Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Reducing Moisture in Your Home and Mold Growth
Tips for the areas most prone to dampness and mold growth:
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
- Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
- Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
- Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
- Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Fix leaks and seepage. The ground should slope away from your house. If water is entering the house from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing.
- Have a heating and cooling contractor check your heating and cooling system to make sure it's sized and operating properly to remove humidity.
- Open doors between rooms to increase circulation, which carries heat to cold surfaces. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners.
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Source: WebMD Online Jan 2019
Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room
Tips for Reducing Mold Growth in the Bathroom and the Laundry Room
In the laundry room:
- Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
- Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.
- Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.
- Use exhaust fans to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic).
- Use area rugs, which can be taken up and washed often instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Check for leaks around basins and tubs and have them repaired if necessary.
- Open a window when showering.
- Avoid leaving damp towels on the floor or in laundry hamper.
If you smell or can visibly see mold growth in your home, give SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville a call today to start the process of getting it removed!
Source: WebMD Jan 2019
Mold Testing vs. Mold Remediation
Learning About Mold Assessment vs. Mold Remediation in the State of Texas
Mold assessment activities include an inspection, investigation, or survey of a dwelling or other structure to provide the owner or occupant with information regarding the presence, identification, or evaluation of mold, the development of a mold management plan or remediation protocol, and the collection or analysis of a mold sample. Mold remediation means the removal, cleaning, sanitizing, demolition, or other treatment, including preventive activities, of mold or mold-contaminated matter. The industry is regulated to ensure that persons conducting mold assessment and remediation services in Texas are properly trained and licensed, and are following minimum standards that protect the health of workers and building occupants.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is certified in the state of Texas for Mold Remediation. Our professionals are highly trained. Give us a call today!
Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations Online
Mold in your home?
Remediation complete, now time to rebuild with our construction team!
We had a customer call in regarding a musty odor she had in her home. She couldn't see anything but could tell it was very strong by her kitchen and dining room. Our Project Manager scheduled an inspection in order to see if we could figure out what the issue is.
During the inspection the Project Manager was able to locate a specific area of concern in the dining room with the thermal camera and opened an exploratory section of the sheetrock. Just as they suspected, there was microbial growth found behind the wall. We walked the customer through the remediation process and put her mind at ease!
After a couple days work and a successful clearance report the musty odor and customer concern was long gone!
Leave the dirty work to us!
We don't suggest DIY when it comes to mold, call the professionals!
Our team is licensed with the State of Texas to perform Mold Remediation in residential and commercial properties. We work closely with Mold Assessment Consultants throughout the DFW area to ensure proper health and safety protocols are completed to restore your home or business to preloss condition.
Mold can be scary for customers if you aren't provided with the correct information. Strolling through the internet can sometimes provide false information in regards to the type of growth, proper precautions, and proper remediation requirements. We do not suggest trying to resolve the issue on your own as this can cause cross contamination.
If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to visit our website for more information or give us a call! 972-420-4771 ??
Containment is crucial during mold remediation projects!
One of the containments placed throughout the home during a remediation project.
Containment in remediation protocols and projects is an industry staple. Mold is a living organism and is actively seeking to expand its environment beyond its present location. As a licensed remediation company we set up containment around a visible mold bloom the moment we step onto the job site. Our true containment in an effective mold remediation is the entire building, not just the immediate area or room where we have visible growth.
The reason we contain the way we do is because the real culprit are the airborne spores that have already spread throughout the building or home. If improper containment is places the spores have the potential to be left behind and create further damage.
Pre and post remediation reports put together by mold assessment consultants help to demonstrate to the customer the improvement in air quality that we as the remediation contractor need to provide.
Mold Remediation Inspection
As most home and business owners know, the reason for a mold remediation inspection is to identify whether you have a mold problem. The inspection will conclude one of two things:
1. You DON'T have an issue and your concerns are alleviated by the inspection or a report provided by a Mold Assessment Consultant.
2. You DO have an issue and remediation should be performed as soon as possible.
Honestly, we would all prefer the outcome to be number one right? As most of our customers know the answer is usually number two. Our trained team of specialists can perform an inspection and if a Mold Assessment Consultant is required, we work with several frequently that we could refer to provide a protocol.
If you have concerns about microbial growth, give our office a call today. Our team would be happy to walk you through our process. 972-420-4771