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. 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 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.
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
Improper drying of a structure can lead to microbial growth
Microbial growth on wallpaper in a storage room.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound is a licensed mold remediation company with the state of Texas. Although we are licensed to remediate the mold we are not licensed to test for it. For those situations a mold assessment consultant is required in order to draft a remediation protocol to which we must strictly follow.
This commercial property experienced a water loss and had structural drying performed. As the business awaited rebuild they noticed musty odors coming from several rooms. In one room there was visible microbial growth on the wallpaper however no other rooms showed signs of growth. A mold assessment consultant was called in to test the air and provide samples to generate a protocol for remediation.
Once we received the protocol we were able to put together a scope of work for the customer to resolve the issue. Check out our mold page for more information on our remediation services.
How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure
Call SERVPRO of Flower Mound for Mold Remediation Services
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.
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.
Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Mold
If you have mold in your home or business give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call 972-420-4771
What are molds?
One of the most common questions we receive at SERVPRO is: what exactly is mold? What kind of mold do I have? How do I keep it from spreading?
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. In addition, mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.
What are some of the common indoor molds?
In many cases, the mold can simply be remediated. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.
SERVPRO can help to remediate the mold in your home. In addition, SERVPRO will bring in air scrubbers that will help to remove the mold spores in the air in order to prevent any additional mold from forming. In most cases, the contaminated area will be sealed off in order to contain the mold spores in the air while the air is being "scrubbed" by the air scrubbers.
For more information on mold remediation visit our official website!
Customer found mold when they came back from vacation!
Microbial growth in the master bedroom.
Our customer was in the UK for 3 weeks and came home to find mold in there master closet, bathroom, and bedroom. There was also water damage in the adjacent rooms that needed to be taken care of.
We removed carpet, pad, baseboards, and wood flooring that was saturated and had been sitting. Due to the amount of microbial growth a mold assessment consultant was required to provide a remediation protocol. Once we received the protocol outlining the scope of work we were able to get started!
Our protocol included setting up containment, air scrubbers, cleaning the contents, and removing all affected materials. After HEPA vacuuming, wire brushing and sealing the affected studs with an antimicrobial encapsulating paint our job was ready for clearance testing.
The mold assessment consultant came back with an all clear test and our office issued the remediation certificate to the customer. As a licensed mold remediation contractor SERVPRO of Flower Mound is here to help with your remediation needs 24/7.
The pattern may look interesting but mold is no joke!
Mold contamination shown throughout the garage
SERVPRO of Flower Mound Onsite
Our office is licensed with the state of Texas to perform mold remediation services. When a contamination reaches over 25 contiguous square feet we are required to call in a mold assessment consultant to take air samples and draw up a remediation protocol and clear the project once it has been completed. You'll see in this photo it was clearly necessary as this is just one room showing the growth.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:
- Emergency Contact - 972-420-4771
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Common Mold Misconceptions
It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.
Mold Remediation Performed in Greenville, Texas
Remediation Containment with a Zipper Door and Extra Large Air Scrubber
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk 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.
This office in Greenville, Texas experienced a mold issue behind the cove base and wallpaper in an exit hall. There had been a slow leak from rain water under the door that went unnoticed for a while. A mold assessment consultant was brought in to take air samples and provide a remediation protocol.
Once we received the protocol and discussed the scope of work with the customer we were able to remediate the issue in one evening after the employees had left for the day. After the 48 hour required wait time for clearance the project passed with no issues!
If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Flower Mound, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. 972-420-4771
Residential Mold Remediation Due to a Hot Water Heater Leak
Microbial Growth on Drywall in the Affected Hot Water Heater Closet
With the Texas heat and high humidity we have had lately it didn't take long for spores to spread throughout this home affecting several rooms. This hot water heater had been leaking for an unknown amount of time which caused microbial growth along the drywall and baseboards.
Our customer hired a mold assessment consultant to take air samples and provide a protocol for remediation in order to receive a clearance test once we completed our work. Written protocols are extremely helpful to ensure everything is done accurately and as per the guidelines.
Remediation services were performed and clearance was received for this customer. She now has her home back to normal and no longer has concerns for her health!
If you have concerns of mold in your home or business give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call! 972-420-4771