Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Who REALLY Likes Mold Anyways?

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

You may already know that SERVPRO of North Anchorage employs highly trained mold remediation technicians that tackle commercial jobs large and small. However, mold also appears in homes in various situations. So let’s prevent mold appearing in one place we have seen it often - in your bathroom!

Now, it’s important to understand how and why mold grows in a bathroom to work on preventing its appearance. Bathroom mold is most commonly caused by excessive dampness. So try these tips to keep or clean it out.

  1. That sheen of steam on your mirror may be fun to draw letters or cute faces for your significant other but beware! It is important to run your exhaust fan while you shower or bathe. Let it continue to fan out the moisture for twenty minutes after you bathe as well.

  2. Squeegee the tile and your bathroom wall to rid it of excessive moisture as well. Also, make sure the tile is waterproofed with a standard grout sealer.

  3. If you currently have mold, use the 90/10 water/bleach blend to scrub it away and call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Anchorage to check for any unseen mold in your crawl spaces or attics.

Mold is nobody’s friend, so give it the boot and breathe easy again! We are here to handle any jobs!

Is Mold Lurking in Your Home?

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO of North Anchorage Today – 907-688-3001

Is This BLACK MOLD?

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

You may have seen 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 North Anchorage, 907-688-3001.

Making Mold Damage a Priority

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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After a large freeze, First Tennessee Bank in Johnson City, TN had a water pipe burst which if not dried properly, can lead to a significant amount of mold growth.  Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team was called in to provide demolition and drying services, and to prepare the affected 40,000 square foot area for renovation.   

Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team was able to complete the demolition and drying services in a timely manner so that this facility was not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Water and Storm Damage Can Lead to Mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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After a heavy storm and a significant amount of mold growth, our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team was called in for mitigation that was needed in the 60,000 square foot building at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team removed and disposed of all contaminated material and completed a heavy cleaning.

Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team was able to complete the mitigation and subsequent work in a timely manner so that this facility was not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Storm Waters = Mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team was brought in to perform mitigation services following a severe storm causing water and mold damage throughout the 24,000 square foot elementary school.  Full extraction, dry out, and odor removal was required at Lincoln Elementary School in Minot, North Dakota.  Our Extreme Response Team was able to complete the mitigation and subsequent work in a timely manner so that this school was not disrupted for any longer than needed.

Our SERVPRO of North Anchorage Extreme Response Team is ready to help anywhere in the United States at any given moment.  Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trailers are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures ASAP.

Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of North Anchorage Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO of North Anchorage 907-688-3001.  The mold cleanup and restoration process begins the moment you call!  You will be asked a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® of North Anchorage technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO of North Anchorage Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Your local SERVPRO of North Anchorage Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

How You Can Decrease Mold Exposure

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

If you find mold growth in your home, SERVPRO of North Anchorage has trained professionals to remediate the mold. 

Some things that you can do to prevent mold exposure: 

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

If you suspect that you may have mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of North Anchorage 907-688-3001 to schedule an inspection.

Could Mold be Lurking in your Ventilation System?

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Did you know your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO® of North Anchorage's service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO® of North Anchorage Professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO® Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO® of North Anchorage Professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

The process begins by using patented equipment, including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact your local SERVPRO® of North Anchorage today.

Palmer Mold Damage - Why Professional Help is the Right Remedy

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

This Mushroom Umbrella Is Not Like the Mold Found in Your Palmer House. Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Offers Mold Damage Remediation to Palmer Properties

Many people will uncover areas of hidden mold when working on their property, such as while renovating the home, and they may wonder what to do about their Palmer mold damage. Others will spot signs of mold in visible locations, and all may wonder what they can do to remove the fungi from their property. At first thought, you may think about scrubbing the area with bleach, but this is not recommended. There may be a better way to deal with smaller or larger areas of mold growth on your property.

Why Mold Needs to Be Removed
Mold is a naturally occurring organism that can grow on a variety of surfaces in the home. It thrives in areas that are moist and dark, so rooms that may be most likely to develop it are kitchens, bathrooms, and areas of the home that have been exposed to water such as through a plumbing leak or a flood. While it is naturally occurring, it can cause health issues. Because of this, you want to have removed as much of the mold as possible. Keep in mind that mold spores will always be present; the trick is to limit the number and the conducive conditions that can lead to another mold infestation.

The Problem With Removing Mold on Your Own
Several problems are associated with removing mold on your own. First, scrubbing mold patches with bleach will not usually get down to the hyphae, or roots, and they can continue to grow.  Spores can also be dislodged and become airborne. When this happens, they can circulate into other areas of the structure to start a new growth zone. Second, you run the risk of inhaling the mold spores which may cause adverse health effects. To make sure the problem is resolved, you may consider the benefits of having a professional company like SERVPRO remediate your structure's Palmer mold damage.

What Professional Services Entail
If you have never used professional services for Palmer mold damage, you may question what the work entails. This particular type of service is designed to contain the affected area completely so that mold spores do not disperse to unaffected rooms. Utilizing OSHA approved clothing, gear, HEPA filtration equipment, and air scrubbers; the skilled SERVPRO technicians can remove the vast majority of the mold. It is not possible to entirely eradicate all mold from a structure. Then the final disinfecting and deodorizing to remove any remaining musty odor are performed.

SERVPRO of North Anchorage can help you to overcome any mold issue that you may be dealing with regardless of its size or complexity. We have proven skills and techniques that can eliminate mold growth in your property and restore the space to its former condition "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (907) 688-3001 for more information about our Palmer mold damage remediation services.

Chugiak Mold: Your Quick Reference Guide

10/27/2015 (Permalink)

In addition to compromising your health, the presence of fungus on your residential property can weaken its structural integrity.

Chugiak Mold: Your Quick Reference Guide 

When your residential property is affected by a natural disaster such as a flood or fire, you could find that your home is subjected to a mold invasion. However, learning more about what Chugiak mold is and how to have it effectively removed from your property can help get your home back in safe, sanitary condition. Learn more about mold and how to eliminate it from your residential property by reviewing this quick reference guide:


Mold: A Quick Overview
Chugiak mold is a fungus that grows freely in nature. However, when it starts to live and thrive on your residential property, it can cause a broad range of problems. Although numerous factors can lead to mold growth on your property, water damage is a leading cause. This is the case because water damage creates the moist, wet environment that mold loves. There are thousands of different types of fungi. Some are toxic, and some are harmless. Mold also comes in various textures. While some molds are bumpy, others are smooth. Chugiak mold can also have a hairy surface. Finally, mold comes in a broad range of colors, including but not limited to white, orange, blue, dark green, and black.


Signs Of Mold
Numerous signs can indicate that mold is present on your property. Some of them include:


• Warping or discoloration of floors, ceilings, or walls
• Peeling or cracked paint
• Musty smells
• Loosening of your drywall tape


Mold Risk Factors
Some of the risk factors that can lead to mold growth on your property include:


• Water damage
• Leaky roof or pipes
• Condensation
• Damp attic or basement
• Blocked gutters
• Perpetual flooding
• Insufficient ventilation
• High humidity


Mold And Your Health
Removing mold from your property immediately is important because the fungus can cause several health complications if you are continually exposed to it. Some of them include:


• skin infections
• pneumonia
• rashes
• coughing
• wheezing
• respiratory complications
• lung issues


Don't Delay-Get Great Mold Removal Services Today
A mold invasion is no laughing matter. In addition to compromising your health, the presence of fungus on your residential property can weaken its structural integrity. The IICRC-certified mold removal experts of SERVPRO of North Anchorage know this, and they work with speed and savvy to eradicate all unwanted fungi from your home. We're ready to get your property back in pristine condition immediately, so call us now at (907) 688-3001!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Anchorage is strategically located to respond quickly to your mold emergency event. When mold damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (907) 688-3001