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Mold Growth in your Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth in your Home Moldy wall in Kitchen Pantry

Indoor mold is a common concern in Hawaii as Hawaii's climate is a perfect environment for mold.  Over growth of indoor mold can occur for many reasons, the most typical setting we find an over growth of mold is in homes that have been unoccupied for a length of time.  The main reason for this is because of the lack of air movement in the home. When a home or business owner’s leave their property it is usually left lock up, window closed tight, and AC turned off. With our humid and moderate temperatures here in Hawaii a home without air movement can be a mold haven, a perfect place for it to grow undisturbed.

 Mold is present in almost every environment, indoor and outdoor. It isn't of much concern until the spore count ie, how much mold is present, reaches an unhealthy level. This is when health issues can arise. Mold is not only a health concern but it can also cause rot to occur on the surface it is growing on. This can weaken framing or cabinetry and decay sheet rock and flooring.

 If you find your home is in need of help due to an over growth of mold don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie we are always here to help.

Mold Damage in Local Business

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Local Business Do not lose Business caused by something Preventable.

Do not lose business, money, or your time due to letting water damage go untreated and turn into mold damage.  Mold damage more often than not can be prevented! Get any suspicious moisture or wetness checked out right away.  Often times the area or material may seem dry to the naked eye.  But according to our high tech non invasive infra red moisture meters it may say otherwise. Remember to get it treated right away.  The longer something is wet or goes untreated leaves a greater risk for mold growth causing damage.

 If you find your home is in need of help due to an over growth of mold don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie we are always here to help (808)235-5015.

Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Places For And Causes Of Mold Damage In Kaneohe SERVPRO Tip--Reduce Moisture and the Relative Humidity RH in Your Kaneohe Home to Help Prevent Mold Damage

SERVPRO Advises on Mold Prevention Tips and General Information

It is relatively common knowledge that mold and mildew growth are constant challenges to residents of the Islands. Our state enjoys almost daily rain and average humidity percentages ranging from the mid to high 60's to over 80. Consistently reported precipitation and tropical temperatures and humidity provide microbes plenty of moisture needed to flourish in Kaneohe. Our mold remediation teams share strategies to control these frequent fungal growth problems.

Plumbing and roof leaks also contribute to mold damage in Kaneohe. Regular and expert repair and maintenance improve your odds when taking proactive steps to limit mold spores’ access to moisture. Some homeowners feel discouraged when their vigilance in home maintenance and humidity control still does not rid their homes of mold issues. We encourage frustrated residents living in this sheltered cove of Kaneohe Bay to discuss other possibilities underlying a persistent mold problem with our experts.

Some of the places molds can hide and grow are not where a homeowner might think to look. Because most Hawaiian homes rest on a slab foundation or post and pier construction, any water that overflows from appliances or mechanical systems located on the lowest level of a dwelling can pool if not drained properly. A washing machine or water heater might have a drain pan collecting excess moisture, providing an excellent environment for mold growth. Furthermore, SERVPRO sees circumstances where appliances sit on wooden platforms, exposing those organic materials to saturation and then mold risks.

Installing hoses or piping that drains the water to the exterior from the pan is a reliable solution to these mold hazards. SERVPRO mold remediators then can contain and remove the colonies, finishing by applying topical antimicrobials. Without the standing water, recurrence is far less likely.

Similarly, areas where water is expected, need not be continual mold incubators if experienced technicians evaluate the need for additional safeguards. A bathtub or shower in a Hawaiian home can handle anticipated water from the faucet as well as unanticipated moisture from the slab foundation or crawl space below. Shower pans and moisture impervious cement backer board installations help contain shower and tub water inside suitably installed and caulked fixtures. They then drain appropriately into the waste system and out of a home. Where subflooring is subjected to rain runoff and groundwater moisture, an upgrade to the appropriately rated vapor barriers is critical. Although SERVPRO can remediate bathroom mold outbreaks time after time, a more in-depth search for the cause minimizes or eliminates the need.

Rely on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for your mold damage remediation and prevention needs. One call to (808) 235-5015 gives you access to the knowledge and solutions our team offers for the unique mold damage issues faced by residents of Hawaii.

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Mold Damage Minimization In Kaneohe

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Minimization In Kaneohe Humidity in Kaneohe Can Cause Mold Development -- Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Provides Tips and Remediation for Mold Infestations

The warm and humid climate in Kaneohe is very conducive to mold and mildew issues. Homeowners are likely to see or smell moldy areas frequently if they take a casual attitude toward the conditions prevalent in Hawaii that support the fungal growth. Mold remediation services are available from our trained technicians, but we also want to help our customers with some tips that are effective in preventing mold issues in your home.
Kaneohe enjoys a tropical climate, with near perfect conditions for mold damage. This tradeoff can feel inevitable, but there are some things an educated homeowner can do to limit mold growth and the damage that follows. Although our technicians hold certifications as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), our ultimate focus is on working with you to devise strategies that significantly reduce the risk of active mold colonization in your home.
A review of your HVAC system is a good place to start. Be sure that you change the air filters regularly, replacing them with high-quality options with the proper MERV ratings for your system and conditions. SERVPRO can have your ductwork inspected and cleaned when necessary. Check to make sure that vents covers are cleaned of dust often and not blocked or covered.
One thing you may miss is to limit the items stored near or in the closet or room where your AC is located. Too many items in the area increase the incidence of dust, moisture, and other debris or substances that may be pulled into the system. Clean and vacuum all areas regularly, using a HEPA filter to reduce mold spores.
Maintain an interior temperature of 72 to 80 degrees, using the AC if necessary on a regular basis. For air conditioners to reduce humidity, they must run long enough to condense the excess moisture in the air, so you may want to cool the temperature down further on a consistent basis. Exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom must be used every time a pot boils, or a shower is taken. Clothes dryers must vent to the outside, and lint filters and the ductwork should often be cleaned. Functioning mechanical fixtures helps to guard against excess moisture, keep the relative humidity RH level consistent.
Be vigilant about keeping floors, sinks, tubs, and counters dry between uses. Spills cleaned up immediately pose little risk of feeding mold. Small leaks in plumbing or caulking need immediate attention and repair as their adverse effects accumulate over time. A rain that blows in must be mopped up fast. On pleasant days open doors and windows to encourage air flow.
Partner with SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to find ways to reduce your risk of mold and mildew development. Call us at (808) 235-5015 to remediate current mold damage and then access our knowledge to make decisions about home maintenance that avoid mold growth going forward.

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Restoring and Protecting Your Home Through Remediation of Mold Damage in Kaneohe

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Restoring and Protecting Your Home Through Remediation of Mold Damage in Kaneohe Homeowners are often devastated and overwhelmed when they find mold in their home. Contacting SERVPRO gets you a trained technician ready to help.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Remediate a Current Mold Infestation While Offering Tips to Prevent a Recurrence

It is never pleasant to find microbial growth taking place in your Kaneohe residence. Mold and mildew should warn you of the presence of unwanted moisture in your home. This moisture permits ever-present microbes to proliferate rapidly.

It is possible for houses in Kaneohe with mold damage to suffer in other ways. Water damage to both materials and personal belongings and an uncomfortable indoor environment can both happen when moisture rises too high. SERVPRO can help restore the areas damaged by mold, prevent other damage from happening, and restore humidity to more comfortable levels in your home.  

Our technicians, certified in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT) by the IICRC, are ready to perform the work required to make your home “Like it never even happened.” Mold can appear anywhere in your home that contains too much moisture. We ensure that we remedy this problem first so that mold cannot grow in the future. Using 0.6 mil thick plastic, we completely enclose the area in question.  

We want to ensure that microbes cannot migrate within your home, so we install at least one air scrubber. Forcing the air out through the plastic tubing faster than it can seep in through any minuscule cracks produces negative air pressure in the room. Negative pressure prevents any dust, spores, or other microscopic particles from entering other parts of your home. Hospitals use this technique because it effectively contains highly contagious diseases and prevents their spread.  

As we remove all of the mold-affected materials from your home, we double bag these inside plastic bags. Bagging the materials in this manner makes it safe for us to dispose these items at the curb. Vacuums with HEPA filters efficiently remove fragments and dust from the area. Elimination of damaged materials like drywall, fiberboard, and paneling and dust leaves the area ready for a wipe down with a liquid biocide.  

SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie assists local homeowners to efficiently combat mold damage in their properties, no matter the size. We want your family to live in a safe and healthy environment, so our services and phone are always available, every day of the year. Contact us at (808) 235-5015 so we can help protect your home from microbial growth and the harm it can cause.  

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Why You Need Mold Damage Remediation Before Selling Your Hauula Home

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Need Mold Damage Remediation Before Selling Your Hauula Home At SERVPRO, we say no to mold infestations and say yes to mold remediation.

Learn Why Professional Mold Remediation is Key in Hauula Homes

Are you thinking of selling your home in Hauula? If you are ready to sell up, you probably have a very long list of things you need to do. Before a house sale, there is so much to do, including finding an estate agent, getting your home neat and tidy for potential buyers, putting it on the market, showing interested parties around and, of course, finding your new dream home. Hauula mold damage is probably the last thing on your mind.

However, SERVPRO recommends checking for signs of mold damage and getting fungal remediation before you try and sell your home in Hauula. Interested buyers will order a home inspection before negotiating a deal with you, and some savvy buyers these days even order a specific mold inspection.

Finding fungus in a possible new home is a quick way to turn buyers off. Mold devalues your home and makes it look unkempt and uncared-for. Visible mold is also a clear tell-tale sign of damp, and nobody wants to move into a home that has obvious damp and mold problems.

Before you sell your house, carry out a thorough examination for mold. Look in all the hidden, damp corners where the fungus loves to grow, and look for signs of colonies such as black, green or brown patches.

SERVPRO’s mold remediation experts are on hand to help you deal with any issues you discover. We start by establishing containment so spores cannot travel to other areas of your home, and we use negative air machines to vent contaminated air to the outside.

Next, we clean all signs of the visible mold, so your home looks fresh and bright. Finally, we use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and discourage fungal regrowth.

Because damp is vital for mold proliferation, we recommend you deal with any damp areas before putting your home on the market. If you discover leaks, broken roof tiles, or damage pipes or appliances, get them fixed as soon as possible. Consider buying dehumidifiers to keep humidity down and hold mold at bay.

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For help with fungus in Kailua, Laie, Kokokahi, Kaneohe and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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Your Mold Damage Partner in Kailua

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Your Mold Damage Partner in Kailua Laundry issues such as a leak or a clogged dryer vent can contribute to mold damage in your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate the damage today.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home and Help Prevent a Recurrence

Hawaii has a climate that features daily rains and high humidity in most areas, and our community is no exception. The amount of moisture possible in your home can be significant at any given time, meaning you need to be vigilant and check for microbial growth. Our teams of fully trained mold remediation specialists are always available if the microbes seem to have the upper hand.
You have all the safeguards in place to limit mold damage in your Kailua home. Your bathrooms have operating exhaust fans tripped by the rooms’ light switches. The kitchen also features, and you use, a properly sized and vented hood fan over your cooking area. Air conditioning runs as recommended to not only cool the air but also to remove as much moisture as possible. The drains and condenser coils are clean. If despite all, your efforts fail and you notice mold growth in your laundry room, we can help abate the current mold outbreak and assist you in troubleshooting the reason for the mold damage.
SERVPRO mold remediation follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) protocol. First, we contain the mold, including using negative pressure air scrubbers while we work, venting potentially contaminated air outside. Then we remove the mold colony and any porous materials it infiltrates, and dispose of it according to hazardous waste rules. We finish the cleanup by using professional antimicrobials to destroy this outbreak.
The last, but arguably most important, step our technicians take is to find the moisture that fueled this most recent mold problem. The average air humidity in Kailua is always over 60 percent, edging into “danger zone” that encourages mold spores to blossom into colonies. You plan for this with indoor technology that reduces ambient moisture in your home to between 30 and 50 percent. Since you take this care, the mold that does grow is likely feeding off another moisture source. SERVPRO crew members seek and discover unexpected sources of moisture you overlook to get things back into balance.
SERVPRO’s inspection reveals a clogged clothes dryer vent, incompletely sending damp air outside of the home when the dryer operates. That moist air supported mold growth. We clean out the vent and recommend consistent removal of lint from the dryer’s filter as another way to reduce moisture in the laundry room. This practical response combined with your other best practices gives your home the best chance to remain mold-free into the future.
Mold damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie. Call us at (808) 235-5015 to discuss this common problem in our humid climate. We have solutions to keep the mold under control.

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