Recent Mold Remediation Posts

What is Mold?

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold and Mildew are fungi. These microscopic organisms live anywhere there is a moist environment. Mildew which is Mold in its early stages tend to grow  on cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, insulation, decaying leaves and other organic materials. 24 to 48 hours is all it takes for mold to start its growth. For this growth or "Colonies" to happen, tiny spores are let into the air which lets them reproduce. Any organic material that these colonies take over, they will eventually destroy and move to the adjacent organic material and begin to destroy it. Growth that has not been treated and has the right environment to continue to grow will not stop, it will move from the area it is in to the surrounding areas. Such as starting in the basement and moving into the 1st or 2nd floor of a home. Mold and Mildew area also known to cause mild to severe health issues. If you believe you may have mold or mildew in your home give us a call at SERVPRO of Dover Middletown today to schedule a free estimate. 

Mold Removal, and Restoration.

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

All homes and business can be affected by mold, with the introduction of a small water source like a leak in your plumbing system, or a small leak in your roof. Mold and growth can spread through your home in as little as 48-72 hours, which can affect the integrity of your home, as well as you and your families potential health. If you have noticed any sort of growth in your home remember time is of the essence, as growth does not wait. The longer you wait the worse the outcome could potentially be for your property and families health. Call us today at SERVPRO Of Dover Middletown to schedule a free estimate and let us help you get your home or business back in its previous state and have it "Like it never even happened." 

Mold, What you should know.

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Dont waste time, call and have the Professionals do the job right the first time.

What is Mold?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Some common indoor molds are:

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Testing for Mold:

Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established.

Who to contact:

We here at SERVPRO of Dover Middletown can help you with any and all clean up and remediation. Give us a call today, and we can send our team of experts out to your business or home, and get to the bottom of your issue immediately.

DIY and Mold, Not always the best idea.

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

There are over 1,000 types mold found in North America. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood. 

People spend about 90% of our time indoors. This makes mold and it’s destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.

The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. patch. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration.Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes  analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing  proper protective gear during the process.

Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local SERVPRO of Dover Middletown mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.

Mold and Remediation.

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

The sight of mold strikes fear in homeowners and commercial managers. Mold is a type of fungi which has many varieties. Some are harmless, while others can cause possible illnesses and health effects and are destructive to our properties. Mold is both visible and hidden. It is insidious, growing behind walls, under floors, in ducts, behind ceiling tiles and on our furnishings. These fungi release spores so quickly, especially when disturbed that by the time we realize there may be a problem, there already is one.

If you are a homeowner or a business owner, and you see mold damage, there are products that you can purchase which are mold resistant. Research and technology have given us products to use in our homes and commercial use that will protect us against mold. Delaware is a great, beautiful state but its climate holds all the elements that mold requires to flourish.
 
Let's start with paint. There are mold resistant paint products that can be used “after” mold growth has been treated. This paint is available to cover walls and floors of affected areas. The chemicals in the paint help to completely destroy mold roots and seals off the treated area from any further mold growth. When you use this product, apply a couple of layers in the top and bottom corners of the wall because these areas seem to be hot spots for mold growth because of excessive buildup. Use your mold resistant paint, layering it on walls, ceiling, basement floors to prevent mold from returning. SERVPRO of Dover Middletown has expert technicians that can remediate your mold problem and offer future protection. Why not rely on us, the professionals.
 

Water and Mold Mitigation and Remediation.

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dover/Middletown handles water damages every day and know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more 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.

SERVPRO of Dover Middletown wants you to call us for any and all mitigation and remediation needs, we have knowledgeable staff on hand at all times in order to make your clean up a breeze. Give us a chance to make your situation look “Like it never even happened.”

Take Precautions

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

Growth from a pipe break that was not properly remediated.

SERVPRO of Dover/Middletown handles water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more 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.