Mold: Don’t Take the Easy Route
This is an example of how mold can return if it is just wiped down and painted over.
Mold is unattractive, and remediation can be expensive and take up a lot of time. It is because of these reasons that a lot of homeowners and property managers choose to paint over mold. But painting over mold is a bad idea for many reasons. Paint does not kill mold, and it will not stop the source of the mold. Mold will continue to grow under the paint, and you will see apparent signs of mold again. The surface mold that you see on your walls or ceilings is likely only a small portion of the mold problem. The mold may be deep into your walls. Your best bet is to at least perform a professional mold inspection to ensure the mold is identified and the source of the leak is discovered. Once you know the extent of the damage and the origin of moisture has been repaired, you can evaluate your course of action for appropriate mold remediation.
Mold is sometimes called a silent killer. It could impact your health and could cause permanent damage, including death. From itchy skin and headaches to serious respiratory and mental issues, mold could quickly take its toll on your body. The very young and very old are even more vulnerable. You often don’t even know that your health is being affected until the damage has already been done. When it comes to mold in your home or property, take the proper steps to get rid of it. Do not settle on painting over the mold. SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties cares about people’s health and has trained and certified employees that will properly solve your mold issues in a timely healthy manner.
Call SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties at (252)208-7888 for your home or business mold assessment.
Tips to Prevent Fire in Your Clothes Dryer
Be sure to clean your dryer vent regularly
Firefighters across the country respond to countless home fires caused by clothes dryers. A buildup of lint can cause a fire. In other wordsnot cleaning your dryer can be more of a threat of fire than an electrical malfunction.
Now, some dryers have indicators designed to alert you when lint has built up or blocked the vent. It is still good practice to check with your own eyes, for lint every time you use your dryer.
Below are three simple steps for laundry-room safety.
Clean The Lint Filter
Not once a month, or even once a week, remove lint from the dryer’s lint screen every time you use your dryer. It doesn’t matter if you do this before or after drying a load, but remove any lint from the screen at some point during each use. Not only does this help prevent a fire, but it also helps your laundry dry faster.
Replace the Accordion-Style Ducts
Most of the time, dryers are equipped with a 4-inch vent in the back, which homeowners or installers connect to the outside vent with a duct. But not all ducts are made the same.
If you have plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your dryer to the vent, it's a good idea to replace it.They are risky because they can sag, allowing lint to build up at low points. Also, the ridges on this type of duct can trap lint. Using a metal duct won’t sag, and lint is less likely to accumulate. Try using the shortest length possible.
Inspect Vent and Exhaust Duct Regularly
If you notice that your dryer takes longer than it used to, to dry clothes, that's a clue that there may be a blockage. Another clue is when you’re drying a load, go outside, and look at the dryer vent.Do you see or feel exhaust air? If not, the vent or exhaust duct is probably blocked with lint.
Try disconnecting the duct from the dryer, cleaning it out, and reconnecting the duct to the dryer and outside vent. Also, clean behind your dryer and underneath it because lint can build up there too.
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties would like for homeowners to use these simple tips to prevent a fire in your home.
Can Mold Return After Remediation?
To be blount, yes! After obtaining mold remediation services from a certified specialist, along with determining the actual cause of the infestation, the mold problems are usually taken care of. Despite that, it is still possible, for mold to return at a later time. The reason usually comes from an underlying moisture problem.
So, why does mold come back after being treated? Mold is a fungus. It contains living organisms that, in order to live, have to breakdown moist, rotting organic matter to survive. Without fungi and other decomposing organisms, dead debris from scraps, leaves, etc. would just simply continue to pile up. In wooded areas, it’s a good thing when mold breaks down wet, rotting wood. In our homes and buildings however, it’s a exstemely bad thing.
Mold reproduces by way of microscopic spores, which are almost always present in the air we breathe on a daily basis. Even if your indoor air quality is excellent there are still trace amounts of mold spores present. It’s all but unpreventable. In small masses, fungal spores don’t generally cause any harmful health effects. The last mentioned tends to occur when large amounts of mold are growing nearby, releasing large quantities of spores into the air.
If there’s moisture, especially wet and rotting wood, carpeting, or drywall, it creates the right habitat for molds to begin to grow. Moisture is almost always at the root of mold infiltrations. If the underlying moisture problem isn’t resolved properly during the mold remediation process, the mold problem could very likely recur in the near future.
We here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties use highly trained technicians to try and make sure this isn’t the situation at your home or building.
Call us at (252)208-7888 for your mold infestation problems.
Storms Can Hit Hard, We’re Here to Help
After a storm, SERVPRO could be the rainbow you need.
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties can provide immediate response and a sense of relief to Yu and your storm damaged property. As soon as it is safe, we can have a team of our technicians on site.
SERVPRO can help with a number of issues which includes getting emergency food and shelter to you and contacting friends and family.
Storms don’t wait for regular business hours to strike, that's why you need to call the professionals here at SERVPRO who are available to you 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
We understand the process of helping you to put your life back together when a storm hits. Allow us here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties to show you what several other family members have previously experienced ... our willingness to help make your life normal again.
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Be prepared for 2018 Hurricanes
Make sure you’re prepared for any hurricane that may occur in 2018.
Most of the time you know a hurricane is coming.
Tracking its progress as it moves through the Atlantic and Caribbean is almost addicting.
But, that doesn't make a hurricane any less devastating.
Nothing anyone can do will change the strength of a storm, but there is plenty to do to get ready for the after-effects.
People know how long a power outage can last in the wake of a hurricane. Keeping this in mind, its to your advantage, to stock up on necessities before a storm hits.
Don’t wait, plan ahead. Once the storm has done it's damage and estimates are given as to how long it will take to restore power, that's when the stores shelves go bare, if they weren't already. You'll want to stock up on: Flashlights & Batteries, Non-perishable food, Candles & Matches, Sanitary water, a 12-volt/Car adapter to charge electronics and a First-Aid Kit.
Other than supplies, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Do you have an evacuation plan? This
Is an important question to ask yourself before the storm hits. Having a plan in mind and knowing what to expect may help you stay calm and help keep you and your family safe.
Preparing for no Power
People who are fortunate enough to own a generator, or can help you you obtain one, is something to keep in mind. Remember, generators require gas, oil, and power cords to provide electricity for your refrigerator, freezer, lights, and more. Just be sure to never to run a portable generator inside your home, garage, or near open windows or doors. The gas exhaust given off by the generator contains carbon monoxide that can be deadly.
Humidity, Mold and Air Quality in Your Eastern NC Home
High humidity continues to be an issue during the summer months in Eastern NC.
We here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties want the people of Eastern NC to understand the high humidity issues we all deal with every summer as it relates to our homes.
Air barriers help to control the airflow through and within an enclosed structure. By controlling airflow, moisture is also controlled and therefore lessening the threat of mold in your home.
If moist indoor air comes into contact with a cold surface, it can result in condensation. An air barrier prevents cooler surfaces from being connected with indoor humid air. Warm air can store a lot of moisture, wile cold air stores very little moisture.
When the amount of moisture that can be stored in the air changes from warm to cool, the temperature gets colder. When it’s hot, more moisture is stored in the air, causing high humid levels. But when it’s cold, not much moisture can be stored at all. For those of us in the Lenoir, Duplin & Jones County area, that enjoy grilling out, let’s use this example: if you had a large propane tank filled with gas and you shrunk it, it would eventually spill over. And that’s called condensation.
Back in the day, older buildings would very seldom have condensation problems in cold weather because they were so well ventilated. In other words, they were leaky. The relative humidity in older homes would rarely rise above 25%. As tighter houses have been built, and they have failed to provide mechanical ventilation, the indoor relative humidity has gone up in newer homes.
In tight, heated and unventilated houses, the amount of moisture in the air along with the amount of condensation that can occur are drastically different than in old leaky houses. Condensation can occur wherever water vapor can find a cold spot, such as on roof or on walls, and the inside of window panes, and even inside the walls.
Using another example: if the temperature is 40°F outside and the outdoor relative humidity is 50%, you could allow that outdoor air to enter your home and heat it up to 70°F. The amount of moisture in the air stays exactly the same because the storage capacity of the air increases with the temperature. As a result of this, the relative humidity initially drops. As the moisture is added to the air, the relative humidity rises, and the moisture content rises also. How is moisture added to the air? As you breathe, sweat, boil water, take hot showers and grow houseplants indoors, all of those activities generate moisture in you home.
Indoor humidity becomes a problem when air leaks out of a house through holes in the structure. As the air reaches surfaces colder than 52°F or 53°F, the air will cool. When the air reaches its maximum capacity to store moisture, condensation will occur with the threat of mold beginning not far behind.
If the outdoor air temperature is around 30°F, the indoor air will drop the moisture that it gained on the way out. Since condensation in the walls can cause puddles, and in some cases, rot the structures framing. Condensation is something homeowners should want to avoid. If an air barrier is installed, it can help prevent condensation. Your air conditioning could also cause condensation.The same scenario can happen in reverse during the summer months. For example: if the outdoor air is 85°F and the relative humidity is 75%, the outdoor air leaking inward comes into contact with a surface below about 76°F, then the moisture in the air will condense and in some cases, also causing mold. If an exhaust fan is in your home, the air leaking in could cause condensation issues on air-conditioned surfaces, such as on the back side of vinyl wallpaper.
If moist air enters into a leaky house through gaps in the roof or wall, you may experience problems. But in a tight house with good air barriers along with a supply-only ventilation system, most of the air that’s enters inside the house is drawn in through the air conditioner, so the first cold surface it comes into contact with is the cooling coils of the air conditioner.
If air leaks are present in your building, you usually can’t see the condensation. However, condensation is sometimes visible in the attic space. The only thing a homeowner has to do is look for frost, dampness forming, or any sign of mold on the underside of the roof sheathing.
Not much of a hole in the ceiling of a humid house is needed for condensation to accumulate in the form of frost. Later, as the sun warms the roof up, the frost will melt, the water falls and then you could have have a leaky roof on your hands. Some homeowners would then call a roofer, he puts on a new roof, and it doesn’t fix anything because that was not the problem to begin with . It was an air leak.
If you as a homeowner are experiencing any of these issue, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties @ (252)208-7888. We are faster to any disaster and will make it like it never even happened.
Preventing Attic Water Damage
Be sure to occasionally check the moisture in your attic to prevent future headaches
Water and moisture in an attic could cause major headaches and many costly repairs. Also, mold can grow and contaminate your homes air quality, and water can even weaken its structure. Homeowners need to know what causes the moisture in their attic in order to stop water damage. The damage could come from a leaking roof, faulty insulation and/or ventilation or appliance failures. SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties offers these helpful tips at how to reduce attic water damage: Look for Leaks in Your Attic Check the insulation and wood for signs of water damage like mold or discoloration of the wood. Also, check around where the light fixtures are paced from above.
Ventilate Your Attic Moisture in your attic space increases without the proper ventilation. Good attic ventilation is especially important in winter, because in winter, warm air rises, enters the attic, and then condenses on any cold surfaces of the attic. Condensation can’t be released unless your attic has the proper ventilation. Also, make sure any attic vents are open and not blocked by insulation or clutter.
Insulate Your Attic The temperature levels in your attic are controlled by the insulation you use. In the winter months, the attic temperature should be five to ten degrees warmer than the outside temperature. The attic floor needs to be properly insulated so warm air from inside your house doesn’t enter the attic.
Vent Appliances to the Outside A common mistake a lot of homeowners experience is improper ventilation of appliances. The clothes dryer, kitchen vents, and bathroom vents should always blow the air outside of the house and not in the attic.
Maintain Attic Appliances One other thing to note is that appliances in your attic such as air conditioners, hot water heaters, and HVAC systems may fail and cause water damage. Remember to periodically check these appliances for wear and tear and loose connections.
Understanding Mold Remediation
The faster you call SERVPRO @ (252)208-7888, the faster we can get the mold in your home under control.
What happens when a mold remediation company, like SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties, shows up at your house to get rid of mold?
Prior to SERVPRO arriving at your house, try and clear out any access items that may be in the way of the remediation zone. Place house pets either in another room or out in the backyard. It helps to move any vehicles from the driveway or garage, and clear a wide path for the technicians to access your residence from the outside all the way to the mold area.
When SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties arrive, they will park as near as possible to the doorway, lay down sheets of plastic, and run hoses through the house to the mold area. If the mold area is accessible from the outside, as in a crawl space, that makes it a lot better. SERVPRO will take care to keep your house clean while they do their work.
Our technicians will then fully suit up for action with head-to-toe white suits, booties, respirators, and goggles. This does not necessarily mean that our technicians will be removing toxic mold. This is common practice for any mold job they are dealing with.
First, a technician will spray the mold area with biocide. Biocide is an EPA-approved liquid which kills mold. You as a homeowner need to note that bleach is not approved by the EPA for killing mold. This part of the remediation process doesn’t take that long.
After the technicians leave, the biocide starts working to kill the mold spores. The next day when the technicians return, they spray the mold area with an encapsulate in order to prevent any mold from growing or spreading.
A day later, SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties returns to spray the area with a type of whitewash paint that encapsulates any remaining mold spores. An area well beyond the moldy area should also be sprayed to ensure that no more mold grows.
Does Your Home Make the Grade?
Pictures of a yard before, when water would flow toward the house and after the yard was graded to prevent water flowing towards the house.
Certain factors which eliminate the potential for water damage should be a top priority whether you are shopping for a pre-existing home or property on which you plan to build your own home. Yard grading is a construction or landscaping technique that changes a property’s directional slope.
A pre-existing home that sits on land that slopes downward towards its foundation could be in for destruction after heavy rains, storms and melting snow. Changing the grade to slope away from its foundation effectively could eliminate these risks.
Yard grading around a pre-existing structure can be accomplished by clearing all landscaping within a five-foot area around the home’s perimeter. Low-lying spots or lawn dips could result in post-storm mud and small pools of water. Fill the dips up with clean soil and use a compactor to tamp down the soil.
Another method some homeowners choose to employ is to stall a dry creek bed straight up the middle of their land and fill it in with attractive river rocks. This bed-like feature draws runoff deep down into the earth, keeping above-ground outbuildings dry.
If you are considering designing your own home, It’s a lot cheaper to change the homes design than regrade the ground. Draw home plans with structure on highest ground point. Try to leave at least six inches between the home’s perimeter and landscape plantings.
Some homeowners install gutter systems that are easy to maintain consistently or place river rocks around downspouts, so runoff doesn’t create sinkholes.
Homeowners may choose to install double-pane windows or water resistant flooring. Central heat and air units with dehumidifying systems could also help. Area rugs made from natural fibers that are washable and furniture made of moisture repellent materials like bamboo could also prevent moisture build up. Be sure to insulate any plumbing against condensation and
seal air ducts thoroughly, paying close attention to adjoining seams.
Once you have established a safe, water-tight home environment, your ready to move into your new residence.
Mold at School...Not a good Thing
Clearly mold in a school setting is not a good environment for any child.
- SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties is committed to helping keep our schools free of any mold situations that could be harmful to your kids health. A damp, moldy school environment could be harmful to kids for a several reasons. Damp indoor environments could create conditions that are more favorable for standing water. In schools this can increase pest infestations, all of which could release allergens into the air. Moisture also can cause building materials to release toxins into the air that could cause physical and/or mental health issues. Damp environments may lead to growth of different kinds of molds indoors. Although some molds could be anywhere at any time, indoors or out, including in schools. When wet conditions exist, molds could grow to higher than normally occurring levels. Some schools may be in poor repair and poorly maintained. Many schools could have plumbing problems, leaky roofs or poor ventilation systems, which could create the ideal moisture conditions needed for molds to grow. Moisture and mold problems can be present in schools regardless of the climate or time of year, and may be present in older buildings as well as new construction. Delaying repairs or cutting back maintenance could make the mold problems worse. Many schools have mold problems because of poor construction, or because they are so tightly sealed and poorly ventilated, which prevents most of the moisture from escaping. School personnel and parents should be alert to and help monitor schools for moisture, water damage, and resulting mold problems. We all love an care for our kids and SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties is no different.