Recent Mold Remediation Posts

A Tale of Two Fungi: Mold vs. Mildew

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

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A Tale of Two Fungi: Mold vs. Mildew

Fungus is a natural part of our environment, but that doesn’t mean we want it in our homes or businesses. Two of the more common invasive fungi you may see are mold and mildew. Read on to learn how to spot the differences between the two so you’ll better understand how to address the cleanup.

  • Appearance – Mildew generally looks dry, speckled, or powdery and appears flat, while mold is described as raised, fuzzy or slimy. Mildew typically presents as a patch of white, gray, or black. Mold can be much more varied in color, looking green, blue, brown, black, yellow, or even red.
  • Smell – Both mold and mildew have similar odors, comparable to the smell of damp towels or rotting wood, but mold has a much more powerful odor, often described as foul or unpleasant. Because the smell of mold is so much stronger than the smell of mildew, you may smell mold even before you see it.
  • Location – Mildew grows only on item surfaces and typically grows outward, whereas mold burrows downward into floors and carpet, and upward into walls and ceilings.

Now that you’re able to differentiate between mold and mildew, it’s time to tackle the cleanup. Mildew spots can generally be managed with household cleaners. Look for bleach-based or ammonia-based cleaners but be sure never to mix the two as they create toxic fumes when combined. For small spots of mildew, an inexpensive 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water may be adequate. Mold, however, may require the hiring of an expert. The professionals at SERVPRO specialize in mold mitigation and can provide remediation and restoration to your home or business, as well as help you identify and eliminate the source of moisture causing the mold.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

How To Get Rid Of Mold In Your Bathroom

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Did you just discover mold in your bathroom? Well, you’re not alone.

The humidity in a bathroom creates an excellent atmosphere for mold to thrive.

However, many people are unaware of how to clean bathroom mold properly.

If you're also dealing with this issue, then be sure to follow our mold removal and prevention tips.

  1. Use Bleach

When it comes to removing mold from a bathroom, store-bought cleaners can be really handy.

Chlorine bleach is a good place to start.

Follow these steps:

  • Start by liberally spraying the cleaner directly over the moldy grout.
  • Allow at least 30 minutes for the bleach to work.
  • Using a firm brush, scrub the area.
  • Finally, use warm water to rinse away the gunk.

However, make sure your bathroom has enough ventilation throughout the process since bleaches are potential irritants.

[Important Tips: Open your bathroom window, wear a mask and rubber gloves, and turn on the bathroom fan]

  1. Make Your Own Mold Removal Solution

White vinegar is also a good alternative if you want to steer clear of strong chemicals.

To use the vinegar, pour it directly into a spray bottle. It doesn't need to be diluted in any way because it's most effective when it's not.

After spraying the vinegar, it’s preferable if you don’t rinse it away for lasting effects.

Although the odor is unpleasant, it usually dissipates after 1-2 hours. To assist the stench to go away faster, open a window or put on a fan.

However, if you find the stench to be overpowering, you can employ the services of any company specializing in odor removal services for additional protection against nasty molds.

  1. Prevention Is Better Than Cure

We know that cleaning mold can be a taxing task for many, especially given the busy routines in today’s fast-paced world.

So, how can you save yourself from the extra labor of cleaning unsightly bathroom mold? The answer is as simple as preventing it from forming in the first place.

Controlling moisture is the key to preventing most molds.

So, ensure good ventilation and fix any leakages in your bathroom. You can also use a sponge to remove water from your shower stall or bathtub.

Additionally, be mindful that damp bathroom items such as towels, bathmats, and shower curtains are ideal mold breeding grounds. Wash them regularly and allow them to air dry after each usage.

If feasible, you can also use water-resistant paint on your bathroom walls. Consider using paints that contain mold-repelling antimicrobial chemicals.

Parting Thoughts

Mold removal is a time-consuming process, but it is necessary for your health and to keep your bathroom sparkly clean.

Adequately cleaning your bathroom on a regular basis is a crucial step in preventing mold accumulation. Our expert team at SERVPRO can assist you in keeping your bathroom in pristine condition – now and always.

Isn’t that just what you want?

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018!

When Should I Call a Mold Removal Specialist?

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

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What happens when there is a forecast of rain, snow, or a storm? 

We look up – specifically to the roof – to keep us and our facility protected. 

In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a business's first line of defense against relentless weather conditions is its roof. 

Not only does a strong roof help your business establishment exist for generations to come, but it also tells your customers that you are diligent, professional, and mean business.

Ultimately, your customers’ perception of your business and revenues are affected by the condition and strength of your roof, and your business's ability to ride through storms – figurative and legit.

To keep your roof in top shape, you need frequent inspections. Exactly how often should you get the roof inspected? 

Here’s all you need to know.

How Often Should You Inspect Your Roof

The magic number is two. 

It would be best if you got your roof inspected twice each year. Once, before the onset of rainfall or snowfall season. 

National Roofing Association approves the sound advice of inspecting twice each year.

New Roof versus An Old Roof

The general rule of thumb is to inspect your business' roof twice.

But if your roof is old, you must perform an inspection at least every three months. 

Although frequent inspections sound a lot of work, they are imperative as they can be the step that protects both your business and the belongings inside the business.

When Should You Inspect Your Roof?

While two annual inspections are enough, some special conditions require extraordinary measures. 

For instance, after an episode of strong winds, downpours, or hailstorm, your business' roofs can become susceptible to wear and tear. Since a leaky roof can lead to basement flooding too, due diligence during difficult conditions is important.

Moreover, harsh weather conditions, including strong heat, create fault lines that cause concern.

Therefore, having enjoyed your time in the rain or snow, be sure to give your roof a health check.

How To Inspect Your Roof

Frequent inspections require an eye that can detect details. 

So, for a quick check-up, you can simply look for any peeled-off paint, MOLD, WATER DAMAGE, or fault lines. These are vital checkpoints to determine if your roof needs additional professional care.

DIY or Hiring A Professional?

Hundreds of blogs and thousands of business owners cannot decide whether to give their business's roof a quick inspection or hire a professional.

Inspecting the roof by yourself is a good exercise.

But to be one hundred percent sure about your business’s roof, it is advisable that you contact a professional roofing inspection company that is experienced and understands your business and its roof. After all, how can you take a chance on something that literally hangs over your head?

Parting Thoughts

Now that you know when to inspect your business’s roof and contact a professional, the next step is to get a professional roof repairing and restoration company like SERVPRO to do the difficult work for you.

Contact SERVPRO to get all your roof restoration and remediation needs covered now! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018!

5 Best Ways to Clean Mold from The Walls in Your Home

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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5 Best Ways to Clean Mold from The Walls in Your Home

Mold is a type of fungi that grows in the form of multicellular filaments. 

It produces allergens and irritants, which lead to several health problems. That’s not all. Mold also adversely impacts the aesthetics and environment. Plus, it weakens the structural integrity of your home. 

Hence, if you have a mold problem, you need to resolve it as soon as possible. Period. 

So, how can you clean mold? 

Here are five tried and tested ways of cleaning mold effectively: 

1. Use Bleach and Water: The Old School Method 

This old-school method requires rubber gloves and an N95 mask, so you do not end up breathing or touching the mold. Pour a mixture of bleach and water over the mold. 

Use a heavy-duty sponge or scrub brush to scrub until the mold disappears completely. 

This method is ideal for concrete walls, but it is physically draining. 

2. Turn To Vinegar and Mold 

Black mold can be killed rather easily through vinegar. Its odor dies out fairly quickly, and it can be used on both non-porous and porous surfaces. 

Here’s how to go about cleaning: 

? Pour white vinegar into a spray gun. 

? Spray on the mold surface. 

? Leave it for an hour. 

? Then, wash it clean with water. 

? Allow the surface to dry. 

3. Removal Through Hydrogen Peroxide 

Hydrogen Peroxide is an easily accessible, anti-fungal chemical. It can be safely used on kitchen appliances and counters, tubs, and on toilet sanitary. 

Before beginning the cleaning process, just spray concentrated hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous surface to see if the concentration is not too high. 

If all is clear, spray the chemical on the target surface and then scrub the surface. Leave it for 10 minutes, then wipe the surface dry. 

4. Spray Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties – no wonder it is a highly-effective mold remover. 

All you need to do is add two cups of water and one teaspoon of the oil into a spray bottle, then spray on the surface. Later wipe the surface dry. 

5. Disinfect With Grapefruit Seeds Extract 

Citric acid within the grapefruit kills the mold naturally. Thus, it works as a perfect deodorizer and disinfectant too. This is how to go about cleaning mold with grapefruit extract: 

? Take one cup of water and ten drops of grapefruit. 

? Pour them into a spray bottle. 

? Shake the bottle thoroughly and spray onto the surface. 

? Wipe it off clean after a few minutes. 

Professional Mold Cleanup Service Available On-demand 

Mold can cause allergic reactions and make the places that matter to you a living hell. 

Want a prompt, effective, and professional mold cleanup? 

Get in touch with SERVPRO, the pros at mold removal and remediation. 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018!

Does more rain mean more mold?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

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It can be! While rain can help reduce mold spores it also can mean more moisture trapped in your home. According to FEMA.GOV Mold growths, or colonies can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours. They reproduce by spores - tiny, lightweight “seeds”- that travel through the air. Molds digest organic material, eventually destroying the material they grow on, and then spread to destroy adjacent organic material.

If you are finding small spots of mold FEMA recommends cleaning and disinfecting that area. Here’s how they recommend doing so:

Before you begin - Make sure the working area is well ventilated. 

Wear gloves, mask, and protect eyes. 

If mold is present, clean a small test patch. If you feel your health is adversely affected, consider hiring a professional to carry out the work.

All in all, we want you not to worry, any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can home or business if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. 

Do your allergies get worse at home?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Along with the joys of warmer days that we experience in April, we also experience more allergies. Did you know that in the springtime alone pollen and other allergens affect 30 to 60 million people in the United States! Thus, we thought it would be the perfect time to remind you to get your home and business cleaned! Not just on the surface but a more extensive cleaning like getting your air ducts cleaned.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

So when you’re taking allergy medicine and it’s not working or it seems to get worse when you’re at home. It may be time to get your air ducts cleaned! When we clean your Air Ducts it…

  • Creates a Cleaner Living Environment
  • Reduces Allergens and Irritants
  • Helps Everyone Breathe Easier
  • Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors and
  • Improves Air Flow Efficiency!

Don’t suffer inside your home when that should be the place where you’re most comfortable. Let our professionals inspect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe! So give us a call today! From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood 256-259-4333.

SPRING RAINS MAKING YOUR BASEMENT WET & MOLDY?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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According to weather.gov The Spring 2019 precipitation total (March-May) was 9.85 inches, 1.91 inches above average, and the sixth wettest spring on record!  Who knows what this year's average will be but what we do know is excessive rainfall can lead to considerable damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.

How to prepare for a wet spring?

  • Clean and Stable gutters and proper drainage from roof to the ground around the home
  • Make sure any and all foundation cracks are sealed and or repaired to prevent further damage and moldy basements
  • Install a Sunk Pump to help prevent a build-up of water and ultimately prevent water damage, flooding, and structural damage.

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are the weather gets the best of us, but no worries. We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. Weather can be unpredictable so being prepared is paramount to ensuring your property or business can return to normal after a disaster. 

From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your community. Give us a call at 256-259-4333 to learn more!

Mold & Moisture in your crawlspace?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold & Moisture in your crawlspace?

If your basement or man cave has a funky mildew or mold smell that you just can’t seem to get rid of you may need your crawlspace encapsulated. Water seeps into your crawl space from excessive rain, flooding, or other issues and most likely you only cleaned what was visible. The water that was in the crawlspace remains and produces mold and other contaminants.

Once the air in your crawlspace rises, it seeps into your home and brings all of those things with it. Did you know you would be breathing in all of that mold! That can explain why some people experience health effects when they go over to some people's homes. So if you’re wondering why you should get your crawlspace encapsulated here are a few reasons:

  1. To reduce moisture/mold in your air - to improve air quality
  2. To protect your home from mold
  3. To avoid flooring damage - the vapor can rot the wood frames and floorings that make up the structure of the house.

It also has many more benefits as well!  As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada that are ready to help. We have the advanced training and equipment needed to clean or restore your home. 

 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your community. Give us a call at 256-259-4333 to learn more!

Can roofing issues cause mold?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

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A friend of ours noticed she had some low hanging trees which allowed for the squirrels in her year to hop from the trees to her roof. We all thought they were adorable and thought nothing of it. One day she noticed she could hear them inside her ceiling running around. That’s when it became a problem. She gave some animal experts a call to remove the squirrels and had a tree trimmer to trim her trees back some.  The problem is she was left with a hole in her roof. Here’s where the story gets worse: She ends up forgetting to get the hole fixed. Not completely forgot but it wasn’t a priority like it was to get the squirrels removed. About 2 months pass and she notices mold in one of her rooms. She figures it’s the change of seasons and decides it’s nothing a little bleach couldn’t get rid of. She was right, but only for the moment. With time that rooms mold issue worsened which lead up to her giving SERVPRO a call. Turns out that a small hole in her roof had begun to mold and was causing more issues in her roof. SERVPRO not only professionally cleaned her room, but their reconstruction team patched up her roof!

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. 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, don’t wait! Call Us Today 256-259-4333

Do you clean mold with bleach?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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According to centers for disease control & prevention if you clean with bleach

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce a poisonous gas.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use bleach or any other cleaning product.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected areas.

SERVPRO of Jackson & Dekalb Counties is trained to help you if you find yourself dealing with mold. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. We are a certified IICRC staff https://www.IICRC.org/ and we have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

If You See Signs of Mold,

Call Us Today – 256-259-4333

Mold Weather

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is Approaching

We are creeping up on the most humid weather of the year, and that means it is about to be a thriving environment for mold down here in the south. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth.

Acting on Mold Growth 

Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact your friends at SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties today!

Have a question?

Call us today (256) 259-4333

How To Deal With Mold

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Managing Mold

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. This month being National Preparedness Month, it is important to encourage everyone to take precautionary measures to prevent mold in their home. With that being said, SERVPRO is here to ensure you are taken care of after disaster strikes your home. Here is a guide to what steps to take if you discover mold in your home. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a typical mold removal process.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties
  2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
  3. Mold containment will be used if needed
  4. Specialized air filtration will be used
  5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
  6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
  7. Restoration of your home

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.

Call us at the first sign of trouble!

(256) 259-4333.

Mold Prevention

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips:

Moisture control is the key to mold control, so when water leaks or spills occur indoors, ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases, mold will not grow.

Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.

Make sure the ground slopes away from the building's foundation so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.

Keep air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.

Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60% relative humidity (ideally, between 30% to 50%). Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, which is a small, inexpensive instrument (from $10 to $50) that is available at many hardware stores.

If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Mold Damage

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Damage

Mold is not quite as common as the Alabama sunshine, but it does happen to many residents. There is a common myth that mold starts due to poor housekeeping or it only happens to hoarders. It is untrue because mold is everywhere.
Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source. To stop the threat; an experienced restoration company knows that we need to break one side of that triangle of resources. The easiest method is to remove the source of moisture.

To get quickly started, we have developed a list of questions for the homeowner that help us determine where the mold source might be along with other, useful information:

1. Is there visible mold in your home? Where is it?
2. Is there a strong, musty odor?
3. Have you had any problems with mold previously?
4. Is there current water damage or have you had water damage in the past? When did any previous damage happen?
Once we have this information, our inspectors can quickly find the source of the mold infestation, areas of excess moisture and how to stop both. 

What We Can Do


Technicians begin by removing any standing water. For puddles and other small areas, we use water extractor wands to get into crawlspaces and small areas. For areas we cannot physically get into, we place a chemical desiccant to draw moisture from the surrounding air or set up a dehumidifier to draw larger amounts of moisture. Some of these machines can draw out over 20 gallons of water per day.

Once the air is dry enough, the mold spores return to a dormant state. If the spores are only on a surface, we attempt to vacuum them up or use dry wiping to remove them. Vacuuming and dry wiping get the spores out of the home without adding moisture to the environment.

If the spores had time to grow into building material such as drywall, we prefer to remove the entire panel and dispose of it. Attempting to dig out the mold to prevent replacing panels is rarely ever cost-effective. It is a labor-intensive process that adds up quickly on a final bill. 

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.

Call us at the first sign of trouble!

(256) 259-4333

Does Your Home Have Mold

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Does Your Scottsboro, Fort Payne, or Rainsville Home Have A Mold Problem?
In North East Alabama, 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 –256.259.4333 or 256.845.4402

Mold? Here is a guide to follow!

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:
Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 256-845-4402 or 256-259-4333

Humidity Fostering Mold

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is Approaching

We are creeping up on the most humid weather of the year, and that means it is about to be a thriving environment for mold down here in the south. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth.

Acting on Mold Growth 

Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact your friends at SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties!

Have a question?

Call us today (256) 259-4333

Ultrasonic Contents Restoration

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner or even a renter, one of our biggest fears is losing everything we own to a natural disaster, especially the items that are most sentimental to us. When a natural disaster hits, it is much more than just a physical burden, it also takes a mental toll with everything that now needs cleaned and repaired. There are many different methods of cleaning, depending on the type of damages that are done, but one specific way could truly salvage items that you might have just given up on in the past. This method of cleaning is called Ultrasonic Content Cleaning.

Ultrasonic Content Cleaning uses cavitation action to access even the smallest of crevices on damaged objects. Cavitation is the formation of vapor cavities in liquid, meaning small bubbles that implode to send powerful shockwaves of pressure across the damaged or dirty object, successfully removing residue. This process can send the cleaning fluid in places that a hand cannot reach to clean.

According to TovaTech, the restoration process for smoke and water damaged articles includes a couple of different steps. First the objects are placed into mesh baskets where they are pre-washed with high agitation to remove as much loose residue as possible. Next, they are placed into the ultrasonic cleaning tank for the cavitation action to take place.  The bubbles from the cleaning fluid make their way through the items, removing the last of the remnants thoroughly cleaning the, what used to be, damaged items. The rinse station is next where the flowing reverse osmosis water (water that was put through a membrane removing tap water impurities) removes the soap residue and leaves that clean final touch. The last 5 minutes of the cleaning process go to the drying tunnel where the dyer covers the items in a continuous, down draft, hot air to make its way back to the customer.

According to besttechnologyinc.com, the assembly line layout of the Ultrasonic technology can improve cleaning and labor times by as much as 75%. This process has saved tons of money by restoring products instead of having to replace them. Items that look like they could never be used again have been restored back to beautiful looking items. Don’t give up on your items next time and give the ultrasonic cleaning a try.

Source - http://www.tovatech.com/blog/7816/ultrasonic-cleaner/contents-restoration-and-ultrasonic-cleaning

PPE Equipment

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes PPEs just look funny.

Personal Protective Equipment

PPEs

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn by our crews for various reasons. OSHA online states “Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.”

If you would like more information on “PPE”, please click the link provided above to continue reading.

Our crews wear these often to ensure maximal safety when operating in your home or business. PPE’s may be used in crawlspaces, attics, or even a living room depending on what kind of damage is incurred!

We proudly service Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Collinsville, Fyffe, Stevenson, Valley Head, Woodville, Henagar, and surrounding communities!

Mold in Fort Payne/Mold in Scottsboro

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Taking a shop vac to your mess may not completely dry your water damage.

Cleaning on your own..

What happens when a customer decides that they can clean up a water damage with towels or a Wet Vac? MOLD!

Water damages

What you can see and also what you CAN'T see.

If there is no proper mitigation done by a professional, this damage can turn dangerous. Trying to mitigate water damage on your own may seem like an inexpensive alternative, but it can prove to be more expensive in the long run. There is a possibility that microbial growth, mold growth, or even structural damage could occur as a result of incomplete drying.

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties has professional equipment that is able to detect moisture in the walls, insulation, floors, ceilings and anywhere else you might not be able to see. 

It is free for us to come out and investigate. Water damage restoration is much less invasive and less expensive than mold remediation. 

Moldy Food and Drinks

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere. Even your coffee.

Mycotoxins in My Food/Drink?

Don't make your midnight snack in the dark!

We've all been in the same situation. It's late at night and you just can't sleep without filling your stomach with a nice sandwich. Oh no! You open the bread cabinet and find your slices have mold on the corners. Do you still eat it? According to Science, you shouldn't. Even if you tear off that translucent green part, mold will still be in the bread. Mold, like plants, have root systems. So unless you want a mouthful of fungus you might need to make a midnight trip to the store or just skip the snack altogether.

What happens if I eat mold?

According to the USDA, some molds contain "mycotoxins". Now what is a mycotoxin you might ask? Great question! Mycotoxins are a property of foodborne molds that have the potential to make you sick. Some scientists disagree on the severity of sickness these mycotoxins can produce, but either way, who wants to eat mold? Not me. 

Mold and You

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and Microbial growth can pop up anywhere.

How Mold Affects You

Microbial Growth Around You Can Be Dangerous

According to the Center for Disease Control, mold will affect everyone in different ways. Some more or less severe than others. No matter who, though, mold is a problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as it is presented as an issue to begin with. SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is trained to help you if you find yourself dealing with mold. We are trained and certified through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is a trains and certifies our employees on internationally recognized industry-standard practices in mold remediation.

What You Can Do

If you suspect mold or microbial growth is in your home follow the instructions in the following link on our page! SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is Here To Help!

Mold in your Scottsboro, Rainsville, or Fort Payne Home?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Does Your Scottsboro, Fort Payne, or Rainsville Home Have A Mold Problem?


In North East Alabama, 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

(256) 259-4333 or (256) 845-4402

How do experts find hidden mold?

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

If you have noticed a mold smell in a residential or commercial building in Fort Payne or Scottsboro AL,  but do not see any signs of visible mold, hidden mold may be present. A fungus smell or mildew smell can be one of the most reliable indicators of the presence of mold that cannot be seen on surfaces. If this odor is present but you cannot find any evidence of mold, the next step is to contact a professional mold testing and clean-up service and stop searching on your own. If you disturb a colony while looking for hidden mold, it can be easy to spread spores and worsen the problem.

Experts rely on several tools and methods to locate hidden mold including:

• Borescopes
• Moisture meters and hygrometers (humidity)
• Thermal cameras
• Confirming mold smell
• Making test cuts or pulling up small sections of carpet
• Checking for signs of leaks

These methods may vary in effectiveness depending on the length of time since water damage created conditions conducive to mold growth. If a property has recently experienced flooding or a severe leak, it is a good idea to contact a mold testing, clean-up and remediation service as soon as you suspect that mold may be growing. Mold can quickly develop on drywall, masonry or ceiling tiles that have been exposed to moisture. Some of these methods are more reliable once the source of the leak has been addressed but while there is still evidence of water damage.

If you are experiencing a persistent mildew smell or mold smell in a your home or commercial property in Scottsboro, Fort Payne, or surrounding areas, without any visible indications of mold growth, you should contact a reputable mold testing and clean-up service as soon as possible. These specialists can identify the source of a fungus smell and use the most effective tools and methods to confirm whether mold is present and start the clean-up process.

Mold Can Cause Big Problems in Fort Payne and Surrounding Areas

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growth from a water damage

Contact SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties at the First Sign of Mold to Prevent Further Damage

Mold is one of the most common and costly types of damage that can happen to any American home, and despite the assertions of some neighbors, family members, and unprofessional internet resources, you should be very concerned if you find fungi growing on your property. Mold damage is one of Northeast Alabama's most ubiquitous problems. Damage from mold growth persists in many homes, and new colonies are a constant risk even in the winter months.

Mold damage in this area is neither benign nor unimportant. Fungal growth is always a bad thing for the affected home and can grow into a massive problem over time. Potential symptoms and side effects of mold damage include strong and putrid smells, discoloration, deterioration of materials, blocked vents, weakened structural elements, and potentially, health effects for anyone residing or working in the building. In many cases, these issues may be prominent, as many patches of growth can be difficult to detect without specialized tools or easily-seen symptoms like these. SERVPRO technicians use advanced sensors and technology to detect excess moisture and heat generation behind walls and in crawl spaces to find hidden patches of mold and eliminate growth even in the most inconvenient of places. 

While mold can cause all of these problems in any infected home, almost all of them can be mitigated through a fast response and professional care. Calling a company like SERVPRO as soon as you find measurable mold growth in your home helps to ensure that it receives the best care possible within a short time, stopping further growth and preventing existing conditions from worsening. If you ever find signs of growth in your home, be sure to contact us immediately.

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties  is a local damage mitigation and restoration company that specializes in finding, eliminating, and cleaning up after mold damage in local homes. Call us at the first sign of trouble at 256.259.4333 or 256.845.4402

Mold Growth

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can prove to be a pain. Don't hesitate to call today!

Mold Damage

Mold is not quite as common as the Alabama sunshine, but it does happen to many residents. There is a common myth that mold starts due to poor housekeeping or it only happens to hoarders. It is untrue because mold is everywhere.
Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source. To stop the threat; an experienced restoration company knows that we need to break one side of that triangle of resources. The easiest method is to remove the source of moisture. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb knows that the sooner we get started, the faster we can stop the mold damage and prevent further growth in a Woodville or Crossville home.

To get quickly started, we have developed a list of questions for the homeowner that help us determine where the mold source might be along with other, useful information:

1. Is there visible mold in your home? Where is it?
2. Is there a strong, musty odor?
3. Have you had any problems with mold previously?
4. Is there current water damage or have you had water damage in the past? When did any previous damage happen?
Once we have this information, our inspectors can quickly find the source of the mold infestation, areas of excess moisture and how to stop both. 

What We Can Do


Technicians begin by removing any standing water. For puddles and other small areas, we use water extractor wands to get into crawlspaces and small areas. For areas we cannot physically get into, we place a chemical desiccant to draw moisture from the surrounding air or set up a dehumidifier to draw larger amounts of moisture. Some of these machines can draw out over 20 gallons of water per day.

Once the air is dry enough, the mold spores return to a dormant state. If the spores are only on a surface, we attempt to vacuum them up or use dry wiping to remove them. Vacuuming and dry wiping get the spores out of the home without adding moisture to the environment.

If the spores had time to grow into building material such as drywall, we prefer to remove the entire panel and dispose of it. Attempting to dig out the mold to prevent replacing panels is rarely ever cost-effective. It is a labor-intensive process that adds up quickly on a final bill. 

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.

Call us at the first sign of trouble!

(256) 259-4333!

SERVPRO Disaster Response

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane off of Atlantic Coast

How Our Local Community Responds to Hurricanes

SERVPRO® works as a team across the country to help those that have been affected by a disaster. In years past, our local franchise has sent crews to various hurricane sites to help reach customers faster so that they can begin putting their lives back together. Local crews from SERVPRO has helped with Hurricane storms Ivan (2004), Katrina (2005), Lee (2011), Isaac (2013), and now Harvey/Irma (2017).

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Being a part of SERVPRO®, we know that our job is to help customers and victims of disasters put their lives back together. It's nice to know that if a tornado, flood, ice storm, or any other disaster were to strike the heartland, that there are over 1,700 franchises in our system that can come to our aid to help you put your life back together.

Just remember that SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

Water damage and mitigation is too expensive in Scottsboro and Fort Payne

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

What happens when a customer decides that they can clean up a water damage with towels or a Wet Vac? MOLD

Water damages what you can see and also what you CAN'T see. If there is no proper mitigation done by a professional, this damage can turn dangerous. 

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties has professional equipment that is able to detect moisture in the walls, insulation, floors, ceilings and anywhere else you might not be able to see. 

It is free for us to come out and investigate. Water damage restoration is much less invasive and less expensive than mold remediation.