Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Fallible Bleach

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A picture of bleach Learn more about mold and how to deal with it on the mold tab of this website!

Many times, bleach is thought of as an all-powerful chemical that magically destroys problems like mold. Unfortunately, this is untrue. While bleach seems to fix everything, in reality it can be just a temporary solution to a growing problem.

Looks can be Deceiving

Typically, when you use bleach on mold, it can clear off the top layer making it look as if the mold has been removed. Mold grows by sticking its roots into the material that it is attached to. This means that if bleach is used, the top, visible layer has been removed, but the roots are still attached. Now, you have an invisible problem that keeps on growing.

Bleach Loses Effectiveness

Over time, bleach in your home or business loses effectiveness. As bleach sits, the chlorine within the jug evaporates, leaving you with an inadequate cleaning solution that still does not fight against mold.

Bleach is Toxic

Some people swear by bleach. Why use anything else when you can obliterate any and all bacteria and dirt using it? This brings up another issue with using bleach too often. While it can be an effective cleaning solution, it produces fumes that pollute the air you breath, making the area unsafe for children, pets, and even you.

OSHA and EPA Don’t Like it

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency don’t like it either. Trust them, they know what they are talking about.

At SERVPRO, we want your home and business to be safe from mold issues. The more you know about the dangers of mold growth, the better you can prepare for it should it rear its ugly head.

Should you need mold remediation and cleanup, call your local experts, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We are here to help 24/7 and can tackle any mold issue you may have. Call us today at(618) 464-0300.

Ventilation: Best Mold-Fighting Tactic in Your Chester Home

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold grows surprisingly quickly in humid environments and there are many places in homes that are prone to mold growth. Bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements have the highest chances of mold growth because humid air tends to circulate through these rooms. Proper ventilation, however, can keep the moisture from sitting in the air, thus saving you from mold damage. It is good practice to take steps to ensure that the air is circulating properly in your home.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are the most important rooms to focus on. They are typically compact and frequently have warm, moist air cycling through them. Without good airflow, bathrooms can quickly become a breeding ground for mold.

Attics

Attics are also susceptible to mold growth for the reason that they are commonly unkempt and/or unfinished. If warm, moist air is able to rise into the attic, you may never know you have mold until it has already caused damage. Regularly check your attic for mold and make sure that is has plenty of ventilation. 

Basements

Basements are particularly vulnerable because they can become flooded or have small leaks that are hard to find. It can be difficult to root basement mold growth out, even if it produces an odor. It is good practice to keep a dehumidifier in humid basements to ensure that no mold can grow in the cracks and crevices. 


If your home or business has mold growth, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Best Mold Practices

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A moldy chair found in a Red Bud, IL home This moldy chair was found in a Red Bud, IL home. It could happen to anyone!
  • Keep humidity levels in your home relatively low–no higher than 50%. Keeping your A/C running or using a dehumidifier will help keep the humidity level low.
  • Make sure there is air flow throughout the home. Use exhaust fans that vent outside the home in kitchen and bathroom areas.
  • Fix any leaks that may be in the roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have a source of moisture to grow on. 
  • Have SERVPRO clean up and dry out your home fully in the event of a water loss or flooding.
  • Clean areas with an antimicrobial to prevent any future mold or mildew growth.
  • Remove or replace carpet and upholstery that have been saturated with water and were not dried properly and/or right away.

If your home or business has a mold issue, do not hesitate to call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties where we make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Contact us at (618) 464-0300.

HEPA is the Right Choice in Your Waterloo Home

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is tricky to remediate. It grows rapidly and spreads millions of spores as long as it is allowed to sit. The worst part is, some things cannot be recovered from mold. If mold is growing on drywall, the only way to fix it is to cut out the entire section of affected drywall. Quick mold removal is essential when your stuff is on the line. One of the ways SERVPRO helps you recover from any mold disaster is through HEPA filters and vacuums.

HEPA

HEPA filters are heavy-duty filters that can capture particles in the air. When used properly, they are the most efficient way of removing mold spores from your home. HEPA filters are mostly found in our air scrubbers. We close off mold-afflicted rooms and create a negative-pressure environment, forcing all of the air through the HEPA filter-equipped air scrubber. This ensures that those mold spores are captured and destroyed, bringing the mold level back to natural levels.

Use in Fire Disasters

The use of HEPA filters and vacuums doesn’t stop there. They also prove useful in fire situations. Air scrubbers are used to remove smoke odors and HEPA vacuums are used to remove soot webs.


If your home or business is affected by mold, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Mold in Your Waterloo, IL Basement

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold left unchecked can cause massive damage to a home or business.

Any home or business can quickly be taken over by mold if a source of water is present. Even just a small leak can lead to a mold disaster. This basement in Waterloo, IL was overcome by mold spores when the home sprung a leak in two places. The mold was left sitting too long and the results were horrific. To keep your home or business safe from mold take note of the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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.
  • 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has mold issues, call your local experts at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Filtering Out the Bad, Restoring the Good

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

An air scrubber at work, filtering out mold spores.

Filtering

Mold can be difficult to tame which is why we pride ourselves in having the best tools for remediating, or reducing to natural levels, any amount of mold in your home. We use special machines called air scrubbers along with plastic ducting to create negative pressure in the mold-affected rooms. This ensures that the mold does not spread during the cleaning process and that the spores in the affected rooms are filtered out.

Cleaning

SERVPRO will clean any and all restorable items in your home. Using cleaning and sanitizing techniques, our technicians will remove any signs of mold, making it “Like it never even happened”.


If your home is affected by mold, do not hesitate to call the experts 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Caged Mold

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Don't tap on the glass. You'll freak out the spores.

The Process

All of our highly-trained technicians at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties know that quick containment and filtration is the crux of remediating mold from your home or business. The first step in the process is to cut off the mold from the rest of the building to keep spores from traveling freely. We tightly seal off rooms using heavy-duty plastic ducting and begin the filtration process. Air scrubbers are then set up to create negative pressure in the mold-affected area. If the mold is not sealed off from the rest of the building, the negative pressure method will fail and the mold will not be remediated, which is why we take the first step so seriously.

If YOUR home or business is suffering from mold damage, contact our 24/7 emergency service. As your neighborhood SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties, we will not stop until your mold issue is solved.

Call the experts at (618) 464-0300.

Truth About Mold

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

We stop at nothing, even if white clothes are on the line!

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. This means that there is no such thing as “mold removal” as some businesses will advertise. There is, however, such a thing as mold remediation. Our mold remediation reduces the mold spore count in your home or business back to a natural level.

Mold Facts

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air. That means that they may enter your home through windows, doors, 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 which may produce allergens and irritants.
  • 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 which can aid in finding the problematic areas.
  • Indoor humidity should be kept below 45%. Homes with higher than 45% humidity are susceptible to mold growth.

Call Us at 618-464-0300

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Stachybotrys: What is it?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

An alarming amount of Stachybotrys mold found in a New Athens, IL home.

“Black Mold” in New Athens, IL Home

Stachybotrys, more commonly known as “black mold”, is a very toxic mold that, left unchecked, can be devastating to you and your home. Stachybotrys was found under a staircase in a New Athens, IL home and our technicians made quick work of it.

Stachybotrys and other Molds can Grow Significantly in 48-72 Hours

Mold also may also 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.

If you see black, concentrated spots on any walls or furniture, or have a musty smell in your home, call SERVPRO immediately. Not every mold is as toxic as Stachybotrys, but if you have mold in your home, you should never disturb it or try to fix it yourself. Doing so can cause the mold to spread even further in your home and to other rooms. The best thing to do is turn off your HVAC system and call the experts: us!

Leave the Mold to Us

We at SERVPRO are mold experts and can fix any mold issue you throw at us. Using the wide range of tools at our disposal, we systematically remediate, or reduce to natural levels, all of the mold running rampant in your home.

Contact us at 618-464-0300

Mold In Your Red Bud Home

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found in Red Bud home.

Mold can become a quick issue when there is water in your home. Mold can not only cause damage to your property but also your health. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties is trained to expertly handle your mold issue. We have the technology and protective gear to remediate the mold in your home. So you suspect mold in your home, where do you go from here?

Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties

We are available to you 24/7 at 618-464-0300. This is your first step to taking care of the mold in your home. One of our trained technicians will ask you a series of questions to help us determine the best and most efficient way to help you. This is a preliminary step we take to provide information on what materials and resources we may need.

Assessment

Mold may not be visible in plain sight. One of our experienced technicians will inspect your home using various technologies. They will then be able to carefully determine hidden water sources and detect the mold. Mold feeds on water and cellulose so it is crucial we determine the source.

Containment

It is important to keep the mold from spreading. We will use a containment procedure to prevent the mold from spreading. For example setting up 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.

Air Filtration

In the mold remediation process SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties uses specialized equipment to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. The technicians will use HEPA vacuums and powerful air scrubbers during the remediation progress to prevent further contamination and spreading of mold spores.

Removing

Depending on the amount of mold and growth will determine what we do to eliminate the mold. We will use antimicrobial treatments and anti-fungal treatments to eliminate existing mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming. During this step of mold remediation, it may be necessary to dispose and remove any porous materials that are mold-infested. This may include flooring and drywall.

Cleaning 

It is our priority to make sure we sanitize your belongings. We use various cleaning techniques to restore your personal belongs. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties has the ability to clean your precious decorative items and your furniture.

Restoration

Some building materials may have been removed determined by the amount of mold damage. At this stage some minor or major reconstruction will need to take place.

Remember the first step to removing that horrible mold in your Red Bud home is to give your SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties a call at 618-464-0300. We will make it “Like it never even Happened”.

Sparta, IL Residents : Follow these Mold Safety Tips If you Suspect Mold

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –618-464-0300

Waterloo Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - 618-464-0300

Does Your Columbia Home Have a Mold Problem?

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Here's the guys in the field after doing a Mold Clean-up

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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.
  • 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 618-464-0300