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Our Specialists Can Handle Any Mold Damage Disaster in Your Castle Hayne Home

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you solve these problems with our specialized tools and machines.

Mold Damage in Your Castle Hayne Residence Is No Match For Dedicated and Well-Trained Team Players

When a property's plumbing in Castle Hayne contains loose joints or other problems that allow water to escape, different problems occur for the homeowner. SERVPRO can help you solve these problems with our specialized tools and machines.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand mold damage situations in Castle Hayne homes because of our extensive training, commitment to the community, and ability to work within a team. We also use the latest in equipment that industry developers find provides improved results for our customers. When mold damage affects your residence, we can help get things remediated and back to how you remember, “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of where mold damage occurs inside a home, SERVPRO technicians use handheld equipment that reveals on the screen where moisture hides inside materials. There is no need to wait for testing, as we provide immediate results. Other equipment helps us determine the amount of moisture retained in walls and other materials so we can give an accurate estimate of how long drying time of damp areas and remediation of mold damage should take. Both of these must occur to ensure we regain control of the mold damage situation in your dwelling.

To dry out your home, we first shut off the water at the place where dripping water or leaking appliances allow it to pass into your living area. We then use air movers to draw the moisture out of damp things and whisk this water vapor into desiccant machines.

Mold damage remediation is where we continue working together as teams. We seal off areas that require extensive scraping or removal of materials, so we protect the rest of your home from stray mold particles and just-released spores. These areas are known as negative air chambers because of how we draw air out of them with the use of air scrubbers.

SERVPRO specialists know the importance of using HEPA filters on the majority of our equipment from air scrubbers to vacuums. Releasing only clean air into your home reduces the number of spores your family breathes in, a possible cause of health effects, and also reduces the ability of mold to recolonize in other locations.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is happy to send IICRC-certified mold damage specialists to your residence in Kure Beach, Leland, and Elizabethtown. Your first step in becoming the next partner of our team is to call us at (910) 762-8180. Always answered, our 24-hour service line number is open every day of the year.

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Our Mold Damage Experts Are Better And Faster At Restoring Your Home In Elizabethtown

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are microscopic, which means there may be thousands of airborne spores inside the affected areas.

We Offer Mold Damage Restoration In Elizabethtown

Visible signs of mold-growth include gray, green or black spots on surfaces such as floors, shower or wall tile and other surfaces like counter-tops or ceilings. A stale or musty odor can also be present in your home. If you notice that there is a presence of in your bathroom, kitchen or any other room inside your house, contact us right away. Mold spores can cause health effects, which makes it urgent for you to act as soon as possible.

Our SERVPRO mold damage services in Elizabethtown can restore your home to its pre-mold condition. We train our crews to utilize professional-grade disinfectants and to use industrial equipment to remove mold. We work fast to clean the affected areas inside the structure. Plus, our teams take the proper precautions to make sure the spores do not spread to any other rooms inside your residence. Crews first seal entryways such as windows, doors, vents, and ceiling exhaust fans to contain airborne spores.

Mold spores are microscopic, which means there may be thousands of airborne spores inside the affected areas. SERVPRO technicians can use commercial air scrubbers to trap and remove the spores and to scrub and purify the air inside the home environment. These top-grade machines can also remove stale odors by pulling in fresh air from the outside and pushing out musty air. We may also employ anti-fungal agents to sanitize the structure and to prevent future mold growth. We must note that it is impossible for us to eliminate every spore inside the structure, but we can reduce them to a safe level.

After the cleaning phase, techs can begin drying stage. Drying also helps stop mold from growing back inside your home. We may also use air movers, axial fans and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels and to speed up drying.

SERVPRO of New Hanover offers mold damage restoration services in your area. When possible, we can restore your home. Contact us at (910) 762-8180 anytime. We are close by and here to help.

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A Flood From The Northeast Cape Fear River Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Castle Haynes Basement

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is one of the biggest threats that can cause mold damage inside of your home.

A Flood Can Cause Mold Damage In Your Home

Flooding is one of the biggest threats that can cause mold damage inside of your home. When the river outside of your home floods your basement, it has the potential to cause mold growth if it's not dealt with right away. However, sometimes you are not able to deal with the problem immediately, especially if the flooding happens when you are away on a summer camping trip.

By the time you use a wet/dry vacuum to get the relatively small amount of water out of your Castle Haynes basement, the mold damage has already taken root. Because mold is trickier to handle than just removing water from your home, one of the best things you can do is to call for professional help.

When you call SERVPRO, we always strive to travel to your home swiftly, as we understand that your time is valuable and that damages inside of your home often do not wait. One of our first employees on the scene is our Estimator who can walk you through the damage and answer any questions you have. Once we investigate the mold damage in your basement and find that it is impacting the walls and floor, we can begin the remediation process.

One of the first things that SERVPRO does when dealing with mold damage is constructing a barrier with plastic sheeting around the microbial growth. Doing this allows us to remove the mold without any fear of it spreading to a new place. Before we begin to clean the mold off the walls and floors, SERVPRO can set up an air scrubber with carbon filters. The device can filter the air as we work, pulling in mold spores and neutralizing the particles that create a musty scent.

To remove and clean mold growth, our technicians can use a disinfectant. Afterward, we can spray an antifungal agent to help prevent any future complications. Because the bare drywall has been exposed to mold, it is likely that we may need to remove it. Drywall is a porous material, and mold colonies root themselves, which can make it hard to clean the surface thoroughly. Should any drywall need to be removed, SERVPRO can give you the number of a contractor who can rebuild in the area after.

Should flooding cause mold damage in your home, it is best not to wait. Call the number (910) 762-8180 to get in touch with SERVPRO of New Hanover. We are always ready to remediate damage inside of your home.

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A Castle Hayne Solution For That Musty Mold Damage Odor

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Responding to mold issues in a warm and humid area like Castle Hayne can seem like an endless proposition.

Mold Damage Odor

Responding to mold issues in a warm and humid area like Castle Hayne can seem like an endless proposition. One of the reasons it feels unresolvable is the smell that lingers in many cases even after the mold is abated. Find a mold remediation service that communicates clearly with you throughout the process and answers all your concerns. We believe our job is incomplete until all aspects of mold contamination are addressed.

Warm and moist air is common in Castle Hayne during the summer, perfect conditions for mold damage. Homeowners need to be vigilant about eliminating moisture, the variable that fuels mold growth. Leaks must be repaired, and spills cleaned up. Running an air conditioner can reduce humidity levels to the 30 to 50 percent range recommended to avoid microbial growth. We can work to find, contain, and remove mold growth, but if the moisture is not managed mold recurs.

After SERVPRO crews systematically walk through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol underlying IICRC certification in Applied Microbial Remediation the following has happened:

    •    We contained the affected area with physical barriers and equipment such as negative pressure air scrubbers.

    •    We scraped or wiped off mold colonies, using abrasives such as soda blasting if the infestation goes beneath the surface.

    •    We cleaned up debris with HEPA equipped vacuums, bagging moldy materials and disposing of them according to local codes.

    •    We treated the area with EPA-registered disinfectants to inhibit future mold growth.

The final concern is whether the above steps eliminates that tell-tale musty odor emitted by growing mold. If the smell perseveres, SERVPRO mold remediation teams have advanced odor elimination tools as resources. We employ thermal fogging to create tiny odor-seeking particles that bond with the odiferous debris still airborne despite the use of air scrubbing filters during the mold removal phase. Another option is hydroxyl generators that produce radicals that also connect with the smelly particulates. Both of these solutions chemically change the characteristics of the musty-smelling bits, rendering them odor neutral.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is your go-to source for mold remediation and odor elimination. Our phone line at (910) 762-8180 is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because disasters do not wait for business hours.

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Removing Mold Damage In Wrightsville Beach Homes

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow anywhere inside a Wrightsville Beach home, including inside walls, above ceilings, and under cabinetry.

Removing Mold Damage

Mold can grow anywhere inside a Wrightsville Beach home, including inside walls, above ceilings, and under cabinetry. Mold spores come in such small sizes that they can end up virtually anywhere inside even the cleanest home. In fact, some cleaning methods spread mold instead of removing them from a home.

Homes in Wrightsville Beach often suffer mold damage because of our proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean water, when dry, leaves a salt residue that continually draws moisture from the air. Storing items in your home after a trip to the beach can bring about the microbial growth that damages your home and your belongings.

SERVPRO's Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) is always prepared to provide mold remediation in both homes and businesses. The techniques used by our technicians conform to IICRC standards and can effectively remove mold damage and reduce the number of mold spores within your property back to normal. We realize that having workers in your home can seem intrusive and disruptive, so we work as soon as possible to minimize the time required to complete the work.

We use negative air pressure containment methods because mold can cause health effects. While we remove damaged materials inundated with mold colonies, some of the mold spores become airborne. The methods we use keep this mold from contaminating other areas of your home. Air scrubbers are part of the containment process, but we also use them elsewhere, in larger areas, to ensure the cleanliness of your home's air.

While homeowners can easily see mold on the exterior portion of walls and ceilings, any mold that grows on the inside, between opposing drywall sections, can hide. A moisture meter can detect the presence of moisture that allows mold to grow, and if detected at higher levels, we know a closer inspection can provide the assurance needed on the interior condition of the wall. Crucial to detecting hidden mold, we do not want to leave any mold undiscovered, while at the same time, we do not want to tear away any mold-free structures.

SERVPRO of New Hanover can be reached by calling our 24-hour line at (910) 762-8180, 365 days a year. Our experienced technicians can quickly remediate any amount of mold damage and restore many of your belongings, as well.

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How the Mycelium Contributes to Mold Damage in Castle Hayne Homes

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding mold is key to controlling it. SERVPRO technicians are very educated when it comes to dealing with mold. Contact us today.

SERVPRO Technicians Take a Knowledgeable Approach When Dealing With a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold damage is a genuine risk for any homeowner. The fungus thrives wherever it finds a food source plus moisture to help it grow. As residents of North Carolina know, the state can get rather hot and humid during warmer months. The humidity gives fungus extra chances to grow. Older homes are at particular risk as they tend to be damper and darker. Today we are getting a little technical and talking about the mycelium, what it is, and the role it plays in mold growth in Castle Hayne homes.
 
Homeowners want to avoid mold damage in Castle Hayne wherever possible. Sometimes a little extra understanding of the life cycle of mold helps because when we understand how the fungus grows, we understand better how to stop it growing.
 
Mycelium is a fancy sounding name which means a mass of tiny branching cells. The microscopic cells that make up the mycelium are known as hyphae. As a mycelium grows, it absorbs nutrients from its surroundings – in the case of your home, that might mean eating into your drywall, carpet, or even wood or leather.
 
In nature, the mycelium is a vital part of the ecosystem because it eats decomposing plant matter and releases carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. However, you naturally do not want it eating anything in your home!
 
The Mycelium grows tiny mold spores which it releases into the atmosphere so they can travel and find new locations to start new mycelium. The movement of spores means mold spreads from one place in your home to another.
 
The mycelium is also the visible part of mold – it is what you see when you notice black, brown or green mold growing in the corner of your home.
 
SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold damage remediation. Our IICRC-certified technicians set up a containment area around the affected room to reduce the risk of more spores spreading. We also use a negative air machine to vent contaminated air outside your home.
 
It is possible to clean visible mold by scraping and scrubbing. However, it is not feasible to detect all spores as they are impossible to see with the naked eye. SERVPRO equips our teams with dehumidifiers and moisture meters so they can monitor and reduce wetness, thus making it hard for mold to grow back.
 
For help with fungal remediation in Kure Beach, Elizabethtown, Wilmington, Leland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 today.

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Spots in Your Wilmington Home Prone to Mold Damage

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Areas of Your Home to Routinely Check for Mold Damage

While mold can begin growing anywhere in the home, some areas are more susceptible to infection than others. Whether you have existing mold damage in your Wilmington home or you are concerned about the risks your home may face regarding mold and fungi. If you are to prepare for it adequately, it is important to understand where mold is most likely to start growing. Ask a SERVPRO representative about mold-resistant paints, waterproofing, or other anti-mold treatments for these vulnerable parts of your home.

Bathrooms

By far the most common place for mild mold damage to appear in Wilmington is in the bathroom. Bathrooms regularly have high volumes of water flowing through them, and some of this water inevitably escapes proper receptacles to dampen walls, ceilings, cabinets, and tile grout in the room. While mold damage is very common here, it is thankfully not as likely to spread around the home, as bathrooms are usually more isolated than other rooms.

Basements and Closets

Basements, closets, and other dark and secluded places are especially prone to serious mold damage. Mold thrives in the dark, especially when ventilation and air flow is weak. Sometimes, conditions may even be good enough to allow mold to grow without an extra water source, as is typical in most cases. Be sure to check back corners of closets and basements every once in a while to catch mold before it gets out of control.

HVAC Systems

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are often the source of some of the worst mold damage cases we get. When mold takes root in a home's ventilation system, spores are easily picked up and spread around the home, infecting numerous rooms at once. SERVPRO technicians carry a broad range of HVAC certifications and training credentials to clean up these disasters as safely and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of New Hanover is a fully certified and equipped provider of mold remediation and restoration services. Call us for any mold issue, large or small, at (910) 762-8180.

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Correctly Address Mold Damage Found On Your Property In Wrightsville Beach

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Wrightsville Beach is a No-Fly Zone for SERVPRO Mold Remediation

Restoring a Mold Infested Property by SERVPRO

Quality mold remediation services follow a fairly established protocol to get mold growth found in your home under control. However, the company you decide to use should always maintain safety above all else when providing services like these on your property.
 
Finding mold damage in your Wrightsville Beach home is serious business. Mold can affect the health of you and your family gradually over time, without you even knowing the source. Different types of mold and mildew can hide in your walls, crawl spaces, attic, or basement for months or even years before exposing visual signs of contamination.
 
If you suspect mold growth in your home at any time, contact SERVPRO for help. Our expertly trained IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can help you and your family obtain the clean, safe home environment that you deserve. Once you see our recovery team in action, you know you made the right decision.  
 
SERVPRO takes pride in providing customers just like you with quality services that help protect your home. By using the training, experience, and equipment at our disposal, we make dealing with mold a thing of the past. Our technicians put vast resources to use to provide customers with a full-service solution they can count on to reduce costs and limit their losses.   
 
Many of the services SERVPRO offers, including mold remediation, water removal, cleaning, deodorization, and restoration of your property help homeowners secure a safe, healthy home environment for their families. It does not matter whether you have a single room or an entire building that requires our attention, we provide you with unique solutions to problems that exist on your property.
 
You are not alone, dealing with these types of issues is rather common. Many homeowners experience mold problems in their homes; it has nothing to do with the way you live or how you conduct yourselves on your property. Incidents happen, and when they do, it is best to seek professional assistance in finding a quality, safe solution.  
 
SERVPRO Of New Hanover can help you recover from a variety of issues that plague homeowners throughout the area. We answer your calls for help and provide you with the services you deserve during an emergency, call today. (910) 762-8180 For more info about this city click here.

Chemical Compounds Produced During Mold Growth

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold problems can cause health effects. Call SERVPRO today to remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians Can Control the Spread of Mold on Your Kure Beach Property

Molds produce two types of chemical compounds that people in water-damaged buildings can be exposed to - Mycotoxins and Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (“MVOC”), MVOC are gases produced by mold. The musty odor produced by mold is caused by microbial volatile organic compounds. These odors are chemicals, generated during certain parts of the mold's growing cycle. Mold odors are made up of strong chemicals which can cause health issues.
 
Different mold growth produces different MVOC's depending on conditions, including how much moisture is present, temperature, air pressure, light, and what surface it is growing on. The gases or chemicals produced by actively growing mold can be monitored to find the level of its growth in the house. If you see any mold damage in Kure Beach, contact SERVPRO immediately.
 
It was believed that gases released by mold have certain antifungal and cytotoxic properties. Laboratory testing has discovered that MVOC chemicals are made up of benzenes, tuloenes, aldehydes and much more. Because of this, it is possible that under certain circumstances, microbial volatile organic compounds may be partly responsible for complaints of ill-health and poor indoor air quality.
 
One of the main benefits of a mold restoration service is that they have the state-of-the-art equipment to see chemicals being emitted from growing mold, even if it is behind a wall. If, however, the MVOC levels exceed acceptable standards, mold remediation experts can help.
 
Mold removal technicians will take the next steps to improve your home's air quality with consultation, testing or other professional techniques that are used for indoor air quality treatment. Our homes are our safe havens. With an expert comprehensive test, mold removal experts can give you peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to protect the ones that you love.
 
Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover today. We are locally owned and operated. As a leader in the restoration industry, we understand how quickly mold spreads. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. After all, a fast response lessens mold damage and limits further damage, especially to your health.
 
You can reach us at (910) 762-8180. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you have a water or mold damage problem, we are already nearby and ready to help restore your home back to normal.

What to Expect When You Hire a Mold Damage Professional

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold cleanup must be done right to prevent a recurrence. Call SERVPRO today!

The Mold Damage Remediation Process Detailed

The dreaded sign of mold typically concerns homeowners, and for good reason. Aside from affecting the look, smell, and comfort of your home, mold damage is a potential health hazard that can be challenging to resolve. Hiring an expert to get rid of the mold damage in your house is a wise choice, but you're probably wondering what happens next.
 
Homeowners facing mold damage in Wilmington have a wide range of choices when it comes to mold remediation services. When you trust SERVPRO to repair the mold damage in your house, here's what you can expect.
 
Assessment

To understand how extensive your home's mold damage is and figure out what type of mold infestation is present, our technicians will perform a thorough evaluation and inspection.
 
Containment
 
Controlling the spread of mold damage is key, and we have the equipment and experience to quickly do so while ensuring the safety of your family and our workers.

Removal of Contaminated Materials
 
Physically removing any surfaces or materials affected by mold damage is necessary to prevent cross-contamination. We will properly dispose of the waste, so you won't have to worry about getting rid of materials infested with mold on your own.
 
Air Quality Control
 
Mold spores in your home must be removed to prevent future damage or health risks. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of techniques to filtrate the air inside of your home and improve its quality.
 
Cleanup and Restoration
 
Once all of the items and materials in your home that were infested with mold have been removed, the process of cleaning up and restoring the rest of your home and belongings can begin.
 
If your home is in need of mold remediation, count on our expertise at SERVPRO of New Hanover. To obtain a quote or find out more about our mold damage repair services, call us anytime at (910) 762-8180.

New Hanover Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/7/2016 (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 yourhome. 

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover 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 New Hanover specializes in mold cleanup and resotration, 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 - (910) 762-8180