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SERVPRO Will Destroy Mold In Your West Hollywood Home

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO - Mold Remediation In West Hollywood

Any homeowner or resident in West Hollywood can find mold in their house, condo, or apartment. Except for surgery units and special, industrial areas, every home and business in our community has mold. Usually, they are inert and harmless, but with enough moisture, they can expand and grow into a problem that can compromise structures and cause negative health effects in some people.
West Hollywood citizens need mold remediation. SERVPRO special teams train to return each dwelling and its contents to their original, pre-mold condition. Our office keeps an extensive inventory of cleaning and disinfecting agents, and equipment to help every customer get their home, and life, back to normal.
Two of the anti-fungal cleaners we use in most homes are commercial grade disinfectants and sterilants. The disinfectants kill almost 98 percent of mold spores, as well as a host of other contaminants found in apartments, condos, and other residences. Among the types our team members use are chlorine, cleaning alcohols, formaldehyde, and phenols.
The sterilants SERVPRO technicians use are the strongest chemical agents in our inventory. They destroy every micro-organism on contact, so our teams use them sparingly, and only while wearing protective gear. Despite their strength, sterilants do not pit surfaces, making them ideal for porcelain sinks and faucets in bathrooms and kitchens.
One of the more difficult items to restore after a mold infestation is upholstered furniture. The spores can penetrate through the fabric and into the padding and wood underneath. Technicians use a shampoo combined with one of our anti-fungal agents to deep clean and destroy mold spores. After they allow the item time to dry, team members use vacuums that contain HEPA filters to remove them. These filters are designed to catch and trap mold spores, eliminating the threat of a recurrence.
Not every residence in our area has a mold problem, but SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood understands that each home can develop one. If you can see mold growing along the ceiling in your bathroom, or detect that unique, musty odor in the laundry room, call us at (310) 572-6132 today to schedule an inspection. We are here for you.

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Is Mold Germinating Your Hollywood Residence?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Once mold starts growing, it easily spreads and can get out of control. Call SERVPRO when you suspect mold.

West Hollywood's Mold Remediation Experts Talk About Equipment Used During Mitigation

Whenever moisture enters the inside of a structure in West Hollywood, it can cause serious contamination issues if any organic materials stay wet for more than 48 hours. Once fungi forms inside your house, they could start causing health effects making mold remediation by a professional company such as SERVPRO essential. Once microbes activate by moisture contact, they start forming structures called hyphae. The hyphae grow root-like anchors that sink deep into the materials causing the structures to stick to surfaces. The formations then start releasing spores into the air to create larger colonies until professional mold remediation gets conducted.  

Once you find contamination inside your home, it is wise to call in the professionals at SERVPRO. Our West Hollywood mold remediation team can arrive at your residence quickly at any hour of the day. Once fungal problems exist they can get worse if not mitigated. A fungus can release spores that get into the air and contaminate the airflow inside your building. These spores can then float throughout your house and can affect other areas far away from the fungi's initial source.  

Once our SERVPRO team arrives at your home, we inspect your property and determine the extent and severity of the damage. Once we figure out how big the mold colonies have grown and we find all of the places that are affected, we devise a plan to treat the contamination and reduce the chances of future issues. Our technicians have many industrially advanced tools at their disposal that can help with treating contamination and reducing potential air quality problems. To eliminate spores from the air, we can use air scrubbers that pull contaminated air through a HEPA filter that traps even the smallest particles. We also often use vacuums equipped with HEPA filters to remove dust and debris created during the restoration process.  

If the contamination is severe, we sometimes use sanders or soda blasters to scrape the mold off of the contaminated surfaces. If ever you should notice the presence of black mold inside your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.  

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West Hollywood's Mold Damage Technicians Talk About Treating Contents in a Separate Location

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mold Remediation in a West Hollywood Home

Cross-Contamination Safeguards During Mold Remediation in West Hollywood Properties

Once a fungus develops inside your West Hollywood home, the problems can get worse very quickly. It only takes between 48 and 72 hours for mold damage to form after water gets inside your house. However, once a fungus sprouts up, it forms structures called hyphae that allow it to grow in size at a rapid rate. These hyphae then release seed-like, microscopic particles called spores that are used in the fungal reproduction process. These tiny spores float around in the air until they decide to settle and land causing mold damage to occur in a new part of the building.
Since fungi can cause health effects, prompt mitigation is a necessity. A major piece in restoring mold damage in West Hollywood is preventing the contamination from spreading to unaffected areas. As soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your residence, we take measures to prevent secondary damage caused by spores. We often spray the contaminated region with an antimicrobial solution to inhibit the release of spores. We also contain the contaminated area with heavy-duty plastic and attach an air scrubber that provides negative air pressure to keep particles from leaving the affected part of the house.
In some situations, it may be too late, and the mold has already spread all throughout your home. Anything that has items that are made out of organic materials is at risk for contamination. Building materials such as carpet, walls, and wooden studs are places where fungi can develop. Any of your possessions such as furniture can also be prime places for fungal growth to occur.
When both your contents and your building materials get affected, we often move these items out of the affected area. We separate your possessions and your affected structural components so that mitigation on one does not negatively affect the other. During these situations, we move your items to a clean and disinfected location so that we can treat your contaminated contents. In some cases, the fungi can be cleaned or scraped off, and the item gets sprayed with antimicrobial chemicals. In other situations, our SERVPRO team must sand off the mold down to unaffected wood and spray it with a specialized sealant paint that is made to prevent future microbial growth.
If you ever notice fungal contamination inside your house, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 24 hours a day.

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Cleaning Mold Damage From West Hollywood Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Stopping mold damage in West Hollywood homes requires much more than a handful of cloths, some brushes, and a gallon of bleach.

Cleaning Mold Damage

Our community of West Hollywood is known worldwide, but not for mold. Despite the bright sunshine and usually ideal weather, an infestation of mold can occur here just as easily as on a damp, dark day somewhere along the northeastern seaboard.

Stopping mold damage in West Hollywood homes requires much more than a handful of cloths, some brushes, and a gallon of bleach. SERVPRO restoration specialists know that every surface on the personal or structural property is different, and may need a special cleaner to remove mold without damaging it safely. The five categories of cleaners we use are approved by the EPA and the state environmental agency.

Commercial Disinfectants
These cleaners destroy about 98 percent of mold spores and many other contaminants found in area homes. Specialists primarily use chlorine, formaldehyde, phenols, and cleaning alcohols. Disinfectants cannot be used on every type of surface, however.

Mildewstats and Fungistats
These slow the rate of growth of natural materials like wool, paper, leather, and cotton. The advantage of using these cleaning agents is that fungistats and mildewstats do not stain or damage these materials.

These mold cleaners are efficient at reducing microbial infestations to levels determined as safe by federal and state health agencies. It makes them especially useful in residential and commercial bathrooms and kitchens. The only drawback with sanitizers is they require a regular application, or mold spores can again begin growing thanks to the regular, damp environment.

These cleaners are exceptional anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. In large concentrations, however, they can be far more hazardous than mold to the health of the person applying them to growth. SERVPRO specialists use them strictly to manufacturer instructions.

The strongest agents in our chemical inventory. They kill every microorganism on contact, so specialists do not use them without donning protective gear. Sterilants do not pit surfaces despite their strength, which makes them ideal for porcelain sinks and faucets in bathrooms.

Stopping mold growth can be difficult and hazardous. To do it correctly, you need a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. If you think there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 today. We are here for you.

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Removing The Source Of Mold Damage In Your Hollywood Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Once you have discovered mold growth in your Hollywood home, you often want this threat removed as quickly as possible.

Removing The Source Of Mold Damage

Once you have discovered mold growth in your Hollywood home, you often want this threat removed as quickly as possible. The more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more potential health effects that get attributed to it. This condition should not get allowed to persist in your home, and very often your conventional cleaning methods are not sufficient to remove the thriving colonies.

Regardless of how the mold damage occurred in your Hollywood home, removing the colonies and getting your home back to a position where it cannot support this fungal growth is a critical step to take. Fortunately, this is not a process that you are going to have to contend with alone. Our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO can help you to overcome any of the obstacles that stand in the way of removing this present growth and restoring your home to its original conditions.

One of the essential components of this process is determining how the colony could form in the first place. While mold spores only require moisture and warmth to thrive, identifying the source of this moisture can help avoid recurrences in the immediate future. The search for this source is part of the extensive initial inspection and assessment to learn the full scope of the damage that our SERVPRO technicians face as they get the remediation process underway.

If a source to the moisture present in the affected area cannot get found, once drying the area completes with our air movers and dehumidifiers, you might get encouraged to continue dehumidification for the foreseeable future. This machine can ensure that moisture cannot collect in the area and allow for mold spores in the environment to seat and thrive again.

While the remediation process has multiple steps and can be intricate and concise, our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood remediation technicians is expertly trained to handle any obstacle they might face in this process. You can trust our professionals to help you reclaim your home. Give us a call today at (310) 572-6132.

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Why It is Essential to Deal With the Mold Growth In Your West Hollywood Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can also address areas water may be entering your home causing mold.

Count on SERVPRO to address mold damage at the first signs.

Mold damage in your home is something that can become pretty serious swiftly. Mold spores are everywhere and are not harmful. The truth of the matter is that there is no magic solution to destroy all of the molds that are in your home, as the spores are so small and relatively undetectable. In this state, the mold spores are not an issue. When they discover a damp surface in your home and can feed off of the moisture, they can become a problem. Fortunately, there are specialists in the area who can remediate the problem for you.

The prime reason to rid your West Hollywood home of mold damage is that it can cause health effects in the people who live there. While there is no way to rid your home of mold spores, an excellent way to prevent mold from growing into large and problematic patches is to address any water damage that happens immediately.

SERVPRO can send technicians to your home to deal with the mold infestation quickly after your call. Before we agitate any of the spores, we set up containment, so they may not spread. Our employees can then remove any porous surfaces that the mold has grown from, as they cannot be cleaned, and then clean any non-porous ones. SERVPRO can set up air scrubbers to run while we work, which can help remove any foul smells from the area by filtering the particles out.

Should there be any lingering water damage on your property that caused the mold to break out in the first place, our technicians can also dry out the area with tools like dehumidifiers and axial fans. Ensuring that no water damage remains in your home is a good measure to help decrease the chances of regrowth.

If your house is struck with mold damage, do not hesitate. Contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132. We strive to return your home to its preloss condition.

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Removing Mold Damage In West Hollywood

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Stopping the growth and removing mold damage in West Hollywood homes takes more than a fresh coat of paint.

Mold Damage Removal

Mold is not a problem West Hollywood residents tend to think about; fires yes, but no one thinks about mold until they see or smell it. When they do, many residents think it means they do not clean house often enough and then try to spray bleach or paint over an obvious smear of mold in a bathroom or under a kitchen sink.

Stopping the growth and removing mold damage in West Hollywood homes takes more than a fresh coat of paint. SERVPRO also knows that poor housekeeping has nothing to do with mold growth. Spores are inert and harmless until, at the right Temperature range, they encounter enough Moisture to expand then find a large enough Food Source to expand the new colony.

Most molds grow and thrive from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes stopping mold growth by manipulating the temperature extremely difficult since this is also the comfort range for workers. In the cases where we can, our teams use the home’s heating and air system if it is functioning or a series of space heaters for small rooms like a bathroom.

Mold spores have to have a source of water or very humid surroundings just to expand, let alone begin to grow and replicate. Removing the source of moisture stops mold growth and the spores soon return to their natural, inert state. SERVPRO teams can accomplish this by finding the source of the water, stopping the leak, and then drying up any drips or puddles. If the problem is the humidity, we can lower that to normal levels using dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and exhaust fans to force damp air out of the affected home.

Food Source
Once mold begins to grow, it extends hyphae. These structures resemble root structures and serve the same purpose; to find food. Unfortunately, nearly every type of building material in a home can serve as a food source. Mold quickly compromises more fragile materials like drywall, and it is both easier and cheaper to remove and replace them. For sturdier materials like wood framing, we can remove the mold with sandpaper or a power sander as long as the infestation is not too deep.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has helped our neighbors restore their homes after a disaster for more than twenty years. If you need our help with a mold problem, call us today at (310) 572-6132 to schedule an inspection.

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Mold Damage In West Hollywood

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring your home to normal after a mold infestation is a complicated process.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Few residents and homeowners in West Hollywood think about mold. Flooding and especially fire right now, are what they think about when the words ‘home disaster’ is mentioned. Not every mold produces that distinctive musty odor, and since it usually grows out of sight, a colony of mold spores can be huge before being noticed.

Cleaning mold damage from West Hollywood homes requires an experienced restoration company. To return a residence to its pre-mold condition, SERVPRO technicians determine the extent of the growth, what it is covering, and how to remove it without spreading mold spores further.

First, we isolate the mold. Regardless if the mold is in large part of the home or a small area like one or two rooms, we seal them off to prevent spreading to the rest of the home. Technicians use plastic sheeting to cover doors, windows, and other points of entry and exit. That includes sealing off the central air system.

Next, we examine the surfaces in the infested rooms and other areas. An inspection allows us to determine which cleaning methods, tools, and cleaners are needed. Every surface from ceiling tiles to the carpets fall into three categories: porous, non-porous, and semi-porous.

Examples of porous surfaces are drywall, carpets, and upholstery. Drywall and other building materials we wipe down using sponges and dry cloths. If the layer of the mold is thick, we use water and cleaners sparingly to avoid damaging them. For carpets and upholstery, we often start with commercial grade vacuums using special HEPA filters. These filters are designed to capture even a single, tiny spore.

If there is mold still trapped on the surfaces, SERVPRO technicians use spray bottles to apply water or anti-fungal cleaning agent to dampen them. A small amount of moisture loosens mold so we can remove it with dry or wet sponges and cloths. After the surfaces dry out, we may use the vacuums again.

Non-porous surfaces include glass, metal, and some marble countertops. On the majority of jobs, we remove mold with dry cloths and sponges. For very thick layers, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to dampen and break them up before wiping the mold away. For extreme infestations, we may use vacuums to remove the mold safely.

Outside decks and concrete pads are examples of semi-porous surfaces. These are rough surfaces and often require tools like wire brushes to remove mold spores from every surface crack. The cleaners we use would scratch, mar, or otherwise damage other surface types. If mold has grown down into the wood decks, our technicians use powered sanders to remove the upper layers to get to the mold.

Restoring your home to normal after a mold infestation is a complicated process. SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has helped our neighbors put their residences, and lives, back together for almost twenty years. If you need our team, call today at (310) 572-6132.

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When Your Belongings Suffer Mold Damage In Your West Hollywood Apartment

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Almost any materials can become damaged by mold, including personal belongings, in your apartment.

Mold Damaged Belongings

Homeowners in West Hollywood are not the only ones who should understand the damage that microbes can do to materials. Almost any materials can become damaged by mold, including personal belongings, in your apartment.

When an apartment complex in West Hollywood contains more than one level, water from leaky pipes in another apartment can spread down into yours, creating mold damage and other messes. Infestation of mold can happen when water drips behind a sink and saturates a wall, even in your own apartment. SERVPRO works with renters when personal belongings become damaged by mold or sustain other types of damage, much like we do property owners. Preserving your possessions is important to us, regardless of your home ownership status.

When mold attacks a material, it sends out root-like appendages, called hyphae, to anchor itself down. Being so small, it must do this to prevent itself from becoming airborne whenever an air current comes near. These hyphae leave stains behind when you clean your items from mold. Most cleaners only remove mold from the surface.

At SERVPRO, we use the Esporta to clean damaged items of mold, soot, and other contaminants. Deep cleaning of these items with this system removes the particles, restoring food-grade cleanliness. We use this for all kinds of property, from large bedspreads and comforters to delicate heirloom garments to leather and rubber items.

Some belongings, such as furniture, glass photo frames, and metal objects, cannot use the Esporta system to become clean and we rely on hand cleaning in those situations. We clean items with embossed surfaces and fine detailing with stiff brushes that reach into the grooves and depressions to lift out the mold growing there. We treat furniture with an agent that kills the mold by crushing it and rendering the surface inhabitable to microbes of all kinds.

SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can box up your personal belongings suffering from mold damage or treat them at your apartment. We understand that life holds many responsibilities and we aim to make this challenge as painless and stress-free as possible for you. Contact us, 24/7, any day of the week, year-round, by calling us at (310) 572-6132. We want to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Removing Mold Damage From Your Bel Air Property

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Remediating the effects of mold and removing of infested material in Bel Air is not an easy process.

Mold Damage Removal

Remediating the effects of mold and removing of infested material in Bel Air is not an easy process. It takes a professional, restoration service to clean and clear out each home properly.

Since our environment is more warm and dry compared to other areas, most homeowners do not associate mold damage with Bel Air. Since mold spores need just a small amount of moisture to expand and thrive in a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees, SERVPRO understands just how quickly mold grows and how to stop it.

Our most efficient method is to block the source of moisture. Inside a home, this is usually a leaky pipe, faucet or an older hose connected to a washer or other appliance that is starting to deteriorate. Our technicians can repair these issues in just an hour or two. Once they complete repairs, it is only a matter of a few more hours to dry up and remove any water. With no moisture, mold spores return to a dormant state in two or three days. At this point, we can wipe away the mold just like the dust on top of a refrigerator.

If the mold has grown in building material like drywall, SERVPRO recommends removal. Trying to cut away sections of a panel is time-consuming, and the cost of labor quickly surpasses the cost of simply buying and installing new drywall.

After we remove infested building property, our technicians examine the rest of the home, everything from the foundation to the roof. If the mold has worked its way into support columns and beams, we try to use a series of anti-microbial cleaners to clear out the infestation. If we cannot or if the mold has already compromised the wood, we remove and replace it. SERVPRO uses temporary support columns, floor jacks and other tools to keep the roof and walls in place as we finish this task.

Cleaning out the mold and restoring your home is not a quick process, but hiring the right service can make it much less painful and expensive. If you need our help or have a question about what we can do for you, contact SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 today.

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Mold Damage In Your Bel Air Home

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

The truth is that mold can expand and grow with even a tiny amount of moisture.

Mold Damage

Most residents do not associate mold with homes in our area. The weather is too perfect and maybe even too hot and dry. The truth is that mold can expand and grow with even a tiny amount of moisture.

At SERVPRO, we understand that mold damage can happen in Bel Air as easily as it can elsewhere. Spores need just a thin layer of moisture to begin growing a colony that can spread across an entire home. To stop the growth, clean the affected area, and remove the spores, we have developed a procedure which works for any amount of mold, no matter where we find it.

Our first action is to establish containment. Technicians set-up plastic sheeting across doors, windows, and other entry points to seal off affected areas from the rest of the home. They also block all air vents to prevent duct contamination or, if we found mold, prevent it from reaching unaffected areas. Finally, they put air movers and fans in place to force loose spores from the air and out of the home.

Next, we remove the contamination. How we accomplish this depends on the material contaminated. Structural property like drywall is porous, and mold can grow into it. It makes the material very difficult to clean, and in most cases, it is cheaper to remove the entire section and replace it. Glass and metal surfaces (bathrooms and kitchens) are resistant to mold penetration. Spores stay on the surface and technicians clean them using a variety of wet and dry techniques with cleaning cloths and anti-bacterial cleaners. If the growth is very thick, we use commercial-grade vacuums with HEPA filters to remove all loose mold and then begin cleaning. All spores removed with the cloths or the HEPA filters are double-bagged and disposed of outside the home per EPA and State regulations.

Next, we give any remaining spores time to settle. Any motion in the contaminated area can stir up mold, and by waiting, we increase the number of spores we can capture out of the air and wipe off surfaces. We repeat this step until our testing devices show that the air content is back to normal levels.

Our final task is to lower the air moisture level and dry material in the contaminated area. We use dehumidifiers to accomplish this by drawing up to 20 gallons of water from the surrounding air each day. If needed, we also deploy space heaters to raise the temperature and speed up the process. This last part is essential to prevent a return of mold growth. If we do not, our other actions are a short-term fix at best.

Removing mold and restoring your home afterward is a task we have decades of experience with here in Southern California. For SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, this is not just a job; it means helping our neighbors return to their homes and get their lives back to normal. If you need us, call today at (310) 572-6132.

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