Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold in Madison Apartment Building

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

This Madison apartment building's owner noticed mold growth in one of the utility closets of the building.  There was a pipe that had a slow leak and went unnoticed, causing the perfect situation for mold to grow.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle the mold remediation

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Madison North & East, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Drop Ceiling in Basement Home Covered in Mold

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Madison home suffered mold damage in their basements drop ceiling due to a slow water leak creating the perfect environment to grow.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle the mold remediation process.

SERVPRO of Madison North & East are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact them. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.  We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business and have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation by using advanced equipment to detect the source of water feeding the mold. Next, we isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Have Mold Related Questions? 
Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Mold Discovered In Marshall Home

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Marshall Wisconsin homeowner called SERVPRO of Madison North & East when they noticed mold on the drywall of their basement bathroom.  On further inspection, our SERVPRO professionals that the mold was in the wall of the bathroom, and the stairwell that is adjacent to the bathroom.  After they addressed where the water or moisture was coming from and fix it, they were able to begin the mold remediation.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (608) 221-1818
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

What is Black Mold?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact SERVPRO of Madison regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Madison immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold discovered in bathroom

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

This Marshall Wisconsin homeowner called SERVPRO of Madison North & East when they noticed mold on the drywall of their basement bathroom.  On further inspection, our SERVPRO professionals that the mold was in the wall of the bathroom, and the stairwell that is adjacent to the bathroom.  After they addressed where the water or moisture was coming from and fix it, they were able to begin the mold remediation.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (608) 221-1818
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact SERVPRO of Madison regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Madison immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold Discovered on Bedroom Wall

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

This Madison, Wisconsin homeowner called SERVPRO of Madison North & East when they discovered mold growing on the corner wall and baseboard.

Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. At SERVPRO of Madison North & East, we are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, with advance training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.

Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. We invest in ongoing mold remediation training and the latest equipment to serve you better.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Madison Home Owner Discovers Mold

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a closet

This Madison home owner called SERVPRO of Madison North & East when they noticed a strong musty ordor in their bedroom and visible signs of mold growth in their closet. Since many types of mold can cause reactions it was good that this owner called us regardless of the color or type of mold.  In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Madison North & East has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Long Term Water Leak Causes Mold

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold discovered in wall of Dane County home

This Dane county resident noticed a water leak behind her washer.  The leak had gone unnoticed for some time and effected the wall of the kitchen that is adjacent to the laundry room.  When SERVPRO did the initial assessment, they discovered some substantial mold growth affecting both walls.  

At SERVPRO of Madison, our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call SERVPRO of Madison Today – (608) 221-1818

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Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

f 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 MADISON 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 MADISON 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 – (608-221-1818)

What is Black Mold?

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact SERVPRO of Madison regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Madison immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, 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 toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Unexpected Mold Locations

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Mold hiding in your home

Where Does Mold Hide?

Think your home is pristine? There is no way mold can be infesting your sanctuary, right? You may need to reevaluate your thinking. Mold may be hiding within your residence. Mold problems can occur anywhere if conditions are ideal for growth, and some portions of your home may be home to mold, as well. You may try to maintain a clean environment, constantly dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing, and doing a thorough cleaning of your property, but you may have missed a spot…or a few. There may be some parts of your home you do not consider, and you are not alone in making this mistake.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a location that may have moisture issues which can contribute to mold growth.

  • Check under your sink. A small pipe leak may go unnoticed, letting the moisture and water damage sit untreated. Leaks combined with dark spaces are the perfect environment for mold.
  • The sponge dish may have a mold problem. You use your sponge to wash dishes every day, but when you put it back in its dish, moisture may begin to collect and mold begin to form.
  • Under your fridge isn’t safe either. Yes, even your refrigerator may have moisture issues. The refrigerator can leak without you knowing. There is a drip pan under your refrigerator that can collect excess water, but if left untreated, mold can form. 

Laundry

Your washing machine may be a hot spot for mold. Check the door of the washing machine, inside the gasket. Dark, warm, moist areas are ideal for mold growth. Make sure to wipe under the door gasket after each wash to prevent mold growth. Also leave the door open to air-out the washing machine.

Bathroom

Your shower or tub may be hiding mold without your knowledge.

  • Check under lids and bottoms of shower products. You may forget to pick these products up and clean underneath. Moisture can become trapped under the lids or under the products and mold can form.
  • Bath toys may be fun for kids, but they may also be housing mold. Water may get inside the toys and be unable to get out. This is a difficult location to discover mold. You may need to open up one of the toys to see if mold is growing inside, and if there is mold, replace all of the toys, as there most-likely will be mold within them as well.

Mold does not discriminate and may develop in any property as long as ideal conditions are met. Mold can cause health issues with excess exposure, so it is important to remove any mold you discover. If you suspect mold may be in your property, contact SERVPRO of Madison (608) 221-1818. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of Madison (608) 221-1818 serving Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Iowa, Grant and Vernon counties.

Understanding Mold

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the walls inside a home

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Madison home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Madison can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call SERVPRO of Madison today - (608) 221-1818

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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.

Does Your Commercial or Residential Property Have A Mold Problem?

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

In City of Madison, mold can spread through a property 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 – SERVPRO Of Madison 608-221-1818

Household Tips

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of MADISON specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration

Mold— it comes in almost every color and it is pesky, to say the least. It is typically caused by bacteria combined with the hot, humid environment that our bathrooms provide, especially post-shower or bath. However, there are a few quick, cheap, and effective tips you can use to help get rid of bathroom mold and prevent it from coming back.

  • After showering, turn on an exhaust fan or open a window.  Humidity provides the perfect breading ground for bacteria so good ventilation is key to removing moisture from the air.  
  • If humidity is still a concern: put charcoal briquettes in a bowl or basket and place it in the bathroom.  The charcoal absorbs some of the moisture.  Just keep it out of reach of children and pets.
  • keep a spray bottle nearby and quickly mist the tiles and caulking after your shower with this natural anti-mold solution that takes no effort to make. Fill a clean spray bottle with water.  Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to the mix.    Place the spray bottle on the 'mist' setting. It takes about four seconds to spray the tiles and then you walk away. Now you are protected from mold. These ingredients are cheap, easy to find and are highly effective.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today: (608) 221-1818

SERVPRO of Madison is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community.  

We are proud to serve our local communities in the following counties:Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Iowa, Grant and Vernon.