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Never Worry About Mold Again With Help From Our Professional Remediation Team In Santa Ana

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Working with a professional can help deal a decisive blow to mold proliferation in your property.

How To Deal An Effective Blow To Mold Damage In Santa Ana

Mold problems go beyond the simple signs like a musty smell and stained surfaces. If the colonies are left to reproduce unabated, they can break down the structural integrity of the affected material. Breakdown happens because mold consumes materials such as wood or fabric as food to fuel its growth. Knowing this, you should take immediate remedial action when you notice early signs in your Santa Ana home.

Most cases of severe mold damage in Santa Ana can be attributed to laxity on the part of the property owner. Alternatively, lack of proper knowledge can lead to severe proliferation even after taking immediate action. For instance, using bleach to counter growth only fuels it because of the extra moisture introduced in the affected area. Calling an AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technician helps you avoid such mistakes because they follow best practices when choosing a method to deal with mold.

By the time you discover the early signs of mold infestation, there is a likelihood that the colonies have spread in hidden areas such as wall cavities, or hard to reach areas such as underneath sinks and other plumbing installations. A thorough inspection of the affected property is necessary to establish the true extent of the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches including using thermal to inspect all problem areas in your property. Even where there is no mold, the cameras can help establish moisture issues that could lead to future growth.

The effect of mold on different materials varies. In porous materials, the hyphae grow deep into the material, so it is hard to eliminate them through cleaning. In such circumstances, the best approach is to discard the affected items. Our SERVPRO crew use different methods to clean nonporous materials including HEPA vacuuming them to get rid of loose fragments of the mold colonies and damp wiping with a professional antimicrobial solution to kill spores.

Working with a professional can help deal a decisive blow to mold proliferation in your property. Call SERVPRO of Santa Ana South to help. You can reach us at (714) 558-7772 every day. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Mold Damage in Your Santa Ana Home

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can appear in many colors and be found on walls or the ceiling of your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Santa Ana Homes are Not Immune From Mold Damage Even in Our Dry Climate

It is well-known that mold requires moisture to grow, making the generally dry climate of Santa Ana seem like protection from microbial outbreaks. The interior of any home hosts numerous water sources that can leak or overflow, however, opening your home to the risk of mold damage. If you notice a musty smell or see visual evidence that mold is a problem in your home, we offer expert remediation services.

The small amount of moisture necessary to support mold damage inside your Santa Ana home can be surprising. A crack in the seal of your sink drainer or a family member’s persistent habit of failing to keep the shower curtain inside the tub can deposit enough water to start a domino effect of mold colony growth. Whatever the cause, we are ready to craft a plan to eliminate the water source and abate the mold problem.

SERVPRO mold remediation crews frequently act as microbial growth detectives. Because plumbing is often hidden behind walls and under cabinets, and modern homes feature many bathrooms, food prep areas, and water using appliances, the beginnings of mold damage can go undetected by the homeowner. Even the high humidity of a kitchen or bath can provide enough moisture for some molds to take hold if exhaust fans are not present or used. We are familiar with the many places mold can thrive and are adept at containing and removing the infestation no matter how hidden.

Our remediation crew chief evaluates the mold damage carefully before determining the areas to treat. SERVPRO follows the EPA protocols to prevent the spread of moldy residues during remediation, using physical barriers and considering the use of negative pressure air filtering equipment during the project. Our team uses personal protective equipment to ensure we do not track moldy materials into other areas of your home. We remove mold in the containment space employing a variety of scraping, scrubbing, and abrasive techniques that restore both porous and non-porous surfaces safely back preloss condition. A final application of EPA registered antimicrobial product helps prevent regrowth of mold.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South has the experience, technicians, products, and equipment to remediate a mold outbreak in your home. Call us at (714) 558-7772 to set up a mold damage assessment and abatement plan.

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Reliable Professional Mold Damage Remediation In Santa Ana

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

With our experience and expertise, our SERVPRO technicians can remediate any hidden mold "Like it never even happened."

You can Depend on SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation Services in Santa Ana

The possibility of mold growth is a constant in Santa Ana. The tiny spores of some of the 100,000 plus fungi identified so far are outside and inside every residence, floating in the air and settle on every surface. Until they encounter water, mold spore cause few problems. When they absorb moisture, their life cycle begins which can result in large mold colonies in your home. If faced with a growing mold problem, we can help.

Mold damage in Santa Ana is not particular about the source of the water that fuels it. A flooding event or major plumbing fail indeed can be the reason, but the cause is often more mundane. Household spills and overflows can be fuel if not thoroughly cleaned up and dried out. Tiny leaks under a sink or a clogged drain under a freezer or in an AC condenser offer mold an opportunity. We even see circumstances where persistently high humidity levels were providing enough moisture for mold growth.

Upon arrival at your home, the SERVPRO technicians assess the extent of the mold infestation. We investigate whether additional mold hides behind walls, above a ceiling, or under flooring. Our mold remediation procedure follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification standards. Our goal is to rid your property of active mold colonies, reduce the number of mold spores to normal levels, and to help you arrange for the moisture source’s elimination to prevent future outbreaks.

The EPA recommends containment of the moldy area, and we use physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting to delineate the contaminated area. Containment keeps uncontaminated areas of your home free of mold debris. A heightened strategy to prevent drift can be the use of negative air pressure and ductwork inside the containment space to filter out spores and moldy residues.

SERVPRO technicians dress in personal protective gear during work shifts and scrape the mold off nonporous surfaces. We employ abrasive techniques like soda blasting to loosen and remove the root-like hyphal fragments from porous structures. HEPA filtered vacuums remove the particles on surfaces after the main removal phase. All moldy material, including any structural components too contaminated to restore, are bagged and disposed of following local hazardous waste codes.

EPA registered antimicrobials treat surfaces to inhibit future fungal growth after the SERVPRO crew disposes of the debris. We ensure all areas receive the appropriate application of the disinfectant and continue the containment until the all-clear according to the labeling precautions. Throughout the project your and your family's safety are paramount.

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SERVPRO of Santa Ana South has the experience, trained technicians, equipment, and products to remediate your mold damage quickly and successfully. Call us at (714) 558-7772 if you have even a suspicion that your home has mold growth.

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Santa Ana Residents mold Safety tips

5/11/2018 (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 Santa Ana South 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 Santa Ana South 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 – (714)558-7772

Does Your Santa Ana South home have Mold ?

4/17/2018 (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 –  (714)558-7772

Mold Standards

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Follows Industry Standards to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Sometimes fungi hide from you and you do not find it until it gets out of control. Anytime water gets into your Santa Ana South home, mold possibly forms. Many times a fungus grows from a slow water leak that you did not know existed.

As soon as you notice fungi growth, it is vital that the problem gets remediated promptly. Sometimes if left untreated, mold causes health effects in some people. To be on the safe side, call SERVPRO's Mold damage experts in Santa Ana South to give you an estimate on what the remediation process entails. Anytime a fungus is present it means that mold spores exist as well. If you do not do anything about the mold problem, many times the spores float to other areas of your home and create more fungi.

Our SERVPRO specialists are IICRC certified and know how to mitigate many types of mold damage scenarios. Our crews use industrially advanced equipment and chemicals to remediate fungal issues. All procedures we conduct throughout the restoration process follow strict standards and guidelines set by the EPA and IICRC.

The EPA mold remediation guidelines got developed for schools and commercials buildings. Our team of specialists follows these guidelines for residential properties. The guidelines provide a flowchart of critical steps in mold remediation.

The IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide For Professional Mold Remediation is the first published standard for the restoration industry. The guide includes principles to follow including to protect the health and safety of workers and occupants during the restoration process.

Another principle we follow from the IICRC guide is to control the contaminant from its source and make sure spores do not get airborne and cause fungi to grow in other rooms. The guide then suggests that everything contaminated gets removed from the home. Lastly, the guide stresses the importance of correcting the moisture problem so that a fungus cannot grow in the same or other areas.

Do not take your chances with mold. Anytime you even think you might have a mold problem call SERVPRO Santa Ana South at (714) 558-7772 for help twenty four hours a day and seven days a week.

Watch out for that Mold !

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO works closely with testing companies, these companies come out to each job we call them on, they take a small sample of either the mold, or what we may believe is mold or asbestos. They take these samples back to their labs, test them and get back to us with the results. This is how we do our part in making sure that everything is sanitary and safe for our customers homes, and families before we allow them to stay in the home or moved back into their home, depending on the situation.

Be aware of mold, and what signs to look for. This will keep your home and health safe year round.  Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. If you have a water loss do not let it sit because mold can grow and grow. The end result of the mold growing behind your walls will be symptoms of sickness.

Conditions In Santa Ana Might Be Right For Mold

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of  Santa Ana South to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (714)558-7772

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Santa Ana South for mold remediation services.

Mold Safety Tips

7/18/2017 (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 throughout your home. 

Do:

  1. Stay out of affected areas
  2. Turn off the HVAC systems and fans
  3. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Ana for mold remediation services.

Don't:

  1. Don't touch or disturb the mold
  2. Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible mold growth
  3. Don't attempt to dry the area yourself
  4. Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Our Mold Remediation Services 

SERVPRO of Santa Ana 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. 

CALL SERVPRO SANTA ANA @ (714)558-7772