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Mold Testing & Mold Removal In Sebring Home

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal - image of mold in petri dishes Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses.

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses. The ice and snow that is prevalent can lead to excess moisture, especially in buildings with poor ventilation. Once they have appeared inside a building, they can grow quickly if action is not taken.

There are several mold and mildew warning signs that business owners and homeowners need to know. Other than obviously seeing mold itself, other signs include an excessive amount of humidity, an unpleasant musty smell, and evidence of prior excessive moisture issues such as water stains. 

Because of the inherent risks associated with mold and mildew, it is strongly recommended that homeowners and business owners hire an experienced professional mold removal company. SERVPRO is staffed with mold removal experts who can effectively and efficiently inspect and eliminate mildew, mold, and fungus. Anyone who is experiencing a mold infestation must act quickly before the problem gets even worse. Excess water can cause mold and mildew to multiply rapidly. The more mildew is prevalent, the more difficult (and costly) the removal process will become. Contact SERVPRO today to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is your Sebring Expert.

Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Sebring Home

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal Mold growth like this can cause health effects.

Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Sebring Home

Although white molds are an issue in many homes, they don't carry the same reputation as the black variety. This is mainly because concerns of Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, have been so overblown. While color can be used to narrow down mold species, it does not serve as a completely accurate identifier. Whereas Stachybotrys is invariably black in color, other molds, like Penicillium, Aspergillus and Cladosporium can come in a number of colors. Furthermore, there are numerous other varieties of mold that can be black.

White molds can be far more difficult to identify. These are frequently mistaken for crystalline mineral deposits on a stone called efflorescence. This happens due to water passing through the porous material and moving salts to the surface. Once the moisture evaporates, it leaves behind a white, often feathery substance that can look strikingly similar to white mold.

Where Does White Mold Typically Appear in Homes?

White molds will grow anywhere in a home that has the ideal conditions for other mold growth. Generally, this involves any place that is dark, moist, and cool. White mold can be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, basements, and bathrooms and tends to favor wood, carpet, drywall, and other moisture-retaining materials, causing mold damage. It can even grow on furniture.

Distinguishing Between Efflorescence and White Mold

Having your mold problem analyzed by a qualified inspector will help you discover whether the growth is efflorescence or white mold. However, you can do some testing on your own. When misted with water, efflorescence will usually dissolve. This does not occur with white mold growth. The material you find the growth on can also help. Whereas efflorescence only develops on stone, brick, and cement, mold prefers wood and sheetrock. The smell can also be an indicator of mold damage, but this is somewhat less reliable. White mold will smell musty, like a wet basement, but efflorescence will not have a smell.

Can White Mold Be Harmful?

A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience health effects. If there is considerable mold growth in your home, none of it should be viewed as safe. It's essential to pinpoint the reason for the mold growth, then follow through with the proper remediation and mold damage repair process, no matter what color the mold is.

Can Testing Help Identify White Mold?

By taking a sample of the mold, the species can be correctly identified. Taking samples usually consists of swabbing, bulk-sampling, and tape lifts. The sampling process is performed by a trained technician and analyzed in a lab. Once at the lab, it will be determined whether the substance is truly mold, and if it is, which species it fits into.

What Special Considerations Are There When Cleaning Up White Mold?

No matter what color the mold is, it's recommended to treat them all the same. It's important to be aware that several varieties of mold, even those that are not toxic, can trigger health effects in sensitive people. In light of this, the mold's color has no bearing on how mold damage should be approached in Lakeland. The issue becomes even more complicated when you consider that experts are still not certain of the allergy-causing properties of most mold species. Therefore, experts strongly recommend treating them all as potential health hazards.

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

Our Highly Trained Experts Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Detect Mold In Your Lakeland Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

While mold and mildew exist in almost all environments, they need humid conditions to fulfill their life cycles.

Detecting The Source Of Moist Conditions That Caused Mold Damage In Lakeland Homes

Keeping your interior environment comfortable for your family in Lakeland also helps keep microbial infestations under control. While mold and mildew exist in almost all environments, they need humid conditions to fulfill their life cycles. The activities carried out once they leave their dormant stage can cause extensive damage to your property and some infestations can cause health effects in occupants.

SERVPRO technicians help Lakeland homeowners find what caused mold damage to develop in their house. Small-sized infrared imaging devices help show us where higher-than-normal amounts of moisture exist. The readings from these devices often lead us to leaks in the home. Breaks in your exterior also let insect pests inside, making it crucial you close these off and make any needed repairs. Once you have these openings sealed off, we can begin remediation of the mold damage. We also must wait for the repairs of any leaky pipes, although we can repair minor problems with plumbing issues.

After these repairs take place, we measure again for moist materials. When this condition persists, we can install a low-maintenance dehumidifier to help control the amount of water vapor in the air. Allowing humidity to remain at excessive levels inside your house permits mold damage to reappear in the near future.

Remediation of mold damage removes the majority of the spores that can cause reinfestation. Containing the area, we work in, and our use of negative air pressure helps reduce the spores from the environment outside your home, as well. HEPA filters on our air scrubbers eliminate spores from the air, and we then dispose of these, so they never complete their goal.

Damaged materials require special handling before we remove them from your home, so we double bag these and apply an antimicrobial spray to the exterior of the bags. Dust on the floor from the cutting away and extraction of these moldy materials can contain mold spores and bits of living mold, so we remove these with vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA filters. When mold damage affects extensive areas in a home, we use several air scrubbers to remove spores that existed before our arrival.

Mold can show up in homes around Lake Placid, Lorida, and Avon Park. They range in various colors and exhibit different characteristics. Some look wet and slimy while others have the appearance similar to fluffy cotton. Other times, mold seems like a stain. Regardless of its appearance, SERVPRO of Highlands County can remediate mold damage and bring the microbial population in your residence back to normal, healthy numbers. Call us at (863) 446-0258 to learn more about how we can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

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