Recent Mold Remediation Posts
We Offer Air Quality Testing
Our certified mold inspector, Mike Chrzan conducting an air quality test at a business in Hazleton.
Mold is a living organism and is present everywhere. It has a necessary function in the environment. The goal of mold remediation companies is to ensure that your home or business is safe for living. There are too many strains of mold to mention and some are more harmful than others. That being said, some people are more sensitive to mold than others. The only definitive way to know what type and how prevalent the mold intrusion is, is to conduct air-quality tests. Test can range from hundreds of dollars from an qualified environmental company to several dollars for a home testing kit. Naturally, choose wisely when deciding how best to test the indoor air quality of your home or business. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake employs a certified mold inspector who can test your home or business for $90.00/test and with very limited interruption. The test are sent to a qualified lab who sends a detailed report identifying the types of spores as well as the amount present. Once the problem is know, a remediation plan can be developed to make your home or business safe. The few hundred dollars is well worth the piece of mind. Call SERVPRO of hazleton/Dallas/Harveys lake at (570) 562-6777 to discuss having your home or business tested.
The After Affects of the Summer Floods
Mold as a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding. When water damage is not treated in a timely fashion mold is the result.
It’s the beginning of a new school year and nothing has been more newsworthy than schools being delayed or disrupted due to mold issues. The unprecedented amount of rain has certainly been the major culprit of these issues and SERVPRO is on the scene of several schools throughout the Northeast remediating the problem and making the environment safe for both students and staff.
Mold has become a generic term used to describe any discoloration found and is often misunderstood. Mold is present everywhere. The only definitive way to know if your building has a mold issue is to conduct air quality testing. SERVPRO employs a certified mold inspector who can test and determine if an issue is present. We supply the results so that all concern have the documentation needed to ensure safety. Air quality testing costs $90.00/test which is extremely competitive considering many companies charge several hundreds of dollars per test. If elevated levels are found we can help develop a remediation plan and will guarantee a clean post test. We will certified all work.
Hepa-Vacuuming Mold Spores
One of our remediation technicians using a hepa-vacuum as part of a mold remediation project.
HEPA Vacuum During Mold Removal and Remediation.
HEPA vacuuming is an important part of mold removal and remediation. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake trained mold remediation technicians use powerful HEPA vacuums when they are removing mold. The hepa filter ensures that the mold spores are contained and do not spread.
Here SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake technicians are using a HEPA vacuum to clean the walls and ceilings of a structure. This specialized piece of equipment prevents the spores from being stirred up and dispersed airborne during the cleaning process.
If your home or business has a mold intrusion call the Hazleton area leader in mold remediation at (570) 562-6777. We are an IICRC certified firm with the specialized equipment to remediate and clean any size mold problem.
Prevent Bathroom Mold
Precidicibilty mold is often seen in bathroom areas due to moisture. Here is a home in Hazleton where mold was discovered behind the shower boards.
Mold is a common problem in households and businesses across the world. No matter where you go, you’re bound to come across mold in some capacity. Bathrooms are a breeding ground for mold due to the high amount of moisture in the atmosphere. But it’s not just about a few green spots on the wall. If left alone, mold may spread to other parts of your home, causing severe health problems. How can you prevent mold from developing?
Allow For Proper Ventilation
If you have a large family, the shower may be used several times a day. Steam may spread to every corner of the room multiple times. If the steam stays trapped in one area, mold has a greater chance of developing. To prevent this from occurring, make sure your bathroom has good ventilation. During the warmer months of the year, consider opening a window. Leave the door open a crack if possible. Encourage everyone in the house to take on this habit.
Run Fans after You Shower
It’s not enough to open a window. If you truly wish to keep mold at bay, run fans in the room and the adjoining rooms. Don’t give water a chance to settle. Fans circulate the air and dry any surfaces. In such conditions, mold has a smaller chance of popping up in your bathroom. If you don’t have a fan in your bathroom, the fans in the other rooms can at least keep the mold from spreading. Do this whenever you shower – even during the summer.
Clean the Bathroom At Least Once a Week
Dust is a food for mold. It’s important to wipe away dust at least once a week. Use an all-purpose cleaner for the best results. Spray the sinks, toilet, mirrors, counter tops, and walls. Don’t forget to give attention to the tiles in your tub. It may take some time to get the job done properly, but it’s worth it in the end. Ask a family member or friend for help if you feel you can’t do it alone.
Mold is a real problem, one that people around the planet deal with on a daily basis. But you don’t have to let the mold take over your bathroom. If you know how to prevent it, you can save yourself from stress. The information above can get you started.
SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is Luzerne Counties premier mold remediation company. Remember we also do smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration.
Signs and Symptons of Mold
Above was a recent mold remediation project we completed in Dallas, Pa.
SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake, Luzerne Counties premier smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration company, also has the expertise to test and mitigate and potential mold issues. Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals at SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys lake to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.
Water damage can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.
Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:
- The presence of visible mold.
- Strong, musty odors.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
Mold is commonly seen in basements like this, since a dark and damp environment is a perfect breeding ground.
Mold infestation is always caused by some moisture issue. Whether it be a broken or burst pipe, excessive humidity or an intrusion from groundwater, excessive moisture needs to be present. Most mold calls we receive are either in basements or crawl spaces since these areas are more apt to have a dark, damp environment which mold spores thrive in. The spores are a living entity which need food and air to live. Once these factors are removed the spores will no longer live and spread. Professional remediation is recommended.
Mold is present everywhere and some strains are helpful to the human race. Most are innocuous unless there is an allergy or other factors which could cause some health issues. Nonetheless, is you see visible signs of mold growth it is always best to have them remediated to avoid having the value of your property diminished or cause issues regarding your employees.
SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is an experienced mold remediation company. We follow all IICRC standards when remediating mold and are available throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. We also have a certified mold inspector on staff should an air quality test be required.
Air Quality Testing
Our certified mold tester, Mike Chrzan setting up for an air quality test at this property in Hazleton.
The only definitive way to ascertain whether a mold issue is occurring is by conducting testing. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake employs a certified mold tester to better service our customers.
There are several different types of test which a professional remediation company can conduct. As a company we employ the use of the following two.
Air Quality testing: By testing the air quality and comparing the spore counts between the area in question and a controlled sample from outside, we are able to determine if an issue is occurring as well as the type of mold present and spores counts of each strain. Once we have a beginning spore count we are then able to begin the remediation process. A post test will determine whether the air is now clean.
Tape Samples: Tape sampling is used when obvious discoloration is seen. This method will allow the remediation professional to ascertain the type of spores present. This method is helpful in determining the difference between mold and mildew.
SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is the leading mold remediation company in Luzerne County. By offering both testing and remediation we are a one stop call. We are proud to serve our local Luzerne County community.