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Nashua Attics and Basements Often Suffer Mold Infestations--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Need a Moldy Nashua Attic Remediation? Call the IICRC Certified Team from SERVPRO

Mold Remediation Needed Due to Poor Attic Insulation in Nashua

Mold is resilient and can grow anywhere it has access to two things: moisture and food. Moisture can come from the direct introduction of water to high humidity conditions created from poor ventilation and organic materials ranging from wood to dust can be used as food. Our mold remediation services are two-fold for both determining the cause as well as the thorough elimination of both spores and mold.
This attic in Nashua had multiple issues leading to a perfect environment for mold growth. While there was no leaking in the attic, it did have inadequate insulation and a poorly connected bathroom exhaust fan. The ineffective evacuation of air led to moist air entering the attic regularly whenever the homeowners used the shower. The expelled, humid air became trapped, resulting in a perfect home for dormant mold spores to activate.
In an area of the home where moisture build-up was already an issue, SERVPRO technicians chose to use soda blasting as a way to clean the mold from surfaces. This effective method uses sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) which is mildly abrasive, delivered under pressure to both clean and deodorize during the same application. This method helps rid the tell-tale odor that comes with mold. Once the mold colonies were removed from the surfaces in the attic, we treated the wood and exposed areas with a specially formulated antifungal product to ensure the attic surfaces were not favorable for the return of mold.
Some items stored in the attic also had signs of mold colony invasion. We were able to hand clean those items with an antifungal cleaner to destroy the fungi on numerous possessions. Once the items were dry, the homeowner was advised to store items in airtight plastic containers to ensure the cleaned contents remained mold-free and weren't allowed to collect dust, setting up the problem again.
Mold remediation should begin as soon as you notice any signs of mold in your home. Our technicians are IICRC certified and available 24/7 to assist you. Contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 to get started immediately.

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Moldy Issues in Nashua? The Answer Points to SERVPRO

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Small Mold Stains in Nashua Can Indicate Much Larger Problems--Ask SERVPRO for Advice and Remediation

How to Do Effective Mold Remediation in Nashua

When mold infests property in New Hampshire, various problems and inconveniences affect the occupants. The surface hyphae and spore masses make the infested surfaces unsightly, while the Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds, mVOCs, produced by the chemical changes involved in the growth processes can produce musty odors. Infested surfaces lose their structural strength as mold Hyphae grow deep into the material in search of food. Effective restoration requires several actions including identifying the extent of development of the problem, locating the moisture sources and thorough cleanup. Our professional remediation services cover all these areas.
Before starting mold remediation in Nashua, it is a good idea to check the entire property to establish the full extent of the proliferation. Mold often develops in dark concealed spaces so if you consider only the visible areas you might miss the worst affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their IICRC training in applied microbial remediation to identify all areas. We also have advanced equipment including FLIR thermal cameras that help us inspect concealed spaces.
Establishing acceptable moisture levels in the areas of concern is essential. Even high levels of humidity in the air can lead to mold development, so it is critical to establish whether there are any wet areas. In open rooms, it is easy to check for wet areas. However, concealed spaces are trickier. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on different moisture detection tools. With thermohygrometers, we can check the relative humidity in affected and unaffected rooms while thermal cameras help establish moisture problems in concealed spaces. Maintaining an indoor RH of below 60% is crucial to preventing mold growth.
Cleaning mold-infested areas help remove unsightly debris from surfaces and clear the musty smell associated with fungi. Various cleaning actions including agitating and damp wiping the affected areas help eliminate the debris. Our SERVPRO technicians use a HEPA-filtered vacuum to work surfaces, which removes loose debris. We also use abrasive methods such as sanding and wire brushing to remove stubborn residues from the affected surface. In porous materials where the infestation goes beyond the surface, we prefer to remove the material instead of trying to clean them. Often, controlled demolition is the process of choice to ensure a positive outcome.
Dealing with mold can be a tricky process, and if you make mistakes, the problem recurs. Call SERVPRO of Nashua to assist. You can reach us at (603) 889-2311 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth About Mold Growth In Your Nashua Residence

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners do not know about the process of mold remediation for their Nashua residence.

The Real Truth About Mold Growth

Whether you have a basement or a crawlspace for your Nashua residence, you almost always have dampness and moisture to face. This external pressure works to try and penetrate into these areas from the moist ground outside and becomes even worse when you have springs in the ground near your home. Combating this dampness might not seem like that pressing of a situation, but when it can lead to damages and dangers in your home, it might be worth it to better understand what is at stake.

Many homeowners do not know about the process of mold remediation for their Nashua residence. It is possible that you have never had to utilize services like this before, and you are only encountering mold damage recently within your house. If you have discovered mold or find yourself concerned that colonies could be forming throughout affected areas of the property, it is best to consult with professional mold remediation technicians for inspections and assessments. This service is one that you can expect from our SERVPRO professionals.

Mold growth in your home stems from lingering moisture that helps to feed mold spores present in the environment. They seat into organic materials in this area and begin to grow, thrive, and spread. It doesn't take long for these colonies to grow out of control and take a severe toll on the structural integrity and strength of the construction materials or contents of this area of your home they have used for colonization.

While our SERVPRO technicians seek to preserve and restore materials rather than tearing out broad areas of your home, it does not take a long time for mold damage to render materials like drywall and framing wood unsalvageable. As the colony grows and seats more deeply into the material, the composition and integrity erode to the point of irreparable damage.

Of course, this does not even begin to showcase the potential health effects that can occur to the occupants of your house when exposed to active colonies. These risks have gotten well documented, but still, many homeowners put off mold remediation for their homes assuming the problem goes away on its own. Mold spreads and destroys, and remediation from our SERVPRO of Nashua technicians is a credible means of stopping this destructive path. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (603) 889-2311.

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Understanding Mold Remediation For Your Nashua Home

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says By Eliminating Excess Moisture Mold Growth in Your Nashua Home May Not Happen

Nashua Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup and Restoration

The discovery of mold growing in your Nashua home should spring you into action. Apart from the potential health effects attributed to exposure to active colonies, there is substantial damage that these same colonies can do to the structural integrity of the materials they consume.

Many homeowners do not understand why mold growth is so detrimental in their residence, however. Worse yet, they have a misguided notion that DIY methods of cleaning and mold removal are as effective as actual mold remediation for their Nashua house. A better understanding of the process and intricate nature of mold remediation might aid you in understanding its importance for your home following the discovery of fungal growth.

Unlike traditional cleaning efforts that you might find strewn across the internet, mold remediation is a much more involved procedure designed to remove mold colonies and restore the damage they have caused to your home. Our SERVPRO technicians isolate the area and set out to remove the colony, penetrating well beyond the surface mold that you can see and affect the entire hyphae.

However, merely removing the colony is not the full extent of the remediation process, either. SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians also have to contend with other symptoms associated with the presence of fungal growth. For starters, finding where the moisture that allowed the spores to seat originated from and a plan to stop this persistent dampness.

Secondly, with a harsh musty odor that is typical of mold colonies growing in homes, deodorization is a requirement as well. Removing this sometimes harsh odor requires the removal of both the moisture and the mold itself, followed by specialized equipment to neutralize the odor molecules in the area. HEPA filtered air scrubbers are integral devices for purging the ambient air of spores and floating particulates. Our AMRT technicians also apply an antimicrobial formulation to inhibit future mold eruptions.

Our remediation process might not be widely understood or known for those that are just experiencing mold growth for the first time in their homes, but now you should have a better idea of what all happens. Our dedicated and certified SERVPRO of Nashua remediation specialists are available 24/7 by calling (603) 889-2311.

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Unmitigated Water Damage in Your Nashua Home can Lead to Unnecessary Mold Growth

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your home must be remediated right away to help prevent any other problems from starting. Call SERVPRO to start right away.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Investigate Water Damage to Help Prevent Secondary Mold Damages

When homeowners in Nashua have homes with water stains and other types of damage and allow it to remain, this can lead to other problems developing inside the house. These can include many different kinds of issues and affect almost any part of your home.
If your Nashua home sustains water damage, one of these problems can include mold. At SERVPRO, we know that this can take only a few days for microbial populations to begin growing. These microorganisms flourish in damp locations, but even slight increases in moisture can provide enough of an environmental boost to start their life cycle anew.
Water from an accidental overflowing, such as with a toilet, tub, or sink, or a faulty appliance, a busted water line, or a flood, never disappears on its own. Water continually recycles itself, just like in the natural cycles experienced outdoors. However, inside your home, ice rarely forms, leaving moisture with only condensation and evaporation as its two modes of getting around inside your home.
As it goes through these two states of existence, water can leave stains on furniture, walls, and ceilings, cause photos to stick together, produce odors, and also bring about perfect conditions for mold. Restoring your home's natural moisture content helps eliminate these problems, and keeps microbes from growing out of control.
SERVPRO technicians use both drying equipment and anti-microbial agents to solve mold issues. However, the moisture content must always remain below certain levels to keep microbes, especially mold, dormant. Chemical agents can help to only a certain degree in many situations. We implement both dryness restoration and chemical inhibitors, to keep mold under control.
Water damage and its signs can often indicate that mold growth might exist. However, a lack of visible damage does not rule out the existence of either type - water or mold. Using moisture meters and hygrometers help us locate places that might harbor either, or both, of these problems inside your home. Once detected, we can work with you to resolve the issue.
SERVPRO of Nashua's technicians hold certificates from the IICRC and can help you successfully manage both water damage and possible mold growth that often accompanies hidden pockets of moisture. Call us at (603) 889-2311 for assistance in finding the best resolution for your home.

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Mold Damage From Ice Dams In Your Nashua Home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

The water may end up leaking down into your walls and get trapped inside the walls, leading to mildew and mold growth.

Mold Damage From Ice Dams

In Nashua, it is not uncommon to hear of ice dams. Gutters can sometimes get clogged with ice during the winter season, preventing any water from the roof flowing down properly as it should. Instead, water ends up back onto the roof, where it can get underneath shingles and cause lots of structural damage and leaks. The water may end up leaking down into your walls and get trapped inside the walls, leading to mildew and mold growth.

When you notice mold growth and mold damage on the walls of your Nashua home, you know you have a problem. Since mold can cause health effects for you and your family, besides being destructive to your home, it is not something you want to let hang around. Instead, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO. Our crew is certified and trained to handle a mold infestation safely and adequately.

We first inspect your home carefully for signs of visible mold. There can be hidden mold as well that you are not seeing. Various technologies are used to detect the mold and any hidden water sources. We also use different containment methods to stop the mold from spreading throughout the rest of your home. Negative air chambers and physical barriers may be used to keep mold spores from spreading while we are cleaning up the affected area. Any cooling and heating systems are turned off as well, so the mold does not spread.

SERVPRO staff use special filtration equipment that allows us to trap airborne microscopic mold spores. HEPA vacuums and powerful air scrubbers stop also mold spores from spreading during remediation. The process depends on how much mold there is and what kinds of surfaces it is on. We use treatments which are antimicrobial and antifungal to get rid of colonies of mold and help stop new ones from starting. Sometimes we may need to remove and get rid of porous materials that are infested with molds, such as carpeting and drywall.

We then clean any restorable items which were affected by the old with a variety of techniques to clean and sanitize them. We are trained to remove odors as well and perform deodorization using fogging equipment. Minor repairs may need to be made such as replacing drywall and painting.

SERVPRO of Nashua knows that finding mold in your home in Nashua or the surround areas is not a happy event, so we want to help you take care of it as soon as possible. You can contact us at (603) 889-2311 any time by dialing so we can clean your home up for you.

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Wet Winter Weather is One Cause of Mold Growth in the Attic of Your Nashua Residence

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth and Remediation by SERVPRO for Nashua Area Properties

Many Factors Contribute to Mold Growth in Nashua Homes Until SERVPRO Remediates the Colonies

The winter months, with its strong winds, freezing temperatures, and wet snow can affect your Nashua home from top to bottom. When ice dams form over loosened shingles, birds or other pests open small holes around vents, or inexperienced workers install insulation poorly, moisture can get inside your attic.

Inside your Nashua home's attic, mold can begin growing after only a small amount of water enters. The cold weather cannot stop its growth, especially when the warm air becomes trapped inside, or the sun melts the snow and warms the roof. Slight changes in temperature around spores can trigger their growth. Some attics contain small nooks and areas that receive little air circulation. However, these can experience prolific growth because once mold spores enter, they cannot leave and their accumulated mass steadily increases over time.

Mold causes damage to both structures and belongings. We at SERVPRO remediate both problems simultaneously to serve our customers better. This reduces costs as well as the time required to fulfill both aspects satisfactorily.

Containing the area begins by installing temporary barriers made of heavy plastic sheeting (6-12 mils thick). Once we attach an air scrubber and hose to this set-up, we achieve negative air pressure. Because the air being forced out of your attic never enters your home's other areas, mold cannot spread to them. IICRC standards view this as a very effective method at containing mold while remediation work proceeds.

Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) ensures our work meets acceptable standards from the EPA because this help provides long-lasting protection against the damages microbial colonization can cause inside a home.

Other equipment used includes dehumidifiers and moisture meters to decrease the moisture content in your attic and to detect where this moisture might enter in the future. Sealing these areas or repairing them helps prevent future mold growth.

SERVPRO of Nashua employs qualified technicians to protect the homes in our community. Contact us for remediation of mold in your attic and other areas of your home. Our 24-hour services can be reached at (603) 889-2311 365 days a year.

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Remediating Mold in Nashua Attics

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Not having enough insulation in your attic can be a cause for mold growth.

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

Nashua homes can handle some of the worst storms and come out often needing no more than some new trim or maybe replace a garden shed. It is often a quiet disaster like mold that owners never notice until the restoration costs approach putting on an addition to their home.

When they find mold in the attic, Nashua homeowners at first cannot believe it. Most think our weather is too cold for mold or mistakenly believe since the attic is clean of food, that it should not be able to grow. After decades of cleaning and removing mold from homes, SERVPRO knows that attics are a perfect place for spores to expand and grow, spreading over the top of the entire home.

One factor that promotes mold growing in an attic is not having enough insulation. Too little insulation allows heat from the home rise into the attic where it meets with the colder air. It leads to condensation, which can form small pools of water across the attic that mold spores can use just as easily as those from a leaky pipe or stormwater. Since condensation can occur throughout Fall and Winter, the potential threat is even greater.

To change this, SERVPRO technicians check the amount of insulation and if it has become compromised by the moisture and mold. Both can weigh down blown-in and rolled insulation, making it less efficient and causing even more condensation. If the insulation is still clean and useful, we can add to it after removing the mold.

Since we want to avoid contaminating the existing insulation, technicians first secure plastic sheeting over it. It allows us to bring in vacuum hoses connected to commercial grade pumps. We insert HEPA filters designed to capture the tiny spores and remove most of the mold present.

Next, we spray or use a fog device to deploy anti-fungal and anti-microbial agents throughout the attic. Our chemical agents kill the spores on contact, making it much safer for our technicians to scrape and brush the remaining spores by hand out of the attic.

Our last cleaning step is to remove the plastic sheeting and perform a final inspection. Then, we add to the insulation unless the homeowner wants to use another service.

Mold can expand and grow in any home in New Hampshire. Not having enough insulation should never be the reason for the process to start though. If you have mold or suspect there may be a problem, contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 today. We are here to help.

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Minimizing Risk of Attic Mold Damage in Nashua Through Proper Ventilation

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Proper ventilation in your attic can help to prevent mold from spreading and affecting your home.

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Mold Damage

There are many possible causes of mold growth in the attic, including moisture seepage, condensation, poor insulation, and of course, poor attic ventilation. Many homeowners in Nashua do not realize that the attic is not just a random part of the building construction, but a significant feature of a home. From this end, proper attic ventilation is important for a healthy home.

Keeping temperatures stable can go a long way towards preventing mold damage in Nashua homes. At SERVPRO, we have a team of dedicated, IICRC-certified mold remediation experts who can help remedy the situation. The attic works as a buffer between the roof and the other rooms in your home, causing it to experience frequent temperature changes that lead to excessive heat and condensation. Both of these factors promote mold growth.

A good way to ensure proper attic ventilation and reduce the risk of mold damage is creating better airflow within the attic, which in turn efficiently removes moisture and excessive heat. SERVPRO technicians normally turn to dehumidifiers and other drying equipment for this purpose. After installing proper insulation, you need to ensure that all your vents are working properly. This step involves a number of considerations.

For starters, all the vents should be exactly the same to ensure a balanced air intake and better airflow through the attic. As a result, this eliminates any hot, static air that may contribute to mold growth and, consequently, mold damage. Secondly, you need to place the vents away from the sides of the house as much as possible. This step helps prevent the temperature of the walls from affecting the air entering the attic.

SERVPRO mold remediation experts can advise you on how to create enough space for proper air circulation in the attic. Typically, this involves leaving about 1 to 2 inches of space between the insulation and the roof sheathing. It is also recommendable to add pressure to the attic by increasing ventilation at the eaves and decreasing it at the ridge. This pressurization prevents the air inside the house from penetrating into the attic.

Specialists at SERVPRO of Nashua are highly trained and highly experienced with attic mold damage restoration. Since we offer our services all over the country, we are well-versed with the many nuances that come with specific building designs and climates. If you have any concerns about mold growth in your attic, call us today at (603) 889-2311.  

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Finding Mold in the Attic of Your Nashua Home can Indicate Several Other Problems

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Penetration from the Attic in a Nashua Home--Call SERVPRO

Moisture Fuels Mold Growth That Requires Remediation

Attics are less likely to be visited on any given day by members of your family than any other part of your home, except for crawlspaces. Attics, however, are directly over your living area, and not to the sides and below your home, where crawlspaces are located. Right under the roof, attics are also the first part of your home exposed to most of the obvious hazards that your home is exposed to daily.

In Nashua, mold in the attic can be a warning sign of different problems. Your home does not have a voice, per se, but when particular problems develop, you should pay attention to prevent existing problems from becoming worse or spreading. Mold growth in the upper areas of your home can occur with excess moisture.
Attics have two of the three most important requirements already in place for mold growth, simply because of the very nature of an attic. With a darkened environment rich in the cellulose found in building materials, mold spores only need to have an elevated level of moisture to come out of a dormant state.
Moisture in an attic can come from several places. Many are problems that can be solved. SERVPRO technicians can quickly discover these sources and put a stop to them. When we examine the ducts in the attic, we will look for holes, loose connections, areas where the tape is coming loose, and also where vents are attached to your roof. When these are not connected correctly, a significant portion of the humidity is expelled into the attic. If the conduits are not attached at all, which is sometimes the case, all of the humidity is released into the attic.
Ductwork in the attic supports the circulation of air from many regions of your home. Bathroom fans, the clothes dryer, your stove, and heating and cooling systems can all feed their exhaust ducts into the attic. These ducts are not the only location that can bring moisture and humidity into the attic, though. Your furnace also produces moisture, although it is a small amount. You and your family release moisture into the air every time you exhale. Plants and aquariums can also do the same. Water molecules in the air are standardized by the use of the RH scale, relative humidity, which correlates moisture with temperature.
While these amounts may be small, they do build up with time. Opening doors through normal activities releases much of this moisture. However, when there are small cracks between ceilings and pipes, cables, or other structures that travel from one level of your home to another, moisture can exit your living space and find its way into the attic, instead of outside through your exterior doors. Finding these openings is the first step toward closing them.
Another problem that might be allowing moisture to accumulate in your attic is if any shingles are loose or missing from the roof. If shingles are damaged, they can also permit water to enter. Gutters can also work against your home, instead of protecting it, if they are damaged or clogged. Cleaning them may not be enough. Gutters and downspouts should direct water only away from your home, never toward the exterior foundation. Downspouts should be attached correctly, without any gaps between them and the horizontal gutters. Doing so protects the entirety of your home, not only the attic.
If you have mold in the attic in your home, rest assured that SERVPRO of Nashua can remediate and not only rid your home of the excess mold, but also locate the source of the moisture that allowed mold to grow out of control. Call us at (603) 889-2311, anytime, and we can arrive within four hours after your call.

Does Your Nashua Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/14/2016 (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. Mold remediation reduces the mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Consider the 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 or business 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.

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