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HEPA Vacuuming and Damp Wiping as Part of Mold Damage Remediation in Your Lebanon Basement

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation HEPA Vacuuming and Damp Wiping as Part of Mold Damage Remediation in Your Lebanon Basement Don't panic when you discover mold in your home. Calmly call SERVPRO and we'll handle the remediation process including helping deal with insurance.

There are Many Effective Stages in the SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediation Process

It is a fact that mold loves moisture. It needs a damp environment in which to grow, which unfortunately for you as a homeowner means that if you have any damp areas in your house, there is a chance of mold growing there. Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are particularly susceptible and of course so is your basement. Basements are quite often damp and cold, especially if yours is used for storage rather than as part of your home.
 
Even in homes where the basement is just a storage space, it is important to deal with fungus as soon as it is discovered. Colonies that are left untreated have the capability to spread and cause mold damage in Lebanon to other areas of your home. There is also a possibility of items in your basement suffering mold damage and thus needing to be thrown away and replaced. That is an expense no one wants which is why we recommend calling SERVPRO at the first sign of mold – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
There are many stages to mold remediation but today let us talk about two mainstays that help in all containment and remediation situations: HEPA vacuuming and damp wiping.
 
HEPA vacuums contain specialist filters that trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. True HEPA filters are capable of trapping 99.97% of microns of a size of 0.3 microns or bigger. HEPA vacuuming is an important part of mold remediation because the machine traps mold and thus removes it from surfaces.
 
When a surface is dry and nonporous such as plastic, glass or metal, HEPA vacuuming alone might be enough to get rid of the mold. However, it is often necessary to follow up vacuuming with another cleaning action such as damp wiping, especially for wet surfaces or where the mold is growing in a layer of soils.
 
Damp wiping is a simple cleaning action that makes a big difference during the remediation process. Affected surfaces are carefully wiped from top to bottom because spores tend to settle downwards. Our SERVPRO teams have a range of detergents at hand to us during the wiping process and pick the best one for the job.
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the importance of proper technique when vacuuming and wiping, such as cleaning downwards, cleaning in the direction of the negative air machine if there is one in use, and allowing time for spores and dust to settle between cleaning rounds.
 
Do not let mold spread from your basement throughout your home. Call SERVPRO of Wilson County today at (615) 449-5000 for help.
 
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SERVPRO - Lebanon Mold Damage

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Lebanon Mold Damage A mass of spores, no larger than a pinhead, can contain thousands.

Has Mold Taken Over your Lebanon Home?


Fire and water damage are evident to even a casual observer. A homeowner, insurance agent or a restoration specialist can begin the process of categorizing damage and repairs once they set foot on the property. Combating mold is a slightly more difficult process to begin.


The first step to stopping mold damage in Lebanon is finding it. SERVPRO maintains a trained team of inspectors who have the latest in training and detection equipment to find mold growth and then direct our 24-hour response team in the best way to keep it from spreading and remove it.


A mass of spores, no larger than a pinhead, can contain thousands. When this small mass is disturbed, the spores spread out in every direction. How far they spread is determined by the amount of force that strikes the mass and the airflow around the affected area. Even a gentle air current can spread spores down hallways and into multiple rooms. The air currents generated in a house fire are much more violent and push mold spores farther throughout the structure.


After they spread, spores can lie dormant on any surface for months or years. While they are clear to see on a kitchen counter, spores are invisible on a high shelf in a laundry room or garage. Spores wait, hiding in these places, for three conditions to grow; they are a high moisture level, food source, and the right temperature range.


The air humidity is much greater after flooding or other water damage. If the fire department responded to a fire in your home, the standing water left after they stopped the event serves the same purpose. Spores expand thanks to the extra moisture and send out a network of hyphae that spread across a surface or grow down into it if it is a suitable food source and once the temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.


Mold grows especially well on paper material in drywall and the wood in floors and wall paneling. The cotton, rayon, and wool in carpets and rugs are also excellent food sources for a thriving mold colony. Once we remove the standing water and expose the property item to air, spores begin to expand within hours. Our inspectors use specially designed air content meters to check for mold before deciding to pull up a carpet or begin pulling down drywall.


 


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If mold is suspected, our inspectors enter every crawlspace, look behind every wall, and dig under every floor to clean it out. SERVPRO of Wilson County understands that any missed spores quickly grow again if we do not remove them or change the conditions to prevent further growth. If you need our help or simply suspect there may be a problem, contact us at (615) 449-5000 today.

Qualified Mold Damage Mitigation Services Available In Watertown

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Qualified Mold Damage Mitigation Services Available In Watertown Watertown Moisture Leads to Mold Damage--Call SERVPRO

Need Mold Remediation? Contact SERVPRO for Help

Mold growth can produce devastating results in any home, while some molds also produce mycotoxins that are known toxic molds that often affect human health. Regardless of the type or amount of mold that exists on your property, professional remediation services are your best bet for getting things under control and preventing future contamination.
 
A proper mold remediation company can provide you with services required to restore mold damaged areas in your Watertown home including crawl spaces, basements, and attics. This company should also be able to produce IICRC certifications and introduce you to OSHA & EPA standards concerning the treatment and removal of mold infected materials found in your home.
 
Mold problems exist in your home due to flooding, leaky roofing material or indoor plumbing issues. Mold enters your home through the air, passing through vents in your walls and ceilings, often condensing in moisture areas during various weather conditions. Even when the right conditions fail to exist, mold spores can remain dormant and reactivate its growth cycle whenever humidity levels increase.
 
Mold remediation services, like those offered at SERVPRO, use containment and control procedures to limit the area of exposure. Negative air pressure systems, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers clean the indoor air quality found within the affected area and removing the harmful agents, eliminating conditions that allow growth to occur.
 
SERVPRO technicians use various physical removal methods to mitigate damages found on your property. Porous materials such as sheetrock and wood can become saturated by mold growth and require removal to get the contamination under control.
 
After disposing of overly infected materials, SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered disinfectants to treat various hard surfaces in your home and continue drying, cleaning, and deodorization services that help return your property to a quality preloss condition.
 
We even have specific services available to address the contents of your home caught in the affected area. Often having success in restoring many of the items you may have thought of as a loss.
 
Take a few minutes to contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today for additional information concerning our mold remediation services and obtain the services you and your family deserve. You may be surprised by the results you receive. (615) 449-5000

SERVPRO Mold Damage Watertown

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage Watertown If you have mold growing in your home, don't touch it. Call the experts at SERVPRO and we will make it "Like it never happened."

Removing excess water and moisture is not enough to eliminate the threat mold poses to your home. It is simply the first step to stopping an infectious spore growth that can easily cause as much damage to a structure and other property as water or fire.

Mold damage in Watertown homes has to be dealt with quickly to return them to their original state. If this process takes too long, then the resulting permanent damage can be extensive. SERVPRO defines four tasks necessary to accomplish this and return you to your apartment or house as quickly as possible.

First Step - Containment
Our response team makes certain the mold does not spread to uncontaminated areas of your home and to protect anyone that may enter these areas during the remediation process in underway. To do this, we install containment barriers (plastic sheeting) at entrances and exits.
Next, team members establish air movers and exhaust fans to create negative air pressure in the contaminated area. Negative air blows loose mold spores and those dislodged by remediation outside your home. At the same time, we also tape shut your HVAC vents to prevent mold from blowing into other rooms of your home.

Second Step - Remove Contamination
Our actions here depend on the type of surface. Porous materials such as drywall and fabrics (curtains) that have visible mold growth are thrown out. We clean nonporous surfaces like glass, marble and many plastics that resist mold.
Technicians use specially designed vacuums with HEPA filters to remove loose mold from damp surfaces and mold covering dry surfaces. These filters are made to catch even a single spore from your property.

Third Step - Clean Surfaces
Team members clean all surfaces in two directions: From top to bottom and with the airflow. These motions support the negative air pressure previously established and make it more efficient. Dry surfaces may only require wiping down with soft cloths while a wet surface may require using one of the anti-fungal or anti-microbial cleaners we keep on-hand.

Fourth Step - Dry the Structure
With cleaning completed, the emphasis is now on preventing spores from expanding and growing again. Our technicians add dehumidifiers to the air movers and exhaust fans already in your home to lower the air moisture levels which forces mold spores back into an inert state.


Remediating the effects of mold growth is a lengthy process. SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to make it as painless as possible and get you back into your home. Call us at (615) 449-5000 today if you suspect there is a problem and want one of our inspectors to take a look.

Take Immediate Action When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Lebanon Home

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take Immediate Action When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Lebanon Home The existence of condensation is a strong indication that water issues are causing excessive moisture, which means it's the right conditions for mold.

Take Swift Action With Mold


One day, you notice one of your basement windows completely fogged over, but think little of it. You have been using the basement of your home for storage and are constantly in and out for various reasons.

The existence of condensation is a rather strong indication that water issues are causing excessive moisture, which means that the right conditions for mold damage exist somewhere in your Lebanon home. If the area affected by mold is big enough, it is likely to require professional mold remediation services from a certified expert. A musty, dank odor accompanies the first signs of mold intrusion into your living space. If you have recently experienced flood waters, excessive ongoing condensation, or if you have had a plumbing problem recently, and never cleaned things up properly, mold damage is developing in the area where the leak occurred, even if you cannot see it.

The last thing you want to do is to attempt the remediation yourself, especially if the affected area is larger than three square feet. A quality remediation company like SERVPRO can help you locate the moisture source, stop it, and get any mold contamination under control, quickly and efficiently, restoring a safe, healthy environment in your home. Since the visual signs of mold growth are often small, SERVPRO technicians have experienced different situations with mold issues, where homeowners have gone on for several weeks without taking action, and we would like to prevent this type of scenario from happening to you. Waiting to take care of the problem, causes more contamination to develop and additional damages to occur. You may have heard that procrastination kills, in this case, procrastination thrives.

There are several different types of mold, SERVPRO technicians experience a large variety, depending on the circumstances that exist. Certain kinds of microscopic mold spores develop into large colonies that look like ordinary dirt, while other types of mold appear blatantly white, and others develop into clusters of black spots. Small patches quickly spread over vast areas, hidden or visual. All it takes is 24 to 48-hours to spread, which means that you should take action as soon as possible if you find even the smallest mold spots developing anywhere in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today for all of your mold damage and remediation needs (615) 449-5000.

Maintaining Your Watertown Sauna

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Maintaining Your Watertown Sauna Let SERVPRO of Wilson County take care of all your mold damage problems!

Your Watertown Sauna May Be at Risk of Having Mold Damage

A sauna experience can be quite healthful and relaxing, but because of the humidity and heat which is generated in combination with human contact, it is also the perfect place for mildew and mold to grow. You can take some easy steps to take to keep your sauna looking great and to discourage mildew and mold growth. Most saunas are constructed of unfinished wood like red cedar. Putting an applied finish on will make the surface very hot to the touch. One exception to this is finished duckboards, the loose platforms on the floor, and applied finishes on door handles using polyurethane or varnish to keep constant contact from turning them dirty and dark.

Maintaining Your Sauna

The last thing you want to have in your sauna is mold damage, as this could create costly cleanup or replacement.To keep your sauna from having mold damage in Watertown, keep up with the simple steps below on a regular basis:

Using plain water and a soft-bristled brush on the benches and walls each time after use will get rid of dust and dirt. If perspiration has stained and accumulated on the wooden benches, a warm solution of water and a bit of mild detergent can be used with a sponge or soft bristle brush to wipe down surfaces.

Without using excess water, ensure you are rinsing the wooden surfaces after each use thoroughly with a clean terry cloth or sponge. Also, lift the duckboards and set them against the benches before leaving your sauna.
If you do see mildew or mold start to grow on the surfaces, you should seek professional help from a mold remediation service such as SERVPRO, who have the right equipment to get rid of the mold properly. They can also check for any mold which might be hidden.

Occasionally, perspiration will stain the wooden surfaces a dark color. Using a solution of oxalic crystals and warm water will lighten the wood and return it back to its original look. If you have a wooden bucket in your sauna, it should be tipped over before you leave the sauna. You should also prop open the sauna door when you are done to let the right air flow in. This will help prevent bacteria and mold growth.

Lastly, do not pour big amounts of cold water over the hot sauna rocks, as this can damage them. Instead, pour no more than a cup or so of warm water over the rocks at one time to get the steam that is desired.

 

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If after all your efforts you still wind up getting mold growth in your sauna, remember to contact us at SERVPRO of Wilson County instead of trying to clean it up yourself. We have the knowledge and experience to get rid of your mold problem, so do not hesitate to give us a call at (615) 449-5000.

SERVPRO Is Serving Our Civilian and Military Communities Against Mold Damage

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Is Serving Our Civilian and Military Communities Against Mold Damage SERVPRO Safely Remediates Mold Patches from Your Watertown Home

Mold Remediation Is Professionally Remediated by SERVPRO

With Round Lick Creek and Beach Log Creek running through town, the threat of flooding and other water damage is an ongoing concern. Water is usually easy to remove though it's simple to tell when it's gone. That's not what catches so many homeowners by surprise.

If not discovered or left untreated, mold can do more damage to a Watertown home or business than six inches of standing water. Since it is impossible to clean 100% of these fungi, what we at SERVPRO works to is the sanitary level. This is the point where it is safe to allow occupants to return to the home or business. By comparison, an operating room is not considered safe until it is cleaned to a sterile level. A sterile environment is just not possible or necessary in the average home.

We achieve a sanitary level of cleaning with extensive testing and using some of the best equipment in the restoration business. Our inspectors and technicians are trained to industry standards. These IICRC certified in AMRT, applied microbial remediation technicians, have the skill set to defeat mold outbreaks.

We'll begin with a complete building inspection. If any mold spores are discovered, our inspectors will trace it to the source and discover just how extensive it may be. If the infestation hasn't reached your HVAC system, our technicians will seal off all vents and duct work to prevent any possible spread during the cleaning process.

The next step will be to set up a series of exhaust fans to blow any spores in the infected area out of the building during cleaning. To reduce the moisture of the room, carpets, and floors, technicians will also set up a series of dehumidifiers to return them to their normal moisture content.

Now, anti-microbial and anti-fungal cleaners and foggers will be deployed to neutralize it. Once the source has been mitigated, then our technicians will begin work to remove the mold spore dust and other particulates using specialized, commercial vacuums with HEPA filters and air scrubbers.

If you suspect mold damage in your home or business, call us today at (615) 449-5000 for an inspection and to begin the restoration process. SERVPRO of Wilson County is ready to support our civilian and military communities.

Remediation Of Mold Damage And Avoiding Future Growth

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation Of Mold Damage And Avoiding Future Growth Mold in a Petri Dish, Not in Your Gladeville Home, Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Suggests Elimination of Moisture to Inhibit Mold Growth

Where water has infiltrated a building the potential of mold damage exists, requiring you to seek a professional opinion on how to treat the mold and repair your home or business’s premises. Rely on the expertise of the trained technicians from SERVPRO  to advise you on the best course to restore the integrity of areas in a structure infested by a mold outbreak. Our approach to mold issues inside a building is balanced and responsible, taking into consideration the underlying reasons fungi present themselves as an issue to be solved for you, your family or business. We pledge, to be honest, and straightforward as we discuss your concerns, basing our recommendations on science and best practices rather than fear or unattainable promises.
 
If you are struggling with mold damage in Gladeville we first take the time to explain the processes creating this challenging problem. Our trained staff will assess your particular situation and offer many pronged approaches to inhibit the growth of mold in your home or business and repair the existing damage. We advise first to discover and then to eliminate any source of moisture as an effort to remove mold and repair its damage. The mold remediation will fail if water continues to feed its growth. Then we will explore ways both to restore the look and structure of your building and to avoid future mold infestations.
 
Mold spores are everywhere, a fact of life, tiny and often unobtrusive unless conditions are ripe for their growth. After we at SERVPRO remediate your mold damage, our mission is to advise you on how to make your home or business unlikely to promote mold growth later. Eliminating leaks from windows, appliances and roofs and any other sources of moisture are essential, including monitoring humidity levels. We offer many tips to help you cultivate an environment that is unlikely to support future mold development and the resulting damage.
 
Be prepared in the fight against mold damage and contact SERVPRO of Wilson County when you are fearful you see or smell mold in your business or home. Knowledgeable mold remediation technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 449-5000. Stop worrying and take action by giving us a call to help you put your home back in balance if pesky mold spores have multiplied.

Old Hickory Mold Assessment and Remediation

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Old Hickory Mold Assessment and Remediation All molds require wet environments to grow.

Mold Assessment and Remediation 

Old Hickory mold growth will affect all types of homes. There are many types of fungi. Black mold grows on cellulose surfaces such as wood, hay or paper. Dealing with mold can be difficult and involves a comprehensive inspection that will assess the location and cause of the mold and create a plan for dealing with it. This is best done by SERVPRO they will ensure the mold and its source are eliminated.


Assessment and Cause
All molds require wet environments to grow. This is especially true of black mold. This means that the most common causes of mold are water leaks, flooding or extensive use of humidifiers in an enclosed space. Once affected areas are identified, determining the source of the moisture and how to stop, it is the most important step when assessing a Old Hickory mold problem.


Remediation
Remediation, or treatment of a Old Hickory mold problem, may involve some steps depending on the severity of the mold. Less extensive surface molds can often be scrubbed away with soap and water. An air purifier may be used to deal with mold spores already in the air. If mold growth is deeper than the surface, then the entire affected piece will need to be removed to stop the mold from coming back or spreading. This may require the replacement of furniture or parts of walls or flooring. Such extensive and deep mold growth is common after severe flooding and water damage to the home. Mold is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and if any mold colonies or airborne spores are left behind, they may continue to grow and spread the mold.


Fixing the source of the mold usually involves dealing with the water or moisture that allowed it grow in the first place. If the moisture was caused by a one-time event such as a flood, then simply drying out the space with heaters and fans may be an important step. If the assessment discovers another long-term problem such as a leaky pipe, that will need to be fixed to prevent the mold from recurring.


Homeowners can prevent or limit the Old Hickory mold growth by keeping careful watch over the moisture in their home. Always vent spaces where large amounts of steam accumulate such as in the shower, kitchen, or any room that uses a humidifier. Identify and fix broken pipes or leaks quickly. If a flood does occur, dry the affected area as quickly as possible before mold growth sets in.

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SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities:

We are proud to serve our local communities:

We are here in Old Hickory and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 449-5000

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Mold Damage in a Water Damaged Nashville Home

4/27/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 10 Tips for Preventing Mold Damage in a Water Damaged Nashville Home Mold Damage in Nashville can be difficult to remove. Contact a professional to ensure your home is protected from Mold

Mold infestations can begin very shortly after a water damage emergency, in sometimes as little as 48 hours. If your Nashville home is flooded due to burst pipes or a natural disaster, it will greatly benefit you in the long run to do everything you safely can to reduce the amount of permanent damage. Many molds are virtually harmless to human life, while others cause respiratory problems, irritations of the eyes, nose, and throat, or severe infections that cause vomiting and lethargy. Mold also threatens sensitive materials, especially paper and fabrics. Thankfully, a prompt and thorough cleanup will do much to prevent mold damage in Nashville.

1. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open to increase the speed at which standing water evaporates. If you can safely use power, your A/C and fans will help the process.

2. Carpets and pads that have been soaked should be disposed of to allow the flooring to dry faster. You want to give the structural aspects of your house as much breathability as possible.

3. Upholstered furniture, mattresses, and pillows too are difficult to clean and take a long time to dry. Throw them out before they contribute to the amount of moisture in the house, or attract mold damage themselves.

4. Wet wallboard is very likely to facilitate a mold damage invasion, and should be taken down where affected, especially if it has begun to visibly swell or deteriorate.

5. Make copies of any books, papers, and documents that have been soaked as you can, but don't try to keep them in the house. If they aren't important, dispose of them immediately.

6. For vinyl and ceramic floors, mop up any excess water with a disinfecting cleaner. Check underneath them to make sure the layers below haven't been saturated.

7. Draperies and curtains are easier to save than most upholsteries so long as you have them washed or dry cleaned according to their requirements, but don't leave them hanging over your open windows obstructing airflow.

8. Through fans, dehumidifiers, and air circulation, desaturase hardwood floors as best you can. However, don't use heat to dry them, as they'll be damaged and warped.

9. Wet ceiling tiles need to be removed and discarded. Let the space be exposed until it's dry.

10. If you find yourself needing to do all of the above, chances are you need to hire a professional water remediation service. Professionals have the experience, expertise, and tools to efficiently remove all moisture from a house, and are the safest choice for preventing Nashville mold damage and other damages.

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation. For flood damage cleanup, residential cleaning services, household mold removal, serve pro service company, water damage, mold removal, mold removal company, how to get rid of mold, damaged by mold, identifying mold contact SERVPRO of Wilson County. If you suspect that your Nashville home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Wilson County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (615) 449-5000