Recent Mold Remediation Posts

4 Common Types of Household Mold

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

The Most Common Kinds of Mold You May Find In Your Residence

As a homeowner in Clementon, NJ, it is wise to be on the lookout for signs of indoor mold growth, especially in moisture-prone areas. In order to quickly find and treat mold, it is important that you know what you are dealing with. Here are a few of the most common kinds of mold you may find hiding in your residence.

1. Alternaria

This type of mold can grow almost anywhere, particularly if spores become airborne. Nonetheless, it occurs most frequently occurs in wet areas like showers, bathtubs and sinks. Since Alternaria thrives in damp environments, if you discover it in an unexpected place, it may indicate water damage from factors such as flooding or leaking pipes. It has a soft, mossy appearance and is typically green or black in color.

2. Stachybotrys Chartarum

Stachybotrys chartarum is often colloquially referred to as black mold. Like Alternaria, black mold also develops best in wet conditions with high humidity. Common locations for growth include basements, HVAC ducts and attics. It has a greenish-black color and a slimy texture. Black mold produces a distinctive musty odor that may help you identify it.

3. Aspergillus

Aspergillus mold comes in a variety of colors and types, but it often appears as a thick layer. It grows best in warm climates and humid conditions. It can grow on walls, upholstery and carpeting. However, spoiling food is a prime location for this form of mold growth, so make sure to check your refrigerator.

4. Aureobasidium

If you have ever noticed a pinkish-brown mold on wallpapers or wooden surfaces, it may have been Aureobasidium. This type of mold may first appear pink, brown or black, but it almost always turns dark brown with age.
One of the best ways to deter all types of mold growth is to keep things dry. Clean regularly, ensure good ventilation, promptly attend to water damage and keep humidity below 45 percent. If you are aware of any type of mold in your house, contact mold remediation professionals right away. Proper mold cleanup and restoration is always essential to maintaining your home.

Discover The Cause of Mold

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is naturally occurring in the environment, but it doesn't belong in your home. Get a mold assessment to uncover the source of the moisture that is causing the mold. We can help you with this process. We are professional mold remediation specialists and can assist by taking the steps to find mold in your ceilings, walls, floors or any other surface. We will uncover the source of the mold and seal it off until the moisture problem is solved. By doing this, you won't simply continue to treat the surface problem-you will eliminate the continued growth of mold.

Review your insurance to make sure you are covered for mold remediation. Document all possessions, take photos, keep all receipts for mold services you paid for, as this will help support an insurance claim.

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown has a great office team that will direct you with the steps. Call us today (856) 728-7350

Health Risks of Mold

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

According to the Centers For Disease Control, mold presents a significant health risk, especially after a hurricane or flood event. Symptoms to watch for are headache, cough, congestion, nausea and lung infections. Persons with weakened immune systems, asthma and allergies are particularly affected by mold.

Controlling moisture and humidity in your home will help prevent the growth of mold and keep you healthy. This will save money, avoid damage to your home and furnishings, and protect you and your family. Taking steps such as installing fans in the bathroom and kitchen, keeping air conditioned, and cleaning ductwork will help remove the conditions that can lead to mold.

At SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown,we can handle all of these services, so please call today (856) 728-7350 and we'll be at your home at your convenience.

Got Mold? Here is how we take care of it

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Here are the steps below:

Step 1: Emergency Contact (856)728-7350 

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our number. Someone from our team will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They 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

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They 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. Our team uses antifungal 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 Berlin/Williamstown will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: 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.

How to Control Mold Growth

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

All properties have a certain amount of mold. Mold becomes dangerous when it begins to grow in to large amounts. 

There are ways for you to help control the growth of mold. Here are some simple ways: 

  1. Controlling humidity levels in your with a dehumidifier. Basements are most inclined to produce humidity and need to have a dehumidifier running constantly.  
  2. Finding where the water is coming from. Fixing leaky roofs, windows, and piping as soon as they are discovered is important.
  3. Sometimes flooding can occur and the quicker the area is cleaned up and dried the level of mold can be decreased.
  4. Bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry can also hold moisture. Make sure the proper ventatlation is installed in each room. 

Don't worry if you are already having issues with mold we are here to help you. SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is available 24/7 to receive your call. Call us now (856)728-7350

Hazardous Mold Can Begin To Develop Within 24 Hours After Water Damage

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

With the expertise and reputation of SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown, we can handle water damage emergencies immediately, as the threat of potentially hazardous mold can begin to grow and develop as soon as 24 hours after the original water damage.

When a water loss occurs, SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown uses specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to dry properties and reduce the humidity levels. This is an extremely important part of cleanup after water damage.

Normal drying methods may be the first thought of the customer, but in most cases, are simply not enough to reduce the humidity levels in a home after a major accident of water loss. Mold is able to grow behind cabinets, walls and under flooring very quickly, so the threat has to be handled by professionals who know how to properly dry flooring, walls, and other fixtures on the property.

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air.
  • 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.

If you think that your home or business may have a mold problem, we can assist with having you scheduled for a certified mold test and inspection, with a follow up service to use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (856) 728-7350

Invisible Intruders

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can be an invisible intruder, growing behind and around what you first see. Using a licensed mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown helps to alleviate undetected mold exposure. Exposure to mold can cause allergies, skin irritation, and a host of other health problems. Mold remediation is a serious job that is best handled by the results of a professional mold inspector, followed up by a licensed mold remediation specialist.

Mold is a potentially hazardous health concern that we here at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown take pride in knowing that we are professionally equipped in providing immediate relief from prolonged growth and exposure.

FEMA warns residents of homes that flood, to thoroughly clean and dry any areas affected by flood water to ensure that mold does not grow, but sole residence attention sometimes is not enough. Our team uses dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity present in water damaged properties.

A homeowner is unlikely to have access to all of the specialized equipment needed to complete such a task. With specialized equipment used and the expertise shown by the professional team at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown, insurance companies trust our team when their policyholders experience a water loss. Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what’s visibly growing on the walls.

Many customers and insurance companies call SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown first when they experience a loss or damage, because they trust that the work will be completed with expertise and precision.

MOLD

8/8/2016 (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 – 

SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown (856) 728-7350