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Some Necessary Steps to Facilitate Colorado Springs Mold Damage Remediation

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Some Necessary Steps to Facilitate Colorado Springs Mold Damage Remediation When mold damage is hiding behind furniture or cabinets, its discovery can be quite extensive. Contact SERVPRO to examine the situation and remediate.

Why Mold Damage Needs Addressing Quickly in Your Colorado Springs Home

Few things can threaten your Colorado Springs home with the devastation and fury of natural disasters. However, often secondary effects and singular circumstances like mold and microbial growth within your home can offer that same level of urgency. With the effect that mold colonies can have on the organic materials used to construct your residence, the removal of these colonies should be of the utmost importance.

A homeowner might not experience mold damage in their Colorado Springs home, or even be able to recognize when a problem exists until the situation is out of control. Once you do recognize colonization of mold throughout affected areas of your property, you should seek professional assistance as quickly as possible. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get to work on the problem, the easier remediation and restoration become.

Our technicians can arrive shortly after you reach out to our emergency response team to both assess the damage and to help limit its spread. Among the primary focuses of our technicians with this initial arrival at your home is to isolate the affected area and to prevent active mold spores from traveling throughout the property and affecting new areas. To do this, we implement equipment like air scrubbers and shut off air circulation appliances.

To preserve as much of the damaged construction materials as possible, our technicians employ a variety of techniques to remove the mold colonies. Sanding and soda blasting are invasive techniques but have effectiveness in materials mold spores have penetrated deeply. Spraying the anti-microbial solution can also be an effective approach for certain material types. The best approach gets determined by our trained IICRC-certified remediation technicians on site.

While no homeowner wants to contend with mold growth in their home, having the right approach to remove this presence is critical. Our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs remediation technicians have the experience and equipment to preserve your home from this destructive organism and remove it from where it has gotten found. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (719) 574-2789.

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Mold Damage Myths: Our Experts Guide To Mold In Your Colorado Springs Home

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Myths: Our Experts Guide To Mold In Your Colorado Springs Home The more you can understand about the literal threats of mold growth in your house, the better prepared you are to face it.

The Myths About Mold Growth In Your Colorado Springs Home

One of the most challenging things for professional restoration technicians like ours to overcome is bad information spread throughout the Colorado Springs area that we serve. Among the most damaging of these is the belittling of mold growth in a house. This misunderstanding of the organism, however, it originates, or its actual subspecies can cause extensive problems to both your home and the people and pets who live in it.

To make a finer point about this, many Colorado Springs homeowners put no stock in mold damages as they do not believe that mold itself causes damages at all. To many homeowners, this occurrence is merely something that happens to most houses and can go away on its own without intervention. The more you can learn about mold growth and its effects on your home, the less you want circumstances like these to continue in your house. This understanding starts with debunking some common myths.

Mold Damage Goes Away On Its Own
Our SERVPRO professionals have encountered many situations in which the mold damage was so severe and widespread that many materials required removal and replacement. The organism continues to grow and spread without direct intervention.

Mold Is Not Hazardous
This idea possibly stems from the medicinal benefits of other mold varieties, but household mold does not have any benefits. It does, however, erode construction materials and pose potential health risks to people and pets exposed to the active colony.

Mold Growth Indicates A Dirty Household
This myth is one that could keep people from calling our SERVPRO remediation team when the situation could get more easily resolved. In truth, mold growth happens to even the cleanest of households, and this has no bearing at all on its growth.

The more you can understand about the literal threats of mold growth in your house, the better prepared you are to face it when you make the discovery. Our SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs remediation professionals is available 24/7 to help you overcome this threat to your home. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (719) 574-2789.

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Never Worry About Mold Damage Again With Help From Our SERVPRO Experts In Colorado Springs

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Never Worry About Mold Damage Again With Help From Our SERVPRO Experts In Colorado Springs Sources for mold are usually a plumbing leak in a wall or behind a sink.

Removing Mold Damage From Colorado Springs Homes

Cooler weather is finally coming to Colorado Springs. On-coming Fall temperatures do not eliminate certain risks to homes, however, and may even help contribute to the problem. Specifically, mold spores can continue to expand and grow in a home even when there is snow on the roof.

Stopping Colorado Springs mold damage in cold weather is the same when the temperature climbs in the 90s. SERVPRO technicians inspect the home to find the source of the water, block it, clean mold from surfaces and remove property not restorable.

Sources for mold are usually a plumbing leak in a wall or behind a sink. If there was minor damage to the roof of a home, moisture can find its way inside and cause a mold colony to begin expansion and grow unnoticed.

Our inspectors train to follow visible mold to its origin and also use air content meters to determine the location of the heaviest amount of spores. That usually provides us with the water source that we can dry or remove fairly quickly. SERVPRO technicians can repair minor roof damage and many types of plumbing problems, but if there is an extensive issue, we recommend the owner bring a licensed contractor or plumber.

With the water removed, team members spray the mold with an anti-fungal agent to kill any remaining, active spores. It prevents them from digging further into the surface of wood framing, support structures, and building material like drywall. Next, technicians remove any visible mold using sponges for surface mold.

If the spores penetrated the surface, we use hand and powered sanders to peel back enough wood to remove the mold. For spores that worked in even deeper, our technicians can remove and replace interior wall framing. For major structural supports, the homeowner needs to hire a general contractor. Since drywall is cheap to replace, it is more cost effective for the homeowner to have us do that rather than expend the labor hours needed to try and repair it after spores dig in too far. The same math applies to ceiling tiles as well.

Walls and ceilings are just the beginning actions SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs takes to remove mold from area homes. If you need us, call our offices at (719) 574-2789 to schedule a visit and get started. We are here for you.

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Why Professional Mold Remediation Saves Time and Money in Colorado Springs

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Professional Mold Remediation Saves Time and Money in Colorado Springs When you find a patch of mold on the walls of your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for an investigation and remediation.

Team SERVPRO Understands Mold and Follows EPA Protocol During the Remediation Process

Plenty of information is available to a Colorado Springs homeowner on mold, mold damage, and even mold remediation. When mold problems infest your house should you approach them like another DIY project or seek help from the experts? We have years of experience in mold abatement and can show you why using our highly-trained and seasoned crew is the best choice.

The mold damage you see in your Colorado Springs home is often just the tip of the iceberg. Mold does not need light to multiply, just a spore that absorbs some moisture, an organic source of nourishment, and oxygen. Undisturbed behind walls a much more significant colony can be growing. Although you might be ready to manage a patch of mildew in the bathroom, self-taught and with a few tools purchased at a hardware store, hidden mold growth can surprise and overwhelm a property owner. Our mold remediation team adapts as the true extent of a microbial infestation reveals itself.

SERVPRO has a deep understanding of the life cycle of mold equaled only by our experience with water damage. Signs of old and new water damage the average person can miss are a roadmap to our inspector when assessing your home before the start of the remediation. As long as water continues to soak the organic-based materials constructing your house, the risk of recurring mold outbreaks is virtually assured. Part of each mold remediation is a list of recommendations to eliminate the moisture permanently.

The EPA issued a protocol all reputable mold remediation firms, including SERVPRO, employ. The crew we send uses the procedure on each mold project, streamlining the work and reducing the disruption to each customer’s daily routine. We contain the mold, at a minimum barricading our efforts from the unaffected spaces in your home with plastic sheeting. When the colony is extensive, or some controlled cuts are planned to get at hidden areas, we add a negative air pressure system to prevent the disturbed moldy particles from spreading.

Our employees protect themselves and your home through the wearing of personal protective gear. We minimize the tracking of mold spores throughout the building and concentrate on getting the job done correctly and with all deliberate speed. After containing the area, we use mechanical techniques to remove the mold. Scraping and wiping work well on non-porous surfaces and SERVPRO has success with embedded mold hyphae or hyphal fragments with abrasives such as soda blasting. We finish with a thorough HEPA-filtered vacuuming and treatment with an EPA registered antimicrobial.

SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs has much to offer a homeowner struggling with mold damage. Give us one call at (719) 574-2789 to schedule an inspection and development of a project plan.

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Moisture In Your Colorado Springs Basement Could Support Mold Growth

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Moisture In Your Colorado Springs Basement Could Support Mold Growth We Tell Our Colorado Springs Neighbors--"Don't Dispair from Mold Infestations," Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

Mold Remediation Protects Your Property from Damage--Call SERVPRO

Freezing and thawing of masonry at the foundation of your Colorado Springs home can put considerable strain and stress on this construction. Over many winters, the strain and flex of these materials can degrade mortar joints and allow external water to penetrate into the lower levels of your home. While you likely still have a considerable amount of time before you are at risk of situations like flooding, the added moisture and dampness could provide another kind of disaster to organic materials like wood and drywall in your basement: mold growth.

Mold damage in your Colorado Springs home is something that any homeowner should address as soon as they can. With the possibility of mold causing health effects to you or your family who gets exposed, time is of the essence to get the job done correctly. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians can help you to overcome the mold growth and colonies that are present in this area of your house and to aid in preventing the moisture from persisting as a problem.

The initial inspection can often reveal the source of the moisture, namely, where water can penetrate the blockwork and enter the house. Our SERVPRO professionals can often apply hydraulic cement over these areas to seal them up and prevent further dampness at these places.

One of the seemingly persistent effects of mold colonization in any area of your house is the musty odor that comes along with it. While this might be helpful in identifying the initial problem, deodorization can eliminate this persistent scent. Often the equipment needed for this process is a thermal fogging machine, which releases a dense chemical that neutralizes musty odor molecules on contact and leaves no scent behind.

While deodorization might only be a small piece of the remediation process, it is one of the critical services to help homeowners move on from mold growth in their homes. When you find mold in your residence, give the SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs remediation technicians a call at (719) 574-2789.

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Why You Should Deal With a Mold Damage Outbreak in Your Colorado Springs Home Immediately

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Deal With a Mold Damage Outbreak in Your Colorado Springs Home Immediately Colorado Springs Mold Remediation and Cleanup Needed? Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tip--Rapid Mold Remediation Mitigates Damages

Mold damage found in your home is a tricky business, but it should be dealt with immediately. When the mold is left to its own devices, it can not only cause various health effects in the residents of your home, but it can also cause damage to the physical structure. Excessive moisture is almost always the culprit behind mold damage, and it should be dealt with as soon as possible to help prevent an outbreak. Fortunately, qualified help is close at hand.
 
If left alone in your Colorado Springs home, mold damage can impact the structure. Mold is responsible for the decay of organic materials, which means that any wood or building materials made from organic sources can begin to deteriorate when in contact with the mold. Due to the capabilities of damaging the structure of your home, it is essential to remediate the mold as soon as possible.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we can send an estimator to your home swiftly. It is an estimator's job to investigate the damage, explain the situation, alert you to possible solutions, and answer any questions. Afterward, our technicians can arrive to begin the remediation process, if deemed necessary. If the presence of mold growth is questionable, a third-party company can be contracted by the homeowner for testing.
 
Mold damage must be contained before remediation begins. SERVPRO employees can set up plastic barriers to section off the fungi to prevent spreading once disturbed. Our technicians can begin to clean any non-porous materials that mold is attached to and then spray them with an anti-fungal agent to help ensure that mold is less likely to regrow there.
 
Unfortunately, many porous surfaces that mold has attached itself to may not be receptive to cleaning. SERVPRO can remove any of these surfaces and then assist you with finding a contractor to renovate the space. The very last thing that our technicians can do is tackle the musty smell left behind by the mold with advanced technology like air scrubbers with activated charcoal filters. We strive to return your home to its preloss condition in every way that we can, "Like it never even happened."
 
When you discover mold damage in your home, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789. Our technicians can arrive at your home as soon as possible.

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Small Leaks Can Create Mold Damage In Your Colorado Springs Residence

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Small Leaks Can Create Mold Damage In Your Colorado Springs Residence By the time that you have noticed mold damage to your Colorado Springs home, the problem is significant enough to warrant professional services.

Mold Damage In Your Residence

Your Colorado Springs home might deal with its fair share of poor weather conditions and threats according to this. While the presence of flood conditions and that lasting moisture can sometimes bring about worse lingering effects for your home, perhaps one of the biggest threats is something that you might overlook on a regular basis: a seemingly insignificant leak. Something as fundamental as a small, steady leak on an appliance like a water heater or washing machine might not seem like a big deal, but it could provide enough moisture for fungal growth to occur.

You might not be aware that mold spores exist naturally in the air that we breathe and circulate throughout our homes all the time. They only become mold colonies and begin to thrive when temperature and moisture conditions allow them to, which is why a seemingly unproblematic leak might provide enough dampness to the area or the air for these spores to activate and seat on nearby surfaces. By the time that you have noticed mold damage to your Colorado Springs home, the problem is significant enough to warrant professional services.

Resolving this issue using professional remediation services is your best decision, as our SERVPRO team gets thoroughly trained in mold remediation and restoration to IICRC standards of certification. Our technicians get educated in all varieties of mold and fungal growth, as well as the most efficient and direct removal strategies for colonies.

Our team sections off the affected area by turning off air circulation devices in your home while the remediation process is underway. Equipment like negative air chambers and ozone machines can clean the air of spores and prevent them from spreading to new areas while colonies are getting removed. Dehumidification is a critical part of the process, as well as repairing the leak that caused the moisture in the first place to prevent a similar situation from occurring again.

Our IICRC certified remediation specialists at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs can help you with whatever kind of mold damage that you might discover in your home. We can be reached anytime by calling (719) 574-2789.

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Neglected Leaks Lead to Major Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Neglected Leaks Lead to Major Mold Damage in Colorado Springs This ceiling damage in a local home was the result of a neglected leak at the flashing of a roof plumbing vent. There was mold growing in the attic.

Our Technicians Follow Industry Standards When Remediating Mold

Putting off home repairs or maintenance in Colorado Springs is rarely a wise idea, particularly when neglect of these duties means water is saturating building materials or pooling in areas of your home. While the water leaks bit by bit, mold spores are all around us, indoors and out. They cause few issues until they absorb moisture and begin growing. Water plus spores equal a high risk of mold, demanding professional mold remediation.
 
If little leaks provide the fuel for a mold explosion in your Colorado Springs home, you need the assistance of a restoration business that handles water damage and structural drying as well as mold remediation. Our mold response crews follow the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) protocol when planning and completing a remediation. We are well aware that remediating your current mold problem is only a temporary fix if you do not also eliminate the water issues.
 
The SERVPRO crew inspects the areas suspected to contain mold growth. The space affected is contained using heavy plastic sheeting at a minimum, intended to keep the moldy particles from spreading into other areas of your house. We often add a negative pressure air scrubber as extra protection. The filters in the scrubber capture the mold debris and the filtered air is exhausted outside while the remediation process proceeds.
 
Our crew determines whether the articles upon which the mold is growing are infiltrated below their surfaces. If the mold penetrates, SERVPRO workers remove the materials invaded along with the mold, bag them, and dispose of all following local hazardous waste rules. The area receives a thorough vacuuming with HEPA filter-equipped machines. Antimicrobial solutions proven to inhibit mold then treat the areas to discourage additional growth.
 
Before SERVPRO judges the job completed, we arrange for leak repair, remove any standing water, and use air movers, heat, and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure. Our workers periodically measure the moisture content of structural components and air humidity to ensure our efforts achieve the drying targets set using the IICRC training which our technicians master before taking on your projects.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is a full-service mold remediation solution, getting rid of the troublesome microbial growth and the preexisting conditions that feed it. Call (719) 574-2789 to schedule an inspection and develop a remediation plan.
 
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Untreated sump pump overflow combined with hoarding

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Untreated sump pump overflow combined with hoarding Contents Packout

One of the realities in the restoration industry is we come across cases of hoarding on a regular basis.  When hoarding is combined with water damage it creates a nasty mess.

In the case of this customer, she suffered a sump pump failure that caused her basement to partially flood with water.  When we arrived it was not even possible to get our technicians into the basement because of the high amount of contents.

The water had been allowed to dwell for a few days before she called us so the basement was already smelling of mold.  Mold can grow in as little time as 72 hours.

In this photo, you can see our technicians starting a contents pack-out before we can address the wet structure.

What Does The CDC Say About Mold Damage In Colorado Springs?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Does The CDC Say About Mold Damage In Colorado Springs? The CDC States Mold Infestations Can Affect Air Quality in Colorado Springs' Homes--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Information About Mold Development and Remediation

Most homeowners have heard of the risks of mold damage in their house. Mold looks unsightly and can also damage the structure of a home because it eats into natural material. Anyone who wants to sell their home should deal with any fungal issues because the fungus is undoubtedly off-putting to potential buyers in Colorado Springs!
 
The CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) receives many inquiries about mold damage in Colorado Springs and beyond. The CDC exists to protect public health by the control and prevention of disease, and it is America’s leading public health institution. SERVPRO also gets many questions about fungus – our staff keeps up to date with all the latest CDC information. Here are some of the things the CDC has to say about mold.
 
The frequently used term “toxic mold” is not accurate. Although molds produce mycotoxins, there is not an especially toxic type of mold that grows in homes. While it is true that molds can cause some health effects, there is no need for alarm.
 
Mold is prevalent in homes and outbuildings because mold is present in most places in nature and quickly travels indoors. The most common types of spores found in houses are Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria.
 
The CDC recommends householders keep humidity as low as possible, because moisture is necessary for mold growth, and moisture problems are a contributor to mold damage. By keeping the RH relative humidity of your interior below 60%, you greatly reduce the chance of a mold infestation.
 
SERVPRO is on hand to help with fungus problems. Our IICRC-certified technicians scrape, scrub and clean visible mold from your home. We establish containment to prevent spores escaping the contaminated area, and we vent air from the area outside your home. We know that moisture reduction is a crucial part of mold remediation. We equip our staff with dehumidifiers to reduce humidity, and moisture probes and meters to keep an eye on moisture levels in your home.
 
For help with mold growth and remediation in Widefield, Security, Cimarron Hills and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789 today.

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An Informed Approach To Providing Colorado Springs Homeowners With Mold Remediation Services

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation An Informed Approach To Providing Colorado Springs Homeowners With Mold Remediation Services Colorado Springs Area Grapples with Mold Infestations--Call SERVPRO for a Safe Remediation

SERVPRO Offers the Facts and Remediation for Mold Infestations

Being completely honest, whether you have Alternaria or Botrytis mold in your home makes no difference at all in the way you treat it. These mold self-test kits they sell in your local supermarket or a company that claims the discovery of which type of mold you have is necessary, are plain useless.

When facing mold damage in your Colorado Springs area home, locate a trusted professional for help. A quality company can control mold growth in your home, without providing unnecessary services, and get things back to normal within days.

Getting mold under control takes locating the water source causing the problem, repairing any damages to prevent additional water intrusion, removal and proper disposal of all saturated materials, cleaning and disinfecting all materials left behind, as well as performing finishing touches. All of these steps help return your home to a quality condition, making SERVPRO your best friend.

With such a simple remediation process you would think SERVPRO might be more tight lipped about what they do, it would help keep a mystery about us and keep customers returning. However, we believe that the information we give you and the quality of our services are what keep you coming back. With that said, we feel it is more important to have an informed customer base than one that relies on us 100% of the time.

If you receive mold remediation services from SERVPRO, rest assured that you understand more about mold growth and how to prevent it than you might have obtained elsewhere. Our technicians take the time to fully explain each step of our remediation process, answer any questions you might have, and help you prevent future growth.

We want you and your family to remain safe, healthy, and informed. It is important each of our employees that you understand how we feel about working in your home. Your problems become ours, and our staff shows it in how they address each item.

Contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs for access to expertly trained, kind, courteous technicians and quality services that help turn tragic situations around on a daily basis. (719) 574-2789

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How Mold Damage can Enter Your Home from Outside Your Property in Colorado Springs

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Mold Damage can Enter Your Home from Outside Your Property in Colorado Springs Excess water and flooding can lead to mold damage both inside and outside of your home. Call SERVPRO for remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage Inside or Outside of Your Home

Mold creates a significant amount of damage wherever it thrives because of the way it uses its food source as a platform. Anchored by its hyphae on whatever surface it is using to supply its nutrients, mold causes that same surface to slowly disintegrate.  As it disintegrates, the mold reaches deeper down. This activity applies to any material that is even slightly porous, including concrete or brick.
 
In Colorado Springs, homes are made of some of the best building materials in the country, but mold damage can still happen. This is true even though our state is one of the driest, as well. We still receive enough rainfall every year to allow mold to grow. Mold occurs everywhere, and this means mold damage can happen inside your home, and outside, in areas that you might not have considered.
 
Decorative brick on the exterior areas of your home, including those in walkways and patios, can become infused with mold. When wet, these bricks can become extremely slippery, causing people to fall and possibly injure themselves. Care must be taken to clean these areas well so that mold spores are not spread. Even though they are located outside, it is important to contain as much of the mold and spores as possible.
 
It is crucial that this is cleaned up outside as mold is easily carried indoors by both people and pets. Once inside, mold can find itself deposited into pet beds and tucked away under beds and inside closets. All of these locations are perfect breeding grounds for mold. A small amount of moisture is all that is needed to finish off their new abode, and safely (for mold, until discovered) inside your own.
 
SERVPRO can help you rid your home of mold and the damage it can create. When mold becomes a problem, the only real choice is to remediate and protect your home. Mold damage affects your home, and while it is doing this, it can also be the cause of adverse health effects in your family members. Call us, SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789, any day and at any hour if you have found mold damage in your home or believe it might be a problem where you live.

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Mold Cleanup in Colorado Springs

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Cleanup in Colorado Springs Mold Remediation in Colorado Springs Needs Serious Help from SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Home or Business


If your home has experienced water damage due to roof or plumbing leaks, flooding, sewage back-up, overflows from bathtub or sinks, or high humidity, mold, and mildew can develop within just twenty-four to forty-eight hours of water exposure. Worse, it continues to grow and spread until steps are taken to eliminate the source of the moisture, and the mold is properly cleaned up by professionals such as SERVPRO.
 
Mold colonies or growths can begin growing on a damp surface in your Colorado Springs home quickly and create mold damage. They reproduce by spores, which are microscopic, seed-like substances which travel through the air. Molds eat organic materials, eventually destroying whatever they are growing on, then spreading to destroy organic materials nearby. Besides the damage molds can cause inside your home, they can create health effects as well.
 
When facing water damage, first turn off the main power in your home. If any wiring is moldy or wet, you should have an electrician check the electrical system before turning the power on again. You should not open the house to fresh air when the humidity outside is lower than inside while you wait for SERVPRO technicians to arrive. This mistake can allow mold spores to circulate to many other areas of your home. When we arrive, industrial tools and cleaners are used to find and clean the mold, plus dry the area. For fast drying, dehumidifiers and fans are utilized for the excess moisture unless the mold is growing already, as the fans can spread the existing mold.
 
All wet items are removed, such as bedding, furniture, rugs, carpeting, and toys. Moldy and wet carpeting may need to be discarded. We clean and disinfect other items, and all food products that are possibly contaminated must be tossed. Any wet or contaminated porous materials such as drywall, ceiling tiles, and wood by-products are also removed. We drain walls by removing the baseboard, and drilling holes close to the floor and paneling is dried by pulling up the edge at the bottom out from the studs. We then check the interior of the wall for hidden mold.
 
Before our technicians even get started, we ensure the area is well ventilated, and we wear protective gear including masks, gloves, and protective gear for the eyes. If mold is present, we clean a small test patch first. The entire area affected is disinfected after the cleanup is complete.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is experienced and professionally trained to take care of your mold damage in a timely and thorough fashion. Mold cleanup cannot be done with bleach, so be sure to contact us at (719) 574-2789 for mold remediation.

Properly Handling Mold Damage That Affects Colder Areas Like Colorado Springs

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Properly Handling Mold Damage That Affects Colder Areas Like Colorado Springs Mold can be readily visible or hidden. Leave it to SERVPRO to quickly detect.

SERVPRO Handles Mold Damage From Investigation to Remediation

Day after day, you enter your home and experience a rather stale, musty odor that catches your attention. You look around a bit each time but can't seem to find anything wrong. Incidents just like this have been happening off and on for several weeks, or even months. You have gone as far as checking inside drawers, cabinets and other storage areas, but can never locate a problem. Wondering why this odor appears some days, but vanishes the next? On certain days, especially in a cold climate like ours, mold spores can remain dormant in some regions of the home for months, waiting for the right conditions to exist. As temperatures fluctuate, there are times when the microscopic mold spores receive what they need to spread, and times when they do not. Each fluctuation advances or hinders mold growth in your walls, sending you warning signs via odor emanation.
 
If you are experiencing a similar situation in your Colorado Springs home, mold damage likely exists in the general area where you continually experience the scent. It is possible that you have mold growth inside of your walls, especially near constant moisture sources, such as sinks, drains or wash areas. It is important to have an expertly trained technician out to your house to perform an inspection and determine if any possible contaminants exist that may affect the health of your family.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand how mold spores behave and have a unique outlook towards the environment that exists in your home. While mold itself is a necessary part of our environment, having it invade our living spaces is intolerable. Therefore, we take the appropriate steps to mediate microscopic spores that exist in your home and attempt to teach you how to limit your exposure yourselves.
 
Leaky faucets, clogged sinks, sewage back-ups, plumbing or roof leaks, damp basements or crawl spaces, high indoor humidity, even fluctuations caused by cooking, drying clothes, or using humidifiers in your home, may create the perfect environment for microspores to flourish. The staff at SERVPRO can assist you with learning ways to avoid creating this type of environment.
 
What happens when you find visible mold in your home? You can always attempt to clean the area yourself. However, SERVPRO technicians highly suggest you avoid trying to do so. You could easily add to the problem if you handle the situation wrong, spreading the infestation to other areas that weren't already affected. Several different types of mold spores exist, and you need specialized training on how to properly handle each one.
 
Leave your mold remediation issues to SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs, call today. (719) 574-2789

Mold Damage After Weather Events in Cimarron Hills

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage After Weather Events in Cimarron Hills Hidden Mold Damage in a Cimarron Hills Bathroom

SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Remediation After a Flooding or Deluge

Though hurricanes do not occur in Colorado, weather conditions can be leading factors in causing mold growth problems in homes and businesses. Hurricane Matthew made landfall and caused storm surge flooding to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and part of Virginia. But even after the Hurricane has passed, it is still causing property flooding due to rising river run-offs and rising water tributaries. Each geographical area of this vast country has its climate patterns that can disrupt day to day living.

If you experience any Cimarron Hills mold damage to your property, call SERVPRO immediately. Many homes and businesses have become saturated with water. The deluge of flood waters that remain in a structure cannot be removed until the excess waters have receded. Unfortunately, when flood water removal can finally begin, mold may have started to grow.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that any structure saturated after a flash flood or storm is presumed to contain mold contaminates if materials are not thoroughly dried within 48 hours. A visual inspection is one of the most important steps in identifying mold contamination.
 
This assessment is critical in determining the remediation strategies needed to rid structures of this growth. Ventilation systems should also be checked to avoid mold spores from spreading throughout the home or office building. These units should not be active if there is the possibility of mold intrusion until careful inspection. Why circulate mold spores throughout your building?
 
Finding hidden mold growth is accomplished with moisture meters. They help to measure the moisture content in carpeting, wallboards, wood, brick and concrete following water damage. Meters also can be used to check progress in drying wet materials. Wet materials should be removed for cleaning or discarded.
 
Another tool in detecting hidden mold is a borescope. A borescope is a hand-held tool that allows remediation experts like SERVPRO to see hidden mold problems inside walls, ceilings, crawl spaces and many other voids, without drilling or cutting holes.
 
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is Faster to Any Size Disaster because we are locally owned and operated. Restoring your property back to normal is always our number one goal.  Call us today at (719) 574-2789 and let us help provide peace of mind with our mold remediation methods.

Mold Damage Can Affect Your Home's Structural Integrity

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Can Affect Your Home's Structural Integrity Don't let mold damage your Colorado Springs home. Our team at SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs is available 24/7, and we are here to help you!

Your Home's Structural Integrity Can Be Damaged Due to a Mold Infestation 

Many homes across the United States have mold problems. One of the problems with mold is that it doesn't always appear where you can see it. Without having visible signs of mold present, homeowners often have to wait until they smell the mold spores, and by then, the problem is much greater, and also more difficult to control. If mold is present, it is a sign of higher-than-acceptable levels of humidity. Both mold and humidity can affect the interior of any home, leading to wood beams rotting, deterioration of drywall, peeling of wallpapers and borders, and many other problems. 

Which Homes Can Have Mold? 

When you can smell the musty odor of mold in your Colorado Springs home, mold damage has been able to strike the interior of your home for a while. Mold grows within 48 hours of water coming into contact with mold spores that pre-exist in your home. A 2003 study by the University of Arizona discovered that 100 percent of the homes tested had at least one strain of mold spores present in the interior. Some homes had more than one type of mold spores present. Where these spores are located at in your home is usually unknown, until they become a problem by beginning to grow, and soon becoming visible.  

Because of the mold spore's hardiness and tiny size, it is practically impossible to remove every single spore. However, SERVPRO remediation entails the lowering of humidity and drying up of any standing water from leaks and overflows, plus physical cleaning of the mold growths. Removal and replacement, or repair after a thorough cleaning, of mold damaged areas are also part of the process of mold remediation. Gaining control over the growth of mold in a home is the goal, instead of complete removal of mold and the spores. 

Why You Should Keep Mold Growth to a Minimum 

Mold can cause adverse health effects in people, and so can high humidity level. If a home is hot and humid, pre-existing breathing problems can be exacerbated. If a home is cool and damp, the same is true, but the feeling of dampness can make people living inside feel clammy and chilled, and very uncomfortable. Elderly people will often feel greater muscular and joint pain when a home is air-conditioned with a high humidity level present. Both are detrimental to your home's health, as both are excellent environments for mold to grow rapidly. Using a dehumidifier can keep humidity levels to a reasonable level. Fixing leaks throughout the home is also another way to control humidity and mold growth.  

How We can Help You 

Our professionals are trained in determining not only how much mold is present in your home, and where any growths are located at, but also where water may be coming from. Water can enter into your living space through problematic water lines, or from external sources, such as rainwater that have entered in through a crack or crevice in your home's exterior. We have technology that allows us to see inside your home's structure so we can see where humidity has collected. 

Once we know where the water source is, we can fix the problem. Then we can begin to dehumidify your home with our commercial-grade equipment. This is in addition to the typical dehumidifying treatment, as we use heaters and fans together to quickly dry out the source that has allowed the mold to grow. Then we will inspect for the damage that mold can cause and explain to you the best course of action for your particular situation. We have the training and experience, alongside the latest equipment and current certifications in IICRC technology, to help you get your home back to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.” 

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You can reach our trained remediation professionals by calling SERVPRO of Colorado Springs 24/7 at (719) 574-2789. We can help you regain your home's healthy state quickly. If you think you may have a mold problem, please don't hesitate to call us. 

What is Black Mold?

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You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (719) 574-2789

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold Infestation

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Any home can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a 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 health effects.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, give us a call at 719-574-2789