Mold Damage to a Mulberry Property
SERVPRO Can Inspect, Find, and Remediate a Mold Infestation
Mold is a fact of life here in Florida. It's everywhere, inside and outside of your home, school and place of work. The spores that start a mold growth are usually inactive and cause no problem for a homeowner. It's only when these spores find the right mix of moisture and a food source that a problem starts.
When you find mold damage in your Mulberry home, the first instinct may be to try and bleach it, scrape it or paint over it. None of those are good options. SERVPRO doesn't just know how mold starts; we also know how to end it.
Before our technicians can get rid of it, first we have to find it. The first sign that mold may be a problem is the smell. It's that 'musty odor' that everyone seems to recognize immediately. If you smell that, then enough dormant spores have found an out of the way surface with a high moisture content to begin growing colony. When that colony is disturbed, it releases more spores to spread. Our technicians are trained to find and follow the trail using air detectors, infrared devices, and traps to find the hidden mold and trace it back to its source.
Once that happens, Our SERVPRO technicians, if necessary, will set up a containment zone around the affected area. This seal keeps the mold from spreading to unaffected rooms once we begin the cleaning process. If the area is relatively small, then out technicians will attempt to clean and remove the mold without having to demolish any building material. We'll use a series of detergents and anti-fungal solutions to kill active spores. With that finished, surfaces will be wiped down to remove the mold.
If the affected area is large or if building material has been damaged, such as porous drywall or studs, then the additional equipment will be needed. We will first set up exhaust fans to make sure mold released by the cleaning and removal process is blown out of your home. Larger areas mean more moisture; we may also place dehumidifiers to lower the air moisture content to a normal level. If we don't, then any missed spores will have the same environment to grow again. There are many other factors which can contribute to the methodology in mold remediation.
Although we may have to live with mold, there is no need to live in a contaminated home. SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Heights is prepared and trained to deal with the mold common to Florida homes, commercial buildings, and condos. If you see or even think you may have a problem, call us at (863) 510-5962 for an inspection.