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Our Team Has You Covered When A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over Home In San Jose

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Team Has You Covered When A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over Home In San Jose Give us a call at any time so that we can handle the infestation before it gets worse.

Mold Clean Up Services For Your San Jose Home

When you discover mold in your San Jose home, it can be an upsetting find since mold can cause health effects. However, now that it is found, you can get it taken care of right away. To do so, you need a professional mold remediation company, as mold cannot be cleaned thoroughly with regular household cleaners, and it can also be difficult to find hidden mold if you are not sure how to do it.

When you need clean up services for mold damage in your San Jose home, SERVPRO’s professional staff is standing by to help you. We have the proper training and tools that we need to remediate the mold and fix the moisture issue causing it in the first place, so it does not return.

The first step of SERVPRO techs is to contain the mold contamination to ensure it does not spread into areas of your home which are not contaminated. Containment can include installing plastic sheeting for barriers and then establishing negative air pressing in the area with the mold. We seal HVAC vents to stop the spread of the mold into your duct system. We also establish clean rooms and decontamination roofs for entering, leaving and decontaminating materials and equipment.

The method we use to remove the mold depends on what kind of surface the mold is on. Nonporous materials can be cleaned. However, porous materials with visible mold growth many times have to be removed and discarded.

Dust and settled spores also need to be cleaned. In most situations, we can remove settled spores by using a HEPA vacuum and damp wiping, even when it comes to porous materials. We clean the surfaces first from top to bottom. We clean in the direction of the airflow toward the negative air machines, and once a round of cleaning is done, we allow time for mold spores and dust to settle again before the next round of cleaning.

Lastly, the contents and structure need to be dried back out. Dehumidifiers with a low airflow need to be used to prevent any further spread of mold. We bring the area back to its normal moisture content levels to prevent further mold growth.

SERVPRO of Campbell is careful when cleaning up mold growth in your home in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, or Santana Row so as not to make the problem worse and to ensure mold cannot keep growing. Give us a call at (408) 371-4001 at any time so that we can handle the infestation before it gets worse.

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San Jose Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Finding and Remediating Mold Colonies to Mitigate Damages

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation San Jose Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Finding and Remediating Mold Colonies to Mitigate Damages SERVPRO Technicians Wear PPE Personal Protection Equipment During Mold Remediation in San Jose

Finding and Removing Mold Damage in San Jose Homes

Mold is a quiet disaster that affects many San Jose properties. A growing colony of mold spores can go undetected for months and even years. Despite its unobtrusive nature, mold causes millions of dollars in remediation costs every year.
 
Because mold damage appears like a stain in many San Jose homes, many residents think they can kill it with a spray bottle of bleach and then paint over any visible growth. To indeed remove the threat, however, homeowners have to remove the mold and the hyphae. To eliminate current growth and eliminate future growth, owners need to bring in a professional company like SERVPRO.
 
We start with an inspection to find out where the growth started and determined just how far throughout the home the mold has grown. Since not all mold gives the ‘musty odor’ generally associated with it, our inspectors use an air content meter to measure levels inside the home and track the origin point that way.
The origin point is where we usually find the source of water that enabled the mold to expand and grow in the first place. We typically use moisture meters and infrared camera technology to uncover hidden pockets of moisture. Eliminating this source forces the mold to return to dormant state and stop growing unless it has found a secondary source of moisture.
 
With the growth stopped, our teams begin removing any visible mold. Most spores spread quickly and only leave a thin layer across most surfaces, not visible to the naked eye. In these cases, SERVPRO technicians can wipe off the mold using a dry sponge. For thicker layers, they use a mild cleaning agent with an anti-fungal chemical to break up the growth and then wipe it away with the sponge.
 
If the mold grew undetected for a long period, the spores had time to extend hyphae into nearby material like drywall. Once these root-like structures penetrate the surface, we cannot remove them without breaking up the affected panels. Our team leaders recommend removing the affected panels and carefully dispose of them without spreading any mold to other parts of the home. Containment is a key factor in professional mold remediation.
 
Our teams can quickly replace the drywall with new panels if the homeowner wants the job done without delay. As restoration professionals, we can hang the new wall, and paint it to look exactly like the old one. If the owner wants a new color, technicians are happy to do that as well.
 
Returning each home to its original or improved condition is our goal at SERVPRO of Campbell. If you need our help to clean and remove mold; contact us at (408) 371-4001 today.

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Our Complete Guide To Mold Damage Remediation In Campbell

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Complete Guide To Mold Damage Remediation In Campbell Mold should not ruin your life!

Having The Right Information Helps Remediation Of Mold Damage In Campbell

Damages such as discoloration or rotting of materials like wood are common after mold infestation. To deal with these issues effectively, you should have the right information concerning mold infestations. This way you can take the right approach if your Campbell property is affected. We offer professional remediation services which eliminate the burden of dealing with the problem on your own.

When you notice signs of mold damage in Campbell, the property in question has a moisture problem. Although most infestations are caused by water from flooding or leakages from plumbing systems, sometimes higher than normal humidity levels in the air can lead to mold development. Establishing the source of moisture is the key to long-term results. Our SERVPRO team inspects the entire building to find all the moisture sources before starting the remediation process.

Some materials are easily affected by mold because they retain moisture over extended periods. Wood is one such material because it absorbs a lot of water especially if submerged in water like in cases of flooding. Carpets too can conceal moisture even when they seem dry. This situation arises when the pad retains wetness even after the carpet dries. Our SERVPRO technicians combat these two problems by ensuring any wet surface is dried correctly. We use various specialized equipment such as drying mats to extract moisture effectively from wooden floors.

Surfaces, where mold growth was prevalent, require thorough cleaning. Various approaches can be used depending on the level of growth and the material on the surface. Our SERVPRO team HEPA Vacuums the area to get rid of loose particles. We might also agitate the surface with wire brushes to get rid of stubborn residue. Cleaning the area with antimicrobial agents or sterilants helps kill any remaining spores limiting chances of future growth. We also get rid of any excess moisture using dehumidifiers in the area.

Mold should not ruin your life. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 to help with the remediation process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What To Do If You Suspect Mold Growth In Your Commercial Building

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

As commercial buildings are become more energy efficient often these energy efficient buildings do not have proper ventilation or air exchanges. Poor air quality then becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Even as you’re HVAC systems become more energy efficient, costly, and with the addition air filters exposure to indoor mold has become a major hindrance. Fortunately, there are several different solutions to this issue. When mold growth does occur, it is very important to know the right steps for properly removing it from an indoor environment, and ensuring that it doesn't re-occur.

Any area that contains the right levels of water has lack of light, and no exposure to fresh air can cause mold to begin growing in as little as 48 hours. Since mold tends to grow in cramped, closed, and damp spaces, the reality is that for every visible colony of mold that you see, there could be several more square feet (millions of spores) of mold in areas that you do not. Simply put; an area that can hold moisture and no easy access is vulnerable, especially in commercial buildings where there are numerous places mold can grow, and are often difficult to locate.

If you suspect that your building has mold growth you should call a licensed professional

It’s a task which should be firmly limited to qualified professionals who have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

The Steps for Removing Mold:

 Plan and Prepare. Contact a licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems.

Identify, and Protect. When remediation is performed, take special care in inspecting “unseen” areas where mold could potentially grow, and have them cleaned accordingly. Protect your building by having any water damage completely remediated by a water mitigation company such as SERVPRO of Campbell and by having air inspections to detect spores that could cause resurgence in mold growth.

Act Quickly. Mold begins growing within 48 hours, but some can begin colonizing a surface even sooner, so don’t wait when it comes to contacting a mold remediation professional such as SERVPRO. If you have had an area flood with water, water removal and potential remediation needs to begin as soon as it is detected or mold is a real possibility.

Turn Off the HVAC. Mold is spread through airborne spores, and your HVAC can transport those spores throughout a building. It can also grow in any ventilation shaft where there's condensation to feed growth. Until the mold has been properly removed, don’t give the mold potential routes of access throughout your building, or you could be dealing with a much more extensive growth.

If you think you have mold, it’s time to call a trusted licensed mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Campbell. 

 SERVPRO has the skills, staff, certifications and equipment to handle your mold project. 

For more information call SERVPRO of Campbell at 408-371-4001

Campbell Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Campbell Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold 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 Campbell 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 Campbell 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 – (408)371-4001

Does Your Campbell Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/17/2017 (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. 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 – 408-371-4001