Is There Mold Or Mildew in Your Palm Beach County Home?
Knowing the difference between mildew and mold can make all the difference for your time and money. Call a professional today!
Your Palm Beach home has recently experienced water damage from possibly a burst pipe, overflown tub or sink, or even a flooded carpet. You also might have already called an emergency services restoration company (hopefully it was SERVPRO) to perform water extraction and remediation. A week goes by and you begin to notice a musty, damp smell in your house. An immediate thought for most residents might be mold. But could it be mildew as well?
Both mold and mildew are members of the fungi family, which thrive in warm, moist areas or surfaces. They can both grow on a multitude of surfaces, especially in a home that has undergone water removal and cleanup. With one being significantly less pesky or harmful, there are ways to identify mold from mildew. As a Palm Beach County homeowner, knowing the difference is vital.
If the affected ares are noticeable, look at the color and patches in which the mold or possible mildew is growing. Mildew tends to be patchy in grey or white colors, while mold can appear black or green and in larger amounts.
Should either nuisance be hidden from sight, there are ways to test the problem.
1. Mold Testing Kits
These kits include air tests, surface or bulking tests. Each kit can help you test for mold in a home, to determine whether it is mildew or truly a more serious matter.
2. Professional Testing
While there are some at-home mold testing kits that are useful, nothing surpasses the expertise and experience of a mold professional. Calling in a mold specialist to perform a mold inspection to a home or business, ensures the guarantee they will detect mold or mildew correctly. A mold expert will also pinpoint the source and recommend a way to mitigate the affected area damage and remove it from your home.
Call a certified mold specialist at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach to schedule your home or business inspection today! (561)-795-5410
Is Mold Inside Your Palm Beach County Home's Air Vents?
Mold may be lurking in your Palm Beach County home's air vent.
Palm Beach County is home to all sorts of weather. Most of the year calls for beautiful, sunny weather. West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas are not always so sunny and can often bring relentless storms causing multiple issues for homeowners.
Flooding, backed up street drains, clogged gutters or leaky roofs are just a few of the problematic symptoms of a storm. Mold, however, might be one of the most prevalent and pesky issues Florida homeowners deal with.
While it is important to know the different types of mold, it is also imperative to know where it can form and fester. Mold can be found in many places throughout a home including, drywalls, insulation, and bathrooms, thriving off of humid conditions. Most Palm Beach homeowners with mold damage, are able to identify the growth and source. However, what if the area the mold growth in your home is located is not easily identifiable?
Harmful mold can be lurking in your air vents and can cause health effects. Mold in air vents and mold in your home's central air system is not always evident to someone who is not a professional. Immediate mold removal and restoration in your West Palm Beach home is crucial.
Consult with a mold removal professional like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach. Our Certified Mold Remediation crew will give you and your family peace of mind with a mold-free and worry-free home.
Call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach today to schedule an appointment, (561)-795-5410.
Steps for Palm Beach County Homeowners To Restore Home After A Fire
Calling a professional restoration service for fire damage is imperative to proper cleaning.
Disasters can strike at any time and can differ from one accident to the next. A leaky pipe might burst causing water damage or a storm might cause flood damage. Fires are on the list of unexpected disasters. Does your Palm Beach home or business have a plan of action should a fire occur?
Fire damage can be very stressful for a home or business owner. Fires may bring loss of items, smoke damage, soot, and odor. After your initial call to an emergency service, like your local fire department and first responders, make sure you check a few other items off your list.
Calling your insurance agent should be immediate. Following that phone call, calling an emergency restoration service, like SERVPRO, is just as important. A restoration company has certified technicians who are familiar with fire and property damage to your Palm Beach home or business.
When surveying damage to your property and belongings, if you do not already keep one, create an inventory. Listing your belongings will aid both your insurance and the restoration company in salvaging and cleaning any items that might have experienced harm.
Calling in the professionals ensures an experienced crew will mitigate any further harm caused by improper cleaning or time of resolution. Companies like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, use multiple methods and equipment to begin restoring any damage caused by a fire to your home or business. Technicians aid in salvaging, cleaning, and removing odors caused by a fire.
Your home is not a home without you in it. Let the experts at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach get you back into your home sooner with excellent customer service and fire damage restoration services. It will be "Like it never even happened".
Call your local professionals at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach when disaster hits, (561)795-5410.
When Hurricane Season Ends and How to Continue to Stay Prepared for Hurricanes
Prepare a checklist for your family and home during Hurricane Season
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th. While, the East Coast has had a particularly quiet season so far, West Palm Beach residents should not let their guard down just yet.
Hurricanes can be the most violent and damaging storms. For Palm Beach residents, hurricanes can cause water damage, including flooding and mold, and hurricane wind damage to homes.
With two months left of the 2018 Hurricane Season, Palm Beach county homeowners should remain hurricane ready as the effects of hurricanes can cause serious damage. At SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, we always provide our customers with tips we follow ourselves to prepare their home and families.
Tips for Hurricane Safety and Emergency Plans
- Have an evacuation plan for you and your family. Depending on where your home is located in Palm Beach, you may be in an evacuation zone and staying home may not be an option. Knowing where the appropriate hurricane evacuation routes in Palm Beach County and hurricane shelters in Palm Beach County are, is vital to your safety.
- Prepare your home to prevent as much storm damage as possible. Trimming trees on your property, clearing any rain gutters and placing hurricane shutters can help in safeguarding your home from hurricane damage.
- Prepare hurricane emergency kits for each family member. These kits can include:
- A gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- A battery-powered radio
- A flashlight and extra batteries
- A first aid kit and needed medicine
- Sanitary items
- Cellphone chargers
- Any important documents
- Keep a list of important numbers to call after the storm. These numbers can include your local power company to report any outages or fallen wires, emergency services, or local goods stores.
Assessing your home after a hurricane is just as important as preparing it for one. Any hurricane damage may affect the safety of your home and your loved ones. Rely on a professional company like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, to help assess any water damage or flooding, mold, or fire after a natural disaster.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 if you experience hurricane damages this hurricane season.
4 Ways To Combat Mold
Mildew is a white or black substance that you can find growing on in the bathroom...It thrives in warm and humid places...
Eliminate The Moisture
Mildew is a white or black substance that you can find growing on in the bathroom, usually on grout. It thrives in warm and humid places, so an important step to take is to make sure you keep all areas dry and clean in your bathroom. By stretching out and opening shower curtains and keeping on top of the cleaning in your bathroom you can prevent the growth of mildew drastically.
Use Cleaning Products
There are many cleaning easy and affordable products to use when it comes to cleaning your bathroom. One of those products is bleach, and this product can be extremely effective towards combating mold. Mixing 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water, then using it in either a spray bottle or a bucket and sponge to clean the affected area will greatly help you clean any mildew. To avoid mildew growth don't wipe the clean area once you're done cleaning it. Of course bleach is not the perfect go to product, it cannot be used on porous materials and furniture like wood. Bleach is an intense cleaning product with harsh fumes and mixing it with ammonia or other cleaners can be extremely dangerous and toxic.
Remove Large Infestations
Mold is known to grow behind walls and unseen places in a house, leaving homeowners clueless until they smell odors or notice stains and discoloring on their walls. If that becomes the case, the mold will have to literally be cut out of drywall carpets.
If you have a persistent infestation, you may need to hire a mold remediation specialist like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach. We will thoroughly inspect your home to determine the extent of the infestation, and afterward we will let you know the next steps needed to take care of the mold in your home.
Severe West Palm Beach Rains Can Cause Mold Damage To Your Home Or Business
Florida's unpredictability when it comes to weather and humidity can make these issues very common to deal with.
Did You Know? The most severe damages caused by bad weather on your home or office will not show right away: as time slowly passes by, these damages begin to show up. We're talking about mildew and mold, a costly culprit to host in your home. Florida's unpredictability when it comes to weather and humidity can make these issues very common to deal with.
The early stage of mold is called Mildew, and it can be the result of a tiny leak followed after a bad storm or even a light rainfall. We broke down what mildew is below: Mold and mildew are fungi, which are microscopic organisms and simple in nature. They survive and do well in wet and moist environments. Unfortunately mold is necessary for our environment to thrive because they help leaves decay which in turns helps soil enrichment. Although it's good for outdoor nature, no one likes having mold destroying the inside of their home.
Mildew and mold is known to grow on carpets, fabric, insulation, wood furniture and other organic materials.
How To Keep Your Home Safe When Using Candles
Make sure candles are out of reach from pets and children. Curious hands and paws may strike disaster at any given time if a candle is left within rea
Candles can add a touch of warmth and lovely scents to your home, but with these following safety tips you can be sure to use your candles with ease of mind each time. Take a look at a few tips we've gathered for you below, and avoid a fire disaster.
- Make sure to keep a burning candle within your sight. Turn off candles when you leave your home/room and before going to sleep. To make sure it's fully turned off check that the wick is completely black and not glowing.
- Avoid placing candles near flammable items. Items like paper, books, wood, furniture and other flammable decorations should be avoided.
- Make sure candles are out of reach from pets and children. Curious hands and paws may strike disaster at any given time if a candle is left within reach.
- Cut candlewicks down to 1/4 inches long before each candle use. Long candle wicks can burn unevenly and become a danger.
- Your candle holder should be specifically for candle use only. A heat resistant, large and strong candle holder will catch wax drops and melted wax from the candle.
How Fast Does Water Damage Effect A Home?
Water damage in weeks time: Mold starts to root into organic matters and ruins it's complete integrity.
When dealing with water damage, time is not on your side unfortunately. The firs part of the destruction is not as bad as the second part which eventually takes place as time goes by and it causes severe damage to your beloved home. Below are the side effects of water damage when left untreated in a home.
Water damage in minutes time
• Contaminated water spreads quickly and increases the costs of claims.
• Furniture not intended to withstand moisture because of the finish, starts to turn a white color.
• Furniture that is on carpet will begin to stain the carpet and saturate it by leaking through the fabrics in carpet.
Water damage in hours time
• Furniture that is in direct contact with the water will start to swell and delaminate (peeling of laminate finish, and more)
• Regular household smells will be heightened by the humidity in the air and become overwhelming.
• Fabrics that have non-colorfast dyes will start to bleed.
Water damage in days time
• Musty odors and fungi will begin to appear.
• Wood floorings can become unsalvageable and warping of wood becomes extremely noticeable.
• Wallpaper begins to peel away and "paint blisters" appear.
• Structural wood pieces begin to split apart and warp.
Water damage in weeks time
• Mold starts to root into organic matters and ruins it's complete integrity.
• Occupants in the home have to be evacuated because of health hazards.
• Allergies may become.
• A complete gutting of the structure may be necessary, which will costs to go up in numbers.
Don't let your home or office become a victim of costly water damage repairs, call SERPVRO of West Palm Beach to help remove the water and mold before it becomes worst and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (561)795-5410
How To Prevent Your Furry Friends From Starting Fires
Invest in Flameless Candles...these candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame.
"The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:
1. Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
2. Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a
3. Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
4. Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Help Firefighters Help Your Pets:
- Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
If you're located in West Palm Beach and are in need of disaster restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561)795-5410
What Can Cause Mold In Your West Palm Beach Home
Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.
What Mold Needs to Grow
Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:
- Mold spores
- A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
- Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
- Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
- Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
- Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)
Moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes.
So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem. The pros of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can help with any mold problem you may encounter, call us at (561)795-5410 for a list of our mold remediation and removal services.