Recent Mold Remediation Posts

The Affects Of High Humidity Inside A Home

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

The humidity level in a home should be somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. High humidity is typically referred to as wet air, and air with little to no humidity is usually referred to as dry air. 

A good way to think about humidity is by comparing a rain forest climate vs. a desert climate. When the atmosphere has high humidity levels, it means that there is a lot of moisture in the air. High humidity levels in your home can be a recipe for a mold disaster. 

Mold is a fungus that can grow almost anywhere, and it thrives in areas with a lot of moisture. Mold can present some serious health risks to the inhabitants of a home. As the level of moisture in a home rises, the likelihood that it will start to grow mold begins to increase as well.

Most people will want to eliminate excess moisture in their home to avoid humidity and mold growth. However, ideally, you want your home to be somewhere in the middle since either extreme is not good for you or your home. Humidity is not all bad. In any place in your home where people spend a lot of time, you should not bring the humidity levels down so low that the air is uncomfortably dry.  

If your home has dark, humid areas that are not well ventilated, they can become a breeding ground for mold growth. It is in settings like boiler rooms or water heater closets where you should deploy anti-humidity tactics. The first step in reducing humidity levels is by allowing fresh air to flow into that room. The next thing to do is install a dehumidifier, which is a device that sucks excess moisture from the air, mitigating the risk of humidity and mold growth in your home. 

If you think you may have humidity and mold growth in your home, call SERVPRO Of South Pasadena/San Marino at 626-799-1762.

Insurance Claim Tips

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

here is nothing insignificant about water damage. No matter whether it was your furniture, walls, carpet, or the very structural integrity of your home that took the hit, it can seriously compromise the market value of your property and even put the health and safety of your family at risk by providing the right conditions for mold and mildew growth.

Whether the damage was caused by a burst pipe or a natural disaster, the required repairs can be expensive. If you are going to submit a claim to the insurance company, it is of the utmost importance to do it right.

SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino Tips

You want to make sure you have all the bases covered when filing a claim, so please take a look at some of our water damage insurance claim tips.

  1. The damage to your property and contents should be thoroughly documented at each stage with photos of the loss: before the process of water mitigation, during the process and after work is completed. You could hire professionals  such as SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino who are trained to prepare sketches and create drying logs for your insurance company. This will help your claim to be processed quickly and accurately.
  2. If your professional service company deals directly with insurance companies, they may be able to send estimates and bills themselves. That would be one less thing for you to worry about.
  3. Please review your insurance policy to ensure that you understand what it covers and what it doesn't cover in terms of water related damages. There is a chance that not all water damage will be covered by your policy.
  4. Sometimes insurance carriers are unwilling to cover all the water mitigation and extraction work required to prevent or remove mold growth in a home affected by water damage which not only causes financial damage but also poses a genuine health risk. These are very serious consequences that should be dealt with immediately. 

If you have any question or want to schedule and estimate appointment, feel free to call SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino at 626-799-1762. 

Where There Is Moisture, There Might Be Mold.

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

What can be done to avoid mold growth in kitchens, bathrooms,
and other moisture-prone areas?

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino recommend proper ventilation, identifying problematic areas, and maintaining low humidity level. Cleaning surfaces regularly with soap and water, or a solution of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water regularly will also help to keep mold at bay. An important word of caution: never mix bleach with other cleaning products! This can result in the release of potentially toxic fumes.

If mold is already present, it can spread rapidly. Mold removal and restoration may require the professional expertise that SERVPRO offers. When disasters strike in the form of heavy rains, floods, hurricanes, or even when a pipe bursts and mold begins to grow, time is of the essence. SERVPRO professionals provide rapid damage assessment, and the skilled knowledge of how to get the job done properly, thoroughly, and safely.

Removing wet carpet, dry wall, any affected materials, and stopping the damaging effect of mold is vital to securing the safety of your home and business. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for you and those who those who are most important to you is why the experts at SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino pride themselves in their work.

Have mold?

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

If you think you might have a mold problem in your home, you have probably gone to Google to seek advice and information. There is so much mis-information out there about mold. At SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino we are mold removal experts. The core of our business is helping homeowners and business owners deal with mold in their buildings, both identifying when mold creates a health hazard and helping restore the property to its pre-mold condition. Knowing what to do when you see mold is important for determining your next step. There are common household molds that are not considered toxic mold, but they can still make you feel sick. If you have more than one square foot of mold in your home or business you need to hire a pro contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino 626-799-1762.

Mold Remediation

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Here you notice some mold that has occurred due to a slow leak

There is no place to hide when it comes to mold. Whether it is a home or business,  understanding there is always the chance that it may catch a mold infestation with any new introduction of moisture. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

When you think that mold may be present in your home or business, the first step is to call a certified environmentalist immediately. They will be able to test for and identify if mold is present and what type of mold it its.

If you can already see the mold, you probably don’t need to waste any money pretesting, as the mold is already present. When this is the situation, the entire mold infested area simply needs to be removed.

There are several steps to successful mold remediation process, once certified by an Environmentalist:

  • Call an Environmentalist.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South PAsadena/San Marino to remove the mold 626-799-1762.
  • Free Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

These steps apply to all types and colors of mold and when done correctly by a mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of South Pasadena San Marino, can save your house or building. By controlling the mold growth and removing the source, there will be no need to take a wrecking ball to the building. Just be sure to enlist the services of SERVPRO’s  trained professionals to make sure that all the mold is removed, as well as the air cleaned. Any missed mold can and will eventually spread, and you will be back to square number one.

Mold can spread quickly and become a serious health problem if left untreated. If mold is spotted or suspected, the best thing that can be done is to contact SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino. They will be able to help by containing and eliminating the mold, repair the source of the mold, as well as disinfect the area and air where the mold was present.

4 signs your home has mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

contact your local SERVPRO

1. Musty Smell

Mold has a pungent, earthy, musty, and rather unpleasant smell. Even if you can’t see it, if you notice a weird smell when you enter a certain room, be sure to thoroughly check that room.

If you can’t find anything at first glance, you (or a mold inspector) may have to remove wallpaper, plastering, or tiles, as it could be hiding underneath.

Side note: Some people can become accustomed to the smells in their homes (even if they are bad). It might help to have a friend come over with a “fresh nose,” if you will, to tell you if anything smells off in your home.

2. Visible Dark Rings and Spots (Water Damage)

One of the early signs that mold could be lurking in your home is the appearance of dark rings or spots on the ceilings or walls. Even if these spots aren’t mold per se, they may be indicative of water damage or pooling water, which is a recipe for mold growth.

3. Respiratory Irritation

Common early symptoms of black mold exposure can cause itchy skin, sneezing, watery, itchy eyes, headaches, coughing, and skin irritation. If you suspect black mold is growing in an area in your home and you’re experiencing these symptoms, you need to get it checked out and removed quickly.

4. Visible Growths and Odd Colors

You may be able to visibly see a black mold growth in your home. While most black mold is indeed black, it can have a wide range of variations. For instance, you may notice a dark, furry growth or what appears to be a black stain, or there could be white, orange, brown, and even green specks.

A good rule of thumb is no matter what the color, get it treated to avoid damage to your health.

Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino today to get the job done 626-799-1762.

Check For Mold Before Listing Your Home

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Check before you sell

It can be nearly impossible to sell your home if there is any evidence of mold. That means not just the visual presence of mold, but also the telltale lingering odor that is often present. The problem is that you may not even know that your home has mold. You may have become “nose blind” to the odors having been around it as it slowly grew into existence in an unseen part of your home – behind a wall, in the attic, or in the crawlspace. Waiting until a buyer’s home inspector finds it is not the best plan for dealing with mold. You should seek mold removal before you list your home. Here’s why:

  • Stigmatism – Once it is known in the real estate industry that your home has had mold removal, it can be difficult to get past the stigmatism. Don’t think for a minute that realtors don’t discuss these things at their networking events, particularly if the mold was extensive.
  • Lost Buyer – Most buyers under contract will walk away from a property if mold is found. Even though mold removal renders the problem moot, once the thought is there, their confidence in the property is shaken, often irreparably. At the very least, you can expect them to ask for a much lower selling price that goes beyond the cost of the mold removal.
  • Lost Time – Between losing a buyer and the trouble of getting realtors to want to show buyers your home, you will lose considerable time. If you are trying to get moved for a job opportunity or some other time-sensitive situation, this could very well be time you cannot afford to lose.

At SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino, we recommend having your home inspected prior to listing, so we can take care of mold removal quickly and professionally if necessary. That way, you won’t get any surprises in this regard when a buyer’s inspection takes place. Call us today at 626-799-1762, and let’s take care of any mold your home may have so your real estate transaction can be stress-free.

Does Your Pasadena, South Pasadena, or San Marino Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let mold damage ruin your home! Call us now and schedule your free estimate! 626-799-1762

Mold Remediation

Mold lives naturally in homes and offices and can be found growing anywhere there are damp surfaces present. But left uncontrolled, molds can quickly multiply and grow to dangerous levels that can adversely affect the respiratory system. If you have had a water or plumbing leak and are concerned that dangerous levels of mold may be present where you live or work, it’s time to bring SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino mold inspector to your property.

Mold inspection 

Most people discover mold when they see or smell it, but mold can also grow undetected between walls or underneath floorboards. If you suspect that you may have a mold problem, it is critical that you have a certified mold removal company perform an inspection as soon as possible. The longer mold festers, the more difficult it is to get rid of. This is when mold can become dangerous, particularly for infants, elderly people, women who are pregnant or nursing, as well as those with asthma or low immune systems. The symptoms of mold can include sneezing, chronic cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and sinus headaches.

Mold Testing

Think you may have a mold problem, but not sure how severe it is? When it comes to mold testing and mold inspection, our mold inspectors can conduct professional testing for mold to help you determine the severity of your mold problem and remove it using commercial mold remediation techniques. These mold remediation procedures vary depending on the source of mold, the types of mold present and the amount of mold damage to the property.

Mold Removal

If you need a home mold inspection, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino  is the mold removal company you can trust to handle all your mold and mildew problems at your home or business. With commercial mold removal services conveniently located in your neighborhood, including black mold removal, and toxic mold removal, you can count on your mold problem being taken care of when you call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino .

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 626-799-1762!!!