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Mold Mysteries

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Mysteries Mold spores are too small to contain

There are a lot of… ‘alternative facts’... surrounding mold, but we have the right information to keep your house mold free, and your family safe

‘Black mold’ might be the most overused and misunderstood phrase of our industry. Mold in general is a largely misunderstood issue. The issue with mold, is that it likes environments that we largely like, and as a result will grow where we want to be, or in environments we make. There are molds with harmful effects, and regardless of its potential to cause harm all mold should be treated the same, and treated by professionals. Here are some facts about mold to counter some of the mythology surrounding it.

Your basement has never flooded, and it doesn’t really matter anyway.

We’ve spoken previously about the importance of proper basement maintenance. Beyond this, the basement is a leading source of mold for a few reasons. Firstly, it is easily forgotten. Secondly, cardboard boxes storing materials, and materials within those boxes are likely targets for mold growth with the damp and cool atmosphere.

Using bleach to kill mold

Bleach may be a powerful disinfectant, and do well at killing bacteria: but it is not a good avenue for mold removal. Mold grows roots within materials it is growing on, and bleach will not penetrate those materials. Water from the bleach solution can penetrate, and leave the material with water for further mold growth.

A Clean and odor free home is mold free

Visible dirt has almost nothing to do with mold growth, mold will most likely grow in least trafficked places, and where you least expect it. In the same vein, even though mold produces an odor that is often musty, just because you do not smell this odor does not mean your home is mold free. Not all mold produces odor, and if it does produce an odor, it is not necessarily in an area with airflow that would allow you to smell it.

We have the training and experience you need to help you with your mold problem. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda at (916) 991-1522 24/7 today.

Mold is Not a Surface Level Problem

10/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold grows roots over time, as a result of its food source and growth it can damage the structural integrity of your home

We’ve spoken extensively on our blog about the sources of mold, where it likes to grow, and the speed at which it grows. You can also find information about the health effects of mold, as well as the main misconceptions about mold. In addition to this, it is important to note that when left for long periods of time mold can gradually destroy the surfaces they grow on.

Mold growth is usually a sign of unacceptable levels of humidity within the house, giving rise to the environment that mold thrives in. In addition to mold, an excess of humidity can itself cause structural damage to your home and its contents as drywall begins to deteriorate, wood begins to rot, and wallpapers can peel. The conditions for mold growth involve humidity, correct temperatures, and a food sources. In the case of mold on surfaces in your house, the surface is the food source. As the mold grows off of your drywall, brick, grout, or wooden beams it is slowly deteriorating that object.

Mold can never be truly removed from a home due to the size of mold spores, and their resistance to elimination. Mold spores already exist in every home as they float freely through the air, making the best way of prevention preventing humidity.

When it comes to mold, our trained technicians are ready to determine the extent of mold damage, where it is growing, and remediate the issue. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are also ready to find the source of any leaks, and other sources of water damage that may be giving rise to the increases in humidity. Call us 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information. As a locally owned company in your community, we are here to make your mold problem “Like it never even happened”.

Mold Damage Tips

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

It can take as little as 48 hours for mold to become a problem when there is excess water due to a roof leak, waterline, or other cause for water. Mold can cause health effects and significantly damage your property. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are trained, ready, and waiting to handle your mold problem with the necessary gear, equipment, and preventative measures.

If you have a mold problem, call us today (916) 991-1522.

The first priority when mold is found is safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 2 to 3 days
  • Strong and musty odors can indicate mold that is not visible
  • This may include mold behind drywall, under carpeting, or hidden under sinks

What you should not do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb affected areas or mold
  • Don’t blow any air across suspect surfaces or areas
  • Don’t attempt to dry the air yourself
  • Don’t spray disinfectants on the mold

What you should do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off any fans, heating, ventilation, or air systems
  • Contact us to professionally take care of the situation
  • We are available 24/7 to take care of these issues

For Sacramento commercial or home based mold problems, call us at, or visit our website for more information.

Does Your Sacramento Home Have a Mold Problem?

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

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 – 916-991-1522

Mold in Sacramento? Follow these Safety Tips

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Sacramento? Follow these Safety Tips Mold found in a Sacramento home SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda remediated.

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 North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 – 916-991-1522

Sources of Mold in Sacramento

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sources of Mold in Sacramento Mold growth on seeds.

We remediate the damage from mold, but where does mold come from?

Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on many surfaces, unfortunately it also uses these surfaces as a source of food. Mold uses its root system, called Hyphae to anchor itself and then slowly disintegrates the material that it is attached to. As the mold eats away at the material the roots grow deeper, causing larger and more structural damage. This is possible in a variety of porous materials including grout, concrete, or brick.

Regardless of building materials, depending on the current climate and conditions, or any previous and recent water damage that went unnoticed mold may grow and compromise these materials. One such place is outside the home, where mold is not often thought to grow. Decorative brick or other surfaces that may become damp can grow mold, as well outside surfaces of the house. When these surfaces, grow mold pets and people may help to carry those spores inside of the house.

Cleaning outside mold can be just as important as inside mold when weather allows for the conditions to be right. Mold can be deposited in many surfaces, and grow on most. As an example pet beds can be perfect breeding grounds for mold as they are moist and often forgotten, and it only takes a small amount of moisture to start growth.

For all types of mold remediation, it is important to contact SERVPRO to inspect and take care of the damage. Mold may be a hazard to you, your family, and your pets and it is important professionals take care of the damage. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda is locally owned, operated, and have trained professionals ready to help. Call 24/7 at (916) 991-1522, or visit our website for more information.

Common Mold Misconceptions

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Common Mold Misconceptions Black mold growth needs to be treated with the same care as all mold growth

More often than not black mold is used as a sensational headline or news report.

More often than not mold is used as a sensational headline or news report. Mold is something that should be taken seriously, but scandalous news reports do harm in public education.

The most common type of mold that is black is called stachybotrys chartarum, a type of mold that produces allergens and irritants. Many types of mold produce allergens and irritants, not just this type of mold. This means that mold of all types should be treated professionally, not just mold that is black in color. Treat all types of mold with an air of caution, by reading our tips and help on this topic.

Given that mold with all types of colors and appearances can be harmful, be sure to call professionals at SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda to help you immediately. With 24/7 support, call us at 916-991-1522 or visit our website for more information and tips.

Mold: Not Always a Visible Issue

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold, it's not always the water you can see, but the water you can't.

Water damage big or small can lead rise to a serious mold problem. Small, unnoticeable leaks with little tangible water loss are just as susceptible to causing large mold issues as larger water losses. When water damage occurs, mold is a type of secondary water damage, that is why it is important to hire professionals such as SERVPRO to dry and restore these water damage issues before mold growth spreads throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. When it comes to mold restoration, here are the tools and techniques that we use to ensure the job has been done properly.

Moisture sensors, and moisture meters are both used to detect moisture on your walls, baseboards, and carpets. Moisture meters are a little more invasive, and detect moisture content of materials, with accurate results.

We can also measure the temperature and relative humidity of your property, allowing us to know the exact conditions we are attempting to dry your home under. Weather can always affect the effectiveness of drying techniques.

Agents are dispersed to help fight, and kill mold by penetrating sites with odor causing residues. Fungicides can also be injected into cavities to be effective against hard to reach mold.

When it comes to mold remediation, you need a professional. Call SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda for immediate, 24/7 help with your mold issue at (916) 991-1522.

Prevent Mold in your Sacramento Kitchen

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Your Sacramento kitchen provides the perfect conditions for mold, so how can you prevent it?

Kitchens are one of the most susceptible areas to mold in a Sacramento home. Given the moderate temperatures in Sacramento, and the damp and cool environments that are present in your kitchen, this is a prime area for mold to occur. For walls, you may want to use mold resistant paint because of the inherent added moisture in the kitchen area. This type of paint is water resistant and will prevent mold penetrating from the paint into the walls.

Removing standing water, and thus extra humidity and growth spots, are one way to prevent mold. The dryer you keep your kitchen, the less moisture you are allowing into the air for possible mold growth. As well, keeping surfaces clean can help prevent water sneaking into cracks, crevices, or under objects that may start mold growth.

Regularly opening windows in your kitchen can help to reduce humidity, and thus mold. Good ventilation will prevent the conditions that allow for mold growth. When you do find mold, be sure to contact SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda to take the preventative mold remediation measures you need to keep your house clean. Call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information on our services.

Tips for Mold Damage in Your Home or Business

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can quickly become a problem for your Sacramento home or business, follow these tips to stay safe, prevent further damage, and get help quickly.

It can take as little as 48 hours for mold to become a problem when there is excess water due to a roof leak, waterline, or other cause for water. Mold can cause health effects and significantly damage your property. SERVPRO of North Highlands and Rio Linda are trained, ready, and waiting to handle your mold problem with the necessary gear, equipment, and preventative measures. 

If you have a mold problem, call us today (916) 991-1522.

The first priority when mold is found is safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 2 to 3 days
  • Strong and musty odors can indicate mold that is not visible
  • This may include mold behind drywall, under carpeting, or hidden under sinks 

What you should not do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb affected areas or mold
  • Don’t blow any air across suspect surfaces or areas
  • Don’t attempt to dry the air yourself
  • Don’t spray disinfectants on the mold

What you should do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off any fans, heating, ventilation, or air systems
  • Contact us to professionally take care of the situation
  • We are available 24/7 to take care of these issues

For Sacramento commercial or home based mold problems, call us at, or visit our website for more information.

Common Mold Locations in Your Sacramento Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Where does mold come from?

Body: Mold spores are constantly floating around just about everywhere. As a result of this, and given the right conditions, mold may show up in your home or business at any time. Even if you maintain a general level of cleanliness around your property, mold will still find the conditions it needs to survive and spread.

Bathroom

  • Anywhere there is moisture, mold can be present
  • Check your shower, this means grout, any products, small spaces, or above the shower area
  • Under your sink, you may not notice that a pipe has started to leak creating a perfect environment for mold
  • Leaking in your shower or bathtub may also go unnoticed and cause mold to grow beneath these items 

Living Room

  • Check for mold under carpets, spilled drinks or food can offer mold a prime place for growth
  • Window seals, water may become trapped and give mold an ideal environment for growth
  • Brickwork, an exposed chimney or other brickwork can allow moisture to be trapped in between bricks, giving rise to mold growth

Kitchen

  • Your fridge may be hiding mold under, or behind it
  • Garbage can will often have moisture and plenty of food for mold to thrive on, check the container and lid for mold growth 

After checking these places, if you still suspect mold growth, call SERVPRO of Rio Linda and North Highlands to have professionals inspect your home. Call us at (916) 991-1522 or visit our website for more information.

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

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sacramento 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 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 North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 North Highlands / Rio Linda 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 – 916-991-1522