Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Mold growth in ceiling from water intrusion
A very small water leak in the bathroom above this room went unnoticed for several weeks.
This property was for sale and the realtor found the problem on a visit to show a potential buyer. The realtor contacted us and during our initial visit our estimator recommended that an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) be contracted to inspect and test the mold.
Our recommendation was passed on to the home owner and they immediately contacted an IEP for testing. Within just a few days the IEP developed a protocol, environmental controls, and technical specifications along with detail how remediation was to be conducted during our project.
SERVPRO of Beckley followed all of the guidelines set by the IEP. When we finished the IEP returned for the post remediation sampling. Based on the results of total spore air sampling surveys they determined the mold remediation was successfully completed.
Mold can be found in unimaginable places
The homeowner looked for days trying to find why her bathroom had a musty smell - We found it !
Do you have an odor in your home and you just can’t determine what or where it is? If you can’t visibly see anything then there is a possibility it could be mold. Mold can smell like a musty odor, but it can also smell like earth, fruit, floral, chocolate, sour, oily or spicy.
Mold can be found in places you wouldn’t imagine. Under your flooring whether it be carpet, vinyl, or linoleum. It can be beneath your floorboards, wallpaper, even in the insulation inside the walls or above in the ceiling. Mold is often found underneath or behind cabinets and appliances. It’s not unusual for us to find it in the attic, crawlspace, and in your HVAC System.
If you have looked and looked and can’t find what’s causing that smell, contact SERVPRO of Beckley today. We have trained professionals and the right equipment to figure out where your odor is coming from.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Our crew’s health and safety is a huge priority for us it’s not just an OSHA regulation.
We hope you are never faced with a mold problem but if you are and use SERVPRO of Beckley you can expect our team to be dressed in “Personal Protective Equipment”. Please do not be alarmed or offended.
The following are excerpts from the “OSHA ‘s Mold Safety & Health Topics”
Any remediation work that disturbs mold and causes mold spores to become airborne increases the degree of respiratory exposure. Actions that tend to disperse mold include: breaking apart moldy porous materials such as wallboard; destructive invasive procedures to examine or remediate mold growth in a wall cavity; removal of contaminated wallpaper by stripping or peeling; using fans to dry items or ventilate areas.
The primary function of personal protective equipment is to prevent the inhalation and ingestion of mold and mold spores and to avoid mold contact with the skin or eyes. The following sections discuss the various types of PPE that may be used during remediation activities.
Gloves protect the skin from contact with mold, as well as from potentially irritating cleaning solutions.
To protect your eyes, use Properly fitted goggles or a Full Face Piece Respirator. Respirators protect cleanup workers from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust, and other particulates that are released during the remediation process.
Protective Clothing -While conducting building inspections and remediation work, individuals may encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards. Consequently, appropriate personal protective clothing (i.e., reusable or disposable) is recommended to minimize cross-contamination between work areas and clean areas, to prevent the transfer and spread of mold and other contaminants to street clothing, and to eliminate skin contact with mold and potential chemical exposures.
Are you afraid of mold growing in your home?
Mold behind a wooden cabinet in a utility room that went unnoticed for an extended period of time.
Controlling the moisture in your home is the best approach to your fear.
Here are a few things you can do inside your home to keep moisture levels under control:
- Open exterior doors and windows whenever possible to keep air circulating.
- For closets that are rarely used, keep the door cracked so air can circulate.
- Use AC units, dehumidifiers, and exhaust fans regularly.
- Purchase high quality air filters for your HVAC Unit.
- Watch for mold growth in the soil in your house plants.
- Fix water leaks.
- Check for condensation on your windows.
- Dry Wet surfaces as soon as possible.
- Don’t leave wet materials lying around.
If you are taking steps to control the moisture and still smell a musty odor or see signs of mold, there may be a problem that only a remediation company can recognize. Contact SERVPRO of Beckley, a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.
SELLING YOUR HOME? DON'T REMODEL UNTIL YOU READ THIS
Look what was found in the Laundry Room as appliances were being removed!
Mold and mildew have become a BIG concern. Most home Buyers will search the internet to see what is important when purchasing a home. A majority of web sites list “leaks, dampness, water damage, mold, mildew” in the top 10 list of things to look for.
The Seller should pull out that washer and dryer – dishwasher – refrigerator, look around the water heater, window sills, doors, bathtubs, on the base of cabinets - ANYWHERE there is a water source - to inspect the areas for moisture.
Since the buyer will be on the lookout for these types of issues, we encourage the seller to have their home ready for the inspection. Any money set aside for an upgrade may have to be spent on “problems” as opposed to “remodeling”.