Recent Mold Remediation Posts

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Shares Mold Growth Tips

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo The wet season during winter is the most prominent time for mold growth.

If you live in a climate that you heat your home frequently, mold can start growing in your home’s inside walls. The wet season during winter is the most prominent time for mold growth. This is simply because of the amount of melting snow, ice, and warm inside temperatures. Overtime mold will break down the building materials on which it grows, quickly.

Preventing Mold Growth: A great way to prevent mold growth is to make sure your walls are well-insulated. This will reduce condensation and mold.

Keep all areas clean:  Make sure your building has proper air circulation. During a shower or cooking keep a window open or turn on an exhaust fan.

  • Turn off the water supply to broken appliances and pipes.
  • Take steps to insulate your pipes both inside and out to prevent them from freezing.
  • Ensure that the seals on your windows and doors are functional.
  • If you find any condensation on your windows, don’t hesitate to dry out the area and identify the source.
  • Regularly vacuum and clean.
  • Use area rugs or washable floor surfaces rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. 
  • Leaks in your roof or windows should be repaired.
  • Gutters and downspouts should be clean. 
  • In the bathroom and kitchen, use exhaust fans or open windows when producing moisture. 
  • Make sure your clothes dryer is vented to the outdoors.
  • Consider getting a dehumidifier for your basement. 
  • Make sure your attic is well insulated and ventilated.
  • Cover the soil in the crawl space with waterproof polyethylene plastic. If your crawl space has vents, close the vents in the summer and keep them open in the winter.

SERVPRO Natick Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial mold damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Natick, Milford Shares Mold Myths and Facts

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. Mold can be a very serious problem and should always be handled with proper precautions.

There are many mold misconceptions that leave homeowners confused. Mold can be a very serious problem and should always be handled with proper precautions.

Here are common misconceptions about mold:

  • “Bleach kills mold” 

Bleach can kill certain types of mold on nonporous surfaces, but it depends on what kind of mold it is. Mold cleaning is not suggested for porous surfaces: drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles, and wood.

  • “Mold is only found in homes with water damage”

Mold generally forms in any areas that have problems of water flooding. However, all homes could potentially wind up with a mold problem. Molds are present indoors and outdoors, and when mold is on a surface that contains moisture mold can begin to grow.

  • “You don’t have to remove mold if you kill it”

There are allergens that live in a mold that are still active even if you kill mold. Mold can also go dormant until conditions in the environment are optimal for regrowth. It is necessary to remove the affected area and items that contain mold. You need to be cautious not to spread the mold spores to unaffected areas. SERVPRO of Natick, Milford is available to assist you and help you with your mold damage. 

  • “A small amount of visible mold is nothing to worry about”

Small amounts of visible mold in your home may just be the tip of the iceberg. Chances are it has been growing for some time now and it requires a knowledgeable mold professional to address the situation.

  • “Mold Remediation is easy to do on your own”

When it comes to very small areas affected, it can be handled easily.  When the problem becomes pervasive, it is best to call the professionals to ensure it is truly resolved.

SERVPRO of Natick, Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with your mold damage. “Like it never even happened.”

Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Business in Natick Milford MA

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

blue background with white text and orange SERVPRO logo Mold can be a huge problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property.

Mold can be a huge problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property. It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet, and the backside of the drywall.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Look to see if there are any areas that are full of moisture. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is an effective. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help increase air circulation and aid in the drying process. 
  • Use products that contain mold-resistant. Shop around for helpful products for areas that will experience moisture such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitor the humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity ideally between 30% and 50%. You can measure this with a moisture meter. 

SERVPRO of Natick, Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with your mold damage. “Like it never even happened.”

Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Home in Natick Milford

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo There are plenty of ways to prevent mold in your home.

There are plenty of ways to prevent mold in your home. 

Here are some tips to prevent mold: 

  • Keep the house dry and don't let water build up anywhere
  • Ventilate damp rooms 
  • Wipe shower walls and doors after use.
  • Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine.
  • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly.
  • Don't have too many indoor plants, especially in the bedroom.
  • Fix any leaks in the house, indoors and outdoors.
  • Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.
  • Use dehumidifiers in basements where mold tends to grow.
  • Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

SERVPRO of Natick, Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with your mold damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Natick Milford Offers Mold Restoration Services

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

mold with green overlay box and SERVPRO logo If you believe you have a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property with our specialized training, equipment, and expertise.

It only takes a small water leak for mold to form. Mold can spread quickly in as little as 48 hours, and produce allergens and irritants.

If you believe you have a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property with our specialized training, equipment, and expertise.

Here are some facts about mold: 

  • Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere; this can make it impossible to remove all mold. 
  • Mold may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems. 
  • Before mold remediation can start, the sources of water or moisture must be addressed. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, that you might be able to smell. 

SERVPRO Natick Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with your mold damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Natick Milford Talks How To Limit Mold Growth

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Most molds thrive in environments more than 70 degrees. However, other types of mold can happen in cold weather.

Most molds thrive in environments more than 70 degrees. However, other types of mold can happen in cold weather. Here are steps you can take to prevent mold from happening in your home. 

Mold during the winter can be in uninsulated closets, crawlspaces, attics, and windows. Make sure to ensure these spots are kept free from moisture. Mold loves moisture, so keep the humidity level below 40%. 

If you have spaces in your home that tend to be more humid, swap out wall-to-wall carpets for hard-surface floors or area rugs.

Make sure to fix any leaks in your roof and around doors and windows. Any spot that retains moisture can lead to mold. 

When you take a shower or cook, always use fans to vent that moisture out of the house. Check all vents in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry to the outside rather than to the crawlspace. 

Many of the items on this list are regular maintenance items, but it’s always a good idea to have a winter checklist to prevent any disaster whenever possible. Prevention can go a long way to preventing mold infestation.

SERVPRO Natick Milford is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial mold damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

Prevent Mold Groth

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Most property owner know that mold growth your Natick, MA commercial or residential property can pose significant health risks, but a mold infestation also has the potential to damage building materials too, it spreads quickly growing on walls, ceilings and in tile grout. Thankfully mold growth can be stopped and SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help.

MOLD DAMAGE

Mold needs moisture, it cannot thrive and grow without it. You can find mold in areas with high level of moisture or where there has been water damage from a broken pipe, leaking window or roof, or after a basement flood. Many homes develop mold issues in bathrooms and closets that to not have adequate ventilation. Mold can cause deterioration of ceiling tiles, grout, caulking around tubs and showers and it destroys any type of paperboard quickly.

HOW TO STOP MOLD

The key to eliminating mold indoors is to cut off its moisture supply. Mold thrives in moist, humid conditions. Eliminate those conditions and you can prevent mold growth and mitigate it's return. A cracked foundation is an entry point for seeping water into your property so are a damaged roof or leaky water line. When these issues go unaddressed they could lead to a mold infestation. 

When a property owner finds standing water in their property they remove it immediately to prevent mold growth. Unfortunately, there is a second, equally important, step that most skip, dehumidification. Keep in mind, all mold requires to grow is high moisture levels. That includes excess humidity in the air. Dehumidifiers and fans can be a tremendous help during this part of the mold removal process.

Area rugs and carpeting are high risk areas for mold growth. It is important to have those items professional cleaning to remove any traces of mold and reduce the potential of an infestations. The same is true for certain furniture, draperies and other upholstered items. Cardboard boxes and other containers that have been contaminated with mold should be immediately disposed of. 

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Mold Remediation Is A Process

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold grows easily in moist environments with high levels of humidity. Any porous or organic material are ideal surfaces to support mold growth. Once an area of your Milford, MA commercial or residential property is infested with mold, you need to take several steps to clean it and, restore it to preloss state. The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford are here to help, offering professional remediation to eliminate such infestations easily.

Removing debris created by the infestation is very important when doing mold cleanup in Massachusetts. Such debris is not only unsightly but is also likely to keep the musty smell associated with mold. Certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians from SERVPRO of Natick/Milford use proven techniques to remove debris effectively without harming the affected surface. We use HEPA filtered vacuums to remove loose debris from infested surfaces. In cases where debris adheres to the surfaces, our technicians wet-wipe with professional cleaning agents. Specialized methods to help remove all traces of mold without harming the surfaces.

Killing spores is a necessary part of the mold cleanup process because if left unaddressed they can spur new growth within a very short while. Our technicians use various professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties to deal with mold spores. We also create exclusion zones with plastic sheets to curb the spread of debris. In some cases involving porous materials, the infestation goes beyond the surface so killing spores and removing debris does not deal with the issue entirely. In such cases, we remove the affected materials.

All mold cases involve an underlying moisture problem. Proper cleaning, therefore, involves drying the affected areas to stop future growth. This means first identifying the water source, stopping it, and drying the area completely. 

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Stopping The Spread Of Mold

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

One of the first signs that you may have mold damage in your commercial or residential property is continually detecting a musty odor. It usually indicates that there is a leak in your plumbing and it has caused a mold colony to grow. It is vital to deal with the mold in your washroom as quickly as possible because it can cause health effects. Fortunately, expert professional help is only a phone call away!
 
Many people misunderstand the nature of mold spores and how they come to cause mold damage in your Milford, MA property. The truth is that mold spores are not dangerous and they are everywhere. You can never truly be completely rid of them. However, if they come into contact with moisture, they can rapidly grow and multiply. As they grow, they end up creating a mold colony that can damage the structure of your property.
 
SERVPRO of Natick/Milford understands that the longer that mold is left unchecked, the more damage it can do. Our Disaster Remediation Teams are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays! When you call us we will arrive faster to any size disaster ready to take action.


First our technicians will create a quarantine area around the impacted area to prevent further spread to other areas. They will also set up an air scrubber with a HEPA filter to neutralize the smell that mold creates and also capture airborne mold spores. Once the mold has been cleaned away from all surfaces, our technicians will apply an antifungal spray to ensure regrowth is less likely. Finally, our technicians remove any excess moisture from the area to further reduce the risk of future infestations.

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Black Mold

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Toxic black mold, or Stachybotrys, can be very dangerous to your health and should not be handled by untrained professionals. The health risk and threat of spread make remediation dangerous and should only be done by qualified professionals, certified in the best mold remediation practices, should be brought in to remediate your home.

Leave It To The Professionals

The Disaster Remediation Technicians at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford are mold remediation specialists and have gone through the required training and has acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to remove all types of mold from your home safely. They are aware of and use the most current safety measures for removal, keeping you and your family safe in the process.

Characteristics Of Mold

Toxic black mold is not unique in its characteristics from other mold species. Even the black color is not an immediate giveaway that it is toxic. The mold must be tested to determine species and potential health risks. However, while testing is the only definitive way to diagnose a mold problem, several common characteristics of mold are its textured and fuzzy appearance along with its variety of colors.

Controlled Removal

Mold cleanup is highly reliant on what is often deemed a controlled removal. Since infestations can be made of millions of tiny spores, it is essential to control airflow and movement in the space to be remediated. This means that areas are often taped off with plastic sheeting, including ductwork and windows. The idea is to limit spread as much as possible.

Restoration

Most infestations can be found originating in wall cavities and ceilings therefore the remediation process will often require the removal of drywall and insulation, all of which must be removed and disposed of according to established laws set by the state of Massachusetts. Our teams are well versed in these laws and know the proper tools and techniques to use to abide by them.

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Facts About Mold

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

A common misconception regarding mold and mildew is that it does not grow during the cold, New England months. Anyone who has found forgotten leftovers in the back of their refrigerator covered in mold knows differently. The truth is that mold and mildew can, and will, grow year round.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.  This makes it impossible to remove all mold from your Natick, Ma commercial or residential property.  Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its naturally occurring levels. 

Consider the following mold facts when researching mold remediation companies:

  1. Mold is present  everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  2. 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.
  3. Mold spores thrive on moisture.  Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  4. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed.  Otherwise, the mold may return.
  5. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  6. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Remediation

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a mold infestation in your Milford, MA commercial or residential property? The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Natick/Milford are hear to help. Mold growth can cause health effects and will spread throughout your property if the proper tools and techniques are not used to remove the infestation. That is why remediation should be performed by mold remediation experts. This is what you can expect when you call us:

  1. Our technicians have access to protective gear and will set up containment.  This includes repairing any moisture problems that are customarily the source of mold growth and isolating the room by closing all windows and doors.  The technicians then take extra precautions before handling or dislodging any mold colony development. 

    2. Our technicians will safely remove wet or moldy materials and clean the affected area.  Any damaged goods are removed or placed in thick plastic bags to be taken care of later, meaning they’ll be heavily cleaned or simply thrown away depending on the severity of the black mold contamination.  Cleaning then ensues, with many items being wiped down or dipped in strong detergents or professional-grade cleaning solutions.  If the level of contamination is severe, a HEPA vacuum is used to disinfect the entire room.

    3. Our technicians will conduct a visibility test and dry the newly washed areas.  Any visible signs of mold should now be erased, and the drying of all belongings and other wet materials can be set into motion.  Our Disaster Remediation teams use dehumidifiers and fans to speed up the process, ending with deodorizing solutions that eliminate any trace of the musty smell. 

When your commercial or residential property is infested with mold SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is here to help. Our Disaster Remediation Technicians will inspect and assess your property to identify the totality of any infestation and customize and execute a complete remediation plan. Call us today – (774) 290-4300! We will make it, "Like it never even happened."