Recent Mold Remediation Posts

How to remove mold from carpet

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

If you think you have mold in your carpet, you need to determine if what you see is really mold. Although test kits are available to purchase in many big box home improvement stores, understanding what a test result means requires the help of an expert. Therefore an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) should be contacted to inspect and test the suspected mold to determine the extent of the damage and what course of action needs to be taken.  

After the IEP gets the test results, they can advise you on the extent of the mold problem, the toxicity of the mold, and whether you can handle yourself or hire a certified remediator. If you choose to do it yourself, be smart and make sure you use adequate protection, because the most important thing is your health. Wear a respirator, gloves, goggles, etc.

If you are dealing with a bigger problem and need help, call SERVPRO of Decatur today at 404-378-9998


Mold Damage Emergency Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Decatur professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today 404-378-9998

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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.

What is the difference between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

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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 Decatur 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.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact- SERVPRO of Decatur- 404-378-9998
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Does Your Decatur Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Moldy Drywall

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 flourish 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 direct 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 @ 404-378-9998.

Decatur Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 404-378-9998

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 404-378-9998

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can accidently 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 Decatur 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 Decatur specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a mainstay 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 – 404-378-9998

What is Black Mold?

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

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According to the CDC Stachybotrys chartarum is a greenish-black mold more commonly known as “black mold” or “toxic mold.” This type of mold is known to grow on material that has high cellulose and low nitrogen content, for example, fiberglass, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. Mold growth occurs when there is constant moisture exposure from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, or flooding.

Molds are very common in buildings and homes and will grow anywhere indoor where moisture is present, so you should be aware of this fact and be proactive in searching for potential mold growth. If any mold is found in your home or business it should be inspected and treated by a professional, you should be cautious around the infected area and be sure not to touch or disturb the mold.

If you are worried about mold growth in your home or business let SERVPRO of Decatur help you out!

Is Mold Hiding in Your Attic?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Do not led mold take over your attic! Call SERVPRO of Decatur today!

If you are anything like me, the only time you make it up to your attic is during the holidays when you are trying to find the decorations you stored up there a year ago. An attic can be a somewhat scary location where cob webs tend to take over and homeowners tend to avoid. In our experience, 95% of all mold problems in attics go completely unnoticed for a long time due to the fact that most people do not spend any time up there.

Attic mold tends to be discovered during a home inspection when homeowners are getting prepared to put their house on the market, and it is almost always a shocking surprise to find out that your attic has had mold growing in it for who knows how long!

That is why it is very important to be proactive. Don’t be afraid to wander around your attic from time to time to search for signs of mold. Finding mold growth in the early stages makes it far easier to remove and is much cheaper than letting it fester and not taking action.

The approach is simple: if you see visible mold, it should be removed!

Understanding Mold Remediation

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO we are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to tackle any mold problems you are having in your home or business. We are a qualified restoration company that understands the science behind mold and mold growth.

When signs of mold growth are found we initially are concerned with stopping the source of water feeding the mold such as a leaking hot water heater, or busted pipe. Once that source is no longer leaking we use air scrubbers to remove the particles from the air, and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. Our next step is to make sure to apply an antimicrobial treatment in order to eliminate the mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. We also find t very important to completely get rid of and replace any infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.

If you have concerns about mold in your property call SERVPRO of Decatur and let us help you!

How to Prevent Mold in Your Home

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

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Unless you are attempting to make blue cheese or penicillin, mold is not something that you want to be messing with or run across in your home or business. Mold can grow anywhere with a lot of moisture present, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes as well as paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can be a difficult and costly problem to fix, but it also can produce harmful allergens and irritants that can compromise your health.

According to the Mother Nature Network here are nine ways to prevent moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors.
  6. Direct water away from your home.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters.
  8. Improve air flow in your home.
  9. Keep mold off household plants.

If you are having issues with mold growth in your home or business, SERVPRO of Decatur is here to help!