Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Ensuring Your Home is Safe after Water Damage Incidents

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Financial and sentimental losses are common outcomes of water spills whenever they affect homes. However, there are other ways that water intrusion can affect your home. Deterioration of structural materials in some sections, such as a staircase, which endures regular strain, can lead to safety issues. Mold development can also put you and your family at risk since mold can cause health effects. Part of our water restoration service is to eliminate all issues that might lead to safety problems. 

Speed is a crucial weapon against future safety problems when there is water damage in your home. Fast water extraction prevents deeper permeation into materials such as wood preserving their structural integrity. It also reduces the chances of mold developing since it takes 24-48 hours for mold to start growing. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to different tools to fast track water extraction, including: 

Truck-mounted water extractors 

Wet-vacs 

Water Extraction wands 

Water claws 

The materials covering surfaces can slow down the water extraction because of their high absorbent nature or hide some moisture leading to structural damage in the future. Removing the carpet from the stairs helps create room for thorough water extraction. Other materials such as wallpaper can act as moisture barriers creating perfect conditions for material deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians help remove carpets and perform any controlled demolition to achieve the intended goal. 

Cleaning all soiled areas and drying any moisture remnants is essential in controlling microbial growth and material deterioration. Using professional cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties helps. Moisture removal mostly involves adjusting the evaporation rate by increasing heat and air movements. Our SERVPRO technicians use high-speed air movers and dehumidifiers, which extract moisture from the air and exhaust warm air, which increases the rate of drying. 

Addressing all issues that might lead to problems after a water loss incident is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Texarkana to help ensure your home remains safe. You can reach us at 903- 832-4400 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Prevent Mold in Closets

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture can come from many sources. Even wet or damp clothing can be a water source. Homeowners sometimes find that their closets become a source of mold and mildew.

Here are a few tips to prevent mold in your closet.

  • Be sure any clothes, linens or towels are completely clean and dry before storing them.
  • Leave space around stored clothing allows more air to circulate. Do not pack clothes too tightly.
  • Leave the closet door open when possible. 
  • Wire shelving provides greater air circulation than solid shelves.
  • Keep your items off the floor to keep moisture from appearing underneath them. Hang the clothes or keep them in boxes.
  • Air out your closets occasionally by clearing them out and washing any clothing.
  • Do not keep your dry-cleaning in plastic bags. Their polyethylene composition traps humidity around fibers, and the dampness encourages mold growth.
  • Leave the light on - Install an energy-efficient light in the closet. Remember mold needs moisture to live, so the warmth from a low wattage light bulb can help keep the closet dry.
  • Don’t ignore a musty smell; it can only mean one thing, mold is growing somewhere and it has to be taken care of. This is when you need to call for a certified mold remediation contractor.

Here at SERVPRO of Texarkana, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at 903-832-4400

Mold in Crawlspaces

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

In the humid air, moisture is constantly present. Combining moisture with a dark and undisturbed area, such as a crawlspace, will often lead to mold growth.

Crawlspaces are rarely bothered by homeowners as they are usually small, dark, closed off, and house various bugs or other unwanted critters. When we avoid crawl spaces however, we prevent air circulation and sunlight in the area. The unbothered area is an ideal place for mold growth because moisture is not evaporated, and the temperature is kept relatively constant.

Mold thrives in areas that are moist and kept at a temperature ranging from 60 to 80 degrees. A crawl space ends up being an ideal place for mold growth due to its environmental conditions.

Considering you don’t regularly go into your crawl space, and it isn’t open to the rest of your home, you may think a little mold is nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Mold spores are tiny and easily released into the air. Spores can slip through cracks, be pulled in from air conditioning systems, or even float through open doors or windows. The mold spores can cause health effects when breathed in on a regular basis.

Is Mold Really That Bad?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, as much as we try to avoid mold in our homes and businesses – it’s almost impossible. Mold is everywhere.

Did you know that there are over 200,000 species of fungi in the world? And that includes over 100,000 types of mold too. While some species of mold can be bad for humans, not all of it is! Some molds can definitely be our friendly little helpers.

If you’ve ever been sick with a sinus infection or bronchitis and you’ve seen the doctor she may have prescribed you the antibiotic Penicillin, which is actually a type of mold! It typically grows on bread or other cheeses and has a distinctive green/blue color that’s sometimes mixed with white or gray. If you enjoy blue cheese salad dressing, then that’s a type of Penicillin! Penicillin has been in use as a drug since the 30s and is incredibly effective in treating infections.

While some mold is good, we still cannot stress enough that mold in your home is dangerous. It can cause health effects to anyone, including those with asthma, children, or the elderly. If you think you may have mold in your home give us a call today at 903-832-4400.

Mold Prevention for Bathroom

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Prevention in Bathroom

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Excessive moisture and provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tricks to help you stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Turn on the ventilation fan while you shower and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open a window or use a dehumidifier. Check ventilation fan for dust and debris, clean as needed.
  • Leave shower curtain and/or door open to allow air flow dry out the shower/bathtub.
  • Use a squeegee after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture.
  • Keeping items inside of the bath/shower can hide mold growth as well as collecting water to promote it. Childs bath toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are experiencing mold in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean, please call us here at 903-832-4400.

Where does mold come from?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

A mold situation begins with those small, dark, little dots that, with ample moisture and nutrients, gradually spreads and grows across a wall or on a surface. You may open a closet door and see a dark circular pattern growing on the back wall and can only wonder how it got there?

Mold has to come from somewhere and the reality is, it’s no mystery. Mold found indoors comes from the outdoors. There are many types of mold found in the environment—tens of thousands of species in a wide variety of colors, in fact—and many ways it can get in your home. Mold spores can drift indoors through a screened window or open door, or it can be carried in on shoes, a golf bag, a backpack, or a coat that gets hung in a closet, and then spread through the ventilation system. Mold spores can also enter your home through leaky roofs, foundations, door frames or window casements. Once the spores that are carried in or drift in are exposed to dampness, moisture or water, mold usually begins to grow there. The spores that come in through a leak somewhere in the structure of your house are already primed to grow. If you suspect mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call at 903-832-4400. 

Our Mold Damage Team Can Restore Your Home

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold can be visible or can present a stale or musty odor. If you notice mold in your home, call a professional right away to remediate any damages. Mold can cause health effects, which makes it imperative for homeowners to deal with it as soon as possible.


SERVPRO of Texarkana is highly trained to use industrial grade disinfectants and specialized equipment to get rid of mold inside your home. Our crew works quickly and efficiently to contain and reduce mold levels inside your home. Also, our crews take proper precautions to ensure they do not spread mold spores to any other areas inside your home. Our techs can use plastic sheeting and tape to seal and contain mold. Plus, our crews can set up areas to clean and sanitize items and any equipment they employ during restoration.
 
Since mold spores are microscopic, there can be thousands of airborne spores inside your home. Our technicians use commercial grade air scrubbers to clean and to purify the atmosphere inside your residence. Specialized HEPA filters catch and trap mold spores, push them through a hose and contain them inside a bag outside of the residence. These machines can also get rid of stale mold odors. Our techs may also use professional grade anti-fungal sprays to clean areas and to stop mold growth. It is not possible to eliminate every mold spore inside your home, but our techs can get them down to a safe level.
 
After our technicians remove mold spores and clean surfaces inside your residence, they begin to dry the structure. Drying helps prevent mold re-growth. Our technicians may also use air movers to eliminate moisture. Also, they may use axial fans to force damp air from your home and to speed up drying.
 

SERVPRO of Texarkana offers mold damage restoration services that can restore your home when possible. Contact us at (903) 832-4400 anytime. We are nearby and here to help.

Home! Sweet... Mold?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Attention Texarkana homeowners:

Microbial growth is a serious problem for one to have in their home or business! Most people do not even know that they have microbial growth cultivating in their property. One way microbial growth makes itself known is it gives off a musty odor. It is important to not ignore a smell like this in you home or business. Leaving microbial growth alone to grow will only increase the cost of getting it removed. It is also putting the occupant(s) of the building's health at risk. You need to address the situation immediately. Give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call. We will remedy your loss "Like it never even happened." Why wait? The microbial growth is not. It is only getting stronger and harsher. Call us at (903) 832-4400. We are always here to help.

Mold: Do vs. Don't

8/17/2020 (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:

  • DO stay out of affected areas.
  • DO turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • DO contact SERVPRO of Jackson for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

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

We are prepared to help you face this issue when it arises.  Our team is prepared to deal with microbial growth and will help you take care of this issue quickly.  If you have any questions about microbial growth or have any concerns about your home or business, let SERVPRO of Jackson put your mind at ease.  Call us today at 903-832-4400 for any mold or mildew issues you are dealing with in your home or business! 

Different Causes of Mold Growth in your Home

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage is a condition that a lot of homeowners deal with on a regular basis. The main problem with mold is that it doesn't need that much for it to both grow and thrive in your household. Things such as darkness, warmth, humidity and a food source for drywall or wood can all help the mold spores to both thrive and expand throughout the home. In some cases, the mold is very visible like on a bathroom ceiling just above the shower stall. In other cases, you may not even know that you have it because it is in a crawlspace or attic.


If your home has a moisture problem or is prone to floods and leaks, you are living in an environment that is more vulnerable to mold damage problems. This is because you are attracting the mold to your home even if you are not aware of it. Moist environments with excess warmth and food sources for the mold to grow is attractive to the fungus and can help it to grow continually until it becomes out of control and needs professional remediation. In this case, only an expert mold remediation service company, like SERVPRO, will be able to assist you in getting rid of the mold problem.


Mold spores can be found in the air at times, especially in homes that have other factors such as moisture, dampness, and high humidity levels. The mold spores can thrive in this condition and continue to multiply until they become a huge problem for you.


Mold spores cannot grow unless the area in which they are present is moisture and humidity. In fact and to be precise, a humidity level of about 55 percent is needed for mold actually to develop and begin to multiply. Many homes that are in humid climates or deal with lots of rain can have more moisture problems present within their homes than others. Also, leaking plumbing pipes or floods can create humidity in the air. Taking care of plumbing leaks and roof leaks can help to prevent these problems.


Another thing to keep in mind is that mold likes humid and dark environments, which makes your basement, crawlspace and attic all primary locations for mold to grow and thrive over time. It is vital that you continually look around the home to check for mold and to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of a mold problem.

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SERVPRO of Texarkana is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Texarkana community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities. 

Mold Hides

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

At times, mold is hard to detect. 

What usually happens is that mold grows in a place that never dried out, like in this particular home mold was in a crawl space. A combination of moisture, a warm temperature and an organic food source create the perfect environment for mold to grow quickly. In Texas, we have such high humidity, this makes it a perfect spot for mold growth.  

Mold spores are everywhere and can easily get into homes and businesses. 

Here are some tips to avoid mold growth in your home:

-Do not allow standing water in or around your home

-Use exhaust fans in your home

-Leave the AC Unit running when you are not at home

-If you notice any strange smells, please get it check out immediately 

-Do not hesitate or forget to call your local re-mediator, SERVPRO of Texarkana, at 903-832-4400 if you think MOLD may be an issue you are facing in your home. Our trained professional technicians are here to assist and get rid of the mold in your home or business. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Is Mold Damage Covered by my Homeowners Insurance?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Whether or not mold damage is covered by home owners insurance often comes down to the source of the moisture. Take an hour or two to review the language of your policy, especially as it pertains to water damage. Look for mold exclusions or limitations. Call your agent if the wording is unclear.

Most basic home owner’s insurance policies exclude coverage of damage caused by mold, fungi, and bacteria.  Yet that doesn’t mean a mold claim will be denied automatically.  In most cases, if mold results from a sudden and accidental covered peril, such as a pipe bursting, the cost of remediation could be covered. That’s because technically the pipe burst is the reason for the claim, not the mold itself. Claims are more likely to be rejected if mold is caused by neglected home maintenance: long-term exposure to humidity, or repeated water leaks and seepage.

If you are worried and prone to mold in your home it might be possible to purchase a mold rider as an add-on to your existing homeowner’s policy. Ask your agent. A rider will offer additional mold coverage.

Mold or Mildew?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

We are often asked about the differences between mold vs. mildew and about the best method for cleaning mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi and are similar in many ways and different in many ways.

Mildew

Mildew is a specific kind of mold, usually with a flat growth habit.

Mildew could be downy or powdery: Downy mildew starts as yellow spots that first become brighter in appearance and then the color changes to brown. Powdery mildew is whitish in color and that slowly turn yellowish brown and then black.

Structural damage to homes can occur over time. Mold can also cause health effects.

To prevent mildew at home, keep all the areas moisture-free. There are mildew removers available at stores to eliminate mildew. To protect crops from mildew use mildew-resistant seeds, remove infested plants, avoid overhead heating.

Mold

Mold is a fungi that contains multiple identical nuclei. It grows in the form of hyphae of filaments.

Mold has a fuzzy appearance and can be an orange, green, black, brown, pink or purple in color. Can be found in several shapes.

Mildew can cause damage to plants and crops. It can also cause health effects.

Keep all the areas dry and moisture-free. Check the humidity levels inside the house and take measures to control it. Finish perishable food within 3-4 days

Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Prevention in Bathroom

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Excessive moisture and provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tricks to help you stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Turn on the ventilation fan while you shower and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open or a window use a dehumidifier. Check ventilation fan for dust and debris, clean as needed.
  • Leave shower curtain and/or door open to allow air flow dry out the shower/bathtub.
  • Use a squeegee after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture.
  • Keeping items inside of the bath/shower can hide mold growth as well as collecting water to promote it. Childs bath toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are experiencing mold in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean, please call 903-832-4400 to schedule an appointment!

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Ideal Conditions For Mold Growth

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing mold from growing in your home or office can be as simple as understanding what kind of environment mold likes to grow in. Once you know what to look for, you can use this information to keep microbial growth out of your home. Molds are found in nearly every environment on earth – both indoors and outdoors. The types of mold that grow inside your homes and offices prefer warm humid conditions. Basements and showers are extremely common areas for mold to grow. Once the spores find a suitable area, they will begin growing and spreading within 48 hours. If you have water damage from a storm or burst pipe, make sure the water is cleaned up quickly and properly. Our professionals are specially trained to get rid of water quickly so that mold does not grow; we will even spray affected areas with antimicrobial formula to be sure that mold cannot take root. Mold growth should be handled by professionals, or it could become worse. Call us today at 903-832-4400 if you have mold inside your home or commercial building.

Types of Mold Found Indoors

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can be found everywhere, indoors and out. There are over 10,000 different species of mold, but out of this massive group, only 5 genera of mold are commonly found indoors

  1. Alternaria: Spores from this type of mold are in their highest concentration from spring to late fall in most areas. It has a coloring that can range from black to grey to dark brown.
  2. Aspergillus: This mold is one of the most common types that we find indoors. There are over 200 different species in type of mold. It is often mistaken for “toxic black mold” because it can appear black in color, but it also comes in a variety of other shades including grey, brown, yellow, green, and white.
  3. Cladosporium: Mold from this genus is also one of the most common molds found indoors. It can survive in colder temperatures than other molds. This mold is generally a dark olive green or black in color.
  4. Penicillium: If this genus of mold sounds familiar, it may be because some members of this group are used to produce penicillin and create antibiotics! Other species in this genus are used for cheese making as well! This type of mold likes to inhabit carpeting, wallpaper, drywall, and insulation. It is usually blue or green, and it often creates a musty odor.
  5. Stachybotry chartarum: Also known as “black mold,” this type of mold produces mycotoxins (toxic compounds) that may be harmful to humans. While the mold produces toxins, the mold itself is not actually toxic. Even so, you should have it removed as quickly as possible. This type of mold usually only appears on surfaces that have been in contact with water for a while, so always be sure to check your home for hidden leaks. Despite the phrase “black mold” this mold is actually a very dark green.

Does Your Ceiling Have Black Mold?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

If you smell a sour odor in your bathroom, the solution may be above you. The first place that usually develops mold in your household is the bathroom. Few people notice and act on the mold immediately but by the time you do notice it, black mold will look awful. What do you do when you find it, and is it dangerous? Call SERVPRO of Texarkana at (903) 826-1774! 

So.. What causes Mold? 

The bathroom is a common place for mold to first develop because most bathrooms have all of the risk factors for mold growth including:

  • Water, dampness
  • High humidity
  • Warmth
  • Low air circulation
  • Low lighting
  • Oils

What are the Dangers of Black Mold?

Toxic black mold, can release spores as it feeds on organic materials in common household materials like drywall, carpet, insulation or sub-flooring that have been exposed to moisture. But, severe cases of prolonged exposure, black mold health effects may be more dangerous. 

Remember that while you should handle all mold promptly, health effects from mold exposure is very rare. There’s no need to panic. Plus, simply reducing your humidity and increasing air circulation is usually enough to keep mold from returning.

If you do have a reoccurring mold issue be sure to call the cleanup specialists at SERVPRO! 

Here's Why You Shouldn't Use Bleach On Mold

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that you should absolutely 100% not use ANY bleach to kill mold? That’s been the common trick for years, you have mold? Use bleach. But that can actually do more harm than good. If you read the label on your bottle of bleach, it’ll probably say don’t use on non-porous surfaces like tile or ceramic. Basically, for bathrooms or kitchen countertops.

Chlorine bleach is diluted with water to make it safer for household use, and it evaporates much faster than normal water does. So, it won’t stick around on surfaces long enough, nor will it seep down into the surface the bleach is on to fully kill all of the mold. Mold has little roots that stretch down into the surface, like a weed. Don’t get all of the root and the mold will come back. The surface may also look clean, but bleach is just doing what it does best: stripping the color. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean its not there.  

If you suspect you’ve got mold in your home, give us a call today and we can come out and give you an estimate and a plan of action. 903-832-4400.

Mold Safety

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

It’s impossible to completely mold proof your home, however, it’s possible to make it mold resistant. We know that mold is everywhere and is instrumental in making many things that we use daily like penicillin and cheese, that being said not all mold is bad.

But it is important to know which molds are in your home, so you can better protect your family from the ones that are dangerous. If you suspect mold in your home, give us a call at 903-832-4400 so we can get it tested for you.

If you’re looking to make sure your home is mold resistant, make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed, limit the humidity in your home, and turn fans on when you shower. If you’ve got a water leak, get that fixed immediately and for any water emergencies give us a call so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Crawl Spaces

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Traditionally, crawl spaces are built in homes that do not have a basement or are not constructed on a concrete slab. However, many homes today have crawl spaces in between certain walls as well. It’s important to be cautious of your crawl space, because it’s a prime area for soil and moisture to create mold, mildew, and other harmful materials.

For any mold problems give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call. 903-832-4400. We offer 24 hour service and we respond quick. 

What Causes Mold in the Chimney & Fireplace?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Simply put, mold requires moisture. Every cause of mold in your fireplace or chimney is based on the idea that something is allowing moisture into the area. Here are a few common ways moisture can cause fireplace mold:

Poor Ventilation – Poor ventilation traps condensation in the chimney and creates an environment that promotes mold growth.

Broken Chimney Crown – If the chimney crown or chimney cover is damaged, it can let in enough water to create a moisture-rich environment, allowing mold to thrive. Just one crack is enough to feed a mold growth.

Non-Waterproofed Brick & Mortar – If the brick and mortar of your chimney wasn’t properly waterproofed with sealant, water will seep through.

Chimney Cap Failure – If the chimney cap on your chimney is damaged from rust, severe weather, or improper installation, it won’t be able to properly keep moisture out.

In many cases, damage that leads to mold happens slowly over time. You may never notice it until it’s too late, which is why it’s important to have a professional chimney inspection annually.

Got Mold?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold grows by releasing its spores (reproductive cells) into the air, which are invisible to the naked eye. It can spread and grow anywhere as long as moisture and oxygen are present, but commonly grows on surfaces such as insulation, sheetrock, tile, fabrics and wood. It can enter your home through windows, vents and doorways or it can attach itself to clothing and pets and be carried inside. It might be a shock to learn that you can have hundreds or even thousands of mold spores in one cubic foot of air in your home.

Mold spores that land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing can produce allergens, irritants and potentially toxic substances. Continuous exposure to a moldy environment can cause or worsen pre-existing health effects. Seemingly healthy people can also suffer from throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation or nasal stuffiness in a home with high levels of mold. People who are allergic to mold or who have any pre-existing health issues could get serious infections in their lungs that can spread. Those with asthma could see worsened asthmatic symptoms over time due to exposure to mold spores.

Mold Mold and More Mold

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls in a home One of many ways that mold can affect something. Call us at SERVPRO in Texarkana if you have any mold in your home.

Mold feeds on organic materials, such as wood, paper, many fabrics, and even some types of glue. It literally eats away at these materials, causing them to rot and fall apart. Mold can eat away at materials like wallpaper, drywall, carpet, wooden studs in walls, ceiling tiles, floorboards, and other structures inside the home. Left unchecked, mold can cause damage great enough to lead to the collapse of ceilings, caving in of floorboards, and falling down of walls.

Of course, it takes a while to reach that point. Your house is not going to fall down around you as soon as mold begins to grow in it. Many materials in the home quickly become damaged beyond the point of repair, though, and in time, a home can be completely destroyed by mold growth.

You may expect to find mold in places like bathrooms, basements and attics, but did you know mold can sometimes also be found in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems? It can, and mold in your HVAC system can be particularly damaging to your home, both because it is difficult to remove mold from inside ductwork and because mold inside a home’s air ducts can quickly spread to other areas of the home.  

Ark-La-Tex Area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

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 Texarkana 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 Texarkana 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 24/7 at

903-832-4400

Mold Damage Linked to High Indoor Humidity

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold damage found in a closet

How high humidity can cause mold damage in your home

Residents of the Ark-La-Tex area experience long hot and humid summers. High levels of airborne moisture and warm temperatures indoors can contribute to the increased likelihood of mold growth in your home, even if you have air conditioning operating. Working with a reputable mold remediation company can help you pinpoint the reasons mold growth is an issue in your home as well as remediating the current growth.

Water is the fuel that accelerates mold damage in your home. Mold spores are very opportunistic, gaining enough moisture from small amounts of dampness or small collections of condensation to begin growth. Running an air conditioner is often recommended to reduce interior humidity below 60 percent, the level where mold can find a supportive environment even without spills, leaks, or flooding.

Ironically, AC units can provide the moisture if operating inefficiently or if the wrong size for the space cooled. An air conditioner too small for the area is one problem SERVPRO sees, but an overly powerful system also can fail to reduce the humidity enough to halt mold development.

Air conditioning provides a cooling feeling when it removes moisture from the air, usually by condensing the water vapor on refrigerated coils. If adjusted correctly and draining properly, the system works well and prevents the conditions conducive to mold growth. Sometimes a larger than necessary unit does not operate long enough to reduce the humidity below the “sweet spot” for mold growth. It pumps cold air into the rooms too quickly and then cycles off before the humidity reduces. Mold then grows on the damp surfaces, necessitating mold remediation by our SERVPRO crews.

Keeping AC condensers and coils clean and the drains free-flowing is also key to preventing interior mold growth during a hot summer. If the drain is plugged, it may overflow, depositing moisture on a wall or floor nearby. Mold finds wood and drywall perfect organic surfaces to call home. SERVPRO inspects for these moisture sources when we arrive to assess and plan for mold remediation. If the homeowner does not address these issues, chances are good that mold can return even after we complete a professional treatment. 

SERVPRO of Texarkana is eager to help community residents understand why mold finds a home attractive. We design strategies to remove current colonies while also inhibiting future outbreaks. Call us at (903) 832-4400 to schedule an evaluation.

Mold Safety

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the ceiling of this bathroom

It’s impossible to completely mold proof your home, however, it’s possible to make it mold resistant. We know that mold is everywhere and is instrumental in making many things that we use daily like penicillin and cheese, that being said not all mold is bad.

But it is important to know which molds are in your home, so you can better protect your family from the ones that are dangerous. If you suspect mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Texarkana a call at 903-832-4400 so we can get it tested for you.

If you’re looking to make sure your home is mold resistant, make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed, limit the humidity in your home, and turn fans on when you shower. If you’ve got a water leak, get that fixed immediately and for any water emergencies give us a call so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Know About Mold and Your Roof

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Rooftop damage to a local commercial property

How to Keep the Roof of Your Business Mold Free

When the weather in the Ark-La-Tex turns wet, you may find there's a tendency for mold to turn up on the roof. Left untended these spores can even become black mold. Fortunately, with some knowledge it’s possible to catch mold or even prevent its growth. Here are some things you may want to know to keep the roof of your business mold free.

1. The Growing Conditions

A roof leak can become the prime growing ground for mold to form. Because mold is a fungus it doesn’t require much to get started. Often times enough moisture and a food source can be enough. This means that if you have leaks in your roof, or places where water can pool, there’s a decent chance mold could set in.

2. How Long Growth Takes

In most cases regular mold can begin to grow between one to two days after conditions become wet enough. Black mold can start around eight to twelve days. This is why it’s so important to address leaks and other water damage to the roof as quickly as possible.

3. What To Do

If water damage is found on the roof, or you notice a ceiling leak, it’s important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. You can contact SERVPRO of Texarkana to have an assessment done. Our technicians can not only let you know where the problem areas are, but also take care of the full mold remediation process from cleanup to restoration. 

Understanding where and how mold grows can help you catch potential problems before they turn into black mold. If you do find mold on your company’s roof, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Texarkana (903)832-4400

Are Home Mold Testing Kits Accurate?

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Texarkana for mold testing and remediation

Homeowners may consider using home mold testing kits due to the comparatively low cost of these tests relative to professional testing and analysis. There are several reasons why expert testing is more accurate and useful. Learn more about the shortcomings of DIY mold tests and why it is worth it to seek the services of a certified environmental hygienist or full-service mold restoration company in your home.

False Positives

Home mold tests vary in sensitivity. Many tests are prone to return positive results for several reasons:

  •  Mold spores are everywhere
  •  Some kits are not properly calibrated
  •  Results may be ambiguous

A home mold testing kit may react to the presence of spores without factoring in whether microbial volatile organic compounds are present. These off-gases are released during the active growth cycle of fungi and indicate that mold is actively growing.

Inaccurate Species Identification

Most home mold tests are not precise enough to identify the species of mold. It is not possible to make a positive identification based on color. Black mold or Stachybotrys is actually dark green early in the growth cycle. As there are more than 100,000 known species of mold, lab testing is necessary to obtain an accurate identification.

No Expert Opinions

Environmental hygienists and mold specialists can offer informed opinions throughout the professional testing and remediation  process. Insight into the following factors may be helpful:

  • The location of mold growth
  • Potential causes
  • Whether a species of mold is toxigenic

All of these factors will impact the type of cleaning methods and equipment necessary to remediate mold damage. Remediation may be more affordable and successful if expert knowledge is available. 

A home mold kit may be affordable, but it is unlikely to be as accurate as professional testing. Homeowners should put the money they might spend on attempts at DIY mold tests toward expert mold testing and remediation services. SERVPRO of Texarkana can fix the problem "Like it never even happened."

Unhealthy Environments

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failure, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

 Unfortunately, water-related disasters can occur at any time. The costs and effects of water damage are unpredictable, which is why it is important to begin the mitigation process in a timely manner.
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4 Steps To Stop Mold Growth

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is found everywhere and can grow quickly

How To Stop Mold Growth

Mold can grow anywhere if moisture and organic material are present. Mold spores are everywhere, and an environment that has everything necessary for fungi to thrive runs a high risk of developing a mold problem. Mold can start growing in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water damage. Take these four steps to stop mold growth in your home.

1. Reduce Moisture

Lowering moisture levels is the single most important mold prevention method. Mold requires moisture and a source of food in order to grow. Extract excess water introduced to a residence from any source and run a dehumidifier to draw out residual moisture.

2. Schedule a Mold Test

If your home has recently experienced water damage, it may be advisable to schedule a mold test. An environmental hygienist or mold specialist can take air or spore samples to determine which species of mold are present and determine the extent of an infestation. 

3. Make a Remediation Plan

If less than 10 square feet of visible, non-toxigenic mold is present, a homeowner can take steps to clean up and prevent the damage. It is advisable to seek assistance from a mold damage remediation service for a widespread infestation or one involving hidden mold or toxigenic species. 

4. Clean or Tear Out Moldy Materials

Mold prevention and remediation experts can recommend which materials can be cleaned and which should be torn out or disposed of and replaced. In general, hard surfaces with superficial mold are better candidates for cleaning than porous materials such as carpet or drywall.

These steps can be useful for stopping mold growth at a residence or commercial property. While mitigating water damage and reducing moisture may be enough to slow or stop active growth, mold spores may continue to pose problems or spread to more advantageous areas until existing colonies are eliminated.

Mold, Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals also offer fast, reliable mold, biohazard, and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safely equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO of Texarkana can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Removal and disposal of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.
  • Methamphetamine Labs
    • Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, such a methamphetamine, are volatile and can leave harmful residue throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.
  • Crime Scene Residues
    • From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residue, our technicians can clean and restore your property and contents.
  • Arson and Vandalism
    • We are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact us, SERVPRO of Texarkana, at 903-832-4400, today for 24-hour emergency services.

Tips To Prevent Mold In Carpet After Water Damage

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

It's important to get your carpet dry as soon as possible to avoid mold growth.

If you have recently had any amount of water damage in your Texarkana home, be it a small leak or a major flood, there is a heightened chance for mold to take hold. Very little moisture is necessary for mold to become harmful and start to spread. Mold has the potential to cause various health issues, such as repertory issues and fungal infections. Below are a few tips to help prevent mold growth in your carpet after water damage.

Dry Quickly

If you have had recently experienced a flood or a leak, it is important to get the water up as fast as possible. Utilize fans to increase the effectiveness. This will not only help to dry the carpet, it will also circulate the air in the area.

Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture in an area. They will make the air feel cooler and inhibit the growth of mold.

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Where does Mold hide?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know where mold may be hiding in your home?

If you've ever dealt with mold in your the house, you likely know how unsettling it is. Regardless of your experience with mold, you may think that it lurks only in certain places. However, mold of different types can surprise you.

Coffee Machine

Every morning, you might pour water into your coffee machine as you eagerly await that cup of energy. While the water does find its way into the coffee cup, that doesn't mean the entire inside of the machine is dry. Mold can grow there, and this mold can enter into your morning beverage.

Kiddie Pool

During the summer months, the kids may love to take the hose and fill up the plastic pool in the backyard. The water keeps them refreshed and entertained for a significant period of time. However, you might skip over drying off the pool and find yourself in need of mold remediation services to combat it.

Bathroom Cabinets

Plenty of people have seen mold coming to life in the corners of their bathrooms, but the cabinets can also act as major spots for this existence. The mold may start to grow on or inside of the cabinets, requiring a call to SERVPRO of Texarkana.

Refrigerator

Reaching inside of the fridge and grabbing some old food that has become covered in mold is an unpleasant experience. As much as you wipe down the fridge, you might have accidentally dropped some crumbs or pieces of food in the back of it at one point. Unless you are reaching back into the depths of the fridge on a regular basis, these crevices may have become dwellings for mold.

Water Bottles

Grabbing your water bottle before heading to work or school is a way to make sure you are hydrated, but you probably don't get every last drop of water out of it. Ensuring that the bottle is properly cleaned before your next usage is one way to make certain that you are not ingesting mold in a bid for proper hydration.

Mold can lurk in many places inside and outside of your home. Working with the professionals is a smart way to determine if you have mold living on your property and to figure out where that mold is coming from. By treating the source, SERVPRO of Texarkana can help to ensure that the mold is away from you for good. Call us 903-832-4400!

Mold Remediation

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Do you smell something? If you detect a musty odor, a mold community is expanding in your home. Mold can take root anywhere there is organic matter, such as wood, and can manifest in new construction as well as old homes.

Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.

*Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent

*Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.

* Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

* Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

* Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.

* Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

* Contact SERVPRO of Texarkana for assistance if you discover mold.

SERVPRO of Texarkana (903-832-4400) has the right equipment and cleaning chemicals to help with any mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Texarkana is licensed in mold removal in the state of Texas.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours under the right conditions.

What you can do until help arrives

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Texarkana professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today 903-832-4400

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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.

What is the difference between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation?

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Texarkana has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact- SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

PREVENTING MOLD - CONTROLLING HUMIDITY, TEMPERATURE AND VENTILATION

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growing inside the wall cavities resulting from a water loss that the owners thought they handled themselves, until the smell started.

The key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is to control excessive moisture and condensation. Keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry is critical. In general, mold will not grow indoors without water, dampness or excessive moisture.

Three main factors contribute to condensation of water on building surfaces:

  • Relative Humidity: Condensation occurs when the air is saturated with water and it cannot hold any more moisture. For example, steam generated from bathroom showers or from cooking can fill up the air with moisture, which will then condense into drops of water on cooler surfaces, such as mirrors and windows. Where possible, localized sources of humidity, such as clothes dryers, should be directly vented to the outdoors. To lower indoor humidity during warm, humid weather, air conditioners should be used.
  • Temperature: Warm air holds more moisture than cold air. Condensation occurs when warm humid air comes into contact with a cold surface and the moisture condenses into water. This can often be seen on single-pane windows, where water condenses and then runs down, causing the wood frames and sills to rot and the wall under the windows to blister.
  • Poor Ventilation: Indoor humidity can build up if there is not enough ventilation and exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Where there is little or no air movement, such as behind dressers and cabinets, surfaces can remain cooler than surrounding areas, which can lead to increased condensation and mold growth. It is recommended that the area is ventilated and the occupants use exhaust fans (vented to the outdoors) to remove moisture from high-humidity areas, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas. Furniture should be moved slightly away from walls so that air can freely pass behind it. Air should be allowed to circulate between rooms and regularly ventilate to remove humid air. Fans should be used as needed. 
  • In the case of floods or leaking pipes, any standing water should be promptly removed and water-damaged materials should either be dried out and cleaned, or removed and replaced. Porous materials that are wet for more than 48 hours are likely to produce mold growth and should be discarded. In instances where the water damage is extensive, it is recommended that you call SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400, so that we may assist you in preventing mold growth after a water damage,or to remove the mold if it is already an issue. SERVPRO of Texarkana is a licensed mold remediation contractor in the State of Texas.
  • Other things that can be done are to clean and repair gutters regularly, make sure the ground slopes down and away from the home’s foundation and keep air conditioner drip pans and drain lines clean. In addition, in air conditioned buildings in hot and humid climates, vinyl wall coverings on the interior sides of exterior walls should not be used, as these materials can trap moisture, resulting in mold growth underneath them.

Mold Remediation Steps

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a broken water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Texarkana professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process. 

Step 1 - Call SERVPRO of Texarkana

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us, SERVPRO of Texarkana, at 903-832-4400. One of our representatives will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed.

Step 2 - Inspection & Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold grows best in dark, moist areas with a food source (drywall, wood, etc.), so the areas that promote growth in homes are often out of sight. 

Step 3 - Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Step 4 - Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Texarkana technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Step 5 - Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Step 6 - Cleaning Contents & Belongings

SERVPRO of Texarkana cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains and any other items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. We are also able to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment. 

Step 7 - Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

SERVPRO of Texarkana Professionals understand mold growth, and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. Call us now if you suspect mold growth in your home at 903-832-4400

Mold Myths and Facts

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

There is a lot of information about mold out there, but how much of it is true? No one wants to deal with this issue, but it is important to know which are the correct steps, and which are wrong, if it becomes a problem in your home. There are many mold myths that could lead to the spreading of growth if they are followed. To ensure you know fact from fiction, we have outlined some of the most well-known myths as well as the facts. 

Bleach Kills Mold

Bleach is a not good option for killing mold. It is effective if the growth is on a hard, solid surface, such as tile or glass, but it will not work when the surface is porous. Unfortunately, many growths occur on these materials, like drywall and wood, in our homes. Bleach does not soak into porous materials, which means it can’t reach the growth spread out through the pores, it only kills the surface. The outer surface of the affected area will appear clean, as the bleach will have whitened any stains and scrubbed away the exterior mold, but the internal mold will be quick to grow back.

Bleach may even intensify a mold problem. The chlorine in bleach quickly evaporates which leaves behind a lot of water. Water that will soak into porous materials and then feed the mold that was left behind, potentially making the problem worse than it was originally.

Dead Mold Doesn't Need to Be Removed

Killing mold should not be the goal during remediation. Even “dead” mold can continue to act as an allergen and spread throughout your house. In order to remove all risks of continued growth in your home the affected areas need to be completely removed with correct remediation procedures. 

Any Black Mold is Toxic

There are over 100,000 different species of mold, and they can be any size, shape, or color. Just because a growth is black it does not mean that it is Stachybotrys Chartarum, the species that is known as the toxic black mold. The only way to truly identify the species of mold in your house is for it to be tested by an industrial hygienist. 

Fix Mold by Painting Over it

Although it is a common practice, you cannot fix a mold problem by painting over it. Even when using mold resistant paint, a growth will not be killed or prevented from spreading. Paint will, however, make it more difficult to see when the mold has grown.

Mold resistant paint can be used in rooms with high moisture levels, such as bathrooms and kitchens, to help prevent growth. Using this paint is in no way a guarantee that you will never experience a mold problem, but when painted on dry, mold-free surfaces it can help prevent it in at risk rooms.

Mold Must be Tested Before it is Removed

Having mold testing can be an important, and expensive, step when determining if you have a mold problem in your home; however, it is not always necessary. All mold, regardless of its type, should be treated in the same manor by a remediation company. If your home is showing signs of mold, particularly if there is visible growth, then you know you have a problem that must be handled. Unless you personally want to know which species of mold is growing in your home, testing is unnecessary when it comes to removing it as the procedure and precautions taken should remain the same.

Mold is Only a Problem in Old Homes

Many people associate mold with older homes, but it can grow in any house, regardless of age, when provided with the right conditions. All mold requires to grow is darkness, a food source (typically drywall or wood in a home), and moisture. If you have any excessive moisture problems in a new home, you may soon have a mold issue too.

Stop Mold Now!

If you have mold in your home don’t spend the time worrying about what information is right or wrong, call in the professionals. SERVPRO of Texarkana employees have the training and equipment to remove any growth from your home and reduce the potential for mold problems in the future. Call us now at 903-832-4400.

Preventing Mold in Your Bathroom

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in bathrooms is a common problem in almost every home. Darkness combined with excessive moisture provides the perfect conditions for consistent mold growth. Constantly cleaning and re-caulking, to keep a growth problem under control, can be time consuming and expensive. The best defense against mold is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tricks to help you stop mold growth in your bathroom:

  • Run the ventilation fan while you are showering, and leave it on for 15 minutes after. If you don’t have a fan open a window or use a dehumidifier.
  • Use a squeegee after a bath or shower to remove some of the excess moisture. Instead of a squeegee, a small towel can be used to dry any accumulated water.
  • Try to avoid keeping a lot of things inside of the bath/shower. They can hide mold growth as well as collecting water to promote it. Children’s toys are particularly notorious for growing mold, so be sure to dry them as much as possible and clean them regularly.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Use a shower curtain that can be put in the washing machine. There are also many mold-resistant liners available.
  • Clean out the shower and wash bathroom rugs regularly.
  • Check for any other signs of mold in the bathroom under the sink, behind the toilet, etc.

If you are consistently experiencing mold in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean, then you may have a larger, hidden growth problem. Call SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400, and one of our mold experts will be at your house quickly to assess the issue.

Does Your Texarkana Home Have A Mold Problem?

2/2/2017 (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 – 903-832-4400