Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Breaking Down Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

We have chosen to devote this blog to the subject of mold remediation because when water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow.

In fact, mold can begin growing within just 48 hours of moisture exposure. That means that if you are faced with a mold issue, it is imperative to know what your next steps should be.

The Importance of Mold Remediation

There are ads out there for mold remediation and mold removal and you’ve probably seen some, but the mold removal is a fallacy. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply not possible. The main focus of a qualified restoration company is mold remediation and bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere, both inside structures and outdoors. Issues arise when a minor problem is left untreated, leaving it to become a major mold infestation.

During mold remediation, technicians will isolate all contaminated areas either by closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting depending on the level of the remediation. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting process.

All of the wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded through the use of plastic bags. After that, all areas that have been exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is sometimes used during some cases to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated using a biocide and left to cure overnight and destroy the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected and surrounding areas.

Do This If You Suspect a Mold Issue

If there is a chance that your home or business may have a mold problem, it is important that you act quickly. If, when you evaluate the size of the problem, you find that the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it’s time to call in the professionals.

These professionals you bring in need to be highly trained and certified in the following areas, to name a few:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

There have been times where some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by homeowners and business owners on their own, but the best way is to use a professional remediation company to ensure the quickest and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Mold Testing in Santa Clarita – Do Not Wait

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Most Mold is Hidden Behind Walls or In Ducts

If you are starting to see something develop near your windows, on the ceiling in your bathroom, or in those tough to get to spots in your home, consider the possibilities of how bad that growth is in other areas of your home. No mold is good mold - unless you like to eat some fancy cheese varieties! If you do find mold or are suspicious of what exactly you are looking at, get it checked out by a professional mold tester. THEN, contact SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley to get it removed. Check out our work on a recent mold removal job in Santa Clarita.

Call the Santa Clarita Mold Cleanup Experts NOW, as well as your homeowner's insurance

Get rid of the mold in your home at its source. Do not just mask over the substance; it will still linger, or spread since it’s not being contained.  

There aren’t a lot of mold experts because of the annoyance of dealing with such substances, and the expense of it all can scare away customers and providers alike. However, dealing with the mess now will ensure much LESS of a mess down the road. Your insurance company may also be able to help if mold (under certain circumstances) is covered in your policy.

If you see mold, call the Santa Clarita mold cleanup pros at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita right away at (661) 296-4600.

Canyon Country Mold Removal - Use Professionals

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold removal in Canyon Country-why pay twice?

Use professional mold removal the first (and only!) time

Mold does not discriminate. Mold can infiltrate old and new homes. Mold in Canyon Country is found just as often as in any other area. All it takes is a small leak that goes unnoticed. Use a professional, such as SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley, to deal with the mess. We as mold removal professionals also remove the damage safely as you don’t want to release the mold spores into the air, which can spread more damage to various parts of your home. If you delay the cleanup process, you may pay more towards the removal. If you use a company or contract individuals who don’t know how to properly remove mold, you may end up paying more for incomplete services.

What does mold do?

Mold spores, either dead or alive, cause damage to the structure and surfaces of homes or buildings. Exposure to and spread of mold can happen through ingestion, inhalation, or by skin contact. In homes, mold spores can begin from just a simple, small water leak. A puddle of water on the floor left unattended is a reason to be suspect for mold growth. Also, a water leak from long ago left unattended can lead to mold growth. To the untrained eye, mold can live unseen and unnoticed. Before you know it, the substance can eat through your walls and foundation, further destroying the structure of your home.

Once mold is found in the home, it needs to be professionally removed. Depending on the damage done, surfaces either need to be replaced or restored depending on the significance of the damage. Water damage also may need to be addressed as soon as possible, as to not aid in the growth of mold. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley can perform inspections and mold removal restoration services, just give us a call at 661-296-4600 to speak with a technician and set up an appointment.

Learn more about mold; everything, from mold damage tips to our restoration techniques, can be found here.

What To Do With Mold

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

What To Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Santa Clarita for mold remediation services

What NOT To Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to try the area yourself
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

These are some things to make sure you do and not do when you have mold in your home. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita specializes in mold clean up and remediation. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly restore your home quickly and safely. We specialize in mold and you can be assured that we will deal with your home properly and professionally.

If you see signs of mold, call us today at (661)296-4600

What We Do to Mold

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

When you call your local SERVPRO for any of your mold problems, we will be at your residence as quickly as possible to work on the mold in your home and remediate it as soon as possible. SERVPRO values your home and your time so we try to be there as quickly as we can to begin services.

We take mold seriously and we remove every bit of mold that what was originally found in your home. Our well trained and certified technicians and crew members will come in and use SERVPRO certified products to properly take care of the mold. When dry walls and the like have mold, we try to save as much of the original material as we can rather than demolishing it completely.

If you have any mold problems, give us a call at (661)296-4600.

Mold in Your Santa Clarita Home

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

There are numerous ways hazardous molds can develop in your house. These molds can trigger illness, and sometimes, even death. Molds have the tendency to grow where water has actually been sitting for an extended time frame, and they thrive in damp and secluded areas. If you have just recently experienced a flood, or perhaps had a dishwasher or water heater give out, you could have mold expanding in your house without you knowing about it. If you discover mold, it is in your genuine interest to explore mold removal, and the quicker, the better in all cases.

You can help avoid mold from accumulating in your house by taking some preventative measures. If you have had standing water in your house, have a mold removal expert come by, even if you haven't discovered any mold. Use dehumidifiers to keep the air from getting too moist, and keep an eye out for slow water leakages in your house. A tiny drip from a pipe onto floorboards behind your washroom wall can result in nasty mold growth.

Some mold removal can be done without the aid of an expert, however this is only recommended for small amounts of mold. Due to the fact that breathing in mold spores can be so unsafe, you should think very carefully before trying to remove it yourself. If you go this course, learn precisely the ways to remove it safely, and wear safety products like a breathing mask and gloves when trying mold removal.

If you discover mold that is covering more than a square foot location, you should seek out expert mold removal. Often times, the mold you can see is just the tip of the iceberg. Mold can expand in places like your heating duct system which is difficult to inspect on your own. It can likewise grow behind your walls, and you might never ever truly know the amount of exists without using a flexible wall camera. This is why a professional is the best alternative for mold removal and remediation. Not are they extremely knowledgeable about eliminating it, they are also familiar with all the concealing areas where mold can hide. 

You should definitely have someone evaluate a home for mold prior to your purchasing it. A home purchase mold inspection can discover any existing mold, and advise you on ways to proceed. If mold is found, they will know if mold removal is an option, or if it is just not worth the investment. If hazardous mold spreads with a residence uncontrolled for a number of years, even the very best mold removal experts will not be able to save your house, and make it habitable once more.

So if you suspect you have a mold issue or want an inspection of a home you are considering purchasing, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley a call today at 661-296-4600.

Does Your Santa Clarita Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/16/2016 (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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (661)296-4600