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Crazy Charleston Weather!
Ready for Spring, Charleston?
Charleston weather has been unpredictable at best in 2018! From flooding rain, inches of snow, crazy winds, and those glorious 80 degree days, it is no wonder that so many are struggling allergies, high energy bills, and mold/mildew popping up in new places. Condensation around windows, rains revealing leaks, moisture left behind by issues caused by days of freezing; all have the potential to mix with the infamous South Carolina humidity and temperature swings to cause microbial growth issues.
If you are noticing a new odor or musty smell or find new spots of growth in your attic during a fit of Spring Cleaning, don’t hesitate to call! We are always here to help. We will provide and assessment of exactly what you have going on, our recommendations on how to move forward, and an estimated cost to remediate.
We are here for you 24/7, Charleston! (843) 553-1226 or contact us through our Contact Us page on our website.
Product Spotlight: Sporicidin
Only the best products for our clients. Check out one of or favorites, Sporicidin.
Sporicidin is the most widely used antimicrobial and disinfectant product at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston. It is an EPA registered disinfectant for hard surfaces, and cleaner and deodorizer for porous surfaces. The active ingredients phenol and sodium phenate are also FDA approved for use in over-the counter medicines such as throat sprays. Effective against a wide range of pathogens, Sporicidin also provides residual bacteriostatic activity for up to six months.*
Sporicidin is effective against a number of molds and other organisms. Included are the following:*
- Aspergillus brasiliensis (formerly calls Aspergillus niger)
- Acinetobacter baumanniiPenicillium variabile
- Feline calcivirus (surrogate for Norovirus)
- Trichophyton mentagrophytes
- Mycobacterium bovis BCG (Tuberculosis)
- Streptococcus salivarius
- Streptococcus pyogenes
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella enterica
- Salmonella choleraesuis
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Herpes Simplex Types 1/F & 2/G
- HIV-a (AIDS Virus)
- Polio Virus Type 1
- Influenza A virus (H1N1 Pandemic Flu)
- Vaccinia Virus
- Parainfluenza type 3 virus
- Human Coronavirus (Infections Bronchitis Virus)
- Methicillin Resistant
- Vancomycin Resistant
- Enterococcus faecium
Please feel free to contact of office at (843) 552-1226 if you’d like additional information about disinfecting high risk surfaces in your home or office. We can also be reach via our Contact Us page on our website.
*Information obtained directly from the Product Application Sheet provided by SERVPRO Corporate.
Does Your Charleston Area Home Have A Mold Problem?
We were happy to help remediate the mold in this Moncks Corner, SC home.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your 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 – (843) 552-1226
Mold: Potential Health Risks
Do you have visible mold in your home? It could be affecting your health.
Mold is a term used to describe a type of fungus that is an often fuzzy-looking growth that appears on the surface of organic materials in damp conditions, both outdoors and indoors. Molds may be gray, black, green, yellow, orange or various other colors, and may have a velvety or wooly texture.
Like other fungi, molds produce tiny spores in order to reproduce. Mold spores continually waft through the air, both indoors and out-of-doors. When mold spores land on a damp spot, they may begin to grow. Indoors, molds can grow on wood, paper, fabrics, carpet, foods and other organic materials.
Molds are a natural part of the environment, but human health problems may result when people are exposed to large amounts of mold, particularly indoors. Inhaling excessive quantities of airborne mold particles or spores may adversely affect your health.
Potential Health Effects of Indoor Mold:
- Allergic Illness - When mold cells are inhaled and land in the respiratory tract, the body's immune system's response to those invading cells can cause allergic illness. The immune system tries to destroy the mold as it would an agent, like a flu virus, that might cause infection. In a relatively small portion of the population (about 10 percent of people in the U.S.), the immune system overreacts and causes the allergic response that results in symptoms such as runny nose, scratchy throat and sneezing. Most of us know this allergic illness as "hay fever" or "allergic rhinitis."
- Asthma - Asthma is a lung disease in which the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs can partially close, causing breathing difficulties ranging from mild (such as a dry cough) to life-threatening (inability to breathe). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 12 adults and one in 11 children in the United States has asthma. More than half of asthmatics have respiratory allergies, often to mold. Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive asthmatics.
- Respiratory Infection - Some mold species can cause respiratory infection when the live mold invades the tissues of the lungs or respiratory tract. This is not a significant risk for healthy people, but can be dangerous for individuals with severely weakened immune systems.
- Toxic Effects - Very large doses of certain molds, whether inhaled or ingested, can result in poisoning caused by mycotoxins in the mold cells. One particular type of mold that has been highlighted in the media is Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra), commonly referred to as "black mold". Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold that grows on materials with high cellulose content (drywall, wood, paper, ceiling tiles) that are chronically wet or moist. It is one of several molds that can produce mycotoxins under certain environmental conditions.
The health effects of breathing mycotoxins are not well understood, but we do know that most molds can present the health risks mentioned above. Therefore, any mold growth in a building should be cleaned up, regardless of the type of mold.
If you feel you are experiencing a mold problem in your home or office. Don’t delay getting it corrected. SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is happy to assist you in creating a healthier, mold free environment for you and your family or employees. Contact us at (843) 747-8750 or via our Web Contact Page.
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