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Myths About Mold

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Myths About Mold Hidden Mold Damage in Runnemede, NJ

Which one doesn’t fit with the rest? Mold is big. Mold is bad. Mold is scary. Mold is common. When it comes to mold there is a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Mention the word “mold” and people will flee in panic. In reality mold can be a serious problem, but with a little common sense and the right information you can learn to discern myth from fact and make wise decisions in your dealings with mold.

Overreactions to mold

With all the misinformation about mold out there it is easy to over react. Here are four "myths' that are over reactions to mold.

Myth 1: All Mold Is Bad

Nope! Have you ever eaten cheese or take penicillin? Mold is used in the making of many kinds of cheese and in the manufacturing of antibiotics (though things have come along way sense the first antibiotic).

 Myth 2: All Mold Causes Health Problems

While mold certainly can cause health effects, it is not true that all molds cause health problems in all people. In reality the affect of mold on people varies greatly. Molds produce allergens, and while some people will be allergic to the allergens produced by mold not everyone will react to mold, and the affects can be varied depending on ones sensitivity to mold People who are highly sensitive to mold may develop allergic reactions and show symptoms such as difficulty breathing, bloody noses, itchy and watery eyes, etc. People with already compromised immune symptoms are also at risk for reacting to mold, and some studies have suggested that serious health effects can arise from repeated exposure to mold, so it is not something to play around with.

Myth 3: There Should be No Mold Inside

In reality mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing and there is really no way around this unless you decide to live inside a plastic, environmentally controlled bubble. The problem is not that there is mold indoors the problem is with the concentration of mold indoors. Mold should not be growing in your walls or on surfaces as that can be a problem and contribute to allergic reactions. We will always live with mold, the question is how much mold should we live with? The answer to that is still being worked out. As mold affects people differently you should talk to your doctor if you think you are suffering from exposure to mold and you take steps to reduce your exposure to mold. Hiring a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO is a good option.

 Myth 4: Bleach Kills Mold

This is kind of a half truth. Bleach may kill certain kinds of mold on non-porous surfaces, however, it is not clear that bleach can kill all kinds of mold nor kill mold on porous surfaces such as wood. Research is continuing to be done on the effectiveness of bleach as a mold cleanup agent. It should be noted that using bleach to “kill” mold poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by EPA or OSHA. Bleach is also very corrosive and can cause further damage if not used correctly.

Myths that understate the problem

Just as there are many “facts” that overstate the mold problem, there are also many “facts” that understate the problem. Here are four of them.

Myth 1: Killing Mold is Enough, I Don’t Need to Remove it

Killing mold is not enough. Putting aside the conflicting reports on what kills mold, simply killing mold does not remove the health affects as the allergens are still present even in dead mold. To properly protect against health effects, removal of the affected areas is often necessary. Care must be taken when removing the affected areas so that the allergens and mold is not spread throughout the house. That is why professional mold remediation services are often necessary to properly fix a mold problem.

Bad “Fact” 2: Mold is Natural, You Shouldn’t Worry About it

While mold may be natural, consistent exposure to mold can have negative affects on ones health. If mold is growing in your home or place of business it needs to be addressed as it will deteriorate your building and can cause health problems.

Myth 3: If You Only See a Little Mold it is Probably Nothing to Worry About

If mold is to the point where it is visibly growing on surfaces in your home you have a problem. Mold is like an iceberg, you generally only see the tip of it while the majority is below the surface. If you see a little bit of mold you most likely have more growing under the surface out of site.

Myth 4: Cleaning up Mold isn’t Hard. You Should Do it Yourself

This is another half truth. While you may be able to clean up certain kinds of mold in small quantities most people are not equipped to do proper mold remediation. Simply wiping down the evidence is not good enough. To properly “cleanup” a mold problem you must identify the cause, isolate the area to keep the mold from spreading, and clean and or remove the affected surfaces. Unless you know how to setup a containment unit, have a couple of commercial sized HEPA air filtration units, protective gear, HEPA vacuums, specialized cleaning agents, and can do a wet extraction to keep mold spores from spreading, you should probably call a professional mold remediation company.

Understanding Mold

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. Bacteria can start to grow within hours and mold can start to grow within days. Mold spores can lay dormant for years until an ideal growing condition develops, in which they start to flourish. Especially during the summer, the warm humid conditions are a perfect microenvironment for mold growth. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur—particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in an indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling the moisture. Many types of molds exist.

All molds can cause health effects.  Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate and clean any existing mold growth indoors.  The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just kill it. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are still potentially toxic!

The appropriate restoration procedures within the first few hours of a water loss can save thousands of dollars in secondary damage. Before the growth of mold becomes visible, there will be a faint musty or earthy smell. In time, mold will appear on the outside of the wall as a stain or discoloration. In a standard situation, SERVPRO® Professionals examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and remove the mold growth and excess spores returning the area

back to normal levels. Some situations require the assistance of an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional (IEP) with specialized equipment and services needed to assess and/or repair the structure. IEPs can test and clear a structure for mold

by collecting air and surface samples. Then they can determine whether the mold has been successfully decontaminated.

Please contact us if you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business.  We handle mold remediation work on a daily basis and know when prompt action is required to prevent further mold growth. In the event mold is found on a property.  If extensive mold growth is present, it may be recommended that occupants leave the affected area until the containment process is safely and successfully completed.

SERVPRO® Professionals are trained to control microbial problems in structures.  We adhere to the to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.  Please contact our office @ 609-965-0885

Hidden Mold Damage in a Mount Laurel NJ

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold Damage in a Mount Laurel NJ Ice Maker Supply Line Leak Caused Hidden Mold Damage

An Undiscovered Leak Caused Hidden Mold Damage

The home owners at this Mt. Laurel NJ property rarely go int there basement.  When they saw a few spots on the ceiling they contacted SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhess and scheduled an inspection.  We discovered that a small leak in the ice maker supply had been leaking for some time and gone undetected.  We identified the cause and started the remediation right away.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

Summertime Conditions in Haddon Heights, Just Right For Mold Growth

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summertime Conditions in Haddon Heights, Just Right For Mold Growth Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Summertime traditionally brings family trips, school vacations, as well as plenty of hot uncomfortable weather. Those sunny days, however, often come with high humidity and afternoon thundershowers — ideal conditions for annoying and potentially toxic mold.

Mold is a fungus that can grow anywhere moisture is present. Mold spores thrive in warm temperatures (77- 86 degrees F) and wherever there are damp conditions. Mold spores are in the air, and they can grow on any surface. In a house, mold can be found in ceilings and walls, under sinks, in drywall, hidden behind wallpaper or baseboards, in the ductwork or even on furniture and clothes. It can also grow outdoors under wood piles or mulch, gutters or abandoned trash. Mold in a house can lay dormant until it gets the needed heat and humidity to grow and multiply. For this reason, summer vacation is a great time for mold to thrive.

Here are three easy steps to help prevent mold when you go on vacation:

  • Check for areas where water could accumulate — such as around windows, doors, bathroom leaks, kitchen sinks and washing machines.
  • Clean surfaces of oil, soap, dust and dirt. Those materials are a feeding ground for mold when moisture is present.
  • Set the temperature inside the house in the low 70s, if possible. If you suspect humidity, set a dehumidifier to keep the moisture level below 60 percent. In your closet, place a hanging moisture absorber that will trap excess humidity and eliminate musty odors.

Follow These Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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 [[Franchise Name]] 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 Haddon Heights / Voorhees 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 – (856) 566-3388

April Showers Bring May...Mold?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation April Showers Bring May...Mold? Mold damage is both unsightly AND unhealthy.

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means: lots of rain! With the rainy months ahead, now more than ever your home is at risk for a vast amount of mold growth. Between the weather warming up and the frequent precipitation, mother nature has concocted a recipe for moldy disaster. Luckily, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is here to help.  

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Atlantic County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Is Mold Making You Sick?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Making You Sick? How is the air quality in your home?

Studies have identified that there are over 100,000 species of mold in the world today, and hundreds of species are considered to be toxic or to some extent harmful to humans. Annually, millions of people suffer from the effects of moldy air in their home or workplace. Breathing in mold spores, depending on the type of mold present, can cause symptoms and side effects.

If you or your family have experienced any mold-related symptoms, call your primary care physician immediately. Mold in your home can be eradicated, so should you find that your home is infested with toxic molds, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees for fast and efficient remediation.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County and all over South Jersey.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Sick Facts About Mold

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sick Facts About Mold Basement wall covered in mold; Voorhees, NJ.

While is extremely difficult to say definitively the amount of homes in the US that have mold infestation, studies done have found evidence supporting that an estimated 50-70% of American households carry water damage and mold. This is no small matter as people who are exposed to mold are 30% to 50% more at risk of asthma and a multitude of respiratory infections. Even short-term mold exposure can have severe effects on ones body. In many cases of exposure there have been symptoms of sinus inflammation and irritation, nausea, asthma flare-ups, headaches, and even skin infections.

These health issues caused by exposure to the bio-toxins produced by mold are the reason why any evidence of mold damage should be acted upon immediately. While some people don't see the effects of mold exposure happen to their own bodies, a large majority of people are still susceptible to its effects. When mold is identified it is important to remove it quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Mays Landing.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians
  • Specialized Mold Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Mold Prevention Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is a nuisance that can occur in any home, especially during the hot and humid summer months. Here are 9 ways to help prevent harmful mold from growing inside your home.

  1. Locate any possible problem areas: Anywhere in your home where moisture may gather and sit for a period of time could be considered a problem area. These are the areas where mold thrives, so identify them.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately: Mold cannot grow without moisture. So, dry any and all areas previously determined to be problem areas as soon as possible to stop mold from growing.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation: Activities as simple as cooking dinner or taking a shower can promote mold growth without the proper ventilation. Make sure that all vents are working properly and even crack a window open from time to time.
  4. Use mold-resistant products when possible: When building a new home or renovation a new one, use mold-resistant drywall and mold inhibiting paints to slow the growth of mold.
  5. Keep an eye on your indoor humidity: The Environmental Protection Agency recommends keeping your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. If you notice condensation on any pipes or windows inside your home, dry the area and address the source of the humidity.
  6. Direct Water away from your home: Ensure that the ground around the foundation of your home slopes away so that water does not collect around the base and seem into the home.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters: Mold could potentially be coming from a leaky roof spurred by full or damaged gutters. Clean them and be aware of any water stains that might be the result of a flaw.
  8. Improve air flow in your home: Open doors between rooms and move furniture away from walls. Cold air cannot hold as much moisture and that moisture may collect on walls or other surfaces. If air is moving it becomes more difficult.
  9. Keep mold off household plants: Moist soil in household plants is a perfect place for mold to grow. Add Taheebo tea to any water you use to water your plants. This oil resists mold even in rainforests.

If you think you have a mold problem call SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees for a free inspection and estimate at 856-566-3388.

Common Misconceptions about Cleaning Mold

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew cleanups can be a costly job. Many people feel that the cost to properly remove mold and mildew is too high to hire somebody else, so they take it upon themselves to remove it. While it is true that mold removal specialists can be more costly than a homemade remedy in the short term, it is important to remember that professionals can remove the mold and ensure that it remains removed. The long term benefits of professional mold removal by SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees could end up saving you a significant amount of money and headaches (literally!).

However, if you are still inclined to try removing mold on your own, here are some things to avoid when doing so.

  1. Seeing isn’t always believing: Just because you can’t see the mold anymore does not mean it isn’t there. Mold is often microscopic, and therefore capable of growing again in the exact same spot you just cleaned and even spreading farther around the building.
  2. Bleach be gone! (maybe not): While bleach is a powerful cleaner and largely effective tool when it comes to mold removal, it cannot do it all. Use an antibacterial cleanser to perform a mop up in order to maximize bleach’s effectiveness.
  3. Out of sight, out of mind : Painting over a mold spot with mold resistant paint does not have any effect on the mold itself. All it does is provide a cover for the mold, much like sweeping dirt under the carpet. Sure, it will look better, but the mold will still have adverse health effects on you.
  4. Dress appropriately: Mold spores can be released by the slightest touch so be sure to wear protective clothing including gloves, protective layers, and a respirator.

Call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Vorhees at 856-566-3388 for a free inspection/estimate on your mold problem, and let us make your home look and feel “Like it never even happened.”

Summer is Mold's Favorite Month!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

With summer arriving (finally!), we at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everybody about the dangers of mold, as well as how to prevent mold growth. Summer temperatures and humidity levels are ideal conditions for mold to grow, so be prepared!

Mold grows well in temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees. The high temperatures, in combination with humid air, create the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

To prevent mold growth, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends keeping your indoor humidity level to below 50%. A dehumidifier or an air conditioner can be an effective way to keep humidity levels under control.

If you believe you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO ® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees at 856-566-3388. We offer free inspections and estimates, as well as our state-of-the-art mold remediation services and professional staff. Give us a call and we will solve your mold problem “Like it never even happened.”

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Gibbsboro, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gibbsboro.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs. 

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Voorhees, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.  

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mopld damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your Mold related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your Mold Remediation needs.  

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire, water or mold damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388