Recent Mold Remediation Posts
The Importance of Mold Removal Before Newborn Baby
For a parent-to-be there are many hypothetical, scary ideas and scenarios in the world. Many new parents do their best to take as many precautions and prepare for all that they can. For South Floridian parents specifically, they may plan for mosquitoes, critters, pool gates, and having many options to keep the baby cool during the summer months. One dreadful item to check off the list and which is often overlooked, can be mold.
Mold is not only found pretty much everywhere in nature but is particularly prevalent in Florida’s humid climate. The presence of mold is not always easily detected and can linger around for months or even years before becoming a known nuisance. Depending on the length of exposure and distinction of mold, health problems like allergies or respiratory issues can arise. Thankfully, short-term mold exposure for a pregnant woman is not suspected to be harmful. Even so, it is best to be sure that your home is mold-free pre-arrival of baby.
Calling a professional mold inspector or tester alleviates the stress and direct contact of potential mold. While inspectors usually conduct visible assessments, a parent-to-be should walk the inspector through all of their concerns as they will already go through areas of the house that are naturally more prone to mold. Providing access to restrictive areas, like the HVAC ducts or the attic, is also advised.
Once the inspection is completed, with hopefully no signs of mold, parents should still take precautionary measures. Air quality is important, especially for developing lungs. Keeping an air purifier large enough to filter the main common areas and even testing your air quality on a reoccurring basis, is a step in prevention and early detection of mold. Maintaining your home’s structure and checking for damage after any storm is pertinent. Implementing additional methods of drying areas that get wet and tend to stay wet, like under sinks or in a bathroom, is also preventative for mold growth.
The thought of becoming a parent can be scary and parenthood can be hard, but keeping them safe from mold should not be either. Make sure to prepare your home during and after pregnancy to protect your family.
Is There Mold Or Mildew in Your Palm Beach County Home?
Knowing the difference between mildew and mold can save homeowner's 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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Tips on Getting Rid of Mildew Smell in Carpet In Your West Palm Beach Home
Not only are musty carpets stinky but they could be a sign of mold as well.
After a carpet experiences water damage, it's more than likely to have a musty odor left behind. Not only are musty carpets stinky but they could be a sign of mold as well. Use the tips below to help you get rid of these smells if they haven't gotten out of hand. Although it may seem difficult to accomplish, finding the smell of mildew is a simple task. The first thing to do is to find out where the water damage is coming from and to make sure it's taken care of. Calling the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach to inspect and find any leaks or mold issues will make the dangerous part of dealing with mold easy for you.
Once you have addressed the original water damage and mold issues to prevent regrowth after cleaning, follow these steps to get rid of or prevent a mildew smell in your carpet:
Completely dry the affected area. If the room has windows, keep them open for several hours to distribute fresh air and speed drying. Dehumidifiers help remove moisture from both the air and your carpet fibers. Floor fans also increase air circulation, and pointing the airflow directly on your carpet will accelerate drying time.
Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. Mix one cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Gently spray the solution onto areas of the carpet that smell. Be sure not to oversaturate the area, since this can trigger more mold to grow.
Pour baking soda over the treated areas. Baking soda quickly absorbs odors and is safe to use around children and pets. Allow ample time for the baking soda to absorb any leftover moisture or odors, preferably overnight, and then vacuum it – and the smell – right up.
For a thorough cleaning of your carpets and to get your home inspected for mold call the pros of SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561)795-5410
How To Prevent & Get Rid of Bathroom Mold That Hasn't Gotten Out of Hand In Your West Palm Beach Home
Chances are you've experienced some type of mold in your bathroom, sneaky and invasive, mold can show up at anytime in a bathroom. Although mold is a common house problem in West Palm Beach, if it hasn't gotten out of hand and is not severe then it's easy to prevent and get rid of. It's not surprising that mold thrives in dark and damp spaces, especially one like a bathroom after showering.
Common Causes of Bathroom Mold:
-Moisture that stays around because of poor ventilation.
-A leaky sink, toilet or plumbing issue.
-Damp rugs, wood, wallpaper, etc.
-Chances are if you smell a musty odor or see mold, then there is a mold problem in your bathroom.
Finding the Mold in Your Bathroom
Mold found in the bathroom isn't so easy to find. Hidden places such as beneath sinks, shower doors and fans can harbor mold. Although the mold may be forming in your bathroom the problem could be starting in another room in your home. Poor ventilation is one of the major reasons why mold is forming.
To greatly reduce your chances of mold forming, early prevention is the key. The tips below can help you:
-Turn on your bathroom fan after every shower/bath and let it run for half an hour. Don't have one? Install one.
-Make sure your home's humidity level is below 50%, investing in a dehumidifier could greatly help.
-Buy a mildew-resistant bathroom curtain and replace or wash it regularly.
-Don't store shower essentials such as shampoo or sponges in the shower, they are perfect homes for mold to hide in and grow in.
-Frequently wash bathroom rugs.
Getting Rid of Mold
As long as the mold hasn't gotten out of hand there a few measures you can take to get rid of small amounts of mold:
-Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growth.
-Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. DON'T mix those products; mixing can cause TOXIC reactions.
-Open windows and doors while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mold.
If you are experiencing a mold problem too big for you to handle on your own, give the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach a call at (561)795-5410. We will be glad to remove the mold "Like it never even happened."
Is There Mold In Your West Palm Beach Roof?
It's true that mold spores are airborne and thrive in a humid environment, affecting your roof and ceiling structure.
Living in West Palm Beach, one of the most humid places in the USA, there is a chance your roof or another roof you've passed by is showing signs of mold. A humidity level of 60% or higher can put your roof at risk of mold growth. (The average relative humidity in June for WPB ranges from 69%-84%.) Have you seen black streaks, brown and green mold growth, or discoloration in these roofs? If yes, then it's a good idea to get the roof checked for mold before it becomes costly if it isn't already. Check out some tips we've gathered below to see how you can stop mold from being your worst nightmare.
GET FAMILIAR WITH MOLD
It's true that mold spores are airborne and thrive in a humid and hot environment. This means a roof that's not in direct sunlight, is collecting debris, and has drained water seeping into the foundation is a perfect roof for mold.
CHECK YOUR ROOF
By regularly having inspections done, you'll be able to tell right away if mold is present in your roof. If your roof is in shade and not in direct sunlight, inspections are especially important to get to make sure there is no mold. Experts suggest getting your roof checked annually.
CLEAN YOUR ROOF
Properly maintaining your roof by getting it annually inspected, regularly removing any debris, and cleaning your roof can prevent costly damages to your roof in the long run.
Call the pros at SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for more information on where to find trusted roofers, or if you're experiencing a mold problem. (561)795-5410
Making A Mold Remediation Easy With A "Production Crew Chief"
A Production Crew Chief helps maintain a good workflow for every Mold Remediation job performed.
One of SERVPRO®'s most vital aspects to it's superior job performance in Mold Remediation is having a great Production Crew Chief. Not only is it important to have technicians who are highly trained to complete the job, but the leadership that is set through the Production Crew Chief is what helps the job be completed quickly and efficiently. Below are just a few of the responsibilities held by the Production Crew Chief that show SERVPRO® cares about customer satisfaction when it comes to helping you with any size disaster.
- Quick response to service calls
- 24 hours a day.
- Fulfillment of SERVPRO® response commitment.
- Monitor, communicate, and respond to customer needs.
- Maintain communication, address customer needs, and resolve concerns.
Call us at (561) 795-5410 for more information or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROwestpalmbeachfl.com/ to see our complete list of services that we provide to help make any disaster "Like it never even happened".®
Removing Mold Damage In West Palm Beach
Our crew tapes off the infected area to keep mold spores contained during the mold remediation process.
Removing Mold Damage
Mold is a threat that likes to hide in West Palm Beach homes. The spores are normally inert and are no more a threat than common dirt that gets tracked in from the backyard. It is only when they have a source of moisture, do mold spores become active and grow unnoticed for weeks and even months.
By the time mold damage to a West Palm Beach home is noticed, the restoration costs can add up to several thousand dollars. Even adding in an insurance policy, the deductible amount still means a homeowner needs a professional company like SERVPRO to make certain he or she gets a good value for their money. We have created a set of four procedures to remove and clean mold as efficiently as possible.
It starts with containment. Technicians seal off every point of entry to the affected area. This includes not just doors and windows, but the air and heating vents as well. It is necessary to prevent loose spores from getting transferred to unaffected parts of the house as we clean the surfaces and prepare infested material we cannot clean for disposal.
That brings us to cleaning and removal. Our actions here depend on the kind of surfaces in the affected area. Inside a home, most are usually only two types. The two types are porous like fabrics, drywall, and carpets or non-porous like plastics, metal, and glass. In the case of porous material, we generally remove fabrics for cleaning like drapes and upholstered furniture and then dispose of drywall and carpets which are very difficult to completely clean and make mold free again.
For non-porous surfaces, technicians wipe them down with a dry cloth or sponge. If the layer is thick, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break up the mold in order to remove it. After this action, we bring in vacuums with HEPA filters. These filters are designed to capture even a single mold spores off the surface of a table, wall, or countertop.
Now, we wait for loose spores and contaminated dust to settle. Our cleaning actions stir up the air, and it takes time for spores to settle out onto the surfaces again. After enough time, we wipe everything down again and repeat this procedure until our air content meters show mold levels at normal for a home.
Our last step is to check the humidity levels and moisture content of building materials like drywall. If the content is too high, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to lower them in order to reduce the chance of mold starting to grow again after our team departs the home.
The weather looks good now, but more rain is on the way. If you have or suspect, mold in your home, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 today. We are here to help.
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Odor Removal After Mold Damage in West Palm Beach Homes
Finding mold in a part of your home can feel overwhelming. Contact the trained technicians at SERVPRO who deal with mold daily for remediation.
Our Certified Technicians Mitigate ALL Aspects of a Mold Infestation in Your Home Including Leftover Odors
If you live in West Palm Beach, you are probably familiar with the musty smell sometimes found in crawlspaces, attics, basements, and other areas where mold growth occurs. It is an unpleasant odor that can be difficult to clean up. A musty smell is most likely the result of possible moisture problems, high humidity, poor air circulation, and inadequate cleaning.
If you detect the presence of mold in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. We have a team of highly skilled mold damage control experts in West Palm Beach who are qualified to provide 24/7 emergency services. Our products are up to scratch with IICRC guidelines to ensure a thorough restoration process.
Mold odor is caused by molds and fungi growing where water is leaking. As they multiply in numbers, molds release a sulfur-containing gas that is easily noticeable. Over time, the fungi spread to other areas of your home, so it is important to treat any water damage as soon as it is discovered.
Wet wood is particularly prone to mold damage. SERVPRO has unique odor removal products that are very effective on wood. If the wood remains damp for some time, it starts to rot and produce a nasty smell. If you notice dark stains on wooden items, they are probably getting wet from a leak somewhere, ultimately promoting mold growth. This can happen to the baseboard that might have a pipe leakage behind it, or it can happen to an item in the storage shed.
Leaking roofs allow rainwater to penetrate inside, often leading up to a beam or other supporting house structure. Wet wood continues to rot and support mold growth until you stop the source of the moisture. If your walls start to look overly rundown, SERVPRO technicians can come in and check for any damage behind them. Mold and mildew grow on the paper backing and can darken in color, blister, start to flake, or peel off. Fungi that covers more than a small part of the wall usually indicate a significant problem and that particular area of the wall may have to be removed and replaced professionally.
Mold growth can leave a sour smell in your home, making it unpleasant to stay in the house. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of West Palm Beach can control any mold damage present. Call us today at (561) 795-5410.
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Five Things to Know About Mold Damage in West Palm Beach
Mold growth can lurk in the background for a long time before it spreads though your home, like in this homeowner's entertainment unit.
SERVPRO Technicians Look for Causes and Contributors to Mold Damage in Your Home
West Palm Beach is balmy and beautiful in warm weather. It is also humid and wet at times. Unfortunately, the tropical feeling conditions that visitors and residents alike love also give rise to humidity and where there is humidity there is the risk of fungal growth. Homeowners in West Palm Beach are aware of the problem of mold damage, and the difficulties of keeping mold away.
SERVPRO has much experience with mold damage in West Palm Beach. Our customers ask us many questions about mold, what it is, how it grows, and how best to prevent it from coming back. Here are five facts about mold damage that we would like to share with you.
1. Mold can grow almost anywhere if it has enough moisture and food. Moisture is key to fungal growth, so anywhere that is humid is a prime location for the spores to settle and grow. Mold also needs a food source – most organic materials work.
2. Mold is around us all the time. It is not a very pleasant thought, but in fact, invisible mold spores are present in almost all of nature. The spores settle anywhere that has good growing conditions and set to work growing a new colony.
3. There is no such thing as mold eradication. Customers often ask us if it is possible to eradicate mold. The answer is no; it is not feasible to remove fungus altogether because it is omnipresent. However, it is possible to discourage regrowth by removing water sources.
4. The visible part of the mold that you see with your naked eye is called the mycelium and is made up of many tiny thread-like cells called hyphae. The hyphae release spores which travel to other locations within your home and set up new colonies.
5. You can do a lot to discourage mold growth by keeping your home dry and well ventilated and fixing any leaks or damp patches as soon as you find them.
SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians are on hand for mold remediation in your home. We use a combination of scrubbing, wiping, and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible fungus. We also have negative air machines and dehumidifiers on hand to remove contaminated air and lower humidity.
For mold remediation in Runyon, South Bay, Watson and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach at (561) 795-5410 for assistance.
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What Remediation Technicians Can Do For Mold Damage In West Palm Beach
Mold Remediation Technician
The job of a mold damage remediation specialist is subject to more than a few mysteries. What is the purpose of these experts? Do they work alone? How effective are their services? Is it worth calling one out to help you with the mold problem in your home? Fortunately, the answers to all of these inquiries are very simple.
At SERVPRO, our remediation technicians are highly experienced. They have access to state of the art drying tools and powerful cleaning agents, but they are also armed with knowledge. They know that neutralizing mold damage in West Palm Beach depends on all kinds of external factors. So, they are always honest with customers about the true chance of success. As mold remediation can seem very complex to homeowners, SERVPRO believes that educating customers should be a key objective.
What Our Mold Technicians Do
The critical thing to remember is that mold remediation services are not the most senior experts. In fact, we work closely with Indoor Environmental Specialists and Indoor Air Quality Professionals. They can give us accurate, scientific information on the type of mold present in a property.
Then, it is our job to work out how best to neutralize the spread and stop it causing damage to the structural components of the house. So, we shape our approaches according to the advice of certified microbiologists, industrial hygienists, and scientists. Before cleaning damaged materials, the technicians must deal with the moisture which is causing the mold.
What Mold Technicians Don’t Do
We cannot independently carry out mold tests. If you suspect that there is a problem developing in your home, the technicians will inspect it and take samples. For instance, if there is a moisture problem in a carpet or section of wall, they might remove a small piece. These samples are then sent to external experts for testing.
It can take a couple of days for samples to come back, but in the meantime, the SERVPRO team can work on a suitable drying formula for your home. They will determine how many dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers are required, based on how much water must be extracted every hour. Removing the water makes the environment more hostile for the mold spores.
As we always try to explain to our customers, mold is a complex thing. It can be effectively neutralized, but a return to wet conditions may bring it back. This is why it is crucial that you take good care of your home after the remediation process is complete. Fix leaks, seal holes in window frames, and maintain the health of roof tiles and pipework.
If you speculate that there is a mold issue developing in your home, it is best to get in touch with a remediation team as soon as possible. Mold eats away at organic materials, so delaying could put your property at risk. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is a local company, and we can respond quickly. Call us 24/7 at (561) 795-5410.