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Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold; “mildew” is a generic word frequently used to refer to mold, usually with flat growth. Mildew often lives on shower walls, windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high.
Molds include all species of microscopic fungi. Molds can thrive on organic matter, including clothing, leather, paper, and the ceilings, walls and floors of homes with moisture management problems. They generate a strong musty odor, especially where the moisture levels are high.
They are a natural part of the environment and can be found everywhere- indoors and out. Mold is not usually a problem until it begins growing indoors. The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Molds can also have a big impact on indoor air quality.
During a flood or other water damage, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause health effects, and continue to damage materials long after the water is gone.
It is common for mold to be found in homes everywhere. It is usually found in dark, warm, moist, and stagnant areas of the home, such as bathrooms, behind appliances, around AC units, around leaky windows, underneath sinks, etc. When it comes to mold, there are a lot of facts, myths, and misunderstandings that are tossed around regularly. SERVPRO of West Amarillo is here to help clear up common mold misconceptions.
MYTH: Your house should be completely mold-free.
Mold spores are part of the natural environment and are found in the air not only in the outside world, but the inside world as well. It is nearly impossible to keep an entire home completely sterilized down to the last mold spore, but even if it is attainable, it isn’t completely necessary. Mold usually only becomes an issue when found in unhealthy amounts, such as visible colonies.
MYTH: Every mold is “Black mold” or just as dangerous.
Mold comes in all colors, shapes, forms, and kinds, but not all mold is the notoriously dangerous “Black mold.” It is best to have a certified mold tester to help with any potential mold case, because they will be able to help identify molds and whether they are toxic. Only certain mold spores produce toxins, and they will only produce the toxins under certain circumstances. Even in the event that the spores are producing toxins, it is rare that a human can inhale enough of those toxins to receive a “toxic” dose.
MYTH: Mold is completely harmless.
As stated previously, you cannot completely eradicate mold from your home, but allowing it to grow into dangerous amounts without having it tested and/or looked at is also not advised. The effects of mold depend on a lot of variables regarding humans (ex: differing immune systems, amount of exposure, the kind of mold, allergies to certain molds, etc.), but there is no doubt that mold can cause damage to structures and personal belongings if left unnoticed or ignored.
MYTH: Mold remediation can be done easily from the home with common household cleaners, such as bleach.
While partly true, this is advised against if you want the job to be done thoroughly. There are too many unknown factors about the mold, such as its type, origin, and spread to trust this method. Bleach only kills certain kinds of molds, if they are on non-porous surfaces and in small areas. Bleach’s effectiveness to rid of mold on porous surfaces such as wood, drywall, paper, and textiles is highly questionable. Any pervasive mold problem should always be handled by a Certified Mold Inspector. While having the mold professionally analyzed and tested may be much more costly than doing it yourself, you can’t put a price on peace of mind.
MYTH: Small amounts of mold do not indicate a bigger problem.
This is false for numbers of reasons. Finding mold colonies, especially near an area you cannot fully see, could be just the tip of the iceberg. Again, always seek professional help with a mold problem, just to assure that it isn’t something bigger than what you’re seeing.
There are many different types of mold and most people try to determine mold type by its color. Examples of mold colors include green, white, grey, brown, and black. The fact is that mold color hardly ever conveys ultra-specific information, as there exists both hazardous and non-hazardous types of mold within each group of colors. It is challenging, if not entirely impossible to establish whether or not a mold is dangerous based solely on its surface appearance. (information from site: sandiegohomeinspect.com)
It is best to have any mold in question tested by a licensed professional.
If you need mole remediation in your home or business call SERVPRO at 1-800-SERVPRO to get in touch with a SERVPRO franchise that can take care of your specific mold needs.
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What is Black Mold?
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.
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The Mold Remediation Process
In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.
Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. 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 they 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.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
Let your nose lead the way. 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.
Understanding The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our National Call Center. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Step 3: Mold Containment
They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.
A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects.
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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.