Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Dramatic Weather Changes Don't Just Confuse You...They ALSO Confuse Your HOME!

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Sudden and frequent temperature changes can be uncomfortable for you, but cause multiple problems for your home! Swings in weather conditions can not only make YOUR life chaotic, but can result in moisture issues you may not even realize have affected your home!

One day it’s flip-flops, T-shirts and trips to the beach, and literally the next day it’s “Don’t we have coats and gloves around here somewhere?”…better known as, winter in Texas! It can be challenging – to say the least – to plan wardrobes and activities, not to mention the impact it can have on your home.

Yes…those dramatic temperature and moisture changes can cause your home to accumulate the moisture from condensation, in places you don’t even SEE! Just like people, buildings need to “breathe.” And when the weather changes from 84 degrees to 34 degrees in the span of 24 hours, condensation WILL naturally occur – just like what happens when a hot Texas afternoon hits an ice cold glass of sweet tea. And without a means to address that moisture, it can lead to mold growth quicker than you could ever imagine.

Improper or old seals on windows, inadequate roof or wall insulation and moisture barriers, and poor ventilation can all contribute to trapped condensation…without you even knowing it’s happening right under your very roof and without a single typical sign of a water leak! And as temperatures shift back to the normal ranges and those spaces begin to warm up, it provides the perfect cozy environment for mold to grow AND thrive.

Sometimes, it can continue for months or even years undiscovered. Eventually, you may notice a tell-tale musty odor, or a wall may show signs of discoloration or damaged texture…and THAT’S when the full story of what those sudden weather changes have done to your home, unfolds. Or, you may decide it’s time for a facelift in your space. After binge-watching HGTV shows, comparing prices, styles and features, and shopping bids, you’re finally ready for that long-awaited remodel.

Then your contractor calls with the “news” – they’ve found significant mold inside your walls, and the budget for your dream space is suddenly hijacked by mold. Obviously, you want your home to be safe, and not only remediation but updates to whatever may have caused the issue, now have taken top priority over fancy appliances, designer wall coverings and handcrafted tiles. Fortunately, our professionally trained SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio mold remediation experts have both the knowledge and equipment to properly contain and remove all affected materials.

And not only can we safely and effectively handle the mold, but also remove any remnants of that “musty” smell, with our state-of-the-art air duct cleaning and professional-level odor removal treatment. However, we all know the value of an ounce of prevention, and our in-house construction team can help you make sure your home can “breathe” properly…so YOU can breathe easy, without fear of what may lurk inside your walls and home. Let’s face it, you have enough things to deal with just trying to keep up with the crazy weather changes; your home shouldn’t have to be one of them!

The Good, The Bad…And The REAL “Ugly” Of Mold

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

While mold can have some very positive outcomes in a variety of applications, it’s NEVER a good thing in your home or office! While “molds” can be quite useful in many contexts – and actually a GOOD thing – but, if it’s in your home or office it bypasses the “good” completely

A quick search of the word “mold” brought up a host of different images – and meanings. Molds for shaping desserts – good…molds for casting artwork – lovely…mold for aging cheeses – tasty…mold to create penicillin – lifesaving. Then, there’s the OTHER mold – hiding behind baseboards, creeping up walls, invading your bathroom. Something we’d say is anything BUT “appetizing” or helpful!

So while we can appreciate the tasty foods, beautiful creations and health benefits of many “molds,” NOBODY wants those nasty little organisms growing in your home or office. Not only is it unsightly (to say the very least), but the long-term effects can be a LOT worse than the cosmetic impact!

When we think of mold in this context, the phrase “black mold” immediately comes to mind. However, most people fail to realize there can be MULTIPLE types of mold lurking in your home or office…and regardless of its “color,” all types of mold should be dealt with as soon as possible and treated by professionals with the skills and equipment for proper remediation.

And make no mistake about it, time is of the essence when faced with the possible growth of mold spores. These microscopic organisms waste no time in setting up housekeeping, and when the proper conditions occur after any sort of water-related “incident” those little buggers get down to business – within 48 HOURS! After that, it doesn’t take long for them to produce just the initial allergens and irritants, and possibly causing health effects.

Now up to this point we’ve only discussed the physical side effects of mold exposure on people; this doesn’t even cover how it can affect the actual structure of your home or business. As living organisms actively-growing mold spores damage the material it lives on, thereby impairing STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY of any surface! So not only can it cause long-term ill effects on your health, but actually destroy your building.

Now that you know after water (or any excessive moisture) intrudes on your property it can promote mold growth as quickly as 48 hours, it’s important to remain vigilant and know all the facts, such as:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere – indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors or HVAC systems…and even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water, which 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 that “aroma” can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, so it’s important to keep indoor humidity below 45%

It’s obvious that even a “little” mold is not something to take lightly…and should be handled by licensed, trained, professionals like the team at SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio. Fortunately with specialized equipment and years of experience, we can remove the “bad and ugly” of any mold growth – and just leave you to breathe easy and enjoy the “good” life!

Inspecting Mold in Northwest San Antonio

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can become a problem in your home or business very quickly. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio 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 the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and 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 and 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 Northwest San Antonio 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

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.

Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio 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. SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home.

If You See Signs of Mold,

Call Us Today – (210) 521-3313

How to Correctly Deal with Mold

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly, call SERVPRO before it gets worse.

How to correctly deal with mold: 

try your best to stay out of the area most affected by the mold.

- turn off HVAC systems and fans to prevent from spreading. 

- Contact SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio for mold remediation services.

How to incorrectly deal with mold: 

- don't make contact with the mold

- don't try to dry the area yourself

- don't try and spray any chemicals on the mold

- try not to have air blow across an area with suspected mold growth

SERVPRO Of Northwest San Antonio Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio excels in mold remediation services. Our crew members are highly trained and equipped on how to safely deal with a mold problem. With both our skilled restoration specialists and SERVPRO's advanced equipment, we ensure a quick and safe job to be done!

If you suspect any signs of mold, Call us Today- SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio!

(210) 521-3313

Do You Live in San Antonio, Texas and Have Mold in Your Home?

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio if you have mold in your home or business.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it extremely hard 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. Below are some interesting facts about mold.

  • 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.
  • Mildew is a type of mold that remains on the surface of the affected materials.
  • Christmas trees can be a source of mold spores.
  • Mold growth is a sign of water damage.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio 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) 521-3313

Mold Remediation in a San Antonio Home

3/2/2019 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (210) 521-3313

When San Antonio homeowners had to leave their home for an extended period of time due to illness, the unthinkable happened. The first floor of their 2,200 square foot home was completely inundated with mold. Their hot water heater had a slow leak and over several weeks, the moisture in the home and air created a perfect breeding ground for mold. The walls, ceiling and even some furniture fell victim to the rapidly expanding mold.

SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio was called to help. Over two weeks, our highly trained team disposed of all affected contents of the home. We packed out and cleaned the hard surfaces as well as demoed the entire first floor, hauling off all affected material.

This is an extreme case of what mold can do to your home if left to its own devices. Luckily, the homeowners were able to rebuild the home from the inside and will be moving back in permanently this year!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When the mold is disturbed, it 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 Northwest San Antonio 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 Northwest San Antonio 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) 521-3313

Managing Mold in Northwest San Antonio

2/3/2019 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (210) 521-3313

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 cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio 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 the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and 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 and 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 Northwest San Antonio 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

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.

Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio 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. SERVPRO® of Northwest San Antonio Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home.

If You See Signs of Mold,

Call Us Today – (210) 521-3313

San Antonio, Texas Citizens: How to Correctly Deal With Mold

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

This wall is covered in mold that spread over time at a commercial site.

How to correctly deal with mold: 

try your best to stay out of the area most affected by the mold.

- turn off HVAC systems and fans to prevent from spreading. 

- Contact SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio for mold remediation services.

How to incorrectly deal with mold: 

- don't make contact with the mold

- don't try to dry the area yourself

- don't try and spray any chemicals on the mold

- try not to have air blow across any area with suspected mold growth

SERVPRO Of Northwest San Antonio Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio excels in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crew members are trained for weeks on how to properly and safely deal with a mold problem. With both our highly trained restoration specialists and SERVPRO's advanced technology, we insure a quick and safe job to be done!

If you suspect any signs of mold, Call us Today- SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio

Does Your Home in San Antonio, Texas Have A Mold Problem?

7/3/2018 (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) 521-3313

Bexar County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your 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 Northwest San Antonio 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 Northwest San Antonio 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) 521-3313

The Mold Process

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold growth.

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact (210) 521-3313

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our office. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

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

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: 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.

Limiting Mold Growth

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth from a water damage.

Limiting Mold Growth

"Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act promptly...A prompt response (within 24 - 48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." *

You can count on SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio to handle your mold troubles. If you think you have mold call SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio first at (210) 521-3313. As trained IICRC professionals we can help guide you in the correct direction. Often times we are able to handle your mold problem before it can become a danger to you and your loved ones. Please be cautious if you suspect mold.

* Quoted from OSHA - A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace, Safety and Health Information Bulletin 03-10-10.

Conditions In San Antonio, Texas Might Be Right For Mold

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

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 Northwest San Antonio 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 (210) 521-3313.

What to Do:

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

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

8/11/2017 (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 Northwest San Antonio 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 Northwest San Antonio 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 – SERVPRO of Northwest San Antonio