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Don’t Let Mold Call Your Washer Home

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don’t Let Mold Call Your Washer Home Cleaning your washer could prevent mold and mildew from growing

To thrive, mold needs someplace dark, damp, and at room temperature. It also needs a food source. In your home, a washing machine provides the darkness and dampness and the soap residue provides the food source. This is true for all washers, even in Silverdale, WA, but front-loaders are particularly susceptible.


Cleaning Your Washer to Remove or Prevent Mold


There are several steps you can take to remove or prevent mold and mildew. This should be repeated occasionally. Don’t wait for the mold smell to return or the residue to build back up. You can get special products to clean the washer, but the following home remedy should work just fine.


1. Clean the gasket with a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar.

2. Make a solution of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup water and put it in the machine’s detergent dispenser.

3. Add 2 cups of white vinegar into the drum and run a full cycle with hot water.
When this process is complete, any residue and odors that were present in the washer should be gone. Repeat if necessary.


Keep Mold Out of Your Laundry Area

When you are finished washing your dirty laundry, there are a few simple precautions that can keep mold away.


1. The presence of soap residue means that you’re are using too much or the wrong type. When it comes to soap, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

2. Leave the door open to let the inside of the washing machine dry. You can also wipe down the drum with a dry cloth.

3. If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on or at least make sure it is set to keep your laundry area humidity at an acceptable level.


Don’t Let a Mold Problem Get Away From You


Serious mold problems often get their start with moisture from the laundry area. If you discover that mold has spread beyond your washing machine, consider contacting local mold removal specialists to address the problem before it gets worse.

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What We Use To Help You

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

You will see various types of climates and ecosystems all across the world. In the Pacific Northwest, we have a wetter environment than the rest of the state which has more of a desert ecosystem. With that wetter climate, homes are more prone to moisture. When un-attended to, it can lead to mold growth. Here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County, we pride ourselves in being the premier mitigation and restoration company in our industry. To help establish and maintain that that level, we take into consideration the products and methods we use and perform to properly help you, your family, and your building structures to the best way possible.

By using our Benefect product, we have already started the trend in using a safer and still efficient method to remediate mold growth. Here are a few pieces of information from the company that created it; “Benefect - The active ingredient in Benefect is a highly specialized thyme oil that has natural germ-killing capabilities proven to be equal to the leading traditional ingredients but is Generally Recognized as Safe (G.R.A.S.) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The concentration of thyme oil allows Benefect to kill tuberculosis (TB) in just 5 minutes!”

Along with the main product, we also use the disinfectant variation as well for some of our services.

“Benefect Disinfectant contains botanically pure plant extracts and has been proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, TB, and HIV. Benefect has been approved by the US EPA as a high-level disinfectant, fungicide, tuberculoid, and Viricide (against HIV-1) that requires no rinsing or wiping after application on any surfaces including construction materials.”

The crew at SERVPRO of Kitsap County knows how hectic and scary at times, it could be to see mold growth in your home or business, but rest assured, we are here to clean up that problem “Like it never even happened.” If you have prior water damage that has resulted in mold growth or want us to come out and take a look at the mold and mildew in your home, give our staff a call today; 360-373-1290. Just remember, we are always here to help.

For more information of the Benefect products that we use, or the background information on it, check out the link here: http://benefect.com/index.php

What We Use To Help You

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

You will see various types of climates and ecosystems all across the world. In the Pacific Northwest, we have a wetter environment than the rest of the state which has more of a desert ecosystem. With that wetter climate, homes are more prone to moisture. When un-attended to, it can lead to mold growth. Here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County, we pride ourselves in being the premier mitigation and restoration company in our industry. To help establish and maintain that that level, we take into consideration the products and methods we use and perform to properly help you, your family, and your building structures to the best way possible.

By using our Benefect product, we have already started the trend in using a safer and still efficient method to remediate mold growth. Here are a few pieces of information from the company that created it; “Benefect - The active ingredient in Benefect is a highly specialized thyme oil that has natural germ-killing capabilities proven to be equal to the leading traditional ingredients but is Generally Recognized as Safe (G.R.A.S.) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The concentration of thyme oil allows Benefect to kill tuberculosis (TB) in just 5 minutes!”

Along with the main product, we also use the disinfectant variation as well for some of our services.

“Benefect Disinfectant contains botanically pure plant extracts and has been proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, TB, and HIV. Benefect has been approved by the US EPA as a high-level disinfectant, fungicide, tuberculoid, and Viricide (against HIV-1) that requires no rinsing or wiping after application on any surfaces including construction materials.”

The crew at SERVPRO of Kitsap County knows how hectic and scary at times, it could be to see mold growth in your home or business, but rest assured, we are here to clean up that problem “Like it never even happened.” If you have prior water damage that has resulted in mold growth or want us to come out and take a look at the mold and mildew in your home, give our staff a call today; 360-373-1290. Just remember, we are always here to help.

For more information of the Benefect products that we use, or the background information on it, check out the link here: http://benefect.com/index.php

Mold Information for Renters, Landlords & Property Managers

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Renters

Mold problems in buildings are a result of water and moisture issues. Renters need to operate the heating and ventilation systems to reduce water condensation and make the necessary protocols happen to make sure that there is proper ventilation when and where it’s needed. Tenants need to notify landlords / property manager promptly & in writing, of any water leaks or moisture problems as soon as they are first noticed. If there is a water leak or moisture issue, it should be fixed by the landlord.

When you are a renter, it is prudent to be knowledgeable of your local building codes, if the issue is left unattended to even with notification, then you can move forward with your local building and code officials to deal with getting the problem fixed. Remember that it is important to stress the source of the water problem and what damage it has done since first noticed, as well as when it was notified to the proper personnel.

If you rent a home, the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act covers you. Knowing and understanding your rights and responsibilities as a renter can help you resolve issues and problems.

Landlords and Property Managers

Landlords & property managers are responsible for maintaining rental properties, including fixing building problems from varying different things breaking or occurring. Other examples could be more along the lines of water leaks and ventilation issues, or heating defects which may lead to moisture complications. Landlords must notify their tenants about the health hazards associated with exposure to indoor mold and ways to control mold growth in their dwelling locations. Posting this information in a visible, public location at the dwelling unit property is allowed and recommended. Most landlords or property managers go the route of listing frequently asked questions about mold, along with a brief guide to mold and moisture in homes and buildings.

Tackling Mold

The best way to tackle a current mold issue is to understand the source of the leak or water issue. That way when you do remediate the mold, it won’t come back because you fixed the problem at the source. Some people aim to be a DIYer and use common household products to try and treat the mold damage. We suggest that you do hire a professional that can use the proper techniques, products and equipment to not only remediate the mold. Make sure to use the correct and needed equipment to contain the mold spores to help prevent the spores from spreading and affecting more of the building, the inhabitants and contents inside of it. Give SERVPRO of Kitsap County a call today to come out and help you or your tenants mold issue before it gets out of hand.

Common Types of Mold, How Many Do you Know About?

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

When we see mold on any surface it sends panic through us. Removing mold can be a tedious, arduous, and sometimes the damage irreplaceable. How do you know what kind of mold it is? Does this affect how to get rid of it?

Here is a list of the most common types of mold and what kind of environments they are usually found to grow.

- Stachybotry: grows on high cellulose and porous materials such as wood, wicker, hay, paper and cardboard. It;s commonly called 'black mold' or 'toxic black mold.' Generally the space it grows in is humid and moist. For preventative measures aim to keep furniture away from and not touching walls, leaving airspace.

- Aspergillus mold: is a common household mold that grows on highly porous surfaces. This is the variety that can cause people to form allergic reactions to.

- Mucor: is a type of mold that is most often found in air conditioning units or ducting. It is a white to a grayish color and is thick in consistency.

- Penicillin: is a mold that is most often found in soil, food, grains, paint, carpet, wallpaper, fiberglass insulation, and a result of vegetables decomposing and rotting. But it is more widely known for it's antibiotic principles in the healthcare viewpoint.

- Fusarium: a mold that is found in plants and household humidifiers.

There are a vast amount of other mold species that are found in the world, but we wanted to inform you of the most common ones found in buildings and households. If you think you have a mold issue in your building structure, give our crew at SERVPRO of Kitsap County a call today. We have the environmentally safe and effective products, machines, and expertise to successfully remediate mold down to its roots in any material it has grown on and in.

New Construction Projects are prime places for mold growth at times in the PNW

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kitsap County offers a variety of services and one of them is mold remediation. Living in the PNW, we all know that there is a higher amount of moisture in our environment than in many other places, which can cause mold to grow more often and more quickly than in drier parts of the country.  We are aiming to help aid new construction projects with mold that has begun to grow on the new structure mid-project. Protecting you and your home is a priority for us.

A common misconception in construction is that leaving the bones of the structure exposed to the elements is okay. This is false. Leaving any new lumber, studs, beams, or any other building materials exposed to the weather actually begins the process of creating an environment perfect for mold growth and contamination of building materials. Of course some materials will become damp and be exposed during the construction process, but the key is to be vigilant and inspect building materials as they are used. This will help prevent other materials, such as drywall and insulation, from becoming contaminated.

One of the services that SERVPRO of Kitsap County offers is mold remediation: killing the mold spores to prevent further mold growth. In some cases this service is used to clean and eliminate any containments or living bacteria that could cause issues both for the building itself & the people occupying the structure. Our franchise supports both homeowners and builders to ensure both safety and health factors play a big part in the construction process. When you see mold on your work-in-progress we can treat it accordingly to eliminate it completely.

SERVPRO prides itself in using a 100% organic disinfectant that kills 99.99% of germs versus other companies who may try to just get the job done easily by using disinfectants with high ammonia levels, bleach, or other harsh chemicals to eliminate germs. The products we use are made from food-grade plant extracts and essential oils, our anti-microbial disinfectant has NO toxicity warnings on its label. That is because it poses NO health risk toward humans or animals and is safe to use. 

The first thing we do when we arrive to an area in need of mold remediation is enclose the job site. To increase the productivity of our products there needs to be no chance of any interruptions including weather, new moisture, and other elemental factors. Sealing the job site ensures our product will cover all affected areas and will work properly.

If you have a building structure that is showing signs of mold growth, give SERVPRO of Kitsap County a call today. We can help disinfect and eliminate the headache of mold in your new construction project.

Mold inspection before buying a home: likely places to find mold

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Home buying is a roller coaster; from new emotions and experiences to all the hoops you need to jump through. You spend countless hours viewing homes, finding neighborhoods you love and features you hate, and trying to work with lenders. Another hoop to jump through is a home inspection to ensure there are no issues with the home you want to buy. Home inspectors are trained to spot issues inside and outside the home that could cause potential issues in the future, including mold growth.

When a home inspector finds mold in a pending purchase it becomes a not so pleasant hiccup that can cause a lot of issues and can cost a bit of money if not treated appropriately. Mold loves a variety of different environments, and depending on the environment you can find different types of mold. These environments can be found in many different locations including:

  • Crawl spaces & attics.
  • Bathrooms where there could be an issue of improper ventilation.
  • Basement where groundwater finds its way into the foundation.
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines.
  • Around any windows that could be failing or already leaking.
  • Underneath, around, and behind sinks.
  • Under carpeting that has unusual staining spots on the top layer of flooring.  

There are many other places mold can start to spore, but a good indicator is any location that has high moisture or has had water damage in the past. Bathrooms and attics commonly have poor ventilation creating condensation; basements and crawlspaces collect ground water and fluids from broken pipes; refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers commonly have supply lines that aren’t not connected correctly, become kinked, or clogged causing leaks; window seals deteriorate with time which can cause condensation on the inside and leaks from the outside; sinks are connected to a variety of pipes and connections that can deteriorate with age, clog, and break; carpeting tends to hide evidence of water damage. When these issues go unnoticed they all have the potential to create the perfect environment for mold growth, and the common denominator here is moisture.

When mold is in your home it can cause unfriendly odors, damage to walls and floors, and even create certain health issues for you and your family. The initial move to make in removing mold to recognize the most common areas for mold to grow.  

Household mold primarily thrives in damp, humid areas such as basements, showers, and around heating and cooling appliances. Mold in homes can also occur in carpets, ventilation ducts,  and crawlspaces. The best way to guard against mold in your house is to ensure there are no active leaks or areas where moisture is collecting regularly, and that your home has proper ventilation.

If you see mold in your home currently, or are even in the process of dealing with a home inspection today, give our staff at SERVPRO of Kitsap County a call to come out and handle that inconvenience for you. We are always ready to help make that house into a home. So remember: when in need, think orange & green!

Mold in your HVAC

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in your HVAC systems

Mold is one of the most common complaints regarding Residential and Commercial ducting systems!

Did you know that one of the initial entry points for mold is through your heating & cooling systems?  Mold thrives in that environment, and mold spores are quickly spread throughout a building by a forced air HVAC system. The HVAC system carries mold spores from the outdoors and circulates them inside.

Another way mold spores spread are when mold in a building becomes airborne, and drifts into the HVAC system. The duct work essentially helps the spores travel throughout your building where they latch onto items in the building or home and grow.

You should routinely inspect your HVAC systems, not just for mold, but for moisture as well.

If you think you do have mold…

  • First, call your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County franchise, we have the resources to do mold testing. and to identify if you do have mold. If you do, we can do the work necessary to clean your ducts & HVAC system
  • We throw away the wet & water damaged filters
  • Wet vacuums are used to extract any standing water if necessary
  • SERVPRO uses an EPA registered disinfectant specifically labeled for HVAC system use to rid the ductwork of mold, mildew, dirt and odor causing bacteria
  • The rooms within the building can be fogged with our EPA registered disinfectant if indicated
  • Finally, we thoroughly clean everything in the building with a HEPA vacuum to ensure all of the mold has been removed

Our customers’ health, satisfaction and peace of mind are a priority for SERVPRO of Kitsap County. Dealing with mold isn’t something that should be put off, especially if it’s in your HVAC systems. If you think that you might have mold, give your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County a call. Our professionals will be sure to get the job done right. We are always here to help!

Understanding the Dangers of Mold

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary…

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment, and they produce some very useful results. For example, yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads and other food products. Blue cheese’s unique flavor is attributed to mold, and life-saving penicillin is a product of mold.

… To the Unhealthy

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and extended exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Any water intrusion into your office or your home can result in mold growth. This intrusion of water can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When these issues are not addressed, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.

Some amounts of mold spores are normally present in most environments, but if the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not properly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply to a harmful level.

Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that may pose a health threat.

Take Precautions

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong, musty odors that may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

Help is Here

If you think you or your customer might have a mold problem, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional, who is trained in mold remediation.

Mold in your home? Double check and give the Professionals a call.

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Part of owning your own home is maintaining it and keeping it a safe place to live. We often talk about being prepared for water damage, fires and maintaining the necessary measures when a loss occurs. But preventing and checking mold is just as important, mold can continue to spread and become a serious health problem if not taken care of.

It's important to do what you can to prevent mold. Try applying a sealant that is designed to protect and preserve the surface its applied to such as a structure guard. This prevents mold and mildew growth. However, no matter what preventative measures you take, it is still necessary to keep aware and test for mold continuously.

If you find what appears to be mold in your home, try out an at home mold test.  Here are the some of the best recommended options for 2017. If you don't want to conduct a test yourself, you can always contact a mold specialist to perform a professional test. Once finalized, it's the results that are important.

What happens if you find mold? Here are our remediation steps to help you.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at 360-373-1290
  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
  8. Reconstruction if needed

Managing Mold

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

Call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

     The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

     Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

     Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

     Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

     The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

     SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

     Depending on the level if mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration ay involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home of business.

Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have training and equipment to remediate mold in your home of business.

Mold Growth

3/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fungi and mold naturally occur in the environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.

Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other products such as alcoholic beverages.

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or frequent exposure to mold may cause health effects.

When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amounts of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in water-damaged environments are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow, colonize and rapidly multiply. Organic materials found inside buildings, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide a great food sources for mold to flourish.

If you think you may have a mold problem, call 360-373-1290 and a SERVPRO of Kitsap County trained technician can come asses to situation and lead you towards a cleaner tomorrow.