Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Musty smell in your attic?

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is at the ready

Before we eliminate mold, it is essential that you know its origin.  This way, you can be certain that the mold problem does not return. In several cases, mold is due to prior roof difficulty. 

One of our clients had just 1 half of the roof replaced.  Not coincidentally, another half of the roof which hadn't been substituted is the point where the mold problem appeared.

While their mold problem was a result of an evident roof problem, the causes of the majority of attic mold issues are a lot more subtle and more difficult to identify. 

Remember though--most of the mold issues arise based on a moisture problem.  You can't have a mold problem without a moisture issue.

It's actually important that a trained practitioner identify the origin of the water or moisture issue and fix it, since, in the event that you do not, the mold will return when the moisture returns.  Even if the mold itself is eliminated correctly.

Generally, attic moisture conditions that lead to mold growth could be broken down into three classes: Let us look at every one of those 3 causes separately so that you can be certain a specialist repair the origin of the mold issue. 

Do not overlook these triggers are also preventative measures to consider (items to test in the long run every now and then) to stop mold from coming back down the street.

Roof leaks will result in attic mold. 

Below are a couple of ways to check for potential roof leaks: Assess roof valleys (i.e. in which two roofs combine at an angle), which can be highly prone to roof leaks. 

Celebrate skylights, chimneys, attic windows and some other part of the attic/roof where corresponding materials combine each other (such as flashings).  These areas are hotbeds for possible moisture intrusion.

Even though this isn't actually a roof leak, it's nevertheless a symptom of a moisture issue.  And moisture issues lead to loft mold issues! 

Be certain that there aren't any leaks coming from and about plumbing stacks. 

Poor or improper ventilation in the loft will result in attic mold.  

So actions like bathing, cooking, showering, etc can create a moisture which will make up it into the loft. 

When there's poor ventilation, the moisture becomes trapped in the loft and may result in mold issues.  Don't cover your vents with insulation!!! 

We see that all of the time and it's a surefire method to promote moisture buildup and loft mold development.  

Additionally, plumbing pipes in the loft may be a source of condensation, which may result in attic mold development.  Plumbing pipes may also emit poisonous gases, so ensure they too don't terminate within the loft.

Mold does not need to become a permanent issue. 

We advise this to clients all of the time.  Do not worry when you find mold. Generally, a mold infestation may be remediated immediately and permanently. 

More to the point, do not let mold frighten you from purchasing or selling property.  Rather, phone SERVPRO.  We are going to look after it for you.

Underlying Mold Problems

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on wall

There are some places where the weather is a major factor...

Not only in the daily life of a community; but also in the way, it’s people handle their emergencies and who they call to clean up the messes associated with their aftermaths.

Often, like an iceberg, most of the issues you will face are under the surface and do not become visible until the water has been either pumped or has evaporated.

Without professional help, the tasks and costs of restoration can add up to far more than anyone can or should handle alone.

In less than a day, moisture that isn’t controlled or dried can start the growth process of, and the subsequent issues created by mold.

All too regularly, the mold is unable to be permanently removed because of chronic issues; and the steps of remediation must be repeated.

At SERVPRO of Meriden, we know how to get there and get in front of whatever problems may arise.

The Mold Triangle

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment The Mold Triangle

Molds existed on the planet long before humans and will likely exist long after the last humans are gone. Humans evolved in a world heavily populated by molds and virtually every breath we take, indoors or out, brings us in contact with mold spores. Well in the last 20 years an industry has built up around the idea of "toxic molds." This industry preys on our fears and ignorance with mold being described as "black gold" in some circles.

The reality is there is no such thing as "toxic mold." There are some mold species that are "toxigenic," that is they produce "mycotoxins." Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds that are capable of harming other living organisms. Molds evolved these metabolites as part of their strategy to battle bacteria (and each other). One of the most famous of these mycotoxins is a compound we call penicillin. Penicillin is produced by the mold Penicillium (one of the supposedly "toxic molds") and is essentially harmless to non-allergic humans in the concentrations encountered in our day-to-day lives.

Certainly there are people who can be deathly allergic to penicillin. Approximately five per cent of individuals have some allergic airway response to elevated mold spore concentrations. But let's put that number into perspective, about 10 per cent of people are allergic to household pets.
Issues with mold have been known since biblical times and everyone knows that you should not eat moldy food as it can make you sick. Only recently has airborne exposure been considered a concern.

It has been argued that our current generation of mold panic can be directly linked to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies in 1994 and 1997. At that time, the CDC incorrectly linked lung damage in children to the presence of Stachybotrys chartarum mold. In 2000, this linkage was retracted by the CDC. Unfortunately, by then the damage was done and a few very lucrative lawsuitslater, the "toxic mold" industry was born.

In order to grow, mold only needs warmth, moisture and food (often called "the mold triangle"...the mold version of "the fire triangle"). Molds will thrive at temperatures over 5 degrees C (and under about 45 degrees C) and humidity over about 50 per cent. Molds have evolved to live on pretty much anything organic in nature so can grow almost anywhere. To make it worse some molds, like Penicillium or Cladosporium, can tolerate colder temperatures. This is why you tend to find these two molds growing on rotting veggies in your fridge.
So what is the truth about mold? The fact that is understood now, that was not fully recognized in the 1990s, is that it is not the mold in your house that is making you sick. Rather it is living in conditions where mold can thrive that actually causes illnesses. As explained by the World Health Organization in 2009.

Read More : “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

Meriden Mold Remediation Company

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Meriden Mold Remediation Company

Stopping mold growth in a basement is important. You should treat mold growth as soon as you notice it to prevent possible health problems or damage to your basement. Before you treat the mold, you need to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. After addressing underlying moisture issues, immediately remove the mold. To prevent future mold growth, keep the humidity level in your basement below 50%.

Find the source of the problem. Moisture control is the key to solving mold problems. If you have a wet basement, you will need to find out what is causing the water issues before you treat the mold problem. Common culprits include:

  1. Defective gutters
  2. Groundwater seepage
  3. Poorly designed window wells
  4. Ineffective subsurface drainage system
  5. Cracks in a house’s foundation
  6. Internal sources of humidity like humidifiers or frequent cooking 

Address sources of internal moisture. The mold problem in your basement may be the result of internal sources of moisture, rather than moisture entering the basement from outside. Remove humidifiers from the basement, and do not cook in the basement unless absolutely necessary. Make sure other sources of moisture, like the clothes dryer and bathroom, are properly ventilated. 

Fix leaking pipes, sinks, and toilets. Your basement could be wet due to a leaking pipe, sink, or toilet. Carefully examine these potential sources of moisture. If you discover a leak, fix the problem as soon as possible. If necessary, seek professional help. 

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO of Meriden today!

Commercial Mold Removal in Meriden CT

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Removal in Meriden CT

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. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Meriden,CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation because mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Meriden, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Meriden, CT located in Wallingford, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Plus, we are your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Concerned about mold? Call us today!

Call SERVPRO of Meriden, CT at 1-800-734-3213

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Mold

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

PPE for mold Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Mold

Any remediation work that disturbs mold and causes mold spores to become airborne increases the degree of respiratory exposure. Actions that tend to disperse mold include: breaking apart moldy porous materials such as wallboard; destructive invasive procedures to examine or remediate mold growth in a wall cavity; removal of contaminated wallpaper by stripping or peeling; using fans to dry items or ventilate areas.

The primary function of personal protective equipment is to prevent the inhalation and ingestion of mold and mold spores and to avoid mold contact with the skin or eyes. The following sections discuss the various types of PPE that may be used during remediation activities.

Skin and Eye Protection

Gloves protect the skin from contact with mold, as well as from potentially irritating cleaning solutions. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. The glove material should be selected based on the type of substance/ chemical being handled. If you are using a biocide such as chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, you should select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. If you are using a mild detergent or plain water, ordinary household rubber gloves may be used.

To protect your eyes, use properly fitted goggles or a full face piece respirator. Goggles must be designed to prevent the entry of dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles with open vent holes are not appropriate in mold remediation.

Respiratory Protection

Respirators protect cleanup workers from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust, and other particulates that are released during the remediation process. Either a half mask or full face piece air-purifying respirator can be used. A full face piece respirator provides both respiratory and eye protection. Please refer to the discussion of the different levels of remediation to ascertain the type of respiratory protection recommended. Respirators used to provide protection from mold and mold spores must be certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). More protective respirators may have to be selected and used if toxic contaminants such as asbestos or lead are encountered during remediation.

As specified by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134 individuals who use respirators must be properly trained, have medical clearance, and be properly fit tested before they begin using a respirator. In addition, use of respirators requires the employer to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program, with worksite-specific procedures and elements.

Protective Clothing

While conducting building inspections and remediation work, individuals may encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards. Consequently, appropriate personal protective clothing (i.e., reusable or disposable) is recommended to minimize cross-contamination between work areas and clean areas, to prevent the transfer and spread of mold and other contaminants to street clothing, and to eliminate skin contact with mold and potential chemical exposures.

Disposable PPE should be discarded after it is used. They should be placed into impermeable bags, and usually can be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Appropriate precautions and protective equipment for biocide applicators should be selected based on the product manufacturer's warnings and recommendations (e.g., goggles or face shield, aprons or other protective clothing, gloves, and respiratory protection).

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

Mold Removal Services in Meriden CT

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal Services in Meriden CT

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

To ensure that the mold threat is completely removed, we apply today’s most technically advanced removal & remediation techniques. We are licensed professionals, and the leading specialists in the region. We find the hidden moisture that is commonly bypassed by other companies. Just a small number of mold spores that remain can lead to re-occurrence and the remediation process may have to be repeated.   Don’t let that happen. Call the mold experts in Meriden, CT  now for a free consultation.

Mold Services we provide in Meriden CT:

  • Remediation
  • Removal
  • Testing
  • Inspection

If You See Signs of Mold, Call 1-800-734-3213

Mold Remediation Services in Connecticut

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Services in Connecticut

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Where can I find mold?

Molds are fungi that occur naturally in the environment. Molds can be found almost anywhere. Molds may grow in different shapes and appear brown, yellow, green or black in color. The appearance of mold depends   on the species of mold present. Molds may be odorless or they may emit a strong or unpleasant odor (musty). Molds may also grow unnoticed above ceilings, behind walls, in attics and basements, or in crawl spaces.

What happens if I have been exposed to mold?

Exposure to mold can cause nasal and throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. If you think you have been exposed to mold, seek medical assistance.

How do I get rid of mold?

If you suspect that mold is present in your house or in your small business, you need to take corrective actions right away.

A homeowner or business owner may be capable of cleaning up molds contamination for smaller areas that are less than 10-square-feet, and have been affected by mold growth. For larger areas greater than 100-square-feet, a qualified contractor who has experience in mold or environmental contamination may be required.

For anyone performing mold removal or remediation work, remember to always wear protective gear, including gloves, protective clothing, mask and goggles.

Water Damage or Mold Damage?

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation professionals can help you with mold removal after testing for mold spores caused by moisture, and getting rid of the moisture in CT.

If you file a claim for water damage, but you don’t take steps to deal with further damage caused by the water (such as the growth of mold) then you could forfeit the money from your claim. Mold remediation professionals can help you with this problem.

We can inspect your premises for you, determining the extent of the water damage and if you need to be worried about mold growth. We also recommend that you have the air tested for mold spores when water damage occurs.

The EPA has established a set of guidelines detailing information you should know about mold.

  1. Mold can cause asthma flare-ups, allergic reactions, breathing problems and much more.
  2. You cannot get completely get rid of mold spores in the air. But you can limit their presence with moisture control.
  3. Mold is caused by moisture, and getting rid of the moisture problem is the first step toward mold remediation.
  4. Start with the water source to fix your mold problem.
  5. Decrease humidity levels in your home to prevent mold growth. Also ensure you have proper ventilation to keep mold spores from taking root.
  6. Get rid of damp spots as soon as possible after water damage occurs.
  7. Mold should be thoroughly cleaned with detergent, and some porous material may need to be replaced.
  8. Seal and insulate doors and crevices to ensure that condensation does not get inside your home.
  9. Do not place carpet in areas with a continual moisture presence. This includes near drinking fountains and in the bathroom.
  10. Mold can grow pretty much anywhere, and all they need is water and nutrients, the latter of which they can get from carpet, drywall and wood.

Fixing the Problem

If you want to handle mold growth, you should start by preventing it from growing in the first place. When water damage happens to your home, have experts dry the area thoroughly and get all the water out. With no water present, the mold cannot grow.

Mold Remediation technicians in Meriden CT

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation technicians in Meriden CT

Depending on how much and how toxic the mold is, Mold Remediation technicians may recommend a thorough cleaning of HVAC systems to remove mold spores and toxins from the air in the home.

SERVPRO of Meriden , CT is Connecticut’s leading mold removal and sewage contamination damage remediation company that operates across Connecticut that has built it’s reputation on excellence.

Our skilled mold and sewage remediation technicians operate nationwide and carry-out essential drain and sewage spill clean-up services 24 hours a day. If you have a blocked or overflowing drain, toilet leak, backed up drain, mold issues, fire damage or flood water damage, regardless of the time of day or location, we will provide superior service quickly and effectively to ensure our clients get back to their lives as pain free as possible.

Our expert sewage remediation and restoration technician teams are equipped with the most advanced drain and SERVPRO of Meriden  equipment and will respond to your call immediately.

Everything You Need to Know About Mold !

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Everything You Need to Know About Mold

How do you know if you have mold and how should you proceed if you do? We talked to SERVPRO  of Meriden, CT, a highly-rated mold prevention and removal company, to get the answers you need...

What causes mold?

Mold is a fungus that is an integral part of the earth’s bio-mass. It consumes and breaks down organic material, like leaves, wood, and plants. The problem is when mold colonizes in our buildings, consumes our building materials, and puts spores into our indoor air. This happens when there is a moisture problem since mold cannot grow without water. When there is enough moisture or humidity for colonization, humans may begin to have problems.

Why is it important to get mold removed?

For the majority of people, exposure to very low concentrations of mold won’t be an issue. However, some spores can create allergies and respiratory-related health problems, and mold growth can also adversely affect property value. Nobody wants to purchase a mold issue. Basement and attic mold may not affect your indoor air quality all the time in the living spaces of your home, but it sure does threaten real estate deals.

That is because the idea of mold can cause panic for a homeowner since "Mold can cause health effects" create structural issues, and seriously affect property value.

What are common causes of mold in homes?

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. Most often mold grows in attics due to roof leaks and poor air circulation, bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors, within crawl spaces because earth or gravel allows moisture and mold spores to move up from the soil, basements flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks, and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

Is there a chance that I have mold and don’t even know it?

Yes. There are four criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor that is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air flow changes.
  2. Water staining or building materials that have discoloration, which is spreading over time, may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.
  4. If you have allergies or respiratory symptoms that begin to worsen or if you feel worse in certain indoor environments, but better when you leave that space, you may have mold.

What is the removal process like?

The mold remediation process (providing a remedy to a known mold issue) involves four things...

1) Finding the source of the water leak, the moisture problem that is creating a hospitable environment for mold growth,

2) Killing the fungi,

3) Removing dead mold,

4) Then protecting against future mold growth/colonization.

In order to do this, mold specialists have a multi-step process to:

  1. Contain the work area and apply multiple negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination.
  2. Spray professional quality EPA registered anti-microbial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  3. Remove affected building surfaces.
  4. Bag and dispose of all mold infected items properly.
  5. Treat cavities / underlayment, and dehumidify.
  6. Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  7. Apply professional quality EPA registered protective sealer.
  8. Perform clearance testing.
  9. Remove containment materials.

Why is it important to hire a professional?

It is always a good idea to consult with a mold professional. If there’s an issue you can tackle yourself, a professional will give you recommendations about how to do so. It may be too much for a homeowner to keep safe while preventing cross contamination, killing mold, removing it and preventing new mold from growing, so that is why a professional is highly suggested, to that you can get things done properly and prevent future problems from making your current mold issue into an ongoing mold problem.

When treating attics and crawl spaces needing mold remediation, it is important to treat ALL decking, joists and attic trusses. Mold removal may also involve demolition of drywall, paneling, flooring, ceiling tile, cabinets, disposal containers, cleaning and sanitizing HVAC ducts, etc.

Get A Mold Removal FREE Quote From SERVPRO of Meriden, CT by calling 1-800-734-3213.

This article was adapted from: https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/mold-removal

 

Understanding Mold

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

mold Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Mold grows on porous surfaces like wood furniture.

Understanding Mold

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.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process by reading on our mold remediation pages...

Health and Safety Related To Mold

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

We protect the safety of homeowners, businesses, visitors, and employees aiding occupants by fighting mold growth with science and technology.

SERVPRO ® of Meriden, CT understands that the health and safety of our technicians and occupants of homes and businesses that we help is our first responsibility and our #1 PRIORITY.

If your home or business experiences a water issue call us at (800) 734-3213 as soon as you realize that you have water damage occurring. We are available to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week every day of the year, whenever a disaster occurs. We handle all aspects of water damage restoration, assisting customers with every part of the clean up and repair processes, including re-construction to rebuild after water damage has ruined part of your home.

Additionally, with water often comes mold too because moisture manufactures mold, and "Mold can cause health effects" * SO DON’T IGNORE MOLD IN YOUR HOME!

·  Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.

·  Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.

·  Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the household may harbor mold.

·  Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects and risks of mold. *

* [Click here to learn more: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/symptoms-causes/dxc-20200846]

The best way to prevent mold in residential areas is the control of moisture.

FIND THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM THAT IS CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR MOLD TO PROSPER, IN ORDER TO REMOVE MOLD.

A common error in treating mold growth is to try to fight it with bleach because people think of bleach as the cure for killing any germs. However, bleach does not kill mold. Bleach is not going to get rid of mold. It grows back if it is not treated as thoroughly with the proper treatments as are necessary to win the fight against mold. SERVPRO of Meriden, CT has many years of training and experience and all the resources needed to kill mold and keep it from growing back.

Hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. We use science and proven techniques and chemicals that are safe for you but remove the mold, so you do not have a mold problem in your future.