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How Professionals Remediate Mold From Your Nampa Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Professionals Remediate Mold From Your Nampa Home Call your SERVPRO Franchise professionals to remediate mold damage in your home.

How SERVPRO Specialists Use Mold Remediation Techniques to Protect Homes in Nampa

Your Nampa home protects you and your family from the outside world, and you want to ensure that it stays protected from anything that can bring harm to it, as well. Microbes live everywhere, although in small numbers.  

Once microbes multiply, they can cause your home in Nampa to require mold remediation specialists like the ones from SERVPRO Franchise professionals. We take our IICRC-certification seriously, as well as the way we provide services to our customers. We always take pride in our work, how we communicate with those who rely on our expertise, and our ability to make things “Like it never even happened. "

When we receive a call from a homeowner requesting mold remediation, we ensure that our tools, supplies, and equipment all are ready for the work ahead. Our Green Fleet stays loaded with the basics needed for the majority of mitigation, remediation, and restoration work, so we have very little to do before we leave our facility. We are always Faster To Any Size Disaster, and mold growing in your home, out of control, ruing your belongings, can become a disaster quickly.  

We combat mold in ways that it cannot work around. We contain it with both barriers and filters and remove it so it cannot grow elsewhere. Plastic barriers that work to suction spores out of the area keep it from spreading to other areas of your home. Using dry ice pellets kills it by freezing it, and our liquid antimicrobial agents crush it as it dries, keeping it from ever becoming a problem for you or anyone else ever again.  

These are only a few of the ways we perform remediation of mold and mildew infestations. Sometimes, cleaning with a damp cloth removes microbes adequately from hard, non-porous surfaces. Damp cloth and ultrasonic cleaning can bring mold-covered items back from certain disposal in the garbage. Learning the most effective methods during our training means we can save more of your home and more of your belongings when mold and mildew try to take over.  

When you find mold in your home, call us, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell, at (208) 466-5000. We can help make your home a less inviting place to pesky microbes, and make things more hospitable for you and your family.

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Our Team Can Restore Your Home In Caldwell After A Mold Infestation

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Team Can Restore Your Home In Caldwell After A Mold Infestation Mold remediation is not the same for every home, as the effects and the spread of the organism are not the same.

How Long Will Mold Remediation Take In Your Caldwell Home?

As a Caldwell homeowner, you can often concede when certain damaging elements to the property are beyond your skill set to restore and overcome. Choosing professional services to remediate mold growth in your home is a wise decision, though many homeowners are unclear as to what to expect once they have conceded that this choice is best for their property. Homeowners want to know how long they can expect the remediation and restoration to take, but that tends to rely on specific factors.

One of the first factors that affect how long it takes to overcome mold damage in your Caldwell residence is how widespread the problem has become. For those that call our SERVPRO professionals immediately upon discovering mold might have a significantly shorter time with remediation and restoration than someone who has allowed mold to grow and spread for a month or more. It is relative to the extent of the damage throughout your property.

Another factor that plays a role in how long remediation services should take in your home is where the affected areas are throughout the property. It takes less time to clear up localized basement mold affecting wood framing in that region of your home than cleaning up a large portion of the HVAC system affected by a different variety of mold altogether. We strive in every capacity to offer our customers the most efficient service possible to limit our impact on your life.

Ultimately, how long remediation takes is going to be different for every homeowner, as no two mold growth scenarios are the same. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive fast with the tools and resources to help make the process go as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of the work that we do to protect your home and restore it entirely.

Mold remediation is not the same for every home, as the effects and the spread of the organism are not the same. Our specialists are available 24/7 to help you assess the full scope of the damage and offer efficient, real-time solutions to remove the organism. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Are You Making These Kinds of Moisture Mistakes in Your Caldwell Bathroom?

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are You Making These Kinds of Moisture Mistakes in Your Caldwell Bathroom? Finding mold in any part of your home, especially the bathroom, can make for a difficult situation. Contact SERVPRO for mold damage remediation.

Preventative Measures are Part of Mold Damage Restoration in Caldwell

Due to excessive moisture in you Caldwell bathroom, there are greenish, blackish and grayish mold spots on the shower walls in your bathroom. Mold can turn into an active infestation if you do not handle the problem right away. Plus, mold can cause health effects if it is not dealt with by professionals. We can arrive at your home within hours after you contact us to begin the mold removal process. Our skilled crew is well trained and can restore your bathroom back to its pre-mold condition when possible.
 
Our SERVPRO mold damage restoration team in Caldwell works fast to contain mold colonies. We take safety precautions to keep mold from spreading to other areas of your residence. After inspecting the area, the team uses polyethylene plastic sheeting to seal the affected areas. Sealing entryways to your bathroom such as the door and windows and sealing off exhaust fans and vents effectively contain mold spores. Our crew may need to set up another room in your home to store the clothing they wear during the cleanup phase and to clean and sanitize any items and equipment they use during the restoration process.
 
Once we seal the structure, the team can begin the mold removal process. The crew can use a professional grade disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the shower walls and to eliminate mold colonies. The team may also apply an antifungal agent on the affected areas to stop mold from growing back. If necessary, the crew may need to use agitation techniques such as damp sponge wiping, wire brushing or sanding to remove mold spots. The team may also utilize air scrubbers to reduce mold odors and to remove airborne mold spores.
 
If mold is present in your home, do not wait to call us. SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is nearby and can restore your home when possible. You can rely on us to work fast. Call us at (208) 466-5000 at any time of the day or night. We are here to help.
 
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A Bad Exhaust Fan in Your Caldwell Bathroom Can Cause Mold Damage

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Bad Exhaust Fan in Your Caldwell Bathroom Can Cause Mold Damage Bathroom mold can form rather quickly if the ventilation is not set up correctly. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate a Current Mold Infestation While Offering Tips to Prevent a Recurrence 

Without a good exhaust fan inside of your bathroom, it is easy enough for all of the excess moisture and humidity to cause a problem like mold damage. When you shower, the exhaust fan helps remove the steam from the room, therefore minimizing the moisture that clings to your walls. Without it, that condensation has nowhere else to go and can settle on the walls instead.
 
You may begin to notice speckled green, gray, or blackish spots along the walls inside of your bathroom, and it is most likely mold damage in Caldwell. The excess moisture is the perfect feeding ground for mold spores. On their own, spores are not harmful, in fact, they are omnipresent and impossible to get rid of. However, when they multiply and grow into a colony, they can cause health effects and damage to your home. When you find mold, it is best to reach out for professional help.
 
SERVPRO can swiftly travel to your home after receiving your call. After investigating your bathroom and only finding mold on the walls, our technicians can get to work. Often, mold damage does not require intense or expensive techniques to remove, and in this case, it is relatively easy to remediate.
 
First, our SERVPRO technicians can take steps to ensure that the mold damage cannot spread to other parts of your home while the colony is being agitated. We use polyethylene plastic sheeting to create a barrier. Sealing the entryways to your bathroom, such as your door, vents, and over the exhaust fans allows us to deal with the mold without it spreading anywhere else.
 
After we have set up the quarantine, SERVPRO can use a disinfectant solution to wipe down your walls and remove the colonies. To be sure no colonies are forming that we cannot see yet, we can wipe down the entire wall. Afterward, we can use an antifungal agent to help prevent regrowth. Once we finish, SERVPRO can remove the plastic sheeting and then leave your bathroom feeling like it did before the mold.
 
If mold damage finds its way into your home due to faulty equipment, do not delay. Call for SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell's help by phoning (208) 466-5000. Night or day, we can help keep the mold away.

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Removing Mold Damages from Your Nampa Residence

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damages from Your Nampa Residence SERVPRO Suggests to Nampa Area Homeowners to Call Us for Mold Remediation

Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

While many factors can cause water loss incidents in your Nampa home, the damage that is caused by these events can often be widespread and challenging for the homeowner to clean up on their own. Mold growth may be an eventual issue. Even with concentrated efforts and professional grade equipment, many homeowners lack the industry experience to fully and adequately remove all of the moisture and dampness from specific areas of their home following significant water loss occurrences.

While this recent event might have been traumatic enough, it often takes no more than 72 hours for microbial and mold growths to form in your Nampa home from the lingering moisture and warmth of your home's interior. Mold damages are nothing that the average homeowner is usually equipped to handle, and your residence can have a widespread colony in a very brief period. EPA suggests mold infestations that are greater than ten-feet square should be handled by professional mold remediators.

Fortunately, our certified technicians at SERVPRO have the expertise, training, and tools to overcome even the most severe of mold damage incidents in your home. Our mission is to return your home to its original condition through multiple potential remediation approaches (depending on the present damage and effects from the colonization), making us an excellent choice to help you overcome the situation you face.

Removing the mold colony itself is much more than merely cleaning off the surface of where the spores have seated and grown into visible patches. Our SERVPRO professionals often require sanding or soda blasting to penetrate beyond the exposed layer to effectively reach the entire hyphae. An antimicrobial solution is often applied to porous materials to penetrate well below the visible layer and affect the entire present organism beyond what the eye can see.

Mold growth in your home is a little more common to the area than you might have believed. Fortunately, with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be something that you battle for very long. Trust in the experience and expertise of our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to help you win the fight against the mold that wages war with your home. Give our rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (208) 466-5000.

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What Can Be Done To Confirm A Mold Damage Problem In Caldwell?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Can Be Done To Confirm A Mold Damage Problem In Caldwell? Mold can cause significant damage to your home.

Mold Damage Problem In Your Home

While you may be able to identify several warning signs of mold damage in Caldwell, knowing for sure if and where mold is present can be a much more difficult process. In some cases, the infestation may be evident and apparent even to untrained eyes, but most colonies are far more subtle and difficult to identify. You may have been looking at mold in your home for years and never realized the extent of the problem until recently. SERVPRO can help you to identify whether mold has taken root and where it has spread through our advanced detection tools, but the solution could also be much simpler than that.

Visual identification of mold damage in your Caldwell home can sometimes be difficult or impossible but remains one of the most important methods by which homeowners nationwide find tens of thousands of infestations every year. Most species prefer to live in dark, undisturbed conditions that tend to lie out of sight, making even the most massive colonies difficult at times to spot. However, if you find spots of green or dark discoloration around the home, these may be indicative of a mold problem. Note that staining can come from other issues as well: try to identify other key characteristics as well, such as a fuzzy appearance or atypical moisture levels in the immediate surrounding area.

Should the fungus lie behind a wall, ceiling, or other visual blocks, you may still be able to pick up on other warning signs (most notably foul and musty odors around the house). With these in mind, you can direct SERVPRO professionals to the general location of potential damage where they can use moisture detection and damage analysis models to accurately measure and predict the size and extent of growth across your home.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is a locally owned and operated provider of expert mold damage remediation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at (208) 466-5000 for our services or a quote.

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage from Ruining Your Nampa Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold Damage from Ruining Your Nampa Home It is important to thoroughly check your home for mold growth regularly to remediate and stop it from spreading to other areas of your home.

Seek the Help of Professionals When You Discover Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold damage can wreck your home if you do not act fast. Mold spores are notoriously fast to spread, and if you ignore the early signs, you can have a catastrophe on your hands before you realize it.

The most important thing to remember about mold damage to your Nampa property is never to ignore it. Seeking professional help as soon as you can, is your best defense against the mayhem that can potentially be caused by mold damage. That said, there are a few things that you can do to prevent the damage from getting out of hand. Here are a few useful tips that SERVPRO professionals recommend.

Look for Problem Areas in Your Home and Correct Any Problem

When it comes to mold, moisture is perhaps the most important factor promoting the growth. Any areas in your home that have excess humidity, including crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, and attics need to be inspected thoroughly for any signs of mold growth. These areas can easily be missed during routine cleaning. If there is excessive moisture in these places due to leaky pipes, faucets or any other reason, they can be breeding grounds for the spores. Make sure that you are paying close attention to these areas and if you see or smell any signs of growth, seek the help of IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals to remedy the situation.

Make Sure Your Home Has Good Ventilation

Simple activities such as cooking, showering or doing the laundry can create a situation of high moisture content in specific areas of your home. Proper ventilation can efficiently dissipate this extra moisture in a matter of minutes. Make sure that these areas are as dry as you can keep them.

Improve the Air Flow

Improving the air flow in your home can work wonders in preventing accumulation of residual moisture. It is even more critical during the winter months as when the temperature of the air decreases, it can hold less water and often deposits excess moisture on surfaces such as walls and ceiling. Improving the air flow can significantly reduce this process.

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today to schedule a free consultation.

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High Humidity and Mold Damage in Nampa

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation High Humidity and Mold Damage in Nampa Using humidifiers and vaporizers during winter months can be beneficial, but if too much moisture is released mold can begin to grow in your home.

The Dangers of Humidifiers and Vaporizers During Winter Months

If you research mold issues because of concerns about its presence in your Nampa home, you look to rid the spaces of sources of water, limiting the possibility of fungal growth. It may come as a surprise that mold is even more opportunistic than you believed, and you might need to look for another way the mold spores find enough moisture to swell and multiply.

Especially during the winter months, Nampa homeowners choose to increase the interior humidity. Mold damage can trace to this practice, which takes an honest effort to make the air more comfortable and turns it into an incubator for microbial growth. We are well aware of the connection between higher humidities and mold growth and have the best practices to remove the mold and help you prevent it from recurring.

Some strains of mold spores gain enough moisture for growth when ambient humidity tops 60 percent. This can happen in a home where the HVAC system has a built-in humidification feature or where the homeowner adds free-standing humidifiers. The dry heated air of an Idaho winter contributes to dry skin, nosebleeds, and damage to furnishings. Adding moisture helps eliminate static electricity and makes it easier to breathe. SERVPRO finds that a careful balance is critical. Excessive water vapor in the air can diminish air quality and damage structures by encouraging mold growth.

One common scenario is where a parent runs a vaporizer in a young child’s room to help with upper respiratory infections during the cold months. Adding too much moisture to the air invites mold spore to absorb the water, find a likely surface made of or coated with organic matter, and begin to form a colony.

The protocol of mold remediation is the same as with other causes. SERVPRO employees contain and remove the mold, and then sanitize the area. We then address the humidity levels, using precise moisture meters to help you reduce interior levels to a range of 30 to 50 percent. If an HVAC system is involved, we inspect and clean it if necessary, especially if we find moisture or mold colonies inside.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is ready to help with the remediation of mold damage in your home. Call (208) 466-5000 to schedule an assessment, and then rest assured when our crews arrive to take care of the rest.

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Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Nampa

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Nampa SERVPRO Can Remove Moisture as Part of a Mold Remediation Service in the Nampa Area

Understanding Moisture and a Food Source Help to Prevent Mold Growth

Mold spores are common to every home in Nampa. In their dormant state, they are no more of a threat than common dust. It is only when the spores are affected by the right factors, do they become a problem in area homes.
 
Nampa mold damage can only happen when spores have enough moisture to grow within a range of 68 to 86 degrees and find a suitable food source. SERVPRO understands that since that is the normal range for most homes year-round, the best way we can eliminate mold and remediate the damage is to remove the water that provides a starting point and the food source spores need to grow the colony further.
 
Our primary task then is to find and eliminate the leak or another source of moisture. Most mold growth in a home begins due to a problem with a pipe or a faulty appliance that leaks or seeps water like a dishwasher or a poorly connected garbage disposal. If we find the growth began inside a wall or a crawlspace, then the source is more likely a leak in the roof or an outside wall that allows water into the home. SERVPRO technicians are trained to find and repair these leaks if they are minor.
 
After stopping the water, we spray anti-microbial agents on all visible mold. These chemicals kill mold on contact, making it harmless once more. If the mold has had enough time to extend hyphae into building material like drywall, we remove what is now a food source. Hyphae look like roots and serve the same purpose for mold: Search for food. These mold extensions quickly burrow into drywall and other natural fibers like cotton and wool. Some spores even feed on home insulation. Since many of these building materials are difficult to clean, it is often cheaper to replace infested material than to try and clean it.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has removed and remediated mold damage for Idaho residents over the last twenty years. For more information about what SERVPRO can do to help you return your home to safe, dry environment, call us today at (208) 466-5000. We are here for you.

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Finding Hidden Mold Damage in Your Caldwell Residence

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Hidden Mold Damage in Your Caldwell Residence Don't Let Mold Make a Rotten Tomato of Your Caldwell Home--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Mold from Walls and Even Plants

Gardening sometimes requires caring for plants even during the colder months. During the winter, taking care of the cuttings and small seedlings that you want to prepare for next spring requires some dedicated space. If this space safeguard inside your Caldwell home, you should always ensure it stays protected from any water that might escape from your potted plants and other specimens.
 
Caldwell gardeners can help protect their homes from mold damage just like they protect their plants from extreme fluctuations in the environment. Dry spells warrant extra watering while insects voraciously feeding on tender young plants brings out different remedies to thwart them and drive them away. Mold and other microbes grow wherever they find themselves, being much less picky than fruits and vegetables.
 
Like you, we use education and the latest information to perform the tasks we face. While yours may involve boosting growth, ours is quite the opposite. We strive to ensure that mold quits growing inside your home wherever it is, including around your plants. The spray we use to destroy microbial growth is safe enough for use around children, pets, and your plants. Concrobium (one such product we utilize) crushes mold and spores as it dries, rendering it inert.
 
It is always recommended to clean damaged mold areas before they can spread to other parts of your home. Allowing this microbe to have free rein in your home is only asking for a major disaster to develop. In locations where damage becomes more pronounced, we clear the damaged materials away, ensuring the proper transport out of your home and quick disposal of them.
 
Because spores spread through the air so easily, we implement HEPA filtered devices that scrub the air clean. Removing spores and living microbes significantly reduces their ability to start new colonies elsewhere in your home. Because your indoor gardening may have allowed moisture to accumulate inside the materials in your home, a dehumidification system might also prove useful during our work, and long afterward, as well. Restoring proper humidity levels can keep microbes from becoming active again.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell's technicians can help you restore your home's beauty and healthy state after a problem with mold damage. Contact us by calling (208) 466-5000, at any hour, 365 days a year.

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Leave Mold Remediation To The Experts In Caldwell

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leave Mold Remediation To The Experts In Caldwell SERVPRO Remediates Many Mold Species in Your Caldwell Home

Caldwell Homes Benefit from the Mold Cleanup Offered by SERVPRO

It is tempting to research a bit and then try to remove household mold colonies without professional help. There may be some embarrassment involved or a misunderstanding of what kinds of procedures and agents successfully rid a home of mold. Save yourself the frustration and be confident that the microbial infestation in your house is abated properly with a call to your local SERVPRO.
 
Mold damage to your Caldwell home is not a reflection upon housekeeping practices or general cleanliness. Mold spores are always in the air, indoors and out, awaiting the perfect conditions to activate and grow. Our mold remediation specialists have advanced training in the life cycles of the more than 100,000 strains of fungi waiting to feed and grow in your home. Understanding mold is the key to resolving a mold proliferation.
 
When you smell an earthy, musty odor or see streaking and staining of surfaces, ask SERVPRO to investigate. Mold spores need water and a source of organic matter to transform from specks floating in the air to rapidly expanding colonies. Mold comes in a rainbow of colors and textures from fuzzy to leathery. It slowly destroys building structures and personal belongings if not remediated by our trained technicians. Susceptible individuals with allergies or other sensitivities report health issues when a mold is on the upswing, but only a health care practitioner appropriately advises in those cases.
 
SERVPRO crews receive certification in remediation techniques developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) and use these efficient protocols to almost rid your home of current infestations and avoid future problems. However, total extermination and elimination of these fungi are not possible. The first task is to contain the mold. We use physical barriers like plastic sheeting when the mold outbreak is small. Negative air pressure machines arrive with us when larger colonies present. They filter the air and vent residues outside of living areas, ensuring that spores and other particulates do not circulate in your home’s atmosphere.
 
Next, the moldy material, including any porous surface infiltrated, is removed and bagged for proper disposal. Our staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout for safety during each step. We apply professional-grade antimicrobials to the affected area and vacuum up debris using equipment with HEPA filtration systems. The crew replaces any building material removed with the mold, and paints, stains or otherwise finish the area to look “Like it never even happened.”
 
No remediation is complete until we find and arrange for the repair of the water source causing the mold to grow in the first place. Plumbing or roof leaks are common reasons, but even high humidity encourages mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is your answer when the question is who offers quality mold remediation. Call (208) 466-5000 to schedule an inspection.

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Mold is Common in Idaho Resort Areas

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Common in Idaho Resort Areas Mold remediation in progress at a resort condominium in Cascade.

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell has extensive experience with mold removal in Canyon County.

Our employees have received many hours of specific mold remediation training, and we are well equipped and staffed for mold remediation and removal.

Molds and other fungi are a unique classification of life called eukaryotes, which are neither plant nor animal.  They reproduce by emitting microscopic spores which are similar to the seeds of a plant and can survive dormant for many years.  The slightest bit of air movement can carry the spores great distances, which is why mold can spread quickly.  This propensity for the spores to spread is why they are ever present in both indoor and outdoor environments. All that is necessary for them to take root and grow is for a suitable growth medium to remains wet for 48 to 72 hours.  If this occurs in a dark room, with high humidity and warm temperatures, growth can accelerate significantly.  Food residue, a layer of dust or soil, or cellulosic materials such as insulation, drywall or fabric, can all be suitable growth mediums.  

Since some types of mold can be harmful to human health or cause damage to property,  it is important to keep surfaces and materials in indoor environments clean and dry.  However, mold spores are so pervasive that even the best housekeeping cannot prevent them from growing when indoor environments remain continuously wet for more than a couple of days. 

Mold is common in resort areas, such as McCall and Cascade, ID, where structures are often unoccupied and can remain wet for extended periods.  Attics, basements and crawlspaces are areas of occupied structures that are more frequently affected.  In order to prevent mold in your home or business, call us immediately when you identify wetness in your building. Water damage restoration is both less expensive and less intrusive to both your life and your home or business than mold restoration.