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Top 9 FAQs About Mold – EPA

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Top 9 FAQs About Mold – EPA Call your local professional company, SERVPRO of Salem West

When a residential or commercial property suffers a water damage disaster, mold spores begin to appear within 48-72 hours. SERVPRO of Salem West has the training and experience to properly execute the resolution of mold growth. In the case of mold growth in your Salem residential or commercial property SERVPRO of Salem West can inspect, determine the cause and remediate your property.

According to the EPA, here are the top 9 things you should know about mold.

  1. Learn to control mold growth indoors. Maintain a low humidity level, especially high moisture in the bathroom and kitchen.
  2. Immediately clean and eliminate the source of mold. If you are unable to or unsure, call in the professionals.
  3. Repair or replace the source of water leak or problem.
  4. Maintaining bathroom vents, dryers, and range hoods will lessen the possibility of mold growth. Be aware during hot weather when running your air conditioner units that there is no water spillage.
  5. Immediately dry any water damaged surface or materials.
  6. Use a combination of water and detergent to clean mold off of surfaces. This is less toxic than bleach and will not cause further damage to the surface.
  7. Maintaining insulation properly (i.e. window ceils, door jams, crawlspaces, attics) will reduce the collection of condensation.
  8. Carpet should never be installed in bathrooms or kitchens due to the high moisture and humidity.
  9. Inspect surfaces and object that have set in water damage, mold can grow on any surface including but not limited to cardboard, furniture, water fountains, and food.

If you have questions or need help with your Oregon residential or commercial property, you can call SERVPRO of Salem West anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999.

Water turns to Ice overnight - Woodburn, Oregon

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water turns to Ice overnight - Woodburn, Oregon Chipping away in freezing temps in Woodburn, Oregon

When a water line breaks in a house it is easier to mitigate and repair versus a water line breaking in a frozen food distribution warehouse. Over the course of one night the amount of water released from the line froze 46,824 sq. ft. of concrete which is ¾ of the total 90,000 sq. ft. of the property. Our technicians worked in -5 degree Fahrenheit temperature for 4-5 weeks, with safety being a top priority.

Freezing temperature for water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit. It can take 2-6 hours in a household freezer for water to become solid. With the temperature at -5 degrees Fahrenheit the water leak froze instantly when it hit the concrete flooring.

A water removal and water cleanup of this magnitude can take up to one and a half months to restore. SERVPRO of Salem West is efficient and professional in any situation.

When you are faced with any type of water damage SERVPRO of Salem West is here to help. Our technicians are trained in safety and have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. Before services are started we will walk you through the water removal and water cleanup process so you understand what is happening.

If you are concerned about possible water damage give SERVPRO of Salem West a call for an inspection today at (503) 393-9999.

Water damage to Hardwood Flooring, Monmouth, Oregon

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water damage to Hardwood Flooring, Monmouth, Oregon Cupping and warping created by water

Prolonged exposure of water to hardwood floor caused the homeowners in Monmouth, Oregon to panic. The water damage from the hot water tank failed and was not noticed immediately even though it occurred in the homeowner’s garage. The damage was significant and caused the affected areas to be demoed and reconstructed.

The faster the water is removed, the less damage occurs. In this case, the water settled under the flooring for 2 weeks. When hardwood flooring is affected by water the boards will warp. The boards will begin to expand and push against each other affecting the joints. When water settles under the flooring it creates a cupping effect where the edges begin to raise. Cupping and warping can before permanent causing the flooring to be unsalvageable.

SERVPRO of Salem West will come to your home and extract the water and restore the damage “Like it never happened.” Whether the restoration process requires reconstruction or water extraction SERVPRO of Salem West is on your side.

If you are concerned about possible water damage give SERVPRO of Salem West a call for an inspection today at (503) 393-9999.

Washing Machine Floods Crawlspace - Keizer, Oregon

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Washing Machine Floods Crawlspace - Keizer, Oregon Structural water damage - Keizer, Oregon

A broken hose from the washing machine in a Keizer, Oregon home created severe water damage that seeped through the flooring into the crawlspace. The amount of water that can spill out of a washing machine hose is 160 gallons per hour. The homeowners called SERVPRO of Salem West with 2 hours of the incident.

Severe water damage affects not only the initial point of contact but structural supports and rooms underneath. The homeowners were quick to call but unfortunately were unaware of how quickly the water seeped through the flooring into the crawlspace of their home. In this instance the floor, subfloor and insulation in the crawlspace were affected.

In a crawlspace, it is important to extract standing water quickly. The atmosphere in there is a great breeding ground for mold. Insulation typically needs to be removed when severe water damage occurs. Once the insulation is removed our technicians place drying equipment throughout the damaged area and monitor until the drying process is complete. When the drying process is completed our team will reinstall the insulation and repair the flooring.

Whether the water damage is minimal or severe our highly-trained team at SERVPRO of Salem West will walk you through the initial plan and continue contact through each phase of the restoration process.

Never hesitate to call about possible water damage concerns. Your local SERVPRO operated 24/7/365. Contact us today at (503) 393-9999 if you are ever faced with a disaster.

Cracked Toilet Float - Salem, Oregon

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cracked Toilet Float - Salem, Oregon Overflow toilet tank causes damage throughout the home

A clogged toilet occurs more often than you think. The inner workings of a toilet are simple and maintenance will keep you from spending excess money. A homeowner of a 2 story home in Salem, Oregon overlooked the cracked float which maintains the water level in the tank. The crack caused the tank to continue to fill with water and spill onto the bathroom floor.

The combination of a clog and cracked float caused water damage to the flooring and walls on the 2nd level while causing the ceiling on the 1st floor to show water damage. SERVPRO of Salem West was notified of the water damage and responded.

When water damage or a leak is spotted, call on SERVPRO of Salem West, your professional company who has water certified technicians to extract and cleanup the damage. We operate 24/7/365 and offer all of our services because when disaster strikes, it waits for no one. Give us a call at (503) 393-9999 and we will ease the burden you are faced with.

Sneaky Mold In Your Silverton, Oregon Home

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sneaky Mold In Your Silverton, Oregon Home Silverton, Oregon where mold is playing hide and seek in the kitchen

Silverton, Oregon homeowners found mold in their kitchen behind the lower cabinets. Mold damage can range from fungus to mildew. When the atmosphere is right, you can usually find a lot of moisture in your kitchen, hidden. A few examples of how moisture builds include leaky pipes or faucets or steam from boiling water on the store. Moisture and food are great examples of where you can find mold growth in your kitchen.

Especially in the kitchen, the humidity levels increase and that is a strong breeding ground for mold. For example, using a liquid cleanser where the cabinet and stove meet is almost impossible to dry all of the liquid. Sometimes it spills between the two no matter how careful you are.

A way to decrease the levels of humidity especially when cooking over the stove is to turn on the hood vent which has a fan that will pull the steam upward and outside. Another good use in your kitchen is the ceiling fans, if there are any. Air circulation will decrease the probability of mold growth when moisture is present in your kitchen.

Call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999 This one step alone could be the difference in overspending for services you may not need. Plus a highly skilled technician can walk you through the process from start to finish. And having knowledge on the Do's & Don'ts of mold clean-up makes all the difference.

Mold Remediation in the Training Room - Salem, Oregon

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in the Training Room - Salem, Oregon Stages of Mold Remediation, Salem, Oregon

In commercial buildings like a jail mold can easily grow just like in a residential building and can sustain damage in similar ways.

No matter the size of the building, the risk of mold growth is simple if the conditions are right. Humidity, limited air flow and poor maintenance of a room are just a few conditions for mold growth. Moisture and poor maintenance was the cause of the mold in the training room. In order to remove all mold spores it is possible that dry wall and/or insulation will need to be removed. Our technicians are trained in demolition and repairing.

Once you notice mold growth in your building or residence take action and have it professional cleaned. SERVPRO of Salem West has highly trained technicians in mold remediation and will return your structure to preloss condition.

Mold Causes Damage in Salem, Oregon Bathroom

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Causes Damage in Salem, Oregon Bathroom Mold growth on water pipes in a bathroom - Salem, Oregon

When water leaks occur within walls the expectancy of mold growth is higher than if the leak came from a sink.

Inside this Salem, Oregon residence a water leak occurred due to improper installation of new pipes. The water leak went on for a week before it was noticed by the new homeowners who had yet to move in.

Initially, the homeowners thought the damage was minimal until a plumbing company came for an inspection. The results of the damage required the removal of the shower surround, drywall around the shower as well as portions of insulation.

Due to the water molecules not being properly dried the homeowners received unexpected charges.

Mold growth can occur within 48-72 hours if not caught immediately.

The sooner you call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999 for an inspection and estimated the sooner the dry-out can be completed. There is a number of benefits to starting the mitigation process sooner one of which is reducing the chance for mold growth.

SERVPRO of Salem West can be reached anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999.

Mold Containment - Salem/Keizer Oregon

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

In all clean-up work and especially microbial (mold growth) it is important to consider the environment of where the work will take place. Sometimes the work is in a location where occupants may not be impacted. Other times the location is right in the middle of the main living space of the home.

What can be done to stop microbial growth from spreading to unaffected areas?

With the installation of containment in this Salem Oregon home, SERVPRO of Salem West was able to provide the homeowners and occupants with peace of mind knowing the work we performed was not going to cause damages in other parts of the home.

We also installed Air Scrubbing equipment to expel the dirty air from the work area directly to the outside of the home, thereby keeping our works in a clean environment during the work process.

If you have questions or need help with your Oregon home, you can call SERVPRO of Salem West anytime, day or night at (503) 393-9999

Mold Ridden Closet & Personal Items, Salem, Oregon

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Ridden Closet & Personal Items, Salem, Oregon Mold on your personal belongings

After returning from vacation you open your closet and to your surprise there is mold! In a frantic mode you try to figure out the best way to remedy the situation. SERVPRO of Salem West is on your side and a quick phone call away. 

Can you remove your clothes? Yes you can, they are your clothes. However, we would advise you to put your clothes in plastic bag and use the appropriate cleaning methods to restore your clothes. The plastic bag provides an encapsulation to prevent mold spores from spreading into other areas of the room or home.

Clean and scrub the affected wall? This depends on the severity and amount of mold damage. You should seek advise prior to cleaning the mold as spores can spread fairly easily with a little bit of air movement and agitation.

Call a contractor only if needed. Sometimes the amount of mold damage is just surface level and other times the growth as penetrated through the drywall. Only call a contractor if needed as sometimes the mold can be cleaned with professional products and skilled technicians.

Call SERVPRO of Salem West at (503) 393-9999 This one step alone could be the difference in overspending for services you may not need. Plus a highly skilled technician can walk you through the process from start to finish. And having knowledge on the Do's & Don'ts of mold clean-up makes all the difference.

The team at SERVPRO of Salem West, located in Salem, Oregon has the tools and knowledge for all clean-up jobs. From water, fire, mold and bio-hazard cleanup. We can be reached anytime, day or night.