Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Managing Mold

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

When there is water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately SERVPRO of Tri Cities West has the training, protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem and are experts at mold remediation. Although every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a typical mold removal process. 

Call The Team In Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Tri Cities West. A SERVPRO representative will ask you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed.

Inspect and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to help stop the spread of mold and isolate the contaminant. We use different techniques including negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the remediation process. 

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO uses powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Material

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and types of surfaces effect ed. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminated mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials. like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Tri Cities cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use  a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building material may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet or it may entail major repairs and reconstruction of various areas of the infected area in your home or business.

SERVPRO of Tri Cities West understands mold and has the training, equipment and supplies to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Does Your Tri Cities Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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 – (509)943-9290

Mold Can Cause Major Health Issues

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

One of the worst problems that can arise while recovering from an unmitigated disaster is mold formation. Mold is bad for properties because these fungi feed on natural materials and cause bio-degradation. The growth of mold in buildings, homes, and offices can lead directly or indirectly to a large number and variety of health issues.

Proper steps can be taken to mitigate or further reduce the mold issue.

1.     The most important task is to reduce, and if possible, eradicated the high levels of moisture.

2.     The secondary task is to remove the affected material after the main cause has been taken care of.

It has to be kept in mind that, though molds are ubiquitous, their formation should not be tolerated due to the fact the health issues that they can cause are alarming and escalating. Molds are responsible for various kinds of allergies and respiratory problems. 

Mold removal is quite different from the technique of mold remediation. The former is quite difficult to achieve and is not an appropriate term to be used when dealing with practical real-life situations.

It is difficult to cure and remediate a situation leading to excessive mold growth without the use of proper tools and insights which come from experience, however, with proper guidance and help from SERVPRO of Tri-Cities West you can be sure that your property will be mold free!

Call us today! (509)943-9290

Mildew in Your Bathroom? Why You May Want To Replace Your Bathroom Fan

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom Mildew

Bathroom fans restore indoor air quality by venting damp air quickly outside, which reduces issues that are linked with high humidity such as mold and mildew, steamy mirrors and peeling wallpaper and paint.

To make sure this doesn’t occur, you will want to make sure you have the right size fan for each bathroom in your home. Not all fans are created equal and, as the #1 water and fire cleanup company in the region, we are often called to consult and remedy mildew growth and water damage in bathrooms that do not have the proper ventilation.

Below are some helpful tips and information to help you prevent such issues

Make sure you have the right size bathroom Fan

CFM: Finding The Right Fan According to The Bathroom Size

A fan’s capacity to move air is measured in cubic feet per minute (CFM). The larger your bathroom, the larger the CFM rating you’ll need. A fan should have a CFM rating high enough to exchange the air in your bathroom at a rate of 8 times each hour.

Determine the size of your bathroom (Length x Width x Height = Minimum CFM rating)

Or you can check the packaging at the store before you purchase the fan. Each bath fan will indicate the maximum square footage it can ventilate however, keep in mind that most fans are rated from 50 to 110 CFM.

Choose a fan that can move a minimum of 1 CFM per square foot of room.

Example: a 90 square foot bathroom would need at least a fan with a rating of 90 CFM or higher.

Helpful Tips:

We recommend choosing a bathroom fan that includes built-in heaters to improve warm air circulation and/or humidity sensors that automatically turn on the fan when it's needed most.

Consider replacing a light fixture with a model that has the light and fan combination. This will allow you to use the existing wiring and switch and it also turns the fan on whenever the light is on, which helps when there are people in the house that like to take hot and steamy showers without turning on a fan.

Close the shower curtain after every use in order to prevent mildew growth in the creases of the curtain. 

If you already have mildew issues remember, SERVPRO of Tri-Cities West will make it “Like it never even happened.”®

Does Your Tri Cities Home Have A Mold Problem?

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

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 – (509)943-9290

Does Your Tri Cities Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

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 – 509-943-9290

Tri Cities Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. 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 and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Tri Cities West 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 Tri Cities West specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 509-943-9290

Tri Cities Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. 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 and fans.

·        Contact SERVPRO of Tri Cities West 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 Tri Cities West specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 509-943-9290

Does your home have a mold problem?

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage in bathroom

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 – 509-943-9290

Mold Remediation

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

One of the worst problems that can arise while recovering from an unmitigated disaster such as a water tank spill or a storm that might have caused waterlogging is mold formation. Mold is bad for properties because these fungi feed on natural materials and cause biodegradation. The growth of mold in buildings, homes, and offices can lead directly or indirectly to a large number and variety of health issues.


Proper steps can be taken to mitigate or further reduce the mold issue that might have risen in a structure:


1.     The most important task that has to be executed when charged with a mold formation situation is to reduce and if possible, eradicated the high levels of moisture.


2.     The secondary task is to remove the affected material after the main cause of excessive moisture has been taken care of.


It has to be kept in mind that though molds are ubiquitous, their formation should not be tolerated as the health issues that they can cause are alarming and escalating. Molds are responsible for various kinds of allergies and respiratory problems. Molds in houses are usually found in areas which are damp and dark throughout the day, for longer periods of time.


However, molds can also arise as a consequence of a recent disaster in the area or any accidental spills which lead to accumulation of water or moisture in large amounts with no room for timely intervention. Mold removal is quite different from the technique of mold remediation. The former is quite difficult to achieve and is not an appropriate term to be used when dealing with practical real-life situations.


It is difficult to cure and remediate a situation leading to excessive mold growth without the use of proper tools and insights which come from experience. The resources required for such an undertaking are also beyond the scope of an individual who doesn’t face such a problem from time to time. Thus, it is advised to seek the help of a professional service which deals with such situations which provides reliable, efficient and adequate assistance. 


The 24-hour emergency services that are hosted by them at www.SERVPROtricitieswest.com have been tried and tested time and again. The ability of an expert technician with the required certifications under his belt provides an assurance which cannot be adequately achieved when you have to deal with mold remediation all by yourself, ill-prepared. It might take less than 48 hours for the mold to set in and start growing at an exponential rate. However, with proper guidance and help from SERVPRO of Tri Cities West you can be sure that in such time your property will be mold free!