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Why Fast Response Time is Important in Home damage
SERVPRO heroes here to respond quickly!
As a regular home/property owner, it is important to know how to deal with potential damaging situations. Certain procedures must be taken to ensure that your property remains safe and beautiful.
If confronted with, for example, water damage from a flood in your kitchen, you must act quickly to dry the area completely to prevent the growth of mold which is a whole other situation. Or even if a small fire in the kitchen burns a portion of the wall, that area now has a weaker structural integrity. In an earthquake, seldom but more likely in California, a collapse in that portion is more likely. Unfortunately, initial damage can lead to more if not tended to as soon as possible.
In these times, acting quickly may not be in your budget for the time, as these situations are usually unexpected. At SERVPRO, we understand this and provide the best price for the work done to make it “Like it never even happened.” To provide you with a resource to respond quickly, call our SERVPRO of Torrance emergency service line at (310) 320-2112.
To know more about the specifics of different types and categories of damage, check out our blog page. There you can find what steps to take if your property suffers from a fire, to design tips for your new family home! We are here to help with all things property maintenance and restoration.
A Funny Story About Mold Damage
The Strange Entity on the Wall
Samantha had always been into strange things and by that we mean the Ouija board, calling upon spirits through her magic ball, and what not. After one of her particular sessions, she went down into the basement to do her laundry. As she turned on the overhead light, she saw this huge black shape on the wall. There was black ooze dripping from the shape and making a puddle on the floor.
Scared, Samantha ran up and called her mom. After talking to her, she made the next call to the local priest. Turns out, her mother had advised her to get an exorcism done… on the wall. When the priest came to the house, Samantha directed him to the basement and stood back as he took out the things to perform the exorcism. As he was about to start the sermon, he slipped and fell on the black puddle. The priest scrambled back and held out his cross. When nothing happened, he brought his hand closer to his face and smelled the black goo. Eyebrows raised, he turned back to Samantha and said in a deadpan voice, “Child, this is mold!”
Don't be like Samantha and her mother, read our blogs on mold to learn more about how it can affect you and your property. SERVPRO is here to help!
Torrance Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
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 Torrance 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 Torrance 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.
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The Steps to Mold Remediation
There are many steps involved in a mold remediation. To explain, we must start at the very beginning and identify the moisture problem. Mold thrives in moist places, which usually means the structure has untreated water damage. In order to have a successful cleanup, there must be a dry area to ensure no recurrence.
After the moisture has been taken care of, the work area needs to be contained. Usually, Polyethylene plastic sheeting is used to erect the contaminants. This is done to prevent the mold from spreading to unaffected areas, and to contain the spores as you continue remediation.It is laid out, and the AC supply is turned off. Then, the ceilings, walls, and fixtures are all covered.
The next step is to manage air flow.Clean areas are positively pressurized, and the contaminated areas are negatively pressurized. The air is filtered in this way to prevent the contamination of clean rooms, and so the Air Filtration Device (AFD) can “filter” the spores out of the contaminated air. The air is filtered by the AFD as the job goes on.
Once the air flow has been managed, the demolition and removal of items/structures that have been infected by pores begins. Some items/structures will not be salvageable, due to the extent of mold contamination. Once those are removed, the remaining material will be cleaned, then a deep cleaning will commence of all surfaces in the designated work area.
Once the cleaning has been done, there will be a post job clearance testing. To prevent conflicts of interest, this is done by a third-party company to ensure all mold is cleaned and accounted for. This is to make sure that everything has been properly cleaned, and safe for human/animal interaction. After the last inspection, the reconstruction process can initiate.
How to Control the Mold Situation in Your House
Mold enters your house through open air passages and air inlets. Windows, doorways, vents and even your air conditioning systems can serve as an entry, since it is a spore floating around in the air. If you have water leaks and stagnant water anywhere in your home, be wary of mold development.
In order to get a handle on the indoor mold situation, you must control and adjust humidity levels, promptly fix any leaky places, clean and dry after flooding, and have properly ventilated shower, laundry and cooking areas. If you spot mold development anywhere in your house, you need to clean it and then fix the prerequisite leakage problem that’s causing it in the first place.
It is believed that you can easily get rid of mold growth by using widely available commercial products such as soaps, detergents or a bleach solution. You can remove mold this way, however, what many don't understand is that usually where there is surface mold, there's most likely more mold lurking behind your walls. It would be unwise to clean up the mold without the assistance of a professional (SERVPRO of Torrance specializes in mold remediation). If you try to clean the mold yourself, you risk not cleaning it thoroughly, and exposure to mycrotoxins. The safest way to manage a mold infestation is to call professionals that will run a mold inspection, and asses cleanup from there.
The Dangers of Black Mold
Even with the stigma surrounding black mold, not many fully understand the health affects that can present if contracted. Common symptoms in humans can include rash in sweaty places, dermatitis (another rash), headache, fatigue, tightness of the chest, and cough. Other, more severe symptoms are a burning of the nasal passage and eyes, edema of the mucous membrane that surrounds the throat and mouth, and bloody rhinitis. Workers usually show symptoms within three days after exposure, so it’s important to report any suspicions. It is also believed that Black Mold is the root cause of the biblical medical condition known as Leprosy, due to all the different rashes it causes, and eventually leading to death.
If you feel these symptoms, or smell any other signs of mold in your home, or office, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Torrance at 1(310)320-2112. A team will be sent out right away for a mold inspection. The Stachybotrys Chartarum and any other types of mold should be dealt with immediately to prevent further contamination of property, and further exposure of humans and animals alike.
Some History on Black Mold
Stachybotrys Chartarum hidden in the walls
Black Mold, or Stachybotrys Chartarum, is usually found in homes that have had recent water damage, and are still damp; the untreated home becomes a prime breeding ground for Stachybotrys Chartarum and all other fungi alike. What makes Stachybotrys Chartarum unique to other mold is the fact that is highly toxic, and very lethal when someone comes into contact.
The first documentation of the fungus was in 1873, when it was collected from a wallpaper sample in Prague, however, it’s thought to go back millenia. Black mold can be noticed easily, because it appears as a very dark blachish-brown; if spotted, contact a clean-up crew immediately (SERVPRO of Torrance specializes in mold removal).
Black Mold is mostly found in Europe, on different farms with animals and farm workers being the prime target for infection. Despite this, it doesn’t mean black mold never presents itself in North America. If mold goes untreated in a home or commercial property, it only festers more and more (this is true for all types of fungus, not just Stachybotrys Chartarum or molds in general). At first sign of mold, for the safety of everyone, it needs to be called in and inspected, then removed thoroughly.