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Mold: Basic Facts for Homeowners

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: Basic Facts for Homeowners 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)

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

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

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

Mold Remediation Mold: What To Do Until Help Arrives 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation 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

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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)

Mold Remediation Dutchess & Ulster 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 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