Recent Mold Remediation Posts

The OTHER problems that can come from a hoarding situation in an Ulster County home

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

A room in a home filled with possessions, debris and refuse creating a dangerous hoarding situation It's vital to work with a certified cleaning and restoration company when it comes to the dangers stemming from a hoarding situation.

Compulsive hoarding affects approximately 700,000 to 1.4 million people in the US. It’s a serious mental illness, a subtype of OCD, that causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

Hoarding dangers in an Ulster County property can include: unknown water damage, subsequent and potentially dangerous mold growth, bug and rodent infestations, structural damages, and fire hazards.

A home or property that’s been impacted by hoarding warrants a series of procedures to restore it to a safe and livable environment. Call in the restoration professionals, who will clean up the property the right way and ensure its safely rehabbed.

What Cleanup Involves:

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration and a company that understands how to create, execute and complete a comprehensive protocol to handle the hazards. There could be numerous bio hazards involved so health and safety regulations must be put in place accordingly.

Removal of Items:

This is the cleaning phase—sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time, removing contaminated items and discarding properly. These items can become hazardous over time, or considered a bio hazard, professionals will need to ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances:

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including varieties of mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Make sure the property is being properly handled by partnering with a team of professionals educated in safe removal principles and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Complete Cleaning:

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a licensed team will then deep-clean the area. During this stage, they’ll work to remove all residue and odors to ensure it is ready to use in the future.

In some cases, and especially when mold has been growing, flooring and sub-flooring and/or structural damages will need to be addressed and repaired before the property can be safe to reside in. Working with a company that handles both the remediation and reconstruction like SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz will ease the stress of the situation and decrease the chances having to hire multiple companies

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz at (845)255-4334. We’re here to help and will make it Like it never even happened.

Easy ways to prevent mold in your Ulster County attic, basement or crawl space.

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth in wood rafters of attic There are some easy steps to follow so you don't find this nasty microbial growth in your attic!

Mold spores thrive in dark and humid areas, these environments create the ideal place for microbial growth to spread and flourish. If you have a basement, crawl space or attic, it is likely that you already know how persistent mold can be. 

Due to mold’s effects on health, it is extremely important to prevent it when possible and have it remediated immediately when it occurs. However, having mold in your home does not have to be a way of life.

Here’s some great tips for mold prevention in your basement, attic or crawl space (really for any cramped or tight household space):

  1. Reduce Humidity-

Mold loves high humidity and needs it to grow, this is often present in basements and other tight quarters in a home. Try to keep humidity levels within 30 to 50% with a dehumidifier to discourage microbial growth.

  1. Store Soil Somewhere else-

Potting soil, mulch and indoor plants provide spaces for mold to thrive and an organic food source that it needs to keep growing. Keep these items stored somewhere other than the basement to discourage growth.

  1. Keep Clutter to a Minimum-

Having clutter, items or debris in an area reduces airflow and ventilation in the room. Reduce general clutter, especially when it comes to cardboard boxes, clothing, fabric and books. Try using plastic sealable totes rather than boxes. Store items away from having direct contact with walls.

  1. Direct Water Away From Your Home-

Mold requires moisture to thrive, so ensuring there is as little moisture as possible flowing toward the home will discourage it from growing. Landscaping and drainage paths should be crafted in such a way that water is directed away from the home and not allowed to gather around the structure. Keep an eye on your downspouts from the gutters and other drainage spots during your regular home maintenance.

  1. Don’t Let Leaks Linger-

Leaks provide the perfect environment for mold to develop, and they can cost you an extensive amount of money in wasted water and the costs to treat and remediate it, so fixing them ASAP is best. Get a good handle on your homeowner’s insurance policy as well, some leaky situations might be covered, but some may not.

  1. Make Use of a Fan-

Using a fan helps with air circulation and further reduces humidity. Airing out the basement and crawl spaces will help ventilation and discourage mold from occurring. Be mindful of the electricity and connections involved to make sure there are no fire hazard risks.

  1. Reduce Factors That Create Humidity

If you have laundry or air conditioning units in the basement, be sure they are properly ventilating to the outside. Avoid carpeting or rugs, which can hold moisture. Do not dry wet clothes in the basement as the air can grow more humid as they dry.

If you’ve discovered mold in your basement or anywhere else in your home, we are here to help! SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has licensed mold technicians on staff. Give us a call immediately to learn about our mold remediation services and to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE.

Wondering if that’s mold in your Ulster County home?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth found behind base molding that had been removed from the wall. Mold growth isn't always visible but the smell is pretty distinct!

The short of it is that Mold spores occur naturally in the environment, but if you’re noticing some unusual looking growth on any surface inside your home along with a musty and dirty odor, you could have a mold issue. Here’s some facts that help clarify the WHY and WHAT of microbial growth:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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. The 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 needs lots of moisture or a small water source to flourish so locating and repairing the source of the water is the first step. Usually a small, consistent leak is the culprit.

Now the HOW:

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz and our certified mold remediation experts will guide you in the right direction to getting rid of it, and our estimates are FREE. We’ll explain the process of remediation, assist with any questions and ease your worries so you don’t have to stress about how you’re going to deal with it.

In the meantime, keep these steps in mind:

If you see mold, leave it alone. You can accidentally spread it throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What You Should Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas, this includes pets too!
  • Turn off your heating/ventilation system and all fans.

What You Shouldn’t 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. Our experts use specialized microbial products that you can’t purchase in the store.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. Bleach won’t do a thing and the mold will continue to grow.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are experienced and highly trained restoration professionals that use advanced, specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call Us Today (845)255-4334 to schedule your free estimate, we’re here to help, 24/7.

What Mold Remediation Really Means | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Microbial growth can be a tricky situation to deal with, call the experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to take care of it for you.

If you are learning about mold and what problems it can cause in your home, you might be confused about what mold removal and mold remediation really mean. 

While "mold removal" is an often-advertised service, its name is a bit misleading—making mold remediation the more accurate term. Read on to learn what mold remediation really means:

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

In nature, mold serves a useful purpose by helping to break down decaying matter and do its part in the circle of life, but mold growing in your house is not quite as useful to the ecosystem. 

Not only is it unsightly, but mold can also lead to a variety of health issues for people and pets. Due to the functional nature of mold, it exists nearly everywhere, waiting to find a spot to land and carry out its job. 

Mold spores are microscopic and ever-present, both inside and outside and during every season. They are airborne and can travel through the air, HVAC units, ducts or even hitch a ride on pets or clothing. 

Because of the characteristics of mold, “mold removal” is a misnomer—it is impossible to remove all mold from any home or business. Therefore, be wary of companies advertising full mold removal guarantees, as there is no way to stop nature from its process.

What Encourages Mold to Grow?

It might sound like mold should be growing everywhere all of the time because of how prevalent it is, but thankfully it needs specific conditions to begin to grow. 

Most importantly, mold thrives on moisture—a single spore can quickly form a colony when there is water present. Even excessive indoor humidity can create an ideal environment for mold, so experts recommend to keep indoor humidity below 50%.

The Mold Remediation Process

Even if you have not seen mold, if you have noticed a musty odor in a damp area of the home, you may have a mold issue on your hands. If you think it’s time to call in the professionals, here is what you can expect from the mold remediation process:

  • Get in touch with SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, they have mold remediation experts on staff.
  • The trained and certified techs from SERVPRO will perform a full assessment of the extent of the damage.
  • In some cases, due to the amount of mold present, there are additional assessments that might be recommended.
  • The restoration team will contain the mold.
  • Air is filtered to reduce the number of spores.
  • Mold and mold-infiltrated materials are removed.
  • Structures and belongings are cleaned.

If you think you may have mold in your house, give us a call and we will send our team of mold remediation experts out to do a full inspection. Learn more about our mold remediation process, and get in touch with us today.

Smell something musty in the bathroom of your New Paltz home?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold doesn't have to be a scary situation when you've got SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz's certified experts on your side.

Perhaps that bathroom exhaust fan has seen better days?  Maybe there's a leaking pipe somewhere? Mold has a distinct musty, dirty, damp smell that is unlike other odors.

First things first, mold needs water to start forming, so try to find the source of the leak or where the water could be coming from. Contact a plumbing professional or other service pro to take care of the issue as soon as you can. Meanwhile, give your homeowner’s insurance agent or company a call to see what your policy might cover for the repairs, damages or remediation, if needed. 

**Coverage terms vary so it’s important to be clear as to what the specifics are on your homeowner’s insurance policy. ** Insurance agents are a wealth of knowledge, so ask all the questions!

Conditions that can lead to a mold problem in your home always start with a water issue like flooding, an unknown or hidden leak, a burst pipe, ice damming, roofing or gutter failures, sump pumps, refrigerator water lines, etc. If you don’t have a professional take care of the source of leak, the mold will continue to thrive and create a more aggressive situation that is harder to treat and could be costly.

Our Production Technicians see cases of mold throughout every season in Ulster County, it’s not just an issue in the spring or summer temperatures. Mold or microbial growth needs water or consistent moisture and an organic food source to thrive. Though it can be tricky to treat and remove, we have experts in the industry who can walk you through the process and help ease some of the stress. Call SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz, our free estimates conducted by our trained and certified professionals will help guide you to getting the problem solved.

Helpful facts about mold growth in Kingston/New Paltz homes

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Some prepping can help deter mold growth in the basement or other damp areas of your home.

The warmer temps in our Ulster County areas have kicked spring cleaning into high gear. You might've noticed some damp cardboard boxes in the basement and thought nothing of it, but those wet boxes can lead to mold growth in your home. Most generally, -Mold spores are everywhere in our environment and can enter homes easily.

Check out these facts about mold, they are eye-opening!

-Basements are notoriously damp and have ideal temperatures for mold growth, which is between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. A dehumidifier in your basement can be good idea to help deter moisture and avoid damp and fuzzy cardboard boxes. Try to keep items on shelves in sealed containers rather than boxes. Check through contents regularly to check for mold spores.

-Most mold grows quickly when it has a source for water and organic food, (think about the decaying cardboard, it's food for them!). Perhaps there's a slow leak from the foundation or pipes in the ceiling of the basement are dripping? If you do notice a leak, get the source of the water repaired as soon as possible.

**If you think you might have a mold issue in your home or business in the New Paltz, Kingston, Highland, and Saugerties areas, or just need some answers, give us a call, our teams are certified in Mold Remediation services, 845-255-4334.

Find more facts and photos HERE!

FAQs About Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Proper mold remediation by our certified technicians will take care of this mold in no time!

You may not think of mold as a household pest, but due to its small size and the prevalence of spores, it’s one of the peskier creatures that can take up residence in your New Paltz home.

 Outdoors, mold serves an important function as it helps with the degradation of organic matter, but because of its moisture-loving composition, it can quickly cause damage inside a home or office following water damage or other damp situations.

If you’ve found yourself with mold on your hands, don’t panic! Our trained technicians are fully certified in mold remediation for both residential and commercial properties, and thanks to our unique remediation services, you're life will be back to normal in a flash.

Here are some questions we often receive surrounding mold and remediation:

What Does Mold Remediation Mean?

While the nature of mold makes removing it entirely an impossible feat, we can restore your mold-damaged area to its former state and provide you with guidance to prevent any further growth.

After assessing the damage, we will contain the mold to prevent any further spreading and then begin cleanup and restoration. With our advanced air-filtration technology combined with our experts, we provide you with a custom remediation solutions tailored to your home or business needs.

Why Won’t Cleaning the Area Suffice?

If you’ve discovered a mold problem, don’t fall victim to the temptation to simply clean it away. Because of its persistent nature, mold is notorious for lurking behind-the-scenes and reemerging down the line. This is why we always recommend full-fledged mold remediation instead of a simple cleanup job. BLEACH WON"T GET RID OF IT EITHER.

How Do I Know Mold Won’t Return?

While mold spores are ever-present in virtually every building, there are some things you can do to help ensure they’ll no longer find yours a prime place to take hold! The EPA recommends eliminating indoor moisture as the No. 1 strategy for hindering mold growth.

Treating water damage promptly, investing in a dehumidifier for damp areas and increasing room ventilation are all great assets to your arsenal of mold prevention tools.

Finding mold can be alarming, but SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltzcan help. Our 24/7 Emergency Line ensures that you’re able to start the mold remediation process immediately after finding damage, and we can get your life back to normal, fast.

Questions? Give us a call at 845-255-4334.

Help keep your Kingston/New Paltz home dry and mold-free!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold grows in warm and damp environments. Keep it cool, keep it dry!

Mold can be a nightmare for any Kingston/New Paltz homeowner as well as cause some health issues.

Mold grows best in warm and damp climates so here are some easy steps to help prevent the growth in your home:

  1. Try to keep your home under 72 degrees.
  2. Don’t leave wet clothes and towels lying around. Mold can start to grow on wet clothes in under 48 hours.
  3. Clean and dry all surfaces. Sinks and floors and even walls are likely to have mold if they are damp for too long. Keep them clean, keep them dry.
  4. Run the fan in your bathroom while showering, open a window if you can.
  5. Improve your airflow. Keep furniture away from the walls. Leave your closet doors ajar. Try the fan and an open window rather than the air conditioning.
  6. Try a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are great for basements and any room that can grow damp.

 Not only can these step help leave your house smelling fresher and feeling dryer, it can help promote better health as well.

If mold has become an issue in your home or business, our certified techs have your back to take care of mold remediation. Call us today and we'll walk you through it all with ease.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread in a very short amount of time.

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We at SERVPRO understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home.

Signs of Mold? Call Today (845)255-4334

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact - (845) 255-4334
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters

Tips to help prevent mold in your Kingston/New Paltz home.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Bathrooms are a favorite spot for mold to grow!

In any home, moisture and dampness are impossible to avoid. Mold spores are resilient, and any moisture from faucets, pipes or steam accumulation will encourage them to take up residence if they are able.

Thankfully, you can prevent mold from finding a spot in your home through a bit of preparation.

We’re no strangers to mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. Having a mold infestation is stressful, so we’re going room by room to help you keep your home clear.

-Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but piping and laundry machines themselves can mask the growth of mold. To stop growth in its tracks:

  • Check the connection between pipes and machines for leaks often.
  • Remove clothes from the machine immediately after the cycle ends.
  • Keep doors to the washer and dryer open after each use.
  • Check the dryer vents—lint can encourage mold to spawn.

-Bathroom:

There’s a lot of moisture in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s favorite rooms. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom is just a few habits away:

  • Re-seal tile grout annually to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains regularly.
  • Use a vent fan or window to clear out steam.
  • Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture.

-Basement:

When people think basements, they think mold. While they’re notorious for moisture buildup, mold prevention strategies for basements are the most hands-off of any room. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Add an automatic dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.
  • Clear out the clutter, as it can hide mold easily.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent bursting and leaks.
  • Examine the foundation for water seepage regularly.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz will be happy to help, call us at 845-255-4334!

Cleaning up after hoarding in a Kingston/New Paltz property, not as easy as you think!

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

An ideal spot for rodents, insects and other pests to take up shelter.

How much do you know about hoarding? Unfortunately for those affected, it’s a dangerous issue that increases the risk of fires, mold, and any number of other hazards.

But what is hoarding? This serious mental illness, a subtype of OCD, causes people to accumulate possessions, ultimately disrupting their daily lives, routines, and environments to satisfy their compulsions.

The International OCD Foundation estimates that as many as 1 in 50 people display behaviors on the hoarding spectrum.

As possessions and even waste products pile up, they can present fire hazards, become and even cover up mold growth or rodents.

Own a space that’s been impacted by hoarding and not sure what to do? Call in the professionals, who can clean up the property and ensure it’s safely rehabbed for future use.

What Cleanup Involves

Cleaning up after hoarding requires special consideration. You’ll need a professional team to complete a comprehensive protocol that mitigates any potential hazards.

Removal of Items

This is the cleaning phase—it involves sweeping the space of the objects and refuse that have piled up over time. Other items in the space may have become contaminated and need to be removed or even discarded.

Because these items can become hazardous over time, professionals will ensure safe removal.

Removal of Dangerous Substances

Hoarding can hide dangerous health-related hazards, including toxic mold and other pathogens, along with insects, rodents and other pests.

Ensure you are safely cleaning the space by partnering with a team of professionals educated in safe removal principles and outfitted in the appropriate safety gear.

Complete Cleaning

Once the clutter and debris are removed and the space is cleared, a professional team will then deep-clean the area. During this stage, they’ll work to remove all residue and odors to ensure it is ready to use in the future.

In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team at SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz at (845)831-3600 and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

Mold: Basic Facts for Homeowners

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-255-4334 or your mold remediation needs!

Almost every homeowner and renter has encountered the problem of mold. Unfortunately, it’s a widespread problem in many households. Because mold is common, you might think that a common solution is all you need. But that’s not the case. Often, a mold issue requires professional services to be dealt with effectively.

This blog has helpful information about mold so that you can decide if and when to call for a professional to help.

First, you should know that mold can be dangerous. Mold spores are airborne - so there may be more present than what you can actually see. You might be aware of this if you have a mold allergy, but mold can also cause other serious respiratory problems and can also irritate the skin.

Mold can grow in unexpected places - like walls. Most susceptible to mold growth is drywall. Untreated drywall that’s more porous is an easy place for mold to grow. Mold in the walls can cause significant upheaval. If the colony has grown more than 10 sq. feet, that section of the wall will probably have to be removed.

All that mold needs to grow is water and/or humidity. This means that your bathroom is the most likely breeding ground. Often mold can be found at the bottom of your shower liner or in between shower tiles. Other common spots for mold include damp basements, crawlspaces, and leaky attics.

If you have a recurring mold problem, call SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz. SERVPRO® can make it like it never even happened.

Preventing Mold After Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Patlz

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-831-3600 for help with your mold remediation!

Water damage is devastating in any situation. Because it can damage your home and all of its contents, it can pose unique risks and health hazards during the cleanup process.

One of those dangerous health hazards is mold growth. The CDC lists many negative symptoms of mold exposure, and after moisture seeps in, it can begin growing in the first 24 hours.

If you’re concerned about mold growth after water damage, here are the steps you can take to help stop mold in its tracks.

Before You Begin

  • Never re-enter before you are sure all water has receded and officials have deemed it safe.
  • Take photos and video of the damage for insurance purposes, including all damage done to furniture and walls.

Begin Drying Right Away

  • Enlist the help of fans, dehumidifiers and heaters to speed up drying time.
  • Open windows and doors if weather allows.
  • Before the professional cleanup crew arrives, vacuum up what you can with a heavy-duty, outdoor vacuum.

Sort Items Exposed to Floodwater

  • Any porous material—this includes wood, upholstery and paper of any kind—can trap mold and should be discarded.
  • Metal, plastic and glass can often be cleaned, disinfected and reused as they are not absorbent.
  • It is important to note that drying carpet will not necessarily remove mold spores once they begin to grow.

Consult a Professional Immediately

Mold sometimes causes foul odors and discolorations, but can often lurk unnoticed long before it is seen. While carpets damaged from floodwaters may be able to be salvaged, experts recommend a replacement of the carpet pad in most situations.

While replacing the carpet pad alone is more cost-effective than re-carpeting the entire home, a professional will have to be consulted to make sure this will suffice in your situation.

If you need help after water damage and/or mold growth, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz can help you restore your home back to normal.

Tips for Preventing Mold, Room by Room | SERVPRO® of Western Dutchess County

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call 845-255-4334 for your mold remediation needs!

In any home, moisture and dampness are impossible to avoid. Mold spores are resilient, and any moisture from faucets, pipes or steam accumulation will encourage them to take up residence if they are able.

Thankfully, you can prevent mold from finding a spot in your home through a bit of preparation.

We’re no strangers to mold remediation, so we’re familiar with the many surprising places it can take hold. Having a mold infestation is stressful, so we’re going room by room to help you keep your home clear.

###Laundry Room:

A typical laundry room isn’t the site of standing moisture, but piping and laundry machines themselves can mask the growth of mold. To stop growth in its tracks:

  • Check the connection between pipes and machines for leaks often.
  • Remove clothes from the machine immediately after the cycle ends.
  • Keep doors to the washer and dryer open after each use.
  • Check the dryer vents—lint can encourage mold to spawn.

###Bathroom:

There’s a lot of moisture in the bathroom, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of mold’s favorite rooms. Thankfully, preventing mold in the bathroom is just a few habits away:

  • Re-seal tile grout annually to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Replace curtain liners and launder shower curtains regularly.
  • Use a vent fan or window to clear out steam.
  • Keep a squeegee handy to remove excess moisture.

###Basement:

When people think basements, they think mold. While they’re notorious for moisture buildup, mold prevention strategies for basements are the most hands-off of any room. Here’s how to keep your underground mold-free:

  • Add an automatic dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low.
  • Clear out the clutter, as it can hide mold easily.
  • Insulate pipes to prevent bursting and leaks.
  • Examine the foundation for water seepage regularly.

If you need help with mold prevention or remediation, our team of experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County will be happy to help!

Does your Ulster County home have mold?

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growing on walls of Kingston, NY home. This was caused by a broken pipe that as not fixed properly during the winter season.

Mold Concerns? Let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz 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 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 – 845-255-4334

Mold: What To Do Until Help Arrives

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

What is mold? What do I do if I find mold? Call SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to help!

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

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If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz at 845-255-4334 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.

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

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Let trained professionals at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz remediate the mold in your home or office!

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We at SERVPRO understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

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When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  1. Emergency Contact - (845) 255-4334
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Ulster County Residents: Follow these Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

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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 Kingston/New Paltz 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 Kingston/New Paltz 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 –  845-255-4334

Does your Ulster County home have a mold problem?

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Mold growing on the walls of a home.

Mold Concerns? Let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz 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 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 – 845-255-4334