Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Do you have mold in your home or business?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of the exterior of a building. This is a photo of a commercial property in San Diego that had a mold issue on the exterior of the property, behind the siding. Call SERVPRO 24/7.

If you are on Google searching for mold remediation companies, or information on mold, you probably suspect your property has a mold damage issue.

You may be wondering what the signs of mold are. Keep your eyes peeled for standing water in the basement, watermarks on walls (particularly recent-looking stains), or musty smells, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, cabinets with plumbing, or other areas with plumbing.

Mold needs a few things to thrive: moisture, and humidity. Keep in mind while mold can be a common occurrence related to leaks or other water damage, it isn't always due to water damages to a property.

If you do have a mold issue, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is here to help! We are mold remediation professionals. We are available 24/7/365 at (619) 269-5004.

Sick Building Syndrome in San Diego

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a building. This photo shows one section of a business that had a major mold problem in San Diego. Call SERVPRO at 619-269-5004 and we can help.

Back in the 1970s, sick building syndrome became recognized as people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality.  Sick building syndrome (also known as SBS) is a name for a condition that is thought to be caused by being in an enclosed space. The key to SBS Is that your symptoms improve after leaving the building in question, only to come back when you return to that locaton.

People thought to be the most at risk for SBS are:

  • Infants and children
  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly
  • People with respiratory issues or allergies
  • People with weak immune systems

While mold is found in our everyday environment, an abundance of mold indoors is something that needs to be addressed, some individuals can become ill.  If you have excessive mold, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW can help.  

To control moisture and therefore reduce your risk of getting mold, be sure to correct any water leaks or standing water.

The World Health Organization says that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and loss of production.

SERVPRO of San Diego is available 24/7/365. To learn more about Indoor Air Quality, call us at 619-269-5004.

I have a big mold problem in San Diego. What do I do?

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

This photo was taken mid-demolition process of a commercial mold remediation job near downtown San Diego.

When you suspect your commercial (or personal) property has mold, you are going to want a licensed, bonded and insured company to help you through the mold remediation process.

Sometimes people don't think mold is a big deal, but we are here to tell you that is absolutely is. It can cause all sorts of issues to a property, and sometimes health issues for owners and tenants, or occupants of buildings.

But don't let it scare you or keep you up at night, that's what SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is here for. We do mold remediation jobs day in and day out, and we know what it takes to properly do a mold remediation job.  We've done extremely large and complex mold jobs, and your basic small mold issue in a residence. We treat both just as seriously. If you suspect you have mold, call us for a free inspection. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW can be reached at 619-269-5004.

How do I remove mold?

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Surface mold at a property in San Diego, California.

At least several times a week we get phone calls for mold remediation estimates. And, by the way, we do free inspections! When we do get those calls, pretty much 9 times out of 10, when someone suspects they have mold, they do have mold.

By the time you suspect mold damage in your San Diego business or home, you probably either see it or smell it. Mold has a very strong odor, and can be bothersome for many.

The important thing to know is that with SERVPRO of San Diego City SW, you are in great hands when it comes to mold remediation.

Our team can come onsite and give you a free inspection and provide you with an estimate, discuss what the process would look like and all  the steps involved, and then at the end of the job, a mold clearance test would need to be performed to show you that we did everything properly.

If you suspect you have mold and you are in San Diego County, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004.

Is mold removal covered by homeowners insurance?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

We get a number of calls each week from San Diego homeowners concerned that they may have mold. The truth is, 9 times out of 10, if you suspect you have mold, you do. By that time, you probably have noticed a musty smell, or even potentially have seen mold growth on your walls or personal items.

 The next usual question is - well is this going to be covered by my homeowner's insurance? And that's a tricky question to answer, because there's no firm answer either way! Sometimes mold removal and remediation is covered by your homeowner's policy if it was caused by a "covered peril", lii=ke sudden water damage, otherwise more than likely the answer is going to be no. If you suspect you have a mold problem though, don't hesitate to give our team a call. This is our specialty after all, and we offer free on site assessments to help you determine a path forward.  Simply call the SERVPRO of San Diego City SW office at 619-269-5004, and one of our team members would be happy to schedule a free mold walk through assessment. Then, we can provide you with a free estimate and talk to you about your options.

How do you clean up mold in San Diego?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

A photo of mold taken at a multi unit property in San Diego.

Mold, mold, mold! Mold can be such a scary word, and with good reason. Most of us know what some of the side effects from mold exposure can be, especially to those with respiratory issues or weakened immune systems.

There are a couple important things to know about mold:

1. It needs moisture to grow.

2. It needs a food source to spread.

We tend to see a lot of mold calls come in from the beach areas of San Diego, because mold loves a humid environment. But the truth is, mold can and does happen anywhere in San Diego County, especially when it's related to an undetected water leak that's been going on for some time.

So how do you clean up mold?

Well, the first thing is first, many old timers in this industry use BLEACH to treat mold, and that's a big no-no. When you are dealing with a non-porous material, you can simply clean it with Dawn dish soap (yes, really), but when you have a porous material involved, you have to remove the affected materials by hiring a licensed, bonded and insured expert mold remediation company. Like us! SERVPRO of San Diego City SW.

Call us anytime at 619-269-5004, we'll come out and assess your property for free.

Does water damage cause mold?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

A photo of suspected mold growth at a commercial office building in downtown San Diego.

Does water damage cause mold? The short and sweet of it is, yes, water damage can cause mold.

Mold spores live indoors and outdoors, truthfully, they're all around us. But mold needs two things to grow: a food source and moisture.

Examples of food sources for mold include porous items throughout our home, including, drywall, clothing, couches, flooring, shoes, walls and carpet. 

If you have water damage such as a roof leak, or a sewage backup, or a pipe burst, and the water damage isn't properly handled, you could be looking at a mold problem. And mold spores can start to colonize within 48 hours, so time is of the essence.

If you have water damage or suspect you have mold due to the musty odor, call us anytime at 619-269-5004.  We'd be happy to come out and give you a free assessment. 

Mold remediation in Imperial Beach, San Diego

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Here's a photo of suspected mold growth at a multi-unit building in the Imperial Beach area of San Diego.

Here's a photo of a recent mold remediation job we performed in the Imperial Beach neighborhood of San Diego.

This call came from one of our regular property managers that call on us anytime they have a water damage, fire damage, or mold remediation need. They know they can trust SERVPRO of San Diego City SW to make it "Like it never even happened."

Any time you see visible mold or suspect you have mold, you'll want to call in a trusted mold remediation cleanup company to handle it for you. 

There are certain problems associated with high levels of airborne mold spores, though it's important to note it does affect each person differently. Some health issues that can result from being exposed to mold include allergic reactions, asthma episodes (though exposure to mold DOES NOT CAUSE asthma), irritations of the eye, nose and throat, sinus congestion, and other respiratory problems.

If you suspect you have a mold problem in San Diego, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004.  We'll come out for free and do an inspection.

Mold and Water Damage in Escondido, CA

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold under a bathroom vanity at a home in Escondido, CA.

This photo of mold and water damage in Escondido, CA shows what can happen to you if water damage goes undetected.  In this instance, the mold was quite minimal, compared to some other jobs we've performed!

 When we got the call from the property manager of the home, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW technicians were onsite within an hour to assess scope and damage. Through the entire process we communicated with the property manager, tenant, insurance adjuster, as well as at times the owner of the property, keeping everyone apprised of the process. When you work with a company like SERVPRO of San Diego City SW, you aren't just getting our field expertise, you're getting a team of professionals dedicated to holding your hand through the entire process of filing a claim, working with your insurance company and adjuster, etc. On this particular job, due to extensive damage, the shower had to be pulled, vanities had to be pulled, as well as some flooring. In truth, we always do our best to save as much as we can, but in this case and every case, we always follow best practice. If you think you have a mold problem in San Diego, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004. We always do free walk throughs and free estimates.

Mold Mold Mold. Everything you want to know.

6/28/2017 (Permalink)


Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Fungi that exist as single cells are called yeasts. Some molds and yeasts cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.

Mold is also found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains and comes in a variety of colours. A must smell is an indication of microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some molds such as the Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans, are highly destructive. For more details about dry rot fungus read Occurrence and Significance of Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans.

Mold growth requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be Washing, cooking, air humidifiers, condensation or leaks from plumbing or from the outside. Poor ventilation contributes to higher humidity levels and leads to condensation, which also allows mold growth.

Molds release small “spores” into the air. So, when mold grows indoors, the number of mold spores and fragments is usually higher indoors than it is outdoors. These spores are small enough that people can actually inhale them deep into the lungs. Inhalation of spores poses risk of developing respiratory problems. With the exception of winter months mold spores are always present outdoors.

If you have a mold problem in your San Diego home or business/commercial property, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004.

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Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

6/28/2017 (Permalink)


As the public becomes more aware about the effects of mold exposure, concern about indoor mold has steadily increased. Here are some guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and other commercial buildings. These guidelines serve as a tool to protect the health of building occupants and remediators, and have been designed for:

  • Building managers
  • Custodians
  • Others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance

It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor1. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. 

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

When your school or commercial property or place of business is suffering from mold exposure in San Diego, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW. We’re available 24/7 at 619-269-5004.

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All About Mold

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. 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.

Got a mold problem in San Diego? Call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004. We're trusted mold remediation experts and would be happy to give you a free estimate.

What Is Black Mold?

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

What Is Black Mold?

You may have seen 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.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I 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 San Diego City SW immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (619) 269-5004

What Causes Mold to Grow?

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Everything you've never wanted to know about mold!
If your home or business has mold problems, it's probably from these conditions:
Mold spores
A food source (Wood, drywall, etc.)
and Moisture
But really, the key item above is moisture, as every home has the other conditions. What it comes down to is -- does your home or place of business have a moisture problem?
When San Diego has its periods of humid weather for a few days in a row, you may start to notice mold in your home. After several days of rain it's fairly common to see mold start to grow because of the wet air.
Mold can be especially prevalent if you live near one of San Diego's beautiful beaches. Coastline properties in San Diego are incredible, but can sometimes suffer from recurring mold problems.
To help prevent mold damage at your home, try to keep your apartment, condo or home properly ventilated. The most important places in your home to ensure proper ventilation include the kitchen and bathrooms.
If you have mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW. We're available 24/7 at 619-269-5004 for all of your mold remediation needs.

What You Need To Know About Mold Remediation In San Diego

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know About Mold Remediation In San Diego
If you're facing mild or severe mold in your residence or commercial building, the prospect of having mold remediation experts in San Diego enter your property and set up decontamination areas probabably seems overwhelming. But it doesn't need to be. Here at SERVPRO of San Diego City SW, we specialize in the remediation of mold.
Curious about your containment procedures? Let us give you a little step-by-step guide.
Explain a Containment
When we build a containment, our goal is to build an air tight seal around the affected area, so we can use negative pressure and HEPA filtration (air being sucked out of the containment and pushed outside). This cleans the air within to make it safe for workers and minimize the possibility of mold moving out of the area to other parts of the property. 
The containment will have an access to enter and exit, and while we don't want homeowners to enter the affected area, there is no danger to worry about.
After negative air pressure is setup and proper sealing of the containment is complete, dehumidifiers are placed. Demolition and cleaning of the affected area then takes place. Timing depends on the scope of work. During this time, the air flow and air purification using HEPA air filtration is taking place.

Then What?

It may be necessary to keep some of the machines running constantly over a period of days. You will be informed of this, and the experts will be on site regularly to check progress. 
Get in touch with our mold remediation experts here at SERVPRO of San Diego City SW before your small mold problem turns into a huge mold mess! We are experienced and highly skilled, and offer truly fantastic customer service. You can reach us at 619-269-5004.