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Mold Myth Busting 101

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home. 

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources. But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest: 

A Clean Home is Mold-Free. 

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land. 

Your home has no moldy odors. 

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it. 

Your home's basement never floods. 

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement. 

Bleach can remove mold. 

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow. 

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.

Duct Cleaning

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

We all know the California heat is on its way, which means it’s time to start up those air conditioners. Make sure the air circulating through your family home, or business is clean and safe to breath. After the warm winter, and long spring months it might be time to clean out that air duct. Here at SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister we would love to be the company that can ensure you that your family or employees are breathing healthy and quality circulating air.

Call SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister at: (831) 275-1901.

Here are five simple ways that you can check to see if your air duct is dirty-

  1. Open any one of your vent covers located around your house and look inside to see if there is any dirt, debris, animal or pet hair, or matted dust.
  2. Open up one of your air return registers (They look like a bigger vent and are usually screwed into the side of a wall or ceiling.) check to see if there is any dust build up.
  3. Take the air filter out and check if it is clogged with dust, if it is then the air flow is being blocked which causes more dust and debris to build up into the return ductwork. 
  4. If you smell a rotting or putrid type of smell and can’t seem to find a source, many times after long months of not using your HVAC system small animals can find their way into the air duct and die inside. The other common issues are animals nesting and birthing babies inside causing for feces and urine to build up along with an animal infestation. 
  5. An unexplained, random, or unexpected allergy experienced by one or more people inside the home or business could also be caused by a dirty air duct.

If you fear that your air duct is causing your family, business, or yourself any sort of issues please contact us at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula.

Phone- (831) 275-1901