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Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many business owners or space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that have appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will get you back up and running again, call us anytime 24/7 at (800) 455-9453. We will return your business back to normal and make it "Like it never even happened."

The Commercial Resources SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Has to Offer

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles on roll SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster

When looking for cleanup for your business, we at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can help with our commercial resources. Whether it is cleanup after a disaster or mold remediation, we help the Lehigh Valley’s businesses get back to conducting business as usual, as fast as possible. Nobody likes a disaster of any kind, and we are here to help you through it.

Lost time in cleanup for water or fire damage is better spent in your doing productive work for increased business opportunities. As professionals in the Easton area, we are nearby and ready to help with disaster cleanup. Our expertise can help you through our extensive commercial resources:

Water Damage Restoration

Flooding and water damage seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. We know that and can help you get back to work with our:

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained water damage specialists
  • Restoration know-how

No matter the location of the water damage, whether in a small office building or big box store, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion to ensure your business is up and running again as quickly as possible. Our technicians have the training and certifications they need to handle your restoration needs, no matter the size.

Fire Damage Restoration

Lost productivity is the biggest result of fire and smoke damage. With firefighting systems, water damage may also occur from water used. As a trusted leader in fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall knows the ins and outs of fire damage and the extra damage that can come with it and are well-equipped to handle it, including:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Water Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Because mold, whether from a leak or plumbing, can cause serious problems and health risks to those who enter your business, give us a call at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to discuss how we can manage it as we work fast to address the mold. We work fast to contain the mold growth and prevent it from spreading further. Our technicians are well-trained, including:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Cleaning Service

We address everyday soil and grime that are beyond the scope of your janitorial staff.

Storm and Major Events

Whether you need our elite large-loss specialists who work with the hospitality industry, universities and property managers, or you have damage from a storm, wind and rain, we can help. With our 24-hour emergency service, we will be there quickly to assess and fix the damage. Moreover, we work with your insurance to make the process as seamless as possible.

Here at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. 

SERVPRO Professionals Wear Many Hats

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Different hats on a table SERVPRO Hats Over the Years

”Commercial Buildings Are Not Large Houses!”

Our local SERVPRO franchise has several team members specifically trained in Commercial Loss scenarios and this is one of the first things they learn when attending an Institute Of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) class.

Drying and restoring commercial properties can be very complex and pose a multitude of situations not typically found in residential properties. Some of the differences between commercial and residential properties are obvious, such as size and uses, but others may not be that obvious like intricacies in HVAC systems, and complex electrical systems.

Other differences in commercial and residential structures that may concern a restorer will be things like public access, multiple stakeholders, construction materials & building codes, as well as the potential for increased safety issues in a commercial property.

Our certified Commercial Drying Specialists know the differences between commercial and residential properties and can “change hats” instantly from one to the other with very little effort. This ability to understand and adapt to these differences is one of the many things that help our restorers stand out in the restoration industry. It is also the reason that the majority of municipalities, utility companies, property management firms, healthcare facilities, and school systems in our area trust SERVPRO for all their restoration and cleaning needs.

SERVPRO is also on the cutting edge of document drying science and have the ability to dry, clean, sanitize, and restore documents once deemed unsalvageable a few years ago. This can save a business thousands of dollars and major headaches if these documents are ever needed to be produced.

Another advantage SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has over other restoration companies is that although our local franchise can produce most commercial jobs on our own, if we get a job that is beyond our local capabilities, we can have our Corporate Large Loss Division assist us with staff and equipment to handle any size disaster.

Knowing the differences between residential and commercial properties is very important in our industry and if a restorer does not understand those differences, it could lead to catastrophic results from safety issues, or much higher cost of a commercial project than is necessary. Trust your business to the pros in the know, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We are standing by 24/7/365 for ALL your restoration and cleaning needs.

Four Fire Preparation Strategies

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Three people in the conflagration preventive extinguisher training program. Safety concept. Train employees in fire safety

4 Keys Aspects Of Fire Preparation

A Stockertown, PA, business fire can be very destructive. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare your business. The following are four key aspects of fire preparation:

1. Maintain Fire Extinguishers. Fire extinguishers and other fire-suppression equipment, such as fire blankets, are your best shot at keeping a small fire from growing into a large destructive fire. Make sure you have at least one extinguisher within 75 feet of all locations prone to fires, such as kitchens or areas with combustible materials. Keep extinguishers up-to-date and clear of any obstructions so that they can be reached easily.

2. Train Employees in Fire Safety. Employees should know the location of all fire extinguishers and exit routes. Hold fire drills routinely so that everyone is familiar with the protocols in the event of a business fire. Make sure there are appropriate evacuation routes for disabled employees.

3. Maintain Fire Alarms. Smoke detectors and fire alarms can minimize fire damage by alerting occupants to danger early. These systems should be checked routinely. Make sure the detectors and alarms are not blocked and are easily accessible. Change the batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions. If your alarm system is connected to the building's power supply, make sure the backup batteries are properly maintained.

4. Routinely Inspect Electrical Systems. Electrical fires are very common. Have your electrical system professionally inspected every five years unless your electrician recommends a different frequency. Only allow licensed electricians to perform work in your building. Additionally, make sure the area around electrical panels is clear for a minimum of three feet. Make sure outlets do not have any exposed wiring or other noticeable problems. Do not use extension cords permanently. Have a system in place for employees to report any electrical hazards they notice.
Even the most conscientious owner can suffer a business fire. If you need help restoring your commercial building, a certified restoration service can get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Where Do Floodwater and Storm Water Come From?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

River Feale bursts its banks during post-storm flooding Storm water damage in Forks Township, PA

When water damage impacts your business in Forks Township, PA, there can be a lot of confusion following the event. One of the biggest challenges that business owners face after a storm is determining whether the damage can be classified as storm or flood damage. This key distinction makes a significant difference in terms of what type of insurance you’ll need and how professionals will help restore your building. Here’s what to know about where floodwater and storm water comes from.

Where Floodwater Originates

According to most insurance policies, there’s a clear difference between storm damage and flooding. This difference mainly concerns where the two forms of water come from. For example, floodwater typically describes water that comes from the following sources:

  • Rivers
  • Dams
  • Lakes
  • Creeks
  • Levees

Water that originates from these natural sources is normally considered floodwater if it escapes its original source and causes damage to your business.

Where Storm Water Originates
Damage from storm water is very different from flood damage. When looking into your insurance policy, you may notice that there are a clear set of guidelines regarding the origin of storm water. In most cases, storm water refers to water that comes from drains as well as rainwater. When water from a rainstorm or thunderstorm accumulates and doesn’t know where to go, it may target your commercial building and lead to severe water damage. Many people mistakenly consider this to be a result of a flood, but it’s generally categorized as storm damage according to insurance providers and restoration experts.
The line that separates flooding and storm water may seem like a very fine one. However, by learning where each type of damage comes from, you will gain a better understanding of how the water damage in your Forks Township, PA, business can be classified. Whether you’re dealing with storm or flood damage, be sure to rely on emergency restoration services to revive your commercial building.

The Facts About Mold and the Odor it Causes

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Side View Of A Shocked Young Woman Looking At Mold On Wall Mold often has a pungent, musty odor

There are a lot of things you never want to see in your office building. Mold is certainly high on the list. As if the sight of this fungus isn't enough, the smell can be unpleasant too. In fact, it's often the odor that gives mold away. You may not easily spot it, especially if it's inside the walls or ceiling, or under a sink. Mycotoxin release is a big reason why the putrid smell permeates the area.

When and Where it Grows

There's nothing magical about the appearance of mold in Easton, PA. This fungus will grow and spread under certain conditions. It's helpful to be aware of the places it can show up and what events lead to the need for mold remediation. Some of these include:

  • After food is left in a break room refrigerator for several weeks
  • After a pipe bursts in the basement boiler room
  • When water leaks through the roof after a severe rainstorm 

Clues Your Nose Can Pick Up

People in your building may first begin to complain about certain smells in the workplace. Mold often has a pungent, musty odor. Some people may describe it as the smell of wet socks or rotten wood. Another way to think about it is how it smells outside after it rains. People may even say mold has an earthy odor. 

Why it Stinks

During particular stages of its growth, mold will release mycotoxin into the air. These organic compounds are a collection of what the fungus consumes to multiply. 

How To Get Rid of It

It is vital to call a professional mold cleanup team to get rid of mold. These specialists will use powerful disinfectant to remove the fungus. Plus, to eliminate the smell, the crews will use HEPA air filtration machines. You can do your part too, but ensuring there is good airflow in your building. 
The terrible smell of mold comes from mycotoxin release. You can do something about this by enlisting the help of experienced professionals.

Commercial Services | Industrial Hygienists

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Industrial Hygienist writing on a clipboard wearing safety vest and hard hat Commercial Services - Industrial Hygienists

Do you have a mold problem or just a dirty basement? To answer these questions professionals, need to be consulted to find scientific answers. Industrial Hygienists are specialists in identifying issues in workplaces or public facilities that could pose risk to those occupying the building. They can provide testing, protocols and consulting to help mitigate, remediate or eliminate these issues.

When dealing with mold there are two tests that can be performed to discover if you truly have an issue or not. The first test is the Indoor Air Quality test. During this test a sample of air is taken utilizing an air pump and special filter that traps air particles that will later be analyzed by a lab. Based on the particles collected the I.H. can determine how contaminated the air is. The second type of test is called a lift test. This is used to identify how contaminated surfaces are. A sticky tape is utilized to take a sample to be analyzed by a lab. Either way before jumping to conclusions about mold be sure that you have the proper science being used to back up your decisions.

Commercial Real Estate Services

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall offers a complete collection of real estate services for both residential and commercial facilities alike. While commercial real estate and residential real estate have similar goals, their clients are much different. Business professionals expect a lot from real estate brokers. They require immediate attention and quick solutions to keep their business running.

SERVPRO can offer commercial carpet cleaning, deodorization services, duct cleaning, drape cleaning or upholstery cleaning. For emergency situations we also offer crime scene clean up or biohazard clean up services. Lastly, if a business requires a fit out for their new space, we also offer post construction clean ups. So, if you’re in the Commercial real estate profession, reach out to us so we can show you how SERVPRO can be a vital asset to your business.

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Commercial Water Damage | Tenant Safety

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Man standing in a flooded office with over a foot of water Commercial Water Damage

Commercial facilities are filled with a variety of different tenants. Any given building may house anything from a manufacturing company to a law firm. However, one thing remains the same. Most people have never been faced with the challenges and chaos that large scale water damages can bring. Here are a list of things you should keep in mind NOT to do if faced with a water damage.

DO NOT

  • Enter rooms with deep water that could have electrical hazards
  • Enter any water effected area that may be under construction or have any electrical issues
  • Leave rugs or any important documents in water damaged areas
  • Turn on or off any appliances such as computers, laptops, TV’s monitors, etc
  • Turn on lights or ceiling fans with water damaged ceilings

Always have a plan in place on how to deal with a disaster. If you do not already have one in place reach out to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We can provide a free Emergency Ready Profile for your business at any time.

800-455-9453

Commercial Services | Document Drying

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Large document drying chamber in a warehouse SERVPRO Document Drying Chamber

Are you a business professional that has a facility that is required to maintain documents for a set period of time? Lawyers, Dentists, Offices, Medical service providers and a whole host of other types of facilities are filled with vital documents. After a disaster these types of locations may be left with a big problem on their hands. How do they get their paperwork back so they can function or meet legal requirements?

Look no further than SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We are fully equipped with our own document restoration chamber and document restoration specialists. No matter where you are in the country, we can help facilitate the shipping, storage, and restoration of your documents. Whether is one filing cabinet or a whole library don’t let wet or damage documents put you behind the eight ball.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

800-455-9453

What You Need to Know About Commercial Insurance

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial insurance claims following a major damage to a facility can become difficult to manage if you do not have the proper knowledge or vendor involved with the process. Many projects can become bogged down in red tape or even worse, they may result in the insured having to pay fees out of pocket following a loss. Here is what you should know about your insurance prior to a loss:

  • Who is your insurance carrier?
  • What is your insurance deductible?
  • What does your insurance cover you for?
  • Do you have mold coverage?
  • Do you have any insurance Limits? (for example, do you have a 100,000 cap on contents)
  • Are you self-insured?

Having knowledge of all these areas before a loss occurs can greatly streamline how quickly your claim is processed. It will also help you be able to make informed decisions on how to move forward after a major facility catastrophe. The key is to make sure you have a plan, know your coverage, and have a trusted vendor like SERVPRO to help get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

Drying Commercial Spaces - Desiccant Dehumidification

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Large desiccant dehumidifier being ducted into a commercial structure Commercial Dehumidification

Commercial spaces often mean larger scale projects with many different factors. Is the space conditioned or unconditioned? Is there adequate power available or will portable power need to be brought in? Does the business own the building or are they a tenant? Finding answers to these questions are critical but what are some questions that pop up after a job has begun?

Due to commercial buildings complexity a proper drying plan needs to be put in place. This means identifying the answers to all the previous questions but also asking questions like, “what materials am I drying, how fast to they need to get dry, what is the best equipment to utilize.” On large scale projects with a variety of materials Desiccant dehumidification is king. Desiccant dehumidification utilizes hot dry air that is ducted from outside to help dry dense materials such as hardwoods, plaster, or lathe more efficiently than traditional dehumidification. They also can handle larger spaces more easily. When you look for a restoration company for your restoration needs, make sure they have the right tools for the job.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

800-455-9453

Commercial Properties in Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (800) 455-9453 for fast help.

Are you ready? SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Wants To Help Your Commercial Building Prepare For When Disasters Happen

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Catastrophic weather is nothing out of the ordinary anymore for us.  Recently the United States have been affected by many different types of disasters.  Flooding, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards threaten homes, businesses, and communities.  Statistically as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster, this is according to recent industry research.  The majority of these businesses that do survive these disasters were prepared and had a preparedness plan in place.

Pre-planning can serve as an additional insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!

Preparation is an important component in making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or flooding as we have recently experienced this past August into September.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens.  Contact your local SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to establish your Emergency Ready Program.

Emergency Ready Program

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.

(This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.)

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

(Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”)

  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

(It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

(This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.)

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

(This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.)

For more info on our ERP programs, call (800) 455-9453 to have one of our professionals assess your building and put together this great tool for your business.

SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Assessment

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Lehigh Valley commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Easton

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have a question?

Call us today (800) 455-9453

Restoring Your Lehigh Valley Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Lehigh Valley commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Is Your Office Prepared for an Emergency?

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

While you should always be prepared for an emergency, National Preparedness Month is a great time to go over your emergency plan(s) in your office building. Go over this list and make sure your office prepared for anything!

  1. Whether you work in a high-rise office building or in a single story building, it is important that you have your team prepared in case of an emergency. Take some time this month to meet with your team and practice different evacuation routes. It is important that everyone know at least TWO WAYS OUT from EVERY ROOM.

  2. Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers (and to replace any that may have expired). Set a schedule for replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s best to replace the batteries before they run out of juice. Regular maintenance of air vents and sprinkler systems are also a great way to AVOID an emergency situation. Sometimes the best preparation is active prevention.

  3. Another way to make sure your staff is prepared for an emergency is to hold or offer classes for you team to learn potential life-saving skills! The Red Cross offers classes for CPR, First Aid, and AED among other skills.

Disasters and emergencies don’t plan ahead, but you can!

Mold in Your Commercial Property

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere. Issues arise after water and food sources are made available to the spores. These two factors allow the mold to colonize. Take this picture for example. Mold does not typically form on metal. However, the pipes had a significant enough amount of dust to allow it to support the mold colony. Keep this in mind when you are completing spring cleaning.

Once a problem area of mold is found the first step is making sure to alleviate the moisture issues. The second step is having the mold remediated. Often customers worry about what type of mold may exist in their home. According to SERVPRO, “Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.” Long story short, if you suspect a mold problem. Contact the professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.”