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Facts You Need to Know About Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island
If you are facing a water damage situation in your home or commercial property, mold growth is likely occurring. In fact, mold can begin growing within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.
Knowing the steps to take in this situation is vital, which is why we’re using this blog to provide you with an overview of what exactly mold remediation is.<6cc31f8fde662d61416a1d6edf853705>Do You Understand Mold Remediation?
It is very likely that you’ve seen ads for mold remediation with the promise of mold removal, but the latter of the two is not true. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation, further setting the goal of lowering mold levels back to a normal and safe level.
Mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both inside and outdoors. However, they only become an issue when a minor problem is ignored, allowing it to become major mold infestation.
In a mold remediation situation, technicians isolate all of the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, it will be done by either closing all doors and windows or sealing off all doorways and openings completely with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is suppressed through misting process.
All of the wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded using plastic bags. The technicians will then ensure that all areas exposed to and affected by the mold are thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum may be used in some cases to help with the removal of contamination and debris.
A biocide is used to treat the mold-affected area and then left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. The following day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate the affected area and beyond.<6cc31f8fde662d61416a1d6edf853705>It’s Best to Call the Professionals
If there is a chance your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. Upon evaluating the size of the problem, you should call a professional mold remediation company if the mold-affected area is more than 10 square feet.
Be sure that the professionals you call are highly trained and certified in areas like:
- Applied microbial remediation
- Water damage restoration
- Applied structural drying
While some homeowners and business owners have successfully resolved minor mold issues on their own, the best way to handle mold is to contact the professionals for the quick and safe resolution to the problem.
At SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.
Bradenton Residents: Bleach does not kill mold!
Does bleach kill mold? Read more about killing mold in Bradenton.
Recently we received a call from a Property Manager in Bradenton because they noticed some mold growing on the baseboard in one of the bathrooms and they wanted to know if bleach would kill the mold pores. Unfortunately, I had to give him the bad news that bleach will not kill mold spores.
Then I followed by explaining that the idea that bleach kills mold spores is one of those “urban myths” that has made its way into the do-it-yourself community, leading homeowners and property managers to believe that they can actually kill a mold problem by spraying a bleach solution onto a wall and then wiping it clean. But while the area appears to be clean and rid of the black fungus on the surface, this particular method actually makes the situation worse.
When mold and bleach interact, the mold spores react as if they are being attacked. Spraying the fungus down with bleach causes the mold to shoot off spores to protect itself. So, as you are wiping the surface, you are actually spreading the mold spores further out. If the cloth is used in other areas of the home, it can spread the mold to areas that were unaffected (otherwise known as cross contamination).
Mold thrives on moisture, and since the primary component of bleach is water, the solution actually feeds the fungus rather than kill it. Another reason bleach is no match for mold is because its chemicals, which include chlorine, do not penetrate through the porous areas of the sheetrock or wood where the deep roots of the mold spores are located.
Why you shouldn't use bleach on mold?
Another reason not to use bleach to combat a mold problem is because the solution is highly acidic, which can threaten the integrity of porous materials. The acidity levels in bleach wreak havoc on the fibers that compose most home building materials such as drywall and baseboard. And not only will the bleach compromise the integrity of the material, it will spread the mold spores to otherwise unaffected areas. Because this damage is occurring beneath the surface, it goes unseen and unnoticed.
While bleach can erase the unsightly black marks of mold spores on the surface, the fungus is still present in the wall. Mold has deep roots and can permeate to the outer areas of the wall, as it seeks out moisture and a food source. Since bleach can only clean up the ugly surface marks and not completely kill the roots, it is not a recommended solution for mold remediation.
SERVPRO never uses bleach on any of its mold remediation projects. Our professionally trained crews understand the problems that can arise out of using bleach on mold spores. With over 25 years of experience responding to property owners and managers with mold in their homes or businesses, handling mold projects throughout the 941 area code, our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment. As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO requires our staff to be trained and able to explain the different types of methods that can be used to clean up mold for our customers. We never sell our services based on fear but rather on information. If you need any help with eradicating a mold issues please feel free to contact us for an estimate.
Preventing Mold by Preventing Water Damage
After you’ve handled mold cleanup and remediation, proper mold prevention can keep it from coming back.
Water is everywhere – and so is mold, a pervasive pest and infestation that needs water to sprout from fungal spores into a full-on mold outbreak. That may make mold seem like an inevitability, but you have control over the mold in your Bradenton, FL, home; you have options for mold prevention. All you need to do to prevent mold is to prevent water damage.
Understanding the Different Types of Water Damage
Water damage in your home can take on many forms, but the most common and most likely to lead to mold growth are the following:
• Leaking roofs and windows, soaking water into insulation, windowsills, drywall, carpet, and other matter within the home
• Damaged or leaking pipes
• Broken or leaking appliances that cause puddling or standing water, or heavy condensation
• Humidity in the air caused by your climate or by showers and steam from the stove
• Flooding and storm damage
Mold prevention involves recognizing these common sources of growth and eliminating them before an infestation can take hold and spread.
What If I Already Have Mold?
You can still prevent additional spread of the infestation. Mold remediation and containment can be critical once you’ve discovered mold growth. You may need to shut off your HVAC system to prevent proliferation of mold spores throughout air ducts and do your best to seal off the area where the mold is growing before quickly scrubbing it off. Mold remediation specialists can also help you find the hidden sources of mold and eradicate them.
Once I Get Rid of Mold, Will It Come Back?
After you’ve handled mold cleanup and remediation, proper mold prevention can keep it from coming back – though you can never be rid of it entirely. The spores will always exist in your environment, but the key is keeping them from growing into mold by depriving them of the moisture they need to enter their next stage of development. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwestbradentonannamaria.com/.
Mold Emergency: What To Do When You Have a Mold Problem
If you have mold growing on your drywall, it is important to have SERVPRO come onsite and evaluate the situation.
When your home experiences water damage, it is important to have it cleaned up quickly, because black mold can start to grow within 24 to 48 hours. If you have a moisture problem, it is likely that you will eventually also have a mold problem. Here are a few tips on what to do and whom to enlist to help.
Mold only needs three criteria to thrive:
" Air flow
" A little time
Mold spores are transported through the air. Then, they settle in wet places and start to grow. To prevent the spread of mold in your home in Bradenton, FL you must control the airflow and moisture. The first thing you should do is turn off your HVAC system. This slows the spread of mold spores through the air and hopefully will protect your air ducts from an infestation of black mold. The second thing you must do is turn off the water. This helps to control moisture by cutting off any leaks throughout your home at the source.
Calling In the Experts
Depending on the type and extent of the damage, you may need to contact several professionals to help you with mold cleanup and the issues that exacerbate further growth. Your first call should be to a mold remediation specialist. The specialist can help you contain the mold problem in your home and start to fix it. It is also a good idea to have your air ducts inspected and, if a problem is found, cleaned before it can spread any further. Finally, as it does no good to fix a mold problem without addressing the moisture problem that led to it, you may need a plumber or some other water damage professional to take care of the root cause.
Black mold is not a problem to be taken lightly. If you act quickly, however, in initiating mold cleanup, you can fix the problem and prevent it from spreading. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastbradentonlakewoodranch.com for more information on mold.
5 Common Places to Find Mold
Mold spores are present indoors and outdoors and do not pose a major problem until they find an environment that is conducive to growth. If you have noticed a mold or mildew smell in a commercial property, check five of the most common places for signs of visible mold. If you smell mold but cannot find any evidence, you should contact a service in Bradenton, FL that provides mold testing services.
1. Near water sources: Mold requires moisture to thrive. Bathrooms and kitchens are more likely to develop a mildew smell and mold than drier and less humid areas. Other parts of the building exposed to water may run the risk of developing mold.
2. Appliances: Appliances that process water such as air conditioners or water heaters are also prone to developing mold. Condensate or drain pans and terminal units are common locations for mold colonies.
3. Ductwork: HVAC systems expose ductwork to humid air. If condensation accumulates in duct linings or a leak occurs, mold can develop. Make sure that air-flow rates are set at an appropriate level.
4. Walls: Condensation, roof leaks or mechanical system leaks can lead to the growth of visible or hidden mold within walls. Moist masonry or wallboard is particularly susceptible to mold growth.
5. Ceiling tiles: Depending on the material, ceiling tiles can absorb moisture that encourages the development of mold. Several common culprits include condensation from pipes, humidity around HVAC vents and leaks.
Inspect any part of a property with a mildew smell for visible mold, but do not try to find hidden mold. If you happen to disturb a colony in your search, you can spread many more mold spores throughout a property. If you are concerned about mold growth in a commercial property in Bradenton, FL contact a service that specializes in mold testing and clean-up as soon as possible.
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Bradenton Mold Remediation FAQs
Mold can cause serious health problems. If you have mold in your home or business, do not attempt to clean yourself. Call a pro - Call SERVPRO.
How harmful is mold to my health?
Depending on the type of mold and a person's immune system, the mycotoxins released by harmful types of mold may cause allergic reactions, including asthma, eye discomfort, skin rash and other irritations.
How do I identify a mold problem?
Check the air and surfaces in the area. If you notice a musty smell, then you have a mold problem. Additionally, different types of mold discolor surfaces with black and/or green specks. Look for mold in bathrooms, windows, crawl spaces, air conditioners, ventilation systems, leaky roofs, attics and basements.
Why have I found mold in several areas?
All fungi, like mold, release spores that travel along air currents. Unless a mold-infested area is sealed off, the spores spread throughout a building.
Why does mold grow in air ducts?
Poor duct maintenance and moisture from humidity or plumbing, wall or roof leaks give mold spores the perfect dark habitat for growth. The experienced team at SERVPRO of Bradenton use the IICRC (gold standard) guidelines to remove any mold growth.
Can I use bleach to remove mold?
Mold spores have roots. Liquid bleach is the wrong choice for several reasons: Bleach can't successfully penetrate all surfaces -- especially some porous materials -- and since it is wet it will help any missed mold regrow. Worse yet, bleach can hide a deeply rooted mold problem from a mold restoration and remediation firm like SERVPRO.
Do I need additional testing if I already know that I have mold in my home?
Testing determines the type of mold and the amount of cleaning that must be done to completely restore an area.
Can I use a DIY test kit?
Although DIY kits are inexpensive, they often provide false positive results. They also don't offer the data needed to determine the type of mold or the amount of spores in the air. Also,you need a CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist) to interpret the results and they can not be responsible for determining samples that may not have been collect properly.
How can I remove mold growth and spores from my home?
The best way is to hire a licensed mold remediation firm. Only a qualified and licensed expert, such as SERVPRO, can evaluate the problem and perform the correct tasks to remove mold from the air and surfaces, clean the infested area and safeguard against future growth.
Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- They are always present and only dangerous when reactivated by a high level of moisture.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed/stopped. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.