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Huntington Park Home Owners and SERVPRO for Cleaning Up Mold

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Contains Mold Spores during Remediation to Huntington Park Homes

Remediating Hidden Mold Damage May Save the Rest of Your Huntington Park Property from Infestation

There are many areas inside houses in that no one ever sees. These places include the dead spaces of walls and ceilings, behind cabinets and built-in bookcases, and crawl spaces, including underneath porches.
 
When these places in a Huntington Park home harbor microorganisms, mold damage can cause problems for the homeowner. SERVPRO's technicians are always ready with the latest in equipment and techniques to remediate the damage already present and reduce the possibility of future problems. Microorganisms proliferate wherever they grow and spread quickly to other areas if left alone.
 
The reason for such rapid growth rests with the presence of available moisture. Where a leak, drip, or another source of lost water exists, the microbes already present quickly take advantage of their new resource. Mold and mildew find it very difficult to grow in dry environments, so our specialists work with you to get your home completely dry again, throughout the entire structure. While you might never visit your home's crawlspaces, its condition can affect the rest of your home.
 
After we contain the area with plastic sheeting and air scrubbers, we can begin the remediation process. Containing the region is crucial to keeping microbe and their spores from traveling to other places in your home. When mold detects a disturbance nearby, it reacts by sending out thousands of spores. We need to keep these from spreading to other areas of your home. Not only can they start new colonies in the future in different locations, but they can also cause health effects.
 
We use soda or ice blasting techniques for small spaces or large areas. Instead of sand, which can later retain moisture and work against us, we use either dry ice pellets (which sublimate into the air as they reach room temperature and convert into gaseous carbon dioxide) or baking soda, which is very easy to clean up with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. These gently abrade the wood down to mold-free layers while still leaving the structures intact.
 
Once we finish the cleanup of abraded materials that fell to the floor, we spray an anti-fungal liquid onto the surfaces. This seals the surfaces and combined with your house's dry state, helps keep microbes from coming back.
 
When your home smells musty, it could be mold damage that is causing the odor. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress for mold remediation that fits your home's needs. Our 24-hour service line, (562) 431-9400, is answered year-round to serve the families in Walnut Park and Surfside.

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Save Money And Call The Experts When You Discover Mold In Your Seal Beach Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Don't try to repair more damage yourself, call the experts.

The Cost of Mold Remediation for Your Seal Beach Property

One of the greatest concerns for Seal Beach homeowners contending with fungal growth in their home is the expected cost to remediate and restore the damage the organism has caused. While you cannot get a direct monetary value through even a phone call to our professionals, you can get an idea through reading ahead about the factors that contribute to how this estimated cost gets determined. Mold growth can vary significantly from one property to the next, but many of the focal points for estimating the cost of remediation and restoration remain the same. 

While you might not consider mold damage in your Seal Beach property, to be a serious situation there are concerns that every homeowner should know. The first of these is the effect that spreading colonization can have on the structural integrity of the affected materials like drywall. Since the organism feeds on the organic material of surfaces like this, over even a brief period these materials can degrade and become damaged to the point of requiring replacement to return your home to its original condition fully. 

Another factor is the equipment that needs to get used and brought in to restore your property. Our SERVPRO team seeks to provide the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for our customers, but this also means using the equipment designed to do the job thoroughly and quickly. Transportation costs for our larger equipment like desiccant dehumidifiers become a part of the estimated cost to remediate mold from the property. 

Personnel and working hours are also going to be a factor. Our SERVPRO estimator that arrives initially can help to determine the expected time it should take to return the property to a pre-mold condition. This determination includes the personnel required and the expected time to reach set milestones in the recovery of the damaged property. 

Restoring and remediating the mold in your home might cost more than attempting to do it yourself, but our solution ensures that the job gets done correctly and removes the entirety of the mold that affects your house. Give our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Some Ways to Avoid Spreading a Mold Infestation Throughout Your Seal Beach Home

10/28/2018 (Permalink)

When you find or even smell mold in your home, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO to seal off the area and mitigate the situation.

Mold Remediation in Seal Beach Properties is Not as Expensive as You Think

We find that people assume the worst once they notice signs of mold in their home. However, mold spores are a natural part of the home environment and even have many beneficial properties like producing penicillin. It is only when mold spores come into contact with damp spots and begin to reproduce that mold becomes a problem.

We like to educate on mold damage in Seal Beach properties to ensure our customers feel comfortable about the process. The first thought for homeowners when seeing mold is the expense, but in most procedures, there is no need to conduct full-scale mold testing or structural removal.

SERVPRO has developed a technique that is kind to your possessions by working to a restore over replace remit. We achieve this by using IIRC trained mold technicians who are adept at finding the source of mold as well as removing it. Technicians are trained to understand how mold affects different surfaces so that they can tailor their approach to your interior.

During service, we use negative air pressure or physical barriers to prevent spores from spreading into unaffected areas of the home. Doing so allows us to agitate problem areas with chemical compounds and is wholly effective. We are also prepared to send items showing high levels of infection to a facility where they can be specially treated using Esporta washing machines.

The visible signs and smells of mold growth are enough to begin work on a mold restoration service. However, it need not be costly. At the end of service, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize your home using odor neutralizing particles. We are more than happy to help guide you through the critical preventative measures to keep it from coming back.

When there is a musty odor or visible signs of mold in and around the home, contact SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 for expert assessment and remediation.

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Mold Damage Affects Various Materials In Cypress Homes In Different Ways

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage.

Mold Damage Affects Various Materials

Your home in Cypress contains many different materials. These might include standard drywall, a variety of flooring types, wooden trim, natural stone or brick, rough or smooth cement, and concrete blocks, among many others. Keeping them in good condition helps extend their lifespans and reduces the need for repairs.

When cleaning your Cypress residence, you might come across areas with mold damage. While small areas or an individual item here or there can often come clean with a bit of elbow grease, larger areas or multiple items should receive professional remediation. SERVPRO's technicians can provide the services necessary to make everything “Like it never even happened” for you. We not only remove damaged areas but we also clean mold away from other surfaces before damage can begin.

On hard surfaces, mold feeds on dust and dirt that builds up over time. On porous items, the same also occurs, but the make-up of the item in question can also feed microbes. Such microbial activity leads to the destruction of such materials, albeit at a rather slow but steady pace in most situations. Because soil, dirt, and cellulose alone cannot provide a suitable environment for mold damage to happen, we know that moisture also plays a vital role in its occurrence. Existing moisture can also increase the destruction of different materials inside your home.

Carpeting, wood floors, drywall, and paneling are only a few of the more common porous materials found in your residence. Those with fibers might seem to experience dry rot and reveal an abundance of dust when disturbed. Other materials might experience the development of holes and stains. When we must replace materials, we remove only the damaged area, as this keeps costs as low as possible for our customers.

Clothing, stuffed toys, books, and furniture, in addition to many other contents found inside, can also become host to microbial infestation. Mold and mildew damage to these items can leave them unusable because of the tiny holes made by the infestation, as well as staining. Laundering these items can leave your washing machine contaminated.

Damp areas of your home, especially those in dark places with little airflow, can harbor mold colonies that continually spread spores to other areas of your property. Professional remediation of these and other contaminated areas by our qualified technicians protects your entire property. Call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400, so we can remediate mold damage before it can worsen.

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Bathroom Mold in Your Cypress House

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom mold can happen fast and spreads quickly. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Understands How to Remediate Mold Growth in Your Home

You might be surprised to learn this, but not all of the mold that grows in Cypress homes is exclusively in the basement. While yes, many basements do struggle to keep from getting damp and allowing for the conditions to get met for mold and microbial growth, there are many other instances of fungal growth elsewhere in the house. This occurrence can often get attributed to poor ventilation in areas that produce steam, much like the bathroom.
 
Federal building codes consider construction to comply when they have a single ventilation box in the center of the ceiling pushing moist and hot air outside of the house. Surprisingly, contractors are also in compliance without ever installing ventilation at all, but only having a window that can get opened. The result is more moisture than most bathrooms can adequately handle, and the conditions get met for mold to begin growing. Soon, you are facing mold damages in Cypress throughout this high traffic area of your residence.
 
Fortunately, you are not alone when it comes to combatting this presence in your home. Our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians have the unique training to give them pertinent information about all varieties of mold and the best approaches to remove active colonies of this type.
 
With mold growing in the bathroom of your house, this is a situation that you want to be sure to take care of as promptly as possible. Exposure to mold colonies has gotten directly linked with potential health effects. In such a heavily used area of your home like the shower and bathroom, there is a dire need to get this situation resolved as quickly as you can. That is where our SERVPRO team can help.
 
While you might become surprised to learn that mold is not exclusively growing in dark, damp basements throughout the area, it is something that you want to take care of immediately regardless of where it is found. You can always depend on our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress mold remediation technicians to help you remove the colony and get your home back to the way it should be. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.
 
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The Discovery of Mold In Your Cypress Home

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Count on the technicians at SERVPRO to assist with any mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO has the training and equipment to assist with mold damage in your home

One of the most unfortunate discoveries that a Cypress homeowner can make is finding mold growing in their house. Quickly you pour through the potential reasons that it may exist here, but ultimately, many homeowners are not as savvy to the causes of fungal and microbial growth as they likely should be. For spores to seat into colonies, the only essential conditions are moisture and warmth.

While the causes of moisture throughout areas of your home can occur from multiple sources, preventing these situations is critical to preventing mold growth. In fact, it takes a mere 72 hours from the exposure of spores to the moisture present in the now affected area of your home to colonize and thrive. Now, you have to contend with the mold damages to your Cypress home and seek the professional expertise of our SERVPRO remediation specialists.

From the time that our professionals arrive at your home, we get to work quickly on determining the full scope of the damage that your home faces, and what must occur to restore these damages and remove the colonies. The remediation process relies heavily on isolating the affected areas while removal is underway and drying out this region of your home to prevent recurrences.

Isolation of this area typically involves air scrubbers with HEPA filters to catch airborne microscopic mold spores from reaching new areas of your home. At this same time, our SERVPRO professionals work to identify the source of the moisture that allowed these spores to thrive. Repairing this source can prevent recurrences, though if the source is unable to get isolated to a specific place or occurrence, dehumidification efforts get recommended to continue indefinitely to remove moisture from the area immediately.

Preventing mold growth in your home is not always as simple as you might think it would be. Unless you check every area of your house regularly for moisture or musty scents, you might not recognize there is a problem until it is a widespread one. Trust our applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you remove the colonies and reclaim your house from this intruder.

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Wet Conditions in Homes Under Construction in Seal Beach Call for Mold Removal Professionals

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations--Even at New Seal Beach Construction Sites

SERVPRO Provides First Rate Mold Remediation for All Types of Construction

Before being listed for sale, every newly constructed home must pass several inspections. Whenever microbial activity exceeds normal levels, regulations require the elimination of the problem. Wet conditions from rain, plumbing mishaps or accidents, or even vandalism can all cause problems from exposing your new home's building materials to water.

A professional company experienced in internationally accepted mold removal procedures in Seal Beach can help keep construction of your new home on schedule. Falling behind schedule can significantly increase building costs and impose unexpected hardships. We at SERVPRO are devoted to helping those in our community. One way we do this is always to restore the homes we work on to a safe condition. One of the ways we do this is by removing mold and other microbial problems found in homes, both established and those still under construction.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster; we know that speed in both our arrival time and the rate we work saves our customers money and inconvenience. While mold removal entails different steps, we can usually concentrate on the wooden beams in homes still under construction, without the need to attend to any finished walls. However, if some do exist, we can easily handle those. Just as the mold is exceptionally persistent, we are unrelenting in achieving our goals of protecting your home.

The mold removal methods we use depends on how deeply the mold's hyphae penetrate into the wood. For new infestations, brushing off may suffice. Deeper penetrations require blasting with dry ice pellets or manual removal with wire brushes. Treating the wood with an antimicrobial agent provides the framework of your home with long-lasting protection.

We always clean up afterward, so construction crews can get back to work immediately after we finish. We can provide your builder with before and after readings of microbial activity. We can also make some assessments on-site if you desire. Doing so can put your mind at ease as well as detect possible problems with mold or water damage.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress wants to partner with all homeowners, both new and established, in our community. Together, we can ensure that your home remains a safe and comfortable place to live for years to come. Call us for our services, which are always available, at (562) 431-9400.

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Identifying Mold Damage in Your Cypress Home

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spreads rapidly once it finds food. Should you see or smell mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the situation and remediate.

Our Trained Technicians Determine the Root Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Many people have been universally led to believe that mold inside of your Cypress house is a common thing to see. While you are likely to encounter several instances of growing mold throughout your life, this is not something that you want to take too lightly when it comes to your own home. As common knowledge that mold can cause health effects, it stands to reason that leaving it around you could make you susceptible to them as well.
 
Worse still, some people have no idea how to identify mold damage to their Cypress houses. While there are going to be circumstances in which the presence of colonies is easy to see with the naked eye, this is not always the case. In fact, colonies can grow quite large without drawing any attention whatsoever, because the entirety of the organism (or hyphae) is still rooted deeply in the organic material or surface that the mold spore initially seated inside.
 
A good indication of the presence of mold, whether you can physically see it or not, is the smell. There is an unmistakable musty odor that comes along with the presence of a mold colony. The scent only gets more formidable and robust the more massive the colonies grow and the farther they spread. If you have smelled this somewhere inside of your house, the colony has already started to grow outside of what you can see.
 
Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are IICRC Certified and know all about the removal of mold colonies and how to prevent the spread of spores which can allow the problem to continue in new areas. With the use of negative air chambers, our technicians can neutralize individual spores and prevent them from reaching new colony sites.
 
To prevent the smell lingering in the area, our SERVPRO professionals utilize a deodorizing fogger to break down the foul odor molecules and leave no scent behind after the chemical reaction.
 
While there are many ways that you can identify the presence of mold in your house, you can trust the SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress to help you get it under control. You can call us anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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