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Mold Damage Control in Naples Properties

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Control in Naples Properties SERVPRO is here for you when mold damage strikes your Naples house.

How Can A Naples Homeowner Control Mold Damage?


If the weather has been significantly humid for a few days, molds may start developing inside the house. Surfaces such as benches and walls are especially susceptible to mold during heavy rainfalls. Humidity can also increase when moisture inside the house evaporates into the air. The problem can become worse when the structure has poor ventilation. One of the contributing factors of indoor humidity issues is drying clothes indoors. The HVAC system in the house can also lead to humidity problems when heating or cooling air within the structure.

If mold damage has overtaken your Naples home, you can count on SERVPRO to deal with the situation. We have efficient tools and products to eliminate mold, and our technicians have many years of experience to ensure a smooth restoration process. Following IICRC guidelines, we can return your home to preloss conditions quickly and professionally, “Like it never even happened.”

Mold thrives in humid conditions and prefers when the relative humidity is above 70%. Therefore, removing water vapor from the air is an important part of the mold damage control. We do this using dehumidifiers, which pull in moist, humid air and then replace it with dry, warm air. The dry air absorbs moisture from wet items like a sponge. SERVPRO uses two types of dehumidifiers: desiccant dehumidifiers (which rely on chemicals known as desiccants to quickly absorb moisture from the air) and refrigerant dehumidifiers (which use the same working principle as air conditioners).

Once the mold is annihilated, deodorization is necessary to neutralize the pungent smell left behind by the fungus. Ultra Low Volume Foggers can atomize liquid deodorizing agents and produce a fine mist that penetrates areas with odor-causing residues. We also use the device to inject fungicides and disinfectants into hard-to-reach areas such as wall cavities.

Thermal foggers are also useful in mold damage deodorization. They discharge solvent-based products in large, dense fogs ideal for confined spaces. The fog is made up of small particles that bond with and neutralize odor-causing agents.

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Mold damage is a serious consequence of water damage that may be hazardous to your health. As a part of your community, SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island can help you take back control of your house within no time. For any assistance, call us today at (239) 302-5700.

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An Answer To Common Mold Damage Issues In And Around Your Naples Area Home

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation An Answer To Common Mold Damage Issues In And Around Your Naples Area Home SERVPRO technicians have found extensive mold growth around windows, both on the outside, and the inside of your home

SERVPRO Has The Answers For Your Mold Damage Issues

Dealing with mold found in your home is quite simple. Mold can develop into various shapes, sizes, and colors, causing health problems regardless of the type that exists. Exposure leads to serious issues all of which no one should ignore.

If you are having mold damage problems in your Naples area home, you benefit greatly from locating professional remediation services you can trust. A fully-certified, expertly trained technician who has the experience, equipment, and resources produce the best results.

There are common types of mold that professional technicians at SERVPRO deal with almost on a daily basis including Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Stachybotrys Atra. All of these forms of mold produce airborne particles and spread throughout your home if given enough time, or the right conditions.

SERVPRO’s expertly trained technicians understand that rotting foods or the buildup of dirt and debris within your home’s ventilation system often produces Aspergillus. If you have ever peered beneath your toilet seat to find a black substance, that is Cladosporium; it likes painted surfaces or fiberglass.

While you may know Stachybotrys Atra more commonly referred to as “Black Mold.” However, knowing which type of mold exists in your home does not help you control it, or remove the conditions that allow it to exist. Home mold testing kits do nothing more than waste your money and crucial time.

These types of mold can trigger common allergy symptoms in both children and senior citizens, while the effects remain slight in a full-grown healthy human being. Enough growth or the emersion of multiple strains can produce unknown results, making it necessary to safeguard your home against mold growth regardless of the type or amount you might see.

SERVPRO technicians have found extensive mold growth around windows, both on the outside, and the inside of your home. Along with the accompanying unpleasant odors, mold leads to damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and a variety of household contents, appliances, and even your ventilation system.

While household mold primarily thrives in damp, wet areas with a constant moisture source such as your basement, shower, kitchen, laundry room, or attic, it can occur anywhere, and exist for extended periods of time, even when the right conditions fail to appear.

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Get help from SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island, find answers to common mold problems in and around your home, today. (239) 302-5700

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Unexpected Places Mold Damage Hides in Your Naples House

4/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Unexpected Places Mold Damage Hides in Your Naples House Mold can spread quickly if moisture was not eliminated after damage. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate today.

SERVPRO Technicians Root Out the Causes of Mold Damage in Your Home

The danger of managing seemingly minor water damage yourself is missing secondary issues like the leading edge of mold growth. If your home gives off a musty, sour smell, it is likely some moisture remained after you believed all the water was gone. Hoping the smell dissipates is unwise as its source is in all probability mold. The mold detection team at SERVPRO is your best bet to locate concealed pockets of microbial growth.
 
Your carpeting soaked up some driving rain a few weeks ago when the wind blew hard through an open window. Calling in a professional water removal company seemed like an overreaction, so you ran a shop vacuum over it and used some fans to avoid mold damage to your Naples house. Now you worry that skipping a professional inspection was a mistake. Better late than never, invite our mold remediation experts to help determine if mold grew and needed abatement.
 
Unless you lifted the carpeting and dried it on both sides, you left a perfect breeding area for spores in a few different places. The underside of the carpeting offers a network of fibers and cords that provide good cover for mold. Damp padding is also an incubator for mold growth. Final areas that go undetected even by inexperienced or poorly trained restorers are the carpet tack strips. Often made of untreated softwood or particle board, these strips soak up water like a sponge and resist superficial efforts to dry them out. These moisture-laden pieces of wood are a buffet for molds, unseen but not unsmelled.
 
Had our SERVPRO technicians responded when the water first saturated your carpeting, we would have followed a different series of steps. We always pull up carpeting and often determine to replace the padding. It is an inexpensive fix that avoids the collateral damage of mold growth. Tack strips dry out if exposed to air and warmth, and we apply both during almost every job with waterlogged carpeting. Evaluating moisture levels and meeting drying goals give the homeowner the best chance at riding out wet carpeting without subsequent problems.
 
Time passes making easy solutions less effective. Your carpeting and padding now need replacing as mold entangles with every fiber. We contain the area, running an air scrubber to keep airborne spores in place. Carpet and mold disposal follows local regulations, and the subfloor receives disinfection. New padding, carpeting, and tack strips install for a price that you prefer to avoid, but no longer have that luxury.
 
Next time your floor coverings take on rainwater contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island for a friendly review of the situation. Making that appointment is as easy as calling (239) 302-5700.

A Few Tips To Help Prevent Mold Damage In Your Naples Area Home

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Few Tips To Help Prevent Mold Damage In Your Naples Area Home Moisture and Mold Are Growing in Your Naples Bathroom? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Says Control Humidity and Temperature to Help Reduce the Chance of Needing Mold Remediation

If you have never experienced bathroom mold, you may be extremely lucky, or perhaps you simply are not looking in the right places. If you let it get out of control, it can cause significant damage, while if caught early enough, there is a simple fix.
 
Taking a shower, or a bath creates enough steam for your entire bathroom to remain damp for a short period. Leaving behind moisture that creates the perfect environment for mold damage to develop in your Naples home.
 
At SERVPRO, we often find that lingering moisture, leaky fixtures, wet cellulose materials, combined with poor ventilation provide mold with the food source that it needs to flourish. If you can see it or smell it, the problem is likely already bigger than you know.
 
SERVPRO technicians deal with situations all of the time where bathroom mold symptoms are not always obvious. It could be hiding just out of sight, under your sink, inside the cracks and crevices of your bathroom fixtures. Mold can even develop in your basement or crawl spaces and attic, both above and below your bathroom.
 
How do you prevent it from happening? Start by using the proper ventilation in areas of your home that have constant moisture sources, or appliances that develop steam during use. There is more than just your bathroom to worry about; mold damage can happen just about anywhere.
 
Cooking in your kitchen develops steam, which is usually handled by oven vents if you take the time to use them. Running your dishwasher, clothes dryer, shower, or tub all requires ventilation. This ventilation should be left on for at least 30 minutes after you finish using them.
 
If you do not have the proper ventilation, have it installed. The goal is to maintain a household (RH) relative humidity level of 50% or less. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help you achieve and maintain a constant level in your home.
 
When deciding on the type of shower curtain to purchase, look for one labeled as mildew-resistant and wash or even replace it frequently, while you should also take the time to wash your bathroom mats frequently, once a week would not hurt.
 
Taking all of these precautions may not fully prevent problems from developing. When things get out of hand, call in a professional from SERVPRO. We can help you discover the source of moisture creating your problem, fix it, while also removing and drying any standing water, even those small pockets found hidden in your walls.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Naples – Marco Island for access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists today. (239) 302-5700

Naples Mold Damage

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Naples Mold Damage Once mold spores have enough moisture to expand, they grow quickly, feeding on the surrounding building material.

Mold Damage in Naples

Hurricane and tropical storm season are over once again. We were spared the worst of it for the most part, and Naples Pier is as sturdy as it when it was built over a century ago. Even with the storm threat over, homeowners should still be concerned about possible aftereffects.

Mold damage in Naples can start with just a small amount of moisture and the right surroundings. Even though an area flooded with storm water is now dry, there is the possibility of remaining moisture behind drywall or otherwise hidden in your home. SERVPRO is ready with the equipment and experience to find it and remove it.

Once mold spores have enough moisture to expand, they grow quickly, feeding on the surrounding building material. Often, this goes unnoticed until the infestation has spread to a common area such as a bathroom or hallway or someone smells that distinctive musty odor. If you see or suspect mold damage, call us for a free, initial inspection.

If our inspectors discover mold, we can determine the source and just how far it has spread. Once the affected areas have been determined, our restoration team develops a plan utilizing our extensive inventory of equipment and anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaning agents available to thoroughly clean and remove the mold.

If the source is found to be behind a wall, we can drill several holes in that area and use special fans to force air into it to dry it out. If this is not successful, that section of drywall may need to be removed and replaced. Moisture saturated drywall is very delicate and can crumble simply by picking it up. Once the section is removed, the affected area can be quickly dried and then the now inactive spores can be vacuumed out.

 

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The weather in Collier county is much better these days, but high humidity and excessive moisture are always normal around here. If you detect that distinctive musty odor or otherwise suspect there may be mold in your home, call us at (239) 302-5700. SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is ready to help you secure your home from any mold contamination or any other restoration need.