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What you should know about mold and mold removal

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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If you've started noticing little dark spots on your ceiling, you may be worried about mold levels in your household or workplace. While mold is generally a normal (and ever-present) part of most environments, too much mold can cause health effects or damage to facilities. 

If you've noticed a growing spot of mold in your home, it may be time to call in a home mold removal service. In the meantime, here are five things you ought to know about mold.

1. Mold Isn't Always the Enemy!

Most of the time, people hear the word mold and freak out. But it's important to recognize that mold is not always a bad thing. In fact, it's in many of the things we eat today (such as cheese and beer.)

That being said, high levels of mold in a household environment or workplace can cause health effects, so it's important to be aware of when mold is helpful and when it's harmful.

2. How Mold Spreads

Mold spreads by sending microscopic spores into the air. These spores float around until they find a damp spot to stick to. From there, they will start to grow into their own new mold.

Unfortunately, the microscopic nature of mold spores means that there's no way to completely eliminate the possibility of mold growth. But have no fear: there are plenty of things you can do to keep mold levels in your home at an acceptable (and healthy) level. 

3. Where Mold Grows

In reality, mold can grow almost anywhere. You may find it on your food, your ceilings, or even in your carpets. Any environment that is consistently moist or damp can allow mold to grow (sometimes in as little as 24-48 hours.)

4. Controlling Mold Growth

As stated earlier, there is no way to completely prevent the spread of mold spores or the growth of mold in an environment. However, there are ways to limit how far mold can spread and to keep mold levels within reasonable and healthy limits.

One of the most effective ways to prevent excessive mold growth is to limit the humidity in a home or office building. This can be done in a variety of ways including using vents in bathrooms and laundry rooms, installing a de-humidifier, and using the exhaust fan when you cook on the stove. 

5. Moisture and Mold

Molds love moisture, so any sort of water issues like flooding can trigger a mold problem. This is why it's important to mop up any spills or excess fluids on floors (especially if there's carpet involved.) Otherwise, you're leaving a perfect spot for mold to grow!

Solutions: Home Mold Removal

Now that you have some background information on how mold grows, you can understand how important home mold removal services are. Removing mold from home can help keep you healthy, maintain the structural integrity of your home, and increase your quality of life in general. Contact us today to learn more about how mold removal can help you. 

Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Reopening

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Don't Let Mold Ruin Your Business from Reopening

Many businesses and offices are in the process of reopening after months of lockdown. With lights and HVAC systems off, there is likely mold that needs removing

Are you planning to reopen your business after months of lockdown? Before you welcome customers back to your store or office, you should take steps to make sure it's safe for people to return. 

Mold can be present somewhere without detection by the naked eye at first. Read on to learn four ways that we ensure full mold removal so you can reopen with confidence!

1. Perform a Thorough Inspection and Assessment

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we perform a thorough inspection and assessment of your property upon arrival. We send a technician to your business to perform an in-depth inspection for the presence of any mold. 

We will also use various technologies, including a moisture meter, to discover mold in areas where it is not yet visible.

2. Containment and Air Filtration 

Once we discover areas where mold is present inside of your office, we focus on containment and air filtration to limit the spread of spores.

Our trained professionals will use physical barriers to isolate the mold-infested areas. They will also ensure all HVAC systems are off during the entire process. This helps to limit the chance of spreading mold in other areas.

Air filtration procedures allow us to pull mold spores out of the air so that what's inside your business is a clean final product. 

3. Removing Molded Materials

Depending on the mold severity, we may have to remove molded materials because of damage. For example, you may have a piece of wood or a ceiling panel that has an advanced mold infestation. 

Our professionals will remove these pieces as necessary to be sure that what's left is free of mold. We will also apply anti-fungal and anti-microbial products to other molded areas. This helps to control future mold outbreaks from growing fast.

4. Cleanup and Restoration

After we find and remove mold in your business, we will perform cleanup and restoration procedures as the final step in our process.

The cleanup process includes picking up all debris that was created during the treatment stage. We will also ensure that all of our materials and tools are picked up so that your office space is clean and safe for customers and employees.

Lastly, our restoration process may include replacing carpet or other structural components of your building that we removed because of extensive mold infestations.

Wrapping Up: The Importance of Mold Removal

Mold removal is an important part of making sure you are taking steps to ensure a safe and smooth re-opening for your business. 

At SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee, we are your source for mold removal, and water and fire damage treatment in the Greater Tallahassee area. We are a family-owned business with its focus on serving the needs of our customers in a safe and cost-effective way.

Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help get your business up and running today!

5 Signs Your Office Needs a Mold Remediation Service

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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5 Signs Your Office Needs a Mold Remediation Service

Part of keeping your company's building clean requires looking out for sources of damage. Here are signs you need a mold remediation service.

In a humid, muggy state like Florida, you can count on mold being a problem. 

Wherever there's moisture, mold follows. And whether it's a leaky roof, busted pipes, hurricane or other storm damage, fixing mold damage just comes with the territory. 

Here's a look at six signs that indicate your office is in need of a mold remediation service. 

1. Strange Odor

One of the earliest and most obvious signs of mold is a strange or musty odor. 

When mold spores begin colonizing, they often emit a recognizable odor. So if you detect a moldy aroma in your office, which wasn't there before, this is usually a good sign that you might have a mold problem. 

Still, you shouldn't only rely on your sense of smell. After all, some molds are odorless. 

2. Water Damage

A good sign that you'll probably need mold remediation service is water damage anywhere in your office. 

If there's been recent water damage, you can expect the growth of new mold. This is one of those unfortunate facts of life. So if you've had water damage anywhere in your office, it's a good idea to expect damage from mold. 

3. Leaky Pipes

Of course, one of the major sources of water damage is leaks in pipes

This is why it's important to regularly inspect the plumbing and pipework in your office for any signs of leaks or breakages. Even a small leak, unnoticed and insignificant, can generate the conditions that promote the growth of mold and mildew. 

Fixing mold damage isn't enough. Be proactive, and ensure that the pipes and ductwork in your office is in good repair and free of leaks. 

4. Naked-Eye Mold

If you can see the mold growth, then you know you need a mold remediation service. 

This seems like an obvious one. But it's critical to take even the smallest signs of mold growth seriously. Molds exhibit many different colors, shapes, and even textures. 

If you recognize the appearance of a mold patch in your office, even a small one, it's time to contact a mold remediation service. 

5. Excessive Humidity

This is important if you're located in a humid, muggy environment. 

If this describes your office, then it's certain that you're at least at a higher risk for mold growth. High humidity equals more moisture, which is conducive to the spread of mold spores. 

Keep a Lookout For These Signs That You Might Need a Mold Remediation Service

These are six important indicators that your office is in urgent need of a mold remediation service. Signs of mold, leaky pipes, weird odors, health effects—if any or all of these are present in an office space, it's probably time for some mold cleansing. 

If your office presents any of these signs, go ahead and contact us at SERVPRO of Central Tallahassee. Our team of professionals will take care of your mold remediation needs. 

The Fascinating Truth about Mold

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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The Fascinating Truth about Mold

Most people do not realize that mold is everywhere. Mold lives inside, mold lives outside, and, in fact, mold is likely growing somewhere in close proximity to you as you read this article. Mold spores are microscopic and are therefore difficult to spot with the eyes. Thriving on moisture, mold spores often grow in places that are wet and colonies often grow quickly when exposed to water. Understanding some basic mold facts and figures can help you to be more aware of the potential dangers of mold growth and the risk of letting it thrive without professional removal or remediation.

We have spent some time collecting some of the most interesting facts and fascinating truths about mold. Take a moment to read through these figures and make mental notes of how important it is to be aware of any signs of mold:

  • Nearly 30 percent of new homes built have mold in them already
  • Mold exposure has been linked to health effects
  • Fixing water leaks or problems is the best way to avoid mold growth
  • Mold can grow on virtually any type of substance or surface as long as moisture is present
  • Storm-driven rain is one of the most common sources of mold
  • There have been over 1,000 mold-related insurance claims over the last decade
  • Roof damage often leads to mold growth as a result of roof leaks
  • Doors, windows, and exterior walls are all vulnerable to mold growth when moisture exists
  • Poor ventilation inside of a home causes mold to grow
  • Humidity must be controlled to prevent excessive mold growth

While mold will always be present in your day-to-day life, there are a number of ways to avoid excessive exposure. Keep the above facts and figures in mind in order to protect you and your family from mold-related health effects. If you believe that you may have a mold issue in your home or business, contact SERVPRO today to speak with our mold remediation experts!