Containing Mold Damage in your Home
This basement was flooded which caused the mold damage.
4 Tips for Containing Mold Damage in Your Home
Any time there is standing water in your Macon, GA home from incidents like a leak or a flood, mold almost immediately follows. Within 48 hours of the water issue, mold can begin to grow and spread throughout your home, causing damage and structural issues. Take advantage of these tips to keep black mold out of your home while you wait for the professionals to arrive.
1. Restrict Airflow in Your Home
Mold spores spread more rapidly when they are blown around by fans or air conditioners. They can also get sucked into your HVAC system and cause an infestation you are unaware of. Turn off your HVAC system and all fans. Resist the urge to point a fan at wet carpet or flooring.
2. Shut off the Water
If you have a leaky water pipe or sewage system, turn your water off immediately after locating the leakage point. This will prohibit any further damage to your home and make the mold cleanup process easier. Any time there is a moisture problem, it is best to keep the water off until the issue is resolved.
3. Vacate Your Home
When possible and especially in cases of an extreme water problem, it can be best to stay somewhere else while your home is recovered.
4. Don’t Move or Touch Anything With Mold
Even small spots of mold can be extremely dangerous. Rather than trying to handle it yourself and unintentionally spreading mold spores or making yourself sick, call mold removal professionals. They are experienced and have the proper training, equipment and personal protective gear to make sure the mold is entirely eradicated without injury.
Water problems in your Macon, GA home can lead to an even bigger black mold infestation unless you react quickly. Stay safe by not allowing the mold to spread and calling the right experts for help.
You May Have Mold in your Home if...
Top 3 Reasons You Have Mold in Your Home
There is always talk about how dangerous mold is and how you should ensure you do not have it in your home, especially black mold.Doing a check of your home on a regular basis is important to spot any black mold issues and to get mold cleanup started right away. However, the key to really ensuring you do not get mold in your Macon, GA home is knowing why mold grows in the first place.
The main reason for mold in homes is moisture. In a home, there are plenty of sources that can create a moisture problem. Some common issues include:
If you have any of these issues, it is essential to address them right away and get rid of the excess moisture before black mold even has a chance to begin growing.
High humidity is typically a weather or season issue. You can take steps to reduce the humidity in your home. Using an air conditioning unit will remove excess moisture in the air and reduce your homes humidity. In areas that tend to attract moisture, such as attics or basements, you may want to run a dehumidifier.
If you have a plumbing issue, you should get it fixed asap. You also need to check for water leaks to ensure the plumbing issue did not lead to water seeping into your walls, floors or ceilings. If water did leak out, then you should clean it up immediately. Never let water sit too long.
If you experience flooding in your Macon, GA home, you should take steps to stop it from occurring again, if possible. Anything that was damaged from the flood waters should be removed, such as bedding, drywall or furniture.
Your best bet when tackling mold is to call in professional help. You can find mold removal professionals or others who can assist you with your moisture issues and ensure mold is not growing in your home.
Mold Damage: What YOU Need to Know
Overcoming Mold Damage: What Everyone Needs to Know
Mold can begin to grow after there has been water damage. It could be as a result of a flood, a pipe break, or some other causes of water inside of a home or business. Exploring mold remediation will make it easier to overcome the problem.
Why is mold bad?
Mold is a fungus. It is more severe than mildew. Black mold is considered one of the worst types of fungus because of the way it spreads very quickly and is notorious for structural damage.
Mold damage needs to be addressed quickly because it can lead to dry rot and all sorts of other problems. Additionally, if there is mold growth behind a wall, there's often no way to know about it. The mold growth behind a wall could be black mold and could also be causing dry rot. Until it starts to decompose wood or cause a musty odor, it's hard to know that it's there. It's why it's important to call a restoration company the moment that it's suspected that there is any kind of mold growth.
Mold mitigation needs to occur right away so that mold doesn't get to become overly problematic.
What can be done about mold?
Residential and commercial mold damage isn't the end of the world. The good news is that through proper mold mitigation and mold remediation, the problem can be taken care of. All mold damage can be eliminated from a building.
Will mold spread?
Mold will often spread during the mold removal process. It's important to remember that it's a fungus, and fungus grows as a result of spores. It's not uncommon for spores to spread, and this is done because the spores become airborne. If there is mold growth behind a wall and someone rips into the wall, the residential or commercial mold damage could become a lot worse.
DIY mold removal is never recommended because most people don't know about mitigation or remediation or potential safety concerns. It's important to contain the black mold or any other mold growth to one area. otherwise, the mold in a home or the commercial mold damage is going to be that much worse. The musty odor will spread and it will require a lot more deodorization.
To avoid the mold damage from spreading, it's best to contact a restoration professional. They will come in with trained professionals to focus on mitigation, remediation, and identify what the issues are. Some people simply have mildew. Mildew is a fungus, but it's not on the same level as mold in a home. For most people, mildew can be taken care of with household cleaners.
It is the mold growth that will lead to dry rot, a musty odor, and the need for professional mold removal. It's also important to know if there is black mold in the home or business because the removal process is different.
How can professionals help?
Professionals from a restoration company that specializes in mold removal and deodorization will help when there is mold damage in a variety of different ways. They will have equipment that will detect if there is mold growth behind a wall. They will be able to identify the presence of black mold, too.
Once the mold in a home or the commercial mold damage is identified, it will be removed. From there, deodorization will take place so that the musty odor goes away. The deodorization will take place in all areas to ensure that anywhere there was mold growth will smell fresh once again.
From there, dry rot and any affected areas will be rebuilt or replaced. Mold damage can affect properties in a lot of different ways. However, by working with a restoration company, it will be easier to rebuild so that the presence of mold will be a distant memory.
Mitigate Mold the Professional Way!
Each Surface Type Warrants a Different Approach When it Comes to Mold
Mold can go undetected for days, weeks or even months, depending on where it is hiding. While small amounts of mold spores are everywhere and pose no threat, a large colony can destroy building materials and pose a health threat.
Restoring property from the effects of mold damage in Macon homes requires trained professionals. Every SERVPRO office maintains a crew that is trained to identify mold infestations and determines the best method available to remove or clean it off surfaces.
We determine the method used to remove mold depending on the type of surface the mold is on. It is simpler to clean nonporous materials. These surfaces include glass, metal, certain kinds of plastics, marble, and smooth stone. We remove dry mold by vacuuming the surfaces with special HEPA filters that catch even a single mold spore. Wet mold is wiped off with a cloth dampened with water. If the mold is growing in a layer of soil, our team members use a detergent solution.
Porous materials with visible mold growth often should be removed from the home and disposed of according to state regulations. These materials include carpets, carpet pads, drywall, and insulation. Technicians can clean fabrics such as upholstery, drapes, and curtains using foam, spray, or immersion techniques depending on the thickness of the mold and the colors used. Before starting with those methods, crew members vacuum the items to remove loose mold fragments using a special vacuum with a HEPA filter. If needed, they agitate the materials to loosen more mold and then vacuum them again.
Semiporous materials require methods not usable on porous or even nonporous surfaces. The surfaces (wood and concrete) may require sanding, wire brushing, and other abrasive methods. The cleaners we use on these surfaces have abrasive agents mixed in to be certain the agent gets into and agitates cracks and grooves that non-abrasive agents miss. If exposed to mold for too long, the structural integrity of the wood might be compromised by rot.
Restoring your home after a mold infestation is a long process. SERVPRO of Macon is here to help you through every step. If you need our services or simply want to schedule an inspection to ally concerns, call us at (478) 474-6700.
Got Mold? CALL THE PRO'S!
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. 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.
1. Call SERVPRO of Macon
2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
3. Mold containment will be used if needed
4. Specialized air filtration will be used
5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
7. Restoration of your home
Call SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with managing mold in a home or business.
Stay prepped with an Emergency Ready Profile!
Preparing your business from natural and man made disasters is critical. Due to recent storms across our country, Macon is not immune to natural disasters. It is important to make sure that you have the proper plan in place to be best prepared for when disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Macon has some great resources that can help you in planning the process. A few years ago we created a no cost app called the Emergency Ready Profile. This can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or Google Play store. This tool allows you to add emergency phone numbers and descriptions of where the cut off switches for your facility are located. The best part is you can print it out or leave it on your phone to access anywhere in the world.
We also have team members that are available to complete the app with a basic walkthrough of your facility. Call us at (478) 474-6700 to schedule an appointment. This service is free.
SERVPRO's Commercial Services: From Mild to Major
When it comes to commercial cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Macon responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.
Commercial Restoration Services
•Commercial Water Damage Restoration
•Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
•Commercial Mold Remediation
•Commercial Storm and Major Events
•Disaster Recovery Team
For Emergency Services, Call 24/7 – (478)474-6700
In addition to Commercial Restoration Services, SERVPRO of Macon offers Commercial Cleaning Services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized equipment, various products, and skilled cleaning methods to make your business look its very best.
Commercial Cleaning Services
•Air Ducts and HVAC
•Bio-hazard and Sewage
•Carpet and Upholstery
•Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
•Odor Removal and Deodorization
When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Macon has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
About SERVPRO of Macon
SERVPRO of Macon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Have Questions? Call us - (478)464-6700
Saving Business Owners Time and Money after Water Damage
With Comprehensive Water Damage Cleanup and Rebuilds, SERVPRO Gets Your Doors Open Swiftly
Water damage to a business is bad news. Whether your business is food based, a coffee shop, a clothes store, a stationery store or something else, water can bring business to a standstill. All it takes is a burst pipe, a flood, or a simple leak and suddenly you have to close your doors during repairs.
Naturally, the first concern after water damage to your Macon business is getting the water out, and your shop restored so you can resume business. Fast action is essential to minimize profit loss. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO as soon as you are able - We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Our IICRC certified technicians begin by extracting water from your property. In some cases, a free-standing pump is enough for this. Sometimes we need to use a more powerful truck-mounted pump extractor that can remove a greater volume of water and also draw it uphill if necessary. We also have submersible pumps so that even if there is quite a depth of water (over 2 inches), we can remove it quickly.
Thorough water extraction is key to getting your business up and running again as soon as possible. We extract water first before moving on to the drying process. We train our technicians in how to position a range of commercial axial box fans, dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.
However, SERVPRO also understands that extraction and drying are not the whole story. Depending on the extent of the water damage, there might also be minor or even major damage to your business premises. We save you time by taking care of repair, rebuild and construction as well, so you do not have to call in a separate service to deal with those things. We save you time, money, and stress with our comprehensive service package.
In cases of extensive damage, we supply roof tarps, and temporary fencing to secure your property and also take care of boarding up doors and windows. Do not worry about your equipment or stock: SERVPRO has well-managed warehouse space and offers a full pack-out service to keep your inventory safe as we clean the elements during repairs.
We also take care of a range of repairs including drywall removal and installation of new drywall, hardwood or tile floor repair, repainting, and removing and installing carpet.
Using one service for drying and repair is both quicker and more cost effective. Call SERVPRO of Macon at (478) 474-6700 for help.
The DO's and DON'Ts of handling contaminated water and water damage
Standing water caused by a clogged drain. This water looks clean, but still holds potential risk of becoming contaminated.
These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until SERVPRO of Macon professionals arrive. Please follow these DO's and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. Here are the DO's and DON'Ts for Water damage from Contaminated Water.
•Call SERVPRO of Macon immediately at (478) 474-6700.
•Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. This includes damages incurred by a sewage backup.
•Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
•Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
•Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
•Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
•Use products for personal hygiene and cleaniness if exposed to contaminated areas.
Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult with your local health department or physician.
About SERVPRO of Macon
SERVPRO of Macon specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a sewage backup or a contaminated water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Have questions about Contaminated Water Damage and Cleanup? Call us - (478) 474-6700
What you need to know about Fire Damage Restoration
A fire in an adjacent building caused smoke damage to this office. SERVPRO of Macon was called in to clean up the aftermath.
Fire Damage Restoration: What You Should Know
Whether it's a fire in the home or a fire in a business, fire damage can be devastating. The shock of a fire to a family or business owner can feel overwhelming, and most people don't quite know what to do. Fire damage can range in severity. From smoke damage and soot damage to serious structural deterioration, fire in a home or fire in a business is nothing to be taken lightly. Fire damage restoration is an in depth process that should be entrusted to a professional restoration company. A fire cleanup should only be carried out by skilled experts.
After a loss to fire, a professional restoration company should be contacted right away to determine the best course of action. Usually the first thing that will be done is to secure the property by boarding up the damaged structure to keep curious people and animals out. Skilled experts can then begin the assessment of smoke damage, soot damage, fire damage, and water damage associated with such a loss. The severity and types of damage that have occurred will depend on the intensity of the fire and the composition of the structure. Commercial fire damage in a steel building may be limited to smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage to the interior, and require only remodeling and mitigation of the smoke smell. Fire in the home however, can often be more severe, as many homes are built of wood and filled with more flammable building materials like carpets and furniture. A professional restoration company should be the only ones entrusted to assess the extent of fire damage and carry out the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration.
After the initial board up and assessment of damage the restoration company can begin the fire cleanup. This means removing any furniture or appliances damaged by the fire in the home or fire in the business. Many articles will be lost to smoke damage and soot damage, even though they have not been burned. If there was fire in a business damaged products will need to be sorted and evaluated to determine the extent of the commercial fire damage. The smoke odor will in some instances never quite come out furniture or appliances that go through commercial fire damage or residential fires. Each item needs to be evaluated.
When all furniture and appliances have been removed the fire damage restoration process can begin. To mitigate the smoke odor the property will usually be opened up and well ventilated. Damaged drywall, carpeting, ceiling tiles and the like will be removed. Once the house or business has been properly stripped of its damaged interior, structural inspection can take place to determine what repairs are needed. The property may be left in a board up state and ventilated for a few days to diminish the smoke smell. Chemical cleaners may also be used to aid the process. The fire cleanup process must be expected to take days if not weeks depending on severity, as the professionals entrusted will want to do a thorough job. Fire damage restoration is no small matter and needs to be entrusted to these skilled experts. After the property has been sufficiently cleaned the board up may be removed and the process of rebuilding and/or remodeling may begin.
What to Do After a Fire Related Loss:
-Board up the property to ensure it's inaccessible to people or animals;
-Contact your insurance company, if applicable;
-Call a professional restoration company immediately and set up a consultation;
Residential and commercial fire damage can be devastating emotionally, mentally, and financially. But home and business owners alike need to remember that they are not alone, and that there are highly skilled and trained experts ready to help them. The sooner these professionals are contacted, the sooner family life and business can get back on track. If you or someone you know has experienced a residential or commercial fire related loss contact a professional restoration company today.