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Mold And Mildew Have Separate Meanings

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Differences Between Mold and Mildew

Mold is a kind of fungus that can penetrate surfaces, such as walls, floors, and ceilings. Often, mold grows behind walls and in crawl spaces, so they are hidden from sight. However, this does not mean that there is no mold issue. When they can be seen, depending on the type of mold, they are usually in black or green patches. In contrast, mildew is a subtype of mold that does not penetrate the material that it grows on. Instead, mildew will stay on the surface and can be easily seen. It usually grows on damp surfaces, fabrics, and paper.

In terms of appearance, mold generally appears  fuzzy or slim. They often show up as spots that have irregular shapes and are black, green, yellow, brown, or blue. On the other hand, mildew generally appears powdery or fluffy and grows flatly. It usually covers the area in a white, black, or yellow patch.

Mildew mostly affects plants and crops. However, when grown indoors for a prolonged period, both mildew and mold can cause a series of health effects. This is why it is crucial to get rid of mold and mildew problems.

Common Types of Mold and Mildew

There are many types of mold, but the most common ones that grow in homes are:

  • Penicillium
  • Cladosporium
  • Aspergillus
  • Alternaria
  • Stachybotrys Chartarum

The most common types of mildew to be found are downy and powdery mildew.

Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew

Unlike mold, mildew is much easier to remove because it only grows on the surface of materials.  a simple spray of a household cleaner on the affected area and utilization of a brush to scrub away the mildew would be sufficient along with wearing proper personal protective equipment. As for mold, it is recommended that professionals are called in to carry out mold remediation as they have the expertise in understanding how mold grows and how to contain it.

Approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City for Professional Mold Remediation

If you are facing a mold problem in your home, do not hesitate to approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City for mold remediation. Our team is highly trained and experienced. Contact us for more information and our friendly customer representatives will get back to you.

Should You Test For Household Mold?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Household mold is a common problem faced by homeowners. A moist environment is the ideal condition for mold to grow. As immaculate as your home may be, chances are that there are still moist spots where mold will thrive in. Since mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air, it is very difficult to put a cap on the spread of mold in your home because it can get anywhere. If you are wondering if you should test for household mold, read on to find out more about this annoying infestation.

Health Effects Caused by Mold

Heavy mold growth can quickly worsen the indoor air quality of your home. When the situation gets problematic enough, even those who are less sensitive to mold can begin to experience various health effects.

Appearance of Mold

Depending on the type of mold, it can appear differently. Having said that, one of the most common household molds is black mold. As the name suggests, it looks black and can appear in the form of spots or streaks. They can be found growing on paper, fiberboard, walls, ceilings, vents, and ducts. However, not all mold growth can be plainly seen because it may be growing behind wallpapers and appliances.

Scent of Mold

Even if you do not see mold, it is possible to smell it. Depending on the type of mold, it may produce a damp, musty scent that is similar to the scent of an old book. However, not everyone is able to detect the smell of mold, especially if they are used to the smell.

Testing for Mold

If the mold can be seen, you probably do not need to test for mold. However, mold infestations can sometimes not be visible because they are hidden behind walls, objects, or in covered spots that trap moisture. Regular air quality testing to detect mold will not only alert homeowners to a mold problem, the type of mold and source of the issue can even be identified. Uncovering the source of the mold problem will help to eliminate mold.

Professional Mold Remediation and Restoration

If you are experiencing a household mold problem and want to get rid of it, you are at the right place. SERVPRO has a team of highly trained mold remediation specialists who can safely handle any mold situation. Our advanced equipment is able to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you.

Where Is Mold Commonly Lurking In Your Home?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Where Is Mold Commonly Lurking In Your Home?

Mold is more than just black spots on your walls – it usually grows and infects large areas especially behind walls or in places that are dark and damp. Mold can cause damage to buildings and health effects to tenants if left untreated.

If you have found serious mold growth and infestation in your home, such as after a flooding or leakage, you need to call a professional home restoration company right away. They will know how to properly rid your home of mold, even in places you don’t notice. However, you too can do your part in spotting mold growth in smaller quanitities around the house. Here are the top six hiding places of mold in a home.

Windows & Window Sills

Windows and window sills are your main defense against the rain, and are also prime spots where moisture will accumulate. As they are regularly exposed to dampness, mold tends to grow here, especially if your windows are not properly sealed and water gets under the sealant. Sometimes old windows have seals that have deteriorated so badly, condensation builds up underneath, causing mold to flourish.

Carpets & Upholstery

Your carpets, drapes, furniture, and other fabrics around the house may seem fine, if sometimes a little dusty – but the moment they become moist, like from a spill or leak, they become prime zones for mold to thrive. The dust and dirt is perfect for mold spores to feed on and multiply. By vacuuming regularly, cleaning and drying an area thoroughly after a leak or spill, and not letting leaks go unattended, you would be able to hold mold growth at bay. And if not, your nose should be able to identify mold growing where you can’t see it.

Drywall & Wallpaper

Drywall and wallpaper are porous, and hence absorb moisture which encourages mold to grow. Unfortunately, mold growing behind wallpaper or drywall is very difficult to spot. Telltale signs would be if you spot bubbling, flaking or bulging, indicating moisture build up behind the paint or paper. If it’s behind the wall, you would need a professional to do a check for you.

Potted Plants

Of course, potted plants hold much moisture. Overwatering plants can cause roots to rot, and excess moisture may cause mold to grow, both on the soil and the pot itself. Using pots with drainage holes will help moisture buildup in the soil itself. Also, go easy on watering your plants, as they usually don’t need as much water as you may think, and you can avoid mold growth too.

Air Conditioning Systems

The air conditioning unit and heating ducts collect dust, dirt and moisture from the air, and as a result can cause mold growth. Every time you have your air conditioning units inspected, be sure the serviceman checks for mold and wipes the unit clean of any moisture, if present. Also, keeping your air conditioning running during hot and humid weather helps keep air circulating and discourages mold.

Washing Machines

Washing machines, if not dried out after use, certainly collect moisture in the drum and the gasket. One thing you can do is to leave the door open after every wash, so the moisture will dry out. If you live in a humid area, it’s best to wipe down the gasket at least after every use.

The Dangers of Pink Mold

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Otherwise known as Aureobasidium, pink mold is a form of bacteria that grows in moisturized areas both indoors and outdoors. Of late, pink mold has been spotted in finished homes, more specifically on lumber. Other growth areas include bathtubs/showers, in between floor tiles, inside cabinets, behind mirrors, and most damp surfaces.  Since pink mold can also grow in carpets, it is advisable not to have them in your bathroom. Even when using a rag, wash it as often as possible, and make sure it dries fully before placing it back in your bathroom. 

How Can Pink Mold Be Prevented?

A lot of the prevention has to do with the state of your bathroom, where the moisture is off the charts. Once you step out of the shower, make it a point to leave the bathroom door open for at least fifteen minutes. When you close the door, you trap moisture inside that can lead to the growth of pink mold. Also, if you have any leftover soap or shampoo, get rid of the residue as soon as it serves its purpose. Pink mold depends on soap residue for steady growth and survival.

Other survival factors for the Aureobasidium bacteria include stagnant water and stale air. These are common in leaky or broken pipes that lead to constant moisture and stagnant water. It is therefore important to do a spot check on your plumbing and fix any broken pipes to keep your surfaces dry at all times. Never ignore liquid or moisture. Turn on your bathroom fan after taking a bath for proper and constant ventilation.

How to Get Rid of Pink Mold

Removing pink mold from surfaces in your home is never an easy task. To save yourself time and effort, contact the professionals with the right tools, knowledge, and expertise. Proper protection is highly crucial as far as mold removal is concerned. If your insulation is affected, you may have to remove it and have it replaced entirely. Once the mold is clear from the surfaces of your home, sanitize the area using biocide. This will help keep any spores that may have been spared during removal from spreading and growing.

Factors That Cause Mold Growth

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

First and foremost, molds are furry microorganisms that are present in almost all habitations. They typically look like black stains, or in other cases, specks of brown, green, orange, white, or black.  Provided the atmosphere in question is moist enough, mold can grow really fast. In the house, molds are likely to be found especially around windows, bathroom walls, and other damp areas. Here are some areas around the house where mold grows and what causes the growth:

Kitchen

If you have a dishwasher, the water that leaks from it might be the cause of molds in your kitchen. Water leakage from the sink may also be a contributing factor. Probably your drainage system has issues and it overflows or leaks from time to time. Other factors include steam (either from the dishwasher or boiling water), poor air circulation, waste food, condensation within pipes, and so on.

Basement

Most basements today are incomplete without a few molds here and there. If yours is among them, get in touch with the right people for the job and keep your basement mold-free. Any leaking pipes in/around your basement are a major cause. You also need to check your foundation walls. If there are any cracks, patch them up to prevent mold growth. If your basement windows are open most of the time, ensure they are always shut. Other factors include failures in a sump pump, faulty downspouts, and poor ventilation.

Bathroom

Prevent mold growth in your bathroom by taking care of plumbing issues such as overflows and leaks. If you shower with hot water, the steam from the shower evaporates and condenses on the walls and the ceiling. After showering, there are bound to be a couple of wet surfaces and water puddles. Such areas provide the ideal atmosphere for molds to grow. If your bathroom is tiled, mold may grow as a result of caulking between the tiles or a failed grout. Alternative causes include frequent running water and broken bathtub/toilet seals.

Crawl Space

Molds in your crawl space are inevitable if your air duct is missing a few essential insulation materials. If your foundation or foundation walls have cracks, prevent further mold growth and seal them. Also, ensure that your crawl space is properly ventilated. Poor air circulation is a sure way to harbor the growth and spread of mold. Other causes include groundwater, exposed plumbing joists and pipes, flooding, and so on.

Attic

Keep your attic mold-free by fixing certain issues including faulty kitchen/bathroom vents, missing insulations, or holes on the roof. The water that comes from such issues provides a safe atmosphere for mold growth and survival. During the cold season, the condensation effect is also a contributing factor. Always keep your attic well-ventilated, properly insulated and free from any heaters or furnaces. In some houses, snow and ice damming issues can also cause mold to grow in the attic.

How to Deal With Mold in Your Attic

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Is there mold growing in your attic? It is not an uncommon occurrence. Mold in your attic can give you physical symptoms that resemble allergic reactions like a runny nose, a sore throat, itchy eyes, coughing and wheezing. It may even cause you to experience more severe symptoms such as headaches, nosebleeds or fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms without any medical reasons to account for them, you may have mold in your attic or some other rarely visited area of your home.

If you do have this problem, fear not. This article will guide you through the steps to take to get rid of it as well as how to prevent it from happening in the future. Read on to find out how you can protect your family.

How Mold Develops in the Attic

Mold grows best in humid and warm places. If there are areas in your home that fit these conditions, they may be vulnerable to mold growth. The attic is one of the most popular places in a house for mold because it is prone to water damage. 

Water damage can easily occur in your attic, especially if you have leaks in your roof that allow water into your attic. These leaks can be a result of the formation of ice dams on your roof or the result of condensation accumulating beneath your roof sheathing. Water can also enter your attic in other ways, such as through poorly installed roof exhaust vents.

Moist and warm attics are perfect places for mold to grow. If there is water damage in your attic, there is a high chance that it is moldy.

Why You should not Remove Mold Yourself

It can be dangerous to get rid of mold on your own. Even if you do not touch the mold, there is a high chance that you will breathe the mold spores in while removing it. This can endanger your health and result in problems like respiratory issues or even neurological problems.  

Even contractors and carpenters stop work when they see mold and only resume their duties after professionals remove the mold. Hence, you should minimize your own contact with the mold by not removing it yourself. It is important not to try to clean the moldy areas of your house with household chemicals like bleach as they will not be effective and will only increase your exposure to the mold.

Professional Mold Removal Services

If you have found mold growing in an area of your home, it is essential to act fast to prevent the mold from spreading. You should get the mold professionally removed as fast as possible to minimize the exposure of you and your family members to it. 

By hiring a professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, you can be sure that the mold will be removed thoroughly and completely. Experts will be sent to your home to inspect and access the damage and you will be advised on the necessary repairs and remediation. Not only will the mold be removed, any structural damage of your home that led to the growth of it will be repaired to ensure that the mold does not return.

It is better to engage the services of a professional when it comes to something as serious as mold. The health of you and your family must be safeguarded. 

Here at SERVPRO, We Make Mold a thing of the Past!

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City we take a great deal of pride in the amount of varies jobs we provide for our customers. The size of your damage does not matter to us; we are always willing to go above and beyond for everyone who uses our services. This job is the classic case of mold remediation. You can see from looking at the picture that our crew had to tear up the floor to get a good look at how much damage there was. Our crew made sure that the area was secured and we assured our customer there would be no more reproduction of mold. In this case, the mold was not visible to the naked eye. Our crew used SERVPRO tools to locate where and how much mold there was. 

Mold & Soap Scum Removal in Bathroom

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes mold is mistaken for soap scum and vice versa. Bathroom Shower Door

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City we offer a wide array of services. While most jobs we receive are either fire, water, or mold jobs that is not always the case. With this job we received a call from a customer who thought they had mold in their shower. Even if you're unsure of whether something may or may not be mold we still advise that you call us at 201-656-0035 to ease your mind. Our team will inspect the potential mold and determine what the next steps are. It turns out the mold the customer thought she had was a build up of soap scum on the shower glass door. We gave the glass door a power wash and performed a deep clean to the surrounding areas. Pictured here is the glass door after our services. 

Mold Removal VS. Mold Remediation

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration
  • 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 allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
    • 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.

Who are you going to call? MOLD busters !

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is that person you went to high school with and hope to never see again but then one day you run into each other at the supermarket. No one ever anticipates mold growth in their property or hopes for it. Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union city we know no one wants to deal with pesky mold. We make it so you don't have to! Once you've established that you have mold growth in your property we will come in with our technicians fully equipped with the necessary equipment. First, we'd target the area of growth and isolate said area. Once we remove the surrounding area we will use SERVPRO products to prevent the growth of mold in the future. We'll make you forget you ever had mold growing in the first place. 

Got Mold?

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Who wants to deal with mold? I’m sure you answered no one to that question. Mold is the friend that comes over unannounced and the moment you see it you want it to leave.  Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we want you to forget about your pesky friend Mr. Mold better yet, we’ll make it so you forget it ever existed. We have the unique tools here to make the mold stop in its tracks. Our crew members work to their fullest potential to ensure that the job is done professionally and passionately. This mold shown in the picture was isolated and then the surrounding wood was removed. The customer associated with this job was very happy with the results received.  

Clean Up Your Leaves!

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Wet leaves believe it or not, can cause mold. Photo courtesy of SERVPRO corporate.

Did you know leaving wet leaves on the ground can have serious consequences?

We're currently in hurricane season so in other words there's going to be a lot of rain in the coming months. While the colors of the leaves are lovely to look at be sure you don't leave them on the ground for too long. Believe it or not wet leaves can actually cause mold and other harmful specimens.  

Mold reproduces dark and wet areas; this is exactly why they can thrive underneath wet leaves. The leaves need to be picked up and properly disposed to prevent this outcome. 

In the event that you do find yourself faced with a case of mold there's no need to panic. SERVPRO of Hoboken / Union City specializes in mold remediation so we've got you covered! 

Mold Remediation in Home

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City, we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  This particular job is the result of mold found in the home of one of our customers. Mold is definitely a sneaky culprit in the sense that you do not always see it. For instance, if there is a water leak or exposed water that has been sitting for a while these are the ideal conditions for mold reproduction to occur. Here at SERVPRO we take care of the mold by means of mold remediation. Pictured here is one of our crew members following mold procedure.

Mold Remediation in Bathroom

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City and SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we take pride in the long list of services that we provide. We are willing to help anyone that needs our help as a means of alleviating the stress they are going through.  As we have said time and time again mold is among the list of problems you do not know you have until it is brought up to your attention. Mold reproduces in dark areas usually exposed to some kind of water or dampness. No one wants mold in their life so it’s our job to make it so you’d never know the mold was there to begin with. You can see in the picture on the left that the ceiling has spots of darker coloring. This is primarily where the mold was reproducing. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools needed for mold remediation and made it look "Like it never even happened."