Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Consumer Mold Information Part 8

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the state of Texas and we have a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

Can property owners do mold assessment or
remediation on their own property without being
licensed?
Yes. A homeowner can take samples for mold or
clean it up in the home without a license. An owner, or a managing agent or employee of an owner of a residential property is not required to be licensed, unless the property has 10 or more residential dwelling units. For non-residential properties, an owner or tenant, or a managing agent or employee of an owner or tenant, is not required to be licensed to do mold assessment or remediation on property owned or leased by the owner or tenant, unless the mold contamination affects a total surface area of 25 contiguous square feet or more. 

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Consumer Mold Information Part 7

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation?

No later than the 10th day after a mold remediation project stop date, the remediation contractor must sign and give you a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation. The licensed mold assessment consultant who conducted the post-remediation assessment must also sign the certificate. The consultant must truthfully state on the certificate that the mold contamination identified for the project has been remediated and whether the underlying cause of the mold has been corrected. (That work may involve other types of professional services that are not regulated by the mold rules, such as plumbing or
carpentry.) Receiving a certificate documenting that the underlying cause of the mold was remediated is an advantage for a homeowner. It prevents an insurer from making an underwriting decision on the residential property based on previous mold damage or previous claims for mold damage. If you sell your property, the law requires that you provide the buyer a copy of all certificates you have received for that property within the preceding five years.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration.

Consumer Mold Information Part 6

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is "mold remediation?"

Mold remediation is the cleanup and removal of
mold growth from surfaces and/or contents in a
building. It also refers to actions taken to prevent
mold from growing back. Licensed mold
remediation contractors must follow a mold
remediation protocol as described above and their
own mold remediation work plan that provides
specific instructions and/or standard operating
procedures for how the project will be done.
Before a remediation project can be deemed
successful, a mold assessment consultant must
conduct a post-remediation assessment. This is an inspection to ensure that the work area is free from all visible mold and wood rot, the project was completed in compliance with the remediation protocol and remediation work plan, and that it meets all clearance criteria that were specified in the protocol. The assessment consultant must give you a passed clearance report documenting the results of this inspection. If the project fails clearance, further remediation as prescribed by a consultant will be necessary.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Consumer Mold Information Part 5

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the state of Texas and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is meant by "clearance criteria?"

Clearance criteria refer to the level of “cleanliness” that must be achieved by the persons conducting the mold cleanup. It is important to understand and agree with the mold assessment consultant prior to starting the project as to what an acceptable clearance level will be, including what will be acceptable
results for any air sampling or surface sampling for mold. There are no national or state standards for a “safe” level of mold. Mold spores are a natural part of the environment and are always present at some level in the air and on surfaces all around us.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration

Consumer Mold Information Part 4

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the State of Texas and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is "mold assessment?"

Mold assessment is an inspection of a building by a mold assessment consultant or technician to evaluate whether mold growth is present and to what extent. Samples may be taken to determine the amount and types of mold that are present; however sampling is not necessary in many cases. When mold cleanup is necessary, a licensed mold assessment consultant can provide you with a mold remediation protocol. A protocol must specify the estimated quantities and locations of materials to be remediated, methods to be used and clearance criteria that must be met.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration.

Consumer Mold Information Part 3

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

How can I know if someone is licensed?

A licensed individual is required to carry a current TDLR license certificate with the license number on it. A search tool and listings of currently licensed companies and individuals can be found at:

https://www.tdlrtexas.gov/LicenseSearch/.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Consumer Mold Information Part 2

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the State of Texas, and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

How does Texas regulate businesses that do testing for mold or that do mold cleanup?

Applicants for a mold remediation worker registration must have training and pass a criminal history background in order to be registered by TDLR. Laboratories that analyze mold samples must be licensed and meet certain qualifications. The rules set minimum work practices and procedures and also require licensees to follow a code of ethics. To prevent conflicts of interest, the rules also prohibit a licensee from conducting both mold assessment and mold remediation on the same project. While the rules regulate the activities of mold licensees when they are doing mold-related activities, the rules do not require any property owner or occupant to clean up mold or to have it cleaned up.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Consumer Mold Information Part 1

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the state of Texas and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

How does Texas regulate businesses that do testing for mold cleanup?

The Department of Licensing and Regulation(TDLR) regulates such businesses in accordance with the Texas Occupations code, Chapter 1958. Under the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules, all companies and individuals who perform  mold related activities in Texas must be licensed by TDLR unless exempt. Individuals must meet certain qualifications , have required training, and pass a background check in order to be issued a license. 

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)

Tips To Avoid Mold While You're On Vacation

12/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold prevention is a year-round affair, and there are plenty of useful steps you can take to keep the black stuff away from your home. You practice good housekeeping and pay attention to critical maintenance to your plumbing, HVAC systems and other structures to avoid water damage. Mold growth doesn’t take a vacation, however, just because you do. With that in mind, you should adopt some useful procedures to sidestep this nasty, destructive fungus while you’re away from your home in San Antonio, Texas for your much-needed getaway.

Turn Your Water Off

Unexpected pipe leaks while you’re gone can prove to be disastrous. Mold prevention relies on you sidestepping the possibility of water damage, so cutting off your home’s water supply ensures that your plumbing isn’t to blame. The main water valve will either be in your basement, inside a closet in the front of your home, along an outside wall or behind a removable panel indoors.

Rethink Your HVAC Settings

The conventional wisdom is to shut off your AC if you’re away during the summer, but that may not be your best option to inhibit mold growth. Since warmth can encourage it to flourish, keep in mind that you can raise your temperature to cut back on energy usage, but don’t turn off your AC completely. For the best mold prevention, set your AC to around 78 degrees.

Keep an Eye on Your Humidity

Since excess moisture is a prime ingredient for mold propagation, you must keep your home’s humidity levels in check. Purchase a humidity monitor, and ensure that your readings stay between 35 and 55 percent. Moreover, start your monitoring well before you leave for your getaway. If levels rise to 60 percent or higher, it’s time to find the source of the extra moisture. 

Following these steps should give you some peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget to keep your water damage restoration experts in San Antonio, Texas on speed dial. In addition to providing more mold prevention tips, they can perform cleanup and restoration should the unthinkable happen during your trip. 
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.

Mold Removal from Homes and Businesses

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in home and commercial mold damage can cause serious structural problems, and it's important that commercial mold damage or mold in home is removed by professionals.

How Can Mold Damage A Structure?


Mold can cause dry rot, and dry rot can damage wood. Dry rot occurs as a result of fungal growth on the wood beams of a home. The structure becomes weakened as a result of this damage. In extreme cases, dry rot could result in the collapse of walls and other critical structures of your home.

Mold growth also can cause damage to sheet rock. Damage caused by mold growth can be repaired more easily if it's addressed quickly. When mold growth is left for an extended period of time, it can be extremely expensive to repair.

Why Can't You Do The Mold Removal Yourself?


If you attempt to remove mold and mildew yourself, you'll probably disturb some of the spores. The spores could create new mold growth, and this could make the removal process more difficult and expensive. Furthermore, you are likely to miss certain areas of mold damage, such as mold growth behind wall.

What Will Mold Removal Specialists Do To Get Rid Of It?


Inspect The Building For Mold Damage:


Mold damage specialists will first check the areas that are most commonly affected by mold. Some examples of these areas are air ducts, windowsills, the basement, showers, sinks, bathtubs, and other damp regions of the house. Mold growth behind wall is common as well. Since many businesses are laid out very differently than homes, inspections for commercial mold damage can be more complex.

In addition, the restoration company will determine what type of mold and mildew you have. This will help guide the mitigation process. Black mold is an exceptionally problematic fungus, and the mitigation of this fungus requires an exceptional amount of attention. Furthermore, black mold is quite common.

Keep Mold From Spreading:


Even though mold mitigation specialists are careful to minimize the spread of mold spores, some are likely to become airborne during the removal process. As a result, the air conditioning and heating system is turned off during the fungus mitigation. This helps to prevent airborne spores from spreading.

Fix Leaks:


If the source of moisture is removed, the fungus can no longer grow. Common sources of moisture in cases of both mold damage in homes and commercial mold damage are rainfall and plumbing leaks. Fungus removal experts will check areas of the house that are particularly prone to plumbing leaks and windowsills that are prone to leaks, such as basement windowsills. The cost of repairing the leaks varies depending upon the nature of leaks in your home.

Mold Removal:


The restoration company will use cleaners to get rid of mold in home and mildew, including black mold. There are a variety of cleaning products that mold remediation specialists can use, and many of them also help with deodorization. In fact, some are quite effective at reducing the smelly odor. These mold removal cleaners are significantly stronger than products that are available in stores. During the removal process, the mold is removed carefully to ensure that the spores aren't spread. While many mold remediation experts use strong chemicals to get rid of mold, there are mold remediation experts that use organic materials to remove it.

Sometimes, specialized tools are used by a restoration company to remove mold in home. This is often necessary to remove mold growth behind wall and mold in ducts.

Deodorization:


Mold often creates a smelly odor, but deodorization sprays can help to get rid of the smelly odor. If no deodorization products are used, the smelly odor is likely to linger long after the mold has been removed.

Prevent The Recurrence Of Mold Growth:


There are several steps that can be taken to prevent the growth of mold and mildew from recurring. A special paint can be applied to some surfaces to prevent various types of mold, such as black mold, from growing. If exhaust fans aren't working properly, they can be repaired. This will ensure that moisture doesn't remain trapped in the bathroom. In some cases, insulation will be changed in order to prevent mold growth behind wall. Furthermore, mold remediation experts might install a plastic barrier in the crawl space if it isn't already there. This will prevent condensation. In addition, the restoration company will be able to provide you with advice on how to ensure that moisture doesn't build up again in your house. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.

Professional Mold Remediation

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Professional Mold Remediation Explained

A house must be protected against all forms of corrosion and damage. Mold growth is more than irritating and unsightly. Mold damage is of a kind that not only affects the look of your home, but also the smell of it.

Mold lives in homes all across the United States. Those living in southern states will have a harder time containing and suppressing mold growth, but the fact is hot summers occur everywhere in the lower 48 states and thus every home is susceptible to mold growth.

If you have bought or had built a brand new home, then there are measures you can take to prevent mold from breaking out in it. Keeping your house properly ventilated and regularly cleaning and treating your bathroom can aid in preventing mold growth.

Older homes present a more difficult challenge. The first thing to do after moving in is to make a thorough survey of the place to locate mold in home. This is not an extravagance; it is a necessity.

Avoid touching, scrapping, or doing anything that might disturb the mold. Doing so might actually make matters worse, as the fungus spread its spores and saturate the air. The only option is to call a mold removal and remediation service.

A professional mold removal, remediation, and restoration company possesses the tools and skill to rid your house of black mold and all other types of mold fungus. A professional mold removal, remediation, and restoration company will come in, conduct a survey of the affected spaces and carry out the job of eliminating the mold.

You simply do not know if black mold or others like it is located in your home. The first thing the experts from the mold removal, remediation, and restoration company you hire will do is put on protective suits. They will then seal off the area. This is necessary to protect the rest of the house against the spores that the fungus will shed as they work.

They will work diligently to remove the mold and take further measures so that your home suffers no more mold damage. One of the actions they take is to apply specially made disinfectants that prevent the fungus from returning. They also use a HEPA vacuum to cleanse the air of spore particulates. Some forms of black mold give off a smelly odor. The team that comes to your home will apply a deodorization process to get rid of it.

Working with a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company will help you reclaim your house.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.

How to Properly Handle Mold Damage

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Properly Handle Mold Damage Personal Protective Equipment is required for Mold remediation

How to Handle Mold Damage Prior to the Professionals Arriving

It takes less than 48 hours for mold damage to overtake a home. Whether it’s commercial mold damage or private, remediation is necessary right away. There’s little to no time to waste when mold, fungus, or mildew is discovered in a home or business. Mold removal service professionals recommend calling for remediation right away to discuss private or commercial mold damage and the remediation process before it has more time to grow. It’s imperative home owners call for mold removal help as soon as they recognize a smelly odor or see fungus or mildew in their home or office.

Why Not Wait?

A smelly odor or the presence of mildew might not worry most people. It’s common, particularly in locations where the weather is hot and the air humid, but there’s no time to waste. Mildew is an introduction to mold, and mold removal is best handled by way of prevention. A smelly odor is one many homeowners might attempt to mask with various forms of deodorization, but this doesn’t eliminate the problem. Wiping up mildew or disguising a smelly odor with deodorization is only going to mask it for the time being. It’s not going to solve the problem. Only remediation can do that in private and/or commercial mold damage situations.

Mold damage is common. Mold in the home, mold in the office, and mold anywhere else is common when the climate and circumstances are right. Mold in the home is most common in rooms where ventilation is not good, where humidity levels are high, and where any bit of moisture is able to rest. Mold in the home is not limited to basements and bathrooms, but many homeowners feel they have no need to worry about mold in the home anywhere else.

Why not wait to call for mold removal? In 48 hours, mold can grow from a small patch of what appears to be a little fungus or mildew and begin damaging the home. Mold in the home is dangerous enough when it’s minor, but allowing it to become a larger problem is damaging to the home. This is why calling for mitigation right away is the best solution.

How to Handle Mold at Home

The best way to handle mold at home while waiting for mold removal services to come out and handle mitigation is to stay away from it. There’s no reason to believe it might hurt a homeowner or business owner, but it’s always wise for people not to spend too much time present with mold. Mitigation will help, but it’s safest to steer clear of this issue while waiting on help to arrive.

The next best thing to do while waiting on mitigation is to turn of the HVAC and all fans. It might seem counterproductive to many, but it actually helps to stop the spread of more mold throughout the building. One of the worst things anyone can do when mold is present in the home is aim any air at it to dry it up. It only sends the mold spores growing in the mold to more locations helping it grow even faster.

Deodorization is not safe, and no one should attempt to dry, clean, or remove mold on their own. It's not safe to be near mold when it's not been determined if it's toxic. It's also not safe as this can cause further spread of mold. It's best handled by the pros.

It's not safe to use any sort of deodorization on mold when it's present, but it is safe to handle mold damage by calling the pros. Whether it's commercial mold damage or fungus in a private home, knowing how to handle the situation is safe and helpful.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

What's the Difference Between Mold Removal and Remediation

6/6/2018 (Permalink)


What’s the Difference Between Mold Removal and Remediation?

Plumbing leaks and roof damage within a home or business can easily set up mold damage. Mold spores and fungus can spread through a home within 24-72 hours. A structure that is inundated with mold can cause a wide range of problems and other dangers. The smelly odor problems from mold and fungus growth can be persistent. Only professional mitigation services that specialize in deodorization can eliminate it without a trace.

If mold damage is suspected in a home or business, it is imperative that a professional mold mitigation service be called in to eliminate the problem. These highly-trained professionals will inspect and assess the damage and quickly form a plan of action. Immediate response is the key, and trusted mold remediation specialists have the tools and know how to solve the problem. They can quickly restore a home or business to move-in condition.

There are several things that a home or business owner can do before help arrives to lessen the likelihood that mildew and mold damage will set in. Since mold is of great risk to small children and elderly people, especially, avoiding the mold altogether is a good idea. Turn off fans and air conditioners to eliminate the spread of mold spores through the air. It is advisable not to disturb mold or spray disinfectants in an attempt to remove it.

There are a number of misconceptions about mold. Sadly, many people are unaware of just how dangerous mold, especially, black mold, is. Mold is present everywhere. It thrives on moisture and can spread very quickly. Mold removal should be started immediately. All sources of water must be addressed or mold in a home can return. Because mold has a pungent, smelly odor, all affected areas must be cleaned, sanitized and put through a deodorization process.

Mold and mildew are both fungus that can have devastating effects. Mold mitigation specialists are well-versed on the science of mildew and mold removal. They will inspect for multiple types of mold in a home or business and complete the removal and remediation process as quickly as possible.

Mold damage not only affects the structure, but also personal belongings, furniture, clothing and much more. Professionals can pretest items to see if they can be restored to its previous condition. Odor removal through deodorization is a big step in the remediation process. Odors can be a tricky thing in the mold removal process. The source of smelly odors can be hidden within walls, floors, carpeting and other areas. Once traced, it can be eliminated for good.

Commercial mold damage can pose particular difficulties. Anytime a business is affected by mold, the cleanup process can affect revenue and productivity. Time is of the essence. Commercial mold damage can expose workers and customers to risks. If left untreated, mildew, fungus and smelly odors can spread to other buildings. Mitigation professionals with expertise in microbial remediation, structural drying and mold removal, will respond quickly to eliminate the commercial mold damage. All affected areas, much like mold in a home, will go through the same deodorization process to eliminate all commercial mold damage.

Most professional mold remediation services have individuals on-call, who can respond 24/7, and on weekends and holidays. Most companies have the tools to respond to any size disaster. Because black mold is so dangerous and can lead to terrible health conditions, it is imperative to call a professional as soon as possible.

Mold in a home or business can move quickly and spores can multiply in short order. To mitigate this problem as fast as possible, call in a highly-trained professional in mold remediation and restoration.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

What Can I Do With Mold-Damaged Belongings?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Can I Do With Mold-Damaged Belongings? Mold damage in an San Antonio TX home

It can be frustrating to discover that a mold infestation has not only damaged your San Antonio, TX home, but managed to contaminate some of your most prized personal belongings. When your possessions have become a breeding ground for mold, what can you do with the contaminated items? Can you keep your mold-infested belongings?

Throw Them Out

Unfortunately, the primary answer when it comes to mold cleaning and removal is to throw out the contaminated items. Once mold has infested an object it can be extremely hard to remove it entirely, particularly if it’s penetrated beneath a porous surface. Keeping the items means another infestation is not only likely, but inevitable when your possessions are a ticking time bomb of spores.

Here are a few things to remember when throwing out mold damaged items:

• Don’t put them in porous or open bags while waiting to throw them out
• Don’t burn them, as this can release dormant spores into the air
• Don’t store them anywhere wet prior to disposal
• Don’t donate them to shelters or other organizations

Your best option is to remove the items in airtight bags and immediately transport them to an appropriate place for disposal. For large items such as furniture, if you cannot wrap them in plastic at the very least use gloves or hire professionals to handle the items. Avoid skin-to-skin contact with mold at all costs, particularly black mold.

What If the Items Have Sentimental Value?

If you absolutely need to keep your personal belongings, there may be options for mold cleanup and mold remediation. Special services and devices such as Esporta machines can work to remove mold from items such as paintings, clothing, and leather. You still may not be able to eliminate all mold damage, but proper mold cleaning may at least ensure that your prized possessions aren’t active carries for a fresh outbreak.

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3 Ways To Discover Mold in Your Air Ducts

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Ways To Discover Mold in Your Air Ducts HVAC Cleaning is important in your San Antonio Home

Mold is everywhere. There is no such thing as a mold-free environment. Without regular HVAC cleaning in your commercial property in San Antiono, however, it could attach to the dust molecules in your air ducts and result in poor air quality. You can usually see or smell an insidious mold problem, but to be certain, you can also have your HVAC system tested for mold.

1. Professional Testing

The most thorough and foolproof method for discovering whether or not there is a mold problem in your air ducts is to have your building professionally tested. This process can be a little costly, but it is well worth the price if it means you catch the problem early before mold causes damage to various parts of your HVAC system. It is less expensive in the long run to pay for minor mold testing and HVAC cleaning than to incur the cost of the extensive damage that could result from a long-term mold issue.

2. Visual Survey

There are two things that you should be on the lookout for when you check for mold. Of course, seeing patches of mold itself when cleaning vents is a clear sign that you need mold remediation. Another issue to watch for is excess moisture. If you see any condensation or if the building is extra humid, you may have found a breeding ground for mold.

3. Olfactory Cues

If your commercial building in San Antonio, smells musty or reeks of mildew, chances are that you may have a mold problem. You can run an informal test of whether the problem is in your air ducts or not. Turn your HVAC unit off for a little while. After you turn it back on, compare the intensity of the mildew smell. If it smells stronger when the unit is on, you may have pinpointed the location of the mold.

Whether you see it, smell it or test for it, a mold issue must be remediated. A professional HVAC cleaning can improve air quality by ridding your system of mold growth.

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How to Stop Mildew Growth on Plants

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Stop Mildew Growth on Plants Mold growing on Plants

Mildew on plants is often white or light gray in color and may be present on either the surface or underside of leaves. Whether your plants are suffering from powdery or downy mildew, there are ways to stop the growth of plant mildew. Follow these three steps as soon as you notice indications of mildew growth.

Step One: Identify the Mildew

Start by identifying whether you are dealing with powdery mildew or downy mildew. Powdery mildew usually looks like white splotches that spread across the surface of the leaves on a plant. Powdery mildew is not necessarily fatal to plants, but it is still a good idea to try to restrict the spread of this parasitic fungus. Downy mildew typically grows on the underside of leaves and is either white or light gray in color and may have small black flecks.

Step Two: Prune the Plants

Remove infected portions of the plant and destroy them to limit the spread of plant mildew. This is also a good way to improve air circulation. It is a good idea not to fertilize plants that are suffering from mildew, and avoid watering these plants from above.

Step Three: Use a Fungicide

If you are dealing with stubborn powdery or downy mildew, you may want to rely on a fungicide to take care of the problem. Be sure to use the right type and strength of fungicide for the affected plant. Most fungicides must be reapplied every one to two weeks to prevent mildew from returning.

If you still struggle with plant mildew after following all of these steps, you should assess the environment in which your plants are growing. You may want to seek the professional opinion of mold and mildew experts in San Antonio, TX. High levels of humidity and insufficient air circulation are two major culprits when it comes to mildew growth.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information. 

Assessing Mold Damage

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a black mold problem, you have a moisture problem. Mold spores exist everywhere. They are small and float easily on the air, which allows them to permeate most areas. These spores thrive in wet environments, so high levels of moisture in your building will likely lead to mold growth.

Causes

It doesn’t take much to get mold to grow. Given the right setting, black mold can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours. Here are some contributing factors to an infestation.

• Presence of mold spores
• Warm temperature
• Organic food source like wood, cotton, dirt or drywall.
• Moisture
• Time

When a facility experiences an unhealthy presence of mold growth, it is typically due to a moisture issue. This may be due to an obvious concern like a leaking roof, a flooded toilet or a plumbing problem. Other factors that might be an issue are high humidity, inadequate ventilation or condensation buildup.

Assessing the Problem

If you are only dealing with minor surface mold, calling in an expert might not be necessary. On the other hand, if the damage is extensive, it might be wise to contact a professional mold remediation company in San Antonio, TX who employ certified and trained specialists in mold assessment to help with the mold cleanup. Mold assessment and identification may not be as easy as spotting the obvious presence of black mold growth; it requires visual examination and testing as well.

Spores can get in hard-to-reach places like behind walls, in ventilation ducts, beneath sinks and under carpets. This means its presence may go undetected for some time. Special equipment may be necessary to determine whether mold is growing in some of these places.

If you suspect an extensive mold problem, it is important to take steps to remediate the issue. Make sure to regularly check your facility for moisture damage that might lead to mold growth. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold. 

Keep Mold at Bay While You’re on Vacation

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Mold at Bay While You’re on Vacation

Mold prevention is a year-round affair, and there are plenty of useful steps you can take to keep the black stuff away from your home. You practice good housekeeping and pay attention to critical maintenance to your plumbing, HVAC systems and other structures to avoid water damage. Mold growth doesn’t take a vacation, however, just because you do. With that in mind, you should adopt some useful procedures to sidestep this nasty, destructive fungus while you’re away from your home in San Antonio, Texas for your much-needed getaway.

Turn Your Water Off

Unexpected pipe leaks while you’re gone can prove to be disastrous. Mold prevention relies on you sidestepping the possibility of water damage, so cutting off your home’s water supply ensures that your plumbing isn’t to blame. The main water valve will either be in your basement, inside a closet in the front of your home, along an outside wall or behind a removable panel indoors.

Rethink Your HVAC Settings

The conventional wisdom is to shut off your AC if you’re away during the summer, but that may not be your best option to inhibit mold growth. Since warmth can encourage it to flourish, keep in mind that you can raise your temperature to cut back on energy usage, but don’t turn off your AC completely. For the best mold prevention, set your AC to around 78 degrees.

Keep an Eye on Your Humidity

Since excess moisture is a prime ingredient for mold propagation, you must keep your home’s humidity levels in check. Purchase a humidity monitor, and ensure that your readings stay between 35 and 55 percent. Moreover, start your monitoring well before you leave for your getaway. If levels rise to 60 percent or higher, it’s time to find the source of the extra moisture.

Following these steps should give you some peace of mind while you’re away, but don’t forget to keep your water damage restoration experts in San Antonio, Texas on speed dial. In addition to providing more mold prevention tips, they can perform cleanup and restoration should the unthinkable happen during your trip.
Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on mold.

Mold Damage in San Antonio, Texas

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.  An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem.  The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth.  It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value.  If a property has experienced a water intrusion, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

CONTROL MOISTURE - REDUCE MOLD

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth.  Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage - act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

*  Correct any water leaks or standing water

*  Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units

*  Properly maintain humidifiers, if used

*  Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials

*  Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work

*  Install a ventilation system

If you have any questions about possible mold in your home or office, please give SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.  Let them know you read about us on the blog.

CONTROL MOISTURE - REDUCE MOLD

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation CONTROL MOISTURE - REDUCE MOLD Mold growing along walls in Texas home.

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.

An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth.  It is especially important to clean up existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.

CONTROL MOISTURE - REDUCE MOLD

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth.  Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage - act within the first 24 to 48 hours.

*  Correct any water leaks or standing water

*  Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units

*  Properly maintain humidifiers, if used

*  Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials

*  Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work

*  Install a ventilation system

If you have any questions about possible mold in your home or office, please give SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.  Let them know you read about us on the blog.

Professional Mold Remediation Explained

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Mold Remediation Explained

A house must be protected against all forms of corrosion and damage. Mold growth is more than irritating and unsightly. Mold damage is of a kind that not only affects the look of your home, but also the smell of it.

Mold lives in homes all across the United States. Those living in southern states will have a harder time containing and suppressing mold growth, but the fact is hot summers occur everywhere in the lower 48 states and thus every home is susceptible to mold growth.

If you have bought or had built a brand new home, then there are measures you can take to prevent mold from breaking out in it. Keeping your house properly ventilated and regularly cleaning and treating your bathroom can aid in preventing mold growth.

Older homes present a more difficult challenge. The first thing to do after moving in is to make a thorough survey of the place to locate mold in home. This is not an extravagance; it is a necessity.

Avoid touching, scrapping, or doing anything that might disturb the mold. Doing so might actually make matters worse, as the fungus spread its spores and saturate the air. The only option is to call a mold removal and remediation service.

A professional mold removal, remediation, and restoration company possesses the tools and skill to rid your house of black mold and all other types of mold fungus. A professional mold removal, remediation, and restoration company will come in, conduct a survey of the affected spaces and carry out the job of eliminating the mold.

You simply do not know if black mold or others like it is located in your home. The first thing the experts from the mold removal, remediation, and restoration company you hire will do is put on protective suits. They will then seal off the area. This is necessary to protect the rest of the house against the spores that the fungus will shed as they work.

They will work diligently to remove the mold and take further measures so that your home suffers no more mold damage. One of the actions they take is to apply specially made disinfectants that prevent the fungus from returning. They also use a HEPA vacuum to cleanse the air of spore particulates. Some forms of black mold give off a smelly odor. The team that comes to your home will apply a deodorization process to get rid of it.

Working with a mold removal, remediation, and restoration company will help you reclaim your house.
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Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Stop Mold Growth in Your Business HVAC System Mold on walls

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Mold is the common named for a group of fungi that thrive in damp, warm and humid conditions. In an indoor environment, these fungi can grow at a rapid pace and produce health problems that range in seriousness from relatively minor to severe. Unfortunately, in commercial buildings, poorly maintained HVAC systems can easily act as a catalyst for mold growth. Here’s what you need to know to prevent mold growth in your business’ HVAC setup.

What Does Mold Do?

Mold reproduces by releasing tiny particles called spores into the air. In the sealed environment found in most commercial buildings, these spores can easily accumulate.

How Does Mold Get Into Your HVAC System?

Mold thrives on moisture. Regrettably, the typical commercial HVAC system contains a number of sections and components where moisture can accumulate, especially in the form of water condensation. Particular areas of concern include the system’s ducting network, drain pans, blowers, air handlers, cooling coils and any equipment designed to humidify or dehumidify your building’s interior. Any cooling towers installed on your building can also act as mold breeding grounds. Mold contamination in many of these components can be hard to detect, and even harder to wipe out.

How Can You Stop Mold Growth?

The best cure for mold growth is prevention. The process truly begins with the design of your building and the installation of an HVAC system that minimizes the risks of excessive moisture accumulation. However, after installation, you must inspect your system regularly and keep it well-maintained at all times so mold can’t gain an initial foothold.

Once mold starts to grow (typically within 48 hours of its introduction into a suitable breeding environment), the only way to reliably stop its spread is a process called mold cleanup and remediation. Steps in this process include removing all damp filters and duct insulation material, using a disinfectant specifically designed for use in HVAC systems, applying a mold inhibitor (also specifically designed for HVAC use) and using a commercial-grade HEPA vacuum on all mold-exposed surfaces.

As a rule, only a professional with proper training can reliably perform the inspection and maintenance procedures needed to keep a commercial HVAC system mold-free. Similarly, only trained individuals can reliably carry out a commercial mold cleanup and remediation job while avoiding making mistakes that add to the problem. For more information on HVAC topics such as mold prevention, cleanup and remediation for your business, contact us and keep following the pages of this blog.