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Does Your Henderson. Boulder City, NV. Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation  Does Your Henderson. Boulder City, NV. Home Have A Mold Problem? Moldy Walls

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 – 702-564-8508

Washer Leak Causes Mold Behind Cabinets.

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Washer Leak Causes Mold Behind Cabinets. Mold Behind Cabinets

We got this call when a home inspector was inspecting a house on the market and noticed a good amount of moisture behind the washer. 

We came out with our moisture detecting equipment and performed an inspection. We concluded there was drywall but no visible leak. 

When we opened the wall to find the source of the water, we noticed a considerable amount of growth on the adjoining wall (the wall from the photo). The homeowner was unable to notice the moisture because the cabinets and washer were in the way. 

If you may think you have a small leak or are unsure you can always give SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City a call for a moisture inspection. We have the tools to tell if and where you have wet building material. 

Henderson Vacation Home Covered In Mold

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Henderson Vacation Home Covered In Mold Mold growing up to 4 feet high in some locations at the Henderson home.

In Las Vegas we have great winter weather. As a result of that we have a lot of people with vacation homes in the valley. We recently got a call from a customer who was shocked when they arrived and found they had a running sink for what seemed to be a few months. 

We walked in and found the home had up to 4 feet high covered in mold. We had to remove most of the drywall, carpet and all the cabinetry in the kitchen. Contents were ruined, and the vacation home that was supposed to serve the purpose of a vacation left our customers with a major headache. 

When you aren't going to be in your home for an extended period of time, it is always a good idea to have someone come and check in on it, or ever turning off the water to the home could prevent something like this from happening.

Mold Prevention Tips

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is caused by moisture and grows on a food source over time. That being said reacting to water damages and high levels of moisture could help prevent mold. 

Here are a few tips to help prevent possible mold growth.

  • Act quickly. Mold needs time to grow so the less time you give it the better.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly to prevent damage from getting into your home.
  • Make sure your landscaping slopes down and away from the foundation of your home.
  • Keep your air conditioning drip pans clean and your drain pipes unobstructed.
  • Keep your indoor humidity low. In Las Vegas we typically don't have a problem with this. Humidity meters are pretty inexpensive. In the valley typical levels range from 15 to 30%. 

If you have any concerns we would be happy to answer any questions by phone (702) 564-8508 or in person. 

Hidden Mold Behind Cabinets

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Hidden Mold Behind Cabinets Mold hidden behind cabinets

This customer had a leak in their wall and had no idea about it. As you can see when you open the cabinets, everything looks normal. After removing the kick plate under the cabinet we could look back and see the mold.

Not knowing how bad it was we took full precaution, setting containment's, and placing air filtration devices. Taking these precautions are important to not cross-contaminating the rest of the house. 

When you have small water leaks, they may be hard to detect and one of the things mold needs is time. Time is a best friend for mold. Catching water damages early is key and is why we have technicians standing by 24/7/365. For fast and quick response on your mold or water damage call SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City. (702) 564-8508

Slow Leak Behind Washer Causes Mold

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Slow Leak Behind Washer Causes Mold Mold behind washing machine

This customer had a slow leak behind her washing machine and with wet building material and time, that eventually led to mold growth. The customer had no idea there was a problem until she pulled the washer away from the wall to clean behind it.

This job required a complete remediation. Some actions in the remediation process include.

  • Work with an industrial hygienist to develop a protocol to remove affected materials.
  • Setting up a containment to prevent potential cross-contamination.
  • Removing contaminated materials and using HEPA filtrated vacuumed for detailed cleaning.
  • Cleaning the HVAC system to remove potential contamination.

Being in the restoration industry and dealing with mold for 10+ years, we have seen it all. From small areas of surface growth to large commercial facilities. 

Call SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City if you have mold for proper removal.

Have you checked under your sink lately?

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Have you checked under your sink lately? Mold damage under sick from a slow leak in the wall

Do you ever look under you sink? All the way in the back behind the toilet paper and various cleaning products? What about pulling the washer away from the wall and looking behind that?

A lot of time you can have a water damage and not even realize it. That was the case in this job. Our customer had a leak in the wall behind his sink and didn't realize it until he tried to sell his home, and a home inspector found it, because it went unnoticed, mold grew and had to be fully re-mediated.

Leaks in the wall are hard to notice but there are some things to look for. Baseboard separation in one of the easiest things to spot. The baseboard swells up from the water and pulls away from the wall. 

Peeling paint or paint flaking away. These are easy to see but a very good indication of a potential water leak. 

Lastly, any sort of discoloration. If you are unsure if you have wet building material, call your local SERVPRO franchise for a moisture inspection.

We Specialize in Home and Commercial Mold Removal

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our local Southern Nevada franchise has been serving the area for 20 years. 2o years in the business means we have come across and seen everything. From large mold removal in commercial buildings as well as residential homes as well. 

Last summer we got a call from a family who took a two month vacation and came home to their house that was covered in mold. The mold was 5 feet high on every single wall. The house had to be completely gutted, all drywall removed, studs completely scraped and treated.

Along with the experience comes trainig. Every technician that comes to work on your mold job is IICRC certified and knows everything up to industry standard. 

For complete mold removal, home or commercial, Call SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City.

Making Containments On Mold Jobs Is An Important Part Of The Process

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Making Containments On Mold Jobs Is An Important Part Of The Process Technician making a containment on mold job

In this photo you can see a technician hanging some plastic around a door frame. This practice is to make a contained area around an area affected of mold to keep from spreading to non-affected areas.

We start by putting painters tape on the wall to protect the paint. secondly, we take a can of spray glue to get the plastic to stick to the protected tape. After the plastic is sticking we use tape on top of that to get a really good hold and create a tight seal. Finally, there is a plastic zipper attached to allow entry into the area.

Precautions like this are important to creating a clean and safe work area. We also use this practice when we come in contact with large areas and small amount of wet material to help speed the drying process.

Using A Trash Chute To Help With Mold Job

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Using A Trash Chute To Help With Mold Job Trash chute making life easier on mold job

This particular job located in North Las Vegas was interesting with challenges to say the least. A beautiful home with a wrap around balcony had failed. That means when it would rain moisture would be trapped under the flooring of the balcony. Happening over time with virtually no time caused a little bit of an issue. Mold.

The flooring of the balcony had to be completely removed to be treated properly. Now, because there was so much building material that had to be removed, we thought it would be a lot easier to get a trash chute instead of tacking it through the house and making a mess or damaging something that shouldn't be. You can see in the photo the chute is conveniently located next to the balcony and next to the dumpster.

Whole House Covered In Mold

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Whole House Covered In Mold Lengthy water damage turns into mold from ceiling to floor

This particular job we got called out to had a mold problem from ceiling to floor. The loss came from a water leak that was not stopped for weeks. When you have a constant leak that sits for a lengthy period of time, mold is usually the result.

We got to go in and remove the drywall as well as the insulation throughout the entire house, including the ceiling. The studs and any remaining structure to the house had to be treated with an antimicrobial to sanitize the building.

We at SERVPRO of Henderson and Boulder City have fully trained technicians that know how to properly remove and treat mold. After the process is done, we call an Industrial Hygienist to come and test for mold and give us a written clearance. 

Mold FAQ's

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

What is mold?


Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spreads and reproduces by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, even dry conditions that do not support normal mold  growth.


What are some kinds of indoor mold?



  • Cladosporium

  • Penicillium

  • Alternaria

  • Aspergillus


Where is mold found?


Mold is found in virtually every environment and can be detected indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors it can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors, mold can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.


Specific Recommendations on how to keep mold down



  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50% — all day long. Using an air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the levels low, however, bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in moisture levels and air temperature.

  • Run a dehumidifier in enclosed spaces such as basements.

  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.

  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.

  • Clean bathrooms with mold or mildew killing products.

  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.

  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

How to Take Precautions Against Mold from Growing in your Home

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Take Precautions Against Mold from Growing in your Home Mold growing from failed grout in the shower

Mold can be good, if you are making bire or penicillin. But incase you aren't making cheese or medicine, mold in the home is a bad thing. Mold can grow anywhere; Carpet, Clothes and places you can't see. Like behind dry wall or tiles in your shower. 

The problems with mold is that it spreads easily and can not be completely erased. Along with being expensive to fix, it can cause allergens and irritants. 

The first place to start is to identify problem areas. Do you have water stains on your roof? How is the tile in your bathroom? A major problem we see is grout failure in showers. Flooding in the basement is also a major problem area.

Secondly is to dry wet areas immediately. Mold can not grow without moisture. Damp Carpets? Toilet Overflow? Dry them right away. 

Keep moisture away with proper ventilation. The bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen are all high moisture areas. Keep a window open when showing, or exhaust fan if you do not have a window.

Improve air flow in the house. When the air gets cooler, it holds less moisture and excess moisture may appear on your walls, floors and windows. To help this, open doors to increase air flow between and especially doors to closets that may be cooler than other rooms.

Lastly call your local professionals to come take a look for an assessment. 

A Mold problem can cause MAJOR Business interruption. Let SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City HELP!

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Mold problem can cause MAJOR Business interruption. Let SERVPRO of Henderson/Boulder City HELP! Mold Contamination behind wash area

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Henderson / Boulder City, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (702) 564-8508

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold in Bathroom

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 – 702-564-8508

    Removing an Unwanted Guest: Hotel Mold Remediation

    6/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Removing an Unwanted Guest: Hotel Mold Remediation Hotel Mold Remediation

    Mold is a big problem that can affect any building or structure, including hotels. If left untreated, mold can grow and make people who stay in the hotel sick. In some cases, it can even result in the hotel being shut down. If you are in need of hotel mold remediation, there are several things you can do.

    1.     Quarantine the area to prevent mold spores from spreading.

    2.     Mix bleach and water and scrub vigorously to kill the mold (Taking the appropriate ventilation, breathing and safety precautions of course).

    3.     Contact a SERVPRO of Henderson or Boulder City professional to remove the mold if you deem the problem too severe or the location of the mold is prohibitive of in-house-clean-up.

    4.     Replace any damaged walls, flooring or ceilings.

    5.     Remove any damaged furniture.

    6.     Ventilate the area and use an air filter for several weeks to eliminate any ambient mold spores from the air.

    7.     Protect the hotel or specific area from water damage to prevent future mold growth.

    By removing mold from your hotel and preventing future mold problems, you can ensure that your hotel is safe and comfortable for your guest and employees. 

    In Las Vegas Black Mold Remediation is Serious Business

    6/12/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation In Las Vegas Black Mold Remediation is Serious Business Black Mold on Wall

    Las Vegas Black Mold Remediation is no joke. Black mold is a big problem and can cause a number of health problems. If you are living in Las Vegas, don't think that the hot and arid climate will protect you from black mold, it can still be a serious problem.

    What Causes Black Mold?

    Black mold grows on cellulose materials and prefers, but is not exclusive to wet and damp locations. It often grows after a flood or a water leak. Black mold is commonly found in basements, attics, behind walls and under flooring.

    Why Is Black Mold Harmful?

    Black mold can cause a number of different health problems. Some of the most common include, breathing problems, nasal problems, blurred vision, headaches and stomach aches. If left to grow, black mold can cause more serious problems.

    How Can Black Mold Be Removed?

    Las Vegas black mold remediation needs to be done by a professional. Don't try to remove or kill black mold on your own, let a professional do it for you.

    If you think you may have a black mold problem and are living in Las Vegas, it may be time to call a professional remediation team. Once the mold is removed from your home, your family will be safe and you won't have to worry about any illnesses or unpleasant symptoms.

    3 Quick & Simple Ways to Identify Mold is Growing

    4/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation 3 Quick & Simple Ways to Identify Mold is Growing SERVPRO Mold Remediation in Henderson, Boulder City and Laughlin, Nevada.

    Mold is a menace and cause of alarm in many homes. If left unattended, mold can reduce indoor air quality and trigger a myriad of health problems. You've got to deal with the menace of mold as soon as you detect it.

    If you suspect mold in your home, you should immediately contact a professional mold remediation company to confirm the extent of your problem, and advise on the best plan for removal. If you suspect mold, here are three quick steps to help you identify the problem and it's source. 

    1: Visually checking common spots where mold thrives. Walls, tubs, kitchen sinks, shower curtains, and old ceiling are some of the most common breeding grounds for mold. 

    2: Find a source of humidity, such as a leaking pipe, or other source of water. Dehumidification will reduce the likelihood of mold growing.

    3: Smell for a moldy odor or be aware that suffering allergic reactions are also good indications mold could be growing.  

    If you believe you have a mold infestation problem, you should call a professional mold removal company like SERVPRO to handle the cleanup and remediation in your Henderson, Boulder City or Laughlin, Nevada home.