Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Steps To Clean a Moldy Washing Machine
You may need to consult a mold remediation specialist.
Considering washing machines are used to keep things clean, you may wonder how you can even end up with mold in your washer – but it’s entirely possible. When it happens it’s one of the worst things ever, when that smell can soak into your clothing and never come out. But all is not lost; not only can you salvage your mold-contaminated washing machine, but you can even save your clothing.
Don’t Throw Out Your Washer Just Yet
Before you haul your washing machine to your Cincinnati, OH, dumpster, try these steps to clean out the mold smell and remediate your mold issues:
- Scrub the machine out thoroughly. Glove up and get in there with some elbow grease and a brillo pad. Scrub the mold away until you can’t see anything but clean metal, then run an empty wash cycle to rinse the particulates away.
- Use everyday household products to both kill the mold and get rid of the smell. Run a cycle with a 1:4 mix of water and baking soda, then another cycle with vinegar put into the detergent tray. Both will help clean out any smells, and eradicate remaining mold. Just remember to run an empty wash cycle after to rinse it out and prevent your dirty clothes from smelling like vinegar.
- Bleach everything. Bleach and other chemical cleaners can be that last “burn it all to the ground” resort, but they’ll work in a pinch. If you want to try something a bit gentler, though, give an oxy-based cleaner that uses oxidizing solutions a try.
What If the Washing Machine Still Stinks?
You may need to consult a mold remediation specialist. It’s possible the washing machine is beyond saving, but if anyone can help you bring it back from the brink, a specialist can. They may recommend solutions and techniques that aren’t commonly known to the average homeowner. For more information,
Duct Cleaning in Ohio Will Help Remove Mold Spores
Dirty duct in Cincinnati, OH
Today I want to discuss indoor air quality and the necessity of clean duct work. Most homes built these days are constructed so well that natural air infiltration does not occur. This being said the quality of the air we breath may not be what you think it is and lends us to take a look at what we can control.
Remove Mold Spores and Dust from Your Ducts
Arguably the biggest influencer in air quality is the home HVAC system.That would stand to reason its need to be maintained and kept clean. Not all homes will have the same amount of dust ,dirt, mold spores and allergens found in the ductwork but all homes have ductwork that can and should be cleaned. The frequency of cleaning depends on multiple factors and quite honestly can change for many reasons. We recommend a whole system cleaning and maintenance check annually but this is also a suggestion not a requirement.
Call SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati for your complete system inspection 513-561-7378
How do I know if my home has mold?
Mold hiding in a closet behind some clothes.
Mold is microscopic which cannot be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, it is very hard to determine if your home has mold unless you can visibly see the black growth. Mold needs water to grow and will grow if there are leaks.
Hidden mold can be found by doing some simple sleuthing:
- Where do you have water problems?
- Check under windows since condensation can form and mold will grow on the sill.
- Bathrooms have a lot of water. Any leak or corner that collects moisture is a potential place for mold growth.
- The water heater and water softener are notorious for having leaks, especially when the water softener purges.
- You can often find mold around the edges of their tanks.
There are many ares where mold can be found but look no further when searching for a Mold Remediation Company.
Does Your Cincinnati Home Have A Mold Problem?
Black mold damage on wallboard in Cincinnati.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 513-561-7378
Emergency Tips for Dealing with Mold
Moisture meter on a mold problem in Cincinnati, OH
If your home in Cincinnati, OH, has experienced water damage, it is also in danger of developing a black mold problem. Mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours after water damage from a flood or leak occurs. It also spreads very easily. While waiting for mold remediation specialists to arrive and begin the mold cleanup process, you can do your part to prevent the spread of the mold growth before they arrive by completing two tasks.
Mold loves excess moisture, so it makes sense that the easiest way to prevent the spread of mold is by denying it the moisture it needs to thrive. There are several ways to do this:
- Turning the water shutoff valve that serves the area where mold is present
- Drying surfaces to which the mold is most likely to spread
- Setting up a dehumidifier in unaffected parts of your home to give mold nowhere to go
If you have a moisture problem, you are likely to have a black mold problem. By controlling moisture, you can often prevent the spread of mold.
It may seem counterintuitive to shut off air flow when you are trying to dry out surfaces and prevent mold from spreading, but don't forget that there are mold spores in the air. As long as the air conditioner or heater is running, those mold spores have a free ride to anywhere in your home. If the excess moisture that allowed mold to grow in one area makes the rest of your home more humid, mold may start to grow in other places. Shutting down air flow curbs the travel of the mold spores that would cause this new growth.
If you discover black mold in your home, there's not much you can do about it except call the experts. While you are waiting for them, however, you can take measures to prevent it from spreading.
The right tools for the right job
Desiccant Dehumidifier on a Mold Job
The picture shown is at a house with a crawl space that suffered an unnoticed water damage which lead to a mold problem. The for mentioned space would have to be properly dried before the mold remediation could take place.
To accomplish this task we utilized a small desiccant dehumidifier accompanied two with air filtration devices (AFD) to protect the un affected areas of the house. We wanted to minimize the air flow and increase the vapor differential in the work zone.
At SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati we stay on top of new products and equipment to limit the amount of deconstruction needed to mitigate a property. By doing so we are able to lower the total job cost as well as shorten the length of the project putting the homeowner back to "Like it never even happened."