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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Solve Any Mold Issue That May Plague Your Lakeland Home

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO use our effective high tech equipment and our professional skills to remediate your home of mold and mildew.

SERVPRO Arrives With Effective Mold Damage Mitigation Equipment To Serve Lakeland Customers

Hanging up damp towels or swimsuits in the bathroom protects these items from microbial activity, but the water vapor can cause problem areas in your Lakeland home. Ill-fitting vent and duct joints can let warm, damp air to escape into your home from the dryer, shower, and stove-top cooking.

When steam and water vapor increase substantially, microbial infestations can lead to mold damage in your Lakeland property. SERVPRO's Microbial Restoration Specialists (MRS) use powerful equipment and methods to normalize your home's overabundance of microorganisms. Reducing mold and spores to where they no longer put your home at risk requires we not only remove affected areas but also protect the rest of your house.

Removal and clean up of mold, spores, and associated debris happens with devices that abrade the surfaces and strip microorganisms away from the surface. When mold infestations are dry and powdery, we often use a vacuum to clean surfaces. HEPA filters make this possible – otherwise, we would only spread the mold into the air.

If we catch heavier infestations of mold before they can eat away at the material beneath them, we can often save the area with slightly more aggressive tactics than mere vacuuming. While we finish up with a handheld vac, this is only to clean up the baking soda used to blast the mold away. Other times we use dry ice pellets that evaporate, again leaving just the abraded mold and spores to clean away.

Just like the HEPA filters on our handheld vacuums, we use other containment methods that keep other places in your home safe from contamination. Keeping microscopic organisms from escaping one area of your home into another place requires temporary but effective barriers. Negative pressure chambers set up quickly and need little work, but effectively push pieces of mold and spores out of your home.

A basic chamber requires clear plastic sheets, low-residue tape, some flexible tubing, and an air scrubber. The 'room' we make encloses the area contaminated by mold, and the tubing creates an enclosed pathway from the air scrubber's exhaust to the exterior of your house. Hospitals use this same method to keep pathogens from leaving a contagious patient's room and entering the hallway and other areas.

Let SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands use our effective high tech equipment and our professional skills to remediate your home of mold and mildew. Eliminating areas with mold damage starts the process of restoring your home. Call us at (863) 510-5962 when you find mold or have questions about patchy, discolorations on walls and other surfaces or detect a musty odor that never seems to disappear.

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Mold and Mildew on Your Clothes!! UGH!! Call SERVPRO for Remediation

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold, MIldew, and Other Fungi Can Ruin Your Lakeland Kitchen--Contact SERVPRO for Remediation

Putting Damp Clothing Away Can Lead to the Development of Mold Damage in Your Lakeland Home

Drying your clothing on the line in Lakeland can save money when it replaces the use of your clothes dryer. Getting outdoors and smelling line-fresh clothes and linens is often worth the extra effort. Changes in the weather can leave clothes feeling dry while still retaining some moisture. The best time to pull your items in from outside is in the mid-afternoon hours.
Taking your laundry into your Lakeland home in the morning or the evening can cause mold damage. During these times, condensation occurs, and moisture rests on surfaces, including your clothes. Once inside, the moisture evaporates. While microbial growth is unlikely after one or two such instances, a habit of this can substantially increase the humidity and eventually cause problems. This is similar to a poorly vented dryer that leaks hot, moist air from each cycle into your home's air.
Damp clothing that ends up inside a closet or dresser often develops spots of mildew. A musty odor also begins growing stronger. The walls inside the closet or behind the affected chest might even start to show darkened patches of mold. SERVPRO know how to stop this before mold damage happens and stop any existing damage from spreading to other places within your house.
If you allow mold damage to continue, it only becomes worse. Microbes do not die off without remediation. Our technicians receive training and earn certifications from the IICRC, showing they have the expertise needed to handle this type of situation successfully. Because moisture helped cause the problem, we always ensure that water vapor levels settle back to normal ranges again. We might use dehumidifiers or desiccant machines to achieve this for you.
While staining from mold and mildew often remains even after the most exhaustive efforts to remove them, items that do not have any stains can still hold onto the odor, even after several washings. We can use hydroxyl generators that utilize UV light to eliminate the odors left behind in your clothing and your home's furnishings. Our SERVPRO technicians can treat furniture one step further with antimicrobial agents we spray on soft and hard surfaces.
Removing mold damage and soiled areas depends significantly on the amount of damage. The slight damage that we can wash away rarely requires the removal of materials. SERVPRO strives to provide our customers with rapid and effective remediation at the lowest expense possible. Preventing future problems requires the removal of anything that we cannot clean sufficiently. Merely painting over a moldy wall cannot get rid of the problem.
You can call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We are always ready to remediate mold damage in your Eagle Lake or Winter Haven home.

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Remediation Options For Lakeland Residents After Facing Mold damage

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

For mold damage to develop in your Lakeland property, a source of moisture must be present.

Mold Damage Remediation

There is no standard way of eliminating mold damage from a given indoor environment. The remediation procedures usually depend on the extent of the contamination as well as the materials and surfaces we have to clean and restore. Mold growth can cause health effects, and it is essential to work with experienced technicians to control such challenges when they develop in your Lakeland home.

For mold damage to develop in your Lakeland property, a source of moisture must be present. It's the work of our SERVPRO technicians to identify and stop the moisture source. If it is originating a leaking roof or gutters that are not functioning correctly, we do the necessary repair. We can also ensure that the ground around your property is sloping away to prevent rainwater finding its way to the crawlspace and basement. Before the remediation process starts, we make we turn off the water main and make sure water pipes, tubs, sinks, and faucets are free of leaks.

Severe mold damage can compromise the structural safety of your home. When our SERVPRO technicians are performing the remediation, we check out for sagging roofs as a result of damaged load-bearing walls. Walls may end up not being straight or vertical, and the exterior of the building may develop cracks. It is the inspection that helps us to determine whether it is safe or unsafe to enter the house.

Our SERVPRO technicians employ some containment techniques to reduce the chances of contaminating clean areas. If there was damage to the floorboards or we had to remove the flooring due to some reasons, then we can use plywood sheets to build a walkway. We can also use a 6 mil plastic sheeting to surround the infected area. An introduction of negative pressure on the site can also reduce the chances of the spores moving to clean regions when we disturb the mold colonies during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands uses advanced cleaning equipment and restoration procedures to return your house to its preloss condition. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Remediation Procedures For Commercial And Residential Needs In Lakeland

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores exist naturally in both outdoor and indoor surroundings.

Mold Damage Remediation Procedures

Though mold damage remediation is a big step when it comes to returning your property to its former state, it is not possible to remove all the mold spores that exist in a building. It is because the spores exist naturally in both outdoor and indoor surroundings. As far as your HVAC systems are running and doors are open, the microscopic spores can enter your building once they float in the area. So, it is wrong to imagine there is a procedure of completely removing all the mold from your Lakeland property.

When our SERVPRO team arrives in your Lakeland home to perform mold damage remediation, the first thing we do is to address the underlying moisture problem. Without identifying the moisture source and stopping it, there are chances that the problem can reoccur in the future. At this stage, we use moisture meters and sensors to detect the presence of moisture in materials and surfaces. By using hygrometers, we can also measure the humidity of the building. When air' moisture content is so high - like over 65% - condensation may take place in cold areas and create conditions that favor mold growth.

Given that mold is so light and there are chances of spreading the contamination, our SERVPRO technicians employ work practices with the aim of preventing the situation from becoming airborne. For instance, when we are demolishing drywall, we can create a negative pressure to prevent the spores from moving from the unclean to clean areas.

Removing the contamination is also very crucial. We discard porous materials that are severely damaged and use disinfectants to wipe surfaces that are heavily soiled. By using air scrubbers, it is possible to entrap the mold spores and dust that settle on surfaces when we are working. We use the right personal protective equipment to prevent exposure since mold damage can cause health effects.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands works around the clock to clean and restore properties after the storm, mold, water, and fire damage incidents. Call us at (863) 510-5962 and learn more about our residential and commercial restoration services.

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How Mold Damage Remediation in Lakeland Can Salvage Your Wooden Floor

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

If mold has gotten on or near your hardwood flooring, SERVPRO technicians may offer multiple effective remediation options to meet your needs.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Mold Damage Remediation Options Depending on Surface Type

If your wooden floor suffers mold damage, it can be challenging to address the situation since wood has hygroscopic properties - it absorbs and retains water. Without experience in mold removal, you cannot know the right cleaning solution to use. Additionally, the preferred solution is selected depending on whether the floor is painted or finished. When dealing with unfinished wood in your Lakeland property, we usually use a solution that can penetrate the surface to inhibit the mold.
If we are dealing with mold damage incidents in Lakeland and we find that the damage also already penetrated into the wood, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use surfactants. It is an additive which enables the cleaning solution to penetrate into the wood fibers. That means some cleaning products have a limitation during the remediation process and it all depends on the level of the contamination.
To prevent mold exposure, our SERVPRO technicians put on protective gear and follow safety precautions as per the EPA recommendations. We wear Nitrile or rubber gloves, safety goggles, N95 mask, and coveralls protect the skin. We can also create negative pressure in the region to prevent the spread of the spores to the surrounding clean areas.
To be sure the cleaning solution does not discolor the wood, we start by pre-testing. We do this by applying it on a hidden section of the wood and then use a rag or a scrub pad to do the rubbing. Where necessary, we can perform sanding, though this means we have to do some refinishing to the surface at the end of the remediation process. Sanding can also help in removing the mold roots when they have penetrated into the wood fibers. Our SERVPRO technicians usually sand damp areas to avoid spreading the mold spores.
SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a trusted leader in mold remediation, whether it is in your commercial or residential property. Call us at (863) 510-5962 at any time of the day and allow us to return your property to its former state.
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Small Scale Hurricanes Can Bring Heavy Rain to Your Lakeland Home and Cause Mold Damage

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can quickly destroy many materials in its path. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Works Quickly to Remediate a Mold Infestation in Your Home

Florida is known for its humid weather and seasonal storms, however, with all of the excess moisture that the weather can bring, inadequately prepared homes can suffer mold damage. It is essential for you to quickly call for professional help if a storm floods any part of your home. If the water sits stagnant inside of your home, mold could already begin to grow in as little as three days. However, despite your best efforts, somethings damage can still occur, and it can be a comfort knowing qualified help is close to your home for when it does happen.
Finding mold damage inside of your Lakeland home after a severe storm has completely cleared is always a disappointment. The first sign of mold is usually a musty scent. Sometimes you can even see the mold colonies on the surfaces of your home, such as your walls. However, usually, a scent is detected first. It is unwise to leave mold to its own devices as it can cause health effects. Furthermore, mold eats away at organic material that it is attached to and causes rot. Focusing on remediating the damage when you first detect it, instead of waiting to consider your options, can help ensure that the remediation is successful.
Once SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can immediately begin to investigate the mold damage and then take the necessary steps to rid your home of it. It is necessary to understand that mold spores never leave your home, but without water to feed on they are harmless. It is our job to deal with the mold spores that have turned into damage.
The first thing SERVPRO can do is section off the contaminated area so that spores cannot spread once we begin to agitate the colony. For there, we can set up an air scrubber with a carbon filter to neutralize the musty scent in the air and capture airborne spores. If the mold damage has formed on non-porous surfaces, we can merely clean it with disinfectant and then use an antifungal agent to help ensure that there is no regrowth.
Do not pause if you find mold damage inside of your home after a severe storm. Dial (863) 510-5962 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands. We strive to arrive quickly and return your home to its pre-mold state.

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Getting Rid Of The Musty Odor Mold Damage Leaves In Your Lakeland Home

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

If there is one thing that most people remember about mold growing in their Lakeland home, it is the smell.

Musty Odor Left By Mold Damage

If there is one thing that most people remember about mold growing in their Lakeland home, it is the smell. The worst part of it is, without getting a professional remediation company to help you deal with the problem, this is a smell that takes a long time to go away on its own. While you might look for the silver lining in first smelling it, as it indicated the presence of the mold in your house, it is now something that you want to be eliminated right along with the growing colonies.

SERVPRO has many odor removal techniques to prevent the spread of this pungent aroma and to neutralize it for good, along with its general practices for mold damage remediation to your Lakeland home. Conventional deodorizing from restoration companies entails machines that produce a stronger, fresher odor to overtake the one that you are currently experiencing. Much like spraying an air freshener in other areas of your home at the alarm of a foul odor, it does not take long for this new smell to dissipate and leave you again struggling with the original scent.

The difference is in SERVPRO equipment. Our licensed technicians work with foggers to neutralize the molecules that make up the foul odor. This process is quick and efficient and leaves no lasting secondary smell that leaves you in a similar situation that you tried to avoid. The odor elimination process is one of the final steps to the entire remediation process, as our professionals do not wish to spread active spores around to find new areas to bed and grow.

In fact, until the deodorizing process completes, your air moving systems (your heater or air conditioner for example) within your home is completely shut off. Keeping air from freely being forced through the vents in your home aids significantly in preventing the spread of the spores from the contaminated zone as well as the pungent, musty smell you used to identify its presence.

Mold damage restoration is an involved process that our licensed Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians are well equipped to handle. Call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962 anytime.

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Why Mold Damage Removal Is Not Possible In Winter Haven – And What To Do Instead

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fungus looks and smells unsightly and can even damage the structure of your home or cause health issues.

Mold Damage Removal

We often receive messages from homeowners looking for mold removal. We understand why – fungal growth is a genuine problem for many householders in the Winter Haven area, especially when the weather gets humid. You do not want fungus growing in your home, after all. Fungus looks and smells unsightly and can even damage the structure of your home or cause health issues. However, complete mold removal is not possible. Let us take a look at why you cannot wholly remove fungus, and what you can do instead to prevent mold damage.

It might seem strange for a mold damage remediation company such as SERVPRO to say that mold removal in Winter Haven is not possible. However, we believe that offering correct information and honest advice is the best way to empower our customers. So why do we say that it is not possible to remove mold?

The reason is that mold spores are everywhere. They are omnipresent and quickly enter your home on your clothes or shoes, or your dog or cat’s fur. Mold is a natural substance – some people even call it “nature’s garbage disposal” because it eats organic material.

As well as being omnipresent, mold spores are microscopic and thus invisible to the naked eye. What does that mean for the homeowner? It means that even if you scrub and wipe away all visible mold, the spores can still travel unseen to other parts of your home and set up new colonies.

If you cannot remove mold, what should you do instead? The best thing to do is contact SERVPRO as soon as you notice fungus growing in your home. We train our technicians to IICRC-standards so you can rest assured you are getting the very best mold remediation service.

The focus of mold remediation is sealing off the contaminated area and removing as much of the contamination as possible, and then on reducing the amount of moisture in the air, so the fungus does not have access to the water it needs to grow.

Our team seals off the affected room and vents contaminated air outside to reduce the number of spores present. Then we set to work with dehumidifiers and fans to reduce moisture and discourage the fungus from coming back.

For help with mold remediation in Polk County, Lake Wales, Winter Haven and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands today at (863) 510-5962.

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Cleaning Surface Mold Damage In Winter Haven

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it.

Mold Damage Cleanup

Winter Haven is a place named for exactly why people come to Florida; escaping a dark, dank winter. It is something everyone enjoys, but flying away from a moldy basement does mean avoiding mold entirely though.

Mold spores, and therefore mold damage in Winter Haven, can happen year-round. Spores are usually inert and harmless, but with the right temperature, moisture, and a food source, even an amount no more significant than a pinhead can cause thousands of dollars in damage if undetected for too long. To remove and clean damage, SERVPRO analyzes the surface of the affected property to determine the best method. We divide them into three categories:

Non-Porous Surfaces
Glass, metal, harder types of plastics, smooth stone, and marble. These are the smoothest surfaces to clean, and technicians can typically use dry sponges and cloths to wipe down loose, dry mold spores. For wet mold, we use a damp cloth sprayed or soaked with water. If the mold is mixed in a layer of dirt or other soil, we employ a chemical cleaner.

Porous Surfaces
Carpets, drywall, and insulation. These items often have to be removed and disposed of since cleaning them is usually more expensive than replacing them. SERVPRO cleans porous fabrics such as curtains, drapes, and upholstery using a variety of spray cleaners, foaming anti-microbial products, and immersion tanks that force cleaning products through heavy mold using soundwaves.

Semi-Porous Surfaces
Wood and concrete. If infested with mold, these surfaces require an abrasive method to break up and remove most of the mold before a cleaning agent is efficient to use. Technicians use a wire brush, sandpaper, or a powered sander depending on the thickness of the mold. Since mold can affect the structural integrity of the wood, a SERVPRO inspector examines all support structures such a wall framing and roof joists after completing mold removal.

Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it. If you suspect a possible infestation in your home, call us at (863) 510-5962 today. We are here to help.

Mold Damage can Develop Easily after Storms Drench Highland City

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

HIghland City Properties Receive Help with Mold Removal from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Eliminate the Causes of Musty Odors and Mold Growth

Located inland, Highland City suffers much less through the storms that often batter our state's extensive coastlines. The increased humidity from the rainfall can often cause problems in homes even though no damage results directly from the storms themselves. This humidity is the reason behind the proliferation of mold in many homes.

Homes in Highland City suffer from mold damage whenever the colonies of mold and other microbes become too large. Slight cases of mold can create enough damage when located on clothing or household textiles. Found growing on walls inside your closets and underneath chests and beds creates a sense of uncleanness in a home. SERVPRO can help you restore your home to its clean and healthy state once again.
The presence of fungi in a home does not always cause a musty odor, although this is one of the signs. Mustiness can result from other sources, too, so finding the source is crucial. If you find it difficult to locate where this distinctive odor comes from, we can help with this task, also. We use high-tech devices that measure particles in the air, as well as other devices that measure how much moisture is present. Visible mold, even if seemingly dead, can still pose problems because dormant mold spores retain the ability to propagate whenever environmentally stable conditions (for microbial growth) exist.
SERVPRO technicians use their skills to decide the future of materials with mold growth in your home. It is possible to save some while others require removal followed with replacement materials. Hard, non-porous materials clean up the easiest. Semi-porous items, such as wood, can benefit from cleaning, also, but require a topical application to prevent regrowth of mold. Our employees are highly skilled in these areas and can help your home with these techniques. When extensive mold develops, installing a dehumidifier can help eliminate the higher humidity that allowed its growth. Our technicians can utilize air scrubbers with HEPA filtration systems and thermal fogging to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
Here to serve your needs regarding mold damage and other problems your home might encounter, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is always ready to answer your call. Our local number at (863) 510-5962 starts your home on the path to restoration and protection from future harm.

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The Importance of Cleaning Up Mold Sooner Rather than Later

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage in your home? Our SERVPRO crew can restore it "Like it never even happened."

Bartow Mold Can be Remediated With The Help of SERVPRO

Although mold damage does not exhibit the same type of sudden, violent impact that other forms of home damage do, it is still always a pressing problem requiring immediate action. Many homeowners make false assumptions about the intensity and consequences of mold damage in their home, and as a result, SERVPRO technicians are often called in only after the mold has been allowed to spread and cause far more extensive damage. The problem is not going to solve itself, and the only solution is to allow a certified and qualified company like us clean it up safely. Here are a few reasons why you should try to get mold out of your home as quickly as possible.

Potential Health Hazards

Some types of mold damage in Bartow may present a health risk to any residents of the affected home. Black mold is a relatively common type of mold, especially in humid regions like Florida, that can cause serious health effects to a broad range of people. The only way to ensure your safety in this regard is to remove either the mold or yourself from the home. Getting mold out of your home ensures the safety of not only the home but also yourself and your family.

Mold Spreads, Quickly

If mold is left to its own devices, it is more than likely that it will begin to spread beyond the initial bounds of its infestation. Mold can spread across a home as microscopic spores are picked up by minute air currents and deposited elsewhere. Without proper care, there is no effective way to stop this process. SERVPRO makes sure to thoroughly sanitize and filter the air in your home to stop further spread of mold after we leave.

The Longer it Sits, the More it Eats

Mold, like any living organism, requires a source of food to survive. Unfortunately, that food source happens to be the materials holding up your home. The longer mold is allowed to sit on a surface; the more material is eaten away, potentially causing thousands more in restoration costs after the mold has been cleaned up.

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SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is a locally-owned franchise with national resources, ready to tackle your mold problem with all we have got. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

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Bathroom Woes caused by Mold Damage in Mulberry? We're Here to Help!

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Mold growing on your bathroom tiles, and in between them, can indicate a major problem that can cause deterioration of your interior walls and floors.

Having Mulberry mold damage? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

It can be embarrassing to have a bathroom that never seems to come clean, but did you know that the stains you've been fighting can also signify a bigger problem? Mold growing on your bathroom tiles, and in between them, in the grout, can indicate a major problem that can cause deterioration of your interior walls and floors. This can lead to structural problems in your home. These problems with your home's structural strength can cause further problems with plumbing. When floors sag, plumbing can become compressed, and then buckle, leading to even more water damage on the insides of your home's walls and ceilings.
When a bathroom in your Mulberry home has mold damage, health effects caused by mold should be another concern. These health effects vary from one person to another, so one person's lack of symptoms is not an indication that everyone else will not suffer from exposure. Remediation is the only true way to reduce exposure to mold. Packing up and moving from your home might seem like the only way, but in reality, this rarely works. Mold can attach itself to clothing, personal belongings, and even your pets. With remediation, your home can become healthy once again. SERVPRO uses IICRC approved methods to reduce the levels of mold found in your home to acceptable levels. Mold cannot be completely eliminated from your home because it exists everywhere.
Because mold can permeate some materials used in your home, some of these need to be cut away and removed. SERVPRO removes as little as possible while still making sure that all of the mold-infused materials that cannot be cleaned away are removed. Then we dispose of these so they cannot create problems elsewhere. Hard surfaces, such as shower doors, tile, porcelain, and flooring can be more easily cleaned than semi-porous areas of your bathroom. We have training in cleaning these surfaces so that you'll have a truly fresh start in your bathroom when we are finished with the remediation process.
Items that are located in your bathroom, such as medications and personal care products, should also be disposed of. Tablets and pills are often porous and may end up holding mold and mold spores, causing them to lose strength or making them otherwise unsafe to take. Your physician or pharmacist can help determine if you should have any prescriptions refilled instead of continuing to take the ones you have on hand. We're prepared to help you with the rest.
Some items, like bathroom rugs and fabric shower curtains, can harbor mold and mold spores. Because these items are very porous, being textiles, it might be better to dispose of these also. When mold adheres to fabrics, the mold often destroys the back fibers, causing these items to fray and ravel, leaving them beyond cost-effective repair. The same might be true for curtains and other window dressings in the bathroom or adjoining rooms, depending on how much ventilation these receive.

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When mold damage in your bathroom causes you concern or embarrassment, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We're always available, 24/7, to take your call, answer your questions, and start working on your mold remediation needs.

Mold Damage can Easily and Safely be Removed in South Lakeland to Restore Your Beautiful Home

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold, the Unwanted Fungus for Your Home in South Lakeland

Many Hidden Dangers, Including Mold Proliferation, Can Be Resolved by SERVPRO

A clean environment, especially for children, is crucial for well-being. However, lead paint in older homes can pose problems to children when ingested. This can lead to problems with their learning and cognitive development. The problem can become so severe that the federal government has implemented not only legislation but also protocols in dealing with lead in the home. While lead is perceived as very hazardous, and it is, this may not be a factor in most homes unless the lead paint is peeling or chipping away in flakes. When mold damage is present on a wall that has been painted with lead paint in the past, even if it is covered by non-lead paint, removing the damaged areas can cause lead dust to become airborne.
Very few homes that are painted with lead paint , but mold damage in South Lakeland can affect any home, including those older ones that may have lead paint in them. At SERVPRO, we've included RRRP (Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation) as one of our certifications. This provides us with the skills needed to protect you and your family against dangers that may not have existed before remediation began. Our goal may be to make it “Like it never even happened,” but our intention is for your overall health and safety.
When we remove mold damage and also clean the area so mold cannot return as readily, we will also ensure that any sources of moisture are cut off. Mold spores are continually floating in each and every home, as it is a naturally occurring microorganism, and is found outdoors at all times of the year. Control of the indoor environment is the most important aspect of managing mold's growth in your home. We can teach you and your family what activities may have lead to mold growth and damage in your home so that it is easier to prevent in the future.
When you find that your home has mold damage, call SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands at (863) 510-5962. We are available 24/7 to answer your call and begin work to eliminate mold damage in your home, protecting your family and your investment.

Mold Damage to a Mulberry Property

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO: The Solution to Mold Remediation and Spore Removal in Mulberry

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.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Principles of Restoration

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Alturas Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

Remediation is the Cornerstone of Mitigating Mold Damage

Now that Hurricane Matthew has blown through, the time for clean-up has started. Getting started as quickly as possible not only increases the chance of saving carpets, flooring and other property, it also prevents the growth of mold.

Mold Damage in Alturas is something that SERVPRO is prepared and ready to handle. We carefully follow the principles for restoration as outlined by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They guide us whether the job is a private home or industrial building.

One: Provide for Health and Safety - Any restoration activity must first protect the occupants of the building and the workers who are tasked with the clean-up. We do this in a two-fold manner. First, everyone in the building must be protected from exposure to the mold. Second, removal of mold and mold infected property must be done in a way to prevent the spread of the contamination.

Two: Document Conditions and Processes - Our technicians write down exactly how much damage and where it is in the building; specifically the extent of the contamination and how soaked the building has become.

Three: Control the Mold at its Source - Prevent, as far as possible, the contamination from becoming airborne and spreading to uninfected or previously cleaned areas. As an example, we use negative air machines where drywall has been demolished and removed. This keeps mold that may have its source in a storeroom from spreading to hallways and other rooms.

Four: Remove Contamination - We accomplish this by vacuuming excess mold spores into HEPA filters to trap it and prevent spreading. Soiled surfaces are cleaned using the detergents and other chemicals in our inventory. If the mold has grown too far, then we will remove the damaged building material, wall coverings, and furniture.

Five: Correct the Moisture Problem - No matter how clean a home or office is, mold will continue to grow if the moisture in a building is not reduced. We reduce the moisture behind walls and in carpets or flooring using specialized heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers.

As a locally owned business, SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands understands what neighbors are are facing now that the storm has passed. To begin the clean-up process, call us today at (863) 510-5962 to get the ball rolling and your home or business back to its original state, "Like it never even happened."

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses.

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses. The ice and snow that is prevalent in can lead to excess moisture, especially in buildings with poor ventilation. Once they have appeared inside a building, they can grow quickly if action is not taken.

There are several mold and mildew warning signs that business owners and homeowners need to know. Other than obviously seeing mold itself, other signs include an excessive amount of humidity, an unpleasant musty smell, and evidence of prior excessive moisture issues such as water stains. 

Because of the inherent risks associated with mold and mildew, it is strongly recommended that homeowners and business owners hire an experienced professional mold removal company. SERVPRO is staffed with mold removal experts who can effectively and efficiently inspect and eliminate mildew, mold, and fungus. Anyone who is experiencing a mold infestation must act quickly before the problem gets even worse. Excess water can cause mold and mildew to multiply rapidly. The more mildew is prevalent, the more difficult (and costly) the removal process will become. Contact SERVPRO today to schedule an appointment.


Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is your Lake Wales Mold Expert

Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Home

12/31/2014 (Permalink)

Mold growth like this can be harmful to your health

Identifying white mold growth in your Lakeland home

Although white molds are an issue in many homes, they don't carry the same reputation as the black variety. This is mainly because concerns of Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, have been so overblown. While color can be used to narrow down mold species, it does not serve as a completely accurate identifier. Whereas Stachybotrys is invariably black in color, other molds, like Penicillum, Aspergillus and Cladosporium can come in a number of colors. Furthermore, there are numerous other varieties of mold that can be black.

White molds can be far more difficult to identify. These are frequently mistaken for crystalline mineral deposits on stone called efflorescence. This happens due to water passing through the porous material and moving salts to the surface. Once the moisture evaporates, it leaves behind a white, often feathery substance that can look strikingly similar to white mold.

Where Does White Mold Typically Appear in Homes?

White molds will grow anywhere in a home that has the ideal conditions for other mold growth. Generally, this involves any place that is dark, moist and cool. White mold can be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, basements and bathrooms and tends to favor wood, carpet, drywall and other moisture-retaining materials, causing mold damage. It can even grow on furniture.

Distinguishing Between Efflorescence and White Mold

Having your mold problem analyzed by a qualified inspector will help you discover whether the growth is efflorescence or white mold. However, you can do some testing on your own. When misted with water, efflorescence will usually dissolve. This does not occur with white mold growth. The material you find the growth on can also help. Whereas efflorescence only develops on stone, brick and cement, mold prefers wood and sheetrock. Smell can also be an indicator of mold damage, but this is somewhat less reliable. White mold will smell musty, like a wet basement, but efflorescence will not have a smell.

Can White Mold Be Harmful?

A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience allergic reactions. If there is considerable mold growth in your home, none of it should be viewed as safe. It's essential to pinpoint the reason for the mold growth, then follow through with the proper remediation and mold damage repair process, no matter what color the mold is.

Can Testing Help Identify White Mold?

By taking a sample of the mold, the species can be correctly identified. Taking samples usually consist of swabbing, bulk sampling and tape lifts. The sampling process is performed by a trained technician and analyzed in a lab. Once at the lab, it will be determined whether the substance is truly mold, and if it is, which species it fits into.

What Special Considerations Are There When Cleaning Up White Mold?

No matter what color the mold is, it's recommended to treat them all the same. It's important to be aware that several varieties of mold, even those that are not toxic, can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people. In light of this, the mold's color has no bearing on how mold damage should be approached in Lakeland. The issue becomes even more complicated when you consider that experts are still not certain of the allergy-causing properties of most mold species. Therefore, experts strongly recommend treating them all as potential health hazards.

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.