Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Common Causes of Mold

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Interior wall of a house spotted with green, gray, and orange mold damage. Mold is highly contagious and can easily take over an area when the conditions are right.

No matter how clean a home you keep, mold will always be present in your home. Mold serves an important part in nature and does serve an important role when very low levels are present. However, when the conditions are just right, mold can thrive and take over an area, which can cause significant damage to your property. Here is a list of common causes of mold and some appropriate preventive measures that can be taken for each:

Leaking. Moisture attracts mold. That is essential to remember when working to prevent mold on your property. Leaks that can cause mold an occur in many places in your home. One such common cause of mold are leaking pipes. It is important to remember that your property is full of both visible and non-visible piping. Mold may be growing on an out-of-sight leak. Water could also be leaking into your house form an external source, such as rainwater that comes along with a storm. Regularly check your attic for structural damage and standing water, and keep an eye on the ceiling for signs of water damage.

Poor ventilation. When clean air is not properly entering your home and contaminated air is not adequately exiting your home, a number of complications can arise. This can create pockets of moist air, which is a condition that mold thrives in. This issue commonly occurs in kitchens or bathrooms, as activities carried out in these rooms often create large amounts of steam. Fans can help with ventilation by allowing the air to better circulate in the room. Keep all the appliances in each room well-ventilated by maintaining their vents, and keep your air filters clean in general.

Humidity. Your home can be exposed to humid conditions naturally due to the area weather or a particularly stormy season. Mold feeds off humidity, but humidity also prevents puddles and damp materials in your home (think laundry) from drying properly and thoroughly. These wet or damp places create ample opportunities for mold to grow and spread. If you used a humidifier in your home, be sure that your humidifier is running below 55%, as anything higher than that is the level needed for mold to start growing. Ensuring that your home is well-ventilated can help ensure that that the humidity level does not increase indoors.

SERVPRO of Denton is proud to offer mold remediation services. If you know you have a mold problem give us a call! If you suspect that their may be growth after water damage, we have several types of checks we can perform to assess the extent of the damage. Give us a call today at (940)566-2277 or submit an information form and we will get back to you shortly!

What To Do If You See Mold

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold near a window Though mold can be found everywhere, it can cause serious health issues. If you see signs of mold give us a call!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold spores throughout your home or business. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Denton for mold remediation services or a visual inspection

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 Denton 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 – 940-566-2277

Defense Against Mold Growth

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in closet Mold like shown can occur after 24-48 hours of water intrusion into your home or business.

Mold is found EVERYWHERE and can grow almost anywhere, including your home. It requires water, food and oxygen that's why water damage and mold often go and hand-in-hand after an incident at a home or commercial property. 

To prevent this, try and follow these steps:

  • Keep the humidity between 30-60 percent.
  • Provide for proper drainage away from the building's foundation. 
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks. 
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris. 
  • Inspect the roof, windows, and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance. 
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately. 

Contact SERVPRO of Denton for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold in your home at commercial property at (940) 514-8930.

So, You Found Mold...(Hint: Here's What To Do Next!)

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Denton, Texas - Trust in our vetted mold specialists to assure a clean and healthy environment for you and your family.

" Is That A Black Spot?" 

It can be alarming to find out there is potential growth in your home. Most times, you didn’t know it was growing and secretly causing havoc on your infrastructure. From leaking pipes or humid bathrooms, mold takes precise conditions to grow.

Mold loves the spring time. Wet conditions and warm weather mean a perfect environment for mold to grow in basements, bathrooms, under homes, in cabinets, in attics, and in garages.

If you have experienced water damage that wasn’t properly treated by IICRC standards, you could be at risk for mold exposure.

The Tried & True Solution to Combat Mold

Well, don’t fret! SERVPRO of Denton is qualified and ready to service your mold growth.

From a wide array of services such as mold mitigation and remediation, reconstruction, and clean up, SERVPRO of Denton is a one stop shop for all your mold removal needs.

What could you expect from SERVPRO of Denton professionals during mold removal?

  • Advisory solutions to test mold by an environmental hygienist.
  • A standard protocol on how to remediate the specific mold in your home.
  • A certified mold specialist with come out with a team and begin proper remediation.
  • We handle the mold removal whether that is mitigation, remediation, reconstruction, and sanitation and clean up.

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (940) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Winter Mold

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Do you find mold in from water condensation on your windows?

Despite the common misconception that mold can only grow in warm climates, don’t let mold sneak up on you in the winter. The main source of growth with mold is around moisture, and different types of growth can emerge in different environments.

Winter Mold in Denton, Tx

As the outdoors begin to get cold, and the indoors become warmer, opportunities for mold growth increases inside.

Avoid trying to wipe mold growth with more moisture, as this promotes more mold growth. Air circulation and fans help reduce mold growth possibilities in places like bathrooms or laundry rooms.

Mold produces spores, which travel through the air affecting air quality.

SERVPRO of Denton is Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (940) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Mold in your Walls???

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let mold sneak up on you by hiding in your walls!

It is something nobody wants to think about. Mold could be lurking in several areas of your home, but did you ever think that it may be in your walls. Check out this list and see if you may qualify for mold in your walls.

Hot Spots for Mold Growth

  • Have your walls been exposed to moisture recently? Either from a indoor flood or an outdoor plumbing leak, check around the areas where moisture may grow in the dark.
  • Is there discoloration in your walls? This is sometimes a sign of mold exposure.
  • Do you smell mildew in your home? If you smell something comparable to a forest, a library, or cat urine, there may be mold hiding within the walls.
  • Is there difficult to reach walls that cannot dry easily? As these are prime locations to grow mold.

SERVPRO of Denton is Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (940) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

5 Different Kinds of Mold

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Education about mold can help prevent future problems.

Do you fear that you have mold growth lurking in your life?

Check out these various common household molds that may cause havoc in your home or office!

5 Types of Mold

  • Acremonium – This type of mold often grows in humidifiers, drain pans or window sealants. Eventually, this mold has a fine powedery substance.
  • Alternaria – This type of mold typically grows in showers, bathtubs, or sinks! Often is a dark green or brown color.
  • Aspergillus – Most common mold in households. Shows up in several different colors.
  • Aureobasidium – A mold that can be found behind wallpaper or wooden surfaces.
  • Chaetomium- Has a cotton texture that is often found around water damage.

If you discover mold, call the premier leaders in mold remediation!

SERVPRO of Denton is Here for You!

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (940) 566-2277 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Is Mold Lurking in Your Apartment?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth.

With the recent storms and prolonged flooding in Denton, TX, your apartment may have gotten water damage and developed a mold problem. As frustrating as this can be, there are steps you can take right away to contend with the mold clean up, including getting help from your property manager. The following steps will help you get started.

Step 1 – Notify the Property Manager

You don’t want to wait for mold contamination to take hold in your apartment. Immediately call your property manager and follow up with an email. Take photos of the places where you see mold spores growing. Most landlords and property managers will want to act quickly to avoid mold contamination and to repair water damage.

Step 2 – Dry Out the Apartment

Mold grows in warm, damp areas, so you want to dry out the apartment as soon as possible. Turn on all the fans, pull up any rugs, and run a dehumidifier to extract as much moisture from the air as possible. It may take days, or even weeks, for everything to dry out. In the meantime, keep working with your property manager to proceed with the mold clean up.

Step 3 – Remove Damaged Furniture and Other Items

Water can ruin furniture, kids’ toys and other belongings. Be sure to check for mold spores on these items, which may need to be professionally cleaned or removed from the apartment. Don’t forget to look in closets and underneath beds for stored items. Mold grows where conditions are dark and damp and where airflow is restricted.

It’s never fun to have to deal with water damage and the resulting problem of mold growth, but if you take the right steps and act quickly, you can prevent mold contamination. Contact your property manager so he or she can call a restoration specialist in Denton, TX, to manage the mold clean up. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/

Can I Free My Crawlspace From Mold?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly.

Crawlspaces are tricky exactly because of what they are: crawl spaces with little room to move, and even less room to get in difficult areas to clean up mold damage. These spaces are usually dark and dank and very poorly sealed, as well, making them ripe for mold infestation as damp and water damage set in – especially after a flood. So if the crawlspace in your Denton, TX, home is infested with mold…how do you clean it?

Try Media Blasting

Despite how it sounds, “media blasting” isn’t playing your boombox loud enough to get reported to the neighborhood homeowners’ association. Media blasting is the practice of spraying tiny particles of non-harmful substances at a surface at extremely high speeds, causing the particles to abrade away anything on that surface as if sanding it. In fact, the practice used to be called sandblasting until sand was replaced as the medium due to the dangers of inhaling particles. Media blasting can:

• Sand away any mold on the surfaces in your crawlspace without damaging the surface underneath
• Allow you to access hard-to-reach places
• Let you clean away mold without having to actually come into contact with the substances
• Enable you to also clean underneath homes, and not just in crawlspaces

Media blasting can actually be pretty messy, but it leaves you with mold-free surfaces that have been scoured entirely clean.

So How Can I Media Blast My Crawlspace?

Media blasting requires some pretty heavy duty equipment, so it’s usually best to leave it to a professional. Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly to minimize mold exposure and ensure complete eradication of your mold problem. Media blasting can also be used for mildew, and various other growths you may wish to remove from your home – or for removing old paint before repainting your house. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROdenton.com/.

Got Mold?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas

If you think you might have mold in your home, the longer you wait to investigate, the worse it could get.  

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation. 

If you see signs of mold, call us today - (940) 566-2277

http://www.SERVPROdenton.com

Does your Denton Home Have a Mold Problem?

11/27/2017 (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 – 940-566-2277

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold spores throughout your home or business. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Denton for mold remediation services or a visual inspection

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 Denton 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 – 940-566-2277

Do You Suspect Mold in Your Home or Business?

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner or a business owner and you suspect you might have mold in your home or business, it is very important that you act quickly because the longer you wait to investigate the worse it could get.  

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants.However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation. 

If you see signs of mold, call us today 940-566-2277

What to Expect During Mold Remediation

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with many health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

For more information call the SERVPRO of Denton experts at 940-566-2277

Got Mold?

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Proper containment is essential during the mold remediation process. Doing so prevents mold spores from contaminating unaffected areas

If you think you might have mold in your home, the longer you wait to investigate, the worse it could get.  

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

SERVPRO of Denton specializes in Mold Remediation. 

If you see signs of mold, call us today - (940) 566-2277

http://www.SERVPROdenton.com