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How do I detect Black Mold and What if I find it?

July 20, 2017 by  
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You want to look first in places where water flows, such as near pipes and sinks, or places where you know there’s been leaks or flood water in the past. Check spots where moisture accumulates such as surfaces with condensation, humid areas or any other places where you often see moisture collect. Rooms that are routinely wet, like the bathroom, laundry and kitchen are common locations for mold.

You also need to look for signs of water damage. Water damaged areas usually show signs such as warping or bulging.  Stained, cracked or peeling paint are also signs to look for. Small dots can be a clue there’s more collecting nearby.black mold on wall surface

Drywall and air ducts are also common places for mold to grow.

If you do find mold make sure not to disturb it. Large  colonies should not be removed without properly sealing off the room first and following best practice removal methods.  You will need to seek professional help for proper remediation.  Attempting to remove it on your own can create more problems, risking the health and well being of those living in the affected area.

Professional inspectors are generally a good idea because they can locate hidden mold in the home. The tips we’ve provided can help with finding visible mold, but they are often an indicator that more is probably growing. If you think you have identified an area where hidden mold is potentially growing you will need a full inspection to properly look into the area.

This kind of inspection usually involves removing surfaces to look behind them for hidden spots, like drilling a hole in the wall to insert a borescope to look in the wall cavity.

This is where it’s necessary to hire a professional inspector to find the hidden mold with minimal damage to your home.

If you attempt to do such an inspection yourself, be sure to wear protective equipment. This is because there is a good chance you could trigger the release of large amounts of spores into the air in the process.

A thorough inspection for hidden mold also includes lifting carpet to check underneath, looking behind paneling, looking behind ceiling tiles, looking under wallpaper, looking inside air ducts and moving furniture or insulation to check behind.

Your house could have hidden mold if you’ve had flooding or leaks. Leaks in pipes which run behind walls are an especially common cause. Another sign is if you can smell mold or you have allergic symptoms but you can’t see any actual growth.

In summary, if you visibly see signs of mold in your home, you may want to consider contacting a professional to inspect it.  Black mold remediation is best handled by experienced professionals.  Mellon Certified Restoration has over 35 years experience in these remediation services that go beyond the typical specialties required by most property damage jobs.

Mellon Certified Restoration is celebrating its 35th anniversary!

June 5, 2017 by  
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Mellon Certified Restoration 35 YearsAs Jim Mellon reflects on the last 35 years, this is what he had to say, “I would like to thank our staff for a job “Well Done”!

Over the years I have had so many hard working individuals working for me that have made Mellon Certified Restoration such a success. Without them we wouldn’t be celebrating our 35th Anniversary. What a ride it has been and where did 35 years go?”

History of Mellon Certified Restoration
As the company’s president and owner, Jim Mellon’s interest in restoration began in 1982. As a general contractor and a Delaware County area firefighter, he personally experienced a major property fire loss and quickly discovered that specialized skills, equipment and education were required to correctly restore his property. That was the spark that ignited a new direction! Pardon the pun!

Beginning in 1988, with some new found knowledge and skills, Jim Mellon General Contracting, Inc.’s core business was gradually moving from general contracting work to the more defined, restoration of peril damaged property niche. In 1992, the company officially became known as Mellon Certified Restoration.

Recognizing that there was still much to understand and learn about insurance related restoration, Jim joined ASCR (now RIA) in 1994. He went on to fulfill the rigorous educational requirements of the National Institute of Disaster Restoration (NIDR), earning the prestigious Certified Restorer (CR) designation in 1995.

In 1996, the company adopted a new logo and coined the slogan “We Bring Order to Chaos” to reflect what truly is the mission of the fire & water restoration company.

In 2000, the company acquired one of its larger competitors in the restoration business, adding five additional office locations in Pennsylvania which overnight, nearly doubled its volume of business and increased the employee base by 100%.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in business in 2012, the company also established its 7th full service Branch in Williamsport, PA.

The future never looked brighter! To meet the growing needs of its clients and customers, the company has progressed from 1 office – 1 employee – 1 vehicle with very basic equipment to 7 locations – over 100 employees – 80 vehicles and a large inventory of specialized, state-of-the-art equipment.

Always looking forward, Mellon Certified Restoration pledges to continue its involvement with local civic and industry associations and to build upon its great reputation for “bringing order to chaos” to commercial & residential property owners.

Jim Mellon's first MCR truck in 1982

Jim Mellon’s first MCR truck in 1982

Mellon Certified Restoration trucks

A few of the current fleet of Mellon Certified Restoration trucks