Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Do I have mold?

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi that have been identified. In useful cases it can be used for breads, baked goods and other food products. Life saving Penicillin is even a product of mold. Although some forms add value, others can be harmful to us. Water intrusion into a building can result in mold growth. Especially if it is not treated right away, it can become harmful mold. When moisture is present, it is important to be on the lookout for strong musty odors, presences of visible mold and excessive humidity. Indoor air quality/environmental professionals use various testing devices to identify mold spore counts and what kind of mold is present. It is crucial that you contact a professional if you expect mold is present. SERVPRO is trained in mold remediation and will examine any structure.

How to check for mold when moving into a new apartment

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Checking the bathroom, water heater, dishwasher, washer, and ac unit for leaks, discoloration, or musty smells are a good way to check that an apartment may have mold but not always 100%. Checking the reviews can indicate how complexes treat mold cases and if they have any at all, but sometimes they do not give all of the information. The best bet is always to have a mold specialist inspect the apartment or have the apartment certified by them.  

Things to look for apartment mold

Leaks

If there is constant water dripping underneath the sinks, at the water heater, behind the washer, behind the dishwasher, in the vents, in the AC unit, or from the ceiling, then there is most likely going to be a problem with mold in the future. 

Discoloration on the wall

If there are spots on the wall, floor, or any organic building material, there is a possibility that there is mold growth behind or on top of the surface. The discoloration can also be water staining, which can signify that mold has the right environment to grow. 

Musty smell

Sometimes a simple whiff of the air can give you all you need to know about the mold. If it is stuffy, hard to breathe, smells musty, or irritates your nose and lungs from too much ingestion, then there may be a sign of mold. This can also be an indication of high moisture content, low oxygen content, and bad HVAC systems. Bad HVAC systems and vents can also cause dust buildup in the vents and irregular temperature changes, giving mold a food source and moisture to grow. 

Flooring discoloration 

Discolored floors can be an indication of mold, water damage, or improper cleaning. It is hard to tell unless looking directly at mold growth. Still, if the carpet smells musty and discolored, it is best to test it for mold. 

Constant allergies

Constant allergies from previous tenants or as you are touring can be an indication. Some people are sensitive to mold immediately. 

Places to check for apartment mold

AC unit 

Your AC unit has a rapidly changing temperature, so it can cause moisture to build up and drip. This is especially worse if it is enclosed in a tight space or close to the ceiling.  

Bathroom 

Bathrooms typically trap in a lot of moisture during their use. If the bathroom fan turns on with the light, that is a good sign that there is proper moisture management for the bathrooms in the unit. If there isn’t, then check above the shower and below the shower. It would also be good to check underneath the sink to look for wood warping and if it was simply painted over. 

Water heater 

Water heaters typically have condensation or leaks occasionally. Ensure to check if there is warping, discoloration, or signs of mold around the unit and its piping. 

Dishwasher

Taking a flashlight under the dishwasher and smelling the dishwasher can give a decent indication of mold. Still, there may be some behind that is impossible to tell without an inspection or pulling out the dishwasher.  

Washing machine

Check the washing machine connections. Sometimes these connections are not done properly and could cause leaks. Other times the dishwasher can overflow, and if the water was stagnant for long periods of time, then mold could develop under the washer or in the washing room. 

Window and sliding door seals 

Windows and sliding doors could be improperly sealed or damaged over time, building and letting in moisture. A simple glance over can let you know if there is substantial mold.

Differences in mold and how to tell which kind of mold you have

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

There are many types of mold, and they are constantly growing in the Dothan area, like all areas. For most people in Alabama’s slightly humid climate, it is not worth your time to know all of the genera or types of mold and how to prevent each one. Still, there are certain types and classifications that you can know so you can better understand how to treat or prevent these molds, especially the more harmful ones. 

Difference between black mold and white mold 

The most common way people see mold is black and white mold. Black mold is often harder to get rid of, spreads easier, and may have worse health effects. Black mold can be black to brown to green with a slimy texture. White mold is often on food, less harmful, and is easily bleached away. White mold looks white and grey with a fuzzy texture. Still, the color of molds varies dramatically, and the structure and properties of the mold are ultimately what differentiates them. These properties are what will determine effects, testing, treating, and prevention. 

Difference between mold and mildew

Mildew is a type of mold, often called white mold. It is a thin white to a gray layer of fungi that takes the appearance of fuzz because of its longer structure. On the other hand, black mold is black or dark green with a slimy texture, is often worse than mildew, grows quicker, and is harder to get rid of. Still, the color of molds varies dramatically, and the structure and properties of the mold are ultimately what differentiates them. These properties are what will determine effects, testing, mitigation, remediation, and prevention. 

Testing for different molds 

Using bleach is a common way to test what type of mold or mildew you have. If the bleach can get rid of the mildew, then your problem is solved. If the bleach does not get rid of the spot, then it is a more resilient mold, and specialized cleaning and mitigation are required. There are specific test kits that SERVPRO of Dothan has that test the type of mold it is. Some kits can test if there is mold present on the walls, some tests if there is mold present in the air, and some tests if the mold is toxic. You do not necessarily need to know the genera or type of mold, just how much there is, where it is, and if it is toxic so you can treat it as safely as possible. 

Mitigation for different molds

Certain genera or types of mold are harder to get rid of and require different mitigating tactics and cleaning solutions. Mildew, the white and grey fuzzy mold, is easier to get rid of than the black or green slimy mold. Certain types can also spread at different rates, which is why it is important to be on the lookout for certain colored mold, like black mold, and act as soon as possible. You want to act fast for black mold because it usually spreads faster than white mold. Still, the color of molds varies dramatically, and the structure and properties of the mold are ultimately what determines how mold mitigation and mold remediation must occur. 

Toxicity of different molds

Certain genera or types of mold can cause health effects, while others can cause no effect at all. Different genera or types can share the same environment together, so these effects and toxicity can mix. Black mold is often one of the most common mold types to have adverse health effects. Still, mold color does not directly indicate the toxicity or production of mycotoxins from the mold. 

Appearance of different molds  

Colors of different molds

Mold is different colors because of the organic food source it consumes, showing through its transparent cell wall. Light and humidity also affect their ability to grow and their food type, further affecting their color. The color of the same spot can also change in time. The color change can happen from a different type of mold is overtaking the colony, from the influence of the environment, or from the colony maturing. The appearance of the mold cannot necessarily determine the type of mold; the appearance can only point towards the type of mold. Still, mildew is usually white and black mold is black or green. 

Textures of different molds

Molds have different textures because each type has its own structure. The structure is the most common way to identify a type. However, the structure is not visible to the naked eye. Typically, black mold has a shorter sporangiophore or stem that holds the spores, so the colony has a slimy flat texture. On the other hand, white mold has a longer sporangiophore, so the colony has a fuzzy texture. 

Effects different molds have on your home 

Homes in Houston County often are struck with high humidity, and residents that are not actively trying to prevent mold will inevitably encounter it. The damage can range from slight to extreme based on the type of mold, the humidity, the organic material mold is able to grow on, and how long it’s grown before you spotted it. Usually, black mold will have a worse effect on your home due to its growth rate, and you will have to get professional mitigation to restore the mold damage.

Cross-contamination of mold

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Can mold travel from one apartment to another

Yes, it can because apartments' conditions are usually similar, like a leak or flood, and they usually share ventilation spreading their spores. When the spores are shared in the right conditions, they are more likely to germinate. So, if an apartment near yours is beginning to show signs of mold, make sure to begin proactive measures as soon as possible. 

Can mold travel from one house to another 

No, it is not likely for mold to travel from one house to another. However, it is possible if each household comes over to the other household frequently or if you are moving your belongings from one house to the other. It is highly unlikely that the wind or animals will cross-contaminate the other houses nearby. Still, if you are abandoning a house for mold cleaning, it is also important to clean your belongings. 

Can mold come in through the patio 

Yes, residents can track mold through the patio, and doors can be left open with the wind drafting mold from the patio to the house. This cross-contamination is a problem that residents should continuously maintain because of the high chances of your patio or deck molding. Mold usually has the perfect conditions to grow on the patio since it is exposed to the outside while also having dead organic material on it from residents and building materials. 

Can mold travel to other rooms 

Yes, mold is very likely to travel to other rooms. Normally the same conditions are met like flooding, leaks, and high humidity from one room to the next. The venting and traffic then spread mold spores from one room to the other if they aren't already in there, to begin with. If you spot mold in one room, you must act quickly to mitigate further mold growth in the other. The mold growth can take around 24-72 hours to germinate and get in other rooms, increasing the spore count in your property by multiples. 

Can mold spores follow you

Yes, mold spores can follow you from other houses that were contaminated. Once there is the sight of mold germinating, millions of spores are already on surfaces and in the air. By traveling through this environment, spores are likely to attach to clothing, skin, and hair. You may then track these spores into your own home, either increasing the amount of spores you already have or introduce new strains into your home. 

How to stop mold from spreading to another house, apartment, or room

It is nearly impossible to stop mold spores from spreading into another area due to cross-contamination. However, you can mitigate the amount of spores and the germination of those spores through simple means.

Here are some ways to mitigate the spread of mold:

  • Kill the obvious spots of mold as soon as possible
  • Get an inspection on the other side of the molded area
  • Inspect for and repair leaks
  • Get dehumidifiers and research how to use them properly
  • Ensure doors and windows are always closed on humid days
  • Do routine checks to ensure that your house is sealed from the outside to prevent moisture and rainwater from entering 
  • Act as soon as possible, do not wait, or think it it will go away

Mold inside your home

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

First and foremost, if you see mold, DO NOT disturb it. You can accidentally spread the mold throughout your home. Disturbing 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 Dothan 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 Dothan 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. Be safe and let’s the experts take care of you and your home or business.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us at 334-699-5961

Does Your Dothan Home Have A Mold Problem?

3/6/2019 (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 SERVPRO of Dothan Today at 334-699-5961.

Mold Tips and Best Practices

3/6/2019 (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 Dothan 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 Dothan 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 at 334-699-5961

Mold Damage

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Dothan to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 334-699-5961.

 What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Dothan for mold remediation services.

Does Your Dothan Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/16/2018 (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

Dothan Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/16/2018 (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 Dothan 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 Dothan 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 

Conditions In Dothan Might Be Right For Mold

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Dothan to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today