Recent Mold Remediation Posts
3 Mistakes That Cause Plant Mildew
Mildew tends to like dark areas
Three Mistakes That Can Lead To Mildew
You’ve watered them, put them in the sun and maybe even repotted them - so why are your house plants covered in white and grey spots? The answer is plant mildew, a troublesome fungus that, if left to spread, can spell the end of your favorite foliage. Keeping this fungus at bay starts with figuring out how it got on your Houston,TX, home’s plants to begin with. Here are three mistakes that can lead to mildew forming on your plants.
What is Mildew?
Mildew is often mentioned alongside mold and with good reason. Both are fungi that feed on organic materials like paper, wood, ceilings and yes, plants. While mold is known for its dark, fuzzy appearance, mildew tends to be:
- White or gray
- Appear chalky or like dust
- Show up as dots on plant leaves
Like mold, mildew can spread if left unchallenged. It can prevent your house plants from getting the nutrients they need, killing them. Prevention is the key. But just what might you be doing wrong?
Like its moldy cousin, mildew tends to like dark areas. Stop its formation on your plants by bringing pots into brighter areas of the home. This may have the added benefit of helping your plant get more sunlight.
Too Much Humidity
Also similar to mold, mildew enjoys moist air. Prevent it from taking hold by investing in a dehumidifier for your home. Keep it on near your plants to stop the fungus.
Keeping a regular plant watering schedule not only helps plants grow but can keep mildew away. That’s because while plant mildew likes moist air, it loves dry foliage.
Plant mildew is more than just unsightly. If left to grow, it can become deadly for your favorite house plants. Take the above steps to curb mildew growth and talk to a mold specialist if fungus has taken over your house plants in general.
Mold Removal In Stafford
Is removing mold easy?
There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to removing mold. A lot of people think the task is easy until they keep getting the mold, again and again, then they realize they should call SERVPRO.
If you want the mold gone the first thing you have to do is isolate it.
Next step is to prevent mold spores from spreading to other sections of the home, SERVPRO specializes in mold removal and can do this for you.
Lastly, you have to remember to replace porous items that may have been exposed to the mold. You should definitely call an expert (SERVPRO) if:
- There is mold in your HVAC system.
- If you developed mold from contaminated water or plumbing problems.
- You have an excessive amount of mold.
- You have medical issues that could get worse with the introduction of mold.
SERVPRO is available 24/7/365 to handle all of your mold removal needs, should the process be too complex, give us a call today (281) 403-2256!
Don't Let Your Mold Grow
MOLD: DON’T LET IT GROW
FROM THE ORDINARY
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
TO THE UNHEALTHY
Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
SERVPRO® Franchise 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 a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to 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. These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
HELP IS HERE
If you think you might have a mold problem, call 281-403-2256. A SERVPRO® Franchise Professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed. If extensive mold growth is present, additional assistance may be required. Some situations require the addition of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with the specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair property. You may wish to consult your adjuster if needed.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY/ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS
Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Some specialize and are skilled in testing buildings for the presence of molds. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment. If you have concerns about mold, the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional can assist you in locating a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations, excessive mold growth is not a problem and SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can safely restore your building to preloss condition. The need to address the presence of mold can only be determined by an on-site, indoor environmental inspection. Please keep in mind SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals do not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult your insurance company to determine the scope of policy coverage.
Why Is There Mold In My Stafford Home?
It's never too late!
You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!
Your best bet for not finding mold in your Stafford, Texas home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.
If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth as quick as 48 hours. Especially down here in the Missouri City area when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!
If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your home call SERVPRO today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again.
If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!
We can do it all, call us today!
Stop Mold In Its Tracks
Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Home
Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.
Fungi produce some very useful results. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.
The intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.
When water intrusions are not fixed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.
Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
Stop mold in its tracks by calling SERVPRO today! (281) 403-2256
Take Precautions When Dealing With Mold
Better Safe Than Moldy
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know that prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.
Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.
If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to 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. These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
Call us today to schedule a mold check for your home: (281) 403-2256
Mold Damage Tips
Don't attempt to handle the mold yourself.
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 health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.
If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
- 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 a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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.
Have a Mold Problem? Call Today (281) 403-2256
Black Mold In Stafford Texas
Call SERVPRO to help eliminate black mold today!
Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”.
Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Check out these tips for more info on what to do if you find mold.
How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?
Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.
When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
- 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 that odor 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 You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (281) 403-2256
6 Tips To Winterize Your HVAC In Stafford
HVAC Maintenance Is The Biggest Key To Warm Winters
Winter is hitting the Stafford Texas area and that means it’s time to switch on the heat.
Is your HVAC System ready for the challenges that winter brings?
Here are 6 maintenance tips from SERVPRO that will help you enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long.
- Clean and/or Replace the Air Filter
- Clean the Air Vents
- Add Some Insulation
- Check Your Thermostat
- Cover the Outdoor AC Unit if needed
- Schedule an Inspection from SERVPRO
Do you need a hand with your HVAC maintenance in the Stafford / Missouri City area?
SERVPRO is here to assist you. Through maintenance and repair, the experienced, professional, and friendly technicians at SERVPRO will make sure your heating system is ready for the upcoming winter season. (281) 403-2256
Preventing Mold is Much Easier (and Safer!) Than Removing Mold
Don’t let a leaky roof, an overflowing dishwasher, a burst water pipe, storm damage, or sewage backup cause a mold infestation in your home. Did you know that mold can start developing in as little as 48 hours after water damage in your Conroe or The Woodlands home? Because of our naturally humid environment in the greater metropolitan Houston area, it is vital to prevent mold before it starts to grow. Calling on SERVPRO of Stafford/Missouri City for mold remediation guarantees that proper techniques and equipment will be utilized to clean, disinfect, dry, and dehumidify the property, resulting in the best prevention against mold growth. And preventing mold growth right the first time will save you time and money.
Two Easy Steps to Help Prevent Mold Growth
First, determine the type of water that caused the damage. Is it clean water from a broken pipe or overflowing washing machine? Is it sewage-tainted water? Is it from a flash flood or another water source that potentially harbors chemicals or bacteria? If it is clean water, you can proceed with the cleanup and restoration process. However, if it is from another source, it is vital that you contact a professional emergency response team that specializes in flood damage restoration. Damage caused from dirty water, also called gray or black water, needs to be cleaned up with care. Protective clothing, respirators, boots with steel shanks, rubber gloves, and goggles need to be worn at all times to prevent direct contact with the tainted water.
Second, it is important to determine the level and extent of the damage to your home. As a general rule, if more than one room has been affected, call a professional restoration team. Remember, DIY projects always take longer than anticipated, and time is of the essence to prevent mold growth. If water has touched the HVAC system or has gotten into your ventilation system, SERVPRO can quickly respond and correct the damage. Mold spores spread through the air, and when mold is allowed to grow in your air ducts from moisture or standing water, it can spread throughout your home fast.
If the water damage is not extensive, these are steps to take to prevent mold growth
1. Remove items saturated by water to an area with good air circulation.
2. Clean hard surfaces thoroughly with detergent.
3. Dry surfaces and items thoroughly by hand, and use a fan to circulate fresh, dry air.
4. Dehumidify the space by running your air conditioner, using fans, and opening windows, if weather permits.
5. Remove water from carpets and padding with a wet/dry vac. It is important that all water is extracted to prevent damage to the subfloor, and to prevent mold growth.
6. Allow 3-5 days for the dehumidifying process, running fans, air conditioner, and dehumidifiers 24 hours a day. While items may seem dry to the touch, humidity levels will still be high in the property, making mold growth more likely.
When dealing with water damage cleanup, the CDC recommends long pants, long-sleeved shirts, watertight boots, and protective eye wear. For more information on the supplies necessary to make the process safe, read “14 Must-Have Supplies to Safely Remove Mold from Your Home” (link). While the article addresses mold removal, the personal safety equipment mentioned is recommended for water damage cleanup as well.
To prevent mold, proper cleanup needs to be completed as quickly as possible; if you are not able to do it on your own, call you locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Stafford/ Missouri City. We are faster to any size disaster, and are able to respond whenever water damages your home.
Centers for Disease Control: Storm, Flood, and Hurricane Response. Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing for Flood Cleanup