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Waterloo Property Owners Often Rely On SERVPRO For Mold Remediation

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Waterloo Property Owners Often Rely On SERVPRO For Mold Remediation Issues like mold damage in your Waterloo crawlspace can be initially difficult to detect.

Crawlspace Mold Growth Can Be Detrimental To Waterloo Homes

The crawlspace in your Waterloo home has several purposes, but it is primarily designed to protect it from the elements like soil moisture or flooding, and pests such as termites. However, it can be difficult to prevent moisture from accumulating in crawlspaces. With much of the structure of the building exposed in this area, persistently damp conditions can allow for mold growth to occur.

Issues like mold damage in your Waterloo crawlspace can be initially difficult to detect. Most homeowners do not regularly check this area, and mold growth can go undetected for an extended period, and may not be discovered until another problem requires inspection or a musty odor is detected inside the home.  Indoor air quality can be affected by crawlspace of foundation mold growth. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to identify the source of the moisture within the crawlspace, remove the mold growth occurring there, and suggest lasting solutions to help prevent the problem from recurring.

First and foremost, our professionals arrive at your address with a plan to contain the affected area and remove unsalvageable components if needed. We do strive to restore and not replace mold damaged timbers and other building elements. Once the mold has been removed, our experts can focus on drying out the affected areas and sanitizing, deodorizing, and sealing the environment. Our SERVPRO professionals can then suggest a lasting solution to prevent further mold damage moving forward.

Crawlspace encapsulation and the installation of a sump pump system can help prevent moisture from accumulating and affecting vital components of your home's construction. Many homes in NE have benefited from this service. SERVPRO recommends that you consider looking into this installation if your home is persistently plagued by dampness and mold infestations.

While you might not always know the condition of your crawl space, our SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest rapid response team can help you to overcome effects that might occur in your home when this area of your property suffers mold growth. Contact us anytime at (402) 800-2134.

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Sprinkler System Overreaches Causing Mold Damage in Bennington

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sprinkler System Overreaches Causing Mold Damage in Bennington Sprinklers are great for grass and plants but if excess water is not absorbed, you can be facing a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Excess Water can Potentially Cause a Mold Infestation in Your Home

It is ironic but, unfortunately, sometimes true that the labor-saving devices installed in your Bennington home can cause more work than they help you avoid.  Clothes washers and dishwashers can overflow, ice makers can drip condensation, and in-ground sprinklers can misdirect water or over-saturate the soil around your foundation. The result can be a musty-smelling, moldy mess inside your home. We can help.
 
An automatic lawn and garden watering system for your yard can create a real headache when it causes mold to flourish, along with the grass and flowers. If we don't supervise the arc of the spray and we cannot see underground, water damage can occur without our knowledge. Your first sign may be a musty smell in the basement or a puzzling peeling of paint on an exterior wall. Our reputable mold remediation company in Bennington can connect the dots and present a plan to eliminate the active mold colonies that can grow on the building materials of your home.
 
Summer’s warm temperatures give mold growth a boost, but our remediators are highly trained and qualified to manage a microbial infestation fueled by an outdoor water source. SERVPRO will send a seasoned investigator to evaluate the extent of the mold growth and to create a plan to access and rid your home of it. Our Microbial Remediation Technicians will then contain and remove the mold, employing industry best standards.
 
To prevent the spread of mold and ensure the best air quality in your home during the project, SERVPRO will partition off the mold affected areas with heavy duty plastic sheeting and a negative air pressure system. The ducts will be feed the contaminated air through a HEPA-filtered air scrubber. Our technicians physically remove the mold using a variety of techniques -- such as wiping, scraping, brushing, sanding and vacuuming. The moldy debris is bagged and discarded per local codes.
 
We then apply EPA registered antimicrobials to inhibit further mold growth. Our employees clear the area of lingering residues with HEPA filtered vacuums and smooth and otherwise make ready surfaces for restoration by you or your contractor. SERVPRO will restore the air quality in your home to a healthy state.

SERVPRO encourages you to correct any issues with your the sprinkler system to prevent new damage. Adjustment to spray patterns and a check beneath ground level may do the trick to keep excess water away from your home and the waiting mold spores.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is ready to help you recover from mold growth traced to a landscape sprinkler system gone awry. If you need mold damage remediation contact us at (402) 800-2134 to schedule an evaluation.

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Clearing The Mold Damage From Your Elkhorn Home

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Clearing The Mold Damage From Your Elkhorn Home Call the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Elkhorn

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home in Elkhorn with Professional Mold Remediation

Dealing with microbial growth such as mold in your Elkhorn home is a job for professionals. Taking the appropriate steps to test for the quantity and type of mold, and then to prevent it from spreading while removing existing colonies requires proper training, professional quality products, and specialized equipment. We have the resources required to remediate mold outbreaks and provide a cleared and sanitized environment for renovations, repairs, or redecoration.
 
Our remediation team arrives at your Elkhorn residence ready to contain and remove the mold damage. The team can delineate zones to help us manage the work projects, using heavy-duty plastic sheeting and HEPA negative pressure air technology to filter any airborne spores and debris and prevent it from escaping to affect other areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO crews wear personal protective equipment in the work zones for safety and containment reasons. Tools such as scrapers, brushes, sanders, and sponges loosen the mold from surfaces. As we move from surface to surface, continual evaluation helps us determine whether we can adequately clean and sanitize porous structures.
 
We bag any materials that must be removed from the containment area for proper disposal per local codes. SERVPRO uses EPA registered antimicrobials to treat the cleaned surfaces with the goal of inhibiting future mold growth. Dust and debris stirred up by our efforts are captured with a HEPA-filtered vacuum. After the cleaning, we again check for mold. Only then can the containment system be disassembled and removed, and the space reoccupied.

Our mission is to leave your premises clean and sanitized, ready for repainting, repairing, and any restoration you may plan on your own or with another contractor. The techniques and products we use are effective, and you can rely on our meticulous and professional approach to remediation.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest is a tried and true solution when you need mold remediation for damage to your residence. Call (402) 800-2134

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Remediating Mold Damage in Your Elkhorn Garage Protects the Rest of Your Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in Your Elkhorn Garage Protects the Rest of Your Home Moisture can enter your garage and cause mold damage that the professionals at SERVPRO can remediate.

Protect your garage and home from mold damage

Microbes exist in Elkhorn homes from top to bottom, including inside the garage. The construction of the garage can allow the correct conditions for the overpopulation of microbes to develop rather easily. When your garage becomes a victim of these damaging microorganisms, dark corners might harbor more than just a lack of lighting.

Elkhorn residents should also check their garages for mold damage. Although mold that grows in this area of the house is much less likely to cause health effects to occupants than mold growing in other areas of the home, experts still recommend homeowners contact a professional remediation company to handle the situation. SERVPRO efficiently remediates mold from a variety of homes in different styles and sizes. No job is ever too large, nor too small for our expert technicians.

Garages often contain much less insulation in comparison to other areas of the same residence. The lack of insulating material in the exterior walls can permit cold and heat to affect the amount of moisture condensing on surfaces. It can also permit mold to enter into adjacent rooms whenever open spaces exist, such as around switch plates and wall outlets.

Attached garages often provide a more direct avenue for microbes to enter into your home's living space. Once inside, spreading out and colonizing in numerous areas can affect your home occurring within 24 to 48 hours. Small in size at first, these can become noticeable soon, all while damaging your home's structure. Belongings can also suffer significantly, as many items contain the organic compounds needed by microbes for their steady growth. Books, many clothing items, leather and suede, and even some plastics fall into this category.

SERVPRO Professionals can perform remediation of your garage and ensure that mold never spreads to the inside of your home's living space. While we perform the work in your home's garage, we also check the interior of your home to ensure that no areas contain concentrated moisture. Locations such as this contain microbial growth at higher rates than non-saturated areas.

Wherever mold damage occurs in your home, we at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest can restore your home to its preloss condition, making it "Like it never even happened." Our service line number, (402) 800-2134, is local to Waterloo, Inglewood, and Bennington, helping ensure that residents can always reach us when needed.

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Ice Dams And Frozen Pipes Can Be A Cause Of Mold Damage In Elkhorn

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ice Dams And Frozen Pipes Can Be A Cause Of Mold Damage In Elkhorn Need Mold Remediation for a Home in Elkhorn? Look No Further than SERVPRO, Local and Ready to Help

In the Spring, Thaws and Rains Invite Mold Infestations

Temperature extremes during the colder months can cause many different water-intrusion problems in the Elkhorn area. Mold issues can surprise residents as most water appears frozen solid at this time of the year. Neglecting the possibility of water leakage during the winter can lead to mold growth in some spaces in a home. Professional mold remediation is the answer for the damage.
 
In an Elkhorn residence, mold damage occurs when moisture activates the mold spores that are consistently present in the air or on surfaces. During the chillier times of the year, certain forces conspire to provide the perfect environment for fungal growth. A highly-qualified mold remediation company understands the dynamics that change exterior below-freezing temperatures and frozen precipitation into the liquid water feeding a burgeoning mold colony.
 
SERVPRO technicians responding to mold growth in an attic or top floor frequently find evidence of ice dams. Gutters and eaves are vulnerable to ice dams and the seepage and leaking into home interiors that follows. If drain spouts clog with leaves, sticks, and other debris, water catches in gutters and freezes. Most gutters are adjacent to the eaves and soffits edging a roof. As the frozen water expands, it pushes under loose flashings and shingles. Warm air rising along poorly or uninsulated walls and framing melts the ice causing it to soak building materials. Mold has then both now, water and an organic surface upon which to flourish.
 
Water supply and drain pipes on or near exterior walls, in foundations, or crawl spaces sometimes freeze, resulting in cracks or breaks in plumbing, sending moisture to saturate structural components and personal belongings. SERVPRO mold remediation crews make the connection when called to abate microbial growth and damage in these areas.
 
Mold remediation requires adherence to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols. Trained SERVPRO technicians contain the mold using physical barriers and often negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent the spread of the microbes. They remove and bag the moldy materials, disposing of the collected substances. HEPA filtered vacuums and antimicrobial treatment remove any debris and inhibit future mold damage.
 
For the abatement efforts of the SERVPRO team to work long term, the conditions causing water to leak inside a home during the winter must also be eliminated. Gutters and drains need repair and insulation, and interior ceilings need evaluation. Frozen plumbing requires replacement, and outdoor faucets should be winterized each autumn.
 
SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest offers EPA approved training for its mold remediation teams, the highest industry standard. Call (402) 800-2134 for a mold damage evaluation any season of the year.

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Roof Wearing can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Elkhorn Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Roof Wearing can Lead to Mold Damage in Your Elkhorn Home Your worn roof is already costing you money in heating the home. The damage can also cause water and snow to seep through. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Identify the Cause of the Mold Infestation Before Remediating

Your Elkhorn home may have seen quite a lot of severe winter weather over the years. While structurally it may still be doing its job keeping out the elements, the roof is bound to wear down over time. The trouble with roof wear is that it rarely breaks down and erodes evenly, which can leave some areas more damaged than others. The irregularity can present several immediate issues, but it can also allow for lingering concerns if the structural damage does not get repaired.
 
Worn areas of the roof can allow heat to escape through the attic. While this can be a costly problem regarding keeping your home heated, it can also allow the snow on your roof to melt irregularly, causing an uneven weight distribution that can result in weakening the roof structure over time. Water can also seep through the shingles and the backing material to saturate your attic area. This can cause both water damage and mold in the attic of your Elkhorn home.
 
There are plenty of websites that would suggest that mold is something that you can remove on your own with simple DIY fixes. The trouble with this, is most people do not have the appropriate equipment to remove the mold entirely or to prevent mold spores from spreading throughout the home. The best solution for you is to call a firm with IICRC certified technicians, like our SERVPRO team.
 
Our experienced staff is trained in the varieties of fungal growth and learn strategies to remove colonies successfully. Once we have received the protocol from a certified industrial hygienist, we normally begin the job by sectioning off the affected area in a negative air chamber to prevent the spread of spores into other areas of your home. High-efficiency air scrubbers with HEPA filtration are employed, which are powerful and fine enough to remove 99.99% of mold spore and other contaminates down to .3 microns in size from the air.
 
While this is just a small piece of our complete remediation process, our SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest team is ready for any level of emergency that you might have. Give our remediation specialists a call today at (402) 800-2134.

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Tackling Mold Damage in Elkhorn

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tackling Mold Damage in Elkhorn Finding mold in your home need not cause a panic. Contact SERVPRO and have our trained technicians investigate the extent of the infestation.

Our Technicians are Experts in Remediating Mold and Preventing Constant Recurrences

Mold spore is a common element of dust in every Elkhorn home. The spore can remain in an inert state almost indefinitely, until it comes into contact with enough moisture to allow it to 'sprout' and grow, seeking a food source and further sources of water.
 
To stop the growth and remove mold damage in Elkhorn homes, SERVPRO carefully follows the guidelines developed by the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC gridlines are based on the specifications developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for schools but are also applicable to private homes and apartment buildings. For mold remediation, there are key steps that we have adopted for our residential customers.
 
First, we must contain the affected area by constructing an airtight barrier around it.  We then set up negative air pressure within the containment area to prevent the spread of mold throughout the building.  

Once the affected area is contained, drying and removing non-salvageable materials can begin.  Mold cannot be safely removed from porous materials such as drywall, insulation, and carpet, so these types of materials must usually be discarded. Some salvageable items must be removed and cleaned off-site, at our facility. Depending on the type of item, technicians can wipe down the surface with a dry sponge or cloth. For thicker layers of mold, we use either water or a mild anti-fungal cleaner to loosen the mold and remove it.

Upholstered furniture can be difficult to clean.  It requires a stronger cleaning agent and a way to agitate both the cleaner and the surface of the fabric to remove the mold. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians can still clean these sofas or upholstered chairs in the home.
 
The items we removed from the home require immersion to clean them. For mold this thick, we take the item, such as window blinds, and place them inside a tank of cleaning agent. This method is effective, but not recommended when there is a risk of color run.
 
As team members clean salvageable property, others dispose of items too infested to be cleaned. We carefully bag or otherwise cover the items and remove them from the home.
 
Stopping and cleaning mold in your home is not an easy task, but at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest, we do our best to make it as simple, quick and painless as possible. If you suspect or see mold in your home, call us today at (402) 800-2134 to schedule an appointment.

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Should You Search For Mold Damage To Your Omaha Home This Fall?

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Should You Search For Mold Damage To Your Omaha Home This Fall? Your air conditioning system can cause water to enter your home and help cause a mold infestation. If you suspect that this occurred, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO can Quickly Assess Actual and Potential Damage to Several Areas of Your Home Before the Weather Gets Colder

Many homeowners line up a number of tasks to clean and maintain their homes as the nights grow chill. Managing problems before they become serious makes sense and autumn is the perfect time to inspect your Omaha home for areas showing signs of water intrusion and the mold growth that may follow.
 
Finding and remediating mold damage in Omaha before winter ensures susceptible residents avoid the health effects caused by microbial growth that may spread throughout indoor residential spaces when windows and doors close tight against the elements. Looking for potential mold damage before the heating season makes sense.

One of the most important places to check for mold growth is within your HVAC system. The vents and blowers that have been idle during the milder days of early fall should not be operated until you are sure no mold colonies live inside. Heating systems located in a damp basement can spread mold spore quickly throughout your dwelling when the fan is turned on. If you smell a musty odor near your HVAC intake vents, you may need to have your HVAC system cleaned by an air conditioning professional.
 
Another area that may harbor mold, especially after the summer's rain and hail storms, is the upper levels of your home. Checking your attic or rooms that you don't frequently visit before engaging your heating system in the colder months can help prevent the spread of microbes throughout your home. A musty smell may warrant professional assessment as microbial growth does not need light and may be hiding in attics, plenums or other inaccessible areas of your home.
 
Mold is also common around AC units, where condensate drains can become blocked and cause accumulation of moisture. Poorly insulated walls or single pane windows can encourage condensation when the cold air encountered hot, humid summer outdoor conditions. This can include high ambient humidity and condensation. We offer proven strategies to reduce the water content in the air and on surfaces to shut down mold reproduction. Then we use EPA approved procedures to contain and remove moldy materials before sanitizing the affected areas with effective antimicrobial agents.
 
Move into the fall and winter confident that mold damage in your home is abated successfully through the efforts of SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest’s remediation teams. Call (402) 800-2134 to schedule an evaluation of your mold damage risk.

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How To Handle Mold Damaged Personal Belongings In Omaha

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Handle Mold Damaged Personal Belongings In Omaha The tiny mold spores also find their way onto furniture, rugs, carpeting, clothing, books, boxes, papers, and more.

How To Handle Mold Damage

Mold does not limit its growth only to the structure of a home. The tiny mold spores also find their way onto furniture, rugs, carpeting, clothing, books, boxes, papers, and more. If moisture is present when they come to rest on any such organic material or cellulosic fiber, fungi can begin to grow and multiply rapidly.  SERVPRO technicians use proven strategies to remediate mold wherever they find it.

In a typical scenario, a leaky roof goes unnoticed until mold damage caused in the closet of your Omaha home’s master suite signals the problem. The drywall and ceilings absorbed rainwater over a period, allowing mold to grow not only on the building materials but also on the clothing hanging and stored in drawers and boxes. Drips of water and the excess humidity caused by the soaked framework of the closet is enough to start a chain reaction, and soon almost every piece of clothing in the whole wardrobe smells moldy. The restoration company you engage needs to be familiar with the challenges of removing mold from all types of your belongings to achieve complete recovery.

The project manager and crew assigned to your job by SERVPRO have the experience and the know-how to create a plan to save as much of your property as possible. Different materials require different approaches. Washable clothing responds well to various additives with the hottest water the fabric can withstand. Dry cleaning can also neutralize mold with the heat used during processing. Hanging clothing out in the sun and being scrupulous about drying the loads completely after treatment is also keys to mold abatement.

Expect SERVPRO, to be honest about the chances of restoring items that do not respond well to laundering or dry cleaning. At the conclusion of their mold remediation job, only those materials they feel are mold free should remain in your home. Any items that retain even a minuscule amount of moldy residue can quickly re-contaminate the surrounding area and contents. Rely on the SERVPRO Team to advise about articles to keep and those to throw away.

SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest earns the trust of new customers every day with the highly qualified and trained technicians who are the face of this company. Call (402) 800-2134 for a mold consultation with one of their experts.

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Mold Remediation -- Not A DIY Endeavor

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation -- Not A DIY Endeavor Bleach may remove small patches of mold from non-porous surfaces, but it is not considered an effective remediation product for large mold issues.

Many homeowners want to handle minor maintenance and damage repair themselves. It is understandable to approach minor problems in this way, as an attempt to save money and limit the amount of time any part of your home is unavailable. However, when your DIY effort is a mold remediation, calling the restoration professionals at SERVPRO will likely prove safer and more cost effective in the long run.

Picture, if you will, a clogged condensate drain line on your home air conditioner that has resulted in gradually saturating an inside wall under a discharge vent, creating a mold damage crisis in your Omaha house (this is a common cause of mold damage in Omaha homes and businesses). The wall was obstructed from your view by curtains and a table pushed under the window, so the mold went undetected until you noticed a musty odor. Tempted to handle the remediation yourself, you discuss it with your spouse and discover a disagreement. Like your spouse, we urge homeowners to consult with one of our mold specialists rather than trying to manage mold because of the complexity and importance of successful remediation.

The lay person often believes a judicious application of diluted chlorine bleach is the answer to a mold infestation. Our highly-trained staff knows differently, based upon advanced classes and certifications in the ways mold spores activate, feed, and grow. SERVPRO remediation teams use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) protocol of containment, removal, and disposal of active colonies, and then disinfection of restorable materials.

After completion of those steps, our SERVPRO crew ensures the source of moisture is eliminated. Mold spores are everywhere, so a firm that makes the dubious claim that it gets rid of mold entirely may be untrustworthy. We understand that the key to limiting mold growth is straightforward, although sometimes a challenge to accomplish. To prevent mold from coming back, the spore count must be held to a minimum, and they cannot be exposed to water, period.

Bleach may remove small patches of mold from non-porous surfaces, but it is not considered an effective remediation product for significant colonies, especially on porous materials. The bleach misconception lies in the chemical composition of liquid bleach and the way it works in that solution. Water composes more than 90 percent of most household bleach products before dilution, and obviously more after mixing. The ionic structure of bleach impedes it from absorbing into porous materials, yet the water in the solution penetrates deeply. Ironically, this feeds the very mold you are trying to destroy. Some antimicrobials do incapacitate the growth of mold even in porous materials, and SERVPRO mold remediators are experts in their use.

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For effective mold remediation, work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest. Call for a mold inspection and implementation of and EPA protocol-based plan at (402) 800-2134.

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Avoid Mold Damage in Omaha With Proper Maintenance

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Avoid Mold Damage in Omaha With Proper Maintenance Air conditioning ducts can quickly spread mold. Call SERVPRO to investigate if the ducts in your home harbor mold particles.

Servicing Air Conditioning Systems on a Regular Basis Can Help Prevent the Spread of Mold


Springtime is a busy time for most households. Inspecting and repairing heating and cooling systems is a crucial step in maintaining your home, but is often a neglected task. When the weather warms, and the air conditioning begins operation, failure to tune-up your central air or window units makes itself known with mold growth. The SERVPRO remediation team responds quickly when this need arises.
 
Air conditioning is all about moisture. Removing warm, humid air and replacing it with cooler, drier air within your home is the simple explanation of how AC works. Inadequate drainage of the water condensed during the process leads to the risk of mold damage. Omaha homeowners, surprised by how common this link is, find relief from the consequences when our remediation team arrives.
 
Mold is opportunistic, always present in the form of spores in the typical home, waiting for water to grow. If your cooling system is in need of cleaning, especially within the tubes and hoses that carry condensed moisture for disposal, a buildup of water is the perfect breeding ground for microbes. SERVPRO knows each system is differently configured, but all cause excess water to drip, seep, or otherwise leak down walls, into windowsills, or onto floors. Carpeting and upholstery wick up the moisture and then contain all that is needed for growth. Once we are at your home, we take a close look at the problem and plan the cleanup.
 
Mold remediation experts follow an EPA-defined set of steps to contain and remove the mold growth due to air conditioner malfunction. We clean and dry drywall, wood, and flooring affected, replacing areas that appear infiltrated with mold. A thorough cleaning and disinfection are then in order, including the replacement of filters and cracked hoses in the air conditioner itself. Furnishings that stand up to washing, like curtains, survive to be used again. Saturated furniture and floor coverings may be dispatched to the landfill because the mold persists.
 
If your central air conditioning is the source of the water, an intensive examination of the ductwork, with proper cleaning and possible sealing of unreachable areas may be required by a competent HVAC technician. Once all the machinery is reassembled, the air conditioners resume their jobs, ironically a tool in your collection to keep humidity levels low to avoid further mold growth.
 
Next Fall, take the time to clean and maintain the AC to limit microbial growth while you call SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest this spring and summer if mold arrives soon after this season's cooling begins. Our dispatchers respond 24/7 at (402) 800-2134.

Recovering from Mold Damage in Omaha

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Recovering from Mold Damage in Omaha Mold Remediation in Omaha by SERVPRO Eliminates Musty Odors

Your Omaha Home Gets Freed from Mold Odors with SERVPRO's Help

Mold often produces a distinctive scent that many describe as a 'smelly odor' that rarely goes away. This odor might decrease when the humidity decreases or the temperature is cooler, but mold's smell never really goes away. Spores from growing mold are often released, and it is the chemicals that these spores carry with them that can cause an otherwise very clean home to have a musty smell.

Your Omaha home can develop mold damage when moisture levels are high enough to support mold colonies. Fungi require a steady supply of moisture to continue to grow, and SERVPRO crews use this to find where mold is lurking in your home. Our fully trained applied microbial remediation technicians use building moisture thermography (BMT) to detect higher levels of moisture that could be a source of water for mold. Not every area that has greater than normal levels of moisture has mold, but drier areas are much less likely to be able to support living mold colonies.

Removing drywall and other materials from your home that have been damaged by mold is part of the remediation process. Sometimes, replacement of these materials with new materials is sufficient, but other items can be cleaned and then returned. Reinstalling elements and furnishings that have been cleaned and sanitized is typically less expensive than replacing those same items, but this is not always the case.
 
Carpeting is one type of material in your home that needs to be examined before deciding to replace or restore. Changing your carpeting when remediating mold can be a low-cost way to remodel areas of your home. It 's hard to remove mold and spores from carpeting because of the fibrous nature of the carpeting and its backing in cases of severe infestations. Padding itself presents a challenge. Carpeting is very prone to stretching when being cleaned, and this can be very apparent when the carpeting is reinstalled. Our Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) can assist in this area to ensure you receive the best results.

Other types of flooring can often be restored more easily than carpeting. Wood floors can be sanded and resealed. Our technicians can clean linoleum floors when the damage is not extensive, and then reglue. We typically advise the homeowner to start with a fresh floor covering. SERVPRO knows that every part of your home is important, and we make sure that every area where mold exists in your home is remediated. We easily and accurately locate where water may be entering into your home and causing problems so that we eliminate future problems before they begin.

Calling SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest at (402) 800-2134 when you are tired of experiencing a musty odor. We can end your mold damage problems. We are always ready to take your call, day or night.

Remediation of Mold Damage to Books

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediation of Mold Damage to Books Since humidity is one of the main sources of water-soaked books and damage, it’s important to keep your books in an area that is cool and dry.

Books Can Also Receive Mold Remediation

The process of restoring a book that has been damaged by water and has mold growing because of it can be time-consuming, costly and complicated. Even though you probably don’t have first edition copies of historical texts like some libraries and other institutions have, a favorite book or old family photo album can be just as important to you. Therefore, you will want to hire a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO if this happens to your precious books.

Only professional mold remediation services in Omaha can properly determine the extent of the water and mold damage your books have gone through, and which drying technique is most appropriate. There are, however, a few simple steps which you can take right after the disaster which will lower the risk of permanent damage to your books.

Since humidity is one of the main sources of water-soaked books and persistent damage, it’s very important to keep your books in an area that is cool and dry. If necessary during especially humid times of the year, dehumidifiers are a good option, as well as opening some windows in the area after water damage has occurred to prevent mold damage.

The actual salvaging and drying process should always, of course, be left to our professionals at SERVPRO. Our restoration specialists have state-of-the-art technologies and drying techniques which we use that will be more effective every time than anything you can do yourself.

The best technology that is available today comes in the form of desiccant air dry distribution systems. This will lower humidity in the area for drying, letting more water trapped in the books evaporate. These services are quite valuable, as they may even allow you to access your books during the drying process if needed.
Another valuable technique we can use to recover your mold damaged books is freeze-drying. In a vacuum-freeze system, pressure is evenly distributed around the drying book, which reduces warping, keeping the original look and feel of the books, and making sure that future damage does not set in.

 

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Mold can be very destructive when it has a chance to set into your books. You want to call us immediately at SERVPRO of Omaha Northwest if moisture has gotten to your books and created a mold problem. We can be reached any time that you need us when you dial (402) 800-2134.