Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Damage: What Happens Next?

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

When you’ve had water damage due to a plumbing leak, appliance malfunction, roof leak, or flood waters from a storm, you may also end up with mold damage. Mold, a type of fungus, thrives in wet or damp environments. Mold can spread throughout a home in just two days, causing significant damage to your property and belongings. This is why it’s important to call on a professional remediation team, like SERVPRO of Rutherford County as soon as mold has been discovered.

So, you’ve found mold in your home and have called the pros, what’s next? Here’s some things you can expect from a mold remediation process:

But First… A Word About Remediation vs “Removal”

What’s the difference between “mold removal” and “mold remediation,” you ask? While some companies claim to “remove all of the mold” from a mold affected home or business, the experts at SERVPRO understand that mold spores are naturally occurring organisms that float through the air virtually everywhere, both indoors and out.

Claiming complete “removal” is just not possible. Remediation, on the other hand, is a multi-step process of returning mold levels to a normal, natural level.

The Remediation Process - 7 Steps to Returning Your Space to Normal

Step 1: You’ve found mold - make the call. Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Rutherford County to get the remediation process started. Our representative will have some questions for you that will help get a rough idea of what resources and equipment will be needed for your specific situation.

Step 2: Inspection and repairing water source (if needed) A thorough inspection and assessment of your property will be done by a SERVPRO professionals. They will use a variety of tools and tech to determine the full scale of the problem, as mold can be hidden behind, under, and inside things, out of sight for the naked eye, but easily spotted by a pro with the right equipment. The SERVPRO technician will also be able to determine any hidden water sources that will need to be addressed before remediation can begin.

Step 3: Preventing the spread with compartmentalization. Physical barriers and more advanced mold containment protocols may be used, depending on your situation. Negative air pressure chambering may be used to keep the mold from spreading further.

Step 4: Clearing the Air. Special air filtration units will be set in place. These devices, referred to as “air scrubbers,” pull mold spores from the air and help prevent the spread of mold during the rest of the process.

Step 5: Clean up and clear out. This is the step in which things will vary greatly depending on your particular mold situation. In some cases, mold-infested materials that are porous (such as drywall and carpeting) will need to be removed. The SERVPRO professionals will use specialized antimicrobial treatments that are appropriate for the surfaces at hand.

Step 6: Getting the contents clean and smelling fresh. The SERVPRO professionals will clean the contents of your space. Any furniture, curtains, clothing, decorative items, etc that was affected by the mold will be cleaned and sanitized. If needed, the space will also be deodorized using specialized fogging deodorization equipment.

Step 7: Restoring your space. The mold is now back to naturally occurring levels, the odor is gone, and the contents of your space are clean and sanitized. Now, the restoration begins. If any drywall, subflooring, or other building materials were affected and removed, this is when they get replaced. New carpet will be installed, walls and ceilings will be repaired, refinished, and repainted as needed, and any other restoration that needs to be done to restore your home or business to it’s pre-mold state will be done.

From this step-by-step layout you can see, from the time you call the SERVPRO of Rutherford County mold remediation specialists until your restoration is complete, we will take care of everything, keeping you in the loop on what’s being done. If you suspect you have a mold problem in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Rutherford County right away so we can get to work preventing further mold damages and cleaning up what has been affected.

Mold Damage? Your Questions Answered.

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Have you had a damaging water event that affected your home? Is there an area in your home that stays damp due to a slow leak or condensation?  Do you have a suspicious smell in the area where your home got wet? If you have had water damage that wasn’t remediated by professionals (or the source was not identified), it’s likely that you also have mold damage in your home.

If water has flooded in to your home, whether through broken pipes, slow leaks, appliance failure, roof leaks, or flood waters from a storm, mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours.

What exactly is mold, and what should you do if you find you have mold damage? We have answers for you. Read on to learn more.

Understanding What Mold Is and Why It is Problematic

  • Molds are a type of fungus that are found pretty much everywhere. It’s actually unknown how many types of mold species exist, but experts estimate between tens of thousands to more than three hundred thousand. Some of the most common molds that are found indoors are cladosporium, penicillium, alternaria, and aspergillus.
  • Mold spores are the fungus’ way of reproducing. These are microscopic particles, and float through the air, much like pollen, and are extremely hardy; they can withstand extreme drought and cold. Mold spores find their way in to your home through open windows or doors, heating or air conditioning systems, and even on your clothing, shoes, or pets.
  • While mold spores can float around in practically any conditions, mold thrives in moist environments, and will reproduce rapidly when wet. It grows especially quickly when wet and warm conditions are present.
  • Mold gives off a strong, telltale odor that can smell different from person to person and from one mold species to another. The odor could generally be described as “musty” “old” “like dirt” or “like rot.”
  • Indoor humidity levels that are consistently above 50% can support mold growth. Try to keep indoor humidity at about 45% for your comfort and inhibiting mold growth.
  • Be aware that before any mold remediation can take place, the source of the moisture needs to be identified and addressed, or the mold may return.

A Note About Black Mold

A specific species of mold has made the news often termed “toxic mold” or “black mold” scientifically known as stachybotrys chartarum. These news reports can be distressing and sometimes confusing. The fact of the matter is that ALL mold should be treated with caution and care, regardless of the type of color. The best thing to do is stay out of the space and call the professionals.

Mold Damage - Do’s and Don’ts

Mold can quickly cause significant damage to your home. SERVPRO of Rutherford County has specialized training and equipment to handle mold problems, but until a specialist arrives, some safety precautions should be taken:

  • DO stay out of any mold affected areas of your home. It is especially important to keep children and the elderly away. In fact it may be necessary to temporarily relocate until remediation is complete.
  • DO turn off any fans and air conditioning/heating systems - cycling the air through the whole home can carry mold spores to new places.
  • DO call SERVPRO of Rutherford County as soon as you notice a problem.

  • DON’T touch the mold affected items or move any furniture/items in the area of the mold.
  • DON’T attempt to dry out a mold affected area yourself.
  • DON’T attempt to clean the mold yourself, do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you suspect you have a mold problem in your property, contact SERVPRO of Rutherford County, your local fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration experts.

A Moldy Affair: Mold Remediation

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping a functioning and safe home is no small task.

Whether your household is comprised of just you and Fido, or if it’s you, your spouse, your children and Fido – it’s still your home.

It’s safe to say that no matter what your home is like, it’s something special to you and your family.

You’ve put in a great deal of time picking out furniture, putting up pictures, and adding all those little details that represent your family.

The ultimate goal as a homeowner is to keep a safe, secure, and happy environment for everyone who enters your home.

However, mold is the uninvited houseguest you probably never anticipated.

Mold is a common issue which almost everyone will come across at some point during their life. Unfortunately, it’s something that can easily occur in your home and it can lead to some very costly repairs.

At SERVPRO, we’ve seen our share of mold related cases throughout our time servicing the community of Smyrna in Rutherford County.

Part of our professional charge is to make sure you know how mold occurs. With the right information, you can take action to prevent mold in your home. And, you’ll know what to do in the event that you’re in need of mold remediation.

Here’s a quick look into how mold can occur in your home and how it can be prevented.

Mold Loves Moisture and Warmth

Mold has got to be the common cold equivalent of issues facing homeowners.

It’s as easy to overlook as it is to facilitate its spread throughout your house. Additionally, it can be just as simple to prevent it.

There are many common causes of mold in homes that can be provoked with a variety of situations. Something as seemingly nonthreatening as a pipe leak can lead to large mold issues in the future.

Flooding and heavy rains can also cause anywhere from minimal to extensive water damage, which all can mark the beginnings of mold.

No matter what the scenario is, the causes of mold in homes will always have moisture involved. Mold occurs when unchecked moisture meets warm climates. This can be particularly troublesome during summer months or in humid climates where mold has the chance to thrive.

Mold eats through any organic material as long as conditions for its growth are present. This means that what could have been remedied by a simple call to a plumber results in mold spreading through your walls, carpet, and ceilings.

Leaky pipes are issues you can easily check for to prevent mold from ever starting to spread. But less known or hidden water damage can be much more difficult to catch. Be sure to check any spaces where you have appliances, to see if there are any leaks.

Also, if there has been any significant rainfall during a storm, it’s a good idea to check your home. Leaks through your roof are a prime area for mold growth given the combination of continued rainfall and summer heat.

Mold Remediation Services at SERVPRO

If mold has already taken root or spread throughout your home, there are services which can solve this. Mold remediation is a professional service where mold is cleaned and removed from your home.

While a mold problem is something you may initially notice on your own, it’s best to bring in a professional to make sure a full assessment is done on the situation.

A professional will uncover not only what the causes of the mold are, but they’ll also be able to discover how extensive the mold damage to your home actually is.

In addition to offering services to stop the source of the problem, mold remediation is the ideal solution for cases where mold has damaged your home. These services also include cleaning and removing the mold-compromised zones using special chemical applications and methods to make sure mold doesn’t return.  

Keep Your Home Mold-Free

Keeping your home mold-free should be on your list of routine checkups.  

As simple as a routine home check could have already prevented mold growth and extensive damage, but it’s one of those things that can be easily overlooked. Mold could be spreading in all the moist, dark corners of your basement that you rarely check.

In the event that mold and mold damage can get out of hand, SERVPRO is your local source for mold remediation services.

Commercial Mold Remediation: A Professional Touch

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Brick and mortar storefronts are a staple of our economy, allowing for local customers to walk in the front door of a neighborhood business for goods or services.

There is great value in being able to have contact with a friendly face in an environment where you have confidence in the employees, and a general sense of trust that they have your best interests at heart.

As a business owner, you’re aware that there are many challenges to be tackled on a daily basis. The last thing you need is a problem to disrupt your work, especially in relation to your place of business.

A common workplace threat that falls under our area of expertise is the potential for mold growth in commercial spaces.

Perhaps you’re familiar with mold issues at home, but your business can be just as at risk. Understanding how to remedy this is important, not just to your customers, but to your livelihood as well.

Commercial mold remediation is a service that SERVPRO is happy to provide to the businesses in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County. It’s just as important for you to know what causes mold as it is to have professional input on any remediation needs.

In this blog, we’ll discuss both how mold growth begins, and also, how mold remediation services can combat potential damage.

How Exactly Does Mold Occur?

Mold growth happens when there is a perfect mixture of conditions – and unfortunately, it can happen far too easily.

All it takes is  a combination of moisture, warmth, and in applicable situations, food – and you could have a serious mold issue in your hands.

Mold in your business will most likely occur in places like bathrooms, basements, kitchens, or anywhere else where there is some kind of moisture.

For example, if an unchecked pipe leak teams up with the summer heat, you could be in for an ugly surprise.

What is Mold Remediation?

Perhaps you’ve already seen mold in your place of business and that’s why you’re here.

Mold remediation is a key service which, when done professionally, can have your business mold-free in no time. This service basically involves cleaning, thorough removal, and mold treatment done throughout your building.

Mold tends to spread if its conditions for growth go untreated. In most extensive cases, mold can even grow quickly through multiple areas – including walls, carpets, and ceilings.

Commercial mold remediation will use special methods, chemicals, and cleaners to remove all mold present and to prevent it from returning.

A Mold Threat in Commercial Buildings

Mold is an issue that can threaten multiple parts of your business, so it’s important to know exactly how to approach it.

It’s vital to bring in a specialist to first asses your mold situation.

Mold is a natural organism which forms whenever the proper conditions are available. While you may initially only notice it in one spot, it’s very common to find that the small damage you’ve identified is just the beginning.

Examining the area with just your eyes may not show the more extensive growth which has spread throughout your building. A professional assessment will take a true account of the areas that have been affected and they will also let you know what needs to be removed or replaced.

A professional assessment will also investigate where the source of the mold is coming from. This is essential because replacing the walls and carpets could be a complete waste if you don’t find the source of the mold.

Getting commercial mold remediation for your business is a sure way to not only eradicate the current issue, but also, to take the proper steps so it doesn’t happen again.

Call the Professionals Every Time

Mold is one of those issues which, when it strikes, can become a huge inconvenience to you.

The most extreme cases can result in the walls and floors of your business needing to be removed and this could require you to close for a period of time.

Taking pride in serving communities, SERVPRO ensures that your mold remediation work is handled promptly and professionally.

If you’ve noticed any current mold issues, or if you have any general questions about how you can keep your business mold free, SERVPRO professionals are here to make sure your business is mold-free, so you can focus on doing what you love instead.

Breaking the Hold of Mold Caused By Water Damage

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Breaking the Hold of Mold Caused By Water Damage These commercial duct dryers will circulate the air in your Rutherford County home if it gets too damp.

At some point in all our lives, we’ve encountered water damage in one of its many forms.

Moisture, when left unattended, can have harsh effects to your home and over time can cost large amounts in emergency restoration to fix. Water damage, even from the first signs of leakage, can quickly become a huge issue for you.

Mold is one of most common ways moisture can become your enemy. It thrives in warm environments, and with the summer months kicking into high gear you can expect it to follow behind any unattended moist areas.

Summer is a time for relaxation and travel, but if you don’t take some actions you could return to a moldier home. Mold doesn’t take a holiday.

Tips to Prevent Molds at Home This Summer

Our experts at SERVPRO have some straightforward tips to help prevent mold in your home this summer while traveling. We want that all our clients in Rutherford County be ready with some mold preventing methods, so they can return to mold-less homes. Here’s a few things you can do this summer:

1. Set the Environment

Hot on the outside, cool on the inside.

Summer heatwaves are sure to not only make for warmer sun filled days, but also can be molds' best friend. If you already have existing wet or moist places in your home and leave them unattended, you’re asking for the mold to multiply. While you’re a at the beach getting a tan, the mold will be taking a hold.

To fight back, you can set the environment of your home to be nonproductive for mold growth. Mold will grow best at 77-degrees Fahrenheit or more. One way to combat this would be setting your temperature much lower than their ideal growth temperature to not give moisture the heat it needs.

It may mean a higher electricity bill, but that’s much better than the costs and damage mold can do.

2. Repair to Prepare

The best way to prevent mold is to never have water damage in the first place.

This is the time to finally take that leaky pipe or appliance that you never truly fix seriously. Perhaps it hasn’t caused anything more than a few minutes of your time to patch up in the past, but if you leave it unattended while traveling this summer you could be looking at a mold or emergency restoration situation.

Hire a professional to fix your leaky pipes and appliances so they don’t become a bigger issue down the road. Additionally, leaks in your roof can be especially problematic if it turns out to be a rainy summer. It would be wise to get a SERVPRO specialist on site to make sure that those discolored ceiling spots don’t turn into something worse in the summer heat.

3. Cleanliness is Happiness

If charity begins at home, then mold grows from neglect.

You may be ready to get off to your summer vacation in a hurry but overlooking the small daily things can add up. Perhaps, you’ve already repaired your faulty pipes, appliances, and other moisture prone areas. However, have you cleaned up the areas where they are?

Regular cleaning of any high moisture areas is a pro tip for ensuring that you avoid water damage and mold. Remedying the leak is one thing, but an unclean area which has already begun to develop mold is an entirely different story, especially if you haven’t been cleaning along the way. Make sure you give your home a thorough cleaning before heading hitting the road.

4. No Humidity, No Problem

Let your home breath.

In addition to setting a good cold temperature make sure you allow room for the cool air to flow through your home. If you have too much clutter in your home, it can make it difficult for air flow to reach moist places which have trapped humidity. Additionally, there could already be mold or wet spaces developing that you didn’t know existed.

Happy Travels

The best methods for preventing water damage and mold are the ones which you plan for. While you’re getting things ready for your summer travel take a look around your home using SERVPRO’s tips to make sure it’s clean, cool and clutter free.

Mold Remediation: Top Signs and Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth is more common in homes located in flood-prone areas, but it can occur in any home. It looks unsightly, but can also cause major structural damage if left unattended for a long time.

The best way to deal with infestation of this annoying fungus is to be proactive. Being proactive here means you should know the signs and causes mold growth, so you can address the problem immediately and stop it in its tracks.

How to Tell if There is a Mold Problem in Your Home

If you notice any of the following signs in your home, you could be having a mold problem:

  1. Can you see colored, flat spots or fluffy patches forming on the walls, ceilings or floors of your dwelling?
  2. Do you notice a pungent or musty odor when you enter your house?
  3. Can you see water stains on your walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces?
  4. Is the paint on the interior surfaces of your abode coming or peeling off?
  5. Do you have rusty water pipes in your abode?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is a resounding yes, you might have a mold problem in your home.

4 Common Causes of Mold Infestation in Homes

Mold thrives in areas that stay wet, and none will grow on surfaces without direct exposure to oxygen. Besides flooding, there are many other potential water or moisture sources that could encourage its growth within a home.

Continue reading on below to find out a few “typical” culprits behind mold growth and damage in homes.

1. Leaky Water Pipes

Every home requires a consistent supply of clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning dirty dishes, bathing, doing laundry, and more. Surviving a day without running water is almost unimaginable.

The water connection to your abode comprises a series of water pipes that deliver water to the various faucets or points of use within the home.

When you have a dripping water pipe, you may experience a considerable decline in water pressure, depending on how big or small the leak is. But that is not the only thing that should worry you.

The water leakage may encourage mold infestation, especially if it’s hidden and goes unnoticed for a long time. Leaks that occur underneath sinks installed on bathroom vanities are a perfect example of leaks that may take time to detect.

Once you have called in an emergency plumber to stop the leakage, you should immediately contact a remediation specialist to inspect the affected area for mold growth and determine the extent of damage caused by the mold.

2. Leaky Roofs

Like dripping water pipes, leaky roofs are another common cause of mold damage. Mold growth from roof leaks typically happens during the rainy spell when rainwater runs off the rooftop.

The presence of water stains on your ceiling or interior walls is a tell-tale sign of a leak from above. A roof repair specialist can fix the leaks for you, but they may not have the expertise and experience required to inspect your roof and home for mold damage.

You will need to enlist the services of a water and mold damage professional to protect your family from mold exposure and growth in your home.

3. Hot Showers

Bathrooms are by design wet areas, but are you aware that those long, foggy hot showers you like taking every day could increase the risk of mold growth?

Hot showers cause moisture-heavy air, called condensation, to build up on your bathroom surfaces. This, in turn, encourages mold growth in your bathroom.

To minimize condensation and prevent this growth in your bathroom, you should consider leaving your bathroom windows open when taking hot showers.

When opened, your bathroom windows will allow excess moisture to exit the room to the outdoors. To facilitate quicker expulsion of excess moisture from your bathroom, you should consider installing a ventilator fan.

4. Drafty Doors and Windows

Doors and windows that leak out air are a leading source of energy inefficiency in homes, but they could also promote mold growth by leaking in water from outside when it rains.

Luckily, all you may need to do to remedy the problem is to replace the caulking or weather-stripping around the window.

If you suspect that your house has suffered mold damage, it is best to contact a remediation expert immediately. This will ensure prompt removal as well as prevention of further damage.

Contact SERVPRO for Help

Mold spreads fast, so any sign of growth requires prompt intervention. If you have an infestation in your Murfreesboro home, don’t hesitate to turn to the seasoned remediation specialists at SERVPRO for help. 

5 Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in Your Home

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Anyone who tells you they can completely remove mold from your home is lying.

There are likely thousands of spores in the air in your house right now – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

It becomes a problem when the fungi begins growing and causes mold damage.

How to Keep Mold Damage Out of Your House

Once mold damage appears, it can spread quickly. The cheapest way to get rid of the damage is prevention. The Tennessee Department of Health suggests following these five steps to keep mold damage from popping up in your home.

1. Fix Leaky Pipes, Roofs and Windows

Mold grows best in wet, humid and warm conditions. If you notice any leaks in your home, fix them as soon as possible. It only takes 48-72 hours for significate mold growth and damage to occur in the impacted areas.

2. Keep Indoor Humidity Below 50 Percent

The Department of Health recommends a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent. SERVPRO is a little more specific and urges its customers to keep humidity below 45 percent. Regardless, keeping your humidity level down will help prevent mold growth. Make sure to double check the humidity setting on your thermostat – if your unit does not have this feature, you should consider investing in a dehumidifier.

3. Perform Regular HVAC Inspections

Your air conditioner is likely working extra this time of year – especially in the Rutherford County summer heat. If your system has any mold, you’re unknowingly spreading it to all corners of your home. Schedule routine maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure your vents are clean.

4. Avoid Carpeting Bathrooms and Basements

Carpets tend to trap in moisture, and there are few locations in your home as damp and humid as your bathroom or basement. If you decide to go with carpeting, ensure the area is properly ventilated to remove excess humidity in the air.

5. Promptly Clean After Flooding

Flooding is not uncommon in Rutherford County. Should your home suffer any flood damage – and it’s safe to do so – try to clean and dry up the area as quickly as possible. Remember, mold thrives in moisture and it only takes a few days for significant damage to happen.

What to Do When You Find Mold Damage

When you spot mold or water damage in your home, it’s important to act quickly. The highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

3 Common Causes of Mold Damage in Your Home

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Your home has mold.

But don’t get alarmed (yet) – mold is a naturally occurring fungi that lives in all environments. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it’s impossible to eliminate all mold and spores from your house.

However, if conditions in your home are right, those fungi can spread and cause mold damage and big problems.

Stop Mold Damage Before It Starts

Mold grows best in damp, hot, and humid places. So the best way to control mold is to control the moisture in your home. Here are three common causes of mold damage in your house that you need to know about.

1. Leaky Pipes or Roofs Cause Mold Damage

One of the most common causes of mold damage is from leaks. Leaks create areas of standing water where mold colonies can grow. Call a plumber or replace any leaky pipes. Also note any discoloration on your ceiling, which can be a sign of water damage from a leaky roof or a leaky pipe in the room above. Remember, the source of these leaks must be fixed before any mold remediation can occur or the problem will continue.

2. Humidity Causes Mold Damage

The Tennessee Department of Health recommends the humidity in your home be set between 30 and 50 percent to prevent mold damage. Some thermostats have a setting which allows you to control the humidity level. This is important to note, especially during the hot and humid summer months here in Rutherford County.

If your thermostat doesn’t give you this option, think about using a dehumidifier. The most economic units will run between 50 and a few hundred dollars, but this is a small investment considering the potential costs associated with mold remediation.

3. Poor Ventilation Causes Mold Damage

Ventilation helps reduce the heat and humidity from areas with a lot of moisture – specifically kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Check that your exhaust is not blocked and is venting all of your heat and humidity outside. Ensure exhaust fans are working properly over cooking surfaces and in your bathroom. It’s also smart to crack open a window while showering to help reduce the humidity in the room.

How to Get Rid of Your Mold

If you spot mold damage in your house, you need to act fast. And the highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

3 Signs You Might Have Mold Damage in Your Home

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage stinks.

No really, it stinks.

Like any fungi, mold grows best in damp and warm environments – and gives off a noticeable odor. But that’s not the only telltale sign that you might have mold damage in your house.

3 S’s That Could Signify Mold Damage in Your House

Sometimes the signs of mold are obvious, and sometimes they aren’t as noticeable. You might have had mold damage for years and not even realize it. But if you know what to look for, you can spot the symptoms of the fungi and take appropriate steps to get rid of the excess mold.

Here are three S’s you might notice if you have mold damage in your home.

1. Smell Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

If your home has a foul odor that’s not coming from your kids’ sweaty clothes, it could be due to mold growing somewhere in your house. Take heed of the old saying and simply follow your nose to try to detect where the smell is strongest, and mold might be growing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some of the most common areas to check for mold include your basement, bathroom, roof, kitchen, and laundry room.

2. Stains Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

Unless your mold is located behind your walls – and if that’s the case you have a bigger problem on your hands – you’ll usually be able to see where mold might be growing. Often times you’ll notice black or colored splotches on your walls, pipes, shower, etc. where mold damage is occurring.

Another sign to look out for is water stains. These discolorations are evidence of a current or former leak. Remember, mold grows best in wet areas. A water stain is not proof of mold damage, but it’s important you keep an eye on that area. Most importantly, contact a plumber to ensure the leak has been fixed.

3. Sickness Might Be Caused by Mold Damage

Are you or someone in your home seemingly ill more than normal? In addition to causing an inconvenience in your house, in some cases mold might have a more serious impact on your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several negative health reactions caused by mold, including stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, and even asthma. However, it’s important to note that not everyone is impacted by mold and symptoms will vary in each person.

How to Get Rid of Mold Damage

If you spot mold damage in your house, you need to act fast. And the highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in Rutherford County are on call 24/7 – ready to assist in your emergency needs. Our team will help find the source of your problem and suggest services that are right for your home and budget.

Contact SERVPRO in Rutherford County at (615) 751-8815 to schedule your appointment today.

How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home Dehumidifiers could help you manage moisture at home.

How Can Dehumidifiers Help At Home

A dehumidifier will remove excess moisture from your home. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, live in a humid climate, have issues with condensation, or have mold problems, a dehumidifier could be the solution. The following are five ways a dehumidifier will help you achieve clean air within your home.


Mold, mildew, and dust mites are all allergy triggers. They love humidity. Any room with poor circulation such as bathrooms and basements are prone to allergy triggers that can spread throughout the home. A dehumidifier decreases the moisture that can support allergens as well as prevent some forms of virus and bacteria growth.

Pest Control

Several pests like roaches and spiders also love humid conditions. They gravitate towards these areas. If you have noticed unwelcome pests in your house, a dehumidifier could discourage more from coming in. Take note of where you see the most pests. These areas are rooms where humidity levels are high.


Having high humidity and moisture in your home can create structural damage. Condensation builds up and causes mold to form. Moisture also causes warping and deterioration. Even the furniture will become damaged over time. If you find a musty odor in your home or notice peeling paint and wallpaper, you could need a dehumidifier to prevent further damage.


You will be much more comfortable if you have the proper humidity levels within your home. This is especially true for those that live in muggy or tropical climates. Indoor air improves in quality and feels cooler with the use of a dehumidifier.

Energy Costs

Dehumidifiers allow the air conditioner to work effectively. It removes moisture from the air which means the AC won’t have to work as hard to keep a comfortable temperature in your home. This saves wear and tear on the unit as well as lower energy use.

If you are having issues with allergens, mold and mildew, or moisture damage, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can help you clean up your home and air ducts. Follow up with the use of a dehumidifier to keep the air within your home clean and comfortable.

“Mold Removal” vs Mold Remediation In Your Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation “Mold Removal” vs Mold Remediation In Your Home Let SERVPRO of Rutherford County handle your mold-related issues!

Mold is a four-letter word and it's a fungus, so it must be bad, right? Not always. Like most other things, this fungus has its pros and cons. One of the pros is that leaf mold helps plants keep moisture and provides great conditions for organisms living in the soil. One of the cons is that when any variety of the fungus is inside a home or business, it is often linked to health concerns. That means, for humans, it is potentially a hazard and a danger.

Troubling Signs

Before you can fix the problem, you need to find out if you actually have one. Sometimes it's visible, and other times it's smell-able. If you smell a strong, musty odor, it's probably fungus. Other signs to watch for include peeling paint, warping walls and any type of moisture, including leaks, humidity and dampness. These signs are a clear sign that you need professional help.


The name strachybotrys chartarum may not sound familiar, but its common name of black-mold does. It's one of the most common types of the fungus found inside houses and business. No one wants that, of course, so it's definitely an issue to deal with. The question is how? Some companies offer to completely rid your home of the potential toxins, but that is not possible. The fungus spores are microscopic, multicellular thread-like organisms that exist everywhere. Getting rid of all them is impossible, so a business offering complete removal is offering something they can't deliver.


When a house or business has a fungus problem, it is overgrown and out of control. Remediation can solve this problem. SERVPRO of Rutherford County will make sure the fungus reaches normal levels.

A Plan of Action

A proper remedy requires a restoration company that understands the scientific aspects of fungus and how it grows. SERVPRO of Rutherford County has qualified professionals with the skills and expertise needed to examine the problem and deal with it the right way. Because each house or business is different, a SERVPRO rep thoroughly inspects the damage to make an assessment and develop an individual treatment. Once that plan is set, these are the steps to resolve the issue.


  1. Fungus containment


  1. Air filtration


  1. Remove fungus and materials infested with it


  1. Clean belongings and contents


  1. Restoration

If you have a mold problem, let SERVPRO of Rutherford County take care of it!

How Can Mold Remediation Help You at Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Can Mold Remediation Help You at Home If you have a mold problem in your home, we can help you manage it!

It can be scary situation for any homeowner faced with a mold problem. The growth of this nuisance can lead to several different types of health problems, and in the worst cases it can actually become fatal. Knowing this, you will want to address the issue by contacting a professional mold remediation service. The following information will show you how hiring experts like those at SERVPRO of Rutherford County can help you at home.

Get Rid of the Problem for Good

Like we mentioned already, this problem can be dangerous and even toxic. Hiring a professional remediation expert to rid your house of the danger is the best decision you can make. They will take the necessary action to deal with the problem, and prevent its return in the future. Instead of exposing you and your loved ones to additional dangers, they have the skills and equipment to effectively manage your problem.

Remove Moisture

Spores that cause mildew issues need moisture to multiply and grow. The experts can find the places in your home where moisture has become a problem. They can also identify how to stop the moisture from coming back in the future. Stopping further growth of the spores is key when fighting this situation.

Find Hidden Problem Areas

The remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Rutherford County know where to search for hidden issues that you may not even know exist. Mildew can grow in attics, between walls, in closets, and in basements as well as any other place that accumulates moisture in the dark. Their experts understand this and are capable of identifying the signs that most need addressing.

Once you have discovered you have any of these issues within your home you will naturally be fearful. Moisture and mildew problems can cause you and your loved ones to become ill. Left unresolved, these problems can become fatal. Address the problem quickly by contacting the remediation experts. They can remove the problem as well as prevent further issues so that you can once again have peace of mind.

5 Efficient Ways to Prevent the Growth of Mold in Your Home

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 5 Efficient Ways to Prevent the Growth of Mold in Your Home Open your windows and let air circulate through your home!

Mold is a fungus that reproduces through spores that travel in the air, both indoors and outdoors. They thrive in areas with high humidity and moisture. Water-mold is beneficial outdoors as they help to decompose dead organic matter like leaves. They, however, are a cause of irritation and allergies when indoors, causing coughing, skin rashes and headaches. To prevent home loss due to out-of-control fungus, find below some ways to prevent it:

1) Regulate Moisture Levels

This means keeping your house dry, free from both moisture and humidity. One of the ways to do this is by using a hygrometer that lowers the level of humidity; keeping it below 60%.

2) Always Ventilate the House

Air circulation is crucial in the prevention of water-mold at home. Opening windows to let air in, especially in the bathroom, is one way to ensure good air circulation. The use of ceiling fans to circulate air is also crucial.

3) Fix Leaking Pipes, Gutters and Roofs

As pointed out earlier, water-mold thrives in moisture; hence, it is important to fix any areas of the house that might have leakages. Diligently checking areas where leakages may occur, aids in the prevention of water-mold.

4) Clean Spills and Floods Immediately

Clean fluids poured on the floor immediately as water-mold grows within 24-48 hours. Wiping floodwater and spills immediately guarantees safety from water-mold growth. In addition, wiping bathroom walls using molding killers will ensure safety.

5) Avoid Hanging Wet Clothes Indoors and Eliminate Clutter

In the event that one does not have a clothes dryer, it is advisable to look for a spot outside the house to hang clothes. This is because wet clothes increase moisture levels in the home. Eliminate clutter like draperies that block AC grills. It is advisable to add water-mold inhibitors to paint before painting as this will prevent the growth of water-mold.

The above list is important in the prevention of water-mold. In cases where mold is growing in the home, it is advisable to seek the help of professionals like SERVPRO of Rutherford County. We use the latest techniques and equipment to remediate water-mold. We swiftly respond to emergency calls with a specialist team consisting of a microbial remediation specialist, a water damage restoration technician and an applied structural drying technician. We're ready to help you recover faster from any disaster, so give us a call today!

Warning Signs of Mold

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Warning Signs of Mold Be vigilant for mold in your home or business!

Mold is a type of fungus that develops from tiny spores that float around in the air, both indoors and outdoors. Mold is often found in humid or moist places, and if allowed to grow unchecked, it can present issues for a building. With that in mind, we offer this quick list to help you tell when mold is growing in your building:

1) Musty Odor

Even if you cannot see mold, it can be in your home or business. A very common indicator of the fungus is its smell. When mold grows in an area of your building, you will notice a pungent and musty smell. Take action immediately when you notice the odor. Mold overgrowth can cost you a great deal of money and even your health. You may not be aware of the full extent of the problem until professionals check in between walls and under floors.

2) The Appearance of Mold

Mold may look like cotton, granules, or leather. It can appear in various colors like white, green, gray, black, brown, or yellow. Unfortunately, many people ignore small mold and mistake it for soot or ordinary dirt. Take immediate action when you see tiny discolored and fuzzy growth on furnishings or the surface of building materials.

3) Water Leaks

If you notice water leaks from ceiling pipes, water stains, or standing water, mold might become an issue. Water leaks cause moisture, and that provides an excellent growing place for mold. Check for discoloration or watermarks on carpets, walls, and other materials for hidden mold.

Any business or home can face a fungus fiasco. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Rutherford County can inspect the property. Mold remediation is one of our specialties and we can eliminate the issue safely. We also invest in state-of-the-art equipment and continuous training that ensures your home or business is quickly and efficiently restored.

Give us a call today!