Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Timing Matters

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lee County, we know that timing matters. That's why we are here to help 24/7/365 when disaster strikes your home or business. 

Each situation involving water damage is unique in it's own way, which means that it requires a unique solution. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. But, why else does the timing matter when water is involved? One word: mold. Mold can spread quickly (within as little as 48 hours). Each situation involving mold is unique as well. We have the training and the equipment to quickly remediate the mold damage affecting your home or business. 

Do you think that mold is affecting your Lee County home? Give us a call today at (334) 821-4858. 

Mold in Your Lee County Home?

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

It only takes a small water leak, or even something as simple like excess humidity, to cause mold to form in your Lee County home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated. This means that we are right here in your community to respond quickly to remediate the mold in your home or business.

A fast response often means reducing the damage, stopping further damage, and reducing the cost. Don't let mold stick around your home. Just give us a call at (334) 821-4858. If you would like to learn some tips on what to do until help arrives, we've got a great guide for that! Take a look by clicking here

Warning Signs of Mold in Your Lee County Home

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

It can be difficult to spot mold in the beginning stages when you have an untrained eye. Mold also loves to hide behind walls or underneath sinks and other places that aren't so easy to notice. That's why you can trust us to come and inspect your home. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. However, we want to share a few things so you know when to give us a call.

First and foremost, visible mold. However, in the beginning stages when it is still a small area, it can be mistaken for dirt or soot. If you are concerned, don't hesitate to give us a call 24/7. 

Secondly, be on high alert if you have had water issues in your home, whether that is just a small leak or minor flooding. Again, beware of small leaks as mold can grow in as little as 48-72 hours. 

Lastly, beware of the health issues that can be associated with major mold infestations. If you have a similar feeling to being affected by "allergies" when you are at your home but feel better when you are out then your home could be being affected by mold. There are also more severe issues that can be the result of toxic symptoms of mold. We share this not to scare you but to make sure you know what to look out for. 

Remember, the best way to know if you have mold in your home is to give the professionals a call and let us assess your property! 

Mold at Your Lee County Business

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property.

Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. The list could go on and on because it can be caused by a number of different things. We know that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We are ready to respond quickly and manage the situation if you suspect that your Lee County business may have a mold problem. A fast response can also lessen the damage, limit further damage, and reduce costs. 

We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. Give us a call anytime. We're here for you 24/7. 

Mold Problem? Not a problem!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

School's are buildings just like your home or business. We've written blogs before about mold so as you may already know, mold is actually almost everywhere! If you think that mold may be in your classroom or somewhere in your school, don't panic. Just give us a call at (334) 821-4858. 

Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. We've got the professional training and the equipment to handle your mold remediation quickly and safely to ensure that we get it back to "Like it never even happened." 

If you think that mold may be affecting your Lee County school, let us come by and inspect and assess so that we can make sure your school is safe for you and the kids. 

What You Need To Know About Mold

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

We posted this same blog quite a while back but we knew with the warmer weather coming up that now would be the perfect time re-post this to remind you guys of some facts about mold since it has been so long. 

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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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.

  Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Lee 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.

Don't Let Your Home Be Too Humid This Spring!

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Your Home Be Too Humid This Spring! Don't forget to let the professionals handle your mold.

According to the CDC, molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

Since Spring is coming up quickly, we wanted to remind you of this. Alabama can get pretty humid when the weather warms up so we want all of our folks to be safe! Make sure you're taking the proper precautions in your home to avoid it. Here is what the CDC has to say (if you want to read more click here for their website):

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

If you think your home or business is affected by mold, give us a call today so we can take of it. You can reach us 24/7 at (334)-821-4858. 

We'll Find It!

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation We'll Find It! It can't hide from us!

We post blogs often about hidden mold because it can be in hard to find areas and cause a lot of problems for your home and your health. If you have any concerns about mold in your home or business, please give us a call today at (334)-821-4858. Our employees are highly trained and have the knowledge and equipment to find the mold that may be causing problems in your home.

As you can see in this photo, a small leak in a pipe makes the perfect breeding ground for mold to grow and continue to grow where your eyes may not be able to see. Check often under cabinets and ensure that your pipes are not leaking. It is a simple pre-caution that may be able to help you avoid a mold remediation!

Mold

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Do you understand mold?


Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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.


SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858!

Listen to Your Home

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Listen to Your Home Mold in the flooring of a home.

Sometimes, mold is hidden. Other times, you may just be neglecting to listen. Today, we wanted to write a blog to let you know a few signs that your home is being affected by mold damage so you can know what to look for.


1) Water Spots


    Make sure you are always glancing around for water spots. Water damage can begin to grow mold in as little as 48 hours so the sooner you are able to notice and give us a call- the better.


2) Discoloration


    Most people automatically think of mold as black mold. But you should be checking for discoloration that could be black or green. Any discoloration that catches your eye should be investigated though. Don't let it slip just because it doesn't fit the specific criteria. Always be aware.


3) Unpleasant Smell


    Mold is a fungus and that can cause an extremely unpleasant smell. This will depend on a few things: how much mold is growing and what type of mold is growing. Any smell, whether faint or strong, should be investigated. 



Give us a call to come take a look if you are worried about mold in your home.




 SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858!

How Your Fire Leads to Mold:

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Your Fire Leads to Mold: Mold can't hide from us!

When your home has a fire, it is often put out with a fire extinguisher or in cases where it grows large, the fire department uses large hoses and a whole lot of water to put it out. You need to not only remediate the fire damage but also the water damage that your home now has. If that water damage goes over looked, or not cared for properly, you could end up with a large mold problem in your home.


This is why you should call SERVPRO immediately. We have expertise in all those areas. We can remediate them all at once, step by step, while keeping you informed and helping ease the stress that these situations can cause. 



SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858!

What to Expect When You Call Us for Mold:

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Expect When You Call Us for Mold: Don't let this be you. Call us today.

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:

  1. Emergency Contact - (334) 821-4858

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Restoration

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.

 

SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858! 

Break the Mold

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Break the Mold Don't let this be you.. but if it is, don't hesitate to call.

Break the mold and start preventing mold growth in your home now. When mold has started growing, you need to call in the professionals (Hint, Hint) but there are a few steps you can take to try and avoid having to deal with the issue. 



  1. Avoid clutter to allow air flow to circulate

  2. Control your indoor climate: mold most often starts in the hot, humid summers when you're tempting to crank down the AC and allow a cold environment for the water vapor to condense.

  3. Monitor your humidity: a small humidity monitor will only run you about $20 so pick one up when you can and ensure your home stays between 35-50%. Once you hit over 70%, you're setting the perfect conditions for mold to grow.


If you can't find the issue, whether it be standing water or your humidity levels, call in the professionals. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Phoenix City home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.



SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858! 

Mold is Sneaky

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Sneaky Mold Job

Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours so that is why it is important to make sure that if you have professionals handle the clean up. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Phenix City home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858! 

Facts about Mold

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Facts about Mold Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants.

  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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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.

  Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Phenix City, Eufaula and Tuskegee 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.

SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858!