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Find Out Now, What Should You do for Effective Mold Damage Remediation in Sterling?

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

We Keep Mold Damage From Spreading in Your Sterling Area Residence with Containment Measures

Partnering with SERVPRO to keep your home in Sterling in great condition pays off. We have the tools and experience to perform a multitude of tasks that protect your investment from different kinds of harm. Our IICRC-certified specialists always take the time to listen to your concerns and to provide guidance on how you can take steps of your own that prevent damage from occurring.

Many homeowners rely on us to help keep their homes protected from the effects of mold damage in Sterling. The harm that an over-abundance of microbes can bring can encompass your entire home and the belongings used by your family every day. Many items that receive little use, such as those stored in closets, basements, and attics, can sustain microbial infestations that cause ruined memories and the need to replace items, as well as keep you from handing down otherwise perfectly good things to relatives and friends.

Because mold spreads relatively easily from one area of a house to another via spores, we at SERVPRO know we need to control this mechanism. Whenever mold senses a disturbance nearby, thousands of spores fly into the air. They then travel on air currents and end up in locations everywhere in the home, searching for water to start a new colony.

Negative air pressure chambers solve this problem. Using both plastic sheeting and a powerful HEPA-equipped air mover, we can work on a location infested with mold and mildew confidently. Knowing that we can protect your home in this manner and keep spores from contaminating your home's currently clean areas allows us to concentrate on the work fully.

During the cleanup of mold particles, spores, and debris from blasting in other areas, we use vacuums that have HEPA filters attached. HEPA filters trap microbes and their spores, keeping your home from sustaining future infestations.

To help increase the protection from microbial infestations in the future, our mold remediation specialists treat affected and nearby areas with antimicrobial liquids. This also traps any microorganisms that might have settled in the area and encapsulates them. As this liquid dries, it shrinks around microscopic particles and crushes them.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster can help you understand the importance of reduced humidity and the elimination of water leaks in your home and how these steps can help prevent mold damage. Preventing its growth is as important as keeping microbes from spreading. Call us at (978) 537-1500, 24/7, year-round, and we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Professional Remediation is Needed for Your Mold Damaged Leominster Home

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

What is hiding behind your wall paper? Inspect your home regularly and call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Preventative Steps to Avoid Mold Growth in Your Leominster Home

Every Leominster homeowner wants to do what it takes to keep disasters from impacting their property and their families. With this idea in mind, preventative steps might seem improbable for natural disasters, but not for circumstances that can ultimately cause the same degrees of damage such as mold growth. With certain precautions taken to prevent and actively deter mold colonization in your home, you can work to keep this situation from happening as much as possible which saves you time and money.

While many Leominster homeowners experience mold damages at some point in their home’s life, it does not have to be a bank-breaking ordeal. With the right steps getting taken immediately upon discovery, our experienced SERVPRO professionals can arrive to perform an honest assessment of the situation and get to work on containing the spread of the colony and preparing to remove the organism as efficiently and safely as possible.

Something that every homeowner can do to help reduce the possibility of mold growth in their home is to inspect all of the areas of your house regularly. Some people do not use areas of their property like their basement and attics. With regular inspections of these areas, a homeowner can remain informed about potential vulnerabilities and moisture breaches that leave the area feeling damp. These conditions are ideal for mold growth, so early identification of potential concerns can help reduce the spread of a mold colony significantly.

You cannot remove mold spores from the environment, so you must learn to reduce the ways that they can colonize. If you have areas of your property prone to dampness and moisture, our SERVPRO professionals would recommend a continual use of equipment like dehumidifiers to reduce the overall humidity in this area to prevent spores from sticking to surfaces ideal for their growth.

Finding the right professional assistance for mold growth in your home is not difficult to do, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg – Leominster remediation professionals are standing by 24/7 by calling (978) 537-1500.

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Mold Damage and Historical Leominster Residences

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Leominster Residents Turn to SERVPRO to Remove Mold Colonies--"Like it never even happened."

Special Care for Mold Remediation Is a Core Value Offered by SERVPRO

Microbial infestation can occur anywhere, but historical homes such as those in Leominster can needlessly suffer unless attended to promptly. The construction of many homes did not take into account pollution of the current time, and this can affect a residence's condition.

Homeowners in Leominster might find mold damage in any area of their home, but walls facing the exterior areas of the home can often withstand extreme variability in temperature year-round. In winter, this can cause moisture from the wintry weather to accumulate inside the walls' cavities,
While Spring cleaning your home, you might come across darker areas on walls which might not mean dirt and grime. This discoloration could be mold colonization forming on your walls. Mold does not always give off a musty odor, even when disturbed. Only some strains do this. SERVPRO can help you determine if the darkened areas on walls and ceilings are from water drips or from mold damage. If our experts find that microbial populations have grown out of control, we can remedy the situation for you and your family.
Our IICRC-certified employees use the latest in techniques and methods to ensure that your home's uncontaminated areas remain as such, while safely removing current, existing microbes from your home. We use air scrubbers as a part of a negative pressure containment area to clean your dwelling's air of any mold, spores, or other particles from leaving the area being remediated.
Once we remove all traces of mold and its spores, we can discuss treating the area with microbial inhibitors or installing a dehumidifier. Keeping moisture minimized but still at comfortable levels for your family can decrease the effects of mold on people's health and also make it much more difficult for it to ever grow.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster would like to assist your family in combating mold damage in their Sterling, Clinton, or Harvard residence. Our number, (978) 537-1500, is a local call, and places you in touch with our friendly professional staff, available 24/7/365, who can assist you in getting the remediation work that your home needs.

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Deodorization During Mold Remediation In Your Leominster Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Make Your Leominster Home Smell Like Bleu Cheese--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Leominster Mold Removal and Odor Control Are Essential for Healthy IAQ Indoor Air Quality

One of the tell-tale signs of mold growth in your Leominster residence is a musty odor. This scent indicates that mold colonies have formed and are beginning to thrive, which can also be a clear sign to call in professional remediators to help you to remove these damaging colonies and also remove that lingering persistent odor from the affected area of your home.
While there are undoubtedly many steps to remediating the mold damages to your Leominster residence, correcting this harsh smell is one that always has to happen. Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the experience and the equipment to not only tackle this odor in the environment in this affected area of your home but also to deodorize the contents of your home as well that absorbed it.
The areas where deodorization needs to happen get noted in the initial inspection conducted by our SERVPRO professionals when we arrive at your home. Often deodorization is saved as one of the last things that occur to your home before completing the remediation process, but this is to ensure that we are not continually combatting it while we work to remove mold colonies and the subsequent damages they have caused.
For this process to be a success, the rest of the restoration and remediation needs to occur, which includes both the removal of the existing colonies and the extraction/drying of the moisture and dampness found that allow the spores to seat and thrive.
Deodorization typically uses thermal fogging. This machine emits a chemical compound which reacts with these overwhelming odors in the environment and neutralizes them on contact. The odorless compound leaves no aroma behind. Additionally, this process can get used for fabrics, furniture, draperies, textiles and more to remove the blatant musty scent of the former mold colonies. Air scrubbers fitted with HEPA and activated charcoal filters help to eliminate the odors and airborne particles during the actual work.
Fighting mold damage in your home comes in several unique steps. While you might not be aware of all of the pieces that make up the whole of restoration and remediation, our SERVPRO of Fitchburg - Leominster technicians can help you to see its effectiveness through their efforts in your home. Give us a call at the first sign of mold at (978) 537-1500.

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Why Mold Damage Remediation Is an essential Service in Harvard

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remedy Mold Problems in Harvard Homes

Preserving Properties with SERVPRO's Advice and Help Against Mold

Our homes are susceptible to mold damage as far as there is the presence of moisture. Irrespective of the cause of the mold, it can compromise the value of our property, lead to permanent damage and sometimes cause health effects. If you do not act, its growth can continue and expand, and that is not good for your Harvard home.
Removing the source of the moisture is the first step that our SERVPRO technicians take during mold damage in Harvard, then dealing with the real problem follows. It is crucial to understand that spores – that act as seeds - spread this form of fungi. On the other hand, mildew is a form of fungi or mold. It can appear in various colors such as purple, brown, black, green, orange or pink.
Ceilings and wall interiors are prone to mold damage. When controlling this form of destruction in such areas, our SERVPRO technicians remove all contaminated or wet porous materials such as ceiling tiles. Where necessary, we can drill holes near the floor and detach the baseboard in attempt to drain walls of water or to allow for better circulation to dry out hidden moisture. When dealing with exterior walls and floors, we remove wet insulation and discard it. We also clean surfaces using disinfectant to prevent future growth of mold.
Though mold spores are almost everywhere, you have to learn how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your home. The secret lies in cleaning and drying your home whenever there is a water infiltration due to a flood or leak. It is advisable to take action within 24 - 48 hours after the water event. Ensuring that the humidity of your home lies in the acceptable levels is also necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians achieve that by setting up central air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers for an RH relative humidity level that helps prevent spore development into colonies.
SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster is an industry leader that offers mold remediation and commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (978) 537-1500 when you face any water, storm, mold and fire damage, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Cleanup For Your Leominster Home

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

If you see little black spots on your walls, you need to get it treated right away.

Mold Damage Cleanup

Moldy drywall in your Leominster home can cause unnecessary health problems and damage to your structure if it's left untreated for even a short amount of time. If you see little black spots on your walls, you need to get it treated right away. Mold grows and spreads quickly, so the situation cannot be ignored.

When you discover mold and mold damage in your Leominster home, it is not enough for you to clean it off of the surfaces it is growing on. You need the knowledge and skills of professionals to help you clean it properly. That is where the services of SERVPRO come in. All our staff is specially trained to handle mold growth and damage properly.

Since mold growth in your home can be hazardous, we ensure that we protect the health of our workers and you and your family. Some of our safe work practices stop us from being exposed as we disturb the mold during cleanup. Other practices stop mold from spreading to clean areas of your home.

SERVPRO staff records conditions in your home like the extent of the contamination and how much moisture saturation there is. After remediation is complete, an independent indoor environmental professional might record that mold in your home has been returned to normal conditions.

Our goal is to keep the mold contamination from spreading to clean areas by becoming airborne. We put negative air machines near where drywall demolition occurs to reduce how much airborne mold that we are exposed to and to make the method of mold removal more efficient.

After mold levels have grown past average, the best solution is for us to remove the excess contamination. We can accomplish this by getting rid of materials damaged by the mold, by vacuuming into HEPA filters the mold spores that are present, and by cleaning surfaces that are affected with a damp cloth and cleaning products.

Correcting the moisture problem is the key to handling mold. We stop the source of the moisture which caused the mold growth in the first place. Even the best cleanup efforts do not keep the mold from reoccurring if your home still has moisture problems.

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster understands that we must stop the moisture problem in your home in Devens, Lancaster, or Sterling that created the mold growth. Rest assured that when you contact us at (978) 537-1500, we can clean up your home so you can feel safe again.

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Remediation of Mold Damage in Harvard Residences

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Typically mold starts out as a small patch and then can extend quickly throughout your home. Contact SERVPRO at the first sight to stop the spread.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With Mold Detection Tools to Isolate the Cause of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

When moisture exists in an enclosed area in your Harvard home for more than a day or two, microbes begin overgrowing. Before they form a colony large enough for us to see, individual ones remain unnoticed. Singly, they are too small to devastate a home. The typical home's environment holds mold and mildew, but ordinarily dry conditions keep problems from developing.

Homes in the area with visible mold damage in Harvard most likely have elevated humidity levels. When we visit a home to inspect for mold infestation, one of the first steps we take is locating where any water leaks exist. It is often quite easy to repair leaks within your plumbing system. Other locations, such as saturated ground in crawlspaces, may require more extensive measures to solve the situation. However, in many cases, installation of a dehumidifier keeps moisture at appropriate levels.

Other aspects of restoration work addressing mold damage and mold remediation can seem drastic, but without them, it can be almost impossible to complete the necessary work. Tearing out walls and other permeable materials, or removing tub and shower liners to reveal microbial colonies comprise a sizable segment of remediation.

Because mold can cause health effects in sensitive individuals, either from prolonged exposure over time or in large amounts at once, SERVPRO technicians wear personal protection equipment, including masks and full suits. Our gear also prevents the spread of mold from the area undergoing remediation to other, uncontaminated areas, within your home. Elimination of mold within any home remains an impossible goal, but we take the responsibility of containing mold very seriously.

After we complete the removal part of remediation, restoring walls and ceilings make your home look “Like it never even happened.” Even so, mold can grow in other locations that also require remediation. Attics, garages, crawl spaces, and basements can harbor large mold colonies, primarily if your family rarely uses these locations. Earning certifications from the IICRC in mold remediation and related fields, we arrive at your home ready for any degree of mold damage and infestation your home might hold.

The skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster want to provide the services your home needs when mold damage appears. Mold can grow anywhere in your home and appear in different colors. All varieties call for remediation. Call us at (978) 537-1500 for our 24-hour services.

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The Life Cycle Of Mold Spores That Cause Damage In Leominster

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Leominster Gets Help from SERVPRO

Understanding Mold Morphology Improves Remediation Techniques

Mold spores are everywhere. The omnipresence of mold is not a pleasant thought, but it is nonetheless true – fungus occurs naturally in the world around us, and the microscopic spores are frequently present both indoors and outdoors.
SERVPRO understands that mold damage is a cause for concern in Leominster homes. We know our customers are naturally not too fond of the telltale black and green patches. That is why we are on hand to quickly remediate mold and take steps to discourage regrowth. Understanding the life cycle of mold spores helps explain how and why fungus grows in your home.
The fungal life cycle begins with cells called hyphae. Hyphae are tiny hair-like cells that need two things to move to the next stage: Moisture and a food source. Moisture is present in many places throughout your home such as the laundry room, bathroom, kitchen or basement. Each hypha needs an organic food source – cellulose, wood, and drywall are all suitable choices.
Hyphae use nutrients and water to grow into a mycelium, which is the name for a cluster of hyphae. The mycelium is the telltale dark patch of mold that you recognize as a sign of mold damage in your home. Some of the individual hypha cells develop spores, which are the reproductive cells of mold.
The mycelium releases the spores, which drift through the air or cling to clothes, footwear, or your pet’s coat. Once the spores find a new spot with enough food and moisture, they settle and begin growing new hyphae. Thus the mold life cycle is complete and keeps on turning as more and more spores are produced and released to establish new colonies.
Understanding the mold life cycle makes it easy to see why complete mold eradication is not possible. However, SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to carry out thorough remediation and do all we can to prevent regrowth. We establish containment around affected areas and remove all visible signs of mold. We dry the area and give you advice on keeping it dry so that mold does not have the moisture it needs to start growing again.
For help with fungus in Lancaster, Harvard, Clinton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 today.

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Mold Damage in Stored Clothing Can Indicate Bigger Problems in Fitchburg Homes

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on a Wall in Fitchburg Needs Remediation and Moisture Control--Call SERVPRO

Remediation and Humidity Control Get Your Fitchburg Property Back in Great Shape

Pulling items out of storage or the back of a closet can sometimes reveal damaged items. When any mold is present on fabrics and clothing, a larger problem is likely to exist in that area of your home. Other spaces may also have problems with fungal infestations, such as areas of the already discovered locations.

Fitchburg is full of beautiful homes, but mold damage is not choosy about which home it attacks. Dust is full of mold spores and other microbes, and they often easily carried into your home from the outside. Once there, they can quickly settle on a surface, and if conditions are correct, they can begin to grow.
Microbes such as mold spores and mildew only need a few basic items to grow and engage in its life cycle. The main component that we can control is moisture. A leak, a tiny drip, or even increased humidity from a poorly installed bathroom vent can provide more than enough moisture to allow fungal growth to happen.
We find these areas rich in moisture with the use of a hygrometer, showing us where increased moisture exists. Not only does this often reveal infested areas, but it often helps us discover the source of the moisture itself. When this is the case, we eliminate any future moisture from accumulating thereby reducing the possibilities of future mold infestations.
Whenever SERVPRO answers a call for mold damage, we know that remediation is only part of the answer. Prevention of future outbreaks of microbial growth is crucial to protecting your home. Even though mold is ever-present, with the correct measures, its movement can be controlled, and it can be a non-factor in your daily activities.
Expert applied microbial remediation technicians like those at SERVPRO are perfect for all your needs. We train our employees according to the standards developed by the IICRC so we can assure you that all traces of fungal activity ceases, and future activity effectively prevented. In addition to removing all known traces of infested materials in a safe manner that reduces the risk of contaminating microbe-free areas of your home, the installation of easily-maintained dehumidifiers can ensure correctness of humidity levels. Sans humidity, these tiny organisms can no longer proliferate into large mold patches.
We at SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster understand that mold damage can be a serious threat to your home and the act of finding it in your home can cause you extreme stress. Call us at (978) 537-1500, so we can help you with remediation, from start to finish, and get your home back to how it should be once again.

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