Recent Mold Remediation Posts

SERVPRO® of Greater Waco is Your Mold Specialist

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water intrusion can happen at anytime in an office building or home. Whether it be from a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem. Mold has many risks to human health and can cause potential damage to structure of your home or business. SERVPRO® of Greater Waco has the understanding and training of how mold works, the protective gear, and the specialized equipment for your mold job. When you call our franchise, a trained representative will ask a series of questions designed to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed for the job.Your property will then be inspected for mold using our specialized equipment. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. A variety of containment procedures can take place if mold is identified, to prevent the spread of the mold and to isolate the contaminated area SERVPRO® of Greater Waco will place physical containment barriers and negative air pressure. Powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums will be used to prevent the spread of mold spores during the mold remediation process. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing dry-wall and flooring may be necessary if infested in severe cases. Our team of professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home. Give SERVPRO® of Greater Waco a call at 254-224-5999.

Mold in your Restaurant Kitchen?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Here is an example of mold found behind a vinyl wall coating in a commercial kitchen. SERVPRO of Greater was able to asses and remediate this issue.

Running a successful restaurant in Waco, Texas can be a source of great pride for a restaurateur. Hard work and dedication can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career. However, discovering mold growth in your commercial kitchen can cause that happiness to come to an abrupt stop. But worry not, there are things you can do to avoid mold problems and keeping your restaurant clean.There are various ways mold growth can occur. In a commercial kitchen, the most common cause of mold is through the food you bring into your kitchen. Mold can grow quite easily on fruits, vegetables, breads and cheeses.Proper inspection of produce deliveries is essential before use in your kitchen. Look for abrasions, bruises, or already visible growth on your produce. Be mindful of expiration dates on food items and keep containers covered or sealed to prevent mold growth.Mold growth tends to occur in areas that are dark and damp and in a generally unused area. This may cause mold to go unnoticed until it has already grown significantly. A ventilation system that reduces the humidity in the kitchen can help prevent mold growth. Water is always present in a commercial kitchen, so be mindful of these damp areas that can be a breeding ground for mold.Keep your restaurant clean and mold free, so that you may enjoy the fruits of your labor. But if a mold problem does pop up, know that SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help in any way we can.If you suspect you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for a free commercial mold inspection.

Mold Basics

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

The end of the year is upon us and it is a good time to reacquaint ourselves with some basic tips on mold prevention and removal. Molds are found everywhere and will especially thrive in damp, warm environments. Where mold is present there is a potential risk that someone could become ill from its exposure. As a homeowner, renter or business owner; it is important to take some necessary steps in ensuring the safety of loved ones, coworkers and clients.

The CDC provides some basic mold prevention tips to help:

  • Maintain humidity levels lower than 50% with the aid of an air conditioner or dehumidifier
  • Ensure proper ventilation of areas such as the kitchen and bathroom with the use of exhaust fans
  • Repair damage in roofing material, walls and plumbing to decrease the chances that mold begin growing due to moisture
  • Use paint with mold inhibitors
  • Clean with mold killing products in areas of high moisture such as bathrooms
  • Discard or replace mats, carpets or upholstery that has become water damaged and cannot dry thoroughly. (Anti slip/mold water resistant mats are also an alternative to not using carpets or mats in rooms with a lot of moisture)

If you become aware of extensive flooding in your home that cannot be dried and restored within 24-48 hours to avoid mold growth, we at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are professionally equipped and specially trained to handle water damage in your home and/or business. We are on call to serve you 24 hours a day and help you through the process of cleaning and restoring your home or business to avoid further damage. Because all mold has the potential to cause health effects, do not delay in letting us help you restore your home or business "Like it never even happened." give SERVPRO of Greater Waco a call at 254-224-5999 for your mold related issues.

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on a China Spring Stud, that was discovered after the wall had been opened by the homeowner due to a musty smell.

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, the weather man often reports the local mold count in the air.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or your favorite 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, there’s a good chance the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and often the smell can lead you to the possible mold problem area.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45% percent. This is generally accomplished with the normal use of a well-maintained HVAC system.

If your home or business has a mold problem, or just has a musty smell, we can inspect and assess your property for any mild related issues. We can even use our industry experience, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation if one is found. If You See or Smell Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Greater Waco Today at (254)244-5999.

What's The Deal with MOLD?!?!

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

This is a beam from an attic in Waco where the recent heavy rains and lack of proper ventilation created a perfect environment for growth.

In recent years, it seems that the mention of mold has become a buzzword causing tension and anxiety among homeowners. You may have seen it mentioned often on some of your favorite HGTV or DIY type television shows. At this point, you may feel as if you are constantly surrounded by mold. How about instead of stressing out about mold, you let SERVPRO of Greater Waco provide you with the proper information and service to take care of your mold concerns.

Mold is a naturally occurring organism that, given the right conditions, can grow inside your home. The amount of moisture in the air combined with certain temperature ranges are necessary for mold to cultivate. Some rooms are more prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, and therefore more susceptible to mold.

The key to containing mold growth is to contact your mold specialists at SERVPRO of Greater Waco to come inspect your home and determine the proper course of action. If you think you may have a mold problem, pick up the phone and let SERVPRO of Greater Waco help take care of that problem as soon as possible. Mold, like many other issues, can be taken care of if the problem is addressed quickly and with expertise. To schedule a mold inspection call us at 254-224-5999.