How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure
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How can people decrease mold exposure?
Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.
- Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
- Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
- Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
- Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
- Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
- Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
What areas have high mold exposures?
- Antique shops
- Construction areas
- Flower shops
- Summer cottages
- Lake Houses
Check out our Mold Remediation Page for more information.
Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?
Give us a call today to schedule your Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) assessment.
What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness plan that could save your business $1,000's.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.
The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more. Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Three Types of Contaminated Water
Give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call if you experience a water damage in your home or business.
Did you know that SERVPRO® of Flower Mound also cleans up sewage backups?
Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. Our professionals at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.
Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. Our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.
The three types of contaminated water:
Category 1: "Clean Water"
Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.
- Water from a clean source like a broken water line
- If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3
Category 2: "Gray Water"
Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.
- May contain bacteria and viruses
- Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause health issues. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
24 Hour Emergency Service
Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise.
3 inches of water in a recently purchased home!
One of the bedrooms affected in a recently purchased home.
Our customer in Flower Mound recently purchased a home and had not yet moved in. When they came to check on everything due to the freezing weather they walked in to find 3 inches of standing water throughout the entire home. As you can imagine this is not what they wanted to see in their new home.
They called their State Farm agent who directed them to our office for emergency services. Our crew was onsite fast to extract the water and begin the drying process. As you can tell from the picture some of the wood flooring had already begun to buckle heavily and needed to be removed.
Rescue MAT systems were used on other areas to save the hardwood flooring for the customer which they appreciated. SERVPRO of Flower Mound fully believes in "restore don't replace", it's not only beneficial for the customer as they require less interruption but the insurance companies as well.
If you experience a water loss in your home give the professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call! 972-420-4771
Slow HVAC Leak Causes Mold Growth
Portion of the growth in a hallway closet
Being in the restoration industry we see a lot of condensation issues from HVAC units as well as pans overflowing without notice until microbial growth is seen.
Our mold remediation crew performed work not only in this closet but also in the attic. The insulation in the attic was covering a large area where the HVAC system had been leaking slowly for a while causing microbial growth on the decking.
Affected insulation, drywall, and decking was removed in order to properly remediate the issue. Once the remediation was complete the home was tested to ensure the areas were safe for the family and a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation was provided.
If you have concerns of microbial growth in your home a Mold Assessment Consultant may be required to provide testing and a protocol. Once a protocol is completed SERVPRO of Flower Mound a Licensed Mold Remediation Company can perform the work accordingly.
How A Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster
SERVPRO of Flower Mound is an IICRC Certified Firm.
Why a water restoration technician?
A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture or fluid. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated fluids, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.
What can you expect?
A certified water restoration technician will usually be on call around the clock, except for those times when an entire community has been affected by a major disaster. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If fluid has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.
Concerned about the "M Word"?
The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the firm will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special procedures. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound provides cleanings for your business!
SERVPRO of Flower Mound is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"
Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your home or business? SERVPRO of Flower Mound cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, and more.
The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.
The IICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, the IICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.
When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.
Church in Flower Mound Experienced a Roof Leak
Air Movers setup in the church classroom in order to dry the structure.
A church in Flower Mound realized they had a roof leak that caused water damage in several of their classrooms and called our office right away.
We arrived onsite and began to extract water from the carpet and treat the affected areas with antimicrobial. We placed 1 dehumidifier and 6 air movers in order to dry the structure back to pre loss condition. Our technicians showed the customer where the water was coming from in order for them to have the roof repaired.
In just a couple days the area was dried to goal and the equipment was removed. The customer couldn't believe how quick the process was and was happy they gave SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call.
If you experience a water loss at your business, give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call. 972-420-4771
Hurricane Harvey Storm Response
Water line from Hurricane Harvey
SERVPRO of Flower Mound was activated for storm response after Hurricane Harvey hit in Houston, Texas along with hundreds of other SERVPRO franchises across the nation.
Hurricane Harvey was devastating for so many families, we were honored to help them with the restoration of their homes during this time. Although the water didn't reach attic level in this home you can see from the photo how high the water rose in this neighborhood. The family was without power for quite a while and a lot was lost due to the storm. Majority of the home was gutted due to the high water so this family will almost be starting over.
It's heartbreaking to see this happen to so many families but for us it's a very humbling experience.
Church in Flower Mound Requires Emergency Services for a Water Loss
Library during the emergency response.
The last thing you want to happen when you think you're done for the day is have a water loss. The water supply line in the bathroom of this church busted and caused several rooms to have standing water.
Our technicians were dispatched and began the extraction process immediately in order to dry the structure as quickly as possible. Because of the quick response time the drying process only took 1.72 days to complete.
The customer was amazed at how easy the entire restoration process was from beginning to end. They were kept up to date on the scope of work each morning and were very pleased with our production team. It's great that our community trusts in us to provide them with excellent service.