Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Why Time Matters

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we pride ourselves on our fast and efficient response times.  When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence.  Quickly beginning the mitigation process can not only minimize costs and salvage important items, it can also prevent additional damage.  One of the most common complications that can arise from a water damage not being properly and quickly mitigated is mold.  It can take as little as 24 hours for mold growth to take root in a humid, moist environment.  It is not only critical to begin work as soon as possible after a water loss, but it is important to finish the drying process completely.  Any residual moisture left behind could also feed the beast that is mold.  If you experience a water loss call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest as quickly as possibe to make sure you never have to worry about secondary damage! 

Mold, Cross Contamination in Mobile, AL

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Green is the only color we don't like when it comes to Mold in Mobile, AL. If you suspect Mold in your home or business, call us.

Cross Contamination (Mold)

Finding mold in your home can be both concerning and alarming.  One major concern is the idea of the mold spreading.  Mold spores once released can spread quickly and set up new colonies.  It is important to contact a certified mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest to evaluate the issue and setup a customized treatment plan.  However; what happens if you aren’t aware of mold growth in your home?  Mold likes to grow in sneaky places and it may take time before you are aware of its existence.  This is part of what makes cross contamination possible.  Cross Contamination can occur when you take personal items that have been contaminated with mold spores for one building to another.  You may also unwittingly carry spores on your hair, clothing or other textiles.  Due to the size and weight of the spores, they can be carried easily by circulating air and deposited in other areas of the home or onto personal belongings.  It is extremely important that you have a qualified remediation specialist to treat mold to prevent from spreading and return your home to preloss conditions

Remediation versus Removal

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Remediation versus Removal (Mold)

Mold is a tiny but mighty adversary when it comes to your home or office.  Visible growth can look like a solid covering, but it’s actually a colony of microscopic spores that cling together. These microscopic spores exist naturally in almost every environment.  This makes “removal” almost completely impossible.  Claims to “remove” mold in its entirety or a guarantee to eliminate all mold are misleading.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest understands that mold is a natural entity in our environment.  We have undergone extensive IICRC training in the proper methods to remediate mold in your home or office.  The goal of any qualified restoration company should be to restore the mold levels to their natural levels.  Our goal is to develop a treatment plan customized to your situation and return your home or office to a healthy environment.  If you are concerned about mold, contact us at 251-633-7500 to schedule an inspection today.

Removing Mold From Fabrics

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Removing Mold from Fabrics (Mold)

Many people view mold growth on fabrics as hopeless situation.  First you must tackle removing the visible mold growth, then the stains.  You must also consider that the spores must be treated to truly “clean” cloth items.  Still, others think this is a situation that they can handle themselves.  There are a million DYI articles online detailing home remedies for mold on fabrics. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we want to help you clear up the conflicting stories.  Can mold be effectively removed from soft contents?  The answer is yes!  However, it is not something that you should attempt to do yourself.  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have invested numerous hours in training and technology to ensure that we can restore your mold damaged soft contents to preloss conditions.  Our cutting-edge ESPORTA washing utilizes a specifically formulated detergent solution that removes over 99.9999% of contaminants.  We promise that no homemade solution can provide results even close!  When it comes to salvaging your mold-damaged soft contents call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest.  

Hide and Seek

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Hide and Seek

Mold growth in your home can bring with it a wide array of problems and should be remediated as quickly as possible by a certified professional.  But what happens when you suspect their might be a problem but you can’t locate the culprit. Often homeowners will begin to think there may be mold in their home due to increased allergy, asthma issues, or just a distinctive “musty” smell.  The problem is that mold is a sneaky adversary and often sneaks in to hidden spaces. Most often it is found hiding out behind appliances, under cabinets, in the walls, behind baseboards and in crawl spaces, just to name a few. At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, our team members have the training and experience to effectively locate mold, wherever it may be hiding.   If you suspect you may have a mold issue in your home, contact us at 251-633-7500 to schedule an inspection.

It's About Time

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

It’s About Time

At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest we pride ourselves on our fast and efficient response times.  When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence. Quickly beginning the mitigation process can not only minimize costs and salvage important items, it can also prevent additional damage.  One of the most common complications that can arise from a water damage not being properly and quickly mitigated is mold. It can take as little as 24 hours for mold growth to take root in a humid, moist environment.  It is not only critical to begin work as soon as possible after a water loss, but it is important to finish the drying process completely. Any residual moisture left behind could also feed the beast that is mold. If you experience water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest to make sure you never have to worry about secondary damage!

Protecting Your Home From Mold in in Mobile, AL

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

We are here to help with your mold issues.

Protecting your home from fire or water damage is a common topic of public safety discussions.  We devotes special weeks and even months out of the year to preventing these types of residential disasters, but we rarely discuss tips to prevent mold in your home.  Although mold may not enter with the fury of other emergency situations, it can still bring devastating consequences for homeowners.  Mold is often a silent enemy and you don’t realize it’s there until the damage is quite extensive.  Many insurance policies do not cover mold remediation and many policyholders don’t realize this until there is already damage.  It is important to discuss mold coverage with your insurance agent when taking out a policy on your home.  Mold is a sneaky culprit that likes to sneak up in dark hidden spaces.  There is no way to know what is happening between your walls, but if you notice musty odors or visible growth you may have a mold issue. Here are some tips to help minimize your risk for developing mold within your home:

  • Keep humidity levels below 50% if at all possible.

  • Be sure to properly ventilate shower, laundry and cooking areas.

  • Fix any leaks in the roof, windows or walls as quickly as possible.

  • Have your home dried out and cleaned by a certified professional within 24-48 hours of flooding.  

If you suspect a problem, call us today.  At SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest, we have certified mold remediation specialists who will come out and evaluate your home.  Working with you and an Independent Hygienist, if necessary, we will develop a customized treatment plan to rid your home of mold and restore a happy, healthy home.  

Trust the Experts with Mold

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know it takes less than 24 hours for mold growth to begin after a water damage?  Many factors can influence the rate at which the growth begins.  Here along the Gulf Coast, we have an environment that is the perfect storm when it comes to mold.  High heat, along with high humidity and extended periods of wet weather make the perfect breeding ground.  Mobile is basically a real-world version of a Petri dish.  So when you find mold, what should you do? Your first step should be to call us!  At SERVPRO we have experts that are certified by the IICRC in Mold Remediation.  We follow all IICRC and OSHA guidelines to protect your home from further damage and to ensure the safety of your family once the process is complete.  Proper containment is critical when remediation a mold issue. Air scrubbers may also be used within the treatment area to eliminate any spores that might be released in to the air during the cleaning process.  Depending on the amount of mold present an Industrial Hygienist (IH) may be called in to test the area and evaluate the situation.  The IH will establish a written protocol that will be followed by SERVPRO employees.  Upon completion of the remediation project the Hygeniest will test the air to ensure that all mold spores have been eliminated and that your home is mold-free. 

Mold and Textile

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

In the past, textiles affected by mold or sewage were often labeled as unsalvageable and simply tossed away.  Now, thanks to the advanced technology of the Esporta Washing System,this is no longer the case.  The Esporta offers a one of a kind clean by utilizing a four-quadrant system and specially formulated cleaning solvents.  This innovative process allows us to remove 99.9999 percent of contaminants, which is equivalent to food grade quality.  Historically washing machines used a system of agitation and standard cleaning solutions to beat items against each other and “grind” out the contaminants.  The Esporta has a unique system of chambers that hold the contents securely while water and cleaning solutions are pushed through the chamber, flushing out the contaminants.  This allows us to clean a wider variety of items, from leather goods to porcelain dolls.  The Esporta also uses a unique blend of solutions that are adjusted for each item based on the contaminant, the level of contamination, and the type of item being cleaned. Benefits include minimized claims costs, reduced claim turnaround time and increased customer satisfaction.  This revolutionary system is exclusive to the restoration industry and SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile are proud to be the only provider along the Gulf Coast.

Mold Myth

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

Despite the myths perpetuated by the media in recent years, it is impossible to tell what types of mold are dangerous simply by looking at the color.  The so called “killer black mold” that made headlines for its dangerous health affects was Stachybotrys.  While it is black, there are many varieties of mold that have the same color but generally cause minimal health concerns.  Mold has been around for millions of years and there is almost always a small amount of mold on the air and on many surfaces.  All mold has the same biological structure, consisting of millions of tiny spores that bind together to create colonies.  These spores are what give each variant of mold its unique coloring.  Colors can range from black and brown to green, orange and yellow.  When disturbed, the colonies release spores into the air, which can lead to health issues if inhaled.  Those with allergies, asthma, chronic lung illnesses or compromised immune systems are most susceptible to the effects mold growth.  In those healthy individuals with normal immune systems, the effects are much milder.  More severe health effects attributed to what became known as killer black mold have not been proven according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).  All mold should be treated immediately as the long-term ramifications can be much more detrimental than short term exposure.  Mold growth should always be remediated by a trained, certified professional to properly treat the problem and avoid further spreading of the issue.  Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Mobile, our technicians have been trained and certified in Mold Remediation and we follow IICRC and OCEA standards to ensure that your home is safe, healthy and mold free.

Why We Don't Test For Mold?

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Most people think a company that remediates mold would also do the testing of mold? Here at SERVPRO of North Mobile, we do not, and this is why:

Given we are a Cleaning and Remediation Company, we have determined being a certified Industrial Hygienist (IH) is veering too far from our profession.  Mold remediation and mold testing require different sets of training, certifications, and professional equipment. For remediation purposes, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers a course called Applied Microbial Remediation Technician.  In this course, technicians learn how to properly remediate mold, not test for it.  For testing purposes, you must have a 4 year bachelor’s degree in the particular field  as well as specific IH courses. We are trained professionals in remediating your mold concerns and that is where we focus our expertise.

In addition, a company that does both testing and remediation of mold could potentially be perceived to be skewing test results and protocols to serve their own needs (i.e. - to provide their own “passing” remediation status or inflate a remediation protocol to increase the cost of the job).  To avoid this, we not only have another company do the testing, but we also have the customer call in the IH rather than bringing them in ourselves as a subcontractor of our services.  This ensures that the IH is working for the customer’s best interest. At SERVPRO of North Mobile, we make sure our customers can be fully confident they are receiving the most ethical and trustworthy service.  

So what do you do if you find Mold?

If you believe that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest to evaluate your site and assess the source and extent of the issue. We will provide you with a written assessment of our findings and recommendations of next steps. If the mold issue is severe enough, your next step may be to contact an Industrial Hygienist. The IH will test the area for mold and create a remediation protocol and report with their findings. Adhering to the protocol from the IH, we will properly remediate the site to ensure a passing post-test and return your home or business to a preloss condition.

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Mold In My Summer Rental Rental

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Did you unlock your front door of your summer rental and smell a musty odor? 

Every year home owners from all over come back to their Dauphin Island or Mobile Bay rental unit, and find the horrible smell of mold and mildew has taken over their awesome condos and vacation homes.

One quick tip to help avoid arriving to the unwelcome smell of musky mold and mildew is to use the Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers. If you have the luxury of being able to check in on your unit during the off season, then the air conditioning and dehumidifiers can really help you keep your unit dry.

If you do not have the ability to monitor your vacation home everyday in the off season, call SERVPRO a few days to a week before you plan on opening the unit back up. We can fix your mold issues and have you enjoying your property in no time! 343-0534