Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Heaters in your attic could cause condensation and mold!

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

It is pretty common for homeowners in the Big Bear area to have heaters in their attics. But one thing that they don’t think about is that those heaters could cause condensation in their attics because of improper construction techniques on their roof. Condensation will start to appear in your attic because of the warmth from the heater in the attic which melts the snow/frost from the outside weather. This water will ultimately lead to mold growing in those areas. It only takes three days for mold to start growing. 

If you see condensation or mold in your home, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga a call! We will gladly come out and clean up your mold issue!

Do I have Mold?

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

A Rainbow of Mold A Rainbow of Mold

Mold can be a health concern and also can cause structural damage to your home. It is recommended, both for health and monetary reasons, that you address issues as soon as they are detected. Here are some indications that you might have a problem and should schedule an inspection.

  • You smell a lingering musty odor
  • You see visible signs of mold
  • You have lingering flu like symptoms or are getting frequent headaches or nose bleeds
  • You know that there is a history of flooding in your home
  • You notice wet walls or ceiling surfaces
  • There is bubbling wallpaper or paint and the area seems damp

Mold is often found inside walls, crawl spaces and attics, where we rarely look. If you suspect a problem, schedule an inspection right away!

I Suspect Mold In My Home, What Next?

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Moldy Wall Mold in this garage was caused by a leaking water heater

SERVPRO will help you determine if you have mold and help remedy the issue. We begin with a visual inspection of the home, to see if there are visible signs or odors. If present, we will advise a plan to remove the affected materials, sanitize and encapsulate the structure. Once that process is complete, we set up a contained area and run an Air Scrubber (strong HEPA filter machine) in that area for a few weeks, which will filter any remaining spores from the air. Upon completion of this process, we recommend testing, from and independent laboratory, to ensure that your home is no longer contaminated.  

How can I lessen the possibillity of mold in my house??

10/13/2018 (Permalink)

In some cases, mold in your home might make you sick, especially if you have allergies or asthma. Whether or not you're allergic to molds, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Here's what you can do to combat mold problems, and take care of yourself and your home.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air.
  • Keep indoor humidity below 60% if possible. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer, an inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean. Make sure drain lines are free of obstructions and flow properly.
  • Keep the house warm in cool weather. As the temperature goes down, the air is less able to hold moisture and it condenses on cold surfaces, which can encourage mold growth.
  • Add insulation to cold surfaces, such as exterior walls, floors, and windows to reduce condensation.
  • Dry wet areas within 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Fix leaks and seepage. The ground should slope away from your house. If water is entering the house from the outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing.
  • Have a heating and cooling contractor check your heating and cooling system to make sure it's sized and operating properly to remove humidity. If your system is too big or the airflow is incorrect, your air conditioner will not remove humidity like it should. Also, ask the contractor to check your duct system for air leaks, and proper size and air flow to each room.
  • Open doors between rooms to increase circulation, which carries heat to cold surfaces. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners.

Yuk! My house smells horrible!

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

So often our mountain cabins are not used for several months and when we do open the door there is that horrid musty smell.

It is usually bacterial growth. 

To properly remove the growth we will contain the growth area to keep the spores from spreading, use an air scrubber to remove spores from the air, and then after removing the bacteria we will spray with an antimicrobial to kill any remaining spores. 

The common places that end up having bacterial growth are behind the refrigerator, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and near the water heater.

If you are thinking of selling your home it will sell much faster if it does not have the musty smell.

Bacterial growth can be a serious hazard for some people.  Take care of removing it as soon as you can.

Mold Can Grow in Ducting

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

It is the hot and muggy monsoon season now and I am sure you have notice how things are getting the 'musty' smell so quickly.

Mold can grow on your HVAC  cooling coil and in the ducting, too. This can lead to mold being spread all over your home. Mold contamination can lead to many problems like respiratory issues, eye irritations, lethergy, skin irritations, and cognitive complaints. These can be especially difficult for babies, seniors, and anyone with autoimmune issues.

We work with other companies that do the actual testing of the air in your home to ascertain the level of mold that might be affecting your family.

BUT SERVPRO of Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead/ NE Rancho Cucamonga does duct cleaning.  We want to make sure your home is not being contaminated by mold being spread because you are using your air conditioner. 

Mold Might be Growing Under Your Home!

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Have you been experiencing any of these problems:  respiratory issues, eye irritations, lethergy, skin irritations, and cognitive complaints like headaches, etc?

It could be from mold and the mold could be growing under your house where you never even see it.

In our communities we often have a buildup area or crawlspace under our house.  These areas can become damp or wet from snow melt, poor drainage around the outside of the home, or water leaking from a pipe and going straight down so you do not even know of the leak. 

It would be good to look under your house at least once a year to see if you have any mold growing there.

If you find mold (or would like the buildup checked out) please give SERVPRO a call (909) 878-0302.

We are certified to removed mold and would be very happy to do that for you.

Mold - Can I clean it up myself?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a wall

If you find spores growing on drywall, studs, and subflooring — especially if the area exceeds 10 sq. ft. — then you’ve got a bona fide mold problem.

Don’t bother buying a hardware store petri dish kit, which claims to help identify airborne mold: It doesn’t. The kits might grow some spores for you — they’re always present in indoor air — but the kits can’t guarantee that a statistically significant number of spores are flying around. Also, kits don’t confirm the presence of dead spores (they can be harmful, too) or determine baseline levels in order to compare results after remediation.

To get rid of mold that you suspect is serious, your best bet is an independent consultant with credentials. Lastly, be sure to ask your agent regarding the relationship between home insurance and mold coverage.

SERVPRO Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead/NE Rancho Cucamonga   (909)878-0302

Mold In The Attic

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Attic Mold on Rafters

Mold in an attic often goes un-noticed for long periods of time because we so seldom go into our attics.

We have many times gone out on a loss and we need to access the attic areas for one reason or another.

We often find mold. We usually smell it first, then we see it in the corners or on the rafters.

Generally speaking moisture problems that lead to bacterial growth can be broken down into three categories:

Improper venting from pipes and/or vents

Improper ventilation

Roof issues/leaks

SERVPRO recommends that you semi-annually go look around in your attic, take a good sniff, peek into the corners, look closely at the rafters.

Call us if you find anything of concern. We will be happy to come out and check for you.

What Mold Needs to Grow

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

What Causes Mold in Houses and Homes

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)


Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.

So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

The biggest reason for mold in homes is

Leaking Pipes 

Water leaks from pipes are a common cause of mold growth. The worst leaks are the ones that go undetected because they are hidden out of view, like inside a wall. By the time you discover these leaks mold has usually started to grow already.  

Does your home smell musty?

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold on drywall

So often our mountain cabins are not used for several months and when we do open the door there is that horrid musty smell.

It is usually bacterial growth. 

To properly remove the growth we will contain the growth area to keep the spores from spreading, use an air scrubber to remove spores from the air, and then after removing the bacteria we will spray with an antimicrobial to kill any remaining spores. 

The common places that end up having bacterial growth are behind the refrigerator, under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and near the water heater.

If you are thinking of selling your home it will sell much faster if it does not have the musty smell.

Bacterial growth can be a serious hazard for some people.  Take care of removing it as soon as you can.