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How to Control Moisture in Your Home and Prevent Mold Growth

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold grows around leaky pipes and underneath sinks with damaged seals

Humidity can be both a blessing and a problem. It is the latter that you need to be concerned with as a homeowner in Treasure Island, CA. Humidity can come from water damage and often brings with it mold growth, which causes real problems in your home. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to keep moisture in check and your home safe and sound.

Prevent Water Damage

Check the fittings on your pipes and look for signs of leakage or drips. Tighten the joints and thoroughly dry out any wet areas. Likewise, inspect your roof and walls for any leaks coming into your home and ensure that repairs are performed. The same goes for any windows that do not seal properly, as moisture entering around your home’s windows can easily seep down into the studs and wallboard below.

Immediate Cleanup

In the event of a flood from severe weather, a pipe burst or an overfilled bathtub, it is imperative to remove any water-soaked carpet, furniture or other belongings and dry the area out. Leaving carpet or other wet items to dry over time invites mold spores to take hold and take over. Drying things out immediately is the key to mold prevention.

Control Humidity Levels

If you live in a high humidity climate, it would be worth it to install a dehumidifier to keep the level at 50% or lower, especially if it is also warm. Since humidity levels can change throughout the day or with household activities, get one with an automatic sensor to save you having to check repeatedly.

Discourage Mold Growth

Buy paint that has a mold-retardant added to inhibit the growth of mold spores in your siding, garage, basements, bathrooms or other areas where recurring mold is a problem. Immediately treat or remove any sign of mold before it gets out of hand. A professional mold remediation service can help make sure it is done safely.

If you are diligent in following these simple guidelines, your risk of dealing with mold in Treasure Island, CA, will be lowered. And most of them are simple enough that you can start your mold prevention strategies today.

Dana Point Mold Remediation

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Whether Black Mold or your average mold, SERVPRO of Laguna Beach /Dana Point is here to help.

Mold Remediation

When purchasing a home for your family, one would hope that the home is in good condition and safe from all pollutants. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/ Dana Point was recently contacted by a local homeowner who was reaching out to us after noticing some discoloration in the flooring of his closet. He thought it might be related to a water leak of some sort. The sad result was that some water in the floor wasn’t the only thing that was discovered.

In an effort to sell the home the prior home owner had remodeled the bathrooms. The shower was improperly built using drywall and then tiling over the drywall. This type of installation is incorrect and will not hold water. Needless to say, every time they used the shower, the drywall was saturated in moisture. Once it reached maximum saturation the water then started to leak into other rooms, including the kitchen, lower bathroom, living room, adjacent bedroom and pantry. Capillary action caused the water to wick up the drywall and into other semi-porous building materials of the home. The constant supply of water and building material acted as a type of food source for the mold to be amplified. Extensive mold remediation had to be done throughout the home.

The process

Immediately, containment was set up with HEPA filtration and negative air pressure. The drywall, wood flooring, baseboard, door jambs and cabinetry all had to be removed and properly disposed of, with careful consideration being given so as to avoid cross contaminating the unaffected areas of the home. Mold growth on the framing was extensive. The framing was cleaned, sanded and HEPA vacuumed several times over to remove the extensive mold build up. After the physical removal of the mold the contained area was cleaned using wet wipe methods and HEPA vacuuming to ensure the removal of all mold spores that could be in the air or settled on other services.

Once the clean up process was complete an Industrial Hygienist then collected tape lifts and air samples to be examined in the laboratory. This is done to determine if the home is safe for the home owner and his family to return. The Industrial Hygienist gave the all clear and the homeowner and his family were able to move back home promptly. Over the next six weeks we performed extensive reconstruction to help this family get their kitchen and bathrooms back. Using the correct shower building methods of water proofing, mortar bed and tile installation to prevent this type of damage from ever happening again, SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/ Dana Point was able to help the Harper family return to the place they called home, safely and free from mold.

4 Facts About Black Mold

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in an Aliso Viejo, CA home

4 Facts About Black Mold

When you notice a stale, earthy smell in your home, you may want to have the house checked for black mold. Mold growth is common in homes where excess moisture abounds. Once an environment becomes damp, it doesn’t take long for patches of fungus to appear. To handle this problem effectively, it helps to know a few basic things about mold.

1. Moisture is mold's best friend. Like most organisms, all mold requires to thrive is food and drink. Since mold can feed off most organic material, the only thing that is often missing is water. Extra moisture can come from several sources:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Water damage from flooding
  • Condensation on windows, air conditioners or bathroom tiles
  • High humidity

2. Mold spores are inevitable. Mold is a natural part of the environment. Spores are in the outside air, and they make their way inside your home in Aliso Viejo, CA, by attaching to clothing, pets and shoes. Most people don’t know black mold is even present unless it starts to grow on surfaces.

3. Mold growth is usually preventable. Avoiding mold growth can be easy. It is mostly a matter of controlling the moisture level in your home. Repair leaks as soon as they happen, and make sure any surfaces that get soaked are dried thoroughly. Keep the humidity level of your home at 45 percent or less, and you likely won't need any mold cleanup.

4. Proper mitigation usually requires professional help. If you have one small patch of mold on a dish in your kitchen, that is easy to clean up yourself. If, however, the spores have burrowed into the porous surface where they’re growing, it’s time to hire mold remediation experts. They can fix the problem and keep it from returning.

Black mold can grow anywhere, but controlling moisture can help prevent it. Remediation experts are Here to Help should you discover a mold growth problem in your home.

Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Prevention is less expensive than remediation. Keep up your mold prevention efforts!

The bathroom is one of mold's favorite places to grow. Hidden pipes and leaky supply lines set the room up for water damage. The daily use of water in the room increases humidity. To top it off, most bathrooms have notoriously bad air flow. You can prevent bathroom mold in your home in Laguna Beach, California, however, by combatting these problems.

Here are three mold prevention tips.

Resolve Existing Problems

If you already have mold in your bathroom, you may have to call mold remediation specialists to get rid of it before you put prevention measures in place. Tiny spots can be scrubbed away, but grout that is embedded with mold will probably need to be replaced completely. Cut the existing grout away and re-caulk the entire area so that the mold is completely gone.

Increase Air Flow

Even if your bathroom is a closed-off space or suffers frequent water damage, there are still measures you can take to make sure that the air does not become stagnant. Running a bathroom fan, particularly when you are taking a bath or shower and thus increasing the moisture level in the room, can get the air circulating and disrupt mold growth before it starts.

Control Excess Water

Unless you decide to stop bathing, you can't prevent running water on a regular basis in your bathroom. You can, however, prevent mold growth by getting rid of the excess water. After you shower, use a squeegee to wipe the shower walls and door. If you have a shower curtain, leave it open for a few minutes to allow the shower to air out while you're getting ready. If you get rid of the excess water, there are fewer places for mold to grow.

While water damage and building structure cannot always be helped, there are some things you can do to prevent the growth of mold in your bathroom. Habits that keep surfaces dry lessen the chance of mold.

Black Mold in Residential or Commercial Buildings

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damaged home needed to have moldy items removed before the drying could begin.

Mold is becoming more and more prevalent in homes and commercial buildings in Orange County, CA. It may be the musty odor you notice under your sink. Or the green black, blue or even pink spots that begin forming on the wall. However you are alerted to the presence of mold proper action is needed. But before you go call your handyman, contractor or neighbor there are a few things you should know.

Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used to bread, baked goods and some alcoholic beverages. The flavor in Blue Cheese is a result of mold. Even life saving Penicillin is a product of mold.

However, when a water intrusion cause by a pipe leak, weather, storm, plumbing failure, pin hole, toilet overflow, leaky dishwasher or washing machine are not taken care of immediately, problems can get worse. The types of building materials that are used in construction today tend to be prime for mold growth to occur. Even high humidity in a home can result in mold growth occurring on some of these materials. This type of mold growth can cause a threat to health. This threat grows when mold amplification occurs which increases the amount of mold spores (seeds) in the air. Mold spores are microscopic and invisible to the human eye.

Proper equipment, training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), certification and experience is required in order to remediate the mold problem. Most handymen, contractors or neighbors do not have this type of training. The professionals at SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point carry all the applicable certifications, equipment and know how to get the job done properly the first time. If you are experiencing mold in your home or have had a recent water damage don’t hesitate to call the Professional’s at SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point!

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point is the largest SERVPRO franchise in orange county specializing in Fire, Water & Mold remediation services. With an extensive background in restoration they are also capable of rebuilding the structure to pre-damage quality. 

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Can Mold Be Contained During Remediation?

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Professionals may be needed if mold contamination has penetrated too deep into the foundations of the home.

Just because you’ve found mold in one room in your Laguna Beach, CA, home doesn’t mean your entire house is a lost cause. You can still stop the spread of mold contamination during remediation procedures by enacting containment procedures and stopping mold in its tracks.

What Exactly is Mold Containment?

Mold containment essentially involves sealing off the mold infestation so that no spores or growths can escape into other areas of the home, and working to eradicate any free-floating spores from the air in un-infested areas. Mold containment during remediation usually involves:

• Identifying the source. Mold won’t stop growing unless you remove the impetus for it to grow, which means removing the water damage feeding it. Identifying the source of leaks and flooding means conducting a thorough home inspection and taking effective remediation activities.
• Sealing the area. You may need to shut off your HVAC systems to prevent mold contamination through the air vents, and fully seal off the area using air-tight methods to prevent further spread of spores. If the mold has penetrated your walls, however, this may be difficult.
• Chemically treating uncontaminated areas. Many mold prevention and mold killer sprays work as an effective preventative treatment, and can lay down a barrier that prevents mold from spreading to uncontaminated areas of the house. Determine which mold killer solution is safest for your home, family, and pets before applying it to surfaces in the home.
• Air filtration. While it’s impossible to fully get rid of the billions of mold spores omnipresent in the air at all times, you can still use air filtration to cleanse the air as much as possible. When you have a mold infestation, the density of spores in the air is much higher – and professional air filtration can at least reduce the density to more reasonable, safe levels.

Many of these steps can be accomplished on your own, or with the aid of professionals. Professionals may be needed if mold contamination has penetrated too deep into the foundations of the home. For more information, visit

A Quick Guide to Personal Protective Equipment and Mold Removal

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you spot mold growing in your home or business.

Mold is a fungus and isn’t often considered dangerous out in nature. But there are over 100,000 types of mold, some of which send out spores the size of a human hair that can be potentially hazardous once they are inside buildings in Laguna Beach, CA. That is why personal protective equipment is considered necessary for anyone wishing to remove mold from a building. The following PPE gear is considered essential to protect yourself from contamination when cleaning hazardous fungi:

1. Disposable hair covers can keep mold spores out of your hair. The hair caps look like lightweight shower covers, but they are meant to keep hair free of spores that can later be transferred to other areas of your home.

2. Disposable gloves can cover your hands and wrists with an airtight material. Gloves can be found in vinyl, latex, and rubber materials. Choose the proper glove size for your hand to ensure spores are unable to get inside. Also, refrain from running your hands through your hair or touching your face while cleaning mold.

3. A face mask respirator can filter the air and keep you from inhaling mold spores. Because a filtering mask can protect your lungs from spores as you remove mold growth, it is probably the single most important PPE item to purchase. An N-95 filter can remove between 95 and 99 percent of all particles from the air.

4. Complete body protective suits can guard your clothing when removing mold. Some suits have hair covers, while others secure tightly around the neck. The suits are meant to be disposable rather than cleaned and stored.

Instead of purchasing all the PPE items to protect yourself while cleaning area mold, you can contact a team of mold removal professionals that can assist with mildew and fungus elimination. Many experienced professionals can also give free consultations with no obligation. Letting the experts clean and sanitize the area may also save you countless hours of worry. Visit for more information on mold. 

Plant Mildew: How You Can Deal With It

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

If your house plants or outside vegetation is coated in what appears to be white powder, your plants may have mildew. Plant mildew is a fungal disease that affects a surprising number of greenery in Laguna Beach, CA. The mildew, like all fungi, feeds off its hosts and drains plants of nutrients. Over time, affected plants may become too weak to bloom. Fortunately, there is a way you can combat mildew growth on plants. If you want to ensure that your houseplants and garden growth flourish, here is what you need to know:

• There are several different species of plant fungus, the most common of which is powdery mildew.
• Powdery mildew can thrive in warm, dry environments as well as wet, humid ones.
• Powdery mildew typically affects the leaves of plants but in severe cases can spread to the buds, flowers and fruits.
• At-home remedies can help but usually don’t cure the problem.

Controlling Plant Mildew

If you discover powdery mildew on your plants, you may be tempted to try the much-touted baking soda trick. Many plant owners claim that spraying a mixture of one tablespoon baking soda, half a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and one gallon of water on their plants can keep mildew at bay. While this method may help control mildew growth, it’s not a cure.

Curing Plant Fungus

If a fungus has already taken hold of your plants, you need to employ a more aggressive technique. No, you don’t need to invest in pesticides; rather, all you need to do is go to your refrigerator or local dairy section. Mix one parts milk with two to three parts water and spray the mixture on your plants every 10 to 14 days. If that doesn’t kill the fungus (though it should), you may try chemicals, such as potassium bicarbonate or copper fungicides. These are stronger treatments and require careful handling.

Plant mildew may not kill your plants, but it is unsightly and it can reduce the number of blooms, fruits or vegetables your plants produce. Fortunately, the issue is usually easy to combat. If you have an extensive case of plant fungus, professional remediation may help.
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3 Steps of the Mold Remediation Process

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

When you discover black mold in your building in Laguna Beach, CA you need to take immediate action to address it. This work should always be carried out by mold cleanup professionals. They know how to handle the entire mold remediation process efficiently so that the building is safe for everyone once again.

1. Determine the Extent of Contamination

When the professionals first come out, they will need to determine how far the mold has spread. You may be able to see mold in one room, but it could have easily spread behind the drywall or to other areas. For the remediation plan to be successful, the crew will need to conduct a thorough examination of the building to see what areas have been affected.

2. Remediate the Situation

For this part, there are many actions the crew may perform depending on what type of mold your building has and how far it has spread. First, they will need to ensure the moisture problem is addressed so that the black mold does not grow back. Additional steps that may need to be performed include:

• Suppressing the flow of dust
• Removing all damaged items from the room
• Cleaning the surface of non-porous substances
• Cleaning the floor and drywall
• Allowing the area to dry

3. Review the Building

Once everything is taken care of, the professionals will conduct another examination of the building to ensure there is no more mold. In addition to making sure there are no visible signs of it, the crew will also need to ensure that no spores spread into other areas. Once this is done, you can have the peace of mind that your building is free of mold.

Many safety precautions need to be taken when dealing with black mold, so leave this work to the professionals. The experts will make sure your building is safe for everyone before calling it a day. Visit for more information on mold.

3 Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

3 Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew

Once mold is present in your home, it can be hard to get rid of. Mold spores travel easily, and they can lay dormant for years, waiting for water damage, warmth and humidity to finally thrive. Because of this, the best way to protect your home from mold damage is to prevent it. Keep these three mold prevention tips in mind to keep fungus growth from wreaking havoc on your home and your finances:

Control Your Indoor Climate

Mold needs warmth and moisture to thrive, which is why it often emerges during the summer months. However, mold growth can occur at any time of year if indoor conditions are right. Set your AC too high and you risk creating a moist environment; set it too low, and you risk crating cold surfaces where moisture is likely to condense. The best indoor temperature for preventing mold growth is a moderate 78 degrees F.

Look for Standing Water

Water damage is the number one cause for fungus growth in Laguna Beach, California homes. If water is allowed to sit for more than 24 hours, your mold risk goes up; if allowed to sit for 48-72 hours, chances are high that mold has already started to spread. Check beneath your sinks, behind your toilets, behind your washer, dryer and dishwasher and in your basement for standing water. If you find any, call in a mold remediation team right away to kill the mold, dry the wet surfaces and provide tips on how to prevent future infestations.

Use a Dehumidifier

Mold needs a humid environment to thrive, so reduce the risk of creating such an environment and invest in a dehumidifier. Though a quality unit will cost you a bit upfront, the price will be a drop in the bucket compared to the price of mold-remediation. Pricier units attach to your furnace and treat the air throughout the house, while cheaper units are great for keeping moisture out of small areas.

Water damage and a humid environment are all mold needs to thrive. Fortunately, prevention is easy, and by keeping the above three tips in mind, you can keep fungi at bay and your home in good condition.
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Mold Questions? Consult a Pro

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Questions? Consult a Pro

A home owner comes home from work and sees what they believe to be black mold. What's the first step? Can the home owner actually tell if the mold damage is black mold or not? Can they assess any fungus or mildew and see where the mold damage has originated? Is there a smelly odor associated with the black mold? To what extent has the mold damage spread? These are all questions a professional can easily answer.

Black mold thrives in areas of high humidity and moisture. Tubs and showers are prevalent places for such mold damage. The important thing with mold in home occurrences is trying to figure out the source of the problem. This is best left up to a professional. Mold removal isn't something that should be addressed by those without experience. Do it yourself books may give you step by step techniques on how to address the issue today but it probably won't ever address the potential issues for tomorrow. It certainly won't provide you with deodorization abilities parallel to what restoration companies can utilize. It won't help you find the source of the issue and eradicate the issue unless you have multiple skills in plumbing, wood work and various other skills.

True assessment of the mold damage can only take place when a professional restoration company is introduced into the equation. There are many types of mold. An expert who sees different types of mold every day can analyze the mold growth and really figure out how mold removal needs to be accomplished. They can dig deeper into the issue to analyze any fungus, mildew or smelly odor and figure out the source of the problem. What mold in home customers get wrong is not seeing the origin of the issue. That's where the experience of the restoration company comes in. They can find out if the mold growth is on the verge of expanding into other territories.

An expert can diagnose the situation and resolve it. Mold can be caused from high levels of water, humidity and moisture. That's usually the case.
The restoration company wants to remove that issue so the mold never returns. Remediation or mitigation of the mold is only as accurate as the true professional alleviating the issue.

A business owner might come in to work and notice a distinct aroma. The smelly odor is coming from a wall but he or she can't determine exactly where the location is. Mold growth behind wall happens to the best of us. Commercial mold damage can rack up huge bills and scare customers away. The smelly odor is never a good welcome mat for prospective clients. It's not something any business owner wants to toss into their ambiance. How does the business owner eradicate the smell and find mold growth behind wall? Commercial mold damage can be painful because of the lost revenue associated with it. A restoration company can provide remediation and pinpoint the exact location of mold growth behind wall. It's something the experts can do with their professional grade equipment that average consumers don't have. After deodorization, the specialists can adequately provide mold removal without fear of it ever returning.

Whether mold in home or commercial mold damage, mitigation of the mold is paramount to returning things to normal. Mold spores can spread and harm the building structure. Dry rot could potentially spoil the entire framework of any building. Dry rot occurs when the moisture infects the supporting wood. Dry rot, which is what happens when wood gets wet, is something that could ruin an entire facility. That's why mold removal in the early stages is so crucial. Removing the problem on your own might be a quick fix. It might lead to long term problems down the road.

Fungus, mildew and smelly odor are just a few of the symptoms of mold growth. Residents and business owners need to keep their eyes and noses to the grind for potential issues because of the potential long term issues. Remediation of the mold by professionals is the first step in getting everything back to normal.

What's good about restoration companies is they have equipment designed with the mitigation process in mind. Deodorization is one technique experts utilize to rid areas infected with mold of that smelly odor. Deodorization could allow those with commercial mold damage to get back to regular business hours. The smell is something customers might notice well before they ever spot fungus, mildew or any black mold.

Mold growth can bring up many questions in terms of those seeking remediation or mitigation. The most thorough and safe way to address the problem is to seek the consultation of people who have battled mold for years. Mold in home can lead to dry rot which could have horrible consequences for a home owner. Mold growth behind wall is hidden and something to be attacked by those who understand what they are looking for.
The answers to the questions are there with a simple assessment by the professionals.
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What Is Dangerous About Mold?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

What Is Dangerous About Mold?

Mold is a potentially dangerous fungus for several reasons. Removing mold is a crucial part of the mitigation of these conditions.

One type of mold that is particularly dangerous is black mold.

Professional mold removal specialists have tools at their disposal that most people don't have access to. They will be able to access areas of the house that you aren't likely to be able to get to. Here are several ways that professionals can get rid of mold and mildew in a house:

1. Clean The Air Ducts:

It's difficult for most homeowners to access their air ducts well enough to get rid of mold in home. However, mold remediation specialists are able to thoroughly clean all areas of them.

Mold spores are often spread when mold gets into the air ducts. These spores can worsen the mold in home. If mold is removed from the air ducts, the problem in the rest of the house is often reduced as the source of the spores is removed.

3. Fully Assess The House:

There are many nooks and crannies in most houses that are reservoirs of mold in home, such as mold growth behind wall. In many cases, these areas of mold spread a large amount of spores. Removing them can reduce mold throughout the house, such as by stopping mold growth behind wall. They also will be able to determine if the mold growth is black mold.

4. Specialized Cleaning Products:

Mold mitigation specialists have access to exceptionally powerful cleaners to get rid of mold damage. In addition, they use specialized brushes that get rid of mold damage exceptionally quickly and effectively remove all traces of black mold. These cleaners are also designed to safely clean mold growth behind wall.

A restoration company also will have access to materials that help to eliminate dry rot. Dry rot can be caused by the growth of mold, and mold removal will stop further damage.

5. Prevention Of Cross Contamination:

Cross contamination can spread mold growth in home, and mold remediation specialists are highly skilled at the mitigation of cross contamination. It is extremely easy for cross contamination to occur as mold spores are exceptionally small. Mold remediation specialists use special garments to ensure that cross contamination doesn't occur.

6. Reduction Of Spore Concentrations In The Air:

A restoration company will set up air filtration systems to ensure that spores are removed from the house and don't result in mold growth or dry rot. Fans are strategically placed strategically to blow mold spores out of the house. Furthermore, HEPA air filters are used to reduce the amount of spores in the air.

Mold can release spores when it's disturbed, but mold remediation experts will be able to ensure that fewer spores are released during the removal of mold and mildew. This will help to ensure that mold damage doesn't take place again.

7. Stopping The Source Of Water:

As with any type of fungus growth, mold damage and mildew cannot occur without a water source. Removing the source of water is the most important part of preventing mold growth and mildew development. When a restoration company comes, they are skilled finding the source of the water both in cases of mold damage in homes and commercial mold damage. There are many different places that water can come from, and mold remediation professionals are familiar with where water tends to originate from.

8. Keeping The Air Conditioner And Water Heater From Spreading Spores During Removal:

A restoration company will shut off the air conditioner and water heater during the removal process of mold in home or the repair of commercial mold damage. This will ensure that spores are not spread through these mechanisms or create a smelly odor that permeates the house or business in the case of commercial mold damage. It also will significantly reduce the chances of dry rot occurring.

In addition, mold removal specialists will examine these areas thoroughly to ensure that there is no mold growing in these mechanisms. This will prevent the fungus spores from being spread when these devices are turned back on and resulting in mold growing in the living quarters or mold growth behind wall.

9. The Deodorization Process:

Deodorization is an important part of the mitigation of commercial mold damage. The smelly odor created by mold can drive away customers, but mold removal specialists are skilled at ensuring that the smelly odor is removed with deodorization. While there are a variety of methods used, deodorization can take place using specialized sprays and cleaners to remove the smelly odor.
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Dealing With Mold Damage at Home or Work

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Dealing With Mold Damage at Home or Work

A smelly odor deodorization does nothing to mask, the presence of mildew or another fungus anywhere in the house, or even the smallest presence of mold in the home is bad news. A smelly odor that’s not cleared up with the help of deodorization or by taking out the trash might indicate another issue. Many homeowners avoid assuming it’s mold in the home in favor of something a little less dramatic, such as a dirty sock or an old plate of food hidden under a child’s bed. When nothing else makes sense and that smelly odor doesn’t go away no matter how much deodorization is utilized, it’s time for homeowners to admit there might be mold damage somewhere in the home.

What is Mold Damage?

Mold damage isn’t what it sounds like. The confusing part for many home and business owners comes from the use of the phrase damage in conjunction with mold. This fungus doesn’t appear to have damaged anything when it’s easily wiped up. Mildew doesn’t seem like damage so much as it seems like someone neglected to clean the bathroom or kitchen or even the basement properly. Mold damage is damaging, and that’s where the name derives.

It spreads quickly, it’s dangerous for the home, and it’s not good to live in a home with mold present. No amount of deodorization to mask the smelly odor that indicates mold in the home is enough to get rid of it, and it’s time to call a professional before it spreads like wildfire and causes massive damage to the home.

Where is Mold Found?

Mold is often present when mildew is present, but it’s a fungus that lives everywhere. It’s a fungus found in mold spores in the air. All it needs is a little moisture and a high level of humidity to grow quickly and spread rapidly. When this occurs, a problem is close at hand. Mold in the home is very common in places with high levels of humidity, but commercial mold damage is also a big problem. it’s easy to miss commercial mold damage more so than mold at home. Commercial mold damage in a large warehouse or building can go unnoticed for days or weeks. Commercial mold damage like this that goes unnoticed often spreads quickly and causes more problems for the business owner. Mold at home or at work requires remediation and mitigation.

Calling for Professional Mold Removal

Professional mold remediation and mitigation is imperative the moment this fungus is located. Professional mold removal services are equipped to better handle mold removal and remediation while also providing mitigation services. Handing this without the help of professional-grade equipment often results in an imperfect job where mold returns quickly. Mold removal services use professional equipment that’s designed to clear out mold during the remediation and mitigation process. It helps dry moist areas, detect the source of moisture in the building, and this service provides mitigation for those who need to learn how to prevent mold from reoccurring.

Mold removal is not for those who haven’t dealt with this problem before. It’s more expensive for a home or business owner to attempt mold removal on their own than it is to pay for a professional remediation and mitigation service from the start. When this job is done right the first time, home and business owners are able to learn how to prevent mold from occurring again in the future.

Mildew and mold aren't issues anyone should brush off at home or work. Both require the help of a service that helps remove the issue as well as educate the home or business owner about the importance of keeping moisture at bay and humidity levels low. Knowledge is power when it comes to mold remediation and prevention at home or work.
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The Mold Removal and Remediation Process Explained

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

The Mold Removal and Remediation Process Explained

Accumulation of mildew and mold in homes poses a large risk to most home occupants and may lead to the destruction of the house structures. Mold is a type of fungus present in the air and invisible to the naked eye, which can grow faster in the presence of moisture. Therefore, the mitigation process should begin within 48 hours to counter the dangers that come with it. The accumulation of mold on the outdoors may help in plant matter degradation, but it becomes hazardous on entry to the house. There are different types of mold ranging from brown, orange, white and black, which is the most dangerous of all.

Effects of mold

Mildew and mold in homes may grow on damp surfaces such as carpets, drywall or wood, ceiling tiles, wallpapers, HVAC system, and insulation material. Home occupants should conduct a thorough inspection whenever they suspect a smelly odor in the house. A homeowner should call commercial mold damage professional to carry out a thorough assessment of the home.

Factors Promoting Mold Growth

A home that had water damage should undergo proper deodorization to ensure complete removal of moisture from the surfaces. Sometimes higher-than-normal indoor humidity may support the growth of mold and mildew due to the production of moisture. The fungus in the air may enter the house through the windows, doors, or HVAC system. Lack of deodorization of any wet surfaces and accumulation of small amounts of moisture in the house may lead to the growth of mold into colonies in the shortest time possible. Homeowners should consider hiring mold removal professionals to conduct the mitigation process within 48-72 hours.

Remediation Process

Mold removal and remediation process begins immediately you contact a commercial mold damage company for help. The company sends the professionals who clean all the fungus and mildew colonies right from the assessment to the restoration process. Below is the process that they will use:

• Assessment

Our professionals begin the mitigation process by inspecting the extent of mold damage in the home. They use various technologies and specialized equipment such as infrared cameras to assess both the visible and invisible presence of mold.

• Mold Containment

Containment of mold in homes prevents its spread to other areas. The commercial mold damage professionals do this by isolating the contaminated areas using negative air pressure and physical barriers and stopping fans and the HVAC system from running.

• Filtration of the Air

Air filtration and deodorization involve capturing all the microscopic fungus and offensive odors from the air. The experts use the HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to prevent the spread of the spores during the mold removal and remediation process.

• Removal and Cleaning of the Mold-infested Materials

Mold damage can cause the destruction of structure and personal property in the house. Removal of the porous and mold infested items in the room prevents future infestation and counters the smelly odors that the materials could be holding. Cleaning, deodorization, and sanitization prevent the re-accumulation of smelly odors and mold in homes.

• Restoration

Professionals from commercial mold damage company complete the mold removal and remediation process by repairing, reconstructing, and restoration of the house into its original condition.


Homeowners should be on the lookout for any smelly odor in the house or accumulation of mold on walls or ceiling. Remember that mold damage is bound to cost more if you delay the mitigation process hence the need to do it within the shortest time possible. Visit for more information on mold damage.

The Case For Mold Remediation and Removal

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

The Case For Mold Remediation and Removal

If you have mold anywhere inside of your residence or business, your home could be compromised. This microbial growth is a silent and many times undetected condition, but one in which you must be concerned about.

It can come in several different colors, and it looks like a fuzzy covering on surfaces that seems to come out of nowhere. It comes about from spores that travel through the air and when the spores land where conditions are just right, it will plant itself and grow.

It needs an area where it is dark, and where there is a moisture supply and where there is no moving air. If it finds these conditions, it can grow seemingly overnight and cover an entire wall in a matter of days. So areas such as basements, attics, closets, crawl spaces, and bathrooms are prime candidates.

Mildew and fungus are many times mistaken for mold, but they are not the same. Even though they have similar looks, they are very different types of organisms. Mildew and fungus are usually more greenish in color, whereas mold can be reddish, brown, green, blue, and black. The black kind of mold can be the most serious simply due to its growth rate, its hardiness, and difficulty in eradicating.

If you discover the microbial growth, you should contact an environmental hygienist to discover if it is fungus or mildew or not. An environmental hygienist is available with most cleanup organizations and companies who specialize in mold cleanup and mitigation. You should never attempt to clean up an area that is suspect yourself because that could be dangerous and ineffective. Mold cleanup should only be done by experts.

Most people who will attempt mold cleanup and mitigation by wiping it off will think that they have succeeded, but they will have only wiped off the top of the microbial growth. The organism itself has tentacles or roots that can penetrate and take hold in just about every substance there is except for glass. That is why you will see it growing on the surfaces of wood, cloth, shingles, walls, and even concrete.

The microbial growth will grow on the inside of walls too, so it may go undiscovered for quite some time before anything can be done about it. So when the environmental hygienist diagnoses it as being the problem a process of mold removal and mitigation must begin as soon as possible. Workers who work at mold removal will wear special clothing and masks to protect themselves, so they will not be exposed any toxic effects.

Fungus and mildew will not cause harmful effects, but certain kinds of the microbial growth can even give off toxins, especially the black kind, so respiratory protection during its mitigation process is very important. The environmental hygienist will supervise and treat the area, so the mold cleanup process will assure that the substance will not easily reoccur. Visit for more information on fire damage restoration.

What You Need to do If You Find Mold in Your Home in Laguna Beach, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

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What You Need to do If You Find Mold in Your Home in Laguna Beach, CA

If you see something growing on your walls or in an enclosed place in your home that looks like mold, mildew, fungus or any other microbial growth, just assume that it is mold and take the proper precautions.

Do not attempt to wipe it off yourself as it could be dangerous, and if it is present in great quantities, you should call for assistance from someone who has an environmental hygienist available. Professional companies will have access to such a person or will have someone like that employed.

Places that have dampness and perpetual rainy seasons such as North Carolina, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Aliso Viejo, California are more susceptible to the ravages of microbial growth than other, drier climates. These organisms usually require a dark place, no moving air and a source of moisture to grow, so that is a major factor.

As a rule, they have their start with a spore which travels through the air and when it lands it will grow if the conditions allow it. People should check the less traveled areas of their homes for signs of the growths. Basements, attics, crawl spaces, closets and other out-of-the-way areas are more prone to harbor such infectious manifestations.

The California locations are prime suspects anyway because they are right on the coast which is damp to begin with and caution should always be taken in damper areas of the country. Usually, these kinds of growths such as mildew, fungus, and the other types of growths silently grow in these out of the way places, and they are not discovered until they have grown out of hand.

All of these growths look almost the same so that is why it is important to call in an expert such as an environmental hygienist who can test the organism just to make certain that it is not dangerous. The trained workers will have the proper protective clothing and the equipment to get rid of the growth. They will also have the knowledge to be able to sanitize the area so that nothing will grow back later to infest the area either.

People who live in coastal states and towns such as a state like North Carolina or towns like Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Aliso Viejo, CA have a much better chance of suffering from these types of microbial growth substances. They will crop up more frequently and with more vigor than in drier, inland states and towns.

The most effective means of prevention is to frequently check vulnerable areas of a residence and its hidden areas. Areas that are most vulnerable are those with a potential source of water. A dripping faucet, a leaky pipe, a broken shingle in an attic all open the door to possible infection of these substances due to the source of moisture. Fixing these areas so that no moisture can come into the area is a sure method of prevention.

Simply placing a fan in these areas can defeat them too since they need an area where no air is moving. Also placing a light in a potentially vulnerable area will work as well. So this is not something that is completely unable to be policed. If a person's geographical location makes it so that there have been problems in the past, there may be problems in the future, so caution and diligent observation are necessary.

Of the substances that have been mentioned, only mold is the one that is ultimately dangerous. The geographical areas mentioned on the East coast and in CA are particularly vulnerable and if an area is infected just call for help from people who know what they are doing so that they can eliminate the problem. In this way, you will know that the situation is being handled by people who know what they are doing and that you will be protected. Visit for more information on mold removal.

Mold Remediation in Laguna Beach

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Laguna Beach

Mold is very common in California and is never a health hazard if it is outdoors. It only becomes a problem once it begins to grow indoors. Having mould or any other fungus growing in your Laguna Beach, CA home can be unsightly not to talk the bad odors that it produces. This can be such an embarrassment and will have adverse effects on your health. Therefore, it is important that you inspect your California house once in a while and find out whether there is any microbial growth.


Once you have identified that there is a microbial growth inside you Dana Point home, CA the next step is to determine whether this is mould or not. The identification process will go a long way when strategizing for its removal. For you to determine whether you have a mould problem, you will need the help of an environmental hygienist. An environmental hygienist in Aliso Viejo is trained to distinguish between the various fungi. They will tell you if you have a mould problem or you have another type of fungus, e.g. mildew, growing in your home.

I know it is easy for you to say that you can differentiate between mould and mildew. Besides, mould grows on rotten food, plastic materials, tiles, floors and organic materials and its color ranges from black, green to brown. And, it emits a moldy smell. On the other hand, mildew grows on organic material and tends to thrive in a very moist place. It usually has a powder-like pattern. Well, differentiating this is pretty easy, but what if it is another type of fungi. How will you know? An environmental hygienist inspects your place and identifies if there is a microbial growth. If yes, they will determine the exact type of fungi and will advise you on the way forward, depending on the cause.


Once you have identified the exact fungi growing in your California home, you must immediately take action. Fungi spreads really fast and can cause a lot of damage if it is not addressed immediately. Depending on the severity of your fungi problem, you can either remove the growth by yourself or hire a professional. If you decide to do it by yourself, here are some steps that should be followed.

Eliminate Sources of Moisture

The first step to removing mould from your Laguna Beach home is eliminating the source of moisture. Find out if there are any plumbing leaks or any form of water problem. Have these repaired immediately so that your Aliso Viejo home is free from moisture. This will go a long way in preventing the regrowth of fungi after you have cleaned it up.

Mold Cleanup

Remove all items that have been affected by mould and clean them of every last bit of the fungi. Then leave them outside to dry and air. For items that cannot easily be removed, clean then cover them. After this, ensure that all rooms, not affected by fungi, are closed and that air vents and supply registers are sealed so that they don't accelerate spread of fungi spores are you are cleaning. Having done this, now you need to start cleaning seriously. Ensure that no spot is left untouched. Gather all the mould and take it outside for disposal. After this, you can safely return furniture and other items into the house.

A fungi remediation professional should be contacted when the fungi growth inside your Dana Point home is too severe. Fungi remediation professionals help you save a lot of time and energy on the removal process. Besides, this is their specialty and, therefore, they know exactly what works and what wouldn't. Other than being experts, they possess equipment that makes the removal easier and safe. They know how to navigate your affected areas without affecting other areas and that is just a plus. In addition, they have means for fungi disposal and will therefore leave your home sparkling clean. Therefore, even if your fungi problem doesn't seem that big, it is always important to use the help of an expert. Besides, you will have peace of mind knowing that a professional hand was involved in your California fungi removal.

Bottom Line

The total elimination of fungi in California is not easy. Fungi has spores which spread rapidly. Therefore, once you have an expert help you remove existing mold, it is up to you to ensure that your home is moisture-free. Visit for more information on mold remediation.

Laguna Beach/Dana Point Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point is here to help on any Mold Job.

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 Anaheim West for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach/Dana Point 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 – 949-831-6201 or Contact us here.