Recent Mold Remediation Posts

How to Prevent Mold Growth

7/3/2024 (Permalink)

Mold Mold Growth

Are you aware of what signs to look for after experiencing water damage? Mold can develop quickly if conditions aren’t managed properly following such an event. Preventing microbial growth is crucial. Immediate mitigation is essential to prevent visible old growth, which can appear in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions. Here are some tips to prevent mold growth:

  • Maintain indoor humidity between 30 to 60 percent
  • Ensure 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 potential water entry points and regularly and perform necessary maintenance
  • Respond promptly to any water intrusions

For assistance after water damage or if you discover mold, contact your local SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond professionals. Additionally, having a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) in place for your business ensures you're prepared for any water emergency. This proactive approach outlines critical information about your building and allows SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond to respond swiftly to minimize disruption. Knowing what to expect and having a plan can significantly reduce downtime and mitigate potential damage to your property.

At SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond, we're committed to helping you prepare for and recover from water damage incidents effectively. Whether it's through our ERP program or immediate response to emergencies, our team is here to support you throughout the restoration process. How more information on how we can assist you with water damage mitigation and restoration, visit our website or contact us at 660-240-5105.

Facts to Know About Mold Growth

7/3/2024 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Loss and Mold

Water damage can lead to various issues, with mold damage being a significant concern for both residential and commercial properties. If left unchecked, mold can have a profound impact on your property. Should you encounter mold issues, SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond stands ready to restore your property to its pre-damage condition with our expert services, ensuring it looks “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding mold is crucial in mitigating its effects. Here are three essential facts about mold:

  1. Rapid Growth: Mold can spread quickly, especially in moist environments. Within as little as 24 to 48 hours of water exposure, mold can begin to grow and colonize, potentially causing extensive damage if not promptly addressed.
  2. Heath Concerns: Mold can pose health risks to occupants of the affected property, especially to those with allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues. Mold spores released into the air can exacerbate these conditions and cause discomfort.
  3. Prevention and Removal: Preventing mold growth involves maintaining proper indoor humidity levels (between 30% and 60%), promptly fixing leaks or water intrusions, and ensuring adequate ventilation. If mold is detected, professional mold remediation services, like those offered by SERVPRO, are essential to effectively remove mold and prevent its recurrence.
  4. Pervasive Presence of Mold: Mold exists nearly everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
  5. Microscopic spread via Airborne Spores: Mold spore, invisible to the naked eye, travel through the air and can infiltrate your home through openings like windows, doors, or HVAC systems. They may also be introduced indoors via clothing or pets.
  6. Moisture Dependency and Growth: Mold spores require moisture to flourish. Upon exposure to water, these spores can swiftly develop into colonies. These colonies have the potential to release allergens and irritants into the environment.

There’s much more to understand about mold. We encourage you to test your knowledge on mold damage. When mold damage affects your home or business, turn to the experts who specialize in mold remediation. SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond is your trusted local company for professional mold remediation and restoration. If you’re dealing with a mold issue, contact us at 660-240-5150.

What color is mold?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Many people ask the question: IS Black Mold Really Black?

If you come across blackish looking mold in your Missouri home, there is a chance it could be "Black Mold." The Latin official name for this organism is Stachybotrys chartarum; if you can pronounce that, you already know more about it than most individuals.

There are many thousands of mold species known, and the list only grows longer with each passing year. Black mold specifically is one of about a dozen that is commonly found within structural environments. The colors vary and do not hint at levels of toxicity or health effects. Most are harmless, posing very low threat to people.

Another common question is: Should you believe what you read about black mold?

We suggest the saying about the internet--"I read it there, so it must be true," is of course often fallacious. There is no need to panic or feel uncomfortable upon discovering a mold stain in your Missouri bathroom or basement. Speak to a reparable firm about your concerns.

Our Advice to You

  • Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond for a visual inspection of your home
    • Visible mold can be sent for testing
    • Air samples can also be sent to a third-party laboratory for spore identification and volume
    • Testing is a personal decision, though we find little merit in testing. If you see mold, you have mold. Remediation is the answer.
    • Store-bought testing kits are not a good idea, they are inaccurate, and the treatments remain the same
    • Call SERVPRO of Chillicothe/Cameron/Richmond first at 660-240-5105.