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HOW TO LIMIT MOLD GROWTH IN THE WINTER

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation HOW TO LIMIT MOLD GROWTH IN THE WINTER If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely & correctly

Cold and wet winter months can create the perfect atmosphere for mold to grow. When water from rain, sleet and snow during the winter months gets tracked inside, the increased moisture can create more humid conditions inside your home, allowing mold to grow more quickly. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to reduce and control mold growth in your home this season. 

Tips to Control Mold Growth in Winter

  • Keep indoor humidity below 45%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control indoor mold growth is to carefully monitor and maintain your home's moisture level. If the humidity in your home rises, look for the sources of added moisture and address the problem as soon as possible. Place a dehumidifier in these rooms to lower the moisture level until a permanent solution is found.
  • Set ceiling fans in reverse. Your fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. If you set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise during chilly winter months, you will pull cold air up and draw the warmer air downward, which can both save you money on energy bills and keep your home a bit warmer. Good air circulation will also keep condensation from building up on cold walls and windows, where it can be a potential source of mold growth.
  • Use exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the home that frequently accumulate excessive moisture. Good air circulation can help ensure that moisture doesn't have a chance to sit and promote mold growth.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly, especially if there is an abundance of dead leaves stuck in them. While you're at it, make sure that the area around the downspouts is graded, so that any water coming off your roof flows away from your foundation, rather than sitting close to your home where it can pool and contribute to mold growth.

Call a professional

If you can't readily see a moisture problem but you find traces of mold growing in your home, it may be time to seek professional help. Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth our technicians have the training, experience and equipment to re-mediate mold safely and effectively so your home can become your personal safe haven again. 

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Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference? If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely

Mildew and mold are both fungi, which are common in most homes. These types of fungi do well in environments that are moist and easily spread and thrive on numerous surfaces, thus making it difficult to get rid of them. However, if mildew and mold are left unattended, they can adversely affect large portions of a property. In fact, they might even result in structural damage and health problems.

Both are keen on warm areas where they might sprout their homes, from food to your shower to a sheet of paper. And, of course, no homeowner likes to see them in his or her home.

But mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color and texture.

Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.

Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy" — especially when it is found on food — or even slimy in nature.

The following are the different effects that can be caused by mildew and mold if left unchecked:

Mildew Effects

Mildew affects crops and plants. However, it can result in health risks if it happens to develop indoors. The spores of mildew cause respiratory problems, sore throat, headache, and coughing.

Mold Effects

This has the potential of causing major structural damage over long periods. Different mold strains cause various health problems. Some common effects on health are extreme fatigue, depression, dizziness, pain and inflammation in joints, migraines, heart problems and respiratory problems. Respiratory problems may include nasal congestion, throat and eye irritation, skin irritations, sneezing etc.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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.

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Containing dust and allergens post construction

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Containing dust and allergens post construction Mold containment in a hallway during reconstruction.

Every construction project, no matter how large or small, will create debris and need cleaning.  Fortunately, there are many ways to keep post construction cleaning to a minimum, all of which SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can provide. 

Our certified and trained professionals can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

Pre-construction site protection certainly has its  financial benefits.  It will help reduce required labor, prevent incidental damage to unprotected areas, and shorten project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep unauthorized people away from the work area and will help prevent the spread of airborne particles/construction dust, and mold, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean completely.

 Overtime these particles settle over surfaces and belongings, traveling through HVAC systems  float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors,or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

It is possible to suffer from post construction dust and mold for months or even years, especially if the HVAC system has not been properly sealed or cleaned. This can negatively affect the occupants, chiefly those with compromised immune systems or those sensitive to allergens.

Our certified team here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth creates a site protection plan in accordance to each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can at times be obstructive to those who choose to occupy the home throughout the project. However, our team strives to design contaminate shields that won’t compromise the occupants’ use of the home. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of East Fort Worth can save you time, money and headaches.

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Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property flooring in a Fort Worth home with covering to contain a mold infestation

Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. While it’s necessary in nature, the presence of mold indoors can be downright unhealthful. It could render your real estate in Fort Worth, TX, unusable. That's why it can be important to know some mold prevention techniques, which you can use even while not using your building.


Know What Makes Mold Grow


There are three components conducive to the flourishing of mold spores.

1. Moisture

2. A food source

3. Warmth

Generally, moisture is the most important condition for mold growth, and may arise from many sources. Water pipes or roofs may harbor leaks. Condensation can intensify in areas with poor ventilation or insulation, such as basements. Humid climates naturally generate dampness, which can seep into the structure and aggravate preexisting problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause serious water damage, after which immediate mold prevention measures should be taken by a mold remediation specialist.

While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can really make it mushroom. Unfortunately, such sources are usually readily available in common building materials such as wood, drywall and carpeting. All these contain cellulose, which comes from plant cells and is rich in the nutrients mold needs. Additional food sources include dust and other organic substances.

Mold thrives particularly well in hot, humid places. There's a direct relationship between moisture and air temperature. The higher the temperature, the more moisture the air can hold.


Ward Off Prospective Mold Troubles


You can take practical steps to foster mold prevention in your unoccupied building. Be familiar with your building's materials, keep surfaces free of debris and make reasonable improvements to substandard fixtures. Turn off the water to avert any surprises from leaky pipes. Keep the heat down, but not all the way off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can actually help in this regard and can dry up existing condensation. 

These steps can take you a long way toward curtailing future mold issues. If you have any problems, call on professionals who can help.

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HOW TO DEHUMIDIFY YOUR HOME TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

We all know that a humidity level in your home that is too high can promote mold growth. Mold grows quickly in damp conditions, establishing a significant colony within 24-48 hours. Allergens and irritants are released as it spreads, and in some cases the situation can become toxic to those with respiratory problems. Children, older people, and pets can be especially susceptible to this danger.

Using a dehumidifier in your home can help to prevent this situation. Optimal humidity levels are between 30-50%, with 45% being the best level possible. A dehumidifier will help to maintain your indoor humidity at a comfortable level, which saves you money and helps to stunt or prevent any mold growth. Small units are available at reasonable prices, so you can put one in every room of the house that is devoted to water: the bath, laundry, and the kitchen!

Making sure your HVAC system is running at its most efficient will help to keep down your humidity levels, as well. Vents should be cleaned before the wetter months and replacing filters before every season is always a good idea.

Running fans when it’s humid outside helps to keep the damp down and cool you off at the same time. Circulating air keeps everything drier. If it’s more humid inside than out, crack a window.

Give your houseplants some outside time, as well; potting soil is wet, of course, since you must water your plants, so putting them out in the sunshine can be helpful. The leaves of a houseplant can also sustain mold growth, and you will want to keep an eye on that. There are natural solutions that can be applied to take care of this issue.

Call SERVPRO of East Fort Worth at (817) 293 5553 for all your larger cleanup projects after a fire or flood. We are also experts in mold remediation!

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Mold Remediation

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you. 

I spoke with our Mold and Biohazard Manager to ask him some questions about how this process works.

It is preferred that you have an Industrial Hygienist protocol done.

What is that?

This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance. 

Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls and respirators. 

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal.  Unfortunately, in most situations there is a some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.

During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.

You want to consider getting your HVAC cleaned as well, the mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give us a call today; 817-293-5553

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How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold mold damage to stairwell entry

When a homeowner or commercial property finds mold, one of the first questions we are often is how quickly we can get rid of the mold.

Removal versus Remediation

Mold cannot be truly removed from an environment.  It is a natural part of our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This isn’t possible. We understand mold and mold growth.  We will re-mediate your property’s mold growth and help make its levels safe for you and other inhabitants.

The Speed of Remediation Depends on the Size of the Mold Growth

Texas requires licensed mold contractors to re-mediate mold in residential and commercial properties, which SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is.  However, not every mold growth needs to be reported to the state.  It all depends on size.  Our mold specialist will visit your property and tell you if the mold can be re-mediated immediately or needs to be filed with the state.

Less than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is less than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold does not need to be filed with Texas.  Our mold technicians can begin remediation immediately.

More than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then it falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you; we can give you a list of assessor for you to choose and make an appointment.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a clearance document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the cleanup for your insurance provider or future home buyer.

Be assured that our team of mold specialists will be available and happy to walk you through every step of this process.  

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Signs of MOLD in your Ft. Worth home?!

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs of MOLD in your Ft. Worth home?! Easily detected signs of MOLD...

A multitude of different types of mold spore varieties exist in today's world. Mold can be found in many homes & businesses as well, potentially causing or are the root cause of heightened allergies and other related ill health effects.

Mold needs a special environment to grow & thrive. It needs a food source, such as drywall and it needs a water source, such as water leak of sorts. If you have concerns of potential mold in your Fort Worth home or place of business, you may want to ask yourself the following questions. 

Do you notice water damage?

Mold is created by moisture; without moisture mold couldn't survive. Mold spores float in the air and if they land on a wet surface it can grow & may spread rapidly. If you see a water spot on the ceiling, wall or floor...there lies the potential for mold growth. Water damage(s) can cause the paint to peel and also cause staining to the ceilings surface.   

 Is there a musky odor?

Does your home smell like a basement or musky? Even if you don’t see any signs of mold if you smell it then it’s worth investigating further.

Do you have any known leaks?

Mold likes wet surfaces and needs the moisture to grow. It's very important to know if you have any existing leaks in pipes or faucets. In addition, it's a good practice & smart idea to check under your kitchen & bathroom sinks periodically for potential leaks.  

Has Flooding occurred?

If previous flooding has occurred, there's potential for mold spores to be present as well.     

If the answer is "yes" to any of the above questions, further steps will need to be taken by a certified mold expert, or remediation company.  Allow SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth to assist you as we are a certified Mold Remediation company & we'd be honored to provide you with a precise & honest assessment of any potential mold issues.

Contact us immediately, with any questions!

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Does Your East Ft. Worth (DFW) Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your East Ft. Worth (DFW) Home Have A Mold Problem? In the East Ft. Worth (DFW) area, 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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (817) 293-5553

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