Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Moisture Control Is The Key To Mold Control

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most effective ways to limit mold is to mitigate water damage as quickly as possible? "Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors-act promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." Quoated from OSHA 

Water extraction to remove excessive amounts of water followed by fast, thorough drying of the structure and contents is important in preventing mold growth. In the event mold remediation is required, SERVPRO of Joliet will perform mold remediation work according to industry standards. 

Mold and Your Duct Work

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC and Mold

Why is HVAC mold so common? Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of Joliet has highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning a preventative in HVAC mold.

HVAC and Mold

  1. Why is HVAC mold so common?
  2. Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

Mold and Your Duct Work

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC and Mold

Why is HVAC mold so common? Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of Joliet have highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning a preventative in HVAC mold.

HVAC and Mold

  1. Why is HVAC mold so common?
  2. Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

Moisture Control & Mold

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

Empty Houses Are A Breeding Ground For Mold

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

Vacant homes can be breeding grounds for mold growth. Quite often we are called to a vacant home that is up for sale or the renter has moved out. The realtor/rental agent has come to show the home and finds mold growing on the walls. Mold can be seen growing most often in the upper wall locations, though it is not unusual to see growth at the lower wall levels as well. Closets that have been closed will quite often have the worst mold growth, partly because they are dark and mold loves the dark.

What could cause this? No broken water lines are found, the water is usually turned off to the home. Sometimes the HVAC system is off and that is the source of the problem. Having the heating and air turned off creates a high humidity level in the home. When the HVAC system is off there is no airflow circulating in the home therefore the air becomes stagnant. This is the perfect scenario for mold development.

Here are some tips on preventing mold issues in vacant homes:

  • Always keep some heat and air running in the home. Set temperature so heat or air runs periodically during the day.
  • Open closet doors to allow for airflow and light to enter.
  • A ceiling fan left on low can help circulate the air in the home.
  • Open window treatments/blinds at least ¼ open to allow in extra light. Remember, mold loves the dark.
  • Visit the home occasionally. Just opening the doors and entering the structure allows for the exchange of fresh air and extra airflow. It’s also a great way to catch any issues before they become serious problems

Timely Attention is a Key Element in Remediation

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold remediation involves both mold cleanup and moisture control. 

When you call mold remediation specialists to handle your mold problem, their service includes not only cleaning up the growth but also fixing the moisture problem that led to it. High humidity can also lead to mold problems, so it's good to keep the humidity level of your building to 45% or lower.

Timely Attention is a Key Element in Remediation

Once you discover a mold problem on your property, call the experts at once. Mold does not just go away. It multiplies quickly, and it may keep growing until the problem is resolved.

Mold growth is not a problem to take lightly. If you call remediation experts quickly and manage to control the moisture problems that led to it in the first place, you can resolve issue.

Call us at 815.436.5735 if you have questions about the problem in your home.

3 Common Misconceptions About Black Mold

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

3 Common Misconceptions About Black Mold

An unpleasant, musty odor is a sign that you may have a fungus growth somewhere in your home. Rather than assuming your home in Joliet, IL has a Stachybotrys infestation, hire a certified professional to perform a mold inspection. Many people believe certain things about black mold that simply aren't true. Here are three misconceptions to erase from your knowledge about this particular type of fungus.

1. It's Always Black

Contrary to its common name, Stachybotrys isn't always black. While it is a dark mold, it sometimes has a green tint to it. It is also often dense and slimy. Don't dismiss a mold growth as a milder form of mildew just because it doesn't fit a preconceived notion of how this particular mold should look.

2. It's Always Visible

If a mold has a dark color, you may believe that it is always easy to spot. That is not necessarily the case. Mold can grow anywhere there's excess water. You may see it growing up your wall, but a mold inspection could reveal that the bulk of your problem is actually within the wall or in the insulation behind it.

3. It's Easy To Remove

When you see house mold, you may think all it takes to get rid of it is to give it a good scrubbing. Mold remediation is typically a more involved process, though. Mold mitigation experts typically seal off the affected area to prevent the fungus from spreading to the rest of your home. Then they employ the techniques that the assessment indicates are necessary to thoroughly remove the growth. A final test can confirm that the issue is fully remediated.

If you suspect you have black mold, a professional mold inspection can let you know for sure. Don’t rely on your own assumptions of what a confirmation of this issues entails, though. Leave the remediation to the experts who understand how to get rid of the problem.

Mold: The Who, What, When. & Why

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

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. We are here to help everyone in Joliet to get back to "Like it never even happened."

Finding and Preventing Mold Growth

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold damage in your Joliet, IL, home can be a serious problem. However, knowing a little about mold growth patterns can help you catch the problem early and maybe prevent it altogether.

Common Places for Mold Infestation

Certain areas of your home are more susceptible to mold growth than others. It is important to keep these areas as dry as possible, inspect them frequently for any hidden mold and check for water stains or a musty odor:

  • Ceiling tiles and drywall
  • Paper goods
  • Wood products
  • Humid areas such as bathrooms
  • HVAC vents

Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold needs certain conditions to grow, such as mold spores, warmth and moisture. Unfortunately, most homes naturally have all of these conditions. Keeping mold spores and moisture to a minimum will go a long way toward preventing mold damage in your home. The following interventions may prevent mold infestations:

  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Use an air purifier to trap mold spores
  • Repair leaks and dry up any standing water
  • Open windows and use fans to circulate air
  • Invest in mold-resistant paint, décor and
  • furniture
  • Inspect HVAC ductwork for mold

Mold Remediation

Even the most meticulously maintained homes can experience a mold problem. In this case, you should address the concern as quickly as possible to keep the mold from spreading. For small areas, a diluted bleach mixture and a little elbow grease will likely be enough to take care of the issue. You can also use a commercial cleaning agent designed for mold. Whenever you are working with mold or chemicals, make sure to open a window or door for fresh air and wear gloves. Depending on the extent and type of mold present, you may need a respirator mask and other protective gear.
In many cases, you can prevent mold growth and address small infestations yourself. However, you may require the help of a certified restoration company for severe mold damage.

How Finding Mold Can Affect The Sale of Your Home

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

You've decided to sell your home and are ready to put it on the market. Your walls are touched up, you've removed the clutter and every surface is shining. As you prepare to put the for sale sign in the yard, don't overlook one important detail that could seriously hamper your efforts to sell: mold.

Mold exists all around us and is present everywhere indoors and out. Mold thrives and grows in areas where moisture can accumulate, such as bathrooms and basements where there may be undetected water leaks.  Because certain types of mold have the potential to cause health issues, potential homebuyers will be understandably cautious about purchasing a home where mold has developed. 

As you prepare your home for the market, carefully examine areas where mold may be growing. Pay attention to musty odors and address any sources of moisture that may be inviting mold to grow.

If you are concerned that your home may have a mold problem, call the restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. Our trained experts will inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, our technicians have the training, tools, and expertise to take care of your mold problem safely and efficiently.

Mold In Vacant Homes

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Vacant homes can be breeding grounds for mold growth. Quite often we are called to a vacant home that is up for sale or the renter has moved out. The realtor/rental agent has come to show the home and finds mold growing on the walls. Mold can be seen growing most often in the upper wall locations, though it is not unusual to see growth at the lower wall levels as well. Closets that have been closed will quite often have the worst mold growth, partly because they are dark and mold loves the dark.

What could cause this? No broken water lines are found, the water is usually turned off to the home. Sometimes the HVAC system is off and that is the source of the problem. Having the heating and air turned off creates a high humidity level in the home. When the HVAC system is off there is no airflow circulating in the home therefore the air becomes stagnant. This is the perfect scenario for mold development.

Here are some tips on preventing mold issues in vacant homes:

  • Always keep some heat and air running in the home. Set temperature so heat or air runs periodically during the day.
  • Open closet doors to allow for airflow and light to enter.
  • A ceiling fan left on low can help circulate the air in the home.
  • Open window treatments/blinds at least ¼ open to allow in extra light. Remember, mold loves the dark.
  • Visit the home occasionally. Just opening the doors and entering the structure allows for the exchange of fresh air and extra airflow. It’s also a great way to catch any issues before they become serious problems

Mold Growth After Water Damage

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause serious issues in your home or your business, one of which is creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Experiencing water damage and mold growth within your home can pose hazards to your health, and we can’t emphasize the importance of taking care of water damage as soon as possible to avoid the dangers that mold brings in mere hours after an incident occurs.

Yes, you read that right. After water damage takes place, mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after various elements of your home like your carpet, your drywall, and your furniture experience water exposure. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) states, mold and mildew start growing as early as a day after water damage occurs and will continue to grow indefinitely until the moisture and water are removed from the area. Since mold is a fungus, it thrives in moist environments and reproduces by quickly generating spores, which are tiny, lightweight seeds, that travel through the air and digest materials that are organic like ceiling tiles, drywall, fabrics, plants, and more. 

Have you identified mold in your home? First things first, figure out where the source of moisture is coming from and get that addressed. However, it’s not quite enough to just eliminate moisture. The existing water damage must be restored and the mold and mildew that has already grown need to be completely removed.

Although you can gear up with protective gloves, masks, and eye protection to attempt to remove the mold yourself, your safest bet is always going to be contacting local mold remediation professionals.

How To Test for Mold in Your Home

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage in Colorado Springs, CO.

A musty smell when you walk in the door of your home probably means that you have a mold growth somewhere. You search throughout the house but can't see any patches on the wall, in the bathroom or near windows. There are many other places mold can hide, though. A certified environmental hygienist can conduct a mold assessment that reveals the information you need for proper mitigation.

Advantages of Professional Assessment

You can get a test kit for black mold at your local hardware store, but it won't tell you what you need to know. It will simply reveal that there is mold in your house, which is true even when you don't need mitigation. A professional assessment, however, reveals several factors about the problem:

  • Concentration of spores
  • Location of growth
  • Type of mold

This is the information that mold mitigation experts need when they arrive at your home. The results of a professional test allow them to concentrate their efforts on the affected area so that they can take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.

Remediation Process for Mold Growth

A professional mold assessment guides the whole cleanup process. Once the mold or mildew has been identified, technicians know which techniques to use and the equipment needed to clean your home. For example, if the air quality test reveals a high concentration of spores around HVAC vents, the mold growth is likely inside the ducts. Technicians use this information to contain the affected area so that the growth doesn't spread throughout the house. After the cleanup is complete, a final test assures you that the problem is gone.

If you suspect that you have a fungus problem in your home, you need a professional mold assessment. It's only after specialists have the right information that they can make an action plan for getting rid of the growth.

How to Make Sure Your Home or Business is Free of Mold

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Call SERVPRO of Joliet for all your mold remediation needs at 815-436-5735

Commercial Mold Remediation

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present health effects 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. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Joliet who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Joliet can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we 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. SERVPRO of Joliet  technicians are trained and have the following certifications:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Have a Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO of Joliet today. 815-436-5735

Mold Damage

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  SERVPRO Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for the following:

-The presence of visible mold

-Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present

-Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth

-Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a SERVPRO professional along with a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

Commercial Mold Damage Tips

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

If your commercial building recently experienced water damages, you're probably unsure of the next step. Not only are you worried about property damage from the water, but you also have to worry about mold in your business. Mold can affect indoor air quality, can cause significant property damage, and can cause a foul smell that even the best deodorization techniques can't get rid of! Follow these tips if you're dealing with residential or commercial mold in Joliet, IL.  

  1. Get Rid of Moisture - This is the very first step! Before the mold can be properly addressed, as much moisture as possible needs to be removed. If there is standing water, it can be dangerous to walk into your home or commercial property, so please make sure you can safely enter the building or structure.
  2. Protect Yourself  - You just never really know what can be floating around in standing water that can hurt you. For example, electrical wiring. You don't want to endure an electrical shock. Once you know you can safely enter, protect yourself by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves and a face mask.
  3. Hire a Professional - The best thing you can do is leave it to the experts. Rely on a team of professionals to help get your home or business back in tip-top shape. Experts can come in and assess the true extent of the damage and help ensure all of the molds are properly remediated. We promise it could save you a lot of time, money, and headaches in the future. 

SERVPRO of Joliet, IL is ready to help you ensure your commercial property is cleaned and ready to support your business. Give our team a call at 815-436-5735.

Mold Spreads Faster Than You Think

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth. The water damage started the situation. It needs to be repaired immediately, and the possibility of fungus should be seriously considered.

Building owners in Joliet, IL, wince at the thought of water damage. Those stains and soggy floors are a sign of more than needed reconstruction. They are also an awareness that mold could begin developing within the space, attacking the structure and causing major hazards. Those little spores are reproducing swiftly, ready to take over the premises. As a proprietor, then, cleanup should become a top priority, working right away with professionals to understand the depth of the issue.

1. Mold Is Already Present
Something to remember is that fungus exists everywhere. Those little tiny spores are so small you don't even realize that they are all around, moving into the rooms through your clothing, shoes, and bags. They blow in through windows and doors, and the air handler even brings them in from outside. While harmless on their own, should water mix with them mold growth can begin. At that point, it becomes just a matter of time.

2. Mold Advances in Days
Your water damage became the catalyst for microbes to breed, seeping into porous materials and making themselves cozy. That means getting into walls, within carpets, and on any other organic substances. Within 24 to 48 hours, contamination begins, and it won't stop until the active growth is removed and the moisture is eliminated. For that reason, there is no wait time. As they multiply, they eat away, attacking the building.

3. Mold Can Move Through Rooms
Remember that it's not isolated to the bathroom wall or under the sink. It can carry to other sections simply through the air conditioner and people's movements. The count continues to increase, and mold prevention becomes key. A mold remediation company in Joliet, IL, can detect the level of infestation and develop a plan for sanitizing and restoring. Cut off the air supply and establish a tightly sealed barrier.


The water damage started the situation. It needs to be repaired immediately, and the possibility of fungus should be seriously considered.

Mold vs. Mildew?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and mildew both have a few matching characteristics. Both thrive on moist, warm areas and can grow on a multitude of surfaces, from food, to your shower to a sheet of paper, and of course they are both two types of fungi that no homeowner likes to see in their home.

However; mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color a and texture

Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or white fungus that is on the surface of a moist area. Mildew can be easily treated with a store bought cleaner and scrub brush.

Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear as almost fuzzy and even slimy in nature. Toxic molds can be harmful to both humans and  ecosystems. 

The key to treating mold and mildew is to remove it as soon as possible before it has a chance to do permanent damage to your home. 

If you think you may has a mold issue, call the  mold removal professionals at SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

What Is an Industrial Hygienist?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

According towww.aiha.org,"Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community."

Industrial hygienists are described as "scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.

SERVPRO of Joliet is able to do a visual inspection for mold, however; there are times when mold may exist but can not be seen. At that point, we would refer you to an Industrial Hygienist. Upon the results of the air sample testing, we can provide you with an estimate to remove the mold that exists in you home or business. Call 815-436-5735.

So You Think You Might Have Mold?

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold hidden under vinyl floor.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A SERVPRO professional trained in mold remediation will be available to examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and evaluate the cost of the remediation and restoration needed. In some cases, mold may not be visible but still may be present.

Additional assistance may be required by an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to detect hidden mold. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, they collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor spore count to the outdoor environment. We can assist you in finding an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional if needed.

Whether you have had a visual or air sample test done, remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is always there to handle your mold remediation and restoration in a professional and safe manner.

Please keep in mind that SERVPRO does not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult with your insurance company to determine if you are covered or not.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Don't be caught off guard after you already have a mold problem. Coverage varies from policy to policy, so read your policy carefully and if your have any questions, call your insurance agent. Some policies contain exclusions, stating they do not cover mold removal and others cover mold removal under certain circumstances. They may also cover the removal but not the testing itself.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. If mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.

If a visual inspection does not reveal mold and you feel that you may still have a mold issue, we can recommend an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to access the situation.

"Remember, no mold is good mold!"

For Mold Removal Call SERVPRO of Joliet

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When there's a water damage, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment to handle your mold problem. The following steps illustrate a "typical mold removal process.

  • Inspection and damage assessment - your property will be inspected with technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.
  • Mold containment - Containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure.
  • Air filtration - Specialized filtration equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums capture mold spores out of the air.
  • Removing mold and Mold infested materials - Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming.
  • Cleaning contents and belongings - A variety of cleaning techniques are used to clean and sanitize your belongings and deodorization may be needed to remove odors.
  • Restoration - Depending on the level of mold damage; drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have to be removed and replaced.

To assure your mold problem will be resolved the best way possible, Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

What Is Mold?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are a form of fungus. Different types of molds can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores which exist in all indoor environments everywhere. Spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that would otherwise prevent the normal mold growth. Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments. When mold spores land on a damp spot they begin to grow, digesting the material they grow on.

Common indoor molds include:

  • Alternaria - found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
  • Aspergillus - often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials like drywall
  • Cladosporium - capable of growing in cool places as well as warm ones
  • Penicillium - typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.

Molds take a variety of forms and textures, appearing as white, black, yellow, blue or green and often looking like a discoloration or stain to a surface They can also have a velvety, fuzzy or rough appearance depending on the type of mold and where it is growing. No mold is good mold, so if you suspect you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Mold and Your Home

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to your clothing, shoes, and pets and be carried indoors. 

Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, and pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, ceiling tiles, and wood products, as well as in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

You can help to control mold in your home by:

  • Controlling humidity levels;
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.

Not all mold can be seen visually. It may be lurking in walls, floors, and crawl spaces.

If you suspect you may have mold in your home, especially if you have had a previous water damage call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Hoarding: A Serious Situation in Joliet

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Hoarding Remediation

According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of the actual value, occurs. "Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging.Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. at times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

If you are experiencing this disorder or know of someone who is, please contact SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.

Joliet Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth in a bathroom vanity.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.  When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Joliet for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate  your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at 815-436-5735

Don't let it grow!

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.

Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.  If you think you might have a mold problem call us at 815-436-5735.

Mold Growth

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can  result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not properly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.  If you think you might have a mold problem, call us and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Mold

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours.  Consider the following mold facts:

* Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

* Mold spores are microscopic, 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 and have the potential to cause other health effects.

* 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 the odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

* Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.  Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

What Is Black Mold?

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called "black mold" or "toxic mold". Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing.  Any mold in your home should be treated with caution - stay out of the affected areas and don't touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualifies mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold.  In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure.  If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact our franchise immediately and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Removal vs. Remediation

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.  Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold.  This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth.  Our franchise has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.  Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Step 1: Contact SERVPRO of Joliet

Step 2: inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Step 3: Mold Containment

Step 4: Air Filtration 

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Step 7: Restoration 

What to do if you Suspect Mold

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.  When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Joliet for mold remediation services

What Not to Do: 

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Joliet specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you see signs of mold, call us today - (815) 436-5735.