Recent Mold Remediation Posts

The Nitty Gritty Mold Facts You Need to Know

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a white closet with spots of black mold everywhere. Mold is considered a toxigenic fungi, meaning they have potential to produce toxins. If you suspect mold of any kind, give us a call.

There are so many warnings (and many fears) about black mold. This alarming type, also referred to as “toxic mold,” can cause trouble to both your building and health. The truth is, the words black and toxic are used interchangeably in most cases when it comes to it. Let’s discuss the facts about what it is and the myths behind it.

Stachybot-What?

One fact to point out is that stachybotrys chartarum, the only name professionals call it by, really is quite fatal to people’s health. It can produce allergens and irritants that are just down right bad for us.

How Can I Tell If It Is Black Mold?

There are many types of mold that can cause reactions. In fact, there are more than 100,000 different species of mold that can have black in color. This kind of mold has a greenish-black color and sometimes even have a greyish soot-like color. It is also known to be slimy or wet.

Some types of them can cause more harm than others, too. Give us a call immediately if you suspect there is any kind of mold in your home or business. Our team of mold remediators will inspect the affected area for you.

Is Toxic or Not?

It is true, black mold can be harmful but only if it is stimulated. Most molds are toxigenic, which means they can produce toxins. Therefore, it is important to remember not to touch or disturb mold. Let a professional take care of it for you.

If you think you may be experiencing black or any other kind of mold, please contact us at 909-399-9057.

What to Do When You Find Mold

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall that has been demolished off of the wall with spots of mold. If you find mold make sure to NEVER disturb it. Doing so may cause possible health issues. Call the experts instead to take care of the problem.

Mold can begin to grow and become a problem for your home or business in as little as 24-48 hours. It thrives off porous materials like drywall, insulation, carpets and ceiling tiles. If you ever come across a fuzzy growth in a dark, moist place, it is more than likely mold. Besides possessing an unpleasant musky smell, mold is a concern to have around you and your loved ones. Some of the benefits of mold remediation include

  • Avoiding potentially serious health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth altogether
  • Saving money on furnishings and remodeling necessities
  • Prevention of damage to your home that can get expensive

With almost 10 years of experience, our mold technicians are trained and certified to remediate mold in your home or office. If mold is discovered, we recommend giving us a call at 909-399-9057 and follow these guidelines until help arrives:

  • Stay away from the affected area/s of the building
  • Turn off all HVAC and fan systems

Do not disturb the mold for it can be hazardous to your health by doing so.

Top 3 Common Mistakes About Mold

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

A piece of drywall on the floor with mold growing on it. When you see mold in your home, the best thing to do is to not disturb it and call a professional restoration company.

Have you ever called “the experts” just to have each company give you different answers about mold?

Today we’re digging deep and answering the top 3 common mistakes and false claims customers hear all the time. We are setting the facts straight because it is important to know what to do in case you discover mold in your home or office. And trust us, we have heard them all!

Common mistake #1: Mold can be killed with bleach.

This is a big no-no. Although there are many great home remedies out there, you cannot “kill” mold with bleach. In fact, you can do a lot more harm than good. When bleach is poured over mold, it disrupts the mold and activates tiny particles called mold spores. These mold spores are airborne and can be in very unhealthy if inhaled. According to OSHA, “the use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation.” The only way to reduce mold is to have restoration experts perform mold remediation.    

Common mistake #2: Only black mold is dangerous

Even though black mold is very unhealthy, it is not the only mold that can raise health concerns. In fact, there are more than 100,000 species of mold spores known worldwide. Some of these species are not harmful at all, while others can be deadly. Who’s to say which is which when you have mold growing in your family room or work space. Overall, all mold should be left undisturbed and remediated the moment it is discovered.

Common mistake #3: Your home or office will be “mold-free”

This is a big misconception about mold. The truth is microscopic mold spores exist everywhere naturally, including indoors and outdoors. Because of this, it is impossible to remove 100% of mold. Take into consideration that these mold spores that are floating in the air can enter your home and office through A/C units, heaters, windows, doors, pets and even clothing.

The more facts you know about mold, the better off you will be in choosing the best restoration company for you. If you would like more information on mold growing in your living space, please do not hesitate to call the experts at 909-399-9057 SERVPROclaremontmontclair.com/ today. 

Mold Grows Where You Least Expect It

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

An old, leaky, dirty water heater . This is a prime example of where mold can grow.

Picture coming home from a nice, long well-deserved vacation when suddenly you get a whiff of an unpleasant smell. The musty, wet odor of mold invades your nostrils while you frantically try and find where it's coming from. When the smell leads you to the water heater, you see that an ongoing leak has made the perfect bed for a colony of mold. Yikes! So, now what?

Although mold grows everywhere, having it grow inside your home is never good. Mold may be very unhealthy for you and everyone that lives in your home. When water damage is near, mold is not far behind if it isn’t taken care of immediately. In fact, mold will grow within 24-48 hours of a waterpipe leak. This also means anything else that can potentially leak in your home including the kitchen sink and behind the toilet.

Don’t let mold stress you out. The experts here at SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair will eliminate the mold in your home or office. Our experienced technicians will always let you know the process in detail. We make it easy for you to understand what we’re doing every step of the way. We work with all insurance companies and will work with you too. Give us a call at 909-399-9057 and schedule an appointment with us-let us worry about the mold so you don’t have to.

Fuzzies Under the Kitchen Sink

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

From the looks of it, mold began growing right under this sink.

It seemed like the end of the road for this kitchen sink. After receiving a phone call explaining the damage under this sink, we went out to inspect it at once. After the musky smell had settled, the mold technicians found the green and black fuzzy stuff everywhere. We had our client sign some paperwork and got to work immediately.

After we contained the affected area, our technicians put on their PPE suits and masks and tackled the problem area. After some minor demolition (only the bottom of the sink) and a few air scrubbers to clean the air of mold spores, this kitchen was saved.

Mold can be found in moisture prone areas of the home and office including under sinks, ceilings (where pipes run through), water heaters and even behind the washer and dryer. Give us a ring at 909-399-9057 to schedule an inspection with us today.    

You Found Mold – Now What?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

If you find mold make sure to NEVER disturb it. Doing so may cause possible health issues. Call the experts instead to take care of the problem.

Mold can begin to grow and become a problem for your home or business in as little as 24-48 hours. It thrives off porous materials like drywall, insulation, carpets and ceiling tiles. If you ever come across a fuzzy growth in a dark, moist place, it is more than likely mold. Besides possessing an unpleasant musky smell, mold is a concern to have around you and your loved ones. Some of the benefits of mold remediation include

  • Avoiding potentially serious health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth altogether
  • Saving money on furnishings and remodeling necessities
  • Prevention of damage to your home that can get expensive

With almost 10 years of experience, our mold technicians are trained and certified to remediate mold in your home or office. If mold is discovered, we recommend giving us a call at 909-399-9057 and follow these guidelines until help arrives:

  • Stay away from the affected area/s of the building
  • Turn off all HVAC and fan systems

Do not disturb the mold for it can be hazardous to your health by doing so.

The Nitty Gritty Facts about Black Mold

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is considered a toxigenic fungi, meaning they have potential to produce toxins. If you suspect mold of any kind, give us a call.

There are so many warnings (and many fears) about black mold. This alarming type, also referred to as “toxic mold,” can cause trouble to both your building and health. The truth is, the words black and toxic are used interchangeably in most cases when it comes to it. Let’s discuss the facts about what it is and the myths behind it.

Stachybot-What?

One fact to point out is that stachybotrys chartarum, the only name professionals call it by, really is quite fatal to people’s health. It can produce allergens and irritants that are just down right bad for us.

How Can I Tell If It Is Black Mold?

There are many types of mold that can cause reactions. In fact, there are more than 100,000 different species of mold that can have black in color. This kind of mold has a greenish-black color and sometimes even have a greyish soot-like color. It is also known to be slimy or wet.

Some types of them can cause more harm than others, too. Give us a call immediately if you suspect there is any kind of mold in your home or business. Our team of mold remediators will inspect the affected area for you.

Is Toxic or Not?

It is true, black mold can be harmful but only if it is stimulated. Most molds are toxigenic, which means they can produce toxins. Therefore, it is important to remember not to touch or disturb mold. Let a professional take care of it for you.

If you think you may be experiencing black or any other kind of mold, please contact us at 909-399-9057.

Top 3 Common Mistakes About Mold

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

When you see mold in your home, the best thing to do is to not disturb it and call a professional restoration company.

Have you ever called “the experts” just to have each company give you different answers about mold? Today we’re digging deep and answering the top 3 common mistakes and false claims customers hear all the time. We are setting the facts straight because it is important to know what to do in case you discover mold in your home or office. And trust us, we have heard them all!

Common mistake #1: Mold can be killed with bleach.

This is a big no-no. Although there are many great home remedies out there, you can not “kill” mold with bleach. In fact, you can do a lot more harm than good. When bleach is poured over mold, it disrupts the mold and activates tiny particles called mold spores. These mold spores are airborne and can be in very unhealthy if inhaled. According to OSHA, “the use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation.” The only way to reduce mold is to have restoration experts perform mold remediation.    

Common mistake #2: Only black mold is dangerous

Even though black mold is very unhealthy, it is not the only mold that can raise health concerns. In fact, there are more than 100,000 species of mold spores known worldwide. Some of these species are not harmful at all, while others can be deadly. Who’s to say which is which when you have mold growing in your family room or work space. Overall, all mold should be left undisturbed and remediated the moment it is discovered.

Common mistake #3: Your home or office will be “mold-free”

This is a big misconception about mold. The truth is microscopic mold spores exist everywhere naturally, including indoors and outdoors. Because of this, it is impossible to remove 100% of mold. Take into consideration that these mold spores that are floating in the air can enter your home and office through A/C units, heaters, windows, doors, pets and even clothing.

The more facts you know about mold, the better off you will be in choosing the best restoration company for you. If you would like more information on mold growing in your living space, please do not hesitate to call the experts at 909-399-9057 or visit us at https://www.SERVPROclaremontmontclair.com/ today.

A Musky Smell Can Only Mean One Thing…

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When a leak is present, mold will flourish. It takes as little as 48 hours for mold to grow into colonies.

Picture coming home from a nice, long well-deserved vacation when suddenly you get a whiff of an unpleasant smell.

The musty, wet odor of mold invades your nostrils while you frantically try and find where its coming from. When the smell leads you to the water heater, you see that an ongoing leak has made the perfect bed for a colony of mold. Yikes! So, now what?

Although mold grows everywhere, having it grow inside your home is never good. Mold can be very unhealthy for you and everyone that lives in your home. When water damage is near, mold is not far behind if it isn’t taken care of immediately. In fact, mold will grow within 24-48 hours of a waterpipe leak. This also means anything else that can potentially leak in your home including the kitchen sink and behind the toilet.

Don’t let mold stress you out. The experts here at SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair will eliminate the mold in your home or office. Our experienced technicians will always let you know the process in detail. We make it easy for you to understand what we’re doing every step of the way. We work with all insurance companies and will work with you too. Give us a call at 909-399-9057 and schedule an appointment with us-let us worry about the mold so you don’t have to.         

Good Mold Bad Mold - What's the Difference?

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

There is no real way to tell if mold is a risk to your health or not. The best thing to do is to let our experienced technicians inspect it.

Let’s get the facts straight; mold is everywhere-including indoors. The truth is, no matter how clean your home or office is, you will always have traces of the pesky, growing nuisance. The good news? If it is not irritated, you have some time to give us a call to remove it. If mold is not touched or interrupted, it will most likely not cause immediate damage to your health. Did you know there are over 10,000 species of mold that exist? And this is just what we know of so far. There are many different types of mold. There is some that could be very dangerous to your health and other types that are not harmful at all. Either way, mold could smell down right unpleasant either way and needs to be removed. If you see mold growing in your bathroom or kitchen, we are here to help 24 hours a day. Contact us at 909-399-9057 to have one of our technicians inspect today.   

Benefits and Tips on Mold

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

If mold is found, it is best not to disturb it. Doing so can possibly cause major health issues.

It is fascinating that in only 48 hours, mold can quickly begin to grow and become a problem in your home or business. If you come across a strange greenish fuzz growing in a dark, moist place – it is more than likely that pesky mold. Besides possessing an unpleasant musky smell, mold is a concern to have around you and your loved ones. Some of the benefits of mold remediation include:

  • Prevent damage to your home that can be very costly
  • Saves money on furnishings and remodeling necessities
  • Avoid potentially serious health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth altogether

With almost 10 years of experience, our remediation specialists are trained and certified by the IICRC Certified Firm. If mold is discovered, we recommend giving us a call at 909-399-9057 and do the following tips until help arrives:

  • Stay away from the affected area/s of the building
  • Turn off all HVAC and fan systems

Do not disturb the mold, for it can be hazardous to your health if it is disturbed

The Facts About Black Mold

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

All species of mold including black mold, can be found in dark, moist places.

There are so many warnings (and many fears) about black mold. This alarming type, also referred to as “toxic mold,” can cause trouble to both your building and health. The truth is, the words black and toxic are used interchangeably in most cases when it comes to it. Today we are discussing the facts about what it is and the myths behind it.

Stachybot-What?

One fact to point out is that stachybotrys chartarum, the only name professionals call it by, really is quite fatal to a human’s health. It can produce allergens and irritants that are just down right bad for us.

How Can I Tell If It Is Black Mold?

The best answer to this: There are many types of mold that can cause reactions. In fact, there are more than 100,000 different species of mold that can have black in color. This kind of mold has a greenish-black color and sometimes even have a greyish soot-like color. It is also known to be slimy or wet.

Some types of them can cause more harm than others, too. Give us a call immediately if you suspect there is any kind of mold in your home or business.

Is Toxic or Not?

It is true, black mold can be pretty harmful but only if it is stimulated. Most molds are toxicgenic, which means they can produce toxins. Therefore, it is important to remember not to touch or disturb mold. Let a professional take care of it for you.

If you think you may be experiencing black or any other kind of mold, please contact us at 909-399-9057.

The Facts and Fiction of Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is very common in dark, moist places.

There is so much information about mold out there, it may be hard to know what fiction is and what is fact. One major fact to remember, is that mold can’t be eliminated 100 percent because it grows and exists everywhere. Here are a few major facts about mold and how to prevent it from taking over your home:

  • All sources of water or moisture must be addressed before mold remediation can begin. If not, the mold can return.
  • A strong, musky smell is produced when mold is present and can help you detect where problem areas are
  • Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Any humidity higher than that can support the growth of mold

Your friendly SERVPRO of Claremont/Montclair staff is here for all your mold remediation needs. With tedious training, years of expertise and the right equipment at hand, our mold remediation services will help take control of any mold infestation in no time. We are even known to make it look "Like it never even happened."

Remediation Versus Removal of Mold

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Even though mold can grow anywhere, it can't be 100% eliminated.

Mold can grow anywhere. In fact, these microscopic mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere – including where we work and live. Whether it is a commercial building or a residential house, it is important to know that it is impossible to get rid of all mold from your home or business. The best thing to do for a mold problem is mold remediation. This process will reduce the mold spore count back to its baseline level or “natural state.”

Because some restoration businesses advertise and go as far as guarantee “mold removal,” consider these mold facts before falling for the other guys’ misconceptions:

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float through the air, entering your home through doors, windows or AC/heating systems
  • These mold spores can even hitch a ride indoors on your pet or clothing
  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and when exposed to water, can quickly grow into colonies. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, we can inspect and assess your property.

See Signs of Mold? Call Us Today – (909) 399-9057  

Does Your Home or Business Have A Mold Problem?

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

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 at SERVPRO of Claremont/Montclair


(909) 399-9057