Recent Mold Remediation Posts

What the Colors of the Visible Mold in Your South Orlando Home Aren't Telling You About the Extent of the Infestation

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in South Orlando's Residences Restores Control to Homeowners

Any one of the hundreds of strains of microbes can end up causing homeowners in South Orlando problems. While several varieties always exist somewhere in your home, normal humidity levels keep the growth of microbes at a standstill.
 
Until the growth of microbes begins to grow too rapidly, residents do not need to worry about mold remediation and cleanup in South Orlando. A small incident that seems inconsequential, such as a leaky toilet base or a small overflow at the kitchen sink, can provide enough water to microbes in the area. Once exposed to moisture, they quickly become active and soon spread out across the surface. It does not take long before they form spores in preparation of colonizing other areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO technicians always arrive with the tools needed to get your home's microbial situation under control. We come prepared, ensuring that your home's situation gets assessed quickly and that the work progresses swiftly, from start to finish. Understanding the different aspects of mold, from the ways it can damage your home to the internationally accepted methods of eliminating that damage and the overgrowths that caused it is crucial to successfully remediating your home.
 
Restoring control of your home to you, "Like it never even happened," requires that we practice extensively and engage in different methods. No two homes are identical in either structure or circumstance, so knowing different methods for any particular situations gives us the upper hand over mold and mildew. We know that a crucial aspect of successful mold remediation is maintaining communication with our customer and ensuring that the homeowner understands effective measures that prevent microbes from reappearing.
 
We not only provide information about what we are doing and why when we work inside your home, but we also give you the information needed so you can spot potential situations that might cause mold damage to redevelop later. From the start, when we eliminate the source of moisture feeding the mold, to the end, when we apply antimicrobial agents to help eliminate any traces of mold and keep it from regrowing, we are here to make your home healthy again.
 
Call us, SERVPRO of South Orlando, at (407) 985-3200, so we can provide you with expert guidance and skilled mold remediation services. Please do not hesitate to call whenever you discover mold in your home.

When is Demolition Necessary for Mold in Your South Orlando Home?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Demolition in South Orlando is Strictly for Professionals, Here's Why

In commercial properties or large private residences, mold growth can spread rapidly and become a significant issue. In these circumstances it may be necessary to carry out a controlled demolition, removing structure to allow access to the source of damage. Properties built before 1978 can contain lead-based paints in their structure which turn to dust during demolition and can be extremely dangerous. Health effects can also be posed by certain types of mold. These are jobs for a professional.

It is generally quite rare for us to carry out mold demolition in Edgewood homes and commercial properties. This procedure is only necessary in cases where the damage is widespread and poses a health risk. Usually, SERVPRO sends tests to a laboratory to assess the level of mold growth before beginning a procedure like this due to the high level of the cost it can involve.

Demolishing structures are necessary when mold has become a significant problem and has spread throughout wall cavities, below subfloor or into crawlspaces. SERVPRO has many practical solutions for mold remediation, but almost all of them require access to the affected area. Removing parts of structure allows us to get your property back to preloss conditions and tackle mold using rapid-air movers, solvent-based wet cleaning and even soda, or ice blasting.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the dangers of this procedure. On arranging a call-out, we send an IICRC certificate holder to assess and remediate mold damage. We can also send an in-house remodeler or use a third party to help put your home back together. Part of our remit is to "always do what is right by the customer" which means we only undertake expensive proceedings like demolition when absolutely necessary.

Making it "Like it never even happened," is not just a slogan for us. We promise to use all expertise and equipment at our disposal to restore your home to its preloss conditions. Where possible, we restore items rather than replace them. As a homeowner or property manager, you need a service you can trust, we have a proven track record in this area that stands us in good stead with our community.

When mold gets out of hand, contact SERVPRO of South Orlando at (407) 985-3200 for second-to-none service.  

Never Get Stressed When Your South Orlando Property Experiences Mold Damage

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Plan a Mold Remediation Solution for Your South Orlando Home

Once we determine your building is safe to enter during mold damage remediation, moisture and visual mold assessment follow. When we are assessing the site, we look out for signs of mold growth, water damage, standing water, and we also talk to the property owner. We check behind the wallpaper, insulation, carpet backing and wallboard. Evaluation of attics and crawl spaces in your South Orlando property is essential during the inspection.
 
If the walls or surfaces of your South Orlando home have stains or some discoloration, there are chances that mold damage is present. Visible fuzzy growths on surfaces and earthy odors can also support that possibility. Surfaces whose moisture content is around 20% and over are vulnerable to mold growth and possible decomposition when the area is made of wood or cellulose composite. We use moisture meters when determining the material’s moisture content.
 
By looking at the level of contamination, our SERVPRO technicians are in a position to choose suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The four primary levels of mold contamination are level 1 (covering 10 square feet or less), level 2 (over 10 - 30 square feet), level 3 (over 30 - 100 square feet), and level 4 (exceed 100 square feet). Some of the PPE that we use include work boots, goggles, disposable overalls, earplugs, and N95–Disposable Respirators. When working in extensively contaminated areas, OSHA recommends the use of full-face or half-face respirators with P, N, or R100 cartridge.
 
In some cases, it is not possible to salvage porous items with visible mold, which means they should be discarded. Items that fall under that category are some drywall surfaces, textiles, upholstery, carpet padding, clothing, books, papers, and rugs. We place materials for disposal in plastic trash bags to reduce the potential for mold exposure and cross-contamination.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando has been in the cleaning and restoration industry for a long time and uses advanced equipment and technology to do the work. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to discover the several options we use to restore properties after a mishap or disaster.

Is There a Good Mold That Can Grow in Your South Orlando Home?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO Understands Both How to Find Mold and How to Help Prevent a Recurring Mold Infestation

There is much misinformation out there about mold and fungal growth. Primarily, this confusion stems from what is considered to be “good mold” and what can potentially cause health effects for you and other occupants of your South Orlando home. While mold has allowed for one of the most substantial breakthroughs in medical treatment (Penicillin) dating back to its discovery in a petri dish in 1928, there is no variety of mold growing in your home that can have a positive effect.
 
This fact makes it all the more important that you take the discovery of mold damages in your South Orlando residence very seriously. As mentioned above, exposure to mold growth can cause health effects. Not only this, but thriving mold colonies can degrade organic materials like the framework acting as the primary supports and load-bearing fixtures of your house.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals ensure that each of our qualified applied microbial remediation technicians gets fitted with the best protective equipment before entering a home with thriving mold colonies. This approach is to prevent the spread of this colony elsewhere, but also to ensure the safety of our technicians throughout the remediation process.
 
Often homeowners are not aware just how widespread mold colonies can become if they do not get handled as quickly as possible. These active spores continue to seat and thrive in moist, warm environments. Soon the spread of these colonies is challenging even for professional remediation technicians like our SERVPRO team to handle.
 
Taking care of the mold in your home is as much about mitigation as it is about remediation or restoration. The sooner that you can react to the discovery of mold damages in your home, the faster that our technicians can get to work on removing these colonies and restoring the damage that they have caused.
 
Finding mold growing in your home is nothing that any homeowner wants to see, but it is an unfortunate reality for many in the area on account of the heat and humidity. If you find, or believe you might have a colony growing in your home, do not hesitate to call our SERVPRO of South Orlando remediation technicians. You can reach us 24/7 at (407) 985-3200.

Why Choose Professional Mold Damage Remediation in South Orlando

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

South Orlando Homeowners Realize that SERVPRO Provides the Solutions for Mold Cleanup and Removal

It can be a badge of honor for some Belle Isle homeowners to try to manage as many home improvement and maintenance projects as possible on their own. Although many tasks complete successfully with some research and a little elbow grease, remediating mold damage is a job best left to experts. Our technicians have the knowledge, products, and equipment necessary for proper mold abatement.
 
A thorough understanding of the life cycle of fungi and characteristics of household mold damage requires hands-on training few South Orlando homeowners possess. It can be tempting to believe a cursory treatment with a diluted bleach solution and a cover-up with some mildew-resistant paint resolves the problem. We make sure our crew members master advanced classes in mold remediation and thoroughly consider all aspects of potential mold resurgence if the moisture that fuels microbial growth is not addressed.
 
The success of SERVPRO’s professional mold remediation relies upon information learned in Applied Microbial Remediation Technician training from the IICRC and protocols developed by the EPA. Mold can never be eliminated, and any company that promises such a result is not being transparent with clients. Mold spores are found everywhere, including both indoor and outdoor settings, impractical to eradicate in a household. Without a regular source of moisture, however, mold spores cause little to no damage. Consequently, finding and recommending a permanent fix to water incursion must be part of any remediation.
 
Once the spores absorb water, including scenarios where indoor humidity exceeds 60 percent, the fungi reproduce and multiply into colonies. Only oxygen and moisture are needed, meaning mold growth can remain hidden to the eye, easily spreading between walls and under eaves and flooring. A musty smell can be the only sign, and the edge of a colony seen in a damp corner of an attic or under a sink may be just a small sample of a much more massive unseen infestation. SERVPRO employees holding the Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification realize the futility of treating just the apparent mold damage. We investigate the situation fully, discovering the extent of the mold damage and devising a plan to contain and remove it.
 
When we take on your mold remediation challenge, we make sure you and your family remain protected during the removal of colonies through effective containment strategies. Physical barriers and negative pressure air scrubbers keep mold debris away from unaffected spaces as we work. HEPA filters remove spores and mold fragments from your indoor air, and EPA registered antimicrobials inhibit recurrence of mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of South Orlando encourages you to reach out to us for high-quality mold remediation services. Call us at (407) 985-3200 to set up a mold damage evaluation and abatement plan.

Signs Of Mold

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on walls near ceiling Mold Growth On Drywall Near Ceiling

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like that of a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of South Orlando for mold remediation services.

Remember significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours.  You might notice a strong, musty odor, this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible but the odor can help identify it.  Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business give SERVPRO of South Orlando a call at: (407) 895-3200.