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How Quickly Can SERVPRO Get Rid of Mold?
This residential property has mold damage to its stairwell entry.
When a Property Owner Finds Mold, One of the First Questions Asked is How Quickly SERVPRO Can Rid 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 remediate 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 remediate mold in residential and commercial properties, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth. However, not every mold growth needs to be reported to the state. It all depends on the size. Our mold specialist will visit your property and tell you if the mold can be remediated 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 assessors to select and make an appointment.
- A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with Texas's State. 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 cleanup's success 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.
How to Limit Mold Growth in the Winter
If you notice mold in your property, don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional to ensure it's safely and correctly done.
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 monitor and maintain your home's moisture level carefully. If the humidity in your home rises, look for added moisture sources 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 home areas 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 the area around the downspouts is graded. So 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 safely and effectively remediate mold so your home can become your heaven again.
What's the Difference Between Mold and Mildew?
If you notice mold in your property, don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional!
Mildew Vs. Mold
Mildew and mold are both fungi, which are common in most homes. These 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.
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 fungus that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew can affect crops and plants. Mildew is easily treated with a store-bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.
On the other hand, mold can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This fungus can appear almost “fuzzy” — mostly when found on food — or even slimy. It has the potential of causing significant structural damage over long periods.
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 everywhere, 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.
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 Ft. 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 the project lifetime. Containment also has some safety benefits – it creates a safety barrier to keep unauthorized people away from the work area and help prevent the spread of airborne particles/construction dust and mold, some of which may be toxic and difficult to clean thoroughly.
Over time 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 Ft. Worth creates a site protection plan for each customer’s unique needs. Construction and site protection can 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 home occupants’ use. By utilizing our vast range of materials to protect HVAC systems, carpeting, walls, ceilings, and everything in between, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth can save you time, money, and headaches.
Minimize Indoor Mold on Your Fort Worth Property
Flooring laid to minimize mold containment.
Mold is perhaps one of the stealthiest potential building maintenance challenges. Airborne mold spores are as ever-present as they are invisible. It could render your real estate in Fort Worth, TX, unusable. That's why it can be essential to know some mold prevention techniques 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:
- A food source
Generally, moisture is an essential 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 pre existing problems. A disaster such as a flood may cause severe water damage, after which a mold remediation specialist should take immediate mold prevention measures.
While mold growth begins with moisture, a steady source of food can 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 off if you can avoid it. The aim is to maintain low humidity by cultivating a cool, dry environment. Some air movement can 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.