Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Lingering Mold Spores

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Esporta

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Roanoke is an Esporta Certified Operator, meaning that we utilize a patented restoration technology that can restore over 90% of the soft contents in a home to a food grade clean.

The Esporta technology also allows us to be able to restore 85% of the soft contents that may have been previously considered unrestorable and tossed by restoration dry cleaners using a traditional cleaning method.

Types of Damages and Contaminations We Can Restore with the Esporta:

  • Contaminated water & sewage
  • Heavy smoke & soot
  • Mold
  • Bio waste contaminated goods

What Types of Items Can Be Restored with the Esporta Wash System:

  • Leather goods of all kinds
    • Shoes
    • Purses
    • jackets
  • Laundry of all kinds
    • Wash and fold
    • Press and hand
  • Household goods of all kinds
    • Sleeping bags
    • Pillows
    • Comforters
    • Stuffed animals
  • Unique articles such as sports equipment
  • A wide variety of other articles

Not only is the Esporta cleaning process thorough, but it is quick as well.  Laboratory results indicate that this process is five times more effective than the traditional washing machines, which means we are able to restore many of the items that you previously thought would need to be replaced.

If you find yourself in a situation where soft contents within your home have been negatively affected by a disaster, call SERVPRO of Roanoke, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Time To Turn On Those Dehumidifiers

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

With summer starting in full swing, it is not hard to feel the humidity lurking in the air. The thick feeling heat is bad enough to deal with outside your home, but when it starts affecting the inside it's almost unbearable. It's time to drag out those dehumidifiers that have been hiding in the corners of your basements and get them started up. Here are some ways dehumidifiers can positively affect your living environment.

They Keep Mold At Bay
Dehumidifiers remove the thick moisture from the air and make your home a more comfortable place to live. Removing this excess moisture can also keep the pesky mold spores that are always lurking in the air from attaching to your walls and furniture. Typically, mold is able to grow and spread when the humidity level is above 60%. When a dehumidifier is set up and running to remove enough moisture to keep the humidity level below 50-60%, the mold spores are unable to grow and spread. This is why it is important to keep those dehumidifiers running in the hot, thick summer months.

They Provide Relief From Various Allergies
Dehumidifiers work to rid of humidity in the air, but by doing this they also kill germs and blow out the dust particles that linger in the air, purifying the air within your home. This can help minimize the allergies an individual is affected by even within their home.

They Help Keep Your Home Cool
With the help of a dehumidifier, you may be able to turn down your air conditioning, saving you energy costs. By getting rid of the moisture in the air, your home will instantly feel cooler and more comfortable.

All About Mold

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold always seems to be a very mysterious thing.  We see it on food, on old items in our basements, and even in our showers and toilets, but it never looks the same.  Mold is considered a fungus, but the number of species of mold is unknown, varying between 20,000 to 30,000.  The fungi grows by feeding and deriving nutrients from organic matter such as wood, paper, drywall, insulation, etc, which is all present in buildings and homes.  The growth requirements of mold are a necessity of mold spores to be present, a food source for the mold to feed on, temperature between 32°F and 122°F, water, and time, which can be as little as two days.  The environment in which we live our every day lives in does not much differ from the environment in which mold can grow and thrive.  This is why it is important to catch mold growth as soon as it starts.  Read the following blog on What You Should Do When You First Notice a Mold Presence to know how to react.

What You Should Do When You First Notice a Mold Presence

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

The start of a mold growth may not be in plain sight, it may be first determined by a musty odor within your house.  If the musty odor is present, then there may be a growth going on out of plain sight, and it is important to take action.  If the mold problem is visible, it is also important to take immediate action.  Mold is dangerous because we cannot always see the growing mold colonies or the spreading of mold spores.  Disturbing the mold by trying to self-remediate can be dangerous because the disturbance will cause the spore mass to aerosolize and release into the air stream and, therefore, allow it to spread further.  This is why you should always call in a professional mold remediation team to take care of the problem. They will contain the affected area and block off the rest of the home, as to not spread the mold spores further.

By acting as soon as you notice a presence of mold you are not only stopping it from spreading further, but you are increasing your chance of preserving and saving irreplaceable items within your home. 

Don't let mold get ahold of your home and valuables, call SERVPRO of Roanoke, and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Preventing Mold Growth

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

It does not take much for mold to grow, and sometimes it is inevitable based on the type of environment you live in, but there are ways you can help prevent the growth from starting and spreading!

Moisture is the most critical factor in mold growth, so quick responses to all water damages within your home are very important for preventing mold growth.

Keeping your living environment dry during big spells of humidity and rain is also important.  Using dehumidifiers and leaving your air condition on will help keep your home cool and dry.  

It has been a rainy and hot month, so it is important to work towards keeping your house safe from the weather conditions affecting the inside environment.  Taking the necessary precautions now can save a lot of time and money for future remediation, so make sure you are staying aware!

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

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 Roanoke 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 Roanoke 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 – SERVPRO of Roanoke  540-389-5818