Mold Happens Fast…Don’t Hesitate If You Suspect an Issue
According to FloridaHealth.gov molds can grow almost anywhere there is enough moisture or high humidity, and here in the Southwest Florida communities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers, we have the perfect conditions for mold growth. Controlling moisture is the key to stopping indoor mold growth, because all molds require water to grow.
Moisture can come from:
- Flooding from the outside (storm water, overflowing lakes, streams, storm surge, etc.)
- Flooding from the indoor (overflow from sinks, tubs, toilets, air conditioner drain pans or sewerage systems)
- Condensation (caused by indoor humidity that is too high or surfaces that are too cold)
- Water leaks from outside the building (roof, walls, floors)
- Indoor plumbing leaks or broken water pipes
- Outdoor sprinkler spray hitting the walls, or indoor fire sprinklers
- Poor venting of kitchen and bathroom moisture (steam from shower or cooking)
- Humidifier use
- Drying wet clothes indoors, or not venting clothes dryers outdoors (including electric dryers)
- House plants (over watering, etc.)
- Moisture from our bodies (sweat, wet hair on pillows, breath)
- Warm, moist air from outdoors
- Liquid spills
Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold, especially here in sunny, humid Southwest Florida. Mold can spread throughout your property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. When mold is allowed to grow freely in the enclosed space of your home it increases your family’s risk of potential health problems. There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold: allergic illness, irritant effects, infection, and toxic effects. Building materials, household goods and furnishings may also be damaged. Mold needs to eat to survive, and it’s perfectly happy eating your home if you allow it.
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The easiest way to prevent the mold from gaining a foothold is to control dampness. Keep your home clean and dry. When water stands for even 24 hours, common molds can take hold. Keeping humidity levels below 60% and venting moisture from showering and cooking to the outside are several ways to prevent the conditions that can lead to mold growth. Other ways include:
- Clean and dry up spills within 24 hours
- Dry out wet building materials and carpets within 24 hours
- Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier to reduce the indoor humidity levels below 60%. If you have a central air conditioning system and need a dehumidifier to reduce relative humidity below 60%, you should have the air conditioning system examined for problems
- Do not carpet bathrooms or basements
- Note: While most experts suggest a relative humidity of less than 60%, below 50% is best for controlling both mold growth and dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic animals related to spiders, ticks and other mites. Dust mites eat mold and dead human or animal skin scales (flakes) and leave allergenic proteins. Dust mites reduce allergen production at these lower humidity levels.
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But, even if you’ve done all of the above, a leak due to bad plumbing, a faulty water heater, a leaky roof, a fire, or natural disaster such as hurricanes and heavy rains can lead to mold in your home or business. And mold is nothing to be taken lightly. Water damage is not just about removing the water. Even if the water seems to have disappeared or has been extracted, there is still the potential for issues until the structure and affected materials have been completely and thoroughly dried and remediated. So if you’ve had a water emergency, or if you think an area of your house smells musty, then call us for a mold inspection and remediation. We are a locally owned and operated company. We work for you and will help with all of the insurance paperwork as well.
When you hire any company for mold related work; ask to see their certifications, licensees, insurance certificates (including workers compensation and liability, testimonials and references. Our technicians are thoroughly trained and have earned the Microbial Remediation Certification from the Indoor Air Quality Council, and they can provide the high-quality services you need when you have mold in your home or place of business.
What’s involved with mold remediation
Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mold – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.
Mold inspection and damage assessment—We use only state certified inspectors and remediators, who in turn use the most advanced mold inspection equipment such as moisture meters, thermal cameras, and swab tests and air quality testers to discover the source of the mold.
Mold Containment—We will then close off the affected area so the mold spores will not contaminate the rest of your building.
Air filtration— Specialized air filters are set up to remove mold spores from the air.
Mold removal and moldy materials removal—Anything that is porous is subject to mold taking hold in it, so we will remove all affected material that is porous. Nonporous materials will be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners.
Drying and cleaning—Our professionals will clean dry out carpets and walls with professional drying equipment and then use specialized techniques and products to clean and sanitize your furniture, curtains, clothing and other restorable items affected by the mold.
Repair/restoration—Now clean, mold-free materials will be used to replace what was contaminated.
Testing—We follow up with another testing session to ensure the cleanup was successful.
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Certifications and License Information
- State Licensed Mold Remediator – MSR 2816.
- Register number 206103 – Applied Microbial Remediation Tech, Water Restoration Tech, & Fire, Smoke, Odor Tech. http://www.iicrc.org/
- RSA – Microbial Remediation. https://www.restorationsciencesacademy.com/Default.aspx
- Certified Green Indoor Air Quality Specialist & Mold Remediator.
In addition the project manager maintains:
- Florida All Lines Adjuster License – E110217 http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Data/AAR_ALIS1/LicenseeDetail.asp
- FEMA Flood Certified 70003636.
- Earned the Professional Claims Adjuster Designation from Central Florida Insurance School in 2004
- Frequently hired to complete peer reviews, appraisal, mediation, & provide expert witness testimony in litigated cases.
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