Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold! Now what?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

What to do when you suspect mold

It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but water is the most common for mold growth. When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. This is more than putting down towels and turning a fan on. There are a few steps for first time water and/or mold damage experiences.

  1. Call SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson to schedule a site inspection with an estimator to assess the problem and provide you with a quote. Our policy is to be there within 4 hours or sooner if this is an emergency.
  2. Contacting your insurance carrier to advise and request approvals if needed. SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson is on many insurance preferred vendor lists. If not filing a claim, just proceed with having our project manager fully explain the process and what to expect.
  3. Allow yourself to relax while SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson gets the job done using industrial equipment by our highly trained technicians. Our field and office staff will provide you with all information you need and answering any questions you may have.

Many people do not know that if you try to take care of it yourself, you run the risk of giving mold a chance to infiltrate your house when not properly remediated. Ensure yourself with a peace of mind that SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson is highly qualified and more than happy to assist with any kind of water, mold, and fire damage.

Give our offices a call with any questions you may have at 520-760-9352!

Moss Mold Mildew and Myths

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Moss Mold Mildew & Myths

Moss, Mold and Mildew are thought to be all related and in the mold family!  Fact: Not True!

We receive many calls from homeowners with questions and some are surprised with the facts about the differences and how to treat them. We hope that the following information may help to clarify.

Moss is a plant that converts sunlight and dissolved soil minerals into the energy it needs to grow and reproduce.

Myth: Moss grows only on north side of trees! Fact: Sometimes True!

Well this is partially true if you are in the Northern hemisphere but if you are in the Southern Hemisphere it grows mostly on the south side of trees.  If you are lost in the woods and are using moss to navigate you will get to where you are going only 50% of the time as this old rule of thumb only works 50% of the time.  Best to use a compass!!!

Mold is a fungus!  Fact: True!

Molds are eukaryotic micro-organisms that are decomposers of dead organic material such as leaves, wood and plants.  Today’s air-tight housing has caused a surge in mold related illnesses.  If you experience a water damage leak and it goes undetected, Mold will have the right conditions for growth. 

Myth:  Bleach will kill mold!  Fact: Not True!  Bleach is not a recognized EPA Sanitizer that can kill Mold! 

Is mildew mold? Fact: True!

Mildew is a form of mold (surface mold) and if left untreated could become a contaminant.  Mildew typically happens in bathroom showers!  Again, our new air-tight housing causes areas such as bathrooms to stay wet longer leading to mildew growth!  Fear not, Mildew is considered a surface mold and can be treated with applications of household cleaners!  In addition. It is recommended to always use the bathroom exhaust fan when showering or bathing to exhaust the humidity out of the area. 

Myth:  Mildew can be killed with bleach!  Fact: Might be True!  Bleach might work, but you should use a household cleaner that states for specific use for mildew! If it the household cleaner contains Microban, it can be used to clean mildew! If Mildew is consistently present, It might be an indication that you have a bigger issue!

With questions pertaining to mold and mildew concerns in your home, Please call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson and Oro Valley / Marana East to have an assessment of your home today!

Mold Damage in Tucson Often Takes Place in Laundry Rooms

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

If your laundry room experiences an increase in moisture and you smell that musty mold smell, contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Our Technicians Assess and Then Remediate the Mold Infestation in Your Home

A fungus needs three conditions to be present to form inside your Tucson home which are moisture, the correct temperature, and an organic food source. Houses already have plenty of organic substances because they get built with a lot of wooden and paper materials that can develop mold damage. Fungi like temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and most homes are kept at around 70 degrees. Once moisture gets added to this scenario, you have a prime location for microbial growth. Once microbes that already exist everywhere get activated by excessive moisture, building materials inside your home can receive mold damage.
If water ever leaks into your home, it must be removed within 48 hours or the microbes can start to grow. Therefore, most mold damage cases in Tucson are the result of water leaks going unnoticed. Sometimes appliances can malfunction and leak out moisture without you noticing it. Water pipes can develop slow leaks that pour small amounts of moisture into your building's structure.
One common place in every house that receives leaks you may not see right away is the laundry room. Many laundry rooms are small, confined, and close to the size of a closet making it difficult to easily see every corner of the room. Washers and dryers are heavy, so they do not get moved out of their places very often. Since laundry rooms are the home to your washer and dryer, there are water pipes and connections in the small area. The amount of water-related connections involved in a laundry room increases the chances of a leak taking place.
Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in dealing with moisture-related problems inside these rooms that are the home to your washer and dryer. When we first arrive at a problem in a laundry room, we immediately move everything out of the tight area so we can inspect the situation. Once we figure out the source of the problem, we repair the moisture source if needed.
Next, if microbial growth is present our SERVPRO restoration team analyzes the situation and tries to figure out how severe the contamination is. Once we determine the overall scope of the project and get work authorization from you, we contain the contaminated room. This means that we use heavy-duty plastic to seal off the room so that no harmful dust particles or mold spores can spread outside of the affected region during our restoration process.
If you ever see black mold inside your laundry room, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 any time of the day.
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Does Tucson Mold Damage Remediation Always Mean Demolition And Replacement?

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Although the mold damage you see in your Tucson home needs attention, panicking is unnecessary.

Mold Damage Remediation

The media seems full of scary information about mold growth even in drier areas of the country like Tucson. Often the stories concentrate on health concerns and the urgency to get rid of microbial activity immediately. Homeowners fear the expense and sometimes panic, trying to manage the mold themselves. Make a better decision by giving the professionals a chance.

Although the mold damage you see in your Tucson home needs attention, panicking is unnecessary. Some individuals do experience allergic reactions or other sensitivity to excessive amounts of mold spores or by-products of mold growth, but healthcare practitioners are best suited to answer those worries. On the other hand, mold growth damages structural components and the contents of your home and sends unpleasant odors throughout all spaces. Mold remediation needs to occur, but take the time to line up our skilled crew to ensure the job is done appropriately and safely.

SERVPRO mold remediation technicians assess the damage in your home and develop a plan that focuses the dual goals of active mold colony removal and restoration of your home to pre-infestation condition. The equipment and tools we employ often permit us to accomplish these outcomes without demolishing, removing, and replacing the materials that provide structure for your dwelling.

We follow EPA protocols learned in IICRC training to contain the mold colonies, keeping unaffected portions of your home clear of the spread of moldy debris. SERVPRO invests in equipment that makes containment effective, including heavy plastic sheeting to create physical barriers and technology like negative pressure air scrubbers to filter spores and other moldy particles, exhausting the contaminants outside of your living space.

Inside the containment area, SERVPRO technicians rely on a range of techniques and instruments to clear surfaces of the mold. No matter how unappealing the mold looks, nonporous surfaces release the colonies when we scrape, scrub, and brush. Even porous materials restore if methods like soda blasting loosen the hold hyphae, the “roots” of mold, have. EPA registered antimicrobials applied evenly to all affected surfaces with foggers or sprayers to inhibit the return of the mold growth.

Odors that linger make the remediation feel incomplete. SERVPRO recommends a course of treatments, employing different odor elimination strategies until the smell is gone. We do not cover up with short-term air fresheners or distractors like candles or diffusers. Thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators create tiny odor-busting particles that seek out the molecules emitting the smells. Bonding with odiferous airborne and settled bits causes the chemical composition of the particles to change, rendering them neutral in odor.

SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson has many options short of knocking down walls when we remediate your mold damage scenario. Call us at (520) 760-9352 to set up a consultation and check out what we offer for up-to-date mold abatement.

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Surprising Causes of Mold Damage in Tucson

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Finding a mold infestation spreading on your wall can lead to panic. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Remediates a Mold Infestation Regardless of the Cause

Our dry climate can lull homeowners into believing there is little chance of interior mold damage in Tucson. The reality is that many opportunities are present inside any home for excess moisture to collect, and that is precisely the fuel needed for the many mold spores waiting in the air and on surfaces. We have advanced equipment, well-trained crews, and the proper protocol to remediate unexpected mold problems.
Mold damage in your Tucson home causes deterioration to structural components. When mold grows, it distributes numerous mold spores and can produce mycotoxins, both of which can irritate and trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. It is undoubtedly an unwanted issue but is predictable if moisture remains unmanaged. When we take on a mold remediation project, we not only abate the microbial growth, we also identify moisture sources and suggest strategies to eliminate it.
Very little moisture is necessary to encourage mold growth. SERVPRO often sees tiny leaks from plumbing under cabinets or between walls creating the perfect conditions for fungal issues. A loose connection or even a sweating cold supply pipe that drips condensation provides enough water to give a mold colony a boost.
Failure to dry out bathrooms or laundry rooms after use can offer an incubator for mold. Spills or overflow left unattended are mold havens. Wet laundry, sponges, and washcloths are good breeding places. The steam from cooking can dampen drywall or woodwork. Any room in your home that experiences even periodic high humidity is a possible mold hotspot. SERVPRO can contain and remove the current infestation, but to avoid future outbreaks exhaust fans are a must and should be used regularly.
Air conditioning units, whether central or window, contribute to the moisture issues behind mold problems. Although in theory they are a tool to help reduce humidity and limit microbial growth, they do this in most cases by condensing water vapor out of the air. If the coils where the condensation occurs or the drain is dirty or clogged, water collects. These areas are classic places for mold spores to absorb moisture and being grown into significant colonies.
Work with SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson if you smell or see any evidence of mold in your home. We can remediate an outbreak and offer suggestions to limit its return by eliminating moisture. Call (520) 760-9352 for an evaluation.

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Mold Damage Experts In Tucson Discuss Problems Inside Bathrooms

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remediate mold damage on the ceiling of your bathroom.

Proper containment is needed when addressing mold damage in your bathroom

Any time unwanted moisture gets inside your Tucson home, microbial growth can occur. A fungus needs an organic food source like paper or wood, the ideal temperature, and water to develop. Houses are already kept at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and contain many natural materials, which when moisture is added makes a prime location for fungi.

Once microbes get the amount of moisture and time they need to grow, they form structures called hyphae that spread across surfaces and release spores for reproduction purposes. During any mold damage project in Tucson, measures must be taken to prevent spores from contaminating unaffected areas of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize various methods to contain contamination including building containment chambers.

Before any work begins in the affected region, thick plastic sheets get put up with poles, sealing the area off. Containment chambers prevent any dust or spores created by the restoration process from floating around the house and causing problems in other parts of the structure. An air scrubber gets attached to a hole in the side of the chamber so that it creates negative air pressure inside the work area. The scrubber sucks up any microscopic microbes and dust particles and runs them through a HEPA filter before exhausting air out into the environment.

Many times mold can form inside the shower in your bathroom from either a leaking shower faucet or improper ventilation. Usually, if fungi form in the shower, it is up by the faucet or on the ceiling. Once our SERVPRO technicians have determined the extent of the damage and its source they seal off your shower and create a containment chamber.

If the mold has severely damaged the drywall in your shower's ceiling, then it might have to be taken down and replaced. If demolition is required, then the contaminated materials get taken down and disposed of in sealed plastic bags. In some situations, the fungi get removed either by scrubbing or sanding.

After all of the contaminated debris gets removed from the affected area, we use a HEPA vacuum to remove all of the remaining dust created by the project. Anti-microbial chemicals get used throughout the process to inhibit future microbial growth. For help with fungal issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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On no! Mold!

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold under the kitchen sink.

When water damage does not get appropriately and immediately attended, the risks of mold growth is very high. Mold thrives on moisture and even in high humidity which can turn your single water damage to a mold remediation. It is not pleasing to think about having mold in your home but most homeowners don’t realize that mold could be lurking anywhere at this moment! One of the usual places for mold infestation is underneath the kitchen sink like in this picture. When was the last time you really inspected underneath the sink?

Mold is a problem that should be professionally handled since mold releases spores and can easily spread throughout the affected area and onto other parts of your home.

But don’t worry, SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson is here to help! Call for a free consultation now. (520)760-9352

What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

In the 90’s Mold became the Cause Celeb, especially that strain of “Black” Mold, Stachybotrys, that struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans. Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home. It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1) food; and 2) water. There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor. When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. If you try to take care of it yourself, you run the risk of giving mold a chance to infiltrate your house. Why would you do that when you can call SERVPRO® of Northeast Tucson at 520-760-9352, and make sure your house is dry.