Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold, Mold, Mold!!!!

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are 10 important facts that we should all know about mold. 

  1. Potential health effects
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Emergency Ready Profile

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many of 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses the survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan for action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.

Mold Damage Tips!

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.  SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (281) 374-6454

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball 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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Spring / Tomball has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Mold Remediation Process

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (281) 374-2632
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Review and Rate!!!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

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3.) It help's us is SO MANY WAYS by posting a good review for us!! And we are so incredibly grateful for them. We truly love reading the positive things people always have to say about SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball.

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Removing Mold from Carpet

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your carpet clean can be a challenge. With the daily coming and going in and out of your home, we often track dirt, dust and other contaminants onto our carpets, despite our best efforts to keep our carpets spotless.

So what do you do if you happen to find some mold spots?

  1. Upon discovering the mold, it’s important to start the process and remove mold from carpet as quickly as possible. If you can move the piece of carpeting or rug outside the house, do so.
  2. Take a broom and sweep the affected area of the carpet. This will help loosen up the mold.
  3. Next, vacuum the affected area of the carpet. After vacuuming, empty the contents of the vacuum bag directly into the trash.
  4. Create a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water in a bucket.
  5. Using a sponge, scrub the affected area of the carpet with the soapy solution you just mixed.
  6. If you’re able to take the carpet outside, let it dry naturally in the sun. If the carpet is not movable, pat dry the surface using a dry towel or rag.

Facts about Mold!

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

  • Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere, inside and outside. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide.
  • Mold growth indoors should be avoided. Problems may arise when the mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly affecting the structural integrity of wood-framed buildings.
  • When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth usually will occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains uncorrected. While it is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores, controlling moisture can control indoor mold growth.
  • Molds can slowly damage building materials and furnishings. If left unchecked, mold can eventually cause structural damage to a wood framed building, weakening floors and walls as it feeds on moist wooden structural members. 

If you suspect mold is growing in your home, visit our website or gives us a call for more information! www.SERVPROspringtomball.com or (281) 374-6454

Mold in your home

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can get in your home through vents, doors, windows, and heating/air conditioning units. Also, mold can grow in places with a lot of moisture such as around leaks in the ceiling, pipes, windows, or where there was some flooding.

4 tips on how you can control mold growth in your home:

  1. Controlling the humidity levels in your home. Levels should be no higher than 50%. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
  2. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your house in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your dryer vents outside your home as well.
  3. Immediately fix leaking windows, doors, and ceiling.
  4. Thoroughly cleaning up within 24-48 hours after a flood.

Mold growth can have a musty smell and be different colors. If you can see or smell the mold in your home, your health can be at risk.

Cleaning Mold from Tiles & Grout

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold from Tiles & Grout For more information please call SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball 281-374-6454

Removing Mold from Tiles and Grout can be a lengthy process, but we do our best to get it taken care of in the proper steps.

First, begin by scrubbing the mold off the tiles and grout. You should use a scrubbing brush along with a household cleaning product or mold killing product. There are also commercial tile or grout cleaners you can buy.

After this you'll probably find there is still mold stains left on the grout. You can use bleach to fade these stains away. Before you use the bleach you should spot test it to make sure that it won't discolor your tiles. You should also wear gloves to protect your hands from the bleach.

Apply the bleach to the grout and leave it sit for about 10 minutes. Instead of chlorine bleach you can use hydrogen peroxide if you like. Another alternative is to use baking soda. Mix it with water to create a paste and then use a toothbrush to scrub it onto the grout.

If you find the stain remains on the grout after bleaching then repeat the process. Give it some time and this should fade away the mold stains on the grout.

What You Should Know About Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Should Know About Mold SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), their are 10 things we should all know about mold. 

  1. Potential health effects
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.