Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Conditions In Houston Might Be Right For Mold

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Westfield to assess the situation.  We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 281-907-0018

What to Do:

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

Houston Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/14/2020 (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 Westfield 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 Westfield 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 –281-907-0018

Damp Areas Can Cause Mold

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

HAVE YOU HAD ANY LONG TERM MOISTURE ISSUES IN YOUR HOME?

Besides causing major interruptions to your property, exposure to mold can present serious health effects. Mold grows in damp, warm humid environments. If you have had previous water issues, there could be a high possibility you have mold growing in your Houston, TX home/establishment. Most common forms of mold may be found around bathrooms, basements, ceilings, windows, insulation, and around plumbing pipes. Signs that you have a moisture problem include water stains or discoloration on walls, floors, or ceilings. If your walls are bowed, bulging or warped it probably means moisture has gotten into them. Additional signs that you may be facing a moisture problem are surface abnormalities like peeling, bubbling, or cracking of the paint or wallpaper. Seeing these signs could be a clue that there is mold growing within or behind the material.

The above signs and problems in homes are usually created by leaks that breed mold. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden, even if the leak is not behind the surface, due to seeping. If you have had previous water leaks, even if you haven't seen the signs of water damage, it's a good possibility that you may have mold and should get it checked. SERVPRO can quickly respond to contain the infestation to help prevent the spread of mold to other parts of the property.

If You See Signs of Moisture or Mold, Call SERVPRO of Westfield Today – (281) 907-0018.

Understanding Mold

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Visible mold growth might seem like an obvious sign. However, suspecting mold in your Houston, TX home could be a little tricky, and often overlooked as soot or dirt. Unfortunately the only clues that may alert us of growing mold is the odor. If mold can not be physically see on the surface do not ignore the smell. Make an attempt to thoroughly inspect the home before the mold problem increases.

Even if the mold growth is small, you should take action immediately. Small mold patches can spread, especially in the right conditions. Visible mold growth can also be a sign of a larger hidden mold colony. If you don't take care of mold soon, it can lead to bigger problems within your property.

You may not realize there is mold in your house, especially, if it is unusual looking. Some molds may appear white and thread-like while others may look like small clusters of black spots. Mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green, or white in color. Mold growing behind surfaces can even appear orange, pink or purple.

If you suspect that your Houston, TX area home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Westfield is well equipped to take care of remediation of your property.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Westfield Today – (281) 907-0018


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HAVE A MOLD PROBLEM?

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is a serious job that is best handled by a professional mold inspector, also known as a quality air specialist. Using a licensed mold remediation specialist helps to alleviate undetected mold exposure, because mold can be tricky and sometimes invisible to the naked eye. But even when a form of it is right before your eyes, you can be unsure. Prolonged exposure to mold can cause health effects. Here at SERVPRO of Westfield in Houston, TX we take pride in knowing that we are professionally equipped in providing immediate relief from prolonged growth and exposure.


At SERVPRO of Westfield we use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity present in water damaged properties. With specialized equipment and a professional team of experts, you may have comfort in knowing that insurance companies trust our team when their policy holders experience such damages. SERVPRO of Westfield is contacted by many customers and insurance companies when they experience a loss or damage, because they trust the work will be completed with expertise and precision.


Many homeowners are unlikely to have access to the specialized equipment needed to eliminate mold, but here at SERVPRO we have the ability to help you. Got Mold? SERVPRO of Westfield is waiting for your call.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Westfield Today – (281) 907-0018
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Solving Mold Problems In Your Houston, TX Home

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a serious issue. At one time or another, we have all experienced mold, whether it has been in an apartment or a house. When experiencing mold the important thing to consider is getting a professional involved to handle it properly. If you start to notice light signs of mold, it can be aided by keeping areas clean, wiped down, and dry. But there may be more that what the eye can see. It is highly important to get mold checked out, as it can lead to further problems on the property.


Here at SERVPRO of Westfield we have trained and certified technicians that are always prepared and available to handle the mold remediation job for you. SERVPRO technicians use EPA standard products to ensure the job is completed safely and in a timely manner. Our business takes pride in the promise to make your home safe again and our best to assist in keeping it that way.

SERVPRO of Westfield is a phone call away and waiting to hear from you.  Schedule an appointment today:

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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.”

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

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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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.