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Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Identifying Mold - image of mold on ceiling This is mold from water damage on a ceiling. SERVPRO of Hazel Park has the resources & personnel to help get your home or business back together

Identifying Mold & Mildew In your House

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

Mold causes the deterioration of organic matter. Dampness creates ideal conditions for mold, and it feeds off of organic materials such as drywall, wood or cloth. After water damage has occurred, mold can begin growing in as quickly as two days.

This means that standing water needs to be removed and cleaned up as soon as you notice it. This eliminates the ideal growing conditions that allow for mold to take root.

You should always hire a company, like SERVPRO of Hazel Park, that has undergone extensive training and is certified in IICRC-the most trusted certification for mold removal.

Their training includes the ability to:

– Determine where water is coming from
– Identify the presence of mold
– Ensure mold does not spread any further
– Remediate mold
– Utilize thorough drying techniques to ensure mold does not return
– Restore property or advise on methods necessary to do so

Identifying the Mold

Mold has no set appearance and it can be any number of colors, including black, gray, white, green or pink.

One sure sign is visible identification of mold. But if the mold is unusual-looking you might not even realize what you are seeing. Mold can form in clusters or spots and it can grow in places you may not be able to see.

Determining the Presence of Mold

Our experts can find mold wherever it may be hiding. They know which signs to look for to determine if mold is present. These include:

– Visible signs of mold
– Musty odors
– Humid conditions
– Signs of long-term dampness
– Stained or discolored floors and walls
– Peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper
– Warped walls and bowed supports
– Damp surfaces

What Causes Mold?

Mold is likely growing in your home if you have moisture there. Many types of moisture problems can lead to mold growth. These include damp clothing, leaky pipes, roof leaks, a lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, and condensation.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint"

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it affects the surface in many ways.

How To Use Mold Resistant Paint 

If you need a paint for mold prone areas, like bathrooms, we highly recommend selecting an anti-mold paint. It will look like any other quality indoor paint, but will resist the growth of mold in the future, which is important in damp areas.

Why Use Mold Resistant Paint?

Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it doesn’t just discolor the surface and make it look bad. Mold actually feeds on materials like wood and drywall, eating away at the structures in your home. Left unchecked, it can cause serious structural damage. Using a mold resistant paint for mold prone areas helps protect you, and your family, from a various amount of problems.

Where Should You Use Anti Mold Paint?

Use mold resistant paint in areas subject to significant moisture, like kitchens (where steam from cooking can contribute to the development of mold) and bathrooms (where steam from showers can contribute to the development of mold). You might want to use an anti-mold paint in basements, as well, since they often get a bit damp.

Keep in mind the fact that you should only apply mold resistant paint to clean, dry, mold free surfaces. Using a mold resistant paint in areas where you’ve previously experienced a mold problem can help prevent future problems, but before applying the paint, make sure to remove all traces of mold and allow the surface to dry completely. Never paint over mold, even with mold resistant paint. Mold resistant paint won’t kill mold that is already growing on a surface and painting over mold will only make the mold problem worse in the end. It’s generally impossible to remove mold from porous surfaces like drywall, so moldy materials such as drywall should be removed and replaced; never try to paint over mold.

Also keep in mind the fact that while mold resistant paint resists mold growth, it’s not a guarantee that mold will never grow there, especially if you experience significant water damage or flooding.

The Best Paint For Mold Prone Areas

Mold resistant paints contain antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent the growth of mold on painted surfaces. There are numerous brands of mold resistant paint, which you can find at most home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menard’s. Mold resistant paints are available in a wide array of colors to suit any décor. Any brand of paint with antimicrobial properties will help prevent mold, so you’ll find plenty from which to choose. Apply mold resistant paint just as you would any other paint.

For Help With Mold Remediation and Painting

If you’ve got a mold problem and need help removing mold before you paint a room, we suggest scheduling an air-quality test with a certified mold professional. After you have this test done, you will get a protocol on how to clean and remediate the mold. Once you get the protocol, call SERVPRO of Hazel Park and we can make an appointment with you to come get rid of the mold. After we remediate the mold, we can recommend how to prevent future mold growth.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

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