Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Cloverdale Black Mold Removal and Cleanup

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Black Mold Removal: The Beginning of the End!

Depending on the size of a mold contaminated room; you might be able to clean up the mold yourself. There are several important steps that need to be followed; otherwise, you risk a bigger and more frustrating mold mess.

What is the source of the mold?

Knowing the source of the black mold problem is essential so it doesn’t continually grow back. Otherwise, all the work will be wasted. We performed this Cloverdale black mold removal after a washing machine flood. Needless to say, the homeowners appreciated our thorough investigation, which started with the source. Making sure the washer wouldn’t leak again was also essential.

Prevent mold spores from spreading!

This tip is all too important to skip. Mold spores can be airborne, especially once they’re dried. They will mix with dirt, dust, and oxygen. Sealing off a room from the rest of the house will prevent further contamination. If mold has dried, keeping it damp will prevent the mold from spreading. This method may seem contradictory, but water will weigh down the spores until they can be removed. Otherwise, dry spores will become airborne, which can affect your health and breathing.

Get those spores out

If you have an exhaust fan, you can use it in a window to draw out any loose mold spores. A regular fan will just blow spores all over the place, which will make your black mold removal job even worse

Every little spot

If you don’t get every little spot of mold removed, the mold may multiply and all your work will be worthless. Calling professionals, such as SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE, will take the headache out of black mold, and black mold off your mind. There is no reason why you should have to deal with a mold mess yourself. We can work with you, and potentially your insurance company, and take care of any issues. 

Guerneville Mold Removal

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why is black mold so dangerous?

Black mold needs to be taken seriously, but many homeowners are quick to label something black mold, or assume its toxicity. Black mold isn't necessarily toxic or deadly.  It could be another material, organic or inorganic, and all mold should be tested before being handled if the type of mold isn't obvious. There are over 100,000 differently types of mold, and some are even edible! But, we don't recommend eating any mold unless it's something bought fresh at the grocery store.

Common types of mold

According to HGTV.com, there are several types of mold that can be found in your home. They come in a variety of colors, including orange, green, blue, and black. Sometimes, we have gotten calls about wispy white mold. Some of the commonly known strands of mold include aspergillus, cladosporium, stachybotrys atra-also known as black mold. Some molds only grow on certain surfaces. Cladosporium can grow on toilet tanks and painted surfaces and aspergillus grows on food and in air circulation systems. 

Let us handle your Guerneville black mold removal. The internet is full of misinformation; we would rather that you get your information from a trusted source!

Mold removal in beautiful Sea Ranch

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold removal doesn't mean complete removal

Any company that says they can completely remove mold isn't being honest. Mold can never be completely removed because it's an organic substance that lives in our air, food, and homes. However, SERVPRO is capable of removing toxic mold and reducing its levels of toxicity so you can live among it and not be at risk. 

We are able to remove mold, clean and sanitize the area, and clean your contents if necessary.

We can also do what we can to prevent the mold from coming back. However, this technique depends on how the mold originated in the first place. We recently received a call on the coast about a skylight that had been leaking; some mold then appeared on the wall. Some issues are up to a contractor or construction company to fix. Sometimes, the mold damage is due to a previous leak that was fixed, but the mold wasn't cleaned up or the water damage hadn't been promptly dried.

Don't risk your beautiful home, let us help you figure out the cost and help you file a claim if necessary. We are here to help, always.

Santa Rosa mold removal assistance

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Santa Rosa mold removal assistance After we entered the attic, we kept as much of the hallway floor contained because of these mold spores potentially spreading.

Any company that claims they can remove mold 100% is lying to you. The truth is, mold can NEVER be 100% completely removed because it is in fact a living organism. Mold spores live all around us, inside and outside our homes. However, if enough mold spores multiply and collect in the same area, you start to notice fuzz and a strong odor. If it's in your house, you should definitely call a professional mold cleanup company. In the dictionary, the word might as well be SERVPRO.

We don't hesitate to clean up mold, we just prepare for it with personal protection equipment, supplies to set up containment, special equipment to clean and deodorize the air, and best of all, we let you know about the entire process before we begin. This way, you are informed about the cleanup process!

In this Santa Rosa home, containment was set up and all other doors were closed to prevent any more spread of mold spores. We kept close contact with the owners because they were out of town, and we never hesitated to keep in contact with the insurance company who was supervising the claims process.

Let us know TODAY if you need mold removal assistance! 707-537-6635

Mold remediation completed in Cloverdale

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold remediation completed in Cloverdale Would you dare to touch this stuff? Certain insurance policies cover this type of loss, so let us deal with it.

How bad can mold growth get?

Often, mold can be rather easily to clean up, depending on which surface it's growing. Bleach and a scraper is used on windowsills when there is frequent condensation or growth in bath tubs. This problem happens often due to water sitting and bacterial growth.

Mold removal mistakes that happen often

If one doesn't do research before starting a mold removal project and instead attempts to remove out of desperation, mistakes can be made which just lead to frustration. 

One of the biggest mistakes of performing demolition is not removing dust and debris. Mold spores can still remain on these particles, and will spread much more quickly if not cleaned up or removed right away from the home.

Another major issue is using bleach to spray. While this method does sound appealing because bleach is a common germ killer, killing mold doesn't eliminate it. Even if a mold is dead, it can still remain toxic. Using bleach is potentially dangerous if you're not in a well-ventilated environment. Furthermore, the material being essentially bleached will most likely become ruined. 

What is a better alternative?

SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE has experience in Cloverdale mold removal, which has been necessary more recently due to the on and off wet season, as well as humidity. We are a company of experts in water damage restoration, mold damage remediation, and contents cleaning. We can get your home, and your memories, restored as good as new!

Removing mold is 99% effective-Healdsburg cleanup

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing mold is 99% effective-Healdsburg cleanup How tempted are you to just rip out this wall? We would be too.

Healdsburg mold removal services available

There are other companies in the Sonoma County area that can clean up mold, but can they clean it up well, thoroughly, and completely? Any company, but one that has proven its reputability and has up to date training shouldn’t retain this kind of service.

Positive review on our services

"I was astounded with the wonderful level of professionalism that I saw with SERVPRO. They told me every step of the process and kept in touch with me from day one. They are really top-notch people! KEEP IT UP!" This review came from Michael Bentley in Healdsburg. His home pictured below was affected by mold, and his insurance agent recommended our services. We may be newer in the area, but we carry our expertise from the surrounding counties of Lake and Mendocino. We have been in business for 5 years and our technicians have at least 10 years training and experience. We believe everyone can benefit from our services, and we strive to be the best we can possibly be. 

Give us a call today for help with Healdsburg mold removal. We will explain the process, find the cause, remove the mold, and help you work with your insurance company on replacing any items. 

Windsor mold damage-how can we help?

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call recently about a homeowner who left the country for a few weeks and came home to discover mold had grown up her kitchen and living room walls. The water was left on while she was away, and a leak had started.

What a way to be welcomed home! Not knowing the type of mold that is growing is dangerous, as well as possibly other presence of bacteria. Dealing with it yourself isn't recommended. What are some of your choices?

1. Call your insurance company

This could be one of the best choices you ever make! Depending on your policy, mold damage removal can be covered if it was due to a water pipe leak, broken appliance, leaky roof, etc. They can help alleviate the pain of the cost. After all, that's why we have homeowners insurance. Also, any contents that have beena affected can be replaced if needed. 

2. Call SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE

We are right in the Windsor area, we've dealt with many mold issues, especially on the coast. We are part of a Franchise, but we're independently owned and operated so we can serve the needs of our county. Our owner has been a member of the community for 3 decades, and all our technicians are trained to handle all sorts of dangerous removal situations. No Windsor mold damage will keep us away! We are also IICRC Certified, which means we adhere to the highest standards in our industry of cleanup and restoration.

Windsor storm and mold damage recovery

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Some homeowner’s insurance policies don't cover storm damage. Doing everything possible to prevent water damage during storm season is recommended. However, we know performing those tasks isn't always realistic. Large water damage disasters caused by the nastiest storms can be full of inconveniences and frustrations. Insurance companies also have to perform their own investigations to determine the cause of the loss, and whether it will be covered by the current insurance policy. Often, lots of mold is produced from storm damage due to the large amounts of water that protrude into a home or business.

SERVPRO's storm damage cleanup services

Windsor storm damage can be handled by our team of professionals. We have the capabilities of getting many pieces of equipment, as well as coordinating with other Franchises, to get any job done. We understand Windsor and the surrounding areas become regularly flooded during the winter. No job is too big for SERVPRO of Sonoma County NE. We can take care of you, whether it is your home or business, during storm season. 

Mold damage in Santa Rosa areas

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Soft spots on your roof, peeling paint, water dripping? WATER DAMAGE ALERT! What's the first thing you do?

First, make a call to your insurance company

Mold could either be growing now, or begin to grow, if your water damage situation isn't assessed immediately. 

Insurance companies have a certain way they conduct investigations. They want precision and detail with paperwork, an expert's involvement, and have timelines they use regarding water damage and drying. We can help them, and you, accomplish all this work by using our protocols. Our protocols ensure your home can be repaired, restored, and cleaned in a reasonable amount of time. We also do our best to keep costs down to a minimum, without compromising the integrity of your home or business.

The SERVPRO guarantee

We have certain guarantees regarding water and mold damage cleanup. After 30 minutes of calling us, a Project Manager will call you back to discuss your situation in detail. Then, after 4 hours, we will arrive on site at the location of damage (unless it's an emergency situation), and after 8 hours of evaluating the situation, we will have a scope of work to go over with you. Restoration isn't widely known by everyone, which is why we are the experts.

Mold damage in Larkfield-Wikiup

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Homes that have been abandoned or neglected are more likely to have a lot of damage on the outside. A leak could be happening for weeks at a time, or people could break in and abuse the home with hazardous materials such as drugs or chemicals. 

 

Mold damage could be in your home and you don't know it. The best way to find out is to hire an indoor air quality specialist, or to go through your home with a magnifying glass. Finding mold can be difficult if it's under furniture, in your attic, in your crawl space, or even under your flooring. You'd be surprised what can grow, even during the summer with your windows open! Just because there's air flow, doesn't mean the area is getting dry.

 

Tips for dealing with mold damage

 

If you do find yourself dealing with mold, we have a few pointers for you:

 

1.) Wear masks and gloves before touching mold.

 

2.) Set up proper ventilation of the area before beginning the use of chemicals, such as bleach.

 

3.) Don't have on any fans or heaters while cleaning; this will spread the spores, unless there is proper containment.

 

4.) Part of preventing mold is to prevent dampness. This is where mold thrives. After properly cleaning up mold, the best thing to do is make sure the room or area is properly ventilated, and that there are no wall or ceiling leaks.

 

Good luck with your project! Remember, we are just a phone call away if you have any questions, or find this project is just too much for you to handle.

We serve the Larkfield-Wikiup area, as well as surrounding areas!