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Mold vs Rust: How to spot the difference!
Is it mold or is it rust? That is the question.
Are you able to spot the subtle differences between mold and rust stains? You might see a small red stain and make the assumption that it is rust, but that is not always a safe bet. Before you start any major cleaning efforts, it’s good to be able to identify if that stain is rust, mold, or something else entirely.
Is it normal?
When new stains appear in your home, make certain that they are not the result of infiltrating water or humidity. Try to identify the reason for the stain based on the utility of the room it has appeared in. Mold is found in damp and humid areas, while rust forms during the corrosion of metallic surfaces.
Is it mold or is it rust?
Areas that are typically humid, such as your bathroom and basement, are hot spots for mold growth. If you spot a stain in your shower, sink area or basement that appears to be mold, you are going to want to clean it as soon as possible before it becomes a more pervasive issue. There are different cleaning solutions and methods for cleaning mold, grease, hard water stains and rust. If the incorrect cleaner is used, you may not be able to remove the stain completely.
Rust is often identified as a red or reddish brown stain on the surface. It is the end result of the corrosion of a metal containing iron. Rust occurs when water or humid air comes in contact with a surface that contains iron. Areas in your home that are prone to rust include, but are not limited to; water pipes, metal roofing and chimneys, oil tanks for homes equipped with oil heating, electrical panel boxes and nails.
The smell of mold is very distinctive. It has a very intense musty, dirty and earthy sent. If you find yourself opening your windows often to alleviate this smell, then you may have a mold problem.
Mold comes in many varieties and there are many different species of mold. It can appear as black spots, grey dust or white and thread-like in areas that have remained excessively damp for long periods of time. If you are unsure of what you are looking at and if it is mold or rust, you may want to call in a professional to perform an inspection just to make sure. When you family’s health is at stake, it is always better to error on the side of caution.
Remediation & Removal
Once you have established that you definitely have a mold problem in your home, it’s time to find a professional mold remediation service. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is a highly reputable mold remediation resource for the Portland area. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Call us today for a consultation. 503-635-6233
The Importance of Mold Remediation
If you spot mold in your home, there may be a much bigger problem. Give SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn a call today!
Mold thrives in a warm and damp environment. This condition can be created in your home due to a variety of reasons such as rain or storm activity, roofing damage or malfunctioning pluming. There are many unwanted health issues associated with mold growth such as:
- Respiratory problems
- Unwanted foul and/ or musty odor
- Discoloration of walls and affected areas
Attempting to remove the mold problem yourself comes with many unseen risks to you and your family’s health. A better option would be to call a professional mold removal contractor with the experience and training to safely remediate the problem. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn has the equipment and training to safely isolate and eliminate your mold problem without exacerbating it and spreading it to other unaffected areas of your home. Our team is trained in procedures designed to save time and money and prevent a future outbreak.
Mold remediation is only half of the solution. The source of the issue will need to be addressed to eliminate the potential for the mold to return. Our team of experts will work to identify the source of the mold problem. Some potential culprits include, but are not limited to; faulty HVAC systems, malfunctioning plumbing and appliances and roofing failure. Here are a few things to consider when attempting to eliminate the source of mold:
- Identify plumbing and structural leaks
- Examine windows and seals to identify condensation and leaks.
- Inspect your property’s HVAC system to insure there are no leaks and that the system is working to promote adequate airflow throughout the entire structure.
Humidity is the most common cause of mold in a building. Typically, humidity is a result of inadequate ventilation. Our team is equipped with equipment that can measure the humidity in your home to make certain that is at an acceptable level.
If you suspect that you may be facing a mold issue in your home or business, call the experts at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained staff members. We are always here to help. 503-635-6233
Detecting Mold In Your West Linn Home
If you find mold in your home, call us today. 503-635-6233
Mold is a quiet nuisance. It creeps in hidden areas such as crawl spaces, basements and below carpets in damp areas. It is often hard to distinguish mold allergies from common cold symptoms. Mold can be very troublesome for homeowners and adversely affect the health of the home’s residents and lower the value of the home.
It is important to be able to detect and recognize mold in your home. Knowing how to recognize if mold is a problem in your home is the first step to implementing an effective mold remediation plan.
The smell of mold is very distinctive. It has a very intense musty, dirty and earthy sent. If you find yourself opening your windows often to alleviate this smell, then you may have a mold problem.
Mold comes in many varieties and there are many different species of mold. It can appear as black spots, grey dust or white and thread-like in areas that have remained excessively damp for long periods of time. If you are unsure of what you are looking at and if it is mold or not, you may want to call in a professional to perform an inspection just to make sure. When you family’s health is at stake, it is always better to error on the side of caution.
Remediation & Removal
Once you have established that you definitely have a mold problem in your home, it’s time to find a professional mold remediation service. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is a highly reputable mold remediation resource for the Lake Oswego and West Linn areas. We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Call us today for a consultation. 503-635-6233
Home Mold Prevention
By the time you notice mold, it may be time to give us a call. 503-635-6233
Clackamas County, Oregon is known for their wet winters, and where there is moisture, there is a potential for mold. Mold can be stopped from growing when it is deprived of warmth and food, but existing mold will remain dormant until it gets adequate warmth, moisture and food. Mold has the ability to withstand far cooler temperatures than is maintained in a home in the wintertime.
When water freezes it expands and can cause cracks in your home and allow water to get into the walls of your home. This additional moisture can instigate mold that may not even be detectable until it’s too late.
Running a heating system can cause the interior of the home to become very dry. Some people combat this issue by implementing a humidifier. If you choose to use a humidifier, make certain that it does not create excessive moisture and that a humidity level of 40% or below is maintained.
Some possible airborne sources of mold can be removed with regular vacuuming and dusting. Attention should be paid to the bathroom and kitchen and areas where excessive moisture is a potential. In less than 24 hours, an unchecked damp area can spur on a full blown mold issue.
The use of area rugs over washable flooring instead of wall to wall carpeting in areas where moisture can become a problem is a good measure to take. Additionally, it is a bad idea to install carpeting in a highly trafficked entryway, as wet boots and snow can permeate carpeting and become a breeding ground for mold.
Clothes and paper goods can be sources of food for mold. It’s never a good idea to store these items in damp areas like a basement, particularly near walls or on the floor.
Windows should be properly sealed. Warm air can consolidate on cool glass and permeate into cracks. Mold can form in spaces or cracks on your windows if they are not properly sealed.
Make certain that your gutters and downspouts are clean and in proper working order. The purpose of a gutter system is to divert water away from your home and its foundation. If water is being allowed to pool around your home’s foundation, consider extending your downspouts.
Bathrooms and kitchens utilize exhaust fans to vent moisture out of the area. These fans should NOT exhaust into an attic or crawlspace, as the trapped moisture can create mold. Check your exhaust fans and make sure they are properly ventilated.
Running a dehumidifier in your basement crawlspace is a good preventative measure to prevent mold, as is lining the exposed ground with waterproof polyethylene plastic.
If you discover that you have a mold problem in your home, or if you suspect one, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn can help. We are trained mold damage specialists with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. We invest in the latest equipment to restore your home or business quickly and effectively. Call us today for a consultation. 503-635-6233
Mold & Your Health
Some of the most harmful mold is the mold that you can't see.
Many West Linn homeowners may not even be aware of the mold in their home, particularly if it is unusual looking. Mold can be white and thread like or it can appear as clusters of small black spots. Mold can vary in color and may be black, greyish brown, green or white. There is even mold that is pinkish in color.
Sometimes the only evidence of hidden mold in your home is a musty smell. This indicator should not be ignored. Just because mold is out of sight, does not mean that it is not able to cause harm and damage.
Mold tends to flourish in warm, damp & humid areas. Leaky basements and crawlspaces are prime areas for mold growth. Mold feeds on wet organic materials found in carpet, drywall, insulation and wood and releases spores. Exposure to these spores can cause several health problems in both humans and pets.
Mold commonly poses health problems invlolving the respiratory system. Sneezing, coughing, rashes, irritated eyes and fatigue are also common among those who have had chronic exposure to mold in their homes. It is important to the physical health of all occupants that mold is dealt with as soon as possible.
Long term mold exposure is especially problematic for elderly people, infants and small children and those with allergies and pre-existing respiratory problems.
Mitigating your mold problem immediately can spare your family of its harmful effects. If you see or smell mold in your home, the experts at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn are here to help. Call us today to set up a consultation with one of our technicians. 503-635-6233
Air Quality, Moisture, Mold & You
Humidity levels should be regularly tested and regulated to make sure your West Linn home is safe from mold growth.
One of the biggest factors in mold and the proliferation of its growth is the level of humidity in the surrounding environment. Mold has the potential to grow anywhere moisture is present.
You may not be aware that not only can excess moisture in the air cause mold, it can also be a catalyst for air pollution as well. That cold musty smell that often accompanies mold growth is a tell-tale sign that the surrounding air has become contaminated. The relationship between mold and air quality is even more complicated. If mold is present, unhealthy particles will permeate into the air you breathe, and damp areas will cause water vapor which encourages further microbial activity, resulting in continued mold growth. The end result is a vicious cycle. This cause and effect scenario illustrates the importance of humidity in the home as it pertains to air quality.
It is a good idea to monitor the humidity levels of your home, particularly if you live in a wet climate such as the Lake Oswego, Oregon area. The consensus among experts and professionals is that indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent, with an ideal level being approximately 45 percent. These readings can be obtained with a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive instrument that any homeowner would be wise to familiarize themselves with, especially if they live here in the Pacific Northwest.
If you sense that your home has a mold or air quality problem, the professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn can help you bring the air quality in your home back to healthy levels. Call us today for a consultation. We are a leader in mold remediation are use time honored and scientifically sound methods to get the job done right and give you and your family peace of mind. Call us today. 503-635-6233
Fire Fighting Efforts Can Cause Secondary Mold Damage
As the threat of extensive damage reduces through fire-fighting efforts, the possibility of mold damage developing is rarely considered.
As the threat of extensive damage reduces through fire-fighting efforts, the possibility of mold damage developing is rarely considered. Once you step back and consider how much water is used to control a blaze or reduce the possibility that fire takes off in your home you understand that secondary water-accelerated mold damage can become a crisis in its own right.
Mold damage basics in Lake Oswego, as elsewhere, emphasize that where standing water or residual dampness remains unabated for just a couple of days, microbial growth is almost inevitable. Our area of Oregon is one of the wettest in the country, and the 73.2 percent average ambient moisture can by itself support mold growth. Add water-based firefighting efforts, and it is not surprising that area homeowners so often seek our mold remediation skills.
If mold damage does take hold in your home, abating it becomes as important as cleaning up soot or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn offers full-service restoration, able to handle your water damage issues, smoke and soot cleanup, as well as providing the mold remediation protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Your reliance upon our ability to respond professionally and successfully whatever your restoration needs is well-founded. Our technicians train in a broad variety of strategies and methodologies supported by courses developed with the backing of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), an international restoration industry standards-setting organization.
Expect the mold damage remediation process to emphasize the safety of you and your family as well as the professionals providing the services. SERVPRO technicians wear full personal protective gear during the abatement and contain the moldy areas with physical barriers and modern technologies, like negative pressure air scrubbers, preventing particles from contaminating mold growth-free areas of your home. Any porous materials infiltrated by mold growth will be removed along with the mold colonies, and the infested items disposed of according to local codes for hazardous waste.
Final mold remediation steps include sanitization with professional grade antimicrobials matched to the fungal growth and a careful consideration of the water incursion that activated the mold in the first place. Any water or moisture remaining after all restoration services complete can contribute to another wave of mold growth. The water and fire damage efforts must completely eradicate excess moisture issues to prevent further mold damage.
Often home restoration is a complicated matter, and SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn has the skills, experience, and trained technicians to manage mold, water, and fire damage issues, as well as other. Call (503) 635-6233 to set your individualized remediation processes in motion.
Tips To Prevent Mold In Carpet After Water Damage
It is important to get your carpets dry before they have a chance to grow mold.
If you have recently had any amount of water damage in your Lake Oswego home, be it a small leak or a major flood, there is a heightened chance for mold to take hold. Very little moisture is necessary for mold to become harmful and start to spread. Mold has the potential to cause various health issues, such as repertory issues and fungal infections. Below are a few tips to help prevent mold growth in your carpet after water damage.
If you have had recently experienced a flood or a leak, it is important to get the water up as fast as possible. Utilize fans to increase the effectiveness. This will not only help to dry the carpet, it will also circulate the air in the area.
Use a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture in an area. They will make the air feel cooler and inhibit the growth of mold.
Call SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn
SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
For help restoring home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn at 503-635-6233. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Get the mold out of your Lake Oswego home before it spreads!
Got Mold? Call the pros at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn before it spreads! 503-635-6233
With the consistently damp weather conditions, most Lake Oswego homeowners will have a run in with mold in their home. A small little spot in the shower that can be quickly wiped up is nothing to be too concerned about and is a part of general home maintenance. However, if you have detected spreading patches of mold, accompanied with a foul or musty odor that causes the area to feel dank and uncomfortable, it could very well indicate a much more serious condition. If you are faced with this particular problem, then it may be time to call in the experts at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn to ensure the caustic and potentially hazardous material has been completely removed.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn can help to determine if the mold in your home will require ‘containment’ and how extensive it should be. Depending on how severe of a problem the mold in your home is and what type of spores are found, the containment can be a relatively small area, and in rare cases, can sometimes require a temporary relocation during the remediation process.
The majority of informed homeowners take action while the mold is in an early stage, prior to spreading and becoming a much bigger concern. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn will quarantine the contaminated area so that movement cannot dislodge and distribute mold spores to unaffected areas of the structure. State of the art equipment will be set up to dry, repair, and treat the tainted space.
The End Result
Here at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn, our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened.” and to restore your property to pre-mold condition. Our restoration team has a proven track record of eliminating the problem the majority of the time. In some severe cases, this may not always be possible, but this is the exception and not the rule.
If there is one take away from this article, is to address the problem AS SOON as it is detected. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, and only increases the opportunity for mold to move into the walls and the floor. Once this occurs, the problem become much more difficult and costly to eliminate. As the old saying goes; “an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure”.
Protect your health and your investment
If you suspect a chronic mold problem in your home, do not hesitate to call the specialists at SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn. 503-635-6233
For many West Linn residents, mold can be a major health concern
Mold can be a major health concern for some. Call SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn today if you suspect mold in your home!
Due to the consistently wet climate of the Pacific Northwest, mold issues are a common problem for West Linn home owners. Many West Linn area residents may not even be aware that mold is growing inside of their home. For some, mold is merely an unsightly and smelly problem. For those who suffer from respiratory conditions or allergies, the problem can be much more severe and be a major health concern. For those with this type of sensitivity, removal of mold is crucial to their general health and well-being.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, it is not advisable to attempt to clean more than 10 square feet of mold, and may require a contractor who specializes in mold removal.
SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn 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 –503-635-6233
How Spores Enter and Cause Mold Damage in Marylhurst Homes
Mold spores can enter your home through open windows, your pets' fur, and even on your clothing and shoes.
Let SERVPRO Tackle Your Mold Issue Before it Gets Out of Control
Mold spores are the reproductive unit of fungus, and they are microscopic making them unable to see with the naked eye. Spores travel throughout Marylhurst homes and find new places to settle and grow, thus giving rise to the visible black or green colonies that are the bane of any householder. SERVPRO customers often ask us how fungus enters Marylhurst homes and what to do about it.
Mold damage occurs in Marylhurst homes due to spores entering the building and finding suitable places to grow into a mycelium, which is the vegetative part of a fungal colony. Because the fungus appears throughout nature and the spores are microscopic, it is effortless for them to enter homes undetected.
Spores enter your home in many ways:
•Through open doors and windows.
•Your pets’ fur
•Your clothes, shoes, and boots
•Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
It is not possible to prevent mold getting into your house. After all, you cannot see the spores so you cannot stop them – and it is not practical to always close your windows, or never enter or leave your home!
Because you cannot stop mold entering your dwelling, it is crucial to reduce the risk of it setting up colonies when it arrives. The fungus munches on all kinds of natural materials including wood, cotton, and leather, which means there are many food sources within a typical house. However, mold also needs moisture for growth, so by reducing moisture, you give spores fewer opportunities to set up new mycelium.
SERVPRO is on hand to tackle any fungal problems you have. Our IICRC-certified technicians check your house thoroughly, including hidden corners, behind or under cabinetry, and inside ventilation and air conditioner systems. We use moisture probes and penetrating moisture meters to give you an accurate assessment of damp levels throughout each room.
Our goal is twofold: Remove visible growth, and reduce moisture to discourage regrowth. We use dehumidifiers to lower humidity, and we monitor levels every step of the way. You can rest assured that we do not stop until our drying goal is reached.
For help with fungus in Marylhurst, Lake Grove, Oak Creek, and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn at (503) 635-6233 today.
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Remediating Mold Damage in Your Elderly Parents' Lake Oswego Home
Lake Oswego Mold Cleanup and Remediation Is Handled Professionally by SERVPRO
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As our parents age, they want to retain their independence, but at the same time, we want to make sure their needs are taken care of adequately. Finding a happy middle-ground can be difficult at times, but doing so is essential to their health.
Family homes located in Lake Oswego are just as likely to have mold damage as any other location in the country. In homes occupied by the elderly, particular attention needs to be given to certain situations. Just as we check that their door and window locks are working to keep out intruders, we also need to make sure that the growth of mold, mildew, and other microbes are always at a minimum.
At SERVPRO, we know that your family is important to you, and when you have older parents, making sure they are happy while secure is not taken lightly. They are not as able to check on things in their home as they once did, so when problems develop, structures in the home can deteriorate much more rapidly than they might have a decade ago. Mold can come about because of torn roofing shingles or leaking pipes that are soon forgotten about after being discovered.
We use hygrometers to detect elevated levels of moisture that increase the chances of mold growth in a home. Detecting fungal activity is easy once we know where its source of moisture is located. Containing it and cleaning an area of fungal activity can seem easy to complete as a D-I-Y project. However, any area larger than ten square feet should only be handled by a mold remediation team. Bleach, a traditional means of combating mold, has been found not to be ineffective as an exterminating agent but may actually increase its growth.
Knowing that your parents may not want strangers in their home, we want to assure you that our professional technicians are trained in IICRC methods of remediation and microbial infestation removal, insured, bonded, and highly experienced in both large and small sites.
We also know from our experiences with our own parents, to always be respectful and courteous to yours, and to answer their questions in ways that can help alleviate their concerns. We always communicate with our customers, so our work remains within a comfortable range, and as fast as possible to limit inconveniences and disturbances.
If mold damage is a concern for you regarding your parents' home, call us at (503) 635-6233. Owned and operated locally, SERVPRO of Lake Oswego / West Linn is connected to our community through friends and family. We are always here for you, no matter when you call us.
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Clackamas County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb or attempt to remove it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your entire home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
· Do not go into areas affected with mold.
· Turn off the HVAC system and fans to prevent further spread of microscopic mold spores.
· Contact SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
· Do not physically touch or disturb the mold.
· Do not blow or cause air to be blown across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
· Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
· Do not spray bleach or other similar disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is one of the cornerstones of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized state of the art equipment and time proven techniques to properly remediate your mold problem as quickly and as safely as possible.
If You See Signs of Mold infestation, Call Us as soon as possible – (503) 635-6233. SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn is here to help 24/7.
Does Your Lake Oswego Home Have A Mold Problem?
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 – (503) 635-6233 - SERVPRO of Lake Oswego/ West Linn
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