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Does Your Volusia County Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Molded Wall inside home In Volusia County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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Call Our Experts And Make Your Port Orange Home Safe Again

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

As soon as you smell or see mold in your home call SERVPRO to get rid of it before it spreads.

Mold Damage Cleanup for Your Port Orange Home

If you walk into your bathroom in your Port Orange home one day to see that unmistakable patches of black mold have begun to grow in a damp corner, your first reaction might be to panic. After all, mold can create health effects. However, the mold can be cleaned up if you reach out to a professional remediation company.

Once you find mold damage in your Port Orange home, you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to our experts at SERVPRO, since the mold continues to grow and spread until it is cleaned. We have the training and tools get the situation under control in no time, making your home safe once again.

Our first step once we arrive at your home is to find the source of the moisture which is causing the mold and deal with it right away. After this, SERVPRO techs visually assess the extent of the damage. We take detailed measurements of the affected area and take humidity and moisture readings to help us determine the best course of action.

We then carefully contain the area with a secure, thick plastic barrier which helps to prevent the mold damage from contaminating other areas of your home which are clean. Vents and air ducts are also sealed off so the mold cannot enter and spread throughout your home.

Before we do any structural cleaning, we use special air scrubbers that have HEPA filters to create negative air pressure in the room. We do this to filter the air of the mold spores. If there are any building materials that cannot be salvaged, like baseboard, drywall, tack strips, or ceiling tiles, we double-bag them and discard them safely according to federal and local regulations. Any surfaces that remain like glass tile, ceramic or wood are treated with an anti-microbial germicide.

All surfaces, including walls, floors, and the ceiling are HEPA-vacuumed, which is a very effective way of removing tiny particles, such as the mold spores. In this way, we ensure that we can get the area thoroughly cleaned and safe again.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange are the ones to call when you find mold in your home in Ponce Inlet, Allandale, or Harbor Oaks. We can safely clean the affected area for you before it spreads too quickly when you call us at (386) 788-0358.

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Learn How To Prevent Mold Growth In Your Port Orange Home

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

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Inadequate Ventilation Can Cause Mold Growth in Port Orange Homes

Anyone who lives in Port Orange can tell you about the humid environment here for the better part of the year. While many homes and commercial properties combat these effects with conditioned air in the properties, the moisture still can find a way to affect your home without the right precautions. Ventilation to remove steam and hot air from your house is critical in areas like your kitchen, bathroom, and other areas where condensation or water damages could occur.

As troublesome as mold damage could be for your Port Orange home, many residents do not understand how the situation can often get prevented with the right approach. Protecting your investment in your home often requires routine inspections of the property to ensure that potentially problematic areas are not remaining damp and inviting to mold spores that naturally exist in the air that we breathe. Once these spores settle in moist conditions to an organic material, they can form colonies and begin using the material as a food source to grow and spread.

Our SERVPRO technicians have seen all manner of mold growth occur in area homes from localized colonization in the early stages where much of the material could get salvaged and restored to widespread growth spread throughout many areas of a home that required controlled demolition techniques to overcome. Once mold gets discovered on your property, you need to seek professional assistance to remove it before the situation gets out of control.

From the moment that our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians arrive at your house, we can set up containment equipment and barriers to keep mold spores from seating in new areas of the property. Your air circulation appliances also get turned off at this point to prevent the movement of spores through the ducts. We can use removal tactics like sanding, soda blasting, and antimicrobial solutions to penetrate affected materials our technicians believe can get saved. Any element too badly affected gets removed and later replaced once remediation completes.

Mold damage can affect your home in many ways, and our SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange remediators are ready for whatever situation they might encounter. Give us a call anytime at (386) 788-0358. 

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Remediating Mold Damage To Daytona Beach Homes

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow into porous surfaces, so they may need to be removed from the home completely to clean or dispose of them.

Remediating Mold Damage

Daytona Beach residents deal with the effects of the sun year-round. The nearly constant heat is attractive for many people, even taking hurricane season into account. The sunshine, however, does not prevent mold from expanding and growing in every home in our community.

SERVPRO restoration teams follow four key steps to stop and eliminate mold damage in Daytona Beach. First, they establish containment, then remove mold contamination, clean out settled spores, and dry affected materials.

Unless the mold has grown through the entire home, technicians establish containment to isolate the mold colony and prevent accidental contamination to mold-free areas of the home. They begin with sealing the vents of the HVAC system to prevent mold spread and then cover all entrances and exits with plastic sheeting.

SERVPRO technicians then remove the mold. For non-porous surfaces like glass and marble, they wipe them down using dry sponges or cloths. If the mold is very thick or sticky, team members employ an anti-fungal cleaner to break up the layers for easier removal.

Mold can grow into porous surfaces, so they may need to be removed from the home completely to clean or dispose of them. Upholstered furniture can require extensive work with scrub brushes and anti-fungal cleaners to neutralize and remove mold spores trapped in the fabric. If the spores penetrated through the entire chair or sofa, it might take an immersion tank to completely soak the item to restore it to its original, clean state.

There are also semi-porous materials like wood and concrete that may require sanding or use a wire brush to remove mold spores completely. If a wood support structure has mold on its surface for an extended period, technicians would examine it for structural integrity.

Once technicians complete cleaning efforts, they wait for spores released into the air to settle. They wipe down all surfaces and use vacuum cleaners with specially designed HEPA filters to capture remaining spores off walls and tables, and draw them out of carpets. They repeat the process until an air content meter tests at normal levels for inert mold.

After completing all procedures, team members remove the containment and dry materials in the affected area to prevent new growth. They use dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the surrounding air and a combination of air movers and fans to force warm air across damp surfaces and draw the cooler air from the now clean area of the home.

Our goal at SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange is to return each home to its original condition as quickly as possible. If you have mold growth, or simply suspect there is mold in your home, call us today at (386) 788-0358 to schedule an inspection.

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Negative Pressure Contains Mold Damage During Remediation In Ponce Inlet Properties

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

During the mold remediation process in a home, we take specific measures to protect the other areas of the house.

Mold Damage Remediation

During the mold remediation process in a home in Ponce Inlet, we take specific measures to protect the other areas of the house that do not contain overgrown regions of microbes. One of these techniques involves the use of negative air pressure. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities use this same method to contain pathogens to specific areas, keeping other locations in their buildings protected.

When SERVPRO remediates a residence in Ponce Inlet of mold damage and other microbial destruction, we make sure we use all the techniques available to stop the spread of microbes before, during, and after. Microbes do not require much moisture to grow out of control, so keeping it from spreading minimizes the chances of mold damage occurring in other locations inside your home. Even if you have moisture levels under control in other areas of your home, the release of spores can cause health effects.

To set up negative air pressure around the area that needs remediation, we use thick but clear vinyl sheeting around the area, completely enclosing it off from the rest of your home. We use an open window to exhaust the air in the room to the outdoors. This requires tubing attached to an air scrubber, pulling the air out of the place and forcing it outside. While air from the rest of your home might enter through tiny cracks here and there within the area we work in; this air cannot double back and take contamination to its original location.

After we finish removing and bagging up moldy materials, we can then take down the negative air pressure set up. However, many times we let the air scrubber run a little while longer, to also remove dust from the air that may still float around.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange wants to provide your family with a newly remediated home, so any problems with mold damage no longer exist. Contact us at (386) 788-0358 to see how we can protect your Harbor Oaks or Allandale home from future problems with overactive microbes.

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What You Can Do When You Find Mold Damage On Your Daytona Beach Property

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage is perhaps one of the most stressful types of damage that you can find inside of your home.

Mold Damage On Your Property

Mold damage is perhaps one of the most stressful types of damage that you can find inside of your home. Mold can cause health issues, it smells, it looks unsightly, and it can steadily damage the structure of your home over time. Mold is directly responsible for the decay of organic material, so wood and any other structural component made from organic sources inside of your home is in danger. It is essential to deal with mold as soon as you begin detecting it; a musty odor is enough of a sign to call for professional services.

Due to their unique geographic location adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, homes located inside the city of Daytona Beach can be in danger of mold damage. Storms and excessive humidity are only a couple of sources that can cause mold to multiply and grow. Truthfully, there are and were already mold spores in your home. They are everywhere, and it is impossible to rid your home of them entirely. However, when the spores come in contact with moisture, it allows a colony of mold to grow. Mold can only continue to grow worse until the damage is remediated professionally, so getting the experts there quickly can help ensure the longevity of your home.

SERVPRO strives to arrive at your home quickly after receiving your call. We send an Estimator to investigate the damage, explain the remediation process, and answer any questions. Secondly, our IICRC-certified techs arrive with advanced equipment to combat the mold.

Our SERVPRO techs can section off the contaminated area of your home with polyethylene plastic sheets so the spores from the colony cannot spread while remediated. We can set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture spores and neutralize the musty scent they cause. Afterward, our techs can clean the mold off of non-porous materials, disinfect the area, and spray and antifungal agent to help prevent mold growth in the future. Any porous materials that the mold has set into have to be torn out and thrown away as the mold cannot be thoroughly cleaned.

When you find mold damage, do not dawdle. Dial (386) 788-0358 to contact SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange. We strive to remediate the damage as swiftly as possible.

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What You Should Do When You Find Mold Growing Around Your Bathtub Piping

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in the bathroom has plenty of access to moisture. Should you see or smell mold in your bathroom, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Locates Mold Whether It is Out in the Open or Hidden Behind Walls

It is a fact that excessive moisture can cause mold damage. As it is, your bathroom is a place where water can be freely used every day. Your bathtub or sink is where that water usually flows, and those materials are meant to be in contact with it. However, behind your tub and inside your walls, a leaking pipe can cause mold to spread and grow out of control. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby that can assist with your growing mold infestation.
The structure of your residence can become weakened by the damaging mold in Ponce Inlet. Unlike your bathtub, the wooden materials behind it are not meant to come in contact with water. Mold is so damaging to wood because it eats away and rots organic material.
SERVPRO can send qualified technicians to your home. We can inspect the mold damage and then section off the infected area to prevent spores from spreading; agitating the mold puts the spores airborne again, and it is essential not to allow them to spread. We can tear out the porous materials the mold has invaded behind your tub and help you find a contractor who can fix the structure and a plumber to fix the leak.
Afterward, our technicians can take steps to prevent mold damage in the future. An antifungal agent can be thoroughly sprayed to ensure that all the spores in the area are killed. Spraying the agent between the wall cavity can help reduce the chances of mold growing again.
SERVPRO knows that mold can often leave a musty smell behind. We can use advanced technology like air scrubbers that have activated carbon filters. The filters absorb the air, odors and all, filter them out, and then release clean and fresh air. We strive to make sure that you feel "Like it never even happened."
When mold damage strikes your residence, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to begin the remediation process as soon as possible.

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Mold Testing and Remediation in Port Orange

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth on a Wall in Port Orange Means a Direct Call to SERVPRO for Remediation

Trust SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

In 2010, the Florida Legislature passed a new law (SB2234) to regulate the Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Industry in Port Orange and other cities across the state. Before this, some businesses that engaged in both assessment, or testing, and remediation and removal of mold were taking advantage of customers.
As an example, one of these businesses performed a mold test in a Port Orange home that was certain to come up positive. The owner or an employee used the false positive to strong-arm homeowners into using their company to remove the mold, often starting that same day to begin immediately charging cleaning and removal fees. Once demolition and removal of property begin, this can mean thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs alone. The new regulations prevent this, and every SERVPRO office works hard to follow and support them. We are firmly committed to no "Double-Dipping."
Today, a company that is licensed to perform mold assessment testing cannot even be licensed to perform mold remediation. The differences are defined by SB2234:
Mold assessment testing is the process, performed or supervised by a mold assessor, which includes taking physical samples and gathering detailed information on a building's history to determine the location, origin, and extent of any mold growth with an area greater than ten feet square. The assessor also determines the specific type of mold, when possible or indeed, even applicable to the discovery.
Mold remediation refers to the process of cleaning, demolition, removal, and sanitization of mold or mold-contaminated structural and personal property greater than ten square feet not purposefully grown at that location by a mold remediator. In our case, this means a trained and experienced SERVPRO Mold Remediation Team.
Additionally, every assessment and remediation business must also maintain at least a one million dollar insurance policy of general liability coverage. The policy is in case of errors in testing or damage not related to remediation. Each licensed business is listed in the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website so customers can verify their authorization to work before hiring them.
Mold can be a threat to any home. If you suspect you have a mold problem, find a licensed mold assessor to test your residence. If it comes back positive or if you already see mold growing under a sink or any area of your home or business, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 today.

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Mold Remediation for Your Humid Daytona Residence

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Year-round moisture in Daytona makes for perfect conditions for mold to grow inside homes.

Call SERVPRO at the First Sign of Mold Damage

Daytona might be known for a lot of great things, but its thick and humid air is not one of them. What you might not realize about this almost year-round moisture lingering in the air, is that it can vastly affect the interior of your home if it is not adequately regulated. Given that the temperature is favorable or hot throughout the year, coupled with the present moisture in the air, you have met the conditions necessary to grow mold.

Contrary to popular belief, mold damage can occur in Daytona homes because of thick humidity in the air. Often, when people think of mold, they consider some dark cellar that overwhelms you with a musty smell that indicates mold colonies growing in the area. That is not how it always presents itself in your home, however. You should be vigilant about reducing the moisture in the air inside your home and regularly checking for any indications of growth on surfaces like your drywall.

If you have already discovered some, do not buy into the myth that this is an easy fix for you the homeowner. Often, DIY methods are not direct or concentrated enough to affect the entire fungal organism, and so parts of the mold colony remain below the surface that you can see. The remaining colony merely sprout back, and the spores continue to spread to nearby areas and make the problem even worse than it initially had been. 

Our SERVPRO remediation specialists are IICRC certified and experienced in removing colonies from all varieties of mold that could grow in your home. Using sophisticated equipment like scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters, our team can successfully remove the entire mold hyphae. Dehumidification along with containment of the spores prevents the spread of the colony through the remediation process. This dehumidification is an effort that you get encouraged to continue following the completion of our work.

Mold in your home can cause health effects, so it is nothing to leave alone to grow and thrive. Call our experienced, certified remediation specialists to help you reclaim your home. You can reach our team at SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange any time at (386) 788-0358.

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Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Daytona Beach Home

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Your Daytona Beach Condo

SERVPRO Can Provide Safe Mold Remediation to Your Property

Mold can be quite the nightmare to homeowners in Daytona Beach. It can cause health effects to you and your family and cause much damage to your home. Controlling your indoor climate, using dehumidifiers, and making sure your AC is the appropriate size for your house are just a few of the things you can do to help prevent mold growth.
When mold and mold damage still strike in your Daytona Beach home, it is imperative that you move quickly to take care of it. Mold can spread throughout your home quickly to other surfaces. It is not enough to just clean up the mold. The problem that caused it in the first place needs to be taken care of, and the affected area should be sanitized. SERVPRO can take care of all of this for you, as we have the knowledge and tools that are needed.
Whenever SERVPRO technicians work in contaminated environments, including mold, we wear personal protective equipment, which includes full-body suits with hoods, latex and rubber gloves, and eye protection such as goggles or full-face masks. We may also wear full or half-face respirators or even powered air-purifying respirators which supply air to a full-face mask. None of our staff begin working on a mold remediation project before they have the proper safety training and are comfortable with the information. Smaller infestations may require only minimal PPE during the remediation process.
The method used to clean mold depends on the kind of surface it is on. Nonporous materials can usually be wiped and cleaned, but porous materials with visible growth must many times be removed and discarded (an example being drywall.)
Many times, HEPA filtered vacuuming, and damp wiping can remove invisible mold spores and organisms which have settled, even when on porous materials. The structure and contents are then dried to stop any more growth. Dehumidifiers do not have much airflow and can be used during the containment and removal procedures.
At SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange, we take mold damage seriously and follow all necessary steps to clean up the mold thoroughly after fixing the moisture problem. We end with sanitizing the area in your home in Port Orange, Daytona Beach, or Harbor Oaks when you call us at (386) 788-0358.

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Mold Damage In Daytona Beach -- Does Your AC Unit Match The Area To Be Cooled?

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Matching HVAC Systems Helps Prevent Mold Growth in Daytona Beach--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Offers Advice to Reduce Chances of a Mold Infestation

In a humid and hot area like Florida’s Atlantic Coast homeowners must be vigilant about interior moisture and the potential for mold growth. Many things impact resident’s success in keeping moisture in check. SERVPRO helps local homeowners deal with mold outbreaks and also consults with customers on ways to limit future outbreaks.

You recently installed a new air conditioning system hoping it would keep musty smells and mold damage under control. Humidity levels in your Daytona Beach house should remain less than 60 percent to minimize the potential for mold; many experts recommend a range of 30 to 50 percent. Although your space seems cool, humidity levels are high, and you still smell and struggle with mold. Our mold remediation teams are familiar with ambient humidity issues and their contribution to fungal growth even without other sources of water.
There are many steps residents take to keep water incursions and humidity in check, but matching the load of your air conditioning system appropriately is one you may not consider. If your system is too large, it does not cycle through the cooling phase long enough to remove enough humidity out of the air. Instead, it turns on and off frequently, making the air temperature cooler but not cycling for the length of time necessary to condense enough water on the coils to reduce humidity. The moisture meter readings SERVPRO workers take upon arrival to evaluate your mold troubles signal that the air conditioning is only doing one of its two crucial jobs -- cooling but not dehumidifying.
Another flag we see is residents running both AC and dehumidifiers. A properly operating and sized HVAC system does not need additional help from a continuously running dehumidifier. As we move on to contain and remove the mold, and then sanitize the areas, per EPA guidelines we recommend a consultation with an HVAC specialist who does calculations to determine what size and efficiency AC unit you need to cool and dehumidify your air.
SERVPRO technicians know for certain that if the humidity remains elevated the mold will return. We work with you to review your options with the ultimate goal being an air conditioning unit that carries the “load” of cooling and dehumidifying.
SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange has many resources available for residents coping with persistent mold issues. Call us at (386) 788-0358 to schedule an evaluation and estimate.

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If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today!

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Dayona Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Daytona Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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