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Mold Removal - Techniques for Combating Mold

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Read on to know about the basic principles of mold remediation and the right way and methods to safely remove it from your home without jeopardizing your safety and health. Mold is the most common element found in the environment, especially in damp areas like bathrooms and basements. Mold spores are attracted to organic materials such as human waste, damp clothes, and foods. And although many people may find it harmless, a mold infestation can also cause serious structural damage to a building or place of business.

Mold remediation starts with finding out what caused the contamination. This will enable you to determine the specific areas where the mold has been growing. Mold spores live in indoor air by utilizing keratin as a nutrient storage system. If there is enough moisture present, they thrive, multiplying to form the annoying yellow, black, or greenish fungus. The first step is to dry the area to get rid of the moisture.

Mold remediation technicians or experts usually use different methods to keep the mold spores out of indoor air. One of the common methods is the installation of a dehumidifier, which functions by removing excess humidity and moisture in a room or an entire building. This is important because, without moisture, mold spores cannot survive and spread.

Mold removal technicians also use a variety of chemical products to treat spores and prevent future outbreaks. These toxic chemicals must be handled with extreme care because even when used correctly they can still leave behind residues. Most mold removal professionals use fungicides, particularly for true mold removal. These products are most effective when combined with steam cleaning because the moisture is extracted during the cleaning process.

A great way to keep mycotoxins from returning is to fix any plumbing issues in your house, including leaks. Leaks in your pipes will attract moisture and mycotoxins as well. A well-kept, leak-free house is the ideal habitat for mycotoxins and mold growth.

For problems that are not so severe, regular dusting and vacuuming can go a long way in solving a problem. By removing the moisture and the mold spores, dusting, and vacuuming is not needed. Another method of mold remediation that can be used is drying the area completely using fans and drying techniques. Finally, moldy areas can be removed using effective mold removal techniques.

How Our Experts Can Restore Your Mold Damaged Home In Pensacola To Pre-Damage Condition

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Pensacola assists homeowners in cleaning up mold damage and preventing its regrowth.

Mold Damage Remediation Methods We Might Use On Your Pensacola Property

Any part of your property in Pensacola can experience damage that leads to deterioration. Greenhouses, sheds, pool houses, and gazebos all require maintenance to continue looking fresh and inviting. Safety also can become an issue when structures become weak.

Our team at SERVPRO helps many people protect their property in Pensacola from mold damage. We work on houses, businesses, and other buildings, helping property owners protect their investment from deterioration that causes a loss in value, use, and safe conditions. Acting as your partner, we help return your property to its previous condition, “Like it never even happened.”

We use different remediation techniques approved by the IICRC and shown to provide effective, long-lasting results. One that we always perform involves removing the source of any moisture that allows microbes to flourish. Here are descriptions of some of the methods we might use to remediate mold and mildew from your property.

Blasting, either with pellets made of dry ice or with sodium bicarbonate, removes mold and mildew from surfaces. We often use these methods in difficult to reach locations because it not only penetrates tight areas that can harbor dense colonies, but it is also easy to clean up afterward. Dry ice pellets safely evaporate into the air after killing the mold with its freezing temperature, and sodium bicarbonate also poses no risks to the environment, occupants, or any plants in the area. Either of these gives us excellent results for outdoor buildings and exterior walls, as well.

Cutting away sections of wall that contains mold colonies lets us inspect the interior of the wall. When we fail to detect mold, we can treat it with a preventative spray so that mold never grows there. On the other hand, when we do find mold, we need to eliminate those areas.

Negative pressure containment during the removal of moldy materials keeps everything contained from start to finish. We construct a chamber using clear but heavy gauge plastic sheeting, flexible tubing that we can cut to the exact length needed, and an air scrubber. We also use quite a bit of non-marking tape to obtain the seal we want. Negative pressure chambers like these eliminate mold and spores, as well as any dust, that end up suspended in the air by filtering them with the air scrubber and then pushing that air outside of your home through the tubing.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola assists homeowners in cleaning up mold damage and preventing its regrowth. If your home is located in Goulding, Myrtle Grove, or surrounding areas, call our 24-hour service line at (850) 469-1160, year-round, for professional remediation services.

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Who Want Mold Growing in Their Pensacola Properties? SERVPRO Technicians Don't!

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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Measures for Effective Remediation of Mold Damage in Pensacola

Mold spores can be found everywhere and grow whenever there is enough moisture. You should note that there is more to mold growth than just excess humidity. The spores require an organic food source and favorable temperatures. Limited natural light is also beneficial for mold proliferation, which is why most infestations are likely concentrated in the dark, hard to reach sections of your Pensacola property. It is just that these additional factors are uncontrollable unlike moisture, which leads to colonies growing only if there is enough moisture.
Effective remediation of mold damage in Pensacola must focus on eliminating the moisture source. The source differs in each case, so inspection of the affected property is critical before remediation starts. Likely sources include condensation, which happens when vapor in the air is exposed to surfaces with temperatures below the dew point. Windows are most likely to cause this. Building defects might also cause problems if they allow moisture into the building through capillary action. Another issue could be leakage from plumbing systems. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property entirely to establish the source of the moisture fueling microbial growth.
Depending on the level of progress the infestation has reached, various actions might be necessary for proper removal. If the outbreak affects porous materials such as insulation or drywall, removal of these materials is the only option that guarantees a sound outcome. Mold colonies on non-porous surfaces are easier to remove through cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians also take measures to prevent the spread of moldy residues to unaffected areas especially when tearing down walls. We can either create exclusion zones or use negative air pressure machines. Containment is key.
Even after dealing with the source of the moisture, drying the affected area to normal levels is essential. This step is crucial because if no more moisture reaches the affected area, the colonies cannot restart from dormant spores. By taking moisture readings from unaffected areas, our SERVPRO technicians can dry the affected areas to standard levels inhibiting further growth.
It is crucial to address microbial growth immediately you detect one. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola to assist. You can reach us at (850) 469-1160 any day.

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Our Complete Guide To Mold Damage Remediation In Goulding

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you notice mold signs call SERVPRO!

What Different Materials Tell About Mold Damage In Goulding

Mold problems are not only difficult to deal with, but the infestation can occur in almost every part of your Goulding home. Although moisture is the root of all infestations, mold also requires a food source and many materials found at home act as that source. Several materials support mold growth. Among these materials are paper, cardboard, wood, insulation, carpets, draperies and upholstery. However the effects it has on each material varies.

Mold damage in Goulding might be slight or severe depending on the conditions in the affected area. If moisture levels are only slightly higher than usual, the infestations are also mild. In such cases, affected materials include draperies or upholstery. You might find colored patches in the materials or experience some odor. While this kind of damage is easy to deal with by cleaning the affected draperies and regulating moisture conditions, you should verify that it is not a sign of problems in other parts of your structure. Most mold problems begin in hidden areas. SERVPRO technicians can help inspect the entire building including wall cavities to establish if other problems exist.

Wood is one of the commonly affected materials, and it also suffers severe damage if remediation steps are not taken. Wood is not just a source of food, but its porous nature means it also stores the moisture necessary to sustain full-blown infestations. Even if you were to eliminate all other moisture supplies, but fail to dry the wood, the moisture already present could sustain growth over an extended period. The extent of damage in the wood can tell you how severe the infestation is. For example, if it is only on the surface and remediation only involves wiping off the area, you are dealing with a mild or recent infestation. If the growth has also compromised the structural integrity of the wood, the case is severe. Our SERVPRO technicians clean the affected areas and also dry the wood to prevent future growth.

Because of the tendency for carpets to trap moisture and dust, if mold affects them, it can spread fast. It is possible for the carpet to be dry but the pad beneath to have some wetness. Presence of mold on the carpet might indicate poor spillage management unless wetness is from flooding. Our SERVPRO team can help remove affected carpets and pad. We also dry the home to prevent future growth.

When you notice mold signs, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Pensacola's Mold Damage Experts Talk About Severe Cases Of Contamination

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is always on stand by to help with any kind of mold issues.

SERVPRO Can Remediate All Types of Residential Mold Infestations 

Any time excessive moisture enters a home in Pensacola microbes can activate and cause you problems. The longer water sits on organic materials inside your house; the more severe mold damage can get. Once fungi form they grow structures called hyphae that spread the contamination and release reproductive spores into the air. These spores are microscopic and can quickly become airborne and get into your building's air circulation causing air quality issues. Once these spores are in your house's air circulation system, they can settle in other places and cause mold damage to occur far away from the initial source.

Time is vital when it comes to remediating fungal contamination. Most mold damage problems in Pensacola start small and only become severe if nothing is done about the original affected area. Once our SERVPRO technicians hear about the presence of a fungus inside your home, we immediately figure out how to remediate the contaminated area. We conduct all of our restoration procedures in ways that prevent spores and other harmful particles from spreading to unaffected regions in your house.

In some types of properties such as rentals, water leaks and problems with mold can go unnoticed for a very long time. As time goes on the contamination gets worse and spreads all over the structure. In certain severe cases, our SERVPRO technicians must contain the entire home to prevent spores and other hazardous materials from entering the outdoor environment.

When mold problems get severe, we also utilize one or more air scrubbers to help improve the air quality of the affected building. The scrubbers suck in the air inside the containment chamber and run it past a HEPA filter. These filters trap even the smallest particles before exhausting out the air. We also use antimicrobial solutions during the remediation process that helps eliminate spores and keep them from spreading.

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In the worst-case scenarios, we remove all contaminated materials down to the building's wooden studs. If the studs are affected, then they can get sanded down and treated with a specialized sealant. If you have a house that was the victim of mold problems going unnoticed, call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 any time of the day.

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What To Do During Mold Damage Remediation in Pensacola

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of West Pensacola team will work 24/7 to remediate the mold infestation from your home so that you can go back to normal every day life.

Learn About The Correct Mold Remediation Procedure For Your Pensacola Property

Mold damage remediation is about all the procedures that are put in place to clean up both the mold and dry moisture in the structure. The primary goal of the remediation procedures is to return the structure and items to their preloss state, as opposed to creating a fungi-free and sterile environment. The level of contamination usually determines the procedures we use when addressing such events in Pensacola.

Identifying the mold damage in your Pensacola property is the first thing that our SERVPRO technicians do when attending to such incidents. While it is possible to identify some mold growth through a visual inspection, there are chances of going unnoticed when it grows above ceilings, in attics, behind walls or in crawl spaces. With the use of specialized devices such as infrared cameras and moisture meters, we are in a position to detect any hidden mold growth sources. We examine the area for flooding, high humidity, leaking windows or roofs, plumbing, as well as condensation which may occur as a result of poor insulation. Usually, continuous discoloration on ceilings and calls can indicate the presence of mold.

Our SERVPRO technicians then correct the moisture intrusion problem and formulate a mold cleanup plan. To come up with the cleaning procedures, we use the information from the inspection. For instance, the actions we use when dealing with porous materials can be different from the one we use on non-porous materials. In most cases, we remove and discard porous materials such as insulation, wallboards, and ceiling tiles when they have mold contamination. On the other hand, we can use detergent solutions to clean porous and semi-porous items such as concrete and wood when they structurally sound.

Areas with mold growth have unpleasant odors, and the smells cannot go away event after completing the cleaning. By using thermal foggers, our SERVPRO technicians can perform deodorization. This process emits a chemical compound which neutralizes the odors and in the process improves the quality of air.

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SERVPRO of West Pensacola provides 24-hour emergency services that address any size disaster. Call us at (850) 469-1160 for our highly trained technicians to respond and offer you proven restoration services.

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The Role of Deodorization in Mold Remediation for Your Pensacola Home

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Wherever you find mold in your home, our technicians can formulate an effective plan to remediate the damage. Call today.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Tackle the Moldy Odor in Your Home

The discovery of mold in your Pensacola home is something that you might not necessarily use your eyes to find. On many occasions, the presence of mold exists behind walls or in crevices that are challenging to see without specific equipment or much effort. The way that many homeowners discover the presence of mold in their houses is through the distinct musty scent typical of thriving colonies.

When you come across this recognizable smell in your home, chances are, you already have mold damage in Pensacola. Fortunately, taking care of these colonies and remedying the moisture in the environment are not burdens that you have to shoulder alone. Our experienced SERVPRO IICRC certified mold remediation specialists get uniquely trained to help you through every facet of restoring the damage that mold has caused to your home and moving forward.

Still, with all of the steps that go into successfully remediating a home that experiences fungal growth, taking care of the brash odor is a critical component. While air scrubbers might get used to take care of the microbial particles in the air and microscopic mold spores, deodorization requires an entirely different process.

To accomplish this, our SERVPRO technicians must bring out the thermal fogging equipment and use the chemical output of this device to break apart odor molecules in the environment. The fog itself is unscented, allowing for the process to leave no replacement odors behind to counteract the progress made by neutralizing the noxious scent molecules creating the distinctive musty smell.

Taking care of this problem might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of remediating the damage that the mold growth causes in your home, but the scent indicates exposure to the colonies thriving. While our team works to remove the mold present on the surfaces and structural materials, deodorization helps to verify that colonies are getting removed successfully to you the homeowner.

While deodorization might be a small portion of the more significant process of mold remediation, our certified specialists at SERVPRO of West Pensacola can help you through every step of this challenging ordeal. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (850) 469-1160.

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Reliable Mold Damage Remediation Methods for Perdido Key Residents

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread easily during the remediation process, therefore SERVPRO always make sure to contain the mold in the contaminated area.

SERVPRO Always Makes Sure to Contain Mold Spores When Cleaning to Prevent Further Damage

To successfully address mold damage problems, you have to start by stopping the source of the humidity or water. If you fail to do that, the same problem may reappear after a short period of time. That means you have to check for condensation and humidity problems, not forgetting faults in your HVAC system and water leaks in your Perdido Key property.

Mold damage events in Perdido Key can cause health effects, and that is why our SERVPRO technicians use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the remediation process. Such equipment includes a full-face respirator together with a HEPA filter, foot coverings, a headgear, disposable full body outfits, and gloves. We also have the skills to assess the degree of damage before starting the restoration work.

When mold spores move from a contaminated area to a clean area, there is a risk of the same problems starting at the new place. Containment is necessary to prevent such cases, and our SERVPRO team introduces negative pressure in the contaminated area by using a HEPA filtered fan. Blocking the supply as well as the return air vents can also play a big part in containment.

There are also many mold cleanup methods we use during remediation. The technique we usually select depends on the material we are cleaning. If there is water on the surfaces, we can use a wet vacuum to do the removal as long as it is resting on a hard surface. We are careful not to use this procedure when dealing with porous materials since the method may spread the spores.

Never make the mistake of painting surfaces as a way of addressing mold challenges. When you do that, the paint eventually peels off. As a way of preparing surfaces for re-painting, our SERVPRO technicians can damp wipe hard surfaces using detergents. To improve the air quality of the rooms, we may perform thermal fogging.

At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, fire, mold, or storm-related. Call us at (850) 469-1160 and get served by an experienced industry leader.  

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Mold Damage affects Sailing Equipment in Perdido Key

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Boating and sailing gear can retain water and grow mold while in storage.

SERVPRO Cleans and Remediates Mold Damage on Your Boating Equipment

Perdido Key residents often have sailing or boating equipment stored at their home so they always have their favorite gear on hand at a moment's notice. Owning your own gear may cost more initially than renting, but the investment often proves beneficial over time.

Owning your own equipment for fun in Perdido Key can lead to mold damage whenever gear retains water that seeps out while in storage. Placing items away in storage while they retain even the slightest bit of moisture can permit microbial growth. First-time owners who receive sports gear over the holiday season often forget to ensure complete dryness of their new toy before putting it away for another time, only to pull it out again days, weeks, or months later to find a horrendous growth of fuzziness.

SERVPRO technicians want to help residents reclaim these expensive items from the damaging effects of mildew and other fungi. The sooner we become involved in restoring your belongings, the sooner you can get back to having fun on the water. Because we are locally owned and operated, we know that many people in our community, including many of our employees, love being active outdoors.

When we arrive at a customer's home, we start by bagging up any belongings affected by mold. The area used to store these items also requires treatment to ensure your home, shed, or other structure does not succumb to these tiny microorganisms. Moving the bagged items in this way prevents cross-contamination with other areas of your property. A discussion with our customers about how they wish to proceed determines much of the exact work and where we perform this.

Rubber components in gear can suffer tremendously from mold when left undisturbed for lengthy periods. Other times, we can clean such materials sufficiently so even the smell dissipates. Hard, non-porous materials that grow mold often do so because of the salt left on the surface. Always drawing moisture to it, salt helps microbes flourish in otherwise seemingly dry environments by providing a continual source of water. Once we clean these surfaces of mold, the salt also disappears and no longer poses a problem.

The IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO of West Pensacola want to help you enjoy your time on the water by ensuring your equipment is always ready. Contact us by calling (850) 469-1160. We are always ready to take your call and restore your belongings using the latest in restoration techniques.

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How do Professionals Get Rid of Mold Damage from Your Goulding Property?

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians perform a multi-step process to rid your home of mold damage and leave it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO’s Process of Mold Damage Remediation

Mold damage restoration is a job for the professionals. Trying to do it yourself can worsen the situation and spread the mold to uncontaminated areas rapidly. Furthermore, the mold may have health effects and professionals have the proper protective equipment to minimize this.

Mold damage restoration in your Goulding property is a multi-step process involving the use of sophisticated equipment and technical skill. Here is a list of some of the significant steps in the process of the mold damage remediation process.

Containing the Damage

One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do as soon as they identify mold on your property is to contain the damage. Stopping the mold from spreading to the uncontaminated area is a priority during the initial steps of the process. Our IICRC-certified technicians install plastic sheeting and other contamination barriers to prevent the spread of mold. Other steps such as creating a negative air pressure and sealing the HVAC vents are also taken depending on the extent and severity of the contamination.

Establishing Clean Rooms

Another thing that SERVPRO technicians do during the initial phase of the process is to establish clean rooms and decontaminated rooms. These rooms serve as a space to store equipment and other material.

Mold Remediation Process

Once the mold damage is contained, and clean rooms are established, the next thing that SERVPRO technicians do is to get rid of the mold itself. Any porous material that is extensively damaged by mold is disposed of safely. For most of the non-porous material, the mold is removed by using a HEPA vacuum if the surface is dry. If the surface is wet, the technicians use the damp wiping technique to scrub off the mold using a detergent solution.

Cleaning the Dust and Settled Spores

The next step involves cleaning the dust and settled spores. Our technicians use a HEPA vacuum system in multiple stages to achieve a complete and efficient removal of spores from your property.


The last step is getting rid of any residual moisture from the contaminated areas. Excessive moisture can help the mold to spread to uncontaminated places easily within your home. We use equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and air scrubbers to ensure that your property is dry and secondary damage is minimized.

Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola today at (850) 469-1160 to schedule an inspection by one of our mold experts.

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Removing The Mold In Your Pensacola Home

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping your Pensacola home free of mold is an ongoing effort.

Removing Mold From Your Home

Keeping your Pensacola home free of mold is an ongoing effort, as this is a naturally humid area of the country. Understanding the conditions in which this fungus can begin to grow and thrive can help you to prevent these environments in your home. While there is nothing that is entirely uncommon about mold, it is also not something that you should allow to grow freely, even in areas of your house that are rarely if ever used.

A common area for mold damage to occur in your Pensacola home is in the basement. The block and concrete typically used to construct a foundation tend to become saturated and stay moist for longer than other materials do. These wetter conditions are a breeding ground for fungus of all kinds, and the removal of this fungus can prove extremely problematic.

Fortunately, SERVPRO licensed professionals we employ are remediation experts. They can identify the extent of the spread and create a concise and direct plan to remove the mold colonies and prevent them from continuing to grow and thrive in your home. To neutralize the spores from the existing colonies, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians use negative air chambers and air scrubbers.

Upon completely removing the colonies that have formed throughout the affected area, the final step is to prevent this from reoccurring. The assessment determines where the moisture in the air and materials in the area is coming from and removing it. Our SERVPRO professionals are then able to walk you through a permanent solution to keep your humidity and moisture levels down so that naturally, airborne spores do not have the conditions available to form a colony.

The one thing that can be universally agreed on is that mold damage can cause health effects. Trust our IICRC certified technicians to identify the kind of fungus you are dealing with as well as quickly work to remove damage from your home.

At the first sign of mold in your home, you should not hesitate to call our professional emergency response team. We at SERVPRO of West Pensacola are available 24/7 for all of your remediation and restoration needs at (850) 469-1160.

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Combat Mold Damage Found in Your Perdido Key Area Home the Right Way

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how new or modern, your laundry room can harbor mold and facilitate its spread. If you see or smell mold, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Determine the Cause of the Mold Before Starting the Remediation Process

If you have experienced water leaks at any time, discovered musty odors or discolored sections of the walls or ceilings in your Perdido Key home, you may have found the first signs of mold growth that can quickly lead to extensive mold damage if you wait to react.

Ignoring the signs of mold found on your property, allows mold damage in Perdido Key to spread steadily throughout your home. With millions of known mold species in existence, the surest way to control mold growth and treat contaminated areas properly involves hiring a professional.  

Many different areas of your home provide mold with the perfect environment to grow, including your bathroom, laundry room, basement, attic, and crawl spaces. Any area of your home that has excessive moisture or inadequate ventilation can develop mold. Recognizing the early signs of mold growth makes you one of the lucky ones, as most mold situations run rampant without homeowners ever knowing that a problem exists until the damage becomes rather severe.

Frequently checking common areas for excessive moisture can help. However, nothing beats hiring a professional mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, to inspect your property. We can check the floors, walls, ceilings, and other hard to reach areas of your home for telltale signs, use advanced equipment to identify problems, and help you decide which direction to take to protect yourself and your family.

Mold remediation can be a lengthy process and involves several different procedures to control the problem correctly. SERVPRO has fully certified mold remediation specialists that follow strict guidelines to control mold growth found in your home. We use physical methods to transport and dispose of contaminated materials, negative airflow machines and quality containment methods to combat the spread and removal of airborne spores.  

You can have your home inspected for mold growth by calling SERVPRO of West Pensacola today. We provide services to the entire Perdido Key area and deliver IICRC professionals that take pride in helping you return your home to a quality pre-mold damage condition. Call us 24-hours a day, 7-days a week; we are available when you need us. (850) 469-1160

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What Has To Go When Mold Grows in Warrington

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly. Contact SERVPRO at the first sign for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proven Protocols When Dealing with a Mold Infestation

Trying to manage a moldy situation on your own usually is not a smart decision. Even though the area affected seems small, know that the microbial infestation may spread if cleaned up improperly. Mold growth also needs no light to thrive, so it commonly hides in hard to access areas, showing just a portion of a larger outbreak. SERVPRO offers expert mold remediation services and educates homeowners on life after mold abatement.
The hot, humid climate creates conditions supportive of mold damage in many Warrington residences. An air conditioning glitch or poorly operating dehumidifier that allows the ambient humidity inside your house to exceed 60 percent for even one or two days gives microbial growth a boost. Our mold remediation team deals with your current outbreak and gives solid advice on retention of personal belongings afflicted with mold.
Homeowners who try to make decisions on which items are salvageable when infected with mold need information. This is particularly important if they have emotional attachments to damaged articles. SERVPRO technicians help evaluate which of your belongings are likely to respond well to disinfection and which, sadly, may never be rendered mold-free. Non-porous items release mold involvement well if properly cleaned and treated with a professional antimicrobial. Minimally affected fabrics often launder or dry clean well. Having our crews handle the materials, wearing personal protective gear, keeps you and your family safe from untreated mold.
SERVPRO technicians offer advice throughout the process, and we also work with your insurance to attempt to limit your out of pocket costs. The longer the mold attached to an object and the harder it is to dry it out, the less sensible it is to keep it. Realizing that moldy items continue to shed spores make hard decisions easier. Irreplaceable mementos made of paper may be restored using a freeze-drying process, but the technique primarily removes water, not active mold colonies.
We follow the EPA protocol when remediating mold. We contain, remove, and discard the mold colonies and items contaminated beyond salvaging. Sanitizing the areas affected is the next step. The remediation requires the elimination of the moisture source as well as clean up. When excessive humidity is the culprit, tuning up dehumidifiers and properly sizing AC units, along with the use of exhaust fan and other ventilation strategies, goes a long way toward reducing moisture -- mold’s accelerant.
Call (850) 469-1160 to arrange for a mold remediation consultation. SERVPRO of West Pensacola has the trained technicians and products to get your mold issues under control.

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Mold Damage Is A Real Danger When A Perdido Key Condo Is Empty Over Summer

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Perdido Key Condo and Mold Remediation Prevention, Tips from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Tips on Preventing Mold Issues to Your Property

Owning a condo is wonderful – it is so nice to have a place to get away to especially in the winter months. A condo makes a great home away from home, especially during the colder part of the year because Florida is certainly not as chilly as some other states.
However, there is one problem that condo owners need to be aware of: Mold damage to your Perdido Key property due to it being left empty over the summer. A vacant home is, unfortunately, a perfect breeding ground for mold. An unoccupied condo may not have adequate ventilation, and it is easier for humidity to build up. A friend or a year-round neighbor should keep an eye on your winter home.
Poor ventilation, lots of humidity, and the presence of moisture is the ideal recipe for a mold breeding ground. That is why SERVPRO suggests you take steps to protect your condo from fungus while you are not using it.
One simple way to prevent spores from propagating is to run an air conditioning unit. Some homeowners also choose to have a low background level of heating on at all times, though this is seldom a need on the West coast of Florida. Of course, these options do cost money, but in some cases, the money you spend is less than the cost of mold remediation.
It is also a good idea to deal with any problem areas such as damp or humid spots or leaks before you close up your condo for the summer. If you have friends you trust in the local area, ask them to check on your property and air it out from time to time.
Of course, sometimes mold grows no matter how careful you are. For cases of mold damage in your condo, SERVPRO is on hand to help. Our IICRC-certified teams come armed with both the equipment and knowledge necessary to remediate mold problems.
We set up containment around affected areas and use air scrubbers and negative air machines to vent contaminated air. Our team scrubs, vacuums, rubs and applies cleaning products to remove visible mold from surfaces. We also use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and discourage further fungal growth. We check, and if needed, clear your HVAC system of mold growth and spores.
Do not let mold harm your property. Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 for assistance.

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SERVPRO - Warrington Mold Damage

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread very quickly on your property. Your best bet is to call a remediation company like SERVPRO quickly in order to get it under control.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Follow Accepted Mold Remediation Guidelines When Dealing with Mold Damage

Mold growth and infestations are silent and can go unnoticed for weeks and even months. By this time, the spores have multiplied into a threat to both the physical structure of a home and the health of its residents.

Dealing with mold damage in Warrington requires a strict adherence to remediation guidelines. SERVPRO trains its personnel to the suggestions and requirements set forth by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) S520 Mold Remediation Standard and the EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines.

The EPA recommends three remediation procedures which we use as a framework for restoration work crews: Clean and dry mold covered or infested materials, dry all items without mold within 48 hours, and dispose of items not salvageable.
The IICRC standards build on those procedures. We have adapted them to inspect, clean and restore your home and property to its original condition.

First, we establish worksite health and safety practices. These rules not only keep our technicians safe but also isolate the affected areas and prevent the spread of mold to unaffected parts of your home and protect your family from further exposure to mold spores.

Next, our crews document the condition of your home and the processes we need to remediate the damage. We test for mold spores in the air as well as moisture levels in the air, surrounding building materials, and personal property.

Third, we control the contamination at its source. Technicians set up negative air machines at the site of demolition (usually drywall and ceiling tiles) to reduce the amount of spores released into the air during removal and disposal. We also install plastic sheeting over air ducts to prevent accidental spread of mold spores through the air ducts.

The next step is to remove the contaminated material and property. First, we wipe down all surfaces with dry or wet sponges, using water or chemical cleaners as needed. For heavier layers of mold, we vacuum the areas using special HEPA filters to catch even a single spore. If the mold has grown into material such as drywall, we remove it from home and dispose of it.

Finally, we correct any moisture levels that are too high. If the air humidity and property levels remain too high, the mold begins to grow again within days after cleaning. Technicians set up heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers to draw moisture from the air while raising the temperature to speed evaporation.

Mold remediation can be a lengthy procedure, but SERVPRO of West Pensacola is here to walk homeowners through every step and task. If you need our help for an infestation or wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (850) 469-1160 today.

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What Accelerates Mold Growth In Perdido Key

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

A large mold colony can ruin any homeowner's day.

Mold Growth

A large mold colony can ruin any homeowner's day. However, with every mold infestation comes a crucial question: "how long has this gone on for?" It is hard for most people to determine how long mold needs to grow and spread uninterruptedly to become a serious problem, and even the most well-educated experts know it is not an easy feat even with all relevant information provided. Ultimately, mold growth can be accelerated by everything from water to temperature to what direction the breeze is blowing. SERVPRO technicians take care to note even the most minute details in their mold evaluations, as these may be key factors behind how broad and far mold has spread.

Perhaps the most influential factor in how fast Perdido Key mold damage develops is the fungus's ability to find its base needs. Mold with access to relatively high volumes of water, ample food sources, and perfect temperatures may mature to a problematic colony within weeks of its first expansion. Restricting access to one or more of these factors may slow or entirely halt mold growth in your home.

However, a host of other factors can also influence growth rates in unpredictable and immeasurable ways. Mold growing in high-traffic locations where conditions are regularly interrupted by people or animals usually spreads much slower than colonies tucked away in corners. Some species of mold grow at an inherently faster rate than others, as well. SERVPRO inspectors take note of the primary characteristics of the mold to determine species, and we make sure to adjust our timetables and treatment plans appropriately. Ultimately, mold is sensitive to many factors in your home, but full removal is nearly impossible with conventional means. While trampling, burning, or even chemically soaking mold may kill a great deal of it, these practices are highly unsafe and inevitably leave some spores behind to restart the colony later.

SERVPRO of West Pensacola is a local provider of professional mold remediation and prevention services. Call us anytime at (850) 469-1160.

Take Care Of Mold Damage Quickly And Welcome Spring Travelers With Confidence in Perdido Key

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in a Condo from Excess Moisture in Perdido Key

SERVPRO Works to Remediate Mold Damage

The white sand beaches of the “Forgotten Key” draw vacationers who expect a fresh and clean condominium at the end of a sunny, fun-filled day. Seasonal storms or appliance malfunctions provide the moisture needed for uninvited microbial growth. SERVPRO professionals remediate moldy areas fast, in time for your guests to enjoy their holiday without musty odors or visible fungal growth.
Any source of moisture has the potential to cause mold damage in a Perdido Key vacation rental townhouse or condo. During the offseason, a slow leak in a pipe or water blown through an open window feeds the mold spores always present. Inspect your properties regularly, even when reservations are days or weeks away. The sooner you catch a mold infestation, the better able our mold remediation specialists are to abate the problem.
Dealing with mold is a job for professionals trained in the EPA developed protocols. SERVPRO technicians attend classes teaching this methodology to manage the problem in the safest and most efficient way. First, the mold colony is isolated and contained to prevent spread elsewhere in the room, apartment, or suite. Second, our staff determines if the surface to which the mold attached must also be removed, or if it is non-porous and able to be restored without harboring any residual growth. Third, our technicians remove and properly dispose of the mold, and the item it infested if indicated. Fourth, we disinfect the affected area with products developed for professional application.
The final step is to locate and resolve the moisture source. This action is the only way to limit the risk of future mold outbreaks. Our company has the resources to help the hospitality industry minimize the likelihood of microbial damage to vacation properties, including assessing your properties before any problems arise. Consider designing an Emergency Ready Profile which has as its initial task a thorough inspection by a SERVPRO employee well-versed in proactive means to avoid a broad range of water-related crises, including mold damage.
Team up with SERVPRO of West Pensacola to prevent mold from damaging your vacation rentals as well as your reputation as a desired place to plan fun in the sun. Call (850) 469-1160 if mold is on the premises for a fast and professional fix, or plan for the unexpected by investigating our unique Emergency Ready Profile and Plan offerings.

Mold Prevention In the Wake of Storms in Pensacola

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Pensacola Homeowners Can Help Prevent Mold Growth in Their Properties

SERVPRO Offers Advice on Mold Prevent Before Mold Mitigation Is Needed

Florida, like much of the Southeast, is constantly drenched in the waters of frequent and heavy rain storms. While this weather can create beautiful forests and natural habitats, it can also cause regular and substantial damage to homes build all around the region. Mold damage, in particular, is difficult to prepare yourself and your home for but should be accounted for if you hope to keep down living expenses in the long run. SERVPRO recommends considering some or all of these measures to prevent mold from growing in your home after a storm.

Sealing Leaks
Many cases of mold damage in Pensacola are caused by ignored or unrepaired leaks. No matter the size, any leak or opening in your home to the outdoors has potential to cause thousands of dollars in damage later on. During a storm, heavy rains can seep in through these cracks to soak wood, fabric, drywall, and other materials in your home, creating not only a potential patch of water damage but also ideal growing conditions for many types of mold. SERVPRO recommends sealing any leaks you find in your home as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.
Preparing for Floods
Most of the largest mold damage calls we receive are the result of a flood, even if that flood created no standing water and was seemingly benign. Although many floods are violent and seemingly unstoppable, there are efforts you can take to protect your home from smaller ones. Putting seals on the bottoms of doors can both stop light floodwater and provide additional insulation for your home. Putting water-resistant finishes on wood and tile flooring can prevent them from being easily soaked and growing mold. Talk to a SERVPRO representative to find out more ways to reduce damage from small floods.
Mold-Resistant Paints and Finishes
Paints, finishes, and other products do exist for the specific task of resisting mold growth. Although they are often treated as a specialty item by many stores, we carry a selection and have a network of suppliers for your specific needs. Give us a call if you would like to schedule a repainting for your home in the future.
SERVPRO of West Pensacola takes it to heart to protect local homes from the dangers of mold damage. For our restoration or prevention services, give us a call at (850) 469-1160.

Mold Damage in Myrtle Grove From Water or Moisture

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Grapple with Mold and Its Friends in Myrtle Grove, Call SERVPRO

When Your Home Inspections Reveal Mold Damage, Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Florida is prime territory for mold damage and growth inside the home. With the warm, moist air, and high humidity most of the year, mold frequently thrives in the air and the home. From wood and cardboard products in your garage to wet ceilings and leaking pipes, water damage and humidity levels can do a lot to contribute to greater risks of mold damage.
Mold damage in Myrtle Grove can be distressing for your family, especially if you have children or elderly family members living with you. Finding toxic mold in any area of your home can cause health effects and is something that must be removed immediately. You can count on our mold remediation and removal experts at SERVPRO to respond to your fungi emergency day or night.
Mold Prevention
As a homeowner, there are steps you can take to prevent the growth of mold inside your home. Ventilation and humidity control are two of the most important things you can do to avoid mold damage. RH, relative humidity, if properly controlled, even through mechanical means, will greatly assist in providing better indoor air quality.
First, make sure that your air conditioning (HVAC) unit is working properly. Check for leaks, make sure it has plenty of refrigerants, inspect the pan for water accumulation, and check that your indoor register covers are dry. If they aren't, then there is a moisture problem in the duct work.
Second, fix any existing leaks from water pipes, water heaters, air conditioning units in the attic or garage, around your windows, and on your roof. This will stop the moisture from the leak from interacting with Florida’s high humidity and creating the perfect environment for mold damage inside your home.
Also, if you have experienced flooding in your home from either natural causes or a broken pipe, be sure to have a professional such as SERVPRO come into thoroughly clean and dry all affected areas. Air out the home and continue routine ventilation of shower, laundry, and cooking areas -- this will keep humidity levels down inside your home and stop moisture in its tracks.
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Contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 if you encounter mold or smell that musty odor inside your home. We can help.

Facts You Should Know about Mold Damage

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue.

Mold Damage and The Facts You Should Know

The presence of mold is a fact of life all over the world. There is a wide range of mold varieties that can live in almost any location. Mold in minute amounts poses very little risk to people or animals and is found in even the cleanest of homes. It is when mold colonies become too large, or they are disturbed by either wind or movement around the mold, that the mold spreads sending off spores to colonize other areas. Mold is impossible to eradicate – there is no such thing, although remediation is quite possible even in the worst mold situations. 

In Warrington, many homeowners want to learn more about mold damage and what it means to them. Much of the information about mold searched for online focuses on black mold. However, all mold can create health effects in even healthy individuals. The color does not matter. Health effects can be as benign as a runny nose or stuffy sinus passages.

Mold is also found everywhere. Mold is found in dry locations, as well as moist ones. It is in the moister, more humid areas that mold in Warrington can grow most easily, but those located in drier areas only need to wait for moisture to find them before they can grow and send off spores of their own. SERVPRO Professionals are trained in handling mold so that it does not spread, and is contained adequately during the removal process. We also know how to repair mold damage, and when restoration work should include replacing materials. Our goal is restoring a safe environment.

Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue. Cleaning mold by the homeowner should only be done if the area is very small, and never with bleach. Bleach can only change the color of the mold, giving you a false sense of safety and accomplishment. The spores are till viable, and the mycotoxins still present. The odor is now masked, and temporarily, by the smell of the chlorine. The problem is that with bleach, and especially a bleach solution, the mold has been fed some water, and the bleach will help break down any organic compounds that are present. This provides additional nutrients the mold needs to thrive.


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Wherever you've found mold, perhaps in your attic or basement, it may have a moist appearance, or may seem to be dry. It is best not to disturb any mold found, but instead call SERVPRO for professional assistance. You can contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160, 24/7 and we will come to your home at your convenience.


Preventing Mold Damage in Your Property

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can find itself into any corner of your home. Don't delay, call SERVPRO to remediate!

Here are a Few Steps to Take for Mold Prevention

Mold is everywhere, with windowsills being one of the most frequent locations in a home to have mold and mold spores. This shows that it isn't always people who bring mold in with them, but the wind. Being airborne, mold spores can be swept up into fans and sent further into a home's interior much more easily than many assume. This portability means that preventing mold growth adequately must include keeping the environmental conditions inside a home inhospitable enough that mold cannot begin to proliferate.

In Warrington, mold damage can affect your home, your rental property, your vacation cabin, and everything in them. Keeping mold to a minimum is key. Mold cannot ever be completely eliminated, except in super-clean labs where everything is done to prevent contamination. No home will ever be completely free of mold. Control through dehumidification is essential, although there are other methods that can be used.

Temperature control can also assist in keeping a home's interior dry. Checking for leaking water lines is also another way to control the environment. HEPA-grade filters on vacuum cleaners, air filters, and central air systems are also another. Having air vents cleaned, ducts inspected and any debris removed through vacuuming will also help prevent mold from becoming a health threat. These are excellent ways to keep mold growth controlled in any home, but to know that they are working, a measurement should be taken.

SERVPRO has the professionals with the equipment needed to measure different materials and areas in your home, from hard but porous surfaces to soft materials such as upholstered furniture, carpeting and rugs, and children's plush toys. We also have the equipment and skills to clean such items.

Call SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 for help in preventing mold damage from happening in your home or office. We're available 24 hours a day, every day, and have the expertise to assist you.

Mold Damage in Your Local Area

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.

Your Local Area's Mold Damage

The first sign that you may have mold damage is that unmistakable smell. That musty odor you can't identify can mean a world of trouble for your home.

The smell of mold is a combination of gasses that are released as a byproduct of the growth of organic compounds. Mold damage in a Goulding home only needs a little moisture and an out of the way place to grow undisturbed. At SERVPRO, we have the experience and training to find these small amounts of standing water regardless if they are behind a wall, under a carpet or if the mold has grown enough to show up in an air duct.

This must be accomplished as soon as possible because mold can grow enough allergens and other organic compounds to make your home unlivable. Since you can already smell it, that means you are breathing it. Once that happens, mold can quickly cause health problems in your family members.
Covering up the musty odor does absolutely nothing to get rid of it. Mold has to be neutralized and then removed using antifungal sprays and antimicrobial foggers that our technicians have extensive training and experience in using.
First, have one of our trained inspectors come in to find where the odor is coming from and determine the extent of the damage.

Once done, our technicians will immediately begin to reduce the amount of mold in the air by changing your air filters and scrubbing your air and heating system.
Next, we will remove the source of the mold by taking out of your home any item infested or damaged such as carpets, drywall, and furniture. Our technicians also use a technique known as negative pressure by using exhaust fans in your home to blow mold spores out of your home as they are released by the cleanup process.

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SERVPRO of West Pensacola is proud to serve our neighbors in Florida. Since we are locally owned, this isn't just a job to us. If you believe your home may have a mold problem, or want to get ahead of the problem and schedule a free inspection, please call us today at (850) 469-1160.

Keeping Mold and Moisture Out Of Your HVAC System: Tips and Tricks From SERVPRO

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of West Pensacola, we say NO to mold. Contact us to remediate your Pensacola home free of mold!

Tips and Tricks From SERVPRO to Keeping Mold and Moisture Out Of Your HVAC System

In the warm summer heat, it's easy to build up moisture; especially when it gets sticky, muggy and humid. When this happens, you naturally crank the A.C., reach for something cold, and kick back in your lazy chair. The problem is, when you're relaxing and enjoying the nice cold breeze, mold is spreading through your ducts, vents, and HVAC system, leaving a nasty haze of mold that you can smell all over the house. If you're running a business, your customers could smell it too- which is why you should always call our service professionals to deal with the problem as soon as possible. 

How Does Mold Get in The HVAC System? 

Mold damage in Pensacola is no laughing matter. Mold, fungus, and other bacteria are in their perfect environment when they're trapped in your HVAC system. It's dark, warm, moist, closed in, and humid, meaning that spores can grow practically unabated. You'll notice more and more scent as heat and humidity is generated from outside and pulled through your ducts. 

When this moist air gets in your air system, it collects within and above your HVAC units. At this point, the spores of mold and other fungi easily rise through the air, setting up colonies as your condenser forces them up through the duct system. These aren't the only cases of mold that we've seen at SERVPRO; we've seen mold stick to people's clothes or shoes, and it's all brought inside by excess humidity caused by rainfall. 

Here Are a Few Tips on How to Remove Mold From Your HVAC System 

1. Continue to clean and maintain your HVAC system, even when you aren't using it. Check the ducts for wet spots, and regularly check and maintain your HVAC filter. 

2. Double check the drainage systems on your HVAC for mold. Allow for "dry-out" areas where the drainage comes out to prevent excess moisture. 

3. Get dehumidifiers for your home. They are ideal for collecting excess humidity, and they help with the temperature inside your house, too. 

4. Always insulate your pipes, walls, and ceilings. Use caulking for cracks to control cracks and leaks. 

5. Contrary to common beliefs, keep your windows closed when it's hot outside. Humidity, dust, and dampness easily travel inside. 

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If you have mold damage, don't wait. Our technicians are trained to deal with any emergency, guaranteeing that your problem doesn't become a bigger one. Give SERVPRO of West Pensacola a call when you need mold extraction or advice at (850)469-1160. We're available 24/7 to ensure you get the help you need. 

Ensley Mold Damage - Why Should You Hire a Professional Company to Remove it

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

When a homeowner discovers mold damage in Ensley in any part of their home, they should not take these problems lightly.

Mold Damage in Ensley - Hire a Professional Company to Remove it 

When a homeowner discovers mold damage in Ensley growing in any part of their home, they should not take it lightly. In fact, it's not something that most homeowners should attempt to handle on their own. Professional assistance is a requirement and not a luxury.  Here are a few facts about household mold that should be reviewed:
Fact #1 - There is a huge variety of molds, some of which can affect human health. If a homeowner suspects they have a mold problem they should contact a professional immediately. 
Fact #2 - Because there are different types of mold, the processes for cleanup can vary. Mold cleaning professionals like SERVPRO of West Pensacola can help the homeowner determine which type that they are dealing with and use the appropriate methods for clean up. Once the home has been examined by a professional and the professional has determined the type and location of it within the home the removal process can begin.  It may involve cleaning exposed surfaces with appropriate SERVPRO Professional Products, removal and cleaning of the contents in the affected area for cleaning.  In some cases, the removal process may also require the removal of certain materials, particularly if they are porous, such as drywall and carpeting.   The professional must thoroughly clean all affected surfaces and materials that will remain in the home  so that the mold does not return. 

Fact #3 - Before these professionals leave the property, one of their primary responsibilities is to make sure that the owner knows what must be completed to prevent future mold growth, such as repairing a leaking roof or pipe. Since mold grows and thrives in damp places, any such issues should be addressed immediately.
Review any mold damage in Ensley that you and your family have found carefully. To make sure your family and their health are not adversely affected, you should contact SERVPRO of West Pensacola at (850) 469-1160 right away.