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Sewage Spill turns into mold

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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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)

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.

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About Mold

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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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)

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

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Mold and Your Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

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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Wood Floor Moldy

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

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 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.

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Be Informed

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

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