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Lafayette Homes Benefit from Rapid Mold Remediation Done By SERVPRO

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy Walls in Your Lafayette Bathroom? Fast--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

How Mold Can Form in Your Lafayette Master Bathroom

When Lafayette homeowners think of mold growing in their homes or their property, they visualize areas like their crawlspace or some similar dark and damp area. While these areas can become prone to this damage, they are not the only areas of your home that remain at risk for this debilitating growth. Bathrooms are often some of the locations where mold and mildew can commonly get discovered, and this can be from numerous sources.

While you might not think of mold damage as a reason to call out professionals to your Lafayette home, this organism can cause both structural concerns as well as prolonged health effects without the right intervention. Your master bathroom can have many sources of moisture damage from undried overflows from the bathtub, leaking connections for the sink or toilet, or even just poor ventilation that does not allow steam to leave the room as efficiently as it should.

Our SERVPRO professionals can inspect this area of your property upon arrival to determine where the moisture is most prevalent, and work to determine its root cause as we set up containment strategies to prevent the spread of the mold damage to other areas of your home. Our technicians have moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras to help determine the precise locations of moisture pockets so that drying efforts can be as efficient as possible.

We can work to remove the mold that has affected organic materials throughout the bathroom area such as the vanity, cabinets, and fabrics. In some situations, drying and sanding materials can effectively remove newly forming mold growth, but in other situations, these cabinets and affected materials must get removed entirely to prevent the continued spread of this health-hazardous growth. We also treat the exposed wall cavities with an antimicrobial product to help limit future mold growth.

No matter what must occur to remediate and restore your master bathroom following mold growth, our SERVPRO of Lafayette remediation technicians can see it through every step. Let us remove the mold and restore the damage it has caused in your home by calling (337) 269-6332.

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Crawlspaces, Flooding, and Mold Growth Solutions and Information for Lafayette Area Homeowners

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

YEP!! There’s Mold in that Lafayette Crawlspace—Better Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Removing Mold Growth in Your Lafayette Crawlspace, SERVPRO Can Help

Crawlspaces provide access to utilities and help to protect your Lafayette home from the threat of flooding that seems a persistent concern throughout the area. As vital as these areas are for the construction and stability of your home, they are often poorly managed by homeowners and not given the attention and upkeep required to keep them in top form and prevent damaging effects that could permeate through the flooring and into the home itself.

Moisture is a common concern for this area of your Lafayette property, and without efficient removal, can lead to a need for mold removal in the crawlspace and beyond. While your crawlspace has gotten partially designed to keep your home out of the line of fire of even moderate flooding throughout the region, dampness and moisture are common elements in these spaces that require removal and effective continued solutions to prevent conditions that can allow for the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO® professionals can help.

Mold growing in this area might not feel like a pressing concern to many homeowners, but the spread of mold is deliberate and fast, affecting areas above this crawlspace quickly once the organism begins to affect many surfaces below the flooring. Given that much of your home’s construction is wood-based, including the beams and supports, mold can easily spread to this organic material and erode and decompose these elements as it feeds and grows.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly at the first sign of mold growth to offer both effective containment solutions and fast mold removal efforts for the affected materials where colonies have formed. We can also offer lasting strategies like crawlspace encapsulation that can help to keep this area of your home free from moisture and dampness, effectively preventing recurrences of mold growth for the future.

Mold growth is a common step to follow persistent moisture in the crawlspace of your home. Let our SERVPRO of Lafayette mold remediation specialists help you to remove this organism and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call today at (337) 269-6332.

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3 Categories of Mold Remediation Gear

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold problem on a wall in a Lafayette,LA home

Mold spores can grow and spread throughout your house in Lafayette,LA, in as little as two days. When you suspect mold damage do not touch or attempt to clean it yourself. Mold specialists are trained in safe remediation techniques including the utilization of face masks, one of the three categories of mold remediation gear.

1. Face Masks

Microscopic spores are present everywhere in the air but usually exist at normal levels. When damp, humid conditions are right in your home the spores attach and spread. This creates a significant higher level of spores in the air which become mobile when disturbed. Protective equipment worn over the face prevents breathing in the mold. One common type of mask is the N-95 respirator which covers the mouth and nose and traps spores. Masks are especially important during the assessment, containment and air filtration stages when the spore levels in the air may be high.

2. Goggles

In addition to shielding the lungs, eye protection is another customary item used during mold damage remediation. Specialized eyewear does not allow for ventilation to stop the spores from drifting in. Goggles are usually worn during the steps in which a high amount of spores may be airborne.

3. Gloves

During the course of remediation, the specialists may need to touch the moldy area. Gloves are an important item of protective equipment when physical contact is required. Once the air is filtered, the mold-laden structures and contents of your home are removed, therefore gloves are essential during this stage. Protective hand gear is also used during the cleaning and sanitizing process. When strong cleaning chemicals are used glove materials such as neoprene, PVC, natural rubber, or polyurethane protect hands and forearms.

If you find mold at your home in Lafayette,LA, do not try to clean the mold-infested area yourself. Specialists trained in mold remediation use proper techniques and gear, such as face masks, to safely and effectively restore your home.

Ice Dams and Mold Growth

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

The cold, snowy months of winter affect more than your heating bill. Slow snow melt on commercial roofs and gutters may create an ice dam that prevents proper water drainage. The worst-case scenario is that the excess moisture creates an ideal environment for mold. Ice dams create mold problems through the following process:

• Sunlight causes snow to partially melt on roofs and around gutters.
• The partial melt creates a blockage that prevents melt-off from draining.
• Backed-up water seeps through cracks in the roof or in the walls.
• Trapped moisture allows mold to flourish.

A Costly Problem

In some cases, low outside temperatures will be enough to prevent mold growth. Unfortunately, if the water seeps into the walls and reaches a warmer area of the building, mold can start growing within a day or two. While many commercial property owners fear black mold, there are hundreds of mold species that can damage buildings. If the problem goes unchecked, the property owner may have to pay for replacement walls or flooring.

Preventing Problems Before They Start

Commercial property owners can prevent mold growth by stopping an ice dam in its tracks. Keep close tabs on the roof, gutters, and flat surfaces where ice and snow can accumulate. Clear off any snow, and make sure melt-off does not refreeze. Repair any crack in the roof or walls so moisture does not seep through and call a mold cleanup specialist if any mold is suspected.

An ice dam can cause a major headache with mold growth, but this does not have to be the case. There are many steps commercial property owners can take to prevent the formation of ice dams and to prevent mold growth if they do occur. If mold growth is suspected, call a professional in Lafayette, LA, who can accurately assess the damage, remediate the problem, and help you prevent trouble in the future.

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Mold Growth: An FAQ

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and Mildew clean up in a Lafayette home

Mold may be disgusting and a danger to your home, but do you truly understand what mold is? Let’s take a look at a few frequently asked questions about mold, and what you can do to prevent its outbreak in your Lafayette, LA home.

What Is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that can take root in your home and proliferate, causing unsightly stains and aggravating allergies. Once mold sinks in deep it can be hard to get rid of.

What Causes Mold to Grow?

Mold growth is primarily caused by excess moisture in your home environment. You can frequently find it in places of your home that have suffered water damage. Factors that contribute to mold growth include:

• High humidity environments
• Water damage from flooding or leaking
• Broken and damaged pipes
• Condensation from malfunctioning appliances

Is Mold Different from Mildew?

While both mold and mildew are fungal growths, they’re not the same thing. You can generally tell them apart by texture; where mildew tends to be soft and powdery and will flake off to the touch, mold tends to be a fuzzier growth with a thicker texture.

How Can I Get Rid of Mold?

Mold remediation is a complex process that begins with eliminating the source of the mold. This means identifying where your water damage is coming from and repairing your leaking roof or broken appliance, or using a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. Cleanup can require disposing of mold-infested items and scrubbing others with baking soda and vinegar or harsher chemical solutions.

Once the Mold Is Gone, Will It Come Back?

It can. Mold is never wholly gone; it just goes dormant as invisible spores in your environment. If mold finds a combination of organic matter and moisture to feed on, then it can take root again and begin to grow. It’s best to remain vigilant and continuously seek to eradicate mold sources from your environment.

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The Process of Mold Remediation

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth can grow in your commercial or residential properties

If you've heard about it in past science classes or during walk-throughs while purchasing property, or even dealt with it yourself, then you already know: mold is no light matter in most cases. In fact, mold removal can become a complex process, depending on the extent of the damage. Wherever you might find yourself in this procedure, look to the following tips to make sure you stay on track.

1. Stay Patient

Finding out that your own business has brought on board a fungus infestation can be frustrating. Remember that the problem likely took time to develop, so it also takes time to resolve. Mold professionals may need three to seven days to completely assess a situation and ensure proper removal.

2. Trust the Procedure

Fortunately, most mold professionals understand that remediation needs to happen quickly. However, each situation is unique, and your own mold removal procedures may require significant planning. No matter how you've chosen to handle the issue, it is vital that you go about it the right way. An overly easy remediation process may seem tempting, but it could ultimately set you up for more spore spreading in times to come.

3. Learn From Mistakes

Even if you achieve a fungus-free building, your place, just like any other, could become home to mold growth again at any point down the road. Types such as black mold and common mildew are infamous culprits indoors. Don't forget about the problem the second you've tackled it; take note of vulnerable spots in the building and make regular maintenance checks part of your new routine.

You likely have a mountain of other tasks waiting for you after a mold removal procedure, but when you've conquered the mold the right way, you can reduce chances of wasting time on jobs that don't fully remove the problem. Make sure you can get back to your Lafayette, LA, business and put that fungal mishap behind you by addressing the issue properly the first time.

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3 Black Mold Facts You Should Know as a Homeowner

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Black Mold found in Lafayette LA home

Defending your Lafayette, LA, home from black mold can be a daunting task. This type of mold can spread quickly and take over your crawlspace or basement before you know it. Knowing your enemy before you attempt to fight it can help you vanquish this invader, and there are a few important facts to keep in mind before you begin.

1. Black Mold Looks Different From Other Species

Black mold gets its name from the color, which is typically much darker than other strains of fungi. For example, bread or fridge mold may be white or light green, while this darker mold can be harder to see, especially in rooms with low lighting, such as basements. You may need to look carefully when trying to identify it and use additional lighting to ensure you are correct.

2. It Grows in Humid Areas

This type of dark mold can grow and spread quickly in humid conditions. For example, you may spot it after a flood or a burst pipe under your sink, where mold cleanup might be hard to perform. If your basement is damp and humid during the summer, it might take hold on walls near your sump pump or washing machine. Remember to search behind appliances and along the bases of walls.

3. It Requires Professional Removal

If you find black fungal growth in your home, it is wise to contact a professional mold remediation and removal company to handle it. Not only do its technicians have the machinery and knowledge to do so, they can also advise you on future mold prevention and perform restoration services for building materials that have been affected by mold. Investing in a service like this can make you feel confident that this substance has been removed from your home.

Fighting black mold in your Lafayette, LA, home can be challenging. However, knowing as much as you can about it, such as where it hides and where it grows, can help you target and destroy it.

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Hunting for Mold in the House

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

You’ve noticed that mildew smell. Mold is a common indoor problem throughout Lafayette, LA. Even though you don’t see any visible mold, you know it’s there. How do you find it? Where is it hiding?

Know Your Prey

Mold is a living thing that needs specific conditions to thrive and multiply. Knowing how molds thrive can help you to track them down and identify the places in your house vulnerable to infestation:

• Damp and humid areas where water settles
• Corners and edges where dust accumulates
• Concealed places where mold rests undisturbed

Many places in your home fit the description. Mold hides between walls, under floors, behind appliances, and under counters. It grows under roofs with leaking shingles and near damaged pipes. Mold also lurks in bathrooms, near air conditioners, and under refrigerators.

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How to determine mold problems?

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Inspect the Area Visually

Sometimes it’s possible to see spots of mold on walls or ceilings. They can be any color, but they are most commonly black, green, white, or yellow. Mold has a fuzzy or scaly texture. Small spots of mold are the first clue you have a problem.

Larger colonies hide out of site. They grow in places you don’t think to check. It’s also common to find mold in ventilation systems or along the edges of windows. Mold can grow right on top of dust but often sits undetected out of your sight. 

Do the Sniff Test

When a mold colony is of sufficient size, it exhausts gasses that give off a musty odor. This mildew smell is distinct and may be the only clue you have a problem. If you detect the same unpleasant moldy odor in the same area repeatedly, you may have an invisible mold problem.

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The Professionals Know Mold

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

When you believe there is mold in your home it is important to call the professionals. Mold can be difficult to find but once identified the Certified Mold Remediation experts from SERVPRO of Lafayette can help you with the cleaning and disinfecting of your home.

Let the Professionals Work Their Magic

An expert in interior environmental services has special tools to inspect for molds. Air quality testers gather samples from your home. A lab analyzes results to provide information about the extent of an infestation. Mold testing might also include thermographic imaging.

Professional mold remediation experts also have the tools and expertise to trap molds and eliminate them. We use containment and personal protective equipment to keep mold from spreading during its eradication and disposal.

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Water Sources and Mold Growth

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can only grow when there’s adequate moisture. Flooding and leaky pipes are among the leading causes of a widespread mold in residential buildings.

Check The Water Source

The best way to fight the moisture problem and protect your home against further damage during the mold cleanup is to shut off the water. Fix any leaks that your pipes have right away. Then, keep your home moisture free for the duration.

Black mold doesn’t have to devastate your home. Keep in mind that spores are everywhere, so in order to keep the problem isolated, you have to turn off your HVAC system. Additionally, you should always consider shutting down your water to make sure that no more moisture enters the space while it’s being cleaned.

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Prevention of Mold Growth

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Mold From Growing in your home can be quite easy. However, every home can sprout mold if the homeowners aren't vigilant. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent an infestation, such as:

  • Using quality A/C units and dehumidifiers
  • Not over watering plants in your home
  • Using mold resistant drywall and paint
  • Cleaning up water damages within 24 hours

The last thing you need on your plate is a mold problem. Ensuring that it never hits your home requires learning about the substance and how it spreads. Whether it's black mold or a less dangerous variety, the right approach can prevent fungus from ruining the home you love. 

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Mold Basics Everyone Needs to Know

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Basics Everyone Needs to Know

A mold infestation can negatively impact your property by causing unsightly stains on your walls or floor. Black mold spreads quickly and causes a lot of damage in Lafayette, LA. You should educate yourself about this substance, so you can recognize if your home is infected and take appropriate steps to resolve the problem.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that typically grows where there is moisture. It comes in a variety of colors. Most mold appears on spoiled food, surface of walls, and inside drains or pipes. As mold grows, it releases spores into the air that float around and settle in new areas. Thus, mold can spread quickly and should be eliminated as soon as it is spotted.

How To Handle a Mold Problem

Often, mold is a symptom of an underlying moisture problem. Damp, odorous areas can become breeding grounds for mold. The best way to remove it is to call a home restoration company in city, state, for professional mold cleanup. Experts can make sure mold won't return even in high humidity weather. .

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Mold: Fight the Winning Battle

12/1/2017 (Permalink)


Mold: Fight the Winning Battle

In the 24 to 72 hours following a flood, your Lafayette, LA home could be prone to serious mold growth. This includes the highly damaging black mold. When you do find mold in your home, however, what is your next course of action? Well, here are two tips on how to keep the damage to a minimum.

1. Assess the Damage

If there is black mold present, don’t assess the damage yourself. In fact, you should be careful not to diagnose the extent of your mold problem on your own. For instance, some mold may not be visible. In cases like this, an indoor environmental specialist can perform a test.

2. Shut Down Your HVAC System

Mold spores are everywhere. Since they travel through the air, they can easily spread from room to room. If you want to win your fight against mold, then you have to be able to stop the mold from spreading throughout the house. You can do this by turning off your HVAC system. Sometimes, mold spores will end up within the system and then spread everywhere through the ventilation system in your home.

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