How to Tell the Difference Between Mildew and Mold
If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, give us a call for fast and professional remediation!
While any fungal growth in your home or business is unpleasant, knowing the difference between mildew and mold is important before starting a remediation project to remove the fungi and prevent further damage.
Differences between Mildew and Mold
Telling the difference between mildew and mold can be difficult, but there are some clues that can help you determine the type of fungus in your property. Mildew commonly has the following characteristics:
- Powdery or fluffy appearance
- Gray or white color that darkens with time
- Relatively easy to remove
Mold, on the other hand, is often described by the following adjectives:
- Slimy or fuzzy
- Black, green or other color depending on the type
- Invasive and harder to remove
In some instances, a homeowner or maintenance staff may be unable to determine the type of fungus present. In such cases, a professional hygienist or air quality inspector can determine the best course of action to take.
So while there are many differences between the two fungi, they do share a key similarity: Both mildew and mold need moisture to thrive. This means that mildew and mold can both be prevented by keeping your home dry, with an indoor humidity below 50%. If necessary, run a dehumidifier to keep within those levels. Air conditioning can also help dry out your home. Mildew and mold easily grow in higher moisture areas of a home or business, such as in a crawlspace, bathroom, wash room, etc. Look for signs of fungal growth in these areas when doing routine cleaning or inspections. Both mildew growth and mold damage are easier to mitigate if caught early.
Generally speaking, mildew is easier to clean than mold growth. There are a variety of cleaners available that can kill mildew. As long as you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask and gloves, you should be able to safely clean mildew growth yourself. However, mold growth often needs to be professionally cleaned, especially if the infestation is large.
If you need help with either mildew or mold damage in your Venice Florida home, a certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of Venice can help. We have the equipment and experience to address the issue safely and get your home back to normal. Call 941-484-7777 for fast response to your mold problem.
Watch the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Watch Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC
Enjoy watching the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EST December 26th, 2020 at Gerald J Ford Stadium in Dallas Texas - Televised on ABC
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.
"Playing on the Saturday after Christmas is a perfect fit for our game,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “We are very much looking forward to being able to thank our first responders on a national scale in front of an ABC audience.”
In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.
Ford Stadium was the site of the contest last December, marking the first time that the game, previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and TicketCity Bowl, was contested at a site other than Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Schools who have competed in the first decade of the First Responder Bowl include: Army West Point, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.
Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.
For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
Help! My Kitchen has flooded!
Don't Panic! Call SERVPRO of Venice to cleanup and restore your flooded kitchen!
Help! My Kitchen has flooded!
As soon as you walk downstairs or into your kitchen area, your senses kick in and immediately you know that there is a problem. A strange odor is in the air, there are some weird noises, you feel wetness coming through your socks or slippers, and then you see it: water is everywhere on your kitchen floor!
You see not just a wet floor though, as your eyes move around, you also notice that the cabinets, appliances, bar stools, and anything that touches the floor are now soaked in water. Avoid panicking! Now is the time to take action, and do it fast to avoid further damage to your home. Following these next steps will help you prevent more damage and allow for quicker restoration of your home.
The number one thing to keep in mind is YOUR SAFETY! If you do not feel comfortable or safe doing any of these steps, call for help immediately.
How to Deal With a Flooded Kitchen
If the flooding is small, and you are able to stop the source of the water damage, then you may be able to clean it up quickly and on your own. From our experience, this is not the case in most water damage events. If you are not sure of what to do, call your local SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration company to assist. Following are tips to help minimize the damage and the amount of restoration needed to get your home back to normal.
- Turn off the water: If you can see that the water leak can be stopped by closing the supply line valves (normally located under the sink), or if not sure turn the main water line off. Pro-TIP: Notate where your main water line shutoff is located before you have an accident! Tag it if possible and let any other family members know where it is. In most cases the main water shutoff is located in the garage before the hot water heater, or on the side of the road. If you cannot find it, call your water supply company.
- Turn off the power: For any room that is affected with water damage, you want to turn off the water until you know it is safe. After you have turned off the power, and you can safely do so, unplug any appliances, TV’s, or anything else electrically powered.
- Turn off gas/propane: Flooding can potentially damage gas supply lines, regulators, and burners. If damage is noticed, have your appliances inspected to ensure they are still safely operable.
- Clear the room: Move anything that you safely can to a dry area of your home, such as a patio, garage, or any other room that has a hard flooring surface. Remember that water damaged furniture can stain. So if you have to put it in a carpeted room or if the furniture is too heavy to move, use some kind of blocker to prevent staining. Aluminum foil and wood or Styrofoam blocks can help prevent water wicking up the furniture and from staining to occur.
- Remove the water: Safely remove as much water as possible. DO NOT use a household vacuum. Only use mops, brooms, or if you have access to one, a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water.
- What’s the damage: Take a look at the flooded areas. If the job is too big and you’ve noticed that the baseboards, cabinets doors or kick plates are swollen, you will want to contact a cleanup and restoration company. Professional water extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other dry out equipment will ensure that your property is properly dried out, and helps reduce the possibility for a mold outbreak. Most companies, like SERVPRO of Venice, offer 24/7 emergency services for water damage because we know that time is of the essence. The quicker it can be dried, the less damage you will have and the lower the cost to restore your kitchen.
Professional Tip: Be prepared for when disaster hits by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your home and/or business. There is no cost or commitment for using this service. Our goal is to help you be better prepared for when a natural or man-made catastrophic event occurs. This ERP allows you to notate where your property’s shut offs are located, emergency contact numbers for local authorities and your vendors, and other critical information to help reduce damage when disaster strikes.
If your home or business has experienced a flooded kitchen, please give SERVPRO of Venice a call at 941-484-7777 for fast and professional cleanup and restoration services.
Mold Facts For your Venice Florida Home
If your home has mold damage, SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!
Did you know that microscopic mold spores are naturally occurring, both indoors and outdoors? This makes it impossible to fully "remove all mold" from a home or business as some mold remediation businesses claim. At SERVPRO of Venice, our goal is to reduce the mold spore count back to its natural or "baseline level". so while some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, remember this 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 – (941)484-7777
Be Prepared for When Disaster Threatens Your Home or Business
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!
Although Hurricane Season is almost over (The 'season' runs from June 1 - November 30), we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. And now is the best time to be prepared.
Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and "Be Prepared."
Following are some useful news, weather, shelter and government links for those who live in the Venice Florida area. Please note that sometimes links change and you may need to search for an updated source of information. This information is to help you, but should not be your only source. Contact your local emergency management service for more information.
Sarasota County Emergency Management Info:
Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:
Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors
Look for fun things to do around the home with your family this Halloween!
When we think of 'Halloween Safety Tips' our first thoughts tend to be towards the safety of our children. Fire-resistant costumes and accessories, using reflective tape if out after dark, and always have an adult accompany young children when walking through the neighborhood or going to community events.
One area that may be overlooked for safety is that of our senior citizens. With the current (as of October 2020) COVID-19 pandemic putting our seniors at a higher risk, and with Halloween being a festive time for visiting friends, families, and even trick-or-treating neighbors, senior safety is of upmost importance.
Following are some tips to help reduce the risk during Halloween for our senior citizens in the Venice, Florida area:
- Follow local community guidelines for events and activities. As every community is different in how it is being affected by COVID-19, what is allowed in one state or town may not be in another. If traveling or a snowbird, check with the local authorities for any restrictions or advice.
- Wear a Mask! If you are wearing a decorative mask as part of a costume, please ensure it is protective or that you have a recommended protective face covering on below it.
- If you are staying home to hand out candy, ensure your home is well lit and that all walkways are clear of trip-hazards or fire-hazards (do not use flame-lit candles outside or anywhere near a curtain or other flammable objects).
- Have someone spend the evening with you, or if you know someone who has dementia or a physical limitation, stay the evening or overnight with them to help them distribute candy and stay safe.
- Use your peephole before answering the bell! Make sure you can clearly see who is at your doorstep before opening up. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door, keep it closed.
- When you are done handing out candy for the evening, put a 'Sorry no more candy!" sign on the porch to discourage more visitors.
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for most, and by following some additional safety tips, it can be for all. Remember that for seniors who are suffering from dementia or have limitations, Halloween may not be that much fun due to noises, and an increase in visitors, door knocks, and doorbell rings. If you are trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, please keep this in mind and be respectful when visiting.
Storm or Flooding Damage? SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!
We are here to make storm and flood damage "Like it never even happened."
In Venice Florida, we always have to be aware of the weather. From flash floods and severe thunderstorms, to tropical storms and hurricanes, there are consistent weather threats to our homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Venice specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Faster Response - Since 1978
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Venice Florida we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States, including right here in Florida.
- Does you home or business have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Venice at 941-484-7777 -
October is Fire Prevention Month
Replace your smoke alarm batteries and ensure they work at least annually!
With cooler weather coming to even our area over the next few months, now is the time to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire in your home or place of business. Almost all fires are preventable, but when they happen, they can cause damage, stress, and loss to your family, possessions, and home.
Following are some tips that can help you ensure your family, home, and business are protected and prepared in the event there is a fire.
Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires and fire injuries and winter is the peak time for fire related deaths and injuries. Minimize your risk when cooking:
- Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
- When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop
Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross (PS: It does get cold enough in Florida that you will need to heat your home!)
- Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
- Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
- If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters
- When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over
Along with cooking and heating, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:
- Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
- Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
- Switch to flameless candles
- Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet
Along with these tips to prevent fires, it is essential that your home and business are prepared in case there is a fire. That means:
- Have an escape plan! Review it with the family and coworkers/staff to ensure everyone knows how to exit the building, where to meet, and how to provide first aid if necessary.
- Check your smoke alarms and change the batteries at least once a year.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall
- Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms
- Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf
By being prepared and knowing your plan, you and your family will be able to rest easier and have a greater chance of surviving a home fire.
What is CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned?
Whether your organization is large or small, you can count on Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to make your facility ready to reopen and stay open!
Have you heard about the new cleaning service we offer at SERVPRO of Venice? Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning and always adheres to the cleaning and disinfection standards set by the CDC. SERVPRO of Venice professionals have been on the frontlines of proactive and reactive COVID-related cleanup and are Here to Help as your business reopens and wants to stay open!
At SERVPRO of Venice, we are committed to bringing a deeper level of clean to your business, and with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we are helping to safeguard our communities with a higher standard of clean for all Americans.
Remember that when your customers and clients see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, they can walk in with confidence. Because they will know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.
Contact us 24-7, 365 days a year and we will help your business or organization get back to normal!
Protect Your Business with these Mold Damage Tips!
Large or Small Business and Commercial Mold Remediation
Mold! That four letter word that seems to be everywhere! When most folks think of mold, they think of issues within residential homes and condominiums. However, mold can affect your business office, warehouse, and commercial building too. While most business often have more rigorous in-house inspections and year round maintenance or facility managers, mold can still appear at your business location, especially after a storm, water or fire damage, or other catastrophic event. It can often go unnoticed in areas that are not frequently used, from storage rooms or that office area no one has used for a while, or under cabinets, crawl spaces, and other seldom used areas.
If you notice mold or your employees or clients have mentioned a 'musty smell', you should take the following steps to mitigate the mold as soon as possible, because it will not go away on its own!
- Find the source! Mold needs four things to survive and grow/spread: Food (any organic material, including dust!), Moisture/Humidity, Oxygen, and an ideal temperature range around 75-88 degrees, however some mold have optimal growth at lower temperatures, even as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit according to some studies.
- Fix the source! If you have an active water intrusion or leak, get it repaired and dried out as soon as possible. The longer the water damage continues, the larger your challenge for cleanup will be. If your HVAC system is not running optimally, get it tested and repaired as soon as possible. Most buildings today are built very airtight, with little natural airflow to help regulate air fluctuations, so having an efficient and well running HVAC system is very important in the Venice Florida area.
- However, if you do have mold in a certain area, you want to close off the HVAC returns and vents in that area to prevent the spread of spores to other areas of your business, and do NOT blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Do not attempt to clean with bleach or other disinfectants as these often do not fully remove the mold roots and when sprayed directly on the mold, can create spores that spread by going airborne.
- If you suspect you have mold, give SERVPRO of Venice a call. We will do a no-cost walk-through of your property and help you with the next steps, which often involve having a state licensed Industrial Hygienist (IH) or Mold Assessor to provide testing and developing a protocol for mitigation.
Please remember this: There is no such thing as 'mold removal'. Mold naturally found everywhere, but mold mitigation is what we do. If you have a mold problem, give us a call to help make it "Like it never even happened."