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Rainbow mold found in Fort Worth home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Orange, green, black mold growing on a wall. Mold can come in a variety of colors.

Mold can come in a rainbow of colors and many molds can actually be more than one color. The only way to know for sure what type of mold may be growing is to have it tested by a lab. Some molds are inherently more dangerous and harmful than others, but they're all bad. Here are a few of the most common colors:

Green: the most generic color in mold. There are thousands of varieties of mold with this color. Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium are among the most common. 

White: can be found almost anywhere and loves host materials found in dark and damp conditions such as attics or basements. This mold looks like cotton and is very musty smelling.

Yellow: Some yellow molds can be highly toxic while other varieties are not so dangerous. Serpula lacrymans is a common yellow mold found growing on indoor and outdoor wood surfaces. It is an accomplished destroyer of damp and rotting wood.

Black: Often the color you hear about the most because it can be the most toxic. Exposure to certain mycotoxins, a by product produced by molds, can be a serious health risk especially for the very young, seniors, or people with pre-existing conditions like allergies and asthma. Stachbotrys chartarum is the primary culprit for causing health issues by releasing these mycotoxins. This mold is often found in leaky areas, old rotten wood, paper and foods. 

Whatever color of mold you find in your home, it's best to let the professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth remove it safely. Call us today. 

Mold Remediation Experts for Ft. Worth, TX

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 817-232-3333

Specialty Equipment Used in Mold Remediation

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

HEPA 500 Air Scrubber and LGR Dehumidifier placed inside containment in kitchen area in Fort Worth TX.

After discovering microbial growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817-232-3333. Believe it or not, mold problems can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth has trained technicians that are able to identify and remove the mold damaged materials, and then restore the space to preloss conditions.

We offer:

  • Proprietary Antimicrobial Treatments - applications of special biocide product that is safe to use in homes, hospitals, kitchens, and around humans and pets.
  • HEPA 500 Air Scrubbers - remove mold spores and other particulate from the indoor air with efficient 2-stage filtration.
  • Dehumidifiers - either Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers or Desiccant Dehumidifiers will be placed to remove excess moisture from the air and the building materials.
  • Hydroxyl Generators - odor neutralization using a state-of-the-art system that converts organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water. 
  • Custom-Built Containments - isolate the problem areas from the rest of your home or business with sturdy plastic containment.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 817-232-3333.

Mold damage found in this residential home in Ft. Worth, TX

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

A bathroom leak causes mold damage in this residential home in Ft. Worth, TX. The customer immediately called SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth.  Our trained technicians responded FAST and walked the homeowner through the job process step-by-step.  After assessing the damage our technicians removed and disposed of the drywall, cabinets, dried the other wet materials in the bathroom closet and kitchen, remediated the mold damage, and prepared the rooms for reconstruction.  An air scrubber was placed in the kitchen area to control the spread of airborne mold spores and other contaminants.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 817-232-3333

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for mold remediation services.

Water damage followed by mold hidden behind toilet in Ft. Worth, TX

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

A toilet leak upstairs causes water damage affecting living areas downstairs in this home.  SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth was called and responded immediately!  Our highly trained technicians assessed the water damage and found mold behind the toilet.  Equipment was set up in affected areas to help speed up the drying process.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 817-232-3333.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for mold remediation services.

Common Mold Questions Everyone Asks!

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Damage discovered during remodeling project.

While answering the phones at our SERVPRO Franchise, we hear so many questions about mold. Information sources about mold can be helpful and relevant, or misleading. One good source of mold information for consumers is the Consumer Mold Information Sheet from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/mld/mldfaq.htm#cmis

How did I get mold in my house? Mold spores settle in your home all the time. With a source of moisture, they can multiply and grow on wood, carpet, drywall, and many other materials in your home. 

What can I do about the mold in my house? Remove the sources of moisture by repairing water leaks and remove the affected materials. Consider using a licensed mold remediation contractor to make sure the job is done right. Then make sure your home has plenty of ventilation and air circulation, and keep the indoor humidity fairly low.

Is the mold in my house making me sick? Exposure to some molds may not be a concern for many healthy people. People who have asthma, allergies, or other health issues may be sensitive to mold. Consult with your medical professional if you are concerned about exposure to mold affecting your health.  

There is a list of licensed Mold Assessment Consultants and Mold Remediation Contractors on the TDLR website.

Call us anytime at (817) 232-3333. We would be happy to assist with any water, fire, smoke, odor, or mold issues you may have.

Mold detected behind baseboards in Ft. Worth, TX

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

The homeowner called SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth for water damage.  After assessing the water damage our highly trained technicians discovered mold behind the baseboards.  Mold remediation began immediately.  The before picture shows mold on the wood behind the cabinets.  When dealing with mold in your home there are tips on what to do until help arrives.

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 Northwest Fort Worth 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 Northwest Fort Worth 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 – 817-232-3333

Water Damage May Lead to Development of Mold | Mold Remediation Experts for Fort Worth, TX

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Early Signs Water Damage from a Leaky Roof

Spotting water damage early is important to eliminating the breeding ground for mold.  Mold may have negative impacts on respiratory health, and its best to have it removed from the home when found.

Mold Damage Restoration Haslet, TX

If you do find mold and want it removed, call in the experts and avoid any potentially hazardous exposure to yourselves or family members.  Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth has specialized training in mold remediation.  We have the right kind of clothing and equipment to deal with such a problem effectively, efficiently, and safely.  

In order to better understand the potential risks associated with exposure to mold, you might consider this article from the CDC's website.  They have done extensive research on this topic and have more information on the potential impacts to the human body. 

Since our staff wants to avoid getting sick themselves, they know how to take the proper precautions to protect themselves from undue exposure.  Once any mold has been removed, we'll make sure that the area is clean and dry.  We'll also identify the source of the leak and can assist you in resolving this as well to avoid future opportunities for water damage.  

Our goal is to leave your home "Like it never even happened."   Just call our offices at 817.232.3333.  We're available anytime of the day, any day of the week.  We'll discuss the situation, assess the urgency, and make plans to inspect your home.  We'll even work with your insurance company to determine if filing a claim would be appropriate.  Since mold is generally connected with water damage, then such a claim is typically covered by your homeowner’s insurance. You'll likely only have to cover your deductible costs to restore your property.  

Identifying Signs of Mold Damage in your NW Tarrant County Home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage was found in behind wood paneling in a utility closet in Fort Worth, TX.

Black mold not only invades and damages your home, but it can also affect the health of your family.  Some varieties of mold may not be a concern to healthy individuals, while other strains of mold produce mycotoxins. There are some key signs of black mold that may help homeowners or renters identify the toxin. Here are the top three signs of black mold.

Water Damage

Mold thrives on water and humidity. If water damage is found in a house, it is very possible that black mold will be found with it. Rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens are especially susceptible to mold growth because of the high humidity in the atmosphere. Mold tends to grow near leaking pipes and condensation because it requires the presence of water. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth out to your home to check for sources of moisture and to mitigate water damage as soon as you notice a problem. In North Texas, water damage that is left to dry out on it’s own often results in mold damage.

Musty Smell

Often times, mold has a smell. If there are certain rooms of your Haslet or Saginaw home that have odor that seems musty or a little off (some people describe it as a mildew smell), it could be mold. Black mold can grow just about anywhere if the conditions are right, so even if it’s a room where mold growth seems unlikely, it is still a good idea to get it checked.

Seeing Mold

This common sign seems obvious, but if you think you are seeing mold damage in your home, then you are probably correct. Mold may be black or dark in color; sometimes it is fuzzy; and sometimes there are white threads or clusters of small dark specks. Make sure to check bathrooms, kitchens, and other humid rooms regularly for mold. Finding and treating mold is preferable to developing symptoms from it and wondering what the problem is.

Look for a mold assessment company to help identify mold damage in your home. Then to remove the mold, you will contact a mold remediation contractor. There are many mold assessment companies and mold remediation contractors in and around Fort Worth. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is a mold remediation contractor.

The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. Set your thermostat to keep the indoor relative humidity low, or use a residential dehumidifier in damp areas of your home.

Black mold can be a very dangerous substance. It’s important to be aware of the signs of mold to prevent, identify, and treat it.  Black mold is often visible and can be smelled, so you suspect mold damage in your home call SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth at 817.232.3333 to set up an appointment.

Mold Effects in Northwest Tarrant County

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is used in making wine, cheese, and bread. But mold growing in your Saginaw or Haslet home make cause negative health effects.

People have a sort of love/hate relationship with mold. Some mold is safe for you. For example, many types of cheese are cultured with mold, such as Brie and Blue cheese. Mold is also used for fermenting alcohol and making bread rise. However, some molds can cause negative health effects. Black mold usually refers to toxic types of mold. It is dark in color and may appear in small, black circles. The circles are usually clustered together. When you notice this in your home, you need to schedule mold removal as quickly as possible. Why? For the following reasons:

Quick Growth

The moment your drywall is exposed to water or moisture, it could start growing mold if there are spores present. In fact, in the right conditions, you could notice visible mold within 24-48 hours after water exposure. Black mold will also spread quickly. Mycotoxins from mold may impact the health of people in your home. It's important to catch it as early as possible to prevent it from spreading throughout your home and potentially causing health effects for your family members.

Airborne Spores

Dry black mold spores may become airborne. They get into your body through your nose as you breathe. The spores are microscopic, so you can't see them or know when you're inhaling them. Exposure to mold can cause health effects.

The spores will get into the air when they are disturbed, so it's important to handle mold damaged materials with care. Make sure that you use the proper methods and equipment to prevent mold from spreading to other areas of your home. Better yet, hire a professional to come help you remove the mold and prevent future mold growth.

SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is your Mold Removal Expert!

If you think that you may have mold in your home, you should schedule our team to come to your home and look for evidence of water damage and signs of black mold. SERVPRO of Northwest Fort Worth is a mold remediation contractor. A mold assessment company can test the mold to determine what type of mold you have. Whether it's black mold or another variety, if mold has damaged your home, you want it removed and remediated right away. The proper steps need to be taken to prevent mold spores from becoming airborne, spreading through your home, and causing expensive damage.

Water Damage in Strange Places - Fort Worth, TX | Mold Damage Remediation Experts for Alliance, TX | Water Cleanup Experts for Saginaw, TX

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Example

We dealt with a strange mold remediation situation recently and wanted to share the story.  We had a client call and ask us to come out and look at some staining underneath a cabinet in their kitchen.  It was a very strange situation, as we normally deal with water damage right near the sink or dishwasher in the kitchen.  

We started to examine it, and concluded that we would have to dig into the wall to determine what was happening.  As we removed the drywall, we soon found that the problem was bigger then the stain visible on the outside of the wall.  We immediately noticed that musty smell and soon saw evidence of mold. Since our crews are specially trained to meet the standards established by the IICRC, we knew what to look for and what to do next.

Water Damage Restoration Job Becomes a Mold Remediation Job

These two area often go hand-in-hand because mold loves to grow where water has been left to collect.  What we found behind the cabinet was that the original contractor had punctured a water supply line during the original installation of the cabinets.  Since the nail remained in place, the leak was very slow, and was trapped because of the insulation that was packed in around the supply line. Over the years, water found a way, and more and more escaped and collected in the insulation giving the mold an opportunity to get established and grow. 

Our crews came to the job knowing that mold may be an issue, and had the right equipment, training, and safety gear needed.  They removed the damaged drywall, cabinet and insulation and disinfected the area.  Our team worked with the insurance company to outline the problem, agree to a solution and oversaw the reconstruction as well.  

It didn't all happen in one day, but in a short amount of time, we identified the problem, cleaned it up, disinfected it, dried it out and restored it.  Our goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."  The homeowner agreed, and was glad that they don't have to worry about whatever potential effects of mold exposure may have.  

If you ever see one of those weird water stains, just give us a call and have us check it out, because you never know what you might find.  Call our office at 817.232.3333.

Mold Remediation Experts for Halset, TX | Mold Inspection Fort Worth, TX | Black Mold Removal - Saginaw, TX

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation from Leaky Windows

In this example, the homeowner started to notice a funny smell in their home.  It was that tell-tale "musty odor" that lets you know there's a problem, but you can't tell exactly what or where the problem is.


The client started moving things around and finally noticed that mold had begun developing behind where their son's bed was placed in his room.  They didn't realize that the window outside his room was leaking, and mold started to develop.  They knew that having mold in their home, especially near where their son spends 8 hours or more each day is probably not a good thing.  


Our role in mold remediation is not to guess about the medical problems that may or may not stem from it, but work to remove it.  As you can tell from this picture, something doesn't look right, and it needs to be removed, and sanitized.  


Mold Remediation and Structural Restoration


Our goal in any situation is to limit the cost of restoring your home back to the way it was.  We seek to find a balance between cleaning walls and floors, and removing affected carpeting, drywall, and support structures.  Our crews that work on mold remediation have received specialized training and are certified by the IICRC.  


As a result, our crews know what to look for, and can properly determine if the affected areas can be cleaned and sanitized, or must be removed and rebuilt.  In some cases, they may attempt to clean the affected areas, and determine afterward if that will suffice or if further construction will be necessary.  We will discuss our plans with you and your insurance company and determine the best AND SAFEST way to proceed for all involved.  At SERVPRO, we seek to make it “Like it never even happened.”  


If you smell that funny smell in your home, have us out to conduct a mold inspection so that we can determine next steps.  Call us today at 817.232.3333.

Top Reasons to Have a Black Mold Inspection

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Black Mold in Fort Worth, TX.

Black mold, is a common problem in homes across the country. It can cause health effects.  It has a similar appearance to several other types of mold, making it difficult to identify. That’s why it is important to have your inspector check for black mold before purchasing a home.

Avoid Health Effects

Uncovering the problem during your inspection gives you the chance to have it corrected before you are exposed to it, so your whole family stays safer by avoiding the potential health effects of mold.

Walk Away from a Dangerous Home

If your inspection uncovers a black mold problem, it gives you the chance to walk away from a potentially negative situation. Some people choose to buy homes with known mold problems and hire a team for black mold removal in Fort Worth. However, these homes aren’t for everyone. If you have a young baby or an elderly person in your family, it can be especially concerning because of the potential health effects.

Spot Water Damage

Another good reason to check for mold when buying a home is because it is often linked to other significant problems. Where mold is present, you will often find other signs of water damage, including stains on the walls or soft spots along the floor. Water damage can even weaken the home’s structure, sometimes from the foundation up. Don’t expect the seller to always disclose this information.

Find Plumbing Damage

Often times mold and water damage are signs of problems with the home’s plumbing system. These problems can be difficult to spot on their own during an inspection, whereas mold is relatively easy to find. If you find a wet patch or mold along a wall, there’s a good chance there is a leaky pipe on the other side. This gives you a good indication of the condition of the plumbing system, and the house’s overall maintenance.

Save Money

Spotting mold during your inspection is a good way to save money on the purchase. In many cases, the seller will drop the price dramatically in order to entice you to buy it. Or the seller may agree to arrange black mold removal services so that you won’t have to pay for the restoration yourself. The same goes for any other water damage or plumbing problems that you encounter during your mold inspection. The more the seller repairs, the less money you’ll have to spend restoring the house after you buy it.

If you believe your future home has a black mold problem, contact the professionals at SERVPRO for more information.