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Our Mold Damage Teams In Little Rock Take Precautions To Clean And Remove Mold

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Mold Damage Teams In Little Rock Take Precautions To Clean And Remove Mold Mold can grow inside your home, which can lead to an infestation of active mold if it is not dealt with quickly.

Our Team Takes Precautions To Clean And Remove Mold

Mold can grow inside your Little Rock home, which can lead to an infestation of active mold if it is not dealt with quickly. When this happens, call professionals to clean and remove the mold right away. Our teams are highly trained and can restore your property to its pre-mold condition when possible.

SERVPRO mold damage teams in Little Rock work fast to contain mold and take safety measures to prevent it from spreading throughout other sections of the home. First, our techs use plastic sheeting to block off areas such as windows, hallways, and doors. The crew also seals air vents to stop airflow and to prevent mold spores from spreading through the HVAC system. If necessary, the team can set up a clean room to store the clothing they wear and the equipment they use during the cleanup and containment stages. This step helps prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas of the structure.

Once the team seals the affected areas, they begin to remove mold from various surfaces. The surfaces our crews clean are either porous or non-porous. Porous surfaces include insulation and carpeting. Crews can use anti-fungal sprays to kill active mold spores on porous surfaces and to prevent mold from growing back. The team can take materials like drapes or upholstered furniture outside of the home to clean them. It is important to stress that if contaminated water comes in contact with carpeting and other materials, the crew has to throw those items away.

Typically, our techs can clean non-porous surfaces such as glass or metal with wet sponges and mild detergents. For thicker layers of mold on non-porous surfaces, the team may use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to pick up and trap mold spores. For semi-porous surfaces such as concrete or wood, teams may need to employ agitation techniques such as sanding, ice or soda blasting, damp wiping or wire brushing to remove mold.

The technicians may also use air scrubbers to clean the air and reduce stale mold odors. Plus, crews can use these machines to remove airborne mold spores from the area. Our techs may also utilize dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels. After our crews clean and remove the mold from the structure, they can start the drying phase. We may use axial fans to push damp air from the structure and to speed up drying. Air movers may also be put in place to draw in warm, dry air and to reduce moisture levels.

SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock provides professional mold damage services. We are always close by and can offer you the proper assistance. Contact us 24/7 at (501) 803-9700.

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SERVPRO - Removing Mold Damage From Little Rock Homes

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO - Removing Mold Damage From Little Rock Homes Large Mold Infestations in Little Rock Homes Need Safe, Professional Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Property Owners in Little Rock Often Turn to SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold spores are common to every Little Rock home, but an infestation of the active mold is not a common occurrence. Cleaning the home and then removing the mold spores requires a trained service that can return it to a pre-infestation condition.

Most Little Rock mold damage remains confined to a room or a section of a home. SERPVRO restoration crews train to remediate (cannot eliminate) mold by establishing containment, removing contamination and then cleaning structural and personal property depending on the surface type of affected materials.

First, technicians isolate the contaminated area to prevent accidentally spreading mold throughout the structure. Our crews use plastic sheeting to cover all entry and exit points like doors, windows, and hallways. They also seal the air vents to stop passive airflow and to block the HVAC system from drawing air and mold spores into the rest of the home. If the infested area is extensive, crews may set up a clean room where they can store tools and clothing while removing mold to help prevent spreading mold spores.

Next, SERVPRO technicians remove the mold contamination from affected surfaces. They fall into two categories, porous and non-porous. Porous surfaces include carpets, fabrics, and insulation. With most of these surfaces, crews have to remove the property from the affected area. Technicians remove items like upholstered furniture and curtains to outside the home to clean them. They can clean carpets using an anti-fungal agent and a shampoo machine to kill the spores and remove them with the contaminated water. Insulation, depending on the type and degree of contamination, may be cleanable. However, when in doubt, throw it out.

Non-porous surfaces are items with glass, metal, or hard plastic for the tops and sides. Technicians can usually clean these with a wet sponge and a mild detergent if needed. For thicker mold layers on these surfaces, our restoration specialists can use vacuums with a HEPA filter that can pick up and trap even a single spore off a countertop.

There is also a smaller category of semi-porous materials which include concrete and wood. These rougher surfaces require agitation of the surface to remove mold spores from every crack and crevice. Standard agitation actions include sanding, wire brushing, and damp wiping with an abrasive cleaning agent. Ice or soda blasting are advanced techniques for abrasively removing mold patches and hyphae without causing a mess.

Cleaning and removing mold from the surfaces in a home requires a professional restoration company. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 today.

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Mold Damage Specialists In Little Rock

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Specialists In Little Rock The team at SERVPRO is ready to roll to your home to remediate mold damage.

Contact the specialist at SERVPRO at the first sign of mold damage

If a pipe breaks underneath your home in Little Rock, it is possible that water can affect structural components without you realizing it. Water can leak into your crawl space and cause many problems. Many crawl spaces already have elevated temperatures and humidity levels making it a prime location for microbial growth.

Extra moisture that gets added to a crawl space increases the chances of a fungus developing. For mold damage in Little Rock to take place, it needs an organic food source, the right temperature, and moisture. If fungi grow inside your home, they can cause health effects with some people.

Once microbes develop inside a structure, they can quickly reproduce and cause problems in other locations. Once the spores mature, they form structures called hyphae. The hyphae grow down into the material as well as up above it and across the surface. The hyphae then release spores into the airflow of the building that float around until they settle down into a new location.

If mold develops inside your crawl space, it can cause damage to structural components. Fungi can also create foul odors that can affect your entire house. Microbes inside your crawl space also can make their way into your ventilation system causing air quality issues.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians remediate fungal issues, we take extreme measure to prevent spores from spreading to unaffected areas. Before any work begins the crawl space gets sealed off so that no dust or debris created by the restoration process spreads across the building. We use poles and thick plastic to build a containment chamber around the affected area of the crawl space.

If the entire crawl space is contaminated then the floor joists get sealed off so that the insulation in the floor does not get affected. Once the affected region is sealed off from the rest of the home, the contaminated materials get removed. If the mold has not gone too deep into the floor joists they can be sanded down and restored. After sanding the affected wood gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint.

Before the containment chamber gets taken down, we vacuum all dust and debris with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. If you ever need help with microbial growth inside your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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In Northwest Little Rock, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

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 Northwest Little Rock 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 Northwest Little Rock 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.

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SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today!

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock for mold remediation services.