Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleanup Biohazards don't just stop at the scene; if left untreated residue and organic material can begin to smell or fuel mold growth.

Biohazard cleanup is also known as crime scene cleanup or trauma scene cleanup.  

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista's biohazard professionals provide this supportive service for victim’s families.

A trauma scene clean up is an emotional and stressful time for homeowners. Providing a level of sympathy and understanding for the people affected is one of our main priorities. 

While the police and other first-response services may spend limited time with the family members, SERVPRO cleaning professionals work around the family longer while we are cleaning and performing restoration of the scene. One reason to promptly clean the scene is to avoid bacterial and microbial growth (which can lead to odor).

Our professionals strive for the comfort of the homeowners as we return their home to normal.

If your home has been the scene of a crime or trauma, SERVPRO can help you in getting your home and your life back on track. Our staff is trained in all facets of property damage restoration; from training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

You have enough to worry about; let SERVPRO handle the cleanup.

Mold 101: 3 Steps to Understanding Mold

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold 101: 3 Steps to Understanding Mold

First: Mold is part of the environment, and plays an important part of our ecosystem.  Without it, we would not have the antibiotic penicillin, garbage and old food would never decay, and neither would all the leaves that fall off during autumn time! (Can you imagine the mess?) 

Certain types of cheese even rely on mold for their flavor (that’s right, your favorite blue cheese? That’s mold. Really tasty mold). Mold breaks down dead plant and animal material, returning useful nutrients to the soil. 

Second: But mold in your home or business can be a dangerous problem. The problem occurs when water damage supplies mold with the moisture it needs to colonize inside structures. Elevated mold spore counts can cause adverse health effects on otherwise healthy people. It is always better to check with professionals than to attempt remediation yourself!

Third: Call SERVPRO of Reno NW/Truckee/Tahoe Vista if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

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Mold: A Crash Course

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: A Crash Course What are the basics of mold? SERVPRO professionals have you covered!
Mold: A Crash Course

Below are a few quick bullet points for those short on time, but need immediate quick-facts about mold:

  • Mold spores are everywhere, and just because you don't see them growing on any surface, doesn't mean they aren't in the air. And that's not a bad thing! We need mold to make sure things decompose.

According to the CDC, the kinds of places that are at risk of mold growth include: 

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages
  • Be sure that each spring and fall you check windows, dusty cupboards, and indoor plant soil for mold.
  • If you keep the humidity in your business below 50%, and ventilate the space to the best of your ability, you may be able to prevent mold growth.

MOST IMPORTANT BIT OF THE CRASH COURSE:

  • If you cannot prevent the mold, and it is becoming a problem, call SERVPRO to come out for an estimate. We are mold remediation experts and can handle any mold issue, at any time.

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Skip The Mold Test--Here's Why:

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

You've heard all about the fear surrounding mold, and maybe you're considering a home mold test to find out if there is something harmful about the blue or green fuzz growing in your home.

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista says you can skip the test. Why?

Because the CDC states that “generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and [the] CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.”

Testing, to be accurate, should be done by an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or an Industrial Hygienist (IH). These professionals have the ability to test in a manner that gives an accurate representation of the environment inside the structure. Clearance testing after mitigation should also be a part of the protocol to confirm the effectiveness of the mitigation.  

Why Doesn't SERVPRO Test For Mold?

Testing not performed by the mitigation company handling the work adds a level of accountability to the project, avoids a conflict of interest, and insures the building owner of properly mitigated mold damage.

SERVPRO of Reno NW / Truckee / Tahoe Vista is committed to properly remediating any mold damage in your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Featured in CATT Magazine: Mold Expert Talks Household Mold

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Featured in CATT Magazine: Mold Expert Talks Household Mold The published article from CATT.

The following article appeared in the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe's Building and Remodeling Guide of 2018-2019. The article was written by Rick Malone and edited by Andi Figueroa. It appears below and in its magazine-published form as the accompanying image. 

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In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, sensationalized stories brought mold into public consciousness.  Several unsubstantiated claims caused an upheaval of panicked health discussions. Now, even though the dust of that time has subsided, misunderstandings about mold are still present.

To demystify the fears surrounding both mold and what conditions mold needs to grow, Rick Malone, who holds advanced certifications from the IICRC and is a MICRO Certified Mold Inspector, gave the following interview as a trusted professional at SERVPRO of Reno Northwest / Truckee / Tahoe Vista.

“Mold is part of the environment”, Rick says, “it plays an important role in our ecosystem. Without it, biological matter would not decay.  For example, if mold did not help break down fallen trees and leaves, their nutrients would not readily return to the soil.”

Active mold growth in the home is a different matter.  While homes are built to reduce the chance of mold infestations, totally eliminating mold spores in the home is not always feasible. According to the IICRC’s Standard For Professional Mold Remediation Handbook1, normal fungal ecology is considered “...an indoor environment that may have settled spores.”1  However, active mold growth in your home or business is not considered “normal fungal ecology”, Rick says.  

Given the right environment, mold can grow and colonize.  “One factor that attributes to active mold growth is the presence of water,” Rick explained, “In essence: if you have a mold problem, you have a water problem.”  Water intrusion supplies settled mold spores the moisture they need to grow and thrive in your home. “It doesn’t matter if the water comes from internal sources such as plumbing”, he said, “or external sources like groundwater or roof leaks”.  When mold is discovered, the first step to take is to identify and remove the cause, then, properly remediate the mold in a way that does not contaminate the entire structure.

Health hazards are almost always a concern when SERVPRO is contacted to conduct mold inspections and remediation. Rick explained that the CDC’s page2 on mold (cdc.gov/mold) is the best authority to answer those health concerns: “The CDC has well-researched information to help homeowners gain a realistic understanding of the threats of mold.”

Top indicators of active mold growth to look for include: musty odors; “if you smell mold, chances are you have active mold growth” he says, and signs of water intrusion; “such as condensation, leaks, or water staining on walls and ceilings”.  If you are concerned about mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO at 775-827-9944 or request help online at www.SERVPROrenonwtruckeetahoevista.com/fnol.

SERVPRO Industries, Inc., DOES NOT purport to provide expert guidance or direction concerning mold. Our objective is to share current information and guidelines for mold remediation to help you better understand the issues and challenges related to mold.

SOURCES:

1: ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. 3rd ed., vol. s520, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, 2015.

2: “Mold.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 Nov. 2017, www.cdc.gov/mold/default.htm.

Is It Black Mold?

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is It Black Mold? #MoldRemediation starts by treating all molds exactly the same.

"Black Mold"-- the term conjures up images of hazardous material suits, apocalypse, and hospital beds. But what do we really have to be afraid of?

Black mold is a loose term, usually referring to the strain of mold called Stachybotrys chartarum, which--like many molds--produces mycotoxins, which can cause allergic reactions.

The Center for Disease Control says that "the common health concerns from molds include hay fever-like allergic symptoms. Certain individuals with chronic respiratory disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma) may experience difficulty breathing." 

I see mold that is black in my home or office--is it Stachybotrys chartarum?

Without a mold test, it is impossible to tell. What you should know, however, is that a mold's color is dependent on a host of things, including the food source. Additionally, the colors vary by region. In the Amazon, mold is mostly orange. In the United States mold can be blue, green, white, soft yellow, et cetera. Mold's colors protect it from damage and offers a shield from the sun, other species of mold, and more as well. 

So not all mold that is black is Stachybotrys Chartarum, but all mold should be removed. Which means that it really doesn't matter what kind of mold you have.



What do you mean it doesn't matter what kind of mold I have?

Well, all mold should be treated with care and personal protective equipment should be used when removing it.

Additionally, the Center for Disease Control states that "hazards presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins [like Stachybotrys Chartarum] should be considered the same as other common molds which can grow in your house," and goes on to say that "It is not necessary, however, to determine what type of mold you may have. All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal."

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