Recent Mold Remediation Posts
Mold Remediation Services Performed by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc
SERVPRO Technician Applying An Anti-Microbial Using a ULV Fogger
A bathroom van/vent that was not vented properly to the outside but was vented to the attic caused this mold growth in a home in North Prairie, Wisconsin. A real estate professional friend of the home owner recommended SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to do the work. This realtor had used SERVPRO in the past and was very happy with the results.
This picture shows a technician using a ULV fogger to "mist" an anti-microbial disinfectant to treat the affected roof decking. By misting this anti-microbial, the smaller droplets will penetrate into tiny cracks and crevices that may not be reached by other types of sprayers.
The photo was taken only minutes after the mold spores were vacuumed up using a special HEPA vacuum, which is designed for mold remediation. Our customer was very happy with the results.
For all your mold remediation needs, please call the trained technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002
Improve Quality Of Life In Your Home With Wellness-Focused Interior Living Space
Enjoy Your Home
The team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc often receive phone calls from home owners or real estate agents to help improve a structure before putting it on the market. In many of those instances we are called to help rid the home of mold. But there are things that you can do in your home to improve your personal wellness while also preventing mold growth.
When you think of wellness, does your living space come to mind? Today, people are taking wellness beyond diet and exercise and into their homes. So, if you want to improve your quality of life, you might be interested in wellness-focused interior design.
This style of design uses natural elements to boost your mood, increase your productivity and influence your mental well-being.
Four ways to improve your quality of life in your home:
1. Let in the light. The sun’s light can elevate your mood and promote alertness. Take advantage of daylight by arranging workspaces near windows, using light-filtering curtains or strategically hanging mirrors to reflect more light. Natural light can recenter your sleep cycle and promote vitamin D production — two keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
2. Promote air circulation. Proper air circulation provides a regular temperature, removes impurities and that “stale” feeling, and prevents mold. For better air quality, use ceiling fans, open the windows and install attic vents. The more space there is in a room, the more air can circulate.
3. Add more plants. Being close to nature can improve your overall well-being. Plants add color to your home, purify the air and may even reduce stress. Bring the outside in by adding plants to every room in your home, especially the spaces where you spend the most time.
4. Design a calming space. Create a private sanctuary that’s free of distractions, like clutter and electronic devices. Dedicate time to this space so you can calm your mind, gain a fresh perspective and reflect on your day.
Call the restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with all your mold remediation needs or property improvement questions. 920-674-3002
Furnace closet containing black mold
A closet that has black mold due to moisture from a furnace.
Mold Remediation in Furnace Closet
We will get called a few times a year to do mold remediation in a furnace “closet,” which is commonly found in condominiums. If the closet is very small (and most of the time they are) and mold is discovered to be growing on the sides or behind the furnace, there is typically not enough room for the SERVPRO technicians to be able to complete the mold remediation. Unfortunately, this requires that the furnace be detached, which will then free up the space that is needed in order for SERVPRO to remove the contaminated drywall and usually the insulation. Once the contaminated material is removed and the mold mitigation is completed, then our structural repairs vendor installs the new insulation, drywall, mud, tape, texture and paint. Finally, when all structure repairs are complete, the furnace vendor can come back to the property to re-install the furnace.
This may not sound like a lot of hard work, and it typically is not. The challenge is that this is very time consuming. First, to detach an average furnace takes approximately 4 to 6 hours. So, this equates to a full day. Then, SERVPRO goes in the next day to do the mold remediation and dry out the structure. Our average dry time is 3 days. So far, 4 days have been used. Then, structure repairs can begin and that usually takes 2 days. Time is needed to install new insulation, hang the drywall, tape and mud the drywall (and let the mud dry) and then sand and texture and then paint. So now we are up to 6 days. Then, the furnace vendor needs to come back to re-attach the furnace. That task is between 4 to 6 hours, so that is basically another full day. So, if the math is correct, a small project like this takes on average about 7 days. Now, add in the weekend and we are looking at a project like this to be about 9 days!!!!!
For this particular job, I was first notified about this job the first week of August. By the time everything was negotiated between the buyer’s and sellers’ agents and the work schedule put together, the entire project was completed on 9/16/19.
Often times we do projects like this for properties that are being sold and the mold was discovered during a routine home inspection as a condition of sale. When we do projects like these for the realtors, we must first do a scope and write an estimate for the project. This includes sharing details with all my subs to obtain their list of charges. Then, once the estimate is written and eventually approved by the realtors, we must coordinate with the realtors and then coordinate schedules during the agreed upon time prior to or after the closing. We also have to coordinate the different trades that are needed on projects like these so that schedules can match up to minimize the amount of down time. To do a project like this in the warm months is a challenge. However, in the winter time and the colder Wisconsin months, this becomes a bigger challenge because these properties can not be without heat. In situations like that, then temporary heat needs to be installed. This adds more cost and time to the project. So what seems like a simple task is quite a challenge and it requires a bunch of coordination. The cooperation we receive from our vendors and realtors is key to the success of projects like these.
Let SERVPRO Solve Your Mold Problem
Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today if you experience any of these signs.
SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc Franchise Professionals are leaders in mold mitigation and remediation. Call us today at (920) 674-3002 to help solve mold problems.
The restoration companies claim that they will remove all the mold from your home; however, removing all mold is impossible because microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth. We know how to properly deal with the problem.
The first step to addressing any mold problems is to first address any moisture problems. Higher than normal humidity in your home can be the cause for mold growth. Indoor humidity should be kept below 45 percent. In the incident of water entering your property, mold growth can occur as soon as 48 hours after. If the mold is taken care of without caring for the water problem first, the mold is likely to return.
Watch this video to see what you can do while waiting for help to arrive and solve your problem.
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About Washing Your Pillows...
SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc also thinks about what's under your head nightly.
SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests to reduce bacteria and mold growth by washing your pillows at least twice a year!
Mold Can Spread Quickly
SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry.
SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows mold can spread quickly after a water damage event. Did you know the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry?