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Common Reasons For Mold Damage In Green Valley Residences
When a mold spore encounters moisture, it grows.
Common Reasons For Mold Damage
As a proud homeowner in Green Valley, you are aware of the curb appeal as well as the appearance and comfort inside your house. Regular cleaning and maintenance go a long way toward keeping your home as you desire. Unfortunately, forces can be at work to derail your best-laid plans. If you discover mold growth do not despair; let us help.
Mold damage in your Green Valley home can cause you to question your housekeeping skills. Keeping microbial growth at bay is more complicated than merely keeping areas clean. Mold spores are everywhere, and cannot be eliminated from any space unless prohibitively expensive and frankly unavailable air purification and sealing are in place. Commercially microbe-free “clean rooms” do exist in labs or specialized healthcare facilities, but are not practical in your or anyone’s home. We help you manage this reality when we respond to your need for mold remediation.
When a mold spore encounters moisture, it grows. It does not need anything more than a bit of water, oxygen, and an organic surface upon which to multiply. Perfect surfaces include wood, drywall, fabrics, and even metals, glass, or tile if just a tiny residue of soap, grease, or skin oils or cells is present. This explains why a “clean” bathroom or kitchen can provide the food needed for mold. SERVPRO mold remediators search for likely moisture sources under sinks, in unsealed grout lines, or where damp, dirty clothing piled up near the washer before laundry day. Unnoticed condensation under your self-defrosting freezer or the flooring under a pet’s water dish all offer the moisture mold needs, and there are dozens of other examples where tiny collections of water fuel microbial growth. We advise you to eliminate all of these moisture sources to avoid future mold damage.
Regardless of the source of the moisture, SERVPRO responds according to the protocol developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician training completed at Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We establish the extent of the mold infestation, which can include hidden areas behind walls and under other structures. Containment is the next step. Our crew sets up zones, ensuring that the moldy debris does not travel. Plastic sheeting might be joined with a negative air pressure system that prevents the contaminated air from drifting into non-affected areas.
We remove mold by mechanical means, brushing and scrubbing off non-porous surfaces and using controlled abrasives like soda blasting to save porous surfaces with a minor mold infestation. SERVPRO technicians train to determine what can be cleaned and what should be replaced. All moldy debris, including residues vacuumed with HEPA filter-equipped machines, are bagged and disposed of following local hazardous waste codes. EPA registered antimicrobials treat the now-cleaned surfaces to inhibit mold regeneration.
SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley provides our communities with expert mold remediation services. Call us at (520) 648-7360 to schedule an appointment to consult about your mold damage problem.
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Mold Remediation For Your Green Valley Home
SERVPRO sets up chambers to properly contain mold damage and prevent it from spreading throughout your home
Our expert technicians use their knowledge and experience to remediate mold damage
The discovery of mold in your Green Valley home can be overwhelming at first. While many people do not fully understand how simple it is for fungal growths to occur in their home, they can appreciate that it is a damaging presence that needs to get removed. Unfortunately, conventional cleaning methods are often ineffective to get rid of colonized mold and therefore, professional remediation services are a necessity to get the job done.
Mold damage can present itself in multiple ways in your Green Valley home. One of those ways is how you most likely learned about the colonies growing: the musty odor. There are many steps to mold remediation, and our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO have the training and expertise to handle any aspect of the removal and restoration process to get your home back to its original condition.
From the time that our team arrives at your house, we get to work on assessing the full scope of the damage that your home faces as well as the source of the moisture that allowed the mold to develop in the first place. Repairing this damage to your home is critical to preventing the same occurrence in the immediate future.
Sectioning off the affected area helps to prevent mold spores from moving to new areas of your home, which is an essential component to remediation. This allows the removal of the mold colonies, while instruments like air scrubbers with HEPA filters work to catch and trap airborne spores from circulating out of the area. These pieces of equipment get used simultaneously with air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the area that had fed the colony to this point.
One of the final steps in the remediation process is deodorization. This helps to eliminate that bold, musty odor that you encountered when you first discovered the mold damage in your home. Thermal foggers release a dense chemical compound to break apart these present odor molecules on contact and leave no discernable scent behind.
While no homeowner wants to have to address with mold damage in their home, the right professional assistance can make the process much more manageable. Our remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Southeast Tucson / Sahuarita / Green Valley are available 24/7 by calling (520) 648-7360.
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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?)
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
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.