Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Houston Climate Could Be A Severe Breeding Ground For Mold

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of Mold Growth Call Us TODAY: 281-472-4162

Did you know that there are more than 1 million types of mold? This means mold can exist almost anywhere. While mold doesn't always cause an issue with humans, there are certain types that can do your body a lot of harm.

Mold has to have certain conditions to flourish. Those conditions include:

  • Water
  • Temperature
  • Time

Mold growth is common in houses so it important be on the lookout for any situations that would promote mold growth. Water damages caused by water leaks, water intrusion, or condensation from ducts could make your house a prime location for mold growth. 

If you suspect you have mold in your home or business, give SERVPRO of South Pasadena a call to come out and inspect your situation. 

CALL US ANYTIME: 281-472-4162

Conditions in Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

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:

  1. Emergency Contact - (713) 472-4162
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because of 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of South Pasadena is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Pasadena community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We proudly serve Pasadena, TX, and surrounding areas.

Where Is the Mold In Your Home?

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

This is a variety of mold found in a building near Kemah that was abandoned after a fire.

10 Most common areas for mold growth in your home.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family (like mushrooms, yeast, and even some cheeses like blue cheese).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under the sink
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces

Conditions in Houston Area Might Be Right For Mold

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (713) 472-4162
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because of 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Pasadena is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Pasadena community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We proudly serve Pasadena, TX, and surrounding areas.

Mold Tips

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

We can clean it!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When the mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of S. Pasadena for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of S. Pasadena specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (713) 472-4162

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow in 24-48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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 a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • 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.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (713) 472-4162

Mold Safety Tips

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When the mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of South Pasadena specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 281-412-6211 

How to Prevent Mold After Flooding

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold experts say part of the problem is what many did right after the flood - or more importantly - what they didn't do.

As if dealing with a flooded home wasn’t enough, you then have to worry about the very real possibility of the unwelcome intruder that is mold (when it rains it pours and all that – quite literally in this case!). And with floods holding the accolade of leading natural disasters in America today – unavoidable, even, in many regions of the country – it’s something that may be closer than you think. So, what should you do if the unthinkable happens and you have to deal with a flooded property? 

Other areas to monitor moisture to prevent mold growth: exterior walls and surfaces in need of insulation where condensation can build, air conditioner drip pans, check for leaks around the refrigerator, ensure crawl spaces are well ventilated and check for leaks around a tub.

These are a few simple tips for making sure mold is not growing in your home. If you do discover a mold growth, SERVPRO of South Pasadena provides mold remediation services for all types of residential and commercial properties.

  If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (713) 472-4162

Sporicide

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Tip: Add a splash of bleach to water for an impromptu sporicide. CAUTION beach may stain or be hazardous to some delicate materials.

When most people find mold in their home the first instinct is to throw it out. The majority of the time, that is easy to do and a good decision. Then comes the day you find mold in someplace you can't exactly throw away such as on a wall. What now? Take a trip to Home Depot or Lowes and ask for something to help clean off mold and you will hear one word- Sporicide

What Is Sporicide?

Sporicide is a chemical mixed together that is toxic to growing micro-organisms. In this case, it is used to kill young mold by quickly suffocating it and dissolving the roots. A more household name for sporicide is disinfectant

It is advised to use a small amount of sporicide when performing household maintenance in moist areas of your home such as the bathroom. Its use will aid in preventing the growth of mold. When the mold is barely visible and beginning to take root, you can use a higher concentration to remove it safely from the wall. Remember to air out the room afterward.

SERVPRO Sporicide

All SERVPRO franchises have access to a unique selection of chemicals accessible only to the SERVPRO family. These disinfectants and cleaners are specially concocted by our team of a chemist in Tennessee. Their sole purpose, to make sure we are able to use only the best possible product for your home. 

Need your home Spring clean? Give SERVPRO of South Pasadena a call today at 281-412-6211.

Houston Climate May Be A Breeding Ground For Mold

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Being Tested

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 281-412-6211.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena for mold remediation services.

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

It only takes 24-48 hours for mold and mildew to begin growing on wet surfaces.

Many people mistake mold for mildew which is very common. While both pose an obvious hazard to your health, mold is known to be the most dangerous. Both spread very easily, and their breeding ground is a moist environment. Yet despite being so similar, each needs to be removed in its own special way to prevent serious damage. 

What's the Difference? 

Mold is a fungus that grows in black or green patches that sink into every nook and crevasse of the affected wet area. Removing mold typically involves cutting well around the affected area and safely removed. Mildew is best explained as a type of mild mold. It grows to be flat against the surface without penetrating the structure and can be easily scraped off if caught early. Just as it would with fruit that has been sitting out too long. You can also occasionally find mildew on other organic materials such as paper, damp drywall, and fabrics.

The Visual Contrast

Mildew:

  • Typically, gray or white (but will turn black or brown over time)
  • Powdery or fluffy appearance
  • Grows in flat, circular shape
  • Likes to grow on moist areas

Mold:

  • Typically, black or green but can range to nearly any color
  • Fuzzy or slimy appearance
  • Irregularly shaped
  • Will cause the material beneath it to rot
  • Usually puts off a musty smell

Preventive Measures for Mold and Mildew

  • Fix plumbing issues/leaks as soon as possible
  • Clean the fabrics in your home periodically
  • Store items in a dry area
  • Use a dehumidifier, open a window, or turn on a fan to keep moisture to a minimum
  • Wash your bath mats

If you happen to find an affected area, give us a call at 281-412-6211.

The Price of Mold in Texas

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

No certification is needed to remove under 25 sq/ft of mold.

Undeniably one of the scariest things to find in your home is mold. The color green is not just associated with it for its appearance. Most insurance policies will not cover the cost of mold remediation and when it comes down to it the price tag can soar sky high. According to Home Advisor "The national average cost for mold remediation is $2,239, with a typical range between $1,115 and $3,362."

The reason for this hefty cost has to do with how difficult it is to become certified in mold remediation. Meaning not just anyone can do it and those that can jump through hoops to comply with all EPA regulations as well as state law. For the state of Texas, this makes it a real challenge.

A Licensed Remediation Contractor must follow a Mold Remediation Protocol on every Mold Remediation job, no matter how big or how small. Only a Texas Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant can write a Mold Remediation Protocol. This requires time and communication between the two and has been know to last anywhere from a couple days to few weeks.

As inconvenient as all this may seem, every obstacle put in place is there for the protection of the residents and the remediators. If not done correctly you could be left back at square one. In the end all the hassle is worth it, leaving you with a worry free and clean environment.