Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold growth from Humidity

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth in corner of basement wall Visible mold growth on corner of basement wall.

Depending on where you live in the United States, on top of heat during the summer, you may be experiencing a little bit of humidity. If you’re reading this in Southeastern South Dakota, you are nodding along. In our part of the world, we are very familiar with humidity. As our air conditioning units struggle to keep up with our cooling demands, its important to also focus on other things that may be caused by the humidity.

On a recent estimate for mold, while inspecting an evident mold growth, our technician noticed a small seam in the basement wall of a small home being used as an office. When their is no obvious source of water damage, we believe moisture and humidity are seeping in through the foundation, providing the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

Take the time to inspect the dark and sometimes damp corners of your home. Garages, utility rooms, etc. You may not spend a lot of time in these rooms, but often they may be areas where moisture can be present. If you do find something you would like inspected, please call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303!

Mold Remodel

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on drywall Mold growth on drywall

A customer contacted SERVPRO of Sioux Falls this week while in the middle of a kitchen remodel. Upon removing a set of cabinets, the customer found a fairly extensive mold colony on the wall that had been covered up by the cabinet. 

They immediately placed a call to our team to get the issue sorted out quickly so their remodel could continue. After performing an estimate on the same day that we received the call, the customer agreed to our scope of work and we began the process of remediating the mold in the home. 

Our team loaded up on fungicide and got to work. We decided to remove a small portion of drywall as the mold was extensive and had grown through to the backside. After completion, our reconstruction crew got to work replacing the drywall! A total job process of three days got the homeowners back on track with their remodel. 

Do you have mold in your home or business?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth under air vent in Sioux Falls area home Mold growth found under air vent cover in a Sioux Falls home.

Mold spores are constantly around us both indoors and outdoors. They are carried by the wind as well as on our clothing. However, just because mold spores are constantly present, that does not mean that you have a mold growth that can become a problem. There are a few tell-tale signs to look for when you think you may have a mold growth in your home or business.

  • The first and most obvious is a visible mold growth. Mold can come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Common signs include a fuzzy appearance and the colors of white, green, or black.
  • Another big sign of an active mold growth is a musty smell in the affected room. A smell of dampness that doesn’t seem to dissipate.
  • Damp areas or past water damage that was not properly dried.
  • An uptick on health effects that are irregular.

Mold needs three items to grow in your home of business:

  1. Water: Mold needs a source of moisture to grow. This is can be a constant source of water such as a leaky pipe, or it can be a damp spot on your drywall that received water damage that was not properly dried.
  2. Oxygen: This is the food source that we really can’t work on preventing. If there is a room in your home or business that is not oxygenated, you may have some bigger problems.
  3. Food source: A food source for a mold colony includes basically any organic material such as wood or drywall.

If you believe you may have a mold growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for a free estimate in the Sioux Falls area! 605-213-3303

Improper drying can lead to mold growth

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth in Sioux Falls home Mold growth found in closet of Sioux Falls area home

Imagine a scenario where your water heater malfunctioned and led to a small water loss in your utility room. You may not have even known there were such things as restoration companies, so you decided to place a couple of fans and dry it out yourself. The room has concrete floor, you tell yourself, there can’t be too much damage. After a few days of running fans, the area looks dry to you. 

Fast forward two months as you go to your utility room to grab supplies and you notice a funky-colored growth on the drywall behind your water heater. Mold? How did this get here?

Most likely, water from the damaged water heater seeped up in to your dry wall and was not properly dried. This presence of moisture acted as a fuel to promote the growth of mold

What do you do now? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! Not only do we do mold remediation, we are the company to call when you have a water loss in your home! Proper drying after water damage goes hand in hand with preventing mold growth. For a company who excels in both, call SERVPRO!

Most Frequent mold strain

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth spreading across walls in a Sioux Falls home Mold growth spreading across walls in Sioux Falls home

The most common mold found throughout homes is known as Alternaria.  Alternaria mold tends to grow where ever dampness occurs, which can come from a variety of sources in your home. Mold can grow just about anywhere and Can be very difficult to prevent. No matter how clean your home may be it will always contain invisible mold spores. But don’t fret! Mold is most commonly found in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.

The ten most common sources of moisture that can aid mold growth in your home are:

  1. Persistent humidity
  2. Leaky pipes in the home
  3. Leaking roof
  4. Build up of condensation
  5. Poor ventilation in your home
  6. Wet and Damp Clothing
  7. Home flooding
  8. Damp basement
  9. Foundational leak  
  10. Leaking or condensation from an A/C System. 

If you’re looking for a Mold Remediation Specialist, Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303! We will make that pesky mold growth in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Mold on the Move

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Visible mold in air ducts Visible mold in air ducts

A mold growth in your HVAC unit can be a nuisance for you and your family. As our HVAC systems move air continuously throughout the home, this too means mold spores in the system are being moved throughout your home. Mold can harm our respiratory system in a number of ways. Not sure if you have mold present in your HVAC system? Here are some potential signs:

  • Visual Signs: Fortunately, some mold may be easy to spot and can give you a definitive answer. Check the spots of your HVAC system that you can easily see regularly. This includes around the furnace and A/C units, as well is any intake or outflow vents. For some examples of what mold can look like, please visit our photo gallery.
  • Odors: Pay attention for any odors you don’t normally sense around your home. Oftentimes mold can give off a musty scent as it thrives with sufficient moisture.
  • Symptoms: If you or anyone in your home is noticing persistent respiratory issues or increased severity of allergies, mold could potentially be the culprit.

What should you do if you believe you have mold in your HVAC system?

Our recommendation would be to call a mold remediation company as well as a company that can clean ducts. It just so happens, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped to help with both! With our industry experience in both areas, we will be able to help you get your home back to tip-top shape.

Mold in your dream home!

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold under cover of air vent Mold under cover of air vent

Depending on the market and what you are looking for, the home buying process can be either exciting or excruciating. You have to have a keen eye on homes coming on to the market and have trust in your realtor that they are looking for what suits your needs. 

After countless tours and maybes, you’ve finally found your dream home! You put an offer in and are now waiting on the home inspection. Everything looks great until you see the inspector found a few spots of mold in the utility room in the basement. Don’t worry though, it’s not the end of the world! SERVPRO can help!

At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls we are well-versed in the remediation of mold. We offer free local estimates, aimed to be returned within two days of the inspection. We know the home-buying process can be on a strict timetable so we aim to perform our work as efficiently and effectively as possible to make your dream home your home!

All About Mold

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Black Mold growth in Sioux Falls home Black Mold growth in Sioux Falls home

Did you know that there are over 100,000 strains of mold! Keep in mind not all types of mold are a threat, some are benign while some are even used in medicinal treatments.

TYPES OF MOLD

Some of the most common types of molds we come across are Aspergillus,  Chaetomium, and Stachybotrys Atra (commonly known as black mold). Each strain has its own characteristics and can affect humans in different ways. Due to possible effects on health, it is important to remediate mold in your Sioux Falls area home. The most common areas to keep an eye out for mold in your home are basements & cellars, under or around sinks, and behind walls that also house plumbing.

Prevention Tips:

  • To help prevent mold in your house be sure to make sure the humidity level is below 60, with the recommended range between 30-60.
  • Dry items completely before storing them.
  • Repair Leaks. Responding quickly and treating the source of a leak is crucial to preventing mold growth.
  • Use methods to improve the airflow throughout your home. For instance, getting your ducts cleaned regularly can help!

If you find or suspect mold in your home be sure to reach out to a professional like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get it taken care of as soon as possible; living with mold in your house doesn’t always cause health problems, but it should always be removed! If you think your home may have mold don’t wait, give us a call at 605-213-3303!

Mold in the workspace

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Technician Removing Moldy Drywall Technician removing moldy drywall

Finding Mold in your Sioux Falls area workplace is not a matter to take lightly. Mold colonies in the workplace can lead to health complications for your employees, as well as negatively affecting their pre-existing conditions such as allergies or asthma. A workplace with employees out sick regularly means a workplace where operations aren’t running as efficiently as they should.

Where to find Mold in the office:

While mold spores are all over the natural and indoor world, they really don’t cause any damage to humans until they find a safe, dark, and damp environment to begin growing and multiplying. Mold growth in the office can commonly be found in cupboards below a water source, such as a kitchen sink. Spots where previous water damage has occurred are ripe locations for mold growth if not properly dried.

What to do:

To remove a mold growth in your office, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! We are trained to remediate mold in any setting, be it your attic at home, or a large commercial office space. During our mitigation efforts, we can set up containment around the affected area to isolate the mold, and to keep the rest of your office space functioning. Keep you employees and customers healthy, call us today at 605-213-3303!

Free Mold Estimates with SERVPRO

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on basement walls Mold Growth on basement walls

After being cooped up at home the past five months, students are returning to school and your home might be getting a break from the chaos. Maybe you take this opportunity to get your home deep cleaned and freshened up. Vacuuming, dusting, maybe even getting your carpets cleaned. Perhaps you are packing up some toys and putting them in to storage. While moving stuff around in your storage space, you notice a weird fuzzy patch on your wall. If you’re unsure if its just dust or mold, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call!

Free estimates within 30 mile radius:

At SERVPRO, we will come assess your home for a mold growth and give you a free estimate on remediation and potential reconstruction should you fall within a 30 mile radius of our shop. With this estimate you will be able to decide the correct course of action for your home.

Where is mold commonly found?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth behind drywall Mold growth behind drywall

As mold has a tendency to grow in cramped, poorly-lit locations in your home, you may not have any idea that you even have a mold infestation. The physical signs of a potential mold growth can present itself in your body in the form of health effects. These symptoms may be difficult to separate from the same symptoms that allergies produce in people. However, if someone has been dealing with allergies their whole life, they likely know when their symptoms are stemming from normal allergies and when something may be amiss and causing more issues than usual. Whether you have allergies or not, if you are experiencing health effects, it may be time to investigate for mold in your home.

Common places for mold:

Mold requires oxygen, moisture, and a food source to grow. To start eliminating potential locations of mold growth, exclude places that typically don’t get moisture. This typically can mean eliminating rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms. However, window sills in these rooms can still be a potential spot of mold growth if they are not sealed tight and prone to receiving moisture.

The most common locations for mold to be found include:

  • Bathrooms- A poorly ventilated bathroom, which consistently is exposed to moisture in the form of showers and baths, is a prime location for mold growth. Check in and around your shower, as well as below your sink.
  • Basement/Utility Rooms- Mold likes to grow in locations with lack of UV light. This makes subterranean rooms ripe for mold growth. Condensation from an air conditioning unit can lead to potential mold growth. An improperly dried room after a water damage event can also lead to mold growth.
  • Kitchen- Another room of your home that sees a lot of moisture, in the form of washing dishes and the processes involved in cooking.

These are not the only rooms where mold can be found, but are typically a good place to start looking. Mold can also grow in your HVAC system, which gives it the opportunity to be spread throughout your home.

 If you believe you have a mold growth or you have found a mold colony in your Sioux Falls area home, it’s best to call a company that has expertise in mold testing and mold remediation. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has been a local leader in the mold remediation business for years. Call us to schedule a an estimate in your home today. We can find mold, begin the remediation process, and perform any necessary rebuild to get your home back to tip-top shape.

Summer Safety Series: Mold in the home

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on windowsill Mold growth on windowsill

In the Sioux Falls area, we haven’t had to worry about rainfall totals quite as much as last year. It has been an uncharacteristically hot with rain events spaced out every few weeks. However, we have been experiencing high levels of humidity. Usually humidity does not become a factor until late July and August, however, this year we have been seeing extremely high humidity levels throughout the summer. While the lack of rain has been preventing extensive water damage, its important to monitor your home for humidity as mold growths can begin with just small amounts of moisture in your home.

How Humidity can start mold growth:

There are a few factors that need to be present for mold to grow. The most important factor is moisture. Next, the mold needs a source of food. This can include drywall, wood, and other materials used to build your home. The next most important factor needed for mold growth is a lack of UV light. Mold likes to grow in often unseen parts of our home that receive little to no light. Think of a utility room in your basement.

Sources of moisture in the home:

Excluding a large rainfall event, the most common causes that create moisture in the home during the summer are typically linked to keeping your home cool. One common place for mold growth in the summer is around windows that are not often used or may not receive a lot of direct sunlight. As the temperature and humidity rise outside, we often run our air conditioning unit more to compensate for the high heat. This juxtaposition of heat outside and cool air inside, can lead to condensation forming on your windows and running down onto wooden window frames, creating an environment for mold to grow. We recommend drying and cleaning your windows and their frames regularly if you notice moisture buildup. The next most common culprit for mold growths in the summer stem from runoff from air conditioning units. Typically, an AC unit will have a drain line that takes moisture away from the unit and towards a proper drainage system. However, older models can leak, leading to moisture getting in to crawl spaces and other hard to access areas of the home.

What should I do if I find mold?:

If you are unsure if you have a mold growth in your home, it is best to reach out to a company like SERVPRO that handles mold remediation in the Sioux Falls area. At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, we are capable of performing mold tests and mold estimates. Our standard is to have a quote returned to you within two business days of a mold estimate. Should you need mold remediation services, SERVPRO is trained and has the necessary chemicals to treat your mold growth. Should any tear out and reconstruction work be needed, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can handle the entire process from beginning to end!

Mold in your HVAC system?

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy Vent before and after treament Moldy vent before and after treatment.

Keeping Cool

As we reach the warmest part of the year, many folks will be rushing to turn on their air conditioning to try to beat the heat. As you turn on your system for the first time since using it for heat in the winter months, it is important to assess your system to make sure it is operating effectively and efficiently.

Musty Smell

As you run your air conditioner for the first few times, be sure to assess the system and see if any condensation is forming around your unit. Excess condensation along with a musty smell throughout the home can be signs of a potential mold growth in your HVAC system. A large mold infestation may be visible around vents as well if they mold has had time to grow. If after changing the air filter, the musty smell persists, it’s best to call a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls.

Treating your HVAC system

At SERVPRO, we both clean ducts and are in the business of mold remediation. We offer free mold estimates and have the technology to assess and clean your duct work. Should you encounter a mold growth in your HVAC systemin the greater Sioux Falls area, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls 605-213-3303!

Mold in the summer cabin?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on drywall Mold growth on drywall

It’s that time of the year folks. Weather is getting warmer, the flames on the grill are roaring, and its time to take the family to the lake cabin on the weekends. You load up the car, pick out your snacks and cheesy road trip songs and head out on the road for a weekend of fun. As you unload your luggage when you get to the lake house you start to notice a musty smell. Suddenly, the magical weekend is on hold.

As you start to investigate you notice some black fuzzy spots around the window sills in your cabin. A little old fashioned google research tells you that you have a mold infestation growing in your summer home. Oh no! There goes the summer right? Wrong! At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls we are Here to Help remediate that mold and get you back to enjoying your summer!

 Should you encounter what you believe is mold, give us a call at 605-213-3303 and we will perform a free estimate. At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls we will use our proprietary disinfectants to eradicate the mold growth. Worried about having to hire multiple contractors if drywall needs replaced? Fear Not! We are staffed and equipped for all of your reconstruction needs.

Musty smell in the basement?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold behind drywall Mold growth behind drywall.

Can’t seem to shake that musty, damp smell in your basement? Perhaps you had a small water loss that you worked on yourself, but it took you a few days to get the area completely dry. 

If this is the case, mold could be growing in your basement. Under the right conditions, mold growth can begin within 48-72 hours of a water loss event. Give our team at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call at 605-213-3303! We can assess your situation and get to work on drying your basement and remediating the mold! We offer free estimates for mold remediation with an expected turnaround time of two business days. If removal of drywall or any other materials is necessary after the remediation is complete, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is a licensed general contractor and we are able to help with any reconstruction. 

What’s that smell??

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Photo with mold on the wood Mold on wood

What’s that smell?  What is that growing on the walls?  Why don’t I feel good? 

Mold is many times the culprit of a strong musty odor or what you might visibly see growing on your walls or the reason you may not feel well. When untreated water intrusion has occurred at your home or business place, it can produce mold and also an unhealthy environment.  When water damage is not addressed right away mold spores may grow and multiply.  If you find yourself with mold, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is here to assist you.  Not only can we assist in water remediation but we can also assist in the remediation of mold.  Our team is professionally trained in mold remediation.  If you would like more information about mold removal, please reach out to us at 605-213-3303.  We want to get your living space or work space back to normal and “Like it never even happened.”

Mold in the home

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on wall Mold growth on wall

As the season turns to spring and fresh air fills your home, you might be struck with the motivation to do some spring cleaning. Maybe you do some dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning of your windows so the sun can shine brightly through them.

Maybe the sunshine even has you feeling good enough to the point that you’re ready to tackle the growing pile of stuff in the utility room in the basement. You know, the stuff you swore you needed but ended up tucking away after one use. The time has come to donate, throw out, and de-clutter. Things are going well and you’re on your last box tucked away in the corner of your basement. Feeling triumphant you pick up the box and see a weird black fuzzy spot on the wall behind it. Uh-oh, what is that? That, my friend is mold.

Mold loves to grow unchecked in moist, dark places in your home. If the conditions are right, even a small amount of water that does not get properly dried can lead to a mold growth in the home. Which can be frustrating as a homeowner. It doesn’t take a burst pipe to cause a mold growth.

Should you find a mold growth while doing your spring cleaning, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call at 605-213-3303. As your local mold damage experts, we will give you a free estimate on the work needed. We have the technicians and technology to remediate the mold growth and do any necessary reconstruction to repair your home “Like it never even happened.”

Mold growth within three days of water loss?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Wall covered with mold growth Mold growth on wall

Do you know how quickly mold can grow after a water loss? The timeframe is probably shorter than you might imagine. Given the right moisture level and temperature, mold can begin to germinate within 24-48 hours. Part of the reason people may not feel concerned regarding mold growth after a water loss is because it can take 18-21 days for this mold colony to be visible.

This is why proper drying techniques and quick response time after a water loss is crucial to avoiding mold growth. That’s where SERVPRO can help! At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls we follow the 1-4-8 response guidelines. Within one hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO franchise professional will contact you to arrange for service. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO mitigation professional will be on-site to start mitigation services if necessary. Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of the loss will be communicated to you by a SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

No matter the size of your water loss, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls and we will assess your water loss and begin mitigation if needed!

Help! Our dream house has a mold infestation!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold colony Mold colony

Imagine going through the home buying process for months before finally settling on your dream home. All the leg work is done, you’re just waiting on the inspection and closing paperwork.

Everything is moving in the right direction until the home inspection report comes back and shows a mold infestation in the attic. What do you do now?

Don’t panic! You will still be able to purchase your Harrisburg area dream home! Call SERVPRO of  Sioux Falls at (605)213-3303 and we will send a team of trained mold mitigation specialists out to asses your home. We offer free estimates with a two business day turn around on estimates. Let us take care of the hard work and we will clean up, restore, and build back your dream home “Like it never even happened.”

Signs you may have mold in your home

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Household mold Household mold.

Mold can be a tricky problem to deal with. Some mold colonies may be wreaking havoc without your knowledge as they aren’t always easily visible. As mold growths stem from a moisture source, such as a leak, we might not notice unless the leak is substantial enough to have caused other damage. 

Be on the lookout for the following signs of mold:

  • Condensation: places where condensation regularly accumulates, such as a small bathroom with shower.
  • Musty odor: If you’re home has a damp, musty, strange smell, this may be a sign of mold.
  • Look for Warping: Moisture in materials such as drywall can lead to warping. If warping is present you may want to test the area.

What to do if you spot mold: 

If you do find a mold colony, there are steps you can take to try and clean on your own. 

However, if the problem is too large or you are concerned about the associated health risks and want your mold treated by trained professionals, Give SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls a call. We are standing by 24/7 to help you make it “Like it never even happened”. 

Mold Training for Property Managers

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Training for Property Managers

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls recently held a breakfast meeting for this group of Property Managers to educate them about mold. Mold growth occurs from moisture that has not properly been cleaned up. Most people don’t realize that it’s not just serious water damage, such as flooding or a visible leak that leads to mold. Any kind of leak that isn’t properly fixed can cause mold to grow. Wet will migrate to dry. An example is a small area of carpet that is wet four feet from the wall. If this is not dried properly the moisture will work its way to the wall where it’s dry and cause further damage, most times going unnoticed. As many of these managers have seen, moisture will also build up from not running exhaust fans in laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms and not running AC units. Mold can begin to grow and spread in 24 to 48 hours under the right conditions so taking care of the source of the problem is critical to preventing mold growth. SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is here help, whether it be through educating or doing the cleanup of mold. Call us today to schedule your next staff training.

Mold Prevention

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

There is no practical way to eliminate all of the molds and mold spores in the indoor environment.  But there are ways to help control moisture and mold growth in your home.  Here is a partial list:

Stop the water

  • Fix leaks in pipes, and any damp areas around tubs and sinks.
  • Rebuild, or retrofit with water resistant building materials.
  • Prevent seepage of water from outside by have the ground around the house slope away and gutters drain away.  
  • Cover dirt crawlspaces with plastic to prevent moisture from coming from the ground.

Keep it clean

  • Clean fabrics often and keep them dry.  Soil promotes mildew growth.  Keep clean fabric items in a well ventilated area.
  • Have air ducts cleaned if you suspect mold exists on the duct's inside surface, or if duct insulation has been wet.

Keep it dry

  • In hot weather, reduce moisture by using dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners and open windows.  Do NOT use fans if mold may already exist.
  • Keep humidity below 40%.
  • Choose carpets of man-made fibers for moisture prone areas.
  • Reduce condensation on cold surfaces by insulating.

Disinfect it

  • Bathrooms, laundry rooms and mechanical rooms need to be routinely checked for moldy odors, and disinfect often with a 10% solution of bleach or a commercial disinfectant

Terminology Used in Mold Cleanup

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

The first term you might hear is mitigation. Mitigation means reducing the severity, seriousness or painfulness of something. SERVPRO’s goal is to reduce the severity of mold to a safe level in your home or business. The photo shows a basement wall with mold. Mold loves to grow on organic materials such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation. The plastic covering the stud wall and insulation is called vapor barrier. Contractors use this to prevent moisture from penetrating the walls of a basement by stapling it to the frame of the wall before drywall is hung. It also helps to keep a basement insulated and warm. When our technicians identify mold, it is critical to isolate it so it is not disturbed and sent airborne. Using containment does exactly this. Containment can be as simple as closing a door to the room and not allowing anyone in there or having to use plastic sheeting to enclose the area. Mold is one of the most common problems we see and we are proud to have qualified SERVPRO staff ready to help you 24/7/365 with your needs. Call us today at 605-213-3303.

Ordinary Mold

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls provides mold testing services to help determine if there is a concern.

If you discover mold in your home in the Sioux Falls area, there are many questions that arise.  Here's a little bit of information about ordinary mold that can help your understanding of the issue.

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. 

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls provides mold testing services to help determine if there is a concern.  SERVPRO also provides mold cleanup to Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. 

Call (605) 213-3303 to speak with our experts.

Take Precautions

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread in your Sioux Falls home or business 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 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 qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

If you need assistance with water damage or mold in the Sioux Falls area, call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303.

Mold In Sioux Falls Homes

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Left untreated or undiagnosed, mold can quickly get out of control.

This year has brought a lot of water to our area.  Coupled with damaging winds, water has come in from up above through damaged roofs and from down below with severe basement flooding. 

When moisture is present too long, mold can grow.  If you see anything or smell anything that you think might be mold, contact us immediately to come do an inspection.  Your health can be compromised from exposure to mold, and you don't want to put it off. 

We completed an inspection recently where we were able to help the homeowner determine that their smell was actually due to a natural gas leak.  Had they not questioned the smell, thinking it was from previous water damage, the consequence could have been severe. 

We use state of the art Thermal Imaging to help make sure our inspection of your home is thorough.  So when you have a concern, don't put it off.  Have us come help you get back "Like it never even happened." 

Sioux Falls Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 Sioux Falls 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 West Sioux Falls 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 – 605-213- 3303