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Removing and Preventing Mold in Concord Attics

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing and Preventing Mold in Concord Attics Moisture & Mold in a Concord Attic? Call SERVPRO to Fix Both Problems

SERVPRO Offers a Full Service of Mold Remediation and Insulation Installation

There is mold in every home in Concord. Specifically, there are mold spores in every home. In most of them, the spores are dormant, and these dry, microscopic specs pose no threat to the home itself or the residents inside.
 
When there is enough moisture, then the spores begin to expand and develop in Concord and other Massachusetts homes. Mold in the attic then becomes an issue for SERVPRO technicians to inspect, clean, and remove from the house, duplex, or apartment building.
 
Most of the moisture we find in a home which causes spores to become active is usually from a leaking pipe or a water line with a seep. In attics, the problem can often be poor insulation or simply not enough to protect the space and property stored under the roof.
 
When there is not enough insulation, more heat from the rooms below rises into the attic. This increased amount of warm, moist air comes in contact with the colder, dry air already present and forms moisture on the support beams and other surfaces.
 
When enough forms, it drips down onto the insulation and other surfaces, leaving pools of water that serve as perfect, little breeding spots for mold spores to expand and grow. The dripping water also compacts the insulation, especially blown-in insulation. Compacted insulation quickly loses its ability to reflect heat back into the home, which increases the amount of warm air that escapes into the attic, causing more drops of moisture to form.
 
If this happens, SERVPRO technicians must not only clean and remove the mold and puddles of water, but the compacted insulation as well. We can do this with a commercial grade vacuum and a hose that draws out the affected insulation into a sealed bag or another container for disposal. For tight areas where we cannot use the vacuum, we use long-handled tools to reach in and pull out clumps of compacted insulation.
 
Once we have the old insulation removed, technicians spray every surface with an anti-fungal agent to kill most remaining spores. If needed, we can also use a fogger device to fill the attic with the chemical cleaner to get into every nook and cranny we might not be able to reach otherwise.
 
Then, we allow the attic to completely dry. If we need to speed up the process, we can use air movers to force warm, dry air over the attic. Our last step is to replace the insulation with new and make certain to use enough to protect your home from further mold and to lower your heating bills.
 
Removing mold is never a simple process, but SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord can help you with every step, ensuring your home is clean, dry, and safe to live in once more. If you have, or suspect mold in your residence, call us today at (978) 486-9868.

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Remediation to Mold Infestations

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Remediation to Mold Infestations

Dealing with mold damage can be stressful for any homeowner. Damp weather, flood or water damage can form a conducive environment for the mold to grow and thrive right under your nose. Mold can quickly spread if you do not act fast wreaking havoc on your property and can adversely affect your health as well. 
 
Considering seeking professional help as soon as you spot signs of mold damage inside of your property. If left untreated, mold can quickly spread to various areas of your home causing a wide-spread damage that can be a nightmare to restore. Here are some reasons you are better off seeking professional help for mold remediation. 
  
1. It is easy to spread mold: If you are not careful, you can quickly spread the mold in your entire house trying to clean it in no time. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to contain the mold damage to the affected areas. We use containment barriers and other precautions to minimize the spread of the contamination.

2. Eliminating the moisture is the key: Mold thrives in damp and moist places. If you do not remove the moisture entirely, the spores in the air can cause secondary growth. Here at SERVPRO, we use powerful dehumidifying equipment to eliminate moisture and restore the humidity to pre-damage levels. Our professionals also use various moisture sensing equipment to ensure that the moisture level of the affected areas is under control even after the completion of the whole process. Our AMRT technicians can ensure proper drying and moisture elimination.  

3. Disposing of the contaminated material: Disposal of the contaminated material such as drywall, carpet or studs safely is critical to limit the spread the infestation. SERVPRO professionals have training and experience in proper handling and disposal of the mold contamination. If you try a DIY approach, chances are, you might end up spreading the mold to new places and worsen the situation.

Seeking professional help for mold remediation is essential. Professionals have the required training, technical skills, and experience that make mold remediation sometimes easy and fast but always safe. 
 
Call SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord at (508) 481-7556 today to schedule an appointment. Talk to our experts to learn more about strategies for mold remediation that meet your needs.

Mold Damage from Rapid Microbial Proliferation Harms Homes in Concord

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage from Rapid Microbial Proliferation Harms Homes in Concord Mold Needs Moisture to Grow in Concord Bathrooms, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Mold Spores in Concord Properties Can Be Controlled from Causing Damage--Ask SERVPRO How

Microbes outnumber humans and other much larger living creatures at astronomical ratios. This is true worldwide, and every home in Concord contains its fair share of these microorganisms. Not to worry, though, as this natural occurrence is something that homeowners can easily keep under control to prevent adverse impact on their properties.

Concord residents can control microbial growth and avoid mold damage to their property if they keep a few facts about these plentiful microorganisms in mind. Mold and mildew meet their needs by taking advantage of the location in which they settle.

Brought into your home through many different means, pieces of mold become airborne quickly. Air currents direct these microorganisms and their spores to the same locations as moist air. When the humidity in the air comes in contact with cooler surfaces, condensation forms, collecting water which microbes then put to use.

Much of the typical home materials used today contain substantial amounts of cellulose and other organic matter. Even when treated with preservative agents, microbes can use these organic-based materials as a plentiful food source. Moisture and food closely positioned expedite microbial colonization to start and then thrive, allowing for the rapid takeover of large areas of your home. SERVPRO technicians can inspect areas of your home for accumulated moisture that provides this conducive condition for mold remediation.

It is virtually impossible to keep microbes away from their food source inside your home, even if your home consists of brick or concrete. This is why many businesses experience problems with mold and mildew. Dust that accumulates in the natural pits, grooves, and indentations in these harder materials provides adequate food for microbes solely on their surfaces. Concrete and brick can also collect more moisture than other materials found in a home because moisture condenses on them more readily than on other surfaces that remain closer to the temperature of the air.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord have the training and certification from the IICRC in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT). We quickly restore homes, so everything is “Like it never even happened” once again for our customers. When you locate mold damage in your home, on any surface, call us at (978) 486-9868 to talk to us about our 24-hour services and how they can help remediate your home.

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Remediating Black Mold in Concord Homes

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Black Mold in Concord Homes Mold Remediation--Black, Green, Brown--All the Same SERVPRO Treatment in Concord

SERVPRO Offers a No-Scare Mold Remediation Service

Black Mold are two words that scare Concord homeowners and the general population for no good reason. Every type of mold can cause damage to a private home, duplex or apartment complex. There are more myths associated with black mold than there are facts published about it.
 
Having black mold in a Concord home does not mean everyone is at risk for lung infections or other health problems. The only people at risk with any mold are those individuals with highly sensitive allergies or have compromised or weakened immune systems. Mold can cause health effects.
 
Our first task is to stop further growth. The simplest way we accomplish this task is to find the moisture that is allowing the mold to expand and grow, looking for a food source and replicating across a home. This source can be relatively small, a tiny leak from a damaged roof or a small pool behind a rusting water heater can result in mold spreading through a large area.
 
SERVPRO response teams have an extensive network of cleaning agents and tools available to destroy active mold and render it harmless. As an example, If the mold is found in a tight area like in an attic or other crawlspaces, we use a combination of anti-fungal chemicals and a fogging device to create a cloud of mold killer. We force this agent into the enclosed space using a combination of fans and air movers to direct it to the affected surfaces. This method is also very useful in killing mold in the space behind walls.
 
Once we stop active growth, we remove any items that not cleanable. Drywall and other building material are easily compromised by mold, with the spores sending extensions into the panels to feed and continue growing. Our technicians carefully bag and remove damaged material to avoid accidentally spreading mold spores to unaffected areas of the home.
 
Removing black mold or any other infestation from your home is not an easy or quick process. SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord understands that it is not the end of your home, nor is it a threat to your health. For more information on how we treat and remediate this or any disaster, contact us at (978) 486-9868. We are here to help.

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Using The Right Services To Combat Mold Damage In Your Concord Area Home

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Using The Right Services To Combat Mold Damage In Your Concord Area Home Mold Outside of a Petri Dish in a Concord Home Needs SERVPRO for Remediation

Mold Remediation in Concord Properties Is Handled by SERVPRO

Mold thrives in moist environments, basically anywhere in your home that has excessive moisture, humidity, or water leaks. Indoor mold colonies cause damage to surfaces they grow on including walls, ceilings, floors, carpeting, furniture, drapes, and any other organic materials.

Luckily there are quite a few steps for homeowners in Concord to take to reduce the amount of mold damage that occurs on their property. If you have already let things get out of control, contact a remediation expert, like SERVPRO, today. We can help you rid your living environment of this type of nuisance and teach you how to prevent growth in the future.

Knowledge is a great tool to have to battle mold growth in your home. Learning more about what mold is, how it acts, and which environments it can survive in can help prevent exposure to any risks involved. SERVPRO technicians thoroughly explain what is happening in your home and keep you informed throughout the remediation process.

Molds are fungi that are a naturally occurring recycler of organic materials within our environment, often helping decaying materials absorb back into our ecosystem. However, because molds take very little to survive, if given the right conditions, can invade your home and expose you to threats that can cause severe cosmetic and structural problems over time.

SERVPRO technicians provide the tools necessary to locate, control, and confine mold from spreading throughout your home. Using infrared cameras, thermal hygrometers, and moisture sensors for detection are needed. Water extractors, advanced drying equipment, and antifungal agents can reach cool, dark, humid areas of your home where mold often grows to eradicate and complete the remediation.

Do-it-yourselfers are often limited by what they can accomplish, leaving areas larger than 10-square feet more than they can easily handle on their own. A store bought wet-dry vac, and household cleaners often fail to do the job, adding moisture to the area, allowing mold to spread even further. This only aggravates an already difficult situation.

Avoid taking the risk of providing half-solutions to your problem, contact SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord today. We can provide you with the IICRC certified technicians necessary to get mold growth in your home under control, fast. (978) 486-9868

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What Should You Do If You Find Mold In the Attic Of Your Marlborough Home?

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Should You Do If You Find Mold In the Attic Of Your Marlborough Home? Marlborough Mold Remediation and Cleaning It Up

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Mold in your attic is a problem that requires immediate remediation because if it is left unchecked, it can quickly spread to other areas of your home, and might also cause damage to the structure of your attic and any items that are stored there. Fungus likes damp environments, and an attic often provides just such an environment and might even become a rich breeding ground for more mold.

You might be wondering what to do if you find mold in the attic of your Marlborough home, or even how to tell if you have fungus growing there. Finding out whether you have mold is usually quite easy: Look for telltale patches of black or greenish discoloration and also take note of any moldy or musty smells.
 
Now you are sure you have mold, or at least strongly suspect that you do, it is time to call SERVPRO. We train our IICRC-certified technicians in all aspects of remediation. We start with asking some simple questions to get a clear picture of your situation and then we send out a fully equipped team to assess your attic and decide on the best course of action.
 
Is there anything you can do while you wait for our professional team to arrive? The answer is yes; there are some things you can do. If there is an obvious source of water or damp that you can remove safely, please do so. We recommend keeping the affected area dry. If you happen to have an HVAC system or fans running in your attic, turn those off too as they might help spread spores to other areas of your home.
 
If it is safe for you to remove porous materials you may do so, as porous materials also present a spreading risk; however please only carry out removal if you have protective equipment on hand to wear. Removal must be conducted slowly to avoid agitating the spores and causing further spreading – if in doubt do not do it.
 
SERVPRO recommends that you avoid touching or trying to spray or clean the mold and that you do not attempt to paint over affected areas.
 
Stay out of your attic until we arrive to assist you. Our experienced technicians come prepared to set up containment to prevent mold spreading to other parts of your home, and we use negative air machines to vent contaminated air outside your house. We also use a range of cleaning protocols including HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, abrasion, and immersion to clean salvageable items and remediate mold growth on walls, floors or ceilings.
 
Do not ignore a mold problem in the attic of your home. Call SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord at (978) 486-9868 for help.

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Marlboro/Concord Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/1/2016 (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 HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marlboro/Concord 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 Marlboro/Concord specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professional that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - Marlboro/Concord 508-481-7556

Does Your Marlboro/Concord Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Mold remediation reduces the mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Consider the 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 or business 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-508-481-7556