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Archived Mold Remediation Blog Posts

Flooded Homes and Mold Growth

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Flooded Homes and Mold Growth Extensive flood damage required a majority of this interior to be removed and disposed, a task too large for your typical carpet cleaning company.

There are over 30,000 carpet cleaning companies scattered across the United States. The likelihood of 2-3 competing restoration companies in your hometown is very good. Many times after a flood or water damage it's off to Google to do a quick search on whom to call to service your water damaged home or business.  Just in the zip codes of 85629 & 85614 there are 15 carpet cleaning and restoration companies. I took the time to search reviews on these local companies & the majority of them have no certifications, BBB ratings, or the equipment to properly clean and restore a flood damaged property. They do have the equipment and ability to shampoo a carpet and I am sure, in most cases, they would do a fine, satisfactory job.

Unfortunately, when a home has had a flood, whether it was from a storm, or just a leaking pipe, your home or office will typically need much more extensive work to ensure further damage does not occur. Simply vacuuming up standing water on carpet and hard flooring & giving it a once over with a carpet shampoo machine does nothing for water trapped in the slab or soaked up by drywall.  When water is left within a few days to a week mold growth will begin to occur.  Mold can cause health effects.


This mold growth is typically invisible to your eye for a number of months because the growth occurs in the dark, damp area between your carpet and your structures' slab. Eventually after a couple of weeks to a few months your walls will begin to show this mold growth.  SERVPRO is typically called when this mold growth is finally noticed  which results in a much more extensive job including carpet removal, slab drying, drywall removal & replacement, and extensive testing to ensure the home & it's contents are dry and mold free.

Your best option is to just call your local SERVPRO directly after your home or office has suffered a flood damage. We are a highly trained emergency response restoration company with a staff of professionals prepared to take on any job. A carpet cleaning company is fine when you just have a soiled carpet but, leave the flood for the experts

What Is Mold? (Do I Need A Mold Inspection?)

2/10/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Mold? (Do I Need A Mold Inspection?) Black mold growth, when seen in this concentration, should be addressed immediately by a mold inspector.

Let me start of by saying what mold is not, this may help narrow things down a bit. Mold is not bacteria, animal, or plant. Mold is a fungus, much like a mushroom and requires water and some type of substrate material to grow. A substrate is a nutrition source that fungus needs to grow. Mold will thrive in almost any substrate including carpet glue, gypsum based drywall, and wood. Often, after a home floods, mold growth begins instantly and will eventually become visible as green, black & blue spots. Especially if the structure is not dryed thoroughly. Please note, mold is everywhere and all of us have been exposed to it on a daily basis from the time we were born. Some of us are much more sensitive to the "spores" mold releases which may agitate current medical conditions such as asthma or allergies.

At certain concentrations however, all of us become susceptible to these mold spores in varying degrees. It is difficult to say exactly how much mold is "a lot" or "enough to cause symptoms". But a good rule of thumb is to call a professional mold inspector or water restoration company as soon as a mold colony is noticed with your naked eye.

If you suspect mold growth or have noticed a mold colony on your flooring or walls we guarantee you have a water problem. Wether it is from a recent flood or maybe a small invisible leak, the problem needs to be addressed. As long as there is residual moisture in your home the mold colony will continue to expand and the spore concentration will continue to increase. If small enough and contained in one location one can try to scrub the infected area with soapy water, rinse, and dry. Although this may work for the time being the liklihood of an underlying water damage problem is very good and a professional should be called.

Water Damage & Mold Remediation 85629

2/2/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Damage & Mold Remediation 85629 Many homes in the 85629 zip code are seeing under kitchen sink water damage & drywall mold growth due to a faulty O-ring

Sahuarita, AZ 85629 is the sister city and adjoined with Green Valley, AZ 85614. Many of the homes in the older, more established Green Valley are 20-30 years old. The homes in the newer 85629 zip code are 5-7 years old and are beginning to show their weak points.

Many home builders tend to use the same fixtures, piping, and even refrigerator water supply lines from home to home. Especially if your home happens to be in a tract or master planned community. SERVPRO Sahuarita has been receiving many calls from this 85629 zip code. In particular and O-ring is failing on an under kitchen sink pipe and causing water leaks and eventually water damage. If this fault in this universal piping is not addressed mold growth will occur which, of course, results in a much more costly repair.

The professionals at your local SERVPRO 85629 & 85614 are experts in water damage repair and mold remediation and have become quite adept at this particular regional repair. Although most of these homes will just require a replacement pipe and a drying service, some of the homes are showing undersink mold in the drywall and some of the cabinetry. As you are probably aware most mold is harmless and just emits a musty odor, but some types of mold can be harmful to you and your family's health. If you do take a peak under your kitchen sink and happen to notice water damage and mold growth please call an expert to examine and remediate any mold growth thoroughly to prevent it from coming back.

Call your local SERVPRO 85629 today for a free estimate on any water damage or mold remediation service.

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