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Mold: Common Types Found In Homes

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: Common Types Found In Homes Mold is a health issue but you need to know what type of mold you're dealing with

Mold comes in many types and forms. In fact, there are more than 100,000 types of mold including about 150 types of mold found in homes--each of which can have several subtypes. The good news is that most people tolerate exposure to moderate levels of many different molds without any apparent adverse health effects. The bad news? Some molds may cause health effects.

In this post you’ll learn about identifying some common types of mold in your home.

The HGTV website provides some good mold information. The most common types of mold you may find in your home include aspergillus, cladosporium, and stachybotrys atra (black mold).
Aspergillus is a fairly allergenic mold that is commonly found on foods and in home air conditioning systems. Cladosporium is typically a black or green "pepper like" substance that grows on the back of toilets, painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts.

Black Mold (Stachybotrys Atra)
Black mold is most likely to appear in your home in places that are particularly warm, humid, and damp—like basements or crawlspaces that may have leaks or other sources of moisture. You can identify black mold by its black color. Most other molds are green or gray in color.

Removing black mold is a step-by-step process that requires patience, an investment in protective gear, black mold removal products, and the courage to brave dark, cramped spaces inhabited by fungus. These are among the reasons why many homeowners hire SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to remove black mold.

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Mold or Mildew: What’s the Difference?
Mold and mildew are types of fungi. Typically, mold is black or green, and mildew is gray or white. Mold tends to grows on food, while mildew grows on damp surfaces, like bathroom walls, basement walls, or fabrics. Mold grows in the form of multicellular filaments or hyphae, while mildew has flat growth. Mildew is often referred to as a kind of mold.

Orange or Red Mold
Mold that appears to be orange or red in color is usually found outdoors. It thrives on decaying plants and moist wood. This type of mold, which can appear slimy, is harmless. The main reason to remove it (should you decide to) is for appearances.

Aureobasidium
Often referred to as “bathroom mold,” aureobasidium is found on caulk, windows, bathtubs, and showers. It’s a black mildew.

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Wallemia
This type of mildew is relatively harmless and grows in dust in homes. Wallemia does not need moisture to grow.

Fusarium
This toxic mildew is very common after a flood. Exposure to fusarium may cause some negative health symptoms.  

The Importance of Testing
Unfortunately, you can’t identify most types of mold in your home with a photograph or with your naked eye. Most molds look similar. What you can do is send a sample for testing to a qualified mold laboratory.

Remember that it’s critical to know the types of mold and the amounts you inhale.  If you’re concerned, consider testing the air in your home or call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.

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You can learn more about mildew and mold by reading other posts on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog:

7 More Myths About Mold

Mold: Before You Begin Removal

Removing Mold From Walls: Part 1

Removing Mold From Walls: Part II

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Mold: Before You Begin Mold Removal

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: Before You Begin Mold Removal SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in mold remediatiion

When you work with mildew, mold, or the water-damaged materials that mold thrives in, you must practice good principles of water damage restoration. Dealing with mold and water-damaged materials opens you up to a range of health and safety concerns.

Some of those concerns are: exposure to microbial contaminants, chemicals, lead, asbestos, electrical shock, and slip-and-fall hazards.

Here are some general guidelines and items to consider.

1. Use professional moisture detection equipment so you can accurately measure and document the conditions.

2. Wear proper protective equipment.

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3. Be sure to inform any building occupants of the water-damage issue and protect them from any health and safety issues.

4. Evaluate and document the source and time of the water event. This should include examining visible material deterioration, pre-existing damage, and microbial growth.

5. Professional water-damage restorers set moisture content or drying goals. You may need separate goals for water-damaged building materials, furniture, and other contents based on the extent of the damage and the material damaged.

6. Be sure to include any other interested people in your goal-setting. All interested parties should agree on the plan of attack, the drying standard, and more. Agreement and communication before you begin eliminates the risk of disagreement or disappointment after the water-damage restoration and mold removal is complete.

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7. Removing mold and water damage is a process. You want to record, calculate, and document moisture measurements throughout the process. SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield recommends daily documentation. With frequent progress checks you can make adjustments any time you think the drying process is not proceeding as planned.

8. Remember to identify and correct or control any issues that contributed to the mold or water damage in the first place. You do not want to clean out mold and restore water-damage without doing all you can to prevent the same problem from reoccurring. Leaking pipes must be fixed. Poor drainage has to be addressed.

9. One variable to track during mold removal and water-damage restoration is room temperature. Controlling the room temperature will enhance the evaporation rate and the effectiveness of dehumidification. And, microbial growth is sometimes related to the temperature.

10. Removing mold and restoring water-damage materials should be followed by cleaning. The type and extent of cleaning depends on the scope of the damage and the type of damage. But cleaning is always important in helping to prevent future issues and restoring your property to its best possible condition.

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You can learn more about getting rid of mold in a safe and healthy way by reading other posts on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog:

7 More Myths About Mold

Mold Can Make You Sick In So Many Ways

Removing Mold From Walls: Part 1

Removing Mold From Walls: Part II

How To Clean Mold With Bleach

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Mold Can Make You Sick In So Many Ways

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Can Make You Sick In So Many Ways Mold can be a silent destroyer of health. Don't let it make you sick.

We’ve said this before: It’s important to identify and eliminate mold as soon as it begins to develop. Mold can be highly toxic and can have long-lasting effect on human health. Children, seniors, pregnant women and people with pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable to mold.

Below is some information we received from Aer Industries about mold. Aer provides commercial water damage restoration equipment to the professional restoration and other companies.

The Organizations That Study Mold

Mold is such a severe health issue that many organizations study it. They include the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They have all researched and published findings on the links between this toxic substance and different illnesses and health conditions.

Mold's Health Effects

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition.

The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

Mold Sensitivity

Some people are particularly sensitive to mold, while others can develop a sensitivity over time due to prolonged exposure. Mold sensitivity includes symptoms like:
o    Chest and nasal congestion
o    Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing
o    Sore throat
o    Watering, dry, or sore eyes
o    Skin irritation
o    Headaches

Mold-Related Infections

People with compromised immune systems or pre-existing lung conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) are much more susceptible to mold’s health hazards. In fact, people with these types of conditions can potentially develop infections in their lungs if they’re exposed to mold.

Respiratory Conditions
Mold exposure can also potentially cause respiratory conditions in otherwise healthy people. This includes symptoms such as upper respiratory tract problems, coughing and wheezing and shortness of breath.


Mold is also linked to developing respiratory illnesses like asthma in certain people who are more susceptible. This is particularly concerning for healthy children who may go on to develop asthma or other types of respiratory illnesses. For those who currently suffer from asthma, mold exposure can intensify symptoms and cause asthma attacks.

Severe and Chronic Conditions

Certain types of mold produce mycotoxins, a dangerous toxic by-product that can be absorbed by the skin, airways and intestinal lining. Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can lead to severe and even deadly conditions. Some of the potentially dangerous symptoms of mycotoxigenic exposure include:
o    Pulmonary fibrosis (scarring in the lungs)
o    Cancer
o    Pulmonary bleeding
o    Immune and blood disorders
o    Liver and kidney conditions
o    Neurotoxicity (toxic nervous system)
o    Pregnancy conditions
o    Digestive and heart conditions



Controlling Mold in Your Home

If you have a mold problem in your house, the CDC recommends you control the growth of mold by doing some basic things like keeping the humidity level low (50 percent or lower) and promptly fixing leaks in roofs, windows, and pipes. If you have flooding thoroughly clean and dry all affected areas.  And ventilate areas where moisture levels can be high—showers, laundry, and cooking areas.

But getting rid of mold can be complex. Mold is hard to identify and dangerous to be around. If you have an especially chronic case of mold infestation call on a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield. Professionals have special training, equipment, and experience to safely eliminate the problem. Using professionals ensures the safety of yourself and your family. It also means the job will be done thoroughly and correctly so the problem does not reoccur.

More Information On Our Blog
You can learn more about fighting mold by reading other posts on this blog:

7 More Myths About Mold

Removing Mold From Walls: Part 1

Disgusting Places In Every Home: How To Clean Them

How To Clean Mold With Bleach

Mold Threatens Priceless Collections


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Removing Mold From Walls Part II

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold From Walls Part II You can control mildew and mold if you use proper procedures and equipment

In the first of these posts we talked about the need for a thorough assessment of the mold problem (step 1) and about properly preparing the area and yourself (step 2). Once you’ve prepared you’re ready to remove the mold and apply a stain-blocking paint.

Step 3: Remove the Mold

Here’s some good news. The best way to remove mildew and mold from walls is also an easy and cheap way. Use a bleach/water solution. (Reminder: Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure but still needs to be removed.) Mix one part bleach to three parts water. Apply that solution with a sponge or rag. There are also a number of commercial solutions you can find at your local hardware store.

Remember to always use waterproof rubber gloves and goggles when you’re working with bleach. If your kitchen or bathroom has tile grout you may find patches of mildew in the grout. You can scrub it away with an old toothbrush. Be sure to wash down the walls after you’ve scrubbed.

More Details on What to Wear, How to Prepare & Clean Up

We provided this information in part one of this blog, but we know some of our blog readers don’t always see every post, so here’s the info again. This is important.  Wear old clothes and shoes. Either launder or throw the clothes and shoes away when you’re done. Wear a N-95 or P-100 respirator along with goggles and long rubber gloves. Set an old box fan or a cheap new one in a window to ventilate the room while you work. Throw the fan out when you’re done cleaning, because the spores are almost impossible to clean off.

Tape plywood or cardboard around the window openings so the spores can’t blow back into your house. Wrap and tape any moldy carpeting in plastic, and double-bag mold-infested debris in garbage bags for disposal. To control airborne spores, you can moisten moldy areas with a garden sprayer while you work. Turn off your furnace and air conditioner and cover ducts and doors to contain spores. Keep your wet/dry vacuum outside when you vacuum.


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Step 4: Apply a Stain-Blocking Paint

Once you’ve removed the mold, you may have stains left on the wall surfaces. Prime the wall with a good interior primer/sealer and paint over the stains.

Step 5: Prevent More Mold

It’s best to not consider yourself done when all the mold is gone. SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield recommends you also take steps to reduce the risk of any mildew or mold growing in the future. The key to stopping most mold is to control dampness. The worst mold infestations usually occur in damp crawlspaces, in attics and walls where water has leaked in from the outside, and in basements with poor foundation drainage. Be sure to stop leaks, ensure good ventilation in attics, keep crawlspaces dry, and route water away from your home’s foundation.

Congratulations, you’re done! Stay vigilant and look for potential signs of mold by keeping in mind where and how it can grow.

More Information On Our Blog

You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

7 More Myths About Mold

Chemical Emergencies: Preventing And Handling Them

Mold Threatens Priceless Collections

Removing Mold from Walls Part I

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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, mold remediation, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

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Removing Mold from Walls Part 1

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold from Walls Part 1 We know mold and mold remediation

A major mold infestation can ruin your home and your health. Don’t let that happen. Mold releases microscopic spores that cause allergic reactions, runny noses and sneezing, as well as irritating, even injurious, odors. Try to avoid mildew and mold and deal with a small amount of mold as soon as you see it.

You may find mold on drywall or painted interior walls. Mold’s more likely to grow in kitchens and bathrooms where you have moisture and humidity. Your interior walls can also become mold breeding grounds if your roof or exterior walls let water in. In severe cases, when drywall remains wet, mold can begin to grow and penetrate throughout the drywall and you must remove and replace the entire sheet of drywall.

Step 1: Closely Examine the Area

If you spot mold on any interior wall, first assess the damage. How large an area is affected? What is the condition of the wall? Has the integrity or strength of the drywall been compromised? If your drywall is  compromised, crumbling, bowed out, or covered with black or bluish splotches, remove and  replace it. If the wall is structurally sound but covered with mold, you should be able to remove the spots with a cleaner and a lot of scrubbing.

Use caution, especially if the mold is extensive. Disturbing big infestations of mold can be bad for your health, particularly if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system.  At times, you’re better off calling SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield to remediate your walls. This is always true after extensive water damage from flooding or another major natural catastrophe. In those cases and others, you probably have "black mold." As a general rule, if the mold covers more than 10 square feet call in the professionals. Or call your local public health department and ask for mold-testing advice.

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Step 2: Prepare the Surrounding Areas & Yourself


To fight mold you have to use some pretty strong and potentially harmful substances like bleach or commercial mold-killing chemicals. That means you want to protect surrounding surfaces like flooring, window frames, and nearby walls from any spills. Cover your floor with plastic drop cloths. Tape them in place so they don't move. Cover nearby window frames, walls, etc. with plastic sheets securely taped into place. Have some old towels handy to catch any spills. It’s also important that you wear protective equipment. Wear waterproof rubber gloves and goggles.


More on What to Wear, How to Prepare & Clean Up

Wear old clothes and shoes. Either launder or throw them away when you’re done. Wear a special N-95 or P-100 respirator along with goggles and long rubber gloves. Set an old box fan or a cheap new one in a window to ventilate the room while you work. Throw the fan out when you’re done cleaning, because the spores are almost impossible to clean off. Tape plywood or cardboard around the window openings so the spores can’t blow back in. Wrap and tape moldy carpeting in plastic, and double-bag mold-infested debris in garbage bags for disposal. To control airborne spores, moisten moldy areas with a garden sprayer while you work. Turn off your furnace and air conditioner and cover ducts and doors to contain spores. Keep your wet/dry vacuum outside when you vacuum.

For Steps 3 and 4 Read Removing Mold from Walls Part II.

More Information On Our Blog

You can learn more by reading other posts on this blog:

7 More Myths About Mold

Chemical Emergencies: Preventing And Handling Them

Commercial Specialty Cleaning

Mold Threatens Priceless Collections

Mold Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, mold remediation, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime.

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Mold Threatens Priceless Collections

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Threatens Priceless Collections Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property.

Mold may seem like a small problem. It’s not as dramatic as a flooded basement or a fire-burned kitchen or a hurricane damaged roof. But make no mistake—mold can be extremely destructive, especially if it strikes a prized collection of yours.

Mold often threatens major artworks. In fact, the National Park Service has published a piece entitled, Mold: Prevention of Growth in Museum Collections. In 2007, the University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library suffered from a mold outbreak after a spike in humidity — one that took eight months to address.  The Boston Public Library faced a mold threat to 500,000 rare books in 2015.

Mold In 14-Year-Old Museum
In February of 2017 the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut had thousands of items at risk from mold. And the building housing the threatened items was only 14 years old. It seemed to have started with a leak in the roof.

Mold was found in the storage facilities of the historic home's museum center, tainting at least 5,000 of the museum's 16,000 artifacts. The vulnerable pieces are varied: 19th-century furniture, upholstery, metal, glass and leather items, as well as books, including some Twain first editions and translations, whose fabric and leather bindings are conducive to mold growth. The spread of mold was halted by fixing the roof and repairing the HVAC system. A key, as with all mold situations, is closely monitoring the archive's relative humidity. But monitoring does nothing to combat the existing mold.

Probably like your most treasured possessions, the Twain artifacts are valuable and delicate. They must be handled very carefully and with special skill. Because mold is damaging to artifacts, the mold spores from each affected artifact must be removed as soon as possible. The total cost at the Twain museum? Would you believe a little more than $1 million.
Of course, smaller collections in private homes or businesses face the same threat. But there are proven ways to fight and remove mold.

Your best defense against mold is controlling the internal environment. Typically, mold won't grow below 45 percent relative humidity. So many private and public collections use large dehumidifiers to keep the humidity down.

Most Susceptible To Mold
Artifacts made of organic materials are most susceptible to mold growth. Photographs, letters, documents and other works on paper are safer if you store them in multiple layers of envelopes.

Another key fact to know about mold is how fast it spreads. Very. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Bloomfield / Enfield has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

You can’t remove all mold. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors.  Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. And before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

More Mold Information   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield blog we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water or other damage. Here are a few blog posts on mold and cleaning that you might find helpful:  

7 More Myths About Mold
Commercial Specialty Cleaning
Disgusting Places In Every Home: How To Clean Them
How To Clean Mold With Bleach

You might also want to explore the educational information on our sister franchise’s blog, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.

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The team at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield (860-216-2785) anytime, 24/7.

We've served clients in Avon, Agawam, Bloomfield, Coventry, East Hartford, East Longmeadow, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Hartford, Manchester, Newington, Simsbury, South Windsor, Springfield, West Hartford, and beyond.

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7 More Myths About Mold

8/14/2015 (Permalink)

This is the second in a series of posts about the facts and myths surround mold. Read our earlier post entitled “Common Myths About Mold.”  

Myth #6: Mold Presents Health Risks To Everyone Equally
According to WebMd, Some people are more sensitive to mold. For them, inhaling or touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. People with serious mold allergies may have more severe reactions, including shortness of breath. In people with asthma who are allergic to mold, breathing in spores can also cause asthma attacks.
In addition to people with allergies and asthma, others who may be more sensitive to the effects of mold include:
•    Infants and children
•    The elderly
•    People whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease, or chemotherapy
•    People with chronic lung disease


Myth #7: You Can Clean Off The Area Where You See Mold And Be Safe
Mold can become latent and reactivate. Tiny mold spores replicate every 24 hours and often grow back. Mold grows due to a source of water, so you must locate and eliminate all sources of water to the mold-infected area. You’ll have a much easier time cleaning off hard surfaces - with water and detergent and then drying the surface. But absorbent materials like ceiling tiles and carpeting, often require more than surface cleaning. Also know that moving mold around often spreads spores and increases risks to your property and its occupants.

Myth #8: Your Insurance Will Cover Mold Contamination
The insurance industry is concerned about the escalating and often unpredictable costs associated with mold testing and remediation. In fact, almost every residential insurance provider and most commercial property insurance policies now excludes coverage for loss or damage caused by, or resulting from a "fungus"--which can be defined to include mold.

Myth #9: Mold Causes Sinusitis, Infections, And Immune System Damage
There’s no clear-cut evidence that sensitivity to mold causes chronic sinusitis. And superficial fungal infections (like toenail fungus or jock itch) are not the result of exposure to mold in your home or workplace Superficial fungal infections generally result from fungi that develop inside the warm, moist environments found in shoes or tight garments. There’s also no credible evidence to suggest that environmental exposure to mold damages the immune system.

Myth #10: Some Surfaces Can Never Attract Mold
Mold can grow on any surface that has water and humidity present. If a material sustains water damage, mold will likely grow. In fact, in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting. It’s more difficult to remove moisture and mold from carpet than from hard surfaces.

Myth #11: It Takes Weeks Or Months For Mold To Become A Problem
In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. It does not take weeks for mold to start causing health effects and significant damage to your property.

Myth #12: Mold Can Be Completely Eliminated
Unless you need to maintain a clean room, which is used for surgery or semiconductor development, complete mold elimination is too costly and unnecessary for any home or building. Mold spores are omnipresent in the world. The best thing to do is to control moisture and react quickly to flooding by drying out water-damaged materials. Remember, some types of mold can grow and become a problem in as little as 48 hours.

Remember, we’re here to help. We are mold remediation contractors. Many people in the Connecticut region have used our professional mold remediation services. So call SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield (860.216.2785) anytime, 24/7. At SERVPRO we’re trained in many restoration services. We know the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you remove mold contamination and reduce the mold in your commercial or residential property. 

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How To Clean Mold With Bleach

5/29/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Clean Mold With Bleach You can clean some mold with bleach but follow the directions carefully.

You can remove mold with bleach, but be careful. Bleach produces harsh fumes. Before you begin ventilate the area well. Open nearby windows and doors and use a fan to provide fresh air. Protect your hands and arms with long sleeve waterproof gloves.  Use eye protection. 



Dilute Bleach Before You Apply
For maximum effectiveness and safety, dilute the bleach in water (one part bleach to 10 parts water.)  When you’re cleaning mold with bleach don’t mix the bleach with ammonia or any other household cleaner. Apply the solution to non-porous surfaces. Non-porous means the surface doesn’t allow water or other fluids to sink in. Metals are nonporous; paper is not.

You don’t need to rinse afterwards (unless you use the surface for food preparation or unless children or pets may touch it.) By not rinsing, the bleach will inhibit mold growing in the future. If you need to clean more than 10 square feet, check with a commercial mold remediation company.

Be Careful Who You Hire
SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield are a commercial mold remediation company. We’re experts in mold spore removal. Be careful whom you hire. Some commercial mold restoration companies advertise, “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. Removing all molds from a house or business is impossible because microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. 

Feel free to call SERVPRO Bloomfield/Enfield anytime, 24/7 at 860.216.2785. We've served clients in Ellington, West Hartford, Avon, Springfield, Manchester, Bloomfield, and beyond. At SERVPRO we’re trained in the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you.  

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