Recent Mold Remediation Posts

What is Black Mold?

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold behind skirting board and a small saw on the floor. This mold was found after a water damage.

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many other types of mold can also produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

If you spot any signs of mold, don't be afraid to call the professionals at SERVPRO for a free estimate. Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (305) 377-2325

Understanding Why Mold Grows in Your Home

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold found behind the drywall. Mold damage in Homestead, FL.

When it comes to most households, black mold is a forbidden word. It's one of the last things anyone wants to see. Worst of all, it seems like no matter how much you wipe, it just keeps coming back. But it doesn’t have to. If you’re wondering why mold keeps growing in your Homestead, FL, home, the answer may be as simple as understanding just what mold is, how it thrives and what you can get rid of to banish it for good.

What Are Molds?

The easiest way to think of molds are as insidious microorganisms that can take up residence just about anywhere. More specifically, molds are types of fungi that spread through little seed-like spores that are floating in the air all around us. Because black molds thrive in moist, warm environments, they replicate most easily in:

  • Attics
  • Bathrooms
  • Crawlspaces

Why Mold Gets Into Homes

Mold loves moist environments and those are perhaps nowhere more concentrated than in the average house. Things like taking a shower, using humidifiers or hanging clothes to dry all produce more of the moisture molds like. Outside your home, storing wet firewood or even excessively watering many plants can create the perfect breeding ground. Once spores land on a moist surface, they start growing.

Getting Rid of It

Whether you can get rid of your mold depends a lot on the depth of the problem. Small areas of mold on solid surfaces can often be removed with a sponge and specialized cleaner. But because black mold can be potentially dangerous to inhale, removing extensive mold should be left to specially trained mold cleanup companies.
Mold is the bane of the homeowner’s existence, but you can fight back. Start by contacting a mold removal specialist to get an idea of the depth of your moisture problem and you’ll soon be on your way to having a mold-free home.

Mildew Vs Mold

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

The difference in color of Mildew and mold is mildew is white, where mold can be one many color, red, green, blue, orange or black, depending on the species. Mildew usually stays on the surface of the material on which it grows, removing it can be simple if the surface can be scrubbed with a cleaning solution in a well-ventilated area. Mildew can be thought of as annoying and as an indication that there is too much moisture in the area. On the other hand, mold infiltrates surfaces that have been exposed to humidity or water. It is best to allow professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood to step in and make an assessment. The first step is to identify the source of moisture and address it. Materials like wallpaper and drywall are likely to require replacement. Once the mold growth has been removed, there are products on the market that inhibit regrowth. Keeping a home as dry as possible can prevent mold and mildew growth.

Identifying Mold Growth

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments. For mold damage to occur, organic materials and moisture must be present - that is why they commonly grow on wet ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, carpeting, paint, wallpaper, and fabrics. Mold can also grow on dirty and moist surfaces such as ceramic tiles, fiberglass insulation, and concrete. We are going to look at some of the facts that we consider during the remediation of your Miami property.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Miami property to perform mold damage remediation, we perform an evaluation and determine whether the site is safe to enter. We can also set up barriers using plastic sheeting to separate clean areas from the contaminated areas. To avoid the trip, fall, and slip hazard while at the site, we might provide portable lighting.

To visually identify the mold, we watch out for discoloration on walls, staining, musty odor, and leathery growth on building materials. In most cases, mold grows on hidden areas, so, we check behind the insulation, wallboard, wallpaper, carpet backing, and padding. We can also use moisture meters to measure moisture levels of materials such as wallboard, brick, plaster, carpet, and concrete. It is because mold grows typically on surfaces with moisture accumulation.

SERVPRO of Wynwood is an industry leader in mold remediation and cleanup. Call SERVPRO at (305) 377-2325 when you need professional help from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

Different Types of Mold

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.

Hazard Class A - Class A molds are classified as the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this type of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers it brings up.

Hazard Class B – Class B is less hazardous than Class A molds but, can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.

Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage to your home if left untouched.

If mold is present in your home, then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate any possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property.

Places Mold Grows

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that when a home suffers any type of water damage, mold can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home?  Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.

The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances

Places Mold Grows

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that when a home suffers any type of water damage, mold can arise within 48-72 hours throughout the home?  Removing all mold in a home is impossible as they are microscopic spores living both inside and outside. Unfortunately, mold spores produce a variety of irritants and allergens, making them potential health problems. As such, removing as much mold as possible is important for any homeowner, particularly for South Florida homeowners.

The following are some of the most common places for home mold growth:

  1. Bathrooms and showers
  2. HVAC system drain pans
  3. Underneath kitchen sinks
  4. Areas surrounding refrigerators
  5. Carpets
  6. Crawlspaces
  7. Ceiling tiles
  8. Surrounding air conditioning units
  9. Stacks of paper/newspapers/cardboard boxes/etc. that are dampened or wet
  10. Areas surrounding any kind of cooling or heating appliances

Different Types of Mold

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.

Hazard Class A - Class A molds are classified as the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this type of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers it brings up.

Hazard Class B – Class B is less hazardous than Class A molds but, can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.

Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage to your home if left untouched.

If mold is present in your home, then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate any possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Wynwood will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property.