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Sewage Spill turns into mold

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sewage Spill  turns into mold Mold remediation due to sewage backup

Sewage backup which turned into mold. Left untreated, the moisture and bacteria from a sewage loss may cause microbial growth. Our SERVPRO of North Sarasota team has experience with remediating a loss in which sewage was left untreated, causing mold to form on the drywall and floor.

To avoid the need for extensive mold remediation services after a catastrophic raw sewage damage event, property owners should act quickly. Mold can begin to grow just 48 hours after the affected area was contaminated by the dirty water.

Sewage spills caused by toilet overflows, backed-up septic tanks, or sewer system backups create a hazardous environment for your family. Acting fast in these situations helps protect your family and your home.

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup turned moldy? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota(941) 365-4614

Mold Behind Wallpaper

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Behind Wallpaper Wallpaper and mold

Usually people who have mold behind wallpaper may not suspect that it is there. The most common place for mold to grow is behind the wallpaper that is in bathroom. As you can imagine, this is where there is a lot of moisture present from daily showering, etc. Therefore, it is a breeding ground for mold because the glue also attracts organic materials, such as dust, which is the favorite food combination for mold.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), inexperienced people who have attempted to remove mold from behind wallpaper usually exacerbate the problem by releasing a “massive” number of spores when the wallpaper is taken down. They also state that just by killing mold, and not getting rid of it, it can still cause serious health problems to some people. Therefore, when dealing with mold behind wallpaper, what you should know is that it is best to contact an expert mold remediation company, SERVPRO of North Sarasota. This will ensure that the problem will be effectively resolved and will provide a safe environment for you and your family.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (941) 365-4614 SERVPRO of North Sarasota

About Mold

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation About Mold Mold on Floor Board

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on.

You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there’s some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing the ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.

Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.

When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.

If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.

If You See Signs of Mold, SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

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What is mold?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is mold? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614

Molds are various types of fungi (singular = fungus) that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores that can travel through the air. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home with a white or grayish color or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold can be found in essentially any environment or season.

The most common types of household mold that are found indoors include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra and sometimes referred to as "black mold") is a greenish-black mold that can also be found indoors, although it is less common than the other types of mold found in homes. Stachybotrys grows on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. There are types of mold that can grow on substances as different as foods and carpet.

Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores in the air land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.

Outdoors, molds play a role in the decomposition of organic material such as dead trees, compost, and leaves. They are most common in damp, dark areas or areas of decomposing plant life. Indoors, mold is often found in basements or shower stalls. Indoor mold in residential areas has the potential to cause health problems and can destroy surfaces and objects where it grows.

If you see mold call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Common place to find mold

When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.

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:

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.SERVPRO of North Sarasota 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, SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

About Our Mold Remediation Services

Mold and Your Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Your Home Mold on Furniture

The Effects of what Mold can do to furniture.

When water leaks or spills occur indoor-Act Quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases will help stop the growth of mold.

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota Are Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

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Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614. 24 hours 7 days a week.

Wood Floor Moldy

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Wood Floor Moldy Moldy Floor

We wanted to bring up this mold story. SERVPRO of North Sarasota had a client that called us due to mold within their carpet. Once we started removing the carpet we noticed that what was harboring below the mold stained carpet... It was actually a nice wood floor underneath. The carpet and wood floor created such a living space for mold that it ended up rotting the wood floor. So much in fact the mold was almost eating away at the floor making it a very soft spot on the floor.

With the insurance claim, SERVPRO of North Sarasota had to remove the whole wood floor to remediate the mold that was growing so we could start taking action.  Because this was an insurance claim the client is now able to purchase new wood flooring that will be installed sometime this week.

Got Mold Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota @ 941-365-46914

What's In Your Walls

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What's In Your Walls Mold found within the wall joints, behind the wall paper that the condo unit has had on the wall for years.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota was conducting a mold inspection and found out that many of the mold issues were coming from within the walls of this condo unit. There had been a past water issue with a cracked pipe and the water was never taken care of properly which resulted in mold growth. The condo unit had years worth of wall paper which resulted in a double layer of protection to make it easier for the mold to grow.

Now, with SERVPRO of North Sarasota conducting the work. We found the issue and were able to remove the drywall and attack the mold right where it was growing.  The customer could not believe her eyes when we showed her just how bad mold can get.

The unit owner was surprised, but happy that we were able to take care of this before it got any worse.

Any mold problems call SERVPRO of North Sarasota.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614 call 24/7

Be Informed

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Be Informed Mold in your home

Molds are found in every environment,

and mold spores reproduce rapidly when

moisture is present. An Institute of

Medicine study found excessive dampness

indoors encourages the growth of molds

and other organisms, causing a public

health problem. The EPA advised that the

potential health concerns from molds are

an important reason to prevent moisture

problems leading to mold growth. It is

especially important to clean up existing

indoor mold growth to increase property

appeal and retain its value. If a property

has experienced a water intrusion,

SERVPRO of North Sarasota can

inspect the damage to see whether

moisture has penetrated materials or is

allowing mold growth.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist 
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician 
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 24/7 @ 941-365-4614

“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation Mold

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (941) 365-4614

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Certifications

  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

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

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sarasota Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 North Sarasota 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 North Sarasota 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, SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

What To Do When Mold Damage is Found

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do When Mold Damage is Found Dark, warm, wet areas are the perfect place for these organisms to call home.

Mold Damage in your home

Florida is a beautiful state surrounded by water. This state comes with its glorious advantages and devastating cons. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of water and moisture along the coasts, homes in Florida are no stranger to molds, fungus, mildew, microbial growth, or other strange growths. These growths have been known to cause serious health complications, rip families away from their homes, and destroy personal property.

Once a person has discovered that they have fungus, mildew, microbial growth, or mold growing in their home or business they should immediately contact SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

How Does Damage Occur?

Damage occurring from unwanted growths is often the result of water damage, high humidity, or the presence of a large amount of liquid of some sort. These liquids seep into woods, plasters, fabrics, and other materials causing visible “wet” damage. This damage allows organisms to grow in a place they otherwise may not have chosen. Dark, warm, wet areas are the perfect place for these organisms to call home. Unfortunately, homes in Sarasota, FL often have these sorts of dark, warm, and wet spaces for damage to occur.

Even those who keep their homes in immaculate condition could fall victim to the type of damage described above. This is because Florida’s costs border water. Hurricanes, high winds, and natural disasters are not unheard of. If this should happen, water damage is inevitable. Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 24-Hour Emergency Service 7 days a week 941-365-4614.

Leaky Roof Causes Moldy Concern

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leaky Roof Causes Moldy Concern Photo shows leak from attic and the mold showing on the tile floors on their shower area.

We received a call for concern when a client of ours noticed a noticeable leak coming from their attic area of their master bedroom closet of their home. The leak had gone on long enough to cause a mold issue within the whole master bath, both walk-in closets, and their shower area.

They were worried that the mold had damaged quite a bit of their home, but we assured them that everything was taken care of by us. We were able to remediate the mold and put them back in their home in no time.

Mold does more damage than thought

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold does more damage than thought The affects of mold in ceiling of residential home

“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (941) 365-4614

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Carpet Over Wood Floor = No More

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Carpet Over Wood Floor = No More Mold that was found on wood floor once carpet was taken up.

We wanted to bring up this mold story. We had a client that called us due to mold within their carpet. Once we started removing the carpet we noticed that what was harboring below the mold stained carpet... It was actually a nice wood floor underneath. The carpet and wood floor created such a living space for mold that it ended up rotting the wood floor. So much in fact the mold was almost eating away at the floor making it a vey soft spot on the floor.

With the insurance claim, we had to remove the whole wood floor to remidiate the mold that was growing so we could start taking action.  Because this was an insurance claim the client is now able to purchase new wood flooring that will be installed sometime this week.

Mold that Creeps while you sleep

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold that Creeps while you sleep Mold found within the wall joints, behind the wall paper that the condo unit has had on the wall for years.

We were conducting a mold inspection and found out that many of the mold issues were coming from within the walls of this condo unit. There had been a past water issue with a cracked pipe and the water was never taken care of properly which resulted in mold growth. The condo unit had years worth of wall paper which resulted in a double layer of protection to make it easier for the mold to grow.


Now, with SERVPRO conducting the work. We found the issue and were able to remove the drywall and attack the mold right where it was growing.  The customer could not believe her eyes when we showed her just how bad mold can get.


The unit owner was surprised, but happy that we were able to take care of this before it got any worse.


SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614 call 24/7

When You Are Away, The Mold Does Play.

10/21/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When You Are Away, The Mold Does Play. The Affects of what Mold can do to furniture during a long period of time.

  Understanding Mold


Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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.


 Why Choose SERVPRO of North Sarasota?


 


     We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster


  In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.


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   We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists


As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.



  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician


   Learn More


 


   We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment


   We invest in the latest equipment and ongoing mold remediation training because it helps us restore your home or business quickly and effectively. We will isolate the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber.


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  The Mold Remediation Process


   Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:



  1. Emergency Contact - (941) 365-4614

  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

  3. Mold Containment

  4. Air Filtration

  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

  7. Restoration


   Common Mold Misconceptions


    With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.