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When is Mold Remediation Covered by Insurance in Maryland?

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When is Mold Remediation Covered by Insurance in Maryland? Not cleaning up Water Damage correctly can lead to a much bigger and more costly problem!

When Insurance Will and Won’t Cover Mold Remediation

One of the unwelcome consequences of water damage, dampness or humidity is mold overgrowth. People who are sensitive to mold experience wide-ranging health problems including wheezing, nasal stuffiness, coughing, throat irritation, skin and eye irritation. Those who are allergic to mold can experience severe reactions. Mold can worsen the health condition of those who are immune-compromised or have chronic lung/respiratory illnesses. The costs of mold-related diseases are as high as $22.4 billion annually in the U.S. alone as per the Journal of Environmental and Public Health.

Mold is a fungus that occurs naturally and is not visible to the naked eye. Reproducing with the help of spores, mold can infiltrate buildings easily. Mold insurance is an absolute must for homeowners given the high cost of repair and maintenance of buildings that have been damaged by mold.

What does insurance cover mold remediation?

Homeowners insurance typically covers mold damage only when a "covered peril" causes it. The “covered perils” for which mold remediation is covered by insurance companies include:

  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Malicious mischief
  • Lightning
  • Damage due to vehicles
  • Falling objects
  • Weight of snow, ice, or sleet
  • Frozen pipes
  • Accidental water overflow from heating, plumbing, sprinkler systems, air conditioners, and household appliances

When does insurance not cover mold remediation?

Home insurance policies do not cover mold remediation if it resulted from preventable causes such as flood, water damage, or high humidity. Homeowners are expected to take preventive measures to avoid mold damage that includes professional cleaning, drying, and regular maintenance.

Standard homeowners’ policies will not provide mold remediation cover for “maintenance” problems such as repeated water leaks, continuous water seepage, humidity problems, and ongoing issues related to condensation, landscaping or drainage. Most homeowners’ policies also do not cover flood damage which is usually provided as a separate add-on.

Addressing water damage at it's onset with the help of professionals at SERVPRO of Harford County is the ideal way to prevent the costly expense of mold remediation.

How Much Does Mold Damage Cost To Fix?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Much Does Mold Damage Cost To Fix? Mold damage from a leak in Aberdeen, MD

There are a wide range of costs for removing mold depending on the type and severity of the problem. The following factors impact the overall cost of mold removal for a residence located in Aberdeen,MD .

How Much Mold is Present

Removal costs are likely to depend on the extent of the growth. A minor growth tends to

  • Cover than 10 square feet
  • Be visible without extensive surface opening
  • Involve a type of mold other than black mold

A major growth, on the other hand, is distinguished by

  • Affecting more than 10 square feet
  • Growing hidden behind walls or under floors
  • Involving Stachybotrys or other risky species

A hygienist or mold specialist can determine the amount and type of mold present in your home. This inspection should last several hours and may cost anywhere from $200 up to $600 or more.

The Type of Mold Growth

A specialist should identify the type of mold before you pursue mold removal. This expert may take

  • Air samples
  • Surface tests with swabs
  • Bulk testing with contents

Analysis of each type of sample may cost anywhere from $30 to $150 to process. The type of mold found may also increase the overall cost of remediation, as in the case of black mold removal.

The Extent of Remediation

Experts may remediate a minor mold problem relatively quickly. This does not mean you should attempt to address a mold problem on your own, as you may spread or expose yourself to spores. A major problem will take more time and may require the removal and replacement of more building materials and contents, which will increase the cost.

Between detection, testing, and remediation costs, you should expect to spend anywhere from $1000 up to $7000 or more. Depending on your insurance coverage or endorsements, you may be able to offset the expense of mold removal and remediation.

3 Mold Prevention Facts That Nobody Told You

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Mold Prevention Facts That Nobody Told You Drywall Mold Damage

Tired of trying the same mold prevention methods as everyone else in Harford County, MD? Here’s why they aren’t working and why you shouldn’t wait too long to deal with water damage.

1. Ventilation Systems Only Work Before Mold Forms

After mold has formed and dried up, its cellular legs become exposed, allowing them to fly through the air like a dandelion seed. Mold can be “planted” once again or remain dormant until it finds a suitable area to grow. Turning on a ventilation system may pull dried mold throughout your building, allowing it to spread. Always stop your ventilation system if you’ve had a mold outbreak.

2. Mold Can Still Spread With Mold-Resistant Materials

When a product like drywall or sheetrock claims to be mold-resistant, it may give you the impression that it completely prevents mold growth. This is simply not true, especially if you’ve already had a mold outbreak and the spores were allowed to spread throughout the building. If the building materials are exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time, mold can survive on them temporarily until it dries up or finds a better area to settle in the building.

3. The Basement Isn’t Your Only Priority

After water damage, most folks focus their mold prevention efforts only on the inside of a basement, draining it and placing humidifiers throughout. However, before a basement becomes flooded, the water has to come in from the ground around it. If your building isn’t naturally elevated, excess rain water may try to escape directly to the basement.

You may need a professional restoration service to rework the walls in your basement and lay tile lines under the ground around your building. They can guide rainwater away from the basement to help prevent it from entering the building and creating mold.

If you have water damage in Harford County, MD, don’t wait to deal with it until mold settles in. The key to preventing mold growth is to act quickly and mitigate further damage by restoring the area of your property that has been affected.

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A Fun Mold Experiment

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Fun Mold Experiment Call SERVPRO of Harford County for a mold estimate at tel:(410) 679-6260

Mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage occurs. It begins to colonize in 1 to 12 days! SERVPRO of Harford County decided to put this to the test...

The photos on the left represent the control group. The pieces of drywall pictured encountered zero excess moisture.

The photos in the center mimic a water damage that occurs during the winter months and goes undiscovered until the spring when weather warms up and mold spores reach their "happy" place (70+ degrees). These pieces of drywall were submerged in water for ten minutes then placed in Ziploc bags to observe.

The column of pictures on the right represents a DIY water mitigation job. This happens more than you would think. A homeowner dries and cleans the water damage on their own without the help of a professional. Approaching a water damage this way often leads to the structure not being fully dried and susceptible to mold growth. These pieces of drywall were submerged in water for 30 seconds and then placed in the Ziploc bags for observation.

The results are right on. Mold growth was seen a mere 7 days after encountering moisture... and after 4 weeks?!? No thank you! It's of utmost importance to have water mitigated correctly after a loss. But, if it's not, we are here for you as well. Mold mitigation just happens to be one of SERVPRO of Harford County specialties. 

When Bread Goes Bad: Why Mold Grows on Food

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Bread Goes Bad: Why Mold Grows on Food Mold can grow on food after sitting in the cabinet for a long period of time

When Bread Goes Bad: Why Mold Grows on Food

It may not be a surprise to you when you find mold growing in the grout in your shower. Then you open your bread box to make a sandwich, and you see bread mold there too! Before you decide to pack up and move from your moldy home in Harford County, MD, keep in mind that mold is everywhere you go. All it needs is a warm, moist place to grow and something to eat. Bread supplies all the necessary criteria.

The Mold Trifecta

Bread is a comfort food for humans and mold alike. The same qualities that make it a delicious snack to people make it a nice home for mold. Bread contains three characteristics that mold needs to thrive:

• Moisture
• Warmth
• Organic Matter

Bread mold needs moisture, and compared to other surfaces in your house, your bread box can hold in a great deal of dampness. The air in the bread box is also relatively warm and lacking in air flow. Finally, the ingredients in bread are all organic matter that mold loves to feed on. These three criteria combine to make bread a homey place for mold growth.

Lurking Mold

Just because a place is a little cooler doesn’t mean mold won’t grow there. Fridge mold is common with foods that have been left too long or are more exposed to wet air. Condensation that builds up in your fridge can also contribute to mold issues that, if left unchecked, may require a mold remediation specialist to overcome. The fungus growth in your fridge can spread from food to food if you aren’t careful.

Mold spores in the air land and grow wherever they find a hospitable home. Bread mold on your loaf in the bread box can be an indication that your home may be too humid or that some moisture issue persists, but it also may just mean you need to consume your bread more quickly before it has time to go moldy.

3 Important Facts About Commercial Mold Insurance Coverage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Important Facts About Commercial Mold Insurance Coverage Mold damage in Aberdeen Commercial Property

Your Aberdeen, MD, commercial building does not have to suffer a major flood to develop mold. Even minor indoor floods or slow leaks can cause mold to grow. Commercial insurance can help you recover from damage caused by fungi; however, there are a few facts you may want to learn about this coverage before you file a claim.

1. Most Water Damage Claims Are Covered

Because most types of indoor mold form due to hidden leaks, water pipe breaks or carpeting that is improperly dried after a flood, most claims that spring from water damage are typically covered by commercial insurance. If a building’s fire safety equipment should spring a leak and cause mold growth where it is not detected until months later, this instance is usually covered as well. You may want to review your policy with a qualified insurance agent to ensure floods caused by natural disasters are covered as well.

2. Restoration Costs Are Usually Included in Coverage

If your commercial property suffers enough mold damage that walls, ceilings or floors must be torn out and replaced, your policy will likely cover the cost of these repairs. For example, if mold develops in the ceiling because of a slow leak in the roof, your coverage would likely pay for a mold mitigation and removal company to come in and resolve the issue. However, you may want to check to see if there is a cap on these costs before you file a claim.

3. There May Be Exceptions to Coverage

While mold insurance typically covers many different instances of mold damage, there may be some exceptions to your policy. Some companies may not cover damage resulting from owner negligence, such as a failure to maintain a building’s plumbing system. Some may limit the amount they cover per policy year, so it is important to read the fine print on your coverage.

Commercial insurance typically covers mold damage stemming from a water mishap in your Aberdeen, MD, building. However, because there are exceptions, you may want to review your policy at least once a year to ensure you have all the coverage you need.

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HVAC Cleaning Services

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

WHY CLEAN AIR DUCTS?

by NADCA (North American Duct Cleaning Association)

SERVPRO of Harford County have been members since 2015

In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all homes with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning: pets, occupants with allergies or asthma, cigarette or cigar smoke, water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system, and home renovation or remodeling projects.

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system takes air in and breathes air out.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system.

TAKING IT TO THE STREETS

Applying industry knowledge to a real life situation

Before a couple moved into their newly purchased home, they had mold mitigation services preformed before closing. After 5 years they were afraid that the mold had come back because of ongoing sickness in the family. SERVPRO of Harford County came out and informed them that it was, in fact, not mold but a vent cleaning problem. After cleaning out the ducts in their home, the family felt much better and the constant sickness subsided. They stated that they could tell a difference instantly.

Can Beloved Possessions Be Restored After Black Mold Damage?

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Beloved Possessions Be Restored After Black Mold Damage? Mold Cleaning in Aberdeen Home

Black mold can be devastating. Whether it’s a result of a flooding event or an ongoing problem with high humidity, the destruction of your home’s building materials can pale in comparison to the loss of personal possessions. While drywall and flooring can be replaced by a good contractor, an old photograph or beloved leather sofa may not be so easy to replace. However, mold cleaning services are available. A reliable mold remediation service in Aberdeen, MD, can help.

You may be surprised by how many of your possessions can be saved. Cleaning and restoration are available for:

• Electronics
• Clothing
• Leather Goods
• Furniture
• Paintings
• Documents
• Photographs

Depending on how extensive the initial damage is, it may not be possible to restore items to perfect condition. However, sentimental items, such as photographs or important documents, may be restored to a state that is more acceptable than throwing the items out.

How Are Items Restored?

Mold cleaning professionals have a host of cleaning and disinfecting techniques available to them that are difficult or impossible to duplicate at home. These include:

• Immersion cleaning
• Abrasive cleaning
• Spray cleaning
• Foam cleaning
• Dry cleaning
• Wet cleaning

They also have industrial grade equipment to dry and dehumidify items, gamma irradiation to sterilize them and freeze-drying equipment to prevent further damage to delicate items, such as photographs. They can also digitize damaged documents so their contents are fully preserved.

What Should You Restore?

Whether a possession is worth restoring will depend on how extensive the mold damage is, how much it would cost to replace and how important it is to you. A one-of-a-kind photograph can’t be replaced and may be worth saving, even with minor signs of damage. On the other hand, it may be better to replace a favorite recliner that’s suffered extensive damage.

If your possessions have been damaged by mold, mold cleaning services in Aberdeen, MD, are available. While it may be better to replace some things, your most beloved possessions can be restored.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROeastharfordcounty.com for more information. 

Mold Prevention Tips for When You Rent

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Just because you don’t own your property doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t maintain it and take measures to keep it in a safe, clean and healthy condition. In addition to cleaning your building regularly and informing the landlord of any pressing issues such as water damage, you should also develop and act upon a mold prevention plan. Mold growth can happen quickly, which is why prevention is key. If you’re not sure how you can give your landlord a hand in the maintenance of his or her property, keep the following tips from your Riverside, Maryland, mold experts and the CDC in mind:

• Know where mold can develop. Mold grows anywhere there is moisture and lack of sunlight, which may include in windowsills, air ducts, doorways, vents and the carpet.
• Be on the lookout for moisture buildup and water damage. If water is allowed to sit for even 24 hours, it could spur mold growth.
• Keep the space properly ventilated and humidity levels between 30 and 60 percent. If necessary, invest in a dehumidifier, or ask your landlord for one.
• Inform your landlord of any leaks in the home’s roof, walls or plumbing. It is the landlords’ responsibility to fix such issues, and if they don’t, they could be in legal trouble for failing to maintain a healthy working environment.
• Mold prevention begins with cleaning. Keep the property clean, and pay particular attention to the bathroom and break room.

What To Do If You Discover Mold

If you take all the above prevention measures and still discover mold on the property, inform your landlord. It is your landlord’s responsibility to contact a Riverside, Maryland, mold remediation company to come in and fix the problem. If your landlord fails to act, reach out to the experts yourself and talk to an attorney about your legal options. If the mold is the result of the landlord’s failure to maintain the property, you may be able to put your rent in escrow until he or she pays you back for the cost of remediation.

The best thing you can do is to prevent mold from growing in the first place. Use the above mold prevention tips to keep your rental home a safe and healthy place to live.

Visit us at http://www.SERVPROeastharfordcounty.com for more information on mold remediation. 

3 Important Facts About Mold

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

3 Important Facts About Mold

Mold is a nuisance, and once you spot mold growth in your home in Aberdeen, Maryland it’s important to act fast. This is especially true if you live in an area with high humidity, an environment in which mold thrives. Did you recently notice water damage anywhere in your house? Then it’s vital to reach out to a local cleanup and restoration company soonest. Here are three important facts about mold that you should know.

1. What is Mold?

The term ‘mold’ describes a group of fungi commonly found in wet materials or on food. You are exposed to mold spores every day, both indoors and outdoors. So, if mold is a natural occurrence, how can it grow in your home? Mold is not an issue unless water damage or extensive humidity are present. The ideal environment for mold is moist, and roof leaks, leaking pipes, damp basements and flooding are all things that can be responsible for mold growth.

2. How Can You Prevent Mold?

The best way to prevent mold from growing is to create an environment that makes it difficult for mold to grow. The three most important aspects are: moisture control, repairs and maintenance. Try to keep the relative humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. A dehumidifier is helpful to keep high humidity at bay. If the outside air is cold and dry, then ensure proper ventilation. Any water issues, such as leaky plumbing, leaking roofs or cracked foundations need to be fixed soonest. Furthermore, prevention is the key. With regular inspections and maintenance, you can prevent issues from occurring in the first place. Have your HVAC system cleaned and plumbing and roof inspected regularly.

3. How Does the Remediation Process Work?

After you noticed mold in your residence, the experts are responsible for ridding your home of the mold. The steps are:

Mold containment
Mold removal, disinfection and cleaning of belongings
Possibly tear out affected materials
HEPA vacuuming
Mold prevention

The best things you can do is to prevent mold growth by taking steps against high humidity, fixing water damage and ensuring well-maintained systems. However, if things do go wrong, a cleanup company can successfully restore your home.
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Tips on Mold Control

8/31/2017 (Permalink)


Tips on Mold Control

Mold in homes is a common problem facing the society in the past years. Though the problem might have cooled down, mold in homes are still an important issue. Nonetheless, what are molds? They are a part of the natural environment and can be found anywhere, whether indoors or outdoors. Normally, mold in homes are not a problem unless mold growth behind wall occurs indoors.

The effective method in controlling mold damage especially black mold is to control moisture content or seeking restoration company services. There are two important things to note about mold removal; first, you have to do the right thing the first time and whenever you face mold in homes, eliminate them immediately. Ensuring you follow the right steps in mold removal will take care of the later problems. Below are steps that can be adopted in mitigation process of black molds.

#1 Step one: Learn about moisture control

Since the only efficient method in mold preventing mold growth behind wall is through moisture control, it is important to learn about moisture and mildew control. Fungus can be an invisible intruder that is capable of growing in the corners of your house. Additionally, you also experience mold growth behind wall without your knowledge. Such behavior requires a quick inquisitive thinking in dealing with them.

The first step is to understand what is behind its growth. Second, become an expert in dealing with moisture control and the mitigation process. Something to note is that, when water leaks or spills occur in your home it is likely commercial mold damage will occur and therefore mold removal will be required.

#2 Step two: mold assessment

It is critical to assess the possibilities of commercial mold damage and begin the cleanup process. Checking every nook and cranny where mold growth can hide is necessary. In addition, the added knowledge of what these fungus feed on is also necessary. Black mold feeds on cellulose as well as moisture and is commonly found on dry rot and framing materials.

#3 Step three: mold cleanup

It is always necessary to eliminate fungus in homes as quickly as possible. Deodorization depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of mold damage, for instance if the area of infestation is less than 10 square feet, in most cases it is possible to handle the mold removal process by yourself before seeking services of a restoration company. However, you might need some tips and techniques before undertaking the task. Below are several tips in remediation of commercial mold damage and mildews:

• First step in remediation is to fix plumbing leaks and any other water leaks sources as soon as possible. Additionally, a dry rot is also an important procedure in prevention of commercial mold damage.
• Scrub hard surfaces infested with fungus with detergent and soap thoroughly, using a dry rot and deodorization is equally necessary to remove any smelly odor.
• Throw away absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles and carpets. Mold growth and mildews are likely to fill the empty spaces and crevices creating a smelly odor and therefore making them almost impossible to remove. However, deodorization can also be used.
• It is also important not to paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Instead, clean up the mold damage and dry rot the surfaces before painting. Paint applied on black mold surfaces is likely to peel off or wear out quickly.
• Seek the help of a restoration company. Services of a restoration company are necessary in perfect attainment of the mitigation process.

#4 Step four: determine if the cleanup has been successful

Just because mold growth and mildew is gone and there are no signs of dirt or dust does not mean you are done. Making a judgment call requires some options and guidelines. Some of these guidelines include:
• Verify if the moisture problem has been fixed by revisiting after remediation, if it has worked you shouldn’t find any signs of damage.
• Remediation process might have worked if there are no signs of visible mold growth or smelly odor
• Homeowners should be capable of re-occupying their homes if there are no physical or aggravated health complains. Additionally, if there is no smelly odor of mold growth behind wall it might be safe.

Mold damage mitigation is achieved using the above process more so on the moisture control process. Additionally, deodorization can also slow down mold growth behind wall.
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When Water Damage Turns Into Mold Damage

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

When Water Damage Turns Into Mold Damage

If you have fungus or mildew in the home, it could be a result water damage that has been sustained. Mold damage can overtake your entire home, and it can travel throughout the rooms by way of your filtration and air system. Because of this, expert mitigation and remediation is the way to go. This ensures that the mold damage is taken care of without any problems doing it yourself.

Why Water Damage is Problematic

Water damage can turn into a major mold damage problem. Because of this, if you recently dealt with a flood in your home, you may want to call in the remediation and mitigation experts to handle the issue for you. Commercial mold damage can be dealt with by calling in the pros, who will do an amazing job of cleaning the area and preventing the mold from returning or getting worse.

What Happens with Mold Growth

Fungus, mildew and mold in the home can be problematic for a variety of reasons. For one, you're dealing with smelly odor, dry rot black mold that needs expert restoration. A restoration company can come to your home or place of business and deal with the dry rot, black mold and smelly odor for you so that mitigation is done quickly and efficiently. Mold removal can also be quite inexpensive, even for those on a budget. Once you make the decision that this is the right option for you, be sure to contact and hire a restoration company. They can also check for mold growth behind walls to prevent mold growth from becoming worse.

How to Spot a Mold Problem

The best way to spot mold damage in your home is to look and smell for it. You will often see dry rot, black mold and have a smelly odor throughout the rooms. Expert deodorization is necessary to prevent the issue from getting worse. Remediation and mitigation should only be done by an expert company, so it is important to contact one locally who can come in and take care of the issue for you. Mold in the home can be difficult to handle on your own, so a restoration company that specializes in mold in the home and commercial mold damage is your best bet.

Hiring a Remediation Company

The restoration company is there to handle the smelly odor, dry rot and black mold that has overtaken your home. You can find an expert mold removal service online where you can read reviews and get information on what is available to you. Mold in the home should be handled quickly and efficiently to prevent it from getting worse. This is why a restoration company handling mold removal is the way to go. These experts can check for mold growth behind walls and handle the fungus and mildew that has been allowed to grow there.

What to Expect from the Mold Cleanup Company

The mold remediation company is there to do the deodorization and mold removal for you. Deodorization is best left to the experts because they handle the problems you simply can't do on your own. They check for mold growth behind walls using the latest technology. Their deodorization, mildew and fungus cleanup methods are far superior to anything you'd be able to do on your own. They also check for home mold growth and mold growth behind walls to eradicate it before it gets worse.

Now that you know how important it is for you to hire a commercial mold damage company, it is imperative that you look into mold growth experts in your area. Commercial mold damage is not something to laugh about, as it can get much worse if you do not keep at it as often as is needed. This is why it's important to hire a local company for your own cleanup needs.
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The Benefits of Calling Professional Mold Removal Companies

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


The Benefits of Calling Professional Mold Removal Companies

Mold removal, remediation, and mitigation handled by a professional mold removal company is required anytime anyone finds mold in the home, commercial mold damage, or suspects there is mold present but invisible. At no time is it safe to handle the mold removal process without professional help, and the reasons for this are numerous. Mold removal is an intricate process that requires specific equipment and knowledge. Even the smallest amount of mold, mildew, or fungus is dangerous, but many assume it’s not that big a problem if it’s not everywhere. This is the first mistake home and business owners make, and that’s why it’s time to call for professional remediation and mitigation before the problem becomes bigger and more expensive.

Professional Equipment

The most prominent reason to call a professional mold remediation and mitigation company is for the use of their professional equipment to handle mold and mildew that might be present. This equipment is designed to handle mold damage that’s not easily seen or reached by anyone else, and that’s what makes it most effective. This equipment handles mold damage quickly and with ease, greatly reducing the chances this fungus will grow back and cause future damage.

Professional equipment is designed to track down all mold, mildew, and fungus, and it’s designed to kill it and remove it for good. Remediation and mitigation companies also take the time to teach home and business owners how to prevent and handle future mold in the home or commercial mold damage. This type of education makes mold less likely to occur, and it makes life a little easier.

The Signs of Mold Damage

One thing many people fail to realize is there are many signs mold might be a problem. Mold in the home, as well as commercial mold damage, can occur without anyone ever noticing if it’s caused by a pipe leaking inside a wall. The first sign of mold might be the presence of mildew or fungus in other rooms. This is not necessarily mold, but it’s a negative sign. If it can grow in the home or office, so can mold. It means mold in the home or commercial mold damage is possible because conditions are favorable.

The home or office might be too humid, too warm, and too moist. There might be a leak somewhere, a window or door that’s not properly sealed, or another moisture issue in the home. Humidity below 40% is unwelcoming, and it doesn’t allow mold to grow.

Another common sign of mold many people miss is the smelly odor it emits. This smelly odor is moist and unpleasant, and it’s one people might assume deodorization can handle. While deodorization is a typical way to handle the smelly odor, it’s not getting rid of it. Deodorization makes the smelly odor less noticeable for a time, but it does nothing to get rid of it. Deodorization is also a method used by professionals to help with the smell once they handle mold, but it can’t kill it or make it go away. It’s a temporary fix until professional equipment is brought in to handle the situation.

Mold damage requires professional remediation and mitigation. The benefits of calling the pros far outweigh the negative, which is often the cost for many home and business owners. Most people want to try and fix mold issues on their own, but it’s dangerous. Some mold is hazardous, and most people don’t know the difference. This is when it’s mandatory pros come in to do the dirty work. The cost upfront is a lot less than it will be if the problem is handled by a person without the knowledge and grows worse. Call now to avoid paying more later, or even to avoid seeing further damage occur in a home or office.
Visit http://www.SERVPROeastharfordcounty.com for more information on mold damage.

Mold Growth in Your Edgewood Kitchen

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth in Your Edgewood Kitchen Moisture and Leaks in an Edgewood Kitchen Leads to Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

Reasons and Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Home

The kitchen is one room of the home where mold can easily begin to grow. Older homes are especially prone to mold due to insufficient ventilation and ironically, sometimes overly drafty structures, and improper construction. High humidity from cooking and frequent washing and drying create condensation which then lets mold establish itself and spread. Kitchen mold is a particularly sensitive issue because of food storage and food becoming contaminated by fungi.

The areas which are most susceptible to mold and mold damage in your Edgewood kitchen are the walls behind appliances, the corners of windows, under kitchen appliances, and panels in cupboards which are poorly ventilated. You should regularly check all these areas to prevent mold from establishing itself. Doing this ensures the environment always remains fresh and clean.
 
If you have an emergency which involves your sink or dishwasher leaking, however, you may encounter a mold problem as well. It is then time to call in professionals who can remediate the mold and water issues for you. SERVPRO is a highly trained and experienced remediation company who have the expertise to clean up the water and mold, plus make necessary repairs.
 
Keep in mind, to help you prevent mold in the kitchen, what items are main sources of moisture. They include any liquid spills, the dishwasher, your stove, the refrigerator drip tray, kettles, cooking including boiling water and water spilled on the burner, hand washing dishes, plus washers and dryers if you do your laundry in or near your kitchen.
 
For larger problems of mold, such as it is growing behind or under appliances and cabinets, SERVPRO can help you fix the moisture problem, and then clean up the mold itself. We use moisture meters to find any hidden moisture inside walls or hard to reach places, plus industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry remaining moisture after removing any standing water. Air scrubbers, circulating HEPA filtered devices, capture airborne mold spores to reduce the likelihood of expanded growth. When it is all cleared up, we use special sanitizers in the affected areas to prevent the mold from continuing to grow.
 
SERVPRO of Harford County can take care of your mold problem quickly to make your home safe again. Just give us a call at (410) 679-6260 so we can schedule a visit to your home.

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Information For Safe Remediation Of Mold Damage In Your Havre De Grace Area Home

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Information For Safe Remediation Of Mold Damage In Your Havre De Grace Area Home Havre De Grace Mold Remediation is Best Left to SERVPRO

SERVPRO Suggests to Call Us for Mold Cleanup in Your Home

Visiting the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website presents you with a variety of measures to take when dealing with mold growth in your home. If you read far enough into it, the documentation tells you that there is no such thing as an acceptable type or amount of mold growth and that any mold that you find requires the attention of professionally trained technicians, like those available from SERVPRO.
 
If you insist on tackling the mold damage situation in your Havre De Grace home on your own, it is vital for you to read every bit of information provided by the CDC, EPA, and IICRC certification websites. Do not leave anything to chance, or you may end up causing far more harm to your property. SERVPRO strongly recommends that you hire a professional, certified mold remediation company to tackle an attack by these fungi.
 
The information available through the CDC also states that if the affected area you face exceeds 10 square feet, that you should contact a professional remediation company to handle the situation. Keep that in mind before you proceed.
 
The staff at SERVPRO can provide you with all of the services you need to deal with your mold remediation properly. There is no reason for you to attempt to do these things on your own, we already have IICRC certified technicians available to assist you.  

Protect Yourself – Make sure that you use personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles to protect yourself and anyone else present during the remediation process. Safety is #1.

Physically Remove Contaminated Materials – Anything that has the slightest amount of exposure within the contaminated area requires disposal. Just remember to take pictures for insurance purposes. Can you safely discard these contaminated items?

Properly Ventilate The Area – Open every door and window possible while working and leave as many as possible open once you leave for the day. Keep security in mind as well, but remember you only have 24 to 48-hours before the growth process begins. SERVPRO using containment protocols and limiting air circulation to reduce the chance of mold spore migration.

Purposefully Circulate The Air – After you make sure that zero electrical hazards exist, you can use fans and dehumidifiers to assist with removing moisture from the affected area. It is important to dry every area as soon as possible to prevent additional growth.

Products For Cleaning – Avoid mixing cleaning products like bleach and ammonia. When mixed, they create toxic vapors that cause health issues.

Painstakingly Scrub All Surfaces – Clean any contaminated surfaces found with the proper detergent mixture and dry the area immediately. Make sure to remove mold growth effectively before performing repairs. Once again, this information is for the DIY'er. We offer these suggestions to keep you safe, but please call us and play it safe.

If you feel things getting out of control, or you want professional help immediately, contact SERVPRO of Harford County. We are here to help. (410) 679-6260

Controlling Future Mold Growth In Riverside

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Controlling Future Mold Growth In Riverside Mold grows most easily in dark, warm areas, such as in basements or behind walls.

Mold Growth

Mold damage may seem like a slow and minimally threatening factor in your home, but in reality, it is one of the most costly and preventable types of damage that exists. Unlike fires and floods, preventative measures can be taken to prevent mold growth in its entirety. Half of the battle is knowing where and how mold tends to grow and watching over vulnerable areas like a hawk. The other half involves keeping out its life essentials, namely a source of water.

Where To Watch For Mold
Mold grows most easily in dark, warm areas, such as in basements or behind walls. Importantly, Riverside mold damage always occurs on an organic surface such as fabric, carpet, or wood. This is because mold uses the surface it grows on as a food source, feeding on its nutrients and slowly wearing away at it. This is why prolonged mold exposure can cause a material to rot away: the mold is literally eating away at it. Check up on areas that are out of your normal sight lines and have an organic surface, especially in bathrooms, as these will be your primary growth spots for future mold damage.

What It Needs To Grow
Mold needs three things to grow: heat, food, and water. Unfortunately, the first two aren't controllable by you, as they are necessary for your own comfort and home. Water, however, can be controlled and kept from an area. Mold is adaptable and can grow with nearly any source of water, whether it is flowing or standing water on a surface, dampened material, or even just a high degree of humidity in the environment. All of these can be controlled, so be sure to keep humidity as low as possible and water away from parts of your home where it should not be.

SERVPRO of Harford County is fully certified and equipped to handle mold damage of all shapes, sizes, and species. Contact us as soon as you spot damage at (410) 679-6260.

How Mold Can Slip Into A Residence Unnoticed

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Can Slip Into A Residence Unnoticed Mold is a time-tested and very hardy organism, and its life cycle and biological abilities allow it to invade homes through even the smallest cracks.

Mold Can Slip Into Your Property Unseen

When mold takes root in a home, many owners are left questioning how the infectious organism got into the property in the first place. Mold is a time-tested and very hardy organism, and its life cycle and biological abilities allow it to invade homes through even the smallest cracks or your front door. There is no true way to keep mold out of a home, but keeping away water damage and excess moisture will help to reduce the chance of it beginning to grow. Here are some of the factors that cause mold to grow unexpectedly and everywhere in a residence without you even knowing it.

Mold Grows from Microscopic Spores
The first thing you need to know about the start of your case of mold damage in Riverside is that the mold started from only one or two tiny, uncontrollable spores. Spores act like seeds, being blown by the wind or carried on a surface to another place, where it may find food sources and water sufficient enough to begin the cycle of growth. There is little you can do to hinder spores from reaching your home, although during a mold remediation project SERVPRO technicians will bring out air filtration devices to take most of the excess spores out of your home's atmosphere.

Much Like a Plant, Mold Takes Root and Grows
Although all molds are fungi and completely distinct from plant life, their growth cycle often bears a remarkable similarity to some types of vegetation. Mold spores, once they have reached a place with excellent growing conditions (such as your home), will begin to take root and start to grow out and up much like a vine. It will then produce pods of spores, which, once disturbed, will scatter and create new patches of growth.

Mold is Highly Durable
Over time, mold has developed incredibly strong resistances to effects such as temperature, wind, some chemicals, and time. Mold spores can remain for many years in harsh conditions, waiting to find a spot which allows for growth. The parent body of the mold in your home could potentially have died off decades ago.

Trained and equipped for any mold damage which might hit your home, SERVPRO of Harford County is ready 24/7 to answer your call and respond to a case of mold damage in the local area. Contact us at (410) 679-6260.

Mold Damage & Remediation

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage & Remediation Our crew at SERVPRO of Harford County can make your Fallston mold remediation "Like it never even happened."

Mold Infestation & Restoration

When you are facing mold damage, it is important to understand the basics of mold removal and mold remediation. It is relatively simple, and it is essential in hiring the right company at the highest quality and the right price. While understanding and learning the basic ideas of the removal of mold and remediation are simple, actually doing the work properly is challenging. That is why it is best left to trained professionals, like our team at SERVPRO. Anyone who has a mold problem, however, can understand the basic concepts of remediation of the mold without needing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Biology, and Earth Sciences. 

There are five basic principles of the removal of Fallston mold for it to be successful that we at SERVPRO will follow when we come out to your property:  

1. Safety – this involves protecting all occupants and workers.

2. Assessment – We will begin with a preliminary evaluation, an assessment while going through the remediation process, and a final assessment after the remediation is complete to ensure it was successful.

3. Contamination Control – We will prevent any cross-contamination and spreading of the mold from the areas which are contaminated to areas that are not contaminated.

4. Source removal – We will remove the mold at its source.

5. Moisture Removal – We will eliminate the moisture problem which caused the outbreak of mold in the first place.

These five basic principles work no matter what type of mold is being dealt with, including black mold. There is no need to assume that your home is a total loss when you see mold. We can most certainly find the problem and perform a successful remediation of the mold so you can get back to life as usual. 

After we remove the mold physically from its source, we will also clean the air in your structure of any airborne spores of the mold using HEPA air scrubbers and air exchange, or replace the dirty, air that is moldy, with clean and fresh air. 

We will also take the time to explain to you in plain English all about the remediation process that we plan on using before we begin doing anything. It is important to us that you feel comfortable with what we are doing and understand the process as we go. If you ever have any questions, we are here to answer them, and we will be very understanding in doing so. We want you to know that we have your best interests in mind, and you are not just a number to us. 

Other things we will do is use an antimicrobial chemical to clean up the mold and any stains it left behind, and a sealant when the treated areas are clean to make it more resistant to water damage and mold in the future. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Mold damage shouldn’t take over your life. Get rid of it by calling our specialists at SERVPRO of Harford County. We can be reached any time of day by calling (410) 679-6260, and our caring staff will then come out to your property to begin a plan of remediation. 

After the Storm Is Over - Water Damage and Mold in Aberdeen

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation After the Storm Is Over - Water Damage and Mold in Aberdeen Mold buildup in a corner of a bathroom

Information on Mold Remediation in Aberdeen

Mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage in Aberdeen. The mold is a harmful issue, and it can negatively affect your health, house, and the contents within your home.  As the length of exposure to storm water damage increases, the chance for air spores that spread mold also escalates. Mold remediation becomes more challenging as the signs of mold growth that include musty odors, and discolored surfaces, become more apparent.

Act Fast

Our highly trained mold removal technicians use the latest technology and tools to quickly address your mold problem in a manner that effectively removes mold colonies. Unlike DIY techniques, our SERVPRO professional service does not carry the risk of improperly removing mold, in this way, expediting a more rapid return to a healthy home environment.  We are also trained and licensed to handle lead, asbestos and other dangerous materials that may show up during the mold removal process.

We are available 24 per day. Before your appointment, be sure to:

  • Inventory damaged and missing goods for your insurance claim.
  • Throw away all sealed and unsealed food and beverage contacted by storm flood waters. 
  • Open windows and doors.
  • Refrain from using electrical devices until it is safe.
  • Remove standing water when possible.
  • Use dehumidifiers and fans to ventilate your home; SERVPRO can perform this task upon arrival.

Our mold remediation technician will also determine if any contents in your home are salvageable. Porous items that are wet for over 48 hours and cannot be completely dried and cleaned must be thrown out. This list includes carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, clothing, drywall, floor tiles, insulation, leather goods, paper, upholstery, wallpaper and wood items.

When our mold remediation expert arrives, he will:

  • Apply biocides.
  • Decide whether or not you can stay in your house during the mold remediation process.
  • Determine if additional ventilation and containment is needed.
  • Look for mold in the HVAC system and biological hazards in the home.
  • Test for any additional mold after the mold remediation process.
  • Use quick structural drying techniques.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Harford County is locally owned and operated—so we work and live here in Aberdeen too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities:

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. Call us for help.  (410) 679-6260

Churchville Mold Damage

5/12/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Churchville Mold Damage Mold can be caused by a large number of things, and some of those things are completely preventable.

Mold Damage

One of the most dangerous things about Churchville mold is just how well it can hide. It grows in moist, warm environments. When it's on the outside of the house, its organic look can blend in very well, making it very hard to properly identify. In addition to that, it's very easy for it grow inside the walls or even right below floor paneling, which can cause it to lie undetected for a long time. Regardless of where it actually grows, its presence can be a major danger to anyone nearby, as the spores it releases can be toxic and sometimes even lethal. Aside from that, wherever it's currently growing can become severely and irreparably damaged.

Churchville Mold can develop just about anywhere, such as under carpeting, on your furniture, in the bones of the house, or even on leaves or trees outside. Wherever it lands, it begins to decompose its host and will continue to break it down and breed through the use of airborne spores. If you've ever picked up a moldy book and have had it crumble apart in your hands, you'll know just how dangerous mold can be when it affects things like drywall, insulation, or cabinets. 

Mold can be caused by a large number of things, and some of those things are completely preventable. Common causes include things such as a burst pipe that leaks water underneath the floorboards or behind walls. A leaky roof is another common occurrence that many homeowners face, and it's another way mold can develop. Another way mold spores get spread is during a fire cleanup at home or even in the office. This latter cause in particular can result in a wide spread proliferation of mold spores. 

Once Churchville mold spores have become airborne, they can easily float around the general area and create a whole new colony in a completely separate place, which makes ultimately removing the mold much more difficult and frustrating. It is important to get it removed quickly, too, as the spores can easily be inhaled by family members, friends, or pets, and cause damage to their respiratory health, intestines, or even cause neurological damage.

Mold can be a very tricky problem to deal with, as it will often soak into wood or furniture. If you think you have mold, the most important thing to do is to hire a professional to come identify the problem and, if they determine that there is mold present, to help clean it up and get it completely removed before it hurts somebody or damages more of your property.