Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Mold Remediation, Start to Finish

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a fungus that thrives in environments where excess moisture is present, making this an especially common problem for property owners According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated tens of thousands, to perhaps three hundred thousand or more, different species of mold. Microscopic mold spores exist all around us. They float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet. Potentially dangerous mold growth can become a big problem for property owners, especially after floods, plumbing leaks, or water damage. If your property or home has a musty smell, suspect you may have mold. Mold takes effect and thrives quickly in environments of excessive moisture. Mold can begin to grow within 12-24 hours, cause property damage in as little as 48 hours and become visible within 72 hours. If you can see mold growing, your top priority should be to contact a professional for proper treatment and removal. Mold can cause health risks as well as structural damage to your property.  

In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. You may have heard stories about the dangers of black mold or toxic mold. While most molds are not a major problem, even benign mold, if given the opportunity, can grow to massive numbers. And large populations of normal environmental mold can overwhelm even a healthy immune system.

Mold Can Cause Health Effects

Therefore, any mold in your home or business should be treated with caution! Stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold. Also, higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, so keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. It is important to get rid of active mold growth. You should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mold. Moldy material must be removed and the damaged area reconstructed. Removal of mold is a serious endeavor. Mold remediation is best left to professionals trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mold to other rooms. The most effective way to protect your family and property from the threat of mold is to have professional mold remediation conducted as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Winter Haven has the expertise, training, and technology needed to do the job right.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation encompasses identifying and addressing the damage and health risks associated with mold issues in a structure. Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources (the cause of the mold growth) in order to reestablish a healthy environment. Expert mold remediation includes:

Assessment – A SERVPRO of Winter Haven technician will come into your home to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. He will then formulate a mold remediation plan.

Containment – The source of the moisture problem is addressed and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home with mold spores stirred up during the removal process.

Filtration – HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. The SERVPRO of Winter Haven technician will wear PPE to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.

Removal – Building materials and personal belongings in your home can be affected. Since mold is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mold doesn’t return is to remove affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners and sealants may be used to make treated areas more resistant to water and mold. You may need to have your heating and air conditioning systems professionally cleaned as well.

Drying – It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your SERVPRO of Winter Haven technician will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.

Repair – The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.

Testing – Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, moldy odors or visible mold to ensure the cleanup has been successful.

Mold Exposure

It is our goal to not only effectively remove mold from your property, but to also help you feel comfortable and confident in our abilities along the way. If your home or business had water damage or moisture issues in the past, you maybe still be at risk for dangerous mold growth to occur. For more information about our mold removal services or why you should choose us for your restoration project, contact us at SERVPRO of Winter Haven today at 863-551-5004.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City Licensed Mold Remediater

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

There are many different types of mold, knowing what type you are dealing with can answer many questions and help you decide if a professional re-mediator is right for you. SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Re-mediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. We do everything from testing, to re-mediating and to putting everything back to the way it was. Mold is nothing to play with, if disturbed the spores can spread. Do not hesitate to ask us some questions.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City makes it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call to find out more about the services we offer.

SERVPRO of Haines City/Polk City is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold , and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Mold Remediation in Florida

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Mold remediation licensing laws now are established in the states of TexasLouisianaFloridaMarylandNew York and Washington, DC. In Florida mold remediation has two certifications dictated by state stature. The steps are as follows

  1. Have a FL State Certified Mold Assessor evaluate & wrote a protocol for remediation
  2. Contract with a FL State Certified Mold Remediator to perform work per protocol.
  3. Have Mold Assessor that wrote protocol verify and provide clearance examination to ensure that mold has been re-mediated.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is proud to have both FL State Certified Mold Assessor & Mold Remediator on staff.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is also a Florida State Licensed Contractor CBC-1259536, so we can truly make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us, we are always here to help. 863-551-5004

Mold in a Bathroom

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a vanity

This is a photo of mold damage inside a bathroom vanity in Winter Haven, FL. Mold can be found in any part of your home that has been affected by water and has not been properly dried or any area that has a substantial amount of humidity. With the right conditions mold can potentially become a problem for a homeowner. If you or someone you know has a mold issue, give us a call. We are always here to help! 

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Mold Discovery

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Damage

This is a photo of mold that was discovered under the carpet of a home in Lakeland, FL. In the photo notice the discoloration of the flooring. This was caused by a leak in the roof that went undetected for a substantial amount of time. The homeowner called SERVPRO out to take care of the problem. The customer was thrilled to know that all the mold was gone, and his house was back to the way it was before the mold. 

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Suspect Mold?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect mold in your home give SERVPRO a call. We will be able to assist you in determining if you have mold even If you don’t see it. Our tests are accurate and to the point. It will tell you what kind of mold you have and how many spores, after that we will take it from there. We are always here to help. Don't hesitate to call and ask questions, we are certified mold remediators. 

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help

Dealing with Mold?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

If mold is a problem in your home give SERVPRO a call. We are always here to help. Whether it is a small spot that you noticed at the bottom of your drywall or a very large spot at the top of your drywall. No matter the place or the size, we will be able to set up an appointment for you with one of our certified managers, to come out and inspect the area. Don’t hesitate to call, we are always here to help.  

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

We Are SERVPRO

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

There are many different types of mold, knowing what type you are dealing with can answer many questions and help you decide if a professional remediator is right for you. SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. We do everything from testing, to remediating and to putting everything back to the way it was. Mold is nothing to play with, if disturbed the spores can spread. Do not hesitate to ask us some questions. SERVPRO of Winter Haven makes it like it never happened. Give us a call to find out more about the services we offer.