Archived Mold Remediation Blog Posts
How Finding Mold Can Affect The Sale of Your Home
You've decided to sell your home and are ready to put it on the market. Your walls are touched up, you've removed the clutter and every surface is shining. As you prepare to put the for sale sign in the yard, don't overlook one important detail that could seriously hamper your efforts to sell: mold.
Mold exists all around us and is present everywhere indoors and out. Mold thrives and grows in areas where moisture can accumulate, such as bathrooms and basements where there may be undetected water leaks. Because certain types of mold have the potential to cause health issues, potential homebuyers will be understandably cautious about purchasing a home where mold has developed.
As you prepare your home for the market, carefully examine areas where mold may be growing. Pay attention to musty odors and address any sources of moisture that may be inviting mold to grow.
If you are concerned that your home may have a mold problem, call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our trained experts will inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, our technicians have the training, tools, and expertise to take care of your mold problem safely and efficiently.
Mold Prevention in Your Hamilton County Home
Finding mold in your home can be a scary and overwhelming experience. Although we at SERVPRO of Hamilton County are here for you every step of the way to help eliminate mold should you find it, we believe that prevention is the best weapon against mold growth. Follow these easy tips to prevent mold in your home or workplace.
1. Keep the humidity level in your home between 40-60%. A moisture meter can be purchased inexpensively from your local hardware store. Signs of high humidity include condensation on windows, pipes and walls. If you find wet surfaces, dry them immediately and address the source of the moisture.
2. Be sure your home is properly ventilated in areas where moisture can accumulate such as bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry room. Direct vented air outdoors when possible rather than to the attic or other area inside your home.
3. Direct water away from your home by ensuring that the ground slopes away from the foundation. Be sure to keep your gutters clean so water can properly drain away from your home.
4. If you find moisture in your home dry the area immediately and thoroughly, preferably within 12-24 hours.
If you have concerns about mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our trained restoration technicians have the tools and training to remediate your mold problem quickly and thoroughly.
What is Black Mold?
Finding mold in your home, or suspecting that you have a mold problem, can be a scary feeling. We are bombarded with stories about the devastating effects that mold can have on our health and the air quality inside our homes. Before you begin the process of trying to remove the mold, it is important to understand some basic mold facts.
There are several different types of mold. Although many types of mold are capable of producing allergens and irritants, it is black mold (or Stachybotrys chartarum) that is more well known for producing spores that may cause health effects.
If you suspect you may have a mold problem, keep in mind that any type of mold found in the home should be treated with caution. Do not touch or disturb the mold to avoid inadvertently spreading it around your home.
When you contact SERVPRO of Hamilton County, our trained professionals will assess your unique situation. Mold grows and thrives in moist areas, so any sources of water or moisture will be addressed. Although every mold situation is unique, the process of removing mold is as follows.
Understanding The Mold Remediation Process
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Our trained professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
Step 3: Mold Containment
We use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Our restoration specialists use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Our specialists will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We're also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
We understand that finding mold in your home is scary. Our goal is to give you the peace of mind of knowing that your home is safe and healthy. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 today if you have concerns about mold.
Safeguarding Your Home From Mold
Mold is considered to be the number one indoor air quality problem in the United States. Left untreated, mold can lead to a host of health problems, unpleasant odors, and damage to structures. To prevent mold from becoming a problem for your home, it is important to understand where mold is most likely to grow. Regularly inspecting these areas can prevent mold from forming, spreading, and becoming a costly health hazard for your family. Mold is likely to grow and thrive in areas where moisture collects, such as basements and crawlspaces, ventilation systems, and around heating and cooling appliances. If you find or suspect mold growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
The professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
They’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists
We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. The professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
They Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment
Our professionals use advanced equipment to detect the source of water feeding the mold. Next, we isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.
Trust SERVPRO of Hamilton County to safely and effectively make your home "Like it never even happened." Call 317-773-0422 anytime day or night.
If You Have Mold You Need SERVPRO
There are several reasons why your home could have a mold infestation. After a water damage, mold can begin to grow and spread in as little as 48 hours. Sometimes mold growth is the result of a slow leak in a bathroom or a damp area of the basement. If you find or suspect mold in your home, it is important to take care of it immediately. SERVPRO of Hamilton County will respond quickly to your call. A quicker response lessens the damage and keeps costs down. Our trained professionals receive extensive and continual training and utilize the best technologies and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Mold growth can damage your property and compromise the health of your family. Call SERVPRO of Hamilton County at 317-773-0422 if you suspect mold in your home.
Mold After Flooding
If your home has recently been flooded, there are steps you can take as a homeowner to fight fast-growing mold.
1. Wear protection: utilize a face mask, nonporous gloves and protective eyewear when cleaning up your home after a flood.
2. Improve ventilation: open windows and doors while in your home to increase air flow.
3. Clean up and dry out: wipe down wet items and surfaces with detergent and water and use fans to help speed up the drying process.
4. Discard soaked items that have been wet for more than 48 hours.
5. Call trained professionals to inspect your home, even if you don't have obvious signs of mold growth.
If you have experienced flooding in your home, follow these steps and rely on the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County to inspect and take care of a suspected mold problem.
Noblesville Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 Hamilton County 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 Hamilton County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 317-773-0422
Does Your Noblesville Home Have A Mold Problem?
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 – 317-773-0422