Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold in Your Commercial Building?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a floor. If you think you have mold in your building, you may consider the usual suspects.

Mold just needs two things to grow: water and humidity. It can infest your business in as little as 48 hours and even the tiniest of unchecked leaks can produce an infestation. 

If you think you have mold in your building, you may consider the usual suspects. Mold often shows up in damp, humid places such as basements, attics, and bathrooms. You may discover it under sinks and behind appliances. You also cannot forget to check in air ducts. HVAC cleaning is essential to keeping fungal growth at bay. If you neglect this duty, you could soon discover a mold infestation. 

What Causes Mold Growth 

Mold spores travel in through the air but can make their way into office buildings through doors and windows as well as on people who come inside. Mold becomes visible and spreads when the following conditions are present: 

  • There is standing water 
  • There are damp areas in the building 
  • There is poor airflow 

Mold and Your HVAC System 

If you smell a foul odor in the air ducts of your office, mold could be the culprit. Not only can this fungus develop where there is water, but it can also collect on dust. It is common for dust to gather in the HVAC ducts. The challenge is, you will not be able to see the mold inside the duct work, so you will have to pay attention to smells and whether the system is not working efficiently. 

Here to Help 

HVAC cleaning is the most effective way to eliminate mold from your heating and cooling system. Your best move is to hire an experienced mold remediation company to tackle this job. The professionals have the knowledge, training, and tools to remove dust from the ducts and thus get rid of accompanying mold. You should focus on cleaning vents in your building at least once a year, especially if you have had mold in the past. 

We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac Knows the Science of Drying

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers in a reconstruction site. Did you know there is a science behind the process of drying?

Did you know there is a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, the professional team at SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac is trained in the science if drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac will: 

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening. 
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly. 
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. 

What exactly does “Speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air. The only problem is nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. 

SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and the proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. 

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

How Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold Spores?

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician leaning over air purifier. A variety of air filtration systems can reduce the presence of mold spores in interior air.

A variety of air filtration systems can reduce the presence of mold spores in interior air. Though purification systems work in different ways, they each have features that are helpful for preventing mold growth at a residence. 

Filter Type 

Fungus spores range in size from as small as three microns to as large as 100 microns. High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters are the most effective, and have several requirements: 

  • Remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles 
  • Filter particles down to 0.3 microns 
  • Labeled "True HEPA" and not "HEPA Type" 

As most spores are larger than two microns, you may be able to save money by purchasing a HEPA Type filter. These filtration units will not eliminate smaller contaminants. 
 
Room Size 
 
When choosing a purification system, it is also important to factor in the square footage of the space in which you want to filter air. Here are a few guidelines for selecting an air filtration system: 

  •  Small room purifiers filter air in spaces up to about 300 square feet 
  •  Medium-to-large room purifiers filter air in   spaces ranging from about 300 to 600   square feet 
  •  Large to extra-large room purifiers filter air in spaces up to or over 1,000 square feet 

It may be necessary to purchase more than one purifier to use throughout a home. You may also periodically relocate a unit for more thorough filtration results. 
 
Operation and Maintenance 
 
Check to see whether the purifier you are considering contains additional systems. Some units feature antimicrobial treatments or methods for breaking down particles. You should also determine whether a filter can be cleaned and reused or will need to be replaced.  
 
All of these factors impact the ability of an air purifier to filter mold spores. The right air filtration system can improve air quality and limit mold growth. If mold is already a problem at a residence, contact SERVPRO at Greater Pontiac today at 248-377-2220. 

When Do You Need a Mold Remediation Company?

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

White wall with mold on it. Mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected.

Mold is a hazard that can exist in a home for months or years before being detected. Although mold might seem harmless, it is not. It is something that most homeowners cannot deal with alone. It’s important to know when you need to contact SERVPRO. 

Why You Cannot Ignore Mold in the Home 
Mold can grow and slowly destroy the structure of the house. It can rot wood and drywall, decompose carpets, and can make a home unlivable. 

Removing Mold Yourself 
It is tempting to think that you can deal with a mold problem yourself. This might be true if you see just a small amount on a non-porous surface like a metal fixture or a plastic bracket. Bleach can usually kill small amounts of mold. Unfortunately, if you spot mold, then there is likely much more on porous surfaces like your walls. It might even be hidden between the walls, under sinks, or inside carpets. You do not want to rely on do-it-yourself solutions if you detect mold in your home. 

When to Call SERVPRO 
You should call a mold remediation company whenever you find a significant amount of mold in one place, or patches of mold spread throughout your house. A remediation company like SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac will test your home for mold, seek out the source of the mold, and then remove it. Our team is able to use special tools to find hidden mold in your home. They will remove the mold in a way so that spores are not redistributed into other rooms. It is always best to call SERVPRO when you find patches of mold in the house. 

Preventative Actions to Take 
After SERVPRO takes care of your mold remediation, you can do a few things to prevent future problems. Start by ensuring your house is well ventilated to remove excess moisture. Check your insulation since it acts as a moisture barrier. Maintain a good temperature so that the air is not overly humid. If you do experience humidity problems, run a dehumidifier during the day. These actions can slow or prevent the growth of mold.  

Locally Owned Company with National Resources 

We live and work in this community too. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be. Call our trained professionals today at 248-377-2220. 

Do You Have Mold?

7/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on white bathroom tile. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

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 SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac today at 248-377-2220. 

Commercial Mold Remediation

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial cleaning crew in commercial building. Commercial mold remediation presents unique challenges.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present health effects for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Commercial mold remediation presents unique challenges. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Once the mold is contained, our team will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation.  

Emergency Contact – 248-377-2220 

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel. 

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation. We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We 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. 

Air Filtration 

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our 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. 

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. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings 

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re 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 have been 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. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal. 

SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. If you suspect mold in your commercial property, contact SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac today at 248-377-2220. 

What Should You Know About Mold?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

White wall with mold on it. Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any substance, if moisture is present.

Summer is upon us and with it comes high humidity and often wet weather. These are prime conditions for the growth of mold. The following list from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describes the problem and solutions when it comes to mold growth. 

Mold Can Cause Health Effects 

  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. 
  • Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.  
  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside using air conditioners and de-humidifiers. 

Increasing Ventilation 

  • Use exhaust fans when cooking, cleaning, and running a dishwasher. 
  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. 
  • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, could become moldy and may need to be replaced. 

Prevent Condensation  

  • Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors, etc.) by adding insulation. 
  • In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation, etc.). 

Molds can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any substance, if moisture is present. If you are having issues with mold in your home or commercial facility, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Pontiac at 248-377-2220. We are experienced, trained, and we have solutions for your mold problems.