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Archived Mold Remediation Blog Posts

Limit Mold Growth

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most effective ways to limit mold is to mitigate water damage as quickly as possible? "Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors-act promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." Quoted from OSHA 

Water extraction to remove excessive amounts of water followed by fast, thorough drying of the structure and contents is important in preventing mold growth. In the event mold remediation is required, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County will perform mold remediation work according to industry standards. 

We are available 24/7. Call us immediately if you have a water damage or if you think you have mold. 

(219) 947-9931

Mold In Your Home

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

MOLD is a scary word, so here is a little information on it to make it not seem TOO scary. And just know, WE ARE HERE TO HELP. 

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 Lake County 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 SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County Today – (219)947-9931

You Cleaned Up Your Own Water Damage

4/22/2019 (Permalink)


We completely understand that damage to your home is an inconvenience and can be somewhat pricey. Cleaning up the mess of a water damage can seem to be your best option. While sometimes it is because the damaged area wasn't large or it didn't get into the walls of your home. So you think. You may not have noticed some of that water get under your baseboard and spread into your wall. You did a fantastic job of cleaning up the water and you saved yourself some money! Well, that tiny bit of water can become a mold problem in as little as 48 hours. This mold can affect your health and cause much more damage than you had in the first place. If you suspect that you have mold DO NOT attempt to clean the area yourself. IMMEDIATELY call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County at 219-947-9931. We have protective gear and specialized equipment necessary to handle this problem.

Signs That You May Have Mold

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold isn’t always visible to the naked eye or easy to find. Here at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County we care about you and your family. Mold can be very scary because it is hard to differentiate between the different types. And that could be very hazardous to your health. Here are some of the most common warning signs that may indicate that there could be toxic mold growing inside your home: 

  • Discolored walls 
  • Stains 
  • Black spots 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • An increase in negative health symptoms. Such as a fever or feeling itchy.  

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County IMMEDIATELY. (219) 947-9931 So we can come out and give you an estimate and get started on the mold remediation process.  

Mold In Your Home?

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. All around us. It is actually a fungus that is found both outdoors and indoors. Mold likes to grow in damp, warm and humid places. 

Mold has different effects on people. It really depends on the type of mold, how long they were exposed, and the individuals sensitivity to mold. Mild mold exposure symptoms are:

  • Congestion 
  • Itchy irritated eyes 
  • Wheezing 
  • Irritated skin 

Some people are more sensitive to mold exposure. They may have reactions that are more serious. Also, a person with prolonged mold exposure or living in a mold invested home might have more serious symptoms, such as:

  • Headaches 
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Lung infections 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever 

If you believe that you are sick be use of exposure to mold in your home, please consult your doctor right away. Next, contact SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County at 219-947-9931 

Good Mold?

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a complicated substance because in some cases in can be beneficial and others harmful. Many of us were taught to believe that mold is bad.  Especially us at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. And that is because we encounter the mold growth in homes that causes property damage and health issues. But today we are going to discuss some interesting facts about what scientists consider good mold. HOWEVER, mold growing in your home is NEVER a good thing and you need to contact us immediately. 

  • Some mold is good for you. The active ingredient in Penicillin is Penicillium mold. It's effective because it kills many types of bacteria. 
  • Mold is good for your garden. Certain types of mold can speed up decomposition process to help keep soil healthy. 
  • Mold and Mildew are different. They are each a type of fungus but they have several differences. Mildew only grows on surfaces while mold can grow beneath surfaces. Mildew is much easier to remove. 

It's interesting to see that mold can be something beneficial! We are so used to seeing mold cause more damage than good. 

Spring Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Spring has SPRUNG! Beautiful flowers will be blooming, grass will be green, and windows will be open in our home! But these warmer temperatures and Spring rain showers can cause mold. 

Lucky for you...your friends at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County are highly trained Mold Remediation Specialists. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. 

Please call us if you think you have mold in your home. We will answer any questions you may have, set up a date and time to come out and give you a mold estimate so we can get to work immediately. Mold can spread quickly. In as little as 24-72 hours. So we need to act fast!

We know that the health and safety of your family is your number 1 priority. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for you and your family! Our family at SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County is here for yours. 

(219) 947-9931

Call us immediately if you suspect mold in your home.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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 Eastern Lake County 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 Eastern Lake County 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 – (219) 947-9931

Mold Information

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

What are molds?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps hundred thousands or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in almost every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

What to do when you have mold? 

The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County. We will come you your home or business and perform mold remediation work.  Call (219) 947-9931 

Limiting Mold Growth

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know one of the most effective ways to limit mold is to mitigate water damage as quickly as possible? "Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occur indoors-act promptly. A prompt response (within 24-48 hours) and thorough clean-up, drying, and/or removal of water-damaged materials will prevent or limit mold growth." Quoated from OSHA 

Water extraction to remove excessive amounts of water followed by fast, thorough drying of the structure and contents is important in preventing mold growth. In the event mold remediation is required, SERVPRO of Eastern Lake County will perform mold remediation work according to industry standards. 

We are available 24/7. Call us immediately if you have a water damage or if you think you have mold. 

(219) 947-9931 

Does your home have a mold problem?

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does your home have a mold problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Mold in a Merrillville, Indiana home.

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 Lake County 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 – (219)947-9931