Can Mold Return After Remediation?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

At some point or another, you will probably have mold in your home. Mold grows because of excessive moisture in your home, wet wood, water leaks, and other circumstances that create the perfect breeding grounds for mold spores to start growing and reproducing. The longer you let your mold grow, the more hazardous it becomes for yours and your family’s health. Mold can aggravate your family’s allergies and can cause respiratory issues. Professional mold remediation is a great way to remove the mold from your home and keep your family safe, but can mold return after remediation? The short answer? Yes, mold can return after remediation.

Can Mold Return After Remediation?

Why Does Mold Return?

Mold is a fungus and like the vast majority of fungi, the organisms that mold is made up of, live by breaking down moist, rotting organic matter. Mold reproduces via microscopic spores which are always in the air. Everywhere you go, mold spores are in the air. There’s no way to truly avoid them and get rid of them permanently. In small amounts, these mold spores won’t cause adverse effects, but when large amounts of mold begin to grow, and large quantities of spores are released into the air, health issues can arise. If there is moisture in your home, especially wet and rotting wood, carpeting, or drywall, it creates the right environment for mold to begin to grow. Moisture is almost always the epicenter for mold infestation. If an underlying moisture problem wasn’t resolved during your remediation process, eventually your mold infestation will return.

Mold Remediation Done Right

There are things you can do to reduce your chance of mold growing back such as drying wet areas as soon as possible, properly ventilating moisture areas like your bathroom, using mold-resistant building materials, and keeping your indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. However, when you have a mold infestation, you want your remediation done right with all your moisture problems taken care of. That’s where MicroZyme Technologies comes in. Our mold remediation experts will properly remove the mold in your home and find the moisture source that caused it. For mold remediation done right, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

Worcester Mold Remediation

Friday, June 8th, 2018

 

In a humid climate like Worcester, mold can be a big problem. Since mold growth depends on moisture, humid places are the perfect breeding grounds for mold. Add rain on top of the humid weather in moisture and you’ve got a mold’s paradise. No one likes having mold in their homes; it’s not pleasant to look at, but it can also be hazardous to your health.Worcester Mold Remediation

If you have younger children in your home, their health can be more affected than yours since their immune systems are still developing. You don’t want to let mold find a home in your house. The faster you get your mold removed, the better you and your family will feel. Worcester mold remediation is a great way to get your home mold-free!

Understanding  Mold

While we only think about mold when we can see it, microscopic mold spores are almost everywhere, indoors and out, so completely removing mold from your home is impossible. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter into your home through an open window, door, your AC system, and can even hitch a ride inside on your clothes. When these spores are exposed to moisture, they can quickly grow into a colony, which creates the big, dark spots you immediately think of when you hear ‘mold.’

Even though mold can’t be completely removed from your home because the spores will always be there, you can go through mold remediation to address the water problem which causes the mold colony and remove the harmful mold from your home. To begin your Worcester mold remediation process, you need to call MicroZyme Technologies!

The Worcester Mold Remediation Process

Every mold scenario is different and demands a unique solution, but the basics of mold remediation stay the same:

●        Inspection and mold damage assessment

●        Mold containment

●        Air filtration for clean, mold-free air

●        Removal of mold and mold-infested items

●        Cleaning of your belongings

●        Restoring whatever building materials were damaged from the mold.

Mold can be a scary thing to have in your home. The dark spots can look ominous and your family’s allergies can really kick into high gear. Avoid all this and call MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653 and keep your family healthy and your home beautiful!

Had Flood Damage in Worcester, MA? Here’s How to Stop the Mold!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

To property owners and renters, flood damage can seem like the kiss of death. Not only are your items damaged and become hard to fix or replace, but your home itself undergoes substantial damage. The flooring, whether it be carpet, tile, or wood, is irreparably damaged and needs to be completely replaced.

Had flood damage in Worcester, MA? Here's how to stop the mold!

But beyond that, the integrity of your home’s structure can be compromised. All of these damages are easily seen so you can fix them, but there is an unseen problem that can happen: mold. Have you had flood damage in Worcester, MA? Here’s how to stop the mold!

Flood Damage and Time

Mold growth can happen in a short amount of time. Within 24 hours of flood water standing in one place that it really shouldn’t be in, mold can grow. Mold thrives off of moisture and, if left to it’s own device, it can become an expensive and time-consuming mess to clean. To avoid this, immediate extraction of the flood water and drying the wet area will help reduce the chance of mold growth. If mold is permitted to grow in your home after flood damage, it can lead to bigger issues, issues that you don’t want to deal with while you’re dealing with the flood damage itself. For example, mold growth can turn into black mold and toxic mold which can cause severe health issues for you and your family.

Flood Damage and Professionals

To stop the mold growth in your home after flood damage has occurred, you need MicroZyme Technologies. We are experts in flood damage restoration and mold remediation and, luckily for you, we work on an emergency basis. We’re ready to save your home from mold growth whenever flood damage strikes. We are highly trained at containing any mold that may have grown as a result of your flood damage and we know how to properly remove it without contaminating any other areas in your home. Once all the mold is removed, we will fix your home’s structure with special, mold-resistant drywall and then we will paint with mold-resistant paint to help reduce your chances of mold regrowing after your flood damage. To make sure mold growth is prevented in your home after flood damage, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 866-920-6653.

What is a Mold Damage Assessment?

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

If your home has ever experienced water damage from a flood or burst pipe, mold can be lurking in your home and you might never even know it. Mold eats away at building materials which can cause further structural damage to your home. As the mold continues to grow, it can turn into toxic mold which can have adverse effects on the health of you and your family and can, in severe cases, make your home uninhabitable. This is where a mold damage assessment comes in.

A mold damage assessment can help keep you healthy

There can be various signs of mold damage in your home: visible signs, odor signs, construction defects, stains, or visible water damage. Professionals like our technicians here at MicroZyme Technologies conduct mold damage assessments to test if you do have a mold infestation after experiencing water damage. So what is a mold damage assessment?

Methods of Testing

Mold damage assessment has three different ways of testing for mold in your home:

●        Air Sampling. This test is done with a bioaerosol air impactor to get a sampling of viable fungi and mold. When air goes into the sample, airborne particles are pushed to the surface where they can be collected and tested for fungi and mold. Results will vary depending on the size of the sample, techniques for the sampling, duration of the sampling, and the date the sample is taken.

●        Swab Sampling. This testing, also called surface sampling, is an excellent way of finding and identifying the sources of fungi growth. The test is done by taking a sterile swab, dipping it in suspension solution, and swabbing the suspected area. The swab is then placed in a sterile vial and sent to a lab for analysis.

●        Carpet Sampling. This inspection can discover undetected mold problems since carpet usually holds evidence of mold from previous infestations. Mold spores can pile up in between the fibers of the carpet where they can grow into a new infestation

Why You Need a Mold Damage Assessment

Your mold damage assessment will include:

  • Complete inspection of your home
  • Evaluation of moisture content
  • Sampling

Getting a mold damage assessment is beneficial to you because it can help prevent future issues. If the mold goes unchecked and continues to grow, it can damage your home and it can cause health problems. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, the sooner you call MicroZyme Technologies, the sooner you can get the mold removed from your home and get back to living your life mold worry-free. After your water damage, call us at 1-866-920-6653 for a mold damage assessment.

Will my Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Mold is a disgusting concept that no one wants to talk or even think about. When you think about mold, you think about the big black, gross spot that covers a fairly large area. Even if the mold growth isn’t that large and is only in a tiny corner of your bathtub, it’s still nasty to think about, and even nastier to look at. Some mold can be toxic and harmful to your health, while others are just a nuisance to look at.

No matter which mold growth you’re dealing with, there is one question on your mind: will your insurance cover mold removal? The biggest issue with a mold infestation is property damage so you want to know what your insurance will cover.

Will my Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

Mold Coverage

Whether or not your home insurance covers mold removal depends on your policy and the factors that contributed to the mold growth. Since mold thrives in dark, damp places, most mold growth is caused by water leakage and poor ventilation. Unfortunately, most homeowner insurance policies don’t cover all kinds of water damage. Standard homeowner policies don’t cover water damages caused by “maintenance” problems. These maintenance problems include:

  • Continuous water seepage or repeat leaks
  • Ongoing humidity problems
  • Problems related to your landscaping or drainage on your property
  • Condensation

Along with these maintenance problems, most policies usually exclude flood damage so if your mold infestation is a result of a flood, it is likely your insurance won’t cover the mold removal process. However, some policies will cover sudden and accidental water damage such as a burst pipe. The only way to be positively sure if your insurance will cover mold removal is by looking closely at your policy. If you’re covered or not, either way, you’re going to need to be vigilant and take preventative measures.

Preventative Measures for Mold Growth

The best way to protect your family is to take precautions so mold doesn’t grow, that way you won’t need to rely solely on your insurance. Take your home and your health into your own hands with these preventative measures:

  • Keep the humidity level in your home as low as possible
  • Use and maintain bathroom ventilation
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers
  • Install attic and crawlspace ventilation systems
  • Use exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and using other appliances that create moisture
  • Add mold inhibitors to paint before painting
  • Insulate windows, walls, and pipes to reduce condensation
  • Routinely check indoor water sources for leakage
  • Keep bathrooms as dry as possible
  • Fix plumbing problems right away

For more information on how to protect your home from a mold infestation, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

New Year, New Health, NO Mold!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

With the arrival of the new year, you’ve made your resolutions and are trying to stick to them. Whether your resolutions are for your personal life or your career, the month of January is the most crucial time to stick to your resolution. If you can make it through January, the rest of the year should be no problem! While you may want to start the year with a fresh new attitude, your house may not. You’ve dropped all the negativity and bad stuff in your life from the past year, but your house doesn’t have that luxury and is still holding on to old bacteria. That old bacteria can manifest itself into mold, and that is something you do not want to deal with in the new year. It’s the new year, new health, and NO mold!

New Year, New Health, NO Mold!

Start 2018 with a Clean Slate

Having mold be part of your home can make you feel dirty and, when you’re trying to start the new year fresh, it can be really frustrating. There’s no need to worry, however, because MicroZyme Technologies is here to help your new year start off right with no mold and better health. Cleaning and removing mold can be risky to your health, especially if you don’t know what kind of mold you’re dealing with and if you don’t know how to properly remove it. If you try removing it yourself, you risk letting spores move to different areas of your home to start the mold growth process all over. Avoid all this by contacting the professional mold removers at MicroZyme Technologies.

NO Mold with MicroZyme Technologies

Since some molds are easily spreadable and can be toxic, it is important to follow strict guidelines when removing mold. The mold removal experts at MicroZyme Technologies are very thorough during the removal process and follow the safest removal practices. Leave all the heavy lifting to us and just sit back and focus on your new year, new you practice. We will get your home back to a mold-free atmosphere in no time! To start your new year off right with new health and no mold, contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.

Hidden Breeding Grounds Where Mold Maybe Lurking

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Mold is the last thing you would want to find in your home. It’s ugly, it can smell, and it can be harmful to your health if left untreated. You may think that your home is mold-free because you can’t see it or you often check your water sources to make sure they don’t leak. However, there are hidden breeding grounds where mold may lurking and you don’t know it. Find out where mold might be hiding in your home!

Hidden Breeding Grounds Where Mold Maybe Lurking

Kitchen

Mold will grow in places that have moisture and in an area where it is dark. Since your kitchen is packed with appliances and plumbing that produce extra moisture, mold can grow easily. When wet dishes pile up into a heap, your dish rack can become a breeding ground for mold growth. While your refrigerator is cold, that does not mean fungus can’t grow inside. Many fridges rely on drip pans to catch any spilled foods and beverages. Your drip pan sits underneath your fridge so it is dark and full of moisture. The perfect place for mold to grow.

Living Room and Bedrooms

You may think that your living room and bedrooms should be the exceptions to mold growth because there isn’t that much moisture in those rooms. You would be wrong. Windows in these rooms create condensation from rain outside which then drips down and pool on your window sills. Have you ever looked at your windowsill and seen it covered in a black or brown color? Well, that might be more than just accumulated dust.

Air Conditioner

Air conditioners generate a lot of excess moisture from the evaporator coils to the drain pan. With your air conditioner running a lot, it creates more and more moisture. If your air conditioner isn’t regularly wiped down and dried off, it will attract mold spores and cause a major mold growth.

Your entire home should be properly ventilated to reduce the amount of moisture, but you should also have regular mold checks. If you suspect that you might have a mold problem, call MicroZyme Technologies today at 866-920-6653.

When is it Time to Call in the Professionals?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Having mold in your home is never a good thing. Microscopic spores can take flight and aggravate allergies and worsen respiratory issues. Along with affecting your health, mold can ruin the drywall, woodwork, and carpet within your home. You will have an encounter with mold more than once in your life because it is a part of life. However, not every patch of mold is cause for panic. Here’s how you can tell if you can get rid of the mold yourself and when it is time to call in the professionals.

When is it Time to Call in the Professionals?

Mold Everyday and Solutions

Mold loves moisture and thrives on it. Any place in your home that has high amounts of moisture is at risk for mold growth:

●        Bathrooms with poor ventilation, especially the shower area

●        Kitchen sinks, especially underneath the counter where the pipes are

●        Thresholds of exterior doors

●        Basements near hot water heaters

If you can see the mold and it is a small patch, you can probably get rid of it yourself with some hot water and soap. More stubborn forms of mold usually respond well to a mixture of bleach and water.

Time to Call the Professionals

When is it time to call the professionals for mold removal? When your mold has advanced to problematic mold, it’s time for some professional help. Mold in your drywall, studs, and subflooring is very problematic. Instead of trying to fight the mold yourself and possibly spreading the spores to other locations within your home, your best option is to call professional mold removers, like MicroZyme Technologies. Our mold removal experts make sure to not only remove the spots of mold you can see, but also the microscopic air spores that are harder to remove on your own. When you call us, you can rest easy knowing that all aspects of your mold problem will be removed. No matter the size of your mold growth, you can always call us for help. No mold job is too small for us and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Give us a call today at 1-866-920-6653 for all your mold removing needs.

How to Prevent Mold Growth Post-Flood

Monday, October 30th, 2017

There’s not much worse than flooding in your home. Water rushing through your home damages your things, your memories. What’s worse is that after going through a flood, your home is at high risk for mold growth. The last thing you want to deal with after a flood is a mold infestation. How to prevent mold growth post-flood is simple. All you have to do is follow these 5 steps:

How to Prevent Mold Growth Post-Flood

Check Up

After the flooding, there are several reasons for you to get down to the damaged area and check it out, including tax and insurance purposes. You also need to look for electrical, gas, structural and other safety hazards. Once things have been deemed safe, you should inspect the walls, floors, and all items. The general rule is that anything below the line of water should be thrown out. Everything above the water line should be inspected for discoloration, odor, and damage.

Get Everything Out

You can use a pump or wet vacuum to remove excess water left over. The sooner you get it out, the better. After removing the water, you should remove any plaster, drywall, paneling, carpet, wood-flooring, insulation, and all other things below the water line. For insurance purposes, it’s best to keep a record of everything you are discarding. Take before and after pictures to document the damage.

Clean It Up

Investing in a HEPA vacuum will make cleaning up a lot easier. A HEPA vacuum will make sure to suck up all the potentially harmful bacteria in the air and not let it settle back onto clean surfaces. After vacuuming the debris, scrub the framing of your home with mild detergent, then rinse with a low-pressure flushing. Multiple rounds of cleaning may be required until you’re satisfied that no mold has grown and your home is as clean as you like it.

Dry Everything

Mold spores are everywhere and it’s hard to get rid of them all or any potential contaminants. All those spores need to attach to and grow is moisture. To make sure mold doesn’t grow after a flooding, the affected area needs to be dried as quickly as possible.

Keep It Dry

The best rule to keep mold from growing is to keep surfaces dry. If you strive to ensure that your home stays dry, you will lower your chances of mold growth.

If your home has suffered from a flood and you want professional help to ensure that any mold or potential mold problem is taken care of, contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653. Our mold experts can help you no matter if you have a mold infestation, or you’re trying to prevent it from happening.

Mold Removal and Tenant Rights

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Mold is always a concern in homes, but it is a growing concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won cases against landlords for health issues allegedly caused by exposure to mold. If you’re a renter and think you may have mold growing in your rental, learn the signs and when your landlord might be liable.

Mold Removal and Tenant Rights

Exposure to Mold: Health Signs

The biggest sign of mold exposure short of actually seeing the black or brown spots is health complications. Health issues that can indicate exposure to mold include:

  • Sneezing
  • Running or stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headache with light sensitivity
  • Unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness
  • Shortness of breath

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, your rental unit may have mold growing inside it. You should know and talk about mold removal and tenant rights with your landlord.

Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibilities

When it comes to the treatment and removal of mold, landlord responsibilities have not been clearly spelled out in building codes, ordinances, statutes, or regulations. There is no federal law which sets permissible exposure limits for mold within a residential building. At the state level, however, a few states have moved toward setting standards, guidelines, and regulations for mold in indoor air quality. These states include: California, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, and Texas. To find more information about mold rules and regulations in your city and state, you can visit your state’s environmental protection or public health websites. However, even if your state doesn’t have specific mold laws, your landlord may still be liable in some cases. Landlords are required to maintain fit and habitable housing and to repair any damages in the rental property, mainly fixing leaky pipes, windows, and roofs – the main causes of mold growth. If your landlord doesn’t fix a leak and mold grows as a result, your landlord may be held responsible for any health issues caused.

For more information on mold and its effects on your health, please contact MicroZyme Technologies today at 1-866-920-6653.