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Understanding Mold and Indoor Air Quality in West Palm Beach
October is Healthy Lung Month and this week is National Respiratory Care Week, and according to the American Lung Association, clean air is essential for healthy lungs. In West Palm Beach, the humid climate could mean more irritants could be present in the home. Dampness can show up in visible moisture, like leaks or as high humidity. Dampness creates the environment for mold to grow. Excessive moisture also promotes the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria and viruses, which the American Lung Association suggests could potentially impact health.
Anyone—with or without allergies—may experience irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and throat from exposure to damp indoor air conditions. In addition to not helping our respiratory health, excessive moisture also leads to damage to surfaces such as woodwork or drywall that may become covered with dirt and dust. Molds produce organic compounds called mycotoxins that can potentially affect both inside and outside building structures. Thus it's important for all people living in an indoor environment - whether you're allergic or not –to maintain good ventilation.
Here are a few ways you can improve indoor quality:
- Change AC filter and other air filters
- Control humidity in home
- Repair any leaks in roof or home
- Seal any cracks and gaps around your doors and windowsills
What to Do If You Suspect Mold or Air Quality Issues
Seeking certified professionals in Indoor Air Quality testing and mold remediation can help return your home to more optimal levels. If you do smell something musty or spot signs of mildew or mold damage, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach.
Mold Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides free mold inspections that help you measure humidity levels and potential sources of mold. Our IICRC-certified mold remediators work alongside third-party Certified Mold Assessors and Industrial Hygienists to provide a comprehensive view of conditions in your home. Through pre and post-remediation testing, we enable homeowners to fully understand the scope of mold damage in their West Palm Beach home. Our meticulous monitoring during mold remediation simplifies the mitigation and restoration process. Call 561-795-5410 to schedule a free mold consultation and inspection.
Mold Removal Versus Mold Remediation: What's the Difference?
When it comes to mold and moisture, attention to detail matters. When you discover signs of mold in your West Palm Beach home, it means that moisture has found a way in. Mold and mildew are common in homes that are going through renovations, experienced storm damage or have another source of water inside the walls. If left untreated, they can spread rapidly and cause structural damage over time. Thankfully, with the right remediation services, you can tackle the problem head-on before it gets out of hand. But what’s the difference between mold removal and mold remediation?
What is Mold Remediation?
Mold remediation is the process of removing what mold has already grown on your property and preventing its return. This includes removing the contaminated materials, cleaning the area, and taking steps to prevent future growth. For a homeowner to conduct mold remediation: A source of water or moisture must be found. If the source is a leaky pipe, you should repair it. If there is a leak in your roof, you should fix it. Areas that are too damp should be dried out. Materials that are too damp should be dried out or removed. The source of moisture, whether it is a leak or a high humidity level, should be resolved. All of this must be done without bringing more mold spores into your home. Due to mold being ubiquitous it is inaccurate and impossible to say that mold with be completely removed from a hot and humid climate environment such as ours found in West Palm Beach.
What To Do When You Think You Have Mold
If you think you have mold anywhere in your house, especially in your bedroom, it is important to address the situation quickly. If left untreated, mold can cause health problems, damage to your belongings, and spread throughout your home. Before you begin tackling the problem, keep in mind that there are many types of mold, and not all of them are bad. In fact, there are many that are beneficial to our daily health. However, black mold (also known as Stachybotrys) is different. It is actually a toxic mold that can cause serious health problems: Allergic reactions, respiratory distress, and skin infections. If you have mold in your home, it is essential to identify the type, the cause, and the extent of the damage. This will help you know how to address the problem.
When Should You Perform Mold Remediation?
It iis important to consistently monitor your home during rainy season. f you discover mold in your home, you should take immediate steps to prevent its spread. If the mold is limited to a few small spots, you can clean it up yourself. And if the mold growth is only in the walls, you may be able to get away with cleaning it yourself. However, you should call in a remediator if: The mold is found in multiple areas of the house The mold is covering walls, and/or growing on a water source The mold is black mold The mold has caused structural damage.
Why Certified Remediators Are Essential
When you call in a remediator, you are choosing to use the most effective way to get rid of the mold. Remediation is the process of removing the mold, cleaning the source of the mold, and eliminating the humidity that contributed to the problem in the first place. Mold remediation is a specialized field that requires professional training and experience. Not only do remediation specialists have the equipment necessary for safe and efficient work, but they are also knowledgeable about local laws and regulations.
When Should You Perform Mold Remediation?
The only true way to understand what growth and colonies are present is to have a licensed Mold Assessor perform an official assesment. they will take samples and run them in a lab to understand what mold is there and how much. Remediators need this to perform the most precise and through work. Quick action is needed to prevent mold damage to furniture, home, and to prevent irritants in the air from impacting those inside the home.
Hiring The Right Remediators
The best way to get rid of mold is to hire a restoration company like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach. Mold remediation is done by specially trained professionals who use the right equipment and know how to get rid of the mold permanently. When you are hiring a mold remediation company, make sure that they are IICRC certified and licensed to protect your home. Call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach for a free mold inspection. Our team is IICRC certified so that you know you can trust our expertise and performance.
What to do if my Palm Beach Home Smells Musty?
What to Do if Your Palm Beach Home Smells Musty?
When you live in an area with subtropical humid summers and almost no rain between June and October, musty odors are almost inevitable. If your home smells musty, take action to eliminate the problem before it worsens. Mold spores thrive in humid conditions that lack air circulation. Common sources of musty odors include leaky windows or walls, un-vented crawl spaces, overheated plumbing (for example if a hot water pipe bursts), or even dirt flooring or damp earth near the house. You can tackle most mildew problems yourself by identifying their source and taking corrective measures. If the smell is intense or you notice visual evidence of mold, call IICRC-certified mold remediators at SERVPRO for further inspection. Read on to learn more about these filth-Fighting strategies and techniques:
Fix water leaks
Water leaks from pipes, showers, faucets, and toilets are the most common source of musty odors in a home. Sewer gas can also cause odors, so if you smell sewage or a rotting egg smell, call a plumber. You can usually fix a water leak yourself. Watch for signs such as water stains or a soggy area around a pipe. If you find a leak, shut off the water, repair the leak, and dry out the area. If you can’t find the leak, call a plumber.
Repair leaky roof
Mould often grows in the roof space, especially if there’s a gap or crack in the membrane. Roof maintenance is not usually a priority for homeowners, but it can be one of the best investments you make to reduce the number of musty odors in your home. If you find a roof leak, call a roofer for repair.
Determine if there is condensation buildup in the home
Condensation occurs when warm air comes into contact with cold surfaces, especially windows. If you have windows that face south or west, they’re more likely to develop condensation on the inside. To prevent and control condensation, consider installing low-e windows, adding insulation, changing your thermostat settings, and adding exhaust fans to your kitchen and bathrooms to exhaust moist air.
Improve your home ventilation
If you have a dirt or sand floor, use a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, or a floor-drying machine to help dry out the soil and reduce the amount of moisture in the air. You can also install a whole-house ventilation system to dry out your home and remove musty odors.
Call SERVPRO to remediate any water damage and help dry out your belongings and home.
If you discover an extensive water leak or flood, such as a burst pipe or broken water heater, call a water damage professional immediately. Rushing to extract water and other liquid messes without special training and equipment is dangerous and can make the problem worse. A professional will know how to quickly and safely clean up the mess and help you avoid health hazards. When a water damage event occurs, you need a team you can trust to respond quickly. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is ready to dispatch a crew in minutes to help restore your property. Our technicians are highly trained in water damage restoration, mold remediation, and all other aspects of disaster recovery, and they are ready to help you with your Palm Beach water damage or mold damage restoration needs.
Do I Need to Test for Mold in my Wellington Home?
In South Florida, mold spores tend to be ubiquitous in the air. Mold forms large colonies, temperatures of 40F moisture, and organic matter are required. Any area of a home that has been exposed or is prone to moisture is also likely to have some form of mold growth. It is common for homeowners to ask "how do I know if I have to get rid of mold in my home?" The answer lies in industry best practices and guidance from a mold remediation company. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides mold damage restoration for Wellington and the surrounding areas. Our IICRC-certified remediators help determine if you need a mold remediation service. We utilize training and guidance from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other industry leaders.
Do I need to sample mold in my home?
If mold is visible, you may not need to provide extensive sampling, but it is recommended by mold remediation companies and insurance agency best practices. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Air quality testing helps determine pre and post-test contaminants present in the air. Sampling for mold should be conducted by certified mold assessors who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols and sampling methods. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.
Below are some scenarios mold testing would be utilized:
- Real estate transactions
- An environment where someone believes they smell mold but don't see it
- Someone specifically wants to understand air quality and therefore obtain an Indoor Air Quality test
- Allergies or sensitivities seem to be agitated for an unknown reason
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach inspects your home for mold and provides a remediation plan that works for your needs. We arrange for a third-party mold assessment company to assist with pre and post-testing so that you can trust the benchmarks. We coordinate with adjustors and insurance agents to ensure a hassle-free and streamlined process. Call 561-795-5410 to schedule a mold inspection today.
Coming Back To Mold in Your Palm Beaches Home
Palm Beach seasonal homes left vacant could be prone to mold and mildew growth.
Approximately 900,000 part-time residents flock to Florida each year. Between the months of November and May, these snowbirds enjoy the qualities of Palm Beaches living in their winter homes. This tourism and snowbird season has appeared to rebound a bit from the past year. Upon arrival at your seasonal home, take some time to make sure the space is comfortable and has remained in optimal condition. It is important to scan the areas for mold and mildew when returning to your winter home here in Palm Beach County.
Check Your Airflow and HVAC System
If your house and air conditioner were checked on while you were away, then it was running during our hottest summer months. It may be necessary to change out filters. Improve ventilation throughout the space by opening a few doors and window spaces to allow for air circulation.
In the restoration world, we refer to personal property as contents. This term differentiates areas of a home or a building from areas and surfaces on personal belongings. One important contributor to mold accumulation and spread is the transition of contents to a new environment. Objects, particularly the materials found in furniture and houseware items, can be sensitive to environmental changes. The makeup of certain materials and the porosity can contribute to the likelihood of the materials holding moisture and growing mold.
Patio Furniture is notorious for collecting mold and mildew. If patio furniture has been in storage over the summer months, it could have been more prone to high-moisture areas. Cushions can be cleaned with a mild bleach product. Pressure washing machines may work very well in removing spots from hard-to-reach areas and materials.
Carefully Clean High-Risk Areas
Homes that remain unoccupied for a large amount of the year are more prone to pests, storm damage, mildew, and mold growth. This winter, make sure that the cabinets were emptied of any food and products that could attract mildew, fungi, and pests. Many hot spots in the home for mold are dark, damp areas with little ventilation.
Make sure that any laundry room and kitchen appliances are cleaned prior to use. Dishwashers and garbage disposals are two of the largest magnets for mold and mildew in a kitchen. Cabinetry should be wiped down on the interior and exterior to cover your bases. After the dishwasher has been run on its own and thoroughly wiped down, you may want to run a load of dishware prior to dining with them.
Check for Storm Damage
Inspect the outside of your home for any storm damage that may have occurred during the summer storm and rainy season. If a storm affects your property, it is likely to result in mold growth because of water damage.
If You Detect Mold
It is important to remember that mold is a natural part of the environment. Mold spores in the Palm Beaches are prevalent indoors and outdoors. Therefore, the goal of a restoration company is to remediate potentially damaging mold growth and not to try to achieve the impossible feat of “removing” it. If you notice a musty or stinky odor, if the air feels moist or stagnant, it is recommended to call and schedule mold testing. Mold remediation can be done quickly and safely by the right company. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach offers safe, quality mold remediation services year-round. Call 561-795-5410 with your mold questions.
What Items Can be Saved After Mold Exposure?
It can be difficult to determine what items can be saved after exposure to water damage and mold. As a general guide, items that are porous, made of paper, and are food-based and items that have been fully soaked in water may need to be tossed. Hard contents such as items made of metal plastic or glass can typically be cleaned and restored. Soft content restoration is a process of cleaning belongings that are made up of softer materials e.g., textiles and fabrics. We use a variety of machinery and methods to carefully treat these materials.
We check all fixtures and pieces of furniture for signs of mold damage, The Contents Claims Inventory Service allows for a detailed recount of your belongings and the state they are in after being exposed to mold. Call 561-795-5410 for mold remediation and contents restoration.
While some electronics may be suitable for restoration, it is possible that where there is mold damage there is also detrimental water damage. It is dangerous to attempt to operate these electronics to test them out. Have them assessed by a qualified electronics technician.
Clothing, Fabrics, and Textiles
Soft contents are handled carefully due to their porous nature. One machine we us to clean these materials is the Esporta, a powerful cleaning machine that cleans twice as much as traditional dry cleaning with a 90% restoration rate for smoke, soot, mold, or other contaminants. We may use this machine to clean belts, purses, shoes, bedding, stuffed animals, sports equipment and more.
It can be difficult to restore certain documents after mold damage. If the documents do not have extensive deterioration, they can be restored through five different methods: Air Drying, Dehumidification, Freezer Drying, Vacuum Freeze Drying, and Vacuum Thermal Drying.
Some antique furniture may have wooden components. Whether wooden furniture has hard wood or soft wood can determine whether restoration is viable for that furniture piece. The porous nature of some wood types prevents some restoration from happening. If wood has been sealed, it is likely the mold is sitting on the surface. If wood is very porous it is possible the mold has traveled into the roots of the wood structure and needs to be cut or sanding out or discarded. The handling of mold-infested furniture should be left to professionals, as disturbing mold can release mold spores into the air and spread. A trained mold remediation specialist needs to carefully inspect furniture pieces to see if they can be altered and restored or if the integrity and safety of the piece is compromised.
Furniture pieces with upholstery can often have mold removed from their surfaces. Some upholstery can bleed or shrink when wet. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach uses a foam cleaning process to lift and remove mold from these pieces. There are also spray and wipe methods that are matched with proper and safe cleaning chemicals and agents. For more information about our cleaning supplies visit our cleaning services page.
To remove mold from glass objects, mold remediation specialists will typically use an antimicrobial cleanser. It is important to match the cleaning method and cleaning agent to the material (e.g., glass or metal) because certain surfaces could be damaged by improper handling.
To properly complete mold remediation and contents restoration, it may be necessary to use SERVPRO of West Palm Beach’s pack out and storage services. This process can protect items from further damage and allows for a quicker restoration process. To learn more about water damage, mold damage and contents restoration visit our mold-cleanup page.
How to Monitor Mold in Your Home
Mold prevention in your home begins with knowing areas prone to mold growth. Mold can be contained and mitigated but often requires expert intervention. Here are a few things to understand about maintaining your home:
Keep humid areas clean and dry in your home
Curb the amount of mildew build up in your bathroom and under sinks by frequently checking to see if they are dry. Clean the surrounding areas with a powerful cleaning solution like bleach. Be careful not to scrub or wipe the areas clean if mildew is suspected because this can allow it to spread.
Address moisture problems early
While mold is common in a South Florida home, water damage or wet areas typically cause mold to grow into colonies. Fix any leaks (roofs, faucets, sinks) as soon as you find them so that they do not lead to mold damage in the home. Be sure to address ventilation and air quality, by using tools such as a purifier and even testing the air quality. Have air vents inspected by professionals to properly inspect the system. For a mold inspection, consult SERVPRO of West Palm Beach by calling 561-795-5410.
Know that you always can’t detect mold by sight or smell alone
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach partners with labs to make sure the samples are tested properly. I can maintain a quality level of documenting. We monitor atmospheric conditions before, during and after remediation. We complete a pre-test and post-test of mold which counts the level of mold spores and humidity in a space. This thorough reporting provides insurance companies with the information they need to process a claim quickly and accurately. Proper testing also informs the technicians on how and where to move forward with remediation. Our clients, the policyholders, can trust the SERVPRO team to with vetted and qualified vendors to accomplish what at home-testing kits cannot.
Maintaining the cleanliness and air quality may be something you do on your own but remember that dangerous mold can hide behind walls and surfaces. If you have any mold concerns, call our Certified Mold Remediation crew to help make sure your home is safe from mold. For more information on our advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment visit our Mold Remediation and Restoration webpage.
Dealing with Mold in a South Florida Winter Home
When temperatures begin to cool up and down the east coast, many people, or “snowbirds”, begin to return to states like Florida for the winter. It’s no surprise that these homeowners are likened to a snowbird as the warmer weather is the main attraction to move south during the winter months. But with warm, humid weather practically year-round, the escape from frigid temperatures can also bring its own set of issues. It is not uncommon for snowbirds to discover their winter home has been infested with mold.
A home that has been vacant and unattended to for months in some cases, is the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Many factors contribute to mold found in a winter home including:
1. Hot and stormy summer months
Summers in South Florida are filled with lots of rain and humidity, especially when a Tropical Storm or Hurricane hits the area. This can lead to damage or leaks, allowing water to find its way into a vacant home with no attention to it until the owner’s return.
2. Additional moisture found in ocean and lake-front homes
Homes by any large body of water, especially those that tend to have a more swampy, humid environment like a lake, are much more susceptible to additional moisture and water damage.
3. Lack of air circulation
Many homeowners may choose not to run their HVAC systems as not to incur any electricity bill charges. No air flow combined with drawn shades, humidity, and raised interior temperatures, mold has the perfect playground to run rampant.
When returning to a winter home, any owner should be diligent in inspecting for mold or other damages and aware of what these signs may be:
1. Visible mold growth
Some mold may present itself on surfaces and is clearly seen. Though it is always best to have a mold specialist perform actual tests as mildew can often be mistaken for mold.
2. Unpleasant Odors
If the home has an earth-like or musty smell that does not clear, this may be an indication that mold is present.
3. Moist, humid feeling
If upon stepping inside the home, the interior feels humid or almost wet, there is unwanted moisture somewhere either from a leak or stagnant air. Since it can be hard to tell how long the air has been in this state, it is always safe to suspect mold and call for testing.
4. Leaks, flooding, or other water-related damages
If there are any leaks from any appliances or plumbing, broken seals on windows or doors, or any kind of flooding or wet material, water has found its way into the home and has likely sat for some time. Mold takes only 24-48 hours to begin colonizing so calling out a water damage expert as well as a mold specialist is highly recommended.
Discovering a mold infestation is not the ideal warm welcome back. If a home is experiencing the usual signs of mold, it is better to deal with mold testing and mold damage remediation right away. Enjoying the winter in sunny South Florida is more enjoyable without mold in your home.
Finding Black Mold in Your West Palm Beach Home and Common Questions
Hearing or thinking the words “black mold” can be daunting for many homeowners. All too often, companies and the internet sensationalize black mold and instilling fear into homeowners who then believe any black mold or mildew is in fact toxic black mold. Mold can come in a variety of colors and even mildew can appear black. Many of our customers call us because they have noticed mold that is black in color and are unsure what exactly they may be dealing with. Here are a few common questions we get:
1. What Is Black Mold?
Black Mold, or Stachybotrys Chartarum, is a certain type of mold that can grow in a home. This mold can be a dark black or even green in color. While this mold is thought to be more harmful than other molds, we always stress to our customers that whether they are truly dealing with black mold or not, all molds should be considered as unhealthy and do not belong in a healthy home.
2. How Did I Get Black Mold?
Regardless of black mold or not, if you are in fact dealing with mold damage, your home was likely exposed to some kind of water or moisture. Once exposed to water, the growth of mold spores is triggered (which are naturally present everywhere) and your home’s materials act as an additional food source.
3. Mold or Mildew?
Mildew typically occurs in areas that stay wet for long periods of time. Think of your bathtub or kitchen sink caulking. You may see grayish looking spots that are easily removed with a household cleaning agent.
4. Can I Clean the Mold Myself?
While there are ways to help combat mold, mold cleaning is not recommended. Mold can easily spread; improper cleaning without the use of protective equipment or proper containment can cause exacerbate the mold damage or cause it to grow in other areas of your home.
Keeping your home’s environment healthy is important to keeping yourself and family healthy. Calling a professional to deal with black mold damage will attain just that! Our mold damage experts understand how to inspect for mold, the mold remediation process, and what is right for your home.
Commonly Asked Mold Remediation Questions
Frequently Asked Mold Questions
1. What is Mold?
Mold is a kind of fungus that causes biodegradation of natural materials.
2. Where Does Mold Grow in a Home & Why?
Mold spores can be found naturally in the air of a home. For mold to become a problem and form large colonies, temperatures of 40F moisture, and organic matter are required. Any area of a home that has been exposed or is prone to moisture are likely to have some form of mold growth. This includes bathrooms, basements, attics, kitchens and appliance areas, like around an HVAC or boiler.
3. Can Mold Affect My Health?
Mold can spread very quickly, producing allergens, irritants, and other potential health effects if left unmitigated.
4. What is Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation?
Due to mold’s ubiquity, mold removal is not possible. Mold remediation however, can treat and mitigate damage caused by mold.
5. When Should I Test for Mold?
Visible mold growth may not require a test, as mold testing determines the air quality of your home and the presence of mold in it. If mold is not visible but suspected, especially after any water damage, testing is recommended.
6. Can I Clean Mold Myself?
Cleaning or remediating mold can be difficult without the proper equipment or training. While we encourage acting quickly upon suspicion or confirmation of mold, remaining safe is always a top priority. Mold damage requires efficient and safe solutions that only a mold remediation company in West Palm Beach can provide. Call a qualified professional before attempting to DIY.
7. How Do I Prevent Mold?
Keeping indoor humidity controlled can help prevent mold growth. Fast response to any water damage will also reduce the chance of developing a serious mold issue.
If you are seeing signs of mold in your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach today and our trained Mold Remediation Specialists can assist you.
New Homeowner Checklist: Mold Inspection
Mold flourishes near plumbing in areas with a lot of moisture and poor ventilation.
The home buying process can be stressful for potential new homeowners. There is plenty of paperwork to complete and long to-do lists. On this to-do list, usually during the closing stages, there are home inspections that take place. These inspections are meant to take a detailed survey of your roof, plumbing, sewer lines and other major systems to look for any broken or damaged infrastructure. Among this checklist, should be inspecting for mold.
Mold has the tendency to quickly spread throughout a home. If left lingering, the damage can be costly. Home buying is already a huge financial endeavor for many people and adding to maintenance bills because of mold is not exactly a welcomed thought. Homeowners should make sure that mold assessment is conducted as one of their first steps. Due to it’s ambiguous physical state, mold damage is not always evident upon first glance; leaving this inspection to the professionals is best. A mold assessor is recommended as they have experiencing spotting tell-tale signs.
Mold can be found in homes and rooms especially, with poor ventilation that are constantly humid. Think of a bathroom constantly being exposed to moisture; mold growth is infamous in bathrooms. It is important to remember mold can also be found in brand new construction as well. A new tightly sealed building may have trapped moisture inside, that may not appear as an issue at first but can transform into a serious mold issue later.
Buying a home is a major investment. Just like with any financial endeavor, protecting your investment is important, making mold inspection a must-do before finalizing your purchase. In the case that mold is present you will need immediate mold remediation. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach has years of experience in helping homeowners with their mold damage. Call us today to discuss how we can help make sure your home is move-in ready!
Mold Testing: Mold Testing Kits vs. Professional Mold Inspection
Mold can grow in areas not visible to the eye, areas only a professional assessment and test can uncover. Don't wait to call if you suspect mold.
Are at Home Mold Testing Kits Worth It?
Homeowners may inspect their homes almost daily for any signs of issue. This can mean a dented wall, chipped paint, a leak in their bathroom, or a faulty appliance. While it is in the right of the homeowner to ensure their home is without any potential disasters, mold inspection is not to be taken lightly.
A patch of black spots or an earthy, musty smell might cause a homeowner to run to their nearest home improvement store to purchase a mold testing kit. The initiative is applauded but not without warning. There are many issues with testing kits, ranging from their validity to their prices. This is not to mention that these kits require a homeowner to make contact with potential mold. Without proper equipment, a novice exposing themselves to mold can be detrimental to their health.
A fallacy of a mold testing kit is their accuracy. Mold is organically ubiquitous. This means it is pretty much everywhere including the air, on surfaces, even in your home. And because of this testing with a department store kit will always present users with positive findings for mold. Just because mold is found does not mean there is a mold problem.
The ability of a kit to provide an understanding of the kind of mold found is an issue as well. Though there are kits that allow users to send off samples to testing labs, this still does not provide any further instruction on steps take after mold is found.
The answers found in a mold at-home testing kit are not meaningful. These kits are highly advised against in the mold restoration industry as they can be extremely expensive and moot. Only will a certified mold inspector provide real answers and real results. Professionals who have experience and knowledge of mold are able to consider multiple factors when inspecting your home. These factors can include areas mold is found, types of mold, implications to the rest of your home, and if there is a source that is contributing to the exacerbation of the mold like moisture.
Don’t trust the safety of your home and those in it to a store mold testing kit. Call your home insurance if there is a potential mold issue or a professional company like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach. Take care of your mold infestation the right way the first time!
The Importance of Mold Removal Before Newborn Baby
Mold is a hidden danger. It can be lurking areas of your home unseen. Have a mold inspection done to keep your home and your family healthy.
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?
Some homes have more evident mold damage than others. Having a mold damage specialist inspect your home ensures whether mold is indeed present.
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 in the bathrooms. 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 and how quickly it spreads.
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 of a home 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.
Odor Removal After Mold Damage in West Palm Beach Homes
Odors from mold and mildew are a real issue. SERVPRO uses professional equipment to completely eradicate any smells associated with mold damage.
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.
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.