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Remediating Mold Damage In Your Fort Myers Home

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage In Your Fort Myers Home Moisture and Mold in Crawl Spaces in Fort Myers--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Offers Expertise with Mechanical Means to Cleanup Mold Infestations

When people think of the basement in their Fort Myers home, many might envision a darker area that is often moist and damp in areas. The revelation comes from the kind of basements that many people had growing up, but these kinds of conditions are problematic for those that live in your home. When the temperatures begin to rise in a damp basement area, mold spores have the kind of food they need to develop and grow on surfaces throughout the basement. Here in South Florida we typically have to deal with mold infestations in our crawl spaces. Same problem, too much moisture and humidity means mold growth.
The presence of mold damage in your Fort Myers home can cause health effects for all of its occupants. Instead of brushing a problem like this off to a more convenient time, it is something that should be handled immediately by professional remediation specialists that know how to remove mold colonies wholly and successfully. However, removal of all mold spores is not possible. Our highly trained SERVPRO specialists fit this description and can be a natural choice to help you navigate the remediation of mold damage in your home.
Conventional cleaning methods are typically ineffective to eradicate mold colonies because they fail to penetrate deeply enough to remove the entire fungal organism. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists have the right tools and chemicals to apply, and them mechanically remove the infestation. Then air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters can reach the farthest depths of seated mold colonies to remove them. We quarantine the area using negative air chambers to prevent the further spread of active mold spores through the cleaning process, aiding in preventing further damages.
Locating the source of the moisture and finding a solution to reduce or eliminate it in the air is a critical step in our remediation process. Without going to these lengths, mold can grow again and again as long as the conditions are right. Sometimes this solution is simple to locate, such as water seeping from mortar joints in your foundation walls. Other times it is impossible to prevent entirely, encouraging you to continue dehumidification efforts on your own indefinitely. 

Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda IICRC certified remediation specialists are available 24/7 by calling (941) 575-5910.

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Cleaning Ceiling Mold Damage in Your Fort Myers Bathroom

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Ceiling Mold Damage in Your Fort Myers Bathroom Steam from showers, low levels of natural light, and little air circulation are all factors that can cause mold growth on your bathroom ceiling.

Professional Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Bathroom

Besides being unsightly, mold on your bathroom ceiling in Fort Myers can cause permanent damage to your home. It can cause health effects for you and your family. It can be created by the warm temperature of the room, humidity from showers and baths, low levels of natural light, and poor air circulation. If you find mold growing on your bathroom ceiling, it needs to be treated as soon as possible and removed for safety and health reasons.

Cleaning mold damage is not an easy task and should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO. We have the specialized training and tools needed to clean up the mold problem in your Fort Myers home, so your home is safe for you and your family again. You can rest assured that we work fast and efficiently to prevent additional damage.

The first step in mold remediation is determining how severe the problem is. Our technicians inspect the affected area and talk to you about the issue to find out whether you have had previous problems with mold, water damage, or an ongoing water intrusion problem.

We contain the mold to make sure it does not spread further into unaffected areas of your home. We do not introduce airflow to uncontained spores to prevent this from happening as well. Ceiling mold is likely on porous materials such as ceiling tiles. The tiles which have mold on them need to be removed and replaced.

If any mold has grown on nonporous materials such as shower tiles or glass, we proceed to clean it by damp wiping with a detergent solution or HEPA vacuuming if the surface is dry.

SERVPRO techs then dry the structure and contents in your bathroom to prevent further mold growth. Removing any damaged materials which have absorbed moisture speeds up the process of drying. Dehumidifiers which do not have much airflow can be used during containment and removal procedures. After remediation is complete, the structure and contents can be dried to their normal moisture content levels.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is thorough in our process of mold remediation to ensure your home is once again clean and safe. If you reside in the areas of Solana, Punta Gorda, or Fort Myers Shores and have a problem with mold, get in touch with us right away at (941) 575-5910.

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Removing Mold Damage from Fort Myers Homes

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage from Fort Myers Homes If your home has experienced storm damage, it is very common you will find mold damage as well.

Steps for Remediating Mold Damage After a Storm

Fort Myers and the rest of Florida is drying out. There is still rain obviously, but the flood waters have receded or been removed in some manner. Now, homeowners and residents have a chance to deal with other recovery problems and issues. Unfortunately, one of them is mold.

After so much water, mold damage in Fort Myers is almost commonplace. Although it is too wet to climb around on a roof, residents are still finding mold in attics, crawlspaces, and in other areas that were considered safe otherwise. Restoring a residence that has suffered from a storm and now mold, needs the expertise and equipment SERVPRO brings to every home.

Our response team begins with containment. Since people are still rebuilding, the chance of contamination is much higher than usual. Our technicians seal off all contaminated areas using plastic sheeting to cover doors, entryways, and any points of damage that could spread mold spores. They also seal off the air and heating vents to prevent duct contamination or, if there is mold present, to stop it from spreading to other rooms.

Now, we remove the mold. The first step is to pull up or demolish infested carpets, drywall and other building material, and property like furniture. SERVPRO team members bag or wrap everything in order to remove it safely from the contaminated areas without risking cross-contamination. Once the structural and personal property is out, we vacuum up all loose particles using special HEPA filters that can trap even a single spore.

Once they complete vacuuming, technicians allow airborne spores time to settle out. They then wipe down every surface using dry cloths and sponges. If there are thicker amounts on ceilings or in corners, we use an anti-microbial cleaner to neutralize and break up the spores.

Our final action is prevention. We spray an anti-microbial agent in areas like attics and crawlspaces, then use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and dry the previously infested rooms.

Returning a home to normal after any damage is difficult. Doing so after two incidents requires our specialists here at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda. For more information or to schedule an inspection, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

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Understanding Mold Damage And Testing For Your Fort Myers Home

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Damage And Testing For Your Fort Myers Home Mold enters your home in many ways, often leading to extensive exposure when the right conditions exist.

Mold Damage And Testing

You have read all of the online articles about mold, telling you how mold is a recycler of organic materials that exists naturally within our environment. Others quote specific health problems, explaining how different species act and claim that knowing what type of mold you face can help you make an accurate, informed decision.

Many people need to understand that reading these articles does not make you an expert on mold damage in Fort Myers. In fact, most that attempt their remediation alone end up causing more harm. If you want to deal with mold growth in your home properly, your best bet is to allow access to a professional remediation company who has all of the equipment, resources, and personnel readily available.

Taking chances regarding mold is entirely your decision. No one can make you seek help; it is your home and your life after all. However, when given a choice, most homeowners would much rather have a professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, take care of the problem, instead of risking personal contamination. There is no reason for you to tackle jobs like this alone, professional help is available and often covered by your insurance company to boot.

While some molds can cause health concerns in a variety of people, a normal, healthy, mature adult feels little to no impact from short-term mold exposure. However, mold enters your home in many ways, often leading to extensive exposure when the right conditions exist. SERVPRO technicians explain all of their remediation methods in detail, giving you the upper hand in protecting your home and family.

You may have also seen commercials or advertisements introducing mold home test kits. You can take mold samples and mail them off to a lab to identify the species invading your home. Doing this disturbs mold colonies and likely causes additional growth. SERVPRO cares about your home and refuses to waste a week, letting mold spread further, to receive results that do not matter.

The mold species has nothing to do with the methods used to treat the problem. We can provide you with the expertly trained technicians, equipment, and resources needed to control mold growth in your home, all you have to do is call. SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda has staff ready to take your call (941) 575-5910.

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Contact A Mold Remediation And Restoration Company If You Find Mold In Your Fort Myers Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Contact A Mold Remediation And Restoration Company If You Find Mold In Your Fort Myers Home Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source.

Mold Damage

Mold is not quite as common as the Florida sunshine, but it does happen to many residents. There is a common myth that mold starts due to poor housekeeping or it only happens to hoarders. It is untrue because mold is everywhere.

Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source. To stop the threat; an experienced restoration company knows that we need to break one side of that triangle of resources. The easiest method is to remove the source of moisture. SERVPRO knows that the sooner we get started, the faster we can stop the mold damage and prevent further growth in a Fort Myers home.

To get quickly started, we have developed a list of questions for the homeowner that help us determine where the mold source might be along with other, useful information:

First – Is there visible mold in your home? Where is it?
Second – Is there a strong, musty odor?
Third – Have you had any problems with mold previously?
Fourth – Is there current water damage or have you had water damage in the past? When did any previous damage happen?
Once we have this information, our inspectors can quickly find the source of the mold infestation, areas of excess moisture and how to stop both.

Technicians begin by removing any standing water. For puddles and other small areas, we use water extractor wands to get into crawlspaces and small areas. For areas we cannot physically get into, we place a chemical desiccant to draw moisture from the surrounding air or set up a dehumidifier to draw larger amounts of moisture. Some of these machines can draw out over 20 gallons of water per day.

Once the air is dry enough, the mold spores return to a dormant state. If the spores are only on a surface, we attempt to vacuum them up or use dry wiping to remove them. Vacuuming and dry wiping get the spores out of the home without adding moisture to the environment.

If the spores had time to grow into building material such as drywall, we prefer to remove the entire panel and dispose of it. Attempting to dig out the mold to prevent replacing panels is rarely ever cost-effective. It is a labor-intensive process that adds up quickly on a final bill.

Stopping and removing mold is not a quick process, but the right company can make it almost painless. SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is here to you live in a safe, clean environment; home. Call today at (941) 575-5910 to schedule an inspection.

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Sports Equipment Developers Mold Damage in Fort Myers

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sports Equipment Developers Mold Damage in Fort Myers Fort Myers & Mold Remediation Are the Forte of SERVPRO

Mold Grows on Stored Items, Call SERVPRO for Help

Summer is just around the corner, and many people are preparing for the upcoming activities that so many love and enjoy. Florida might be sunny most of the year, but school and other responsibilities often get in the way of recreational pursuits.

People who store their sports equipment might find that their favorite items now have mold damage when they retrieve them. In Fort Myers mold grows everywhere, especially in dark spaces. Putting things in storage before they are completely dry can allow mold to grow unchecked for the months they remain unused.
Mold can attack any material. Items used in and around the water might be full of rubber-based materials that have organic debris on their surfaces, but this can hold onto moisture long after the rest of the item is dry. Kayaks, life vests, snorkeling gear, and anything else you love to use over the summer is not only the source of fun for you and your family, but it is also expensive. Finding your investment apparently destroyed is not a good way to bring in the summer.
SERVPRO uses mold inhibitors like concrobium when cleaning personal belongings such as sporting goods. This is an effective product that uses a special salt combination that is sprayed, fogged, or wiped on different materials ranging from concrete to leather. As it dries, concrobium crushes any mold present, rendering it unable to continue growing. Concrobium is safe to use in homes where children and pets live and does not harm plants. Another benefit is that it cannot bleach or discolor materials. Concrobium is capable of restoring sporting goods to usable condition again.
Because this chemical does not bleach or discolor anything, we allow it to dry before wiping the item free of mold and then reapply more of the concrobium as a protectant. There are products made for exterior use as well as interior use. We can restore tents, camping gear, and leather items such as saddles and boots that have been afflicted by mold contamination.
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda wants you and your family to be able to enjoy every minute of summer. This is why you can contact us anytime, day or night, weekends and holidays included, at (941) 575-5910. We can help you get your summer off to a great start.

A Plan Of Attack Against Mold Damage Affecting Fort Myers

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Plan Of Attack Against Mold Damage Affecting Fort Myers Mold Spores in a Ft. Myers Condo Can Cause Fungi Growth

Condos Often Develop Mold Problems Needing SERVPRO Remediation

All it takes is a microscopic spore momentarily gaining the correct conditions to begin spreading; once it is started, jumping rooms is as simple as catching a ride in the air, or being unwittingly transported to different areas by you or a household pet.
Typically, by the time you can see visual signs in your Fort Myers home, professional mold damage restoration services are already needed. We can help provide you with the services you need to tackle any size infestation that develops in your home.
SERVPRO technicians understand how these spores work and are specially trained to stop the spread of a mold infestation. The fact is, these microscopic spores exist everywhere within our environment both indoors and outdoors. Whenever they come into contact with moisture of any kind, they begin developing colonies.
A call to SERVPRO at the first signs of contamination gives us an opportunity to locate the water source quickly and adequately contain the infestation. If you ignore the situation, it may seem to go away, then return at some point in the future even stronger.
These spores are not going to be visible to the naked eye; this does not mean that you should call SERVPRO staff every time you sense a funny odor. However, it would not hurt to get a second opinion if you have a strong musty smell that lingers in particular areas of your home.
After you place your initial call, we set an appointment to assess the situation and give recommendations for proper treatment. Once approved, we remove the existing water source, cordon off the affected areas and safely remove existing spores from the air with the latest air filtration equipment.
Removing and disposing of mold infested materials in the proper way and moving into our cleaning and deodorization phase, we pay specific attention to any contents or personal belongings found in the containment areas and address repair issues as needed.
After putting the finishing touches on the repairs, our restoration is complete, returning your property to a quality pre-mold condition, "Like it never even happened."
Give SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers - Punta Gorda a call today with your remediation needs. (941) 575-5910

Mold Damage in North Fort Myers

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in North Fort Myers Mold Damage in a Closed Condo in N. Fort Myers

SERVPRO Can Remediate Your Condo's Mold Problem Using Appropriate Methods

If a mold problem is not caught quickly, the affected area can move from a patch in a single room to an entire house. If this happens, or if the contamination has gotten into the HVAC system, then there is the possibility that some of your belongings need intense cleaning.

Mold damage can render a North Fort Myers condo unsafe for you and your property. If the contamination has spread too far, SERVPRO will recommend relocating your property to another storage area until we can complete cleaning and restoring your home. This does not always mean that temporary storage has to be done at a commercial facility. If your garage is not affected by the mold contamination, then the property can be stored there after it has been inspected and cleaned. It's not something we prefer doing since damage can occur whenever property is moved and will only ask you to do so for the following reasons:

Speed and Cost - Keeping your family in temporary housing is expensive. We can only assume that your insurance adjuster will balance the additional cost of property storage against how quickly the restoration process can be completed and recommend temporary storage to save money overall.

Secondary Damage - If extensive replacement of building material is required, the temporary storage may be needed to prevent further property damage by contractors, SERVPRO possibly completing all of the work. In some cases, a contractor may make this a requirement before they will begin work.

Water Saturation - The moisture content in the air and your property may be so high that it will be beneficial to remove items until we can substantially lower the RH, relative humidity, within the structure. Significant reduction in moisture will increase the indoor air quality of your home and mitigate future returns of a mold infestation.

If you fear a mold contamination in your condominium, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today. The sooner you get the restoration process started, the quicker we will get you back into your home with as little cost and damage to your property as possible and enjoy the Florida sunshine again. "Like it never even happened."

How SERVPRO Combats Mold Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO Combats Mold Damage Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda will remediate your Fort Myers home free of mold!

How Professionals at SERVPRO Defeat Mold Damage

Mold damage happens naturally worldwide, often with no fault of the homeowner or anyone else. Mold has evolved to be hardy, difficult to remove, and fast growing, causing no small amount of distress for residents afflicted by it. Mold can also be dangerous, with some types potentially causing ill health effects or being hazardous to clean up. It takes quality gear, personnel, and training to be able to effectively handle mold damage, all of which SERVPRO brings to the table. Here's how we combat some of the toughest mold colonies in the field. 

Moisture and Humidity Detectors 

A big part in getting rid of mold damage in Fort Myers is finding and stopping the source of its water. Without some humidity or water, mold can not survive or spread. We use moisture and humidity detectors to find out what's fueling the mold, and how to stop it. If necessary, we can bring in heavy drying and dehumidification equipment to dry out entire rooms at a time. 

Sanitization and Scrubbing 

Critical in any mold remediation process is the personnel involved. SERVPRO technicians are extensively trained on safety and cleanup protocol when dealing with mold, and often have years of experience doing their job. They utilize industrial-grade scrubbers, cleaning equipment, and sanitization equipment to nullify patches of mold growth thoroughly. 

Deodorizing Machines 

We also use heavy deodorization machines when cleaning up mold damage. Mold often releases foul-smelling chemicals and spores, especially in large colonies. We use fogging machines to mask and eliminate these odors on a large scale, and once we're done, you'll never be able to tell there was mold damage in the room by sight or by smell. 

Material Replacement and Restoration 

Sometimes, mold growth may be so bad that we need to replace materials entirely. In this case, we always contact property managers and insurance adjusters before making any serious changes. Regardless, the result is always the same: the mold is gone, and your home looks just as it did before. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Fully certified and equipped to handle mold damage large and small, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is available 24/7 to respond to your mold and emergency calls. Contact us at (941) 575-5910 today for help in household mold damage remediation. 

The 9 Steps Of Boca Grande Mold Remediation Services

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 9 Steps Of Boca Grande Mold Remediation Services Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours.

The 9 Steps Of Mold Remediation Services

At SERVPRO, we know just how importance it is to protect homes and other property from the dangers that mold can cause to people living in those spaces. If your home is at risk of Boca Grande mold damage, we offer a complete remediation service, broken down into nine steps:

Step 1 - Mold Assessment
At SERVPRO, everything begins with assessing the mold. We will go to your home or property and do a full inspection of the infestation.

Step 2 - Securing Samples
It's not always necessary in every case, but sometimes our Boca Grande mold damage experts will realize that medical problems may be affected by mold, so a few core samples are taken for further off-site analysis.

Step 3 - Water Damage Clean-Up
If your home or business is providing a wet home for mold colonies to grow, we will send in our clean-up team to quickly take care of the problem.

Step 4 - Disposal of Contaminated Items
Unfortunately, some water damage events and mold infestations are too severe, and precious personal items and clothes get damaged beyond repair. At SERVPRO, we will safely dispose of mold-infested pillows, mattresses, and other soiled porous items.

Step 5 - Drying
Once water leaks are repaired, it's important for our SERVPRO Boca Grande mold remediation crew to enter the space and carefully dry it, being extra cautious to avoid disturbing any mold spores.

Step 6 - Cleaning
Thankfully, many personal items and articles of clothing can be salvaged once they've been thoroughly dried out. To prevent future re-infestation, it is important to let our professional mold remediation team clean all items with a high-powered vacuum system.

Step 7 - Cleaning HVAC Systems
Sometimes mold and fungal spores enter through the air ducts and then rapidly circulate throughout the house or property. SERVPRO's elite team of mold remediation specialist will quickly and thoroughly clean and remove the spores from ventilation systems.

Step 8 - Restoration and Repair
SERVPRO is ready to help homeowners and property managers do almost anything necessary to restore their home or space to its original living conditions.

Step 9 - Debrief/Consultation
After the clean-up job is finished, our SERVPRO professionals will go over every step of the procedure with you, and offer tips on how to avoid mold infestations in the future.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the North Fort Myers community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

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