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Water Damage Restoration to Avoid Mold Growth

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic Mold is Secondary to Water Damage

After a water damage it is important to make sure that mold does not begin to grow. Mold especially can be a difficult situation if it is left unchecked. Mold grows from a tiny microscopic spore that floats through the air. All that it needs to grow where it lands is a dark area, no moving air, and a source of moisture. If an area is lacking even one of those ingredients, the mold won't grow.

Mold likes basements, crawl spaces, closets and other similar areas where no one goes into. Soakable items can become a haven for mold and bacteria and that is why they must be discarded. There are accounts of people discovering that some of the soakable items from a water damage years before were the source of mold growth that had festered and grown. These items should have been dried properly to avoid mold growth.

Davis County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Davis County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold damage in Bountiful Utah home

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 Bountiful 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 Bountiful 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 Us Today – 801-298-4272

Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold in the Davis County Area

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 801-298-4272

Typical Mold Types Found in Homes

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Although black mold is the most common mold growth that most homeowners recognize, there are actually a number of types of mold that proliferate throughout homes in Bountiful, UT. Recognizing the types of mold that may flourish in your home is one of the first steps in mold prevention and remediation.

Types of Mold

These are the most common types of mold growths found in your home:

• Black Mold (stachybotrys atra): This is the most common type of mold you’ve likely encountered in your home. Black mold may not even start off black, but may instead be gray or yellow-green before slowly darkening to black over time. This type of mold can cause extensive damage to homes.

• Cladsporium: Cladsporium has a peppery texture, and can be black or green. It’s very particular about its environment, and tends to grow on fiberglass or on the backs of toilets. It also likes painted surfaces. Keep an eye out for this particular type of mold in dark crevices and on walls. If you notice allergic reactions with no discernible source, you may have a hidden mold growth breeding cladsporium.

• Aspergillus: If you’ve ever found mold on your food, it’s likely that fuzzy green and white, earthy-smell mess was aspergillus. While it’s not particularly harmful, it can be pervasive and should definitely not be eaten if you find it on your food. It can also proliferate in air ducts, spreading its spores throughout your home.

So What Triggers Mold Growth – and What Can I Do About it?

Water damage is one of the quickest ways to trigger a mold explosion, particularly if your home has pervasive leaks. However, high humidity environments can also cause mold to grow. Humidity may come from your climate, or could be caused by steam over stoves or from showers. Minimize water leakage and humidity to minimize the spread of mold in your home.

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When Mold Doesn't Get the Message

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost everywhere; just think of any indoor or outdoor location, and chances are there is a small world of fungi growing away as everyday life goes on. Even though some molds stay out of the way, others can come back with a vengeance. However, you can fight the good fight against mold growth by learning more about how, exactly, it flourishes in certain settings.

Water Lovers

Water is the first ingredient required for a mold party. Without moisture, it simply cannot thrive. If your Bountiful, building has high humidity levels or has had past water damage, you might want to take special precautions to ensure it is fungi-free. Once mold latches onto a surface, it can spread quickly through reproducing spores.

An Ideal Meal

While cells demand water to live, mold also lacks a crucial component: chlorophyll. Without this vital feature, mold simply cannot make its own food. It is for this reason that the organism seeks out other dead, organic matter as a tasty meal. The following materials in your building could bolster mold growth by becoming food:

• Basements with dirt floors
• Drywall
• Carpets
• Carpet padding

Temperature Matters

Whether you've just discovered your unpleasant mold mess or already have a professional on the way, you likely want the situation addressed immediately. There's one last component that makes for the perfect mold living space: the right temperature. Mold grows best in temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though this aspect is inevitable indoors, it can be useful to know all of mold's characteristics. Some spots in your building could be warmer (and more humid) than others.

A rundown on mold may not be the most exciting aspect of owning your property, but by learning more about how this organism grows, you can sharpen your senses and spot problems quickly. After all, who said mold growth couldn't be tackled the right way?

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4 Common Questions About Mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a common subject of anxious inquiries after your home has experienced extensive water damage. If high humidity levels persist, any area that has experienced a leak is at risk for becoming prime real estate for mold. Here are brief and helpful answers to four frequently asked questions concerning mold growth.

1. What is mold? Mold is a fungus that grows in multicellular structures on moist organic materials. Mold spreads by pores that float through the air until they land on a surface that is conducive to growth. Mold may develop in a wide variety of colors, but every type of mold releases more spores into the air that can cause mold to spread throughout a structure.

2. What causes mold to grow? Mold feeds off of nutrients in carbon-rich organic matter and thrives and spreads when moisture is present. If either factor is absent, mold growth will be significantly less likely.

3. How do you identify mold? You can inspect visible mold and look up similar fungi online, but you are more likely to correctly identify mold if you contact an industrial hygienist, indoor air specialist, or a company that provides residential mold testing and remediation services.

4. How do you get rid of mold? Depending on the extent of growth, mold can be contained or physically removed and the surface on which it has grown may either be disposed of or cleaned and thoroughly dried. It is important to maintain dry, low-humidity conditions to prevent mold from returning.

If you spot visible mold in your home in Bountiful, UT, in the wake of water damage or smell a mildew odor, you should contact residential remediation and restoration specialists in your area. Experts can quickly identify and contain mold growth, point out environmental factors such as high humidity, and remove, clean, and disinfect the affected area of your home.

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