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Archived Mold Remediation Blog Posts

Mold in your Home

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Chair Moldy Chair

Mold in the home: how big a health problem is it?

Whether it is a cold damp winter day or a humid summer day, mold can grow on walls, clothes, books, toys, and even CDs. It can turn prized possessions into musty relics that only look fit for the garbage. But is it also a health hazard? What effects can mold have on a person’s body? Molds are a form of fungus. There are many different types, and they can occur both indoors and outdoors. Molds produce spores, which spread by floating around in the air. Mold spores are present in all indoor environments. There is no way to prevent spores, and they can persist in conditions where mold itself cannot grow. Mold spores thrive in environments that are moist and warm, so when they land on a damp spot, they begin to grow. Molds can grow on a variety of different surfaces, including fabric, paper, wood, glass, and plastic. As they grow, they may digest the material they are growing on.

Humidity and your home

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Visible Growth Growth behind a kitchen cabinet from a leaky faucet

It's summer and it is heating up! With the temperature and humidity on the rise this summer be sure to look for signs of mold. 

Mold – Take Precautions

Mold is more than likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

*The presence of visible mold

*Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present

*Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

*Excessive humidity

HELP IS HERE

If you think you might have a mold problem, please give us a call SERVPRO of Lake County at 352-735-3311.  We will be more than happy send out one of our professionally trained technicians in mold remediation to examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.

If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situation require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality / Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and / or repair property. You may also wish to consult with your insurance adjuster if needed.

We are always here to help don't hesitate to call SERVPRO with your mold concerns today!

Industrial Hygienist

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

exposed ductwork Growth on Ductwork located in ceiling

An Industrial Hygienist is often called in to test the indoor air quality of structures affected by growth. The hygienist takes air and lift samples to be sent to the lab for comparison to outside levels. The samples are sent out to a lab, who tests each specimen and compares the results to a control group and samples from the outside environment. These tests help determine whether the spore levels inside the structure are outside of the safe range. If the structure "fails" the preliminary test, the hygienist will write a protocol that remediation companies can follow to help deem the structure safe. Here at SERVPRO of Lake County, we frequently work with protocols. Growth jobs can include setting containment, demolition, and micro cleaning. Our crews work diligently to clean the affected areas and reduce spore counts. After mitigation is complete, the hygienist will return to perform a post-test. This test shows whether the mitigation efforts were successful or if further action must be taken.

Moldy Floor Removal

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Floor Removal Removing Contaminated Sub Floor

Mold - you can't wish it away and you can't really avoid it. However, you can get rid of it. There are many kinds of mold. In nature, they're beneficial as those molds decompose biological matter that would otherwise drown the world in waste. When the mold spores drift inside your home, if the spores find a suitable, damp environment, they begin to grow. The result is more than distasteful - it can cause health effects. If it's growing under your flooring, you need to fix the cause, kill and remove the mold, then replace the flooring. In this particular case the damage floor was present for the last few months and they didn't notice until their floor was about to cave it. For all your mold assessment and remediation needs, please call SERVPRO of Lake County Fl. 1-352-735-3311 

Got Mold?

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

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

(352) 735-3311

Mold Remediation & Blown Insulation Removal

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Insulation on Attic Insulation Removal in Attic

Insulation Removal and Mold Remediation

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was called to this home when the owner spotted a water leak. After further investigation there was visible growth and this turned into a mold remediation. The homeowner called a Hygienist to investigate the issue and take some air samples and tape samples of the suspect growth. When the client received the report back from the Hygienist, they called SERVPRO immediately. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the remediation the next day. We began to set up containment so insulation wouldn’t enter the entire house, then we began to remove all blown in insulation as the protocol stated. Just like the logo says, "Like it never even happened."

 Call your friends at SERVPRO of Lake County for all your Remediation needs.  352) 735-3311 

**Don't forget that we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.** 

Types of Mold

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Mold Growth

Alternaria: This occurs in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks.

Aspergillus: This often grows indoors, on dust, powdery food items, and building materials, such as drywall.

Cladosporium: This can grow in either cool or warm areas. It tends to appear on fabrics and wood surfaces.

Penicillium: This tends to grow on materials with water damage. It often has a blue or green appearance.

Molds take a variety of forms and textures. They can be white, black, yellow, blue, or green and often look like discoloration or stain to a surface.

They can also have a velvety, fuzzy, or rough appearance, depending on the type of mold and where it is growing.

Places where mold often appears include:

  • areas where leakages and flooding have occurred
  • windows where condensation builds up
  • places where the air does not circulate, for example, behind a closet

Wet cellulose materials are most supportive of mold growth.

Examples include:

  • paper products, including wallpaper
  • cardboard
  • ceiling tiles
  • wood products
  • insulation materials
  • upholstery and other fabrics

Mold growth is usually visible and often produces a musty odor. It can damage household items, and it can also have effects on health.

Please call SERVPRO of Lake County for any questions on remediation. 352-735-3311

Mold under sink

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth Mold growth under sink

East Cobb, GA Mold Removal and Mold Remediation | SERVPRO of East Cobb

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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. For all your remediation needs, please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida at 352-735-3311       

Mold Remediation

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Treated Wall studs Encapsulated wall studs after sanding and treating with antimicrobial products

When is Encapsulating Mold Appropriate?

Always wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) before removing as much mold as possible by scrubbing the moldy surface with a fungicide. Professionals will sometimes sand wood to remove additional mold that could not be removed by scrubbing. Sanding mold is rather hazardous though, because it sends so many microscopic mold spores flying into the air, where they are easily inhaled. Only professionals should attempt to sand moldy wood. After as much mold as possible has been removed, a mold sealant is applied. Note that you should never paint over mold with regular paint. Regular paint, or even mold-resistant paint, will not prevent mold in the wood from growing or spreading. It will only make it harder to see the mold when it does begin to grow. Only a product designed specifically to encapsulate mold should be used for that purpose.

Got Mold

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage that turned into mold

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Containment Micro Cleaning & Containment

From leaking damaged roof to burst pipes and flooding, water damage is one of the most common and potentially destructive problems you can face as a school corporation. If not taken care of immediately, excess water in your attic can promote electrical hazards, cause expensive damage to your classroom structure and furnishings and can even lead to the growth of hazardous mold. When the worst happens, call the experts at SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. With one call, we’re at your side, providing expert guidance on what to do, with the experience to fix the problem fast. In this case we were on site within one hour of the emergence call. We put up containment do to the growth and started cleaning and moving contents to a clean room.

Water damage happens for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Burst or broken pipes & hoses
  • A clogged toilet
  • Moisture behind walls
  • A leaking roof
  • Foundation cracks
  • Refrigerator /Ice maker leaks

Whatever the cause, fast mitigation is key to restoration, and this is where SERVPRO of Lake County Fl. excels 24 Hr. per day 7 days per week. Please call SERVPRO at 352-735-7711

Mold Remediation

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning Detailed Micro Cleaning

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If roof leaks or attic moisture condensation due to a combination of inadequate attic ventilation and a building moisture source (wet basement, plumbing leaks, roof leaks) causes excessive moisture or actual wet conditions in an attic, conditions are ripe for extensive mold growth. Visible mold may appear on wood surfaces in an attic such as on rafters or roof sheathing. Hidden mold may be present and may be even more of a problem if it forms in insulation or in the ducts and air handler of an air conditioning or heating/air conditioning system. Mold from an attic can be a problem on lower floors.Typical building air convection currents tend to move air up and out from lower to upper building levels, so one would not think that much mold would move down from an attic into the living area. But important exceptions to this can quickly move problem mold from an attic into a living area.

Detailed Micro Cleaning

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning after demo Detailed Micro Cleaning

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a home owner for some remediation services. When we contacted the home owner she stated that she had the home inspected by a environmental company and that they took air samples in her home. We ask her if we could see the written protocol (report). After reviewing all the documents we began putting up containment in the kitchen and started running the air scrubbers while we began the process of removing all the upper kitchen cabinets that were affected. The drywall behind the cabinets was also affected and had to be removed. After all the demo was done we began the process of Hepa-vacuuming the entire area that was affected. The next process was wiping down the entire area with a antimicrobial product. After all this work was completed the environmental company did a clearance test in the home. The home owner was extremely happy with the entire process and would highly recommend SERVPRO of Lake Co. Florida        

Mold on Kitchen Cabinets

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Mold on top of Cabinets



Black mold in cabinet - What you should know!

So you just opened a cabinet door to grab something from under the sink and noticed a musty smell, moved some things around and noticed some mold growth. Now what? Well, don’t get overly worried right now. It may be the case you just have a very small problem on your hands that can be dealt with fairly simply and affordably. Of course, it may also be the very small tip of a larger iceberg. How can you know for sure? Well, technically it’s impossible to know what’s going on below the cabinets without removing them. But that’s clearly an expensive process that you don’t want to begin unless you know you have a bigger problem on your hands. What we suggest in this case is to call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida a certified water & mold damage restoration company to have us assess the situation. We can check behind and underneath the cabinets to see if moisture has traveled elsewhere. If that is the case, it’s usually the case the mold growth has also expanded. But mold damage can be tricky because you really don’t know what you’re up against until you start peeling back layers. Given that, many homeowners can’t help but start doing a little demolition themselves.  If you feel inclined to start pulling back cabinets or punching through drywall, please just keep in mind that doing so will kick up mold particles that you can end up breathing or that can travel to other parts of your home. That’s why SERVPRO will contain the affected area before removing any areas as well as wear full body and face protection.

Drywall removal

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Suspect growth removal Cutting out Drywall

When sawing through moldy drywall, you can have an assistant hold a vacuum hose with a Hepa filter nearby to further decrease the spread of mold spores or our SERVPRO Franchise uses a drywall saw with an attachment for our Hepa-vacuum. When removing moldy materials, place them in heavy plastic garbage bags before carrying it out of the home so no mold spores are spread to other areas of the home in the process. It’s imperative that you do everything possible to prevent spreading mold spores throughout the house so that you don’t end up with mold in other rooms. If there is any mold on the wooden studs, clean those as well as you can with an antimicrobial cleanser. Allow them to dry completely, then apply anti-microbial sealant to make sure any remaining traces of mold cannot continue to grow and spread. Sanding wooden studs to remove mold growth should only be done by a professional who is suited up in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), since it greatly increases exposure to potentially harmful mold spores. SERVPRO technicians are well trained to preform remediation services on any scale whether small or large projects. Please call SERVPRO of Lake county Florida at 1-352-735-3311