Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Wondering if you have a mold problem in your Dutchess County home?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Black and gray mold spores growing indoors on a light-colored wall No reason to panic if you suspect mold growth in your home. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for a free remediation estimate!

The not-so-great fact: Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a false statement as removing all mold from a house or business is impossible. Microscopic mold spores, or microbes, exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are some true facts:

  • Mold is present just about everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and can enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitchhike indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and 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 located and repaired. It will come back if the water source is still there.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor as well as dark spots and fuzzy-looking characteristics on walls, floors and even personal items like clothing.
  • Consistent higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

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. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training, the expertise and specialized equipment needed to handle your mold problem.

What to Do Before Help Arrives:

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 spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. BLEACH DOES NOT KILL MOLD.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, our teams have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Let us take the worry out of it, we’re here to help and will make your mold issue "Like it never even happened."

Keep mold from making itself at home in your Fishkill home

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold spots on the white ceiling of a shower stall Don't let mold become your new housemate! Follow a few important steps to help prevent growth.

In any home, moisture and dampness are problems that will eventually present themselves. Moisture from faucets, pipes or steam will encourage mold spores to move in, and once they’ve made themselves at home, they’re quite difficult to evict! Thankfully, you can help stop mold from becoming your new roommate through a bit of room-by-room prevention.

We understand mold remediation and have the experts in the industry, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places microbial growth can occur:

The Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but pipes and laundry machines can mask mold growth easily, especially if they’re located in a basement area that is naturally damp. To stop the growth before it starts:

  • Check the pipes, joists and connectors for leaks. If you see a puddle, you have a problem.
  • Never allow clothes to sit in the washing machine after a cycle. That nasty smell you might find after they’ve been wet for days is the start of mold, wash them again and make sure they get to the dryer quickly!
  • Let the washer and dryer air out after use.
  • Check the dryer vents for excessive lint—it can encourage mold to spawn.(This is also a hidden fire safety issue, keep those vents and ducts cleaned out!)

The Bathroom:

Ah, the culprit of many a water issue. There are a lot of water sources in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s ideal residences. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom just takes a few tasks:

  • Annually seal tile grout to prevent moisture from getting between cracks.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains. Curtain liners are inexpensive and allow mildew and mold to grow quickly.
  • Open a window or install a vent fan to clear out steam quickly. Open the door when finished as well, the more air flow in, the better.
  • Keep a close eye on the pipes and connections under the sink and toilets, replace as needed as they can cause extensive damages to multiple floors if they spring a leak or burst.

The Basement:

When people think basements, mold comes to mind. While they’re notorious for moisture accumulation, basements also have the most hands-off mold prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Invest in an automatic dehumidifier, so moisture levels stay low to begin with. Try to keep humidity levels between 30-50% when using a dehumidifier.
  • Clear out any clutter mold could hide behind. Cardboard boxes are like a free buffet for mold to thrive on.
  • Insulate piping to guard against bursting and leaks.
  • Regularly inspect foundation and walls for water.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!

Hoarding in a Dutchess County home can cause many other issues not thought of.

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a home filled with refuse and possesions Hoarding creates fire hazards, food and shelter for rodents and hides potentially dangerous mold growth.

According to the International OCD Foundation, obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders affect more than 1 in 100 people around the world. Hoarding is a dangerous issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other hazards. It’s a serious mental illness, a sub-type of OCD, that causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

As these possessions, clutter and even waste products pile up, they can present fire hazards, become and even cover up water damage, mold growth or rodents.

Do you own a home or property that’s been impacted by hoarding and not sure what to do? Call in the restoration professionals, who can clean up the property the right way and ensure its safely rehabbed for future use.

What Cleanup Involves:

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration. You’ll need a professional team to complete a comprehensive protocol that mitigates any potential hazards.

Removal of Items:

This is the cleaning phase—it involves sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time. Other items in the space may have become contaminated and need to be removed or even discarded. These items can become hazardous over time, or considered a biohazard, professionals will ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances:

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including varieties of mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Ensure you are safely cleaning the space by partnering with a team of professionals educated in safe removal principles and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Complete Cleaning:

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a licensed team will then deep-clean the area. During this stage, they’ll work to remove all residue and odors to ensure it is ready to use in the future.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County at (845)831-3600. We’re here to help and will make it Like it never even happened.

Helpful Tips to prevent mold in your Poughkeepsie basement or crawl space

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold spores growing on a white window sill Don't be scared by mold growth in your Dutchess County home, we can help!

If you have a basement, crawl space or attic, it is likely that you already know how pervasive mold can be. Because it thrives in dark, humid and poorly ventilated environments, these areas create the ideal place for mold to take hold and spread.

That being said, having mold in your home does not have to be a way of life. Because of mold’s adverse health effects, it is extremely important to prevent it when possible and have it remediated immediately when it occurs.

If you would like to learn more about preventing mold in your cramped household spaces, read on for 7 mold prevention tips.

Mold Prevention Tips for Tight Spaces:

  1. Reduce Humidity

Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, which is often present in basements and other tight quarters in a home. Try to keep humidity levels within 30 to 50% with a dehumidifier to discourage microbial growth.

  1. Store Soil Elsewhere

Potting soil, mulch and indoor plants provide spaces for mold to thrive and an organic food source. Keep these items stored somewhere other than the basement to discourage growth.

  1. Reduce Clutter

Having clutter and congestion in an area reduces airflow and ventilation in the room. Reduce general clutter, especially when it comes to cardboard boxes, clothing, fabric and books. Keep what must be stored away from having direct contact with walls.

  1. Direct Water Away From Your Home

Mold requires moisture to thrive, so ensuring there is as little moisture as possible flowing toward the home will discourage it from growing. Landscaping and drainage paths should be crafted in such a way that water is directed away from the home and not allowed to gather around the structure.

  1. Don’t Let Leaks Linger

Leaks provide the perfect environment for mold to develop, and they can cost you an extensive amount of money in wasted water, not to mention the costs to treat and remediate it, so fixing them ASAP is best.

  1. Make Use of a Fan

Using a fan helps with air circulation and further reduces humidity. Airing out the basement and crawl spaces will help ventilation and discourage mold from occurring.

  1. Reduce Factors That Create Humidity

If you have laundry or air conditioning units in the basement, be sure they are properly ventilating to the outside. Avoid carpeting or rugs, which can hold moisture. Do not dry wet clothes in the basement as the air can grow more humid as they dry.

If you’ve discovered mold in your basement or anywhere else in your home, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has licensed mold technicians on staff. Give us a call immediately to learn about our mold remediation services.

Follow these tips if you see mold growth in your Dutchess County home

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing behind base trim molding on a wall Even a small leak can cause mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for a FREE estimate if you see mold!

Mold spores occur naturally in the environment, but if you’re noticing some unusual looking growth on any surface inside your home, you could have a mold issue. Mold needs lots of moisture or a small water source to flourish so locating and repairing the source of the water is the first step. Usually a small, consistent leak is the culprit.

Once that issue it taken care of, SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County’s certified mold remediation experts will guide you in the right direction to getting rid of it, and our estimate are FREE.

Meanwhile, keep these steps in mind:

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. Let your family members know, keep the pets out too!
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

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. This won't penetrate the surface and will not stop the growth.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are experienced and highly trained restoration professionals that use advanced, specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (845)831-3600. We’re here to help, 24/7.

What Does Mold Remediation Really Mean? | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you've had water damage in your home that hasn't been fixed, you might have a mold issue on your hands.

The warm and humid temps of summer combined with sometimes heavy rains often bring about talk of mold growth. If you are hearing about mold and what problems it can cause in your home, you might be confused about what mold removal and remediation really mean. 

While mold removal is an often-advertised service, its name is a bit misleading—making mold remediation the more accurate term. Read on to learn what mold remediation really means:

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

In nature, mold serves a useful purpose by helping to break down decaying matter and do its part in the circle of life, but mold growing in your house is not quite as useful to the ecosystem. 

Not only is it unsightly, but mold can also lead to a variety of health issues for people and pets. Due to the organic and functional nature of mold, it exists nearly everywhere, simply waiting to find a spot to land and carry out its job. 

Mold spores are microscopic and ever-present, both inside and outside and during every season. They are airborne and can travel through the air, HVAC units or even hitch a ride on pets or clothing. 

Because of the characteristics of mold, “mold removal” is a misnomer—it is impossible to remove all mold from any home or business. Therefore, be wary of companies advertising full mold removal guarantees, as there is no way to stop nature from its process.

What Encourages Mold to Grow?

It might sound like mold should be growing everywhere all of the time because of how prevalent it is, but thankfully it needs specific conditions to begin to grow. 

Most importantly, mold thrives on moisture—a single spore can quickly form a colony when there is water present. Even excessive indoor humidity can create an ideal environment for mold, so experts recommend to keep indoor humidity below 50%.

The Mold Remediation Process-

Even if you have not seen mold, if you have noticed a musty odor in a damp area of the home, you may have a mold issue on your hands. It could be time to call in the professionals, here is what you can expect from the mold remediation process:

  1. You get in touch with your mold remediation experts like SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County.
  2. Experts perform a full assessment of the extent of the damage. Our estimates are FREE.
  3. The restoration team will contain the mold.
  4. Air is filtered to reduce the number of spores.
  5. Mold and mold-infiltrated materials are removed.
  6. Structures and belongings are cleaned.

If you think you may have mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County. We’ll set up a free estimate with our certified experts to do a full inspection. Learn more about our mold remediation process, and get in touch with us today, the quicker- the better We’re here to help, 24/7.

That musty smell just won't go away in your Western Dutchess County home? Mold is a likely culprit.

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spores occur organically everywhere but you don't want them growing inside your walls, get that leak fixed asap!

Every time you walk in your kitchen, you get a whiff of that telltale musty, damp, organic smell of mold but you just can’t seem to find where it’s coming from. Perhaps that pipe under the sink has a slow leak, maybe the refrigerator water line is dripping inside the wall. There could even be a leak from a bathroom above the kitchen, but where do you begin?

First things first, mold needs water to start forming, so every attempt should be made to find the source of the leak or where the water could be coming from. Contact a plumbing professional or other service pro as soon as possible to take remedy the issue as soon as you can.  Additionally, and equally as important, give your homeowner’s insurance agent or company a call to see what your policy might cover for the repair and remediations.

**Be very clear on what your policy will and will not cover. There are all kinds of terms and restrictions and everyone’s situation is different. Ask your agent specifically about your issue. The more info you have, the more you’re prepared for the next steps.

Mold growth in a home always starts with a water issue like an unknown or hidden leak, a burst pipe, ice damming, roofing or gutter failures, sump pumps, toilet or fridge water lines, etc. If you don’t have a professional take care of the source of leak, the mold will continue to thrive and create a more aggressive situation that is harder to treat and could be costly.

Sensitive groups like those with allergies might have some reactions to large areas of mold spores or growth, it’s important to have the remediation done by licensed and trained experts to ensure it’s cleaned properly.

We are experts in the mold removal industry. Every technician is highly trained and certified in mold remediation utilizing the most advanced technology and use specific treatments for your situation. No two microbial growth problems are the same and we see cases of mold throughout every season in Western Dutchess County, it’s not just an issue in the spring or summer temperatures.

We understand the stressful nature of this and we’re here to help ease that. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County offers free estimates conducted by our professionals that will help guide you to getting the problem solved for good.

Mold can occur during any season in your Western Dutchess County home

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Contact your insurance company to find out if you have any coverage options when it comes to mold damage.

Sometimes you can see it, other times you can't, but mold has a smell that can stop you in your tracks. If you’re able to pinpoint an area where it might be coming from, get the source of water repaired as soon as possible. There are a lot of circumstances that can lead to a mold problem in your home or business, but it will always start with a water issue like flooding, an unknown leak, a burst pipe, ice damming, etc. Our mold technicians see cases of mold throughout every season in the Hudson Valley, it’s not just an issue in the warmer temps.

Contact your insurance company as soon as you notice it too, there are damages that may be covered under your policy depending on the source. **Coverage varies from policy to policy so best to be clear as to what the terms are.**

Mold only needs water or consistent moisture and an organic food source to thrive and it can do so quicker than you think. Though it can be tricky to treat and remove, there are experts in the industry who can walk you through the process and help ease your worries. Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, our free estimates conducted by our trained and certified professionals will guide you in the right direction to getting the problem solved.

Not sure if you're seeing mold in your Poughkeepsie home?

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

It's important to know some key things about potential mold growth in your Western Dutchess County home.

You might've just noticed some dark spots in the attic or basement of your home in Western Dutchess County, but you're not quite sure what it is. Check out these facts about mold to help determine if the damaged area is prone for mold growth and you might be surprised!

-Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily.


-Most types of mold grow quickly when they have a water source and an organic food source (think about the soap in your tub, it's food for them!). Perhaps there's a slow leak stemming from the gutters or damage to the roof?


-Ideal temps for mold growth is between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Bathroom fans are are helpful for this and moisture control. A dehumidifier in your basement can be good idea as well.


**If you think you might have a mold issue, give us a call, our teams are certified in Mold Remediation services, 845-831-3600.

Find more facts and photos HERE!

Help keep your Poughkeepsie home dry and mold-free!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold loves a warm and moist climate.

Mold can be a nightmare for any Poughkeepsie homeowner as well as cause some health issues.

Mold grows best in warm and damp climates so here are some easy steps to help prevent the growth in your home:

  1. Try to keep your home under 72 degrees.
  2. Don’t leave wet clothes and towels lying around. Mold can start to grow on wet clothes in under 48 hours.
  3. Clean and dry all surfaces. Sinks and floors and even walls are likely to have mold if they are damp for too long. Keep them clean, keep them dry.
  4. Run the fan in your bathroom while showering, open a window if you can.
  5. Improve your airflow. Keep furniture away from the walls. Leave your closet doors ajar. Try the fan and an open window rather than the air conditioning.
  6. Try a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are great for basements and any room that can grow damp.

 Not only can these step help leave your house smelling fresher and feeling dryer, it can help promote better health as well.

If mold has become an issue in your home or business, our certified techs have your back to take care of mold remediation. Call us today and we'll walk you through it all with ease.

Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Let our trained experts at Servrpo Western Dutchess County take care of the mold issues, both residential and commercial!

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We at SERVPRO understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home.

Signs of Mold? Call Today (845) 831-3600

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact - (845) 831-3600
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters

Did you know? Facts about mold

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

A mold issue is never something to ignore.

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 SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County Today – 845-831-3600

Cleaning up after hoarding in a Dutchess County property, not as easy as you think!

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

An ideal spot for rodents, insects and other pests to take up shelter.

How much do you know about hoarding? Unfortunately for those affected, it’s a dangerous issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other hazards.

But what is hoarding? This serious mental illness, a subtype of OCD, causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

The International OCD Foundation estimates that as many as 1 in 50 people display behaviors on the hoarding spectrum.

As possessions and even waste products pile up, they can present fire hazards, become and even cover up mold growth or rodents.

Own a space that’s been impacted by hoarding and not sure what to do? Call in the professionals, who can clean up the property and ensure it’s safely rehabbed for future use.

What Cleanup Involves

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration. You’ll need a professional team to complete a comprehensive protocol that mitigates any potential hazards.

Removal of Items

This is the cleaning phase—it involves sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time. Other items in the space may have become contaminated and need to be removed or even discarded.

Because these items can become hazardous over time, professionals will ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including toxic mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Ensure you are safely cleaning the space by partnering with a team of professionals educated in safe removal principles and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Complete Cleaning

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a professional team will then deep-clean the area. During this stage, they’ll work to remove all residue and odors to ensure it is ready to use in the future.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County at (845)831-3600 and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

Mold: Basic Facts for Homeowners

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County for your mold remediation needs! 845-831-3600

Almost every homeowner and renter has encountered the problem of mold. Unfortunately, it’s a widespread problem in many households. Because mold is common, you might think that a common solution is all you need. But that’s not the case. Often, a mold issue requires professional services to be dealt with effectively.

This blog has helpful information about mold so that you can decide if and when to call for a professional to help.

First, you should know that mold can be dangerous. Mold spores are airborne - so there may be more present than what you can actually see. You might be aware of this if you have a mold allergy, but mold can also cause other serious respiratory problems and can also irritate the skin.

Mold can grow in unexpected places - like walls. Most susceptible to mold growth is drywall. Untreated drywall that’s more porous is an easy place for mold to grow. Mold in the walls can cause significant upheaval. If the colony has grown more than 10 sq. feet, that section of the wall will probably have to be removed.

All that mold needs to grow is water and/or humidity. This means that your bathroom is the most likely breeding ground. Often mold can be found at the bottom of your shower liner or in between shower tiles. Other common spots for mold include damp basements, crawlspaces, and leaky attics.

If you have a recurring mold problem, call SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County. SERVPRO® can make it like it never even happened.

Preventing Mold Growth After You’ve Experienced Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 with him on your mold remediation project!

The devastating effects of water damage are well known to any home or business owner that has been affected by it. Not only can it cause extensive damage, but it can also present unique health hazards and risks.

One of the most dangerous of these risks is mold growth. Many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure have been reported by the CDC, and the problem is made worse due to how quickly mold can grow.

If you’re concerned with preventing mold growth after your home has been affected by water damage, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold before it takes hold:

Before You Start

  • Wait for the go-ahead from officials that water has receded and you are safe to enter.
  • Take photos and videos of damage throughout for insurance claim purposes, making sure to include furniture and walls.

Tips for Drying

  • Open windows and doors to maximize airflow for as long as weather permits.
  • A heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum can be used before the professional cleanup crew arrives.
  • Make use of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.

Sorting Items Exposed to Water

  • Due to the non-porous nature of metal, plastic and glass, they can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
  • Discard any porous materials, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, as they can trap mold spores.
  • It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores if they’ve already begun to grow.

A Professional Should Always Be Consulted

Mold is commonly associated with discolorations and foul odors, but can also lurk unnoticed long before it is seen, posing a serious danger to your household health. Carpets can often be salvaged after water damage, but at minimum, experts typically recommend replacing the carpet pad.

While a pad replacement is less costly than a full re-carpeting of the home, only a professional can determine if this is adequate enough in your situation.

If you’ve encountered water damage, SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County can help with the restoration and remediation of any water and mold damages you need assistance with.

Keep Mold From Becoming an Unwelcome Houseguest | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 to help remediate your mold damage today!

In any home, moisture and dampness are problems that will eventually present themselves. Moisture from faucets, pipes or steam will encourage mold spores to move in, and once they’ve made themselves at home, they’re quite difficult to evict! Thankfully, you can prevent mold from becoming your new roommate through a bit of room-by-room prevention.

We understand mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. No one wants a mold infestation, so we’re going through room by room to help you know how to keep the home clear.

###Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but pipes and laundry machines can mask mold growth easily. To stop the growth before it starts:

  • Check the pipes, joists and connectors for leaks.
  • Never allow clothes to sit in the washing machine after a cycle.
  • Let the washer and dryer air out after use.
  • Check the dryer vents for excessive lint—it can encourage mold to spawn.

###Bathroom:

There are a lot of water sources in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s ideal residences. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom just takes a few tasks:

  • Annually seal tile grout to prevent moisture from getting between cracks.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains.
  • Open a window or install a vent fan to clear out steam quickly.
  • Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture after showers and baths.

###Basement:

When people think basements, mold comes to mind. While they’re notorious for moisture accumulation, basements also have the most hands-off mold prevention strategies. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Invest in an automatic dehumidifier, so moisture levels stay low to begin with.
  • Clear out any clutter mold could hide behind.
  • Insulate piping to guard against bursting and leaks.
  • Regularly inspect foundation and walls for excess water.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!

What is Black Mold? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help!

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

If you see Mold in your Dutchess County home, give the trained professionals at SERVPRO a call at 845-831-3600. We'd be happy to help!

What is Black Mold?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County immediately. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor 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 You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today for a free estimate – (845) 831-3600

Mold: What To Do Until Help Arrives

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

What is mold? What do I do if I find mold? SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County can help!

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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.

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. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today – (845) 831-3600

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 Western Dutchess County at 845-831-3600 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 Western Dutchess County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Let trained experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County take care of your mold remediation in your home or office!

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We at SERVPRO understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (845) 831-3600

 

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact - (845) 831-3600
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Dutchess & Ulster County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

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 Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz 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 Western Dutchess County & SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz 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 – 845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334

Does your Dutchess County Home have a mold problem?

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

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 – 845-831-3600