Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Defense Against Mold Growth

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Proper home maintenance is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24-48 hours under certain conditions.  To avoid mold growth:

  • Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
  • Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keep gutters clean and make sure downspouts  are attached. 
  • Inspect the roof windows and other areas where water might  enter the building.
  • Respond  to all water intrusions immediately.

If you do everything right but still have a mold problem, call SERVPRO for assistance.  Our trained professionals will work to mitigate damage and protect your belongings.  Our goal is to make it Like It Never Even Happened. 

Trust your local SERVPRO --we're faster to any size disaster!

What is the mold remediation process?

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line.

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following are “typical” steps taken to remove mold:

1. Call (563) 386-3540 SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf

A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

 2. Inspection and mold damage assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

 3. Mold containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

 4. Air filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Our professionals utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

 5. Removing mold and mold-infested materials

This will depend on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming.

 6. Cleaning contents and belongings

We can help you clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. Trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

 7. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540 if you need assistance. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Mold removal process

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread extremely quickly; in as little as 48 hours it can become a problem in your home or business. Although every mold damage scenario differs, the general mold remediation process stays the same. Below are the “typical” mold removal steps for this process:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563)-386-3540.

The mold cleanup restoration process begins when you call us. We will assess your situation by asking you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

  1. Inspection and mold damage assessment

We will carefully inspect your property for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold can be hidden from plain view. 

  1. Mold containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. Powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums will be utilized to prevent the spread of these mold spores.

  1. Removing mold and mold-infested materials

This will depend on the amount of growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.

  1. Cleaning contents and belongings

We will clean your furniture, décor, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of damage, restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, paintings, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Managing mold

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Contraire to the popular belief, not all mold is dangerous. Some mold is useful. Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. More than 100,000 different types of fungi have been discovered. Fungi is present in our everyday lives in bread and baked products. Although some types are useful, some may be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and mold exposure may present negative effects for some people.

The intrusion of water into your home or business may result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water intrusions are not addressed immediately, then the risk of harmful mold increases. Organic materials found inside a building such as wood, drywall, paper, and insulations, provide a food source for mold, allowing growth to flourish.

When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity.

If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386- 3540. We are here to help.

What you need to know about mold

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

When determining if you have a mold problem, be alert for: the presence of visible mold, strong musty odors, evidence of past moisture problems and excessive humidity. The intrusion of water into your home or business may result in mold growth. Water intrusions can be caused by storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When these water damages are not addresses right away, the resulting damage can be an increased risk of harmful mold.

SERVPRO professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for an extended period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. Once the environment is dry, I tis important the structure is properly cleaned.

If you fear you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540. A technician trained in mold remediation will examine the structure and determine the steps needed to contain and clean the affected areas.

Effective drying process to rid water and mold

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster—especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages such as mold.

If your business suffers from a water or mold damage give SERVPRO Davenport/Bettendorf a call at (563) 386-3540. We are ready to help.

Stay alert to the presence of mold

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf deal with water damages everyday. Unfortunately sometimes water damage also brings along the prospects of potentially having mold. When an area has been affected by moisture, the potential for mold increases. When water has damaged your home or business, it is of extreme importance to remove the excess water and to make sure the structure is dry. If your home or business has had an ongoing moisture problem is very important to say alert to the following conditions.

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

If you think your home or business has mold do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf at (563) 386-3540!

Davenport, Bettendorf, Le Claire, and Clinton Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Davenport, Bettendorf, Le Claire, and Clinton Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 563-386-3540

Does Your Quad Cities Home Have A Mold Problem

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

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 – 563-386-3540

Understanding Mold

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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