Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Plumbing Leak Leads to Mold Growth

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Plumbing Leak Leads to Mold Growth Call SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage

Untreated plumbing leaks allow water to remain in contact with organic materials and lead to microbial growth. When the damage is behind walls and invisible, this can result in a major mold remediation project.

Last month, our franchise was called to a tri-level home in Arlington, Mass. The sink trap had been leaking inside the wall between the kitchen and laundry room. By the time the homeowner realized the problem, he was already seeing what he thought was mold.

When our production manager arrived, he found extensive microbial growth on drywall, inside a closet, under the tiles in the laundry room, and in cabinets and the basement.

Containment

One of the first tasks in a mold remediation project is containing the infestation and protecting other parts of the home from exposure. We use poles and heavy-duty plastic to erect makeshift walls. An air scrubber then creates a “negative air” environment where any air that crosses the barrier flows into the containment area, not out of it.

Asbestos Testing

Every job that involves demolition requires asbestos testing before we can begin, in accordance with Massachusetts DEP law 310 CMR 7:15 (4). Upon receiving the all clear from the testing company, we began removing unsalvageable building materials.

Anti-Microbial Application

We applied a botanical anti-microbial product to suppress any new growth. Meanwhile, our air scrubber’s HEPA-filter was removing spores and particulates from the air inside the containment area.

Dehumidifying

We set up a dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air, which also discourages mold. Without water or humidity, microbes cannot grow.

Removing Visible Microbes

We used a HEPA-filtered vacuum to remove visible microbial growth on non-porous materials.

We can never remove all microbes. They are too widespread in the atmosphere to eliminate completely. But we scrubbed what we could see from surfaces and cycled all the air through an air filtration device several times per hour for several days to pull out as much as we could.

Fix Plumbing Leaks ASAP

The best way to avoid microbial growth in your home is to keep it dry. A leak will create an ideal environment for mold colonies to prosper. Do not ignore leaks because they always get worse and the damage will spread.

Control Humidity

If your home is humid, consider running a dehumidifier to bring the humidity down below 50%. This will make it very hard for any microbes to survive and spread.

Call Us When You See Mold

Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can help you contain an outbreak and limit the loss of building materials. Call us at the first sign of mold or water-damaged building materials. We will help make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Attic Mold: How To Prevent It and Keep It from Coming Back

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Attic Mold: How To Prevent It and Keep It from Coming Back Attic mold remediation: before and after

You will never completely eliminate the risk of mold. Spores circulate in all the air around us. They are invisible and too numerous to ever be wiped out.

However, if you keep your home dry, you can keep microbial growth to a minimum and avoid major outbreaks.

Perform Regular Inspections

Attic mold is tricky because homeowners may not inspect their attics often and an infestation may go unnoticed for months or years. Additionally, small spaces and awkward angles make mold remediation a challenge.

Here are the things to look for to keep your risk of attic mold to a minimum.

Places To Look for Attic Exposure

Bathroom Fans – If a bathroom fan ventilates straight to the attic, you can expect a nice mold farm up there someday. The moist air will heat up in the summer, and microorganisms will find a comfy home in porous building materials. Make sure your fans exhaust outside the building.

Dryer Vents – Just like a bathroom fan, a dryer vent that ends in the attic will create an excellent environment for mold colonies to bloom.

Ice Dams – Snow melting and then refreezing can create ice dams that prevent proper run off. This situation can force water up under shingles and into your attic. Clear snow from your roof if feasible, and check your attic for leaks when conditions are right for creating ice dams.

Leaky Roof – Any opening in your roof will provide a source of water for mold. Keep your roof in good repair. Address any lifted or broken shingles before the problem turns into mold remediation project.

Range Vents – Another source of warm, moist air in your attic may the vent over your stove. Check to be sure this also vents to the exterior of your home.

Skylights – An improperly installed skylight can allow water in, and an older skylight may become damaged over time. Inspect attic skylights every season and after major storms to be sure they aren’t leaking.

Soffit Vents – Insulation that blocks soffit vents will trap moisture in the attic. Be sure your attic has enough ventilation to allow excess humidity to leave the building before mold becomes a problem.

Professional Mold Remediators

When you have attic mold, it is best to consult a professional. It can be tough to maneuver in the space to remove all the microbes, and you may not realize all the threats the infestation poses.

At SERVPRO, our mold remediation technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are trained to adhere to the recommendations in the S520 Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. They can advise you on the proper steps to reduce your exposure and limit your risk going forward. Call us as soon as you see attic mold so we can treat it before it grows worse.

Who Tests for Mold in Wayland, Mass.?

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who Tests for Mold in Wayland, Mass.? Don't let mold grow!

Residents in Wayland, Mass. are concerned about mold in their homes. If they smell a musty odor or see visible microbial growth, they call SERVPRO to find out what to do next. 

Do You Need a Mold Test?

Mold testing labs can tell you about the species of spores in your home and the concentration of spores in the air. The report will often compare indoor spore counts to the outdoor count near the building. This comparison will show whether you have more mold circulating inside than is typically available in the air.

That said, SERVPRO franchises apply the same techniques to remediate microbes regardless of the species or color. Pink, white, and black mold are all treated in the same way. 

Certified technicians remove visible growth, discard permanently contaminated materials, and scrub the air to filter out as many spores as possible. Your home will never be 100 percent mold free because these spores are present to some degree in all air. However, you can avoid future outbreaks by maintaining a low humidity indoors. 

Invisible Mold

In most cases, our production managers can help you find mold you cannot see. They use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to identify where hidden water is supporting microbial growth.

When a production manager is unable to locate mold you believe is there while they are performing the estimate, then we can recommend a mold testing lab.

Call for an Estimate

If you think you have a mold problem in your home or business, SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Wayland/Watertown can send out a production manager who will assess the situation and create a remediation estimate for you. Call 781-647-9100 today to schedule your estimate.

What To Do When You See Mold in Waltham, Mass.

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do When You See Mold in Waltham, Mass. Trust professionals to remediate mold in your home or workplace

Who loves hazy, hot, and humid weather in Waltham, Mass.? Mold and other microbes. Their spores are circulating constantly in the air looking for ideal conditions to grow and reproduce. 

Hot and muggy summer days are ideal for microorganisms looking for a home, and they will not hesitate to settle in your home if you do not control the humidity. By the time you see their colonies, you have a full-blown infestation. 

What should you do when you see mold in Waltham?

Find the Water Source

Mold growth may result from humidity in the air that could be controlled by an air conditioner or dehumidifier. A previously undetected leak from plumbing, an appliance, or a damaged roof may be to blame. Improperly vented bathrooms or clothes dryers may also be the culprits.

Wherever the moisture is coming from, you will not successfully solve a mold problem until you solve the moisture problem.

Consult a Professional for Mold Remediation

Improper treatment of microbial growth can have health effects on building occupants and may lead to repeat infestations. Ignoring an outbreak will only make the problem bigger. 

Some people see mold and think that setting up a fan to blow away the moisture is sufficient treatment. Unfortunately, this has the effect of circulating spores and mycotoxins in the air that may affect the health of people and pets.

Others might tell you an outbreak can be treated with bleach. This may be true if the microbial growth is confined to non-porous surfaces like bathroom tiles, but bleach cannot penetrate porous materials like drywall and carpets to draw out the microbes. Additionally, dead mold can trigger an allergic response in some building occupants, so even dead mold must still be removed. 

Only an experienced, certified mold remediation specialist is equipped  to evaluate the extent of your building’s infestation and recommend the proper steps to take to safely remediate the problem. 

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians

Our mold remediation crews are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to follow the latest industry standards for remediating microbial growth and ensuring the safety of building occupants. We offer mold remediation estimates and can work with your insurance company for covered losses. 

Call SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland for an estimate at the first sign of mold. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Steps in a Mold Remediation Job

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Steps in a Mold Remediation Job Mold remediation requires several steps to fully remove contamination

Every microbial infestation is unique, therefore not all of these steps will be necessary for every job. For most jobs though, these are the steps in the mold remediation process.

Containment

Our first goal is to contain the infestation. Our crew will begin by putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves. PPE may include full body suits, gloves, safety glasses, and masks or respirators.

If appropriate, we also set up moisture barriers to prevent spores traveling to uncontaminated areas of the building. Moisture barriers are built from heavy plastic sheeting with zippered closures. A negative air machine is used to keep air pressure focused inward rather than pushing air out of the contained area.

Debris Removal

Contaminated porous materials must be removed and discarded. These may include:

  • Drywall
  • Carpets and pads
  • Insulation
  • Ceiling tiles

In all but the least intrusive demolition jobs, Massachusetts DEP law 310 CMR 7:15 (4) requires asbestos testing prior to beginning the demolition.

Microbial Remediation

In most instances, we will use a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum to remove visible microbial growth from non-porous materials like concrete and structural elements like rafters and studs. The HEPA vacuum has an air filter that traps microbial spores and other particulates.

We may also apply an anti-microbial product to kill any living mold, and then vacuum again to remove the decomposing organisms. We may apply more anti-microbial product after this vacuuming to discourage future growth on these surfaces.

Air Filtering

We usually leave a HEPA-filtered air filtration device running in the contaminated area for a couple of days to clean spores and other particulates out of the air. Our goal is to cycle all the air inside the containment through the HEPA filter several times.

Drying

If the area of infestation is wet, we will set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the building. Air movers (fans) accelerate the evaporation process to draw water out of materials and into the air. Dehumidifiers pull the water vapor out of the air.

Final Cleaning

After completing remediation, filtering, and any drying, we remove our equipment and clean up behind ourselves. This final cleaning may include pressure washing a concrete floor.

Professional Mold Remediation

Before you hire a cut-rate restoration firm, call us for an estimate and explanation of all the steps necessary to restore your building following an infestation of mold or other microbes. There are many ways to do it cheaper, but there is only one way to remediate mold to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Mold Remediation Standard.

Our technicians are IICRC-certified to provide professional remediation. Call SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland at the first sign of mold to contain the outbreak and control costs.

Mold Happens When Water Damage Is Ignored

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Happens When Water Damage Is Ignored Moisture barriers prevent mold traveling to other areas during remediation

Water damage from ice dams and storm events other than flooding is usually covered by a homeowners insurance policy. However, if you ignore the damage and mold grows as a result, the mold remediation is often not covered by insurance.

Watertown Mold Damage from Old Ice Dam

A condominium association in Watertown, Mass. called us about a mold problem this winter. Apparently, an ice dam from the last winter (2016 -2017) had caused water damage in the attic that then traveled to the ceiling and walls of a third story bedroom. The owner of the condo unit was suffering health issues believed to be related to elevated mold spore counts in that bedroom.

When our estimator arrived at the condo, he found a hole in the bedroom ceiling caused by water intrusion and damage to adjacent walls. In the attic, he saw microbial staining on the wood sheathing.

Asbestos Testing

Before our crew could begin any demolition work, we had to consult an asbestos testing company in accordance with Massachusetts DEP law 310 CMR 7:15 (4). Fortunately, no asbestos was found and we were clear to proceed.

Bedroom Mold Remediation

Our technicians put on protective equipment, set up containment for the bedroom to prevent microbes traveling to other parts of the condo, and completed demolition on affected ceiling, insulation, and walls. They installed a 500 CFM HEPA-filtered air filtration device, used a HEPA-filtered vacuum on any remaining affected structural elements, cleaned these elements with a mold remediation solution, and applied a botanical anti-microbial product to suppress future microbe growth.

Attic Mold Remediation

In the attic, our crew installed another 500 CFM HEPA-filtered air filtration device, removed affected insulation, HEPA vacuumed all structural elements in the vicinity of the damage, treated any visible microbial growth with remediation solution, and finally applied anti-microbial product to all affected surfaces.

Treat Water Damage Immediately

Treating water damages as soon as they happen is key to maintaining a healthy environment in your home. Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland at the first sign of water damage. We offer mold remediation estimates and will work with your insurance carrier to simplify the process.

Of course, if you miss the early signs of a water damage and you find the problem has progressed to mold, you can trust our certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Keeping Your Home Mold Free

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Keeping Your Home Mold Free Control moisture to resist mold

Mold is an equal opportunity offender. Mold spores roam throughout every home looking for ideal conditions of water, heat, and food. No matter how clean you keep your home, microbes will grow where moisture accumulates.

Low Humidity Resists Mold

Defend against mold in your home by controlling the moisture and humidity. Anything above 60 percent humidity is ideal for microbial growth. Running a dehumidifier and targeting 40 percent humidity will keep the air comfortable for your family and inhospitable for mold.

Look for places moisture accumulates in your home. If ground water is leeching into your basement, consult an expert to see if a French drain or sump pump is warranted. Make sure your bathrooms are ventilated so moisture does not build up in them. Check where the vents go. If they simply blow the air up to the attic, you may find a mold outbreak up there.

Mold Remediation

If you do see microbial growth in your home, no matter what the color, you should have it remediated before the problem gets worse. The microbes you can see are releasing tiny spores you cannot see. 

SERVPRO® franchise professionals have the equipment necessary to clean a mold outbreak. They will set up containment for the infestation, remove contaminated materials, and clean the air to remove spores and other particulates. 

Preventive Maintenance

Water damages expose your home to moisture that gives microbes an opportunity to flourish, and many water damages result from preventable incidents.

Deal with plumbing issues like leaky faucets as soon as you notice them. Inspect washing machine hoses and hot water tanks for signs of wear. Consider replacing aging appliances before they fail and cause a water damage. 

Have your heating system maintained annually to reduce the possibility of failure during cold weather. If you heat with propane or heating oil, you must be extra vigilant to ensure the tank does not run dry when temperatures get exceptionally frigid. Prevent frozen pipes by keeping your house heated and letting faucets drip during the coldest weather. 

Dry Water Damages ASAP

When you have a water damage, you must get your building materials and contents dry as soon as possible to prevent secondary damages from microbial growth. Our franchise professionals know how to dry your home quickly and efficiently, which will discourage mold growth and minimize the cost of restoration. Call SERVPRO of Waltham / Weston / Watertown / Wayland at 781-647-9100 for a free water restoration estimate. 

Cleaning Mold in Wayland, Mass.

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Mold in Wayland, Mass. Trust professionals to remediate mold completely

Mold spores are everywhere. They circulate in the air looking for ideal conditions for growth. Cold may suppress their growth, but you have likely seen mold grow in your refrigerator when given enough time, moisture, and food.

The key to keeping mold and other microbes from growing in your home is keeping the humidity below 60 percent. When the humidity rises above 60 percent, mold can grow on fabrics, carpets, dry wall, and other organic materials. 

Mold in Wayland Home

We were recently called to inspect microbial growth on the wood ceilings of a house in Wayland, Mass. Upon arrival our estimator found ideal conditions for mold growth inside the home—75 degrees and 74.3 percent humidity.

Our estimator advised running the air conditioner during hot weather to help pull humidity from the air. He also suggested installing a large dehumidifier that drains to a sink or drain in order to keep the humidity low enough through the summer to prevent microbial growth.

Cleaning the Microbial Growth

Our technicians used a HEPA-filtered vacuum on the ceilings to remove visible microbial growth and applied an all-natural, anti-microbial solution to discourage future growth. They also ran an air filtration device to pull spores and other particulates out of the air.

Cleaning the Ducts

The final step in this remediation project was cleaning the duct system in the home. A thorough duct cleaning removed any microbial growth and excess spores hiding in the HVAC system.

Not Your Neighbor’s Bleach Solution

At SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, we pride ourselves on using the best science and technology to remediate mold and other microbes. Our technicians are trained and certified to industry standards through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.   

Some people may tell you all you need to do is spray some bleach when you see microbial growth. Bleach will not:

  • Address the cause of the growth
  • Filter spores from the air
  • Clean microbes from your ducts

And bleach can damage surfaces. In this case, bleach would have ruined the finish on the homeowner’s wood ceilings.

When you find microbial growth in your home, trust our franchise professionals to remediate the damage and help you provide a safe environment for your family. Call 781-647-9100 to schedule an estimate.

Where Water Goes, Mold Follows

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Water Goes, Mold Follows After several days, a water damage can become a major mold remediation project.

Our franchise is often called to respond to water losses that have resulted in mold or other microbial growth. If we can dry the affected areas within three days of a water intrusion, we can usually save all building materials. If we cannot, the project is much bigger and may involve significant demolition and mold remediation.

Given the right conditions of warmth and humidity, mold can start growing within a couple of days. By the time you see the microbial growth, the loss is much bigger and will cost more time and money to remediate.

Dishwasher Leak in Watertown

Last month, we were called to a condominium in Watertown, Mass. that had a water leak from its dishwasher. The leak had gone undetected for several weeks, and we found microbial growth beneath the dishwasher when we arrived.

When water sits for weeks on organic material, the loss is considered category 3, the highest contamination level of water damage. In this case, contaminated cabinets, flooring, and drywall had to be removed and discarded.

Many Steps to Mold Remediation

Mold remediation involves several layers of protection. Technicians wear personal protective equipment including masks, and they set up containment barriers to prevent microbial spores moving outside the affected area.

Additionally, Massachusetts law requires asbestos testing before attempting the demolition, so we could not even begin that work until a third party had taken samples back to the lab and completed testing.

Once we were cleared to begin work, we removed the countertop, contaminated cabinets, drywall, and three layers of flooring. We installed a HEPA-filtered air filtration device, several fans and dehumidifiers.

Do Not Wait for Mold

All this is to remind you that when you suspect you have a water intrusion in your home, you must act quickly to dry building materials and contain the damage. If your insurance company decides you were negligent in not addressing the water damage sooner, you may even end up paying out of pocket for the secondary damage.

Call SERVPRO® of Waltham / Weston / Watertown / Wayland at the first sign of a water damage. We will act fast to prevent mold growth and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Who Cares What Color Your Mold Is?

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who Cares What Color Your Mold Is? No matter the color, consult a mold remediation specialist before it gets worse.

A common misconception states that color determines the mold hazard in your building. For some reason, black mold has received a bad rap, and many people mistakenly believe they have nothing to worry about with other colors.

Mold Hazard

Mold spores that can grow into a variety of colors are always present in the air we breathe. They usually do not present a hazard because they are so few in number. Most molds and other microbes only become a hazard when they have an opportunity to grow into colonies releasing large numbers of spores into the air.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that mold can cause health effects.

Mold Removal

When mold grows to the point that you can see or smell it in your building, you need to call in a mold remediation specialist. Here at SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland our franchise professionals are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification for microbial remediation. 

We can contain the contamination, remove contaminated materials, and scrub the air of mold spores and other particulates. We can also advise you on steps you should take to control moisture and discourage future microbial growth.

Free Mold Remediation Estimates

Mold will only get worse if you ignore the problem. Call us today to schedule a remediation estimate and find out what it would cost to control the outbreak and allow everyone in your building to breathe easy again.

Weston Attic Mold Remediation

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Weston Attic Mold Remediation Microbial growth in attic before and after remediation

Most homeowners get very concerned when they find mold in their attics. Mold you can see in your attic may mean you have a high level of mold spores you cannot see throughout the home, and excessive mold may cause health issues for people in the home.

Attic Mold in Weston

SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland was recently called to a home in Weston, Mass. because the homeowner thought he saw mold growing in the attic. Our estimator found microbial growth on the sheathing and rafters of the attic ceiling and provided the homeowner with a remediation estimate that he accepted.

Removed Visible Growth

Our technicians began remediation by setting up containment to prevent contaminants from the attic getting disturbed and traveling to other parts of the home. Next, they removed and discarded the insulation covering the sheathing.

Filtered Out Airborne Substances

Once the insulation was removed, the technicians vacuumed the sheathing and rafters with a HEPA vacuum. They then set up a HEPA-filtered air scrubber to remove microbial spores, dust, bacteria and other airborne particles from the air.

Deterred Future Growth

Finally, the production team applied a plant-based anti-microbial solution to the surface areas to discourage future microbial growth.

When you see or smell mold in your home, call in a professional to remediate the situation and protect air quality for your family. SERVPRO’s technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Certification. We offer mold remediation estimates and are always “Here to Help.”

Tips for Mold in Your Home

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Again, mold is EVERYWHERE! But here are some tips to help you rid of unnecessary mold. 

  • Fix water problems! Without moisture, mold cannot grow so don't feed it. If you see water damage get it fixed immediately!
  • Keep the materials dry - stay aware by using your sense of smell also
  • Control the humidity by keeping levels below 60%
  • Ventilate "wet" rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens
  • Change filters for your air condition or dehumidifier
  • Toss moldy items - while some material can be saved they usually are not worth it. Keeping these items around can affect other items as well as make the air quality poorer
  • Limit houseplants or refrain from over-watering them
  • If the mold is visible remediate mold. Give us a call at 781.861.0500 to get reeceive an estimate for your mold remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians are certified to remove mold from residential and commercial properties whether it be an attic, basement, bathroom or even crawlspace!

Classes of Mold

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Like we always say, mold is everywhere and not all molds are harmful to us! Molds are often found in wet, damp places and can vary in color and smell. Mold is put into different categories based on their hazard:

Hazard Class C: While this group of molds are not health hazards – they can cause structural damages, and are recommended to be removed.

Hazard Class B: These are molds that if endured over long periods of time can cause allergic reactions

Hazard Class A: These are the molds we want to identify and remove immediately! These molds create toxins and if not handle correctly the air quality of a structure with steadily decline.

 

If you feel like your home or business might be affected by mold, give us a call at 781-647-9100. While we cannot determine what type of mold it may be – we can remediate it with no worry!

To Mold or Not to Mold

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation To Mold or Not to Mold Here's one of our 1000 CFM AFD's doing its job as we remediated a kitchen full of mold!

There is mold everywhere!


While some molds can affect our health - there are molds that we benefit from! Molds can be used for medicines, for foods and wines (we all know someone who loves that extra stinky cheese) and molds biggest contribution is bio-degradation in the environment!


Mold turns into "bad mold" when it is on a sustainable food source and for many properties owners they can go months without noticing mold until they smell it - especially in the warmer months of the year! Most building materials (drywall, wood framing, wood sub flooring, debris, contents) act as hosts for these "bad" molds and when it is not remediated properly the problem can continue.


SERVPRO uses Air Scrubbers during Mold Remediations as a mean to collect airborne mold spores, bacteria and other debris. 

Mold Is a Property Inspection Nightmare SERVPRO® Can Help Resolve

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Is a Property Inspection Nightmare SERVPRO® Can Help Resolve Property Inspection Nightmare: Mold

Are there sweeter words for a real estate agent than clear to close? Probably not. No matter how high the offer or the commission rate, an agent cannot relax until the deal is in the clear. Unfortunately, home inspections often raise red flags and cause seemingly done deals to fall through.

Mold Can Cancel a Sale

Mold is a property inspection nightmare that can scare off buyers. Parents of young children are particularly wary of mold. However, even buyers without children may walk away from a home that has signs of mold.

Even worse, the presence of mold may indicate a structural problem or plumbing issue a home buyer will want addressed before closing. These issues include:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Foundation cracks
  • Improperly sealed windows
  • Poorly ventilated attics

At  SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, we work with home sellers and their agents to remediate mold and save the sale. When a property inspection reveals mold, we offer mold remediation estimates to remove contaminated materials and scrub microbes out of the air.

Signs of Water Damage

Sometimes a home inspector does not actually see mold, but signs of water damage may trigger a warning that a buyer should investigate further. Inspectors will note things like:

  • Buckled flooring
  • Wall or ceiling stains

Stains might not indicate an ongoing problem.

When a real estate agent calls us because a property inspector noted water stains, we send a production manager out to assess the problem with a moisture meter.

If the house is currently dry, and there are no signs of mold growth, the deal might still go through without any further action or expense.

Do not let it get worse.

Water damage and mold growth can get worse and more expensive very quickly. Call SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown Wayland whenever a home buyer, home seller, or home inspector suspects a problem with mold or water damage.

Our trained professionals provide estimates, can help assess the extent of the damage, and will advise you on the proper steps to remediate mold and dry any excess moisture in the building.

Would you like more information about services we offer for real estate agents? Click here to learn how we help agents with staging and clean outs.

Improving Air Quality

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning Process

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct's shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins. 
  • Next, a powerful push-pulll air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.
  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt. 

Call us at 781-647-9100 to see how we can best improve your home or businesses air quality. We can make it like it never even happened!

What is Lurking in Your Air Ducts?

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority.

In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirt ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. 

Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may save you money. SERVPRO can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage conditions. 

  • We provide written inspections and estimates
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold

Mold - Don't Let It Grow!

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

While fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment and can add value to our lives (such as yeast, blue cheese, mushrooms and penicillin), other forms of mold can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increase risk of harmful mold growth. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

Be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  •  Excessive humidity

 

Help is here, if you think you might have a mold problem call us at 781-647-9100

Defending Against Mold Growth

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

A water damage can result in visible mold growth in as little as 24 to 48 hours, under certain conditions if not properly mitigated.

  • Keep humidity between 30 to 60 percent
  • Provide for 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 areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately
  • Contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold

Not only does mold have the ability to deteriorate your home but it can also have horrible affects on your personal health. Make sure to reach out to your local SERVPRO if you are facing mold and mildew issues so we can make it like it never even happened

Got Mold in Waltham? Better Call SERVPRO

3/26/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold in Waltham? Better Call SERVPRO Mold thrives under the right conditions.

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Maybe an ice dam supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.

Containing the Infestation

When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a negative air situation inside the infested area--essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO® for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our Waltham, MA mold remediation team at 781-647-9100 for a remediation estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again.