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Hidden Water Leak Brings Enthusiastic Mold
Mold within a wall from a hidden leak in a Central Phoenix home
A hidden water leak within your wall will leave you with an overwhelming amount of mold if it goes untreated for a time. You may not even know you have a hidden water leak within your wall for a while and when you finally go to have it taken care of, mold, mold and more mold is found. It’s purple, black, and orange and now it demands to have a professional mold remover to remediate.
So how are you supposed to know if and when you have a hidden water leak behind your wall? Let’s go over some subtle red flags that will help you identify if you have one.
- Prime conditions for mold is moisture and darkness which are generally behind walls and under the floors. If a pipe starts leaking behind a wall mold will grow and spread. If you spot mold in an unexpected place where water doesn't typically collect, you may have a hidden water leak.
- Paint or wallpaper peeling off from walls
- Mysterious mildew smell
- Ceiling or wall that is cracking or buckling with water-stains
- A wall that has a weird stain for no reason at all
If you don’t see any of these red flags, there is an alternative way to find out if you have a hidden water leak within your wall. Here’s what you do.
- Turn off all appliances that use water
- Go to your water meter and write down the number of gallons used by your household.
- Wait about 3 hours or more and during this time refrain from using any water at all.
- Look at the water meter again and if the number has increased, then you’ve got a hidden water leak.
The effects of mold on people can be quite serious. Especially for those with compromised respiratory issues like asthma or mold allergies. Mold from a hidden water leak requires a professional mold remediator and remover like our techs at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix.
Author, Chris Butas,
Project Manager at SERVPRO of Central Phoenix
Chris Butas is our Senior Estimator and Commercial Project Manager and has been with SERVPRO of Central Phoenix for over 15 years. Chris is IICRC certified as a WRT in water damage restoration and has experience in all types of floods and water damages.
Leaks, Storms, & Flooding Can Lead to Mold Growth in Phoenix Homes
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Precursors to Mold Damage in Phoenix
Mold damage in Phoenix is not always a random occurrence. Most of the time, some specific events and reasons cause mold to grow in your home, and while they may not always lead to a fungal problem, we have seen enough cases over the years to know just how vulnerable most residences in the area are. Mold grows best in dark, humid environments, and while you might think that weather in the area provides sufficient protection from this threat, the truth is that spores might be waiting for a chance to grow anywhere in your home if any of these events happen.
You've Sprung a Leak
Leaking pipes, faucets, and other water-based fixtures in your Phoenix home could all contribute to mold growth in the near future. Spores grow quickly around any water source they can find, even if the volume of water is very small. So long as moisture remains consistent in the area, the types of hardy fungi found in the desert can start to grow. If you have discovered any leaks in your home or suspect that they may exist, there is a good chance that your home is hiding a past or present mold infestation.
A Storm Came Through
When storms come through the Valley, they create an excellent opportunity for mold to grow in your home. Any leaks in your roofing or siding could contribute to an infestation somewhere in your home. SERVPRO technicians can use advanced moisture detection tools such as thermohygrometers to detect unusual levels of moisture anywhere in your home.
You Had a Flood
When people think of flooding, their minds often conjure images of crashing waves and violent storms. However, many of the damage-causing floods we help out with start with problems as mundane as a malfunctioning dishwasher. Any time a large part of your home's flooring becomes covered in water should be treated as a potential precursor to a mold problem.
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SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is there to help when you suspect that your home may have fallen victim to mold damage. Call us at (602) 386-4268 for fast and inexpensive restoration and remediation services.
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Call The Experts To Safely Remove Mold From Your Phoenix Home
Mold can quickly spread out and cover more space in your home if not dealt with immediately.
How Excessive Numbers of Microbes Cause Mold Damage to Your Phoenix Home
On occasion, SERVPRO technicians find that a homeowner is disappointed that we cannot completely eliminate the microbes from their Phoenix property. Every location on our planet holds some microbes, including the harshest climates. The real problem with microorganisms in our living spaces involves their overpopulation.
The goal of remediation in a property in Phoenix is to remove existing mold damage and reduce the microbial population to a reasonable, acceptable number. A small number of microbes in a relatively dry setting does not lead to mold damage or undesired health effects. Complete elimination is not possible because of air currents, clothing, pets, inanimate objects, and even food reintroduce microbes into your home continuously.
Mold damage occurs because a few microbes come into contact with water while near a food source. Microbes such as mold need cellulose-based materials to survive while in an active state. Your home contains a high amount of such materials. Most of the time, all microbes need is a small amount of moisture, and then they quickly spread out, covering more and more space.
As mold spreads out, the individual microorganisms attach themselves to the surface and dig into it with their hyphae. These hyphae are the equivalent of a plant's root system. They look very similar and function as an anchor. As the mold consumes the material it is attached to, this material begins to disintegrate. The hyphae break it apart, slowly and steadily, continually reaching down deeper into the material.
Mold damage steadily worsens, which is why SERVPRO specialists make sure the area receiving remediation remains enclosed. We understand that disturbing mold causes mold to release spores into the air. Having the area surrounded by a negative air pressure chamber keeps these spores safely where we want them. We also make sure that all moldy materials stay enclosed in the area and only leave once we have placed them in double bags and securely closed them.
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is ready to help remediate any areas in your Camelback East, Encanto, or Midtown residence stricken by mold damage. Call us at (602) 386-4268, our 24-hour service line so that we can provide you with more facts about mold found in your property.
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SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in Phoenix, We Even Clean the Curtains
Protecting your Soft Valuables after Mold Damage in Phoenix
A musty odor can be a sign of mold growth in your home. Mold thrives on moisture, spreading through tiny, airborne spores. As these spores come into contact with wet or damp areas the conditions are ripe for full-scale mold growth which may have an unpleasant odor and can cause health effects. Porous materials like fabrics or upholstery are all items considered at high risk which, if left unchecked, may have to be destroyed.
So, how can property owners protect their possessions from mold damage in Phoenix? The answer is in responding quickly with a professional service. At SERVPRO our motto is to restore rather than replace. Make a quick phone call, and we can send in a trained, mold expert to inspect your property within four hours or less of notification of loss.
An inspection is designed to find, and then neutralize, the source of mold. Fungi can cause a structural issue, a result of wet/ humid weather conditions, or even a plumbing leak. The result is the same. Non-porous and semi-porous materials can usually be remedied using wet washing techniques followed by systematic drying. Porous possessions, which could include upholstery, clothing or fabrics may have to go to a facility for restoration through washing.
If your contents cannot be restored on site, your technician may recommend a pack-out procedure. A pack-out involves labeling all affected items and sending them to a SERVPRO facility. Here, we can use industrial-grade Esporta washing machines that are specially designed to deal with contaminated materials. These mechanical cleaning methods have a 90% restoration rate and could save your soft valuables. Again, we try to salvage our customers' possessions.
Not all soft valuables are salvageable, meaning that some may be discarded. We can take these materials with us after the service is complete and dispose of them properly to avoid further contamination. Those that are salvageable can be returned to a dry, deodorized and mold-free environment at the end of service.
If your soft valuables are showing signs of mold, you may not have to discard them. Contact SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268 for a consultation and service.
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Eliminating and Preventing Mold Damage in Phoenix
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Phoenix Homeowners Call SERVPRO for Safe Mold Remediation
Phoenix residents rarely consider mold to be the same level of threat as a fire or one of the flash floods that can strike when the rains finally fall. The physical damage is not as explicit, but the cost to clean homes and remove mold growth each year still runs into the millions nationwide.
Mold damage to Phoenix homes usually starts in areas where owners and residents do not spend much time, or they walk in to accomplish a task and then leave quickly, such as attics and laundry rooms. When called in for a mold problem, SERVPRO restoration specialists look to these areas first as a probable point of origin for the mold.
Our specialists do this because mold cannot grow without enough moisture to cause dormant spores to expand and begin seeking out more water and a food source. Eliminating nearby sources of water forces the spores back to an inactive state, stopping mold growth. SERVPRO specialists can repair minor plumbing leaks that often lead to mold growth and also fix small tears in the roof or siding on a home that allows water inside. More extensive repairs require the hiring of outside contractors.
As the mold grows inactive, it dries out, and specialists can use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters to trap mold spores off surfaces and even from the surrounding air. If the mold layer is very thick, they can also use water or a cleaning agent to break it up and then vacuum or wipe off the mold with a sponge. Soda blasting is a pressurized, abrasive method for removing visible mold growth from hard surfaces.
In areas where it is difficult to reach every surface, specialists can spray an anti-fungal agent to help eliminate all active spores or use a fogger to generate a cloud of chemical agent to stop growth. The fogger device is particularly useful in small, enclosed areas like attics, or even garages.
Finally, there is one thing a homeowner can do to prevent mold or stop it before it becomes a significant problem. Take a look around your out-of-the-way spaces at least once a year. Mold can grow almost anywhere, but a simple, visual inspection can quickly stop it. Remember also to use your nose, so if you detect that musty odor, which mold produces, call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268. We are here for you.
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Choosing The Right Removal Approach For Mold Colonies In Your Phoenix Residence
SERVPRO can tackle any type of mold infestation in your Phoenix home.
SERVPRO is The Right Choice When it Comes to Mold Remediation
Phoenix homeowners can all agree that it gets rather hot throughout the area through a good portion of the year. Be mindful of the extensive cooling of your home, however, as condensation along with warmer temperatures could allow for mold growth in your home. While this might seem unreasonable to some homeowners, it is a lot simpler than you might believe to meet the necessary conditions for microbial and mold growth inside your residence.
Mold damage itself can appear in a multitude of ways, but most homeowners worry about the process of removing mold from their Phoenix homes. While this can be an involved process, to say the least, our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained in the most effective approaches for remediation and must get certified to the high standards of the IICRC before they can join our applied microbial remediation technician team.
From the moment that this team gets dispatched out to a home, our technicians work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage that your home faces and the appropriate equipment necessary to remove the colony and restore the damage to your home. This initial inspection is thorough, ensuring that nothing gets missed or overlooked and that you have ample opportunity to express your concerns and priorities for the team that works in your house.
Depending on the type of mold, as well as the type of surface or material it has seated inside, different approaches get taken to remove the colonies. Sometimes sanding is the best approach, while soda blasting is ideal for porous structural components with mold damages. The method chosen is based on what the technicians believe to be most effective and the conditions of the house and its occupants.
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Mold remediation is a process that most homeowners should never have to fully understand. Our SERVPRO of Central Phoenix mold remediation technicians can help you through every step of this process, and also work to provide the means of preventing the same occurrence in the immediate future. Our emergency response team is standing by 24/7 at (602) 386-4268.
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What You Can Do When You Find Mold Damage in Your Phoenix Home
Discovering mold growth in your home can be scary, but by calling SERVPRO you can rest assured the damage will be thoroughly and safely remediated.
SERVPRO Safely Cleans Up and Removes Mold Damage from Your Home
The last way that any person wants to spend their day is discovering that their home has mold damage. The truth about mold is that spores are everywhere and they are usually harmless. However, when they attach to a surface and then feed off of the surrounding moisture, the spores can become a severe problem. The spores grow and, eventually, multiply. Fortunately, professional help is not far and can remediate the mold in your home.
The spores, which were once invisible and small, have transformed into a mold patch that is damaging your Phoenix home. While mold may not seem harmful to the naked eye, it can cause health effects, and it also can slowly eat away at the organic materials that make up the structure of your home. It is vital to rid your home of it, immediately. The quicker the mold is dealt with, the better.
SERVPRO can send its IICRC-certified technicians to inspect your home and then quarantine the areas impacted by mold damage. It is essential to section off the infected areas of your home, as the remediation process can spread the spores. Once we section off your home, we can begin the process of removing the mold-infected porous materials and cleaning the non-porous ones.
SERVPRO can make sure to not only remediate the mold damage but also dry any areas of your home that are excessively moist. Additionally, our technicians can use advanced technology to deal with the musty odors that mold causes. We use devices such as air scrubbers to neutralize the smelly particles and return a fresher scent to your home once they go through the filtering process. SERVPRO strives to restore your home back to its pre-mold condition, including how the environment smells.
When your home has been struck by mold damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Central Phoenix at (602) 386-4268. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians out as soon as possible to get the remediation process started.
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Never Panic When Mold Damage Hits Your Phoenix Property SERVPRO Has Working Options
The primary cause of mold damage in Phoenix is moisture.
Mold Damage Remediation
Mold damage can lead to health effects which not a single person wants to encounter. On top of that, its growth is likely to cause significant damage to your property, and there is a need to prevent its growth or conduct remediation procedures aimed at mitigating the resulting damage. So what are you options when you need to control such related issues in Phoenix?
The primary cause of mold damage in Phoenix is moisture. Without it, mold cannot grow, and that means the secret to controlling mildew growth lies in regulating the moisture content in your property. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that the dampness in your property can be as a result of indirect water intrusion, direct water intrusion, and intermittent intrusion.
Direct intrusion takes place when your roof or plumbing system leaks, your windows are poorly sealed, and water runs off from bathtubs and showers. Our SERVPRO team has the tools and skills to fix such issues, and it is crucial to call professionals immediately you discover an anomaly. When it comes to indirect water intrusion, we are talking about that rising damp. That can happen when moisture wicks up from underground, and your property ends up with wet concrete slabs, furniture, cabinets or carpets.
On the other hand, the cause of intermittent water intrusion may be condensation that results from inadequate ventilation, vaporizers, humidifiers, high humidity, and high steam. To lower the moisture content and improve air quality, we may set up dehumidifiers. The role of these devices is to extract that additional moisture from the air.
Once we dry the wet areas and stop moisture entry, we can perform deodorization. Here, we use thermal foggers that emit deodorizing agents that have antimicrobial capabilities to reduce chances of mold growth. SERVPRO is certified by IICRC to do mold remediation, and we have the right tools and follow to state regulations when doing our work.
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is a trusted industry leader in mold remediation, and we take pride from our highly trained technicians. Call us at (602) 386-4268 and be offered proven restoration services.
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Cleaning And Removing Mold Damage In Phoenix
Cleaning and removing mold is important to the health of your home and family.
Cleaning And Removing Mold
After cleaning up from one disaster, mold can cause further problems for Phoenix homes and residents. In a rush to remove water or smoke odors, homeowners often miss or ignore the first signs of mold growth.
Untreated mold damage in Phoenix homes can result in extensive repair costs. Worse, mold can cause adverse health effects in residents with existing respiratory problems. SERVPRO technicians have the training and tools to remove this threat to your home while working carefully to remediate the effects of and clean the mold spores from structural property such as drywall and wooden wall framing.
Mold spores become a threat when they have enough moisture to expand and extend hyphae to find a food source. A favorite source is drywall panels; they are in every home, and while they make an excellent building material for interior walls, it is also very vulnerable to mold spore hyphae. Ceiling tiles and insulation are also easily consumed.
If we catch the mold growth quickly enough, SERVPRO technicians can clean to remove mold from building material. There may be some minor pitting, but that does not affect the integrity of the material. If there is any risk of mold coming back, we spray an anti-fungal agent on every affected surface. Once the agent dries, we repaint the affected panels or tiles, so they look new.
If the mold has penetrated far into panels or tiles, even spraying an anti-fungal agent can be enough moisture to cause the item, particularly drywall, to crumble. When the integrity is this compromised, the only safe action to take to the home is to remove it.
Wall framing is much more resistant to mold, but since we rarely see behind drywall panels, a growth goes unnoticed for longer and has more time to infest the wood. Unless we are dealing with a home that was unoccupied for an extended period, our technicians can remove the mold without replacing the frame pieces. If the spores have not penetrated too deeply, we can even sand down the surface slightly. As with the tiles and panels, we spray every affected surface with an anti-fungal agent and allow it to dry before hanging new panels on them.
Cleaning and removing mold is important to the health of your home and family. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix has over twenty years helping homeowners return to a safe, clean environment. If you need our services, call us today at (602) 386-4268.
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How Mold Damage Hits Phoenix In Hot, Dry Times
Mold damage can happen in Phoenix any time of year, regardless of weather, for a multitude of reasons.
Phoenix may be going through a dry spell unusually long even for the harsh desert climate, but that does not mean the area is free of mold. Mold spores are always lurking and waiting for an opportunity to grow in your home and can pose a major problem even when the weather is dry, and temperatures are stifling. Mold damage can happen in Phoenix any time of year, regardless of weather, for a multitude of reasons. Here are a few ways mold could come to your home even when the city is at its hottest and driest.
Hidden leaks consistently rank among the top causes of mold damage in the Phoenix area, and for good reason. These leaks are difficult to identify before they develop into a larger problem, and tend to occur in out-of-sight places like cabinets, spaces between walls, and high-up areas of the home. Even a small leak can create a significant mold problem if the flow (or drip) of water is consistent. This is the common cause of mold damage behind walls.
Humidity In Your Home
Some homes are much more humid than the surrounding environment. This may merely be a product of water fixture usage and HVAC system operations, or it may be due to the introduction of artificial humidifying devices. Regardless, the elevated humidity levels typical in most homes can provide some types of mold with all the water they need to begin to grow. SERVPRO is very careful in all mold remediation projects to monitor atmospheric humidity and make adjustments as needed.
Accidents And Events
Occasionally, individual events and actions in the home may lead to the development of a mold colony. Perhaps something died in an out-of-sight place, or a large container of water may have spilled across the floor and soaked into the carpet. Our services are flexible to accommodate a wide range of accidents and scenarios with maximum efficacy.
SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is ready day-in and day-out to respond to local calls for help. For our assistance in dealing with a mold infestation, give us a call at (602) 386-4268.
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Investigating and Restoring Mold Damage in Central Phoenix
Don't ignore mold in your home. It can spread quickly and do a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO today to start the remediation process.
SERVPRO Technicians Root Out the Cause of Mold Damage in Your Home
A mold infestation can grow across bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms. It usually appears as a series of splotches or streaks across walls and ceilings. In many cases there is also an accompanying odor that is the first signal to a homeowner there may be a problem.
Mold damage is not just a visual problem though. It is also responsible for permanent damage to organic material in Central Phoenix homes. Knowing how to combat the damage and prevent further problems requires a company trained in remediation and restoration of mold in the structure and personal property. SERVPRO has extensive experience and training supporting Arizona homes and residents.
Our first task is to control the mold at its source. We set up containment around the affected area using heavy plastic sheeting to cover entrances and exits and then seal the HVAC vents to prevent mold from spreading through the duct work. Technicians also set up negative air machines to reduce the number of airborne spores while they remove mold from the affected area.
Next, we remove the contamination. Any structural or personal property item we cannot clean, we dispose of according to local regulations. Before moving any item out of the containment area, technicians clean it using vacuums with HEPA filters, dry wiping with sponges or cloths, and using anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaning agents.
After removing the mold, we lower the moisture levels to normal. The fastest way to bring down the humidity is to use air movers and exhaust fans to replace the damp air inside the affected area with drier air from outside the structure. Technicians also place dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air.
Cleaning the contaminated area and property and removing loose mold does not prevent further growth with excess moisture in the air or surrounding property such as drywall. Spores from outside the affected area move in once we remove the containment sheeting and then it starts again.
Removing mold and restoring your home is not a simple or short process. SERVPRO of Central Phoenix is ready to help you through it however and explain every step as we go. If you need our services or just suspect you have a mold problem, call us at (602) 386-4268 today.
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What does it matter if I dry a water loss or not?
In the 90’s Mold became the Cause Celeb, especially that strain of “Black” Mold, Stachybotrys, that struck fear in the hearts of thousands of Americans. Even though that hysteria has passed, it is no joking matter to have mold growing in your home. It is true that mold spores are everywhere, but for mold to grow you have to have two things: 1) food; and 2) water. There is very little you can do to remove all “food” sources in a house, but you can eliminate the water factor. When you have a water loss, it is incredibly important to completely dry the area affected so mold will not grow. If you call SERVPRO® of Phoenix at 480-503-2090, 24/7 365 , we will make sure your house is dry.