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Mold Inspection & Testing Services in North Dallas

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold is often associated with Stachybotrys chartarum (black mold) or the types that grow on food (green Penicillium or gray Botrytis cinerea). Mold is a part of nature and is prevalent in our ecosystem with over 100,000 different species. Mold is harmless for the most part, but some species are toxic because they produce mycotoxins.

We spend the better part of our days at home, a place of business, or a school. The air quality of these indoor spaces is affected when toxic mold moves in and begins to colonize. To protect people’s health, mold should be removed, and mold prevention steps should be taken.

Mold inspection is an important part of mold remediation. While black mold is the easiest to spot, other species of mold may not be as obvious. A professional mold inspector knows what to look for and where to look - even those hiding places.

Richardson mold inspection and testing are a part of SERVPRO’s local mold remediation services. We comply with Texas’ mold law guidelines and use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment.

Whenever environmental health is a concern, SERVPRO is here to ensure your spaces are as hygienic as possible. Our work to remove traces of toxic mold and address those issues that lead to future mold growth.

Professional Mold Inspection and Testing Services in North Dallas

There are about 12 types of mold found in homes, and it’s been speculated that most homes have at least some Stachybotrys spores present. It’s when a mold spore population exceeds a certain threshold and begin to release mycotoxins that the mold must be managed.

Mold tends to grow in places with excess moisture. This moisture collects beneath leaky roofs, windows, or pipes. Flooding scenarios also an ideal place for mold to grow (this usually starts within 48 hours). Mold also likes to grow on cellulose materials like paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood. You might find mold on drywall, paint, wallpaper, insulation, carpet, upholstery, fabrics, and nestled in the dust.

With professional mold testing, we’ll account for where the mold is hiding and what kind of mold species are present. Then we work through a structured mold remediation process to restore your environment back to healthy levels. 

How Much is a Mold Inspection in Richardson?

How much does a mold inspection cost? This figure varies depending on where the property is located and who is providing the service. According to HomeAdvisor, The average mold inspection cost for North Dallas is $476. This is lower than the national average ($649).  

The typical range for mold inspection is between $344 and $611. Low-end jobs cost around $200 while with some scenarios, it may cost up to $1000.

Keep in mind that these mold testing cost figures are based on industry data collection and do not reflect SERVPRO of Richardson’s rates.

Are Mold Inspections Worth it?

The health and well being of those who live in a home, work in a building, or go to school is SERVPRO’s top priority. Having your property tested for mold is an important step toward ensuring air quality.

The more mold is allowed to flourish, the more damage it will cause. The more damage there is, the more mold remediation will cost. A professional mold inspection during the early stages of mold contamination can save you money.

How to Get a Free Mold Inspection in Richardson, TX?

The previous section regarding mold inspection costs may have given you a bit of sticker shock. We have some good news about that. Because a healthy community matters so much to us, SERVPRO of Richardson offers free professional mold inspection and testing! 

With this service, the mold inspection cost is no longer an excuse to put off mold testing. With our black mold inspection, we also provide a free mold remediation estimate that includes a detailed report of where mold growth was found.

Should I Get a Mold Inspection When Buying a House?

For most Americans, purchasing a home is the most significant investment they will make. As you would when buying a car, it is wise to go with something safe. 

If it’s an investment property, it would be unfortunate for your tenants to discover mold problems before you do. Tenants have the right to end a lease or sue for the landlord to remove the mold if they can prove the mold affects their physical health.

Here’s why you would want to get professional residential mold testing before purchasing a property.

  1. The seller is either unaware of the mold problem or knows about it and chooses not to disclose it.
  2. Home inspectors check for many things, but mold isn’t always one of them. A mold specialist will check areas that a home inspector may not.
  3. To uncover undisclosed water damage, flooding, leaks, and other potential flaws related to mold growth.
  4. An expert mold inspector donning the proper personal protective equipment gets close to the mold (if present) so you won’t have to.
  5. You require a dwelling that is safe for those who are medically vulnerable.
  6. A SERVPRO professional mold inspection service is free!

Experienced North Dallas SERVPRO Mold Remediation Professional and Inspectors

Other than being no charge, there are other benefits for mold inspection and testing.

With a professional mold inspection and testing, you get: 

  • A proper mold assessment (we know where mold likes to hide and what to look for).
  • Expert technicians who use various technologies to detect mold, and hidden water sources.
  • Mold expert recommendations for effective treatment and future mold growth mitigation tips.
  • Specially trained technicians with the proper personal protection equipment who gets close to the mold so you won’t have to.

We also offer a comprehensive mold remediation service! Our team of mold fighters will contain the spread, use industrial equipment to filter the air, use EPA-approved cleaning solutions to treat surfaces infected with mold, restore items contaminated with mold, and replace construction materials that cannot be restored. If your homeowner’s policy includes mold remediation, we work directly with your insurance company to streamline the process.

This all begins with a free SERVPRO mold inspection and testing. Call us at (972) 690-1414 to schedule yours today!

How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Basement in Richardson

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Basements are not common in the Dallas area. This regional novelty adds to a property’s value as extra living or storage space. For this reason, a basement is a notable feature that’s worth preserving. 

One way a basement incurs damage is when water sneaks into the basement. A combination of dampness and darkness creates the ideal environment for mold. Mold is damaging to basements and creates a toxic environment.

When you don’t access the basement often it’s easy to forget to check on it. Have you recently seen black spots or smelled mildew down there? Do you know how to get rid of mold in a basement the right way?

At SERVPRO, we are your Richardson mold removal experts. We help Dallas area property owners keep their basements in great shape by getting rid of mold in basements. Please use this resource to protect your property from mold or call us anytime. We’re here 24/7.

Causes of Mold in Basement

Prevention starts with knowing what causes black mold in basements.  Basements construction quality ensures that it stays dry but sometimes moisture gets in. Combined with moisture, a dark place with little ventilation is where toxic mold growth starts.

Leaks in Basement Piping

Basements that use running water have pipes. Leaks happen with damage from wear and tear or the pipes freezing. Also, leaks or flooding happens when a water heater fails. 

Any place with excess water that doesn't have a chance to dry out is where mold can grow.

Flash Floods

A well-built basement can still succumb to flooding problems. When the home above floods, the water flows to the basement in the small spaces around the entry.

Water may also get into the basement through something called hydro-static pressure. This happens when rain soaks the surrounding soil to the point that pressure builds up. The trapped water forces itself through walls of the basement. Indications of this are water damage or mold on basement walls.

Sump Pump Failure

A sump pump is the backup plan for when excess water enters the basement. When it’s not maintained, it may stop draining as it should.

Poor Ventilation

Is there a lack of air circulation? Ventilation is a huge help in keeping the basement dry. This allows puddles and moisture to air out and evaporate.

From small leaks to major flood events, basement wetness is where toxic mold makes itself at home.

Tips on Basement Mold Prevention

A dry basement is a mold-resistant basement. Here are some tips on how to get rid of mold in the basement. 

Dehumidifiers - This makes up for a lack of ventilation and speeds up the drying process.

Fogging or chemical treatments - Foggers or treatments are designed especially for zapping mold.

Fix leaks - Look everywhere for water leaks or signs of water damage. Repairing these leaks solves a problem source.

Maintenance - Do routine maintenance on the HVAC, sump pump, and ventilation systems

Sealants or caulk - Block persistent water leak issues with the appropriate sealants.

Exterior waterproofing - This involves costly professional help. This entails excavation and drain installation. Otherwise, you might solve the issue by blocking or routing rainwater away from your home.

Mold loves dark and damp places, so be diligent to keep the basement dry.

Steps for Getting Rid of Mold in Basements

Know how to get rid of mold in a basement in 5 steps:

Step 1: Inspection

Identify and mark off all the mold-affected areas. Pay special attention to where water or moisture is likely to enter (plumbing, HVAC, water heater, extra bathroom, clothes washer, etc.)

Note: It’s important to know what kind of mold is present for proper handling. Stachybotrys (common black mold) is a prominent type that is toxic and has a bad smell. But there are several other kinds of mold that grow indoors: black mold and white mold. SERVPRO of Richardson can identify all areas of mold growth and confirm what type it is with testing.

Step 2: Put on PPE 

Don yourself in old clothes, long gloves, goggles (without ventilation holes), and an N-95 respirator. You’ll be getting up close and personal with the mold, so it’s important to protect yourself from toxins.

If you don’t have access to the right PPE or don’t feel comfortable using chemicals, SERVPRO of Richardson does it for you. We have the right PPE and professional-grade mold remediation products.

Step 3: Remove the Mold

Try these mold fighting solutions:

Bleach - One part bleach to 16 parts water (for hard surfaces).

Borax - One cup of Borax to one gallon of water (for porous and nonporous items).

Vinegar - No mixing needed, use undiluted.

Baking soda - One half cup of baking soda to one cup of water plus one tablespoon of liquid detergent.

Mixture - Combine one part non-ammonia, liquid dish detergent, 10 parts bleach, and 20 parts water (for porous surfaces).

If you want to use a spray bottle to apply your solution, first make sure to build temporary containment.  This involves attaching thick plastic around the mold so any spores that you will disturb when spraying the solution will stay within the already-affected areas.  If you cannot build containment, do not use a spray bottle.   =A better alternative to a spray bottle is to use a clean rag, sponge, or brush. Thoroughly apply the cleanser (including the edges and crevices). Rinse your cleaning tool often to avoid spreading mold. Let the application sit for 5-15 minutes.

Rinse the area with a clean and wet sponge or rag (replace dirty water with clean water as you go).

Do you still see mold? Repeat this process.

Step 4: Throw Out Mold-Infested Items May Be Necessary, but It’s Likely Your Moldy Items Can Be Saved

Many moldy items can be salvaged thanks the latest in clothing and textile sanitization technology.  SERVPRO of Richardson is one of the few Esporta Wash System Certified Operators in Dallas Fort Worth, and we have an over 85% salvage rate of mold-infested clothing and other textiles. 

We have been able to save many items with mold, including:

  • Clothing
  • Leather Items
  • Linens and Sheets
  • Blankets and Comforters
  • Leather Goods
  • Sports Equipment
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Drapes and Sheers

Let us know what items you need restored.  We’ll be able to tell you whether they can be restored or not. 

Unfortunately, some moldy items cannot be kept. This is usually true when the mold has been on the item for an extended period of time, which may cause holes in the textile.  If this is the case, use complete PPE, double bag the affected items and discard.

For valuables like furniture, it may be possible to salvage them with reupholstery. 

SERVPRO of Richardson may be able to recover precious fabric items ruined by mold. Ask us about Esporta (industrial decontamination machine).

Step 5: Dry Surfaces and Ensure Proper Ventilation

Cleaning makes it look and smell better, but drying completely and ventilation helps it stay that way. All the affected areas must be totally dry out to keep mold at bay. Absorbent towels, air conditioning, fans, and dehumidifiers all work to eliminate moisture.

Reach Out to SERVPRO Richardson for Professional Mold Remediation

You may not spend a lot of time in the basement, but it’s still a valuable part of the property. Don’t let it be overrun by damaging mold. We’re on call 24/7 for through basement mold removal.

Keep in mind that not all mold is harmful and it occurs naturally as part of our ecosystem. SERVPRO of Richardson mold remediation focuses on eliminating harmful mold (not all mold).

What We Do:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold testing
  • Removal of mold on carpet
  • Removal of mold on clothes
  • Removal of mold behind baseboards
  • Removal of mold in HVAC
  • Attic mold removal
  • Commercial mold remediation
  • Odor removal

For decades, SERVPRO of Richardson has thoroughly cleaned moldy basements. We make it "Like it never even happened."

You don’t need to get close to the mold. Our experienced North Dallas mold remediation professionals will handle it. Call us 24/7 at (972) 843-7879 or fill out our quick and easy contact form anytime!

Mold Remediation Process FAQ

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation Process FAQ

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes mold growth easy when its disturbed by air.  The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

Does Mold Removal Take Care of All Mold?

100% mold removal is not possible.  Since mold is a natural part of our environment, removing it completely is an impossible task.  Although most people think “mold removal” is what happens when they have a cleanup, the better term is “mold remediation.”  Mold remediation companies eliminate a large amount of mold to make the environment safe and healthy for habitation again.

What Happens in a Mold Inspection?

Every mold remediation company works differently.  The mold inspection process our business uses as follows:

  • Our mold inspections and bids are free.
  • We receive a call from a customer and schedule a time to inspect their property.  We can almost always be there within a day.
  • We send a mold remediation specialist to inspect your property.  They will look for the usual hot spots and ask you questions about your property’s history with water damages, roof damage, and anything that will help them know where mold may be growing.
  • If we find mold, we will take its measurements and photo documentation.  Shortly, we’ll present you with a bid to remediate your mold.
  • If your mold is large enough, we will have to report it to the State of Texas.  The process for a large mold like this is more throughout, but we will guide you through it every step of the way.  
  • If your mold is small enough to not need official Texas documentation, we can start your project as soon as you approve our mold cleanup bid.
  • If we don’t find mold on your property, we will ask if you are experiencing symptoms or other smells that may indicate mold.  Sometimes, the problem isn’t mold but something else. In each case, we will try to solve your problem.

Do I Need Mold Testing?

Few people really need to know the exact type of mold found on their property.  All mold remediation is treated with the same level of caution and care, and knowing the type of mold present will not change our procedure.  Unless you have a specific medical or personal need to know the type of mold, we advice against mold testing. If you do request mold testing, we will take a sample of your mold to a licensed mold testing laboratory.  Most results are ready within 3 days.

How Do I Get Mold Out of Clothes?

Throwing moldy clothes your home’s washing machine will not guarantee that all the spores are removed.  Instead, trust us to get the job done correctly for you.

We are one of the few Esporta licensed businesses in North Texas.  We have a specialized machine that uses a mixture of up to six detergents dedicated to washing contamination out of clothing.  Our mold remediation specialists will take your moldy clothes and take them back to our cleaning facility for mold removal. Emergency items can be returned to you within 3 days, and most loads are ready in under 2 weeks.  

How Much is Mold Remediation Cost?

It’s important for us to perform a mold inspection at your property to give you an accurate bid.  Our mold inspections and bids are free. Call us any time. 

Do You Remove Black Mold?

Yes, we have successfully removed black mold in many homes and businesses.  

Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Bleach damages the mold’s structure.  However, mold remediation is not as easy as grabbing a bottle of bleach and doing your own cleanup.  In fact, DIY mold removal projects involving bleach is one of the most popular causes for the accidental spread of mold spores. What was once a small project becomes a larger one.

What is Texas Mold Law?

Texas Mold Law comes into effect when the size of your mold is over 25 contiguous feet.  This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

Our business has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and is ready to help you any time.

What Do I Do If There’s Mold in Apartment?

If you find mold in your apartment, one of the first questions you may ask is if you are responsible for the mold remediation cost or the apartment complex.  We get asked this question often, but the only person who will be able to answer you is your landlord. Ask to see your rental agreement and how damages like these are covered.

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SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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How to Get Rid of Mold in Texas Using a Mold Contractor

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

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How to Get Rid of Mold in Texas Using a Mold Contractor

Seeing mold in your residential or commercial property is never pleasant.  Many questions go through the minds of our clients when they realize they need mold remediation services.  We’re here to calm your concerns and help.

Do I really have mold?

The first thing we’ll do upon arrival is perform a mold inspection.

Mold is usually found in wet and dark places where water runs such as kitchens and bathrooms.  If the area is undisturbed and has a lot of moisture in the air, the mold will find it a favorable place to start growing.  We check high mold growth areas first.

Do you smell something musty?  Mold tends to give off this smell.  If you experience allergy type symptoms along with the smell, you may be sensitive and require a mold inspection quickly to start identifying the problem.

If you see mold or suspect you have mold, give us a call.  We will schedule a time to inspect your property. All inspections are free.

Texas State Mold Law

Let’s say we do find mold on your property.  One of two things will happen.

  • The Mold is Under 25 Contiguous Feet

Contiguous means the mold is touching.  Mold of this size requires no documentation to be filed with the State of Texas.  This means we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  • The Mold is Over 25 Contiguous Feet

This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you. Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider. You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

What type of mold do I have?

There are many types of mold.  We treat all mold with the same high level of care, so we do not usually test for its type.  

If you need to know the type of mold for any personal or medical reason, we can prepare for mold testing.  We’ll get a mold sample prepared and deliver it to a Texas Licensed Mold Testing Laboratory. Results are usually available within 2-3 days.  We do this for many of our clients, and we’re happy to provide you with this service upon request.

Will All Mold Be Removed?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.  Many mold remediation companies advertise mold removal and guarantee to remove all mold. 100% mold removal is not possible.

To read more about removal versus remediation, click here.

Mold Remediation Services

Once you’re ready for mold remediation to begin, our team of experienced mold remediation specialists will walk you through the mold remediation process.  We’ll do all we can to make sure everything goes smoothly and your life gets back to normal as quickly as possible. We provide:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold testing
  • Removal of mold on carpet
  • Removal of mold on clothes
  • Removal of mold behind baseboards
  • Removal of mold in HVAC
  • Commercial mold remediation

Waiting for Mold Removal

What should you do until we arrive?

  • Leave the area alone.  Disturbing mold will cause its spores to fly into the air and spread.  This usually happens when a homeowner tries to spray the mold with bleach.
  • Do not apply any type of air movement.
  • Give us a call as soon as you suspect or see mold.  We can usually be there within hours or schedule an appointment for the following day.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We are also a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor for Texas and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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How to Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Worker Performing a Home Test If you find mold or suspect mold in your home or business, leave it alone and give us a call instead. We offer free mold inspections.

How to Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

When a water damage remediation is handled properly, the chance for mold growth should remain small.  Choosing the right water restoration company plays a big part in preventing mold growth after a water damage.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

Make sure the water damage company you hire does the following:

  • Makes you a priority.  If you give them a call and they don’t give you a specific time frame for arrival, look elsewhere.  A water damage needs to start being remediated as quickly as possible to avoid secondary damage. Mold growth, for example, starts after only 48 hours.
  • Uses professional equipment.  They should use at least use air movers or axial fans and dehumidifiers.  More advanced restoration companies may also use water extraction mats to help save hardwood floors.  
  • Disinfectant affected areas.  This is especially important when your water damage is a Category 2 or Category 3 (gray or black water).  These categories of water have contaminants that can be unsafe to the touch.
  • Has a drying plan.  If the company you hire just wants to just perform water removal, they are not completing the project properly.  Find someone else who will do the job right.
  • Use professional equipment to monitor the drying process.  The right water restoration company will visit your property every day.  They will make sure the humidity in your home is decreasing and everything is drying quickly.  They should write down all of their data and be able to present it to you or your insurance adjuster upon request.
  • Can work with your insurance company.  There are lots of small companies that are willing to send you a bill, but not everyone has the experience to work with all insurance companies to process your water damage claim.  

Water Damages and Mold

Mold grows in humid environments, so it's natural that mold growth happens readily after a water damage.  Your water damage restoration company should do all they can to prevent mold growth after a damage. It’s still important to be knowledgeable about mold growth yourself to prevent another disaster.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that is naturally occurring in our environment.  It cannot be completely removed. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold.  This isn’t possible. What you are going to be doing is removing the triggers in your home that can trigger a mold infestation.

Where Mold Growth is Likely

Mold is likely to grow in places that are 

  • Dark
  • Warm
  • Humid 

These places include

  • Under sinks (kitchen and bathroom)
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Near water heaters
  • Behind walls where water pipes are laid

Mold growth is also likely to grow in places that have previously had a water damage that wasn’t dried properly.  

Sign of Mold Growth

If you smell something musty in the air or see colored spots growing on your walls, you may have mold.  Common mold colors are black, white, and green.

If you find mold or suspect mold in your home or business, leave it alone and give us a call instead.  We offer free mold inspections.

Mold Prevention Tips

  1. Fix anything that is leaking.  

That includes pipes, windows, and your roof.  A leak that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture.  Most people discover a leak when they see secondary damage to their home. Examples include a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.

If you find water damage to your ceiling, read our article “Ceiling Water Damage” and know what the next steps to take are.

  1. Control the humidity in your home.  

Mold likes to grow in high humidity.  An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH).  In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH. You can purchase a home hygrometer and temperature gauge at your local home and hardware store or online for less than $10.

  1. Ventilate humid areas.  

Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used.  After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan.

  1. Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.  

If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties.  This company should be easy to find online and have a long reputation as a leader in the restoration industry. Make sure they have a 24 hour emergency line and that they can serve you as your emergency starts.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed Richardson mold removal and other work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Mold Growth In Your Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage on Wall SERVPRO of Richardson has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offers free mold inspections.

What is mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes mold growth easy when its disturbed by air.  The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

What does mold look like?

Mold can have different looks.  Keep in mind that no one knows exactly how many types of mold exist, but estimates are in the hundreds of thousands!  The two most common types of mold we see have:

  • Spots - black, green, white, yellow, or other colors
  • Fuzzy growth - it’ll look like it has tiny hair on it

What does mold smell like?

Mold has a musty smell.  Some people may also describe it as sweet.  

Mold Inspection Dallas

If you suspect mold in your home, we’re glad to provide a free mold assessment and bid to anyone in Dallas Fort Worth.  We can many times be at your property within 24 hours, especially if you’re in the greater Dallas area. Our mold remediation specialist will visit your property and check the common trouble spots for mold, like bathrooms, the kitchen, and laundry room.  They’ll also ask if you’ve ever had a water damage or pipe leak. Sometimes mold growth is obvious. We usually see mold on walls or mold on carpets. Other times, more investigative work is needed.

If we find mold damage in your home, we’ll provide you with a bid for mold remediation.  We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license, and we’re trusted professional mold experts in Dallas Fort Worth.  The Texas licensing office responsible for Mold Law is the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Different Types of Mold in Homes

When we do find mold in a property, we’re often asked what kind of mold it is.  There are common molds found in homes that we remediate on a daily basis, but for us to be sure of its exact kind, we need to perform mold testing.  We commonly find:

  • Acremonium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Stachybotrys
  • Ulocladium

Professional Mold Testing

Even though we are glad to perform mold testing, is it almost never necessary.  Unless you have a health or insurance related reason to know, we advise you to skip testing, and its added expense, and go straight to mold remediation services.  Our mold specialists treat any kind of mold we find with the same level of care and safety.

Black Mold Removal Dallas

The most common concern from our clients is when they find black mold in their property.  We understand why they request emergency mold removal -- there are many websites that have articles written about the toxicity of black mold.  While not all black colored mold is toxic, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

If you are suffering from serious health effects, leave the area until our mold specialists can visit your property.  We can respond to almost ever request for a mold inspection within one to two days. Be aware that the size of the mold growth determines the procedure we can legally perform mold remediation services.  At the very least, our technicians can set up containment and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to help improve the condition of your home.

Proper Mold Removal and Texas Mold Law

Mold remediation steps involve Texas Mold Law.  Let’s say we do find mold on your property. One of two things will happen.

  • The Mold is Under 25 Contiguous Feet

Contiguous means the mold is touching.  Mold of this size requires no documentation to be filed with the State of Texas.  This means we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  1. The Mold is Over 25 Contiguous Feet

This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

We have dealt with both mold situations many times.  We will walk you through the process and make sure you’re taken care of.

SERVPRO Dallas Mold Removal Cost

For us to be able to give you a bid, we have to perform a free mold inspection.  We don’t want to promise you one price only to find out that you need less or more mold remediation work done to correctly remediate your home.

There are many mold remediation companies in Dallas Fort Worth, but few are full service.  When you trust SERVPRO of North Irving, you can expect:

  • A Job File Coordinator to be assigned especially to you.  They will work with your insurance company to process your mold remediation claim.
  • If you do not have mold coverage or wish to not involve your insurance company, we will provide you with a no obligation bid.
  • We will perform containment, HEPA vacuuming, HEPA air filtration, and mold remediation.  If the mold has permanently damaged an area of your home, we will remove it and dispose of it properly.  Our reconstruction team will then handle any mold damage repair after remediation is complete.
  • If we find contents in your home that have been affected by mold, we can either clean them on the spot or take them back to our cleaning facility for mold removal.
  • We are one of the few Esporta certified firms in Dallas Fort Worth, which makes us trained and qualified to remove mold from clothes.  If you have moldy clothing, we can also take it back to our cleaning facility.

Trusted Leader in Mold Clean up, Collin County North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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Commercial Mold Remediation

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal from Wall We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license mold remediation, and we’re ready to start helping you with your mold problem immediately.

Commercial Mold Remediation

We understand the negative impact of business interruption, which is why we’ve customized our commercial mold remediation services to fit the business we’re working with.

  • Our mold remediation specialists can work after hours, including overnight.
  • We can also work on the weekends.
  • We can set up mold containment and HEPA air scrubbers to contain the mold to its current location while the rest of your business continues its day to day operations.

We will find a way to make sure your commercial property’s mold remediation is complete no matter your hours.

We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license mold remediation, and we’re ready to start helping you with your mold problem immediately.  Call us today for a free mold inspection and bid.

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It grows in almost all environments, which makes 100% mold removal impossible.  There will always be some mold in any environment, but the trick is to get the number of mold spores as low as possible to avoid mold growth and infestation.  

Molds release small spores in the air which can be inhaled.  An indication of mold is a strong musty smell, even when none can be seen.  Some mold is clearly visible and appears as black and white spots near a moist source.

Types of Mold

There are many types of mold.  Some are not typically harmful to humans, while others are considered toxic.  The most well known mold is black mold, which many believe to be toxic. However, there are many types of mold that are black in color.  When dealing with mold, being safe is always the priority. Our company deals with any type of mold with care and the highest safety standards in place.

Mold Growth Environments

Mold symptoms are most likely to occur where mold loves to grow, which is in dark, warm, and moist environments.  If your business has this type of environment, the likelihood of growing mold is higher.

What Happens When I Find Mold?

Most importantly -- leave the mold alone.  Mold is very easy to disturb. The last thing you want is to give the mold an added opportunity to spread its spores to other locations in your business.  Ask people to stay away from that area.

Next, give us a call.  We will come out and perform a free mold inspection.  We’ll check out the area you suspect already has mold, and we’ll also look at the rest of your building to make sure the infestation hasn’t spread.  

After inspection, we’ll present you with a bid.  Our bids are no cost, no obligation.

Texas State Mold Law

Due to Texas Mold Law, there are two ways the mold remediation process can happen.  

  1. No Reporting Needed to Texas State

Your mold does not need to be reported to Texas if it's under 25 contiguous feet.  In this circumstance, we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  1. Reporting the Mold to Texas State is Necessary

You mold project does need to be reported to Texas when its over 25 contiguous feet.  This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you. Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider or future property buyer.

Our business has dealt with both scenarios hundreds of times, and we know exactly how to navigate this process with you.  Rest assured that we will talk you through the process step-by-step and will be there to help you.

Will Mold Remediation Interrupt My Business?

In most cases, mold remediation doesn’t have to interrupt your business.  We have been in business for over 30 years, and we have found ways to help all kinds of businesses minimize or eliminate business interruptions.

We can:

  • Work after hours, including overnight.
  • Work on the weekend.
  • Set up mold containment with HEPA air scrubbers to work on the mold infestation while the rest of your business operates.  

Our crews of mold remediation specialists are experienced and successful.  Our business will work with yours to create a work schedule for your mold remediation project.  We understand the high cost of business interruption, and our goal is to disrupt your day to day operations as minimally as possible.

If you suspect mold in your business or see visible growth, give us a call.  We’re always available and always ready to help.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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How to Find Mold in House

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How to Find Mold in House

Finding mold in your house is never a pleasant experience.  When homeowners or renters find mold, a lot of questions go through their mind.  Am I safe? Who do I call? How much will mold remediation cost? How long will the mold removal process take?

Being proactive about mold is the best policy.  Let’s talk about the common places mold grows and what you can do to prevent mold growth in the first place.

What Environment Does Mold Grow Best In?

First, let’s understand what kind of environment mold most loves to grow in.  Mold tends to grow in a place that is:

  • Warm
  • Dark
  • Moist

These spots tend to go undisturbed in a house or apartment.  For this reason, we are not surprised to find mold growing under kitchen sinks or other places where there is a source of constant water like bathrooms or laundry rooms.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that naturally grows in our environment.  It’s outdoors, indoors -- it’s everywhere. Getting rid of 100% of mold in a house or apartment is simply not possible, and any mold removal company that tries to sell you on that pitch won’t be able to fulfill their promise. The best that a mold removal company can do is remove enough mold to make your home a safe and healthy place to live in again.

Types of Mold

No one exactly knows how many types of mold exist out there.  There are some estimates in the hundreds of thousands! The best known kind of mold is black mold, which a quick search will show hundreds of articles talking about its toxicity.  Toxic black mold exists, but not every black colored mold is toxic. In fact, many molds are not harmful to human beings in small quantities.

Regardless of the type of mold you have in your home, an experienced and professional mold remediation company will treat every single type of mold with care.  Safety is always the top priority in mold cleanup, which is why our company treats all mold the same. Our mold remediation specialists will take all safety precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Mold Hot Spots

If you want to check out the most common places we find mold, inspect these portions of your home.  If you find mold in your home, give us a call.

Mold in Bathroom

Bathrooms are ideal places for mold to grow since they tend to be more humid than other rooms around the house.  Look around your tub or shower. Typically, you’ll see dark green or black spots on the caulking or wall joints. Look also under and behind your sink, especially if you have a cabinet with pipes running inside of it and into the wall.  Also look at your exhaust vents. Mold spores are airborne and can very easily reach your fans and travel to other portions of your house if mold begins to grow in them.

Keep the humidity in your bathroom low to avoid mold.  You can do this by turning on the exhaust fans after a shower.  Also, leave your shower door open to let the water evaporate faster.

Mold on Carpet

This is common after a water damage that was not dried properly.  We see it all the time when someone tries to DIY their own water damage restoration.  This simply means that when the water absorbed into your carpet and pad, not all of it was dried quickly enough.  Depending on how long the mold has been in the carpet will determine whether we can save it or not. In almost all instances, the pad underneath the carpet will have to be replaced.

Mold starts to grow in as little as 72 hours.  This is why our business has a 24 hour emergency line to help people with water damages at any time of day, every day of the year.  We make sure to complete water extraction plus set professional drying equipment to avoid mold growth. If you have a water damage, call the professionals.  We’ll make sure your home is dried properly.

Mold on Walls

We see mold on walls when a pipe leak goes undetected for weeks or even months.  Sometimes a pipe leak is obvious because we see water coming out from under the baseboards.  But, other times, the leak is so small that it takes a while for any symptoms to show. Look for this mold problem behind walls where you know water pipes run through.

In this case, we have to cut through the wall to see what’s going on behind it.  The leak has to be fixed before we can move forward with mold remediation.

Mold on Clothes

There are a few different reasons we see mold on clothes.  One is that a water damage occurred but wasn’t cleaned up properly.  This is especially true in closets which are usually dark and warm. If you have carpet in your closet or if it's against a bathroom wall, check it out to make it's always dry and clean.  If there’s high humidity in there, mold may start to grow on your clothes.

Another common reason is that some clothing got wet, got put into a corner to be taken care of later.  Instead, it was forgotten about. When it’s found a week later, there is mold growing on top of it.

What do you do to remove mold from clothes?  Throwing it in with the rest of the laundry may not help since washing machines aren’t powerful enough to push mold spores out of fabrics.  Dry cleaners also can’t help you because they don’t have the tools or training to handle mold.

If you’re interested in trying to save your clothes, give us a call.  We are one of the few businesses in North Texas that is certified to handle mold infested clothing.  Our Esporta Wash System uses up to six special detergents and hydraulic pressure to literally push the spores out of all types of fabrics.  Best of all, we pick up and deliver your clothes back to your home.

Mold Behind Baseboards

This one won’t be easy to spot on your own.  Still, it’s important to know that if you are dealing with a water leak or have had a past water damage, finding mold behind a baseboard is common.  Usually, only a professional can help you find this.

Mold in HVAC

Mold spores fly up in the air when they’re disturbed, which is why they end up in our air ducts and HVAC system.  If you see mold growing on your vents or if you get a whiff of something musty every time the air conditioner turns on, it’s time to inspect your air ducts.  If you need help, give us a call. It’s important to take care of this quickly. If there really is mold in there, it could be spreading all throughout your house.

Mold in Attic

We usually find mold in the attic when there is roof damaged that has gone unnoticed.  After a big storm, head up to your attic and make sure everything is dry. If it’s not, call us quickly.  We’ll patch up the damaged portion of your roof and take care of your attic humidity. If you file an insurance claim, we’ll even work with your insurance company to permanently replace the damaged part of your roof.

Many folks call us when they see water spots on a ceiling.  This is often the first time they suspect something is wrong up there.  We come out for an inspection only to find out that their water heater has been leaking for a while and there’s now mold in the attic.  In this case, the mold remediation process will involve a few things: attic mold removal, beam replacement if the mold has damaged the wood, partial ceiling replacement, and water damage restoration services.

Mold Under Sink

Kitchens are popular places for mold growth because of their increased humidity level.  Look under your kitchen sink, especially if it's in a cabinet. Also, take a look behind your refrigerator and dishwasher.  If you’ve experienced a refrigerator or dishwasher leak in the past, be especially vigilant. Many plumbers are happy to help you with your leaky appliance, but few know to warn you about the wet wall and baseboards left behind.  

Free Mold Inspection

Are you still smelling something musty but can’t figure out where that smell is coming from?  If you suspect mold in your home, just give us a call. We’ll head over to your place and give you a free mold inspection and bid.  

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Collin County, North Texas

SERVPRO of Richardson is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company on the border of Richardson and Plano Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and other North Texas communities in Collin County for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 690-1414.  Call us any time!

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