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Mold Remediation in Mount Gretna/Lebanon Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Mount Gretna/Lebanon Home Mold Remediation in Mount Gretna/Lebanon Home

We remediated a home located in the Mount Gretna/Lebanon area. Mold growth started in the basement and the spores spread throughout the home. Quality air tests, dry ice blasting and cleaning put this home back into a safe environment.

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 SERVPRO of Western Lancaster Today – 717-665-1270

SERVPRO Removes Mold from Quarryville Workshop

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Removes Mold from Quarryville Workshop Mold takes root in moist spot on a wooden ceiling.

Mold is never good news for anyone. We here at SERVPRO know this, but we are here to help!

In Quarryville, we received a call about a workshop with mold growing on the wood of the ceiling (pictured).

If left untreated, not only could the repairs cost the owner more than the mitigation, but it also could have significant impacts to their health.

The following are a few facts on mold and how to help control it.

  • Mold is a necessary part of our environments ecosystem. Without it, organic matter would not decay and breakdown. However, our homes are not where we want to see mold!
  • Mold needs 3 things to flourish: moisture, an organic food source, & the right temperature. In this case, there was moisture in the wood at the right temperature, leading to the aforementioned growth. 
  • Mold only needs 24-48 hours to grow! So, if you notice moisture anywhere it is best to dry it QUICKLY!

If there is mold in your home, shed, or anywhere on your property, call us at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster & East York @ (717) 665-1270. We will remove it "Like it never even happened"!

Does your home or business have a mold problem?

3/16/2018 (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 to minimize the chances of mold growth.

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 – 717-665-1270

Does your home or business have a mold problem?

3/13/2018 (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 to minimize the chances of mold growth.

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 – 717-665-1270

What You Should Know About Mold Remediation and Removal

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is found under the fungi classification. It is a soft green or at times grey growth which develops on objects or old food left for a lengthy period in warm, wet air. It can be found in outdoor and indoor places, thus, it is important for the indoor humidity to be kept below forty-five percent because a higher humidity supports the growth of this class of fungus. Floods and high humidity levels often lead to microbial growth and fungus. Microbial growth can be present in an area, but that does not classify it as mold. The most efficient method of controlling microbial growth is by the moderation of temperature.

When the temperature is lowered, the rate of microbial growth decreases rapidly. Mold and mildew are two fungi that people often tend to confuse. Mildew appears to be powdery and white in color then later turns to brown, black or yellow. The other fungus seems fuzzy but can appear in similar colors as the mildew. Mildew damages crops while molds damage the structural foundations of homes. Both fungi are usually accompanied by a musty odor which can lead to more health issues. It likes to thrive in moisturized areas and grows quickly into colonies with water exposure. These colonies are responsible for the production of irritants and allergens that affect the health of people. For mitigation of molds to take place, all sources of moisture and water need to be addressed otherwise it may regrow.

The first step is to remove all traces of moldy growth immediately. Five fundamental principles must be applied by homeowners and employers to ensure successful mitigation of this fungus. They should focus on the source and moisture removal, safety, contamination control and assessment. Proper mitigation is essential once the fungi is removed because areas must be monitored to prevent it from occurring again. It is important to determine the party that will be in charge of the mold cleanup. An environmental hygienist can determine what treatment can be used for this fungus. These hygienists mitigate the problem by sealing off the affected areas with plastic sheets to stop dispersion of the spores. Fungus should be dealt with by the wearing a face mask with high filtration and neoprene gloves.

Once the mold cleanup is finished, the air around it needs to be cleaned using air exchange and scrubbers. It is essential for the environmental hygienist to have a protective suit because harsh chemicals are used for the mold cleanup. Hard surfaces with moldy growth have to be scrubbed with water and detergent and left to dry completely. Porous materials like carpets and ceiling tiles need to be disposed of by the environmental hygienists if they get moldy. The crevices of these porous materials are prone to mold growth, and painting can only happen once the environmental hygienists complete the mold cleanup otherwise the paint peels off. The correct mitigation strategies need to be employed for effective cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County for more information on mold remediation. 717-665-1270

What To Do When You Find Mold In A House

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Do When You Find Mold In A House Mold on owner's contents

"Initial DIY strategies

Upon discovering an issue of mold in a house, it is imperative to start the clean-up process immediately. While locating a trained mold remediation professional should be the first step, there are things the homeowner can do to slow or stop the damage until the pro arrives. These include:

  • Reducing humidity to 30-60%
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in high moisture spaces such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.  Including checking and using exhaust fans and windows (if the outside humidity is lower than the inside humidity) to eliminate condensation.
  • Repair plumbing leaks or other water issues and dry the affected area utilizing  airmovers, dehumidifiers, and open windows when weather permits.
  • Clean hard surfaces with soap and water and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Determine whether softer, porous materials such as carpeting, ceiling tiles, and upholstery are salvageable. Clean and dry the materials thoroughly when possible.
  • Refrain from repainting or caulking any impacted surfaces until it has been treated by a professional.

When a professional is on the scene

Upon arrival the technician will get to work on assessing the extent of the problem as it is important to work quickly to control the damage and costs that can continue to rise. Their clean-up techniques will include:

  • Ensuring any sources of moisture have been resolved and checking ventilation in the space.
  • Set-up additional drying equipment.
  • Clean and apply a disinfectant on any surfaces with fungus remaining and remove those that have irreversible damage, such as drywall, insulation, and flooring.
  • Provide guidance on the cleaning of expensive and/or more delicate personal items.
  • Monitor and test air quality utilizing high-efficiency particulate air filtration.
  • Ensure the home is protected against future water problems and fungus contamination.

Why hire a professional?

The technician that is hired to address mold in the house should be trained and educated in mold remediation and restoration. This will ensure they know proper testing and inspection techniques, as well as methods for restoring the space and the items within it. It is important to look for firms displaying the IICRC logo as it communicates the strict standards and ethics they must abide by on the job. Continuing education and testing on current methods, liability insurance, and performing their duties with integrity and the utmost quality of workmanship are all requirements of the IICRC to maintain certification. Entrusting a knowledgeable professional with the job will provide homeowners with the peace of mind that their home will be back to normal as quickly as possible." ~ IICRC

Remediating Mold in a basement

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold in a basement This basement was cleared of mold by our professional team. Pictures above show both before and after of the ceiling.

We recently remediated a home loacted in the Mount Gretna/Lebanon area. Mold growth started in the basement and the spores spread throughtout the home. Quality air tests, dry ice blasting and cleaning put this home back into a safe environment.

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 – 717-665-1270