Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Fresh Exterior Paint Protects Home from Water and Mold Damage

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Many homeowners are looking for a simple, lower-cost way to update their home. A fresh coat of exterior paint is inexpensive, protects the home from water and mold damage, and offers better curb appeal. So when is the best time of year to paint a home’s exterior? In order to ensure that you will get the most out of your new paint, it is essential that the job is done in the most ideal conditions.

Ideal Conditions for Exterior Painting

    1. Outside temperatures: Paint manufacturers will usually recommend minimum temperatures for painting. Generally, a good guideline is that if you are comfortable without the heat or air conditioning, then it is a good time for painting. It is also best to paint in times with smaller temperature fluctuations. Big temperature swings from morning to night are not good when painting.
    2. Rain and humidity: It is important to remember that paint should only be applied to a dry surface. The painting surface can become moist either by direct contact with rain or snow or indirectly by humidity or dew in the air. Always plan your painting project for times when there is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days and be sure to wait to start painting after a rain until everything is completely dry. Also take note of humidity levels, as too high or too low humidity will influence how the paint dries.
    3. Wind: High winds while painting or before the paint is completely dry will cause complications. Dust and other particles blown onto the wet paint surface will stick. Paint sprayers do not operate as effectively in windy conditions and ladders may be unstable.
    4. Sunlight: Direct sunlight on drying paint can cause it to dry too quickly, leading to cracking or peeling. It is best to plan your painting route around the shifting sun.

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those that have helped make our accomplishments a reality. We understand that our success in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without teamwork. Our dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, our great team of committed employees, and our trusting customers are all a crucial part of our successes. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with on a daily basis to help our customers in their times of need. We would like to take this time to say thank you for your continued loyalty and consideration throughout this past year. We sincerely wish that you find peace, joy, hope, and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas from your friends at SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Live Christmas Trees and Mold

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many families love the tradition of bringing a live Christmas tree into the home for the holidays. But what many do not realize is that a live tree can be a source of mold in their home. Live Christmas trees are usually cut in the weeks prior to the holidays and then stored in a moist environment in order to keep them fresh. Unfortunately, mold thrives in a moist environment. Add to this that once the tree is brought home, it is placed in a container of water and you have a perfect condition for mold to grow.

Unfortunately, mold can be difficult to battle once the issue starts and the best way to reduce the problem is to take preventative measures. Considering an artificial tree is one option. But if a live tree is a must, be sure to shake as much debris as possible out of the tree before bringing it into the home and then do not keep it in the home longer than necessary.

If mold does become an issue, the SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians are mold remediation experts and can restore your property quickly and effectively.

Fresh Exterior Paint Helps Protect Home from Water and Mold Damage

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Are you looking for ways to update the look of your home and gain functional benefits as well? Painting your home’s exterior might be something to seriously consider.

Functional Benefits of Fresh Exterior Paint

  1. Protection against the elements: Rain, wind, snow, and intense sunlight can all be harsh on a home. Paint acts like a protective shield to the exterior surfaces and can even increase the life span of siding.
  2. Maintains structural integrity: Unprotected wood is susceptible to water damage which can lead to mold and mildew which in turn, can break down the structural integrity of the home.
  3. Better curb appeal: A home with a fresh coat of exterior paint can be attractive to a potential buyer. If a buyer likes the outside, there is a better chance he will like the inside.
  4. Identification of insect damage and prevention of termite damage: The painting process can uncover insect damage and infestations can be stopped.

Not only is fresh exterior paint one of the most cost-effective home projects, it makes a home more pleasing aesthetically and offers these functional benefits as well.

SERVPRO of Kenton County and the Mold Remediation Process

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold problem can arise and spread quickly throughout the home. The SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians are professionals in the mold remediation process and have been trained to properly resolve mold infestation. Special equipment and processes are used to handle the problem.

The Process:

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Kenton County at (859)261-2400: Upon receiving your call, we will collect information from you to determine what is needed to handle your project.
  2. Inspection and Assessment: Our technicians will inspect the property using professional detection equipment to determine mold and moisture levels.
  3. Mold Containment: Our technicians will use different containment procedures to prevent the mold from spreading.
  4. Air Filtration: Specialized equipment is used to capture mold spores from the air and prevent the mold from spreading during the remediation process.
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials: In some instances, it is necessary to remove mold-infested materials, like drywall or flooring, from the home. Anti-microbial agents are used to eliminate and prevent mold growth
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Our technicians thoroughly clean and sanitize the contents in the home affected by mold.
  7. Restoration: The structure and contents of the home may require repairs to return the property to preloss condition.

Mold damage is better handled by professionals that have the training and expertise to effectively handle the situation. If you suspect you have mold in your home or property, take the first step in the remediation process by giving us a call today!

SERVPRO of Kenton County (859)261-2400

Signs that there may be mold in your home...

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors and grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold can cause health effects in people with mold sensitivity.

When water invades your property, mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours. Moldpedia.com lists many signs that there may be mold in your home:

  • Smelling a Mold Odor
  • Seeing Signs of Mold Growth
  • Signs of Water Problems
  • Water Leaks
  • Past Flooding
  • Condensation

If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business, stay out of the affected area, turn off the HVAC system and fans, and contact SERVPRO of Kenton County for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Kenton County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation effectively and in a timely manner!

Hidden Mold...What are the signs?

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a home isn’t always clearly visible to the eye or easy to find. But there are some warning signs to look out for that may indicate there is mold growth present.

Musty Odor

A musty smell that is constantly present is an indicator that mold may be growing somewhere in the home. Mold can grow behind walls and under flooring and it is important to locate the source of the odor in order to prevent further spreading.

Water and Moisture Issues

Mold thrives in moist areas. If you have ever had any issues with water damage like flooding basements, leaky pipes, or condensation, it is possible that mold has started to develop. Discoloration or water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors are all signs of water issues and potential mold growth.

Allergy Symptoms

Some people have allergies to mold. If you are allergic to mold and notice that your allergies flare up when you are home and you feel better when you are away, this may be a sign that there is hidden mold in your home.

It is very important to address mold issues quickly because if not resolved, it can spread throughout a property very fast. If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Kenton County can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

MOLD: What to do and what NOT to do...

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Every mold situation is different and requires a unique solution. However, the general rules as to what to do and what not to do if you find or suspect there is mold in your home are basically the same. Mold spreads quickly and can cause health effects and damage to your home.

If you find visible mold or suspect there is mold in your home…

DO stay out of the affected areas!

DO turn off the HVAC system and fans!

DO contact SERVPRO of Kenton County at (859)261-2400 for mold remediation services!

DON’T touch or disturb the mold!

DON’T blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth!

DON’T spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold!

The SERVPRO of Kenton County technicians are experts in mold and mold growth. They have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your property. So if you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, give us a call today!

(859)261-2400

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Kenton County

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

SERVPRO of Kenton County

Did you know..A Live Christmas Tree Can Harbor Mold?

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

When decorating for the holidays, most people do not consider that their live Christmas tree could be a source of mold in their home. Mold thrives in moist environments. Live Christmas trees are usually cut far in advance of the Christmas holiday and then stored in a moist environment in order to keep them fresh. And once the tree is brought into the home, it is placed in a container of stagnant water. This container of water in addition to the moist tree trunk is the perfect condition to encourage mold growth.

According to webmd.com, a study was done measuring the relationship between mold growth on live Christmas trees and poor indoor air quality. Mold count measurements were taken daily for a two week period and showed that mold levels escalated as time progressed.

Unfortunately, mold spores can be difficult to destroy and the best way to reduce the problem is to take preventative measures. An artificial Christmas tree might be a better option. They do not harbor moisture and are even less expensive in the long run. But if a live Christmas tree is a must, shake as much debris as possible out of the tree before bringing it into the home and then only keep it in the home for a few days.

Have a very happy holiday!

SERVPRO of Kenton County

What is the Difference Between Mold & Mildew?

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold and mildew, many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Kenton County specializes in mold testing and remediation. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today! (859)261-2400

Did you know…SERVPRO of Kenton County Offers Continuing Education Courses?

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

At times throughout the year, SERVPRO of Kenton County offers Continuing Education courses. The courses are usually held at our Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio 45240.

Offered courses are both credit and non-credit courses and they are available to insurance agents, insurance adjusters and real estate professionals. The courses are designed to provide those in attendance with valuable information to allow them to better service their clients.

Some of the common course topics include fire damage restoration, understanding mold in the restoration industry, water damage restoration, and biohazard cleanup.

These Continuing Education Courses are offered periodically throughout the year. To find out more about upcoming Continuing Education courses or to register for a class, contact SERVPRO of Kenton County at (859) 261-2400.

The Many Colors of Mold

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

When many people think of mold, they think of it as being black in color. But mold actually comes in a variety of different colors including white, green, yellow and even pink!

While many fear that black mold is toxic, white mold does not usually cause the same concerns. It can be found on about any type of surface. Attics, basement walls and exposed dirt in crawlspaces are all common areas where white mold can be found. It also can appear on food as it is going bad.

Green mold is very common and prefers cool to moderate environments. Due to this, it is commonly found on rotting refrigerated foods and breads.

Yellow mold can be very bright in color and is usually easy to spot. According to moldguide.net, this variety of mold can be dangerous. It should not be touched or inhaled and it should be removed as soon as possible.

Pink mold often develops on shower floors and the bottom of shower curtains because it thrives in moisture-rich environments. It is difficult to completely prevent pink mold in the bathroom and usually requires continual maintenance to control the issue.

Although mold comes in a variety of colors, all thrive in similar, moist environments. To control or prevent mold, be sure to ventilate damp areas and monitor pipes and other areas susceptible to leaking! If you suspect a mold issue at your property, call SERVPRO of Kenton County. We are experts in mold testing and remediation!

(859) 261-2400

Controlling Moisture Helps Prevent MOLD!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Most homeowners have concerns about mold and how to prevent it. Mold can grow anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and if not treated promptly, can spread very quickly. It is best to prevent mold before it ever becomes a problem.

Tips to Prevent Mold

The key to mold prevention is moisture control. The Mother Nature Network suggests several ways for homeowners to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it:

  1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Areas such as wet basements, water stained ceilings, or windows with condensation are examples of potential problem areas. Correcting these issues can prevent mold before it becomes a problem.
  2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow. Don’t leave wet areas in your home. Remove wet carpets and furniture if they can’t be dried completely. Don’t leave wet items lying around the house. Always dry the walls and floors after showers or spills.
  3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure your home isn’t holding moisture inside by opening a window or running an exhaust fan while cooking or showering.
  4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. If building a new home or renovating your current home, always use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paint.
  5. Monitor humidity indoors. Measure humidity in your home with a moisture meter and keep the indoor humidity levels between recommended levels.
  6. Direct water away from your home. Make sure the ground around your home is sloped so that water runs away from the home.
  7. Clean or repair roof gutters. Leaky roofs lead to moisture in the home.
  8. Improve air flow in your home. Increase air circulation in your home by opening doors between rooms and moving furniture away from walls. Let fresh air into your home.
  9. Keep mold off house plants. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Find ways to prevent mold from growing on your house plants.

If after following these tips you still find that you have a mold infestation in your home, SERVPRO of Kenton County has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. So if you find mold and need remediation...GIVE US A CALL!

(859) 261-2400

Is Mold Hiding in Your Home?

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus that thrives in warm, damp and humid areas. It lives both indoors and outdoors and can spread quickly through a property.


Where Does Mold Hide?


Mold thrives in moist areas. It can most commonly be found in places like showers and tubs, leaky sinks or pipes and basement walls or crawlspaces. But sometimes it hides in places you might never suspect! According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, or the underside of carpets and pads. Other possible hidden locations include areas inside walls around leaking pipes, the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks).


Mold Cleanup


If you discover mold in your Elsmere, Kentucky home and need professional service, SERVPRO of Kenton County has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. We proudly serve Elsmere, and other surrounding communities with our professional mold remediation services.

Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of Kenton County! Get Your Grill Ready!

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. SERVPRO of Kenton County would like to first take this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to those that so unselfishly gave their lives to provide us with the freedom we enjoy.


Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. And with the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. When raising the lid to your grill this season, you may be surprised at what you find hiding inside…MOLD!


Mold thrives in a moist environment with poor air circulation. And a covered grill is just that! If you find mold growing in your grill this spring, grillbilliesbarbecue.com offers several tips to remove the mold and prepare your grill for the grilling season.


How to Remove and Clean Mold from Your Grill:



  1. Throw away any charcoal and other materials leftover in the grill.

  2. Fire the grill up as hot as possible to burn off all grease and mold. (If you attempt to scrape it off or power wash it first you may inhale mold spores.)

  3. Let the grill cool and then scrape and scrub every surface with a brush or a pressure washer. Don’t forget to include the drip pan and grates.

  4. Wash everything down with soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

  5. Fire the grill up once again to burn off any mold, grease, and soap residue.


*NOTE: If you have a ceramic grill, DO NOT use degreaser or a pressure washer to clean. For ceramic, only use a plastic scraper and start a hot fire.


So as we enter the summer grilling season, be sure to inspect your grill for mold and take the necessary steps to clean it! Happy Memorial Day and Happy Grilling!

How to Clean Surface Mold

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is a problem that many homeowners face and it is aggravating! Almost every home gets some form of mold at one time or another. Outside, mold turns up as dark spots on siding and it darkens wooden decks. On the inside, it blackens the grout lines in showers and discolors drywall.

Minor surface mold infestations, like those found on the grout lines in tiled showers, can be easily removed with regular household cleaning products. According to familyhandyman.com, with a mixture of ½ cup bleach, 1 quart water and a little detergent, these surface molds can be easily scrubbed away. The bleach in the mixture kills the mold and the detergent helps lift it off the surface so it can be rinsed away and won’t return as fast. As an alternative to the mixture, mildew cleaners can be purchased at local stores. If the mold doesn’t disappear after light scrubbing, reapply the cleaner, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then lightly scrub again. As a preventative measure, it is a good idea to seal the clean surfaces with a grout sealer when they are dry.

Even for simple cleaning, it is always important to protect yourself from contact with mold and bleach by wearing long sleeves, long pants, gloves and goggles.

While minor surface mold in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky homes can most of the time be taken care of by homeowners, larger mold infestations can be much harder to handle. SERVPRO of Kenton County has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. We proudly serve Fort Mitchell, Covington, Elsmere, Crestview Hills, and other surrounding Kentucky communities with our professional mold remediation services.

A Few Facts About Mold...

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors and grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold can cause health effects in people with mold sensitivity.

When water invades your property, mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours. A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting. If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business, stay out of the affected area, turn off the HVAC system and fans, and contact SERVPRO of Kenton County for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Kenton County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation effectively and in a timely manner.

For more information visit: http://www.SERVPROkentoncounty.com/mold-remediation