Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Is Mold Making You Sick?

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

SICK OF MOLD

We've all witnessed mold appear in our homes sometime in our live's, whether its in our attics, basements, bathroom's, we see it everywhere.

When we see mold, we are disgusted and worried for our loved ones health. The last thing you want is your new born baby girl/boy breathing in these toxic microscopic mold spores while taking a nap.

Should you find a little mold in your home that's under 10 square feet, we have some home remedies to properly get rid of your mold issue.

  • The best way to eradicate mold is to clean and dry the surface properly.
  • In case of green or black mold removal on wooden surfaces, place those wooden objects in the sunlight.
  • Few cleaning agents used for mold removal affects your wall and wooden surfaces. So use wood polish after mold removal process.

VINEGAR:

Vinegar is a great fungicide to remove mold from any surface. The best part about vinegar is that it does not stain the walls. There will be no side effects if you treat a particular surface with vinegar. Add Vinegar in a spray bottle,spray surface and wipe down with a damped towel. Repeat applying vinegar to the area until molds disappear from the area entirely. Use white distilled vinegar for the best results.

Dehumidifier

 investing in a good dehumidifier is recommended. Get the best dehumidifier available at the market and use it regularly to control mold growth.

Should you come across a large amount of MOLD... Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach (310) 939-9293

PPE FOR MOLD (Personal Protective Equipment)

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

PPE

Skin and Eye Protection

Gloves protect the skin from contact with mold, as well as from potentially irritating cleaning solutions. Long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm are recommended. The glove material should be selected based on the type of substance/ chemical being handled. If you are using a biocide such as chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, you should select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. If you are using a mild detergent or plain water, ordinary household rubber gloves may be used.

To protect your eyes, use properly fitted goggles or a full face piece respirator. Goggles must be designed to prevent the entry of dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles with open vent holes are not appropriate in mold remediation.

Respiratory Protection

Respirators protect cleanup workers from inhaling airborne mold, contaminated dust, and other particulates that are released during the remediation process. Either a half mask or full face piece air-purifying respirator can be used. A full face piece respirator provides both respiratory and eye protection. Please refer to the discussion of the different levels of remediation to ascertain the type of respiratory protection recommended. Respirators used to provide protection from mold and mold spores must be certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). More protective respirators may have to be selected and used if toxic contaminants such as asbestos or lead are encountered during remediation.

As specified by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134 individuals who use respirators must be properly trained, have medical clearance, and be properly fit tested before they begin using a respirator. In addition, use of respirators requires the employer to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program, with worksite-specific procedures and elements.

Protective Clothing

While conducting building inspections and remediation work, individuals may encounter hazardous biological agents as well as chemical and physical hazards. Consequently, appropriate personal protective clothing (i.e., reusable or disposable) is recommended to minimize cross-contamination between work areas and clean areas, to prevent the transfer and spread of mold and other contaminants to street clothing, and to eliminate skin contact with mold and potential chemical exposures.

Disposable PPE should be discarded after it is used. They should be placed into impermeable bags, and usually can be discarded as ordinary construction waste. Appropriate precautions and protective equipment for biocide applicators should be selected based on the product manufacturer's warnings and recommendations (e.g., goggles or face shield, aprons or other protective clothing, gloves, and respiratory protection).

You can always call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach at (310)939-9293 if you ever have any questions or concerns about mold.

Does Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

SOMETHING TO TAKE IN CONSIDERATION

If you find mold in your home the first question you are probably going to ask is, does insurance cover mold removal? A home insurance policy is purchased to cover any potential damage that may occur to a home, but the problem is that many homeowners are unaware of the fact that there are potentially dangerous situations that may occur in the home that might not be covered by your insurance policy.

Insurance policies can be cumbersome and tricky when it comes to coverage details, especially if mold is involved. Most insurance policies for homeowners do not specifically cover mold damage, although there are specific situations when they will pay for mold cleanup. The general rule is that mold cleanup will be covered if it is the result of a coverable event. So for example if a pipe bursts and it causes mold, that should be covered. If you have a humidifier built into your heating system and you set it too high and it causes mold, that won’t be covered. Mold will generally not be covered if it was caused by neglect or a lack of maintenance.

Most states have limitations on the amount of mold coverage that can be paid out by an insurance company, so it is a good idea to find out if there are limitations in the state where your home is located. Also, it is common for homeowners insurance policies to not cover flood damage, or any mold that results. If your policy doesn’t cover flooding, you might want to consider having a separate policy for flood insurance. Keep in mind that almost any water intrusion into your home at the ground level would be considered flooding and not be covered.

READ THE FINE PRINT

When you are reviewing your home insurance policy, the most important thing to do is to read the fine print and understand the coverage. Ask questions of your insurance agent, such as:

  • Are there limits to the insurance payout for damage that occurs to the home?
  • Will mold remediation be limited to certain types of disasters?
  • Will basic insurance cover mold removal, or would a higher coverage policy be better?
  • Is air testing covered to confirm that all traces of the mold have been removed.

If you suspect mold in your home and would like to speak with a SERVPRO representative...

Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach

(310)939-9293

What is Mold?

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

MOLD NO BUENO

Mold is an extremely small, dangerous element that belongs to the family of fungi. It can thrive on almost any surface especially cellulose-based objects. Mold reproduces very quickly, and it can take hold in your home in no time. Once mold takes over, your health and your wallet can be impacted. The sooner you identify and remediate, the lesser the impact.

Most people hear the word “mold” and cringe. They don’t realize that molds are a very normal part of our world. Molds are present almost everywhere, Though they may be harmful at times, molds are a big part of the ecological balance in the environment, as they play a major role in breaking down organic substances.

It is only when certain types of molds get into our homes that issues arise. Though there are thousands of different mold types, only certain kinds are dangerous for humans. Mold spores easily become airborne and once inhaled, they can have major impacts on our health. Health issues range from recurring allergies to severe reactions ending in death.

Molds require moisture to grow. There are many different types of moisture sources in our homes, and all of them can produce mold if they persist. From floods to roof leaks, moisture can come from almost anywhere. According to some recent studies, approximately 50 percent of homes have unknown moisture problems. And as we all know, molds thrive best in moist places. While we may notice moisture on our walls or in our bathrooms because we frequently visit these areas, mold can often hide in the areas of our homes we don’t frequently visit such as basements, attics, and behind furniture.

To a large extent, all indoor mold growth is potentially harmful and should be removed promptly, no matter what types of mold are present or whether they can produce toxins.

Awareness and sanitation should be observed to prevent the spread of molds in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Redondo/Manhattan Beach for any questions or concerns (310)939-9293

Remediation in HVAC systems

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation

Mold begins as a small spore in the air, and when it finds a moist place, it attaches and begins multiplying.

This process is called amplification. Bacteria, mold, and mildew can all easily live off of moist areas, making the HVAC system an excellent breeding ground. Proper and thorough air duct cleaning and HVAC component cleaning is important to prevent suspect molds from circulating within the home causing the triggering of allergies and/or respiratory ailments.

Many types of molds, fungi, and bacteria can grow inside the HVAC unit where moisture and food sources exist. The areas of the evaporator coils, drain pan, supply plenum, and air ducts downstream from these components are prime areas for mold to occur.

Often, symptoms associated with mold exposure appear before you notice that you have mold in your home, and are commonly known as the “Sick Building Syndrome.” Watch out for:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin, eye, or throat irritation
  • Sinus issues

Mold growth will more than likely effect anyone in your household with sensitive immune systems, asthma, and allergies first. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have not been exposed to an illness, it’s best to call mold specialist like SERVPRO for inspection and removal.

Air Quality At Workplace.

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Work in progress in an office. It will soon look like it never even happened.

The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers' students and client's comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality  has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. 

A periodic routine air quality inspection by an industrial hygienist will have positive impact on productivity of employees in workplace.

If testings are needed and then if there is any trace of microbes or mold the best thing to do is to call SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach.

Our promise is complete mold remediation with least amount of hassle and no waste of your valuable time. 

IICRC certified and following all guidelines, and using state of the art equipment for commercial buildings we keep our promise consistently.