Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Hidden Mold in Kennett Square

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

A mold contamination is often easy to spot, but it can also be hidden after factors such as prior water damage.  This mold was hidden behind the wall panels in a Kennett Square rental property.

Mold damage can form quite differently, but the mold remediation process remains almost the same in order to help fully destroy all signs of mold, including the spores in the air.  The process begins with building a containment or decontamination chamber which separates the mold-infested areas of a building from the rest of the property.  This will help to prevent mold spores from entering additional areas and therefore keep the contamination in one place during the removal process.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford completed demolition services for the property, including removing the affected drywall and insulation.  Our air scrubbers and HEPA vacs collect and trap the mold spores in the space, and they typically run for one to three full days, based on the extent of the damage.  Once all signs of mold are removed, we thoroughly clean all areas with our anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatment in order to help fully provide a safe and healthy environment.  The containment area is then removed, leaving the property restored to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford provides mold remediation services for any extent of mold damage to your property.  Our initial assessment will provide a thorough inspection of the affected areas, and our team will help you through the entire process and any potential future issues.

Rain Causes Mold Damage

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently visited a local home in Chester County after the property had suffered substantial mold damage.  During periods of heavy rainfall, water finds its way into the home’s garage ceiling in addition to several other areas of the structure.

Our restoration team removed the wet insulation and drywall in the affected areas, followed by utilizing our advanced equipment to help remove any signs of mold damage.  During this process, we use air scrubbers to catch mold particles and other harmful contaminants in the air.  Once the structure was dry and the process of mold remediation completed, our professionals applied an environmentally friendly anti-microbial cleaning agent to the damaged areas.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers mold remediation services for any extent of mold damage in the Southeastern PA area.  Our team provides services for mold, storm, fire and water damage.  These services follow the guidelines set forth by organizations such as OSHA and the IICRC.

Storm Causes Mold Damage in Coatesville

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

The storm damage left behind by Hurricane Ida was extensive throughout the Chester County region.  SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford helped to recover over 150 local homes and businesses from the significant flooding and structural damages they faced.  Recently, our team also received calls for mold damage due to the effects of the storm.  One homeowner in Coatesville who suffered severe storm damage had attempted to restore the home on his own.  However, the damage made a comeback when mold began to form and take over the entire property.  While the water had been removed from the premises, not all signs of water damage had been eliminated, causing what was left behind to grow into drastic mold growth.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recommends hiring a certified restoration professional to thoroughly complete storm restoration services in order to prevent a mold issue after a large storm event or any type of water-related damage.  Our restoration team quickly handled the mold contamination for the homeowner by removing all signs of mold growth.  In situations like this, we use our advanced air movers to fully remove all signs of hidden water.  We also utilize our air scrubbers in order to thoroughly remove harmful contaminants in a property.  This includes the removal of mold spores in the air which can cause respiratory and other health issues for those on the premises if not handled properly.

SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can handle any extent of mold damage for residential and commercial properties in Southern Chester County.  We specialize in advanced cleaning protocols to ensure all signs of mold are fully eliminated from your home or business.  We are proud to serve our local community with services including mold remediation, fire and water damage, biohazard cleanup and reconstruction.

Water and Mold Damage in Landenberg

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A homeowner in Landenberg called us after they had a leak in their basement.  Water had extensively affected the carpet and drywall.  After attempting to have insurance take care of the issue with no success, the water damage had spread, causing mold to grow as well.  Our water mitigation and mold remediation specialists know situations like this all too well.  We know how critical it is to properly stop the damages before they can get worse.

We spent days working on the property in order to successfully remove all signs of water and mold damage from the affected areas.  The homeowner was extremely satisfied with our services and even decided to use us for our duct cleaning service as well.  We are currently working on repairs in order to fully restore the home and make this unexpected water damage "Like it never even happened."

Mold Remediation for a Local Business

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we are always ready to help our community with their restoration needs.  We recently got a call from a local business in Kennett Square to fix their mold problem.  The infestation had grown along the wall of the facility and was threatening the business’s ability to stay open. 

We do not take mold issues like this for granted, but instead visited the property immediately to assess the extent of the mold damage.  Our mold remediation professionals then began work right away on removing the mold and cleaning up the structure.  The business was back on its feet in a matter of days, and we were pleased that the business owner was satisfied with our restoration services. To learn more about our mold remediation services, click here.

Saving the Day From Black Mold

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

One of our customers in West Grove recently called SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford after she discovered that black mold had grown in her walls.  She was in the process of knocking down her drywall when she came across the infestation and noticed that the drywall was wet as well.  Concerned about the mold damage, she was relieved when our mold remediation professionals visited the property immediately to inspect, repair and restore the walls in her home. 

In addition, we used our advanced containment procedures and air scrubbers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and prevent the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. The customer was extremely satisfied with our mold restoration expertise in eliminating the mold from her home.

To learn more about our mold remediation services, click here!

Where Does Mold Hide?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk behind any corner of your home, but the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford know just where to look to stop the spread of mold before it starts.

In Pantries and Refrigerators 

Food scraps can grow old and begin to rot and grow mold that can spread across the surface inside of a pantry, refrigerator, or any dark, moist space.  Make sure to maintain food fresh and sealed to prevent mold contamination in these areas.

Laundry Rooms

Damp clothes, a humid atmosphere, and often leaks or condensation around washers and dryers can result in mold.

In the Bathroom 

Bathrooms have significant amounts of water, often humid air, and are dark for most hours of the day. Mold can form in cabinets or on towels and clothes. Shower curtains, plain wooden walls, tiles, and floors can hide bacteria.

Behind Walls and Ceilings 

Mold growth is usually caused when a pipe leaks or bursts and dampens the wood surrounding it. Mold then grows in places where it’s out of view and inside the walls. Mold will spread quickly damaging and weakening your home. If you have had a recent water damage in your home, make sure to test the walls for possible mold.

If you suspect mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford.  Our mold remediation experts are equipped with the expertise and resources to recover your mold disaster quickly.  Call us at (610) 268-8620.

Preventing Mold in the Winter

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Now that the temperature is dropping, you may start to wonder what you can do to keep your home healthy and prepared for the colder months.  While mold does not occur more frequently in the winter compared to other times of the year in a controlled indoor setting, there are problems to look out for in the colder months that can affect the moisture in your home and cause mold growth.  Common winter problems including frozen pipes and improper insulation can lead to more than simply a cold home. 

Mold can be a scary concept to any homeowner, but here are some steps you can take to prevent mold from growing due to the brisk temperatures.  Ensure that your gutters are clear to help prevent ice from building up and that your dehumidifiers are running in lower levels of your home.  Check that your attic and any pipes in your crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts or condensation.  Following these procedures will keep your home properly insulated and free of mold caused by uncontrolled moisture levels. 

If you have any questions about mold, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  Our mold remediation experts can handle any size mold disaster.

Mold Remediation at a Local Medical Facility

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

After the staff at a medical facility in Kennett Square noticed mold in their building, they immediately called the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford to fix the problem.  In order to sustain their business and be available to customers on a daily basis, the mold had to be removed quickly and safely.  Fortunately, our highly trained mold remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford were ready to help.

After extensively inspecting the property for mold and assessing the problem, we contained the contaminated area in order to prevent the mold growth from spreading.  We then used our air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to capture the mold spores out of the air.  Once the mold was captured, antifungal and antimicrobial treatments were used to destroy any residual mold left behind and to help prevent others from resurfacing.  We removed the odors left behind by the growth and restored the walls of the facility to their original form.

How To Stop Black Mold in Your Home

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

When mold strikes, the last thing you want to do is spread it throughout your home.  Even though mold loves moisture and typically festers in wet, warm areas, spores from spreading mold can easily travel from one room to another via air movement.  There are certain places and things in your home that should be frequently checked and thoroughly cleaned to keep mold at bay. These include the following:

  • Moldings around windows and doors
  • Musty basements
  • Humidifiers
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Surfaces surrounding air conditioners
  • Refrigerator door seals
  • Shower stalls and curtains

Taking care of moisture issues is one of the best ways to prevent mold from starting and growing.  If you’re past the prevention stage, it is vital that you stop spreading mold at the first sign of a problem with professional mold remediation.

Leave Black Mold to the Professionals

While doing it on our own may be the way to go with some home projects, getting rid of a mold infestation isn’t one of them.  Trying to take care of such a tricky substance by yourself often does more harm than good since the spores that move through the air are virtually undetectable by the naked eye.  The mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford are thoroughly trained to prevent the spreading of black mold.  They have both the tools and the skills to get your home back to normal from start to finish.  Some of these steps include the following:

  • Performing initial inspections
  • Filtering the air in your home
  • Containing the mold
  • Removing damaged and diseased materials
  • Repairing and restoring your home to its original condition

Because mold spores move quickly through the air and multiply on almost any surface they land on, it’s important that you stop the spread of mold in your home quickly and meticulously. Don’t let the thought of mold stop you in your tracks.  With mold remediation, you can have your home and peace of mind back in no time. 

Should you experience mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford and we will handle the problem for you.