Recent Mold Remediation Posts

How To Wash Moldy Clothes After Flooding In Pekin

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Wash the moldy clothes as soon as it is safe to do so!

After the flooding recedes and the cleanup process starts you are left with many questions.


One of the first and biggest issues to tackle is your clothes. Since you obviously need clothes to participate in everyday life you are going to want to get you and your family's clothes clean as soon as possible.

Here are a few tips to help make sure that your soiled moldy clothes get back to their pre-flood gloriousness.

First, check if your machines need to be cleaned. If they do follow this procedure:

  • Even if your washing machine was not flooded, avoid using it until you know that the water is safe enough to drink and that your sewer line works.
  • Before you wash clothes in the machine, run it through one full cycle.
  • Be sure to use hot water and a disinfectant or sanitizer, such as chlorine bleach.
  • Of course, if the machines are broken call a technician to come to help you first!

Now comes the washing of the clothes part ...

*It is best to wash clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course, make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.

  • When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles.
  • Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold. The sun has a natural bleaching effect that can also help to fade mold stains. 
  • Washing clothes in a solution of all-fabric bleach and water can kill mold. Bleach can also fade away stains left on clothes by mold. 

If you or someone you know has been affected by flood damage and need help with your home, call SERVPRO now!

*Source: Kenscleaner.weebly.com

What you need to know about mold in Pekin

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can set in quickly!

After the rivers have crested and once the flood waters have started to recede ... now the mold will start to grow!

The storm is over and gone, the rains and winds have subsided and the flooding rivers and waterways have stopped rising but just when you thought you finally had everything under control and you could start to go back to normal everyday life ... you find mold!

Mold can start to grow quickly, as a matter of fact in as little as just 48 hours in dark wet areas in and around your homes and office structures.

Mold can grow at a rapid pace and could possibly get out of hand very quickly.

When you have had significant water damage like people often do after major flooding especially like the people in the Carolinas have had after the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence and the flood that took place in the rivers afterward the last thing you want to worry about is mold.

Let the trained professionals of SERVPRO help you in this time of need!

Why Do I Have Mold In My Pekin Home?

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

It starts with a small drip then before you know it ... MOLD!

You do not know you have mold unless it is too late!

Your best bet for not finding mold in your Pekin home is to make sure you do not have excess water or moisture issues in your home.

If left untreated a water leak or excess moisture situation can turn into mold growth in as little as 48 hours. Especially here in the Illinois summers when conditions are almost always warm and humid, mold loves that environment!

If you suspect you have water leakage or excess moisture issues in your Pekin home call SERVPRO® today. We have the tools, training, and manpower to restore your home back to its wonderful self again. 

If you see or smell mold then you should definitely call SERVPRO® right away, we are experts in riding your home of that pesky problem!

We can do it all, call us today! 

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Algae or Mold In Pekin

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Is that mold?

Another hot Illinois summer is here and in full swing! 

That means pools and swimming. Your pool might at times look like it has mold around the outside or rim. It is most likely algae and not mold.

Algae can grow when the chlorine levels drop in your pool and then the sun is strong. It can turn a perfectly clear pool and make it greener than the Hulk in what seems like overnight.

If the algae are inside your pool call a pool technician to service your water if the algae are outside your pool, give it a few sprays with a bleach /water combo and if it doesn't go away in a day or two you might have mold.

If it turns out to be mold call SERVPRO® today!

To be 100% sure call the experts at SERVPRO® for any pool mold concerns today!

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Reducing Your Exposure to Mold In Pekin

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO blasts mold away in Pekin

Mold and mildew are common nuisances in our community.

However, you can greatly reduce the risk of infestation in your home. It’s worthwhile to consider because reducing exposure to mold in Pekin is important for both you and your home’s health and well-being. 


Mold spores in the home environment have been known to cause adverse health effects. In addition, mold colonies can cause unsightly damage to your home, like staining of furniture and carpeting. On top of that, mold can weaken the walls and foundation of your home, leading to structural deterioration.

While completely eradicating mold spores in your home environment is not possible, you can lessen the chance of mold infestation in your home.

Reduce your exposure to mold by following these three helpful tips from the remediation experts at your local SERVPRO:


1. Repair leaks quickly. 
2. Use a dehumidifier. 
3. Use cleansers that kill mold and mildew. 

If you find that mold or mildew grows inside your home, it could be signs of a more serious problem.

Call SERVPRO today to schedule an inspection: 

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Earth Day In North Central Tazewell County

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Earth Day Is Every Day

Earth Day is April 22, 2018, this year!

Although the number one strategy to help the world is to practice environmental consciousness every day, a dedicated national observance day to honor the earth comes in a close second.

We here at SERVPRO® are constantly cleaning up disasters and damages all over the planet so we would like to take this time to remind you to do something healthy and proactive for the survival of our precious world!

There are always activities in your area that need help and amazing opportunities to volunteer your time and resources.

If you can get out there and plant a tree or take some recycling to the recycle center or even make some sandwiches for the volunteers that are working hard for earth day.

Also, it is a great reminder that you should start to think about the spring cleaning and maintenance of your home (as well as mold removal) so that you do not get stuck with faulty equipment.

If you need our help call us today at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Mold Removal In North Central Tazewell County

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

We'll Remove Your Mold

Mold Removal is not very easy!

There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to removing mold. A lot of people think the task is easy until they keep getting the mold, again and again, then they realize they should call SERVPRO®.

If you want the mold gone the first thing you have to do is isolate it.

Then you have to prevent mold spores from spreading to other sections of the home, SERVPRO specializes in mold removal and can do this for you. 

Lastly, you have to remember to replace porous items that may have been exposed to the mold. You should definitely call an expert (SERVPRO®) if: 

  • There is mold in your HVAC system.
  • If you developed mold from contaminated water or plumbing problems.
  • You have an excessive amount of mold.
  • You have medical issues that could get worse with the introduction of mold.

SERVPRO® is available 24/7/365 to handle all of your mold removal needs, should the process be too complex, give us a call today.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Be Careful When Dealing With Mold

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Is Not Something To Take Lightly

SERVPRO handles water damages every day and knows that quick action is required to prevent mold growth.

Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your unit has sustained a recent water damage, it is so important to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused previous mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

Call us today to schedule a mold check for your home.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Black Mold In North Central Tazewell County

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Black Mold Can Be Toxic

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold”.

The news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any and all mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.

SERVPRO deals with mold all the time and has the right equipment to solve your mold issues. 

Managing Mold in Peoria

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Removing mold in Peoria is our job!

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present.

An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, potentially causing a public health problem.

The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. Possible health effects include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.

Take Precautions - If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

The presence of visible mold.

Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.

Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

Managing Mold

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Call us 309-346-5600 for your Mold Remediation Needs!!

Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, potentially causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. Possibly health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.

Take Precautions - If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

The presence of visible mold.

Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.

Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.