptible to the growth of mold through both the combination of moisture and oxygen. It is also important to note that it is seemingly impossible to get rid of ALL mold and mold spores in an indoor environment. These spores can begin growth in as little as two days after settling in a dark, damp area inside of a school building.
Since these spores are so microscopic and cannot be seen without some sort of magnification, it is essential that you pay attention to all of the warning signs that mold is growing inside of your building.
One of the most common ways to spot mold is simply by the green-black appearance in an area that seems to just keep getting bigger and bigger. Secondly, there will usually be a damp, musky smell that may make breathing and sitting in the classroom intolerable.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup.”
Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we understand that many of the school buildings that exist today are a few decades old and may have some of these ventilation deficiencies. If you suspect mold may growing in one of your districts school’s, please do not hesitate to contact us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.