Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Remediation For A Very Happy Customer

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

A local family experienced mold growth throughout their Carver home, and called SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham for remediation services. Our crew went in to remediate 6 rooms total: the main basement area, utility room, closet, foyer, laundry room and office. Each room and its contents were inundated with microbial growth, and action was necessary. Our technicians Donald, Adam and Riley went in with their Tyvek suits and went to work.  They first set up containment and placed large air scrubbers in the home. They removed affected baseboards, drywall and insulation where it was necessary. They sprayed an antimicrobial agent and HEPA vacuumed the ceiling, wall and floor areas where the growth was found. They wiped down all contents with an antimicrobial as well. When the crew was finished, the home was back to its pre-mold condition. The homeowners where so pleased with not only our work, but with how helpful our staff was as a whole. We where happy to receive the following testimony from the homeowners after the mitigation experience:

“We would like to express our thankfulness for the services of SERVPRO. Your team Donald Dodge, Adam and Riley are exceptional. There work ethics are top of the line. Your secretary Dawn was very helpful to me, and caring.

Our sincere thank you to Donald who worked with us through an extremely difficult problem. “Kudos” to you for having such great employees.”

If you find mold growth in your home, make sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham. Our crew has the experience and expertise to return your home back to its pre-mold condition. For a free estimate, call our office at (508) 746-9500

Plymouth/Wareham Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Plymouth/Wareham Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home

What to do and What NOT to do When You See Mold in Your Plymouth/Wareham Home

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

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

When you discover mold in your Plymouth/Wareham home, leave it to the professionals. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call us today for a free evaluation and remediation estimate at (508) 746-9500

8 Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Mold in your Bathroom 

Mold thrives in damp areas, so it’s no wonder that bathrooms are a common ground for mold growth. However, there are several ways that you can help prevent it. Listed below are our 8 tips for preventing mold in your bathroom.

  1. Keep your shower or bath tub dry. Using a squeegee to rid your shower of excess water after use eliminates at least three-fourths of bathroom moisture. Also, wipe down any standing water in your sink basin or bath tub to keep your bathroom nice and dry.
  2. Utilize your fans. You should be running your bathroom fans during baths and showers and keep them running for about half an hour afterwards. Fans keep your bathroom dry by moving air around and reducing steam. Make sure your fan is a large enough model for the size of your bathroom. The fan volume is usually marked under the grill in CFM (cubic feet per minute).

  3. Dust your bathroom weekly. Since dust is an organic material, and since mold feeds on organic materials, dusting your bathroom weekly can help prevent mold. Dusting your bathroom is also important because mold spores settle on the same surfaces dust do, so make sure to wipe down all surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.

  4. Wash shower curtain liners and bathroom rugs often. Since these items get wet every time they’re used, it’s important to wash them every few weeks. Plastic shower liners can be thrown in the washing machine with your whites, detergent and some baking soda and then air dried. Bathroom rugs can also be washed in the washing machine on a cold cycle with gentle laundry soap and then dried on the coolest heat cycle in your dryer.

  5. Keep towels and bathroom robes hung up. Make sure that you hang up wet towels, robes (or even bathing suits!) right away so that they can properly dry. Even if you were planning on throwing them into the wash later, wet piles of clothing contribute to a moist humid environment- and as we learned from Tip #1, a dry bathroom is the best way to prevent mold growth.

  6. Regularly check for and fix leaks. Always check for leaks in your bathroom, and if any leaks are found call your plumber. Feel around your pipes and seals for moisture. Some telltale signs of bathroom leaks are blistering paint/wallpaper, warped or stained walls, or a buckling bathroom floor.

  7. Try not to keep shower products or bath toys in the shower. Although keeping your shampoos and loofahs in the shower after use is convenient, leaving these wet items in your bathroom will just keep adding to places for mold to hide. Make sure that you squeeze all of the water out of wash cloths and loofahs, and wipe bath toys dry between uses.

  8. Seal your bathroom floor. If you have tiles in your bathroom, waterproof them by adding a few layers of a silicon-based grout sealer to your dry grout. It will lessen the rate at which moisture penetrates your grout, giving you a result that gets less wet and dries much faster.

The best solution to preventing mold is to kill any existing mold, and then take preventative measures like the ones listed above. If you already have mold in your bathroom (or anywhere else in your home) call us at (508) 746-9500. Our technicians have the necessary equipment and expertise to return your home back to it’s pre-mold condition.

Mold Vs. Mildew

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Vs. Mildew Both mold and mildew can be found in your home. So, what’s the difference? We’ll tell you.

Mold Vs Mildew

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that can thrive in any moist environment. Both mold and mildew can be found in your home. So, what’s the difference? We’ll tell you:

Mildew:

Mildew is just mold in it’s early stages. Mildew can vary in color, although it is usually black, brown, yellow or white. Mildew is often described as appearing flat or dusty. Mildew typically lies on the surface of a wet or moist area. It is usually easily combatted when treated with the right cleaner and a scrubbing brush. Mildew is generally not as big of a concern as mold.

Mold:

Mold in your home is more of a concern than mildew. Mold grows in colonies and can start to form on a damp surface after 24-48 hours. Mold is usually green black or white and is described to look thick and fuzzy or slimy. Mold attaches to affected materials with microscopic filaments that penetrate deep beneath the surface. Mold can also survive in extreme conditions, making it so that it can quickly affect large areas of your property. Mold can ruin any surface it settles upon, which can result in permanent damage. Mold cannot be as easily rid of as mildew can, and it should be treated by a professional ASAP.

Preventing Mold and Mildew:

The best way to prevent mold and mildew growth is to keep your home dry and moisture-free. Also, maintain a humidity level of about 40-50% in your home. Keep air ducts clean and maintained, have your heating and cooling system inspected regularly, and unsure good air circulation inside of your home. Make sure there are no leaks in the bathroom, kitchen etc. To prevent mildew infestation, remove mildew affected plants from your home.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (508) 746-9500

Conditions in Plymouth/Wareham Might Be Right for Mold

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions in Plymouth/Wareham Might Be Right for Mold SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (508) 746-9500

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham for mold remediation services.

Does Your Plymouth/Wareham Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Plymouth/Wareham Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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 –(508) 746-9500

Mold Remediation - E. Wareham, MA. 02538

10/8/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation - E. Wareham, MA. 02538 Mold Remediation - E. Wareham, MA. 02538

This was a mold remediation in E. Wareham, MA. The mold was located in the attic. We used a HEPA vacuum to remove the surface mold. We treated and sealed all of the rafters in the attic. The insulation was removed and replaced. Air scrubbers and containment were used during the remediation process. 

Customer's Comments: "Tony was very professional, courteous + thorough!"

Mold Remediation - Plymouth, MA. 02360

10/1/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation - Plymouth, MA. 02360 Mold Remediation - Plymouth, MA. 02360 - Attic Mold - Mold Mitigation/Mold Removal

This was a mold remediation in Plymouth, MA. The mold was located in the attic. We treated and sealed all of the rafters in the attic. The insulation was removed and replaced. Air scrubbers and containment were used during the remediation process. 

Customer's Comments: "Excellent Job!"