Recent Mold Remediation Posts

IICRC Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our team members just returned from SERVPRO Industries in Gallatin, TN where they had the opportunity to obtain their IICRC AMRT certification. 

The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

What is the purpose of the IICRC?

The Mission of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries. (source)

The IICRC serves as an independent, certification body, that sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.” (source)

Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician (AMRT)

Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician is just one of the many certifications offered by the IICRC. The IICRC is an organizational body that sets the standards for the Cleaning and Restoration community. The AMRT course teaches course takers the content in the ANSI/IICRC's S520 (Standard for Professional Mold Remediation) with both academic and hands-on lessons set up to emulate actual mold remediation projects. 

From their website (source):

"The ANSI/IICRC S520 is a procedural standard and reference guide for the remediation of mold damaged structures and contents. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience and attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing “real-life” mold remediation challenges. The S520 and R520 are written for use by those involved in the mold remediation industry, and is the result of collaboration among microbiologists and other scientists, public health professionals, industrial hygienists, remediation contractors, restoration service companies, cleaning and restoration training schools and trade associations that service the professional restoration industry, allied trade-persons and others with related professional and practical experience."

Trained Professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County

From on the job training to IICRC certifications and training at our Corporate headquarters, SERVPRO of Baldwin County's trained professionals utilize the latest techniques and technology on every job. If you experience a microbial growth or mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County today!

251-928-9625

251-943-6244

office@SERVPRObaldwincounty.com

Mold: What to Know

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Ten Things You Should Know about Mold

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  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.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy (Part 1)

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy (Part 1) An example of healthy fungi: Edible Mushrooms!

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and are even present in some of our food. In fact, there are over 100,000 kinds of fungi that have been identified. While most people consider fungi to be bad, not all types are unhealthy.

Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and some alcoholic beverages. Foods like blue cheese get their unique flavor as a result of mold, and an edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi! Even products like lifesaving penicillin are a product of mold.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. If you are unsure of what type of mold you are dealing with, SERVPRO of Baldwin County can help!

Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy (part 2)

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy (part 2) Unhealthy mold inside a house can cause a health threat!

Unhealthy Mold and Fungi

No matter how big or small, an intrusion of water into your home can result in mold growth. Water damage can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not fixed immediately, the sitting water can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment aren’t quickly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. It is important to know that excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that can pose a health threat. Whether you discover damage in your permanent home, beach condo, or office SERVPRO of Baldwin County has all the training, equipment, and knowledge to make it look "Like it never even happened.”

Increase Property Appeal and Retain Home Value

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

When selling a home, it is important to clean up any existing indoor mold growth to increase property appeal and retain its value. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, you may be dealing with mold without even realizing it. Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. If a property has experienced a water intrusion, SERVPRO of Baldwin County can inspect the damage to see whether moisture has penetrated materials or is allowing mold growth.Call us today!

Mold Damage? Steps to Take

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

When a homeowner finds harmful mold in their house it can be detrimental to their health and living conditions, which is why it is so important to address the threat immediately. 

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the heating and air condition system and any fans
  • Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County for remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb mold. Doing so could cause spores to spread.
  • Do not attempt to dry any wet surfaces
  • Do not attempt using bleach or any other disinfectants to clean affected areas

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (251) 943-6244

SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in mold remediation services. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Water Intrusions and Mold

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Intrusions and Mold This photo shows a current remediation project.

What Causes Mold?

Water intrusions in residential and commercial properties that are not properly mitigated contribute to mold. These water intrusions can include, but are not limited to storm damage (wind-driven rain or flooding), plumbing leaks, sprinkler system failure or even properly working following smoke/fire, water heater leaks, washing machine overflows and lack of humidity control (improperly working HVAC unit or improper manual use). Not surprisingly, we often see these issues in unoccupied or secondary homes. Since Baldwin County has a vast amount of second homes, we see this often. When vacation is over, many property owners adjust the HVAC unit to save electricity costs while they are away. Often, the biggest damages occur when there is a combination of these items - poor humidity control and no one checking on the property regularly.

Mold and microbial growth are the resulting damage from improper mitigation or lack of mitigation. Mold not only negatively affects the materials it grows on, but it is also can gravely affect the air quality. Some amounts of mold spores are normally present in most environments. Dark and warm moist areas provide the environment, and organic materials provide the food source for mold to flourish. These materials are commonly found in buildings and homes - they include but are not limited to the following: wood (framework, trim, flooring), drywall, paper, and insulation. By delaying mitigation following a water damage, mold spores may increase significantly. All environments, even healthy environments, contain some degree of mold or microbial growth, but when the damage becomes excessive, health threats increase dramatically.

Do you have mold?

At SERVPRO of Baldwin County, our team of experts have been trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC); in regards to mold, our team members have received IICRC's specific designation for Applied Microbial Growth Technician (AMRT). Mold is no match for us. Our professionals use advanced water detection equipment to locate the source of the problem and remediate any mold or water damage. 

If you have concerns regarding mold growth following a water damage, reach out to our team of experts: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244. We are always here to help. 

Mold Damage in Orange Beach, AL

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

We recently completed a mold remediation project inside a condo caused by high humidity in the unit due to an improperly working HVAC unit. This problem is quite common along Gulf Coast, and we see this several times each year. The relative humidity was so high inside the unit that water droplets could be seen on the ceiling, floor, counters and appliances. Our remediation project manager developed a specific scope to be followed in order to correct the source of the problem, proper remediation of mold and water issues, and the reconstruction required as a result.   

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. For more information regarding this, please click here. For a further look into our remediation process, see this previous blog post

If you discover mold in your Baldwin County home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County by phone (251-928-9625) or email office@SERVPRObaldwincounty.com. It is important to contact a professional to address mold and microbial growth when you see it. Often times, the growth is associated with a water intrusion that may still be active. By contacting SERVPRO of Baldwin County, both the water mitigation and mold remediation can be addressed to prevent further problems.  

Mold in Second Homes

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Second Homes This picture shows the wall where bathroom vanity has been detached following a water damage.

One of the unique aspects of living and working along the Eastern Shore and the Gulf Coast is the amount of second homes and investment properties. Many of the more complex calls we receive are due to water losses that go unnoticed for weeks or even months. Most of the time, these calls come from owners of properties that are self-managed or do not have someone checking on the condo/home regularly. After a period of time, a small damage can turn into a costly and often uncovered event rather quickly.

What's so expensive?

Many understand that mold appears after a water damage that has not been properly mitigated. But, did you know that industry standards recognize that mold can start growing as quickly as 24-48 hours after a water damage? 

Secondary damage results when mitigation is not performed promptly. This means that items that could have been restored following a properly mitigated water damage must now be replaced. Often times, mold affects furniture and content. Depending on the material and degree of damage, these items now must be restored or replaced. 

This particular loss was the result of a pipe leak that went unnoticed after one month. Unfortunately, while the water restoration was covered by the insurance carrier, the mold remediation was not. Luckily, most of the costs were able considered as water damage by the carrier; but, even so, this resulted in significant out of pocket costs to the insured.

Our recommendation is to check the home or condo unit frequently by way of a rental agency, housekeeper, or neighbor. Also, in the warmer months, it is recommended to leave the air conditioner on between 73-77 degrees.

Mold Remediation Process: What is it?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Process: What is it? This photo shows mold after drywall ceiling was removed.

Often times, we receive calls requesting information about how our team goes about the mold remediation process. Unfortunately, the answer is not the same for everyone. The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and types of surfaces on which the mold appears. As you can imagine, this can vary greatly from one home or business to the next.

What is the Process?

In almost every scenario, your property will have to be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water - most often, these are hidden from plain view.

Before any remediation process occurs, various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area. Such containment procedures include physical barriers (i.e. plastic) and use of negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress. 

In some cases, we may recommend cleaning the material with an antifungal and antimicrobial treatment. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Unfortunately, not all scenarios allow for simply treating and wiping down. Removing and disposing of mold-infested drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. Following this, the areas must be properly treated. Simply removing and replacing the affected materials does not fix the mold problem.

In many instances, in order to properly treat your your home or business, we will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. A variety of cleaning techniques will be used to clean and sanitize your belongings. We may also utilize specialty equipment to deodorize lingering odors associated with mold or mildew.

Mold?

Mold can be a serious problem on the Gulf Coast due to high temperatures and high humidity. If you think you have mold, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process This mold was found in a closet after a previous water intrusion had gone unnoticed and was not mitigated.

The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process: What Happens?

When there's water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affected your health and can also cause significant property damage. Although every mold damage scenario is different, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process:

  • Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County
  • Inspection and Damage Assessment
    • Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
  • Mold Containment
    • Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Air Filtration
    • Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the area. SERVPRO of Baldwin County Technicians utilize equipment such as air scrubbers and commercial grade HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
  • Cleaning Contents & Belongings
    • SERVPRO of Baldwin County will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 
  • Restoration
    • Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County

SERVPRO of Baldwin County understands mold and mold growth, and has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. We are ready to help if a fire, water, or mold loss occurs. Call on a restoration company serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as commercial property owners across Baldwin County. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand! Call us today: 251-928-9625 / 251-943-6244

Mold Growth - Where to Find it?

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth - Where to Find it? Mold Growth on Ceiling

Mold growth occurs when mold spores settle on a surface at the proper temperature, with appropriate food sources, and with the proper amount of moisture. An adequate amount of moisture in materials is typically the limiting factor preventing mold growth as well as the easiest to control.

In the summer, when air-conditioning is in use, mold growth can occur in buildings where the cooling systems are oversized, undersized or poorly maintained. Unplanned air flow in buildings can also create conditions favorable to mold growth.

Molds gradually destroy whatever they grow on, so preventing mold growth also prevents damage to building materials and furnishings.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (251) 928-9625 / (251) 943-6244
  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

Baldwin County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Baldwin County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 Baldwin 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 Baldwin 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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 251-943-6244

Does Your Baldwin County Home Have A Mold Problem?

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Baldwin County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Baldwin 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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 251-943-6244

Baldwin County Residents: Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Baldwin County Residents: Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold can spread throughout your Baldwin County home in as little as 48 hours.

When a homeowner finds harmful mold in their house it can be detrimental to their health and living conditions, which is why it is so important to address the threat immediately. 

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas. 
  • Turn off the heating and air condition system and any fans
  • Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County for remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb mold. Doing so could cause spores to spread.
  • Do not attempt to dry any wet surfaces
  • Do not attempt using bleach or any other disinfectants to clean affected areas

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (251) 943-6244

SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in mold remediation services. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

 

The Truth about Mold

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Truth about Mold This mold damage was caused by an improperly working HVAC unit.

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily. Most types of mold grow quickly if they have a water source, an organic food source, and temperatures between 60 and 86 Fahrenheit. In South Alabama, mold grows especially easily in our warm, humid climate. 

An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors is a public health problem by encouraging growth of molds, dust mites, and other organisms.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Replace washing machine hoses with steel mesh lines.
  • Move large objects away from the walls to provide good air circulation.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Leave AC unit on when away from home