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Musty smell in your basement?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the unfinished basement

That musty smell you've been noticing?

It could be coming from your basement. 

The mold could be visible like you see in the image or it could be hidden behind walls or under carpets.

At SERVPRO of Morristown, we get rid of the smell and the mold too.

According to the EPA, the key to mold control is moisture control.

Sure, you could use some of the over the counter drying products like Damp-rid, but in most cases by the time you smell the mold, it's too late.

That smell? That smell is mold spores from your basement, they can be pulled into your central air system, spreading them throughout the rest of your home. 

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Removing mold can be dangerous, We have highly trained restoration specialists available to do it safely. (201) 643-7394

Mold Preventing in Basement

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Preventing in Basement

Control water & moisture

All of the above will be futile if you do not take steps to control excess moisture in your basement and around your home. Mold needs about 70-percent relative humidity to be active and produce spores. Reducing moisture begins with preventing water infiltration. If, for example, puddles form along basement walls after a heavy rain, examine your gutter and downspouts for clogs and disconnects. Install splash blocks and downspout extenders, if necessary. Take a level to concrete walkways that run along the perimeter of your home. If they have settled so that they now slope toward your foundation instead of away from it, call a contractor to make repairs. Slab-jacking companies can use polyurethane-injection methods to lift concrete structures, including patios and pool decks. If your walkways are built with pavers or bricks, regrading and rebuilding the path may be necessary.

Relative humidity (RH) rises above 65 percent in basements during the summer in much of the United States and Canada. If this is your situation, run a dehumidifier and set the relative humidity at 65 percent or less. Choose a model that is adequately sized for your space — small room-size dehumidifiers will not survive in a basement. Ideally your dehumidifier should include a high-performance air filter. Find a way to set up the dehumidifier to drain automatically, so you don’t have to remember to empty the reservoir every day or two. You can accomplish this in several ways.

Contact SERVPRO of Morristown for mold remediation in New Jersey.

Mold remediation company in New Jersey

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Are you looking for a professional and reliable mold remediation company in New Jersey?

As we all knows, our basement can be one of the most dangerous places in the home if not properly maintained. It’s not uncommon to find hundreds or even thousands of mold spores per cubic foot of indoor air. These spores are extremely small and can survive in even the harshest of environmental conditions. Black mold can live anywhere provided moisture and oxygen are present.

Finished concrete basements that haven’t been thoroughly waterproofed are extremely problematic. When moisture migrates from the ground to non-waterproofed basement walls, mold can start to grow almost immediately. Foundation leaks, high interior humidity, overflowing washing machines, and sewage back-ups are common sources of moisture.

Mold loves damp, dark places, which is why your basement needs to be checked for water seepage, cracked foundation, and visible damage regularly. Are you looking for a professional and reliable mold remediation company in New Jersey? Don’t wait for your basement to become moldy; Contact SERVPRO of Morristown today.

Residential Mold Remediation in Whippany NJ

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

mold remediation in a new jersey home photo collage Residential Mold Remediation in Whippany NJ,

A mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your residential property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up, is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Morristown NJ who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.

SERVPRO professionals can respond swiftly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to its preloss condition.

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Morristown NJ has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning of floors or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Morristown located in Whippany, NJ to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your home look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day. Our expertise includes residential restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Additionally, we are your best resource for mold remediation.

Stop Mold Growth in Basements

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

mold in basement in New Jersey In wet or damp basements, mold can easily grow.

Stopping mold growth in a basement is important.

You should treat mold growth as soon as you notice it to prevent possible health problems or damage to your basement.

Before you treat the mold, you need to identify the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. After addressing underlying moisture issues, immediately remove the mold. To prevent future mold growth, keep the humidity level in your basement below 50%.

Find the source of the problem. 

Moisture control is the key to solving mold problems. If you have a wet basement, you will need to find out what is causing the water issues before you treat the mold problem. Common culprits include:

  1. Defective gutters
  2. Groundwater seepage
  3. Poorly designed window wells
  4. Ineffective subsurface drainage system
  5. Cracks in a house’s foundation
  6. Internal sources of humidity like humidifiers or frequent cooking 

Address sources of internal moisture. 

The mold problem in your basement may be the result of internal sources of moisture, rather than moisture entering the basement from outside. Remove humidifiers from the basement, and do not cook in the basement unless absolutely necessary. Make sure other sources of moisture, like the clothes dryer and bathroom, are properly ventilated. 

Fix leaking pipes, sinks, and toilets. 

Your basement could be wet due to a leaking pipe, sink, or toilet. Carefully examine these potential sources of moisture. If you discover a leak, fix the problem as soon as possible. If necessary, seek professional help. 

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 800-734-3213 SERVPRO of Morristown NJ

Mold Remediation in New Jersey

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in New Jersey

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

To ensure that the mold threat is completely removed, we apply today’s most technically advanced removal & remediation techniques. We are licensed professionals, and the leading specialists in the region. We find the hidden moisture that is commonly bypassed by other companies. Just a small number of mold spores that remain can lead to re-occurrence and the remediation process may have to be repeated.   Don’t let that happen. Call the mold experts in Morristown, NJ  now for a free consultation.

Mold Services we provide in Morristown NJ:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Testing
  • Mold Inspection

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Morristown on 800-734-3213

Common causes of mold in homes

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in NJ

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. Cascone says it sees it most often in attics due to roof leaks, poor air circulation, and bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors; crawl spaces because earthen or gravel flooring allows moisture and spores to rise from the soil; basements that have flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks; and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

Is there a chance I have mold and don’t even know it?

Cascone says there are four criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air current changes.
  2. If you have water staining or if building materials have discoloration that’s spreading over time… that may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.
  4. Health Effects. If your allergy or respiratory symptoms begin to worsen or if you feel worse in certain indoor environments and better when you leave that space, you may have mold.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 203-630-2273 SERVPRO of Morristown

The importance of preventing structural mold damage!!

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

The importance of preventing structural mold damage!!

There are several indicators to help you determine if you have mold in your home. Your senses will alert you right away. Sight- Mold is visible to the naked eye. You can see it with your very own eyes. If there is mold present, you can see its growth under water-damaged surfaces. Also, look for signs of cracking walls and discoloration. You should be concerned about mold in your home if you can see or smell it.

Structural damage is also a common factor in the presence of mold in your home. An example of this is when wood becomes soaked with water, the wood than dries and becomes warped causing walls to crack and the integrity of the structure to become weak.

Mold needs moisture to thrive and multiply. It can become extremely problematic. The dampness from flooding can seep into the walls, carpets, and wood. This moisture provides an excellent environment for mold to multiply rapidly. Mold is especially attracted to paper products such as wallboard used in many homes.

If you are looking for Professional Mold Remediation Services, look no further,  contact SERVPRO of Morristown today!

Can You Remove Mold From Carpets?

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

removing carpet Removing Mold from Carpet and Rugs in Morristown New Jersey

If you noticed mold growing on wall-to-wall carpeting, you’ll have to toss the carpet. There is no way to eliminate mold from fixed carpets, and allowing it to remain or ignoring the problem isn’t really an option either as mold will continue to grow.

Rugs however, can be cleaned. Mold Removal technicians use a mold-killing solution to douse the rug and then scrub the mold away. Once it’s completely dry, the rug should be vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum to remove any mold spores that may have been left behind.

If you suspect that your Morristown home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Morristown can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – 800-734-3213

Commercial Mold Remediation in New Jersey

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation in New Jersey

Mold Remediation is our business so you can get back to your business

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation because mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ located in Wallingford, NJ to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Plus, we are your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Everything You Need to Know About Mold

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morristown Mold Remediation

How do you know if you have mold and how should you proceed if you do? We talked to SERVPRO  of Morristown, NJ a highly-rated mold prevention and removal company, to get the answers you need...

What causes mold?

Mold is a fungus that is an integral part of the earth’s bio-mass. It consumes and breaks down organic material, like leaves, wood, and plants. The problem is when mold colonizes in our buildings, consumes our building materials, and puts spores into our indoor air. This happens when there is a moisture problem since mold cannot grow without water. When there is enough moisture or humidity for colonization, humans may begin to have problems.

Why is it important to get mold removed?

For the majority of people, exposure to very low concentrations of mold won’t be an issue. However, some spores can create allergies and respiratory-related health problems, and mold growth can also adversely affect property value. Nobody wants to purchase a mold issue. Basement and attic mold may not affect your indoor air quality all the time in the living spaces of your home, but it sure does threaten real estate deals.

That is because the idea of mold can cause panic for a homeowner since "Mold can cause health effects" create structural issues, and seriously affect property value.

What are common causes of mold in homes?

The unfortunate reality is that problematic mold can really pop up anywhere that isn’t dry. Most often mold grows in attics due to roof leaks and poor air circulation, bathrooms that ventilate into the attic rather than outdoors, within crawl spaces because earth or gravel allows moisture and mold spores to move up from the soil, basements flooding from foundation leaks or plumbing leaks, and interior living spaces with leaks, bad windows, and high humidity.

Is there a chance that I have mold and don’t even know it?

Yes. There are four criteria that you should be aware of:

  1. A musty odor that is caused during the colonization of some fungal species, but can come and go depending on moisture levels and air flow changes.
  2. Water staining or building materials that have discoloration, which is spreading over time, may be a sign of mold.
  3. Mold spores that were already present will begin to colonize just 48 hours after a water event.
  4. If you have allergies or respiratory symptoms that begin to worsen or if you feel worse in certain indoor environments, but better when you leave that space, you may have mold.

What is the removal process like?

The mold remediation process (providing a remedy to a known mold issue) involves four things...

1) Finding the source of the water leak, the moisture problem that is creating a hospitable environment for mold growth,

2) Killing the fungi,

3) Removing dead mold,

4) Then protecting against future mold growth/colonization.

In order to do this, mold specialists have a multi-step process to:

  1. Contain the work area and apply multiple negative air pressure HEPA air purifiers to prevent cross-contamination.
  2. Spray professional quality EPA registered anti-microbial to suspend and kill mold spores.
  3. Remove affected building surfaces.
  4. Bag and dispose of all mold infected items properly.
  5. Treat cavities / underlayment, and dehumidify.
  6. Abrasively remove dead loose mold.
  7. Apply professional quality EPA registered protective sealer.
  8. Perform clearance testing.
  9. Remove containment materials.

Why is it important to hire a professional?

It is always a good idea to consult with a mold professional. If there’s an issue you can tackle yourself, a professional will give you recommendations about how to do so. It may be too much for a homeowner to keep safe while preventing cross contamination, killing mold, removing it and preventing new mold from growing, so that is why a professional is highly suggested, to that you can get things done properly and prevent future problems from making your current mold issue into an ongoing mold problem.

When treating attics and crawl spaces needing mold remediation, it is important to treat ALL decking, joists and attic trusses. Mold removal may also involve demolition of drywall, paneling, flooring, ceiling tile, cabinets, disposal containers, cleaning and sanitizing HVAC ducts, etc.

Get A Mold Removal FREE Quote From SERVPRO of Morristown, NJ by calling (800) 734-3213

This article was adapted from: https://www.thumbtack.com/blog/ 

Why is mold growing in my home?

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Morristown New Jersey
  • The keyto mold control is moisture control. Moisture that is unchecked has a significantly higher potential for mold growth.
  • If mold is an issue in your home, you should have the mold remediated promptly. Identifying the source of water and repairing it is
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and itemswithin 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. In the outdoors, mold plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Areas that could possibly be effected should be monitored to ensure this does not occur.