Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold 101: Covering the Basics

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

Spots of mold growing on a wall. It’s important to know exactly where mold comes from and how it spreads so you can protect yourself and your family.

Mold is a fungus that can grow in any damp area of your home and it's not always easy to identify. This guide will help you understand what mold is, where it comes from and how to get rid of it permanently.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that reproduces by making spores. Spores are microscopic and can be invisible to the naked eye. Molds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They may be fuzzy or moldy looking and they will usually be some shade of green, black, white, or gray.

Molds reproduce by making spores that spread through the air and settle on surfaces where they can germinate into colonies of the mold with new generations of spores that continue to spread throughout your home or office space.

Where Does it Come From?

Mold is found everywhere, even in the air we breathe. It's also present in our food and on our pets. In fact, mold doesn't need to eat anything to survive — it can grow on wood, paper, and other organic material as long as there is moisture present.

Mold grows best when there's plenty of moisture around (think humid environments), but it can also grow in dry areas if they're warm enough. It will thrive in wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens where there are leaks from pipes or roof damage; basements with poor ventilation; floors covered with damp carpeting; roofs with leaky gutters; under sinks without adequate drainage holes and windows without screens.

How Does it Spread?

Mold spores are microscopic and float through the air. They can travel through ventilation systems, be carried on shoes, clothing, and other personal items, or be carried by pets.

When it Comes to Mold, Knowledge is Power

Mold spores are everywhere; they're carried by air currents and wind, so no place is completely free from mold contamination—you just have to use common sense when determining if you need professional help to clean up an infestation problem.

It’s important to know exactly where mold comes from and how it spreads so you can protect yourself and your family. If you have any questions about removing mold from your house, please feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of San Diego East for more information!

Five Reasons To Get A Mold Inspection

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

technician inspecting mold Moisture reading to determine humidity within walls.

Mold Inspection vs. General Home Inspection

1. A General Home Inspection is NOT a Mold Inspection

Most general home inspectors are not mold experts, some even avoid mold inspections. Home inspectors have a vast knowledge. But if you have mold in your home a general inspection will not be able to determine the presence of mold.

2. Mold Inspection is Also Moisture Reading

A mold inspection is a good indicator of moisture infiltration within your home. Moisture can be assessed by mold specific tools such as a moisture meter. A moisture meter is placed on the walls of a home to test the humidity of possible water leaks. Water leaks are great indicators of mold soon to be discovered.

3. Mold Remediation and Water Damage Can be Very Expensive

You don’t want to start off paying thousands of dollars on a home you just bought. This is something the property manager should take care of before you purchase a home. Paying for a mold inspection may save you thousands and thousands of dollars. Unfortunately many home insurance companies do not include mold as part of their protection package.

4. Mold can be Undetected by the Human Eye

Not all mold is visible to the human eye. This is why it is important to have mold specific tools to assess the presence of mold. Mold can also be hidden behind walls, and will only be visible when things get out of control.

5. Exposure to Mold may cause health problems

Lastly, mold may cause health effects. Making it all the more important to have a mold inspection.

Make sure to call your local mold inspector before purchasing a home. SERVPRO of San Diego East is open 24/7 ready to serve. Make sure to call (619) 280-2398 if you need assistance.

Mold May Cause Health Symptoms

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

mold in a home kitchen SERVPRO of San Diego East Large mold found in a home.

Mold is not a pretty sight and often comes in different colors. Did you know that if you are experiencing health effects you might have mold in your home?

At first mold may not seem harmful, but continues to grow especially when moisture is present. Many home owners believe that mold is something that can be scraped off the wall; unfortunately this is not the case. When mold is present it needs to be cut out of the wall and a rebuild is necessary.

Here at SERVPRO of San Diego East we have become experts at removing mold. If you are experiencing any off the above we can have a technician go inspect your home.

Know that we are currently taking safety hygienic precautions due to the coronavirus, rest assured that we are being safe.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Sneaky Mold

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold hiding behind a layer of dry wall. SERVPRO of San Diego East specializes in Mold Remediation!

A restaurants water heater broke and flooded this neighboring saloon. Water crept under the floor boards and the walls.

The standard procedure for SERVPRO of San Diego East is to make a 24" dry wall cut to ensure moisture does not continue to rise up through the walls, this also allows us to dry out the internal parts of the wall, such as 2 x 4 wood beams, correctly.

As our team began to cut, they noticed a musty smell coming from the wall and upon further inspection they noticed mold growth. This mold growth was preexisting, and went unnoticed for quiet some time. 

Our team then set up containment and began to remove the mold properly and ensured that the growth would not spread. 

Inspecting Mold at A Residence's Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

One of our Crew Chiefs cleaning out a mold infested bathroom. SERVPRO of San Diego East specializes in mold remediation.

Water leaks can go on for a long time without anyone noticing. Especially ones that are located in areas you would hardly ever look. This customer happened to look underneath her master bathroom sink one night and noticed green and black dots covering everything.

The customer made the right choice by calling SERVPRO of San Diego East and we came out as soon as possible. After the initial scoping process to make sure everything was in place, our technicians proceeded to take the proper steps to insure the mold would be taken care of.

Here is one of our technicians inspecting his dry wall cut. This job was finished within 2 days and now it looks "Like it never even happened." The customer was so happy about the service that SERVPRO of San Diego East provided!

Washer Overload Causes "Funky" Smell, Turns out it's Mold

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on a piece of tac-strips The mold that began to grow under the customers carpet flooring.

Have you ever walked into your home or office and smelled something “funky” or “musty” in the air? This customer did and called SERVPRO of San Diego East immediately.

On arrival our crew chief and technician could also smell what the customer was describing, and upon further inspection they realized that mold was growing under the carpet flooring of the customer’s apartment. A few weeks prior the customer had a very significant water loss, due to a washer overload. The washer was located in the living room and the customer took it upon himself to begin the water remediation, with no professional assistance. Fast forward to last week, he began to smell the repercussions of not calling SERVPRO of San Diego East as soon as possible.

In general, mold will not grow indoors without water, dampness or excessive moisture, but when a large water loss happens, and is not attended to by the professionals at SERVPRO of San Diego East, one always runs the risk of mold growth.

Our technicians are not only trained to professionally handle water damage, so mold does not occur, but in the case that mold has begun to grow, our technicians are also trained to handle mold remediation.

 Our team is now working to restore the customers home and make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of San Diego East, (619) 280-2377, for any water or mold remediation!