Recent Mold Remediation Posts
What Happens When You Don’t Treat Your Water Damage Quickly?
Act fast to dry your home before mold grows!
Water will find a way, and when it does, mold soon follows. If you do not get building materials and contents dry within 72 hours, you may have to consider these items a total loss.
Water Damage in Basement
Our franchise was recently called to a single-family colonial. Water had seeped into a basement bedroom, soaking the carpet and saturating the drywall to about 18 inches.
The homeowners had never had an issue with groundwater before in the seven years they had owned the home, but water will find a way.
Unfortunately, visible microbial growth had already begun by the time the homeowners discovered the problem. We knew affected carpet, padding, drywall, and a bed all needed to be removed and discarded.
Our first concern was to set up a barrier to keep microbes in the air from migrating to other parts of the home and putting residents at risk. We used a HEPA-filtered air filtration device to create a negative-air environment and filter microbial spores and other particulates out of the air inside the affected area.
Before we can perform demolition in Massachusetts, we need asbestos testing in accordance with MA DEP state law 310 CMR 7.15 (4). Once we had satisfactory results, we were able to proceed.
Our crew pulled out the carpet, padding, baseboards, and drywall. We applied a botanical anti-microbial solution to the studs to discourage mold growth.
We installed five air movers to circulate air and accelerate evaporation out of wet materials and a dehumidifier to remove any water vapor from the air. This room required two drying days to reach the standard.
Once the room was dry, we cleaned the floor with pressure steam. We also cleaned and deodorized carpet that was salvageable.
Call the Pros
When you find a water damage that has progressed to mold, you should call SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford right away. At that point, you can be sure that spore counts are elevated and may be putting occupants at risk. A certified mold remediation technician can advise you on the next steps to take to keep occupants safe.
Of course, it is best not to wait until you see microbial growth. Call SERVPRO today for an estimate on your water loss and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Bathroom Mold: How To Get Rid of It and Keep It from Coming Back
Keep bathroom dry to avoid mold growth
Bathrooms and mold go together like bathrooms and water.
Mold spores are everywhere, inside every building and outside in the air.
You cannot keep mold out no matter what you do, but you can make it very difficult for mold to grow in your home.
Bathrooms and Mold
Mold grows in bathrooms because it needs water to grow and bathrooms are a great source of water. Your first line of attack should always include reducing the water available for mold growth.
6 Ways to Keep Bathroom Dry
1. Ventilate during and after bathing. Either open a window or use an exhaust fan when showering or taking a bath. Let the fan run or leave the window open for at least 30 minutes after bathing.
If you use an exhaust fan, make sure it vents outside. A fan that vents to your attic will create an excellent environment for microbial growth that you may not notice for months.
2. Squeegee the walls and tub after use. Any water you remove will help reduce the ability of spores to take root and multiply.
3. Wipe off shampoo bottles, toys, etc. and put them away outside the shower or tub. Water sitting on these objects will harbor mold and increase your exposure.
4. Hang towels, washcloths, and loofahs outside the shower or tub to dry. Towels on the ground and washcloths in the tub are perfect places for mold to grow.
5. Fix leaky pipes, and dripping faucets as soon as you see them. Look behind the toilet, under the sink, and inside the vanity regularly so you will see a problem before it gets out of hand.
Keep It Clean
Clean all bathroom surfaces regularly. Mold is growing and releasing invisible spores before you can see it. Regular cleaning will remove the microbes you can’t see before the colonies burst into full bloom.
Wash all soft goods at least once a week. Cleaning towels, rugs, and shower curtains will also cut down on the spores available to grow.
Replace moldy caulk or grout. You may be able to remove the exterior staining, but once microorganisms find a home deep in these materials, you will never be able to fully eradicate them.
How To Clean Bathroom Mold
In most cases, small outbreaks can be cleaned using soap and water.
Bleach can remove mold staining but it may not kill the microbes.
If visible mold is growing on soft goods—rugs and towels, for example—these items should be replaced as you can never completely eliminate the microbes.
Professional Mold Remediation
For large mold outbreaks—greater than 10 square feet—it is best to hire a professional to ensure the problem is fully eradicated.
Additionally you should hire a remediation company when you suspect mold growing in or behind drywall and other porous building materials. A certified mold remediation technician can remove these materials while protecting building occupants from exposure to elevated spore counts.
SERVPRO mold remediation technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the proper treatment of microbial infestations. Give us call when you see mold and you want it gone.
When a Property Inspector Finds Mold in Bedford, Mass.
Call our mold remediation specialists when a property inspector finds mold
You have so many balls to juggle when selling your Bedford home. You have to clean and make cosmetic repairs. Then you stage the living areas, schedule showings and open houses, and field the offers.
Finally, when you think you are in the homestretch, you hear the property inspector found mold.
Mold in Bedford, Mass.
Mold will make a real estate buyer nervous. You will likely need to remediate the outbreak before closing or the whole deal may fall apart.
At SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford, we work with home sellers to remediate mold as quickly as possible. Most of the time, we are able to salvage the closing date as long as we are called in as soon as you know you have a problem.
Home buyers trust our brand. They see our trucks and commercials. They know our applied microbial remediation specialists have the training and experience to properly contain the outbreak and remediate the mold growth.
When you show your home buyers that you have trusted professionals on the job and resolving the issue, they will be reassured that they have chosen the right home from a responsible seller.
Save the Sale
Call SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford when your property inspector finds mold in your Bedford home. We will do all we can to ensure you are clear to close on time.
Attic Mold in Bedford, Mass.
Attic mold should be remediated immediately, before heat and humidity encourage more blooming.
As the weather warms in New England, many homeowners find microbial growth in their attics. Water intrusions from ice dams or moisture diverted by bathroom vents to the attic can provide the humidity necessary for mold growth, and warm temperatures encourage microbial colonies to bloom.
Bedford Attic Mold
We were recently called to a single-family ranch in Bedford, Mass. that had an outbreak in a humid attic. Our estimator found visible microbial growth on all ceiling materials in the attic.
Containing the Outbreak
Before our technicians began remediating the mold, they set up moisture barriers to contain the infestation to the attic. They also laid down plywood on the rafters to better maneuver in the confined space and keep mold from the ceiling falling down into the insulation.
Remediating the Mold
Once the area was contained, our crew HEPA vacuumed affected surfaces to remove visible microbial growth and installed a HEPA-filtered air filtration device to scrub microbial spores and other particulates out of the air. They then applied a mold remediation solution to all surfaces.
Trust Certified Mold Professionals
At SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford, we remediate mold using the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Standard. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and will recommend the best course of action to remediate attic mold. They will also advise you on steps you can take to minimize humidity in your home and discourage future outbreaks.
Call us at the first sign of mold growth so we can help you breathe easier knowing the problem is contained and will be remediated.
Moldy Master Bath in Lexington, Mass.
Call for an estimate as soon as you suspect a mold outbreak
Many people associate mold with old homes and neglected spaces like attics and basements. However, mold can grow anywhere it finds the right balance of heat, moisture, and organic material to consume.
We were recently called to remove mold in a Lexington, Mass. home built in 2008. The shower in the master bath was built over a copper pan that allowed water to accumulate. This led to mold growth behind the tiles initially and eventually on the walls of bathroom.
At first glance, you might not have expected such a high end bathroom with separate shower and bath could support a microbial outbreak. The house was clean, well maintained, and only ten years old. However, a building defect behind the walls created a perfect environment for fungal growth.
Contain the Outbreak
Our mold-certified crew began this job by securing the area and containing the contamination. They installed a negative air machine to maintain pressure pushing into the barriers so that no contaminated air would escape. They also installed a dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air.
Remove Moldy Materials
Our technicians then removed the shower door and fixtures. They pulled out ceramic tiles to get to the wet drywall. They bagged up all the wet and contaminated drywall and used a HEPA-filtered vacuum to clean the studs, the floor, and any tiles that were not on wet drywall.
Discourage Future Microbes
After they were certain that all visible microbial growth had been removed, the mold remediation team applied a plant-based antimicrobial product to discourage future mold outbreaks. They also advised the homeowner to have the shower corrected to prevent water accumulation behind the tiles.
Whenever water sits in or on organic material, it creates an ideal situation for fungal growth. This happens in old homes and new, in apartments, condos, and office buildings in every neighborhood in Massachusetts. When it happens to you, call in the mold professionals from SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford. We can make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Basement Mold in Lexington, Mass
Treat mold as soon as you find it to save time and expense
No one likes mold growing in their home. Mold smells unclean, it looks terrible, it degrades organic building materials, and it may have health effects for the home’s inhabitants.
Mold in Basement Closet
Our franchise was called out recently to inspect a home in Lexington, Mass. because the owner thought he saw mold in the basement. Upon inspection, our production manager found surface microbial growth on the lower walls of a basement closet. He recommended cleaning and disinfecting the affected wall, but the homeowner requested that we go a step further and remove a section of drywall to be sure there was no hidden mold growth inside the wall.
Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in mold remediation, so they knew just what to do. They set up a barrier to prevent microbes traveling throughout the home. They installed a HEPA-filtered air scrubber to collect airborne particulates including microbial spores. They removed the affected drywall and inspected what they could see of the studs and framing inside the walls.
After our technicians established there was no additional infestation in the walls, they cleaned and deodorized the basement carpet. The homeowner was pleased with the job they did. The basement smelled fresh and clean, all visible microbial growth was removed, and the air was filtered to extract any abundance of spores.
Call and schedule an estimate
If you find mold in a basement closet, call us for an estimate as soon as possible. Our IICRC-trained mold remediation technicians will help resolve the problem before it gets worse and more expensive to repair.
Is It Mold or Mildew?
Trust SERVPRO mitigation specialists to combat mold or mildew
We recently took a call from a concerned resident in Bedford, Mass. Her family had relocated from out of state, and her leather couch arrived covered in microbial growth.
When she complained to the mover about the condition of her couch, the mover claimed to have hired an expert who determined that this was mildew and not mold on the couch. According to the mover, the couch owner had no reason to be concerned about mildew.
Here at SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford, we find that distinction laughable. Both mold and mildew are considered potentially hazardous by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, if you search “mildew” on their site, you will be directed to their mold pages.
Mildew is Everywhere
Both mold and mildew are fungi. Both flourish in warm, damp conditions. And both are linked to upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people.
You can never completely eliminate molds and mildews from your home. Their spores are everywhere, even in your refrigerator. The risk is when these microbes are permitted to grow to the point of visibility. They are then releasing a higher-than-normal amount of spores into the air.
Call in a Mitigation Specialist
If you see microbes growing on a porous surface in your home (drywall, for example), you do not need to spend extra money testing to find out which type of microbe is growing there. You need to hire a mitigation specialist who can contain the contamination, remove the microbial growth, and advise how to avoid its regrowth.
Call SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford at the first sign of mold or mildew.
Mold Remediation in a Lincoln Attic
Attic microbial growth before and after remediation
Mold grows wherever it has the proper combination of moisture, temperature, and organic matter. Attics are a common area of concern when they are not properly ventilated. Moisture and heat accumulate, and building materials provide food for the microbes.
Lincoln Attic Mold
Here at SERVPRO® of Lexington-Bedford, we frequently respond to calls regarding mold growth, particularly during humid summer months. In July, we were called to provide an estimate for the attic of a commercial building in Lincoln, Mass.
Upon arrival, our estimator found microbial growth on the wooden walls and ceiling of the attic. He then prepared an estimate for remediation, and the organization hired us to complete the job.
First Step – Contain the Contamination
The first step in a mold remediation job is to contain the area so that none of the spores get transferred to other parts of the building. We contained the contamination by setting up a barrier and using a negative air machine to draw air in without allowing it to flow out of the area.
Next step – Remove the Contaminants
This job involved HEPA vacuuming then cleaning the affected surfaces. We also used a HEPA-filtered air scrubber to remove airborne particulates including microbial spores and bacteria. With the negative air situation already established, we were able to cycle through all the air in the attic.
Final step – Apply Anti-Microbial Solution
We finished this mold remediation job by applying an all-natural anti-microbial solution to deter future microbial growth.
If you see mold in your attic, our certified technicians have the training and expertise to remediate the situation. We are always “Here to Help.”
To Mold or Not to Mold
Here's one of our 1000 CFM AFD's doing its job as we remediated a kitchen full of mold!
There is mold everywhere!
While some molds can affect our health - there are molds that we benefit from! Molds can be used for medicines, for foods and wines (we all know someone who loves that extra stinky cheese) and molds biggest contribution is bio-degradation in the environment!
Mold turns into "bad mold" when it is on a sustainable food source and for many properties owners they can go months without noticing mold until they smell it - especially in the warmer months of the year! Most building materials (drywall, wood framing, wood sub flooring, debris, contents) act as hosts for these "bad" molds and when it is not remediated properly the problem can continue.
SERVPRO uses Air Scrubbers during Mold Remediations as a mean to collect airborne mold spores, bacteria and other debris.
Improving Air Quality
The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Process
- The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
- Next, a powerful push-pulll air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
- As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
Call us at 781-647-9100 to see how we can best improve your home or businesses air quality. We can make it "Like it never even happened."
What is Lurking in Your Air Ducts?
Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority.
In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirt ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process.
Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money. SERVPRO can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage conditions.
- We provide written inspections and estimates
- Eliminate offensive odors
- Restore peak energy efficiency
- Reduce potential for mold growth
- Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
Mold - Don't Let It Grow!
While fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment and can add value to our lives (such as yeast, blue cheese, mushrooms and penicillin), other forms of mold can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increase risk of harmful mold growth. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.
Be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold
- Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
- Excessive humidity
Help is here, if you think you might have a mold problem call us at 781-647-9100
Defending Against Mold Growth
A water damage can result in visible mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours, under certain conditions if not properly mitigated.
- Keep humidity between 30 to 60 percent
- Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately
- Contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold
Not only does mold have the ability to deteriorate your home but it can also have horrible affects on your personal health. Make sure to reach out to your local SERVPRO if you are facing mold and mildew issues.
"Like it never even happened."