Mold Remediation, Prevention And Removal.
Mold is one of the most common issues associated with flooding and plumbing failures. The health risks of mold in the home have been well-documented and may cause extensive property damage. Mold remediation can be an intensive process, and it is best handled sooner rather than later.
Molds are a type of fungus. They grow best in warm, moist environments and they survive by digesting decaying organic materials. Because they do not use chlorophyll to produce food, molds do not need sunlight to survive.
Mold growth can cause damage to your property and belongings and have disastrous effects on human health. Addressing mold problems as soon as they occur is the best way to prevent the damage from spreading. Tri-County All Restorations provides fast, effective mold remediation throughout South Florida as part of our complete restoration services for homes and businesses that have sustained damage from water, fires, smoke, or mold.
Materials That Commonly Harbor Mold:
- Drywall, gypsum, wood and plywood.
- Paper, cardboard and organic adhesives, as well as wallpaper and particle board.
- Mold also grows easily on painted surfaces, tile grout, and fabrics such as carpeting, upholstery and curtains.
Steps You Can Take To Inhibit Additional Mold Growth:
Keep HVAC systems maintained and change air filters regularly to prevent the buildup of mold spores in ducts and prevent the circulation of spores through indoor air.
Reduce the amount of moisture in your home by running ventilation fans while bathing and using your air conditioner to extract moisture from the air on hot, humid days.
If you are doing construction on your property, try to use products such as paints and flooring with antimicrobial properties, which makes them less susceptible to mold growth, even when there is a flood or water damage.
Inspect all roofing at least once a year to identify leaks and repair them immediately. Roof damage can easily go unnoticed and lead to extensive water damage and mold growth before caught and repaired.
At Tri-County All Restorations, we are dedicated to helping you recover from any type of disaster. We are sensitive to our clients’ needs in emergency situations and we are ready to help you with any type of property damage 24 hours a day. Call (954) 776-1717 for answers to your questions or to schedule a mold inspection or removal services.
10 Things You Should Know About Mold.
(These are based on the EPA's guidelines.)
1) The potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints. The best way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. In the event of flood or water damage, it is imperative to eliminate all moisture as quickly as possible. If your property is exposed to fire, wind or water damage, it is imperative to eliminate all sources of moisture.
2) You can reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation and using exhaust fans whenever engaged in cooking, dishwashing or cleaning.
3) In the event of water damage, clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
4) It may be possible to clean light mold off hard surfaces using water and detergent. These must be allowed to dry completely. Absorbent materials affected by mold, such as ceiling tiles and drywall, may need to be completely replaced. When the potential for mold is significant, the EPA recommends using the services of a licensed mold removal company.
5) In an area experiencing a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., near drinking fountains, sinks or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation.
6) Mold can be found almost anywhere; it can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that even grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods.
7) Mold is a fungus that is found everywhere – both indoors and outdoors -- all year round. Concern about indoor exposure to mold has increased along with public awareness that exposure to mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects. There are many thousands of species of mold and most mold found indoors comes from outdoor sources. It is most likely to grow and become a problem only when there is water damage, high humidity or dampness.
8) Mold produces and releases millions of microscopic spores. It can also produce toxic agents known as mycotoxins. Spores and mycotoxins can have negative effects on human health. People who are affected by mold exposures there can be a wide variation in how they react. People at greatest risk of health effects are individuals with allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory conditions, as well as infants and children, elderly people, and pregnant women.
9) Common household molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria and Aspergillus.
10) If there is the potential for mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and solve the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products produced dangerous, toxic fumes. When using bleach, be sure to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup.
What To Do If You Experience Mold Growth On Your Property
Prompt removal and treatment to prevent mold can save you money and protect your family from several serious health hazards. Completely abating mold is a more difficult task than you most people are aware. We highly recommend using the services of a qualified team of mold removal specialists, like Tri-County All Restorations.
Are You Or A Family Member Dealing With Allergies Or Other Sensitivities?
If you think you may have mold growing in your home, call our professionals at (954) 776-1717. We will can conduct a thorough, professional analysis and remove dangerous molds as quickly as possible. Finding mold on your property may also be an indication of a more serious water issue. Tri-County can determine where any excess moisture is coming from, repair the issue and protect both your property and your health.