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Can I Make My Home Mold Resistant?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

If you got a sinking feeling in your stomach while reading the title of this article, it’s understandable. Mold is a homeowner’s worst enemy! Not only is it unsightly, but also it’s a possible health concern.

In some cases, you’ll want to hire a professional to perform mold remediation. But, there are also strategies you can utilize to help reduce the chance of a serious mold problem.

You see, proper mold remediation is not only removing and cleaning the mold. Preventative measures also play a part. For this reason, we’re sharing steps you can take to combat mold growth.

First, we’ll help you understand how mold invades your home. Then, we’ll talk about the specifics of making your home mold resistant.

The Basics Of Mold

Okay, here’s the deal — it’s everywhere. Whether you’re inside or outside, there are mold spores flying through the air. But, don’t freak out and lock yourself in a panic room. Mold is a fungus that’s needed in nature to break down materials such as dead leaves and trees. There’s really no way to avoid it.

Fortunately, in small amounts, mold isn’t always harmful; however, once spores settle in an ideal indoor environment, they can grow and cause problems. This is usually when professional mold remediation becomes necessary.

Spores are the result of mold reproduction. It’s kind of like spreading plant seeds. They can enter into houses a number of ways. They’re tiny enough to slip through the smallest cracks and crevices, even those you might’ve tried to block with sealant. Also, when spores move through the air, they can stick to your body and hitch a ride into your home.

So, when does it go from harmless spore to a worrisome nuisance?

Mold Likes To Feed

Yes, it’s true. Mold is ravenous and loves to eat items in your home. Mold remediation can help curb the appetite; just keep in mind where you need to look to start the process. Some areas are often a favorite meal:

  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Concrete (yup, mold is strong enough to break down concrete)
  • Nutrients on Wood Surfaces
  • Paper
  • Food

Of course, it’s not guaranteed mold will always be on these items in your house. Mold likes warm, moist environments. Many people have several spots where mold can thrive:

  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Fireplace
  • Utility closets

It’s important to note that this is not a complete list. In actuality, mold can exist almost anywhere if the conditions are just right. In fact, it may end up in a spot invisible to the naked eye. Mold remediation companies can assist with this problem.

When Mold Becomes A Health Concern

Finding mold in your house can be a stressful situation. Generally speaking, when the mold spore count increases in a home and becomes more concentrated, the problems begin. And, you have little time before it starts to attack. Mold only needs one or two days of moisture to start its growth process.

The scary part is some molds can be toxic. What you’re probably most familiar with is black mold (in the science speak, it’s called Stachybotrys Chartarum). This type of mold doesn’t happen immediately. It usually requires one or two weeks of wet material. For example, the aftermath of a flood can encourage growth. Here are some symptoms caused by black mold:

  • Breathing Problems
  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Skin and eye sensitivity

This is not to say black mold is the only type of mold to cause health problems. Any mold can cause issues. It’s all dependent on the individual person.

What You Can Do To Reduce Mold

And so, we shall now move on to what can be done to help prevent all types of mold from wreaking havoc in your home.

Reduce Humidity

As was mentioned previously, mold loves warmth and moisture. Condensation is one indication there’s too much moisture. Try using dehumidifiers in damp areas to get the humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Additionally, open the doors to rooms and closets so air can flow through the house.

Keep It Clean

It’s probably no surprise to hear that cleaning helps. Dust and vacuum regularly. Don’t leave wet clothes out.  Make sure to take care of spills and leaks as soon as possible. If there are any damp materials that won’t dry, remove them from the house. Perform regular cleaning on rain gutters and air conditioners. If you’re storing boxes, keep them off the floors and foundation. Also, think about using mold-inhibiting cleaners and paints.

Ventilate

Mold enjoys poor ventilation. Install ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms. Ensure your clothes dryer has a vent to the outside of your house. If an area of dirt is present, cover it with plastic sheeting to prevent moisture from rising up from the ground.

Expert Mold Remediation

There is no way to completely remove all mold from your home, but you most likely want to get rid of as much as you can. What’s more, you may feel uneasy about handling mold yourself. That’s okay. Mold remediation companies can do the dirty work for you.

We actually suggest finding a full-service restoration firm. This means you’ll have a professional working with you from beginning to end. If you find the right company, you’ll start with a free mold inspection. From there, if mold is present, technicians will work through the professional remediation process:

  1. Contain the space where there are hazardous particles
  2. Install HEPA air purifiers
  3. Remove the mold as well as materials with mold on them
  4. Clean affected belongings
  5. Rebuild any areas that were torn out (this is key — not all companies do this!)

If you’re a Texan, SERVPRO of North Irving can be your go-to source for mold removal in Dallas. We offer free mold inspection, utilize the latest methods and technology, and we treat all types of mold with the same care. Our highly-skilled technicians are available 24/7 and yes —we are a full-service company. If we tear it out, we rebuild it.

Don’t get stuck with mold problems or a company that won’t complete the job. Call (972) 986-7677 if you notice mold in your home. We’ll respond immediately with exceptional mold remediation services so you can feel safe and healthy in your home!

5 Signs That Your Carpet Has Mold

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet mold often grows after water damage either through flooding, broken water pipes, and/or roof leaks. It's often hard to tell if you have mold as it can grow under the carpet.

Why mold grows rapidly on carpets

Carpet fibers are porous, which means that things (like water) can easily seep through them. After water damage occurs, the carpet fibers absorb water - creating a moist, inviting environment for mold growth.  

Mold growth starts after 24-48 hours after water exposure. The early mold population rapidly reproduces by releasing microscopic spores (tiny lightweight “seeds” that travel through the air), and if left unchecked they can spread all over your living space in a matter of days. Read on to learn how to detect mold, and how you can stop mold growth right in its tracks.

5 Signs That Your Carpet Has Mold

Given their rapid spread, it is important to identify mold growth on carpet early and call in a home mold removal company.

Below are five common signs that your carpet has mold.

1.    Carpet Discoloration

Although mold is likely to grow deep into the carpet where it is hard to see, in its advanced stages you may notice black, white or green spots (similar to what you see when you leave bread out for too long). Any slight discoloration should be investigated further and should not be dismissed as mildew (see below).

EXPERT TIP
How to tell the difference between mold and mildew:
Mold tends to appear in shades of green, blue, or red.
Mildew (a type of fungus) typically appears in shades of white.

If the mold contamination advances to the extent that it is visibly staining your carpet, contact an in-home mold removal company to see if they can help salvage the carpet. If the carpet can’t be salvaged, dispose of and replace it immediately.

If you’re concerned about mold, even if there is no evidence of mold growth at the top of your carpet, regularly inspect your carpet’s underside for signs of mold growth and dampness.

2.    A Bad Odor

A bad odor is the first sign of active mold growth in your home. The odor might not be immediately apparent if you spend most of your time indoors. Take note of any visitors’ comments on a musty smell and take immediate action by checking your carpet and the rest of your home for signs of mold.

3.    Increase in Allergies While Inside

Increased allergic reactions including a runny nose, sneezing, breathing problems, coughing, and eye irritation could be indicative of mold infestation. While these symptoms should always be immediately brought to a physician’s attention, you should follow up that doctor’s visit by having your house thoroughly inspected for the presence of mold.

4.    A Water-damaged or Damp Carpet

A carpet that has been subjected to water damage either from flooding, standing water, or spillages should be either cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours or be disposed of. If you notice wet or damp spots on your carpet, it could be as a result of leakages beneath it. Inspect the floor for signs of leaks and have the carpet cleaned and dried immediately.  

5.   Using a Mold Testing Kit

If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, an easy way to find out is by using a mold testing kit. While you could perform the tests yourself, this is best left to a mold inspector as he or she will be able to determine the extent of the contamination and advise you on the best course of action.

How to Limit Mold Growth on Your Carpet

Getting rid of mold on hard surfaces such as tiles isn’t easy, to begin with, but removal gets even harder when the mold is embedded in your rugs and carpet.

What’s the best way to deal with carpet mold? - You guessed it: don’t let it happen in the first place.

  1. Keep Your Home’s Humidity Level Lower than 60% (Much Lower)

Keeping the humidity levels in your home low is the first step towards retaining a mold-free carpet. The EPA (The Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that home humidity levels be kept at around 30% to 50%, with 60% being the highest desirable limit. The easiest way to achieve this is by using a dehumidifier. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can substitute in regular fans, or just open the windows to ensure that there is constant air circulation.

2. Clean Your Carpet Every Week (Yes, Every Week)

Though obvious, this is an important one to keep in mind. The strongest preventative measure you can take against mold growth on your carpets is - you guessed it - keeping them clean. Keeping your carpet clean is one of the most effective mold mitigation measures and an easy one at that.

Generally speaking, there is no measurable way to determine how clean your carpet needs to be, but at the very minimum, you should be vacuuming your rugs and carpets every week. On top of that, you should hire a professional carpet cleaning company at least once per year to deep clean your carpets and rugs, getting rid of any inactive mold spores and other toxins that are waiting for a spilled glass of water to thrive. And, if you haven’t been keeping up with a tight cleaning schedule, clean and treat your carpet with a carpet cleaner immediately after spillages.

3. Call in a Mold Remediation Company if You Suspect Mold Damage

Do you think your carpet or rugs have incurred mold damage?

If you experienced a flood, whether it be from environmental factors, a broken water heater, or anything in between, call in a Dallas water damage restoration company to remove excess water and dry the affected surfaces, thereby making it difficult for mold to reproduce.

Next, get in touch with a home mold removal company for residential spaces or a commercial mold removal company for business spaces and offices. If you have any health problems, especially respiratory problems, or environmental allergies, you should call in a professional instead of attempting to clean up the mold by yourself. Cleaning up mold exposes you to mold spores that can worsen your allergies.

Also, most mold remediation professionals in Dallas, TX offer free consultations in your home. With this in mind, there’s nothing to lose. You only stand to benefit from expert advice about keeping your carpet mold free.

Reclaim the ambiance of your living space today by calling in a mold remediation company in Dallas to inspect and clean your carpet. Working with an expert guarantees you of effective mold removal and, most importantly limits further damaging mold spread. To speak with a mold inspector in Dallas today, call us at (972) 986-7677.

Mold Inspection in Dallas Fort Worth

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO North Irving is a licensed Texas Mold Remediation Contractor. We've served DFW for over 30 years.

Mold Symptoms

Mold inspections are a popular request for us.  Many families and businesses in Dallas Fort Worth experiencing typical mold symptoms, including allergic reactions, often call us and ask for a mold inspection.

SERVPRO of North Irving offers free, no-obligation mold inspections.  If you’d like to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (972) 986-7677 or contact us.

Mold Inspection Process

Our mold inspection process is straightforward.  After you’ve scheduled one of our mold specialists to come out, expect the following:

  • Ask you to show us where you suspect mold growth.
  • Inspect the trouble area and its surroundings.
  • Inspect areas of a home where there are high chances for growth.
  • If you’ve had previous water damage, mold may grow there, too.  We’ll inspect previous water damage areas.
  • Take documentation of any growth we find.
  • If we find growth, we can suggest immediate steps you can take, such as containment and HEPA air scrubbing, while we prepare your estimate.

Texas State Mold Law

The process for mold remediation depends on the size of the mold colony we find.  The process is the same whether we’re handling a household mold problem in a business’ commercial property.  

Mold clean up in Dallas Fort Worth can go one of two ways according to Texas State Mold Law.

  • Mold Under 25 Contiguous Square Feet

Mold of this size does not require any reports be filed with Texas.  We can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  • Mold Over 25 Contiguous Square Feet

This mold size falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from since we cannot, legally, choose one for you.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the state.  Afterward, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before beginning remediation.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor will check the property and issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) will issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation.  This documents the success of the mold cleanup.  

Process for Mold Remediation in Dallas

The mold remediation process is different for every property but generally involves:

  • Setting up mold containment.  This prevents mold spores from traveling to other parts of the property.
  • HEPA air scrubbers and filtration to remove airborne spores.
  • Depending on the damage the mold has caused, the mold can either be removed from the surface or the surface will have to be removed.
  • The mold will be bagged and taken away for proper disposal.
  • If any part of your home had to be removed, it can be reconstructed by our team.

When Can Mold Removal Happen?

Mold cleanup can happen at any time of the day.  Many residential homeowners choose to have their mold remediated during regular business hours.  Our dispatching team can work on a time and date that works for you.

You do not have to be home for remediation to take place.  We are happy to install a temporary lock box to work while you’re away.  

For business owners and commercial properties, we understand mold cleanup has to happen after hours to avoid business interruption.  This is a perfectly reasonable request and one that we have granted many times before. Mold cleanup can occur after your employees have left for the day, on the weekends, and even overnight.  Simply let us know what your needs are, and we’ll be happy to work out a schedule that works for you.

How Did I Get Mold?

Many people who need mold removal in Dallas wonder how their property became infested with mold in the first place.  Mold is a natural part of our environment, and it can not be 100% removed. The goal in proper mold removal is to get the levels of mold spores in the air back to a safe level; this is especially important for individuals who have mold sensitivity.  There are also types of toxic mold that should be removed as quickly as it’s found.

Small levels of mold will be airborne in almost all environments.  Mold can:

  • Enter when windows or doors are left open.
  • Attach itself to your pet’s fur and be dropped when your furry friend lays anywhere in your property.
  • Attach itself to your clothing, including leather.
  • Come in from your HVAC system.

Prevent Mold Growth

It’s very easy for mold to grow in just about all environments.  Tips to help prevent mold growth are:

  • Make sure any water damage is properly remediated.  
  • Keep doors and windows airtight so no weather can come in.
  • Keep humidity levels in your property low (50% or below).
  • Check for mold growth sporadically in high-growth prone areas to avoid bad surprises.

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold prefers damp, dark, and undisturbed spaces.  To grow, mold needs a source of food, and it will often find food in a moist piece of drywall, wood, and even clothing.  

Knowing mold’s preference for growth gives us valuable clues when we begin investigating your home for mold infestation.  When we arrive for mold inspection, we will search the typical mold growth places along with any other area of your home that has experienced previous water damage.

Common places for mold damage in homes are:

  • Kitchens: under sinks and mold in drywall behind kitchen cabinets
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Garages
  • Attics
  • Water Heater Closets

Indoor Air Quality Testing

We do not perform air quality testing ourselves, but we have great partnerships with air quality agencies in North Texas.  If you’d like an air quality test done on your property, we are glad to arrange a test and work with our partners.

If higher than normal levels of biological pollutants are found in your property, such as mold, we will inspect your property for its cause.  While we are inspecting for mold, we can install HEPA air scrubbers that will filter the air in your property and remove up to 99% of the contaminants.  HEPA air filtration will continue as the mold remediation process continues. Air scrubbing may improve the quality of your air while the root of the problem is assessed and removed.

Identifying Mold

You may want to know the specific type of mold that is growing on your property.  This is especially true when we find black mold. Testing for a specific type of mold is often unnecessary.  When we remediate mold, we treat every kind with the same level of caution regardless of its known toxicity level.  

The remediation steps for every kind of mold is the same.  Often, many different types of mold are found in one location.  For these reasons, we do not test for the type of mold unless a customer specially requests it.

We will take a sample of the mold we find on your property and deliver the sample to a certified mold testing lab.  Results are often quick -- they can be ready and delivered back to you in less than 72 hours.

Schedule a Free Mold Inspection in Dallas Fort Worth

Are you ready for us to inspect your property?  You have a few mold removal companies in Dallas to choose from, and we want you to feel comfortable with your choice.  If you have questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

We’re available to take your call 24 hours a day.  Proper mold remediation isn’t optional, and you need a company with plenty of previous experience and success.  We are a licensed Texas Mold Remediation Contractor with over 30 years of service to all residential and commercial properties in North Texas.  We’ve helped thousands of property owners, and we can help you, too.

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Mold Remediation Dallas

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Irving has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offers free mold inspections.

What is mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes mold growth easy when its disturbed by air.  The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

What does mold look like?

Mold can have different looks.  Keep in mind that no one knows exactly how many types of mold exist, but estimates are in the hundreds of thousands!  The two most common types of mold we see have:

  • Spots - black, green, white, yellow, or other colors
  • Fuzzy growth - it’ll look like it has tiny hair on it

What does mold smell like?

Mold has a musty smell.  Some people may also describe it as sweet.  

Mold Inspection Dallas

If you suspect mold in your home, we’re glad to provide a free mold assessment and bid to anyone in Dallas Fort Worth.  We can many times be at your property within 24 hours, especially if you’re in the greater Dallas area. Our mold remediation specialist will visit your property and check the common trouble spots for mold, like bathrooms, the kitchen, and laundry room.  They’ll also ask if you’ve ever had a water damage or pipe leak. Sometimes mold growth is obvious. We usually see mold on walls or mold on carpets. Other times, more investigative work is needed.

If we find mold damage in your home, we’ll provide you with a bid for mold remediation.  We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license, and we’re trusted professional mold experts in Dallas Fort Worth.  The Texas licensing office responsible for Mold Law is the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Different Types of Mold in Homes

When we do find mold in a property, we’re often asked what kind of mold it is.  There are common molds found in homes that we remediate on a daily basis, but for us to be sure of its exact kind, we need to perform mold testing.  We commonly find:

  • Acremonium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus
  • Chaetomium
  • Cladosporium
  • Stachybotrys
  • Ulocladium

Professional Mold Testing

Even though we are glad to perform mold testing, is it almost never necessary.  Unless you have a health or insurance related reason to know, we advise you to skip testing, and its added expense, and go straight to mold remediation services.  Our mold specialists treat any kind of mold we find with the same level of care and safety.

Black Mold Removal Dallas

The most common concern from our clients is when they find black mold in their property.  We understand why they request emergency mold removal -- there are many websites that have articles written about the toxicity of black mold.  While not all black colored mold is toxic, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

If you are suffering from serious health effects, leave the area until our mold specialists can visit your property.  We can respond to almost every request for a mold inspection within one to two days. Be aware that the size of the mold growth determines the procedure we can legally perform mold remediation services.  At the very least, our technicians can set up containment and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to help improve the condition of your home.

Proper Mold Removal and Texas Mold Law

Mold remediation steps involve Texas Mold Law.  Let’s say we do find mold on your property.  One of two things will happen.

  • The Mold is Under 25 Contiguous Feet

Contiguous means the mold is touching.  Mold of this size requires no documentation to be filed with the State of Texas.  This means we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  1. The Mold is Over 25 Contiguous Feet

This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

We have dealt with both mold situations many times.  We will walk you through the process and make sure you’re taken care of.

SERVPRO Dallas Mold Removal Cost

For us to be able to give you a bid, we have to perform a free mold inspection.  We don’t want to promise you one price only to find out that you need less or more mold remediation work done to correctly remediate your home.

There are many mold remediation companies in Dallas Fort Worth, but few are full service.  When you trust SERVPRO of North Irving, you can expect:

  • A Job File Coordinator to be assigned especially to you.  They will work with your insurance company to process your mold remediation claim.
  • If you do not have mold coverage or wish to not involve your insurance company, we will provide you with a no obligation bid.
  • We will perform containment, HEPA vacuuming, HEPA air filtration, and mold remediation.  If the mold has permanently damaged an area of your home, we will remove it and dispose of it properly.  Our reconstruction team will then handle any mold damage repair after remediation is complete.
  • If we find contents in your home that have been affected by mold, we can either clean them on the spot or take them back to our cleaning facility for mold removal.
  • We are one of the few Esporta certified firms in Dallas Fort Worth, which makes us trained and qualified to remove mold from clothes.  If you have moldy clothing, we can also take it back to our cleaning facility.

Trusted Leader in Mold Clean up, Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Mold Remediation Process FAQ

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our business has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and is ready to help you any time.

Mold Remediation Process FAQ

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It’s present in all kinds of environments, both indoors and outdoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and spread through the air, which makes mold growth easy when its disturbed by air.  The best environment for mold growth is a dark, warm, and humid room. We often see the need for mold remediation in rooms where a source of water is introduced, like kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms.

Does Mold Removal Take Care of All Mold?

100% mold removal is not possible.  Since mold is a natural part of our environment, removing it completely is an impossible task.  Although most people think “mold removal” is what happens when they have a cleanup, the better term is “mold remediation.”  Mold remediation companies eliminate a large amount of mold to make the environment safe and healthy for habitation again.

What Happens in a Mold Inspection?

Every mold remediation company works differently.  The mold inspection process our business uses as follows:

  • Our mold inspections and bids are free.
  • We receive a call from a customer and schedule a time to inspect their property.  We can almost always be there within a day.
  • We send a mold remediation specialist to inspect your property.  They will look for the usual hot spots and ask you questions about your property’s history with water damages, roof damage, and anything that will help them know where mold may be growing.
  • If we find mold, we will take its measurements and photo documentation.  Shortly, we’ll present you with a bid to remediate your mold.
  • If your mold is large enough, we will have to report it to the State of Texas.  The process for a large mold like this is more throughout, but we will guide you through it every step of the way.  
  • If your mold is small enough to not need official Texas documentation, we can start your project as soon as you approve our mold cleanup bid.
  • If we don’t find mold on your property, we will ask if you are experiencing symptoms or other smells that may indicate mold.  Sometimes, the problem isn’t mold but something else. In each case, we will try to solve your problem.

Do I Need Mold Testing?

Few people really need to know the exact type of mold found on their property.  All mold remediation is treated with the same level of caution and care, and knowing the type of mold present will not change our procedure.  Unless you have a specific medical or personal need to know the type of mold, we advice against mold testing. If you do request mold testing, we will take a sample of your mold to a licensed mold testing laboratory.  Most results are ready within 3 days.

How Do I Get Mold Out of Clothes?

Throwing moldy clothes your home’s washing machine will not guarantee that all the spores are removed.  Instead, trust us to get the job done correctly for you.

We are one of the few Esporta licensed businesses in North Texas.  We have a specialized machine that uses a mixture of up to six detergents dedicated to washing contamination out of clothing.  Our mold remediation specialists will take your moldy clothes and take them back to our cleaning facility for mold removal. Emergency items can be returned to you within 3 days, and most loads are ready in under 2 weeks.  

How Much is Mold Remediation Cost?

It’s important for us to perform a mold inspection at your property to give you an accurate bid.  Our mold inspections and bids are free. Call us any time.

Do You Remove Black Mold?

Yes, we have successfully removed black mold in many homes and businesses.  

Does Bleach Kill Mold?

Bleach damages the mold’s structure.  However, mold remediation is not as easy as grabbing a bottle of bleach and doing your own cleanup.  In fact, DIY mold removal projects involving bleach is one of the most popular causes for the accidental spread of mold spores. What was once a small project becomes a larger one.

What is Texas Mold Law?

Texas Mold Law comes into effect when the size of your mold is over 25 contiguous feet.  This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

Our business has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and is ready to help you any time.

What Do I Do If There’s Mold in Apartment?

If you find mold in your apartment, one of the first questions you may ask is if you are responsible for the mold remediation cost or the apartment complex.  We get asked this question often, but the only person who will be able to answer you is your landlord. Ask to see your rental agreement and how damages like these are covered.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How to Get Rid of Mold Using a Mold Contractor

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Irving has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License. We offer free, no obligation mold inspections.

How to Get Rid of Mold in Texas Using a Mold Contractor

Seeing mold in your residential or commercial property is never pleasant.  Many questions go through the minds of our clients when they realize they need mold remediation services.  We’re here to calm your concerns and help.

Do I really have mold?

The first thing we’ll do upon arrival is perform a mold inspection.

Mold is usually found in wet and dark places where water runs such as kitchens and bathrooms.  If the area is undisturbed and has a lot of moisture in the air, the mold will find it a favorable place to start growing.  We check high mold growth areas first.

Do you smell something musty?  Mold tends to give off this smell.  If you experience allergy type symptoms along with the smell, you may be sensitive and require a mold inspection quickly to start identifying the problem.  Allergic symptoms include headaches, itchy eyes, sore throat, and a runny nose.

If you see mold or suspect you have mold, give us a call.  We will schedule a time to inspect your property. All inspections are free.

Texas State Mold Law

Let’s say we do find mold on your property.  One of two things will happen.

  • The Mold is Under 25 Contiguous Feet

Contiguous means the mold is touching.  Mold of this size requires no documentation to be filed with the State of Texas.  This means we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  1. The Mold is Over 25 Contiguous Feet

This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider.  You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

What type of mold do I have?

There are many types of mold.  We treat all mold with the same high level of care, so we do not usually test for its type.  

If you need to know the type of mold for any personal or medical reason, we can prepare for mold testing.  We’ll get a mold sample prepared and deliver it to a Texas Licensed Mold Testing Laboratory. Results are usually available within 2-3 days.  We do this for many of our clients, and we’re happy to provide you with this service upon request.

Will All Mold Be Removed?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.  Many mold remediation companies advertise mold removal and guarantee to remove all mold. 100% mold removal is not possible.

To read more about removal versus remediation, click here.

Mold Remediation Services

Once you’re ready for mold remediation to begin, our team of experienced mold remediation specialists will walk you through the mold remediation process.  We’ll do all we can to make sure everything goes smoothly and your life gets back to normal as quickly as possible. We provide:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold testing
  • Removal of mold on carpet
  • Removal of mold on clothes
  • Removal of mold behind baseboards
  • Removal of mold in HVAC
  • Attic mold removal
  • Commercial mold remediation

Waiting for Mold Removal

What should you do until we arrive? 

  • Leave the area alone.  Disturbing mold will cause its spores to fly into the air and spread.  This usually happens when a homeowner tries to spray the mold with bleach.
  • Do not apply any type of air movement.
  • Give us a call as soon as you suspect or see mold.  We can usually be there within hours or schedule an appointment for the following day.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How to Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you find mold or suspect mold in your home or business, leave it alone and give us a call instead. We offer free mold inspections.

How to Prevent Mold Growth After Water Damage

When a water damage remediation is handled properly, the chance for mold growth should remain small.  Choosing the right water restoration company plays a big part in preventing mold growth after a water damage.

Water Damage Restoration Tips

Make sure the water damage company you hire does the following:

  • Makes you a priority.  If you give them a call and they don’t give you a specific time frame for arrival, look elsewhere.  A water damage needs to start being remediated as quickly as possible to avoid secondary damage. Mold growth, for example, starts after only 48 hours.
  • Uses professional equipment.  They should use at least use air movers or axial fans and dehumidifiers.  More advanced restoration companies may also use water extraction mats to help save hardwood floors.  
  • Disinfectant affected areas.  This is especially important when your water damage is a Category 2 or Category 3 (gray or black water).  These categories of water have contaminants that can be unsafe to the touch.
  • Has a drying plan.  If the company you hire just wants to just perform water removal, they are not completing the project properly.  Find someone else who will do the job right.
  • Use professional equipment to monitor the drying process.  The right water restoration company will visit your property every day.  They will make sure the humidity in your home is decreasing and everything is drying quickly.  They should write down all of their data and be able to present it to you or your insurance adjuster upon request.
  • Can work with your insurance company.  There are lots of small companies that are willing to send you a bill, but not everyone has the experience to work with all insurance companies to process your water damage claim.  

Water Damages and Mold

Mold grows in humid environments, so it's natural that mold growth happens readily after a water damage.  Your water damage restoration company should do all they can to prevent mold growth after a damage. It’s still important to be knowledgeable about mold growth yourself to prevent another disaster.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that is naturally occurring in our environment.  It cannot be completely removed. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold.  This isn’t possible. What you are going to be doing is removing the triggers in your home that can trigger a mold infestation.

Where Mold Growth is Likely

Mold is likely to grow in places that are

  • Dark
  • Warm
  • Humid

These places include

  • Under sinks (kitchen and bathroom)
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Near water heaters
  • Behind walls where water pipes are laid

Mold growth is also likely to grow in places that have previously had a water damage that wasn’t dried properly.  

Sign of Mold Growth

If you smell something musty in the air or see colored spots growing on your walls, you may have mold.  Common mold colors are black, white, and green.

If you find mold or suspect mold in your home or business, leave it alone and give us a call instead.  We offer free mold inspections.

Mold Prevention Tips

  1. Fix anything that is leaking.  

That includes pipes, windows, and your roof.  A leak that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture.  Most people discover a leak when they see secondary damage to their home. Examples include a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.

If you find water damage to your ceiling, read our article “Ceiling Water Damage” and know what the next steps to take are.

  1. Control the humidity in your home.  

Mold likes to grow in high humidity.  An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH).  In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH. You can purchase a home hygrometer and temperature gauge at your local home and hardware store or online for less than $10.

  1. Ventilate humid areas.  

Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used.  After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan.

  1. Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.  

If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties.  This company should be easy to find online and have a long reputation as a leader in the restoration industry. Make sure they have a 24 hour emergency line and that they can serve you as your emergency starts.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How Quick is Mold Removal?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

As mold experts with a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License, we understand mold and mold growth.

How Quick is Mold Removal?

When a residential or commercial property owner finds has a mold problem, one of the first questions we are often is how long does the mold removal process take.  

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that naturally occurs in our environment and exists in microscopic spores.  It cannot be removed from an environment completely.

Mold Removal versus Mold Remediation

Many mold remediation companies advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they will remove all mold.  This isn’t possible.  As mold experts with a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License, we understand mold and mold growth.  

When you call us out for a mold job, we will first perform a mold inspection.  Our goal is to find the source of the mold and find out how much it has spread and onto what surfaces.  Figuring out the mold’s spread is crucial to complying with Texas State Mold Law.

Texas State Mold Law

Texas requires a licensed mold remediation contractors to remediate mold in residential and most commercial properties when the size of the mold is more than 25 contiguous square feet.  This means that mold growth under this rule does not need to be reported to the state.

The speed of the job depends on the size of the mold growth.  

When we perform a mold inspection, we will be able to tell you quickly if the size of your mold growth falls under the requirements of Texas State Mold Law or not.  

Mold Less than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is less than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold does not need to be filed with Texas.  Our mold remediation specialists can begin remediation immediately.

Mold More than 25 Contiguous Square Feet

If the mold growth is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then it falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you, but we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.  Make an appointment with them and ask for a Mold Protocol.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a clearance document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the cleanup.  Forward this document to your insurance company and keep it in your files for any future home buyer.

What To Do with Your Mold Until Help Arrives

We can often arrive at your property within a day of your call, but if your mold growth falls under the Texas Mold Law guidelines, there are a few things to keep in mind while the five days mandatory waiting period pass.

  • We can install mold containment.  We will install mold containment around the moldy area to prevent spores from escaping the space.  The containment should not be disturbed.
  • We can install air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  We can install these specialized air scrubbers to catch any mold spores that may be in the air.  This will prevent the spread of mold to other areas of the property.
  • Do not disturb the area with mold.  Disturbing mold is very easy -- all it takes is some wind to blow the spores around.  For this reason, we ask you to leave the contained area the way we leave it.
  • Do not attempt to clean the mold yourself.  Many times, mold spread is caused by someone unfamiliar with professional mold remediation practices.  Leave the mold cleanup licensed professionals who can properly restore your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Whether we can start immediately or we’ve been cleared by Texas, the mold remediation process is straightforward. 

  • Our mold remediation specialists will use the appropriate chemicals to clean the area where the mold growth is.  
  • Mold containment and HEPA air scrubbers will continue to run throughout the duration of the project.  We do this to make sure no spores travel and infest another area of your home.
  • If you have mold infested clothing or other objects, we will take them to our cleaning facility for sanitation.  We are one of the Esporta licensed businesses in North Texas with the technology and certifications required to perform mold removal services on clothing.
  • When mold is left alone long enough, it begins to eat the surface it’s living on.  If we find that the mold has caused permanent damage to your property, that part of your structure has to be cut out.  We will dispose of all mold containing debris according to Texas Mold Law.
  • If you choose, our reconstruction team will rebuild any portion of your home that had to have demolition.  Reconstruction is crucial when the affected structure is part of the structural integrity of the home, such as attic beams or load bearing walls.
  • Our mold specialists will sanitize and seal any mold affected area to prevent future mold growth.
  • If you have filed an insurance claim, we will work with your insurance adjuster to get your mold remediation claim approved and processed.  
  • We will provide a final clean up of the remediated area to make sure its safe for all inhabitants.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How Does Mold Grow?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold reproduces by spores. When it’s disturbed, the mold spores fly into the air.

How Does Mold Grow?

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that occurs naturally in the environment.  We find mold outdoors, indoors -- pretty much everywhere.

Mold becomes a problem when its levels get too high.  Some sensitive individuals may react to mold more readily than others, but 100% mold removal is impossible.  The goal is a professional mold remediation company is to remove as much mold as possible from a home or business so that its levels are safe and healthy.

In What Conditions Does Mold Grow?

Mold loves to grow in warm, dark, and moist environments.  People living in warmer climates tend to have more mold growth problems than those living in colder temperatures, but mold growth is still possible everywhere.  We’ve even seen mold grow in a freezer!

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold reproduces by spores.  When it’s disturbed, the mold spores fly into the air.  If the mold spore lands on another service that it can live off of, it will.  Mold needs moisture to survive, so the likely spot where you will see mold growth is in a place that is humid.

How Does Mold Spread?

We typically find mold right at the source of water that it's feeding on.  For example, we often find mold under sinks, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Typically, there is a small water pipe leak that hasn’t been detected.

Sometimes, we also see mold growing in a spot away from the original leak.  This is because the mold was disturbed at some point and cased its spores to fly into the air.  

There doesn’t have to be a leak near the mold growth for it to grow.  Mold can come into your home or business from outdoors through doorways, windows, the HVAC system, and even on your clothing or pet’s fur.  

How Long Does it Take for Mold to Grow?

With a constant source of food, mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours.  Food for mold are materials like wood, drywall, and cotton. Add some moisture to that, and your mold will be actively reproducing.  

Mold growth is quick.  This is why our company wastes no time when our customers have a water damage.  We have a 24 hour emergency line, and we are available every day of the year. No matter the time of day, we will respond to any water damage emergency in an effort to avoid secondary damage to your home, such as mold growth.

Other Mold FAQ

When a homeowner or commercial property manager finds mold, they often have a lot of questions.  When our mold specialists arrive to inspect the property, we’re often asked:

  • Is mold dangerous?
  • How fast is mold remediation?

Is Mold Dangerous?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold may cause a variety of health effects in some individuals and none in others.  

Our mold remediation specialists treat all mold in the same way.  Safety is always our top priority, which is why we take every precaution when performing mold cleanup.

How Quickly Can You Get Rid of Mold?

Mold is a natural part of our environment and cannot be completely removed.  Mold remediation companies who make the claim to be able to fully remove your environment of mold simply can’t.  Instead, we can remediate mold growth to help the levels of mold in your property be safe for its inhabitants.  

How quickly we can remediate your mold depends on its size.  We’ll have a better idea of the length of your mold remediation project once we have completed a mold inspection.

Texas Mold Law

Texas requires a licensed mold contractor to remediate your mold, which SERVPRO of North Irving is.  Texas Mold Law states that:

If your mold is under than 25 contiguous square feet, the mold does not need to be reported to Texas and we can begin remediation immediately.  

If your mold is over 25 contiguous feet, then it mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you. Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider. You’ll also want to hold on to it for any future home buyer to prove you’ve taken care of your mold problem correctly.

Our mold specialists will walk you through the mold remediation process regardless if its documented with the state of Texas or not.  We’ll make sure you and your property are taken care of.

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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How to Remove Mold from Clothes

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

These mold affected boots were restored by our Esporta mold remediation specialists after they were in a water damage.

How to Remove Mold from Clothes

It happens more often than we think.  A water damage happens on a 3 day weekend.  When you come back, not only do you have a water damage on your property, but you see that your closet is wet and you now have mold on your clothes and all your pairs of shoes.  How do you get rid of mold?

We’ve seen articles online about removing mold from clothing.  The formula often involves a bristled brush, a spray bottle, and some sort of liquid like rubbing alcohol or white vinegar.  Sometimes, baking soda is also involved. You may be able to remove the mold from the surface of the textile, but about the remaining mold -- the spores that are embedded into the fabric itself?  You’re going to need more than a bristle brush to take care of that.

Mold Remediation Process

It’s time to start the water damage and mold removal process.  What should you do?

  1. Take care of your water damage.  This is the most important step because it impacts the home you’re living in.  The longer water is allowed to stand, the more thoroughly it will soak everything and have the possibility of causing secondary damage to your floors and carpets.  Without water damage remediation, mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours.
  2. Ask for a mold inspection.  A reputable mold restoration company will be able to inspect your property for free and find the trouble areas that need to be remediated.  Make sure you hire someone with a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License.
  3. Hire a mold remediation company that can remove mold from clothing in house.   Ask if they can remove the mold from your clothes at their own facilities.  There are two reasons to ask this. First, any portion of your job that is subcontracted will add to your bill, and the least expensive choice is usually to choose a company that can do the mold cleanup themselves.  Second, sending your moldy clothes to a traditional dry cleaner is not a good idea. Dry cleaners traditionally do not have the proper equipment and certification to remove mold. If the company you’ve hired says yes, they should be able to take any affected clothing, shoes, etcetera and immediately take them back for cleaning.  
  4. Ask about their mold remediation process.  
    1. How will I know my clothing is safe to wear again?
    2. What if I need some clothing back soon?
    3. When will I receive my items back?
    4. Will you work with my insurance company so textile mold removal can be part of my claim?

We are Full Service Mold Experts

SERVPRO of North Irving is one of the few full service mold abatement companies in North Texas.  We can take care of your water damage, home mold removal, and we are certified by the Esporta Wash System to remove mold from your clothing.

Available 24 hours a Day

We’re available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  We can be at your door in 4 hours or less to mitigate your water damage.

Esporta Certified to Remove Mold From Clothes

We are one of the few Esporta Certified firms in Dallas Fort Worth.  Unlike traditional dry cleaners and many of our competitors, we can clean mold affected textiles at our own in house cleaning facility.

    1. We’ve successfully cleaned over 100,000 items.  Our mold remediation process literally pushes the mold spores out of clothing using hydraulic pressure.
    2. We have mold specialists that know how to remove mold and mildew from clothing and shoes.  We have cleaned every type of clothing and textile, including leather shoes.  When we clean leather with mold or mildew, we put it in a specialized cold wash and let it air dry in a humidity controlled room.  After its dry, your cleaned leather will be moisturized.
    3. Most items are ready to be returned within 2 weeks.
    4. We also offer a 72 hour emergency item cleanup where we clean clothing you need to continue living your life while the rest of your wardrobe is getting finished.  We deliver all items back to you.

We Offer ATP Testing

We prove your clothes are clean and safe to wear again.  We use ATP testing to scientifically prove they’re food grade clean and safe to handle again.

We Work With All Insurance Companies

We work with all insurance providers to ask for your textile cleaning to be part of your claim.  Since we do not have access to your insurance policy, we can never say anything definitive until we speak with your adjuster.  In many, clothing mold removal is covered.

How to Prevent Mold After a Water Damage?  Act Quickly.

Water that is not cleaned up will permanently damage almost anything in your home.  Call us as soon as you see a water damage on your property.

Likewise, mold will also destroy what it is growing on if it's not remediated quickly.  Mold can eat clothing, leather, and even walls.

If you have mold affected clothing, we will take them back to our facilities and immediately get in contact with your insurance to try to get your claim approved.  The faster we can remediate your items, the higher the chance of your textiles being saved.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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How to Find Mold in House

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Irving has a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offers free mold inspections.

How to Find Mold in House

Finding mold in your house is never a pleasant experience.  When homeowners or renters find mold, a lot of questions go through their mind.  Am I safe? Who do I call? How much will mold remediation cost? How long will the mold removal process take?

Being proactive about mold is the best policy.  Let’s talk about the common places mold grows and what you can do to prevent mold growth in the first place.

What Environment Does Mold Grow Best In?

First, let’s understand what kind of environment mold most loves to grow in.  Mold tends to grow in a place that is:

  • Warm
  • Dark
  • Moist

These spots tend to go undisturbed in a house or apartment.  For this reason, we are not surprised to find mold growing under kitchen sinks or other places where there is a source of constant water like bathrooms or laundry rooms.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that naturally grows in our environment.  It’s outdoors, indoors -- it’s everywhere. Getting rid of 100% of mold in a house or apartment is simply not possible, and any mold removal company that tries to sell you on that pitch won’t be able to fulfill their promise.  The best that a mold remediation company can do is remove enough mold to make your home a safe and healthy place to live in again.

Types of Mold

No one exactly knows how many types of mold exist out there.  There are some estimates in the hundreds of thousands! The best known kind of mold is black mold, which a quick search will show hundreds of articles talking about its toxicity.  Toxic black mold exists, but not every black colored mold is toxic. In fact, many molds are not harmful to human beings in small quantities.

Regardless of the type of mold you have in your home, an experienced and professional mold remediation company will treat every single type of mold with care.  Safety is always the top priority in mold cleanup, which is why our company treats all mold the same. Our mold remediation specialists will take all safety precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Mold Hot Spots

If you want to check out the most common places we find mold, inspect these portions of your home.  If you find mold in your home, give us a call.

Mold in Bathroom

Bathrooms are ideal places for mold to grow since they tend to be more humid than other rooms around the house.  Look around your tub or shower. Typically, you’ll see dark green or black spots on the caulking or wall joints.  Look also under and behind your sink, especially if you have a cabinet with pipes running inside of it and into the wall.  Also look at your exhaust vents. Mold spores are airborne and can very easily reach your fans and travel to other portions of your house if mold begins to grow in them.

Keep the humidity in your bathroom low to avoid mold.  You can do this by turning on the exhaust fans after a shower.  Also, leave your shower door open to let the water evaporate faster.

Mold on Carpet

This is common after a water damage that was not dried properly.  We see it all the time when someone tries to DIY their own water damage restoration.  This simply means that when the water absorbed into your carpet and pad, not all of it was dried quickly enough.  Depending on how long the mold has been in the carpet will determine whether we can save it or not. In almost all instances, the pad underneath the carpet will have to be replaced.

Mold starts to grow in as little as 72 hours.  This is why our business has a 24 hour emergency line to help people with water damages at any time of day, every day of the year.  We make sure to complete water extraction plus set professional drying equipment to avoid mold growth. If you have a water damage, call the professionals.  We’ll make sure your home is dried properly.

Mold on Walls

We see mold on walls when a pipe leak goes undetected for weeks or even months.  Sometimes a pipe leak is obvious because we see water coming out from under the baseboards.  But, other times, the leak is so small that it takes a while for any symptoms to show. Look for this mold problem behind walls where you know water pipes run through.

In this case, we have to cut through the wall to see what’s going on behind it.  The leak has to be fixed before we can move forward with mold remediation.

Mold on Clothes

There are a few different reasons we see mold on clothes.  One is that a water damage occurred but wasn’t cleaned up properly.  This is especially true in closets which are usually dark and warm. If you have carpet in your closet or if it's against a bathroom wall, check it out to make it's always dry and clean.  If there’s high humidity in there, mold may start to grow on your clothes.

Another common reason is that some clothing got wet, got put into a corner to be taken care of later.  Instead, it was forgotten about. When it’s found a week later, there is mold growing on top of it.

What do you do to remove mold from clothes?  Throwing it in with the rest of the laundry may not help since washing machines aren’t powerful enough to push mold spores out of fabrics.  Dry cleaners also can’t help you because they don’t have the tools or training to handle mold.

If you’re interested in trying to save your clothes, give us a call.  We are one of the few businesses in North Texas that is certified to handle mold infested clothing.  Our Esporta Wash System uses up to six special detergents and hydraulic pressure to literally push the spores out of all types of fabrics.  Best of all, we pick up and deliver your clothes back to your home.

Mold Behind Baseboards

This one won’t be easy to spot on your own.  Still, it’s important to know that if you are dealing with a water leak or have had a past water damage, finding mold behind a baseboard is common.  Usually, only a professional can help you find this.

Mold in HVAC

Mold spores fly up in the air when they’re disturbed, which is why they end up in our air ducts and HVAC system.  If you see mold growing on your vents or if you get a whiff of something musty every time the air conditioner turns on, it’s time to inspect your air ducts.  If you need help, give us a call. It’s important to take care of this quickly. If there really is mold in there, it could be spreading all throughout your house.

Mold in Attic

We usually find mold in the attic when there is roof damaged that has gone unnoticed.  After a big storm, head up to your attic and make sure everything is dry. If it’s not, call us quickly.  We’ll patch up the damaged portion of your roof and take care of your attic humidity. If you file an insurance claim, we’ll even work with your insurance company to permanently replace the damaged part of your roof.

Many folks call us when they see water spots on a ceiling.  This is often the first time they suspect something is wrong up there.  We come out for an inspection only to find out that their water heater has been leaking for a while and there’s now mold in the attic.  In this case, the mold remediation process will involve a few things: attic mold removal, beam replacement if the mold has damaged the wood, partial ceiling replacement, and water damage restoration services.

Mold Under Sink

Kitchens are popular places for mold growth because of their increased humidity level.  Look under your kitchen sink, especially if it's in a cabinet. Also, take a look behind your refrigerator and dishwasher.  If you’ve experienced a refrigerator or dishwasher leak in the past, be especially vigilant. Many plumbers are happy to help you with your leaky appliance, but few know to warn you about the wet wall and baseboards left behind.  

Free Mold Inspection

Are you still smelling something musty but can’t figure out where that smell is coming from?  If you suspect mold in your home, just give us a call. We’ll head over to your place and give you a free mold inspection and bid.  

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Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Commercial Mold Remediation

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We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license mold remediation, and we’re ready to start helping you with your mold problem immediately.

Commercial Mold Remediation

We understand the negative impact of business interruption, which is why we’ve customized our commercial mold remediation services to fit the business we’re working with.

  • Our mold remediation specialists can work after hours, including overnight.
  • We can also work on the weekends.
  • We can set up mold containment and HEPA air scrubbers to contain the mold to its current location while the rest of your business continues its day to day operations.

We will find a way to make sure your commercial property’s mold remediation is complete no matter your hours.

We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license mold remediation, and we’re ready to start helping you with your mold problem immediately.  Call us today for a free mold inspection and bid.

What is Mold?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus.  It grows in almost all environments, which makes 100% mold removal impossible.  There will always be some mold in any environment, but the trick is to get the number of mold spores as low as possible to avoid mold growth and infestation.  

Molds release small spores in the air which can be inhaled.  An indication of mold is a strong musty smell, even when none can be seen.  Some mold is clearly visible and appears as black and white spots near a moist source.

Types of Mold

There are many types of mold.  Some are not typically harmful to humans, while others are considered toxic.  The most well known mold is black mold, which many believe to be toxic. However, there are many types of mold that are black in color.  When dealing with mold, being safe is always the priority. Our company deals with any type of mold with care and the highest safety standards in place.

Mold Growth Environments

Mold symptoms are most likely to occur where mold loves to grow, which is in dark, warm, and moist environments.  If your business has this type of environment, the likelihood of growing mold is higher.

What Happens When I Find Mold?

Most importantly -- leave the mold alone.  Mold is very easy to disturb. The last thing you want is to give the mold an added opportunity to spread its spores to other locations in your business.  Ask people to stay away from that area.

Next, give us a call.  We will come out and perform a free mold inspection.  We’ll check out the area you suspect already has mold, and we’ll also look at the rest of your building to make sure the infestation hasn’t spread.  

After inspection, we’ll present you with a bid.  Our bids are no cost, no obligation.

Texas State Mold Law

Due to Texas Mold Law, there are two ways the mold remediation process can happen.  

  1. No Reporting Needed to Texas State

Your mold does not need to be reported to Texas if it's under 25 contiguous feet.  In this circumstance, we can begin mold remediation services immediately.

  1. Reporting the Mold to Texas State is Necessary

You mold project does need to be reported to Texas when its over 25 contiguous feet.  This size of mold falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which requires:

  • A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol.  We cannot legally choose an assessor for you.  Instead, we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from.
  • A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas.  Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
  • When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful.  If it is, they will issue a Clearance Document.
  • The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the mold cleanup.  Keep this document and give a copy to your insurance provider or future property buyer.

Our business has dealt with both scenarios hundreds of times, and we know exactly how to navigate this process with you.  Rest assured that we will talk you through the process step-by-step and will be there to help you.

Will Mold Remediation Interrupt My Business?

In most cases, mold remediation doesn’t have to interrupt your business.  We have been in business for over 30 years, and we have found ways to help all kinds of businesses minimize or eliminate business interruptions.

We can:

  • Work after hours, including overnight.
  • Work on the weekend.
  • Set up mold containment with HEPA air scrubbers to work on the mold infestation while the rest of your business operates.  

Our crews of mold remediation specialists are experienced and successful.  Our business will work with yours to create a work schedule for your mold remediation project.  We understand the high cost of business interruption, and our goal is to disrupt your day to day operations as minimally as possible.

If you suspect mold in your business or see visible growth, give us a call.  We’re always available and always ready to help.

Trusted Leader in Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration in Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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Where Mold Hides

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Where Mold Hides

Mold tends to grow in warm, dark, moist environments.  For this reason, we are not surprised to find additional mold behind walls where pipes are present when a homeowner or business owner has called us for a bit of visible mold on a bathroom or kitchen wall.  Inspecting for mold in places that are not typically visible is important to keep a safe and healthy environment.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are ideal places for mold to grow since they tend to be more humid than other rooms around the house.  Look around your tub or shower.  Typically, it will be dark green or black on the caulking or wall joints.  Look also under and behind your sink, especially if you have a cabinet with pipes running inside of it and into the wall.  Also look at your exhaust vents.  Mold spores are airborne and can very easily reach your fans and travel to other portions of your house if mold begins to grow in them.

Kitchen

Kitchens are also popular places for mold growth because of their increased humidity level.  Look under your kitchen sink, especially if it sits atop a cabinet.  Also, take a look behind your refrigerator and dishwasher.  If you’ve experienced a refrigerator or dishwasher leak in the past, be especially vigilant.

Bedroom

The reason to look in closets it because they tend to be dark and not have a lot of air circulation.  If you put clothing that is freshly washed and not completely dry, that moisture may make your closet a humid environment.

Basement

While not very popular in Dallas, we still encounter homes every now and then with a basement.  If you have a basement, pay attention to any point on the wall that is showing structural weakness.  If you smell anything resembling strong must or mildew but you cannot find a source of moisture, call a mold remediator.

Attics

Attics are often a place of mold growth, particularly if the home or property’s roof has been damaged.  If you’ve experienced roof damage, have your attic checked out for a water damage.  Today, attics are also popular places to place air conditioners and water heaters, both of which have higher probabilities of leaking.

Laundry Room

Make sure that both your washer and dryer are working properly and not leaking.  Heat released by your dryer can make this room humid.  Often, there are vents in these rooms that help humidity escape; also check those vents for possible growth.  

If you suspect or see mold growth in your home or business, give us a call.  We are a Texas licensed mold contractor and can guide you every step of the way.  We’re always available and always ready to help.

SERVPRO of North Irving has over 30-years of experience and services Irving, Dallas, and all surrounding Dallas and Ft. Worth communities.  We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  

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Mold Remediation Steps for Clothing and Textiles

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Our Esporta Wash System can remove mold growth from up to 85% of all soft contents and restore them to food-grade safe quality.

What Are Textiles?

Picture your home being flipped upside down.  Everything that is not attached to the house itself will fall down.  Those items that fall are called contents.  Now imagine going through all those fallen items and sorting them by what broke versus what did not break.  The items that did not break are most likely textiles.  Another name for textiles is soft contents.

Textiles include items like:

  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Shoes
  • Clothing
  • Stuffed animals
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment, including helmets
  • Hats

Mold can grow on textiles the same way it can grow on walls and floors.  Often, mold infested textiles are thrown away, even if they have a high sentimental value like a baby blanket.  

Moldy textiles don’t have to be thrown away.  Most of the time, these items are restorable -- with the right process.  

We take all of these kinds of items from your property and get them ready for a specialized sanitation wash in a machine called the Esporta.  We are one of the few Esporta certified businesses in North Texas, and our technicians have successfully cleaned over 100,000 items that otherwise would have been thrown away.  

Our success rate is over 85% -- among the highest in the textile restoration industry!

Proper Mold Remediation Steps for Clothing

  • Step 1:  Move Out Services

Most of the time, we handle mold infested clothing after a water damage or flood damage.  In these cases, the water damage was either not remediated correctly or was left untreated for too long.  

Mold begins to grow after only 48 hours, and we commonly find affected textiles in closets or where they got wet and were not picked up on time.  

While mold will eventually damage any surface it’s on (it will eat through it), the majority of clothing we find are still salvageable.  

All soft contents that are covered in mold are inventoried on your property.  Afterward, they are bagged and brought back to our mold remediation cleaning center.

  • Step 2: Inventory and Sorting

Back at our cleaning facilities, our Esporta technicians take a second inventory of your items to make sure nothing was lost in transit.  We present this inventory to your insurance company and work with your insurance adjuster to get your soft contents claim approved for cleaning.  Our technicians also sort the textiles by category and fiber to prepare it for the wash.

  • Step 3: Washing and Sanitizing

Contents are washed in our Esporta Wash System.  Our machine looks like a huge laundry machine, but it has different compartments inside.  We will place your clothing in one of these compartments and tell the machine what kind of cycle to run.  

After we shut the door, the bottom half of the machine fills up with water that gets mixed with up to six different detergents.  Then, the machine’s compartments start to spin rapidly.

While your clothing is locked into place and doesn’t move at all, the hydraulic pressure created by the spinning literally pushes the detergent laden water through every single layer of fabric in your comforter.  This movement causes over 99% of contaminants to be pushed out.

The lack of agitation inside the machine means your comforter stays in its position and is not rubbed or twisted.  This process makes it a lot more gentle on its fabrics.

One of the best aspects of the machine is that the clothing that comes out of the wash are food grade clean and near pH neutral.  Our detergents are environmentally friendly and safe for your skin.

  • Step 4: Drying

After the wash is complete, the soft contents enter our drying room where the humidity level is monitored.  No other contents are allowed inside to avoid cross contamination.

  • Step 5: Storage and Return

After being dried, your clothing and textiles go through a finishing process.  Like dry cleaners, we will press your clothing, hang it, and wrap it in plastic to keep dust away.  If we have other soft contents that are not clothes, they are carefully wrapped and packaged in boxes.  

If long term storage is required, we place all contents into moving or wardrobe boxes and place them in air conditioned storage.  Your soft contents can remain with us as long as you need them to.

If no storage is needed, the contents are returned to you at your convenience.

Does my insurance cover mold remediation?

Your insurance policy is a private document between you and your insurance company.  The Job File Coordinator assigned to you can ask your insurance agent for guidance, but we do not have direct access to your policy.  We understand that knowing what is covered is important in knowing how to proceed with your claim. We will do all we can to help.

What different types of mold can you remove?

We can remove all types of mold from your clothing.

Mold Removal Dallas

We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor license and have helped many homes and businesses remove mold growth of all sizes.  We offer free mold inspections and bids.  Call us any time if you need any type of mold removal services. 

Trusted Leader in Mold Remediation, Dallas Texas

SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas.  We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years.  With our crews responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.  You can trust us to restore your home or business.

Our crews are available dispatch for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reached 24/7 at (972) 986-7677.  Call us any time!

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