Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Remediation Under Bathroom Cabinets

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the Bathroom Cabinet

This picture is of a bathroom cabinet of which the sink had an slow ongoing leak for a few months before it was discovered. 

You can tell by the color and size of the mold that the leak has been there for a while. If the bottom of your cabinet is just wet, without mold, it will be the color of wet wood, otherwise it will be darker. 

SERVPRO of South Austin removed the cabinet and the all the pieces that were affected with mold. We also sprayed an antimicrobial solution to make sure any and all spores were destroyed.

Call SERVPRO of South Austin today 512-301-7765 if you think you may have a mold problem from a slow leak in your home. 

Mold Under the Tub in Downtown Austin

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Tub Mold Removal

A slow leak in the plumbing connection to this bathtub caused mold to grow around the tub and the flooring. It was discovered when the mold started to grow outside the trim baseboards. 

The home builder called SERVPRO of South Austin to help remove the mold, dry out the tub surrounding and the wall where the leaky connection was. Our skilled technicians were able to remove the tile off the main wall, the half wall and the front of the tub to dry the sheet rock out properly. After the leak was fixed, we removed the mold, sprayed Antimicrobial solution, set up fans and a dehumidifier and dried the space within 48 hours.

The home builder was greatly appreciative of the job well done! Call SERVPRO of South Austin 512-301-7765 for help with mold remediation.

5 Principals of Mold Remediation

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling
    • Containment
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Controlled source containment
    • Follow OSHA standards
    • BEFORE Remediation begins
    • DURING Remediation
    • AFTER Remediation is finished
    • Control mold at its source
    • Minimize dust during demolition
    • Use AFD (air filtration device)
      • Large fans, called air filtration devices, are used to circulate air through a four-filter system when performing mold remediation
    • Physically remove the mold from the structure
    • Remove porous materials contaminated extensively with mold
    • Clean mold from nonporous materials
    • HEPA vacuum all surfaces
    • Dispose of moldy debris
    • Identify and correct moisture problems contributing to mold

SERVPRO of South Austin is dedicated to helping you achieve a safe and healthy home or environment to work in. 

Give us a call and let our experts take care of you properly! 512-301-7765

Hidden Mold

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Hidden mold

Conditions In Travis County  Might Be Right For Mold

Mold Damage

SERVPRO of South Austin 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 South Austin 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 512-301-7765

What to Do:

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

Does Your Austin area Home Have Mold?

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spores

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 mold dame in Austin, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  We are a state licensed mold remediator with 15 years experience in Austin.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of South Austin today –  512-301-7765

4 Things You Need to Know About Mold Damage

6/17/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Austin performing mold cleanup and restoration services

The fact that mold is unpleasant and can have a musty stench isn’t the only reason to be wary when water intrudes into your home or business. Growth occurs because of storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. There’s a natural amount of mold spores normally present in most environments, but if the moisture level in a water-damaged environment isn’t promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Why should all of this matter to you? Excessive mold growth can lead to harmful indoor environmental conditions and actually pose a health threat; so learning as much about mold as you can is your best defense.

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of South Austin professionals handle water damage every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained recent water damage, it’s vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly, as well as be on alert for the following:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors
  • Evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity
  • Health Concerns

    Organic materials found inside buildings, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation provide food sources for mold to flourish and that’s when health concerns arise. Concerns are more likely to increase for “at risk” people, which might include immune, suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. However, anyone may experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Possible health effects: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat or inflammation of the sinuses.

    People Most at Risk:

  • Infants and children
  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Help is here

    If you think you have a mold problem, call 512-301-7765. Our SERVPRO office is trained and licensed in mold remediation and will examine your structure for any visible signs of mold. In the event that mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold clean up or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area where the mold cleanup and associated contained processed is being safely completed.