Difference between Mold VS Mildew
Know the difference between mold vs mildew. How to determine which one you have?
We live in the south, in a humid environment. Everyone has mold in their house. Everyone.
Mold and mildew have a few common characteristics. They both like warm areas and spread easily. They live on various surfaces, from food to your shower. And of course, they are both types of fungi.
But they are very different when it comes to size, color and texture.
Mildew is a plant disease but it can thrive on any organic matter, not just living tissue. It can appear on clothing, leather, paper, walls, ceilings, and floor and even on your shower wall. It usually grows in a flat pattern in a white, gray or yellowish color. It will turn brown or black over time.
Mold is usually fuzzy and appears in irregular shaped spots. It also can appear in many different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. Mold grows on organic matter everywhere but is only visible once the colonies grow.
While most mold is not toxic, prolonged exposure can cause a variety of health issues.
You can have it tested to determine what you have. Obviously the best course of action is to ask for professional assistance but you can easily identify which one it is with a little bit of household bleach.
Apply a few drops of bleach to the affected area. Wait about 5 minutes and inspect the spot. If it becomes lighter, you are dealing with mildew. If it remains dark, it is most likely mold.
The best and most efficient way to prevent mold and mildew in your house is to keep all areas dry and moisture free. Keep your air ducts clean and in good condition.
Do not try to remediate this yourself. Call our professionals contact SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366 and we can help!
Storms and Your Home
A storm event can affect a home in multiple ways. You can have a water loss caused by flooding, a tree through the roof or even shingles being blown off. These situations can allow water to infiltrate your home. It’s important to deal the water in a timely manner, it can lead to mold.
Mold can start within the first 48-72 hours of a water loss. Sometimes that time frame is shorter if the climate cannot be controlled by your heating or air and it is very humid and warm out. Sometimes that time frame can go a little further if the home is conditioned or it is cold and dry temperatures outside. A storm event can be a continuous heavy rain or strong winds or even hail not just hurricane and tornadoes.
If you have water coming into your home and you are unsure if it was caused by a storm event or just need some advice, contact SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366 . We are available 24/7 for any of your needs.
Commercial Water Damage
Water damage to your commercial building can be as simple as outside flood water entering the front lobby of your building or as complex as a fire sprinkler discharging on the tenth floor of an office building. We have extensive experience on all different types and sizes of commercial water losses.
Developing a Plan
As soon as we arrive onsite our number one priority is learning your main priority. Our professional technicians understand that you need to have your business up and running as soon as possible. We also understand that as a business owner or manager you are having to deal with dozens of needs during a crisis: employees, inventory, technology, customers. We need to understand your priority so that we can develop a plan that works for your business.
Large Loss Response Team
SERVPRO of Athens is a qualified Large Loss Response Team (LLRT). Being named an LLRT team member means that we have been vetted for having the resources and experience to handle large commercial losses. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call, 706-549-3366, and we will be on our way with the help you need!
SERVPRO and Your Business
SERVPRO blends customer service with accountability! We qualified to help when disaster strikes, making you their "hero" in their times of need.
We are here to make you look good.
There are many ways to ensure success as an insurance agent. Having a strong office staff, a company who pays claims in an ethical and timely manner, advertising, being involved in your community, and maintaining a positive relationship with your clients are just a few. SERVPRO knows how critical it is that every job goes as smooth as possible, ensuring your clients trust you time and time again when they need help. We are trained to reduce the lost time and mitigate the damages as quickly as possible. Whether it’s fire, water, mold or any other cleanup; we are here to help, 24 hours a day.
Our team members are available for direct cellular calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client’s loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.
Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done correctly the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results.
That’s the SERVPRO difference. Contact us at the SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366. We are always here to help!
Colbert 4th of July Parade!
SERVPRO of Athens loves giving back to the community!! July 4, 1970 marked the beginning of 50 consecutive years of the Independence Day Celebrations in Colbert, Georgia, then called the "July 4th Homecoming." This year those in attendance include Gov. Brian Kemp, State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and numerous other community programs and businesses. Everyone who joined this year's 50th year of celebration and made this a real "Colbert Homecoming" to remember our heritage and "Honored our Roots" with Family, Farms, and Friends.
We had the pleasure of attending the 50th Anniversary of the Colbert Parade by riding along in our decorated vehicles throwing candy and soaking attendees with numerous water guns. SERVPRO of Athens marched behind the horses cleaning up the streets “Like it never even happened.”
Preventing a Fire….
Here are some of our top tips for preventing a fire.
- Teach everyone in the house basics of fire safety and how to prepare for a fire.
- Only smoke outside of your home.
- Prep your outdoor area before having a fire by spraying everything down. Don’t start a fire outdoors if you live in a relatively dry climate. Spraying down the outside area is important in case sparks land outside of the fire pit.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
- Make sure you install fire alarms and smoke detectors.
- Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children and in a safe place.
- Learn about electrical fires as they are entirely different.
- Keep all flammable items at least 3 feet away from anything that gets hot.
What to do in a fire!
To protect yourself, home, and loved ones, follow the fire safety guide below so that you’re prepared!
- Plan an escape route. Start by drawing a map of your home including doors, hallways, and windows. Identify any main emergency exits. Come up with your primary escape route and then a few alternate routes in case one is blocked. Test your escape route out by having a fire drill with your family to better prepare yourself and loved ones.
- If you can, extinguish the fire. Call the fire department the moment you identify a fire but also assess if you can put it out. Just make sure that if there is too much smoke or heat, get yourself to safety.
- Don’t panic.
- Test doorknobs. If you feel heat, it is probably not safe to enter.
- Humans and pets first – belongings second. Resist the urge to grab your laptop or other valuables and rescue all living as they are not replaceable. Rank the family in order of who needs most help. If you have the time go back and get your important documents such as birth certificate, marriage certificates, and photos.
- Stop, drop, and roll. Smoke and heat are often more dangerous than the actual flames. Smoke rises, so the best breathable air is going to be lower to the ground. When you see heavy smoke, drop to the floor and crawl to the nearest exit. Use a piece of clothing or even a towel over your nose to filter the smoke.
- Don’t use the elevator.
- Get out and don’t go back.
4 Water-Related Problems to Watch For
The structural integrity of your commercial property in Athens,GA relies on an intact, dependable plumbing system. When something goes wrong, such as a blocked sewer, it can cause significant water damage that can end up costing thousands of dollars to repair.
Old Sewer Lines
If your building has cast iron sewer lines, they may have been installed more than 25 years ago. Remember nothing lasts. Some signs that your sewer lines are deteriorating include:
- Frequent drain clogs
- Sludge or warped appearance in landscaping
- Smell of sewer gas
Although your plumber may be able to repair worn out pipes, your blocked sewer could mean you need to replace the whole system.
Pipe breaks can cause quite a bit of damage. Inside and out of your building, factors such as extreme temperatures and poor water quality can weaken pipes. Call water restoration specialists as soon as you notice the problem to avoid secondary damage such as mold growth.
A clogged toilet on one floor can not only cause problems in that restroom but also in the floor below as it seeps down through the ceiling. This is a common occurrence in a commercial building. By having restrooms frequently not just for cleanliness but also for necessary maintenance.
If your foundation cracks, you will likely see the effects when cracks show up on your exterior walls or when the building shift makes doors harder to open and close.
A blocked sewer doesn't just affect your plumbing system; this can cause problems throughout your entire building. Fast detection and remediation are the important to minimizing the damage sewer problems can cause.
Prevent Wind Damage:
Summer storms lead to concerns regarding damage from hail and rain. High winds can cause debris and larger items to be flung against your home, on top, or even through windows. You can prevent this type of damage by pruning your trees and limiting debris in your yard.
All trees and shrubs should regularly be maintained to avoid any damage. Make sure you prune any trees that show decay or disease, may be leaning sideways, branches are hanging to far down, or the branches appear to be crowded or crossed. If you have any branches near power lines contact your city or utility company so that they can be properly pruned and not cause further damage.
Keep a watch on your property and take inventory of any damage before the storm. Shingles that are loose can easily go missing if winds pickup. Trash cans, signs, and even potted plants can be broken and hurled through windows. Gravel also can be picked up by heavy winds and thrown at windows causing them to break.
As you can see, it’s extremely important to prepare for any high winds that come with storms by limiting objects the window can pick up and fling at your house. By trimming trees and limiting the debris in your yard you’ll more than likely limit the likeliness of any damage or a roof leak.
What you should know about mold in air ducts
Always be aware that mold can grow in the air ducts in a building. This can allow the mold to spread and cause extensive damage to your home or business.
How Does Mold Grow in Ducts?
While thinking of common places mold grows, ducts are at the bottom of the list. The following factors make mold likely to grow in ducts:
- Poor air circulation
- Organic material that mold needs to grow, such as dust and dirt, collects in ducts
- Problems such as water leaks can easily go unnoticed in ducts, making it easier for mold to grow and spread in these areas
What Are the Signs?
Black mold is the most common mold to grow in ducts. Signs that your building may have this type of mold growth in ducts can include:
- An unpleasant, musty odor
- Discoloration on walls or ceilings that are located near the ducts
- Visible signs of mold elsewhere in a property, which can indicate that there may be a widespread mold issue in areas that are less visible
How Is Mold Removed From Ducts?
Removing mold from ducts is often done by mold remediation, our techs are experts who know how to ensure the spores don’t spread. Our professionals will make sure the ducts and the areas surrounding the ducts are contained. Items that are covered in mold will be removed from the location and determined if they will replaced or restored. The use of high-powered air filters can also help by remove the harmful spores.
Mold can grow in a variety of places in your business or residential, and having a thorough understanding of mold can be helpful. By understanding how black mold grows in air ducts, the signs of growth and how it is removed can be helpful steps toward having clean ducts.