7 Ways To Prevent Mold In Your Home
Prevent mold from happening in your home
Here are 7 ways to keep your home safe from mold damages and prevent further damage. Brought to you by SERVPRO.
- Eliminate Clutter
Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and curtains that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome mold growth. Push furniture away from vents and grilles to keep air circulating. On humid, still days, run a couple of fans to keep air moving.
- Shut Windows and Doors When AC Is On
When you open windows and doors, you let air conditioning escape, waste money, and invite humid air into your cooler home. This causes condensation, which mold loves. So keep doors and windows shut when the AC is humming. Also, maintain your home at around 80 degrees when you’re on vacation or at work. Too often, we bump the thermostat up to 85 degrees, or turn off the AC when we’re away. This raises temperature and humidity, which creates the ideal home for mold.
- Monitor Humidity
An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of moisture levels that, ideally, fall between 35% and 50% relative humidity; in very humid climates, at the height of summer, you may have to live with readings closer to 55%. But if you reach 60% relative humidity, it’s time to look for the source of the added moisture; above 70% relative humidity, certain species of mold can begin growing.
- Evaluate Your AC
If you get a high humidity reading of 60% or more, make sure your air conditioner is doing its job.
Is it set to the proper temperature?
Is it cycling on and off periodically?
Inspect the condensate drain pipe (the narrow white pipe sticking out the side) to make sure it’s dripping regularly. If it isn’t, the pipe is blocked and water may be accumulating inside the unit — or on your floor. If you suspect a problem, call your HVAC professional. To prevent blockage and mold buildup, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain annually.
- Look for Standing Water
If the air conditioner isn’t the issue, search for standing water or chronic dampness that’s increasing indoor humidity and providing a lovely environment for mold.
Check for puddles or dampness around hot water tanks, sump pumps, freezers, refrigerators, basement doors, and windows. Inspect crawl spaces for ground water dampness or foundation leaks.
- Add a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air. You can buy a whole house dehumidifier ($1,100-$1,800) that attaches to your furnace, treats air throughout the house, and connects to a drain so you never have to empty a tank. If you live in a very humid area, a whole-house system is the way to go.
- Call a Professional
If you can’t find the moisture problem on your own, or you aren’t sure how to correct a problem you do find, call SERVPRO. We can remediate your mold issue and make sure that you dont have leaking water that will return.
Why Vacuuming is Important
Vacuuming is important for the health. SERVPRO offers a great cleaning service to keep your carpets clean
SERVPRO of Linn & Benton County understands that vacuuming is not a fun household or office chore! We offer cleaning services that include carpet cleaning and vacuuming. Here are some reasons that vacuuming is an important way to stay healthy and keep your rugs cleaner and make them last longer.
Why Should I Vacuum?
There are at least three major benefits to regularly vacuuming your carpets:
Home hygiene – A few quick sweeps with the vacuum can get rid of dust and allergens before they have a chance to build up in your home.
Prolong your carpet’s life – Regular upkeep will help your carpets look newer for longer while also getting rid of the various dirt particles responsible for grinding into your carpet fibers.
Improve your family’s health – While you can’t always tell from looking at your carpets, there are all sorts of things that can cause health issues to you without being noticed.
How Often Should I Vacuum?
It is recommended that you vacuum at least once a week. If you have a regular cleaning company come like SERVPRO then you don’t have to vacuum nearly as much.
The good news is that this applies mostly to the high traffic areas of the house. Consider hallways, entry ways, living rooms, and wherever else your family spends most of their time as the high traffic areas. Storage rooms and guest rooms don’t need vacuuming as often, and can go even two weeks between cleanings.
Won’t Vacuuming Often Hurt My Carpets?
The truth is that most carpets have been designed to keep the fibers from getting loose from too much vacuuming , and will actually benefit from being cleaned more often.
Dirt that collects can be ground into the carpet when stepped on, causing it to become damaged over time.
Additionally, if it is not cleaned well enough this dirt can get into the pads beneath the carpets and cause stains or funky smells to develop.
Do it For Your Health and your wallet!
Vacuuming more and getting your home cleaned professionally regularly will save you money in the long run because you wont have to pay for nearly as many shampooing and carpet cleaning services. Contact SERVPRO today to see what we can do for you.
What to do about water in your crawl space
Learn more about how to deal with water damage and how to handle it before it is too late and mold grows.
When the ground gets wet from heavy rain and weather, the ground stops absorbing water and water begins to pool. During the dry months of June to October, the pool of water shrinks down but it never completely goes away.
If the water is coming from Above Grade, That Is Likely a Plumbing Issue
The water might be attributed to leaking water supply or drain pipes. If a water-related action happens within the house--someone takes a shower, dishwater runs, toilet flushes, bathtub drains--and more water develops in the crawl space, that is your likely culprit.
Water Plus Lack of Light Creates Mold
With excessive water in the crawl space, you have the related problem of mold.
Mold loves to grow in places that have:
b.) Lack of light.
Both conditions perfectly describe a crawl space.
Mold will grow on the piers, joists, ducts, and other hard surfaces. But mold also grows on the "soft" materials, such as fiberglass insulation and on the plastic vapor barrier. When fiberglass insulation develops mold, it is impossible to clean off. Rip it out and replace it.
How Urgent Is This?
For anything dealing with water and enclosed spaces, the easy, prudent answer is always: do it immediately.
Water can sit in the crawl space for a long time without having any adverse effect on your house. In the short term, you are dealing with mold on hard surfaces and perhaps some insulation needs to be removed and replaced. However, over the long term, you are in for trouble: standing water can damage the house's foundation; wooden beams and joists begin to rot; and harmful strains of mold can develop.
Who To Contact?
SERVPRO can come and clean and dry out your space, If you have leaking pipes, or a leak we can help refer you to local companies that we support. We look forward to helping you fix your moldy and wet crawlspace.
How To Know If You Have A Leaky Roof
Roof Damage can cause your home quickly. Learn more about how to deal with roof damage from SERVPRO
Minor roof leaks can cause major damage. The key to leak repair is to catch it as early as possible. SERVPRO can help you repair the damages done by a roof leak.
Anywhere there is a seam on your roof, there can be roof leaks. There is no acceptable amount of leaking, and you need to look into leak repair as quickly as possible.
Signs of a Leaking Roof
The detection of roof leaks is difficult, as water rarely drips straight down. It looks for the path of least resistance. If there are holes or cracks anywhere on your roof, you likely have water leaking. Pay special attention to the flashing for any signs of damage, missing or cracked shingles, and any signs of an aging roof.
Inside your house, the most obvious sign of roof leaks are water stains on your ceiling, especially if they grow or darken after a rainstorm. Also look for sagging or soft ceilings, water spots in the attic, a musty smell, mold growth, or peeling paint.
Damage Caused by a Leaking Roof
Underestimating roof leaks can not only be extremely costly, but extremely dangerous. Roof leaks can be a fire hazard. As the water trickles into your home, it can touch wires located in your attic or ceiling and cause a fire.
A leaking roof can cause toxic mold growth, which can severely compromise your health. SERVPRO can help you with mold remediation.
Roof leaks can rot the entire structure of your roof and house, including the roof decking, insulation and drywall. In the worst case scenario, the water damage can cause roofs or ceilings to collapse.
A leaky roof can also lead to insect and rodent infestations. All manner of animals can enter your roof if improperly sealed, leading to a variety of health problems and structural damage. Chewed wiring is especially a concern, as it can cause house fires.
Call SERVPRO today for help fixing the damages done to your home from a leaking roof.
5 Ways to Protect Your Home From Winter
Winter Home Protection From SERVPRO
Here is a list of 5 ways to protect your home from the heavy rain and weather that we experience in Oregon. SERVPRO can help you restore damages that your home has endured during the winter months.
Clean and Clear your Gutters
Clearing the gutters and drains is probably the last thing on your to-do list, but it’s an essential task. Debris such as leaves and mud can block the drains and once it becomes too much, it can cause leaks into the roof and walls. Making sure the gutters are clear from any possible build-up will minimize the risk of water damage.
Clean your chimney
If you have a chimney, it’s important to maintain it. Many of us underestimate the severity of chimney fires and therefore forget about cleaning out the chimney. But chimney fires can occur fairly frequently during the winter months, so think about employing a professional to clean and take care of your chimney.
Check your Homes Insulation
Around a quarter of heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to begin. Cavity wall insulation is also worth considering. If you’re worried about keeping the costs down, it might be worth looking into the grants available. Around a quarter of heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to begin.
Protect your pipes
The best way to keep on top of pipes during the winter is to protect them with a foam layer which will help to prevent them freezing and bursting.
Check your home insurance
Making sure you’re covered for any winter-related damage is really important. So check that your home insurance policy offers adequate protection and that you’d be covered in the event of fire, flood, subsidence and theft. You may also need to look into accidental damage or storm damage as most home cover policies won’t include this as standard, so you may need to add it on.
4 Common but Minor Water Leaks
Water damage and common leaks from SERVPRO of Linn County
A Leaky Basement
One of the most common causes of water damage is a leaky basement. To make repairs, you have to find the leak. We can help address this problem
Another cause of water damage is a leaky plumbing system. Unless the system is plagued by multiple leaks, you can do the repair yourself. Depending on the extensiveness of the damage, you can either patch up the leaky pipe or change one or several damaged pipes if the problem is internal. SERVPRO can always help you with water damage repair that is out of your hands.
Fixing the Plant Root System
Did you know that plant and shrub overgrowth could cause water damage to the home too? When the root system of the plant and shrub is too close to a structure, water could penetrate its foundation. You can resolve minor water damage caused by plant overgrowth by trimming the shrubs and removing water that pools near the foundation of your home.
For ceilings, the usual culprit is a leaky roof or a leaky toilet. For leaky toilets, we highly recommend getting a professional to handle the leak.
Once the leak is located and repaired, you need to remove the damaged section of the drywall. Check if the drywall is still attached to the framing. We can repair drywall, dry any moisture and clean mold.
SERVPRO can make you water damages like it never happened. We take all the precautions to make sure we repair the damage the right way and keep your family safe from mold and other toxins caused by water damage.
Mold can cause health effects and what you can do about it
SERVPRO offers mold remediation for the whole house.
Whether it's the musky smell that you can’t find, the fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, or the slick orange film that forms on your kitchen drain, household mold is more than unsightly. In some cases, mold in your home can cause health effects, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Here's what you can do to combat mold problems, and take care of yourself and your home.
Mold can cause health effects.
Please think of:
- Infants and children
- The elderly
- People whose immune systems are compromised
- People with chronic lung disease
Having mold in your home can cause health effects and mold can sneak up on you and grow in size overnight. SERVPRO is your mold remediation expert. Here are 3 reasons to choose SERVPRO to manage your mold.
- We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists
As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.
Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
Water Damage Restoration Technician
Applied Structural Drying Technician
- We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.
- We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment
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.
Does Your Linn County Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Linn County mold can spread through a home 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 –541-745-2097
Linn County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Linn County Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Linn County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 541-745-2097
Faster to Linn County Water Damage Event
SERVPRO of Linn County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in all of Linn County
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Linn Couny provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Linn County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –541-745-2097
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Linn County
SERVPRO of Linn County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.