Recent Mold Remediation Posts

3 Basic Steps of Mold Remediation

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know mold endangers approximately 100 million homes and commercial facilities in the United States? For anyone trying to remove mold without having proper training and tools, it is time consuming and pain-staking process. For professional remediators, the ability to effectively remove mold begins with the understanding of what mold is.

Mold is a type of fungus that thrives on moisture. Outside, mold plays an important role in the ecological cycle. However, once mold starts to move indoors and into the home, it can become a problem. Mold can spread very quickly within the home, reproducing in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions. Mold penetrates deep into surfaces, damaging a property from the inside, out. In addition to harming elements of a home, it can also eventually start to affect peoples’ health.

Mold remediation and inhibition can be completed in three steps:

  1. Clean and remove mold
  2. Deodorize the area
  3. Prevent mold from returning

To kill mold, look for an EPA-registered product that says “kills mold” on the product label.  For mold remediation, it is also important to find a product that can also effectively kill bacteria and viruses. This is especially important in areas where flooding has occurred, as the water will bring bacteria and viruses into the home. Whether this process is done with one product or two, it is critical that both mold and bacteria are addressed. Products that claim to kill and inhibit mold must be EPA registered, meaning they have passed the EPA testing that is required to make these claims. A quick way to check if a product is EPA registered is that the label on the front of the product will list the approved ingredients.

Once the mold and mildew is removed, there may still be residual odors from the mold that would be undesirable to homeowners. If the mold removal product does not completely remove the mold odor, the process can be completed with a variety of products including odor absorbers, hydroxyl or ozone machines, or other innovative products on the market today.

Finally, homeowners will want to prevent any future outbreak of mold. This can be accomplished in two ways. First, a mold blocker can be applied to all surfaces that would be prone to mold. Homeowners will also find this to be a convenient option as they can apply this to any surface on their own as time requires, based on the longevity of the product. This is cost-effective from a homeowner and a remediation specialist perspective. Second, since mold grows in damp and warm conditions, the key to inhibiting mold is to absorb the moisture in the area. Depending on the size of the space, this can be done with a dehumidifier or a disposable moisture absorber.

With three simple steps, mold remediators can instill confidence in the homeowner that their home is mold-free.

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SERVPRO of Sunrise presents: Mold in Rental Property

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sunrise: Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw away the dish.

If you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more.

SERVPRO of Sunrise is licensed in mold remediation.

Talk to your landlord if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. If the landlord disagrees:

  • Contact the Sunrise housing authority
  • Review your lease about your rights and responsibilities

Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It)

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let the mold panic set in just yet — it might not be as bad as you think.

Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden.

Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet?

A little bit of mold is nothing to worry about, as long as you can identify the cause and promptly clean it up with a solution of bleach and water.

But before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way: Any mold, regardless of color, can make you feel sick, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. To be on the safe side, always wear a mask and rubber gloves when dealing with mold, and make sure that the space is well-ventilated.

Let’s get the facts straight

Also known as black mold, the infamous Stachybotrys chartarum is not toxic, but toxigenic, because it is capable of producing mycotoxins. Technicalities aside, this uncommon mold species is especially feared for its supposedly dangerous effects.

You may have read an article about how toxic mold is “secretly making your family sick” or watched local news reporters announce that black mold was found in a restaurant inspection, making it feel as if the plague arrived overnight and could be headed to your place next.

Some alternative health websites even call it “toxic mold syndrome” and warn of terrifying symptoms like memory loss or idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, say that “These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven. … All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”

Stachybotrys chartarum is unusual among household molds, because it requires constant moisture to survive. So if your house is oozing moisture from a roof leak, broken pipe or outright poltergeist, black mold is the least of your worries. Time to call a professional and put an end to the drip before termites or wood rot threaten to put an end to your home’s structure.

Mold is often a symptom of a bigger problem, be it as minor as a dripping faucet or as major as, well, a missing roof.

If you suspect that the slowly spreading black stain on your wall is the infamous black mold, don’t bother wasting your time identifying the stuff. Scam artists abound, and the Environmental Protection Agency even says that “In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is unnecessary.”

There are no established standards for judging what is an acceptable amount of mold, and even the non-toxigenic types can cause allergic reactions and make your life miserable. Remove it.

How to prevent and remove mold

Mold needs three things to survive: Moisture, a growing surface and food (dirty stuff).

The easiest way to prevent mold is to make sure that it never gets any moisture to begin with. Keep your house clean, dry and well-ventilated, especially in the bathroom wherever water collects, such as on tile grout or shower curtains. If your bathroom has gnats or a damp odor, look no further than your clogged sink drains — and be sure to wear some rubber gloves.

To clean and remove mold on hard surfaces, the CDC recommends using a solution of no more than one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.

To remove mold on exterior surfaces, use a pressure washer, and make sure that everything is properly sealed.

If mold is found on soft and porous surfaces, such as drywall, carpeting or furniture, it’s best to dispose of the affected material before the mold spreads further or exacerbates your allergies.

Flood-damaged homes with heavy mold infestations should be handled by professionals whenever possible. The Federal Emergency Management Agencywarns that “Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions (allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity and asthma) and the elderly appear to be at higher risks for adverse health effects from mold.”

In addition, flood-damaged houses are often contaminated with chemicals and human waste, which are far more dangerous than the mold itself.

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Understanding Mold

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere, they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect micro environment for mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors. The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic! Applying the appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO® Professionals examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated.  If you suspect a mold problem in your home or business give us a call at 954-748-7887. We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. If extensive mold growth is present, it may be recommended that occupants leave the affected area until the containment process is safely and successfully completed. SERVPRO® Professionals are trained to control microbial problems in structures by promptly drying wet or damp materials according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and removing or replacing wet or damp porous materials, like drywall, that have visible mold growth.

Does Your Broward Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

In Broward, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Does Your Broward Home Have A Mold Problem?

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.

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6 Unexpected Places Mold Can Hide in Your Home

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is sneaky. To find it, check in these unusual places that provide mold with the water and food it needs to grow.


It’s not a shock when mold shows up behind drywall after a flood or covers baseboards in damp basements. But mold can surprise you and hide in unexpected places, making it harder to detect and wipe out.
To get rid of mold, think like a fungus and search out these six moist places where mold likes to grow.


1. Chimneys


Why mold grows there: Brick crevices collect water, dirt, and other organic debris. Rusted chimney caps and faulty flashing lets in rain and snow, encouraging mold to grow.
How to wipe it out: First, replace rusted caps and fix flashing. Then, call a chimney sweep to give your chimney a thorough cleaning. A $200-$300 annual visit from a chimney sweep not only removes mold, but also keeps your chimney free of dangerous creosote and helps it operate at peak efficiency.


2. Refrigerator Drip Pans


Why mold grows there: It’s a rarely noticed place under your fridge that collects moisture and food spills, a perfect environment for mold to grow.
How to wipe it out: Cleaning drips pans should be part of your annual deep cleaning ritual. Spray the pan with a hydrogen peroxide solution (1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide in 1 cup water). Wipe clean with a rag soaked in white vinegar. Also, clean the floor beneath the pan.


3. Front-Loading Washing Machines


Why mold grows there: The gasket around the door on front-loading washing machines often stays wet because the door is usually closed when not in use. Add some lint to the moisture, and mold happily munches and multiplies.
How to wipe it out: Wipe the gasket and glass dry before you shut the door. If you spot mold, run a hot water wash with some chlorine bleach (no clothes), which will kill the fungi.


4. Window Sashes and Seals


Why mold grows there: Condensation provides the moisture mold loves; dirt and dust supply food.
How to wipe it out: After heavy rains, open windows and wipe moisture from the bottoms of sashes and window sills. If seals between panes are failing, you’ll have to repair or replace window sashes to prevent condensation. Regularly clean windows to deprive mold of food.


5. Dishes


Why mold grows there: When you stack dishes that are a little wet and a little cruddy, mold has the perfect environment to grow — especially if you don’t use those dishes every day.
How to wipe it out: Run moldy dishes through the dishwasher, and wipe cabinets with a vinegar-soaked rag. Completely dry dishes before you store them.


6. Air Conditioners


Why mold grows there: Air conditioning units trap dust and pollen (a good meal for mold) and grab moisture from the air. If you don’t run your AC unit at least every 24 hours in warm weather, humidity in your house climbs and mold may grow in AC ducts and drain pans, and on coils.

How to wipe it out: If mold grows in your central air conditioning unit, you’ll have to hire a mold remediation pro to clean out the system ($400-$1,000). If mold shows up in a window AC unit, remove the front plate, clean the blower with a HEPA filter vacuum, and flush out the coils and clean the drain pan with a 1:1 solution of bleach and water.
Of course, prevention is the best remedy. Run your AC for at least 10 minutes every day to keep air circulating when it’s hot and humid outside, and keep the humidity in your home below 55%.


By: Houselogic

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Summer tips for managing indoor humidity levels

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

High indoor humidity levels can affect your comfort

Think we’re out of the “Dog Days of summer”? Think again. Farmers’ Almanac 2018 Summer Outlook predicts summer will be slightly hotter than normal, with the hottest periods in early June, early July, and early to mid-August. Rainfall will be above normal, especially in the southern part of the region.

Effects of High Indoor Humidity Levels

Soaring summer heat can put a damper on outdoor activities but excessive humidity can also creep into your home and affect your comfort, your health and your property. When you lower your thermostat temperature because you are feeling overheated due to high indoor humidity levels, your utility bills can go through the roof. That’s because the damp, muggy feeling can cause you to feel warmer.

Example:  If the air temperature is 75°F and the relative humidity is zero percent, then our body perceives the air temperature to feel more like 69°F.  Now if the air temperature is 75°F degrees and the relative humidity is 100 percent, then it will feel closer to 80°F.  (Source: HowStuffWorks.com)

Too much home humidity can also create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria that can decrease air quality, aggravating allergy or asthma symptoms. (Learn more about how to improve indoor air quality.) Excessive moisture in the air can also be the source of a myriad of problems with your home’s furnishings and even cause structural damage.

Here are some other issues caused by high indoor humidity levels:

  • Poor quality of sleep
  • Doors and windows stick
  • Dust mites
  • Wilted plants
  • Smelly plants
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper

So what is the best indoor humidity for your home and how can you manage it? Most experts say that the ideal house humidity should be between 30 and 50 percent, but definitely below 60 percent in the summer months.

Tips for Managing Home Humidity

  • Close the doors and use the AC (Concerns about system performance? Learn about the signs you might need a new air conditioner.)
  • Change air conditioner/furnace air filters
  • Fix leaky pipes and faucets
  • Keep surface areas dry
  • Use ceiling fans to help with air circulation
  • Air dry clothes or make sure dryer is vented outdoors
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Use your outdoor grill or BBQ pit
  • Keep interior doors open to increase ventilation
  • Run the dishwasher at night
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
  • Decorate with humidity-absorbing plants like Boston fern or English ivy
  • Use a dehumidifier

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Solved! How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in the Shower for Good

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Noticed some unusual discoloration on your bathroom surfaces? Send unsightly pink mold packing with these tips for removal and prevention.

Q: I was alarmed to find pink mold in shower grout of the guest bathroom recently. Is this as bad as the toxic black variety? And, if so, how do I get rid of it?

A: Unlike run-of-the-mill green molds like Cladosporium, or the infamous toxic black moldStachybotrys chartarum, the pink “mold” in your shower isn’t actually mold at all. The discoloration comes from a biofilm—that is, a bacterial colony—of Serratia marcescens. The airborne bacterial species thrives in moist environments like showers, where it feeds on mineral deposits in soap scum and fatty deposits in soap and shampoo residue.

Fortunately, the light pink to dark red coloring (a result of the pigment the bacteria produces) makes it easy to spot and remove from shower, walls, floors, countertops, shower doors, and curtain liners. Using basic household cleaners and the techniques ahead, you can get rid of pink mold on hard and soft shower surfaces and keep it from coming back.

Scrub the biofilm off of hard shower surfaces. The stubborn biofilm of Serratia marcescens can only be removed through agitation and elbow grease. Start by mixing up a slightly runny paste consisting of a quarter-cup baking soda and a tablespoon of liquid dish soap in a small bowl. Suit up in gloves, protective glasses, and a respirator to limit your exposure to the bacteria, then dip the bristles of a soft-bristle scrub brush into the prepared paste and vigorously scrub down any visible patches of biofilm on hard surfaces in the shower (e.g. countertops, shower chairs, doors, and tile and grout lines on walls and floors). This process should loosen and lift the biofilm.

When you’re finished scrubbing, rinse away any loosened biofilm in the shower by either wiping down the scrubbed areas with a wet towel or turning on and detaching the showerhead to flush the slime down the drain.

Disinfect these same shower surfaces. It’s not enough to simply scrub away the color; you need to disinfect the surface to remove any lingering bacteria to prevent its return. Bleach is your best bet since it does double-duty to kill the last of the bacteria and dissolve stubborn stains left in its wake. Pour six ounces each of chlorine bleach powder and warm water into a 12-ounce spray bottle, then replace the cap and gently shake the bottle. Spray the solution directly over the hard surfaces of the shower you’ve scrubbed and let the solution dwell in the shower for 10 minutes. Then use a fresh soft-bristle scrub brush to lightly scrub down the sprayed areas, rinse once more, and dry the shower surfaces with a clean towel or squeegee.

Sanitize shower curtains. Shower curtains are a popular hangout for pink mold since they’re seldom cleaned and usually riddled with soap and shampoo residue. Running your pink-tinged curtain through the washing machine on a gentle wash cycle with warm water effectively removes Serratia marcescens bacteria and any associated stains. Be sure to first check the care label of your curtain to ensure that it’s machine-washable, then air-dry the curtain outdoors on a sunny day before re-hanging it in the shower.

Keep biofilm at bay. Pink mold is one stubborn biofilm that often reappears on hard and soft shower surfaces even after you’ve taken these outlined measures to remove it. Make your bathroom cleaning responsibilities easier on yourself by heeding these tips for preventing new biofilm from forming:

• Serratia marcescens is more likely to spread in damp areas, so towel-dry or squeegee the hard surfaces of your shower after every use to remove excess water.

• Use a water-dampened paper towel to wipe away soap or shampoo residue anywhere it collects in the shower after every use. Then, make a second pass over these areas with a dry paper towel.

• Remove soap scum from hard shower surfaces on a biweekly basis. Spray soap-scum-riddled areas of the shower with a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and warm water combined with one tablespoon of dish soap, and let the solution dwell for 15 minutes. Then scrub down the sprayed areas with a soft-bristle brush. Rinse away anything you’ve loosened from the tile and glass, and towel-dry or squeegee all wet surfaces.

• Machine-wash shower curtains, if you have them, on a monthly basis in a gentle cycle with warm water.

• Identify and repair leaking shower heads or faucets that may create excessive dampness in the shower.

• Turn on your bathroom’s exhaust fan before you shower and leave it on for 20 minutes afterward to help dry out air in the room. The pink stuff is more likely to spread when there is excess moisture in the air.

• Keep bathroom windows closed while you shower. Otherwise, being an airborne bacterial species, Serratia marcescens can waft into your bathroom from outdoors.

By Manasa Reddigari

engage121

Understanding Mold Stain Removal

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold Stain Removal | 2017-09-07 | Restoration & Remediation Magazine

There has been a significant increase in new mold stain remover products in the restoration/remediation market lately. Part of the reason for that is an increasing awareness of liquid-based mold removal methods and a growing understanding of the relationship between mold staining and property value perceptions. Many of the new mold stain remover products are just re-marketed old chemistry, some are improvements of older formulations, and a few are unique new technologies. So what’s the big deal about removing mold stains? How does one determine which product type to use?

It is important to always remember that removing or improving the appearance of mold staining is NOT mold remediation. Real mold remediation must always result in the physical removal of mold contaminants. That being said, mold stain removal is an important part of mitigating the damage caused by mold growth for two primary reasons:

1. Visible mold staining can reduce the value of a property.
2. Visible mold staining can cause negative impressions and apprehension about mold remediation results.

Until recently the only widely known way to remove mold staining was to remove a layer of the surface of wood materials via sanding or media blasting… or by covering the stained surface with an opaque coating. New chemical technologies now make it possible in most cases to remove or improve the mold staining without damaging or covering up the structural materials. So which mold stain remover product should you choose?

First, it’s useful to understand what “mold staining” really is. Without getting too technical, it is the visible result of fungal metabolic processes. In other words, it is visible staining on surfaces due to mold digestion and all the related chemical things that go on when mold does its thing. When you consider that there are thousands of types of mold species, digesting hundreds of different potential food sources in hundreds of types of environmental conditions on hundreds of different types of surfaces… you might get the idea that no two mold staining situations are alike.

Because of the nature of mold staining, it is difficult to predict the results of mold stain removal. For example, there are cases where the mold has been digesting the surface of the wood in an attic for many years. In those cases, there may be no way to make the surfaces look new again without removing a significant layer of the surface. There are also situations where the mold has trapped soot or some type of inorganic pollutants that cause stains that do not react with the particular type of chemistry in the product you are using.

With that in mind, the difficulty of removing mold stains falls on a spectrum of difficulty ranging in mold stains that can be just wiped off to those that are impossible to remove...

Article by Jeff Heyd, in Restoration & Remediation - September 19,2017

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Tips to Safeguard Your Seasonal Property Against Mold

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Vacation homes should be a relaxing place to escape to stresses of day to day life. Nothing can ruin this relaxation quite like mold setting up shop while you were away. Having to get your home-away-from-home remediated for mold is no way to spend your vacation, and the best way to avoid mold is to prevent water damage to your home. With this in mind, here are 5 steps you can take to help avoid unwanted moisture getting into your vacation home once your vacation has come to a close.

Turn Off the Main Water Valve to the Home

The simplest method to avoid any water damage while your vacation home is vacant is to turn off the water at the main valve. With this valve shut off, water will not enter the home. Stopping the flow of water through your property is the most effective way to prevent leaks.

When you turn off your water, be sure you remember to tell anyone who will be using your home that the main valve is off, as well as where the main valve is, in order to allow water to reach the home once the home is no longer vacant.

Check Appliance Supply Lines

Be sure and check all of your major appliances’ supply lines. If the home isn’t going to be completely vacant, shut off the water supply line to all major appliances (everything from toilets to washing machines to ice makers) that won’t be in use. Shutting off the water flow to appliances that won’t be in use is a great way to help guard against moisture getting where it shouldn’t

Additionally, if any of the appliances have plastic supply lines, consider upgrading to stainless steel supply lines. Plastic lines are more likely to rupture and lead to water damage/mold, and at under $20 to upgrade, making the change will give you more peace of mind than headache.

Inspect the Gutters

You’ll want to ensure that the home’s gutters are completely clog-free, and that downspouts empty out an appropriate distance from the home, roughly 10 feet. Clogs can lead to water entering the home through the roof, and downspouts emptying too close to the home can lead to flooding too close to the home, increasing the risk of moisture finding its way into the structure and setting up a mold-friendly atmosphere.

Consider Temperatures While You are Away

If freezing temperatures may occur while you are away, frozen pipes could leave you with an unpleasant surprise when you return. Shutting off the main valve or the supply lines will do some amount prevention with regard to damage from freezing. For further protection, make sure the heater is never set below 60 degrees, as this can lead to frozen/broken pipes.

Arrange For Periodic Check-Ups

If it is possible, one of the best ways to mitigate water damage and mold risk is to arrange for someone to periodically stop by and check the state of things at your vacation home while you are away. This will be someone you will want to know the location of the main water valve, should an emergency arise that requires water getting to appliances.

During a check up, gutters and appliances alike should be inspected, to ensure things are still in good shape to prevent water problems. These checks are also important because if any leaks have occurred, you will know about them sooner rather than later and can take steps early to eliminate water damage and prevent mold from lying in wait for your return next vacation.

by Adam Bailey

MoldHold.com

The HEPA Story

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

During World War II, the Atomic Energy Commission needed a filter that would remove and capture radio-active dust particles that would present a health hazard to researchers working on the Manhattan Project, the classified U.S. government project that developed the atomic bomb. That's why the HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter was created.

The HEPA filter was especially designed to protect the human respiratory system. Since it's made of ultra-fine, glass-fiber materials, it captures microscopic particles that can easily pass through other filters. It'll filter out 99.97% of the 0.3-micron particles in the air. Particles that size are near 300 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, and 25 to 50 times tinier than we can see. To a HEPA filter, catching a one-micron particle (1/1,000,000 of a meter) is alike to stopping a cotton ball with a door screen.

HEPA filters are viewed as the top form of air filtration. Hospitals, laboratories, even NASA spend thousands to millions of dollars to create those contamination free environments called clean rooms that help to eliminate almost all foreign elements, infectious agents, heavy metal particles, and other unwelcome impurities.  For those reasons, HEPA filters are widely used.

Unlike other filters, a HEPA filter will actually get more efficient the dirtier it gets. They're not like a sieve which only strains out particles that are larger than the spaces between fibers. Instead, the particles stick to individual fibers as they contact or pass the fibers. As the HEPA fibers collect more particles, there’s more surface area for new particles to interact. Thus the HEPA filtration efficiency increases.

So does that mean you’ll never have to replace the HEPA filters in your air scrubbers? Since they can get a little pricey, that would be welcome news. However, as a HEPA filter collects more contaminants, a pressure drop develops. This decreases the units CFM and also increases motor strain. With lower airflow, air changes per hour decrease as well. So even though the filtration efficiency increases, the overall effectiveness of a unit will decrease.

Then how often should you replace one? It depends on a number of factors:

   • size and concentration of airborne contaminants
   • temperature
   • humidity
   • length of use

The average life span is 800 hours, so still much longer than prefilters. And when you do replace it, be sure it’s from the manufacturer of your unit, because for it to be efficient, it also needs to fit perfectly or else unfiltered air can get around it. You also shouldn't replace it with one labeled, “HEPA-Type”, which is a cheaper version that will allow many more particulates to pass through.

By: The Lowdown - Disaster Restoration Information & News . Issue 285

Mark Gibson
Freelance Writer
Independent Sales Rep - Green leaf Writing

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Mold

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold !

Mold is a type of fungus; mold requires moisture to flourish; and you really don't want mold in your home or business.

Here are the some of most interesting facts  found while learning about mold.

T-2 mycotoxin is a naturally occurring mold byproduct. When exposed to human skin, effects are wide ranging and there are different reactions.

In the early 1980s, the Soviet Union allegedly supplied several countries with T-2 mycotoxin to be used as a biological weapon against United States and its allies.  Victims of the alleged attacks reported both neurological and physical symptoms including seizures, blindness and bleeding.

Curious Mold Facts

Your first reaction to finding mold may be to try to kill it, but don’t reach for that bleach because dead or alive, mold is just as capable of making you sick. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you can’t inhale it. 

Curious Mold Facts

Helpful Varieties of Mold
Some varieties of mold are helpful. Take penicillin, a mold derivative used to fight bacterial infections. Penicillium species are also very important in the making of Camembert, Brie, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, and Danish Blue cheeses

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By: Adam Bailey 

Mold ?

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in coils.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. 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. 
  • 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. 

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 – 954-748-7887

Does your Florida Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Photo Caption: In Sunrise FL mold can spread through a home in as little as 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 Think You Have Mold, Call SERVPRO of Sunrise Today – (954)748-7887

Does Your Weston Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Weston , mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Don't wait to call.

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 SERVPRO of Sunrise Today – (954)748-7887

Understanding Mold.!

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

If you have any question please give us a call 954-748-7887. We are always ready to help.

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect micro environment for mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist.

All molds have the potential to cause serious health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to it. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors.

The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic! Applying the appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration.

In a standard situation, SERVPRO of Sunrise Professionals examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated.

Property Manager PM to call your franchise if they suspect they have a mold problem in their home or business. We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. In the event mold is found on a property, the homeowner or business owner will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to remediation and clean up work beginning. If extensive mold growth is present, it may be recommended that occupants leave the affected area until the containment process is safely and successfully completed.

SERVPRO of Sunrise Professionals are trained to control microbial problems in structures by promptly drying wet or damp materials according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and removing or replacing wet or damp porous materials, like drywall, that have visible mold growth.

Call us TODAY for a Free Inspection at 954-748-7887  SERVPRO of Sunrise

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Does your Tamarac Home or Condo Have Mold?

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Job in a Condo in Kings Point, Tamarac, Fl

Don't let MOLD grow!

Be aware that 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. We deal with all Tamarac Homeowner's and Condominium Associations with Mold, humidity, moisture and water problems. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of SUNRISE (954)748-7787 

Our Professionals trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed.The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

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Lauderhill Residents: Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold containment!

To all in our Community:

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When 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 Sunrise 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 Sunrise 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 SERVPRO of Sunrise at

954-748-7887