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The Pros and Cons of HEPA Filters for Air Purification

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Pros and Cons of HEPA Filters for Air Purification HEPA filters are rated to remove 99.9% of particles 0.3 microns in size from the air that passes through

By now, you’ve likely heard of the benefits of using air filtration in your home located in Felida, WA, to rid of mold that has made its way into the air you breathe. Many people choose to use air purifiers that are equipped with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to rid of mold spores floating around. While these filters are often very efficient at completing this purpose, they can become problematic if not cared for correctly.

Applications of HEPA Filters

HEPA filters are used in several different settings including:

  • Home purifiers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Hospitals
  • Airplanes
  • Tesla Model X

How a HEPA Filter Works

An air purifier with a HEPA filter cleans the air of mold by catching particles that are in your home. These filters are effective 99.97 percent of the time since they can only catch particles that are 0.3 microbes are larger. However, a large majority of spores are between 1 to 30 microbes in size, so only unusually small particles are able to get by undetected.

The Cons of a HEPA Filter

While a HEPA filter is considered to be an effective means of air filtration, there are a couple of cons to consider:

  • When not cleaned regularly, mold can grow on your HEPA filter and be emitted into the air
  • Unlike some other types of filters that are able to kill mold, HEPA filters only trap them.
  • A HEPA filter cannot trap very small mold spores.

When a HEPA Filter Isn’t Enough

It is important to remember that an air purifier only removes mold spores from the air inside your home and does not tackle mold growth problems within your home. To address a serious mold issue, you will need to contact a mold restoration specialist.

No one wants to have mold spores floating around in their home, which is why air filtration is so beneficial. HEPA filters are especially effective at purifying your air. Just make sure you replace them regularly to avoid unnecessary mold growth!

Prevention of Mold issues

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Effective prevention of mold problems information:

The primary physical damage from water or moisture usually includes wet floorings, walls, ceilings, and furnishings. Secondary damage to other furnishings and structural components can result from indoor humidity or molds that may developed as a result of improper drying. If water and moisture problems are not addressed promptly, molds and other microbes can begin to grow. These microorganisms can feed on a variety of materials including wood, paper, paint, adhesives, and backing materials.

Proper, prompt water mitigation is essential in preventing mold and additional damage from a water loss.  So if the unthinkable happens, please call SERVPRO @ 360-254-0049 so we can turn your tramatic "before" into a "happily ever after" ... "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO W. Vancouver/Clark Co.

How To Know If You Have Mold Coverage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Know If You Have Mold Coverage Mold remediation in Vancouver, WA

How To Know If You Have Mold Coverage

If you rent your home in Vancouver, WA, sometimes the lines between the damages the property owner's insurance and the problems your own rental insurance covers get blurred. When it comes to mold damage, the responsibility for remediation services can be determined by answering a few key questions. 


1. Did you know about it? Insurance companies expect their policyholders to be observant and responsible. If you know about a mold problem and you let it get out of hand, the insurance company is probably not going to cover the cost of mold removal. If, on the other hand, there is no way you could know that the damage exists, the expenses are likely to be covered by either the owner's property policy or your rental insurance.

2. Did you do something about it? The next step after knowledge is action. If you know there is a problem, and you do not report it or do nothing to fix it, you are going to have a hard time convincing your insurance company that you deserve compensation for the repairs. If, however, you reported the problem as soon as you discovered it, your agent is more likely to be willing to work with you to see if you can get money to pay for remediation.

3. Does your policy specifically mention mold? Most renters' insurance policies typically cover only the policyholder's belongings. The mold on the wall caused by high humidity, therefore, probably falls under your landlord's responsibility and thus his or her insurance. If the property owner doesn't fix the problem, however, you may be at a disadvantage. This is a time when it's good to have a specific mold clause in your policy to cover you in circumstances where the property owner refuses to do so.

In general, damage to your personal items is your responsibility, while damage to the building falls under the property owner's tasks. It's important to know what is and is not covered by your policy.

Prevention of Mold Issues

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Prevention of Mold Issues Nobody wants to come across this in their home or office, contact your SERVPRO of Vancouver & Clark Co. experts today! (360) 254-0049

Effective prevention of mold problems information:

The primary physical damage from water or moisture usually includes wet floorings, walls, ceilings, and furnishings.  Secondary damage to other furnishings and structural components can result from indoor humidity or molds that may developed as a result of improper drying.  If water and moisture problems are not addressed promptly, molds and other microbes can begin to grow. These microorganisms can feed on a variety of materials including wood, paper, paint, adhesives, and backing materials.  Proper, prompt water mitigation is essential in preventing mold and additional damage from a water loss.  So if the unthinkable happens, please call SERVPRO @ 360-254-0049 so we can turn your tramatic "before" into a "happily ever after" ... "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO W. Vancouver/Clark Co.

How To Stop Mold From Coming Back

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Stop Mold From Coming Back When you hire a mold expert in Vancouver, WA, they will do more than remove black mold from your home.

If you have a patch of black mold that keeps growing back after you scrub it off, you may be wondering what you’re doing wrong. It can be even more frustrating if you’ve hired someone to handle the mold cleanup for you and it still grows back. The fact is, if you have a reoccurring mold problem, you have a problem with too much moisture in the affected area. An experienced mold remediation expert in Vancouver, WA, should be able to help you pinpoint the source of your moisture problem so that you can put an end to it.

Why and Where Mold Thrives

Mold releases spores, which are like tiny seeds that get carried from place to place by the wind. Mold spores can be found everywhere, outside and inside, so it’s impossible to completely remove all mold from your home. However, if spores don’t find the right growing conditions, they never grow into a visible mold colony. The key to keeping your home free from black mold is to make sure you don’t create the ideal conditions for it to grow.

Because spores are everywhere, mold only needs moisture and nutrition to grow. Most mold species can get nutrition from almost anything, including the paper in your drywall and the dust in the corners of your home. That means any area that is consistently damp is likely to grow mold. The most common sources of chronic moisture problems are the following.
• Poor ventilation
• Condensation
• Leaking roofs and windows
• Broken supply lines
• Leaking water pipes
Get Rid of Mold Forever

When you hire a mold expert in Vancouver, WA, they will do more than remove black mold from your home. They’ll also help you make sure it doesn’t return. With the use of hydrometers and infrared light, they can locate the hidden sources of moisture responsible for your mold problem. They also know how to open up walls to get at leaking pipes without doing unnecessary damage. Once you repair, replace or remove the source of dampness in your home, the mold won’t return. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwvancouverclarkco.com/.

Should Your Building Be Inspected for Mold?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

You’ve finally found it: the perfect building for your needs. And you’ve got big plans for it. Take out a wall here, move the staircase over there, add a window over here. Your imagination is going wild, but before you get ahead of yourself, you need to be sure that this “perfect” building is actually perfect. The financials are all in order; the seller has accepted your offer and all that’s left is the building inspection. As you walk through with the inspector, paint colors and potential furnishings floating through your mind, the inspector points out some visible mold, and your questions about interior design are suddenly replaced with questions about mold. Do you need a mold inspection?


Signs of Potential Mold


Mold inspections in Vancouver, WA can be expensive, as can mold remediation. However, mold grows fast, and it can stealthily and silently wreak havoc behind the scenes of your otherwise perfect building. Visible black, gray or green spots on the walls, ceiling or floor clearly indicate a mold problem, and an inspection can help you determine the extent of the damage and put together a plan. But mold isn’t always obvious. Other signs of mold include:
- Discolored ceiling tiles, walls or floors, which may point to a leak or past water damage
- Buckled or warped flooring
- Evidence of past plumbing problems: for example, a missing sink or toilet.
- A strong musty or mildew smell.


Mold Remediation


If any of these indicators are present, it’s a good idea to schedule a mold inspection. Some mold problems are fairly easy to mitigate with antifungal and antibacterial treatments. Others may require advanced mold containment procedures and/or the removal of infested porous surfaces like carpet and drywall. In any case, evaluating potential mold problems before completing your building purchase will provide peace of mind and prevent complications down the road. Then, you can get back to the important business of making your vision of the perfect building a reality.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROwvancouverclarkco.com/.

Best Ways To Handle Mold Issues in Your Home

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Anyone who has ever had flooding at home knows the severe problems this can cause. Water damage often leads to the growth of mold, and though you can take measures to prevent water problems in your basement or other parts of your home, it’s not always easy to keep this invader at bay. If you do see mold growth at home, you need to use effective steps to get rid of this pest or to effectively control it.


Fix the Leaks


Anyone who has a home in Vancouver, WA, has likely had a few occasions where he or she has identified leaky pipes or widows. It’s not uncommon, either, to detect leaks in your roof, especially in older homes. Though you may be tempted to put off repairing these items, procrastination can eventually lead to significant water damage. Small leaks can build up over time, sometimes without you even noticing it.


Clean the Right Way


Flood cleanup can be time consuming and costly, but proper cleaning is one of the best ways to promote mold prevention. Make sure you dry the affected area thoroughly. You should also clean moldy areas by doing the following:

• Use soap and water.
• Use a bleach solution with one cup of laundry bleach with one cup of water.
• Don’t not use ammonia with bleach.


Use Proper Ventilation


The laundry room can be one of the biggest culprits for mold growth. This shouldn’t be a problem area, however, if you have the right vents in place and keep them free of clogs or obstructions. Also, consider opening a window if you start to smell mildew.

Though water damage affects many homeowners, it doesn’t have to cause widespread, costly damage in your Vancouver, WA, home. Use these tips to protect your family and to keep your home safe.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROwvancouverclarkco.com/.

What Is Black Mold?

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Is Black Mold? If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. immediately.

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. immediately. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Quick Response & Proper Drying = No Mold

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quick Response & Proper Drying = No Mold Don't be a victim to mold damage, call SERVPRO today!

The last thing you hope to ever worry about is "Mold."

The primary physical damage from water or moisture usually includes wet floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings. 

Secondary damage to other furnishings and structural components can result from indoor humidity or molds that may develop as a result of improper drying. If water and moisture problems are not addressed promptly, molds and other microbes can begin to grow. These microorganisms can feed on a variety of materials including wood, paper, paint, adhesives and backing materials. Proper and prompt water mitigation is essential in preventing mold and additional damage from a water loss.

So if the unthinkable happens, call SERVPRO so we can turn your traumatic before into a happily ever after. "Like it never even happened." Inspections are scheduled as an appointment. Be proactive instead of reactive. If mold is present, time can be your enemy.

Please call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver/Clark Co. @ (360) 695-4418

Mold Damage can Signal Ongoing Water Leaks

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage can Signal Ongoing Water Leaks SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. is available 24/7. You can call us at (360) 695-4418, and we respond quickly.

Mold Remediation and Water Fixes are Interrelated

Mold takes a while to grow, but visible signs of mold can seem to happen overnight, too. When you have found multi-colored circles on the ceiling or black streaks and patches on your walls, there can be no doubt that there is mold damage in other areas of your home. SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. can help locate other areas affected by mold before damage increases in severity.

Water, needed by mold and other fungi to grow, does not need to have outside sources when there is water dripping from a water line somewhere in your home. Mold only needs a tiny amount of water moisture to begin spreading through your home. Dormant spores spring to life with moisture. Technicians at SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. use moisture meters, infrared sensors, and other devices to detect where water sources are located. Then we repair any dripping lines, preventing any more moisture to accumulate. Mold remediation can begin once the sources have been eliminated.

 
Lines can leak anywhere, but joints are a common spot for this to happen. If there is a tiny hole or small crack in a line, water could be spraying the inside of your wall, which can allow water to seep into areas that may seem uncontaminated by mold damage because the mold growth is not visible.
 
Water loss in a home from dripping lines may cause other problems with secondary water damage besides mold, so SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. checks for signs of these, also. Repairing lines that leak can also decrease your water bill, in addition to protecting your home from mold damage. Fungi must have a water source for growth to take place, and spots, streaks, and patches signal not only mold damage, but the presence of water where it should not be. We can make it "Like it never even happened” and decrease the risk of any future mold growth at the same time. 
 
We know that mold damage can be a scary situation in your home, so SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. is available 24/7. You can call us at (360) 695-4418, and we respond quickly.

Defending Against Mold Growth

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Defending Against Mold Growth Are you experiencing water or mold damage? Contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver & Clark Co. today! (360) 695-4418

When you experience a mold problem, prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions. We have put together a list of procedures that will help prevent and defend against mold growth.

  • Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
  • Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance.
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver & Clark Co. for professional assistance after water damage or if you discover mold.

Are you experiencing water or mold damage? Contact SERVPRO of W. Vancouver & Clark Co. today! (360) 695-4418

“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation Signs of Mold? Call Today – (360) 695-4418

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of W. Vancouver / Clark Co. has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (360) 695-4418
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

How to Prevent Mold

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold For questions or to schedule an inspection call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver Clark Co. @ (360) 695-4418

The main things mold needs to grow in a home are organic materials to feed on and moisture. In houses there are always plenty of organic materials for mold to live on such as wood, drywall and various other building materials.

Moisture, on the other hand, can be controlled practically and so keeping the moisture in your home low is the best way to prevent mold growth.


Prevent Mold by Preventing Moisture


Most molds need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Therefore if a suitable material in your home is wet for more than 24 hours then you run the risk of mold starting to grow.


Prevent Mold by Preventing Water Leaks


There are a few main things which usually cause moisture problems in the home. One is water leaks. These include things such as leaking roofs or walls, leaking pipes and leaking taps or a leaking shower.

If you know of any leaks in your home you should fix them without delay. You might need to inspect your home to find any water leaks you didn't know about.


Prevent Mold by Preventing Condensation


Condensation is another frequent cause of moisture. Condensation forms on cold surfaces when water vapor in the air cools and becomes liquid. Often you'll see condensation on metal pipes, concrete walls, water tanks and windows.

One way to reduce condensation is to keep the temperature warmer in rooms. For example, by installing insulation. You can also insulate the surfaces themselves such as putting coverings over metal pipes. You'll also have less condensation occurring if you keep the humidity in your home low.


Prevent Mold by Reducing Humidity


Many species of mold can begin to grow from humidity alone if the humidity stays high for long enough. In fact the humidity only needs to be higher than 55% before some molds can begin to grow.

The best way to keep humidity low in your home is through ventilation. Open the windows during the day, especially when it's hot since this is when humidity is usually the lowest outside. Close your windows when it's raining outside though.

It's especially important to ventilate the rooms where steam and moisture builds up, like the kitchen and bathroom. Exhaust fans help to reduce the humidity when doing things like cooking or washing dishes.

Air conditioners can also reduce household humidity, as can using dehumidifiers in your home.


For questions or to schedule an inspection call SERVPRO of W. Vancouver Clark Co. @ (360) 695-4418