Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Is A Mold Inspection Necessary When Purchasing Commercial Property

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Corner of Church walls, floorboard heaters and tile flooring covered in mold Corner of Church walls, floorboard heaters and tile flooring covered in mold

When you consider purchasing a commercial property in the Foxborough area, you likely have a checklist of things to look for. The building not only has to suit all your business needs but it must be structurally sound. This means checking for signs of mold and knowing when you may need a mold inspection.

Know Where to Look

Mold grows best in damp, moist conditions. As you walk through the property, consider any areas of the building that fit this description, and keep an eye out for signs of water damage. Some notable places to look for visible mold include:

  • Bathrooms - Check near showers, sinks, tubs and toilets.
  • Basements - Pay attention to signs of leakage or condensation on pipes, as well as flood-prone areas.
  • Windows - Rainwater leaks and condensation from humidity can cause mold formation.

Of course, mold is not always visible. It can lurk within HVAC ducts and behind walls, ceilings or floorboards. If you notice any current or previous signs of water damage, you should consult the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough to determine the extent of any infestation.

Inspection and Remediation

If there are no signs of mold or water damage, it may not be worthwhile to pay for a mold inspection. However, if you suspect a problem, trained inspection and restoration experts can help you determine the extent of the issue and figure out a cleanup method. The good news is that even if your ideal property has a slight mold problem, this does not mean it is out of the running. With the assistance of skilled mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough, the route cause will be identified and fixed followed by proper remediation of any infestation.

CDC Facts on Mold

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website:

There is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.

Mold and Your Home

Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, bags, and pets can and be carried indoors.

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

If you suspect the presents of mold in your house please give our expects a call at SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole 508-533-5305

Industrial Hygienist

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect you have a mold issue give us a call today at 508-533-5305! If you suspect you have an issue but are unable to actually see the mold you may need what we in the industry call an Industrial Hygienist to come out and do some testing.

The company we turn to is always Oasis Environmental. 

For over fifteen years, Oasis Environmental Contracting Services, Inc. (Oasis) has been providing quality environmental advice and support to there valued clients. Oasis is veterans owned business/registered with CCR Cage/NCAGE 5KC12.

Oasis provides an eclectic array of environmental services and products, and we specialize in Environmental Investigations. Their meticulous and unique forensic approach provides clients with the historic data considered necessary to formulate options and make educated decisions regarding difficult environmental questions.

Matthew E. Montefusco, CHMM, CMC, CES, founded Oasis on the premise that individuals faced with environmental problems prefer and deserve a calm place (an Oasis) to obtain sensible and cost effective solutions to their particular situation. With Mr. Montefusco's twenty-nine plus years of environmental experience and the diligent efforts of the Oasis conscientious staff, environmental problems can be solved in a professional manner with the client's best interest in mind. 

For more information contact our office at SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole. 

BLEACH vs MOLD ~ Who Knew?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Despite popular belief, BLEACH DOES NOT KILL MOLD on porous surfaces!

Because Mold grows in colonies and has roots which grow deep into the material, bleach will NOT kill Mold in its entirety. Bleach will kill the surface Mold but the water content contained in bleach will actually worsen Mold conditions! Mold is a living organism which means it needs food to survive. Within a porous structure, Mold will use the water in bleach as a food source to feed its roots. This will actually cause the mold to grow back stronger!

The following are some Interesting, Educational FACTS about BLEACH and MOLD

  • The Clorox ® Company, EPA and OSHA have specifically advised that Bleach should not be used in mold remediation
  • Bleach does not kill mold, it will only remove the stain caused by mold
  • Bleach in some cases will allow toxic mold to grow where it was not present before
  • Bleach itself is considered to be toxic and is classified the same as gasoline
  • Bleach on gypsum (the material found in sheet rock or drywall) will emit chlorine gas for at least a week
  • Bleach applied to wood will push mold spores deeper into the wood fibers creating more problems later
  • Bleach does more harm than good

Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole TODAY to Remediate YOUR Mold Issue!

MOLD ... It's MICROSCOPIC

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

MOLD ... It's MICROSCOPIC

DO YOU SEE MOLD in YOUR HOME?


If you see MOLD; if it is visible to you, 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 Franklin/Walpole TODAY 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 Franklin/Walpole specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business! Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals! SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole uses specialized equipment and techniques to PROPERLY remediate your mold problem QUICKLY and SAFELY!

If You See Signs of Mold, contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole TODAY! ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

Are conditions in your town right for Mold?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 508-697-5439

What to Do:

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

Mold Tips

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 Franklin/Walpole 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 Franklin/Walpole 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 – 508-697-5439

Kitchen Mold - Plymouth, MA

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

During a kitchen renovation this homeowner found mold.

Your kitchen can be a melting pot for the growth of mold. Outside leaking pipes, here are 7 sources that could help with the growth of mold.


The Refrigerator Drip Tray: This tray is easily forgotten. It is found under the fridge, it could be in the back under the fan grate, or bottom front. 


Garbage Disposal: Mold can grow on rotting food in the garbage disposal if you don't keep it clean. To help avoid mold, pour vinegar down at least once a week.


Compost: Another less thought of mold source is the compost bucket. Make sure to remove it every day and keep covered.


Cutting Boards: In most homes this item is used on a daily basis, but it is a good source for mold growth. Cleaning it once a week with vinegar and let stand for 10 minutes before rinsing should cut down on the threat of mold.


If you have a mold growth in your home contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 for your professional cleaning

Basement Mold - Canton, MA

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

What to do when you find mold in your basement.

One of the areas in your home where you would most likely see mold is in your basement. Because the basement gets not sunlight, very little ventilation and is often humid it is prime real estate for mold to grow. 

Mold can grow on most every thing, drywall, building frames, carpet, insulation to name a few. When looking for mold looks for signs of moisture. 

In order to prevent basement mold you must minimize moisture. Here are a few tips.

Basement Walls: If you see water seeping through the walls applying sealant to walls and floors would prevent water from getting in.

Leaking Pipes: Look over pipes for any condensation or leaks, and get them fixed.

Basement Humidity: It's important to keep the humidity at below 55%. Buying a dehumidifier would would reduce the risk of mold in you basement. 

If you have mold in you basement contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 where our trained and certified technicians can rid your home of mold.

Attic Mold - Plymouth

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

The mold in this attic was not discovered until the homeowner went to get the Halloween decorations.

What can you do when you have found mold growth in your attic. SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole  have narrowed down the 6 most common causes of mold growth in you attic.

If you're like a lot of people you probably store all your holiday decorations in the attic. During these times it would be a good time to inspect your attic for mold. For some there could be a nasty surprise waiting for us.

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole has comprised the 6 common causes.

1: A leaking roof.

2: Missing or improperly installed insulation.

3: Inadequate Ventilation.

4: Dryer vents, kitchen and/or bathroom fans vented into the attic. This practice can pump warm moist air into the attic creating the correct environment for mold growth.

5: Water heaters or furnaces installed in the attic.

6: Ice damming.

If you think you might have mold growth contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 to set up an appoint for one of our experience technicians for their opinion today. 

Skylight Mold - Milton, MA

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold found around this leaky skylight in Milton, MA

Condensation is usually more noticeable on skylights because warm, moist air rises to the ceiling. The problem, however, usually isn't the skylight it's the excess moisture in the room.


Skylights are often installed in bathrooms but sometimes in bedrooms and kitchens. The appeal is understandable. Skylights window, are defined as windows installed at an angle. While they look pretty down the road they can lead to uncomfortable conversations.


The key to mold control is moisture control. Managing excess moisture in your home can help prevent the growth of mold. monitoring your home regularly will help to keep the mold to a minimum.


Open your skylights to reduce humidity and to allow air to circulate. This will reduce the buildup of moisture, which is the biggest cause of mold. If you see a build up of condensation open the window if you can, or run a fan, this will help the air to move.


Mold will never be anyone's idea of a welcomed house guest, but with preventive steps you can be assured you will never have to fear those three letters words: "you have mold".


If you think you have mold give SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole a call today for your evaluation at 508-533-5305


 

Window Mold-Sharon, MA

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold strikes a garage window in Sharon, MA

MOLD: The very word is enough to make a person cringe. 


Mold can be good- it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature-but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home. Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipers, and above ceiling tiles.


Here are nine ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it. 


1: Identify problems areas in your home and correct them.


2: Dry wet areas immediately.


3: Prevent moisture with proper ventilation


4: Equip your home with mold-resistance products.


5: Monitor Humidity indoors.


6: Direct water away from your home.


7: Clean or repair roof gutters.


8: Improve air flow in your home.


9: keep mold off household plants.


Have questions, give SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole a call today at 508-533-5305 someone will be able to assist you.


 

Basement Mold-Somerset, Ma

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold build up at a basement in Somerset, MA

The basement is one of the areas in your home that is prone to mold growth usually from the high level of moisture, inadequate ventilation and a lack of dehumidifying. 

Mold formation in the basement can easily go unnoticed because people hardly go their and as such the growth can spread extensively. Because mold can grow on any organic item, it is a good idea to check every item in the basement to spot mold growth.  

Items prone to mold growth include wooden furniture, boxes, cartons, paper, drywall's, carpets and any wood structures that constitute the basement.

To keep basement free from mold, take extra care to keep it dry always. Possible sources of moisture include floods, leaking pipes and faulty ventilation. 

If you think that you have mold in your basement give SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole a call at 508-533-5305 

Bleach and Mold the hard truth!

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces. Mold grows in colonies and has roots which grow deep into the material. The bleach will infact kill the surface mold however the water content of the bleach will seep into the porous structure and provide a food source to the roots. This will actually cause the mold to grow back stronger.

Here are some facts about Bleach and Mold

  • The Clorox ® Company, EPA and OSHA have specifically advised that Bleach should not be used in mold remediation
  • Bleach does not kill mold, it will only remove the stain caused by mold
  • Bleach in some cases will allow toxic mold to grow where it was not present before
  • Bleach itself is considered to be toxic and is classified the same as gasoline
  • Bleach on gypsum (the material found in sheet rock or drywall) will emit chlorine gas for at least a week
  • Bleach applied to wood will push spores deeper into the wood fibers creating more problems later
  • Bleach does more harm than good