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Do You Suspect A Mold Problem In Your Home Or Commercial Property?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Suspect A Mold Problem In Your Home Or Commercial Property? Your Local Professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties are always here to help!

Microscopic mold spores occur naturally, almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation only 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. SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties offers 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, state of the art equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see signs of mold, or have concerns or questions, call your local professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties today – Were always here to help!

MOLD - What To Do & What Not To Do

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD - What To Do & What Not To Do SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is always here to help!

If you see visible mold growth in your home or business, do not disturb it! You can inadvertently spread mold spores throughout your home or business. When mold is disturbed, the mold colony can release microscopic mold spores which can become airborne and circulate throughout your structure.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties 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.
  • About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is IICRC Certified, and specializes in mold mitigation and remediation - in fact, it’s one of the cornerstones of our business. Our technicians utilize state of the art equipment, and receive industry leading training.

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties is the trusted choice of property owners and managers alike in the Columbia River Gorge.

If you see, or suspect a Mold problem, call us today - We're always here to help!

SERVPRO Answers Common Questions About Mold

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Answers Common Questions About Mold Molds can grow on almost any organic surface

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties receives many calls every week from our Columbia River Gorge neighbors with questions about mold in their homes and businesses. Here are a few of our most common questions - and their answers.

What is mold?

Molds are fungi, usually microscopic in size, that occur in nature in large quantities. They reproduce by releasing spores into the air. Spores settle onto surfaces and, if conditions are right, begin to grow. Mildew is a common mold.

What does mold need to grow?

Molds thrive on organic materials like natural fibers (cotton, wool), paper, leather, wood, drywall, insulation, and surfaces coated with organic matter such as food, grease, and soil. Molds grow best in warm temperatures of 77 to 86 degrees. Molds need moisture that can come from water leaks, flooding, high relative humidity, or condensation. And, molds require oxygen, but not light. Without the proper conditions, molds may not grow but become dormant. Then when conditions are again right for growth, they begin to regenerate.

How can I prevent Mold growth?

Mold spores are everywhere, and they grow on any organic surface, given the right conditions. For growth, they require organic matter for food, moisture, warmth, and oxygen. To prevent mold growth, keep all surfaces clean and dry, and provide plenty of ventilation.

Mold Remediation and Restoration

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation and Restoration Mold can develop and grow in hidden areas following a moisture intrusion.

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. 

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, the local professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • 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.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

“Mold Removal” vs. Remediation

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels. To learn more, call us today at 541-386-2288.

Mold - From The Ordinary To The Unhealthy

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold - From The Ordinary To The Unhealthy Mold and Fungus can be found in almost all environments

The Ordinary

Mold and Fungi occur naturally in our everyday environments. In Fact, over 100,000 kinds of Fungi have been identified. Fungi can produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of Fungi that is used in preparing bread, baked goods, and some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. (Penicillin Chrysogenum)

SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties wants you to know that even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

The Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and even from poor humidity control.

When water intrusions are not addressed promptly, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation are all materials that provide a food source for mold to flourish. 

For more information, or if you suspect a mold problem in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Clackamas, Hood River & Wasco Counties today!