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What Exactly is Mold?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Exactly is Mold? Though adorable, mold can be deadly.

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 microenvironment 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 Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County will 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. We encourage you to call us today if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business. We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County technicians 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 today for an immediate response. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Mold is not Always Easy to Spot

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is not Always Easy to Spot In one Nacogdoches home, mold was growing because of a leak in their ice-maker water line.

One of the most common problems that homeowners face are mold and mildew infestations. This fungus grows on anything and thrives anywhere it can find moisture, especially places that are damp, warm, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. Not only does it produce a musty, unpleasant odor, but when left unchecked it can cause serious damage.

Mold is not limited to growing in obvious places, it can grow and thrive in the dark corners of your home. In one Nacogdoches home, mold was growing because of a leak in their ice-maker water line. These leaks can be small and hard to notice especially when they are behind walls.  

Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect you have mold in your Nacogdoches home, you should call us to inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

Call Us Today – (936) 559-0404 

If You Think You Might Have Mold in Your Nacogdoches Home, Read This!

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Think You Might Have Mold in Your Nacogdoches Home, Read This! Contact us immediately if you see anything like this mold in your home at: (936) 559-0404!

All Nacogdoches residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate throughout your home. 

 What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans. 
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County  
  •  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. 

 SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County 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. 

Contact us immediately if you suspect you have any mold in your home at: (936) 559-0404

Your AC unit and You: Can my AC cause mold or mildew?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your AC unit and You: Can my AC cause mold or mildew? Can my AC cause mold or mildew?

One of the most current questions that we get from Homeowners and Businesses alike is this: Can my AC cause mold or mildew in my area? 

In the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area we are accustomed to having the AC unit on one day and the heater on the next; especially because Texas weather is just crazy sometimes.

A properly designed, installed, and maintained air conditioning system shouldn't cause mold or mildew, there are always rare exceptions to the rule but these are the most reported reasons for faulty AC units. However, while an oversize or improperly designed unit can cool your home slightly, it also runs the risk of not removing enough moisture out of the rooms air. Too much moisture in your home can increase the potential for mold growth. Mold spores grow on nearly every surface, we live with mold in the same way we live with bacteria. Just like bacteria though, there are perfect breeding environments that can and do yield a productive crop of molds that spread throughout the home or office setting. At times, these growths are not noticeable until the smell is strong or the appearance has reached an intolerable amount. Improper installation, lack of maintenance, and water drainage issues can also lead to biological growth. If you are someone who runs their AC unit every single day, it is a good rule of thumb to check your unit once every couple months to make sure that all lines are in safe condition, and there are not leaking water marks near the wall or on the adjacent ground. 

And as always, if you suspect mold call us your local SERVPRO professionals at 936-637-0404.

Nobody Wants a Moldy Bathroom in Lufkin Texas

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Nobody Wants a Moldy Bathroom in Lufkin Texas Strategies for your Mold Free Bathroom!

You may already know SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!

Understanding how and why mold grows in a bathroom will help to prevent it's appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

  1. Steam moisture on your mirror is fun to draw on! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.
  2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.
  3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water / bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

Call Us 24/7: (936) 637-0404

Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs.

SERVPRO of Lufkin Has the Expertise to Remove Any and All Mold From Your Home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Lufkin Has the Expertise to Remove Any and All Mold From Your Home Mold can invade your home and spread in as little as 48 hours, it can be a danger to your health.

Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. Lately, mold has become a hot topic because of increasing awareness about its potential health hazards. People aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to over a few hundred thousand. Some of these different types aren’t dangerous to human health, while others lead to chronic and severe health conditions.

From: Aer Industries Article

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Mold is a very serious issue and requires professional help. SERVPRO specializes in water and mold damage restoration and we have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation that you may have.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs In Lufkin Texas

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Move-Outs/Pack-Outs In Lufkin Texas Cleaning And Storage

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 our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (936) 559-0404
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

We Clean Mold

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We Clean Mold Storage And Inventory

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation Coming Home From Vacation

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (936) 559-0404

Understanding Mold

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.
  • 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.

SERVPRO Certified Mold Continuing Education Classes

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Certified Mold Continuing Education Classes SERVPRO Mold Continuing Education Classes Available in Lufkin and Nacogdoches

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

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 our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (936) 559-0404
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Be sure to keep tabs on that weekend lodge

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Be sure to keep tabs on that weekend lodge Mold grows quickly in the right environment.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

We invest in the latest equipment and ongoing mold remediation training because it helps us restore your home or business quickly and effectively. We will isolate the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber.

Does Your Lufkin Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Lufkin Home Have A Mold Problem? In Lufkin, 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. Serving all of Nacogdoches and Angelina County.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (936) 637-0404

Lufkin and Nacogdoches Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Lufkin and Nacogdoches Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your 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 [[Franchise Name]] 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 Lufkin and Nacogdoches 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 – 936-637-040 / 936-559-0404