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What is Mold?

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Mold? What is Mold?

Molds existed on the planet long before humans and will likely exist long after the last humans are gone. Humans evolved in a world heavily populated by molds and virtually every breath we take, indoors or out, brings us in contact with mold spores. Well in the last 20 years an industry has built up around the idea of "toxic molds." This industry preys on our fears and ignorance with mold being described as "black gold" in some circles.

The reality is there is no such thing as "toxic mold." There are some mold species that are "toxigenic," that is they produce "mycotoxins." Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds that are capable of harming other living organisms. Molds evolved these metabolites as part of their strategy to battle bacteria (and each other). One of the most famous of these mycotoxins is a compound we call penicillin. Penicillin is produced by the mold Penicillium (one of the supposedly "toxic molds") and is essentially harmless to non-allergic humans in the concentrations encountered in our day-to-day lives.

Certainly there are people who can be deathly allergic to penicillin. Approximately five per cent of individuals have some allergic airway response to elevated mold spore concentrations. But let's put that number into perspective, about 10 per cent of people are allergic to household pets.
Issues with mold have been known since biblical times and everyone knows that you should not eat moldy food as it can make you sick. Only recently has airborne exposure been considered a concern.

It has been argued that our current generation of mold panic can be directly linked to U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) studies in 1994 and 1997. At that time, the CDC incorrectly linked lung damage in children to the presence of Stachybotrys chartarum mold. In 2000, this linkage was retracted by the CDC. Unfortunately, by then the damage was done and a few very lucrative lawsuitslater, the "toxic mold" industry was born.

In order to grow, mold only needs warmth, moisture and food (often called "the mold triangle"...the mold version of "the fire triangle"). Molds will thrive at temperatures over 5 degrees C (and under about 45 degrees C) and humidity over about 50 per cent. Molds have evolved to live on pretty much anything organic in nature so can grow almost anywhere. To make it worse some molds, like Penicillium or Cladosporium, can tolerate colder temperatures. This is why you tend to find these two molds growing on rotting veggies in your fridge.
So what is the truth about mold? The fact that is understood now, that was not fully recognized in the 1990s, is that it is not the mold in your house that is making you sick. Rather it is living in conditions where mold can thrive that actually causes illnesses. As explained by the World Health Organization in 2009.

Mold Preventing in Basement

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Preventing in Basement Mold Preventing in Basement

Control water & moisture

All of the above will be futile if you do not take steps to control excess moisture in your basement and around your home. Mold needs about 70-percent relative humidity to be active and produce spores. Reducing moisture begins with preventing water infiltration. If, for example, puddles form along basement walls after a heavy rain, examine your gutter and downspouts for clogs and disconnects. Install splash blocks and downspout extenders, if necessary. Take a level to concrete walkways that run along the perimeter of your home. If they have settled so that they now slope toward your foundation instead of away from it, call a contractor to make repairs. Slab-jacking companies can use polyurethane-injection methods to lift concrete structures, including patios and pool decks. If your walkways are built with pavers or bricks, regrading and rebuilding the path may be necessary.

Relative humidity (RH) rises above 65 percent in basements during the summer in much of the United States and Canada. If this is your situation, run a dehumidifier and set the relative humidity at 65 percent or less. Choose a model that is adequately sized for your space — small room-size dehumidifiers will not survive in a basement. Ideally your dehumidifier should include a high-performance air filter. Find a way to set up the dehumidifier to drain automatically, so you don’t have to remember to empty the reservoir every day or two. You can accomplish this in several ways.

Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline for mold remediation in Northford.

Mold Remediation in North Branford CT

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in North Branford CT Mold Remediation in North Branford CT

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

To ensure that the mold threat is completely removed, we apply today’s most technically advanced removal & remediation techniques. We are licensed professionals, and the leading specialists in the region. We find the hidden moisture that is commonly bypassed by other companies. Just a small number of mold spores that remain can lead to re-occurrence and the remediation process may have to be repeated.   Don’t let that happen. Call the mold experts in North Branford, CT  now for a free consultation.

Mold Services we provide in North Branford CT:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold Inspection

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline on 203-630-2273

Stop Mold Growth in Basements

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stop Mold Growth in Basements Stop Mold Growth in Basements

Stopping mold growth in a basement is important. You should treat mold growth as soon as you notice it to prevent possible health problems or damage to your basement. Before you treat the mold, you need to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. After addressing underlying moisture issues, immediately remove the mold. To prevent future mold growth, keep the humidity level in your basement below 50%.

Find the source of the problem. Moisture control is the key to solving mold problems. If you have a wet basement, you will need to find out what is causing the water issues before you treat the mold problem. Common culprits include:

  1. Defective gutters
  2. Groundwater seepage
  3. Poorly designed window wells
  4. Ineffective subsurface drainage system
  5. Cracks in a house’s foundation
  6. Internal sources of humidity like humidifiers or frequent cooking 

Address sources of internal moisture. The mold problem in your basement may be the result of internal sources of moisture, rather than moisture entering the basement from outside. Remove humidifiers from the basement, and do not cook in the basement unless absolutely necessary. Make sure other sources of moisture, like the clothes dryer and bathroom, are properly ventilated. 

Fix leaking pipes, sinks, and toilets. Your basement could be wet due to a leaking pipe, sink, or toilet. Carefully examine these potential sources of moisture. If you discover a leak, fix the problem as soon as possible. If necessary, seek professional help. 

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Mold

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Mold Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Mold

Any remediation work that disturbs mold and causes mold spores to become airborne increases the degree of respiratory exposure. Actions that tend to disperse mold include: breaking apart moldy porous materials such as wallboard; destructive invasive procedures to examine or remediate mold growth in a wall cavity; removal of contaminated wallpaper by stripping or peeling; using fans to dry items or ventilate areas.

The primary function of personal protective equipment is to prevent the inhalation and ingestion of mold and mold spores and to avoid mold contact with the skin or eyes. The following sections discuss the various types of PPE that may be used during remediation activities.

Skin and Eye Protection

Gloves protect the skin from contact with mold, as well as from potentially irritating cleaning solutions. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. The glove material should be selected based on the type of substance/ chemical being handled. If you are using a biocide such as chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, you should select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. If you are using a mild detergent or plain water, ordinary household rubber gloves may be used.

To protect your eyes, use properly fitted goggles or a full face piece respirator. Goggles must be designed to prevent the entry of dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles with open vent holes are not appropriate in mold remediation.

Respiratory Protection

Respirators protect cleanup workers from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust, and other particulates that are released during the remediation process. Either a half mask or full face piece air-purifying respirator can be used. A full face piece respirator provides both respiratory and eye protection. Please refer to the discussion of the different levels of remediation to ascertain the type of respiratory protection recommended. Respirators used to provide protection from mold and mold spores must be certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). More protective respirators may have to be selected and used if toxic contaminants such as asbestos or lead are encountered during remediation.

As specified by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134 individuals who use respirators must be properly trained, have medical clearance, and be properly fit tested before they begin using a respirator. In addition, use of respirators requires the employer to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program, with worksite-specific procedures and elements.

Protective Clothing

While conducting building inspections and remediation work, individuals may encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards. Consequently, appropriate personal protective clothing (i.e., reusable or disposable) is recommended to minimize cross-contamination between work areas and clean areas, to prevent the transfer and spread of mold and other contaminants to street clothing, and to eliminate skin contact with mold and potential chemical exposures.

Disposable PPE should be discarded after it is used. They should be placed into impermeable bags, and usually can be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Appropriate precautions and protective equipment for biocide applicators should be selected based on the product manufacturer's warnings and recommendations (e.g., goggles or face shield, aprons or other protective clothing, gloves, and respiratory protection).

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

Getting rid of the Mold

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting rid of the Mold Getting rid of the Mold

If you choose to clean it up yourself don’t forget to use protection. A quality respirator – will keep particles out of your lungs. Wear non-porous gloves, eye protection and coveralls to protect your clothing. Open windows and make sure the room is well ventilated. Do NOT mix bleach with other cleaning products to kill the mold. Mixing bleach and ammonia and other cleaning products will produce toxic fumes which are dangerous to you.

If more than one room of your house has been flood affected, you should call in the professionals. They will bring in big fans and dehumidifiers to dry everything out. This needs to happen before you can even think of getting rid of the mold. No point wiping it off for it to grow back again! They will also be able to take care of specific mold testing and certifying how well they do the job, which the insurance company will want to see.

It is not uncommon for flooded properties to also have trouble with fire and smoke damage, from electrical fires that can occur from appliances and wiring getting wet. At SERVPRO of  Branford / Shoreline  we are mold specialists in Branford– we can take care of all your mold problems after flooding and deal with your insurance company too.

Want to talk to one of our professionals? Contact SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline today for an obligation free quote.

Mold Remediation in North Branford, Connecticut

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in North Branford, Connecticut Mold Remediation in North Branford, Connecticut

A mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your residential property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up, is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Branford CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

SERVPRO professionals can respond swiftly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to its preloss condition.

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Branford CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning of floors or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Branford located in East Haven, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your home look its very best.

We are available throughout North Branford Connecticut 24 hours a day. Our expertise includes residential restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying in North Branford. Additionally, we are your best resource for mold remediation in North Branford.

Mold Remediation technicians in Branford CT

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation technicians in Branford CT Mold Remediation technicians in Branford CT

Mold Growth in Your Home

Depending on how much and how toxic the mold is, Mold Remediation technicians may recommend a thorough cleaning of HVAC systems to remove mold spores and toxins from the air in the home.

SERVPRO of Branford , CT is Connecticut’s leading mold removal and sewage contamination damage remediation company that operates across Connecticut that has built it’s reputation on excellence.

Our skilled mold and sewage remediation technicians operate nationwide and carry-out essential drain and sewage spill clean-up services 24 hours a day. If you have a blocked or overflowing drain, toilet leak, backed up drain, mold issues, fire damage or flood water damage, regardless of the time of day or location, we will provide superior service quickly and effectively to ensure our clients get back to their lives as pain free as possible.

Our expert sewage remediation and restoration technician teams are equipped with the most advanced drain and SERVPRO of Branford  equipment and will respond to your call immediately.

Mold Remediation in Branford CT

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Branford CT Mold Remediation in Branford CT

Health and Safety of Mold Exposure

SERVPRO of Branford, CT understands that the health and safety of our technicians and occupants of homes and businesses that we help is our first responsibility and our #1 PRIORITY.

If your home or business experiences a water issue call us at (860) 222-0379. We are a premier water restoration company in Connecticut serving the entire Hartford and East Haven, Branford and Waterbury areas, as well as all of the state of Connecticut, and we are available to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week every day of the year, whenever a disaster occurs. We handle all aspects of water damage restoration, assisting customers with every part of the clean up and repair processes, including re- construction to rebuild after water damage has ruined part of your home.

MOISTURE MANUFACTURES MOLD AND MOLD EXPOSURE CAN MAKE PEOPLE SICK, SO DON’T IGNORE MOLD IN YOUR HOME

  • Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.
  • Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
  • Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the household may harbor mold.

Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects and risks of mold. Mold allergy symptoms and signs include:

  • wheezing,
  • rash,
  • watery eyes,
  • runny nose,
  • itchy eyes,
  • coughing, and
  • redness of the eyes.

The best way to prevent mold in residential areas is the control of moisture.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (860) 222-0379

Residential Mold Remediation in Branford, CT

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Residential Mold Remediation in Branford, CT Residential Mold Remediation in Branford, CT

A mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your residential property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up, is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Branford CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

SERVPRO professionals can respond swiftly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to its preloss condition.

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Branford CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning of floors or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Branford located in East Haven, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your home look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day. Our expertise includes residential restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Additionally, we are your best resource for mold remediation.

Health and Safety Related to Mold

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Health and Safety Related to Mold Health and Safety Related to Mold

SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline, CT understands that the health and safety of our technicians and occupants of homes and businesses that we help is our first responsibility and our #1 PRIORITY.

If your home or business experiences a water issue call us at (203) 488-8881 as soon as you realize that you have water damage occurring. We are available to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week every day of the year, whenever a disaster occurs. We handle all aspects of water damage restoration, assisting customers with every part of the clean up and repair processes, including re-construction to rebuild after water damage has ruined part of your home.

Additionally, with water often comes mold too because moisture manufactures mold, and "Mold can cause health effects" * SO DON’T IGNORE MOLD IN YOUR HOME!

  • Some types of mold are commonly known as mildew.
  • Mold may live indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments.
  • Although shower stalls and basements are typical moist areas prone to the growth of molds, any moist area in the household may harbor mold.
  • Allergic reactions to mold are the most common health effects and risks of mold. *

* [Click here to learn more: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mold-allergy/symptoms-causes/dxc-20200846]

The best way to prevent mold in residential areas is the control of moisture.

FIND THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM THAT IS CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR MOLD TO PROSPER, IN ORDER TO REMOVE MOLD.

A common error in treating mold growth is to try to fight it with bleach because people think of bleach as the cure for killing any germs. However, bleach does not kill mold. Bleach is not going to get rid of mold. It grows back if it is not treated as thoroughly with the proper treatments as are necessary to win the fight against mold. SERVPRO of Meriden, CT has many years of training and experience and all the resources needed to kill mold and keep it from growing back.

Hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. We use science and proven techniques and chemicals that are safe for you but remove the mold, so you do not have a mold problem in your future.