Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Damage in Shingle Springs. What do I do?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

cabinet under sink displaying pipe lines, and some mold on the lining of the cabinet Please call us at 916-933-3890 to take care of the mold damage as soon as possible!

Mold can be a serious problem for any homeowner, especially when it comes to getting rid of the odor once the visible mold has been removed. If you are experiencing this issue in the aftermath of a flood, storm, or other moisture damage, then you know the smell of mold can be quite unpleasant! However, there are a few ways you can handle the odor until a mold cleanup and remediation company like SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville can be called in to help with the problem!

So let’s learn about mold. One fact that may help you is to understand the musty smell that mold emits is due to the mycotoxin it releases as it eats and grows. The more mold that is present, the stronger the odor is likely to be. Black mold can smell particularly strong, and you may even catch the smell before you see any visual signs.

Reduce Indoor Moisture

Moisture is the main contributor to mold growth and high humidity can cause it to grow on a variety of surfaces, such as:

  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Drywall

You can reduce indoor moisture with fans and by opening windows. This may help stunt mold growth and reduce the odor. It is important to remember that this is probably a temporary fix and that the air may still need to be cleaned by professionals.

Have A Professional Inspect

Professional mold removal technicians have machines available that clean the air instead of simply masking it with air fresheners. The equipment we use ranges from air scrubbers to ozone machines that can destroy molecules in the air that cause the musty odor and leave any room smelling fresh. This type of mold remediation can ensure that the smell will not return once the process is complete. 

Knowing how to handle these smells can help expedite the cleanup process and leave your home smelling pleasant once more. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville are available to service for mold damage in Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, Placerville and  Cameron Park. 

Protect Your HVAC Unit From Mold Growth

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

white ceiling covered with plastic wrap and taped. light fixtures in the ceiling Mold growth can spread quickly! Follow these tips. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggests to protect your HVAC unit! Call us at 916-933-3890!

Across Sacramento County, Placer County, and El Dorado County, we have experienced consistently high heat and humidity levels. While a little dampness on a unit or a duct may sound harmless, the resulting effects on your insulation, drywall, and other building materials may be detrimental. Oftentimes these issues go unnoticed and when they are discovered, mold growth is usually an issue. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville suggests you follow a few of these easy rules to make sure that you don’t end up with a larger problem.

  • Inspect HVAC units often 

We are not just talking about taking a peek up at your vents every once in a while. Take a ladder and inspect your return and handler frequently. Make a note of any discoloration, corrosion or standing water. Look for water staining around the area that may have been caused by condensation or faulty components. Also, make sure the condensation drain line is open and flowing into a drain that is working.

  • Get Your AC Unit Serviced 

Once a year, your unit should be serviced by an HVAC professional. They will be able to help identify any potential issues that you may encounter and curb water damage in your home or business.

  • Get a moisture inspection 

Testing your indoor air quality can oftentimes be as easy as knowing the indoor relative humidity and temperature. Any sharp fluctuations in relative humidity are a large indication that there may be a problem with your system. Regardless of where you set your thermostat, if you have relatively high humidity levels, you are putting your home or business at risk of secondary damage including mold or condensation.

  • Watch windows and vents 

Mildew and condensation should not build up on these areas if your HVAC unit is properly sized for the area in which it is trying to condition. If you are seeing discoloration around your vents or noticing mold buildup on window caulking, you may need to call us, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville for a mold remediation service.

  • Do not ignore your senses 

If you walk into your home and smell an earthy or musky odor you may have a mold issue. If you walk into your business and your skin instantly feels sticky and wet, your AC system may not be operating properly. If you see staining or discoloration that wasn’t seen before, don’t turn a blind eye. Using common sense and listening to your instincts are often the best ways to prevent further damage.

At SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us at 916-933-3890.

Mold Removal Frequently Asked Questions

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Under sink with pipe and brown color in bottom of cabinet You have a mold problem, we have a solution. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, faster to any size disaster! 916-933-3890

It is well known that mold and the process of mold removal can be dangerous. However, not many people are knowledgeable about the issue. Mold does not spontaneously develop; it is caused by other problems in homes, such as high humidity levels or excess water! Additionally, only a physician has the qualifications to determine if someone's health is at risk. People have different tolerance levels, though certain people are at higher risk. If you need a mold inspection and assessment, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is available to call 24/7!

The following are a few frequently asked questions that SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville receive, and we are here to answer.

Is it Necessary to Test My Home for Mold?

You can determine your need for mold removal using different factors, such as visible mold, musty odors, and health issues with inexplicable symptoms. At SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville, we can have a mold clearance testing provided prior to any service work.  

Is there a spray that I can use to kill mold myself?

As earlier stated, there are particular conditions that foster mold growth; if these are not remediated, the mold will keep growing or reappear. There are topical sprays that are capable of helping to eradicate mold, but an untrained individual should not use them without the appropriate training and equipment. However, spray can leave stains that will be indicative of a past mold problem, which could make it difficult to sell the home if you plan to do so.

We are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs.

We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local areas. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call us, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890 for mold remediation services, and more!

Have A Mold Problem? Tips from SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

white wall room with mold, heavily damaged and brown on floor and walls Vacant property has subfloor that has been heavily damaged and has mold all over it. Customer called us for mitigation and restoration services!

So, you finally notice the mold growth in the corner of the wall. You wonder where it is coming from. Water intrusion like a roof leak or a broken water line can lead to mold growth. With as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business causing health effects as well as significant damage to your property. Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at the first sign of mold. 

Did you know that significant mold growth can occur within 48-72 hours? Within that time frame, the mold may present a greater risk to the children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. How do I know if there is mold in my property? Mold has a strong, musty odor which may indicate the presence of mold hidden behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville for mold remediation services

What NOT to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Have a mold problem? Call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville at 916-933-3890. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety. Clear out the affected space. Our team of technicians have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

El Dorado Hills Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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 El Dorado Hills/Placerville 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 El Dorado Hills/Placerville 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 –916-933-3890

Mold doesn't have to be scary

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

This customer in El Dorado Hills had a hot water heater leak several months ago and thought everything had dried... turns out that it didn't!

Mold is a scary word for a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be! If you find mold in your home or business, give us a call right away. We will conduct an inspection and give you an idea of what needs to happen next. Mold can grow within 72 hours (that’s only 3 days!) after water damage, so don’t let leaks sit! We at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville work with insurance companies daily, so we can help you navigate the claims process. If you are unsure if you want to file a claim, we will work with you and your insurance agent to determine the best course of action for you to take. If you have any questions regarding damage or possible damage to your home or business, please give us a call any time. We are the experts and we are Here to Help!

Mold in your home?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

This customer's leak went undetected for 2 years! When you don't use a particular room in your house, damage is easy to miss.

Water damage isn’t always something you notice right away. Sometimes, a small leak can go undetected for a long time and you only notice it when mold starts to grow! Water intrusion can be from something as small as an improperly-filled hole from your satellite dish. One customer had a TV company install her dish 2 years prior, but only noticed the damage when her husband was installing new drapes. Whether you are going through insurance or not, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will take the utmost care of your home. We will contain the affected area in plastic and utilize negative air to minimize dust and prevent contamination. We use HEPA decontamination and anti-microbial agents that are botanically derived and safe for people, plants, and pets. You can trust us!

What happens when you're gone?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

This was a closet in the center of the home. You can see the staining from the mold growth on the walls.

Have you ever been on vacation and worried about what was happening at your home? We frequently get frantic calls from customers who have just returned from vacation and their homes are flooded or their home is vacant for a period of time and they just discovered a leak. In this case, the homeowner was elderly and was in the hospital for an extended stay. Her children were taking care of the house while she was away, but no one was living there for some time. The children came to stay for a few days in preparation for their mother to get released from the hospital, but discovered that the sprinklers in the front lawn had been over-watering and had flooded the home while no one was there. Because of the time frame, mold had begun to grow in the home. We removed all of the contaminated flooring and drywall and disinfected the areas. When you don’t know what to do, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville!

Preventing Mold in Schools

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville works directly with your property management and you to find an effective solution for mold problems that may arise. El Dorado and Placer Counties are prone to mold growth because of the unique climate.

If you notice mold growth or any strong odors, call SERVPRO immediately. We will immediately dispatch an experienced technician to inspect the damage and advise you on your next steps. The safety of your occupants is our first concern.

In any mold remediation situation, there should always be containment of the affected area and use of a HEPA filter for filtration and establishment of a negative-air chamber. Our staff is trained on the most current mold remediation standard, the IICRC S520, and held to high expectations. There are many anti-microbial products on the market available for use, but we prefer to use an agent that is botanically derived and safe for people, plants, and pets.

Give us a call today if we can help.

MOLD MOLD MOLD

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

It is very common to think that mold is a scary thing! However, mold is a lot like pollen in the way that it’s prevalent in everyday life and how it travels both indoors and out. There is a lot of information on the internet regarding mold, mold damage, and how to treat it. In fact, most people aren't allergic to common mold spores. There are some very dangerous varieties of mold that can pose health hazards, however! Fortunately, these varieties are very rare. If you notice mold in your home, we always recommend contacting an environmental testing agency to test the air quality. This will give you a definitive idea how much mold is in the air in your home, and what kind it is.

After you have consulted with an environmental hygienist, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. We will come inspect the areas of concern and give you a thorough plan of how we are going to fix it. Don't try to do it yourself!

Mold Growth in Sacramento

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

When a home or commercial building catches fire, the local fire department will use excessive amounts of water to put out the flames. Even hours after the fire, materials can still be extremely hot and dangerous to touch. Typically, a restoration company isn't called to scope a fire for about a week after it's occurred. The time in between allows materials and contents to soften, and really soak up any moisture.

Water can, and most likely will, cause secondary damage to a structure. This can include mold growth, musty smells along with soot and char smell, saturated contents, etc. With mold growth being the most prevalent secondary damage issue in this type of situation, SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the experience and expertise to restore your structure back to its normal and sustainable conditions. This type of circumstance is something we handle on a weekly basis.

Mold Growth in El Dorado Hills

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Most people aren’t aware that mold/mildew is pretty much everywhere around us. Mold is very small fungal hyphae that typically grows in or on moist, warm areas. If you ever come across what you think might be mold growth, please give us a call at (916) 933-3890. We are experts in mitigating this kind of problem, and we use only the very best products on the market to make it “Like it never even happened.” We use an organic antimicrobial product that gets the job done the right way rather than just wiping up the mess with some bleach. Did you know that bleach doesn’t necessarily kill mold growth? Using bleach on a mold problem will skim the surface of any semi porous materials, but it will not get into the root of the growing fungal hyphae. Try not to disturb the mess as it can contaminate other parts of your home or business. Instead, give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call for an estimate today!

Mold in Jackson

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Does something make you think that you may have a mold problem occurring in your commercial kitchen? It’s actually a very common thing to happen, especially if it’s a fast-paced restaurant with an overflowing dish pit. Like we’ve mentioned before, mold grows in moist and warm areas. Think about it, a commercial kitchen is rather hot during business hours due to stoves and ovens being the main source of food preparation for many hours at a time. Mix that in with a little moisture and you will have the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth to occur not only on the walls and floor, but every surface that will support it! Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call today if you suspect mold growth in your commercial structure. We can handle jobs of almost any size, and will the appropriate tools and products at hand, we can make your situation “Like it never even happened.”

Mold in Folsom

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

When you're on vacation, the last thing you expect is a phone call from your house sitter stating that you're entire house is under two inches of water. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to this homeowner while she was out of the country.

With water trapped in the walls, floor, and contents for a few weeks, we were eventually called out to complete an estimate and get started on the remediation process. After moisture readings, we discovered that most of the house had been affected by mold due to the extended period of time that the water was trapped.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has the equipment and expertise necessary to complete a large loss such as this one. Our team will do whatever it takes to make sure our customers are safe in their homes without contaminants effecting their immune system.

El Dorado County Mold

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

This photo is of an unoccupied commercial building that had a major roof leak.

This winter in El Dorado County, we experienced an abundance of rain and wind storms. The drought thankfully is now over, and SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville received quite a few jobs regarding roof leaks, window leaks, and even floods due to the rain. Unfortunately, individuals are trying to take care of the drying process themselves, and without the correct equipment for this, mold can start to grow within 72 hours. Our team of professional technicians can and will dry a structure to prevent mold from growing. Please call our team today if you are experiencing any kind of water damage. If we can extract and dry the structure within a certain period of time, we can prevent mold from developing and make it “like it never even happened.”

Mold Inspection Diamond Springs

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

This customer in Rescue had a water loss at their vacation home. We restored their home to better than it was before.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville has a team of highly experienced personnel that will assist you with any size disaster. This year has presented a lot of mold damage. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville would be happy to perform an inspection of your property and address your concerns.

We know mold. Microbial growth (mold) can pose hazards to your health, especially if you have an allergy to it. The health and safety of your family is what we care about. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville utilizes stringent cleaning and containment procedures during remediation so that the rest of your home is not affected. We make sure that everything we do passes a visual inspection and a sampling inspection for clearance.

Call our office today at (916) 933-3890 to schedule your free inspection. We are mold's worst nightmare! Our technicians are great at discovering sources of mold and water damage. We would be happy to provide you with a detailed estimate and walk you through the process of remediation.

Mold Removal El Dorado Hills

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be a frightening thing to discover in your home. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville works closely with homeowners, realtors, and property managers to knock out mold as soon as it is discovered. We are certified and highly experienced in mold remediation. Our technicians take every care to ensure that proper protections are in place to keep your home and family safe. We require a clearance test to be done at the completion of our work by a third party company so that we know that every spore has been dealt with. We have never failed a clearance test.

You can be sure that SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will treat your home and family with the utmost care and respect. We dedicate ourselves to the occupants of our communities. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville serves Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, Cameron Park, Pollock Pines, Camino, Rescue, Pilot Hill, Natomas, and everywhere in between. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills is here to help.

Mold in Rancho Cordova

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

This customer had a fridge leak. She was told by several other companies that her countertop would break and couldn't be saved. We saved it.

Mold comes in many shapes and sizes and colors. We receive calls almost daily to inspect homes and businesses because they have mold. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville will come out to your home or business and give you a free estimate. We know this industry and have many years of experience. Your home and your family is important to us. We want you to feel informed and secure about any decision that is made regarding your home.

SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is based out of El Dorado Hills, so we have a fast response time to any emergency in El Dorado County or Sacramento County! We are here to help. Call us today and your questions will be answered by our skilled and knowledgeable staff. Our experienced technicians will assist you with whatever emergency you have. Mold can be frightening and confusing, but we will make the process easier for you. You can trust us. 

Mold in your home?

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

This is the bottom of a bookshelf that was sitting on carpet. The customer had no idea that she ever had a water leak.

Mold is very common in everyday life. Most people don't even know that they're breathing it in with every single breath. Mold remediation means removing the mold spores to a "normal level". What this means is that we remove all of the affected materials like carpet or drywall. Then we sand and use a HEPA vacuum to clean the wood framing in the area. All of the surfaces are then treated with an EPA-registered fungicide and then we obtain a clearance test.

Finding mold in your home can be scary. Especially when you don't know where it's coming from. The technicians at SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville are very good at determining common causes of mold based on experience. Our crews and staff are very knowledgeable about the industry and will help you in any way they can.

Do you have mold in your home?

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

This customer was remodeling his 1967 home when he discovered mold. We discovered that the home had an addition and the new roof was on top of the old

Mold can be scary. There is a lot of information on the internet regarding mold, mold damage, and how to treat it. Mold is a lot like pollen in the way that it travels and its prevalence in every day life. Most people aren't allergic to common mold spores. However, there are some very dangerous varieties of mold that can pose health hazards. Fortunately, these varieties are very rare. If you notice mold in your home, we always recommend contacting an environmental testing agency to test the air quality. This will give you a definitive idea how much (if any) mold is in the air in your home, and what kind it is.

After you have consulted with an environmental hygienist, call SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville. We will come inspect the areas of concern and give you a thorough plan of how we are going to fix it. Don't try to do it yourself!

Are you suceptible to mold illness?

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

This was taken from a recent mold remediation we conducted on a home in El Dorado Hills. The infiltration of the mold in the home was extensive.

Mold is present everywhere. Every time you take a breath, you are inhaling mold spores. Mold in higher concentrations can be dangerous, especially if you have allergies. Only 25% of people are allergic to mold. Please refer to the article below for more information on signs and symptoms, but they can include weakness, runny nose, cough, watery eyes, flu-like symptoms, etc. If you suspect mold in your home, we recommend that you contact an Indoor Air Quality Professional, such as an Environmental Hygienist, to conduct pre-testing. Give SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville a call so we can refer you to a reputable company, and give you our professional guidance. After sampling is conducted, you will receive a report with results detailing the spore count and the different types of mold. If you need services, please call us at 916-933-3890 so that we can conduct an inspection and walk you through the report so that we can create a remediation plan together.

We serve Somerset, Pilot Hill, Placerville, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Cool, Shingle Springs, El Dorado, and all of El Dorado County.

http://www.randrmagonline.com/articles/86877-how-many-remediation-customers-are-susceptible-to-mold-illness

The dangers of mold

9/17/2015 (Permalink)

Mold in El Dorado Hills, CA

SERVPRO has a variety of cleaning techniques and products that will restore your structure. Depending on the size of the mold and what kind of loss led to the growth, certain materials like drywall or flooring may need to be removed. Every job involving mold growth is different; we strongly encourage you to call us before you panic! SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is equipped and ready to handle your concerns! 

Mold comes in many shapes, sizes and colors. Most people don't realize mold is all around us; in our homes and in the air we breathe. Not all molds are bad, however. Many species of mold are beneficial to our environment. Every person can react to mold differently and what one individual is sensitive to, another may not be.

If you have any of the symptoms listed on our website, please give us a call. We recommend that you contact an industrial hygienist and get your structure tested for the presence of toxic molds. SERVPRO of El Dorado Hills/Placerville is certified to remove materials contaminated with mold and we would be happy to come out to your home for an evaluation.