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Learn How Mold Can Damage Your Oak Ridge Property

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Learn How Mold Can Damage Your Oak Ridge Property Mold caused by a leaky pipe needs immediate removal.

The Ever-Present Microbe Does Not Mean Mold Damage Must Occur in Oak Ridge Properties

Microbes a new corner of Oak Ridge, and only the unwanted presence of water activates these otherwise harmless microorganisms. Once this occurs, however, and water continues to provide them with easy access to vital nutrients, mold can continue growing indefinitely.
 
Homes in Oak Ridge require mold damage remediation to thwart growth and stop homes from succumbing to this constantly growing microbe. SERVPRO's specialists receive training in mold damage remediation and can provide you with specific information about how these can damage your property.
 
Microbes can exist anywhere, even in freezing temperatures. However, they only exist in a dormant state most of the time. They require warmer, but shady locations, and enough water to release the nutrients from materials nearby as well as moisture to keep them growing.  This is why they prefer attics and basements, as well as closed-off rooms, crawlspaces, and under cabinets. A lack of air currents also helps microorganisms grow quickly and profusely.
 
SERVPRO can help locate where moisture enters your home's living space and close the source off, this does not kill off the mold itself but forces it back into a dormant state. However, any microbes that settle in the area cannot grow, either. We perform remediation of areas with mold damage in a manner that keeps the already present ones contained, and also set up air scrubbers to remove any spores from the home's environment.
 
No amount of remediation can wipe your home completely free of mold and mildew spores. Microbes are continually being reintroduced, as well, from outside sources. However, proper mold damage remediation gives your home a fresh start by reducing the population down to a healthy number and eliminating any sources of moisture.
 
SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties performs mold damage remediation for homeowners in Kingston, Rockwood, and Oliver Springs. Contact us today by calling our 24-hour service line, (865) 986-3015, any day of the year. 

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The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO When An Ice Dam Forms And Causes Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Advantages Of Hiring SERVPRO When An Ice Dam Forms And Causes Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home Ice dams form when warm air escapes through a poorly insulated roof, and this heat then melts the underside of the ice and snow that accumulated.

Ice Dam Formation On Your Roof Can Lead To Mold Damage In Your Harriman Home's Attic

Colder weather means turning up the heat in our homes in Harriman. Keeping things comfortably warm can help stave off colds and flu episodes, as well as protect our homes. Letting heat escape through a poorly insulated roof and exterior walls in your residence can lead to higher heating bills.

Harriman residents should know that a lack of insulation in their roof can lead to mold damage. Ice dams form when warm air escapes through a poorly insulated roof, and this heat then melts the underside of the ice and snow that accumulated. Sunlight melts some of the snow on the top of the snow cover, sending water off the roof or trickling underneath in places where the cover is thinner. Overnight, when temperatures drop again, the top layer refreezes and traps the water underneath. The heat escaping can continue to melt the lowest part of the snow.

The weight of this ice and snow on your roof can eventually push water between shingles. As this water slowly enters your home, it can compress insulation further. This leads to more heat escaping through your roof. The moisture that entered remains, providing the microbes already present with the ability to begin growing in full force.

Installing new installation can prevent ice dams, but many homeowners find that mold damage already exists when they pull out the old insulation. SERVPRO can remediate this microbial invasion and make everything “Like it never even happened.” Any repairs to the roof should also occur at this time, to prevent any leaks or drips that can harm newly installed insulation. Afterward, you can safely install new insulation without worrying that either problem might return.

When mold damage occurs in an attic, many of the things stored there can also become covered in microbial growth. Some items stain easily because of the materials involved in their construction. However, we can restore many belongings to excellent condition. We can perform this cleaning in your home if space allows for our workers and equipment.

Because mold spreads via spores, SERVPRO's technicians set up air scrubbers in the living areas of your house. These machines clean the air and trap microscopic particles, including dust, spores, and small fibers. This is very important to consider if any ducts in your attic contain holes, tears, or breaks that spores might have entered before we remediated the situation.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties wants families to live in homes that contain no mold damage, especially since microbes can cause health effects. We serve residents in Kingston and Rockwood, as well as the Blue Springs area. Contact SERVPRO any time of the day or night, 265 days a year, by calling (865) 986-3015.

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How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Harriman Home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Spot Mold Growth In Your Harriman Home The right way to correct mold growth in your home is to trust in the experience of a professional remediation team.

How To Spot Mold Growth

As much as the presence of a fungus growing in your Harriman home might leave you uneasy, the more unsettling truth is that many have these colonies sprouting and thriving throughout their residence without any knowledge. While common effects for these occurrences is a lingering and blatant odor that leads you to the source, in many cases, this is less overwhelming and easy to ignore.

Part of the problem with mold damages in your Harriman home is that many homeowners do not fully understand how mold spores seat and colonize. Moreover, you do not know where you should be looking. With a little bit of guidance to where you are most likely to find mold and some signs to look out for, you can better prevent the occurrence from happening before you have to call in the skilled remediation team we have at SERVPRO.

One of the first things that a homeowner needs to be on the lookout for is persistent dampness and moisture in areas of their home. This dampness is a feeding ground for spores that already exist naturally in the environment, allowing mold to get the nutrients it requires to spread and destroy organic matter they encounter. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you to isolate and repair the causes of moisture and dampness through areas of your home, even underneath it.

Spotting is the way that many colonies begin to spread throughout organic material they encounter in areas of growth in your home. These can easily get overlooked, especially in darker areas. Make sure to take the time to visually inspect low traffic areas of your home as well for any visible spots that appear on surfaces like drywall that has been affected by moisture.

The right way to correct mold growth in your home is to trust in the experience of a professional remediation team. You need a fast response time to help stop the growth and spread in its tracks and help better safeguard your house from a recurring event. Give our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties remediation technicians a call 24/7 at (865) 986-3015.

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Mold Damage Experts in Oak Ridge Talk About Issues Resulting From Water Leaks

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts in Oak Ridge Talk About Issues Resulting From Water Leaks Pipe breaks or leaks can happen quietly and cause damage for a long time before they are discovered. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Team SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Spread of Mold Through Your Home

If a pipe breaks inside your Oak Ridge mobile home while you are out of town, it is possible that you will come home to a big mess. When water sprays into your home for a long time, it can affect everything inside your house including both building materials and your possessions. As time goes on, excessive moisture can cause microbial growth to occur on organic substances inside the building. The longer the water damage problem goes unnoticed, the worse the contamination can get.
 
Once a fungus develops it forms structures called hyphae that spread into, across and up out of materials producing spores that act as seeds. When mitigating mold damage in Oak Ridge, preventing spores from spreading to unaffected areas is essential. As the seed-like, microscopic particles float around in the air, they find places to settle and produce more fungal contamination. Microbes can get into the building's ventilation system causing air quality issues to arise.
 
Since mold can cause health effects with some people, containing spores to the originally affected area is our SERVPRO technicians' primary goal. To start, anywhere inside the home that got contaminated by fungi gets sealed off from the rest of the house. We set up a containment chamber using thick plastic sheeting and metal poles. The chamber traps in any spores and dust created by the mitigation process. We then set up an air scrubber that gets attached to the side of the contained area to suck in the air cleaning it with a HEPA filtration system.
 
The HEPA filter traps the tiniest of particles floating around in the air so that only clean air is exhausted out by the air scrubber. Anti-microbial solutions also get used during the process to kill mold and the spores created by it. The major focus of the mitigation process is to remove the contamination from all affected materials. Some fungi can be sanded off surfaces while our SERVPRO restoration crew uses a HEPA vacuum to suck up the dust created by the sanding process. In other cases, the contamination is so severe that affected items must be thrown away. When removing objects from the contained region, they are always carried out of the containment chamber in sealed plastic bags so that contaminated dust cannot escape into the unaffected environment.
 
After all contamination is removed, our SERVPRO technicians dry out structural components so that the fungi do not reappear. If you ever have to deal with remediating fungal issues inside your mobile home, call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any day of the week.

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Where Mold Damage is Most Likely to Be in a Harriman Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where Mold Damage is Most Likely to Be in a Harriman Home Steam and humidity from a hot shower may produce enough moisture for mold spores to grow and spread.

Call on SERVPRO if You Discover Mold Damage in Your Home

Any part of your home in Harriman can get mold damage if the right conditions are present, but some areas may be more likely than others to develop these conditions. Most species grow best in warm, damp places where they can mature safely without much interference, making some places around the house prime targets for infestation. Whenever we respond to mold damage calls, we take care to investigate these and other areas for any signs of additional growth, as an unknown, lurking colony could cause more problems later.

Bathrooms

With so much moisture in one area, it is no surprise that bathrooms in Harriman develop mold damage more readily than do other rooms in a home. With many water fixtures that can leak, break or overflow, the area could be doused in enough water to develop a significant fungal problem multiple times in one week. Even the steam and humidity from a hot shower may be enough to sustain some species. Mold prefers to grow in tile grout, wood or paneled surfaces, and beneath cabinets in home styles typical of the Harriman area.

Basements

Basements may be perfect places for spores to grow because of their climate regulation and elevated moisture levels. Lower elevations in the home support both optimal climates and water content, as any leaks or drips can easily make their way down. Basements are also dark more often than other parts of the home, which creates favorable conditions for a wider variety of mold species.

Outdoor Areas

While areas outside your home may not be climate controlled and undisturbed like the indoors, they also are much more exposed to the elements and rainfall than anywhere inside. Many types of mold prefer this environment, where safety may not be assured but a food source is, and you could deal with patches of growth on the exterior of your home or in other outdoor areas, such as patios, walkways, and tool sheds. Seasonal conditions are much more important for these cases, and we do not normally see many outdoor infestations in the colder parts of the year.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties provides expert mold damage remediation and restoration services for problems of any shape, size, and location. Call us at (865) 986-3015 to learn how we can help.  

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Do Not Wait on Mold Remediation for Your Harriman Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Not Wait on Mold Remediation for Your Harriman Home Finding mold in your home can be scary, but you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to fully remediate the damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help You Recover from Mold Damage

While you might not have ever experienced mold in your Harriman home before, the discovery of it now has you questioning what you should do next. The best thing that you can do is to immediately contact IICRC-certified mold remediation specialists to help you through the entire process, ones that can both safely remove the growing colonies and prevent the spores from spreading to new areas of your home and continuing the present damage.

Your Harriman home was not built to have both your family and mold damage. With the high volume of organic materials that go into the construction of your house, it is a virtual buffet for thriving mold colonies, and they can ruin everything that they become seated into or spread out to reach. It is now fundamental knowledge that mold can cause health effects, regardless of the variety that is present in your home, so this is a condition that you should consider paramount and have the situation resolved as quickly as possible.

As with any mold situation, sectioning off the affected area from the rest of your house is a critical step to prevent the spread of active spores to new areas. For this reason, air circulation equipment for your house gets turned off for the duration of the remediation process. By doing this, spores do not have a chance to be sucked into vents and exhausts to find a home in another damp area of your house.

The removal of mold colonies is an involved process that requires personal protective equipment to be worn by our SERVPRO technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to penetrate deeply into the surfaces housing mold colonies to eradicate the entire hyphae.

Dehumidification plays a critical role in the remediation process as well. Our SERVPRO professionals set up high-grade dehumidifiers to pull the moisture from the air and remove the food source mold spores need to grow and thrive. Preventing this might need to be ongoing, and you could get tasked with continuing to dehumidify the area for the foreseeable future if traditional waterproofing methods fail.

When you find mold in your home, you do not have to worry about it for a long time. When you reach out to SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, you are reaching out to professional and certified remediation specialists that can help you through the process. Give us a call today at (865) 986-3015.

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How to Manage Mold Damage in Lenoir City

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Manage Mold Damage in Lenoir City Responding quickly to water damage in your home reduces the risk of mold damage because SERVPRO removes moisture quickly.

SERVPRO Offers Thorough and Effective Mold Remediation Services

Discovering mold in your Lenoir City property can be discouraging to a homeowner. The media spotlight on mold issues in recent years has been unrelenting, and what you hear can be frightening. Take the time to educate yourself about the realities of microbial growth and partner with a reputable mold remediation company to get your life back to normal.

Mold damage is a frequent problem in Lenoir City, and the reasons you experience it in your home are usually straightforward. Mold reproduces through spores, tiny particles that are present everywhere. Mold spores need water to grow and usually have no problem finding a moisture source outdoors.

In fact, mold has the essential job of breaking down organic plant and animal materials, and if it were not available to do that task outdoor debris would become unmanageable.

When water soaks into the structure of your dwelling, the spores floating or settled on surfaces swell and begin growing into colonies within 24 to 48 hours. Immediate response to any water damage is the key to avoiding mold growth, and SERVPRO’s water damage teams can remove moisture fast, minimizing the risk of damage from the fungi.

Unfortunately, water damage often hides, and mold does not need light to multiply. Any organic surface such as wood framing, drywall, wallpaper, insulation, carpeting, and many more examples of common building materials and fixtures, sustain mold development if water is available. If a musty smell is noticeable, staining, and feathery or leathery growths of any color occur, a mold remediation assessment by SERVPRO is a must.

Our mold remediation crew trains to contain and remove the offending microbial infestation. SERVPRO technicians use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols to handle a mold outbreak and are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists.

We take care to contain the outbreak, using physical barriers or equipment such as negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent moldy debris from circulating throughout your property during remediation. SERVPRO crews then remove the mold and any porous surface infiltrated, bagging the debris for appropriate disposal according to local hazardous waste rules. The affected area is sanitized with effective antimicrobials, and lingering debris is evacuated with vacuums equipped with HEPA filters.

The moisture source must be identified and then eliminated. SERVPRO monitors moisture levels in the air and structures until satisfied mold growth is unsustainable. Repairs of leaky plumbing or roofs need completion, or humidity levels must be reduced permanently to between 30 and 50 percent to prevent future growth of the many mold strain spores still in the home.

If you suspect the possibility of mold damage in your home, SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties has strategies that work to eliminate current colonies and minimize problems going forward. Schedule a mold remediation specialist evaluation by calling (865) 986-3015.

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