Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Flooded Carpet Grows Mushrooms - Who Knew?

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home with wet carpet and mushrooms growing out of the carpet If your home floods and carpet gets wet, it needs to be dried out ASAP! This carpet was wet long enough to grow mushrooms!

So who knew that flooded carpet, if left long enough can grow mushrooms?  Mushrooms are a form of fungi, just like mold.  So the carpet in the picture was left very wet in a dark room and our Technician was surprised to see these flower-like mushrooms growing out of the carpet.  However, it's not the first time we have seen mushrooms growing out of carpet.

Wet to damp carpet is a great growing base for all kinds of fungi and mold.  When your house floods and your carpet gets wet, we can not emphasize enough the importance of getting the carpet dried out properly and if necessary removed, prior to any fungi or mold being able to start to grow.

If you ever experience a home flood from a broken pipe or any other reason, call SERVPRO of Reno NW/Truckee/Tahoe Vista, 775-747-2800, we are available 24/7 to start the dry out ASAP and avoid any further damages to your property.

Mold: A Crash Course

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

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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Testing for Mold - Forget the Home Tests, Use an Industrial Hygenist

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Picture of grey green mold spores under a microscope Microscopic Mold Spores that an Industrial Hygenist is best to test for their presence. Skip the home tests and call the professionals at SERVPRO.

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 home test and if needed hire a professional, 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 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 ensures 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)

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)

#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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