Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Molds, Mildews, and SERVPRO

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both outdoors as well as indoors. Due to the fact that we live in South Texas, we are more prone to molds and mildews because of the over all moister in the air. Molds and mildews mostly grows in warm, damp and humid conditions such as ours. We offer many services to our community, one of the being mold remediation. We at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 always recommend that you let professionals handle the mitigation and remediation of mold and mold spores. There are too many protocols set in place by the state to allow anyone that isn't certified to be around or handle 25 contiguous square feet of mold. We urge any members of our community to call if they have any questions or concerns about mold in their home or business. 

Mold vs Mildew

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi, but they are strikingly different when it comes to size, color and texture. Both mold and mildew are attracted to moist warm areas, where they can grow and spread easily; such as food, walls, ceiling, showers, etc. Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy in appearance and shaped in spots that can have different colors, such as blue, green, yellow, brown, grey, black or white. Mildew on the other hand can be described as a specific type of mold, and has a flat growth that remains on the surface and can be easily removed. SERVPRO of Champions/1960's technicians will refer you to mold inspection company, before starting  the mold remediation and clean up. In accordance to state law, we are required to have a third party identify the mold before the clean process can begin. Both mold and mildew need to be taken care in a quick and efficient manner as both can be troublesome over time. 

A Little Bit About Mold

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold sounds like a very scary thing. Most people have it in there minds that once you see or smell mold, that you are already sick. This could not be more wrong. Lets take a second real quick and learn a little about mold. Mold is a fungus, and it grows virtually everywhere on Earth. We aren’t exactly sure how many mold species there are, but it seems to be in the tens of thousands. When addressing any mold growth in your home, it’s important to understand which type of mold you’re working with. It’s also necessary to be aware of the common places to find mold in your home. Not to mention, the environment in which your home resides in. If there is more moisture, there is more of a chances for mold. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 understands that it can be frustrating not knowing what to do in situations like having possible mold in your dwelling. So we urge you to call us if you a have any question or concerns that are mold related or other. 

A Little Bit About Mold II

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Despite its ugly appearance and potentially hazardous effects, mold can offer some great benefits. Penicillin, is made from Penicillium mold which is a green-gray color. Mold can be helpful to certain types of gardeners and or farmers. Molds help breakdown dead plants and animal to add nutrients to the soil. Leaf mold can improve the moisture levels in some soils. These can be proven when you add mulch to your landscape or garden. Another thing that mold is good for is eating. Some molds are used to make certain kinds of cheese. See, not all mold are bad. From all of us here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960, we would like to remind everyone in our great community to call on us for all of their restoration needs, whether it be mold related or otherwise. 

First Steps to Mold Remediation

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

While mold can be dangerous it is also important to know that there are normal levels of mold in every indoor and outdoor environment. There are certain kinds of mold that are non-toxic and can be treated by yourself, when using the proper products. Unless you have dealt with mold issues and not sure what steps to take next. Inspection and testing will confirm if there is presence of mold in your home or business, and how far it has spread. Testing may include air samples from separate rooms or inside walls and surfaces samples when visible mold is present. SERVPRO of Champions/1960 are professionals in mold remediation and mitigation, and will lay out all the steps that are needed to be done in order to remedy the mold issue. 

Do you have mold?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners that detect mold in their dwellings can seek help from a qualified professional to re-mediate the issue. It can be confusing as to which removal method is best for their homes. Let SERVPRO of Champions /1960 worry about that. Remediation efforts differ when it comes to the affected surfaces. Mold found on porous materials, such as dry wall, carpet and insulation, must be re-mediated through the complete removal of these materials. These porous materials must be property disposed of in order to ensure complete mold spore removal. However, nonporous or semi porous materials such as concrete and hardwoods can remain in the home to be properly sanitized depending on their level of damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 are trained to handle mold remediation and are always willing to check the mold situation before remediation begins. 

Mold Tips from SERVPRO of Champions/1960

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

One of the many jobs that we provide our customers here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 is mold mitigation and remediation. Molds are part of our natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.This is the info that everyone should know if you live somewhere like south Texas. It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in-house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.Which is how we fight mold here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960, with our knowledgeable representatives and top-notch equipment.

We here at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 have a few tips for a person with a first-time encounter with mold. By following these tips, could save you a significant amount of money. Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely. Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be removed and discarded. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely. Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms.We here at SERVPRO use a special agent known as sporicidin. Which is an EPA registered and FDA compliant disinfectant recommended for use in hospitals, and medical, dental, and veterinary clinics.

Now that you know a little bit about Molds. We at SERVPRO of Champions/1960 always recommend that you let professionals handle the mitigation and remediation of mold and mold spores. If you are unsure about what to do or where to start you can always call our office and let our staff of specially trained and skilled professionals answer any question or concerns that you may have about your situation.

Harvey Mold

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Harvey Mold Mold mitigation is sometimes a necessary step after the moisture is gone

Harvey Mold

This hurricane (hurricane Harvey) devastated Houston, Texas. Not only did this hurricane fill our city with water but it filled us with so much water that we had to purposefully empty our reservoirs and flood more of our city through this. This made it so some of our neighborhoods were under water for weeks. By the time the water receded these houses had saturated in water for as long as 14 days. As a restoration company, we did everything we could to dry properties. Mold has grown all over the city and while it is fixable it is still something that needs to be handled properly. So how do you handle mold if you find it in your property? This is a multi-step process that is not hard but it needs to be done correctly.

Harvey Mold Part II

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Harvey Mold Part II Mold mitigation is sometimes a necessary step after the moisture is gone

The first thing you need to do is try and handle the job as a water restoration job if your house floods. The reason for this is you may be able to nip it in the bud if you get the moisture out of your house. Call your insurance agent and tell them what has happened and they will recommend a restoration company to you to use. At this point they will spray your house down with anti-microbial and dry your house out. If mold is still a problem at this point then you now must handle the mold inside of your house. So as of right now you have had your house treated for moisture, which means the affected porous materials have been removed and your house has been sanitized and dried. The problem is you still have visible mold.

Harvey Mold Part III

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Harvey Mold Part III Mold mitigation is sometimes a necessary step after the moisture is gone

At this point you have mold inside of your property and you need to get it handled. First thing is you need to get a report made by an industrial hygienist. There are plenty of “mold inspectors” that you can use. You can either call your insurance agent and ask for one, check out a website like google and find one, or you can ask the restoration company to recommend one to you that performed the water restoration on you house. Once you have an industrial hygienist you have them come to your house and they will check your house for mold, what type of mold, and how to mitigate the mold and make your house back to normal. When in doubt you can always call your insurance agent and ask them questions and they should have the answer for you.

Harvey Mold Part IV

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Harvey Mold Part IV Mold mitigation/remediation is sometimes necessary after the moisture is removed

So now you have a report done by your industrial hygienist. The next step is to get a restoration company to come out to perform mold mitigation. You can do this by either using the restoration company that performed the water restoration on your house, find them using a website like google, or call your insurance agent and they should be able to give you a restoration company that they know and trust. At this point the restoration company will come out and find all the affected areas with their expertise and using the report supplied by either the home owner or the industrial hygienist. Using the proper mold mitigation steps the restoration company should be able to make your house back to normal and get your life back on track!

Definition of Mold

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Definition of Mold Mold can be remediated

Some fun facts that every person should know about mold before calling the professionals in. Outdoor mold exists nearly everywhere. Most likely, every home has mold somewhere. Not all mold is harmfully toxic but it can certainly cause allergy problems. Mold helps break down, or decompose, organic material. Mold growth in a home is not limited to flooding & water damage – any exposure to moisture such as a lawn sprinkler, condensation, steam (as from an unvented shower in the bathroom) or periodic leaking that is not attended to will foster the growth of mold. And your homeowner insurance may specifically exclude coverage for damage directly related to mold.

            As you can see, mold in general is not the most exciting thing on the planet. At least I would rather watch mold grow then watch paint dry. When it comes to mold, don’t try to be a self-proclaimed expert, just call in the professionals. Once the right professional is called and verifies that is in fact mold, then you call in the mold mitigation and remediation team of SERVPRO.

Dehumidifiers

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dehumidifiers Dehumidifiers are sometimes used on mold mitigation jobs

Dehumidifiers are used to reduce moisture levels in the air and accelerate the drying process in water restoration. This balanced drying system is best achieved when the rate of dehumidification exceeds the rate of evaporation. The dehumidifiers precool incoming air before it passes over a cold evaporator coil 20 to 30 degrees below dew point. The cold coil condenses water vapor into water that drains into a condensate pump and is removed by automatic pump out system. Each of these systems fill a specific need for the professional restorer. Conventional refrigerant dehumidifiers are most common type of portable dehumidifiers in the restoration  industry. They remove water from the air through the process of condensation and more efficient in higher humidity conditions. The ideal temperature (90*f /21*c ) is optimal when humidity is high. The lower temperature (70 f/32 c)is optimal when humidity is low. While conventional refrigerant are not capable of providing significant water removal once the humid goes below 40 GOP.Dehumidifiers are for indoor use only. 


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

HEPA Vacuum

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation HEPA Vacuum HEPA Vacuum

HEPA Vacuum


      High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance. That is what the acronym HEPA stands for. What is a HEPA vacuum? How does it work? What makes it different and more special than other vacuums.


      When approaching things such as mold, led, or asbestos you must use a HEPA vacuum. It is for indoor use only and takes out 99.97% of the particulates in the air. It is the most efficient vacuum you can find. Inside a HEPA vacuum is 5 filters including a HEPA filter.


      When on a job, you can combine a HEPA vacuum with an air scrubber to completely control the debris in the air and help eradicate the mold on a property. After cleaning the walls and vacuuming the walls and floors with an air scrubber running you are usually almost done with a mold job. Without a HEPA vacuum it would be impossible.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Mold Remediation Practices

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Practices Not actual mold PPE

Mold Remediation


         


              When working a mold remediation job as a SERVPRO representative we have a procedure that we must follow. The first step is getting the call and getting out to the customer’s house. The next step is to locate the affected areas. After we have located the affected areas we are going to contain the areas that are affected so the work that we do will not spread to unaffected areas. If you do not do this then the spores will spread, all over the property and the work you do will only hurt the job. Next you want to create negative airflow via an air scrubber and containment. This air scrubber will clean the air as you clean the walls and floors and ceilings. Next you will HEPA vacuum the affected area. If this does not work, then we will cut out the affected areas. Lastly, we clean the affected contents and get the property back in order.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Mold Remediation

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Bathroom in Houston, Texas in need of mold remediation

Mold Remediation


          Here at SERVPRO of Champions 1960 we are experts in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, biohazard, storm response, pack outs, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventorying, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, air duct and HVAC clean up, deodorization, and vandalization cleanup. We take our job very seriously. Something that is a big concern of ours, living in a high humidified area, is mold. While it is nothing to panic over it is also something that should always be in the back of the mind of a water restoration company located in Houston, Texas. Here are the steps that you must take in a mold/water restoration job.


          First you must receive the phone call from the client and find out the proper information about the property. Asking questions on whether or not there has ever been a water loss at the property are important steps to know whether or not there is secondary damage or mold inside the property. Once we have received the phone call now we have to get our teams out to the property as soon as possible. Luckily, we (SERVPRO Champions 1960) are certified and experts at mold mitigation and water restoration so we know what we need to do once we get to the water loss.


          Once our teams arrive on the scene we now need to find the point of origin for the damage and the total affected area of the water/mold loss. If we are arriving on a water loss then we are looking for where the water entered the property. We need to know where the water came in and how much affected area there is. Also we need to know how long the water has been here and how long it has been sitting. If the water has been sitting for 72 hours or more then mold has a chance of growing. This is a concern of our because if mold has taken over the loss then taking care of the job is now a different beast.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Mold Remediation Part II

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Part II Bathroom in Houston, Texas in need of mold remediation

Mold Remediation Part II


          When treating a water loss timing is key. We need to get the house dry as soon as possible to make sure that mold doesn’t grow. We will find the point of origin and then locate all of the affected area. Then we will remove porous materials if the water is dirty. After that we use laser measurments to determin how much dehumidification and air movers are necessary to thouroughly dry the property. After that we will spray the affected area down with EPA registered anti microbrial to make sure that mold will not grow (secondary damage) after we leave. If we do all of these steps then the property is safe and is ready for reconstruction.


          When showing up to a mold job it is a little different. We first have to locate all of the affected area. Then we will block off the affected area and make sure that the contaminated area cannot leave into other areas of the property. After that we bring in an airscurbber. Air scrubbers are a machine that has multipler filters inside of it including a HEPA filter. HEPA filters take out 99.97% of particulates out of the air. They are the only filter that are capable of doing this in the market. An air scrubber sucks in the air and then pushes it through the filters inside it and then blows it out the other end. We use laser measurements to determine how much air scrubbing is necessary for the affected area. Then we begin to use HEPA vaccumes on the walls and floors and ceilings to start removing the mold spores. After that we will clean the walls, floors and ceilings. Lastly, if this is not working then we will begin to remove the contaminated pieces and safely remove them. Take a look at Part III for more information!


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Mold Remediation Part III

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Part III Bathroom in need of mold remediation in Houston, Texas

Mold Remediation Part III


          While this is going on we are also cleaning the contents if necessary and possible. Restoring contents and inventorying them is a big part of what we (SERVPRO of Champions 1960) do as a company. It is the reason why we are so valuable. We can save your contents in which you have developed a sentimental attachment to.


          Some things that we do while we are working are taking pictures of all of our work constantly. This proves that there was actual damage and that the work that was done needed to be done. This also helps you get the money you need for replacement if necessary. Another thing we do is we get signatures on all of the work that we are going to do. This helps protect you from damage to your property that doesn’t need to happen and also makes sure that you, the client, is well informed and aware of everything that is happening to your property. Once everything is done we make sure that we get a signature on your happiness of our work. If you are not happy then this gets you the chance to tell us why. At the end of the day we will make sure that you are happy with our work.


          Once this is all done the house is safe to rebuild on and safe to live in. When performing these jobs we do some things on the back end as well to help protect your property and your belongings. We have an electronic database where we inventory all of your belongings. This helps protect you from theft and helps protect the value of your property. If at the end of the job somethings are not restorable then now we have proof of it for when you need it replaced via your insurance agency. Also this protects the insurance agency from fraud. Here at SERVPRO Champions 1960 we take our job very seriously and want to make sure that you, the customer, and your insurance agent is kept happy and well informed.


-The list of our services are water restoration, fire restoration, mold mitigation, storm response, move outs and contents restoration, electronic restoration, document drying, contents claim inventory service, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, deodorization, biohazard and crime scene clean up, and vandalism cleaning in the greater Houston, Katy, Alief, Cypress, Champions, 1960, highway 6, Bellaire, Myerland area and many more!-

Don't Be a Dead Head About Your House Damages

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Be a Dead Head About Your House Damages RIP to Secondary Damages

Ignoring a problem and hoping it just goes away may seem like a good idea, especially if you can't see the damage, but what you can't see CAN hurt you. Even if it is a small leak that came from your dishwasher you can find out that heading this off in the beginning would have been a better idea once you find out that you have secondary damage in your home. Mold, mildew, odors and decomposing building components can all lead to major and EXPENSIVE problems. Odors that come from mildew and allergies that come from mold are just a few of the big problems that can occur if a water damage isn't addressed within 48 hours of water damage. Call SERVPRO of Champions/1960 to get a moisture check or a mold assessment. We can save you thousands in the long run!