Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Why is it important to call a professional for mold removal?
Mold grows in cool, dark, moist places. Mold spreads by releasing spores into the air. If the very act of removing mold disturbs the mold and releases those spores, how then does one get rid of it?
Spraying mold with bleach is ill advised, as the bleach contains more water than active ingredient, which can lead to sustaining the mold rather than killing it.
Painting over the mold doesn’t stop it from growing, it simply spreads the mold to a larger area.
The State of Colorado requires asbestos testing be done before the removal of building materials. Improperly tearing out mold infested materials not only runs the risk of disturbing mold spores but also the risk of asbestos contamination of the entire home. Is it worth the risk?
Call SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen at 303-279-8055 for professional assistance in removing mold from your home.
Our trained technicians will assess the damage, set up a containment area, safely remove the mold damaged materials and treat the remaining surfaces to inhibit further growth. Once the mold is removed from the structure our technicians will set up drying equipment to ensure the site is no longer holding moisture and place an air scrubber with HEPA filtration to remove any remaining mold from the air. Why worry about mold spreading? Call SERVPRO and let us make it “Like it never even happened”.
Mold, Moisture and You
Mold is naturally occurring in our environment. With over 100,000 identified varieties one can assume mold is everywhere. Not all 100,000 varieties are harmful, in fact many molds add value to our lives. However, excessive amounts of mold can pose a health concern for some people.
An intrusion of water into your home or commercial structure can result in mold growth. No matter the cause, when a water loss is not dealt with right away the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to acceptable levels of dry, mold spores may grow and multiply.
A properly mitigated water loss leaves no excess moisture behind to support mold growth. If mold growth has gotten a head of you, call SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen at 303-279-8055 for professional water loss mitigation and mold remediation.
Defense against the dark arts....of mold
Mold happens. It is unsightly and invasive. Some people are more sensitive to the presence of mold and the affects it can have on their health. Some molds produce toxic compounds (mycotoxins). Unless you are making cheese, mold is an unwanted house guest.
Mold growth requires a source of moisture and a source of food. In homes the source of moisture is frequently a leak either from a pipe or moisture seeping in from outside. The food source can be anything from the paper on the drywall to the leather of shoes and furniture, carpeting, dust, wood…mold is not a fussy eater. While all mold may not pose a health risk all mold does degrade the material it is living on. Thus, leaving mold to grow free range just increases the costs of removing it and repairing the damage it caused.
How can a home owner prevent mold growth in the first place? Here are some useful tips:
- Keep the humidity between 30 and 60 percent
- Provide for proper drainage away from buildings foundations
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately
- Contact SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ridge/Evergreen 303-279-8055 for assistance after water damage or if you discover mold.
Warning signs you may have a Moisture and Mold Problem
Backed up sewer pipes are an obvious moisture problem. As are leaky ceilings, burst pipes, and standing in a foot of water in your basement. How can you detect those hidden moisture problems though? And why would detection be important?
Excessive moisture in a structure can lead to mold growth and degraded building materials. Mold growth can lead to health issues for some and a delay of property sales for others. Mold growth that is not detected early can quickly progress past the point of easy repair.
A warning sign of a possible moisture problem is a musty odor. That strong musty odor is often caused by bacteria and mold growth that feeds on excess moisture in a dark cool space.
Dark patches in building materials is a second moisture signal. Undetected water seeps into building materials causing them to discolor and darken. Home owners can find these dark patches in ceilings after a heavy storm, in walls after a pipe had burst or in their hardwood floors when an appliance has a hidden leak.
The third sign of excess moisture could be a sudden increase in the number of pests. Water is a basic need of life, even for rodents, termites and wasps.
If you suspect an excess moisture problem and subsequent mold growth call 303-279-8055 SERVPRO Golden/Wheat Ride/Evergreen for a free initial inspection. Our trained technicians can help find the problem and quickly mitigate it, helping to prevent a small problem from becoming a large problem.
Does my insurance cover mold?
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I worked for an insurance company for a short time. I can remember so many calls where people waited until it was too late to file a water damage claim.
I would ask them “when did you discover the damage?” customer replies “last month it overflowed and I cleaned up the water, now my floor is molding” I reply “ok, let’s get this filed for you.” I was not allowed to give them advice.
I would guess that the claim would probably be denied. When home floods happen homeowners should always call in a professional to assess whether proper drying is needed. In most cases 99 percent of mold PREVENTION is covered. Mold is often NOT covered because there are resources to help prevent it, such as keeping the space dry, or antimicrobial treatment.