Recent Mold Remediation Posts

What is Black Mold?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? black mold

What is Black Mold

A common question that we get is “how do I know if I have black mold? Well, it’s not easy to answer because there are thousands of types of mold that grow. However, it is important to know that visible colonies of mold, regardless of the type, is unacceptable in the home or office, where people reside, or spend a significant amount of time.

Black mold is just one type of mold, and like any other kind of mold, it can cause serious health problems to the occupants of a home or business when it is thriving in large colonies. In this article, we’re going to take a high-level look at common symptoms that result, how black mold thrives, and what can be done in order to prevent it from growing in your home or office.

What are the Symptoms of Black Mold?

Some of the most common symptoms of black mold include irritations to the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, sneezing, headaches, fatigue and nausea. If the exposure is prolonged these symptoms can worsen to include vomiting, internal bleeding, and bleeding from the nose.

How Does Black Mold Grow?

Black mold, like other types of mold, grows in an environment that is high composed of high water content and low nitrogen content. That means a damp place that does not get a lot of air. You can imagine, for example, that if you spill a gallon of water onto a floor with long fiber carpet that area can  be a breeding ground for mold if it is not properly dried.

How Can We Prevent Mold Growth?

Mold is actually a common entity that grows almost everywhere, so we cannot get rid of it entirely. However, it doesn’t cause any problems until it starts to grow excessively, or when colonies start to form. When this happens visible spots of mold appear in the affected area. If you have had some type of water damage such as a leaky ceiling or a burst pipe there are preventative measures that should be observed. First you should make sure that the affected area has been dried thoroughly. Remember, many types of carpet will need to be removed to be dried because if the water has been trapped underneath your floor or carpet you will likely have mold growth.

After drying the water-damaged area a quick cleaning with soap and water, or a bleach solution is in order. This will help kill any potential mold growth in the area. Also, the use of a dehumidifier once you have finished cleaning the area will assure that there is no moisture left.

SERVPRO® of Alexandria is a leader in mold remediation. If you have mold and need help contact us today, we’re always here to help!

Mold Removal

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal Mold Removal in Alexandria, VA

In Northern Virginia, mold is a real problem for many families. That’s because it can cause irritation and allergic reactions to people in the household. Mold thrives in humid environment, and as we all know, the summer months are very humid in Alexandria, Virginia.

What is mold?

Mold is a microscopic particle that exist almost everywhere. Yes, outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to completely remove all mold from a location. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be completely removed, because mold does not become a problem until the humidity – or moisture level – increases. That’s when the mold particles begin to multiply in number, and form colonies. These colonies can produce allergens and irritants in people, especially children and people with compromised immune systems.

Another effect of excess mold is the strong odor it produces. It’s an odor that most people would agree isn’t pleasant. If that smell is in your home, where you and your family expect to be comfortable, and to be able to relax you want to get rid of it as soon as you can.

Preventive Measures

For this reason it is important to monitor the humidity level in your home, especially in Northern Virginia, where the humidity is present year-round, and the summer months can produce conditions in the environment that are favorable for mold growth.

Generally, you want to keep the humidity level below 49%. When it is above this level that’s when these mold particles start to thrive and form colonies, producing the odor and causing allergic reactions in many people.

SERVPRO® of North Prince William County properly inspects your home for mold, identifies the cause of the odor, and completely removes it without a trace. Give us a call for more information on our mold removal process today!