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Efflorescence or Mold? Do you know the difference?

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Efflorescence or Mold? Do you know the difference? If you are uncertain as to whether you’re dealing with mold or efflorescence we suggest calling our office to schedule an inspection.

Efflorescence or Mold? Do you know the difference?

Efflorescence and mold can look quite similar. Although they look similar, that is the only quality they have in common. Distinguishing between the two is important for your piece of mind and treatment of the affected area.

What is Efflorescence?

Efflorescence is the migration of salt to the surface of a porous material, where it forms a white chalky coating. Efflorescence is found on masonry, stucco or concrete surfaces. It forms from salt deposits that remain on the surface of the materials when groundwater and sometimes rain water evaporate. Although it is unsightly, it does not pose a health risk. It does however indicate that there is excessive moisture entering and can be problematic if not addressed.

What is Mold?   

Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures and comes in a rainbow of colors. Mold grows and spreads in unconditioned spaces and sometimes in structures that do not have proper ventilation or have experienced a leak. With the exception of the winter months mold is always present outdoors. Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause a variety of health effects, or none at all.  

How do you know the difference?

-Efflorescence dissolves in water, whereas mold does not.

-If rubbed between your fingers, efflorescence turns powdery. Mold does not

-Mold can be any color, but is often black or grey. Efflorescence, is almost always white or yellow.

-Efflorescence develops on inorganic building materials, like masonry, stucco or concrete. Mold typically grows on organic materials, such as wood or drywall.

If you are uncertain as to whether you’re dealing with mold or efflorescence we suggest calling our office to schedule an inspection. Once the problem of mold or efflorescence is distinguished we can provide you with an estimate for cleanup.

Understanding Mold Management

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Management Moisture control and rapid response are a key component in controlling mold growth in your home or outside structure.

Understanding Mold Management

Mold is an essential part of nature and returns carbon as well as other elements, back into our ecosystem. However, mold is not a word that homeowners want to use when describing their homes. Mold cannot be completely eradicated, but it can be managed to a sanitary extent.

Moisture control and rapid response are a key component in controlling mold growth in your home or outside structure. Controlling the indoor and outdoor moisture of your home are the first steps in preventing mold growth.

Indoor Moisture Control:

                -Fix any indoor plumbing that is dripping or “sweating”.

                -Limit indoor humidity levels

                -Improve air movement in poorly ventilated areas of the home

Outdoor Moisture Control:

                -Inspect and maintain roofs, gutters and flashing

                -Ensure that the home has proper grading to direct water runoff away

                -Install air conditioners in outside buildings for air flow

                -Keep outside doors to the home closed on humid days

If you find that you have mold in your home or outdoor structure it is important to locate and correct the problem. Once the problem that is causing the mold growth is corrected the area needs to be cleaned and porous materials need to be removed.

Call our office today for an estimate on mold removal.

Inadequate Venting Causes Mold Damage In Dickson Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Inadequate Venting Causes Mold Damage In Dickson Home Consulting with SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties helps you identify the reasons your dwelling supports mold growth.

Does Your Dickson Home Have Mold Damage?

Mold needs one thing to grow: water. It may not be a significant amount of water nor does it matter if it is clean or contaminated. Mold spores always inhabit the same spaces as you and your family, unseen microscopic particles floating in the air or lying on surfaces. SERVPRO helps you to learn about mold, so it peacefully coexists with you.

One common way mold damage gains a hold in your Dickson home is when kitchens, bathrooms, and other humid areas have improper venting. Spores swell and grow even if the water available is in a vaporous state. When you run your dishwasher, boil water for pasta, shower, or do laundry, water vapor builds in the air. The vapor that remains in the air because of no or improper venting activates nearby spores. Mold growth follows, attaching to areas like backsplashes, walls, grout, shower curtains, vanities, and hoses. The growth accelerates if any real leaks are present in plumbing or if damp towels or clothing offer the mold another source of moisture and an organic place to grow.

Consulting with SERVPRO helps you identify the reasons your dwelling supports mold growth. Our mold remediation training program thoroughly prepares our technicians to search successfully for mold growth and to isolate the moisture source. We use scientific methods and instruments to test for airborne mold and humidity levels that encourage microbial growth. If the humid areas of your home have fans or other venting systems, we urge you to use them to reduce ambient humidity. Rooms that are often steamy but have no venting are a different kind of problem. Opening windows, using free standing fans, or exploring other venting options are all options we suggest.

Regardless of the water source, we follow EPA protocols to contain, remove, and disinfect areas that show mold growth. When the mold is bagged and discarded, our staff measures the humidity and help you reduce it to below 60 percent. Mold is always likely to regrow if the moisture spikes again so controlling humidity, eliminating seepage and leaks, and extracting hidden areas of water are crucial in mold damage remediation.

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Frustration about recurrent mold growth is a challenge SERVPRO of Cheatham, Robertson and Dickson Counties frequently handles with success. Call (615) 672-1905 and begin working with us on a plan that remediates current mold colonies and limits future infestation.

Does Your White House Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your White House Home Have A Mold Problem? In White House, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold 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.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 615-672-1905

10 Unexpected Places Where Water Damage & Mold Creeps Into Your Springfield, TN Home

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 10 Unexpected Places Where Water Damage & Mold Creeps Into Your Springfield, TN Home Mold can cause significant damage, but it can be prevented with proper precautions.

If a fixture or appliance in your home uses water, chances are it will leak at some point. These are 10 places many Springfield homeowners overlook when checking for water damage or mold:

1. Dishwasher 

There are two connections under each dishwasher that have the potential for mold and mildew to get started–the water supply and the discharge connection. The water supply needs to be lubricated with the right sealant and properly tightened periodically. The discharge connection involves a rubber hose and clamp, and installing the hose before the dishwasher is installed ensures it is done properly. Hoses wear out over time. If you’re buying an older house, it doesn’t hurt to check the dishwasher connections — especially if there’s an odd smell when you open the door. 

2. Icemaker Connections 

Refrigerators often get moved, either for cleaning or other projects. This can weaken or break the water line connection to the icemaker, causing leaks behind the refrigerator. 

3. Washing Machine Connections 

When installing a washing machine, always install a new hose, using the rubber washers the manufacturer recommends. Also, use Teflon tape and make sure to tighten the connection with vice grips so there are no drips or leaks. 

4. Hot Water Heater 

Many states have laws regarding the installation of hot water heaters, and most of them involve overflow pans that are piped to drain outside the house. The pan must be tilted at least ¼ inch to ensure the water does drain. Newer heaters with quick connect connectors should be properly lubricated and tightened so the shut-off valve doesn’t leak. 

5. Plastic P-Traps 

Under every sink in your home is a ?P-Trap,? almost always made of PVC pipe, which expands, and contracts. This process eventually loosens the connection and can cause leaks. Use Teflon tape to seal every P-Trap and check them periodically, tightening them by hand to ensure their connections don’t loosen and leak. Be careful, over tightening PVC can cause it to crack. 

6. Toilet Connections 

The base of the toilet is where most mold grows. Toilets should be installed with a horned wax ring, and then the base of the toilet grouted in with tile grout. The grout serves as a filler between the bowl and the floor to keep the bowl from rocking – which can compromise the wax ring. Also, make sure the toilet supply line is well-connected. 

7. Shower Doors 

To insure proper installation, we recommend shower doors be installed by a licensed plumber. Mold growing at the base of the tub may be from leaking or improperly installed shower doors. Shower doors need caulking on all three rails — the two side rails as well as the bottom rail. 

8. Tub 

The best way to prevent a leak from a tub is to make sure it is installed properly. If installed improperly, water and moisture can drip down under the tub causing water damage and mold issues. 

9. Exterior Water Connections 

If you’ve used a hose, you know how a poor connection or missing rubber washer can cause water to spray onto the house. This uncontrolled spray allows water to enter the space between the siding or into the wall leading to water damage and mold growth. 

10. Outdoor Water Sprinklers 

Make sure your sprinklers are well away from the house when turned on. The siding on your house is engineered to shed falling water (rain), not sprinklers shooting water up. 

If you take the proper precautions and monitor your home regularly, you should be able to avoid mold or at least catch it very early at its onset. 

Information from Homes.com article ’10 Unexpected Places Where Mold Creeps Into Your Home’

"Mold Removal" vs. Remediation in Dickson, TN - What's the Difference?

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business in Dickson is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (615) 672-1905
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

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.