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Mold Growth During Summer and Spring

Mold Growth During Summer and Spring

April showers bring May flowers to Utah along with a lot of extra moisture that can breed mold spores both outside and in your home. While the Spring and Summer seasons bring significant seasonal allergies to many, most of us don’t realize mold can cause allergies too and in some cases, a reaction known as mold illness. With allergy-like symptoms, mold illness can severely affect those with a weakened immune system and respiratory issues.

If you or someone in your family experiences allergy-like symptoms that do not respond to allergy prevention medication, you will want to take the time to look for possible signs of mold growth during Summer and Spring in and around your home.

Signs of Mold Growth in Warm Weather

If you suspect mold growth in your home that may be causing unexplained allergy-like symptoms like dry, scaly skin and irritated eyes, nose and throat you should investigate areas that are susceptible to mold. Begin your search with these questions:

  • Has there been a recent water leak?
  • Is there a musty smell coming from the attic or basement?

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you could have warm weather mold growth. Take some time to inspect the following common places in and around your home to get a good idea of where mold colonies may be flourishing:

  • High Humidity Rooms like the Kitchen, Bathrooms & Laundry Room
  • In the Basement or Crawl Space
  • Attic (especially if there has been a leak in the roof)
  • Around Windows
  • Near Pipes or Ductwork

If you suspect mold without being able to see it due to a musky odor or unexplained allergy-like symptoms, you may have hidden mold. Mold can also grow in the following places:

  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Under Wallpaper
  • Within Drywall
  • In Heating or AC Vents (do not run your HVAC if you suspect mold growth)

Mold requires a sustained moist environment and organic matter to feed on. Those who may be predisposed to developing mold illness can become sick with even mild exposure and can even affect your pets. If you locate mold growth or suspect mold but cannot see it, do not hesitate to call a professional mold removal expert with the experience and specialized equipment to identify mold, access the infestation and safely remove it from your home.

Control Mold in Your Home

Since moisture is key for mold growth, moisture control is your key to combat it. Improper ventilation along with high humidity will contribute to mold growth in the Spring and Summer months in The Beehive State. With regular housekeeping and proper maintenance of your heating and AC unit, you are helping to prevent the growth of mold and helping to sustain good indoor air quality.

Homeowners with high-humidity problem areas can use a portable dehumidifier to keep mold at bay. Using your central AC unit during the humid months of Spring and the hot months of Summertime can either be helpful for reducing indoor humidity or may actually be contributing to the problem. An oversized AC unit may cool your home faster, but it will not remove as much moisture as a unit that is proportionate to the size of your house. Optimal air distribution and adequate ventilation are vital for maintaining good air quality and preventing mold growth. (h4) If moisture is an ongoing problem in your home, you may consider adding a dehumidifier to your central AC to stabilize indoor air quality.

Preventing Mold in Your Home

By eliminating water sources in damp places, you are proactively eliminating possible mold growth. Diligently removing the source of water for mold prevention is the best way to prevent harmful and potentially dangerous mold growth. Here are a few common problem areas, in and around your home, to keep an eye on or check regularly for moisture:

  • Indoor Humidity Control -The humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50%. If humidity is a concern, the use of a humidity gauge and a humidifier will help you monitor and maintain indoor humidity levels.
  • Air Circulation – Our homes can become humid from everyday activities like showering, cooking, and cleaning. You can increase air circulation and decrease humidity by running bathroom vents, opening windows and doors on warm, low-humid days.
  • Window Condensation – Storm windows or quality windows with insulated glass can help to prevent window condensation problems.
  • Condensation in Ducts – HVAC ducts with excess moisture should be repaired or replaced if there is a condensation problem. The surrounding insulation will also need to be replaced if it is wet.
  • Recent Leaks – After you have experienced a leak anywhere in your home, it is a good idea to make sure all water is removed immediately to help prevent mold. Common household leaks include:
    • Roof Leaks
    • Plumbing Leaks
    • Leaks in the Basement
    • AC Drain Leaks
    • Foundation Leaks
  • Blocked Gutters – Bi-annually cleaning out your gutters and downspouts will help prevent water accumulation.
  • Sitting Water Under the House – After the rainy season, it is a good idea to check the crawl space for excess moisture. Some homeowners apply black plastic to the ground under the house to help reduce humidity during the humid Spring months.

Prevent Exposure to Mold Outdoors

You can reduce your exposure to molds outdoors by avoiding areas with high humidity. Individuals with sensitive respiratory systems may experience problems in environments that you have no control over like barns, cellars, lumber mills and the beach or woods. Here are a few suggestions to keep outside moisture down in areas around your home to help prevent mold growth:

  • Keep garbage cans clean and out of the elements to prevent moisture from accumulating.
  • Avoid cutting damp grass.
  • Cleaning out gutters and drains will help prevent indoor humidity through leaks and removes the damp debris that mold grows in.
  • Limit your exposure to obvious sources of mold like compost bins, piles of decomposing debris and damp soil.
  • Keep the grass and shrubs trimmed, especially around your home’s foundation.
  • Increase sun exposure by keeping trees pruned. Prune and cut trees to increase sun exposure.
  • Try to limit your exposure by avoiding outdoor activities on rainy or windy days when harmful mold spores will likely get stirred-up.

Keep Your Family Safe with Utah Flood Cleanup

Since 1992, Utah Flood Cleanup has been providing residential and commercial property owners with disaster clean-up including mold removal and repair from mold damage. Our team of highly-trained specialists will help locate, identify and eradicate mold and mold spores from your home. Contact Us or call our mold removal professionals at 801-416-2666 for your free mold removal phone consultation and free estimate. We back our work with a 5-Year Guarantee and provide flexible financing options. We are available 24/7 to help with your disaster emergency and get your life back to normal.

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Mold Removal Do’s and Don’ts

Mold Removal Do’s and Don’ts

You’ve made a horrifying discovery – mold in your home! You’re searching online to figure out what to do now. Well, don’t panic, we have compiled a list of Mold Removal Do’s and Don’ts to help educate you and point you in the right direction for help. It is important to know that mold found in your home can be hazardous to your health and potentially cause severe structural damage.

The good news? We are here to help; contact the trained and certified professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup to test your home for hidden mold colonies and eradicate the mold and mold spores from your home. In the meantime, take a look at what you should and shouldn’t do:

  • Do open up the windows and doors to let in the fresh air and improve indoor air quality. A cross draft will help drop humidity levels and promote circulation. Plus, since mold thrives in dark and warm environments, it will shrivel and die from sun exposure.
  • Don’t DIY mold removal! You could contaminate more areas in your home by releasing airborne mold spores. If cleanup is not thorough or mishandled you could be putting your health and that of your family or pets at great risk.
  • Do run a dehumidifier to help reduce humidity levels. Ideally Relative Humidity (RH) should be between 30% – 50% but not over 60%. Utah averages 55% RH annually, with the highest humidity from November to February.
  • Don’t use bleach. It seems like a logical solution and will kill live mold on non-porous surfaces, but not the airborne spores. Surfaces with porous materials, like wood or drywall need further remediation to completely neutralize mold.
  • Do keep pets, kids and yourself away from the affected area. Prolonged exposure to mold may lead to the development of, or aggravate symptoms of asthma in some kids. Pets are also vulnerable to respiratory and pulmonary difficulties from mold exposure.
  • Don’t run a fan over affected surfaces. It will stir up mold spores and blow them to other areas of your home, increasing contamination. However, a built-in bathroom fan is recommended to keep moisture down and prevent mildew/mold from forming.
  • Do take a break from housework, around the mold that is. Avoid vacuuming or disturbing the area in any way. Leave the hard work to the pros. With specialized knowledge and equipment, Utah Flood Cleanup will locate and remediate mold, spores and contain the water source for you.
  • Don’t think that a coat of paint or caulk can fix the problem. Dangerous mold particles will remain. Because the mold is still living, paint or varnish will not adhere properly and begin to peel, exposing the mold again.
  • Do educate yourself about mold prevention to avoid another mold infestation in the future. We recommend applying these tips: keep the bathroom dry, use exhaust fans, fix any leaks as soon as possible and keep the basement free from clutter.
  • Don’t sleep in a room where you’ve found mold. Even moderate exposure to toxic mold spores will pose health risks for those with respiratory problems and those with a weak immune system. Health complications from prolonged exposure can also affect otherwise healthy individuals.
  • Do turn on the air conditioner in hot summer months. Keep your AC at 77 degrees to keep mold from flourishing and your home comfortable. Running exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen will also help keep both the temperature and humidity levels down.

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Most importantly Don’t ignore the problem, and please Do contact an experienced disaster cleanup professional. Utah Flood Cleanup uses the most advanced equipment and techniques to make sure things are done right the first time, in fact – we guarantee it! We are available 24/7 at 801-876-5225 for your FREE phone consultation and FREE inspection for insurance covered disasters.

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3 Things that Can Cause Summertime Mold and Our Top Tips to Prevent it

3 Things that Can Cause Summertime Mold and Our Top Tips to Prevent it

Summertime: lemonade, swimming pools, and…mold? If you’ve found it, you’re not alone. Many homeowners find they have a problem with mold in the warmth of summer. If mold is a problem in your home, the professional mold removal specialists at Utah Flood Cleanup can help today. Below are some things to keep in mind that can cause mold in the summer.

Mold-Makers: Three Things to Watch

1. Sprinklers

How does the earth slope: down and away from your home’s foundation? That outward downslope helpfully drains rain away from your foundation. Otherwise, be sure no water is pooling up, particularly from sprinklers. Should water collect around the home’s foundation or seep into the basement, you could discover substantial mold growth.

2. Leaky Swamp Coolers 

Evaporative coolers—called swamp coolers—offer an eco-friendly, low-cost alternative to central AC. Swamp coolers work best when circulating air from an open window; this circulation makes for fresher air than traditional air conditioning, which requires an airtight room. Evaporative cooling, though, naturally humidifies dry air. And the coolers typically develop rust spots—check for them—that can eventually leak and cause mold. Molds can grow on the cooler pads, so check for that too.

3. Blocked Gutters; Leaky Downspouts

Be sure your downspouts are taking water away from the house (you may need extensions).

Also, Have the landscaper clear your gutters of foliage.

Top Tips for Summer Mold Prevention

  • Be Sure Your Air Conditioner’s Cooling Capacity isn’t Too High

This one surprises people. An oversized air conditioning unit can result in poor dehumidification. Avoid having the air cool so quickly that the system shuts off before the air is well dehumidified. Is your indoor humidity approaching or more than 60%? Then your AC isn’t properly dehumidifying the air. You can buy a hygrometer to monitor indoor humidity, then can take steps if needed to reduce moisture and prevent mold growth.

  • Cool Your Home During the Summer Heat

Mold flourishes at 77 degrees Fahrenheit and up.

  • Keep Your Bathrooms Dry

Don’t install carpeting in the bathrooms. Small throw rugs are better as they don’t retain much moisture, and they’re easily washed and dried. Turn on the exhaust fan or open the window slightly when taking a bath or shower, to keep the steam from humidifying your home.

  • Use Your Exhaust Fans

Actually, do this all year. Like showering, cooking can produce humidity. Run your stovetop fan to release extra humidity outside. Be sure your clothes dryer exhaust air also goes outside the house.

  • Keep Your Basement and Attic Free of Clutter Such as Cardboard, Fabrics, and Newspapers 

Any dampness on these materials will form a perfect base for mold.

  • Deal with Any Visible Mold or Musty Smells Promptly

Neglected mold issues will spread. If you can’t see mold, but can detect a musty smell, mold might be growing behind walls or under the carpeting. It needs professional attention now, before it gets worse.

  • Fix Any Leaks or Wet Spots in the Home Upon Discovering Them

It’s simple: moisture leads to mold and mildew problems. Within 24 to 48 hours after an enclosed area gets wet, mold can take hold.

Why Mold Remediation Is Important

Mold is a health hazard. Black mold worsens the symptoms of allergies. Mycotoxins emitted by mold can, in some people, create serious—even incurable—illnesses. And in summer, people with respiratory issues might experience a worsening of the symptoms, because of mold spores.

Summer Mold Removal with Utah Flood Cleanup 

If you’ve discovered indoor mold in your home or business, contact our mold remediation professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup today. We have extensive experience in safe mold remediation and are Utah’s #1 disaster cleanup company.

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What to Do if Mold is Discovered in Your Commercial Building

What to Do if Mold is Discovered in Your
Commercial Building

You Have Found Mold in Your Commercial Building, Now What?

You or someone else have discovered mold within your commercial property. This is the last thing you expected to deal with, but it should now be your top priority. Once mold gets inside and begins to grow, it spreads quickly, as mold spores attach to surfaces and the fungi start to grow in 48 hours. Exposure to damp environments causes mold to grow and spread. This can trigger health issues in some people and can affect those who work or conduct business in your commercial building.

Mold growth may occur in buildings or on building materials including carpet, ceiling tile, insulation, paper, wallboard, wood, surfaces behind wallpaper, or in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

The source of moisture in buildings is commonly due to leaks, flooding, poorly vented kitchens, showers, combustion appliances and steam pipes.

OSHA regulations contain guidelines that remediation experts follow to ensure safety and full decontamination. Contact the mold remediation professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup immediately to get the mold removed and to prevent it from returning. Some molds can be extremely harmful. Let the professionals do their job and avoid unnecessary health risks. Call Utah Flood Cleanup 24/7 at 801-416-2666 and receive assistance right away.

Basic Steps of Mold Remediation

Once you contact Utah Flood Cleanup for your mold cleanup, the process will already be less daunting. All contractors will follow the basic steps outlined below, which are required by the EPA.

  • A mold remediation specialist will test for the type of mold and locate the source.
  • We will repair water leaks or the source of moisture to prevent further contamination.
  • Utah Flood Cleanup will contain the areas where mold is growing, such as doorways, windows or entrances.
  • We remove any damp articles which will have to be cleaned or discarded. This includes small items such as books and papers as well as larger, structural elements that need to be assessed, such as drywall, insulation and ceiling tiles.
  • We thoroughly clean up moldy areas using chemicals that will kill the mold.
  • Next, we dry the impacted and surrounding areas, which may be done with floor fans or may require specialized equipment, such as wet vacuums and HEPA vacuums, based on the level of damage. The important thing is to ensure all moisture has evaporated to prevent the mold from recurring.
  • Finally, a mold removal professional will test the area to ensure the mold is gone.

Mold Effects on Health

A major reason to get rid of mold is that it can be very dangerous to the health of those occupying your commercial building. According to the CDC, some people are susceptible to mold-induced ailments. These health issues include throat irritation, nasal congestion, coughing, eyes or skin irritation. Children may be especially vulnerable and some adults can develop chronic conditions such as lung infections or obstructions. To prevent illness, the contaminated areas should be avoided until a mold remediation specialist is able to conduct the cleanup.

Safety Tips

Even with the help of professionals, some of the cleanup or restoration of items, such as sensitive documents, may fall to you or those who use the building. It is extremely important to avoid mold contact with your skin and eyes and to avoid breathing it in. For safest results, leave clean up to the experts and discard all impacted items.

Structural Damage Related to Mold

Mold can grow on every conceivable organic surface. All it requires are moisture and oxygen to contaminate wood, food, paper, insulation and carpet. Mold slowly digests what it grows on, which can compromise the material and cause structural damage. In order to control mold, you have to control moisture and humidity in your building.

  • Keep humidity levels under 50 percent.
  • Inspect roofs, pipes and windows for leaks and fix any leaks immediately.
  • Ventilate damp areas such as laundry rooms, kitchens or showers.
  • Promptly and properly repair any leaks or water damage.
  • Check HVAC cooling coils to make sure that drain pans slope toward an obstructed drain.
  • Seal and insulate ducts in the heating and cooling system to prevent condensation.
  • Ensure that carpets and furniture are completely dried after being cleaned. How to Prevent Mold in Your Building

How to Prevent Mold in Your Building

  • Check ventilation system filters regularly to check that they are seated properly. Replace filters on a routine schedule.
  • Fix leaky plumbing
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) clean and unobstructed
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Make sure foundations are dry Provide drainage and slope away from the foundation.

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Call our mold remediation professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup if you have any questions on understanding, preventing or are needing mold safely removed from your commercial property. We are available 24/7 and are so confident in our services, we offer a 100% workmanship guarantee and very affordable financing options! Contact our experienced professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup today to receive your free phone consultation and a free inspection on water damage that is covered by insurance! Dial 801-416-2666 and receive immediate service so we can help you get your business back to normal as soon as possible.

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How to Recognize the Signs of Mold in a Commercial Building

How to Recognize the Signs of Mold
in a Commercial Building 

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Mold spores exist everywhere in our environment and having mold in your commercial building is a fairly common occurrence. However, it is important to recognize the symptoms of mold growth that may indicate you have a mold problem that needs to be addressed.

You may think that since you do not see mold, there is no problem, unfortunately, high levels of mold can be present and can begin causing health issues before you discover evidence of its growth. That is why it is important that if you have symptoms of mold growth, you have them evaluated immediately to not only minimize the damage but protect your employees’ health as well.

How To Recognize The Signs Of Mold

It is always important to be on the lookout for possible signs of mold,

as early detection is important.

Some of the signs of a mold problem include:

A Strange Musty Odor

Mold growth is often hidden by wallpaper, tiles, or other flooring and therefore the smell may be your only way to identify it. Mold will have a very strong musty smell that is usually stronger around the area where mold is hiding. If you notice an odor and cannot identify the source it is possibly mold and you should call for an inspection.

Health Problems

Since mold is often hidden, your first signs may be health issued experienced by you and your employees. These type of symptoms are collectively known as sick building syndrome, which is where multiple people will experience a range of acute symptoms that appear to increase or begin when being in the building.

Some of the symptoms associated with mold problems include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Increase in Allergy Symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Asthma Complications

Sick building syndrome combined with a musty odor is typically a red flag that there is a mold problem present and should be investigated immediately.

Visible Mold or Mildew

It is important to be on the lookout for any visible mold or patches or mildew. While mold can occur anywhere in the building, there are common places that it likes to hide.

To check your building for mold you will want to inspect:

  • Window Sills
  • Ceiling Corners
  • HVAC Drip Pans
  • Wall Switch Plates
  • Tile Grout
  • Wall Paper Seams
  • Anywhere There has Been Water Damage or Leaks

Checking for mildew can be a little more difficult as it has a lighter texture than mold. The texture of mildew is often white and powder-like on commercial buildings. If you notice any white powder on the floors or furniture it should be further inspected.

Water Stains

You will want to investigate any stains on carpets that seem to spread, dark spots on walls and ceiling tiles, and areas on wallpaper where there appears to be bubbling present. Most often mold is associated with consistent water damage that often occurs from roof leaks or leaking pipes. If you have any of these problems in your building they should be repaired and the water damage should be professionally cleaned to prevent the growth of mold.

If your building has had a flood or severe water damage in the past you should notify your inspector as this may help the to determine the root of the mold problem more quickly.

Contact a Professional Mold Remediation Specialist

While mold may be very dangerous to your building and your health, proper steps can be taken to clean up the mold and make your workplace healthy for you and your employees to return.

Steps involved in the remediation process:

  1. Visual inspection to check for any dampness on walls, floors, or ceilings
  2. Laboratory testing of mold samples and air quality check
  3. Mold type determination
  4. Removal of mold contaminated items
  5. Disinfection of the area
  6. Final inspection

If you suspect your commercial or office building has mold damage, let our mold remediation specialists at Utah Flood Cleanup help determine the source of your problem as well as the best course of action. We offer free inspections for water damage incidents that are covered by your insurance and our cleanup services are available 24/7! Along with mold removal, we offer many other services including fire and water damage repair. Dont wait to get your property back to normal! Get fast results with Utah Flood Cleanup today by calling us at (801) 416-2666 for a free assessment. 

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Ways to Identify Dangerous Mold

Ways to Identify Dangerous Mold

There is always mold in our houses. However, it is usually at such low levels that it is of no consequence. However, mold can, at times, be quite harmful, especially if it is in large quantities. One of the first signs that you have a mold problem is if your house begins to smell moldy. It is essential to identify the type of mold in the home to ensure that your family is not at risk and that is where Utah Flood Cleanup can help.

Types of Mold Found in Utah Homes

Types of Molds in Utah: Nondangerous vs Dangerous MoldThe most common mold types on modern homes are:

Aspergillus is an allergenic mold that is found in food and air conditioning systems. It looks like what most people think of as mold: green, cottony, and white at the edges. Cladosporium is another type of mold, which grows mostly on the back of toilets. It can range in color from olive green to brown or black, but is not the infamous “black mold” you need to be scared of. It also grows on air ducts and painted surfaces. Both molds are classified as nontoxic, however they can cause allergic reactions in humans.

Brightly colored mold such as red or orange mold is mostly found outdoors. It grows on decaying matter such as rotting wood. It is harmless to humans. These molds, which are usually slimy, is primarily removed from homes for aesthetic purposes. Another mold that grows in homes is white mold. If you have white mold in the home, it means the problem is in its early stages, and it can be treated with ease.

Dangerous Molds Found in Homes

One of the most dangerous molds to humans is Stachybotrys chartarum, which can lead to long-term illness if not treated. It is often called “black mold,” though it is not the only black mold you can find in Utah homes. It grows indoors and produces toxins called mycotoxins. Contact with these toxins usually ends up in a hospital visit.

The mold will usually have a greenish black appearance. Additionally, it will usually appear to be slimy. However, this may not always be the case. The mold can become dry and powdery when its water source runs out. At that point, it can disperse with ease. It is important to have an expert inspect it. This could save you a lot of money spent on getting rid of a harmless mold species that has a similar appearance to black mold.

Some of the most common symptoms that result from black mold are:

  • Irreversible damage to internal organs
  • Skin inflammation
  • Respiratory problems
  • Hemorrhage
  • Mental impairment
  • Fatigue
  • Suppression of the immune system

Fusarium and Penicillium are also considered toxic. Fusarium ranges from white to dull yellow while Penicillium can include shades of green. These molds are associated with symptoms such as asthma, nail fungus, and infections of internal organs like the heart, liver, and lungs. They can also lead to pulmonary emphysema and edema. Fusarium usually comes from plants or soil while penicillum often comes from spoiled food, but both can grow elsewhere once introduced into a home.

Where to Look for Toxic Mold       

When toxic mold grows, it will usually be in a place that is out of site. Additionally, toxic mold requires a lot of humidity. Thus, if you have experienced floods in the recent past, you should inspect your house for toxic mold. This is also the case if you have recently had a pipe leak inside the walls or in your basement.

What to Do if You Find Mold

When you find mold in your house, you should hire an expert. If the mold affects a large area of your house, you need to vacate the premises until the mold is cleared. This is especially true if you have been experiencing the symptoms of a mold infection.

Call Utah Flood Cleanup for Mold Remediation

If you are in need of a mold clean up company that does the job efficiently, you should contact Utah Food Cleanup. We use modern cleaning methods to reduce the chances of regrowth. Besides mold cleanup, we offer water and fire damage cleanup services. Our cleanup services are available to you 24/7. Call us today at (801) 416-2666. One of our experts will offer you a free consultation over the phone. We also conduct free inspections for all water damage incidents that are covered by the insurance provider.

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How to Identify Mold in Your Home

How to Identify Mold in Your Basement

Identify Mold Types Utah - Identify Mold in Home - Utah Flood CleanupAfter entering a flooded or water damaged basement you can already start to sense that musty smell usually associated with dark, damp basements. That smell may actually be mold growing in just the right conditions. Having a moldy basement can be a major health concern, and can lead to sinus infections and asthma attacks. If you suspect mold growing in your basement, it is a good idea to call the professionals at Utah Flood Cleanup to evaluate the situation and suggest the appropriate course of action.

What is Mold?

Mold is a natural organism that occurs in the environment everywhere you look. When mold enters your home and basement, it can bring with it serious health concerns. It spreads through mold spores, which can be a result of water or flood damage, and can spread through the air. Some of the common types of mold that are typically found in water damaged areas include:

    • AlternariaLike most molds, this mold is most commonly found outside, but can be found in damp places within your home. If your home or basement has been flooded, Alternaria is quite common. Unfortunately, this mold spreads very easily and can cause allergic reactions in people.
    • ChaetomiumThis mold is usually found within the drywall of a water damaged home. It has a musty smell that most people associate with a moldy, damp basement.
    • FusariumMost commonly found in water damaged fabrics, such as carpet or wallpaper, this mold spreads quickly in cooler temperatures. Several health concerns are associated with this mold including asthma, allergic reactions, and respiratory infections. For people that already have a compromised immune system, this mold can be particularly dangerous.
    • PenicilliumEasily identifiable, Penicillium has a characteristic blue/green color. This mold has been known to cause sinus infections in people. Penicillium can spread quickly to fabric surfaces in water damaged homes.
    • UlocladiumIn order for Ulocladium to spread, it requires a great deal of water. This mold is most commonly found within wet wells of homes with very severe water damage. Much of the population is allergic to Ulocladium.

How to Identify if You Have Mold

While being able to see mold is obviously the easiest method of identification, mold can often infect your home long before it shows up to the naked eye. For that reason, it often pays to be wary of other common signs of a mold infection:

  • Smell: if something smells moldy, chances are that it is–just not moldy enough for you to see it
  • Moldy finger- or toenails: athlete’s foot and the like can often come from sweaty shoes, but it can also come from constant exposure to mold at home
  • More allergies: Many molds pollinate at odd times in comparison to plants, so if you are suffering from allergies out of season, it might be from all the mold spores inside your home
  • More illnesses: Even nontoxic molds will suppress your immune system, often allowing viruses or bacteria to have an easier time infecting you

How to Identify Mold Types

While most molds are unsightly and ought to be removed for aesthetic and preventitive purposes (since most molds, even if they are not dangerous, can cause allergic reactions as well as suppress the immune system so that other infections become more likely), the majority are not immediately dangerous. That means that you can take a few days to get any concerning infestations checked out without harm. However, here’s a short list of what to look for

  • Brightly colored molds (usually red or yellow, but also green) are usually the least dangerous to humans
  • Pure white usually means the mold is just starting to grow
  • Dull yellow or a dirty white may indicate a more danerous strain that is either just starting (good) or drying out (bad–this is when they spread the most)
  • Green-blue, green-gray, or green-black are often toxic molds! Get them inspected to be safe
  • Note: while most people know to be afraid of “black mold,” there are actually several “black” molds and not all of them are toxic. It is always better to be on the safe side, however, so get it checked out by a professional

What to Do if You Find Mold

Before a professional comes to your home, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure to turn off any heating or cooling systems in the house that may be spreading the mold spores through the air. Second, be sure to give the mold removal experts a complete and accurate description of what the mold looks like and the environment the mold is in. Having a detailed account of the mold will help the professionals know what to expect and what to prepare for before they arrive to your home.

It is always important to never put yourself at risk attempting to remove mold yourself. While every mold removal company is different, the general procedure for removing mold remains the same. A certified professional will come to your home to provide a visual inspection of the area. Tests will then be conducted to confirm both the type of mold and also the extent to which the mold has spread. The areas that contain mold are disinfected, but some surfaces may be beyond repair, and have to be removed from the home in order to prevent the mold from spreading. After the mold has been safely removed or disinfected, the certified professional may suggest using a HEPA filter. This will ensure that any airborne mold spores are eliminated from the area for good.

Utah Professional Mold Removal Service

Utah Flood Cleanup can tackle any damage caused by floods, fire, or mold. With over 20 years of experience, we can treat residential or commercial buildings. Our experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help decide the course of action that makes the most sense. We offer free telephone consultations and onsite inspections for insurance-covered water damage. For more information, call 801-416-2666 or contact us here.

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The Importance of Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation, Removal, and Prevention

 

Most people are aware that mold can make them and their family sick and overtime can destroy a home or building as well. Mold is a fungus that grows quickly and spreads very easily. It can grow anywhere in the home and even outside on the home as well. If conditions are right, you can guarantee mold is presence or will begin to grow.

Mold can begin to grown within 24 hours. Conditions for mold to grown include darkness, warmth, and moisture. You can notice symptoms of mold before you even see it. If you begin to experience allergies symptoms that include itchy watery eyes, running nose, and congestion, it is likely that you have mold growing in your home.

Due to the fast growing nature of mold, it is in everyone’s best interest to call a mold remediation professional immediately and seek medical attention if you have been exposed.

Mold occurs because of moisture with other conditions that are suitable for the growth of mold. Areas such as the bathroom and kitchen are the most common places.

However, other ares such as those connecting to a ventilation system are at risk as well due to the humidity. If the molded areas of a home have been untreated for a long period of time, they may have to replaced. Although most areas can be saved and cleaned professionally.

Removal

Many people consider taking the matter into their own hands. Most DIY projects include solutions such as bleach or borax to kill the mold. However, this could cost you more money and time in the long run. This household solutions may kill the mold, but they will not prevent it from growing and spreading again. A professional can use products that will kill the mold and prevent it from growing again or spreading any further.

The products that a professional will use are much safer as well. These products can be used on even the surfaces that will come in contact with your food. This coating is specialized to kill and prevent mold growth which is much more effective than over the counter solutions.

Mold RemediationPrevention

If you have had a major leak, you may need water damage repairs as well. Once walls or floors have become soaked, mold will being to grow not long after. Other common areas for mold to grown is in the ceiling of a home.

This is usually due to leaks that have gone unnoticed in the roofing of your home. Even if you have not have not seen mold in your home, you should contact a professional as soon as possible if you begin to have symptoms of allergies without known causes.

Are you looking to refresh your Ogden home with mold remediation and removal? Call Utah Flood Cleanup today at (801) 416-2666, and get the right professionals on the job.

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We had a great experience with Utah Flood Cleanup! They were easy to get a hold of and the lady on the phone was friendly and able to answer all of my questions. The workman arrived on time and was courteous and clean. He did a thorough inspection and was very informative and helpful. We are excited to continue to use this business to help us keep a clean and safe home!
HeavenlyMayhem
HeavenlyMayhem
17:25 23 Oct 20
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
Such a great water damage cleanup company! Their customer service was awesome and help make sure the insurance pays for what they are supposed to and they guarantee their work for 5 years so you can feel good you are getting a quality service. Highly recommend!
Chevelle Garnett
Chevelle Garnett
15:57 24 Mar 20
This team really knows what they are doing! No matter your mess, they have a good solution. Very professional, fast, and friendly, they are great to work with for flood or mold cleanups. I highly recommend Daryl!
Laurie Wall
Laurie Wall
02:44 15 Nov 19
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
We had a serious water damage situation and Utah Flood Cleanup came within one hour and helped us so much. We were so worried, however,, the professional technicians and even the owner (Daryl) were so good to us. They put our mind at ease and fixed our water damage problem with ease. We appreciate them so much and will always recommend them to all of our family and friends.
Kellyann Miles
Kellyann Miles
02:31 08 Jul 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
We had a leaky roof that needed water damage repair. Utah Flood Cleanup did a great job cleaning up the water and drying out the building.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
16:41 28 Jan 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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Disaster Cleanup Frequently Asked Questions


 

At Utah Food Cleanup, we offer water damage cleanup, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold removal, and more to the greater Ogden and SLC area.
Yes, we are licensed in the state of Utah and we hold many certifications, including:
  • IICRC Certified (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification)
  • WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) certification
  • ASD (Applied Structural Drying) certification
  • CDS (commercial drying specialist) certification
  • CMP (certified mold professional) certification
  • RRP (renovation, repair, and painting) certification
Yes, Utah Food Cleanup guarantees all of our work! We offer you a five-year workmanship guarantee on everything we do.
There are a number of advantages to hiring restoration services rather than a general contractor.
 
General contractors basically work at rebuilding; they know how to build your home or office, but restoration professionals can envision what your home or office looked like before the disaster. They know exactly how to bring it back to what it looked like before, without scrapping the entire thing and starting over.
 
Emergency restoration services professionals are ‘rebuilders’ rather than builders. They will work to recover as much of your damaged space as possible, helping you save time and money. These professionals also know how to work with insurance companies and can help you with your claim.
We service Ogden, Utah and the surrounding areas. Everywhere from Bountiful to Park City, to Tooele and West Jordan. Contact us today to see if we service your area.
At we use Utah Food Cleanup, our Ogden Utah damage restoration company uses a variety of equipment. We use pumps, vacuums, and shampooers to remove water, and of course, dryers to help dry it all out. We also use things like ozone machines to remove the smell of smoke from your property and dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the air. We utilize a wide variety of restoration equipment during the process.
In case of a water disaster, you need to make sure you leave the equipment running at all times. You should notify us right away if it shuts off for any reason. For mold and mildew, make sure to open all of your windows, keep your pets and children away from the mold, and most importantly, don’t try to clean it yourself. When it comes to fire and smoke damage, contact us right away for help, whether you need fire damage cleanup for commercial or residential properties. If you have a flooded basement, turn off your utilities, and then call us!
Yes, we can! Utah Flood cleanup is available 24/7. Call us right away.
Our Utah disaster cleanup company will work directly with your insurance company If you have a flood damage insurance claim or a water damage insurance claim, contact us first. We can help you get the most from your insurance company who will do everything they can to not pay your claim. Our damage restoration services will have your property looking like new in no time, and we will take care of water related insurance hassles.

What Our Clients are Saying

Customer Testimonials

We had a great experience with Utah Flood Cleanup! They were easy to get a hold of and the lady on the phone was friendly and able to answer all of my questions. The workman arrived on time and was courteous and clean. He did a thorough inspection and was very informative and helpful. We are excited to continue to use this business to help us keep a clean and safe home!
HeavenlyMayhem
HeavenlyMayhem
17:25 23 Oct 20
My experience with this company is that they are honest and great to work with. Very refreshing to have someone you can trust.
Trevor Heaton
Trevor Heaton
19:44 06 May 20
Called for some detailed information about mold/removal. Daryl was busy, but called back just a few minutes later and spent time answering ALL my questions. He was very knowledgable and patient. Thank you Daryl.
Diane G
Diane G
18:00 17 Apr 20
Sadly, I've had to use Utah Flood Cleanup 4 times in the last year! I really appreciate how quickly they responded to each casualty. They were there right away! Daryl, the owner, gave me a price that was half of the other quote I got, and his men are professionals... not kids who don't have a clue. Plus, he included more "fixes" in his quote for less money. He is very knowledgeable and I felt very confident in his recommendations. He also worked directly with our insurance adjuster so that I didn't have to! I highly recommend this company.
Ashton Carrington
Ashton Carrington
16:09 16 Apr 20
Such a great water damage cleanup company! Their customer service was awesome and help make sure the insurance pays for what they are supposed to and they guarantee their work for 5 years so you can feel good you are getting a quality service. Highly recommend!
Chevelle Garnett
Chevelle Garnett
15:57 24 Mar 20
This team really knows what they are doing! No matter your mess, they have a good solution. Very professional, fast, and friendly, they are great to work with for flood or mold cleanups. I highly recommend Daryl!
Laurie Wall
Laurie Wall
02:44 15 Nov 19
I called Utah Flood Cleanup when I had a leak in the kitchen that drained down into the basement. Daryl came out shortly after speaking to me on the phone! He was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. He quickly and thoroughly assessed the situation, explaining everything he did as he went along. I was very impressed with how thorough he was in his examination of the damage. He let me know up front what I was looking at and I felt he was very honest and reasonable. I've had other companies out who seem to know very little and just want to start ripping everything out at once! Daryl explained and showed me why he recommended what he did and I felt very comfortable and confident in his recommendations. I highly recommend this company!! You won't be sorry.
Jo Carrington
Jo Carrington
03:09 08 Jun 19
Call these guys for the best knowledge and serve for water damage or mold.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
18:58 26 Jan 19
We wanted our house checked for mold due to a moderately high mold count in the air sample. They were very thorough and found only one small spot in the bathroom that needed attention. They advised on our options for dealing with it and did not propose expensive and unnecessary repairs.
Heather Steed
Heather Steed
02:09 16 Aug 18
We absolutely love Utah Flood Cleanup, they come in and take all the problems over. The headache of insurance companies, they pack your items up, the clean up and restoration, and they even move all the items back in. All of there staff are professional and very knowledgeable, they layout a reasonable budget and fight against the insurance to get your house to the best finished state. All of there sub contractors are fast and experts in their fields, this company only uses professional tradesman. We really appreciate all that the Utah Flood Cleanup guys have done for us.
Kit Cc
Kit Cc
03:27 15 Aug 16
We had a serious water damage situation and Utah Flood Cleanup came within one hour and helped us so much. We were so worried, however,, the professional technicians and even the owner (Daryl) were so good to us. They put our mind at ease and fixed our water damage problem with ease. We appreciate them so much and will always recommend them to all of our family and friends.
Kellyann Miles
Kellyann Miles
02:31 08 Jul 16
Josh and Sam came to inspect the mold we found. They were on time, considerate and knowledgeable about our situation. They presented our options and recommendations to treat the issue. I will recommend Utah Disaster to my friends and family.
Connie Pinnell
Connie Pinnell
18:16 08 Jun 16
Jaxon came and assessed water damage in our basement. They were very helpful and went out of their way to make the experience as painless as possible. Very responsive when questions came up and they were never pushy, which I appreciate.
Aimee Hollingsworth
Aimee Hollingsworth
19:48 01 Jun 16
Jaxon was great, he answered his phone at 6:30 am and was out in an hour and got my basement cleaned up
neil norton
neil norton
14:55 31 May 16
Within the last year we had a major flood in the basement, and just today had another water issue that flooded a smaller portion of the basement. I called The Flood Company immediately and they were on-site within an hour or so. I'm extremely pleased with The Flood Co. The professionalism and expertise demonstrate by Jackson and Sam put my mind at ease, knowing we would be taken care of well. I would recommend The Flood Company to anyone in need of these services. They get a five star rating from us!
William Hansen
William Hansen
03:03 26 May 16
My main water line broke and our crawl space was flooding. I called my insurance company and they recommended these guys. Sam and Jesus showed up and got things taken care of. They stopped the water line and put fans to dry the area. The insurance process was super smooth I'm glad I called them!
Karla Maquin
Karla Maquin
04:11 06 May 16
Utah Flood Cleanup is amazing! Josh and Jesus stopped by after their shift and were kind enough to give us a free inspection of our flood problem. Our little 4 year old thought he'd make a sauna in the bathroom. He flipped the shower on and walked away. We never heard the water running and came upstairs to put my daughter to bed. Sure enough, the shower was pointed into the bathroom and flooded the whole thing. Josh and Jesus came out got the whole place inspected, pulled out themal meters and moisture meters and confirmed there was water damage (and old mold growth from previous spills). They grabbed their tools and began demolishing the floor themselves, right then and there so we could get fans on it to prevent future mold growth. I hope I never have another flood but if I do, I'm definitely calling them again! They're the best!!~~~
Jessica Means
Jessica Means
01:49 22 Apr 16
We had a leaky roof that needed water damage repair. Utah Flood Cleanup did a great job cleaning up the water and drying out the building.
Daryl Olsen
Daryl Olsen
16:41 28 Jan 16
These guys are great to work with and really go above and beyond to serve their customers.
Zack Adams
Zack Adams
17:36 16 Dec 15
I called in the morning and they came that afternoon. Chris and Jesus came. They were professional, polite, knowledgeable and they quickly got the place all cleaned up and prepped for the repair. Then they recommended some handymen to do the repair. I hired Hank and he was great too. Did the whole job in one day.
Alan Green
Alan Green
20:37 16 Oct 15
You showed up to our house based upon little information. When you got here you went right to work looking to see what was going on. With being a family of 7, it can be a scramble being out of a bathroom and no shower. You were excellent and so kind on letting us know what our options are and what you can do to resolve the problem in our basement bathroom. With being in our new home, not even making a second mortgage payment yet, it is hard to discover there is mold and a water leak through out the basement bathroom and laundry room. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to come to our house. My brother in law referred us to you, and it was the best referral, so thank you very much.
Ashley Metz
Ashley Metz
22:39 30 Sep 15

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