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Mold Prevention

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

Not only is having a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also possibly produce allergens and irritants.

So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home? The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

9 Tips to Help Prevent Mold:

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. 
  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors. Purchasing a moisture might be great, but you can also detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls.
  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters.
  8. Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors.
  9. Keep mold off household plants. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants.

For areas that have already fallen victim to mold, there is hope. SERVPRO of Westfield is a leader in the North Houston community in mold remediation and here to help! Please call (281) 907-0018 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Your Houston Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. Yes, even in your Houston home. 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 re mediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 281-907-0018

Hazardous Mold Can Begin To Develop Within 24 Hours After Water Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hazardous Mold Can Begin To Develop Within 24 Hours After Water Damage Air Scrubber, professional equipment provided by SERVPRO.

With the expertise and reputation of SERVPRO of Westfield, we can handle water damage emergencies immediately, as the threat of potentially hazardous mold can begin to grow and develop as soon as 24 hours after the original water damage. 

When a water loss occurs, SERVPRO of Westfield uses specialized equipment like dehumidifiers to dry properties and reduce the humidity levels. This is an extremely important part of cleanup after water damage. 

Normal drying methods may be the first thought of the customer, but in most cases, are simply not enough to reduce the humidity levels in a home after a major accident of water loss. Mold is able to grow behind cabinets, walls and under flooring very quickly, so the threat has to be handled by professionals who know how to properly dry flooring, walls, and other fixtures on the property. 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air.
  • 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.

If you think that your home or business may have a mold problem, we can assist with having you scheduled for a certified mold test and inspection, with a follow up service to use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 281-761-2373

Using A Licensed Mold Remediation Specialist

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be an invisible intruder, growing behind and around what you first see. Using a licensed mold remediation specialist helps to alleviate undetected mold exposure. Exposure to mold can cause allergies, skin irritation, and a host of other health problems. Mold remediation is a serious job that is best handled by the results of a professional mold inspector, followed up by a licensed mold remediation specialist. Mold is a potentially hazardous health concern that we here at SERVPRO of Westfield take pride in knowing that we are professionally equipped in providing immediate relief from prolonged growth and exposure.

FEMA warns residents of homes that flood, to thoroughly clean and dry any areas affected by flood water to ensure that mold does not grow, but sole residence attention sometimes is not enough. SERVPRO of Westfield uses dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity present in water damaged properties. 

A home owner is unlikely to have access to all of the specialized equipment needed to complete such a task. With specialized equipment used and the expertise shown by the professional team at SERVPRO of Westfield, insurance companies trust our team when their policy holders experience a water loss. Assessing mold growth involves more than just looking at what’s visibly growing on the walls.

Many customers and insurance companies call SERVPRO of Westfield first when they experience a loss or damage, because they trust that the work will be completed with expertise and precision.