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Our New AMRT-Certified Technicians

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our New AMRT-Certified Technicians Alex and Campbell, newly AMRT certified

With mold season fast approaching, it is imperative our technicians possess the skills and training necessary to properly take care of any mold job that comes our way. Two of our technicians, Alex and Campbell, recently took a week-long trip to SERVPRO headquarters in Tennessee to take classes and go through hands-on training. After passing their exams, they are now officially certified as Anti Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT).

As an approved IICRC Training School, SERVPRO offers extensive programs for franchise employees at its state-of-the-art facilities. With year-around class offerings, SERVPRO employees are given access to a wealth of education and resources to ensure they are thoroughly equipped and well-prepared in the field.

With Alex and Campbell’s new up-to-date AMRT certifications, you can trust our team to take care of your mold issues properly and efficiently.

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Rainy Season Means Mold Season

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

“April showers bring May flowers…” as well as a variety of issues for homeowners. Most of these problems can be easily prevented or immediately taken care of. However, mold growth is often overlooked or forgotten about until it is too late. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to prevent or look out for potential mold growth.

There are always mold spores floating through the air, which in small amounts are usually harmless. However, once these spores find a moist, damp spot to land on, they begin to multiply over time to potentially harmful levels. After several days of rain and/or humidity, your property may be a prime target for mold growth.

Mold often grows on walls due to wet air sticking to the surface or hidden leaky pipes located behind. The attic and the ceiling below it would also be prime spots for mold growth, especially after a heavy rainstorm. Dark places such as crawlspaces, closets, inside ceilings, etc. are easy spots for mold to grow because of a lack of both ventilation and sunlight keeping in humid air. Be sure to keep these areas in mind when looking out for mold.

The basement is an especially perfect spot for mold to grow. It is dark, usually not well-ventilated, and any water leakage from above will travel down into or around the basement. In addition, any cold surfaces within the basement such as metal pipes or concrete floors are susceptible to condensation, again creating more spots for mold to grow. If nothing else, keep an especially close eye on your basement.

If your property is suffering from mold or water damage, don’t wait to address it! SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is available 24/7 and has the equipment and training to take care of your mold issues. Call us at (847)593-3055 right away!

Our Mold Remediation Process

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Once mold growth is found, it is vital to have it taken care of as soon as possible. Our mold remediation process will remove harmful mold from your property and help prevent further growth. Typically, the process involves the following:

  • Inspection: Our trained technicians use specialized equipment to locate and identify any mold growth in your property. In many cases, mold will thrive in inaccessible or unseen areas as it feeds on moisture and cellulose materials. The source of the moisture must be eliminated to cut off any further fungal growth.
  • Containment: Because any released spores contain mycotoxins that may be hazardous to your health, it is important to set up a containment area. Any fans and HVAC units are shut down to prevent spore circulation through the ductwork. Poly plastic barriers and negative air chambers are then set up to isolate the spores in one area. Air scrubbers and HEPA filtered vacuums are also used to further aid in the containment process.
  • Treating Infected Items: Removal of any mold-infested furniture, upholstery and building materials for discarding or cleaning is another important element to the mold remediation process. Restoration or replacement of affected materials will depend on the level of infestation and mold damage. Our aim at SERVPRO is to save and restore as much of your personal possessions as possible.
  • Air Safety: Our IICRC-trained technicians will use EPA-approved antimicrobial and antifungal disinfectants to kill any active mold. Specialized foggers and cleaning agents are then used to deodorize your house. This will ensure air quality is safe and breathable.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle provides quality mold remediation services throughout the area. We have an entire staff of highly-trained professionals ready and willing to assist you with returning your home to a clean, safe, and secure place for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Call us today at (847) 593-3055.

Quality Mold Damage Mitigation Services For Your Home In Elk Grove

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quality Mold Damage Mitigation Services For Your Home In Elk Grove Finding mold damage in your Elk Grove home can be stressful.

Mold Damage Mitigation Services

Finding mold damage in your Elk Grove home can be stressful. You may wonder what you could have done differently, kept your home cleaner, or caught things earlier to avoid the circumstances you are currently facing.

However, discovering that you have mold damage to your Elk Grove property is quite common. Mold only needs three ingredients to exist to flourish, and only one needs to exist for it to survive up to two weeks, depending on the species present. It takes its time, waiting for the right conditions to exist.

Mold enters your home various ways throughout the day, every day. It is typical for mold spores to catch a ride on household pets, your shoes, or fly into your home through a window. Since it exists as a significant part of our environment, it would be detrimental to eliminate it entirely. Therefore, there are those of us at SERVPRO who train to learn how to control it, keeping it out of our indoor living environments.

Mold only needs a food source, oxygen, and water to begin spreading anywhere in your home. When you think about all of the possible locations that mold might exist, it can be quite scary. With enough exposure, any species of mold can cause health problems. It is our job at SERVPRO to help homeowners keep mold growth under control, making it safer for you to enjoy your home.

If you find yourself facing mold problems, give us a call. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. We take pride in providing quality mitigation services you can count on and help limit any losses you might experience resulting from mold contamination found in your home.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle provides quality mold remediation services throughout the area. We have an entire staff of highly-trained professionals ready and willing to assist you with returning your home to a clean, safe, and secure place for you and your family to enjoy for years to come (847) 593-3055.

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Condensation in the Basement is a Major Cause of Mold Damage in Elk Grove

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Condensation in the Basement is a Major Cause of Mold Damage in Elk Grove Condensation in your basement can be the cause for mold growth.

Hidden Mold in Low Traffic Areas of Your Home

The winter months are full of constant fluctuations in temperature. In Elk Grove, these fluctuations can affect the indoor temperatures in areas with little or no insulation, and the basement is one of these spaces of your home.

For homeowners and residents in Elk Grove, mold damage remains one of the leading causes of the loss of personal belongings. When temperatures change drastically, condensation can form on walls and other hard surfaces in your basement. As long as their other needs remain stable, mold and many other microbes can proliferate in colder temperatures when moisture accumulates in the form of condensation.

Many people equate musty odors with the warming of the soil around a home when cold snaps end, but this can deceive many into a false sense of security. The reason this scent appears is because of the increase in microbial activity during these warmer, but temporary, periods. Mold damage is much more likely to begin, or increase, during warmer periods of weather.

Experienced SERVPRO professionals work in every part of the home, from living areas to attics to basements and crawlspaces. Mold can grow anywhere. Finding it, though, is easier when an area receives more traffic from those living in the home. Basements, typically used for storage space, can harbor microbial growth for extended periods of time before homeowners discover its presence.

Using meters that detect biological contaminants, our technicians can determine which areas suffer from microbial infestation and then treat them. Restoring a home after mold damage happens does not always mean the removal of materials. Rather, cleaning and preventative treatment to stave off further problems can suffice. In basements, preventing future issues with microbial growth can include the installation of dehumidifiers and sump pumps. Wherever mold might grow, we spray with a fast-drying and very safe anti-microbial agent.

SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle's technicians would like to help you protect your home from the basement up. Mold damage can create a multitude of problems if not remediated quickly. Contacting us at (847) 593-3055 can resolve this issue for you and protect your home.  

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SERVPRO's Thorough Action Against Mold Odors in Elk Grove

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO's Thorough Action Against Mold Odors in Elk Grove Once mold is visible, or many times before, there is a smell associated with its presence. Contact SERVPRO at first sight or smell of mold.

Damage in Your Home Needs Complete Remediation Which Includes Combating Odors

One of the most troubling and most noticeable aspects of mold damage is the smell. Foul odors are, more often than not, the first thing homeowners notice before discovering mold growing in their home. Cleaning up these odors is no easy task, as the chemical compounds mix evenly through the air and often settle into materials and surfaces across the home. Without full industrial treatments, these odors can persist for months or even years after the mold has been dealt with. While less well-equipped companies often forget or forgo treatments for these odors, SERVPRO is careful always to bring the right equipment and the right plan to clean up odors. Our deodorizing foggers help to eliminate odors in their entirety, and when coupled with our advanced sanitization gear, no trace of mold damage should be left after we have come through.
We remove odors from mold damage in Elk Grove homes by bringing in two different types of fogging machines - ultra low volume (ULV) foggers, and thermal foggers. ULV foggers are used for tight spaces such as the areas beneath floorboards or behind walls and specialize in reaching into the deepest and hardest-to-reach corners and cracks. Thermal foggers are our primary weapons for larger spaces, often employed in living spaces of the home such as entire rooms or hallways. Typically, both machines are used to some extent in a home, as they target different areas and are both required to eradicate odors fully.
Common household cleaning products and deodorants fail to eliminate odors simply by their chemistry. Most cleaning products are designed to mask odors rather than eliminate them, and even higher-quality deodorants are difficult to apply to the dark, out-of-reach places that mold colonies tend to inhabit. The advanced equipment used by SERVPRO is specifically designed for mold and fungal odors, so these problems are easily worked around by our technicians.
SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle is a local franchise with national resources to help us eliminate mold and all of its odors from your home. Call us day or night at (847) 593-3055.
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Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Schaumburg

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services Available In Schaumburg Mold Infestations Need Remediation When Green Fuzzy Stuff Appears on Your Walls in Schaumburg

SERVPRO Provides Expert Remediation to Cleanup Your Home in Schaumburg After a Mold Infestation

Discovering mold on your property means that you need professional remediation services to get things under control safely. Attempting to save a few bucks by performing the repairs yourself, often leads to additional damages or spreading contamination even further.

Take advantage of mold damage remediation services available in the Schaumburg area. It does not matter how big or small the problem is, or what type of mold is growing in your home; professional remediation services are your best chance of controlling the problem correctly.
Do not hesitate to call for help, waiting makes the problem worse, escalating damages and causing you to lose more than you should. A company with professional remediation services, like SERVPRO, gives you access to industrial-grade water extraction equipment, fast drying services, as well as cleaning and deodorization services you can count on to restore your home to a safe, clean condition.
SERVPRO technicians inspect the surrounding area for damage, contain the space to limit exposure to other clean areas of your home and use Negative-Airflow Machines, Air Movers and other equipment to prevent spreading contamination. Our expertly trained technicians utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) to maintain a near-sterile work environment and protect everyone involved throughout your remediation process.
SERVPRO locates and repairs the source of moisture allowing mold growth to occur in your home. Then technicians use a variety of hand-held or truck mounted water extractors to remove existing water quickly and efficiently. Each of the different extractors provides technicians with the ability to tackle areas of varying size, making even hidden moisture removable.
Fast-drying procedures and EPA-registered disinfectants help prevent secondary damages from developing and make conditions safer for workers to perform their functions. Safe rooms allow workers to enter and exit contaminated areas, while also giving us the proper amount of space to handle and dispose of materials properly.
With the contaminated materials removed and water extracted, cleaning and deodorization specialists perform their functions restoring your property to a safe, clean, healthy environment that you and your family can enjoy.
Contact SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle today to request the help you need, or find out more about the services available in your area. We are available 24-7, call now. (847) 593-3055