Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Mold Remediation Process for Jacksonville Homes

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Magnifying glass showing closeup of mold When beginning mold remediation for Jacksonville homes, SERVPRO prioritizes any effort to limit further damage to the household.

SERVPRO Offers Consistent Mold Remediation

The due process for remediating after mold damage might change from one property to another, but the core elements vary little. Combining the experience of remediators with our general contractor license for repairs and reconstruction, we provide a full-service approach rooted in several fundamental recovery actions.

Establishing Containment 

When beginning mold remediation for Jacksonville homes, SERVPRO prioritizes any effort to limit further damage to the household. Our greatest action to combat spore activity and migration is the erection of containment barriers. When combined with the efforts of HEPA air scrubbers and negative pressure machines, these physical structures are the best defense for a property in the early remediation stages.

Focusing on a Dry Environment 

Much like an urgent need to protect the structure from migrating microbes, SERVPRO IICRC trained professionals must also take direct action for moisture damage and damp pockets. Humidity and moist materials make a suitable climate to facilitate mold growth. Considerable focus is necessary to fully dry the property to acceptable ranges, using many tools like:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Heaters
  • Negative pressure

Clearing Settled Spores

Settled spores are cleaned from surfaces, typically with HEPA vacuums. Because these settle downward, technicians of our team will clean from the top of a surface towards its base. Often, cleaning in this manner happens over several rounds of the same action.

Removing Materials as Needed

When exposed materials have become too badly damaged and impacted by infestations, such as most porous hosting elements, professionals on our roster must discard them. We conduct controlled demolition to preserve all the building materials possible.

Cleaning and restoring your home after mold and microbial threats typically involves these actions. The fundamental approaches can effectively reduce active organisms and their impact on a structure. Call our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team today for mold remediation assistance at (910) 319-0600.

Emergency Mold Remediation for Jacksonville Residences

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth along wall Mold cleanup technicians from SERVPRO are trained and available to address microbial concerns.

Mold Mitigation from SERVPRO is Available 24/7

Mold damage can begin within a day or two of moisture exposure. These microbes eat away at organic materials like sheetrock, specific varieties of insulation, and even wall framing, floors, and ceiling joists. 

Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) compliant mold remediation from Jacksonville SERVPRO technicians can successfully reduce spore populations to pre-disaster levels. Professional remediation keeps homeowners safe and can include rebuilding services like structural repairs. 

SERVPRO Availability Maximizes Home Restoration Potential

Mold cleanup technicians from SERVPRO are available seven days a week and at any time of day to address microbial concerns such as:

  • Spore clusters
  • Stains
  • Malodors
  • Structural damage
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns

SERVPRO IICRC trained techs take caution when addressing mold, including using and decontaminating commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and sealing contaminated areas with polyethylene sheeting. This includes partial sealing of ductwork to prevent mold from migrating during remediation.

Restoration professionals address mold with EPA-registered biocides and take measures to remediate the conditions in which mold thrives by drying the affected structure with air movers and low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers. Microbial movement is controlled with HEPA-filter air scrubbers that lower local air pressure in sealed areas, which causes spores to fall to the floor for technicians to collect with vacuums. 

Odor control technicians (OCTs) ensure that mold and moisture odors are eliminated on a particle level with the help of ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, sprays, scented granules, time-release pellets, and counteractant odor beads, among other solutions. 

When homeowners need fast-acting "Like it never even happened" cleanup, SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties at (910) 319-0600.

Surface Cleaning Mold Remediation for Jacksonville Properties

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy mold growth on ceiling One of the first steps in mold remediation is locating the moisture source. Our team can provide complete mold remediation.

Mold Remediation Begins in Jacksonville Residences with Surface Treatments

When you believe mold damage exists in your home, it is essential to act quickly. We have experienced remediation professionals trained in multiple mold removal and cleanup approaches. From surface treatment to repairs and reconstruction, we are a full-service team to help.

What Is Surface Treatment Remediation?

Surface cleaning and treatment, which uses antimicrobial products and mechanical action for removal, are preferred for mold damaged Jacksonville properties. This process is the least invasive approach for recovery after organisms spread throughout the property. We have several potent sporicidal and antimicrobial products within our inventory to destroy spores and microbes on contact.

Can Mechanical Actions Help?

Mechanical actions and agitation can amplify the desired result with surface cleaning. In this case, steps more effectively remove superficial mold damage. Some of the options we utilize include:

  • Hand Sanding – Gritty paper can clear mold on surfaces like wood framing without compromising the integrity of the materials.
  • Steel Wool – This abrasive material is ideal for clearing surface mold that has started to penetrate the surface.
  • Brushing – Hard bristled brushes remove more stubborn colonies.

Are More Abrasive Cleaning Options Needed?

Surface treatments are often insufficient to overcome the active colonization within a house. Although surface cleaning is the most desirable approach due to its non-invasiveness, many situations warrant a more abrasive and aggressive cleaning solution. Our IICRC trained team can provide strategies like dry ice blasting or even controlled demolition where necessary.

It is vital to quickly respond when you believe that mold damage exists in your home. Even when you cannot see the immediate effects of colonies, you can often identify the possibility of microbial growth through physical signs. When you suspect microbial damage, give our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team a call to help at (910) 319-0600. 

Is All Residential Mold Hazardous for Jacksonville Families?

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Closeup of hand holding magnifying glass looking at mold Mold only needs organic matter as a food source and a supportive foundation for the growth and expansion of the colony.

Mold Removal Should be a Priority When Microbial Colonies Form in Jacksonville Homes

Overcoming the threats of mold and microbial growth in your home begins with understanding what kind of damage these organisms can do. Mold and fungal infestations are widely underappreciated for their destructive capabilities. 

The Formation of Mold 

Understanding how mold forms and its effect on your home can showcase your need for professional mold removal companies in Jacksonville residences. Persistently moist conditions create an environment welcoming naturally occurring mold spores to colonize on organic surfaces. Once this process starts, several removal practices must get started as soon as possible, like:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Aggressive mechanical actions
  • Abrasive cleaning/blasting
  • Controlled demolition

Potential Health Effects 

Not all types of residential molds will cause health effects, but the damage has already become widespread when this determination can get made. For the sake of the impact on structural elements or other health effects, our IICRC Certified SERVPRO remediators should begin removal as soon as possible. 

Destructive Behaviors of Microbial Growth 

Active mold colonies require organic matter as a food source and supportive foundation for the growth and expansion of the organism. Therefore, materials like drywall that are already highly porous and easily damaged by changing conditions can be irreparably harmed by the formation of mold colonies. Instead of cleaning and reusing infested drywall, our professionals must often remove and replace it.  

Mold can be destructive and damaging to area homes and commercial structures, making it imperative to have effective solutions available for remediation and removal when necessary. Our SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties team is specially trained and certified through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in mold removal and microbial remediation. Call us today at (910) 319-0600.

What Is the Best Approach for Mold Remediation in Concealed Areas of Your Hampstead Property?

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall inside children’s closet Mold can develop out of sight, where it is hard to spot. SERVPRO knows how to locate and remediate hidden mold.

SERVPRO Relies on Controlled Demolition and Specialized Cleaning Techniques to Manage Mold

Mold development is typically easy to identify since patches and stains are readily visible on surfaces. However, mold also develops out of sight, where it is hard to spot and even harder to remove. Typical examples of such areas include crawlspaces and wall cavities, especially behind bathtubs and sinks. You might need professional assistance to address mold damage in hidden areas of your Hampstead home.

The main challenge when mold remediation in Hampstead homes involves hidden areas is the limited reach. If the contamination is hidden behind building materials such as wall panels or ceiling tiles, demolition is the only solution. If the growth affects a porous material or tiny spaces between materials, a specialized removal method that can penetrate the small openings is essential. SERVPRO is well versed in doing controlled demolitions and using specialized cleaning techniques like dry ice blasting.

Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting Include:

  • Safe removal of mold from tight spaces of delicate areas
  • Does not introduce moisture to contaminated areas
  • Does not introduce new residues 

It is easy to cause unnecessary structural damage when dealing with hidden mold, thus increasing costs and prolonging the remediation process. Opening walls and other areas can also release harmful residues, exposing people in the vicinity. Therefore, any demolition to remove mold residues or heavily deteriorated materials requires sufficient control.

One of the crucial steps for controlled demolition is establishing containment since it helps limit residues from spreading even when teardown or cleaning is aggressive. Aggressive actions include using cutting tools to remove materials or cleaning methods such as sanding.

Establishing Mold Containment Takes:

  • Setting up plastic sheets to create containment barriers
  • Separating contained areas into distinct sections, including decontamination and clean rooms 
  • Establishing negative air pressure within contained areas

SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties can help you with any needed resources to complete mold remediation. Call us at (910) 319-0600. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Can I Do About the Mold Damage in My Hampstead Home?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pulling back wallpaper revealing mold Water leaks and mold go hand in hand. SERVPRO’s techs are expertly trained to handle mold colonies. Call us today!

SERVPRO Is Ready to Help You with the Mold Damage Restoration in Your Hampstead Residence! 

A leaking pipe inside of your home could cause havoc for many reasons, including microbial growth. Many individuals do not know that it takes less than 72 hours for microbial activity to begin when mold spores are introduced to moisture. Furthermore, many homeowners do not know that mold spores are omnipresent, and any introduction of excess water is likely to lead to the growth of a colony. 

In the case of finding mold damage in your Hampstead home, the best thing you can do is reach out for help immediately. Even if you do not see physical mold, but you do have a lengthy water accident in your home, it could be wise to reach out for help to ensure the moisture levels in your home are appropriate. Should you catch a musty scent while in your basement after a water accident, it could be an indication of microbial activity. 

Here at SERVPRO, our techs are expertly trained to handle mold colonies. For example, imagine that a leaking pipe in your basement has caused mold damage to form in a wall cavity. Leaving it unchecked could cause health effects and cause long-term damage to the structure of your home. However, calling SERVPRO can help minimize the problem immediately. 

Once inside of your home and in your basement, our technicians can: 

  • Set up plastic-sheeting and close ventilated spaces off to reduce the chances of active spores spreading
  • Make flood cuts to remove potentially contaminated material and expose the colony 
  • Sanitize and scrub at the colony before using antifungal agents to help prevent regrowth

If you need mold remediation, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties by dialing (910) 319-0600. We can help you! 

Are There Steps Mold Remediation Companies Take That Reduce the Impact in Hampstead Homes?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on wall and around outlet Call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold. Our techs are highly trained to safely remediate mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Performs Mold Inspection to Contents and the Structure Ensuring the Best Outcomes from Restoration

When you notice signs such as spots or patches on surfaces, you may suspect an underlying mold problem. You may be conflicted about whether to involve professional mold remediation companies or try fighting the problem independently. However, involving professionals can improve the outcome by a significant margin.

In most cases, the signs you see on surfaces do not reveal the extent of the infestation. Mold remediation companies help Hampstead homeowners understand the problem they face by carrying out a series of tests. Our SERVPRO technicians can check for hidden moisture using thermal cameras, thermo-hygrometers, and penetrative moisture meters. We also analyze how far the mold colonies spread by drilling small exploratory holes on walls, cabinets, and other cavities—identifying the areas to focus on during remediation.

With Help from Mold Specialists, you do not Have to Worry About:

  • Basement mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold
  • Black mold damage repairs

Dealing with Fungi and Other Microbial Masses Requires Various Processes, Including:

  • Mild surface cleaning
  • Aggressive cleaning
  • Controlled demolition
  • Moisture and odor management

Before starting the mold remediation processes, our SERVPRO teams take steps to create order. For instance, we set up a staging area to hold all the equipment we use in the restoration. When doing move-outs, we evaluate the contents thoroughly then group them based on size and type of damage.

Mold infestation can be mild or advanced, thus requiring different remediation approaches for the correct result. Our SERVPRO professionals use a wide range of cleaning processes, including HEPA vacuuming, damp wiping, wire brushing, or soda blasting.

SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties can resolve any issue you face, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (910) 319-0600.

Why Trust SERVPRO to Handle Jacksonville Area Fire and Smoke Removal?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of fireman’s hand using a hose and water to extinguish fire. Water damage often accompanies fire damage. SERVPRO is equipped to handle your water and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Features Fire and Smoke Removal Techniques to Ensure Best Results in Your Jacksonville Home!

Safety and results are two things every Jacksonville property owner wants when hiring a team to manage fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. DIY methods and untrained cleaning crews can worsen the damage, leading to higher costs and unsalvageable contents and materials. Our highly skilled IICRC-certified team at SERVPRO handles each house fire cleanup job using proven methods to get the results you deserve.

Fire and smoke removal in Jacksonville can be complex, which is why there is a need for a multi-faceted approach. SERVPRO assesses the damage carefully to pinpoint areas where soot settled, and we never leave any moisture behind. These are some of the steps that our crew will take once we arrive on the scene:

  • Water removal –Fire damaged homes often have standing water or excessive moisture left from firefighting efforts. This water removal includes containment and disposal of any contaminated fluids.
  • Debris removal –We perform a complete evaluation of all residue and debris requiring removal. Everything gets disposed of safely according to local guidelines.
  • Odor removal –Our team implements industry best practices for cleaning, deodorization, and sanitization to ensure no foul odors linger. These practices include matching odors and soot residues with the right products and methods. 

What About Controlled Demolition?

In areas where replacement is necessary, we make sure reconstruction takes place so that your interior is left “Like it never even happened.” Some actions may include new drywall, flooring, baseboards, or sealants on walls or your HVAC system to suppress odors.

SERVPRO of Pender/West Onslow Counties is available around the clock for rapid fire and smoke removal services. Call us at (910) 319-0600!

Let the Experts Handle Mold Remediation in Jacksonville

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling and walls Does your home have mold damage? Don’t go it alone! SERVPRO is trained for complete mold remediation.

Years of Experience Ensure Safety During Jacksonville Mold Remediation Projects

Tackling a mold infestation requires the type of training and experience available only to experts. SERVPRO technicians train to exceptional standards so that they can handle any mold damage problem.

Calling SERVPRO for help with mold remediation in Jacksonville means calling an experienced team that solves mold problems day in and day out. Our expertise often shows itself from the beginning of our intervention when assessing the situation and implementing safety protocols. Mold can cause health effects for some people, so we take great care when working in and around a mold-damaged area. Our inspectors outfit themselves with respirators and, in some cases, full-body protective suits before assessing the need for:

  • Black Mold Damage Repairs
  • Attic Mold Removal
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Quarantine and decontamination rooms
  • Extra personal protective equipment

SERVPRO technicians don sealed full-face respirators designed specially to filter out mold spores in the most severe cases. These protective measures are not available to most people, so we recommend calling us immediately when you find mold growing in your home. Common signs of fungal growth include discolored patches on or below porous materials, unusual musty odors, and recent water damages. Within hours, one of our inspectors can arrive at your home and determine how much, if any, risk the area may pose.

SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties has helped local homeowners recover from mold infestations for years. Call our 24/7 phone line at (910) 319-0600.