Recent Mold Remediation Posts

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Professionally Trained In Mold Remediation

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Black Mold Stains on the Popcorn Ceiling Sometimes Mold is not as obvious as this...when in doubt, call SERVPRO.

Many people contact us and ask how to know if Mold is present? The EPA offers some great questions to ask yourself.

According to the EPA, the following questions will provide insight if Mold might be present:

• Is there existing moisture problems in the building?

• Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours?

• Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity too high (high enough to cause condensation)?

• Are building occupants reporting musty or moldy odors?

• Are building occupants reporting health problems?

• Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged?

• Has maintenance been delayed or the maintenance plan been altered?

• Has the building been recently remodeled or has building use changed?

• Is consultation with medical or health professionals indicated?

Mold spores can hide very well. Frequently they are not as visible as this picture, so it's good to ask yourself these basic questions. We work with Industrial Hygienists that can test to find out exactly what may be hiding and we are professionally trained in Mold Remediation.

Cleaning Mold: What Would You Use?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Don't potentially make the problem of mold worse by using bleach!

If you were asked, “What would you use to clean mold?” What would your answer be?

If you are like most people, bleach would be your first choice. That is understandable; at one time this was the recommendation of the EPA in their publication A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.

However, the last printing of this guide states: “The use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation” Despite that change, the belief that bleach is still the “go to” for many attempting to remove mold has not changed. Part of the problem is, bleach containers list that they are effective against mold when used as directed. However the directions also state: For use on hard, nonporous, pre-cleaned surfaces Remediation of mold requires cleaners that can reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials to get to the roots of the mold. For that, they need special biocides and mildewcides.

In addition household bleach is 99% water. You may actually be giving mold the moisture it needs to survive. The water and mold damage specialists at SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly, "Like it never even happened."

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I Used Bleach On Mold--Now What?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

While SERVPRO does not recommend using bleach to handle a mold issue, if you already have used bleach to clean it, these tips will help you. Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners.

Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce a poisonous gas (called chloramine gas--different from chlorine).

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use bleach or any other cleaning product. Open windows and doors to provide fresh air. This airflow will also assist in preventing mold.

Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected areas.

Additionally, expect the mold to come back if it is on walls, wood, or any softer surface. The chemical structure of chlorine itself (the active ingredient in household bleach) is too big to penetrate porous surfaces.

Chlorine bleach is, however, partially water, and because water DOES penetrate porous surfaces (like wood and drywall), where the hyphae (the “roots” of the mold) tend to live, you may actually be contributing to the mold issue by using bleach.

If there is more mold than the size of your palm, call SERVPRO to take care of it. Our employees are experts at mold remediation, and use professional grade mildewcides and mold-inhibitors.

Your home deserves better than household bleach.

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Mold Prevention at Home - A DIY Guide

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

The following excerpt first appeared in an article on Old House Online, and provides some good insights into the ways you can combat mold at home.

Though, if you are less handy around the nitty-gritty of caulk, installation, and a few tools, you may want to seek some professional assistance from us here at SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks!

"Small amounts of visible mold, like the kind that builds up in the shower, can be addressed by removing the moldy caulk and resealing the affected areas with new caulk. Afterwards, minimize obvious sources of moisture. If there’s no ventilation fan in the bathroom, for example, it would be prudent to add one. If the mold has penetrated the wallboard beneath—a common result in bathrooms and kitchens—a more serious repair is in order. 

Other easy fixes include cleaning out the gutters, and caulking around leaking windows. Standing water in gutters holds moisture close to the house and can lead to leaks that may ultimately trickle into interior walls.

Leaks around windows can compromise plaster and drywall. Since the water is coming in from outside, the mold may develop without visible evidence, although puffing or efflorescence in plaster or wallboard are telltale signs.

This should be obvious, but if the roof leaks, repair it. Look beyond finished rooms to the attic and basement or crawl space. Leaks in out-of-the-way places can go for years without notice, creating an optimum environment for mold."

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