Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Got Mold in Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville? Better Call SERVPRO  

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold in Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville? Better Call SERVPRO    Mold thrives under the right conditions...like high humidity found in North Florida.

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach/Yulee. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub 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 a leak 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 family or employees 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 of Fernandina Beach/Yulee for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville mold remediation team at 904-729-2401 for an inspection and good advice about protecting yourself, your family or other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

Control Humidity to Prevent Mold Growth

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Control Humidity to Prevent Mold Growth In high humidity areas like Florida, your home can experience mold damage without leaky pipes or a damaged roof.

When you live in a subtropical area, like Florida, the high humidity both outside and inside can have consequences far beyond personal discomfort. Given the right combination of free floating microbial particles and ambient moisture, the interior of your home can exhibit significant mold damage, even without leaky pipes or a damaged roof. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee can help you evaluate whether the mold damage you are experiencing in your home is traceable to simple high humidity or if other sources of water need to be uncovered. We also then will work with you to use a variety of techniques to reduce the moisture levels of the air within your house so that fungal growth will be reduced, slowed, and then halted. 

Existing mold damage linked to high humidity in Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville should be treated with the EPA approved procedures. Our SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee mold remediation technicians are well trained in this best-practices methodology. Containment, cautious but thorough removal, and proper disinfection will bring the microbial activity to a baseline where no future growth is expected. As long as you are careful to monitor the humidity, mold spread should cease.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -  Call us at (904) 729-2401
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Here are some tips to follow to control humidity to prevent mold problems:

The level suggested for the interior relative humidity of your home is 60 percent or less to discourage mold growth. Do not guess to maintain this level. Invest in a good quality hygrometer to be certain your humidity levels are within the parameters that will discourage mold growth. 

To reduce the moisture content of the air within your home, make sure all exhaust fans are working properly in high moisture generating rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Be sure all family members are using them regularly when cooking, showering, and washing clothes.

Dryers should vent to the outdoors. Remember to run air conditioners regularly as they remove moisture from the air. Do not use vaporizers or humidifiers in the house. If all of these measures do not reduce the humidity to proper levels, invest a dehumidifier to reach and then maintain that 60 percent standard. Be sure all equipment used to reduce humidity is checked for proper drainage of the water removed from the air. Empty the water condensed as needed or set up the machine to discharge into a sink or drain.

Following these steps will help to prevent mold issues.

If you do experience mold problems, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is a Florida-Licensed Mold Remediator. In the state of Florida, any person or company advertising or representing oneself to be a mold remediator—or taking samples for purposes of testing for the presence of mold—must have a license. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is licensed; Our license number is MRSR450. A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code.

If you have mold issues call, us at 904.729.2401. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened.”

Leaking Air Conditioner Can Lead to Mold

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking air conditioner can lead to mold problems. If you have leaking, look at these potential problem areas:

1. Cracked or Missing Drain Pan

The drain pan is located underneath your evaporator coil and collects any condensate from your indoor unit. If it is cracked, rusted, or misplaced, water won’t be able to properly drain outside.

2. Clogged Drain Line

Algae and fungi can clog your A/C condensate drain line. Pour about 6 ounces of vinegar into your drain line every few months to kill any algae and fungi build-up. You can also try clearing out your drain line with a wet/dry vacuum, call your HVAC professional.

 3. Clogged Air Filter

Your indoor air handler needs proper airflow in order to function. If your air filter is clogged, air will be restricted, leading to a variety of problems, including frozen evaporator coils that drip excess water. Change the air filter every 30-60 days to avoid this problem.

If you experience water leaking or spills - ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are not dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, there’s a good chance mold will grow.

If mold results from an air conditioner leak, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.

Mold Questions Answered

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Questions Answered It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business.

When it comes to mold in our homes, there are many old misconceptions circulating to this day. Once you bust the myths, you will have a better understanding of mold and its impact to your health and home. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee have put together a list of 5 common mold myths and the truth behind them, so you can use this information to your benefit when you encounter a mold problem:

Myth 1: All mold is toxic

Truth: While many molds can affect your health due to long-term exposure, there are beneficial molds as well. The mold found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain molds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some molds are used in medicine, as well. For instance, the Penicillium mold has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered.

Myth 2: Bleach kills mold

Truth: Many people use bleach as a mold removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mold, but not mold spores. The worst part is that removing mold with bleach and water can allow mold to regrow even faster. Instead, use a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.

Myth 3: There should be no mold in my home

Truth: The truth is that mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air you are breathing contains mold spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mold in your home. Greater amounts of mold can pose health risks and damage your home if you don’t take care of the mold infestation.

Myth 4: You shouldn’t worry about a small spot of mold

Truth: In reality, a small area affected by mold can grow larger and larger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mold can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in your home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.

Myth 5: You can clean up mold infestations yourself

Truth: Even though you may be able to clean areas smaller than 10 square feet yourself, bigger infestations require professional mold removal services. In fact, your efforts of removing mold using UV light or high-heat drying can accelerate mold growth. Well-trained mold remediation professionals have the specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mold infestations much more efficiently.

Visit our Mold Information Page. Essential mold removal do’s and don’ts are available here. Contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. 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.

Have a mold issue? Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.

Conditions in Nassau County/North Jacksonville Right For Mold

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions in Nassau County/North Jacksonville Right For Mold If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee to assess the situation. We are Florida-licensed mold remediators and have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. If you suspect mold, call us today at 904.729.2401.

Mold & Bacteria Growth in the Duct System

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold & Bacteria Growth in the Duct System When mold contaminates the ductwork, the spores begin to spread quickly throughout your home or office.

Shown here is a “before” photo of mold in the ductwork of a retail facility in North Jacksonville. The spreading of the mold spores throughout the air in your home or office can cause the infiltration of mold to show up in other places where there is moisture present and can cause respiratory allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to mold. The reaction that many people experience from a mold allergy can be similar to seasonal allergies.

Since your ductwork is essentially the “lungs” of your home or office, you need to make sure it is kept clean of as many airborne hazards and pollutants as possible. Any kind of harmful pollutant in your ductwork will inevitably get carried throughout the air in your home or office. Exposure to mold from your within your ductwork can create some very unhealthy conditions for you, your family, or your employees. If you believe there might be a mold problem in your air ducts, it is very important to have the ductwork checked out and have any contaminants removed.

Why is there mold in my ductwork?

Molds and fungi can be found virtually anywhere where excessive moisture accumulates indoors. This problem can be even worse when there is excessive moisture over an extended period of time. When a surface or material in your home or office is holding moisture and mold spores from anywhere land on it, the mold begins to grow. As long as the source of moisture is present the mold will continue to grow on the surface, whether it’s in your drywall, wood beams, or even in your duct system. The problem will continue to expand until the source of moisture is eliminated and the mold is properly remediated.

Why is mold in my ductwork dangerous?
Your ductwork is the system which distributes fresh air throughout the home or office to keep it comfortable year-round. When mold begins to grow and has contaminated the ductwork, vents, or registers, the mold spores begin to quickly be spread throughout the home or office.

If you need HVAC/duct-cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Roof Damage from Hurricane Irma Results in Widespread Mold

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Roof Damage from Hurricane Irma Results in Widespread Mold SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee will make mold problems 'like it never even happened."

Mold was one of many issues affecting this six-unit apartment building in North Jacksonville when SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee first arrived on the scene. The roof of the building had suffered damage from Hurricane Irma some six months prior, and rain had been intruding into the building over this time period.

Consequently, the structure had much mold damage. Once the roof leak was addressed, we could proceed with mold remediation.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -  Call us at (904) 729-2401
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

We are a Florida-Licensed Mold Remediator. In the state of Florida, any person or company advertising or representing oneself to be a mold remediator—or taking samples for purposes of testing for the presence of mold—must have a license. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is licensed; you can verify the license of our company owner here. (Our license number is MRSR450.) A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code.

If you have mold issues call, us at 904.729.2401. We’ll make it ‘like it never even happened.”

How SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Alleviates Mold Issues

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Alleviates Mold Issues This mold growth was due to the toilet leak from six months prior. The water and mold could not be seen by the homeowners though.

Many of the situations SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is called in to help on are issues with the water you can’t see leading to mold issues. In this project, the homeowners decided to put the home on the market. They received an offer and the buyer’s home inspector was contacted to inspect the property. Everything went great until he entered the crawlspace. Fiberglass insulation was lying on the ground and mold was discovered on the subflooring and floor joists. This mold growth was due to the toilet leak from six months prior. Mold remediation was performed in the crawlspace and new insulation installed. The home inspector revisited the crawlspace and signed off on the cleaning and repairs. The closing on the home went as scheduled.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

1. Emergency Contact - (904) 729-2401

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

3. Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures 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. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

4. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also 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 have been 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. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you suspect that you have mold issues.

Tips to Help Prevent Condensation & Resulting Mold

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Help Prevent Condensation & Resulting Mold Fixing leaky plumbing helps to reduce humidity and prevent mold.

Condensation can be a sign of high humidity, which can lead to mold problems. The key to mold control is moisture control, and you can solve moisture problems before they become mold problems! How are some tips to reduce humidity:

  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.  Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.
  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

For more information on mold cleanup and restoration please visit SERVPRO® Mold Cleanup & Restoration. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call us today at 904-729-2401.  

The Mold Remediation Process  

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Remediation Process    Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 if you have a mold problem. Here is a job we recently did on Amelia Island.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process. First you should know that we are a State of Florida Licensed Mold Remediator. Our license number is MRSR450. Now, here is a step-by-step explanation of the mold remediation process:

Emergency Contact – Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at  (904) 729-2401

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Mold Containment 

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures 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. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors using fogging equipment. Learn more....


Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been 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 of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729-2401 if you have a mold issue. We have been serving Nassau County and North Jax, including Oceanway, River City, Dunn Avenue, and the Heckscher Drive areas for more than a decade. We have the experience, license, and equipment to restore your mold problem and care for your belongings.

Hurricane Irma Leaves Hidden Mold in Amelia Island Condo  

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hurricane Irma Leaves Hidden Mold in Amelia Island Condo    Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you suspect mold in your home or business.

Mold problems are often invisible problems because mold commonly strikes where it cannot be seen. For example, this Amelia Island condominium had suffered water damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, but the unit was not appropriately dried due to a power outage and the leak that caused the damage was never repaired. Leaks in the windowsill and roof resulted in mold in the walls that was visible only once baseboards were removed. The remaining moisture, along with the warm temperatures and high humidity we experienced in our area during the fall, allowed mold spores to multiply and eventually grow through the entire structure and drywall.

The result was a festering problem, the extent of which was not visible to the naked eye.

The mold infested the framing and support structures. In several locations, the growth had spread down the walls.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee began clean-up by sealing off the affected areas with containment area of plastic sheeting to avoid further contamination. Once enclosed, our technicians started the demolition and removal of all infested drywall, insulation, window trim and baseboards.

Next, we cleaned and sprayed studs and every surface with an anti-microbial agent and removed loose spores by either wiping down every surface or vacuuming them up with a commercial grade vacuum and special HEPA filters designed to catch and trap spores.

Though replacement of demolished property was handled by the Homeowner’s Association (HOA), the homeowner was thrilled to know that we had gotten to the source of the problem and there would be no more lingering effects.

If you suspect there is a mold problem in your home or business, visit our web site or call (904) 729-2401 for more information.

Tip to Prevent Post-Flooding Mold: Follow Your Nose

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tip to Prevent Post-Flooding Mold: Follow Your Nose What you DON’T want to do is disturb mold and inadvertently spread it.

Here’s advice from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax for North Floridians whose homes and property were hit by Hurricane Irma: Protect your family’s health and your own by treating or discarding mold- and mildew-infected items. The best defense is to clean, dry or, as a last resort, discard moldy items.

Many materials are prone to developing mold if they are damp or wet for too long.

All flood-dampened surfaces should be cleaned, disinfected and dried as soon as possible. Follow these tips to ensure a safe and effective cleanup:

  • If you see a mold problem, call SERVPRO to identify the extent of damage.
  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold--and stay out of the area. Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth. Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Sometimes moisture in ceilings or wall cavities cannot be seen. This provides perfect conditions for mold growth. SERVPRO can identify this moisture and remove it.
  • Your nose knows. Musty and moldy odors may be an indicator of growing molds. Your sense of smell may alert you to problems you cannot see.
  • Check out all odors. It’s possible for mold to hide in the walls or behind wall coverings. Let SERVPRO find all mold sources and clean them properly.
  • Cleaned areas can take several days to dry thoroughly. SERVPRO will use high-speed fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process.
  • SERVPRO will remove and discard all materials that can’t be cleaned, such as wallboard, fiberglass and cellulose areas. Then we will clean the wall studs where wallboard has been removed, and allow the area to dry thoroughly.

Again, your nose knows. If you detect an odor, mold problems are likely developing somewhere you cannot see. Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904-729-2401 to help you identify and address mold issues. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Water Intrusion from Hurricane Irma? Extraction Without Drying Will Lead to Mold Problems

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Intrusion from Hurricane Irma? Extraction Without Drying Will Lead to Mold Problems High speed air movers and dehumidifiers are crucial to the water damage restoration process to prevent mold problems down the road.

After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like drywall and wood, are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage.

Drying / Dehumidification

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. They use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying standards.

  • Use Dehumidification Equipment
  • Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress

Monitor Floor and Walls

They check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.

  • Monitor Floors
  • Monitor Walls

Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

BE INFORMED: Some companies will extract the water and tell you the problem is solved…but unless drying is part of the restoration process, you’ll likely have mold problems down the road, especially with our area’s high humidity. See our 6-step water damage restoration process.

Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection if you suspect your property wasn’t properly dried after Hurricane Irma. Remember: It’s the water you can’t see that causes the problems.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax at 904.729.2401 if you find mold in your home.

With the humidity present in our North Florida area, mold can become an issue. Here are some tips you should know. If you see visible mold in your home, 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 that become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

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 Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax 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.

Call us at 904.729.2401 to schedule a mold inspection.

Does Your Amelia Island Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Amelia Island Home Have A Mold Problem? On Amelia Island, mold growth 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 – 904-729-2401.

Questions to Ask When You are Looking for a Mold Remediation Contractor

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Questions to Ask When You are Looking for a Mold Remediation Contractor Looking for a mold remediation contractor? Make sure to ask if they are licensed in the state of Florida.

You suspect you have mold in your house. Now, what? Here are some key questions to ask when looking for a mold remediation contractor who can identify, remove, clean up and remediate the issue.

  1. Is the company licensed? Every state has its own set of laws and regulations that must be followed. In the state of Florida, any person or company advertising or representing oneself to be a mold remediator—or taking samples for purposes of testing for the presence of mold—must have a license. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a Florida-licensed mold remediator. You can verify the license of our company owner here. (Our license number is MRSR450.) A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code.
  2. Is the company properly certified for mold removal and remediation? The proper certification makes certain that the company has the necessary expertise and experience to deal with the mold inside the home; it also guarantees that the technicians are well trained in how to remove the mold safely to prevent any potential health risks. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
  3. Is the company insured? Before hiring a contractor, find out what type of liability insurance the mold specialist has, what that insurance covers and the amount of coverage. The insurance should cover mold or microbial work. Plus, confirm that the company has workers’ compensation insurance. Otherwise, the homeowner may be at risk of a lawsuit or expenses if a worker gets injured on the property. In the state of Florida, applicants for a Mold Assessor license are required to obtain general liability and errors and omissions insurance for both preliminary and post remediation mold assessment in the amount of $1 million dollars. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville meets these requirements. We carry the required $1,000,000 liability coverage and have workers’ comp insurance.
  4. Does the company conduct background checks on its employees? Make certain that the contractor’s employees have all had background checks. This practice ensures that reputable people are doing the job. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville requires employees to pass background checks and we do employ any sub-contractors.
  5. Do the company’s employees wear uniforms? Employees should all wear company uniforms. This allows the homeowner and their family to easily identify employees of the company and know who is on the property. Employees of SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wear uniforms.
  6. How long has the company been in business? And, can the business provide references? Ask the contractor about their history doing this type of cleanup and restoration work and for references from similar projects. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonvilie has a track record of successfully performing mold remediation jobs and can provide references.
  7. Does the company provide a written estimate? This will ensure that all contractors are bidding on the same work. The estimate should be detailed and include all services to be provided. Of course, the contractor should come to the job site prior to estimating the job. Estimates should not be given over the phone without the site being seen. These are standard operating procedures for SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville.
  8. Does the company work with insurance companies? Often mold remediation requires interfacing with the homeowner’s insurance company. It is beneficial to work with a company that can help facilitate the paperwork, expedite services and return the situation to it normal state. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides this service.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a licensed mold remediation contractor in the state of Florida. Our company is IICRC certified, and our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Learn more about our mold remediation services, and call us at 904-729-2401 if you have mold issues.

 

 

A Major Key to Mold Remediation is Humidity Control

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Major Key to Mold Remediation is Humidity Control Look at this moldy living room. This is what can occur when water damage is not properly mitigated.

    Humidity Control is Key


      When you live in a subtropical area, like the south Atlantic region of the United States, the high humidity both outside and inside can have consequences far beyond personal discomfort. Given the right combination of free floating microbial particles and ambient moisture, the interior of your home can exhibit significant mold damage, even without leaky pipes or a damaged roof. SERVPRO technicians can help you evaluate whether the mold damage you are experiencing in your home is traceable to simple high humidity or if other sources of water need to be uncovered. We also then will work with you to use a variety of techniques to reduce the moisture levels of the air within your house so that fungal growth will be reduced, slowed, and then halted.
 
     Existing microbial colonies and mold damage linked to high humidity in Fernandina Beach and North Jacksonville should be treated with the EPA approved protocol to remove from areas they infest. Our SERVPRO mold remediation technicians are well trained in this best-practices methodology. Containment, cautious but thorough removal, and proper disinfection will bring the microbial activity to a baseline where no current growth is expected. As long as you are careful to monitor the humidity after the protocol is followed mold proliferation should cease.


     The level suggested for the interior relative humidity of your home should measure is 60 percent or less to discourage mold growth. Do not guess to maintain this level, particularly if you have just battled back from a mold infestation. Invest in a good quality hygrometer to be certain your humidity levels are within the parameters that will discourage mold growth.


     To reduce the moisture content of the air within your home, make sure all exhaust fans are working properly in high moisture generating rooms like the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas. Be sure all family members are using them regularly when cooking, showering, and washing clothes.


     Dryers must vent to the outdoors. Remember to run air conditioners regularly as they work largely by removing moisture from the air. Eliminate the use of vaporizers or humidifiers in the house. If all of these measures do not reduce the humidity to proper levels, invest in one or more dehumidifiers to get to and then maintain that 60 percent standard. Be sure all equipment used to reduce the humidity is checked for proper drainage of the water removed from the air. Empty the water condensed as needed or set the machine up to discharge into a sink or drain. Keep everything scrupulously clean so that mold does not begin growing within the very system you have set up to reduce humidity.

Mold Remediation

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Large amounts of mold in a residential home in North Jacksonville Florida 32011.

There are many different substances in the air we breathe in addition to the oxygen we need. These things include microorganisms such as mold, bacteria, and viruses, plus water vapor and dust of all types. Occurring naturally, these substances are impossible to eliminate from a home, no matter how clean it is kept.

Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and North Jacksonville homes can often have signs of mold damage that are sometimes ignored by homeowners. A very common warning sign of mold growth is a musty odor that rarely goes away completely, although it may seem to decrease at times. This ebb and flow of this odor do not mean that the mold is going away or dying off.
 
Dusting is one way that dust and mold spores can end up in the air after having settled on surfaces. When the mold is left on these surfaces, though, it has the time needed to ruin many of your belongings. Items made of organic matter, particularly cellulose, are favorite targets of mold. Books, especially older ones, can provide a treasure trove for mold to survive on. Due to the vast surface area of the pages of even just one book, mold has room to grow. The absorbent nature of paper adds to the situation in mold's favor by capturing moisture from the ambient air.
 
While mold spores are circulating in the air, they can travel anywhere in your home. When they settle on something, they are inactive and not growing. A small amount of moisture, along with some time in low-light conditions, and mold can soon begin to flourish. Before long, newly established colonies send off their spores. Colonies can take on various patterns on the surfaces they grow on. Sometimes it is a solid dustiness covering a wall or ceiling (like mildew). Other displays of mold growth can be much more dramatic. Different colored round areas in a variety of sizes happen with high frequency. While they may seem colorful, the mold is damaging the underlying drywall, disintegrating the materials. This mold growth and hyphae penetration cause drywall to crumble easily. It can also mean that mold is growing inside of the walls, affecting supporting wall beams.
 
When spores land on clothing and other textiles, spotting and staining of these items is almost unavoidable without some intervention. Washing regularly can help prevent this from happening, but once the mold has started to grow, special equipment must be utilized. SERVPRO has used the ESporta system with excellent results to remove stains that were otherwise permanent. Clothing, stuffed toys, draperies and curtains, furniture cushions, and bedding are among some of the many items that we have been able to restore.
 
When mold damage is threatening your home and your belongings, contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee (904) 729-2401 or click Request Help Online.

How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Home

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold from Growing in Your Home Don't let mold damage your Fernandina Beach home! Let SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee get rid of the mold infestation for you.

 In Fernandina Beach, mold damage cannot only compromise your health, but it can also be costly. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent mold from forming in your home. Here are several tips to help you get started.   

  • Monitor the humidity levels for any potential Fernandina Beach mold damage problems. Indoor humidity monitors can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Ideally, levels should be between 35% and 50%. However, in the middle of the summer, you may have readings that reach as high as 55%. Anything higher and you need to investigate and repair the source of the extra moisture. 
  • Get rid of clutter. Clutter can block airflow in your home and prevent your HVAC system from properly circulating air. In addition to getting rid of any excess items, be sure that furniture and curtains are not blocking any vents or grilles in your home.
  • Be sure your thermostat is set to the right temperature. If a thermostat is set too low, your home is prone to cold surfaces that result in water condensation. However, thermostats that are set at too high a temperature often prevent your air conditioner from dehumidifying the air properly and create mold in the home. To combat moisture, it is suggested that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees F during the summer months. When you are away from home, set it to 80 degrees F, but don’t go any higher. 
  • When the air is running, shut the windows and doors. Open windows and doors to allow humid air into your home, which often causes condensation.  
  • SERVPRO suggests addressing any standing water immediately. Take the time to check for dampness or puddles around basement doors, freezers, hot water tanks, windows, and hot water tanks, while also inspecting crawl spaces for foundation leaks or groundwater dampness. If you identify a potential Bethlehem mold damage problem, call the appropriate service person to take care of it. 
  • Invest in a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are designed specifically to remove extra moisture from the air. Both portable and whole-house systems are available. 

Mold Prevention Tips & Information

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold. The very word is enough to make a person cringe.

     Yes, mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature — but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home.

     Mold spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

     Not only is a mold problem difficult to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants (and, rarely, toxins) that may compromise your health.

     So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home? The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

     Here are nine ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, call a professional such as SERVPRO to properly dry out and restore affected areas. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, stoves — to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold, and removal and replacement can be expensive. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).
  6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  8. Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.
  9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

     Finally, educate yourself on your region's climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step. For more mold information please visit SERVPRO Mold Remediation or EPA.gov/mold

Mold Facts and Information

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Facts and Information Fernandina Beach/Yulee and North Jacksonville Mold Remediation Experts

Can Mold Be a Problem in My Fernandina Beach or North Jacksonville Home?

     Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

     Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. For more information about "black mold" please visit the link below.

SERVPROfernandinabeachyulee.com/black-mold

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem. 

     While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

     If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee today. For more mold information tips and Mold Remediation Services visit SERVPRO Mold Damage Emergency Tips or call (904) 729-2401

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

Jacksonville Mold Remediation

9/18/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Jacksonville Mold Remediation Mold growth in a Jacksonville home from water intrusion damage.

Mold Remediation in Jacksonville Florida

It happens all too frequently. It begins with a minor flood or leak. As soon as 48 hours after a water intrusion it begins to grow. Mold.

Mold can begin to grow as soon as 48 hours after a water intrusion provided that there is elevated moisture content remaining. A water intrusion left untreated can cause extensive further damage. The conditions for mold to grow exist just about everywhere; after all, mold can grow on just about any surface. As a result, that entire mold is waiting for is high enough humidity.

If you suspect mold growth in your home, office or commercial building, you should call us to inspect. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

How to Keep Fernandina Beach & Yulee Schools Mold Free During Humid Summer Months

6/2/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Keep Fernandina Beach & Yulee Schools Mold Free During Humid Summer Months School administrators should always be vigilant that the indoor air quality of their building is healthy and safe.

How to Keep Schools Mold Free

Indoors and outdoors, mold is always around. This resilient little spore is floating in the air, growing on the ground, and may even be present on indoor surfaces. While microscopic amounts of mold in Fernandina Beach & Yulee generally aren't harmful, larger populations can cause serious health problems in those with allergies or weakened immune systems. For that reason, school administrators should always be vigilant that the indoor air quality of their building is healthy and safe.

Why humidity is a problem in the summer

Humidity can be a concern year round, not just the summer. However, it's during summer vacation that schools are likely to turn off HVAC systems in order to save money. Many don't realize that an HVAC system doesn't just keep the temperature to a comfortable level; it keeps the humidity in check too. Thus, by turning off the HVAC system, school administrators could be creating the perfect opportunity for a mold problem in Fernandina Beach & Yulee.  

What mold needs to grow

The conditions for mold to grow exist just about everywhere; after all, mold can grow on just about any surface. As a result, all that mold is waiting for is high enough humidity. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that indoor humidity be kept to 50% or lower at all times to prohibit mold growth. If the humidity stays too high for too long, mold will grow.   

Watch for key problems areas

Thankfully, there might be a middle ground here for schools. Rather than running the HVAC system night and day, school administrators can instead track humidity levels. Once the humidity gets too high, the HVAC can be turned on, or a dehumidifier can be used to literally pull moisture out of the air. Additionally, mold-prone areas, like kitchens, bathrooms, and windows should be carefully watched for mold growth. 

Hire a professional mold cleanup team

Should mold be found, it's best for school administrators to hire a professional cleanup team. The mold remediation process can be complex and even dangerous. Inexperienced hands can spread spores or miss problems areas. In the end, this could make the problem much worse, raise the overall costs of repairs, and put the health of those in the building at risk. 

Mold Remediation

Mold can present serious health concerns and can spread quickly through your home or business if left unchecked. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Professionals utilize proven mold remediation techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to protect you and your property. For more information about mold and mold remediation please visit the following:

Mold Prevention & Information

6/16/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention & Information Call us before your mold issue gets out of control!

Mold growth in your home can lower your home's value, ruin its aesthetic appeal and can actually render the home unhealthy. Some types of mold can cause serious health consequences that can lead to death in some indiviuals. Call a professional as soon as you notice mold growth to keep it under control and prevent it from causing negative health issues. You can ensure long-term protection by calling SERVPRO.

About Mold

Mold is a type of fungus that needs water and organic matter to grow and reproduce. If it doesn't find these things, it will quickly die. Thus, mold tends to grow in areas of your home that have excess moisture and that have some sort of organic matter to eat, which is why mold tends to grow in bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms or crawlspaces and why it actually decays wood, carpets and even brick mortar.

Lowering Humidity

Mold will grow more often in humid climates and in humid areas of your home. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to install a dehumidifier to prevent the mold from growing in your home. Some dehumidifiers are capable of removing humidity from the entire house while others are designed for use in one room. Place those in rooms that you know have already had mold issues.

Increasing Ventilation

Increasing ventilation in your home will help reduce humidity. It will also enable an air current to form. This air current will prevent the mold from settling in one area and growing there. Increase ventilation in your home by installing bathroom fans, ceiling fans, attic fans and by ensuring ventilation systems are always working properly.

Using Mold Prevention Products

Manufacturers have created a variety of products that repel mold, including mold-resistant paint, shower curtains, towels and rugs. Some of these products have natural mold resistors on them while others are chemicals that prevent mold from growing there. Using these will prevent mold from beginning to grow and thus decreasing the spore count in your home.

If you have signs of mold growth you should have a professional such as SERVPRO® assess the problem as soon as possible. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (904) 729-2401 For more information about mold and mold prevention please visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

http://www.epa.gov/mold/

http://www.epa.gov/mold/preventionandcontrol.html

Mold Prevention Tips - Preventing Mold Before It Happens

5/16/2014 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Tips - Preventing Mold Before It Happens SERVPRO® of Fernandina Beach Yulee and North Jacksonville Tips for preventing mold growth before it happens.

Following these tips will help you prevent mold before it happens.

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
  •  Keep indoor humidity low.  If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity.  Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter. 
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Actions that will help prevent condensation

  • Reduce the humidity.
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.  Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.
  • The key to mold control is moisture control. Solve moisture problems before they become mold problems!

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
  • For more information on mold cleanup and restoration please visit our SERVPRO® Mold Cleanup & Restoration page. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment call us today at (904) 729-2402 and don't worry about what time it is, we are open 24 hours!