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MOLD IS TOTALLY NATURAL, BUT IN THE HOUSE, NOT SO MUCH!!

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD IS TOTALLY NATURAL, BUT IN THE HOUSE, NOT SO MUCH!!  WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! WHY SERVPRO? We the experts!

Although they naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, it is important that it serves it positive purpose outside of your HOME!

Mold is found everywhere and can grow almost on any substance when moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air circulation.

WHY DOES IT EXIST?

Mold is part of the natural environment, part of the Kingdom Fungi–which makes neither plant nor animal, but something in between.

Purpose of this organism? Why does it even exist? Well, without it, we would quickly be overrun outside with leaves, bark, debris and other dead organic matter because molds whole reason for being is to break down organic matter.

Therefore, outside, mold is a friend of ours; however, some friends are better left outside and not invited into our homes. Because when mold is inside, IT DOESN’T STOP BREAKING MATTER DOWN.

It will keep working and reproducing unless we keep it under control.

  • 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.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach offers FREE INSPECTIONS, FREE STABILIZATION and CONFIDENTIALITY.

Mold Testing and Inspection

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

How Does Mold Testing and Inspection Work?

Once you see signs of mold and contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for an appointment then a qualified inspector from a 3rd-party lab is then scheduled to perform the mold testing and inspection. We will schedule him at a date and time that is convenient for you.  

The Inspection Begins                                                

Once he has the information he needs, the inspector will begin a thorough investigation of the area/surrounding areas that shows signs of mold, he will also take samples for two mold tests. The tests could be a swab of a surface that has visual mold, samples taken from the air, or a combination of both. The inspector will decide which would be more beneficial in diagnosing any possible mold issue in your home.

On To The Lab

Once the mold testing and inspection is complete, the test results will be sent to SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach within 24 – 48 hours after they receive them.

And The Result Is: We Are Here For You

Upon receiving your lab results and the inspector’s completed report, we at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will contact you. We will offer suggestions on how to deal with any moisture issues and help you put together a plan for the mold removal. The SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach team will be with you every step of the way. We will be there from beginning to completion and anytime you need us after that. We are truly dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.

Five Tips To Prevent Mold and Water Damage When You Go On Vacation!

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Tip #1: Shut Off The Main Water Valve!

Tip #2: Don’t Just Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Make Sure It Is Done Properly With A Test!

Tip #3: If You Don’t Want To Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Shut Off Valves To The Most Common Sources Of Water Damage!

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works!

Tip #5: Check The Outside Of Your Home For Potential Problems!

Got Flood Prevention Or Mold Removal Questions?

Have questions? Contact us today. If you come back to a flooded property, the first step is to call a professional such as SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach to remove the excess water and dry the area properly. If there is mold we can also professionally remove the mold from your home to restore the fungal ecology. Once the mold is removed and the third party testing is done, then and only then should you begin the rebuild process.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

Calls us – 562-506-4992

Mold is Hazardous for Your Health

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Hazardous for Your Health Mold was growing inside a home.

Mold is a form of fungus that is found all around us in the natural environment. However, when there is moisture indoors that isn't dried immediately — such as when there is leakage or flooding — mold can grow inside, too. In the bathroom, mold can grow readily and easily because of the wet conditions. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mound spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks. Mold spores also produce toxins (mycotoxins) that can affect the lungs, skin, and nervous system.

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence linking exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughs and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals.                          

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have Certified Mold Technician 24/7. Call us for consultation. 562-506-4992

Proper Mold Remediation

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Proper Mold Remediation Mold found in a home that needs to be remediated.

When you have a mold problem, you have a quality of life problem. Living with mold is more than just inconvenient – it’s dangerous. It’s important that you remove the mold. However, proper mold remediation is a detailed process. It requires the skill and knowledge of an experienced professional. Find out the five key steps in removing mold from your home.

  1. Connecting Your Mold Problem to Moisture

Mold thrives in the presence of moisture. A specialist needs to figure out where that moisture is coming from.

  1. Create a Proper Mold Remediation Plan

Before we can get rid of mold, your specialist will need to document the problem. He can use pictures, text, and videos to come up with a proper mold remediation plan.

  1. Determine the Contamination Level

Mold can spread quickly. Therefore, it’s important that your specialist determines how far your mold spread. The level of contamination could be much greater than you think. The level could affect the scope of the project.

  1. Begin the Work

Once the specialist knows the level of contamination in your home or business, he can start the proper mold remediation process. This process involves cleaning up mold while limiting mold exposure. Additionally, it involves preventing new mold growth.

Clean-Up

One of the most important parts of this step is the project clean-up. For a less severe mold problem, the specialist might only clean the area with a detergent cleaning solution. However, a more severe problem requires a more detailed clean-up. Your specialist would need to vacuum with a HEPA vacuum filtration and then sanitize the area.

  1. Make Sure the Project Was a Success

After everything is done, your specialist will need to double check the work. He/she will revisit the home to make sure that high elevated moisture level is no longer a problem.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.

Follow Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold….

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold…. Be careful! With improper action, you may be spread mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can spread the mold infestation... When mold is disturbed, the mold spores become airborne and can circulate inside your entire home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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 Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration... Our crews are highly trained, skilled, and experienced restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and scientific techniques to properly remediate your mold quickly and safely.

See Signs of Mold? Call Us Today: 562 506 4992

Do Southern California Homes Have A Mold Problem?

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Southern California Homes Have A Mold Problem? Do Southern California Homes Have A Mold Problem?

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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 Immediately 562 506 4992

Long Beach Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Long Beach 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. 

Help protect your family and loved ones from possible injury or illness from mold.  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, fans, any items that move air including clothes dryer.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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 Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals.  We only use specialized equipment and approved processes to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

When You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today-

562 506 4992 

Mold Risk Higher After Winter Storms

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Risk Higher After Winter Storms Mold Uncovered

Does Your Long Beach Home Have A Mold Problem?

 

In Long Beach, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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 –

562 506 4992

http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/emergency-restoration