Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Property Owners.. Why it’s important to keep your AC unit running after tenants move out
Mold growth on a couch after AC had been turned off for the summer while home was vacant.
Should I keep my AC running in my rental while vacant?
When the tenants move out and you await for more to move in switch the power bill back to your name to ensure the AC unit is still circulating air throughout the home. Doing this will help eliminate moisture build up within the property. In the Golden Isles we know all too well the of moisture within our Coastal Climate.
By keeping your AC Unit running it continues to control the climate in the home and discourages moisture to build up on walls, ceilings, and furniture. Keeping the air circulating is crucial especially if the property is fully furnished. Fabric materials grow mold very easily due to the organic makeup of the fabric allowing it to be a fantastic breeding ground for all types of mold. Mold can drastically spread in 48-72 hours.
If your property sits vacant for a while remember these helpful tips:
- Keep the air circulating
- Cover furniture
- Check the property regularly
If you find mold in your rental property?
- Stay out of affected areas
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick for mold remediation services.
What not to do:
- Don’t touch or disturb mold growth
- Don’t blow air across any surface with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
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Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today if you suspect your home has mold.
Green Tips for Cleaning up Mold Naturally
Mold could be growing in your home or business and you might never know because mold loves those dark and humid places that humans don’t pay much attention to. Basements, kitchens, and bathrooms are the most likely places to find mold and bacteria growth since water is a big factor in these spaces. Once a mold colony begins, it can rapidly establish itself within 24-48 hours, causing respiratory problems and allergic reactions in many people.
Using chemicals is something many of us are avoiding these days as well, so here are some non-toxic ways to eradicate mold.
- Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or baking soda
- Scrubbing brush
- Rubber gloves
- Spray bottle
Using Hydrogen Peroxide:
- Pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and saturate the moldy surface completely. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Scrub the area to remove all mold and mold stains, and then wipe down surfaces to remove residual mold and spores.
- Using Vinegar:
- Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle - do not water down. Spray the solution onto moldy surfaces and let it sit for one hour. Wipe the area clean with water and allow to dry thoroughly; any odors from the vinegar should be gone within a few hours.
- Baking soda can also be used along with the vinegar to kill different mold species.
- Using Baking Soda
- Add ¼ tablespoon baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake till dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the solution and use the scrubbing brush to remove all mold from surfaces. Rinse the area with water to remove any residual mold.
- Spray the surface a second time and let dry thoroughly; this will kill any left-over mold and prevent it from returning.
All these solutions are wonderful non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based cleaners and are safe to use for people, pets, and the environment. They are also easy to find and inexpensive as well.
SERVPRO of Brunswick cares about you, your family, and the environment. Call us today at (912) 264-6094 for all your cleanup needs.
Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home
Just the thought of mold growing in your home can be very unsettling.
Mold is actually very beneficial in some areas of our lives, such as in cheese-making and in the production of medicines such as penicillin, and it is part of the natural processes of the earth during the decomposition of nature’s organic matter. Yet mold can be a very unhealthy organism to have around at times, such as when it grows undetected in your home. The spores spread easily and never completely eradicated, growing anywhere: on carpet, paper, inside walls, and on food.
Here are some mold prevention tips for your home:
- LOOK FOR LEAKS: Leaks and flooding aftermath need to be cleaned up and dried as soon as possible to prevent water damage and mold growth. Keep an eye open for stains on ceilings and walls - telltale signs of leaks that are happening behind the scenes. Keep rain gutters clean and in good repair, and make sure water is properly diverted from the foundations and low-lying areas of your house.
- KEEP THINGS DRY: Mold grows where it’s wet and will take over in 24-48 hours. Even leaving wet items lying around the house, such as beach towels and swimsuits, can create a problem. Hang things up to dry.
- MAINTAIN PROPER VENTILATION: Make sure your living areas are properly ventilated. Any appliances that produce moisture need to be vented to the outdoors. Using a dehumidifier is always a good idea; today’s energy-efficient homes can actually hold moisture indoors, so monitoring the humidity levels in your home will help you keep the atmosphere healthy.
- MOLD-RESISTANT PRODUCTS: Anytime you do repairs or renovations, use mold-resistant products such as drywall or sheetrock; many paints on the market today contain mold inhibitors, as well. These paints are especially good for use in bathrooms and laundry areas, for example, where humidity levels will probably be the highest in the home.
- HOUSEPLANTS: Mold is apt to grow on houseplants, so keep leaves clean and dry by wiping down leaves periodically.
In the event that a mold problem has developed in your home, you can contact us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for help. Our phone number is (912) 264-6094. We are experienced in cleanup projects needed after fire or water damage.
The Warning Signs of Mold Growth in the Summer
Everyone has seen reports warning about the dangers of toxic mold. These reports can be extremely alarming, so let’s go over the facts that will help us better understand the issue, its dangers, and how to prevent it during the long, hot, humid days of summer.
The scientific name for the mold that is often called “black,” or toxic, mold is Stachybotrys chartarum. It can produce both allergens and irritants. However, many other types of mold can produce those same allergens and irritants, so it’s best to treat any mold with caution. Do not touch or disturb any mold found, and be sure to stay out of the affected areas.
Mold can affect the body negatively if not treated, and a minor mold problem can quickly grow into an infestation. Mold spores are microscopic and are everywhere. They float in the air, so they are able to enter your home through windows and doors, or HVAC systems. When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours since mold thrives on moisture, quickly growing into colonies when exposed to damp conditions.
It often produces a strong musty odor, so if you smell that odor it can lead you to areas in your home that could be experiencing a problem. Keep the humidity level in your home below 45 to help in blocking the growth of toxic mold in your house, and invest in a dehumidifier if you feel it will be beneficial.
Buckling and warping of woodwork and discoloration of surfaces can also be signs of water damage, and mold will not be far behind. Keep an eye on out of the way areas and places that don’t see the light of day. These are favorite spots for mold to colonize.
Many types of mold can cause adverse reactions, so you should contact us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick any time mold found in your home. Call us immediately at (912) 264-6094 if you suspect a toxic mold issue in your home. We are mold remediation experts!
Dehumidifying Your Home
Allergies are a big problem for many people and can make anyone really miserable. The culprits in a humid climate are usually mold, mildew, dust mites, and seasonal allergy issues such as pollen and dust, etc. Allergic reactions can show up as skin rashes, sneezing, difficulty breathing, itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. When allergies are left untreated, they can lead to asthma and other complications. If you or someone you love suffers from allergies, using a dehumidifier in your home can be a huge help.
Whether you live in an area with a humid climate, or just in a space that tends to be damp, you may be experiencing problems from mold and/or mildew or dust mites. Limited ventilation in places such as basement apartments, small kitchens, or bathrooms can cause moisture to build up, even in the dryest of climates, so ensuring that these areas are properly ventilated is vital. You can also opt to use a dehumidifier in your home, and this is a very efficient way to protect your home and loved ones from physical issues that may arise in a damp environment.
Dehumidifiers can help by:
- Reducing humidity levels, making your home less inviting to allergens.
- Reducing the possibility that mold will develop on furniture, clothing, and other materials.
- Eliminating the unpleasant odors that accompany mold and mildew.
- Allowing you to breathe easier and reducing irritation to your skin and respiratory system.
- Lowering the amount of dust in the home, which can be an irritant.
- Keeping electronics and tools drier and free from rust and corrosion, and even prolonging the shelf life of breads and cereals!
- Helping your clothing dry faster.
- Lowering energy costs by assisting your HVAC in running more efficiently. When air in the home is humid, the A/C must work doubly hard by both removing the moisture and cooling the air. Your unit will wear out sooner under that stress, and that’s costly.
- Running quietly and efficiently in the background of daily life. You won’t even notice it!
The SERVPRO of Brunswick team is here and ready to help with home or office cleanup issues both large and small. Fire damage, water damage, and mold prevention are just some our areas of expertise! Call us at (912) 264-6094 or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Three Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Bathroom
Everyone is aware that mold thrives on lingering moisture. Rooms that provide access to water and are not well-ventilated are in danger, and your bathroom is at the top of that list! There is water in use in the bath area throughout the day, and of course doors and windows are shut and/or curtained. These conditions are very inviting for a colony of mold spores.
Mold can, and will, grow on numerous types of material in your bathroom, such as shower curtains, wallpaper, drywall, grout, and flooring. It is unsightly, smells bad, and can be dangerous to your health. Once it takes hold, it is impossible to eradicate completely, so your best bet will always be to prevent it from the outset.
Here are three tips on how to prevent mold in your bathroom:
- Make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated. Use the vent system and fans anytime your tub or shower is in use to keep down the moisture in the air. Leave these running for at least 30 minutes after their use is over.
- Wash items in your bath regularly. Rugs should be washed and completely dried on a regular basis, while your shower/bath walls need to be wiped down and dried as often as possible. Cleansing and drying the walls and floors in the bathroom after use are also great ways to keep mold from gaining a foothold in this space! Purchasing a dehumidifier can be a really great idea, too - especially for bathrooms that see a tremendous amount of use or seem to be especially difficult to dry out.
- Use mold resistant materials. Paint, flooring, and even shower curtains can all be purchased containing mold resistant materials, and these can go a long way towards keeping your bathing area mold free. Why not get a head start?
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we have your best interests at heart. We want you to be safe and healthy! Call us today for help with mold remediation, or for your large cleanup needs such as damages from flooding or fire. We can be reached by phone at: (912) 264 6094, or you may visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Preventing Mold Growth in the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of your house when it comes to mold growth, and it’s no wonder; there is water everywhere in the kitchen on a daily basis! You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in one of the most important, and busy, rooms in your home.
The kitchen has a higher moisture level that most of the other rooms in your house, of course, and surfaces can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises.
Here are some tips to preventing mold in the first place:
- Paint your kitchen (and bath areas) with mold resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store.
- When doing any type of repair or renovation in this area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.
- Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses.
- As with all windows in your home, ensure that weather stripping is in good repair in advance of bad weather.
- Keep an eye on older refrigerators for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Move them away from the wall periodically and clean behind and underneath them and take a good look while you are back there.
- Ensure your kitchen area is well-ventilated, and you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it necessary.
Keeping mold out of your kitchen will contribute to an overall cleaner space for the preparation of food and for entertaining and socializing. After all, the kitchen is almost always the gathering place of a home!
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
The Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation
Mold spores cannot be detected by the naked eye as a spore, and they exist naturally almost everywhere. They are microscopic and can be found both indoors and out. Removing all mold from a home or business is actually impossible!
Mold becomes a true issue when it gets out of balance and its growth explodes. When the conditions are warm, wet, and dark, this can happen easily, and when it does, you will need the services of a professional.
Some professional restoration businesses advertise mold removal and even go so far as to guarantee the removal of all mold, but this is not really possible; it IS possible, however, to remediate mold in your home or business. To remediate means to bring mold back to its normal and natural level. A qualified restoration company like SERVPRO of Brunswick understands the science behind mold and its growth, and we have the training and experience to remediate the mold in your home or business.
Every situation where mold damage is found is going to be totally different and will require a specific solution, but in general, the mold remediation process remains the same.
If you believe that you have an unnatural mold situation developing, call our team at SERVPRO of Brunswick and schedule an inspection and mold damage assessment. Our team will take steps to contain the mold and filtrate the air of the area affected. All mold and materials will be removed and contents and belongings of the area will be cleaned thoroughly. We will then undertake the restoration of your property and make sure you are mold-damage free.
Here are some things to be aware of:
- Mold spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows, doors, or HVAC systems. They can even hitch a ride on your pet!
- Mold is microscopic; don’t expect to see it with your naked eye.
- Mold growth can happen in as little as 24-48 hours! A higher-than-normal humidity level indoors can encourage the growth of mold colonies.
- Mold produces a strong musty odor.
- Mold produces irritants and can be hazardous to your health.
Call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick at (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick if you are in need of mold remediation.
Checking Your Garage for Mold Growth
As a Georgia homeowner, you are no stranger to extreme weather. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and tornadoes, you’ve seen it all. The combination of high temperatures paired with humid conditions creates the perfect opportunity for mold to establish itself in your garage. Mold will thrive in dark, moist and unventilated places - which describes most garages. If yours is attached to your home, you may benefit from the cooler, drier air inside your home, but it will only make conditions slightly better. The best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your garage for the sights and scents that spell trouble.
You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather during the warmer months. Don’t just walk around - move a few things and look at the places where the walls join the floor, and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely, and if the lighting is bad, you can always install better lighting or use a flashlight. Doing this on a regular basis can also keep you informed as to whether your roof or walls have experienced any issues or damage leading to leaks.
Of course, the best way to handle mold is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that can help:
- Keep your garage well-ventilated
- Use a dehumidifier, especially during the stormy months
- Make sure your garage door is properly sealed
- Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible
- Don’t store cardboard in your garage
- Remove any standing water immediately and dry area completely
- Trim back shrubs and plants near the garage, not allowing overgrowth
Keeping an eye out for mold and practicing preventive measures is important for you as a homeowner. If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Brunswick is standing by to help! We are also experienced in cleanup after water and fire damage. Give us a call at: (912) 264 6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick
Benefits of having a dehumidifier in your Brunswick home or office
All of us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick want to do all that we can to help you avoid water damage or mold within your home. One of the best ways you can do this is by using a dehumidifier in your home or office. Most versions of these machines are quiet and affordable, but best of all, they offer many benefits to the average homeowner.
Once a dehumidifier reduces the level of humidity in your home or office, you will find that your space is less likely to host common allergens like mold, mildew, dust, or mites. Dehumidifiers will not disrupt your day to day life in any way. Today’s models make very little noise while they are running. Most homeowners don’t even notice them as they efficiently do their job in the background.
If you have noticed any strange odors in your home, a dehumidifier can help with that too. Odors often come from mold and mildew and resemble the same scent one finds with musty homes or rotting debris. Besides eliminating odors, dehumidifiers lower the possibility of mildew growing on furniture, clothing, or other household linens such as the bedding and curtains.
Dehumidifiers also offer a variety of health-related benefits. Many people notice a reduction in skin irritations as well as respiratory issues. The added moisture these machines produce make it easier to breathe.
Once the humidity levels are lower, even the housework gets lighter. Clothing dries faster, cereal and bread lasts longer, and you’ll eliminate the rust and corrosion that can sometimes be found on electronics, computer equipment, and tools. You will also notice that there is less dust in the house, which means less cleaning.
Don’t worry yourself over running a dehumidifier in your home. It won’t increase your monthly utility bills. In fact, a dehumidifier can actually lower your energy bill by helping out the air conditioner. AC’s run more efficiently when humidity levels are lower. If the air conditioning doesn’t have to remove humidity, it doesn’t work as hard as it might otherwise have to. AC systems that work harder can wear out quicker, which leads to even more expenses when they need repaired or replaced.