Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold what you need to know.

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy Home Mold has attacked this home.

Ascospores are prominent in nature commonly found in the outdoor environment. Some fungi that belong to the Ascomycete family include the sexual forms of Penicillium/Aspergillus, Chaetominum, etc that may be frequently found growing on damp substrates.

Chaetomium are found on a variety of substrates containing cellulose including paper and plant compost. Several species have been reported to play a major role in the decomposition of cellulose-made materials. These fungi are able to dissolve the cellulose fibers in cotton and paper and thus cause the materials to disintegrate. The process is especially rapid under moist conditions. Their Ascospores are brown or gray with one or two germ pores.

Fusarium is a hydrophilic mold that requires very wet conditions and is frequently isolated from plants and grains. They colonize in continuously damp materials such as damp wallboard and water reservoirs for humidifiers and drip pans. Fusarium is commonly found in organic matter such as soil and plants. This infection cannot be transmitted from person to person. 

Aspergillus and Penecillium are both types of mold are ubiquitous in the environment. Aspergillus tends to colonize continuously damp materials such as damp wallboard and fabrics. Penicillium is commonly found in house dust, wallpaper, decaying fabrics, moist clipboards, etc.


Stachybotrys is the bad boy of them all

Stachybotryscommonly called "stachy," is a greenish-black, slimy mold found only on cellulose products (such as wood or paper) that have been wet for several days or more. The mold does not grow on concrete, linoleum or tile. Stachybotrys and some other fungi may produce several chemicals called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can be present in spores and small mold fragments released into the air. Once the mold fragments, mycotoxins and spores are in the air, individuals may breathe them into their lungs.

Food Cart with Mold

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in a food card No matter how large or small the structure.

The food cart had a fire early in the year and was tarped up. The tarping did not keep the moisture out so it grew on the surfaces in the kitchen area. 

We fixed the roof area and sprayed anti-microbial to stop the growth and cleaned the area. 

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

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Have a mold problem. Call SERVPRO 24/7/365 at 503-777-9739.

How To Remove Mold

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Production Tech in PPE with Customer Let SERVPRO help you with your mold issue.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - 503-777-9739

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation.

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

40 Years of Experience.

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPROXIDE Container SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience.

SERVPRO is unique in the national restoration industry because of our experience, and our resources.

Many end-users don't know that SERVPRO employs its own chemist, who formulates and manages the company's own line of cleaning products. The products take in 40 years worth of experiences in the field to provide products that are truly state of the art. It is important to us that these products are safe and friendly to the customers we serve in Portland Metro area. 

One of the recent great additions to our stable is  SERVPROXIDE, an EPA-registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide based disinfectant and sanitizer. The great thing about SERVPROXIDE is that it carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating and is safe for everyday use.  This product is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces.  On top of all the great things this product provides, it can be used just about any where!

Of course our principle mission is to remove mold from properties, where it is found to be at excess concentrations. However, as a backup it is important to have safe, effective tools that can provide efficient kill characteristics that can reduce the risk of future growth.

SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is excited to put this new product to use on our next mold job! 

Mold at its worst!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on the wall Picture of mold on the wall.

This mold Damage was preceded by heavy water damage. It doesn’t take long for mold to get a foothold and begin growing. You can see the extent of mold growth that had took place in just a few days. When SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was called in to remediate both the water and mold damage it was apparent that dry wall would need to be removed as part of the mold cleanup project. Then a drying and dehumidification process began. The after picture shows that SERVPRO of Southwest Portland made it seem “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 to help with your emergency. Just call 503-777-9739 to get one of our teams rolling. 

We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Mold in the attic

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Black Mold in Attic Let us remove the black mold in your attic.

What you see here is black mold growth in a home's attic. The cause was over time the home's roof has aged, and has small leaks whenever there is moisture outside.  With the constant temperate change in the attic and dark atmosphere it's an ideal place for mold to grow.  While the attic is not the worst place for mold to grow it still should be removed and taken care of properly.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was able to come out and clean the mold up in one day's time!  The roof was sprayed with a chemical that will prevent mold from growing as fast.  Also a sealant was applied, so that until the homeowner can replace the roof the leaking will not be as severe. If this was not taken care of it would have continued to spread and caused health effects.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland leaving another job "Like it never even happened."

Mold can damage your home and business

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Intrusion of water in your home or place of business can result in mold growth. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of mold growth.  Excessive mold growth can lead to environmental conditions that may cause health effects.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is professionally trained in mold remediation and will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.  We care about the proper restoration of your structure and can make it "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is proud to serve Multnomah County and other areas of the Portland area. Any questions please call us at 503.777.9739. Please call us twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. Thank You. 

SERVPRO can eliminate your mold problems.

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Tech in PPE under sink Our tech can find the mold and eliminate it.

This home had a sewer line fail so they called in SERVPRO of Southwest Portland to clean up the mess and the damages.  We had to remove part of the wall to get to the mold that accumulated and the category 3 contaminated water damage that was inside the wall cavity.  Our advanced technology equipment gives us the knowledge to remove the contaminated area, get to the source of the problem and get it cleaned up so the home can get back to normal as soon as possible.  Nobody likes it when their home is out of sorts and we get that.  That is why you should call us as soon as you have a problem, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Please call us a 503-777-9739 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

The Source? Exploding Plastic Water Bottles!

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Exploding Plastic Water Bottles Mold damage in a crawlspace pantry

In this carpeted pantry located under the stairs the owner noticed a change in temperature and then the carpet soaked over the next few days. Thinking this was just an exterior temperature change and no water lines or roof parts touching the area, the cause was a little tricky to pinpoint at first. With the closet being filled with items it wasn't until the smell became stronger and stronger over a short period of time that the items were all removed and the source was discovered! An entire case of plastic water bottles in the back of the closet had combusted and spilled water all throughout the carpet. Not knowing this could have been the cause, the water then sat underneath the carpet and created several mold spores. The area was dried out and the mold was completely removed in the baseboards so the carpet could be replaced!

Mold In Apartments

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Mitigation Containment for mold in an apartment complex

Mold can be annoying and smelly, but it can also be dangerous. Apartments and buildings that touch one another run a risk of spreading the mold through the walls with other adjoining rooms, especially where the water lines run through. This picture shows a containment for the mold used in an apartment complex where mold was present in several units as well as units on top of one another. It is important to know how to properly clean, handle, and disinfect mold when you come across it. Our certified trained technicians here at SERVPRO of Southwest Portland are skilled professionals in complete mold removal. If you are using at home cleaning products, you may just be removing discoloration from the surface. To keep you, and your family, safe, please give us a call at 503-777-9739 with all your mold questions or concerns! 

Car Mold?

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Floorboard of A Truck Truck floorboards with water and mold damage.

You may think this is a unique mold job, but SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is prepared to handle any mold clean up you may need! This customer gave us a call on about his pick up truck that he used daily. He noticed water near the floor of the driver-side and the odor in the car was progressively getting musky and stronger. After inspection, we got to work drying and cleaning out the affected area. We made sure the source of the water was sealed to prevent further damage and cleaned up the discoloration on the floor. When you live in a wetter climate, mold can be found places you least expect it. Check for visible mold and any mold-related smells often, don't let the problem go because the problem will grow! 

You Can't Always See The Mold

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Closet Mold up closet wall

The mold may not always be visible when you first start noticing signs of it in your home. Mold can grow in places like closets that are too cold, underneath your bathroom sink, in your attic, and in the bathroom cabinets. Pay attention to musty odors in your home as well as be on the lookout for mold that is visible. Any past moisture problems you may have had could have caused mold spores to grow and it may have gone undetected. Mold can also grow in areas that you have excessive humidity. There are several ways mold can start growing in your home which includes, but is not limited to plumbing, storm drains, and equipment failures either inside or outside of your house. This is mold that was slowly growing in a bedroom closet that wasn't vented correctly. 

Oriel Apartments

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Front Of Structure Front of structure for Oriel Apartments

There was mold detected on a ceiling and attic in one of the units. It was then determined the mold would need to be removed with minor demolition to affected areas. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland worked to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of the building occupants. The master bedroom was affected by visible mold in the ceiling so further testing of the mold spores was needed to continue the job. These conditions required the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and any other water damage problems. Please give SERVPRO of Southwest Portland a call for all your fire, water, mold, and biohazard needs at 503-777-9739 twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. 

Damaged Hot Water Heater Lead to Mold

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Drying Containment Drying out water damage in an apartment unit

This customer had a damaged hot water heater when we got the initial call. Upon testing the surrounding areas we got positive readings for mold so began remediation and drying. The areas that were affected with mold needed to be demolished and debris needed to be removed, these areas included the walls and carpet near the hot water heater. We were able to cut away exposed walls along the baseboards and then set up containment to dry out the water in the structure. We had equipment at the site for two days then the customer was able to move forward with their reconstruction of the drywall and the underlayment in the unit by the third day. The affected areas that were left were restored to preloss condition. 

Mold Damage from HVAC Pump Failure

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Basement Carpet removed from mold damage.

This customer had water damage in their basement and the cause of the loss came from the condensation removal pump on their AC unit and the water had soaked into the walls and carpets below. Upon inspection of the water damage, the surrounding areas tested positive for mold. We started with baseboard removal to assess the amount of mold in the area and then continued with carpet removal and drywall removal. Our crew placed air movers around the basement to dry out the water. The mold damage was not visible but the mold and mold odor still needed to be removed. From the looks of the water damage, it may have been slowly leaking for quite a while before the signs were obvious. Please call us 503-777-9739.

Mold Damage in Ceiling

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Ceiling Mold damage after reconstruction

This customer had mold damage due to a water leak on their terrace near the upstairs bedroom. The water leak started out slow and then progressively grew worse. The water damaged some of their carpets and also their ceiling. Another company started the reconstruction while we were able to help clear out the mold spores with an air scrubber in a containment. The amount of mold damage took up about ten feet by five feet mostly in the ceiling. We were able to get into the house and out within two days to do mold remediation so the customer could continue with fixing the hole in the roof. SERVPRO of Southwest Portland is here to help twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. Please give us a call for any fire, water, mold, or biohazard damage at 503-777-9739

Quicker Action Could Save Money

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Quick Action Could Have Saved Them Money

This customer suffered a mold damage in their finished basement caused by overflowing toilet. The customer was away for summer and discovered the damage when they returned from an extended vacation.

Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The family was very grateful that we were able to recover their home and protect them from any potential health effects. 

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Please call us at 503-777-9739

Stud Mold

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Stud Mold

When you have any type of water damage whether in your home or business, it is best to call in the professionals here at SERVPRO of SW Portland to handle the problem.  Water damage can come from storm damage, broken pipe, leaky faucet, faulty appliances, there are many sources water can come from.  Mold hides in various places that, if not dried out properly, can actually accelerate the mold  growth process.  We have the knowledge, tools and machines that dry out your water damage quickly and efficiently, killing the mold spores so they do not continue to grow.  Not only does this eliminate the mold problem, treating it expeditiously cuts down on the damage mold can do to your home as well as potential health effects.  

Overflowing toliet

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Overflow toilet causes major mold damage.

This customer suffered a mold damage in their finished basement caused by overflowing toilet. The customer was away for summer and discovered the damage when they returned from an extended vacation.

Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The family was very grateful that we were able to recover their home and protect them from any potential health effects. 

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Please call us at 503-777-9739

Mold Oh No!

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Oh No!

When you have any type of water damage whether in your home or business, it is best to call in the professionals here at SERVPRO of SW Portland to handle the problem.  Water damage can come from storm damage, broken pipe, leaky faucet, faulty appliances, there are many sources water can come from.  Mold hides in various places that, if not dried out properly, can actually accelerate the mold growth process.  We have the knowledge, tools and machines that dry out your water damage quickly and efficiently, killing the mold spores so they do not continue to grow.  Not only does this eliminate the mold problem, treating it expeditiously cuts down on the damage mold can do to your home as well as potential health effects.  

Mold in Your Bathroom

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in the draws.

Mold can grow places that we don't even think about if the area is even remotely damp.  Bathrooms and kitchens are the biggest offenders since they have so many nooks and crannies that might get missed in routine cleaning.  SERVPRO of Southwest Portland can get rid of the mold in any place it might decide to grow.  You should leave the clean-up to the professionals so it doesn't get any worse!

Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been the subject for moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.

If excessive mold growth is present additional assistance may be required.

Mold under the sink

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Growing Under the Sink

Under your kitchen sink could be one of the dirtiest places in your house. Keeping moisture away as well as cleaning products upright and in a safe place goes a long way!  Keep mold, mildew, dampness away by keeping things neat and orderly.

Water intrusions can result from storm damage , plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments . If the humidity and moisture levels in a water damaged environment is not promptly returned to normal mold spore may go and multiple causing health issues.

SERVPRO professionals work to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of building occupants

Bathroom Mold in Wall Cavity

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Ick Mold in Wall Cavity

Water leakage caused the dormant mold spores to develop into large mold colonies along this wall. We demolished the lower two feet of the drywall after we sealed this part of the house to prevent the cross contamination of mold spores, fungi particles, and dust.

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Even through some forms of mold can add value to our lives , other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold exposure may present health concerns for some people.  After a day, we verified that the exposed area was back to normal moisture levels, so we then buttoned up the drywall and left the challenge of taping, finishing, and painting the wall to the homeowner as per his request.

Men in White

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Men in White

This home had a sewer line fail so they called in SERVPRO of Southwest Portland to clean up the mess and the damages.  We had to remove part of the wall to get to the mold that accumulated and the category 3 contaminated water damage that was inside the wall cavity.  Our advanced technology equipment gives us the knowledge to remove the contaminated area, get to the source of the problem and get it cleaned up so the home can get back to normal as soon as possible.  Nobody likes it when their home is out of sorts and we get that.  That is why you should call us as soon as you have a problem, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Please call us a 503-777-9739 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Mold is not our friend

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

AC water leak which caused mold in the flooring of the basement. 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage , plumbing or equipment failures, long standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increase risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in must environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not returned to normal, mold spores may grow and mulitply. Organic materials found inside a building , such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation , provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

Wall Covered in Mold

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Wall covered in mold.

This St. Johns Mold Damage was preceded by heavy water damage. It doesn’t take long for mold to get a foothold and begin growing. You can see the extent of mold growth that had took place in just a few days. When SERVPRO of Southwest Portland was called in to remediate both the water and mold damage it was apparent that dry wall would need to be removed as part of the mold cleanup project. Then a drying and dehumidification process began. The after picture shows that SERVPRO of North Fulton County made it seem “Like it never even happened.” We are available 24/7 to help with your emergency. Just call 503-777-9739 to get one of our teams rolling. 

We will make it," Like it never even happened."

Mold can be hiding where least expected

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be very bad for your health.

When you have any type of water damage whether in your home or business, it is best to call in the professionals here at SERVPRO of SW Portland to handle the problem.  Water damage can come from storm damage, broken pipe, leaky faucet, faulty appliances, there are many sources water can come from.  Mold hides in various places that, if not dried out properly, can actually accelerate the mold  growth process.  We have the knowledge, tools and machines that dry out your water damage quickly and efficiently, killing the mold spores so they do not continue to grow.  Not only does this eliminate the mold problem, treating it expeditiously cuts down on the damage mold can do to your home as well as potential health effects.  

Mold in the basement

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

This customer suffered a mold damage in their finished basement caused by overflowing toilet.

This customer suffered a mold damage in their finished basement caused by overflowing toilet. The customer was away for summer and discovered the damage when they returned from an extended vacation.

Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The family was very grateful that we were able to recover their home and protect them from any potential health effects. 

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Please call us at 503-777-9739

We will do what it takes to get to the source

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Call us when your plumbing lines fail

This home had a sewer line fail so they called in SERVPRO of Southwest Portland to clean up the mess and the damages.  We had to remove part of the wall to get to the mold that accumulated and the category 3 contaminated water damage that was inside the wall cavity.  Our advanced technology equipment gives us the knowledge to remove the contaminated area, get to the source of the problem and get it cleaned up so the home can get back to normal as soon as possible.  Nobody likes it when their home is out of sorts and we get that.  That is why you should call us as soon as you have a problem, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Please call us a 503-777-9739 24 hours a day 7 days a week.