This one’s a true double header! We were called out to a home in Oxford for a shower/bath that was leaking into the basement AND mold in the basement that needed to be remediated.
To start, we addressed the water issues that the customer faced, conducting demo and setting equipment to start the drying process. Next, we addressed the mold in their basement. Our crew set-up a containment zone, remediated the mold and then place 3 air scrubbers in the affected area. After a couple of days, the water affected area was dry and the affected mold area was good to go. This job is now in reconstruction and soon their home will look like the shower/bath never leaked and the mold was never even there.
Mold in the Attic
This is a side by side comparison of the ceiling in the attic.
This attic is 1,983 square feet. When we first arrived on site it was completely covered in mold. The inspector identified the source as an improper ventilation issue. Understandably so, the homeowner was unable to fix the source until the mold was remediated. They called our office and Eric went out to give them an estimate. Soon after the estimate was accepted by the homeowner, our techs, Austin and Josh were onsite in full Tyvek suits setting up the containment and starting the remediation process. In the first day we were able to set-up the containment, remediate and set the air scrubbers. Upon the final walk through with the homeowner, the attic was clear of mold and ready to start fixing the source of the problem.
Does your home have a mold problem?
Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. This shows spore growth less than 2 days after water exposure without proper mitigation
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.
My House Smells Musty
Now that it has cooled off outside and people are spending significantly more time in their homes, we have been getting quite a number of calls for mold testing. The number one reason people have been calling for testing is due to a "musty smell" in their home. It doesn't take much for mold to form indoors; a small water leak or excess humidity could be cause enough for mold growth to begin. Now, one must understand that mold is everywhere and is completely impossible to eradicate, however, mold does not tend to irritate us until it has had a chance to grow; causing it to produce allergens and irritants.
A water leak does not have to be present for mold growth to occur. Please understand that an increase in humidity in the home can also create an environment susceptible to mold growth. It is recommended that indoor humidity be kept below 45% in order to prevent the growth of mold. This can be difficult in older homes that utilize water or steam heat as these tend to increase the humidity level indoors. If this is the case for you, it may be to your benefit to place dehumidifiers strategically throughout your home where humidity levels tend to be the highest. An indoor humidity meter can be picked up for just a few bucks online if this is something that concerns you. I (Andrea) actually have a humidity meter on my alarm clock that allows me to monitor the humidity in my bedroom and I run a dehumidifier as needed.
If all else fails and you are concerned, please give us at SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc a call. We would be happy to come test your home for Mold in order to give you the peace of mind that you deserve. Please know that if mold is found, our technicians come highly trained in Mold Remediation and have specialized Mold Remediation Equipment that allows us to effectively address the each unique mold issue our clients present. If mold is identified and remediation must occur, rest assured that SERVPRO of Lapeer & Grand Blanc is ready to help. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation:
- Emergency Contact - (810) 664-1000
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
For more information, please visit us here http://www.SERVPROlapeer.com/mold-removal-process or call the office anytime (810) 664-1000.
Take the Interactive Mold House Tour https://www.epa.gov/mold/interactive-mold-house-tour
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