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Where to Look for Mold in Your Home

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you find or suspect mold growth in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away.

According to the documentary film Moldy, more than half of U.S. homes have a mold problem. While homeowners often know they need mold remediation following flooding and water damage caused by water leaks, burst pipes, sewage backups or storms, many don't realize mold can still be found in your home without a precipitating disaster.

In fact, many homeowners are unaware that mold could be present even if there are no obvious signs such as visible staining or a musty odor. So here are a few places you should look for mold in your home, even when you don't see or smell it.

Window Sills and Trim

Aside from a dusting during spring cleaning, you probably don't pay much attention to your window sills and trim. They are, however, prime areas for capturing moisture, particularly if your home has central heating and air conditioning. When the temperature indoors is significantly higher or lower than it is outdoors, condensation can build up on your windows. Mold can grow on your window sills and trim if this moisture leaks on to or soaks into them.

While it might be tempting to try and resolve the problem yourself, say with bleach (don't), keep in mind that mold can also find its way into and behind wallpaper and walls, and the cracks around a window's trim present a golden opportunity for mold to spread to where it can't be easily wiped away.

If you discover mold around your windows, give SERVPRO of North Hollywood a call so we can inspect and assess the damage right away.

Washing Machines and Refrigerators

Both of these household appliances are notorious for providing the perfect conditions for mold growth. In particular, front-loading washers, especially older models, have a gasket around the door that gets wet when in use and then stays wet because the door is usually closed (and sealed) when not in use.

Likewise, refrigerators feature drip pans to collect condensation from the unit. If bits of food also drop into the pan, the underside of your refrigerator becomes an all-you-can eat buffet for mold spores.

While discovering mold in these specific areas may not require professional mold remediation, it is important the affected areas be properly cleaned and treated to prevent mold spores from spreading into other areas of your home.

HVAC System

Many Los Angeles area homes feature central heating and air conditioning and your HVAC system is another important place to inspect for signs of mold. If your air conditioning unit is not draining properly, not only can it cause water damage, it can also create the conditions for mold growth. Or if mold is present in your air ducts, use of your AC or heating system can then spread mold spores throughout your home.

Having your HVAC system routinely inspected and professionally cleaned can not only improve air quality and prevent the spread of mold but can also save you money by extending the life of the equipment.

In short, mold growth can be a serious concern for homeowners, even if you're unaware of its presence. If you discover mold or otherwise suspect mold growth in your home, don't wait for the problem to get worse.

Get help from SERVPRO of North Hollywood and let our certified restoration team take care of you. We specialize in water and mold damage remediation and have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold problem.

What You Shouldn't Do When You Find Mold in Your Home

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Hollywood is available to help if you have mold on your walls in your home or business.

Mold. Just the word can make a homeowner's skin crawl with the idea of the fungi growing in and around your home. Mold, of course, is not all bad. We eat some molds and fungi, such as mushrooms. Mold also helps fertilize soil by breaking down dead vegetation. It even helps cure illnesses with its role in the production of antibiotics, including penicillin.

But when left to grow unabated in your home, the CDC notes that exposure to dampness and mold can cause health effects.

So when you discover mold growing where it shouldn't, there's one thing you should do: call SERVPRO of North Hollywood. Our team of highly-trained and specialized restoration technicians will contain the infestation, remove the mold and contaminated materials, cleanse and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Should you decide to DIY the problem, however, here are a few things you should not do to clean up mold in your home.

Don't Wait

An outbreak of mold can spread quickly. Mold spores are carried throughout your home via heating, ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC). Once they land, staining and further spreading begins immediately. Within 24-48 hours, a small concern can become a huge problem if left untreated.

Don't Use Bleach

Bleach is a common treatment because it does, indeed, kill mold if it comes in contact with it. On non-porous surfaces such as a bathtubs or sinks, bleach may do an adequate job. However, bleach does not soak into porous materials such as wood or drywall. Because bleach kills mold by contact, any mold that takes root deeper beyond your seemingly clean surface will survive to spread another day.

Worse, because bleach is mostly water which is then usually further diluted, unless you use the kind of state-of-the-art dryers we have here at SERVPRO of North Hollywood to completely dry the treated area, you may be inviting a new infestation to grow in place of the old one. Remember, mold LOVES water.

Don't Cover Up the Problem

Given the plethora of mold resistant paints and primers on the market, it may be tempting to slap a coat over the offending area and just cover up the problem. First, there is a difference between a mold resistant coating and a mold killing one. Mold resistant paints and primers don't kill existing mold, but they can help prevent new mold outbreaks from taking root. And while mold killing primers may work on the mold residing on the outer wall, there may be an infestation within the walls that goes untouched. Most importantly, even a good coat of paint fails to address the underlying problems with moisture or water damage that caused the mold.

In short, while DIY options are available, SERVPRO of North Hollywood's seven step mold remediation process, certified technicians and specialized equipment can lessen the mold damage, limit further damage and reduce the remediation costs of a mold infestation. If you've got mold, don't wait, call SERVPRO of North Hollywood today.

Slippery, Sticky Lawn Slime

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold on your property.

Sometimes after a pleasant period of rain during a lovely time of year in Hollywood, CA the pastures, lawns, and mulched areas of the yard may suddenly appear to have foamy, stringy, or slimy spots. Some consider this slime a mold while others swear it is a fungus, but one thing for sure is how unsightly it is. Clumpy or stringy, the sticky, jelly-like substance can cling to any nearby surface, covering it in lawn slime.


Some experts postulate that molds and fungi began their existence as long as a billion years ago. The various types of mold include many shapes and hues:

• Grey-black clusters of Physarum cinereum
• Yellowish cushions of Fuligo septica
• Crumbly yellow masses of Mucilago crustacea

Having survived the long years without much evolutionary change, the strange blobs may now appear in a variety of colors such as yellow, orange, or green. The string-like or foam-based structures of lawn slime can cling to an individual blade of grass or cover a large patch of lawn, and can be difficult to remove.


The wet-looking globules are often short lived, with a life cycle of fewer than 72 hours. During that time, the spots can begin to harden into dull-colored, crusty masses. The reproductive cycle then begins anew as the crunchy splotch changes into a collection of nodules ready to break open and release millions of outdoor mold spores into the air.

Mold remediation experts suggest that one method the slime uses to travel unhindered is by attaching itself to mulch, which it can cover with spores waiting to attack the next unsuspecting nearby lawn. The spores can remain in stasis for many years, staying dormant until the next perfect wet period arrives.


Although the lawn slime may kill sections of the grass it invades, deterrents such as fungicides are not typically necessary. The stringy mass is usually a short-lived cosmetic problem for lawns that can be unsightly but not hazardous to humans. If the grass under the mold turns yellow, wait a few weeks for it to return to the lush green it once was after the slime is gone.

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Finding Mold at Your Commercial Property: 3 Common FAQs

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

As the owner of a commercial property in Hollywood, CA maintaining your building for cleanliness and safety is probably a high priority. However, disasters such as flooding may cause issues that you did not anticipate, such as mold growth. The spread of fungi is common once moisture enters your building, so it is wise to call in a mold cleanup and remediation company to handle the problem and to have them answer a few of the following questions about remediation and restoration.

1. What Is Mold?

Mold comes in many forms and colors, but one factor all varieties have in common is that they require moisture to grow and spread. While mold spores are usually present in the air, they can multiply after a flood because water vapor in the air creates high humidity in affected rooms. Once the mold takes hold, it can spread rapidly across walls, ceilings and organic material.

2. What Types of Water Damage Cause Mold?

While mold growth is most often found after flooding, even slow leaks or other minor water issues can cause it to grow rapidly. Leaky pipes, water lines and small indoor floods caused by an overflowing toilet may result in the development of fungi, so it is important to have your building inspected each time it experiences any kind of water damage.

3. What Is Involved in Mold Remediation?

When flood technicians arrive at your building, they may perform immediate mitigation to prevent fungi from spreading. Once the problem is contained, techs will likely tear out any affected drywall to check for mold in the interior walls and eradicate it. As a final step in remediation, flood experts may offer you sanitation and deodorizing services to eliminate any lingering smells mold might cause.

Mold growth at your Hollywood, CA business can be troubling. However, when you know which questions to ask your restoration specialists when they arrive, the more confident you may feel about the cleanliness and safety of your building. Visit for more information on mold. 

3 Differences Between Mold and Mildew

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

If you find mold in your home in Hollywood, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help!

While there can be many types of fungi in Universal City, CA there is one thing they all likely have in common: you want to get rid of them. The steps you should take depend on whether your home has mold or mildew. In order to know whether you are at risk for mold damage or simply have less harmful mildew, there are some questions to ask.

1. What Does the Fungus Look Like?

Mildew tends to be gray or white and very flat. Mold on the other hand comes in a number of colors, including blue, green, or black. Mold tends to be fuzzy or slimy.

2. Where Does It Grow?

Mildew growth is more common than that of mold. It tends to be found on produce, houseplants, and natural fabrics. Mold growth, on the other hand, tends to be more invasive. It is found in many places including showers, drywall, wood, air conditioning systems, wallpaper, and ceilings. The wide array of areas it inhabits is one reason mold damage quickly becomes extensive if unaddressed.

3. How Stubborn Is It To Remove?

Mildew, because of its flat texture, can usually be removed with a household cleaning solution and a scrub brush. Mold tends to have tiny filaments that infiltrate whatever surface it is on, making it much harder to remove. Do-it-yourself cleaning is usually not the best idea with mold, because you can release mold spores into the air and spread the issue to other areas of the home. For mold, it is often helpful to call a professional to determine the extent of damage and best method for remediation.

Mold damage tends to be more severe than that of mildew. That is why it is often important to determine which type of fungus is the problem. After you have determined what type of fungus has intruded, you can take the right steps to banish it and restore a healthy environment to your home.
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3 Reasons Mold Has an Odor

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can take hold in your North Hollywood, CA business before you realize it. This fungus can grow for many reasons, but mostly due to the introduction of moisture into an area. A flood, leaking pipes or even a high moisture content in the air can cause mold growth, which releases foul-smelling mycotoxins into the air. While not all mold has a powerful odor, some can smell quite strong, and the reasons why may surprise you.

1. Initial Spread

Once mold spores take hold on a surface, they eat away at the material and start to grow. This growth can spread quite rapidly the more it eats, and its byproducts can produce the odor that is so often associated with mold. There are many ways to interpret this odor, but it is most often described as

• Damp
• Dirty (or like dirty laundry)
• Musty

If you catch a whiff of these smells often, you may have a mold problem in your building.

2. Environment

The musty odor of mold can change or grow stronger depending on the environment in which it grows. For example, if the space is humid and often exposed to sunlight, the smell may be more powerful. If other substances are present, the mold may bond or interact with them, causing the smell to change and become even more unpleasant. This is especially true when the mold releases its mycotoxin.

3. Rate of Growth

The faster mold grows and spreads, the stronger the scent may be. If mold grows unchecked behind a wall or under a restroom cabinet, you may notice the smell before you find the actual mold. A mold remediation company can help you target and eliminate the problem, then advise you how to prevent the issue from occurring again.

When mold invades your North Hollywood, CA business, it can cause unpleasant odors that air fresheners cannot eliminate. Having a professional eliminate mycotoxin and mold growth at the source can help your store, factory or office space smell fresh and clean again.

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Common Signs of Mold

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Common Signs of Mold

Black mold, mildew and fungus in general are universal problems. Black mold is especially dangerous and can lead to aesthetically detrimental problems in your home or business. Mold removal needs to be conducted immediately at signs of mold growth spotted. Mold in the home should not be left to spread further. Mold damage removal after extensive exposure is more labor intensive and expensive.

The obvious sign of the presence of mold damage is a smelly odor. Black mold has an earthy and musty smell. This smelly odor resembles the smell of dirt or rotting leaves. Mold, mildew and fungus thrive in dark environments. Mold also need water and food to grow. Mold also feed on cellulose based materials such as cardboard, cotton, lumber and drywall.

Fungus and mold in the home is mostly as a result of water leaks. Dark rings can also point to mold growth. Mold growth behind the wall is also common due to the lack of light and presence of moisture. Homes that are constructed with wood or by products of wood are at a higher risk of mold growth. This is because mold feeds on wood cellulose. When the mold eats the wood, the resulting damage is dry rot. Dry rot can lead to structural damage. Mold remediation and mitigation needs to be sought early to prevent extensive mold growth and structural damage from dry rot.

When faced with mold in the home or mold growth behind the wall, home owners should enlist the services of a commercial mold damage company. These are trained experts in mold removal and remediation. If contacted early, a restoration company can advise on mold mitigation methods to prevent mold spread.

The smelly odor from black mold can be irritating and offensive. A mold restoration company will conduct deodorization services to deal with the smelly odor. In most cases, home owners try to mask the smell hoping it will go away. The best way to deal with the odor is through professional deodorization. Commercial mold damage companies use special deodorization agents and machines. This leaves the home without a trace of the smelly odor.

Mildew and mold in the home can also be detected through black patches. Mold growth behind the wall should not be ignored. Home owners also need to check for fungus, mildew and black mold growth along the window sills and shady areas. Timely mitigation is the best strategy. This also makes the remediation process much easier.

If mitigation and remediation services are not sought in good time, mold removal becomes a tedious process. The homeowner will also have to pay more due to the extensive damage. Structural damage repairs are also very expensive. In some cases, one may be forced to replace the damaged items. Extensive deodorization also needs to be carried out to restore the indoor air quality. Homeowners should not wait until the mold growth gets to a critical stage or dry rot forms.

Commercial mold damage companies should also be hired when dealing with water damage. If the drying process is not done well, the moisture creates a good breeding ground for mold. A professional restoration company will also offer water removal services. They will inspect the home for water leaks and address the root of the issue. This is why you should let the commercial mold damage professionals handle the remediation and mitigation of the mold.

Mold damage does not only affect the indoor air quality, but it can also affect the sale of a house. Buyers today are very picky, and the sight of mold growth behind the wall can make a potential buyer rethink their decision to buy a house. Homeowners who want to list their house should call a restoration company for a thorough mold in home inspection. The mold damage needs to be handled before further spread. Professional mold removal gets rids of the mold and any moisture problems.

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Understanding Mold Growth and the Dangers of DIY Mold Removal

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold Growth and the Dangers of DIY Mold Removal

Mold removal is best handled by mitigation and remediation. It’s not something anyone should ever try to handle on their own for safety reasons, and a restoration company can help home and business owners understand why this is such a risk. Mold growth is widely misunderstood. It’s not just a result of flooding after a storm. Mold growth and mold damage occur anytime a home or office has enough humidity and moisture for it to grow.

Mold spores are in the air everywhere, and that means mold damage can occur anywhere in the world. It’s not just for those who live in the south or where it’s warm all the time. Mold growth can occur with any humidity level above 40%, and it can occur anywhere. Floods do cause mold damage when water sits in a home or office for a long time without proper cleaning and drying, but even a small leak that’s persistent and ongoing inside a wall can cause serious mold growth behind walls and mold damage that moves around the house.

What You Must Know About Mold in the Home and Commercial Mold Damage

Mold removal cannot be handled without professional restoration company. Mitigation and remediation are necessary, and a restoration company is the only company able to fully remove mold and locate mold growth behind walls and any other unnoticed location. With professional equipment, mitigation and remediation is much easier. A restoration company can help with mold removal that doesn’t disturb spores. Fungus is moved in spores, and improperly removing mold can cause the spores to spread even faster and more dangerously.

Since it only takes a few days for mold spores to cause significant mold damage, it’s not safe to remove mold without mitigation, remediation, and professional help. Even if black mold isn’t present, it’s still too dangerous for anyone to try and remove mold in the home or commercial mold damage with a professional restoration company on hand. The only thing people should attempt to do when they find mold in the home or commercial mold damage is get the water out quickly after making a call for mold removal services.

Removing mold without mitigation and remediation services can also cause people with allergies to suffer some health issues. Toxic black mold might not be present in a home, but any significant mold damage can cause people with health problems to suffer from more serious health problems. It’s not safe to ignore mold or leave it up to DIY projects.

Finding Mold in the Home or Commercial Mold Damage

Mold is not always obvious. Mold growth behind walls is a real problem that’s only noticeable when the signs begin to show in other areas of the home. Mildew is something that likes to grow in bathrooms, basements, and even garages. Mildew needs the same warmth and moisture mold needs to grow. Even a small amount of mildew in a home or office could mean mold is present. It might not be black mold and an obvious cause for concern, but it might represent mold growth behind the walls.

Fungus like mold loves dark places with warmth, humidity, and moisture, and dry rot is the perfect sign of mold. Dry rot is caused when too much moisture enters a facility, and dry rot is also a sign of mold. If dry rot is present, it’s a sign mold could be present. Finally, a smelly odor is another sign fungus might be present. Fungus, mildew, and black mold are all concerns, and they're all signs mold growth is a problem.

Deodorization is used to get rid of almost every smelly odor in a home or office, but this is the kind of smelly odor not easily removed with deodorization. Different deodorization techniques will mask it for a while before failing, and it won’t go away until a restoration company comes in and removes all the mold. They can also help the smell with high-tech deodorization designed to eliminate the musty smelly odor of mold that lingers long after mold has been removed.
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Does Mold Impact Your Business and Home?

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Does Mold Impact Your Business and Home?

What is mold removal and why is it important? Many home or business owners will attempt to remove mold on their own. They will look on videos on YouTube or Google for lessons on Mold Removal 101. While there is a wealth of information on mold removal on the internet, it takes a professional to assess the mold damage and completely provide accurate mold removal. Here's why.

To understand mold removal, you may first have to understand what mold is. Mold exists in places of excess moisture or water. There is generally a problem area that creates the mold. It could be a leaky faucet. It could be long term humidity. There are many factors that could produce the visible mold damage you see. Mold spores are nothing to mess around with. They can cause long term health issues. They can produce allergens and other issues with breathing for human beings and pets. Over the long term, mold can really hurt the overall health of anyone inhabiting a mold infected area. That's why it's so crucial to remove every aspect of the mold.

Remediation by professionals involves assessment of the infected area. The experts can look at the potential spread of the mold spores and reduce potential excess damage. They can eliminate fungus, mildew and the smelly odor that accompanies such mold. They can use deodorization techniques so that your home or business is livable once again.

Why is it important to use a professional?

Mold damage can be more be extensive than the naked eye can see. Whether you are assessing mold in home or commercial mold damage, it's important for a professional to find the root of the problem. Often the average consumer won't be able to diagnose the exact issue that is causing the mold. That's why a pro mold removal can come in handy. They can analyze the issues and find out how it originated. That's the biggest issue behind mitigation. You want to prevent further occurrences so that you have a healthy, breathable space. Mold can hurt your health over the course of time if not prevented. It can be a silent killer. Fortunately, mold often reveals itself by populating to the forefront of wall interiors. This allows business or home owners to at least have the opportunity to prevent further damage or remove the immediate threat. Deodorization can provide relief from near toxic smells associated with the mold in commercial mold damage.

What's the difference between mold in home and commercial mold damage?

Mold in home can be exhausting because it can be caused by a variety of factors. Since this is your living space, it can ultimately lead to health issues. The mildew, fungus and smelly odor that accompany the mold can be an eye sore and awful to behold. It can prevent friends from coming over. It can make you dread going home and living in your current dwelling. It doesn't have to be that way. Professionals can quickly assess the situation and figure out a plan of action to remove the mold. This is called remediation or mitigation. This involves removing the eye sore and also removing the problem source. An expert opinion will lead to the complete removal of the trouble that led to the mold. This way the mold never occurs again. It can help a homeowner breathe easier at night- literally.

Commercial mold damage can be a different beast. Clients depend on walking into a safe environment to purchase products or talk to trusted advisors. The first sign of mold within a commercial building can easily deter potential customers from doing business with owners. It shines a negative light on any company. Mold damage can impact a business in a profound way. Perhaps the customer doesn't say a thing. They may notice the mildew, fungus or smelly odor. These little things could leave a bad taste in their mouths. Customers want to have a great experience every single time they walk into a business. So it's crucial for business owners to provide that. Business owners highly value repeat customers.

That's why it's also important to provide remediation as soon as possible. The mitigation of mold spores will keep a business in tact and remove any threats of losing potential clients because of the negative impacts associated with mold. Deodorization can certainly also keep the foul smell from giving potential customers that dreaded look.

Remediation or mitigation is best done by experts who can assess everything from the origination of the mold to the possible spread. This way things like fungus, mildew and the smelly odor are addressed and solved within a very short frame of time. Whether it's mold in home or commercial home damage, the spores from mold can happen anywhere from excessive moisture. It happens to the best of us. How we react is the next most important step in restoration of our homes or businesses back to normal capacity. Deodorization can keep your home or business smelling fresh. The most important step is taking a step to call a pro as soon as possible.
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Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation

Just like mildew, mold is a fungus that has a smelly odor. This smelly odor forces many homeowners to spend a fortune on deodorization. However, the home improvement experts recommend investing in professional mold removal. The research on mold in commercial establishments reveals that this organism is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold varieties come in all shapes and sizes, and their ability to travel through the air is unmatched. Molds are extremely difficult to control, especially whenever they land on the damp zones of your home. The spores are invisible to the naked eye, and unfortunately, you will only notice them when the spores germinate. Molds are also common on the decaying matter and the soil. Molds contribute to the natural degradation of matter, meaning that will degrade the value of your home by disintegrating the building materials. Molds can also be harmful to your health, meaning that you must avoid inhaling it at all costs.

How to identify mold at home

You are likely to find the green, white, orange, green, and black mold in your home. The black mold is the most dangerous when compared to other varieties. However, the powdery mold can travel in the air quite easily. During the mold removal and remediation process, it is critical to control the spread of these organisms by sealing the area entirely. Some of the most deadly varieties of mold in home surfaces live in the damp areas. It is vital to address the problem and eliminate the mold in home verandas before they find their way into the house. A colony of mold in home kitchens and bathrooms can grow in a few days since these wet areas provide the perfect breeding ground for these organisms.

The fungus and mildew can cause extensive mold damage that calls for professional remediation techniques. Do not allow these organisms to destroy your home. When mold colonies invade your home, you should think of a long-term solution to the problem. For example, deodorization will only give you a temporary solution. Eliminate the smelly odor by developing a sound mitigation regimen for your residential and commercial mold removal initiatives. Your mitigation plans should also take the mildew and fungus into consideration. The damp conditions can promote the development of fungus and mildew, and the sure way to eliminate the mold in home surfaces is to keep them as dry as possible.

Commercial mold damage remediation

Whether you are dealing with commercial mold damage or eliminating the mold in home bathrooms, you should avoid the temptation to take shortcuts. The remediation of commercial mold damage requires special equipment that scrubs the surfaces and eliminates the spores through vacuuming. The mold removal market has the modern equipment you require to cleanse the air.

Mold damage remediation and mitigation

The mold spores can grow on any solid surface if they get water. As such, you are likely to see the mold damage in the damp areas where the plumbing system leaks. Molds can also withstand extremely low temperatures. Address the mold damage as soon as possible to prevent further degradation of your home. One of the best mitigation procedures against mold growth is to fix the plumbing system and repair the foundation cracks.

Mold can pose some serious risks when it gets into your commercial or residential HVAC system. Avoid exposing your family to complications by taking the following precautions:
• Keeping your home dry to avoid the infestation of molds
• Inspecting you domestic water supply system
• Eliminating the molds that grow outdoors before they infest the indoor environment. Visit for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Mold Removal in Hollywood, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Removal in Hollywood, CA

The majority of people owning a home in North Hollywood, CA are frightened by the disaster of their houses developing fungus. Nevertheless, most homeowners in Hollywood acquainted with the significance of employing the services of a fungal growth inspector who is certified in conducting a comprehensive mold inspection.

In North Hollywood, California, hiring a certified fungal growth inspector to spot fungal growth is essential. A well trained fungal growth inspector can recognize favorable house conditions that are obligatory for the fungal growth. The fungus develops in places which are very detectable, and easily identified by an environmental hygienist.
The most general causes of mildew growth in most houses for residents based in Hollywood include:

• Improper house ventilation: a home that is poorly ventilated provides a favorable environment for the growth of fungal.

• Having windows in the house which are leaking: small cracks present in the window allows rain and humidity to enter in your house providing an ideal spot for fungal growth.

• Having leaking roof holes in the house: leaking roof holes are the common sources of mildew growth in your house. Leaking roofs provides rain entry generating high humidity in your house. This creates a perfect surrounding for the growth of fungal.
Measures to take to combat fungal growth in your home based in Hollywood, CA

• Test the existence of mold in your home: once a fungal growth inspection has been carried out, the testing process will inform the homeowner the source of the fungal growth. Additionally, the testing process uses special equipment that can identify the fungal growth from any place that is concealed. You are encouraged to hire a company based in CA which is certified in performing microbial growth test before cleaning up the growth of the fungal. The testing process is important as it will reveal to the homeowner the type of mildew, and the extent to which the mold has grown. If the attack becomes a tragedy, the specialist in fungal growth will supervise the both the fungal growth cleanup and the removal process.

• Identify the source of the fungal growth in your house: once you are through determining the cause of the fungal growth at your residence, you should notify the environmental hygienist to clean out the source; this gives your home protection against any possible fungal growth return.

• Seek advice from your insurance company to get information whether your insurance policy covers the microbial growth removal process. In most cases, the insurance coverage will be determined by the source of the growth.

• Go for a Fungus Removal Company located in California that has professionals who will conduct thorough fungal growth removal job. To guarantee that the firm has good service delivery, you are advised to consult with the health department situated in North Hollywood.

• Moreover, you are also urged to buy a book that is giving guidance on fungal prevention and removal processes, and microbial growth. Visit for more information on mold remediation.

How to Solve Mold Problems in the CA area?

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

How to Solve Mold Problems in the CA area?

Mold is a type of fungus, not like plants or animals, that is composed of eukaryotic micro-organisms (from dead animals). The Environmental Hygienist can be very harmful to the interior of houses as well as human health.

Mold is actually a key factor in air pollution around the house. The fungus releases toxins that some people have never experienced before. It has has been making headlines all around California and other parts of the world after Hurricane Katrina and other major storms have hit the United States.

The Environmental Hygienist will usually form in places others might expect such as sinks, bath tubs, moist windows and damp basements. The bacteria will usually form when there has been a history of plumbing issues or leaks in CA. With that said, the bacteria can form in odd places as well. They can be found just about anyplace you can imagine including wood, carpet, foods even Christmas trees. How about that for a nice Christmas present.

Allergies and asthma are two common side effects of breathing in the bacteria. Some other side effects of breathing in mildew near Hollywood are joint pains, headaches, depression, weakened immune system and shortness of breath.

There are so many different forms of mildew around North Hollywood. There are Allergenic forms of the bacteria that are only life threatening for those that have sever allergies. Children are usually more susceptible to these fungus than adults. Pathogenic ones create some kind of infection on the body. Those with weaker immune systems will be more at risk. Toxigenic Microbial Growth will be harmful for just about anybody that comes in contact with it. It can lead to cancer in extreme cases. People can pick this up if they inhale, ingest, or touch it.

What do I do if come I find mold or come in contract with the Microbial Growth in Hollywood?

It is unfortunate to know that there is little to be done upon the discovery of the bacteria or after coming into contact with the foreign substance. The bacteria can be very hard to remove with household cleaners or hot water. This mold remediation method will do little damage to the main source. The best way to avoid the harmful affects of hold is to set up preventative measures. That means cleaning every inch of the house regularly and monitoring usual growth in houses in North Hollywood.

If there is a problem that arises the best mold remediation tactic is to move away rather than trying and stop a spreading problem. Calling a contract exterminator will help solve minor problems, but when the bacteria starts spreading and taking over most of the CA home it is best to pack bags and move to another part of California

If moving is not an option the next best choice is to buy a high-quality air purifier. This hill help filter out any mycotoxins that can lead to illness. Visit if you suspect mold in your California property.

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Hollywood, CA

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Growth in Hollywood, California

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Hollywood, CA

Most homeowners in North Hollywood, California are terrified by the tragedy of having molds develop in their houses. However, most Hollywood residents are not aware of the importance of hiring the services of a certified fungal growth inspector to conduct a detailed mold inspection.

A trained fungal growth inspector in North Hollywood, California will be able to identify the favorable conditions in the house that is necessary for the growth of the fungal organism. The fungus grows in very conspicuous places that it will require an environmental hygienist to identify them.

The following are the common sources of mildew in your home: i. Leaking roof Holes in the roof are common causes of mildew growth in your home. Rain from leaking roofs causes high humidity in your home creating a conducive environment for the fungal growth. ii. Leaking windows Small cracks in the window provide an entrance for rain and humidity providing the fungus an ideal spot for growth. iii. Improper ventilation Poor ventilation provides a favorable condition for the fungal growth. Actions to take when you find a fungal growth in your Hollywood, CA home • Test for mold: the testing process will tell you the source of the growth after an inspection has been conducted. The testing process utilizes distinguished equipment that is capable of identifying the fungal growth from any hidden place. It is advisable to hire a certified company in CA, to perform the microbial growth test before one cleans up the fungal growth. The testing process will reveal the type of mildew a homeowner is dealing with together with the extent of the invasion. If the attack is significant, the specialist will conduct the cleanup and supervise the removal process.

• You should identify the cause of the fungal growth in your home. Once you determine the cause of the growth at your home, inform the environmental hygienist to get rid of the source. Some of the causes of the fungal growth include leaking roofs, pipes that cause water leakage on the walls, and if the humidity level on your home humidifier is turned too high. Fixing the sources of the fungal growth protects your home from a possible return. • Consult your insurance company to inquire whether the microbial growth removal process in covered by the insurance policy. Mostly, the insurance coverage will depend on the cause of the growth. • Have the fungal growth removed by a trained specialist. The removal process is a complicated process. If you eliminate the growth by yourself, you risk spreading it to other unaffected places in your home. You also put yourself at a risk of contracting health problems such as respiratory conditions. Personal safety should be a priority during the removal of these organisms. • When it comes to hiring professional Fungus Removal Company in CA, request for a few estimates and go for a company that will conduct a thorough job. Check with the health department in Hollywood, to ensure that the firm has a good record. • It is also advisable to purchase a guide book on microbial growth and removal processes.

A good book will inform you on proper removal process to enable you to evaluate the work done in your home. The book will also allow you to be proactive in future about the fungal growth prevention.

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MOLD the 4-letter word no homeowner or business owner ever wants to think about. However it is something that unfortunately at one time or another will be something you will have to deal with.

Be Informed about Mold:

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns for you your family, your tenants or your clients. It is essential for the health of your clients' families, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

What Causes Mold?

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

What are the signs of Mold?

Signs of the presence of excessive mold include:
* The presence of visible mold.
* Strong, musty odors.
* Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
* Excessive humidity.

If you see signs of mold call SERVPRO of North Hollywood at (818) 754-0050 to set up a free walk through an estimate of the affected area. We are ready to assist you 24/7 for your mold remediation needs.