Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Got Mold?

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Let’s face it, mold is everywhere. It can be found indoors and outdoors. It can enter your home or business through windows, vents and HVAC systems. Mold from outdoors can attach to clothing, shoes, pets and can be carried indoors. It grows anywhere, especially where there is moisture. And the worst part is, it can cause a variety of health effects. Children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems are more likely to suffer the effects mold can have.

Mold’s Best Friend:

Water. Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

“Mold Removal” vs. Remediation

Because mold is everywhere, removing all mold from your home or business is impossible. A qualified restoration company understand the science behind mold and mold growth and knows how to professionally remediate the problem area. So what do you do when you find mold growth in your home or business?

  • Step 1: Contact SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus 804.458.7290
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Understanding the Mold Remediation Process

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus we understand mold. We understand what causes mold, what necessary steps to take, the right equipment to use, and of course, the prevention of future mold growth. 

These steps listed below describe our process and the best practices when it comes to mold remediation.

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Immediately 804.458.7290

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Managing Mold

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. With the introduction to moisture, mold can quickly spread in as little as 48 hours.

SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth, if there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong, musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus has been remediating mold in homes and businesses for over 30 years. Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

It is important, especially after a water damage, to quickly address any signs of mold in the home or business. If there is moisture present, growth can start in as little as 48 hours. If not addressed in a timely manner, mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. Mold can also produce a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

If you discover mold in your home, don’t hesitate to call the professionals who will abide by a remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (804) 458-7290
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Things to Know about Mold After a Flood

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Things to Know About Mold After a Flood

After a flood, water damage can begin almost immediately and leave you feeling like you have nowhere to turn. Water damage can be problematic, but many people are finding Tri-Cities mold damage to be even worse. One of the major issues with mold is that it can continue to grow and grow if it's not taken care of in the proper manner. Many people will attempt to do the mold remediaton on their own, but this can be a huge issue if you do not know what you're doing and need help with this type of thing.


When it comes to mold damage, keep in mind that this type of fungus likes to live in moist and humid environments. That it can often find these things in areas that have recently dealt with a flood. If you have had a flood in your home or office building, there may be a chance that you also have mold growth beginning in some area of the home. This is a problem and should be dealt with by SERVPRO professionals so that you know that the mold is being taken care of and that you do not have to deal with the issue by yourself.


When you are dealing with mold damage the first step is to call in the experts of SERVPRO so that they can begin the damage restoration. They will assess the area to see the extent of the mold problem, and this will give them a good idea as to what types of things need to be done to get the issue resolved. When you hire the experts, they will make sure that any and all mold growth is dealt with so that you are simply left with a clean and comfortable home for the whole family.


When dealing with a mold problem, it is vital to realize that it can start as soon as a flood is taken care of. Just because the flood is over does not mean that the damage is done and will not continue. This is why the experts of SERVPRO are so passionate about mold remediation and getting the damage taken care of right away for you. This prevents the issue from getting much worse, and it can be a great option for those who don't have the time or means to deal with it on their own as well.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property.

If a catastrophic storm or event occurs, we can call upon the resources of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

If you have any questions about mold damage in Tri-Cities, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus at (804) 458-7290.

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.