Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Causes of a Musty Basement

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

So what causes musty smells? In most cases, a musty basement smell is caused by the growth of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in basements because they are attracted to dark, damp locations. Many basements suffer from high levels of moisture, leaving them very vulnerable to the growth of mold and mildew, and subsequently a musty smell. To confirm that mold or mildew is the cause of your musty basement smell, you’ll want to search for the source of the odor. Scan the walls and floor of your basement searching for water stains and other indications of moisture build-up. You might also see discoloration of wood or drywall, as well as bulging or bowing of surfaces. Bowed walls are linked to mold smell in the basement because they cause shifts in the foundation, making it easier for water to seep into the home. Further, check for cracks or any large gaps in the floor or walls of your basement where moisture and mold can gather.

Another location where water might be trapped is in floor drains. Check the trap below the floor drain to see if there is water at the right level. If there is no water in the trap at all, fill the trap with fresh water until it is full. When no water is present in the trap, sewer gas can leak into the drain and into the basement causing an unpleasant smell. In addition to checking floor drains, check the drains of any appliances or bathroom fixtures that drain down to the basement. Leaks from appliances can lead to severe mold growth and even damage, again causing a musty basement smell.

If you notice any signs of the warning signs above, you have a moisture issue in your basement. When this happens, mold and mildew are likely to present and the cause of your musty basement smell.

Tips for Handling Mold

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most difficult types of home damage to deal with on your own in your home or business is mold damage. Mold, like other types of fungi, can cause severe long-term damage to your home while simultaneously being hazardous and nearly impossible to remove with standard household cleaning products. Taking the wrong steps can potentially make the problem worse or even run the risk of causing ill health effects for you. Here are a few things you should and should not do after coming into contact with mold growth in your home.
 
Do:
If you find signs of mold in your home, you should first attempt to verify both whether the infestation is still active and to what extent it has spread. Gathering this information early on can help to get a more accurate response from SERVPRO technicians. However, you should never go beyond the bounds of what you feel is safe. Many types of mold can cause health effects with both direct and indirect exposure, making them hazardous to interact with in close proximity. In addition to attempting to gather more information about the problem, you may also be able to identify any sources of water that may have allowed the fungus to grow. Knowledge of these sources allows us to stamp out the root of the problem immediately and prevent further damage from happening.
 
Don't:
Do not underestimate the ability of black mold and other types of spores to become safety hazards. Never put yourself in what could be a dangerous situation without the direct guidance of SERVPRO technicians. In addition, you should not attempt to remove the mold on your own, as your efforts may only serve to spread spores around, even with the aid of specialty mold cleansing products. Our specialized equipment and mold remediation techniques are designed to avoid the many eventualities that can result from unprepared mold damage treatments.
 
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties provides mold removal and remediation services to homes across the local area.

Mold Problem?

8/4/2020 (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. 

Preventing Mold Growth

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold, the very word causes most people to cringe. It does not take much for mold to start growing, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading throughout your home or business.

Here are some quick tips to help with mold.

  • Stop water leaks, repair leaky roofs and plumbing. Keep water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.
  • Open windows and doors to increase air flow in your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls. Use a fan if there are not windows available.
  • Make sure that warm air flows into all areas of the home.
  • Install and use exhaust fans in bathroom, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Ventilate and insulate attics and crawl spaces.
  • Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture within 24 – 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.
  • Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove mold spores.
  • Check around your windows for signs of condensation or water droplets. Wipe them up right away so mold can’t grow.

Summertime Can Mean Mold

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Summertime is right around the corner! This means it’s time to head out for cook outs, pool parties, and vacations. While you’re out having fun, mold could potentially be growing in your home or business. Mold will grow more frequently during the summer months mainly because of the warm temperatures and high humidity levels due to those afternoon storms. The reason for mold to show up would be because there was water build up that sat for a period of time and cause the perfect conditions for mold to grow. Some of the spots to check in your home for water build up would be under sinks, around the bathtubs/showers and toilets. It is important for you to check these places when you are about to leave for vacation, because the longer the water sits, the more damage occurs and mold will grow. Just because you cannot mold growing, that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Mold does give off a musty smell, so if you being to smell that, you might have mold growing in the walls, floors, or even in the air ducts. If you believe you have mold growing in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties today!

Do You Have Mold in Your Walker/Winston County Home?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it almost 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 false. 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.

Mold is No Match for Us

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties will service your home or business that is suffering from mold damage. Mold is present almost everywhere all the time. However, there are times that mold grows to be too much to handle. That’s when you would call us.

Mold thrives in moist areas. When mold grows too much, it can cause allergy and other irritant problems. So if you are starting to develop allergy problems in your East Prairie home or office, maybe it’s time to call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties humidity, maybe you need to get your HVAC system inspected. It’s recommended that you keep your indoor humidity at 45% or less.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to remediate your mold problem.