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Does Mold Usually Grow Where a Faucet Leaks?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

Plumber and a woman checking plumbing under sink Regularly check under sinks for water buildup. Leaking supply lines are one of the main causes of mold damage.

Mold Growth 101: The Basics of Mold Damage

Mold is one of the most common household problems. It's a fungus that can grow in areas where there's moisture and food, such as under sinks or around leaky pipes. If you notice mold growing in your home or business, it could be from a leaking faucet or pipe under the sink. In this article we'll discuss how to tell if there is mold in your house and why it's important to remove it immediately!

Mold grows in areas that are wet

Molds are fungi that grow in damp and moist areas. They usually thrive in places where there is an accumulation of moisture, such as basements or bathrooms. Mold can grow on any type of surface, including drywall. 

Mold may even grow in unexpected places—you might find it growing behind furniture or in an area where you never thought it could survive! It's important to keep an eye out for mold no matter where it appears so that you can remove it quickly before any serious damage occurs.

Mold spores are everywhere in our environment—you just need some moisture and food source to start growing new colonies!

A dripping faucet can contribute to the growth of mold. When water slowly drips onto a surface such as wood or wallboard over a period, it creates the perfect environment for mold growth. The water seeps into cracks and crevices, creating dark spots on walls or floors that are often mistaken for dirt or mildew. In fact, these spots may be black or green patches caused by mold growing inside them! While some molds are green or black, others are pink or brown. Some molds have fuzzy edges, while others are flat and smooth.

Mold can grow within 48 hours

Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours, especially if the water damage is a continuous leak. As soon as you notice a leak, place a bucket under it and call an emergency water mitigation company. Mold spreads quickly, so it's important to get rid of it before it has a chance to spread throughout your home.

Mold needs moisture to grow, so it will start growing when you have a leak or any other source of moisture in your home. It can appear anywhere in your house—even if there are no leaks nearby!

Who Can Remove Mold from My House?

The first step to removing mold from your home is identifying where it's growing. Never attempt to remove mold on your own. If you've found that a sink or shower has been leaking and has left behind damp areas of the wall, call in professionals who have been trained in mold removal to help you assess the extent of damage and determine whether there are any other areas of concern.

Molds can grow in many places, but they will usually gravitate toward areas that are moist or humid. It is important to clean up any water leaks quickly so that the mold does not have a chance to grow. If your home or business has suffered from a mold infestation, don’t hesitate, and give our SERVPRO team a call today!

7 Tips to Avoid Mold Growth

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Defense Against Mold Growth

Firstly, prompt mitigation is crucial in avoiding any future mold growth. Mold growth can be visible as quickly as 24 to 48 hours after a water damage.

7 Tips to Avoid Mold Growth

  1. Maintain the humidity level between 30-50%.
  2. Provide proper drainage away from the foundation of the building.
  3. Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  4. Keep gutters and drains clean and free of debris.
  5. Inspect the roof, windows, and other areas where water might enter the building and perform maintenance, as needed.
  6. Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
  7. Contact SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County professionals for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

If you find or suspect mold growth in your home or office, contact us to day at 636-296-6813 and schedule a FREE estimate.

Managing Mold in JeffCo

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County franchise professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call your local SERVPRO®of Arnold/North Jefferson County  franchise professionals. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County franchise professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. Your local SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County franchise professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

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

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County 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 Arnold/North Jefferson County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 636-296-6813

Conditions In High Ridge Might Be Right For Mold Category: Mold Damage

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 636-296-6813

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Arnold North Jefferson County for mold remediation services.

Does Your Fenton Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

In Fenton, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 636-296-6813