Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Do You Think Your Commercial Business Has Mold Growth?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham is prepared to detect and eliminate mold growth!

Any commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Gresham commercial business if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a 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 business through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors.
  • 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 you believe your commercial property contains mold, call us today! (503)665-7752

Uncertain if it's Mold? Call SERVPRO of Gresham For An Inspection!

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

If you believe you've found Mold Growth but not sure, call SERVPRO of Gresham today! 

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your Gresham home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. 

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they 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. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. 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.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – 503-665-7752

Wood Village Home or Business Mold Issues

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help with mold questions and issues.

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.

Call us today 503-665-7752

Mold in your Fairview Home

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help with mold.

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.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Gresham with your mold issues. 503-665-7752

How Do I Know If I Have Mold in my Troutdale Home?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

One of the many questions SERVPRO of Gresham gets on a regular basis is “How do I know if I have mold?”

Mold requires moisture and a food source to grow such as wallpaper, drywall or other organic building materials. In most cases, mold grows from having high humidity in your home or business, a non-ventilated bathroom or a recent water loss. However, if you believe that you do have mold growing in your home or business it is best to have a qualified environmental lab take samples. An environmental lab will be able to explain the testing process and provide results based off of the samples taken from your home. Based off of those results, they provide recommendations on how the mold would need remediation. Then, SERVPRO of Gresham can take those results and recommendations to properly re-mediate the home or business of any microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (503) 665-7752 available 24/7!

Different Types of Mold

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

From the Ordinary 

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. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods, and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). Even though some forms of mold can pass value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To the Unhealthy 

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusion 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 are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide a food source for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health hazard for your family and pets. 

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752 for 24/7 assistance!!

Fairview Home Mold Remediation Facts

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

6 Mold Remediation Facts From Your Local SERVPRO of Gresham 

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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.

Don't hesitate to call us at any time, 24/7 at (503) 665-7752

Mold Prevention in the Gresham Area

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever gotten mold in your home or business?

The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house to mold growth and it is very easy for mold to occur there if preventative actions are not taken. It is important to keep kitchens mold free because this is the same space in which food is prepared and consuming mold can be harmful. Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is quite simple and it only takes a few preventative actions to ensure that your kitchen is safe, otherwise you may need a professional mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The kitchen has a higher level of moisture in it than most other rooms of the house and as a result, surfaces such as the wall may become moldy. If there is some mold growth on the wall, make sure to remove it and keep an eye on that area as mold is likely to grow back in the same spot if the humidity rises again.

  • One option for preventing mold growth on the walls is using mold resistant paint which is water resistant and will prevent mold from penetrating through the painted layer. Adding mold resistant paint to your kitchen will also rejuvenate the look of the kitchen walls.
  • Another way to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen is to make sure your kitchen is dry and free of standing water. As you do the dishes or clean up the kitchen, water can get into small spaces around the sink which increases the risk of mold. It is important to dry the water from these hidden places as they are the most likely places for mold to grow with or without the excess water. After you clean your kitchen, use a separate towel to dry the water from the counters, cracks, floor, and other areas that are wet.
  • Humidity is another common cause of mold growth and limiting the humidity within the kitchen will greatly decrease the risk. The best way to keep the humidity down within the kitchen is by opening the windows and making sure there is always good ventilation. It is important to remember that excess moisture, standing water, or high humidity is at the root of every mold outbreak and the key to keeping your kitchen mold free is eliminating each of these sources. Keeping mold out of your kitchen will not only contribute to a cleaner space but also make it a safer place to prepare food.

If you do happen to find more mold than you can safely clean yourself, contact a professional such as SERVPRO of Gresham.

Does Your East Side Business Have Mold?

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gresham can help when mold strikes in your Gresham business!

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. 

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Gresham can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Gresham at (503) 665-7752!

Mold Cleanup Along the Columbia River

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling

Do you know the difference between mold removal verse remediation?

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 understand mold and mold growth. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels. SERVPRO of Gresham has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Our mold remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (503) 665-7752
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Do you have signs of mold in your home? Call us today! – (503) 665-7752

How to Prevent Mold from Growing on Your Gresham Property

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold under kitchen sink

Mold growth can be common in Oregon; do you know how to prevent it?

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Some household situations that lead to mold growth include:

  1. Clogged gutters and downspouts
  2. Leaky plumbing
  3. Leaky roofs
  4. Using hot water without venting the steam to outdoor air.

Also, when indoor air is warmer than outdoor air, moisture can collect on cold surfaces like single pane windows, uninsulated walls, pipes and roofs.

Ways of preventing household mold:

  • Install double-pane windows or insulation to keep moisture from collecting on cold surfaces.
  • Inspect and repair leaks in roofs, gutters, foundations and plumbing.
  • If you rent, consider taking pictures of moisture problems and documenting the situation with your landlord.

Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to remediate your Gresham home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

Have You Found Mold in Your Wood Village Home or Business?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

What Causes Mold in East Side Commercial or Residential Structures? 

Molds can germinate in a warm, moist environment where a food source is present. How fast growth occurs depends on the combination of conditions. Spores can begin to grow after only 12

hours in some conditions and some can grow into colonies in 24 to 48 hours. Houses offer a large food supply—drywall, wood, insulation, indoor dirt, and paper. When these materials become damp or wet, settled spores can become growing molds. Water damages offer opportunities for molds to grow and multiply, since moisture and humidity levels are increased in a structure that has had water damage. Conditions that encourage mold growth are:

  • Food source. Molds feed on organic materials in a structure: wood, paper, drywall, insulation, natural fibers, and indoor dirt that often has organic matter in it.
  • Temperature. The common molds found in buildings generally grow best in typical building temperatures between 68° and 86° F. Some molds can grow at very cold or very hot temperatures.
  • Moisture. Most molds need lots of moisture, but some molds can survive in relative humidity’s as low as 65%. These molds are a particular problem to the restoration industry. To reduce mold growth, indoor relative humidity should be maintained below 60%.

If you have spotted mold in your home or business and are in need of remediation, call SERVPRO of Gresham today!

What Causes Microbial Growth in Gresham Area Homes?

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Microbial growth in garage ceiling cavity.

Are you experiencing microbial growth in your home?

Microbes are a vital part of the ecosystem and necessary for life. Microbes are everywhere, even within our indoor environments, but under certain conditions they also may become a threat to human health. Microbial growth in indoor environments should be controlled. Microbes are living organisms that pollute our environment, contaminating the air or water.

Microbes include viruses, bacteria and fungi.

  • Fungi are organisms that digest materials in their surroundings to get nutrients rather than eating (like animals) or making food (like plants). Fungi are typically multicellular, meaning they have many cells.
  • Bacteria live in soil, water, and organic matter. Like fungi, bacteria absorb surrounding materials, but bacteria are normally single celled.
  • Viruses are the simplest microbes and lack many of the abilities of bacteria and fungi. Viruses grow, multiply, and cause diseases in living things. They can only grow and multiply inside a living entity.

If you have questions regarding microbial growth in your home, call SERVPRO of Gresham today at (503) 665-7752!

What To Do When You Find Mold in Your Troutdale Home or Business

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

When mold strikes at your Troutdale property, call SERVPRO of Gresham!

SERVPRO of Gresham's is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our team of Highly Trained Mold Remediation Technicians are Here to Help when you find growth in your home or business! Our specialized mold remediation equipment and IICRC certifications and training will help us to make it "Like it never even happened".

If you find mold at your home or business, there are a few safety precautions you should take until SERVPRO of Gresham arrives to help.

  1. Stay out of the affected area if possible.
  2. Do not blow air in the affected area (fans, vacuums, etc.), as this may spread the spores causing more growth.
  3. Turn off heating an cooling systems.
  4. Never try to clean up the growth yourself.

For more information on our Mold Remediation and Restoration Services, click HERE or call us today at (503) 665-7752 to set up an inspection.

Suspect Mold? Call SERVPRO of Gresham For an Inspection!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

If you have found or suspect mold growth at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Gresham today!

(503) 665-7752

At SERVPRO of Gresham we understand mold and mold growth. We have the training, expertise and quality equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business. Our Mold Remediation Technicians are certified by the IICRC and continuously expand their knowledge of the trade. For more information on the training our technicians receive go HERE.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -(503) 665-7752
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Call and set up an inspection today at(503) 665-7752 or for more information on our Mold Remediation Services click HERE.

Think you Might Have Black Mold in your Multnomah County Home or Business?

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

What is Black Mold?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Many people ask us how you can tell if it's Black Mold. Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Gresham immediately at (503) 665-7752

 

 

Does Your Gresham Home Have a Mold Problem?

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Although it is impossible to remove all mold from a home or business, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration companies will advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all the mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following facts on mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may even enter your home through windows, doors or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride 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 or irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, and sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often causes a strong, musty odor that 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 asses your property and use our specialized training, equipment and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

 

For more information on our mold remediation services visit www.SERVPROgresham.com/mold-remediation.

 

If you see any signs of mold, call us today at - (503) 665-7752  OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Tips to Help Prevent Mold

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Let's face it, we live in the Pacific Northwest and well... it is wet. We got a group of people together to discuss how they cope with the damp weather we have and asked for their helpful tips for preventing mold growth in their home. Here are some of the great tips we got :

1. Humidity control. This really is number one in the Pacific Northwest!

2. Fix any and all leaks right away. Water is amazing, it can travel and fast; you may never know its there.

3. Use exhaust fans. Especially in your bathrooms and kitchens.

4. Clean! Clean! Clean! Be sure to clean regularly and get those hard to reach places that could be damp and you don't even know it.

5. Call SERPVRO of Gresham whenever you come across something that could be mold or water damaged. Or visit our website at SERVPROgresham.com

MOLD

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be a scary thing when you find it in your home. If you have pets and small children it can make you worry more. Your health is the most important thing you have. Be sure to take care of it. You may be great at doing things around the house, but if you find mold do not try to remove it yourself. Unless, you are certified and you have the proper equipment. You can put you and your family at serious health risks if not done properly. You may also create more work down the line for your home. Call SERVPRO of Gresham for you mold needs. We specialize in mold remediation and are certified and trained in giving you the best service in Gresham. Visit our website for more information. SERVPROgresham.com

#heretohelp

IICRC! Mold! SERVPRO Of Gresham!

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

What does IICRC, mold, and SERVPRO of Gresham have in common? We all want to make sure we clean your water damaged home or business correctly so you do not get mold growth. SERVPRO of Gresham technicians are IICRC certified when it comes to mold. SERVPRO of Gresham takes the words of IICRC directly from their website: 

"Mold remediation is a critical part of a technician’s job and is perhaps the main reason professionals should receive detailed instruction before handling a work site. Mold growth is a major threat in any home that has harbored standing water, and it can cause severe health problems with prolonged exposure. Looking for mold and safely removing it should only be done by trained professionals. If not done correctly, a technician may leave mold behind, which will eventually spread and compromise other parts of the home."

Please visit our website for more information on mold at SERVPROgresham.com

Also visit the IICRC website to learn more about what it takes to become certified and clean your home or business correctly at iicrc.org

Mold In Your Car

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

As a member of the Marketing team, we were talking about how we spend a lot of time in our cars. We might as well live in our cars, some say. We said we should market other marketers. Some people do not have time to clean out their cars (or just don't). We realized how easy you could actually get mold in your car. Our discussion lead to how can we help people that get mold in their cars, here is what we came up with:

Clean your car. Put it in your calendar if you must! | Clean up spills immediately, do not let that coffee spill sit for a week. | Use a lid on your drinks, we know you want the coffee to cool down, but keep the lid on to prevent spills. | Keep extra dry clothing or shoes in your car along with a bag for wet ones, (and do not leave the bag of wet shoes or clothing in your car. It will smell and become musty and can lead to mold) | Don't let others eat and drink in your car. | Detail and Clean your car. If you smell something musty or damp smelling, try to find the source. If you cannot find it call SERVPRO of Gresham. We specialize in mold and smells in buildings as well as your cars.

SERVPROgresham.com/mold-remediation

Is Mold Covered by Insurance? SERVPRO of Gresham #HeretoHelp

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (503) 665-7752

                Is Mold Covered by Insurance Policies?

Insurance? Much of the damage that mold causes is not covered by homeowner insurance policies. If you file a claim for water damage, but you don’t take steps to deal with further damage caused by the water (such as the growth of mold) then you could forfeit the money from your claim. The SERVPRO of Gresham Team can help you with this problem.

                 When Is Mold Remediation Covered?

We can inspect your premises for you, determining the extent of the water damage and if you need to be worried about mold growth. We also recommend that you have the air tested for mold spores when water damage occurs.

The EPA has established a set of guidelines detailing information you should know about mold.

1. Mold can cause asthma flare-ups, allergic reactions, breathing problems and much more.

2. You cannot get completely get rid of mold spores in the air. But you can limit their presence with moisture control.

3. Mold is caused by moisture, and getting rid of the moisture problem is the first step toward mold remediation.

4. Start with the water source to fix your mold problem.

5. Decrease humidity levels in your home to prevent mold growth. Also ensure you have proper ventilation to keep mold spores from taking root.

6. Get rid of damp spots as soon as possible after water damage occurs.

7. Mold should be thoroughly cleaned with detergent, and some porous material may need to be replaced.

8. Seal and insulate doors and crevices to ensure that condensation does not get inside your home.

9. Do not place carpet in areas with a continual moisture presence. This includes near drinking fountains and in the bathroom.

10. Mold can grow pretty much anywhere, and all they need is water and nutrients, the latter of which they can get from carpet, drywall and wood.

Fixing the Problem

If you want to handle mold growth, you should start by preventing it from growing in the first place.  You don’t want to remediate the mold yourself, unless you are a professional. When water damage happens to your home, have experts dry the area thoroughly and get all the water out. With no water present, the mold cannot grow.

SERVPRO of Gresham- #HeretoHelp

How to Prevent Mold

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house to mold growth and it is very easy for mold to occur there if preventative actions are not taken. It is important to keep kitchens mold free because this is the same space in which food is prepared and consuming mold can be harmful. Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is quite simple and it only takes a few preventative actions to ensure that your kitchen is safe, otherwise you may need a professional mold remediation service like SERVPRO of Gresham.

The kitchen has a higher level of moisture in it than most other rooms of the house and as a result, surfaces such as the wall may become moldy. If there is some mold growth on the wall, make sure to remove it and keep an eye on that area as mold is likely to grow back in the same spot if the humidity rises again. One option for preventing mold growth on the walls is using mold resistant paint which is water resistant and will prevent mold from penetrating through the painted layer. Adding mold resistant paint to your kitchen will also rejuvenate the look of the kitchen walls.

Another way to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen is to make sure your kitchen is dry and free of standing water. As you do the dishes or clean up the kitchen, water can get into small spaces around the sink which increases the risk of mold. It is important to dry the water from these hidden places as they are the most likely places for mold to grow with or without the excess water. After you clean your kitchen, use a separate towel to dry the water from the counters, cracks, floor, and other areas that are wet.

Humidity is another common cause of mold growth and limiting the humidity within the kitchen will greatly decrease the risk. The best way to keep the humidity down within the kitchen is by opening the windows and making sure there is always good ventilation. It is important to remember that excess moisture, standing water, or high humidity is at the root of every mold outbreak and the key to keeping your kitchen mold free is eliminating each of these sources. Keeping mold out of your kitchen will not only contribute to a cleaner space but also make it a safer place to prepare food. If you do happen to find more mold than you can safely clean yourself, contact a professional such as SERVPRO of Gresham.