Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Damage Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

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. Mold can cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Novi has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (248) 344-0044

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Novi 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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Novi has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Crawl Space Mold Remediation

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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 - (248) 344-0044
  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

Best Tips for Raking Leaves

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

WORK WITH (OR AVOID) THE WIND

When you have a day to rake your leaves try to do it when there's no wind to interfere with your work. If you have only one day of the week to rake and it happens to be windy, rake your leaves in the same direction that the wind is blowing. If you Rake the leaves into the wind it will only blow them around.

PATIENCE

Clear your pathways and high-traffic areas of leaves on an ongoing basis. Don't even bother raking your entire yard until all the leaves have fallen. It may bother you to see the leaves pile up, but you should still wait until the branches are bare.  This will save you from hours of work. 

USE THE RIGHT TOOLS

Your rusty metal fan rake may seem like an old friend, but its useful days are over. There are new raking tools out there like the Lee Valley Power Rake which will save you a lot of time on yard work. You may want to consider other raking alternatives, such as a push-power leaf collector to help reduce your backaches.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

Speaking of backaches, make sure you practice proper raking techniques before, during, and after your work.  Raking is considered as a real workout, so you need to stretch in order for your body to warm up before you start. 

WORK SMART

This is the key to efficient raking. Rake your leaves into small piles on top of a tarp or a piece of plastic, then drag that pile to your main pile or compost. Raking all the leaves into one big pile takes extra time and energy plus you still have to move it to another location.

RAKE WHEN IT'S DRY

This one is simple but important. Wet leaves are heavier than dry ones, so try to do your raking during a dry stretch of weather. This will not only save you time and energy, but also prevent you from handling a bunch of slimy, wet leaves.

USE A MULCHING MOWER

This is kind of like cheating but is ultimately an effective way to clean up your leaves by turning them into mulch that's bagged by the mower. If you don't like the smell, sound, or environmental impact of gas mowers, there are some great electric mowers out there that have mulching capability.

Can Mold be Completely Removed?

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, including indoors and outdoors. With that being said, 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 business will still advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is false. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and can enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems.  They can even travel indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and 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.

Mold Remediation Process

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

  1. Emergency Contact – (248) 344-0044
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removal of  Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Clean Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

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.

SERVPRO of Novi is locally owned and operated—we live and work here as well and are happy to be a part of this community.

Whatever your mold remediation needs are, SERVPRO is here to help at 248-344-0044.

Mold growth in your home

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow on any material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, food, and insulation. Since mold eats or digests what it is growing on, it can damage a building and its furnishings. If left unchecked, mold eventually can cause structural damage to building materials.

10 common places for mold growth in your home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Bathroom shower or under sink
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces

You can prevent damage to your home, contents, avoid potential health problems and save money by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

September is mold awareness month

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

September is mold awareness month and a perfect time to think about the indoor air quality of your home or place of business.  It is recommended that homeowners are on the lookout for potential sources of mold growth.  

A few tips to keep mold out of your home:

  • Humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent.  You can monitor this with a moisture or humidity meter.
  • Check for roof, foundations, faucets, and pipes for leaks
  • Check the exterior of your home for accumulation of ground water, which can cause mold.
  • Odors that smell musty or moldy are signs of mold.