Recent Mold Remediation Posts

How to control the moisture in your home to avoid Mold.

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Humidity mold growth, Home in Phoenixville PA

Controlling the moisture in your home is most important to avoid mold growth. Installing a good quality storm window not only will keep out excess moisture but also help you control your heating cost. Using a dehumidifier is also another easy way to reduce your home’s relative humidity level, but the important part is to make sure you are purchasing the appropriate size dehumidifier for the space it is being used in.  When the temperature is cold outside the humidity level within your home should remain low. Proper ventilation is essential to avoid mold growth as well. SERVPRO of North East Chester County understands that things happen within a home that may become out of the homeowners’ control and the moisture in your home could have caused mold growth that may not even be able to be seen. Our technicians are trained in Mold Remediation and will come to your home to clean and sanitize any surface that was affected by mold growth as well as using our air quality machinery to clean and purify the air to restore your healthy home.

What's that stain? Is it mold or rust?

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Royersford, PA residential mold growth

If you are seeing a new stain on maybe your walls, floors or countertops, make sure that it isn’t a result of water infiltration or even excess humidity in your home: it could be mold! SERVPRO of North East Chester County can send in a team of well-trained and talented technicians to remove, clean, deodorize and seal surfaces that have been contaminated by mold.  Rust and mold may look similar, but if the right remediation treatment is not used to remove it, there is a great chance it will come right back. Some identifying features of rust may be normally reddish, or reddish brown in color, and usually caused by water or damp air touching the surface of metal. Mold can resemble rust, but also can range from black to brown, white to gray, or even blue or green. Also, regarding texture, mold can look “fuzzy.” Mold can grow from a single event such as a broken pipe or a flood from a storm. SERVPRO of North East Chester County wants to make sure that as soon as any of these incidents happen it is taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent mold. If mold is already present, we will take all necessary measures to get rid of mold spores and make recommendations to keep out excessive moisture in the air of the home. SERVPRO of North East Chester County has the proper, professional cleaning products and solutions to property remediate and sanitize areas that have been affected, “Like it never even happened.”

Gotta Close This Home Sale!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

There's no way a home inspector will let a basement like this pass without SERVPRO to properly clean and sanitize pre-sale...

Nowadays, most home sales are accompanied by a professional home inspection, and oftentimes the inspectors report brings back some recommeded mold remediation.  Usually we see this in areas of the home that, well, we don't usually see!  Namely, home inspectors often discover mold growth in areas such as crawlspaces, attics, and other areas that are not normally inspected by the homeowners, themselves.  Nevertheless, any type of possible growth in these types of unfinished areas seems to be heavily scrutinized by home inspectors and usually requires professional remediation in order to move forward with the home sale.

Dependent on when the home inspection takes place in regards to the settlement date, you, the seller, may feel some real pressure to have the mold remediated and not hold up the sale - enter SERVPRO of North East Chester County!  We deal with identical situations to this all the time, and are committed to seeing your project through as soon as possible and within the time constraints that you may be facing.  We do so many of these types of remediations that our highly-skilled technicians are able to efficiently and thoroughly complete the job without cutting any corners or leaving cause for future concern.  When you need to get a pre-sale inspection job done quickly and right the first time, SERVPRO of North East Chester County is your number one partner!

SCHOOLS OUT FOR!...Mold Remediation?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Upper Perkiomen High School closed due to mold and moisture issues.

RED HILL, PA — Just days into the 2018-19 school year, one local high school is experiencing a serious setback.

Upper Perkiomen High School will be shut down next week to due excessive moisture and mold, district officials announced over the weekend.

A Montgomery County high school will be shut down next week to due excessive moisture and mold, district officials announced.

 Mold was first noticed in the school over the summer. District officials said that extreme heat and humidity in recent days has drastically worsened the problem.

The district hopes that changes to the HVAC system will help remedy the issue. Superintendent Alexis McGloin addressed the issue in a statement Saturday:

"As you can imagine, making these changes to the HVAC system and conducting this level of cleaning is no small task, and therefore we have no choice but to close the building for the week of September 10-14. We want to ensure that this problem is addressed properly, and we are not looking to cut corners on this important issue, so a building closure is unavoidable."

Four makeup days have already been identified, and a fifth was already built into the calendar. They include Nov. 6 (Election Day), Nov. 19 and 20 (parent-teacher conference days which will be rescheduled), and January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

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The Heat is On!

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

This previously water-damaged drywall displays mold growth that may have been avoided with timely water mitigation.

In the Chester County area, we have experienced some heavy rainfalls over the past several weeks, and we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County know first-hand the flooding and water intrusion issues that this has caused for many of our neighbors.  We have assisted with the mitigation and clean-up of many weather-related water losses, and have spent many an hour pumping water out of the flooded basements of our thankful customers.  However, it is not uncommon for homeowners to not properly address these types of issues when they first occur, thinking that the damage "isn't that bad" or "I can handle this myself."  Unfortunately, without the involvement of a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of North East Chester County, there are often aspects of the mitigation and clean-up that are missed and go unaddressed.  The harsh reality of this is that once the weather heats up, any materials that were not properly dried and treated may provide ideal conditions for mold growth, wood rot, you name it!  The cost of a professional water damage mitigation may performed in a timely fashion may be a mere fraction of an extensive mold remediation weeks or months after the fact.  The good news is that SERVPRO of North East Chester County provides fair, reasonable, and stringent mold remediation services and we are just a phone call away!

Don't Down-Play That Water Damage!

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Look what was hiding in the crawlspace of a home with a water damage several months ago that went unaddressed!

Water damage from a leaky pipe, storm event, or any source can be a huge inconvenience - we get it!  However, the worst thing that a home or business owner can possibly do is to ignore the damage that water events can cause, or to down-play them.  Even seemingly minor water damages can cause devastating secondary damage if not properly mitigated; including mold growth!  We occasionally encounter situations where a homeowner calls us out for a "mold" inspection and through the course of our conversation they casually mention that there was a water event "a few months back."  In some of these instances, the materials in the home are still wet!  Sometimes mitigation is not required at all, and we would never steer you in the direction of something that is not needed, but the safest when water damages occur, to prevent mold growth and secondary damage, is to call us to at least come check it out.  Our methods of investigation and inspection can uncover issues that you may not even know are going on: like mold growing where you wouldn't see it everyday.  Under and between structural materials that trap moisture (ex. linoleum or baseboards) and in rarely visited areas like crawlspaces, un-mitigated water damages can promote ugly situations like the growth in the attached photo.  But never fear!  Just give SERVPRO of North East Chester County a call and we would be happy to come out and take a look!

Phoenixville Epidemic: Moldy Crawlspaces

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Does your Phoenixville crawlspace look like this one? If so, call SERVPRO of North East Chester County: the mold busters!

Mold Patrol!

When was the last time you poked around in your crawlspace?  Likely it was directly related to something going wrong; unless you cross-utilize this space for storage.  So who is maintaining your crawlspace?  Keeping an eye on things?  Making sure it stays clean and dry?  Who is on "Mold Patrol?"

If you are like most of the Phoenixville, PA home and business owners that we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County come in contact with, you likely answered "no one" for most if not all of these hypothetical questions.  That is why we often get the call once some sort of catalyst causes you to explore your crawlspace - such as a leak - only to find that it is now full of mold!

Mold Busters!

If you find mold, mildew, or any kind of microbial growth in your crawlspace, call us, the Mold Busters!  SERVPRO of North East Chester County has the know-how and resources to provide a comprehensive job scope to take care of the symptoms AND the cause.  We will remediate the existing mold and take preventative measures to keep it from coming back; all the while explaining to you the process, the products, and everything in between, so you know what is going on and are comfortable with the process.

Phoenixville, PA Small Business Water Damage Leads to Mold Growth

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Phoenixville, PA small business had some water damage and caused mold growth behind the scenes - SERVPRO of North East Chester County helped big time!

Our region has a healthy small business community throughout the Phoenixville, PA surrounding area.  There are lots of moving parts to a bustling business and much to keep an eye on as it pertains to the business' ability to thrive.  However, there are often areas of the business that are not as well monitored and maintained: like utility rooms, storage closets, and crawlspaces.  Oftentimes these areas have pipes, utilities, and appliances that may not immediately be noticed if they leak water or cease proper function.  Water damage can start slow, behind the scenes, and then by the time that it is noticed, there may be significant cause for concern.  SERVPRO of North East Chester County tracks the cause of an apparent water damage from the evidence to the cause; making sure that all stops in between have been identified and incorporated into the scope of the job.  By the time the water damage becomes evident to the bustling business owner, the water may have had time to cause secondary damage in hidden spaces; causing mold or other major concerns.  We at SERVPRO of North East Chester County address each commercial water loss holistically, not only drying the space, but remediating any mold that is found or structural damage.  If your Phoenixville, PA business experiences a water damage or mold growth because a water loss was not properly tended to, call in the pros!

The Truth About Mold

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

What lies below your feet, in crawlspaces and under floors may be out of sight, but shouldn't be out of mind...

The "Welcome" Varieties

You may recall from high school biology classes that mold is part of the fungi kingdom, and despite the connotation, it isn't always bad.  There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi that have been identified, and some are very useful, such as yeast for baking and brewing, and blue cheese and mushrooms to eat!  These useful types, however, have some rather unwelcome family members...

Mold is in the Air...

The truth of the matter is that there is, and will always be mold in your home - but that's ok!  When we at SERVPRO of North East Chester County test prior to mold remediation, the key is what are the variances between the naturally occurring and safe varieties and concentrations inside your home versus other, unaffected areas of your home and immediately outside.  The fungi/mold particles and spores that are constantly present in our air and that settle on surfaces inside should be at a reasonable, equitable level throughout your home in relation to the outside environment. If they are not...

The "Dangerous" Varieties

When unnatural amounts of some fungi/molds are detected in your home, or visibly present growing on walls or contents, it is time to call in SERVPRO of North East Chester County to provide a professional remediation.  Some varieties of mold can present serious health threats to people and animals, in addition to the unwanted odors and visual evidence that they provide.  

But don't panic!  

The best way to identify if you have an issue that requires professional remediation is to call SERVPRO and let our highly-trained technicians evaluate the situations and walk you through the safest course of action.  Don't attempt remediation on your own!  You may unintentionally make matters worse by spreading spores and potentially making your home worse for the wear.  We always follow the most stringent guidelines to keep you safe and complete the job the one and only right way...

Who Is Most At Risk???

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Growth Comes in Many Shapes, Sizes, and Colors...

"I Have Black Mold..."

Often the calls that we field at SERVPRO of North East Chester County include some variation of this start to a sentence.  "Black mold" has certainly received the most coverage and thus has impressed itself most strongly in most home and business owners' minds; however, there are many different types of mold that have a black coloration.  In fact, mold comes in many different sizes, shapes, and colors.  The common theme amongst all, however, is that they do not have a place in your home or business and require professional remediation.

For Your Health...

Once mold is identified in a home or business, the first, most important call should be to SERVPRO of North East Chester County, where highly-trained professional technicians are ready to follow a stringent procedure to not only remediate the visually-present mold, but to do so in a way that will prevent its recurrence and cross-contamination.  

Those who are most at risk - the ones that you love and want to keep safe - are individuals with suppressed immune systems, compromised health situations, chronic inflammatory lung diseases, and severe allergies.  However, there may be adverse effects to even healthy persons and pets.  Those most at risk include:

  • Infants & children
  • Pregnant women
  • The elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma and allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems

Long Story, Short...

If you believe that there may be mold growth in your home or business, based on visual evidence or even just an odor - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of North East Chester County.  There are many "wrong" ways to deal with mold, but we are trained to handle it the right way - to keep your home or business safe, healthy, and clean for all!

Water Damage Can Give Mold a Home...

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

This mold bloom was found during a water damage call in Chesterbrook. The homeowner had no idea that this was hiding in the utility closet!

The heavy rains and storms that often affect us in the summertime can access your home in a number of ways and cause significant damage and saturation.  Once the sun comes back out and the temperature rises, if the affected materials have not been properly dried, the perfect scenario often exists for mold to set-up shop and grow.  At first imperceptible, it isn't long before the musty odors begin and announce that microbial growth is moving in with you!

Proper mold remediation procedures follow a specific and detailed process but can be avoided by calling SERVPRO of North East Chester County when water damage first occurs.  Our technicians will make sure that we dot all the i's and cross all the t's to restore your affected home or business and stop mold growth before it has a chance to start.  

Get Back!

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Black Mold

Mold is all around us...

Different types of mold are found virtually everywhere in nature and even in your home or business - including on that blue cheese in the fridge!  In fact, air-born mold spores use many different methods to gain entry to your home, including open doors and windows on beautiful spring days.


The good news is that not all molds are harmful to us, and most can be kept at bay with moisture control indoors.  But a leak or flood that is not properly dried, or even a sudden spring shower that wets a carpet through an open window can support mold growth.  Likewise, undetected moisture in an attic, basement, or ceiling can provide the right conditions for this unwanted guest - including potentially harmful molds that require immediate attention from your friendly, neighborhood SERVPRO technicians.  We at SERVPRO take rigorous precautions and follow stringent processes to effectively remove mold from an affected area and restore your happy, healthy home or business!


The Process:

1. Mold Containment - the affected area is sealed off to prevent the release of spores

2. Air Filtration - the air is cleaned of any air-born spores

3. Removal of Mold & Mold-Affected Materials

4. Cleaning Contents & Belongings

5. HEPA Cleaning Processes - to ensure that mold & spores are safely removed and your home or business is left clean and sealed