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Don't Wait Call SERVPRO Right Away When You Spot Mold In Naples

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 so don'y hesitate and call right away when you spot mold in your home. We have the right equipment to restore your home.

Repairing Mold-Damaged Naples Homes Quickly

Certain disasters can damage your Naples home immediately, causing widespread structural failures and compromised areas that can be hazardous to address on your own. Other situations take more time to develop but can do so without your knowledge and awareness, like spreading mold growth, that can ultimately provide the same level of widespread destruction to your property and get spread to becoming out of control quickly. Our professionals can respond quickly to these emergencies to help remove these active threats and to restore and repair the damage that the organism has caused.

While you might be among the Naples homeowners that do not see the need for mold damage repair, this organism can take a severe toll on structural integrity, not to mention present persistent health effects to those exposed to the active colonies. Once the mold has gotten discovered in your home, you should notify our SERVPRO mold remediation technicians immediately so that our mitigation and remediation efforts can begin.

There are many scenarios our technicians respond to where affected materials and areas of the property can get preserved with the right efforts happening right away. When mold can affect surfaces and areas of your home for many days or even longer, often materials get too severely damaged to preserve and must get removed to successfully negate the effects of the colony on the affected area. Our professionals utilize a controlled demolition technique, only removing the damaged portions of materials to make reconstruction as fast and efficient as possible.

Our SERVPRO licensed contractors can follow directly behind the efforts of our remediation team that removed materials and the active colony from exposed regions of the property. We can work alongside the remediation team to prepare materials and equipment necessary to transition immediately into rebuilding your home.

Mold can be a destructive force on structural elements in your house. Let our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island applied microbial remediation technicians help you remove the active colonies and repair the mold damage that the organism can cause. Give us a call anytime you need us at (239) 302-5700.

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Is Mold Growing Under Your Naples Kitchen Sink?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets are common places for mold to grow.

What to Do When Your Plumber Finds Mold Damage Under Your Sink in Your Naples Home

Calling a plumber in Naples to remove a clog or fix your kitchen sink's garbage disposal is tedious enough, but when other problems become apparent, it can seem only to get worse. When it is just a drip or loosened joint, the plumber can quickly fix them and get things back in working order quickly.  

When the plumber finds your Naples home has mold damage under the sink, however, this falls outside of any plumber's expertise. Instead, you need professional mold damage remediators like our SERVPRO Franchise professionals. We hold IICRC certificates in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and our specialists know the most effective methods to restore your home.  

We inspect to find the areas affected with microbial infestations, and then remove the excess mold and their spores. To do this, we use infrared imaging technology that shows where any lost water may have been feeding microbial colonies, which is possible because mildew, mold, and other microscopic organisms cannot live without moisture levels above normal humidity. These tiny organisms eat away at cellulose-based materials inside your home and destroy whatever they rest on quickly.  

We cut these areas away and remove them so we can bring in new materials to restore the area. The back of the kitchen cabinet might contain mold activity and its absence after we remove it cleans the area immensely. Replacing it is an easy task.  

We can restore some materials, however, by abrading their surfaces with either baking soda or dry ice pellet which is extremely helpful when surfaces affected include the inside portion of cabinet doors. Instead of replacing them, we can clean them, or if more deeply embedded with mold, we can blast them slightly and remove invasive microbes. Repainting or other finishes complete the restoration.  

We also treat surfaces with antimicrobial inhibitors that keep mold from regrowing. Kitchens, as well as bathrooms, are both notorious for having high levels of humidity. Prevention is much less expensive than remediation, and we want to help our customers save as much as possible, both financially and in the area of their belongings.  

When your home becomes a haven for mold, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island. We can remediate mold damage and clean up areas affected by microbial infestations. Our 24-hour services number is (239) 302-5700. We also serve those in Miles City and Monroe Station.

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Make Mold Damage Remediation Success a Reality in Naples

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can affect BOTH the surfaces of household items and the walls in your home. Let our certified mold specialists mitigate the situation.

Controlled Demolition and Repair in Mold Damaged Naples Homes

When microbial growth occurs within your Naples home, determining how to handle the spreading threat can be challenging for homeowners. While ideally, many property owners want to care for their houses on their own as best as possible, mold can become a destructive force that requires more than just elbow grease and cleaning solvents to remove from surfaces and affected areas. Our professionals can help you through every step from the remediation through repair and restoration.

Mold damage repair in Naples is something that many homeowners do not immediately consider when they discover mold colonization in their residence. With both certified mold remediation specialists and licensed contractors on our SERVPRO team, we can offer our customers a comprehensive approach to restoring their home that is seamless and cost-effective. Our departments work together through assessment and evaluation of the property to ensure that every technician does their part to make the entire process efficient.

Assessment is a critical component to the work that our rapid response team does when we first arrive at a mold-damaged property. We can determine the full scope of the spread of the organism and begin setting up containment machines and barriers to prevent this colonization from spreading to new areas of the property. We also determine the condition of affected materials and contents, and whether preserving them is possible or if controlled demolition and tear out is necessary.

It is always the focus of our SERVPRO professionals to restore damaged materials and structural elements to the best of our skilled abilities, but this is not always the most cost-effective or efficient approach to return your home to pre-mold conditions. Instead, controlled demolition efforts can remove only the unsalvageable or greatly damaged portions of these materials and allow our licensed contractors to repair and reconstruct the affected areas once our experts have successfully removed the thriving mold colonies.

While mold damage repair can encompass many avenues from rebuilding removed drywall to replacing hardwood floors that needed to get torn out, our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island licensed contractors can help. Give our experienced professionals a call today at (239) 302-5700.

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Don't Worry Our Team Is To The Rescue When You Discover A Hidden Mold Infestation In Your Naples Condo

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

When you locate mold damage in your condo, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700.

Finding Mold Damage During Repairs And Remodeling Of Your Naples Condo Can Halt The Project

Working quickly on any project in your Naples condominium means that you can see and benefit from the efforts all that much more sooner. Many projects have some problem here or there, and while this is normal, it can also create stress and slower than the expected conclusion of the project.

Minor projects, such as removing a vanity can make your condo much more beautiful, but if your workers find mold damage in your Naples bathroom after removing the sink, it can stall the work. Experienced contractors know that installing the sink without removing the mold, your dwelling can steadily worsen. The majority of contractors concentrate only on remodeling and repair work on residential properties and small businesses and do not engage in mold damage remediation.

SERVPRO specialists can get the area involved free of mold and spores, apply a mold inhibitor, and check for close by areas to ensure that no other mold infestations exist. During our work, we also check to make sure that any sources of water allowing mold to proliferate gets shut off at the source.

Other areas in your condo that might succumb to mold, only to become discovered during repair work or another type of project include behind your refrigerator, dishwasher, or laundry facility, around your water heater, under some types of flooring, behind your tub surround or shower stall, and at the base of your toilet and bathtub.

To keep the area involved clean, we lay mats down to catch loosened mold particles. For spores that get released into the air, we catch these with air scrubbers. When we use negative air chambers, we use an air scrubber that directs the air outdoors, increasing the speed that the air becomes clean.

While we always strive to help our customers by remediating mold damage and restoring their homes, so things are “Like it never even happened,” during a repair or remodeling job, we hope to help you accomplish your main goal of improving things instead. With our help, your project can get back on schedule faster and finish with no more unexpected issues.

When you locate mold damage in your condo, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700. We serve the areas around Wagon Wheel, Fakahatchee, and Old Marco Junction.

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Naples and Mold Problems from Contaminated Crawl Spaces

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Mold in Naples Area Condos and Crawlspaces

SERVPRO Explains Why Mold Infestations Occur in Damp Structures and Remediation

If a water leak inside your Naples home ever goes unnoticed, many problems can result. For example, if your crawl space stays wet for more than 48 hours mold damage repair may become necessary. In some cases, the initial problem does not get noticed until it is too late. Once a fungus has formed inside your house, the issue can become worse quickly if the problem is not mitigated.
 
If you notice wet materials inside your home or smell a musty aroma, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can conduct mold damage restoration in Naples that can help prevent future problems from occurring. Once fungi have developed, it grows spores that can spread to unaffected areas and create more issues. Proper mitigation can prevent spores from spreading.
 
Crawl spaces are a likely place for fungal problems to exist. The temperatures are often elevated in these confined spaces due to poor circulation underneath the house. Coupled with dampness in the dirt means that adding water can quickly increase moisture and humidity levels. The crawl space is also the home to a large number of organic materials such as insulation and floor joists.
 
If mold grows inside your crawlspace, many different problems can quickly arise. Fungi first develope at the source of the elevated moisture levels but can then spread quickly to other areas of exposed wood underneath your house. As a fungus grows it forms root-like structures called hyphae that contaminate materials in all directions. For example, the hyphae can grow deep into the wood of the floor joists, across the surface of the joist, and out from the surface of the joist making the mold visible. If your crawl space is contaminated, spores can easily get into the airflow system of your house. Once spores get into your ventilation system, they can affect your entire home.
 
When mitigating fungal issues, our SERVPRO technicians always contain your crawlspace so that particles created by the work process do not infest other sections of your structure. We then work to remove the fungi from the affected building materials by scrubbing or sanding. We also use air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove small hazardous particles from the air.

If you ever notice mold or excessive moisture inside your crawl space, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 24/7.

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Call Us for Mold Removal in Naples Homes

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Docks, Houses, and Building in Naples Get Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Is Effective and Safe

Mold can spread through a Naples home quickly. All it needs is moisture, a food source, and the right temperature. With Florida weather, the temperature is never an issue for mold, so getting rid of it means removing the moisture.

That means mold removal in Naples residences requires SERVPRO restoration personnel to find the source of both the mold and the moisture that allowed dormant spores to expand and grow.

Drying up the moisture source is usually a simple task. Often, it is a small puddle that gathered under a leaky pipe or seeped in through a crack in a wall or the roof. Our technicians can quickly fix minor issues like this, but for major damage, team leaders recommend bringing in a general contractor.

As SERVPRO restoration specialists remove the water, other team members begin removing the mold. They can eliminate the majority by wiping down the surfaces of the affected property. Much of the mold they discover is powdery and wipes away cleanly with a dry or damp sponge. For thicker layers, a technician can spray an anti-fungal cleaner to break them up before wiping.
 
When the mold layer is very thick, wet, or both, our teams start with a vacuum. They use a specially designed HEPA filter that can capture even a single spore off a surface. Once they finish with the vacuum, our technicians wipe down each surface.
 
If the mold has had time to dig into a piece of building material, our specialists remove it from home. Most paneling and drywall is cheaper to replace than to expend the labor hours to cut and patch affected sections. Removal and replacement is one way to ensure spores are not missed or accidentally spread to other parts of the home. Our SERVPRO IICRC certified techs can also set up containment barriers to prevent cross-contamination during the remediation.
 
It is not enough to only remove the active mold spores; our technicians also work to remove the threat of future mold growth by drying the home. Team members set up dehumidifiers, air movers, and box fans to reduce the moisture in the surrounding air and draw it out of the affected property. Antimicrobial agents can also be sprayed to coat affected areas.
 
If you are dealing with mold in your residence, you need a professional agency like SERVPRO of Naples / Marcos Island. Call us for mold removal in your Naples home today at (239) 302-5700.

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Restoration of Mold Damaged Areas of a Miles City Home

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team can remediate your home free of mold infestations!

Your Miles City Home Can Be Remediated From Mold With The Help of SERVPRO

Microbes exist almost everywhere, with few spots utterly free of them, including the cleanest homes in Miles City. Controlling the amount of humidity in a home helps keep mold and its activity at non-harmful levels. Overgrowth occurs quickly when microbes gain access to increased moisture.

Property owners in Miles City often find mold damaged areas in their homes during spring cleaning. At SERVPRO, we use methods and equipment that allows us to safely remove the spores and particles that can colonize uncontaminated areas of your home. Mold-covered materials within your home may only suffer minimal damage and easily cleaned off, while other sections might require more aggressive methods, such as cutting away and bagging to remove them from your home.

Just as SERVPRO technicians wear personal protection equipment like suits, respirator masks, and goggles to protect ourselves, we enclose mold damaged areas of your home with heavy plastic, secure tape, and durable tubing to set up negative pressure containment. Forcing mold-contaminated air out of your home keeps any microbes from escaping into dark corners and other locations where it can begin growing again.

Other types of equipment help us locate the sources of the moisture that fed the microbial colonies. Moisture readers help determine levels of moisture in specific areas after infrared thermal imaging devices reveal possible areas that harbor higher amounts of moisture. We also can measure the amount of humidity in the air, and log readings so we know for sure that levels become lower as we continue working.

These items and our other types of equipment help us handle your microbial problem quickly and efficiently, making your home safe once again, just "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island can be reached at (239) 302-5700 24/7, every day of the year, including all holidays. When you find what could be mold damage in your home, a call to expert remediation specialists can help restore your home quickly.

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Preparing Your Naples Residence for Repairs After Sustaining Mold Damage

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk in your home for a long time before the conditions are right for it to spread. Contact SERVPRO when you suspect mold for remediation.

Certified Mold Damage Technicians, Using HEPA Filters, Quickly Get the Mold Infestation in Your Home Under Control

Once a homeowner finds mold growing in their Naples area home, everything in the home might seem contaminated. When everything feels suspect in your home, relaxing after a hard day at work or spending time with your grandchildren might not feel the same.
 
Residents who discover mold damage in Naples can find themselves facing extensive damages and the work required to make things right again. We can help you prepare your home for the work required by preparing everything and removing the mold. Once your home's mold remediation process finishes, the area no longer poses the risks it did previously.
 
We train all of our employees so they earn IICRC certificates. The knowledge from this training and extensive experience ensures they can handle the requirements involved in preparing your home. Without expert remediation, your home's repair work might not last as long as it otherwise might. Included in mold remediation, we also ensure that all sources of unwanted water, moisture, and humidity no longer pose the threats they did before we started.
 
Removing mold damaged materials and cleaning the area of loose mold particles and spores happens within a negative air pressure containment setup. We use heavy but clear plastic sheeting, tubing, and HEPA-filtered air movers to achieve this setup. Moving air out of your home keeps any 'lost' particles from escaping into other areas of your home. Double bagged materials mean that all damaged materials stay enclosed from your home to disposal.
 
Inspecting your home for mold and areas that became damaged by its growth include the use of moisture detectors. We use these because microbes such as mold and mildew cannot grow without excessive moisture or humidity levels. We remove both the source of the water and any microbial colonies we discover. Once completed, repair crews can then safely repair your home.
 
At SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island, we work with homeowners whose homes need repairs after removing mold damage in the Weavers Station, Wagon Wheel, and Miles City areas. Our employees can handle any job, large or small, and make your home safe again. Contact us at (239) 302-5700 24/7, any day of the year for our assistance.
 
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How Do Professionals Perform Mold Damage Remediation in Your Naples / Macro Island Home?

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to act fast and call SERVPRO when you discover mold damage in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO Professionals to Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold damage can spread quickly if you are not careful and act fast once you spot the early signs of growth. Getting help from qualified professionals as soon as possible is perhaps the best solution to remedy the damage and prevent it from recurring.

SERVPRO professionals use a multi-faceted approach during the mold damage remediation process in your Naples / Macro Island home. Here are a few things that you should expect during the remediation process.

Establishing a Containment Zone

One of the first things in the remediation process is to establish a containment zone. Mold spores can become lose and airborne during the cleaning process and spread to the uncontaminated area of your home. SERVPRO professionals can install physical barriers and establish negative air pressure in the contaminated area to prevent the spores from spreading. Professionals use plastic shields for this purpose, and HVAC ducts may also need to be sealed off. The restoration experts can also establish ‘Cleanrooms' and ‘decontamination rooms' as well.

Removing the Contamination Itself

Once the experts contain the mold damage in the first step, the next thing is to eliminate the damage itself. The growth in porous surfaces is most difficult to clean. As a result, if there is an extensive growth on a porous material such as fabric, drywall, and carpeting, eliminating them is the best option.

The growth on non-porous material such as glass and metal is often cleaned using HEPA filtration and wiping with a detergent solution. Multiple rounds of HEPA vacuuming can be used to eliminate the mold.

Sanding, wire brushing, and damp wiping can be used to clean semi-porous material such as wood and concrete.

Cleaning of the Settled Spores

The cleaning process inevitably causes the spores to become airborne. The next step is to eliminate these airborne spores once they settle on the ground. Multiple rounds of HEPA filtration and damp wiping are needed to eliminate these settled spores. It can take time for this process to complete, but it drastically reduces the chance of recurring mold damage.

Call SERVPRO of Naples / Macro Island at (239) 302-5700 today to speak with one of our mold remediation experts.

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Professional Mold Damage Removal and Remediation Restores and Protects Your Naples Area Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold damage in your home can be scary, but the professionals at SERVPRO can help to ease your mind while safely removing the damage.

SERVPRO Safely and Thoroughly Removes and Remediates Mold Damage

The materials making up your Naples home come from a variety of sources, including organic matter. Cellulose might seem too fragile to hold much usefulness in a solid home, but its uses range from sturdy beams to insulation to drywall backing and more. Any of these can become damaged by excessive microbial growth.

Upon discovery of a problem with mold or mildew in your Naples residence, calling a mold damage removal professional can get things under control again. Drying out the home and keeping humidity at a constant and low level helps secure the desired results of remediation. Without controlling the amount of moisture present, microbial activity quickly becomes a damaging force inside your property. After we regain control over the moisture content in your home, we can then begin removing damaged materials and cleaning away the mold growing on hard surfaces.

Because mold propagates itself via spores, it is crucial that we contain these potential colony-starters. SERVPRO technicians typically use the same technology used by hospitals when they need to contain pathogens. Negative air pressure systems may look simple, but we find they effectively prevent both mold particles and their spores from escaping into uncontaminated areas of a residence. We enclose infested areas before we begin removing mold-covered materials.

Once we have the plastic sheeting and air scrubber all in place, we can begin checking to see which materials only require thorough cleaning, and which sections require removal and replacement. We use thick bags and then double them to protect other areas in your home from becoming contaminated as we carry these bags of ruined materials out of your home. While drywall sections might contain sharp fasteners, carpeting sections often contain strips of tacks. We attempt to enclose these sharp objects within the materials, so they do not puncture the bags, allowing any of the dusty mold or spores to escape.

We do not rely solely on the air scrubber used to produce the negative air pressure zone. Other scrubbers help keep any particles able to escape on bags, our personal protection equipment, or that already existed in your home's uncontaminated areas from becoming nuisances. Mold and mildew exist everywhere but often without becoming a problem.

Problems begin when moisture levels rise and permit mold to grow profusely. Because we can control the amount of moisture in your home much more easily than we can control the introduction of new spores from the outside world, we concentrate on this facet. After removing damaged materials and reducing the number of particles and spores in the air, we help homeowners maintain the lowered levels of humidity by installing dehumidifiers, discussing better maintenance of water-using appliances, or addressing other issues such as wet basements and crawlspaces.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island hires qualified and dedicated technicians who then earn IICRC certificates. Mold damage removal helps protect your home from the harmful effects of microbes. Call us at (239) 302-5700, so we can help you protect your home and possessions from this and other disasters.

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5 Facts You Should Know About Mold Damage in Marco Island

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Bleach does not get rid of mold, it is important to call SERVPRO to properly remediate mold damage in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

You have most likely heard about mold damage in homes, or even noticed signs of fungal growth in your own home. It is a fact that at some point most householders find themselves facing a dark green or black patch of growth which they need to remediate. We are all familiar with the unpleasant musty smell of mold. SERVPRO is your local remediation expert, and we are also passionate about providing education to Marco Island homeowners.

Here are 5 facts we think you should know about mold damage in Marco Island.

  1. Mold is already in your home – whether you can see it or not. Many people do not realize that mold is everywhere. The fungus is a naturally occurring organism throughout nature. Because the spores are impossible to see with the naked eye, you do not always see mold’s presence, but it is there.
  2. Moisture is the leading cause of fungal problems in the home. The fungus requires water to grow, which is why it is common in basements, bathrooms and laundry rooms. SERVPRO remediation experts have moisture probes and meters on hand to measure the dampness and pinpoint potential underlying problems.
  3. Bleach does not kill mold. It is a popular myth that bleach is the best way to kill the fungus. However, bleach should not be your go-to remedy. The moisture content of bleach can make growth worse, and bleach only clears away the surface evidence; it does not treat the underlying problem.
  4. Mold can be useful. It was mold which helped Alexander Fleming develop Penicillin, which is one of the most trusted and commonly used antibiotics on the market today. There is even some evidence that ancient cultures such as the Egyptians used mold as a health remedy. Of course, even though mold can be useful, you do not want colonies growing in your home – that is why it is essential to call SERPVRO at the first sign of fungal growth.
  5. Dehumidification and proper ventilation are the best way to prevent mold. Our customers often ask us what they can do after we leave. We suggest investing in a dehumidifier and keeping the humidity in your home below 60%, and between 40% - 50% if possible. We also suggest keeping your home well ventilated.

For help with fungal issues in Miles City, Monroe Station, Marco Island, Wagon Wheel and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 today.

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Mold Damage Can Hit Your Naples Home Even if You Did Everything Right

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Even if you take all the steps to prevent mold, it can sometimes still make its way in your home. If you discover mold, call SERVPRO to remediate.

Rely on SERVPRO When You Discover Mold in Your Home

In books, on the internet, and even in SERVPRO website content, there is a wealth of information available for those who wish to safeguard their homes against mold. Many things can help to prevent mold from reaching your doorstep, and following these guidelines is advisable for the long-term health of your home. However, unfortunately, even the most responsible of Naples homeowners can be hit by mold damage. Even if you did everything right, some types of mold are so adaptable that they can take root almost everywhere, and may start to grow and spread in your home. So, what can you do?

Most importantly, you should not let up on the preventative steps you have taken against mold damage in your Naples home. Not only should these significantly reduce the risk of future and concurrent mold infestations in the home, but they should also slow the spread of any existing colonies. If your home is kept dry and sanitary, the mold should grow very slowly. If you have mold-resistant paints and finishes on objects and surfaces in your home, these should help to limit the spread of mold to a smaller area.

The next step is to call SERVPRO. You should not worry about costs - for a well-kept, clean, and upstanding home, most of our work is completed quickly and easily. Many cases we see in clean, dry homes shrivel up and die on their own, only leaving us the task of sanitary cleanup. Calling us is important because we can determine if anything greater caused the infestation to grow and because we can safely and smoothly handle mold damage of any caliber. If, say, the problem is much larger than initially thought, we can take care of it before it has a chance to get any worse.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island helps locals to remove and remediate mold damage in their homes. Call us 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.  

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Mold Damage Control in Naples Properties

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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)

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.