Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold vs. Rust: How to spot the difference

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold vs. Rust: How to spot the difference Is it mold or is it rust? That is the question.

Are you able to spot the subtle differences between mold and rust stains? You might see a small red stain and make the assumption that it is rust, but that is not always a safe bet. Before you start any major cleaning efforts, it’s good to be able to identify if that stain is rust, mold, or something else entirely.

Is it normal?

When new stains appear in your home, make certain that they are not the result of infiltrating water or humidity. Try to identify the reason for the stain based on the utility of the room it has appeared in. Mold is found in damp and humid areas, while rust forms during the corrosion of metallic surfaces.

Is it mold or is it rust?

Areas that are typically humid, such as your bathroom and basement, are hot spots for mold growth. If you spot a stain in your shower, sink area or basement that appears to be mold, you are going to want to clean it as soon as possible before it becomes a more pervasive issue. There are different cleaning solutions and methods for cleaning mold, grease, hard water stains and rust. If the incorrect cleaner is used, you may not be able to remove the stain completely.

Recognizing rust

Rust is often identified as a red or reddish brown stain on the surface. It is the end result of the corrosion of a metal containing iron. Rust occurs when water or humid air comes in contact with a surface that contains iron. Areas in your home that are prone to rust include, but are not limited to; water pipes, metal roofing and chimneys, oil tanks for homes equipped with oil heating, electrical panel boxes and nails.

Recognizing mold

Smell

The smell of mold is very distinctive. It has a very intense musty, dirty and earthy sent. If you find yourself opening your windows often to alleviate this smell, then you may have a mold problem.

Sight

Mold comes in many varieties and there are many different species of mold. It can appear as black spots, grey dust or white and thread-like in areas that have remained excessively damp for long periods of time. If you are unsure of what you are looking at and if it is mold or rust, you may want to call in a professional to perform an inspection just to make sure. When you family’s health is at stake, it is always better to error on the side of caution.

Remediation & Removal

Once you have established that you definitely have a mold problem in your home, it’s time to find a professional mold remediation service. SERVPRO of Northwest Portland is a highly reputable mold remediation resource for the Portland area. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Call us today for a consultation. 503-283-3658

The Importance of Mold Remediation

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Importance of Mold Remediation If you see mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Northwest Portland a call.

Mold thrives in a warm and damp environment. This condition can be created in your home due to a variety of reasons such as rain or storm activity, roofing damage or malfunctioning pluming. There are many unwanted health issues associated with mold growth such as:

  • Allergies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Unwanted foul and/ or musty odor
  • Discoloration of walls and affected areas

Attempting to remove the mold problem yourself comes with many unseen risks to you and your family’s health. A better option would be to call a professional mold removal contractor with the experience and training to safely remediate the problem. SERVPRO of Northwest Portland has the equipment and training to safely isolate and eliminate your mold problem without exacerbating it and spreading it to other unaffected areas of your home. Our team is trained in procedures designed to save time and money and prevent a future outbreak.

Preventative Measures

Mold remediation is only half of the solution. The source of the issue will need to be addressed to eliminate the potential for the mold to return. Our team of experts will work to identify the source of the mold problem. Some potential culprits include, but are not limited to; faulty HVAC systems, malfunctioning plumbing and appliances and roofing failure. Here are a few things to consider when attempting to eliminate the source of mold:

  • Identify plumbing and structural leaks
  • Examine windows and seals to identify condensation and leaks.
  • Inspect your property’s HVAC system to insure there are no leaks and that the system is working to promote adequate airflow throughout the entire structure.

Humidity is the most common cause of mold in a building. Typically, humidity is a result of inadequate ventilation. Our team is equipped with equipment that can measure the humidity in your home to make certain that is at an acceptable level.

If you suspect that you may be facing a mold issue in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Northwest Portland today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained staff members. We are always here to help. 503-283-3658

Detecting Mold In Your Portland Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting Mold In Your Portland Home If you find mold in your Portland home, call us today for a consultation. 503-283-3658

Mold is a quiet nuisance. It creeps in hidden areas such as crawl spaces, basements and below carpets in damp areas. It is often hard to distinguish mold allergies from common cold symptoms. Mold can be very troublesome for homeowners and adversely affect the health of the home’s residents and lower the value of the home.

It is important to be able to detect and recognize mold in your home. Knowing how to recognize if mold is a problem in your home is the first step to implementing an effective mold remediation plan.

Smell

The smell of mold is very distinctive. It has a very intense musty, dirty and earthy sent. If you find yourself opening your windows often to alleviate this smell, then you may have a mold problem.

Sight

Mold comes in many varieties and there are many different species of mold. It can appear as black spots, grey dust or white and thread-like in areas that have remained excessively damp for long periods of time. If you are unsure of what you are looking at and if it is mold or not, you may want to call in a professional to perform an inspection just to make sure. When you family’s health is at stake, it is always better to error on the side of caution.

Remediation & Removal

Once you have established that you definitely have a mold problem in your home, it’s time to find a professional mold remediation service. SERVPRO of NW Portland is a highly reputable mold remediation resource for the Portland area. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Call us today for a consultation. 503-283-3658

Home Mold Prevention

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Home Mold Prevention By the time you notice mold in your home, it may be time to give us a call. 503-283-3658

Portland, Oregon is known for their wet winters, and where there is moisture, there is a potential for mold. Mold can be stopped from growing when it is deprived of warmth and food, but existing mold will remain dormant until it gets adequate warmth, moisture and food. Mold has the ability to withstand far cooler temperatures than is maintained in a home in the wintertime.

When water freezes it expands and can cause cracks in your home and allow water to get into the walls of your home. This additional moisture can instigate mold that may not even be detectable until it’s too late.

Running a heating system can cause the interior of the home to become very dry. Some people combat this issue by implementing a humidifier. If you choose to use a humidifier, make certain that it does not create excessive moisture and that a humidity level of 40% or below is maintained.

Some possible airborne sources of mold can be removed with regular vacuuming and dusting. Attention should be paid to the bathroom and kitchen and areas where excessive moisture is a potential. In less than 24 hours, an unchecked damp area can spur on a full blown mold issue.

The use of area rugs over washable flooring instead of wall to wall carpeting in areas where moisture can become a problem is a good measure to take.  Additionally, it is a bad idea to install carpeting in a highly trafficked entryway, as wet boots and snow can permeate carpeting and become a breeding ground for mold.

Clothes and paper goods can be sources of food for mold. It’s never a good idea to store these items in damp areas like a basement, particularly near walls or on the floor.

Windows should be properly sealed. Warm air can consolidate on cool glass and permeate into cracks. Mold can form in spaces or cracks on your windows if they are not properly sealed.

Make certain that your gutters and downspouts are clean and in proper working order. The purpose of a gutter system is to divert water away from your home and its foundation. If water is being allowed to pool around your home’s foundation, consider extending your downspouts.

Bathrooms and kitchens utilize exhaust fans to vent moisture out of the area. These fans should NOT exhaust into an attic or crawlspace, as the trapped moisture can create mold. Check your exhaust fans and make sure they are properly ventilated.

Running a dehumidifier in your basement crawlspace is a good preventative measure to prevent mold, as is lining the exposed ground with waterproof polyethylene plastic.

If you discover that you have a mold problem in your home, or if you suspect one, SERVPRO of NW Portland can help. We are trained mold damage specialists with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. We invest in the latest equipment to restore your home or business quickly and effectively. Call us today for a consultation. 503-283-3658

Mold & Your Health

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold & Your Health Some of the most problematic mold is the mold that you can't see!

Many Portland homeowners may not even be aware of the mold in their home, particularly if it is unusual looking. Mold can be white and thread like or it can appear as clusters of small black spots. Mold can vary in color and may be black, greyish brown, green or white. There is even mold that is pinkish in color.

Sometimes the only evidence of hidden mold in your home is a musty smell. This indicator should not be ignored. Just because mold is out of sight, does not mean that it is not able to cause harm and damage.

Mold tends to flourish in warm, damp & humid areas. Leaky basements and crawlspaces are prime areas for mold growth. Mold feeds on wet organic materials found in carpet, drywall, insulation and wood and releases spores. Exposure to these spores can cause several health problems in both humans and pets.

Mold commonly poses health problems invlolving the respiratory system. Sneezing, coughing, rashes, irritated eyes and fatigue are also common among those who have had chronic exposure to mold in their homes. It is important to the physical health of all occupants that mold is dealt with as soon as possible.

Long term mold exposure is especially problematic for elderly people, infants and small children and those with allergies and pre-existing respiratory problems.  

Mitigating your mold problem immediately can spare your family of its harmful effects. If you see or smell mold in your home, the experts at SERVPRO of NW Portland are here to help. Call us today to set up a consultation with one of our technicians. 503-283-3658

Air Quality, Moisture, Mold & You

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Quality, Moisture, Mold & You Humidity levels should be regularly tested and regulated to make sure your home is safe from mold growth.

One of the biggest factors in mold and the proliferation of its growth is the level of humidity in the surrounding environment. Mold has the potential to grow anywhere moisture is present.

You may not be aware that not only can excess moisture in the air cause mold, it can also be a catalyst for air pollution as well. That cold musty smell that often accompanies mold growth is a tell-tale sign that the surrounding air has become contaminated. The relationship between mold and air quality is even more complicated. If mold is present, unhealthy particles will permeate into the air you breathe, and damp areas will cause water vapor which encourages further microbial activity, resulting in continued mold growth. The end result is a vicious cycle. This cause and effect scenario illustrates the importance of humidity in the home as it pertains to air quality.

It is a good idea to monitor the humidity levels of your home, particularly if you live in a wet climate such as the Portland, Oregon area. The consensus among experts and professionals is that indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent, with an ideal level being approximately 45 percent. These readings can be obtained with a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive instrument that any homeowner would be wise to familiarize themselves with, especially if they live here in the Pacific Northwest.

If you sense that your home has a mold or air quality problem, the professionals at SERVPRO of NW Portland can help you bring the air quality in your home back to healthy levels. Call us today for a consultation. We are a leader in mold remediation are use time honored and scientifically sound methods to get the job done right and give you and your family peace of mind. Call us today. 503-283-3658

The Risk For Mold After Fire Fighting efforts

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Risk For Mold After Fire Fighting efforts After fire fighters leave, you have both fire damages and water damages that can quickly become mold damages if not dealt with right away by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Technicians Assess Mold Infestation Issues After Water was Used to Put Out a Fire at Your Home

Water seems like a real savior during recent fire events in and near Portland. As the threat of extensive damage reduces through fire-fighting efforts, the possibility of mold damage developing is rarely considered. Once you step back and consider how much water is used to control a blaze or reduce the possibility that fire takes off in your home you understand that secondary water-accelerated mold damage can become a crisis in its own right. 
 
Mold damage basics in Portland, as elsewhere, emphasize that where standing water or residual dampness remains unabated for just a couple of days, microbial growth is almost inevitable. Our area of Oregon is one of the most humid in the country, and the 73.2 percent average ambient moisture can by itself support mold growth. Add water-based firefighting efforts, and it is not surprising that area homeowners so often seek our mold remediation skills. 
 
If mold damage does take hold in your home, abating it becomes as important as cleaning up soot or smoke damage. SERVPRO offers full-service restoration, able to handle your water damage issues, smoke and soot cleanup, as well as providing the mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Your reliance upon our ability to respond professionally and successfully whatever your restoration needs is well-founded. Our technicians train in a broad variety of strategies and methodologies supported by courses developed with the backing of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international restoration industry standards-setting organization. 
 
Expect the mold damage remediation process to emphasize the safety of you and your family as well as the professionals providing the services. SERVPRO technicians wear full personal protective gear during the abatement and contain the moldy areas with physical barriers and modern technologies, like negative pressure air scrubbers, preventing particles from contaminating mold growth-free areas of your home. Any porous materials infiltrated by mold growth will be removed along with the mold colonies, and the infested items disposed of according to local codes for hazardous waste. 
 
Final mold remediation steps include sanitization with professional grade antimicrobials matched to the fungal growth and a careful consideration of the water incursion that activated the mold in the first place. Any water or moisture remaining after all restoration services complete can contribute to another wave of mold growth. The water and fire damage efforts must completely eradicate excess moisture issues to prevent further mold damage. 
 
Often home restoration is a complicated matter, and SERVPRO of Northwest Portland has the skills, experience, and trained technicians to manage mold, water, and fire damage issues, as well as other. Call 503-283-3658 to set your individualized remediation processes in motion. 

Tips To Prevent Mold In Carpet After Water Damage

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips To Prevent Mold In Carpet After Water Damage It's important to get your carpet dry as soon as possible to avoid mold growth.

If you have recently had any amount of water damage in your Portland home, be it a small leak or a major flood, there is a heightened chance for mold to take hold. Very little moisture is necessary for mold to become harmful and start to spread. Mold has the potential to cause various health issues, such as repertory issues and fungal infections. Below are a few tips to help prevent mold growth in your carpet after water damage.

Dry Quickly

If you have had recently experienced a flood or a leak, it is important to get the water up as fast as possible. Utilize fans to increase the effectiveness. This will not only help to dry the carpet, it will also circulate the air in the area.

Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture in an area. They will make the air feel cooler and inhibit the growth of mold.

Call SERVPRO of NW Portland

SERVPRO of NW Portland arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

For help restoring home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of NW Portland at 503-283-3658. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Get the mold out of your Portland home before it spreads!

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Get the mold out of your Portland home before it spreads! Got mold? Call the pros at SERVPRO of NW Portland before it spreads! 503-283-3658

With the consistently damp weather conditions, most Portland homeowners will have a run in with mold in their home. A small little spot in the shower that can be quickly wiped up is nothing to be too concerned about and is a part of general home maintenance. However, if you have detected spreading patches of mold, accompanied with a foul or musty odor that causes the area to feel dank and uncomfortable, it could very well indicate a much more serious condition. If you are faced with this particular problem, then it may be time to call in the experts at SERVPRO of NW Portland to ensure the caustic and potentially hazardous material has been completely removed.

Containment

The professionals at SERVPRO of NW Portland can help to determine if the mold in your home will require ‘containment’ and how extensive it should be. Depending on how severe of a problem the mold in your home is and what type of spores are found, the containment can be a relatively small area, and in rare cases, can sometimes require a temporary relocation during the remediation process.

The majority of informed homeowners take action while the mold is in an early stage, prior to spreading and becoming a much bigger concern.  The professionals at SERVPRO of NW Portland will quarantine the contaminated area so that movement cannot dislodge and distribute mold spores to unaffected areas of the structure. State of the art equipment will be set up to dry, repair, and treat the tainted space. 

The End Result

Here at SERVPRO of NW Portland, our goal is to “Make it like it never happened” and to restore your property to pre-mold condition. Our restoration team has a proven track record of eliminating the problem the majority of the time. In some severe cases, this may not always be possible, but this is the exception and not the rule.

If there is one take away from this article, is to address the problem AS SOON as it is detected. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, and only increases the opportunity for mold to move into the walls and the floor. Once this occurs, the problem become much more difficult and costly to eliminate. As the old saying goes; “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure”.

Protect your health and your investment

If you suspect a chronic mold problem in your home, do not hesitate to call the specialists at SERVPRO of NW Portland. 503-283-3658

For Many Portland Residents, Mold Can Be A Health Concern.

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation For Many Portland Residents, Mold Can Be A Health Concern. Mold can be a major health concern for some. Call SERVPRO of NW Portland today if you suspect mold in your home!

Due to the consistently wet climate of the Pacific Northwest, mold issues are a common problem for Portland home owners. Many Portland area residents may not even be aware that mold is growing inside of their home. For some, mold is merely an unsightly and smelly problem. For those who suffer from respiratory conditions or allergies, the problem can be much more severe and be a major health concern. For those with this type of sensitivity, removal of mold is crucial to their general health and wellbeing.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, it is not advisable to attempt to clean more than 10 square feet of mold, and may require a contractor who specializes in mold removal.

SERVPRO of NW Portland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 503-283-3658

Wildfire Control Efforts Increase Risk of Mold Damage in Portland

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Wildfire Control Efforts Increase Risk of Mold Damage in Portland After fire fighters leave, you have both fire damages and water damages that can quickly become mold damages if not dealt with right away by SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess Mold Infestation Issues After Water was Used to Put Out a Fire at Your Home

Water seems like a real savior during recent fire events in and near Portland. As the threat of extensive damage reduces through fire-fighting efforts, the possibility of mold damage developing is rarely considered. Once you step back and consider how much water is used to control a blaze or reduce the possibility that fire takes off in your home you understand that secondary water-accelerated mold damage can become a crisis in its own right.
 
Mold damage basics in Portland, as elsewhere, emphasize that where standing water or residual dampness remains unabated for just a couple of days, microbial growth is almost inevitable. Our area of Oregon is one of the most humid in the country, and the 73.2 percent average ambient moisture can by itself support mold growth. Add water-based firefighting efforts, and it is not surprising that area homeowners so often seek our mold remediation skills.
 
If mold damage does take hold in your home, abating it becomes as important as cleaning up soot or smoke damage. SERVPRO offers full-service restoration, able to handle your water damage issues, smoke and soot cleanup, as well as providing the mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Your reliance upon our ability to respond professionally and successfully whatever your restoration needs is well-founded. Our technicians train in a broad variety of strategies and methodologies supported by courses developed with the backing of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international restoration industry standards-setting organization.
 
Expect the mold damage remediation process to emphasize the safety of you and your family as well as the professionals providing the services. SERVPRO technicians wear full personal protective gear during the abatement and contain the moldy areas with physical barriers and modern technologies, like negative pressure air scrubbers, preventing particles from contaminating mold growth-free areas of your home. Any porous materials infiltrated by mold growth will be removed along with the mold colonies, and the infested items disposed of according to local codes for hazardous waste.
 
Final mold remediation steps include sanitization with professional grade antimicrobials matched to the fungal growth and a careful consideration of the water incursion that activated the mold in the first place. Any water or moisture remaining after all restoration services complete can contribute to another wave of mold growth. The water and fire damage efforts must completely eradicate excess moisture issues to prevent further mold damage.
 
Often home restoration is a complicated matter, and SERVPRO of Northwest Portland has the skills, experience, and trained technicians to manage mold, water, and fire damage issues, as well as other. Call (503) 283-3658 to set your individualized remediation processes in motion.

For more information about the City of Portland, Oregon visit:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/

Humid Conditions: A Mold Damage Challenge For New Residents Of Portland

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Humid Conditions: A Mold Damage Challenge For New Residents Of Portland Mold damage to your Portland home may be unexpected if you are from a less humid place.

Mold Damage

Our area is identified as one of the ten most humid cities in the United States, although the ambient moisture does vary season to season. If our relative humidity levels result in problems with mildew or mold SERVPRO helps remediate the outbreak and educates homeowners on how to avoid problems in the future.

When you are new to an area, some challenges surprise a homeowner. Mold damage to your Portland home may be unexpected if you are from a less humid place. Mold requires a source of water, although it does not need to be a puddle or a leak. An interior humidity of over 70 percent by itself encouraged mold. We work with you to reduce the moisture content of the air within your home as well as managing the removal of current mold colonies.

SERVPRO employs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols while remediating household mold. The area affected must be contained, usually by plastic sheeting protecting the rest of your home during the process. If the area is large, we bring in a negative pressure machine to remove any particles and otherwise contaminated air via filters and a system that pulls the tainted air out of the home, not to be recirculated. Our team suits up in personal protective gear when on-site.

We remove only the mold if it is on a non-porous surface. If the roots of the colony infiltrate building materials like drywall, insulation, or fabrics, among other things, we also cut the contaminated areas out. The moldy materials are bagged and disposed of per local regulations for hazardous substances. Our crews apply antimicrobial products to prevent recurrence.

SERVPRO knows mold returns if the moisture issue remains. Ventilation is one important process that minimizes mold growth, so we suggest furnishings be placed away from walls for easy air flow. Exhaust fans must run in high humidity areas like kitchens and bathrooms during cooking, showering, and other use. Dehumidifiers and, in warm weather, air conditioners reduce the air’s moisture. A level of 30 to 50 percent is the target, non-conducive to mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Portland awaits questions and requests for help when mold damages your dwelling for any reason. Call (503) 283-3658 to schedule an inspection and creation of a mold remediation plan.

Visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ for more about Portland.

Does Hidden Portland Mold Damage Need Remediation?

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Hidden Portland Mold Damage Need Remediation?    Poorly Sealed Window in a Portland Home Equals Excess Moisture Leading to Mold Growth--Call SERVPRO

Mold Stains and Patches Are Eliminated by SERVPRO

Mold does not need light to grow, just moisture and a surface that provides an organic food source. The wooden structure of your home provides cellulose, a perfect food source. Just a bit of moisture encourages mold spores to grow. SERVPRO assists with mold remediation behind walls, in attics, under flooring, or any other recess or covered place.
 
Your remodeling contractor found mold damage between the walls in your Portland bungalow during demolition to expand your kitchen. Our trained technicians used the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to contain and remove the moldy material exposed due to the tear-out activity. The concern you have now is whether the mold extends into areas beyond the square-footage of the new doorway.
 
SERVPRO’s project manager works with your remodeling contractor and your insurance company to determine the extent of the mold remediation necessary. Ignoring potential mold colonies simply because they are unseen is risky for some reasons.
 
*Continued fungal growth threatens the structural integrity of your home as it consumes the wood making up the framework of your dwelling.

*Susceptible individuals may react adversely to mold, evident or hidden, particularly if they have allergies or specific sensitivity to the strains possibly growing inside the walls. Only a healthcare practitioner should advise you on the connection between mold and illness, but professional remediation of all colonies can improve air quality.

*Unchecked mold growth eventually becomes visible, extending through materials like gypsum board, wall paper, and more, spreading spores in all directions. Staining can become unsightly, especially in a newly remodeled kitchen.

*Mold often creates an unpleasant, musty odor that emanates from the cavities it occupies. Elimination of the smell requires remediation of the fungal proliferation.
 
Trust our mold remediation team to contain and remove any additional colonies. SERVPRO follows the best industry practices, using professional antimicrobial products to scrub down areas and HEPA filter-equipped air scrubbers and vacuums to clear the air and surfaces of excessive mold residues.
 
Mold also signals a moisture breach from a leak in your roof, plumbing, appliances, or excessive humidity. The SERVPRO team knows finding, containing and removing almost all of the active mold must be followed by detecting the source of the moisture. Failing to eliminate the water or moisture issue increases the risk of additional microbial infestations in the future. Although mold spores are always present, they pose little danger without water activation.
 
Rely on SERVPRO of Northwest Portland to remediate mold growth in any area of your home properly. Call (503) 283-3658 to set up an appointment for a consultation with one of our experienced estimators.

Information on Portland here.

Multnomah County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Multnomah County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

 


If you see visible mold, do not disturb or attempt to remove it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your entire home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.


What to Do:


·         Do not go into areas affected with mold.


·         Turn off the HVAC system and fans to prevent further spread of microscopic mold spores.


·         Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Portland for mold remediation services.


What Not to Do:


·         Do not physically touch or disturb the mold.


·         Do not blow or cause air to be blown across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.


·         Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.


·         Do not spray bleach or other similar disinfectants on the mold.


About Our Mold Remediation Services


SERVPRO of Northwest Portland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized state of the art equipment and time proven techniques to properly remediate your mold problem as quickly and as safely as possible.


If You See Signs of Mold infestation, Call Us as soon as possible – (503) 283-2658. SERVPRO of NW Portland is here to help 24/7.


 

Does Your Portland Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Portland Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (503) 283-3658 - SERVPRO of Northwest Portland

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