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Mold: Do You Need a Professional?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you own a home, or even if you rent, you probably already know that mold is a very common household annoyance. But even though it’s common, it sometimes requires a more than common solution.

Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you need to hire professional remediation services to get rid of mold in your home.

1. Does it keep coming back?

Mold only needs a damp or humid space to grow, which means there are three common culprits in any home: bathroom, attic, or basement. The bathroom is an obvious one: there’s plenty of extra water lying around to create mold. But basements or attics often aren’t very well ventilated, which also creates ideal conditions for mold. If mold keeps returning to these spots, your problem might be more significant than you think.

2. Does it require handiwork?

Did you know that mold can grow in walls? Especially in drywall, if it’s porous or untreated. It can be hard to quickly identify mold growth in the walls, which means a mold colony can get quite large before it’s found. If it’s grown too big, the infested section of the wall has to be removed.

3. Is it causing poor health?

Just like mold is common, so are mold allergies. A little less common, but more serious, are the other respiratory issues that mold can cause. Mold has also been known to cause skin infections or irritations. Mold spores are airborne, so even if you can’t see the mold, it could still cause poor health.

If your answer was yes to any of the above questions, it’s time to call for help. Call SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South today for expert mold remediation services. SERVPRO® makes it like it never even happened.

How You Can Prevent Mold Growth Following Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Any home or business owner that has been affected by water damage knows what a devastating problem it is—both due to the damage it can cause and also due to the unique health hazards and risks it can present.

One of those dangerous risks is mold growth. Many negative symptoms associated with mold exposure have been reported by the CDC, and the problem is exacerbated because of how quickly mold can begin growing.

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

Before You Start

  • Take photos and videos of damage throughout for insurance claim purposes, making sure to include furniture and walls.
  • Never re-enter your building before officials have deemed it safe and are positive all water has receded.

Tips for Drying

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

Sorting Items Exposed to Water

  • Porous materials, such as wood, upholstery and paper of any kind, should be discarded, as they can trap mold spores.
  • Due to the non-porous nature of metal, plastic and glass, they can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused.
  • 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

In some cases, carpets can be salvaged after water damage, but at minimum, experts typically recommend replacing the carpet pad. Mold is commonly associated with discolorations and foul odors, but can often lurk unnoticed long before it is seen, posing a serious danger.

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 to keep the harmful spores from invading your home.

If you’ve encountered water damage, SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South can help you restore your home and remediate for any mold issues that arise.

How to safeguard my home from dangerous mold caused by water damage?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

How to safeguard my home from dangerous mold caused by water damage?

The risks of dangerous mold growing in our homes often goes undetected. Have you ever noticed standing water under your kitchen or bathroom sink? A bulging brownish-bubbling spot on your ceiling? Or the distinct odor of mildew in your closet? Any one of these can be a tell tell sign that you are already in danger of a dangerous mold growth in your home, putting you, your family and pets at risk of known health dangers. What should you do about it?

First and foremost is to call a trained expert immediately. An expert will have the best professional methods and instruments to detect the exact level of risk you are experiencing if any and be able to provide you with the safest solution. In some cases all you’ll find is that you need to ventilate while in other cases you may be in great risk of expensive damage to your home and your families health. Why trust SERVPRO to solve these potential dangers to your home in health?

Flooding and water emergencies are indiscriminate as to who is affected, but SERVPRO of VanNuys South cares, and skillfully provides the emergency cleaning and restoration services you need 24/7. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. Hopefully you’ll never experience a problem with mold or water damage causing mold in your home. However if you are reading this article because it has happened to your home, call us and rest assured that we have you covered.

We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of VanNuys South can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details. (818) 780-7111

or email us at JFowler@SERVPROvannuyssouth.com