Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Don't Ignore Hanging Insulation

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Ignore Hanging Insulation Hanging insulation can be both a symptom of one problem or the beginning of another. And it is best to act if you spot it quickly.

While at first glance you would think the big issue is the wet subfloor. (And you’d be right) But, it is the thing that may not stand out to you that can lead to the next giant issue. Although it is only in the top left corner of this photograph, the hanging insulation is the real star. Yes, the subfloor is soaking wet, and if you were to spot this underneath your home, you would be swift to take action. But if you see insulation hanging in some spots of the crawlspace, you may not give it a second glance. Hanging insulation could be a symptom of water damage, but it has the potential to cause microbial growth under your home without you ever having any water damage. If the hanging insulation reaches the ground, it can wick up natural groundwater from rain, and over time that can saturate that piece of insulation and possibly spread to other materials that it touches. Unconditioned crawlspaces can be ideal locations for mold to grow, they are dark, probably humid, and most people never go into the crawlspace unless they have to. The moral of this story is that if you or a service provider see hanging insulation, it may be best to contact a professional like SERVPRO of East Greenville County to inspect your property and prevent issues before they start.

Reducing the Likelihood of Mold in your Greenville, SC Home: Crawl Space Water Heaters

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reducing the Likelihood of Mold in your Greenville, SC Home: Crawl Space Water Heaters Discharge from water heaters can cause insulation to sag and can become a source of microbial growth.

You needed extra storage room in your home, so you relocated your water heater to the crawlspace. Great, you now have a larger pantry or hall closet, plus you do not have to worry about your floor if the water heater leaks. However, you may have set up a much larger issue down the road. Now, this isn’t intended to frighten anyone or convince them to reconsider any form of home renovation, but instead, bring awareness to on how to help prevent costly damage to your home.

One of SERVPRO of East Greenville County specialties is water mitigation, and often we discover a secondary issue while helping home or business owners recover from a water damage event: Mold. In the majority of those instances, we are able to be proactive and resolve the mold situation before it can become a huge problem. But, there are a few occasions where mold and microbial growth can become an enormous problem, and if the source of loss for water damage is a water heater that is located in an unconditioned crawlspace, the chances of a major mold issue increase drastically.

Unconditioned crawlspaces are ideal locations for microbial growth. They are dark, damp, and rarely disturbed. Combine those favorable conditions with even a small, unnoticeable leak from a water heater and mold can grow and spread quickly in the crawlspace and may impact other parts of your home. If your water heater has a major issue, it may spray hot water onto insulation or parts of HVAC units and other areas that may be overlooked by a hot water service technician, and that could be enough to initiate microbial growth. Contacting SERVPRO of East Greenville County for a crawlspace inspection after your water heater has been serviced or replaced is a great way to being proactive in preventing or removing a mold issue. Our expert technicians can review your crawlspace and develop customized solutions to fit your home’s needs, not just sell you an expensive “fix-all.”

Preventing mold or discovering it in early stages can reduce the risk to your home or business and significantly reduce the cost of repairs and lost time.

Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold. Part 2

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold. Part 2 Many cheese caves in the US are converted tunnels from the prohibition era or underground storage units used before the invention of refrigerators.

As a company that specializes in Mold Mitigation, SERVPRO of East Greenville has a numerous amount of information about mold. Specifically harmful or “Black” mold and a large amount of this information can be unnerving. So in an effort to be fair and balanced, we would like to share some information about some “good” types of mold.

Part 2: Cheese Caves

Blue Cheese can be a delicious additive to salads, steaks & burgers, or make a great dip. But blue cheese is also made from a mold, in fact, is from the same strain of mold as penicillin. And blue cheese isn’t the only form of edible mold.

Gourmet “cheese hounds” and other foodies enjoy some of the more eccentric cheeses, and more producers are working to accommodate their taste. “Cheese Caves” are facilities where certain types of cheese are stored in controlled environments that are perfectly maintained to encourage certain types of mold in and around the cheese. Sections of these facilities are calibrated to certain temperatures and moisture levels to cultivate and create ecosystems of mold, and many of the facilities have “cave systems” dedicated to multiple types of cheese and each one has its own environmental calibration.

The cheeses produced from cheese caves can be very expensive and if you are looking to try some don’t D.I.Y. it and take a bite from some cheddar with grey mold lurking in the back of the refrigerator, there is a local cheese cave in Charleston, SC.

While many of us at SERVPRO of East Greenville County are not sure if we have ever had cheese cultivated in cheese cave, we do love blue cheese dressing with our wings. So add another mold to the good guys’ list.

Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold Part 3

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold Part 3 A surface sample from the International Space Station. The Microbiome is monitored often to protect their health and safety. (NASA)

As a company that specializes in Mold Mitigation, SERVPRO of East Greenville has a numerous amount of information about mold. Specifically harmful or “Black” mold and a large amount of this information can be unnerving. So in an effort to be fair and balanced, we would like to share some information about some “good” types of mold.

And the finale is a doozy.

Part 3: Space Fungus (Yeast)

During the research for this series of articles, I noticed a pattern: most of the discoveries for beneficial uses of mold came from accidents. And this one is only slightly different.

In 1997 an astronaut discovered several “bowling-ball to beach-ball” size floating globs of stagnant water on the Russian Space Station, Mir. Each of these globs was occupied with dozens of species of bacteria and fungi. The fungi on the space station were able to grow so much because of dead skin cells being shed by the astronauts free-floating throughout were easily reached by the spores that were also able to float about without gravity freely.

Several years of research produced some fantastic results. Scientists had known that yeasts have a higher radiation resistance than other living organisms. The cell structure of the yeast didn’t break down as quickly as that of humans, and it allowed the proteins in the DNA to repair the cells before significant damage could be caused. Scientists can use this to try to develop medication or supplements to treat radiation sickness or bring long-distance space travel closer to reality. For much more detailed information about fungi in space check out ScienceLine.org.

If yeasts can help us get closer to reaching the stars, then it belongs right up there with Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell as heroes.

Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Yes. There is such a Thing as Good Mold It’s hard to believe that the same mold that is growing on this bread is responsible for saving millions of lives.

As a company that specializes in Mold Mitigation, SERVPRO of East Greenville has a numerous amount of information about mold. Specifically, harmful or “Black” mold and a large amount of this information can be unnerving. So in an effort to be fair and balanced, we would like to share some information about some “good” types of mold.

Part 1: Penicillin

Unless you are allergic to antibiotics (or are a bacteria culture), Penicillin is your friend. Alexander Fleming is credited with discovering that penicillin can kill disease-causing colonies of bacteria in 1929. But it was not until WWII when penicillin became massed produced to help treat injured troops and get sick troops back into action sooner. Andre Moyer was granted the patent to mass-produce penicillin in 1948, and after that, a variety of antibiotics were developed. From there “synthetic,” or antibiotics made without penicillin, were designed for those that are allergic to penicillin and its derivatives.  

It is possible that millions of lives have been saved thanks to this strain of mold. And that puts it on our good side for sure.

The Impact Mold Can Have On Our Health

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Impact Mold Can Have On Our Health Painted over mold in a Greer, SC home. Make sure to properly clean and remove mold and not attempt to cover it up.

As a property owner, it can be easy to only focus on the damage and cost that mold can cause. But is vital to take in to account the impacts mold can have on the health of those that spend time inside of homes, businesses, and facilities that are affected. Mold can cause various health problems for people and pets if they come in contact or breathe in spores.

Allergic reactions can occur in individuals such as sneezing, runny nose or irritations such as red eyes or skin rashes. These reactions can be immediate or delayed and vary in severity.

Individuals with asthma have even more risk of having an asthma attack in areas where mold spores are present. The inhaled spores can trigger intense attacks that may require medical attention.

Allergic reactions and asthma are only two of the potential health problems that can be associated with mold and microbial growth. And why it is essential to take swift and proper action if there is a suspected mold problem. For more information about mold visit the EPA.gov website.

A Cautionary Tale About Mold in Greer, SC

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Cautionary Tale About Mold in Greer, SC A tiny amount of moisture almost became a giant problem for a church in Greer, SC.

It’s Not the Heat; It’s the Humidity

You heard the phrase a thousand times, and if you live in the south, you know that it is true. But humidity is not just the cause of frizzy hair or glasses of lemonade to sweat like they are the ones mowing the lawn, humidity can create the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

Checking for leaks and getting them repaired ASAP is a great start but dripping pipes or holes in the roof are not the only ways that microbial growth can develop in you Greer home, business, or facility. Sometimes the issue can start where there has never been any running water, and these tiny surprises can become gigantic problems if overlooked.

Recently SERVPRO of East Greenville County was called to a local church to perform mold mitigations services. The source of the mold was not from heavy rain or a busted water main, but it was from one damp box. The church had a new section added a few years ago, and during the preparation, one of the unused classrooms was turned into what was supposed to be a temporary storage room. More contents were added to the room over time, and the short-term fix became the long-term solution.

During last year’s hail storm, the activity center’s roof was damaged and rain leaked into the facility. The contents of the impacted office in the building were packed into storage boxes and deposited in the trusty storage room. But, the wet contents of the boxes soaked through to the packaging, and as the boxes sat in the dark storage room for months, mold began to grow. The mold spread beyond the container and the items within to the nearby boxes and the walls it touched. Fortunately, the youth group volunteered to clean out the storage room, so the microbial growth had not spread too far. SERVPRO of East Greenville County was able to remove the impacted section of the wall and encapsulated the part of the structure behind the affected area, then performed a detailed cleaning of the entire room after the contents had been disposed of.

Although there was never any standing or running water in the storage room, conditions were right for mold to develop and grow in only a short time. Remember to periodically check in on the areas of your property that you don’t often visit to make sure that you do not have a potential mold problem.

Conditions In Greenville Might Be Right For Mold

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Conditions In Greenville Might Be Right For Mold SERVPRO of East Greenville County knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.

 Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of East Greenville County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to remediate mold in your home or business effectively.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (864) 292-3495

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of East Greenville County for mold remediation services.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Emergency Tips Please call SERVPRO before your problem gets this bad.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 1-864-292-3495

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call SERVPRO of East Greenville County

864-292-3495