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Mold in your Mansfield basement
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 understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Richland And Ashland Counties has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.
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The Mold Remediation Process
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:
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The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
- Mold Containment
Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
- Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture 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 process.
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been 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. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.
Can my home have a Mold Problem?
Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.
Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?
Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.
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.
Are Molds a Health Concern?
Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem.
While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others.
What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?
Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.
- Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and
- de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
- Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
- Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
- Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
- Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
- Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
- Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
- Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
- Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.
If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties at
**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**
Three Places to Check for Mold Growth
A mold colony grew and spread quickly in this laundry room, hidden by the washing machine.
Just hearing the word “mold” can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. Mold growth can appear quickly, so knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.
Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:
Everyone knows that mold likes water and wet areas, making your bathrooms a hotbed for mold growth. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, this is a great time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. Investing in a dehumidifier for your bathroom can assist in the prevention of mold growth.
This area of your home is also a watery place, it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. Watch out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores. Spores are always in our air and cannot be removed, the trick to preventing mold growth is not giving them a place to land and settle.
The laundry room
Because the laundry room houses large appliances, it also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned often. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected in order to prevent mold growth.
Other areas to check frequently for mold include hall closets, garages, and basements.
Our team at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties is always here to help you with any issues related to mold remediation in your home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (419) 207-8449.
Preventing Mold in Your Home
This dining room was completely taken over by mold that was allowed to grow without professional intervention.
Residential and commercial buildings alike can be difficult to prevent mold growth in because of the summer humidity levels that come with Ohio’s climate. Mold loves humidity and can easily survive and flourish on even the smallest amount of moisture within the walls or floors during a humid summer day. Because of this, indoor mold is most commonly found in the most damp, humid areas of the house, especially bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Mold can grow uncontrolled as well on ceilings and inside of walls if the building has been recently water damaged.
Mold is a common fungus, of which there are thousands of different species spread throughout the world. The only way to prevent mold growth is to make the building uninhabitable to the fungi life cycle. Here are a few ways to deter mold growth:
- Use mold inhibitors on walls before painting any area, especially potentially damp areas like bathrooms and basements.
- Use dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and fans to keep humidity levels steady and low enough that mold cannot grow, the ideal being between 30 and 65 percent.
- Make sure that the areas under and around houseplants are free from excess water
- Keep rugs from damp rooms such as bathrooms or basements dry and frequently cleaned. Spores can thrive in a damp carpet and cause a severe mold issue.
- Use sanitizing mold prevention products to clean areas after water damage or mildew growth to reduce the risk of future mold issues in your home..
- Contact a mold remediation professional at the first sign of water leakage under appliances or in bathrooms.
Sometimes mold attacks in unseen places after a flood or pipe leak. Once this occurs, removing the water is not enough to eliminate the fungi entirely. Mold can survive for years without water, only to reemerge when exposed to liquid. Seeking the assistance of a remediation expert may help prevent future contamination and water damage. Our experts at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties know how to disinfect infected areas and completely kill mold colonies in your residence.
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you.
I spoke with our Mold and Biohazard Manager to ask him some questions about how this process works.
It is preferred that you have an Industrial Hygienist protocol done.
What is that?
This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance.
Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls and respirators.
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal. Unfortunately, in most situations there is a some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.
During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.
You want to consider getting your HVAC cleaned as well, the mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.
Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give us a call today;
What Causes Mold?
Common Source of excessive mold-causing moisture
Flooding from storms coming from outside
Sump pump overflow
Roof leaks from damaged roofs, ice dams or blocked gutters
Rain from storms through window frames, exterior walls, or doors
Leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows
Damp basements due to high water table or badly managed water drainage
Condensation on cold surfaces
Mold needs these 3 main things to thrive and stay alive.
Warm or temperate Temperature
Mold is easier to prevent than it is to clean so keeping a watch on common sources of mold and maintaining a dry, ventilated home and drying homes from water damage within 24 hours of the incidence is the best way to prevent mold from happening in the first place. If you have a mold problem and you would like information about how to get it professionally cleaned, please call us and we will direct you on the companies that we use to test for mold.
SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties , 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.
CDC Advises Against Home Mold Testing
If you see it, call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.
The CDC states that “generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and [the] CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.”
Testing, to be accurate, should be done by and Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or an Industrial Hygienist (IH). These professionals have the ability to test in a manner that gives an accurate representation of the environment inside the structure. Clearance testing after mitigation should also be a part of the protocol to confirm the effectiveness of the mitigation.
Testing not performed by the mitigation company handling the work adds a level of accountability to the project, avoids a conflict of interest, and insures the building owner of properly mitigated mold damage.
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is committed to properly remediating any mold damage in your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”
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SERVPRO Provides Proper Protocols for Successful Mold Remediation
Looking at everywhere mold can choose to grow on your South Richland County property; it is no surprise that it often finds a comfortable spot in your basement. Basement mold is a common occurrence that many homeowners face, especially since mold only needs water, oxygen, and food to grow. Lack of sunlight is also a plus for these fungi to proliferate.
Gravity sends water to the lowest spot in your home. So, it makes sense that your basement or the crawlspace under your Mansfield area home has the highest chance of mold damage. If the problem is severe, you may want to consider locating a professional mold company to handle the situation.
Regardless of what some sources might say, the species or amount of mold growing in your home has zero impact on your mold remediation process, and any amount or species may cause health effects. SERVPRO technicians follow specific guidelines designed to focus on controlling mold growth found in your home. We use EPA-registered disinfectants, negative airflow machines, and plastic sheeting to help reduce the spread.
Your team of SERVPRO IICRC-industry certified professionals removes saturated materials and additional debris and pay close attention to detail, cleaning every surface. Each material requires a specific cleaning method or a combination of cleaning methods to achieve favorable results. However, our technicians have years of experience performing mold remediation services and work in a quick, efficient manner to save you time and money.
SERVPRO staff works with your insurance company and keeps you informed throughout the remediation process. We make sound recommendations to help reduce or prevent future growth and offer a variety of solutions that help you control your indoor living environment.
We can do everything from mold remediation services to the installation of a basement or crawlspace encapsulation system, install dehumidification equipment, and thoroughly inspect your ventilation system throughout your home. You have the power to take charge of the air quality in your home.
Contact SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County today for detailed information about any of our services or to begin your home’s mold remediation service, today. (419) 207-8449
Inspect For Mold Damage in Richland County
Mold can hide or exist in plain sight. Regardless of the mold type, contact SERVPRO to figure out the cause and remediate the damage
SERVPRO Technicians Find the Cause of the Mold Infestation Before Starting the Remediation Process
The hot summer months come to an end, and the leaves begin to fall. Moving into a new season is a perfect time to check for mold issues in areas of your home you may neglect. Our area can see some ice and snow during the winter, and if gutters, eaves, and shingles need maintenance, moisture pushes in and creates a perfect environment for mold damage.
Your home experiences all four seasons, exposing it to mold damage risk in Richland County.. Before we move into the colder months, evaluate the musty smell you notice when you open the door to your attic. Ice dams from winters and early springs past may have created a pathway for water to invade and saturate rafters and studs right under your roof. Severe cases allow that moisture to seep into your living areas. Do you see dark staining on ceilings or walls? A mold inspection is in order.
Often the only sign you notice when mold damages your home is an earthy, unpleasant smell. SERVPRO responds by sending an experienced mold remediation technician to check out concerns. If mold is detected, we work with you to discover where the moisture mold needs for growth is intruding. Our workers determine how to manage the current infestation and make recommendations to eliminate the water problem.
SERVPRO is a restoration company, able to remediate serious problems like mold. We follow EPA industry standards when containing, removing, and sanitizing areas suffering from mold outbreaks. Keeping the moldy material in place until safely removing it prevents spread to other spaces within your home. Physical barriers like heavy duty plastic sheeting and high-technology equipment like negative air pressure scrubbers assist us in this endeavor.
We restore the appearance of your exterior and interior after abating a broad range of damaging processes and work with other contractors hired to make specific repairs. Ice dams frequently trace their cause to poorly maintained or clogged gutters and drains. SERVPRO remediates the mold and pinpoints the reasons it plagues you. We help you arrange for repairs that stop moisture from feeding mold spores in your attic.
Rely on SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County to investigate your potential mold issues.
Remediating Mold Damage in Your Richland County home.
SERVPRO uses different cleaning methods for each unique surface to remediate mold
Mold is often undetectable in Ohio homes until it has become a significant problem. Not every type of mold has that distinctive, ‘musty’ odor and if the growth started behind a wall or in the attic, the smell is not noticeable until the mold has grown into a large colony of spores.
Restoring a Mansfield home of the effects from mold damage home is a task that needs a professional service. SERVPRO keeps a trained crew on 24-hour notice to support our neighbors and customers. We have some of the best-trained personnel in the industry to clean mold from the property and safely remove it from each home.
These technicians first determine the type of surface infested. This inspection decides both the cleaning methods needed and how much time may be required to complete the job. We usually divide surfaces into porous, nonporous, and semi-porous categories.
Porous surfaces are typically building materials and fabrics; drywall and upholstery for example. They are often cleanable, but if the mold is very thick or has grown into the material, we dispose of it. Our cleaning methods for these surfaces involve vacuuming them with special HEPS filters that catch tiny amounts of loose mold, even a single spore.
After finishing vacuuming, we move on to using spray bottles with an antimicrobial cleaner and foaming agents to dampen the surface. Wetting loosens the mold and allows technicians to remove it with cloths and sponges.
Nonporous surfaces are the easiest to clean. This category includes metal and glass tabletops as well as marble and smooth stone kitchen countertops. In many cases, we can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. Technicians wipe down the surfaces from top to bottom to prevent accidentally leaving spores at the top or along the sides. If the mold layer is thick, we vacuum it first before dry wiping.
Semi-porous surfaces (concrete and wood decks for example) require methods not acceptable on other surfaces. Affected surfaces may need sanding to wire brushing and other abrasive tools to dig out the mold. The cleaners we use on these surfaces would mar or otherwise destroy glass and metal surfaces. If mold has penetrated the surface of the wood or concrete, technicians may have to sand them down by hand or with a power sander to remove it.
Returning your home to its pre-mold condition is not a quick or easy set of processes. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County has years of experience in helping our customers through each step to put you back into your home. If you need us, call (419) 207-8449 today to set up an inspection.
Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold in your Richland County Home.
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 North Richland and Ashland 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 North Richland and Ashland 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.
MOLD: what to do until help arrives
Visible Mold on support beams due to water damage
In as little as 48 hours mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. By calling in the professionals at SERVPRO your heading in the right direction.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Stay out of affected areas
2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
3. Contact a SERVPRO Franchise for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Richland and Ashland Co. 419-207-8449
WHAT NOT TO DO:
1. Don't touch or disturb the Mold
2. Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible mold.
3. Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
4. Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold