Recent Mold Remediation Posts

It's About Time

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile we pride ourselves on our fast and efficient response times.  When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence.  Quickly beginning the mitigation process can not only minimize costs and salvage important items, it can also prevent additional damage.  One of the most common complications that can arise from a water damage not being properly and quickly mitigated is mold.  It can take as little as 24 hours for mold growth to take root in a humid, moist environment.  It is not only critical to begin work as soon as possible after a water loss, but it is important to finish the drying process completely.  Any residual moisture left behind could also feed the beast that is mold.  If you experience water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile to make sure you never have to worry about secondary damage!  We are available 24/7 to help make it Like it never even happened.®

Mold Tips with SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Tips (Mold)

No matter how diligent you are, or how many precautions you take mold may still find its way into your home.  Finding mold can be alarming and you may want to start tackling the issue right away; however, mold remediation is not a DIY task.  If you find mold in your home, there are steps you can take to prevent further damage.  First, you should stay out of affected areas. Although the terrifying stories of “killer” mold are myths, mold can cause adverse side effects.  Disturbed mold spores can cause breathing issues, coughing, wheezing or irritation to the throat, eyes and skin.  Some people are especially sensitive to mold and can have more severe reactions than others.  Next, turn off the HVAC systems and fans to prevent the distribution of mold spores to other areas of your home.  Your next step should be to contact SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile to schedule an inspection with one of our IICRC certified mold remediation specialists.  Our experts have undergone extensive training to evaluate your mold issues and develop a customized treatment plan catered to your unique situation.  If you suspect a mold issue in your home, contact us at 251-343-0534 to schedule your inspection.

Dealing with Mold Affected Contents

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with Mold Affected Contents (Mold)

Mold in your primary residence can be a headache, but fortunately it usually only affects the structure.  What happens when you have a part time residence, such as a vacation home?  You may be gone for days, weeks or even months at a time.  In our hot, humid climate, mold growth can expand rapidly and affect your contents as well if left unmonitored.  What happens when you arrive at your vacation home to find all your belongings covered in mold growth?  The good news is that SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile can help!  Our crews will pack up and inventory your items before transporting to our facilities for some deep cleaning.  After determining what items can be salvaged, our highly trained team members go to work using a variety of methods restore your contents.  Using our advanced Esporta washing system, we can even salvage many textiles or soft contents that would have previously been tossed out.  Once your items have been cleaned to their previous quality, our crews pack everything back up and deliver to your home.  If you have been affected by mold, call us today to find out more about how we can help you hang on to your treasured items.

Odor Removal with SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile

8/19/2018 (Permalink)

Odor Removal (Mold)

Often, when mold affects your home, the first telltale sign is a musty, damp smell.  Mold likes to lurk in hidden spaces or nooks and crannies that aren’t always visible.  It is common for leaks to occur behind walls or in hidden spaces.  You may not know you have a problem until something smells “off” in your home.   When you have a mold issue the first thing you want to do is call in a qualified mold specialist like SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile to handle the issue.  Our certified crews have been specifically trained and received IICRC certification in the proper methods to remediated mold growth and prevent future occurrences.  Once the mold issue has been resolved, you may still be left with an unpleasant odor.  SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile also has the training and equipment to rid your home of the last reeking remnants of your mold damage!  We can also take care of odors caused by pets, smoke or other contaminants.  Contact us today for more information on our odor removal services.

Did you know?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Of course everyone knows what mold is and most of us know the hazards that indoor mold growth can pose.  Here at SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile, we undergo extensive training in order to receive IICRC Certification in the remediation of mold.  We like to think the knowledge this affords us, as well as our extensive experience in the field makes us an unstumpable foe. However; even the experts can learn something new each day.  We like to stress the importance of continued growth and learning to our team members. In that spirit, we went on the hunt for some of the most interesting facts regarding mold that we could find.  Did you know…

  • Mold isn’t so happy about happy meals....mold will not grow on a McDonald’s hamburger.

  • Mold damage can cause more than half a trillion dollars per year.

  • According the Mayo Clinic, nearly ALL chronic sinus infections are caused by mold

  • Some studies have a found a link between mold and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Hide and Seek

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Hide and Seek

Mold growth in your home can bring with it a wide array of problems and should be remediated as quickly as possible by a certified professional.  But what happens when you suspect their might be a problem but you can’t locate the culprit. Often homeowners will begin to think there may be mold in their home due to increased allergy, asthma issues, or just a distinctive “musty” smell.  The problem is that mold is a sneaky adversary and often sneaks in to hidden spaces. Most often it is found hiding out behind appliances, under cabinets, in the walls, behind baseboards and in crawl spaces, just to name a few. At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile our team members have the training and experience to effectively locate Mold, wherever it may be hiding.   If you suspect you may have a mold issue in your home, contact us at 251-653-9127 to schedule an inspection.

Where Mold Can Hide

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Mold Can Hide Hidden Mold in Theodore, AL

Mold can occur anywhere in a home but mainly is concentrated to areas where moisture is present. These moisture areas are common to the bathroom, crawl spaces (Common in Mid Town Mobile, AL) and in basements. Mold can cause respiratory problems and should be removed if found as soon as possible. Most restoration companies only do mold inspections if the mold is visible, an industrial hygienist would come in and search for traces of mold that are not visible.

One of the first places mold can collect and you may not think to check is under the refrigerator. Under the fridge tends to collect moisture and dirt which can cause a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

Another place is the AC unit. AC units are known to collect debris, dust and moisture from the air, which can lead to mold spores.

Mold can even grow in or around a washing machine or its parts. Moisture and lint can cause a presence of mold spores.

Other area in the house include anywhere moisture and dirt may form such as window corners. If you suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile and we will make it "Like it never even happened".

Mold Damage and High Humidity in your Home

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage and High Humidity in your Home Mold Everywhere in Mobile, AL

Unintended consequences of modern building methods used in areas like Mobile, AL may include damage to structures and contents. Tightly sealed windows, doors, and other building materials help conserve energy. Lack of adequate ventilation in homes built since the 1970s lets moisture build, contributing to mold growth. Once established, the mold colonies need professional remediation.

If you notice an “off” or musty smell in your Mobile, AL home, would it surprise you that mold damage could be the cause? In our climate, both building materials and the systems we use to heat and cool must handle extremes of temperature and humidity. Moisture levels and temperatures that get out of balance support the growth of fungal colonies out of the many mold spores always in our environment. Standard cleaning methods are inadequate to control a mold infestation. Our expert mold remediation crews contain and remove mold growth, and then sanitize the affected areas to inhibit future outbreaks.

Molds need moisture to grow, and SERVPRO knows a remediation job is not complete until the source is found and eliminated. In Mobile, AL high humidity levels can be the culprit. When ambient humidity rises above 60 percent, some species of mold absorb that airborne moisture and multiply. During our summers, the air is often sticky, and if air conditioning or dehumidifiers are not used consistently, mold takes advantage of the water vapor.

Winters also pose the risk of high interior humidity as our HVAC systems or freestanding humidifiers run constantly to battle the dryness of the heated air. Parents run humidifiers when children struggle with allergies or upper respiratory infections, often making things worse if mold develops and its byproducts irritate susceptible individuals. Consult a healthcare provider if you're worried about a mold and health status connection.

SERVPRO crew members test for humidity levels and seek for other hidden pockets of moisture when we respond to a mold event. All technicians work with you to reduce home humidity to safe levels between 30 and 50 percent. Calibration of the humidifier in your HVAC system may be a solution, and if mold has developed in the ductwork, we offer cleaning, sealing, and disinfection of those spaces.

The reduction or elimination of other humidifying events also helps, including running bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, and checking dryer vents for obstructions. SERVPRO employees train in advanced water removal and drying techniques. Should our meters and scanners reveal water behind a wall, beneath a cabinet, or in any other area we deal with it. Water issues must be resolved to avoid mold problems in the future. SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile has the experience and training to remediate mold damage in your home. One call to us will start a development of a plan to assess the issues and address the problem professionally.

Mold Remediation

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know it takes less than 24 hours for mold growth to begin after a water damage?  Many factors can influence the rate at which the growth begins.  Here along the Gulf Coast, we have an environment that is the perfect storm when it comes to mold.  High heat, along with high humidity and extended periods of wet weather make the perfect breeding ground.  Mobile is basically a real-world version of a Petri dish.  So when you find mold, what should you do? Your first step should be to call us!  At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile we have experts that are certified by the IICRC in Mold Remediation.  We follow all IICRC and OSHA guidelines to protect your home from further damage and to ensure the safety of your family once the process is complete.  Proper containment is critical when remediation a mold issue. Air scrubbers may also be used within the treatment area to eliminate any spores that might be released in to the air during the cleaning process.  Depending on the amount of mold present an Industrial Hygienist (IH) may be called in to test the area and evaluate the situation.  The IH will establish a written protocol that will be followed by SERVPRO employees.  Upon completion of the remediation project the Hygeniest will test the air to ensure that all mold spores have been eliminated and that your home is mold-free. 

Mold and Textile

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know it takes less than 24 hours for mold growth to begin after a water damage?  Many factors can influence the rate at which the growth begins.  Here along the Gulf Coast, we have an environment that is the perfect storm when it comes to mold.  High heat, along with high humidity and extended periods of wet weather make the perfect breeding ground.  Mobile is basically a real-world version of a Petri dish.  So when you find mold, what should you do? Your first step should be to call us!  At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile, we have experts that are certified by the IICRC in Mold Remediation.  We follow all IICRC and OSHA guidelines to protect your home from further damage and to ensure the safety of your family once the process is complete.  Proper containment is critical when remediation a mold issue. Air scrubbers may also be used within the treatment area to eliminate any spores that might be released in to the air during the cleaning process.  Depending on the amount of mold present an Industrial Hygienist (IH) may be called in to test the area and evaluate the situation.  The IH will establish a written protocol that will be followed by SERVPRO employees.  Upon completion of the remediation project the Hygeniest will test the air to ensure that all mold spores have been eliminated and that your home is mold-free. 

Mold Myth

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know it takes less than 24 hours for mold growth to begin after a water damage?  Many factors can influence the rate at which the growth begins.  Here along the Gulf Coast, we have an environment that is the perfect storm when it comes to mold.  High heat, along with high humidity and extended periods of wet weather make the perfect breeding ground.  Mobile is basically a real-world version of a Petri dish.  So when you find mold, what should you do? Your first step should be to call us!  At SERVPRO of Southwest Mobile we have experts that are certified by the IICRC in Mold Remediation.  We follow all IICRC and OSHA guidelines to protect your home from further damage and to ensure the safety of your family once the process is complete.  Proper containment is critical when remediation a mold issue. Air scrubbers may also be used within the treatment area to eliminate any spores that might be released in to the air during the cleaning process.  Depending on the amount of mold present an Industrial Hygienist (IH) may be called in to test the area and evaluate the situation.  The IH will establish a written protocol that will be followed by SERVPRO employees.  Upon completion of the remediation project the Hygeniest will test the air to ensure that all mold spores have been eliminated and that your home is mold-free. 

Why We Don't Test For Mold?

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Most people think a company that remediates mold would also do the testing of mold? Here at SERVPRO of Mobile Southwest, we do not, and this is why:


Given we are a Cleaning and Remediation Company, we have determined being a certified Industrial Hygienist (IH) is veering too far from our profession.  Mold remediation and mold testing require different sets of training, certifications, and professional equipment. For remediation purposes, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers a course called Applied Microbial Remediation Technician.  In this course, technicians learn how to properly remediate mold, not test for it.  For testing purposes, you must have a 4 year bachelor’s degree in the particular field  as well as specific IH courses. We are trained professionals in remediating your mold concerns and that is where we focus our expertise.

In addition, a company that does both testing and remediation of mold could potentially be perceived to be skewing test results and protocols to serve their own needs (i.e. - to provide their own “passing” remediation status or inflate a remediation protocol to increase the cost of the job).  To avoid this, we not only have another company do the testing, but we also have the customer call in the IH rather than bringing them in ourselves as a subcontractor of our services.  This ensures that the IH is working for the customer’s best interest. At SERVPRO of Mobile Southwest, we make sure our customers can be fully confident they are receiving the most ethical and trustworthy service. 

So what do you do if you find Mold?

If you believe that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Mobile Southwest to evaluate your site and assess the source and extent of the issue. We will provide you with a written assessment of our findings and recommendations of next steps. If the mold issue is severe enough, your next step may be to contact an Industrial Hygienist. The IH will test the area for mold and create a remediation protocol and report with their findings. Adhering to the protocol from the IH, we will properly remediate the site to ensure a passing post-test and return your home or business to a preloss condition.