Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Removal Tips for Your Bathroom

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Due to the large amounts of water used in your bathroom, it is one of the most susceptible areas of your house when it comes to water damage and mold growth. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop serious mold growth in the bathing areas of your home, and have some cleaning tips on hand when mold takes hold. Once mold has established itself in an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises.

Here are some tips to preventing mold in the first place:

  • Paint your bathroom with paint that is mold-resistant. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store.
  • When doing any type of repair or renovation in the bathroom area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients, such as flooring and drywall.
  • Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses. Another great tip is to keep your bath area well-ventilated to help further prevent long-standing water damage and mold growth.
  • Keep an eye on the cabinets under the sinks and around the toilet for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Clean behind and underneath them well on a regular basis and take a good look while you are completing this task.
  • There are products on the market that are great for cleaning mold, but some of the best might just be found around your home. Here are a few:

Using Hydrogen Peroxide:

    • Pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and saturate the moldy surface completely. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
    • Scrub the area to remove all mold and mold stains and then wipe down surfaces to remove residual mold and spores.

Using Vinegar:

    • Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle - do not water down. Spray the solution onto moldy surfaces and let it sit for one hour. Wipe the area clean with water and allow to dry thoroughly; any odors from the vinegar should be gone within a few hours.
    • Baking soda can also be used along with the vinegar to kill different mold species.

Using Baking Soda:

    • Add ¼ tablespoon baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake until dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the solution and use the scrubbing brush to remove all mold from surfaces. Rinse the area with water to remove any residual mold.
    • Spray the surface a second time and let dry thoroughly; this will kill any left-over mold and prevent it from returning.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is ready to help you with any water damage concerns or mold growth or issues in your home or business in the greater Huron and Seneca areas, including Norwalk, Clyde, Bellevue, and more! We are also available for cleanup after fire damage. Call us today at (419) 443 1790.

Tips for Environmentally Friendly Mold Cleaning

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commonly found in both homes and commercial buildings, mold growth can cause a lot of problems, including health issues if left untreated. It needs moisture to grow and thrives in damp conditions or in spaces that have poor circulation and high humidity. Bathrooms and showers are two places that can be attractive to mold colonies. The spores of mold can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and create respiratory conditions, including asthma, in some individuals while long-term exposure can severely compromise human health.

Examine your home or business premises for mold growth. It may be obvious, but it can also go undetected in air-conditioning ducts and ceilings or other places that are often damp. If found, you can employ many mold remediation methods to get rid of it, but some of the more common ones contain toxic chemicals that are not friendly to the environment. There are some simple, cheap, and non-toxic methods that are not dangerous, however, and we will share them here with you.

DIY

If your affected area is small, such as the shower, you might want to go ahead and tackle it yourself. There are several DIY home remedies to kill mold that won’t harm the environment:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide. Dilute ½ part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water and wash moldy surface.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar. Dilute 1 part vinegar with 1 part water and mix in 2 parts of baking soda to 1 part of the vinegar solution, which will form a thick paste. Spread paste over the mold and let it dry, then scrub it off. Repeat if necessary.
  • Environmentally-friendly dish soap and Borax. 1 squirt of dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon of borax to 1 quart of water. Sponge solution onto moldy surfaces, rinse and let air dry.

Profession Grade Green Cleaning Solvents

If your problem is more severe, a commercial mold cleaning solvent may need to be employed. There are environmentally friendly mold remediation cleaning agents available that are typically biodegradable, pH neutral, and contain no toxic or harsh chemicals or pesticides.

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Top Three Places to Check for Mold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health, and it can show up very quickly. Knowing where to look and what areas are most vulnerable can help keep you a step ahead of a mold issue.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth in both home and business:

BATH AREA. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, this is the perfect time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen or storage closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there have been any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. If you detect a brand new leak or drip, have it corrected immediately. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, as well, and that can be a great tool in the fight against mold.

KITCHEN/BREAK AREA. The rooms of your home or business that are used for food prep are often as busy as the bathrooms, and water is a big part of that usage, of course. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed.

The laundry room. This room in your home has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have elements present that will encourage the possible establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help to pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.

Other areas to keep an eye on in your home and business: hall closets, garages, storage units, warehouses, and basement areas.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is always here to help you with any issues related to mold and its remediation.  Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, as well. Call us at (419) 443 1790.  

Mold Prevention Tips for Your Kitchen

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house when it comes to mold growth since there is water in use here on a daily basis. Practicing preventive measures will ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in one of the busiest rooms in your home.

The kitchen has a higher moisture level than most of the other rooms in your house, and surfaces both visible and out of the way can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises and make life miserable.  

Here are some tips to preventing mold:

  • Paint your kitchen with mold-resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. This is also a good practice for bath areas, as well.
  • When doing any type of repair or renovation in this area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.
  • Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off counter tops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses. Inspect underneath sinks and in cabinets on a regular basis and look for buckling woodwork or discolorations - both are telltale signs of water damage.
  • As with all windows in your home, ensure that all weather stripping is in good repair in advance of bad weather.
  • Keep an eye on older refrigerators for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Move them away from the wall periodically and clean behind and underneath them and take a good look while you are back there. This is a place where mold loves to hide and grow.
  • Ensure your kitchen area is well ventilated; you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it will be beneficial.

Keeping mold out of your kitchen will contribute to a clean and pleasant space for the preparation of food and for entertaining and socializing. After all, the kitchen is the heart of a home!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have the expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

How to Prevent Mold

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

You had a house flood and thought you did a pretty good clean up job (pat yourself on the back), until one day you notice a little something over in the corner under the carpet slowly creeping up the wall.  Panic sets in and you start pacing thinking to yourself, “How did this happen. What could I have done to prevent this?”  Well we have the answers and some simple tips to help you prevent mold.

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant.  Check your house for areas of concern and face them head on.  It might cost money up front but it will save you money down the road.  Pull up that carpet and install mold proofing products, find that water leak and fix it so it doesn’t creep inside the house, or repair that broken rain gutter.
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away.  Even spills should be cleaned up ASAP.  The key is the small daily task that makes the difference. Be sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Get them in the dryer and make sure to leave the door open and let your washer dryer out
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  • Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. This is especially import in moisture prone areas like the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from a hardware store or online. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to problem areas in your home. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of the moisture
  • Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  • Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  • Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that extra moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Signs of Mold Growth

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be disgusting to look at and can cause health effects.  So we will try to help you by covering some of the signs of mold growing inside your home.

One sign of mold is smell. A lot of times this is the first thing someone will notice. If you consistently smell something (typically a musty odor) in the same area, you may have some mold growth there.....even if you don't see it!

Obviously if you see mold growth you know you have it. For instance, if you are in the shower or the tub and you spot something that black, green, gray, slimy, powdery, etc.  Unfortunately, not all molds are as easy to detect as it is in the shower, damp places like a cellar or basement could very easily be home to mold as well.

It is also important to know your home’s history. If you had any water damage or leaking that wasn’t professionally taken care there could be a problem. Knowing how old you home is would be helpful. Do you live in a particularly humid area? Knowing these things could help you identify if mold has a possibility of being present.

If you do happen to stumble across mold, or if you don’t, but have a hunch that it’s there, please do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call. If left untreated mold can continue to cause more damage to your home and can cause possible health effects. Instead, contact us. We are I.I.C.R.C. certified and ready to help.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

The Mold Removal Process

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

The key to mold control is moisture control. Mold spores won’t grow if moisture isn’t present, so if there is a moisture problem in your home or office, you must fix the water issue or the mold will return.

Mold remediation is the process of cleanup and removal of mold from an indoor environment. First thing to do is determine if mold is present, where is it growing and how much remediation is needed. The assessment often involves moving furniture, lifting or removing carpets, checking behind wallpaper and in bad cases even opening up walls.

Sometimes, when occupants of the home or business are experiencing symptoms of illness, sampling of the mold spores may be performed to answer further questions. SERVPRO does air testing that can let us know how extensive the mold is and how much of it is in the air.

Never clean the mold with bleach since it is a water based chemical you will hide the presence but ultimately feed the mold. It is important to wear a respirator and protective clothing if trying to clean mold yourself. Better yet, playing it safe and calling SERVPRO will ensure the clean-up gets done right the first time. SERVPRO uses any number of high-tech mold removal methods and equipment in the remediation process, including:

  • Moisture meter
  • Humidity gauge
  • HEPA filtered vacuum
  • Borescope (to view potential mold problems inside walls without damaging them)
  • Themographic camera

To learn more about mold remediation, call us! If you suspect that mold is affecting the health of those in your home or office space, please don’t wait—mold problems should be addressed within 24 to 48 hours.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina; Centers for Disease Control; Environmental Protection Agency; and Trask Research, Inc. (a bio-chemistry company that develops mold testing and cleaning solutions).

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.  

Defending Against Mold Growth

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

- Keep humidity between 30 to 60 percent.

-Provide for proper drainage away from building 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 your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Mold Basics

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

Do not use bleach to clean mold. Use an anit-microbial soap such as Dial and as little water as possible instead. Bleach's base is water and it will actually feed the mold. It may look like it went away but in a short time it will come back; possibly stronger.