Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Setting up a containment for mold
SERVPRO of Flower Mound technician taping cabinets
A local company called in SERVPRO of Flower Mound when they discovered they were in need of mold remediation. After years of wear and tear water permeated the carpet in their office space and left without remediation it grew mold. SERVPRO of Flower Mound ensured a protocol had been made and quickly got to work on the site. For those that do not know, mold remediation cannot begin until a containment has been set up. The containment ensures that mold from the affected area will not spread to unaffected areas. Here we see a SERVPRO of Flower Mound technician in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) working on the containment. In addition to the tape a cover will be placed over the door and any other openings will be closed.
What happens when you don’t mitigate
Water damage untreated will likely end up with mold
Unbeknownst to you water entered into your home or commercial property. It sat and temperatures rose and fell, as they tend to do this time of year in Texas. Time goes by and by the time you stumble upon some unchecked cabinet, or unused corner of your property, mold has begun to grow. This is a more common cause of mold, but it gives us a chance to talk about the importance of mitigation.
Drying out your home or commercial property immediately after a water damage changes the size and severity of the damage and ultimately saves money and time. Ignoring a wet spot or choosing to not have an ERP (Emergency Readiness Plan) created for your property leaves you at risk.
For a complimentary ERP call SERVPRO of Flower Mound at (214) 250-1626.
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
- 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.
DID YOU KNOW? (mold)
While many of us think of mold and cringe because we associate it with bad things such as infections, disease and death, the truth of the matter is that there is a lot of mold in the world that we love to eat and couldn’t live without!
Did you know:
- Cheese is made from mold. Geotrichum candidum to be exact.
- Quorn, a meat substitute primarily sold in the UK, is fusarium venenatum.
- Alexander Fleming, a brilliant Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacoligist discovered penicillin from a mold called Penicillium notatum. It was actually the world’s first antibiotic.
- The immunosuppressant drug cyclosporine, used to suppress the rejection of transplanted organs, is derived from the mold Tolypocladium inflatum.
- Several statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are derived from molds
Mold Needs the Right Environment to Grow
PPE when dealing with mold is a must
We are constantly exposed to thousands of different types of fungi in our everyday lives. Certain types of fungi tend to exist naturally in soils, plants, fruits and textiles. Exposure to these fungi in naturally occurring doses is generally not harmful.
Mold can grow on areas with the following:
- Water, moisture or high humidity
- Food (any organic substance)
- The right temperature (generally 68-86 degrees F, but some can grow in 30 degrees or colder)
- Lack of ventilation
- Mold presents greater challenges to young children, the elderly and other immunosuppressed people.
- Some molds can produce toxins if the environmental conditions are right.
If you have had a water damage and assumed it would be okay drying on its own or if you suspect you have mold, please contact SERVPRO® of Flower Mound today.
Who wore it better
Ghostbuster... or MOLD-buster
Why does one of our technicians look like he could be a part of the ghostbusters gang? Because PPE! PPE stands for personal protective equipment and it’s an integral part of making sure our team stays safe while handling a variety of situations. In this photo our technicians is working on a mold job, which is more commonly when you’ll see one of our team dawn the gear. However, our production manager Jake as well as our franchise owner John just dressed up in a similar outfit to inspect a biohazard clean up. The get up may look silly, but SERVPRO of Flower Mound makes health and safety a priority; both for our work family and our customer that become family.
If you suspect you might have mold call SERVPRO of Flower Mound at (972) 420-4771!
The Mold Remediation Process
Moldy carpet at local property
You realized that you need mold remediation, so you gave your local SERVPRO® a call and now you’re wondering “what are they going to do?” While it may not be pretty and it certainly isn’t easy, SERVPRO® has taken the process of mold remediation and broken it down it to simple steps.
First we have to inspect. Where is it growing, what caused it and most importantly, what do we need to do to get rid of it. Once the plan of action is decided the contaminated area(s) are contained and the air is filtered while trained technicians remove all mold and mold-infested materials. As a team works to clean the structure another team will work on the contents and belonging that were within the structure. Furniture, decorations and clothing can all be affected by mold and SERVPRO® of Flower Mound is prepared to clean it all!
So you have mold... what now?
Our Project Manager Megan is always ready to hear what's going on and answer any questions you may have
Being a SERVPRO® franchise that is licensed in mold remediation means that we at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound get quite a bit of phone calls that begin with “what do I do?” So I am here with the answers!
- We need as much information as you can possibly think of when you first call. This means how much mold you can see, what surfaces it is covering, how long has it has been there and where do you think the moisture is coming from that has caused the mold. The more we know, the better prepared we are to assist!
- Depending on how you answer we will either schedule an appointment to come and take a look for ourselves or we will advise you to call a mold inspector.
- The inspector will do just as the name implies, he/she will come to your location and test the air. This step is important because it lets you know just what kind of mold is present. The testing also give the inspector the information to put together what is called a protocol. Basically a step by step instruction manual telling a remediation expert, such as ourselves, what to do in order to pass the follow up test.
- After our work is done, the inspector returns to the property and tests again.
Still have more question? Send us an email or give us a call and we’d be happy to answer them! The scariest part is not knowing.
IT'S BLACK MOLD.... I think.
The fear of black mold has been around for as long as I can remember, and while I’m only 23 that’s still a substantial amount of time! Since coming into the restoration business and dealing with the multicellular growth on a regular basis I’ve learned some things.
First, just because your mold is black does not mean you have BLACK mold. It sounds silly but it’s the truth, molds such as Nigrospora and Cladosporium are black in color but are not known to have toxic side effects. Second, Stachybotrys chartarum, more commonly referred to as black mold can actually also be dark green. The third, and arguably the most important, thing I’ve learned since joining the business is that unless you’re a trained professional there is no way to know for sure.
If you’ve seen any growth within your home or business give us a call at (972) 420-4771, we’d be happy to take a look for you!
Would you believe there is no such thing as mold removal, because you should.
"I wouldn't want my grandchildren in there"
Philip J. Hilts, in a 1997 New York Times pieces, writes
“EVEN the ancients had trouble coping with mold. In the worst case, the Book of Leviticus instructs, move out of the house. And a recent study published in Caduceus, a medical journal, theorizes that the last of the 10 plagues of Egypt was actually poisonous mold.”
The seriousness of having mold should never be minimized and your family here at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound have made sure to have not only the equipment, but also the qualifications to safely remove mold from your property.
Some companies may advertise “mold removal” or even guarantee to remove all mold, this is a fallacy. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business.
To understand mold and break some common mold misconceptions click the link: http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/mold-remediation