Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Can bleach get rid of mold?

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold can cause some serious health effects, and as soon as it is noticed, it needs to be properly removed.

It doesn’t take too much of a search to try and find DIY ways to get rid of mold on your own, but what many people seldom realize that attempting to clean mold yourself is usually dangerous and ineffective. The most common DIY remedy available is bleach, which has some common misconceptions as to how well it will remove mold.

Most people ask: Will bleach remove the mold? And the answer is not a simple yes or no. Mold can be removed with bleach. But only on completely impermeable surfaces like on a bathtub or shower tiles. The issue is that mold loves to grow on more porous surfaces, and the bleach does not completely kill all of the mold in those surfaces. Mold spreads roots (called Mycelia and Hyphae) deep into porous surfaces, and while the bleach MIGHT kill the mold on the surface, it will not completely rid you of the problem.

When dealing with something that can cause some adverse health effects, it is best to leave the job to a certified, experienced, and professional like SERVPRO of Stone Oak. If you have found mold in your home, give us a call today to see how we can help! (210)-858-9696

How to Avoid Mold After a Water Loss:

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage may not seem like a huge concern after a water damage, but if left unchecked it can create a much larger problem.

Take Precautions

When you are faced with a water loss, whether it is a pipe leak or a bathtub overflow, failing to act quickly or can greatly increase your chances for having secondary damage. Did you know that mold is more likely to grow after a water loss if the damage goes left unchecked or isn’t dried down properly for more than 24-48 hours? SERVPRO of Stone Oak professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Organic materials found inside buildings, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation are perfect food sources for mold to flourish. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it’s vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly and properly, as well as to keep the following in mind:

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with suspected or visible mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry or clean the area yourself.
  • Make sure you stay out of any area that you suspect has mold growth.

Remember: The best way to avoid mold damage after a water loss is to act fast!

If you think you have a mold problem, or a water loss has recently occurred at your residence or business and you are worried about mold or water damage, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak (210)-858-9696 so that we can help ease your mind and keep your property in tip-top shape!

More Information About Mold!

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can begin to grow in a home in as little as 48 hours after a water loss. If left alone, it can spread to a home-wide problem.

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. Mold exists everywhere, it only becomes toxic when there are elevated levels in a home. licensed remediation companies such as SERVPRO of Stone Oak remediate the mold down  to a level that is safe, preventing as much damage as possible.

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 – (210)858-9696

What to do if you see mold:

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls and ceilings in San Antonio home.

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

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Stone Oak for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Stone Oak 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 – 210-858-9696

What is Secondary Damage?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Something even as simple as a small pipe leak can cause secondary damage that could have to force you to tear out all affected cabinetry and drywall.

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected. Sometimes mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours of not being dried down properly, creating secondary damage.

Have you had secondary damage as a result of an incorrectly handled water loss? Call us today and see how we can help!

SERVPRO of Stone Oak strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. How do we do this? Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Stone Oak is here to help!

All About Mold

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread rapidly after a water loss,and can cause devastating damage, especially if it is left unchecked!

Mold can be a sneaky, invisible, intruder, growing behind and around what you can see on the surface. Exposure to mold can cause allergies, skin irritation, and a host of other health problems. If you don’t know very much about what you’re up against, here are some basic facts about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Common Types of mold are:
    • Cladosporium
    • Penicillium
    • Alternaria
    • Aspergillus
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

For more information, Check out the EPA’s Interactive Mold House Tour!

Mold remediation is a serious job that is best handled by the results of a professional mold inspector, followed up by a licensed mold remediation specialist. A home owner is unlikely to have access to all of the specialized equipment needed to complete such a task. With specialized equipment used and the expertise shown by the professional team at SERVPRO of Stone Oak, insurance companies trust our team when their policy holders experience a water loss.

Feel free to give us a call at (210)-858-9696 to help you get started remediating your mold problem!

GOT MOLD?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

This home was affected by a severe mold infestation that was left to spread throughout the home.

If you find mold in your home it can be cause for a bit of panic. There is good news: not all mold is bad; in fact, mold is everywhere! Molds occur naturally throughout the world and are present in nearly every environment. The main cause for concern is when mold invades your home.  As well as the possible health effects, mold in a home can cause expensive damage to the materials used to build your home, give off a very musty odor, and not to mention, it is just unsightly! Not only are these things reason enough to have it removed, and more importantly, by a professional. Too many times homeowners attempt to clean up a mold problem by spraying bleach on the area and wiping it up, but if cleanup was done improperly, the mold has a higher chance of spreading and causing even greater damage. It is important to work with an expert mold remediation contractor when it comes to ridding your home in San Antonio, Texas of mold. SERVPRO of Stone Oak has the knowledge, tools, and experience to do an effective and thorough job to cleanup mold.

Got Mold? Call (210)-858-9696 and ask how we can help!

How To Avoid Mold After A Water Loss:

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Take Precautions

When you are faced with a water loss, whether it is a pipe leak or a bathtub overflow, failing to act quickly or can greatly increase your chances for having secondary damage. Did you know that mold is more likely to grow after a water loss if the damage goes left unchecked or isn’t dried down properly for more than 24-48 hours? SERVPRO of Stone Oak professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Organic materials found inside buildings, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation are perfect food sources for mold to flourish. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it’s vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly and properly, as well as to keep the following in mind:

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with suspected or visible mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to dry or clean the area yourself.
  • Make sure you stay out of any area that you suspect has mold growth.

Remember: The best way to avoid mold damage after a water loss is to act fast!

If you think you have a mold problem, or a water loss has recently occurred at your residence or business and you are worried about mold or water damage, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak (210)-858-9696 so that we can help ease your mind and keep your property in tip-top shape!

Does Your San Antonio Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

In San Antonio, 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 – (210)858-9696

Mold Remediation Done to a Closet in San Antonio, Texas

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

In San Antonio, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Stone Oak for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Stone Oak 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 – (210)858-9696

Mold infestation in an apartment complex in San Antonio, Texas

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

In San Antonio, Texas, 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 – (210)858-9696

Mold Remediation on School of Excellence

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Post mitigation photo of a classroom at the School of Excellence

A roof leak occurred in the School of Excellence causing mold to form throughout multiple classrooms. Since there are young kids that attend the school it was necessary to remediate the situation as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Stone Oak got in there and took care of the job in a timely manner so that class could be resumed. All of the affected drywall was removed and all of the studs were sprayed down with antimicrobial as well as a sealer to guarantee no more mold could possibly form. The administrator of the school was very content with the work that was done and the timeliness it was constructed.

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 – (210)858-9696

San Antonio Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls and ceilings in San Antonio home.

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

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Stone Oak for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Stone Oak 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 – 210-858-9696

Does Your San Antonio Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

In San Antonio, 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 – (210) 858-9696