Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Restaurant's with Hidden Secrets
Hidden Mold will Grow
These business owners in Mt. Washington, KY were astonished to discover a Mold Nightmare, when fixing a water leak. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard with these business owners, trying to get the place up and running, as soon as possible. Removing the badly damaged materials, running Air Scrubbers, along with Dehumidifiers, and Air Movers, were the first steps to making this disaster look, "Like it never even happened."
Always make sure and check hidden spaces within your home or business to ensure no leaks, mold, or hazardous conditions are going unnoticed. Catching a leak early, greatly reduces the possibility of Mold damage. Should you need an expert opinion about questionable areas in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties.
Mold in Bardstown, KY
Insulation Mold Barrier
Mobile Home full of Mold in Bardstown, KY
This homeowner in Bardstown, KY was dealing with respiratory problems and other minor irritations, when she decided to investigate the case. She was surprised to learn that Mold was the corporate. A leaking water heater, that had gone unnoticed caused mold to cover the walls, insulation, and flooring. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties got started on the job right away, so that she could return home as quick as possible. Notice in the photo the mold creeping throughout the insulation. This mobile home had to go under some major demolition to remove the unsalvageable material and to create a safe, clean, mold-free environment. Remember here at SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties, we are, "Always here to help."
Guest Room full of Mold in Louisville, KY
Mold in Guest Room
Mold in Guest Room
This homeowner in Louisville, KY rarely went into the guest room of their house. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties arrived quickly to the scene and began inspecting the home for Mold. Notice in the photo the leak from the ceiling destroyed the mattress and caused Mold growth. It is always important to randomly check the areas of your home that are not used often. If a water leak is found early, the chances of Mold growth are reduced greatly. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties wants everyone in our community to know that, "We are always here to help."
Tips for Mold Treatment and Prevention
- Always fix water leaks.
- Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
- Replace any saturated material, such as insulation, carpet, and drywall.
- Use Dehumidifiers.
Mold in Louisville, KY Home Grows out of Control
Mold Grows Wild
This new homeowner in Louisville, KY was thrilled to buy an older home to renovate and restore back to its former glory. However, as the renovation begin it became clear that Mold was going to be a major issue. Take a look at this photo. Notice the Mold growth on the ceiling joist. As the ceiling and walls came down, more Mold began to be exposed. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counites quickly arrived on the scene to help this homeowner with the Mold Remediation process.
Mold Treatment Plan for Home in Louisville, KY
- Cleaning the Floor Joist and Walls with Peroxide Wash.
- Sealing the Salvageable Wood.
- Running HEPA Air Scrubbers
- Removing and Replacing all Non-Salvageable Material with New.
- Air Quality Testing
Molded Doorway in Lebanon Junction, KY
This Molded Doorway was discovered when a pipe busted and the flooring had to be removed.
Soggy Doorway in Lebanon Junction, KY.
Doorways are the grand entrance for every home and most homeowners take great pride in the first impression their guests will see. From beautiful stain glass to intricately carved wood, doorways are there to impress. However, this homeowner in Lebanon Junction, KY discovered a very undesirable entry way, when a busted pipe revealed a molded and rotted entrance. Notice in the picture how the rotted wood seems to hide under the door frame. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard to help this homeowner dry out and repair the flooring to make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Tips for Installing Flooring around Doorways.
- Always make sure the thickness of the flooring is even to prevent any toe catches.
- Use strips of wood or other material to prevent unleveled ground.
- Use a jigsaw to make precise grooves when lining up entry ways.
- Try to use a more water resistant material around entry ways that connect to the outside elements.
If you are someone you know need any assistance with Water & Fire Restoration, Cleaning, or Mold Remediation, just give us call.
SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties
10758 Hwy. 44 E
Mount Washington, KY 40047
Old House in Louisville, KY Full of Unwanted Surprises
The Rapid spread of Mold in the Woodwork of this Old House.
Keeping the Character of an Old House can be a Challenge.
When buying this Old Home in Louisville, KY dealing with a Mold Infestation, was probably not on the budget for this homeowner. However, as the renovation began, Mold transformed the once beautiful property into a nightmare. Nearly every wall, ceiling, door, and floor was covered with Mold Spores, turning this renovation into more of a demolition. Notice in the photo that even after the old walls were removed, Mold can still be seen throughout the wood work.
How to Treat and Prevent Mold.
- Correct any Water leaks or standing Water.
- Use an Antimicrobial Cleaner to sanitize and kill the Mold.
- Mold loves moisture, avoid steam cleaning and other methods with moisture when cleaning duct work.
- Use Dehumidifiers and Install good Ventilation Systems to avoid moisture.
Many studies have been done on the health concerns and risks caused by Mold. Be sure to make the proper contacts when dealing with Mold problems or concerns. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties strives to be the leading Mold, Water, and Fire Restoration Company. If you have any concerns in the following areas just give us a call. "We are always here to help."
SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties
10758 Hwy 44 E
Mt. Washington, KY 40047
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Where to Test for Black Mold in Your Home
Black mold is one of the worst fears you might have as a homeowner. Toxic black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) grows in common household features such as carpet, drywall, insulation, and sub-flooring. It grows when these household materials have been in contact with moisture. As it grows, it releases spores into the air. These spores can be harmful to humans.
Where to Test for Black Mold
Testing for mold is essential, and you should have a dwelling inspected for black mold before you buy it or sign a lease. If you suspect there may be black mold in your home, or you have never had your home tested, contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties for professional mold remediation services in the Bardstown, Springfield, and Bullitt County area. While many aspects of home-ownership can be handled in a D.I.Y. fashion, black mold is not something to be messed around with.
Black mold loves to live on the carpet. Dust collects in carpet fibers and those same fibers trap the humidity and dampness that enables mold to grow. Carpets in below-ground levels are especially susceptible to mold as there is more humidity there.
Carpet mold is often not visible from the surface, except in severe cases, which makes testing for it necessary even if you don't see any evidence.
Air Conditioning and Heating Vents
Air conditioning and heating vents actually create ideal conditions for black mold to grow. Dual-purpose vents that both heat and cool your house raise that risk as they are in constant use.
When you have mold in your air vents, those spores are being circulated throughout your home. The sooner you can perform mold remediation procedures, the better. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties has a 24-hour mold emergency service hotline to quickly begin the process of cleaning your air vents.
Mold is unfortunately common in drywall, as it traps humidity. This is especially common as the seasons change from winter into spring. Because of the nature of it, mold in drywall is rarely visible except in severe cases. For this reason, it's imperative to have a potential home be tested for mold in the walls before you sign a lease or put down a deposit.
If you suspect mold damage, call the specialists of SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties at 502-904-0710.
Foul Musky Smell - Could be Mold
Have you ever come across a foul, musky smell in your home or business and had no idea where it was coming from? It's possible this odor could be because of water damage, and water that is not dried up in your home aids mold growth. Mold has the potential to be dangerous to your health, so if your home has a musky smell, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties to clean it up! Our crew has vast experience dealing with mold remediation, and we are happy to help restore any type of mold infestation in your home or business. You should always leave it to the specialists if you find mold in your home. SERVPRO will completely eliminate the mold and make it look "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties for mold remediation. 502-904-0710
How to Prevent Crawl Space Mold
How to Prevent Crawl Space Mold
Crawl spaces are prone to mold growth due to the high levels of moisture and humidity in these areas. Some of the most common causes of increased levels of humidity in the crawl space include water leaks, damaged insulation, and inadequate ventilation. To get rid of a mold problem in the crawl space, you have to control the moisture and humidity levels. Here are some tips to help you do so:
- Check for water leaks in the foundation walls and crawl space ceiling — make sure there are no cracks that allow water to leak inside the crawl space. While checking for cracks, be sure to also inspect the HVAC ducts and plumbing components for leaks.
- Ensure that the gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that flows toward your house could enter your crawl space and basement.
- Make sure your crawl space is properly ventilated — for every 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. However, consult a professional to determine if you should keep the crawl space vents closed and, if so, find other ways to control the humidity in the crawl space.
- Use plastic sheeting covers to insulate/encapsulate the crawl space floor and foundation walls. Vapor barriers like plastic sheeting covers trap the moisture that is evaporating from the soil and walls.
- If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect the insulation once or twice a year. Make sure the insulation is not missing or sagging, which indicates that there could be a water problem.
- Make sure dryer vents always discharge to the outside and not into the crawl space, attic or other area of the house. If they don’t, this can lead to a major increase in humidity.
Follow the above tips and the relative humidity in your crawl space should reach the desired level of 30 to 50 percent. Mold will easily grow if the humidity is above 70 percent. For Mold Remediation and Water Damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties. 502-904-0710
Common Moisture Problems That Can Lead To Mold
Why does mold grow?
Any discussion about mold cleanup should start with understanding why mold begins to grow in the first place. Customers with a mold damage problem are always surprised to learn that toxic mold spores are present not just in their home, but every home, and in fact almost every environment. It’s a naturally occurring element and in low levels is completely safe to humans and pets and your home in general. So when does it become a problem? When too much moisture is introduced in the organic surfaces mold feeds on to grow. Things like drywall, insulation, wood, cabinets, etc. become mold’s food source when mixed with water and the right temperature. While there are many strains of toxic mold, most thrive in temperatures ranging from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ll notice, the average temperature in home’s ideal to our own comfort sits squarely within that range. So when it comes to mold growth, 2 things are always present: the right temperature and food. It’s when you introduce that 3rd element, water, that problems can quickly grow out of hand!
Most common moisture problems that lead to mold
If your home suffered a massive water damage event, you’re obviously going to know about it and hopefully you’re going to hire a competent water damage restoration company to fix it (hint hint, that’s us!). So the likelihood of that event unleashing a chain reaction that leads to a big mold problem is small assuming you have the moisture removed quickly. The real big mold jobs we see are from much smaller, long-term moisture problems that just never went diagnosed. Below are some of the most common persistent water damage problems we see that can result in a massive amount of black mold damage.
Leaks under sinks
Whether it’s from a supply line with a loose connection or a drain pipe that has a small hole, slow leaks under seats (or any other sink for that matter) can go unnoticed for some time because your cabinets can hide the problem. It’s always a good idea to check under your sink cabinets to look for any signs of moisture or musty odors. If you detect a problem, it may be a good idea to have a professional come out and inspect things further. In some cases the problem is isolated and will be something you can handle on your own. But in some cases, the visible signs are only the tip of the iceberg. You’d be shocked what we have seen on and in walls and under flooring after pulling out cabinets!
Small roof leaks
In some instances, the symptoms of a significant roof leak are discovered pretty quickly. Usually you see discoloration in the top floor’s ceiling or worse, it collapses entirely. But in other cases when you have a very small leak, the problem can go undetected for quite some time and never result in water damage you can see from inside the home. It’s usually discovered when someone goes up into the attic for some unrelated reason and sees the problem: mold growth everywhere. On the roof decking, insulation, support beams, you name it. At that point, you’ve got an expensive problem on your hands and your insurance company likely isn’t going to pay for the damages.
The best way to prevent this particular mold problem from occurring is to perform both an exterior as well as interior inspection at least once a year. For the exterior, actually walk the roof of your home (if it’s safe) to look for damaged or missing shingles. Replacing them is easy! For the inside, climb up to your attic and inspect the roof decking for signs of water intrusion.
Pipe leaks inside walls
A lot of times we are called to a home to do a mold inspection because a homeowner noticed a small patch of mold growing on the floor next to a wall. When we dig further, we usually discover there is a plumbing pipe housed in that wall that is slowly leaking and depositing water on the floor inside the wall cavity. Once we start to remove the drywall, often times we discover the problem is much larger than just the small visible spot on the floor. Usually the mold has traveled throughout the wall cavity and inside the subfloor. The damage can be extensive and the costs high.
You obviously can’t go tearing out sections of your walls often to figure out if you have a problem, so what can you do? The main thing you should be doing is watching your water bill. If you notice a spike and can’t determine a cause for that spike, you may have an undetected leak. At that point, you may want to hire a leak detection company to come out and perform an inspection to determine if you have a bigger problem you need to deal with. They’re better equipped at finding the problem, at which point we would come in and remove the excess moisture and black mold as well as repair any surfaces or structures that were torn out during the process!
Mold In Your Home? Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties 502-904-0710.