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Quick Guide to Removing Mold From Your Crawlspace

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quick Guide to Removing Mold From Your Crawlspace Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home.

If your Prescott, AZ home sits on a crawlspace, you may discover there is mold growing under your home due to the high moisture common in this area. Because it is in a separate space, this fungus growth may not worry you. However, even mold in this part of your home can cause mold damage or make it harder for you to resell your house. You should hire a residential mold removal team to ensure you get rid of this growth in the best way possible.

The Method

Your team of experts may choose to use a mold soda blasting technique. After an inspection, your team may employ several steps to rid your home of the growth.

1. A baking soda mixture is created.
2. The mixture is blasted into the moldy areas of your crawlspace.
3. The area is wiped down by hand to further remove mold.
4. A vacuum is used to clean up the area.

This method is often considered highly effective at removing mold from small, damp spaces, which is why trusted mold remediation teams use it.

The Benefits

Why is mold soda blasting so beneficial? The baking soda mixture actually cleans the wood while the pressure of the blast helps the cleaning agent penetrate tough to reach spaces. The combination of high-pressure compressed air and baking soda creates a great stripping agent. Not only is this method effective, but it works quickly. Many experts who use this technique are able to rid a space of mold four times faster than if they tried to do it by hand. Customers love using this environmentally-safe technique because it is effective and thorough.

If flooding or other moisture problems in your crawlspace have led to mold growth, you need to make sure the fungus is completely removed from your home. Allowing it to stay may invite the spores into other sections of your Prescott, AZ house. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold. 

4 Reasons Mold Is Growing in Your Building

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve been struggling with black mold in your building, you may be wondering why it’s so difficult to control. The truth is that mold spores are carried in the air, which means they are everywhere. Because mold can extract nutrition from just about anything, including most building materials, moisture is the number one determining factor for where mold grows. If you have mold, you have a moisture problem.

Hiring a professional mold remediation company in Prescott, AZ, to take care of mold cleanup is a good first step in discovering the source of the moisture. The experts can use infrared light and hydrometers to detect moisture, pinpointing trouble spots. Once you know where to look, here are the most common moisture sources causing black mold in your building.

1. Flooding

If you’ve experienced flooding recently, there’s a chance there is lingering residual moisture in your building. Although materials can seem dry on the surface, if the flooding was severe there can be moisture trapped inside your walls or under your floors.

2. Broken Pipes

A broken pipe is another common cause of moisture. If it’s located inside a wall you may not notice it until it’s seeped through drywall or ceiling tiles and left water stains. Even then, you’ll need a plumber to locate the leak and make repairs.

3. Broken Supply Lines

Supply lines carry water to your fixtures, like sinks, toilets and tubs. If your mold problem is located in the vicinity of these fixtures, a supply line could be the issue. This goes for areas adjacent to rooms containing fixtures, like the ceiling below a bathroom or a closet adjacent to a boiler room.

4. High Humidity

Sometimes high humidity provides enough moisture to support mold growth. If you’re located in Prescott, AZ, where the summers can be hot and humid, the weather could be the culprit. You may not be able to change the weather, but you can change the conditions inside your building. Air conditioning pulls moisture from the air inside your property and keeps it cool and dry, keeping black mold under control. Indoor humidity should be under 50 percent to ensure an unfriendly environment to mold. For more information about mold remediation, visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com/.


3 Materials That Can Encourage Mold Growth

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Materials That Can Encourage Mold Growth This basement had a serious mold problem that stemmed from a moisture problem.

After flooding ravages your Prescott, AZ home, facing cleanup efforts can be daunting. There is much to do, from calling a flood cleanup and restoration company to drain away the water to retrieving items that have been damaged. As you move through this phase, you may discover that mold damage has affected some of your belongings. While mold does not grow on every surface, there are several that can accelerate its growth pattern, especially after a flood.

1. Wood

Wood can display mold and mildew growth as early as 24 hours after a flood occurs. Mold feeds on wood because it is organic and because as a fungus, mold does not require sunlight to grow or spread. Some items that may be affected by mold growth include furniture, wooden floors and decorative moldings around doors and windows.

2. Paper

Because paper is made of wood pulp, it can be quite vulnerable to mold. This means the fungus can affect important documents if they were exposed to moisture or high humidity after a flood. You may want to retrieve these papers as soon as possible and set aside any books or other paper treasures you wish to restore. Your mold remediation experts may be able to offer you additional advice about how to salvage them.

3. Drywall

Finding mold damage on drywall can be common after a flooding mishap, no matter the grade of the water. The fungus may also affect insulation behind any drywall and cause it to rot. Any affected drywall should be cut away and the insulation replaced, as it cannot be dried or salvaged and may smell unpleasant once it starts to mold.

After a flood in your Prescott, AZ home, you may be dealing with a variety of mold damage. While mold can affect many different belongings in your home, taking action right away can help you begin the process of remediation and prevent further damage to your home and treasured items. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold. 

Quick Guide to Commercial Insurance Mold Coverage

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Every commercial policy is slightly different, so you may want to talk with your provider to get the specifics for your coverage. However, in general, mold insurance covers most instances of fungus growth. Here's what you need to know about mold coverage and how it can affect your remediation efforts in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

All Risk

Mold policies normally come in two distinct first-party categories. First, coverage may be all risk. This means insurers cover mold damage unless they can prove the cause of the contamination is specifically excluded in the policy. Typical exclusions may include mold caused by the following:

• Faulty workmanship
• Wear and tear
• Dry or wet rot
• Pollution
• Corrosion

You should read through your policy to better understand the potential circumstances that could stop you from getting reimbursed for mold remediation. This type of coverage is typically easier for you, the policyholder, because the provider has to prove the damage was caused by an excluded event.

Specified Peril

The second first-party policy type is called specified peril. This type of coverage helps pay for the remediation of fungus growth if you can prove it is caused by one of the included perils. In other words, your mold issue has to be caused by a pre-defined event included in the policy and you have to prove it. Both types of coverage have limitations you need to make yourself familiar with.

Third-Party Claims

If you are a landlord for an apartment building or commercial complex, your tenants could try to sue you due to mold contamination. In this type of situation, you may be able to turn to your insurance company for help defend you against the suit. Again, the help you receive may be dictated in the language of your policy.

If you are working with a mold insurance provider to find remediation experts near you, you want to find a company that is used to working with various types of mold coverage. Fungus growth can be hard to deal with, but when you hire professionals the process can be much easier.

For more on Mold visit us at http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com.

Quick Guide to Commercial Insurance Mold Coverage

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Every commercial policy is slightly different, so you may want to talk with your provider to get the specifics for your coverage. However, in general, mold insurance covers most instances of fungus growth. Here's what you need to know about mold coverage and how it can affect your remediation efforts in Prescott, AZ.

All Risk

Mold policies normally come in two distinct first-party categories. First, coverage may be all risk. This means insurers cover mold damage unless they can prove the cause of the contamination is specifically excluded in the policy. Typical exclusions may include mold caused by the following:

• Faulty workmanship
• Wear and tear
• Dry or wet rot
• Pollution
• Corrosion

You should read through your policy to better understand the potential circumstances that could stop you from getting reimbursed for mold remediation. This type of coverage is typically easier for you, the policyholder, because the provider has to prove the damage was caused by an excluded event.

Specified Peril

The second first-party policy type is called specified peril. This type of coverage helps pay for the remediation of fungus growth if you can prove it is caused by one of the included perils. In other words, your mold issue has to be caused by a pre-defined event included in the policy and you have to prove it. Both types of coverage have limitations you need to make yourself familiar with.

Third-Party Claims

If you are a landlord for an apartment building or commercial complex, your tenants could try to sue you due to mold contamination. In this type of situation, you may be able to turn to your insurance company for help defend you against the suit. Again, the help you receive may be dictated in the language of your policy.

If you are working with a mold insurance provider to find remediation experts near you, you want to find a company that is used to working with various types of mold coverage. Fungus growth can be hard to deal with, but when you hire professionals the process can be much easier. Visit  http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold. 

Black Mold in Yavapai County

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Finding black mold in your home can be scary. Remember, it never hurts to educate yourself, especially when it comes to any water damage to your home. Click on the links below to educate yourself on black mold and the effects black mold or any mold can have on you or your home.

http://www.medicinenet.com/mold_exposure/page3.htm#how_can_mold_in_the_household_be_prevented

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm

It is important that if you have any kind of microbial growth to have it tested by a licensed environmental hygienist. These results will tell what kind of growth you are dealing with and the best way to treat. 

SERVPRO of Yavapai County is always here to help with all of your water cleanup, mold cleanup, or fire cleanup. Give us a call today and let us help! 928-636-7600

Mold Cleanup Services

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Having water damage to your home or business can be stressful. Timing is of the essence for water damage cleanup. Mold can start forming within as little as 72 hours. If you have water damage to your home call or email SERVPRO of Yavapai County today and let us help.

It is important that if you find mold in your home to have it tested by a licensed environmental hygienist. This will determine what kind of mold you are dealing with and the best course of treatment.

Once the report is back, SERVPRO can handle the job from start to finish. We make sure to set up containment and not spread the damages through your house or business. 

If you have any questions call our offices at 928-636-7600. We have teams that are always available to help you. 

Mold Remediation in Yavapi County

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Source: http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/mold-remediation/

Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition

Mold Damage and Its Effects

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yavapai doesn't profess to know everything there is to know about mold. We do know how to clean it up if it gets into your home. But if you "geek out" on mold then here is a site that can explain more.

Click on the link below to learn more about mold and the effects it may have on your home. The Center for Disease Control is a great place to learn more about the different types of mold that are present in your home.

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

Call our office today for more information on what we can do to help you take care of a water damage or mold damage in your home.

If it is too late and you have already discovered mold growth call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today for an estimate.

928-636-7600

Checking for Mold and Dry Rot After a Pipe Bursts

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Checking for Mold and Dry Rot After a Pipe Bursts

It's easy to overlook a leaky faucet or a minor leak in a pipe, but it's not so easy to overlook that problem once the pipe actually bursts. This burst pipe can cause significant mold damage and lead to standing water that helps fungus or mildew grow. Mold growth behind walls can even develop because of a burst pipe. The best way to minimize residential or commercial mold damage is with a full inspection and with taking some preventative steps early on.

Hire a Water Removal Expert

While it's important to work with mold removal and remediation experts at the first sign of mold growth, it's equally important to hire a water removal expert. A restoration company will send the proper hardware and equipment to the home to remove as much water as possible. Workers will use pumps to remove larger areas of water caused by that burst pipe and then use sponges and other equipment to dry off all wood areas and other areas around the burst pipe to reduce the risk of dry rot developing. They may leave dehumidifiers or fans running overnight or for several days to reduce the humidity levels in the room.

Look for Dry Rot

Far too many people worry about black mold without thinking about dry rot and other common problems that can occur after a pipe bursts. Dry rot on a floor can cause so much damage that a person walking across the room might step right through the floor. This type of rot can look like a powdery type of mildew in the beginning but become darker and thicker later. Mold damage experts offer mitigation services to keep that rot from spreading all around the home.

Check for Mold

It's common to find mold in a home after a pipe bursts because that excess moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for the mold. Mold typically looks for environments that are both wet and moist, which is why mold growth behind walls is so common. It can cause a smelly odor that lingers in front of the wall and help mold and fungus grow nearby. Commercial mold damage companies often do deodorization techniques to remove the smelly odor and then look for signs of black mold and other species.

Mold removal Steps

Mold remediation is a term that applies to the methods that a restoration company takes to find a solution to the mold in home problems that owners face. It may require mitigation, identifying mold damage and using different mold removal methods. They may use deodorization techniques to remove any lingering odors caused by the mold and to give the home a cleaner scent. The sooner that a restoration company gets inside the building, the sooner its experts can identify residential or commercial mold damage and begin working on the problem. They use many of the same steps when removing black mold as they do when dealing with mildew and fungus growth.

Black mold is just one type of mold in a home that owners may see. They may call mitigation experts for help after seeing mold growth in a basement, noticing a smelly odor that indicates mold growth behind walls or finding mold damage in a bedroom. Professional mold removal, remediation and mitigation is the key to removing mold in a home and eliminating commercial mold damage. Mold removal may require deodorization techniques to remove a smelly odor caused by mildew or fungus and products that kill existing mold and inhibit any future mold growth. With help from a restoration company, the owners of homes can easily find out if there is black mold in their homes and if there is any mold growth behind walls. Mold removal companies offer remediation to find a solution and cause of any mold growth problems and deodorization techniques that make the home smell as clean and as fresh as it did before the mold started growing. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.

How to Go About Getting Professional Mold Remediation

7/31/2017 (Permalink)


How to Go About Getting Professional Mold Remediation

Mold damage is a lot more common than you might think. It is important to understand that with the right remediation and mitigation, a professional restoration company can handle the issue for you. If you are beginning to experience problems with your home or business concerning mold growth and mold growth behind walls, it's imperative that you contact a local restoration company to figure things out for you. Doing the work on your own can be too much to handle, especially when it concerns dry rot, mold growth, mildew, fungus and black mold. Plus, you'll be dealing with that horrible smelly odor that requires proper deodorization.

Finding the Mold in the Home

The first thing you'll need to do is to find the black mold, fungus or mildew in the home. Mold growth behind walls can be especially problematic, so it is important to hire a local restoration company to help out with the mold removal for you. Commercial mold damage can also be smelled, as you'll notice a smelly odor in the areas where the mold is present. Mold growth can be detected with special tools, so hiring a professional mitigation and remediation company might be beneficial.

How to Handle Mold Damage and Black Mold

The best way to handle mildew and fungus in the home is to hire a mitigation expert. The remediation pros will come with all of their own mold removal tools to get the job done. They are experiencing handling mold damage and know exactly what to do. Plus, they will check for mold growth behind walls to get rid of it for you and get your home back to the way it was before. If you have recently experienced a flood of some sort, you could very well have mold in the home and need expert remediation and mitigation to make things right. Dry rot and black mold can be highly problematic if left to fester, so be sure to contact a local commercial mold damage agency.

How to Find a Local Restoration Company

The best way for you to find a local commercial mold damage agency is to look online or ask other people. Mold damage and mold removal are no laughing matter, especially if you're dealing with dry rot that is a result of the mold growth. Mold growth behind walls can also be an issue because it is difficult to see on your own without the help of a professional company. Fungus and mildew can get much worse if it is left without being properly cleaned, so be sure to find and contact a local commercial mold damage company now.

What to Expect with Mold Removal

If you have mold in the home, you might be wondering what you should expect with deodorization of that smelly odor. Mold in the home is cleaned and gone through deodorization by the experts when it is most convenient for you. The company may need to come back multiple times to get rid of the smelly odor and to rid the home of all mold spores. They will use a series of devices and tools to ensure that the cleaning has been done properly. Dry rot can also go through deodorization, so the company can do this for you.

Once you have found that you have a mold problem, it's time to consider the fact that a professional company can be there to make things right for you. They will charge a reasonable fee for their services, based on a sliding scale of their clients' needs. You will also enjoy the fact that they take care of all the work for you so that you are not left trying to figure it all out on your own. There are lots of reasons to contact this company, but the main reason is because it helps you get your home back.
Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.