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Say No To Mold!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Spores in a home. Let Us Help You Get Rid Of Mold

Mold and mildew can grow year round, but in the Fall and in and around Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Troy, MI, mold can grow pretty significantly.  Especially in damp areas like basements, bathrooms and kitchens. 

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 – 248-439-1160

Is There A Correct Way To Stop Mold Growth?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

If you’ve recently found a patch of black mold in your North Oakland County home, you’re likely beside yourself with worry.  Mold cleanup does not have to be stressful.  In fact, the easiest and most reliable method of mold remediation relies on the knowledge and equipment of professionals. These experts can help get your home back to normal by taking the following five steps.

Find the moisture source.  Because mold needs moisture to grow, it’s important to find the source of moisture.  A roof leak or condensation buildup may be the culprit of your mold problem. However, if this source isn’t found, the fungus will continue to come back.  Finding and fixing the issue helps contain your mold growth.

Wear personal protective equipment.  While mold can cause structural damage to your home, it can also be a hazard.  For this reason, professionals often put on masks, gloves and goggles before working with the mold in your home.

Remove the porous materials.  Porous materials have to be discarded when affected by moisture and mold damage.  For this reason, any affected dry wall will have to be cut out of the home and discarded.

Carpets, mattresses and other objects may also have to be tossed out.

Clean and disinfect non-porous objects.  Professionals may use a detergent-based disinfectant to clean the hard surfaces affected by black mold. This cleaning should remove all spores.

Dry out the area.  After the cleaning, the entire area of your home affected by mold should be properly dried out.  The remediation team may bring in fans and wet vacuums to help remove moisture from your home.

The growth of black mold can be stopped by the proper cleaning steps.  The only true way to stop this growth is to remove the source of the moisture and get rid of as much of the spores as possible. It may be tempting to do the remediation yourself, but remediation experts, SERVPRO of North Oakland County have the knowledge and equipment necessary to do this task well. Visit for more information on mold.

What Is Mold And What Is Involved Getting It Removed?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Once the existence of mold has been unearthed in your North Oakland County, MI office building or home, it’s difficult to know where exactly to turn next. However, one answer is… NEVER to try and take care of the situation yourself.  Mold growth is dangerous to your health and should be avoided, at least until specialists can examine the problem and identify whether the fungus is black mold or another less harmful strain.  Please contact SERVPRO of North Oakland County (248-439-1160) ASAP!  So, what does mold cleanup entail?  Read more about the various steps of the mold remediation process and how your office or home can safely become habitable again.

1. Contain the area and change into protective gear.  When professional remediation experts appear on the scene, the first step they take is containing the area.  This includes repairing any moisture problems that are customarily the source of mold growth and isolating the room by closing all windows and doors.  The technicians then take extra precautions by suiting up in protective gear before handling or dislodging any mold colony development. 

2. Remove wet or moldy materials and clean the affected area.  Any damaged goods are removed or placed in thick plastic bags to be taken care of later, meaning they’ll be heavily cleaned or simply thrown away depending on the severity of the black mold contamination.  Cleaning then ensues, with many items being wiped down or dipped in strong detergents or professional-grade cleaning solutions.  If the level of contamination is severe, a HEPA vacuum is used to disinfect the entire room.

3. Conduct a visibility test and dry the newly washed areas.  Any visible signs of mold should now be erased, and the drying of all belongings and other wet materials can be set into motion.  The remediation team uses dehumidifiers and fans to speed up the process, ending with deodorizing solutions that eliminate any trace of the musty smell. 

Demolish any signs of black mold in your office building by calling in a team of mold remediation specialists who can handle mold cleanup with ease.  Now that the steps of the process are clear, you can be more informed once the operation takes place.

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What's Important When Getting Mold Removed Correctly?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Air scrubbers are used to retract or contain any mold in your home or business.

There are several phases in the mold remediation process.  The following list does not include mold testing, which is the precursor to mold cleanup.  If testing reveals the presence of any type of mold in your home, including black mold, you should retain the services of a certified remediation company in North Oakland County, MI.

1. Containment: The first step to handling mold is to determine how much mold is present and containing the problem to avoid mold from spreading during cleanup.  Mold should be removed by experts who adhere to industry best practices.

2. Personal Protection: The next step to handling a mold problem is determining whether the remediation process will pose a threat to any residents in the household with weak or compromised immune systems including very young children or elderly people.

3. Tear Out:  Only experts trained in industry best practices are qualified to safely tear out mold infested building materials such as drywall or insulation.  This is particularly the case when black mold is involved.

4. Cleaning and Disinfection: Once the worst of the mold has been removed, remediation experts will clean and disinfect the affected area of a home.

5. Drying and Restoration:  The most critical phase in remediation is preventing a mold problem from returning.  It is important to keep affected areas dry and even run a dehumidifier to prevent moisture from collecting.  Once the moisture problem has been handled, the area is ready to be restored to pre-damage condition.

If you discover mold in your home or suspect that non-visible mold is present, you should contact remediation specialists based in North Oakland County to schedule mold testing.  Once you determine whether you are dealing with black mold or another type of mold and the extent of the growth, you will be better prepared to make the best choices to eliminate the presence of mold in your home. 

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Are you dealing with Mold?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

What mold looks like.

"Mold" is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multi-cellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Fungi that exist as single cells are called yeasts. Some molds and yeasts cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in bio-degradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.

Mold is also found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains and comes in a variety of colors. A must smell is an indication of microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some molds such as the Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans, are highly destructive. For more details about dry rot fungus read Occurrence and Significance of Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans.

Mold growth requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be Washing, cooking, air humidifiers, condensation or leaks from plumbing or from the outside. Poor ventilation contributes to higher humidity levels and leads to condensation, which also allows mold growth.

Molds release small “spores” into the air. So, when mold grows indoors, the number of mold spores and fragments is usually higher indoors than it is outdoors. These spores are small enough that people can actually inhale them deep into the lungs. Inhalation of spores poses risk of developing respiratory problems. With the exception of winter months mold spores are always present outdoors.

Please give us a call at SERVPRO of North Oakland County for an inspection at your house or business if you suspect a problem. Our ph. # is: 248.439.1160