Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Why Mold Might be in Your Home!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

In Your Property, SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage

Homes of all shapes, sizes, and locations share some common enemies, one of the chief ones being mold infestation. Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere on Earth, but given the right conditions for growth, can multiply exponentially and cause major problems for your home. Some types of mold may even cause health effects. Here are some of the conditions and causes for a mold infestation in your home. 
 
Damp or Wet Fabric and Wood 
Mold damage in Bexar County typically needs two things to get pressing: wet conditions and an organic food source. Both of these are often found in homes, where outside water can seep in, or a leak can cause wooden floors, walls, and structural elements to soak up water. Additionally, fabrics such as carpets, drapes, and shower curtains are also commonly affected. An important step we take in halting any mold colony's growth and preventing future ones from forming is dehumidification, whereby we take almost all the moisture out of a room and its air. We reduce the RH, relative humidity.
 
Dark, Warm Areas 
Some types of mold can only grow in dark areas, and preferably in warm places. Unfortunately, residences also commonly provide this environment, and many mold colonies end up growing behind walls or in attics and basements. These are some of the first places we check for moisture and mold when responding to any call to a home, via moisture sensors, hygrometers, and infrared devices. 
 
Spoiled and Forgotten Food 
Spoiled food almost always grows mold at some point; most people know that. However, if not disposed of, this food can be a catalyst for future growth elsewhere in the home. Once matured, mold colonies release large amounts of spores which travel across a home through the air, and these may take up residence in another room or the ducts. This is one reason why we offer mold remediation rather than removal: it is impossible to rid a home of mold spores entirely, due to there being so many and their tiny size. Once again, they are naturally occurring, and so will be found in your home regardless. 
 
Expert in mold remediation and cleanup, SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig is a tried and true solution to any mold problem, large or small. With proper accreditation, certification, and training for all of our crew members, we feel confident we can tackle your residential mold problem. Call us today at (210) 610-6800 for 24/7 emergency service.

Mold Damage Facts

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is among the worst contaminants known to grow in buildings. All it needs is a wet or damp surface such as carpets, wood, ceiling tiles, insulation, and drywall just to mention a few.

Mold growth can start and spread within 48 hours if it is not checked. Some of the important facts to note about mold problem are:

  • Mold can affect your health and that of your pets. It also compromises the physical structure of your building
  • Mold growth occurs mostly in warm and damp surfaces under humid conditions
  • Mold is hard to see since it grows in hidden areas like under the floors, under the ceiling carpet and in walls.
  • If the mold is not yet visible, after two days, it can affect any wet material in the house.

Spreading Mold?

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold in your Universal City / St. Hedwig or surrounding home, or business, don’t disturb it. When mold is disturbed, the mold can then release many microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

Rules to follow:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig for mold remediation services.
  • 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.

As always, SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig wants to make sure that you are aware in any situation!

Common Places That Mold Will Be

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can occur anywhere in your home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present, which would most likely be bathrooms and basements. SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

-One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

-Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

-Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

-Other areas include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

Where Can Mold Show Up?

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can occur anywhere in your San Antonio or surrounding area home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present, which would most likely be bathrooms and basements. SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

-One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

-Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

-Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

-Other areas include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

Is There Mold In Your Air Ducts?

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig wants you to be aware of mold in your air ducts.

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

General Mold Information

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig understands that mold is everywhere, indoors or outdoors, mold will be present. One important thing to know is that SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig is trained in mold mitigation and remediation. As you might also know, our franchise is open 24 hours a day, which means that you can call us at any time if you have mold growth at your commercial building, or your home and we will be there. Our response time is fast, as well as our ability to get the job done. Mold is one thing that you do not want growing on your property, so to prevent that, here’s a few things that you can do:

  • Keeping the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

What Makes Mold Grow in My House?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Makes Mold Grow in My House? Give SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig a call if you notice mold growing in your home. (210) 610-6800

You probably wish mold would grow anywhere but in your home. Unfortunately, black mold seems to have other ideas, and happily gravitates toward the interior of your San Antonio home. So just why is your house so attractive to mold, and what can you do to stop it?

You Probably Have a Moisture Problem.

Actually, there’s no “probably” about it. Mold needs moisture to grow. Before it becomes the unsightly fuzzy patches of black mold that you know and hate, mold exists as invisible spores in the air. Those spores are essentially dormant until they come in contact with moisture, at which point they begin the next developmental stage and become the dreaded black mold infestation. Common sources of moisture include:

• Standing water from flooding

• High humidity in your environment

• Broken water mains

• Broken pipes

• Leaking roofs and windows

• Condensation from broken environments

Any one of these problems can be enough to trigger an explosion of black mold inside your home. Getting rid of the moisture can help to halt the spread of mold, but it’s not enough to get rid of the mold entirely.

So How Do You Handle Mold Cleanup?

The safest option is to contact a mold remediation specialist. Mold remediation specialists possess the tools and expertise needed to not only safely remove mold from your environment, but help you prevent it from reoccurring. Working with a mold specialist can help you understand the type of mold that has taken root in your home, and can often lead to identifying water damage or other issues that had previously gone undetected until the mold problem began.

While waiting for the specialist’s help, though, you can get a head start on disposing of contaminated materials and drying out waterlogged items. Do everything you can to contain the mold infestation and prevent it from spreading further until it can be destroyed.

Visit http://www.SERVPROuniversalcitysthedwig.com/for more information on mold.

Important Facts to Note about Mold Damage

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is among the worst silent but dangerous contaminants known to grow in buildings. It can grow both indoors and outdoors. All it needs is a wet or damp surface such as carpets, wood, ceiling tiles, insulation, and drywall just to mention a few.

Mold growth can start and spread within 48 hours if it is not checked. It can have significant impact and damages on your building's physical structure and the quality of your home. A lot of people in San Antonio have mold allergies. For safety purposes, it is vital to ensure that you get rid of any mold growth causing agents before the damage occurs.

We are here to help you in the remediation of mold damages. After carrying out a comprehensive inspection, our mold damage remediation specialists will contain the affected surfaces with physical barriers to ensure that the growth does not spread during the restoration process.

Some of the important facts to note about mold problem are;

  • Mold can affect your health and that of your pets. It also compromises the physical structure of your building
  • Mold growth occurs mostly in warm and damp surfaces under humid conditions
  • Mold is hard to see since it grows in hidden areas like under the floors, under the ceiling carpet and in walls.
  • If the mold is not yet visible, after two days, it can affect any wet material in the house
  • Whether you already suspect a mold problem or already seen the problem, only a professional can help you identify its source and the extent of the damage
  • Some home remedies for example bleaches can add to the problem

It is wise to avoid using your homemade remedies to minimize the issue and let a professional handle it for you. If you suspect or you see that you have a mold issue in San Antonio, call us, and we will immediately respond to solve your problem before it worsens.

Do you have mold in your duct work?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Sweeping Away years of Dust and Dirt- Reducing Potential for Damage and Health Risks

Since the ventilation systems is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

The SERVPRO Proven Duct Cleaning System is Cost Efficient 

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling though the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
  • Give Your Wallet A Break! Call Today to Set Up an Appointment – (210) 610-6800

Are you spreading mold?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are you spreading mold? Call us today for all of your mold remediation needs! (210) 610-6800

If you see visible mold in your Universal City / St. Hedwig or surrounding home, or business, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can then 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 Universal City / St. Hedwig 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 Service- SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig 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. Our crews will make your home or business "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at (210) 610-6800.

Is Mold Hiding From You?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Hiding From You? Call us today for all your mold remediation needs! (210) 610-6800.

Mold can occur anywhere in your San Antonio or surrounding area home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom and basements. Mold should be removed if found as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig will search for traces of mold that are not visible.

One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners.

If you think you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig.

Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig understands the science behind mold and mold growth. Our SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig (210) 610-6800
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Signs of Mold? Call SERVPRO of Universal City / St. Hedwig (210) 610-6800