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Our Specialists Explain Everything You Need To Know About Mold And Your Delta Home

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Specialists Explain Everything You Need To Know About Mold And Your Delta Home We can be reached any time, so never hesitate to call us as soon as you find the problem.

Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Your Delta Home

Finding any mold growth in your Delta home, whether it is black, slimy spots on your shower curtain or white, fuzzy patches on your basement floor, is a rather unsightly discovery. In some cases, mold can cause health effects for you and your family.

Once you find the mold damage in your Delta home, it is essential to get help with remediation from a professional company. SERVPRO staff is always standing by to help you out, and we understand that the faster we get to you, the better. Mold can spread quickly to other clean areas of your home if it is not cleaned up as soon as possible.

A kind of fungus which consists of small organisms, mold can be found all around you. Outside, they are critical in the life cycle, taking dead plants, leaves, and trees, and breaking them all down. Molds thrive on moisture, and tiny spores are how they reproduce, traveling in the air and landing on other surfaces.

Mold is generally harmless when it is a small amount, but when they begin growing on a damp surface they can multiply, which includes anywhere – your appliances, walls, flooring, furniture, or carpeting. All mold needs to grow is moisture, so damp areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms, and crawl spaces are common spots for mold. SERVPRO techs can even find hidden mold with special moisture sensors.

Although you can ever eliminate all mold in your home, it is possible to control it by taking some simple steps. Since the spores need moisture to grow, lowering these levels in your residence is the most efficient way to avoid or stop the growth of mold. If there is already mold growing in your home, it is vital to get the assistance from our staff at SERVPRO. Conventional household cleaners are not strong enough to properly clean the infestation. Plus, if there is any hidden growth or the moisture that caused the issue in the first place isn’t handled, you’ll see it return in no time.

Trust SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride when it comes to mold damage in your home in Gunnison, Almont, or Pitkin. We can be reached any time at (970) 240-6970, so never hesitate to call us as soon as you find the problem.

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The Various Types Of Mold That Could Be Growing In Your Gunnison Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Various Types Of Mold That Could Be Growing In Your Gunnison Home Whenever you discover mold growing in your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride remediation technicians to help you overcome it.

Different Kinds Of Mold That Can Grow In Your Gunnison Home

Did you know that all microbial and mold growth that can affect your Gunnison home is not the same? While you have certainly heard of “toxic molds” like black mold and the like, there are several common varieties of fungal growth that can damage your home and provide potential health effects for the occupants of the house. The more that you can understand about the organisms that can threaten your home, the better prepared you become to face these situations when they occur.

When mold damage occurs in your Gunnison property it is a clear indicator that you need professional assistance to overcome the organism and contain its spread throughout the property. Here are a few common varieties of mold growth and where you might spot them within your home, so you know when its time to call our SERVPRO remediation experts.

Penicillium
This organism is one of the most common throughout the entire country and is the same variety that grows on spoiled items in your home. It gets easily recognized by a fuzzy texture and appears in shades of white, blue, and green.

Aspergillus
This organism is a fast-growing variety of mold that can affect your Dayton home and spread quickly. This variety of mold releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) known as mycotoxins that can cause respiratory damage to humans and pets exposed to the active spores from the colony.

Cladosporium
This organism is a black or green mold that you can commonly find growing on painted surfaces, fiberglass, and on the back of toilets. This organism has gotten classified as an airborne mold, which can affect the structural integrity of your homeless but might have a heightened impact on the people exposed to the colony.

Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and extensive training to identify the type of mold you have growing in your home and the best approach to remove it.

Whenever you discover mold growing in your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride remediation technicians to help you overcome it. Give us a call today at (970) 240-6970.

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Professional Mold Damage Remediation That Residents Of Gunnison Should Consider

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Mold Damage Remediation That Residents Of Gunnison Should Consider Another cause of mold damage in most basements in Gunnison is the cold temperatures and higher humidity that lead to condensation.

Professional Mold Damage Remediation

Most of our basements have conditions that favor the development of mold damage. As far as there is a moisture source in the basement, then you should expect mold to grow. Given that most people do not frequently clean their basements, the dust can also help mold growth. Let us start by looking at the causes of mold and how to restore your Gunnison property after such an experience.

Another cause of mold damage in most basements in Gunnison is the cold temperatures and higher humidity that lead to condensation. When condensation occurs, moisture collects on cold concrete basement floors, walls, and metal pipes. Mold can also form in basements as an aftermath of flooding. Even when other rooms easily dry after a flood, standing water always remains in these areas. Our SERVPRO team understands that musty smell in the basement is a sign that your basement has a mold problem.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand that mold does not necessarily grow in one area and as a result, we have to assess the level of the contamination. Such as assessment helps us to come up with an approach to clean up and remove the mold. During the cleanup process, we use minimum PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes the use of disposable gloves, eye protection, and an N-95 disposable respirator. Our team is trained in using appropriate PPE and follows the OSHA standards when working at the site.

When cleaning and removing the mold, some dust and mold spores may settle on the surface. To remove the residual spores, we perform HEPA vacuuming. These types of vacuums have HEPA filters that trap the residues and retain them within the vacuum. After that, we remove the filters and put them in plastic bags ready for disposal. To improve the quality of air, we perform deodorization with the aim of neutralizing the odor causing particles and in the process disinfect the contaminated surfaces and reduce chances of recurrence.

At SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is in your commercial or residential property. Call us today at (970) 240-6970 and work with our experienced technicians.

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Stopping the Progression of Mold Damage in a Crested Butte Residence

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping the Progression of Mold Damage in a Crested Butte Residence Finding mold on your property can be a cause for alarm. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and stop the infestation in its tracks.

SERVPRO Technicians Effectively Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Cleaning your home in Crested Butte on a regular basis keeps things healthy for your family. However, even the most thoroughly cleaned house can still harbor microbial infestations. At SERVPRO, we take this problem seriously and gain the skills needed to remediate homes in our community successfully.
 
We want families to live in homes without worrying about the health effects that mold damage in Crested Butte can cause in some individuals. Because mold, like any other microbe, requires water to survive, we use our moisture detection devices to locate any water sources that mold and mildew might use. Once taken care of, we can begin remediating the mold currently present in your home.
 
While we perform the remediation of your house's mold damage, we use clear 6-millimeter polypropylene sheeting to keep heavily infested areas enclosed. Doing this protects the other areas of your home from exposure through the natural release of spores which increase when we disturb a mold colony. These areas often direct contaminated air out of your home or into a HEPA filter, which traps any debris. Mold particles, spores, dust, and other small particles produced when we cut away materials with mold damage can spread contamination quite easily.
 
We clean some areas exhibiting mold infestation with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter while we clean other surfaces in your property with damp cleaning cloths. As we clean the mold-covered surfaces, we also work on drying out your residence's interior. Because we need to keep from disturbing any mold more than necessary, we also use dehumidifiers that create a low-airflow current. They still strip moisture from the air but do so without creating any new air currents that could prove counter-productive.
 
Once we have cleared your home of the majority of mold-damaged materials, we can then use stronger dehumidifiers to finish the drying process. Trapped water vapor can lead to other problems, as well, so eliminating this provides substantial protection to your property. SERVPRO technicians with IICRC certification in Odor Control (OCT) can also address any remaining musty odors. We want to make all of our customers satisfied with our work, so we work closely with each one throughout the entire job, from start to finish.
 
SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride can help you restore your property in Paonia, Ouray, and Ohio City back to a healthy state with our professional mold damage remediation services. Contact us at (970) 240-6970 to find out more about how we can help keep your home protected from microbial infestations.

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Why Mold Damage Happens to Gunnison Homes with Older Builds More Often

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Damage Happens to Gunnison Homes with Older Builds More Often If you find mold damage in your home for any reason count on SERVPRO for remediation

Find out what could be causing mold damage in your home

Mold damage in Gunnison happens to older homes more often than to new builds, causing maintenance and upkeep costs to rise with time for local homeowners. Multiple factors contribute to this phenomenon, ranging from the materials that make up the structure to building layouts and amenities that may be at a disadvantage compared to modern standards. While we do take care of fungal colonies in all types of homes in the area, here are a few reasons why old construction makes up a significant portion of our work.

Better Materials
Most types of mold damage in Gunnison homes thrive on older materials. Fresh wood and other building materials are often better able to fight off fungal spores than are older, more well-worn materials. Decayed cells and microstructures within the wood, wallpaper, and other materials present easy targets for opportunistic spores, giving them a reliable food source to grow off of should water be present. Age is not the only factor, however: better-quality materials are less likely to experience these effects with age. Modern homes may have more rigorous quality standards than those that are decades old.

Excellent Growing Environments
Older homes often incorporate many more crawlspaces, thin surfaces, hollow regions, and other structural amenities that provide safe, secluded places for mold colonies to grow. When water finds its way into these areas for any reason, it can be easy for an upstart colony to form without the homeowner ever knowing there is a problem until it becomes too prominent to ignore. New homes are often better-lit and less naturally supportive of mold growth than older constructions.

Poor Maintenance
Many old homes are not maintained as well as newer ones. This may be due to the residents' inability to conduct routine checks and touch-ups, or even merely because problems may be harder to recognize. SERVPRO can help to evaluate your home for any maintenance issues or damages and start you down the path toward getting them fixed.

SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride provides mold damage restoration and remediation services to local homeowners in need. Contact us 24/7 at (970) 240-6970.

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The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Your Delta Attic

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Likelihood of Mold Damage in Your Delta Attic Once the integrity of your roof is compromised, moisture can get in feeding existing mold spores. Before the infestation spreads, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Thoroughly Investigate the Cause of Mold Damage in Your Attic

Most homeowners do not fully understand how mold develops in their homes and therefore, do not know the appropriate means of combatting this damage to their property. While several sources could provide the moisture required for mold to develop in your Delta residence, the only other necessary components are organic materials to seat the colonies and warmer temperatures. These conditions are part of the reason why so many homeowners end up experiencing mold growth in the attics of their houses.
 
Regardless of the season, your house’s attic is always going to be one of the warmest areas. From the general lack of circulation during the warmer months to the heat rising from forced air systems during the dead of winter, your attic is an ideal climate to facilitate mold growth. Mold damage in Delta is most likely to occur when your home has suffered some form of roof damage, weakening, or merely having a roof that has outlived its effectiveness.
 
Once mold starts to grow in this area, it is not hard for it to spread quickly around the organic surfaces available in the area. This reality makes it critical to check your attic space on a regular basis for possible fungal growth. If you do see something, trust in the IICRC certified mold remediation specialists of SERVPRO to help you set things right. Attempting to remove this growth on your own can introduce you to the health effects attributed to mold exposure, so it is best to get left to professionals.
 
Locating the damage to your roof which allowed the moisture to enter this area is a critical component of the remediation process. This discovery allows you to get the appropriate residential contractor and repair the damage before further moisture enters the area following the remediation process. Until the roof can get repaired, it is recommended to continue dehumidification efforts on your own.
 
Mold damage might be common to attics with weakened or compromised roofs, but that does not mean that it is something you should allow to grow and thrive in your home. Trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride to help you remediate this problem as soon as you can. Give us a call today at (970) 240-6970.

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Basement Mold and Mold Damage in Your Delta Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Basement Mold and Mold Damage in Your Delta Home When your basement floods, mold colonies can begin to form and need to be remediated immediately.

Call on the Professionals at SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage and Prevent Future Mold Growth

If you have ever dealt with your basement in Delta flooding, you know that pumping the water out is just the beginning. The lingering effects of the moisture can result in mold growth, which can cause health effects for you and your family. Even with just an inch of water, there is enough humidity present to allow mold spores to attach to surfaces and start growing. Mold can grow on just about anything indoors including carpeting and drywall.

A wet basement can quickly spell trouble for your Delta home, even if you can get the water out. Without it being completely dry, or not in enough time, you are going to be dealing with mold and mold damage. Mold growth starts fast – within 24 to 48 hours, so you need to act quickly. If mold still gets a chance to grow, our SERVPRO technicians are the answer to your problem. We can do a thorough job cleaning up the mess and even help dry your basement out again.

Mold starts life as a tiny spore which functions as a seed but is smaller and more straightforward. A mass of mold spores can have thousands at once, but still be smaller than a pinhead. If something disturbs the mass, thousands of spores are set free into the air, where they are carried off. They remain in the air until gravity causes them to settle. All they need to lift off and stay aloft is a very gentle air movement.

At SERVPRO, we understand this, which is why we are careful to contain the area of mold, so it does not spread to areas which were not affected. It is also why we wear protective gear when cleaning mold growth from your home.

Sometimes during mold remediation, we need to remove porous materials such as drywall, insulation, fabrics, or carpeting that have extensive mold growth. Non-porous surfaces may be cleaned by HEPA vacuuming if it is dry, or by damp wiping with a detergent solution if the mold is growing in a layer of soils.

Once the mold has been carefully removed, we ensure to dry the area as well, so the mold growth does not return.

At SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride, we take any mold growth in your home in Gunnison, Ouray, or Paonia seriously. When you reach out to us at (970) 240-6970, you can rest assured that your mold problem is going to be history.

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Finding Mold Damage Experts In Gunnison

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold Damage Experts In Gunnison Filters Help Trap Mold Spores Limiting Potential Damage in Gunnison

SERVPRO, the Team to Call for Mold Remediation

Everyone knows the pungent smell of mold. If you get fungi growing in your Gunnison home, you may also be able to see it. If mold is present in your house, it is due to some type of water damage situation. Fungi can grow in an area where there is a slow water leak or a previous leak that didn't get dry quick enough.
 
If at any time you suspect you may have had water sitting somewhere in your house, it is a good idea to call in Gunnison's mold damage specialists at SERVPRO. Often, the presence of a fungus can create a foul odor that may be difficult to remove out of some surfaces. Any water damage can cause structural damage to your house if it gets to the point where it starts rotting away your house's wooden studs. Mold can also cause health effects for some people.
 
All forms of mold originate from spores which are lightweight, microscopic seeds that travel via air circulation, clothes, pets, and many other means. Three conditions are required for the proliferation of these fungi. There must be an organic food source such as wood or paper; typically mold grows best under temperatures ranging from 68 to 85 degrees, and moisture. Lack of sunlight can also encourage mold patches to appear and expand as in basements and wall cavities.
 
When you call in a company like SERVPRO to mitigate your mold problems, there is a specific procedure their technicians must follow to mitigate the damage the right way. First, the restoration specialists must determine the source of the damage and isolate the area. Then a containment chamber must be set up around the affected area to prevent spores from spreading to other parts of the house. The contained area must then have a negative pressure fan or air scrubber to suck air into a HEPA filter. Of course, less strident protocols may be in force for small, isolated areas of mold infestations.
 
After the containment chamber is set up, the next step is to remove the contaminated objects. At times the surface of a wall or other item can be the affected area. The mold then must be sanded or scrubbed off and sucked up into a HEPA vacuum. Then the spores must be removed by damp wiping or HEPA vacuuming. After the visible mold is removed, our AMRT (applied microbial remediation technicians) treat the exposed area with an antifungal product. Lastly, the moisture content needs to be restored back to a safe level to prevent future mold growth.
 
It is essential that when anyone deals with mold, they leave it to the professionals. To find out how we can help you with your mold situation, contact SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride at (970) 240-6970 for help 24/7

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Mold Remediation And Restoration In Montrose

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation And Restoration In Montrose Restoring your home after a mold infestation takes a trained team of professionals.

Mold Remediation

Inert mold spores are present in the air as a regular part of almost every structure in Montrose. They are no threat to people, property, and pets unless they come into contact with a source of moisture. Then, the spores expand and actively seek out a food source. If left untreated, mold can cause hundreds and even thousands of dollars in remediation and repair costs.

To remediate mold damage in a Montrose home, SERVPRO follows guidelines established by the EPA. We clean and dry moldy materials, discard mold infested items that we cannot clean, and dry non-infested items within 48 hours after arriving on the job site.

At each one, we send in a crew of trained technicians. They perform an initial inspection to determine the extent of the damage and then the goal is to perform each guideline task in parallel with the others. This way, we can reduce the amount of time needed to complete remediation services which save the customer money.

SERVPRO personnel clear the room with the most extensive mold growth first. We store non-infested property in an area of the home without active mold. Since mold only grows where there is enough moisture, we examine the property again. If it is damp or otherwise too wet, technicians set-up air movers and exhaust fans to circulate warm air in the area. If this is too slow, they install a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the property and the surrounding air.

Moldy property is taken outside if weather permits and cleaned on-site. If the mold is exceptionally thick or the weather is adverse, work crew members take it to our office warehouse and clean it there. As we did with the non-infested property, SERVPRO technicians dry the property with air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers if needed.

As we empty each room, other crew members begin to either clean structural property (walls, carpets, and ceilings for example) or demolish and remove it for disposal. Everything infested piece we remove from the home; we dispose of according to EPA and California state regulations.

Restoring your home after a mold infestation takes a trained team of professionals. If you have or suspect mold in your residence, contact SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride today. Call (970) 240-6970 with any questions or to schedule an inspection. We are here to help.

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Montrose Mold Damage Remediation Just A Call Away

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Montrose Mold Damage Remediation Just A Call Away Sealants Reduce Condensation and Moisture in Montrose Homes & Help Reduce Mold Growth--SERVPRO Tip

Moisture and a Food Source Invite Mold into Montrose Homes

Finding one or more mold colonies can be very concerning to the average homeowner. Plenty of over the counter remedies purport to exist, but the success of them does not stand up to the marketing claims in many instances. SERVPRO follows proven procedures to manage microbial outbreaks, rapid relief for a seemingly relentless problem.
 
Planning for and completing mold damage abatement for your Montrose home is daunting. You believe your efforts using bleach should work, but the problem just keeps coming back. Whether in a bathroom, a crawl space, or another area of your house, mold growth is possible if you skip even one of the needed steps. Our technicians train extensively to understand how mold infestations happen and precisely what needs to happen to avoid recurrence after proper removal.
 
Mold spores are a fact of life, existing outdoors in vast numbers and indoors as well. They are tiny, floating on the breeze and settling on various surfaces undetected. Nothing completely removes spores in a household setting and attempts to eliminate them are generally unnecessary. Mold damage occurs only when water activates the spores, and they have a food source. SERVPRO possesses the knowledge and skills to remediate the situation fast when those conditions exist.
 
When called to manage microbial colonies SERVPRO uses Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols, developed for commercial spaces and schools but effective in your home as well. We contain the mold infestation before any other action, using plastic sheeting, or negative air pressure machines in severe cases. The surface providing nourishment for the mold undergoes evaluation, and if contaminated under the surface, it and the colonies both are removed, bagged, and disposed of under local requirements. Professional and effective antimicrobials sanitize the affected areas.
 
The final step is to stop water from dampening mold spores again. Any amount of water is capable of encouraging mold growth, and SERVPRO crew members are experienced detectives and can find the source. Slow leaks in roofs or plumbing, condensation on windows or around air conditioners, hidden pockets of water after flooding or spills, and a range of other things can be the culprit. Interior humidity levels of 70 percent or higher also provide enough moisture to support mold growth. We locate the water and stop it, limiting the likelihood of subsequent mold problems.
 
Call the local professional remediation experts at SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride when mold invades your space. We answer and schedule consultations 24 hours a day at (970) 240-6970.

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Vapor Barrier Lining

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Vapor Barrier Lining Vapor Barrier Lining for Crawlspace

A homeowner in Montrose called about her crawlspace being moldy and musty after spending $10,000 to have it mediated.  She then called SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride to remediate the crawlspace stating that it was still musty and dank with mold.  It took about 11 days for SERVPRO of Montrose/Telluride to get all the job of testing and laying vapor barrier that was right for her specific crawlspace, but the job was done right and will last her a lifetime.

Does your Montrose/Telluride Home Have a Mold Problem?

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

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.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (970)240-6970