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Minimizing Mold Spores To Prevent Mold!
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Minimizing Mold Spores to Prevent Mold
Mold spores are everywhere in the air outside. They float through buildings all the time and there is no practical way to remove all mold spores indoors.
However if the concentration of mold spores inside is significantly higher than outside then it can start to cause health effects. A higher amount of mold spores also increases the potential for mold problems to start.
Sunlight to Prevent Mold
Mold loves dark spaces indoors to grow in. Allowing sunlight in will reduce the chances of mold growing so open the curtains in rooms during the day to let natural light in.
Warmth and Preventing Mold
Mold generally does not grow in cold environments. Warm, humid conditions are ideal for mold growth. Most molds need temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) or more to grow.
Air conditioners to regulate the temperature of your house can help prevent mold growth.
Preventing Condensation Can Prevent Mold!
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Prevent Mold by Preventing Condensation
Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you'll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows.
One way to reduce condensation is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms. For example, by installing insulation. You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes. You'll also have less condensation occurring if you keep the humidity in your home low.
Prevent Mold by Reducing Humidity
Many species of mold can begin to grow from humidity alone if the humidity stays high for long enough. In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow.
The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation. Open the windows during the day, especially when it's hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it's raining outside though.
It's especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes.
Air conditioners can also reduce household humidity, as can using dehumidifiers in your home.
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A common misconception about mold is that you can use bleach to treat it. The main uses for bleach are for disinfecting and changing the color of something, so stick to those uses next time you grab a bottle of Clorox from the grocery store. The EPA and OSHA has taken a strong stance against using bleach to treat mold, and here is why:
- Bleach does not work on porous surfaces, but mold loves porous areas. Bleach is made up of 90% water, so once the chlorine quickly evaporates, you are left with a ton of moisture that will actually help mold continue to grow. Even though it may look like bleach has killed the mold infecting your home, it is only the top layer that has been killed, and the mold’s roots within the walls will easily come back stronger than ever.
- Bleach is toxic. This one is a no brainer, but for some reason, people want to dump the chemical all over their house at the first sight of mold. Children and pets can easily get into the bleach you may have used to treat mold which could make them quite sick; even the fumes can create health problems! There are so many alternative solutions to treat mold with, there is no reason to put your family or employees at risk by using bleach.
- Bleach can weaken the surfaces you put it on. When bleach is put on a surface such as wood, it can begin to eat away at the fibers. Even a small change to an important structural piece of your home could be disastrous. Imagine having to rebuild parts of your home just because you treated some wooden beams with bleach!
When it comes to mold, it is better to leave the remediation to the professionals. Our team of experts can quickly handle any problem and make sure that your home or office is safe for everyone. We use specially formulated solutions that are sure to kill mold and keep it from returning - without causing toxic fumes. If you are in need of mold remediation, call us today at 281-342-5326.
What Is Up With Black Mold?
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If you are a fan of home improvement shows, you have almost certainly heard of “toxic black mold,” and with the insane media headlines, who wouldn’t be scared of it? The truth is, there is no such thing as “toxic black mold.” While there is such a thing toxigenic molds (they produce mycotoxins), there is no mold that is actually toxic itself.
Mold is everywhere in our environment, both inside and out, and most folks live their life without ever being troubled by it. While some people do have mold allergies that will make it more difficult for them to handle mold, there are very few reports of mold that involve the hemorrhaging, memory loss, and other extreme effects that you hear about on TV.
Stachybotrys chartarum is what is most closely associated with the term “toxic mold.” It has a greenish black appearance, and while it is not one of the most common molds found indoors, it is not exceptionally rare. As with other molds, Stachybotrys chartarum grows best in a warm humid space, so be sure to take care of any water damage you have quickly, before mold can begin to grow.
No matter what type of mold you suspect in your home or office, you should seek immediate treatment for it. Our experts can determine the type of mold, treat it, and make sure your building has a safe environment for everyone inside. Call SERVPRO® of West Fort Bend County if you have any suspicions of mold in your home or office. 281-342-5326
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If you do have a mold problem, it is likely to cause great concern and anxiety among your employees. If you or the landlord has hired experts, consider having those experts provide you with a written explanation of the steps they are taking, and how the employees are being protected. Post or provide that information to your employees. Work on the building may necessitate relocation of employees; if you are leasing the building, demand that the landlord provides clean space while the work is ongoing and keep track of your relocation costs.
Investigation, repairs, the relocation of employees, and the cleaning of furniture, fixtures, equipment and other property, not only may cost thousands of dollars, but will cause lost productivity. If you are leasing your building, keep the landlord fully advised of the situation, and ask the landlord to give you a timely and prompt action plan. Demand that the landlord reimburses you for your losses. Also give notice to your insurer.
If you own the building, take prompt steps to address the problem, but also notify your insurer and your tenants of your action plan. Be aware, however, that your insurer may not cover your losses and may not defend you from a costly mold lawsuit. Today, more and more insurers are excluding mold and mold-related damages from their commercial insurance coverage. Owners, managers and builders have been surprised to learn that their insurance policies exclude mold claims.
We Are Trained Mold Testers
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Have your home tested by a trained mold tester.
Many people make the mistake of cleaning up the mold without testing. It is important to know the type of mold your dealing with, and how bad the problem is. Most mold testers are engineers so they can give your home a thorough inspection to find all the mold. If it’s a small problem they may recommend cleaning it yourself, and will give you advice on removing it. If it’s large job and a removal service needs to be hired, they will oversee the cleanup and supervise the removal process. When the cleanup is done, they will come back and test again to make sure the removal was properly done. Make sure if you hire a removal company that you don’t pay them until the final testing comes back showing the home is clean.
Spring Time Mold Humidity!
With spring storms come humidity, and humidity comes mold especially if you’ve had a recent water loss in your home. Ideally, the air conditioning in your home should keep your home at a comfortable humidity level, however when the air is thick and soupy outside, we all know that can sometimes be impossible.
The humidity in your home also rises when you have a water loss, after all, standing water in your home evaporates into the air as it dries. Mold likes this humidity, as well as the wet flooring/drywall that you may have in your home due to flooding. It’s extremely important to get the water in your home extracted and dried as quickly as possible to prevent future mold growth.
If your home has suffered water damage that has led to microbial growth, give SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County a call today at 281-342-5326!
Understanding what conditions mold likes to grow in can help you prevent mold growth in your home or office. Mold can be found nearly anywhere on earth – both indoors and outdoors; usually a few mold spores here or there won’t cause any issues, but if the spores are able to settle and begin growing, they can cause problems.
Mold likes warm, humid conditions. Sometimes, simply having a few extremely humid days in a row will provide the right conditions for mold to grow. Common issues that can lead to excess moisture also include burst or leaky pipes and excessive rainfall. Once mold spores land in a habitable area, they can begin to grow and cover the area in as little as 48 hours.
If you have water damage in your home, make sure it is cleaned up quickly and properly. Call us today to ensure that all areas of your home or office meet dry standards. If mold has already begun growing, our experts can handle that too! We even have specialized formulas to get rid of mold and keep it from coming back. Give us a call today at 281-342-5326 to see how we can help you!
Science of Drying
Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County's professional team is trained in the science if drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County professionals will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does “Speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County has been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
The bottom line? SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
How To Clean Your Coffee Pot!
Everyone loves a good cup of joe (yes, even the stuff made in the office), but would they love it so much if they knew what was growing in the pot? Office coffeepots are constantly full of water, and chances are they are not properly cleaned at the end of each workday. The result is generally hidden mold growth that infects every cup of coffee poured. If you want your employees to stay healthy and happy, keep your coffeepots clean. As a bonus for your efforts, your coffee will taste better (and it won’t have that moldy smell anymore either).
How To Clean Your Coffeepot
Cleaning your coffeepot is simple and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes each week. Use these six steps, provided by your West Fort Bend County, mold remediation team, to prevent mold growth in your coffeepot and chamber:
1. Make a solution that is equal parts water and vinegar. Pour this in your coffeemaker’s water chamber.
2. Set your pot to brew. Allow it to do its job as normal until the water chamber is half empty.
3. Turn off the machine and let it sit for half an hour, then resume brewing.
4. Rinse the machine thoroughly, then put in a new filter. Fill the water chamber with just water. Allow it to run through the brewing cycle twice.
5. Fill the carafe with warm water, some soap and a small amount of either rice or sugar, both of which serve as a gentle abrasive. Twirl the combination around in the pot, and use a sponge to remove any excess buildup. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
6. Wipe down the outside of your coffeemaker with a damp cloth.
While steps one through four should be done weekly, steps five and six should be done at the end of each day. By spending an hour each week cleaning your coffeepots, you can prevent mold growth and keep your employees happy and healthy.
Do You Have Mold?
Mold can spring up very quickly in humid environments and many homes have areas that are prone to mold growth for this reason. Bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements all have the highest chance of developing mold because humid air often circulates in these rooms. Proper ventilation can help to significantly reduce the chance of mold growth in these areas of your home. It is important to take steps to ensure that each room is well-ventilated and that the air is circulating well.
Some of the most important areas to vent are the bathrooms and the attic. Bathrooms are usually quite small with a lot of warm, moist air circulating within them regularly. This makes them very susceptible to rapid mold growth. Investing in vents and fans that push the humid air outside of the home will help to keep mold growth to a minimum. Attics often have poor ventilation and many homeowners are tempted to quickly ventilate bathrooms by placing vents in the bathrooms that push the humid air into the attic. This will result in mold growth in the attic, which could then spread into the ducts as well as tight, difficult-to-reach spaces.
Avoid these potentially costly problems by investing in quality fans and vents that will draw humid air out of the rooms, sending it outside of the home, rather than into the attic.
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Where is Your Mold?
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10 Most common areas for mold growth in your home.
Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family (like mushrooms, yeast, and even some cheeses like blue cheese).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Because mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.
10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:
- Underneath kitchen sinks
- Underneath or behind refrigerators
- Bathroom shower or under sink
- Behind walls that also house plumbing
- Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
- Around air-conditioning units
- Wallboard or around windows that leak
- Under carpeting that may have become wet
- Attics & Crawl Spaces
3 Common Questions About Mold Growth
When it comes to mold growth in Fort Bend County it can be difficult to know what exactly you’re dealing with and how to deal with it. Below are three common questions people face when facing mold problems.
1. What Is Mold?
Simply put, mold is fungus. There are many types of mold, and they exist everywhere. When it comes to the mold that is bad for you, its technical name is stachybotrys chartarum, which is commonly referred to as black mold. The spores of mold are microscopic, so you won’t always have visual evidence of the presence of mold. Mold will generally have a musty smell, which can help you become aware of its presence.
2. What Makes Mold Grow?
Generally, mold grows because of moisture. High humidity can exacerbate mold problems, helping it form in as little as 48 hours. Not only does moisture come from high humidity, but it can also come from water damage, such as leaky pipes or roofs or condensation. Also, mold growth is encouraged in dark, warm environments.
3. What Is the Difference between Regular Mold and Problematic Mold?
The presence of most mold is usually visible to the naked eye. Mildew, a type of mold that isn’t as problematic and can be cleaned away, is usually gray or white. However, problematic mold is usually black or green with a “fuzzy” texture. However, even if only one of these types of mold appears to be present, it’s possible that the other is present as well, since they can go hand in hand.
Even if you have a good understanding of mold growth, it can still be a good idea to contact a professional and let them deal with remedying the problem. Additionally, stay away from the mold area, turn off air conditioners and fans and do not attempt any sort of cleaning.
If you notice any signs of mold give us a call at (281) 342-5326.
When It Comes To Mold in Houston, Leave It To The Professionals
Anyone who has dealt with mold removal might remember it can and will return if not addressed correctly the first time. Remediation of the mildew, fungus and black mold the first time around can save a home or business owner tons of time and money. It's nothing that should drag on forever. The solution is as simple as allowing a highly trained expert to diagnose the issue and remove the threat at the source.
Mold growth shouldn't have to be anything longer than a short-term problem. In fact, mold removal in the right hands isn't a long-term issue. Experts who know the gravity of the situation can carefully secure any mold damage and provide remediation for mold in home or commercial mold damage victims.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is a locally-owned franchise with national resources that helps homeowners to overcome mold, water, and fire damage at as little cost and strain as possible. Give us a call at (281) 342-5326.
Does Your Fort Bend County Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Fort Bend County,mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- 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.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
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Fort Bend County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 West Fort Bend County 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 West Fort Bend County 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.
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Conditions In Fort Bend County Might Be Right For Mold
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 West Fort Bend County 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) 342-5326.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County for mold remediation services