Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold and Prevention

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

A 2003  study found that 100 percent of homes have mold, although not always the dangerous types of mold that may cause illness.  It is important to note that mold spores are everywhere and when given the chance to flourish and grow mold will.

Here are some tips to prevent mold growth in your home.

  • Caulk around water fixturesThe kitchen and bathroom are the areas mold likes the best because mold grows best in damp environments. When you caulk around your faucets, tubs, showers and toilets you’re preventing water from getting into areas that can’t be dried quickly. Check yearly for any cracks or growth on your caulking and replace as needed.
  • Clean out your gutters: Not only will you prevent things like flooding around your foundation; you’ll reduce the chance for mold growth. Allowing for standing water in your gutters can lead to water leaking into exterior walls. Not only will you reduce the chance of water leaking into your home, you’ll extend the life of your gutters by keeping them free of debris that causes drainage issues. Another way to keep from having to worry is using gutter guards.
  • Caulk around the outside your windowsNot only will you prevent rain or irrigation water from entering your home and causing problems you’ll save on energy costs by reducing air leaks through the windows. Duel use tip!
  • Do you have a crawl space under the home?Just like you need to inspect your attic regularly for any leaks also check your crawlspace. Look for pools of moisture, wet soil or white lines on the foundation walls. Keep your vents open in the summer and closed in the winter.
  • Keep your HVAC system properly maintained and runningRunning your AC in the summer and heat in the winter reduces the amount of moisture in the air, circulates and filters the air. However, if your drip pan overflows from lack of maintenance it’s a prime environment for mold growth.

Using these tips can help reduce the number of mold spores in your home as well as help to take away the moist environment needed for mold to grow and thrive.

If you find mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Johnston County (919) 359-2599.

Check Your Crawlspace

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

With spring upon us, may people have spring cleaning on the brain. Often times that means you might freshen up the flower beds in front of your home, cleaning the inside top to bottom, and perhaps a little redecorating for the season change. One thing most people do not think about when they are in their spring cleaning mode is to take a peak in their crawlspace.

The changing seasons is also bringing a change in temperature and moisture. With the right temperature and moisture levels that can mean mold is blossoming like the new flowers. There are a couple easy ways to spot it before it becomes a big problem.

1 – Take a peak in that crawlspace of yours to see how everything looks. You want the vapor barrier to be neatly installed and fully intact without standing water on top of it. The vapor barrier helps to keep your crawlspace from being too high in moisture.

2 – Make sure your crawlspace vents and vent wells are free of debris. This will ensure there is ample air flow throughout. This will also make sure there is not an excess of water getting into your crawlspace.

If your vapor barrier is out of sorts or you see standing water call SERVPRO of Johnston County and we can address these issues for you.

Mold is the product of the perfect environment. Mold likes moisture from high humidity, high temperatures, darkness, and stagnant air. These four things can lead to a mold playground. If you see discoloration that you believe could be mold take a damp rag and wipe the surface. If the discoloration smears call SERVPRO of Johnston County for and inspection. If the discoloration does not smear, it could be something else.

When in doubt call SERVPRO of Johnston County at 919-359-2599. We would be happy to schedule an inspection.

Is it mold?

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

As it starts to warm up outside we get calls from people who have a concern they have mold in their crawl space, asking us for an estimate to remediate or clean the area. In some cases it is not necessary, because, what the home owner is actually seeing is either, camel cricket poop or hardened wood tar or both.

It looks just like mold but it's not. How can you tell?

Try rubbing the surface with your finger to determine if the spot is hard or soft and dusty. If it's hard, it's probably cricket poop or wood tar. If you are still not certain, give SERVPRO of Johnston County a call, we would be happy to come out. We can schedule a time to have our estimator come out to inspect and provide you with an estimate.

Mold in your home

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on drywall

A 2003 University of Arizona study found that 100 percent of homes have mold, albeit not always the dangerous types of mold that may cause illness. Still, mold spores are everywhere and when given the chance to flourish and grow mold issues can be quite costly. Here are some tips to prevent mold growth in your home.

  • Caulk around water fixtures: The kitchen and bathroom are the areas mold likes the best. Mold grows best in damp environments. By caulking around your faucets, tubs, showers and toilets you’re preventing water from getting into areas that can’t be dried quickly. Check yearly for any cracks or growth on your caulking. Replace the caulk as needed.
  • Clean out your gutters:  Not only will you prevent things like flooding around your foundation, you’ll reduce the chance for mold growth. Standing water in your gutters can lead to water leaking into exterior walls. Not only will you reduce the chance of water leaking into your home, you’ll extend the life of your gutters by keeping them free of debris that causes drainage issues.
  • Caulk around the outside your windows. Not only will you prevent rain or irrigation water from entering your home and causing problems you’ll save on energy costs by reducing air leaks through the windows.
  • Immediately repair roof leaks, no matter how small. Fixing a small leak is less expensive than allowing the problem to grow, and it will grow.  Inspect your attic and any unused rooms quarterly for any leaks. Have small issues repaired immediately to prevent having to replace a larger section of your roof or flashing, or worse, having to have mold remediation in your home.
  • Do you have a crawl space under the home? Just like you need to inspect your attic regularly for any leaks also check your crawlspace. Look for pools of moisture, wet soil or white lines on the foundation walls. Keep your vents open in the summer and closed in the winter.
  • Clean your washing machine regularly. Does your laundry smell like mildew? It may be a dirty washing machine. Check your machine’s owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.
  • Keep your HVAC system properly maintained and running. Running your AC in the summer and heat in the winter reduces the amount of moisture in the air, circulates and filters the air. However, if your drip pan overflows from lack of maintenance it’s a prime environment for mold growth.

Using these tips can help reduce the number of mold spores in your home as well as take away the moist environment needed for mold to grow and thrive. If you find mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of Johnston County (919) 359-2599. We are mold mitigation and cleanup specialists.

Exterminators Are Not Mold Remediators

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Numerous times throughout the year we receive calls from homes owners telling us their Pest Control Company has adviced them that they have mold in their crawl space. And, that they have a solution - "Seal the crawl space and place a dehumidifier in the area to hold down humidity."

What do exterminators and pest control businesses do? They help you manage or exterminate pests.

Are they trained mold professionals? No!

Do they understand all there is to know about controlling the environment of a crawl space? No!

Are they happy to take more of your money without sufficient justification? You betcha!

When you call us to ask for a second opinion, we will step you through a question and answer process in hopes of helping you gain an understanding of what is going on. With knowledge, there is power. Power to make the right decision.

Of course, we will come and do our own inspection and advise you accordingly. You may, indeed, have a mold issue, and, we can address it for you. But, spending additional sums for sealing and dehumidifying a crawl space is compltely unnecessary...

So, be on guard. There are local Pest Control companies that are very good at what they do. SERVPRO of Johnston County is extremely good at what it does....

When Is Mold Really Mold

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Camel Cricket Poop and Pine Tar

We often get calls from folks that think they have mold in their crawl space, asking us for an estimate to remediate or clean the area. In some cases it is not necessary, because, what the home owner is actually seeing is either, camel cricket poop or hardened wood tar or both.

It looks just like mold but it's not. How can you tell?

Try rubbing the surface with your finger to determine if the spot is hard or soft and dusty. If it's hard, it's probably cricket poop or wood tar.... If you are still not certain, give us call for some advice on what to do.

There's no sense spending money if you do not have to...