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Miami Mold Remediation

June 29th, 2015 Posted by Mold Removal, News 0 thoughts on “Miami Mold Remediation”

South Florida Water and Mold Restoration is a local restoration company serving the Miami area specializing in mold remediation, water damage and general construction. We appreciate the opportunity to bring our well trained and experienced mold remediation staff to your Miami home or Miami property to perform professional mold removal. Our firm is familiar with all the issues related to mold damage and how it can be hazardous to occupants of the home, causing “Sick Building Syndrome”.

Who needs mold remediation? 

If a Miami property has elevated levels of toxic mold, it may require mold remediation to safely remove mold and not cross contaminate or affect other areas of the property. Some of the symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome are commonly known to be a runny nose, eye irritation, dry cough, difficulty breathing or headaches. This is can be a frustrating situation as moisture sources causing mold can go undetected. Over time, mold can grow within the walls, air ducts, or other locations that are not visible. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have experienced a flood or water damage in Miami, it’s possible you could have a mold problem. There is no question that Sick Building Syndrome will get worse over time.

What is the objective of Mold Remediation? 

The answer is basic; the objective is to return an indoor environment to normal, within natural levels of mold particles on surfaces and in the air. Removal of all mold spores is impossible, and unnecessary, as mold spores are everywhere in our natural environment, and usually not problematic unless found at an elevated level within a contained airspace.

Before you proceed with a mold remediation, it’s important to find a state licensed and certified firm that specializes in mold remediation and mold removal in the Miami area. You want a specialist and a professional group that can guide you through the process.

South Florida Water and Mold Restoration is a state licensed and certified Miami mold remediation company performing numerous mold remediation and mold removal projects in Miami. We are dedicated to providing Miami property owners with the best quality work possible. We are always available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you have any questions, or if you’re curious about the process, please do not hesitate to contact us at 954-923-3340 or email us at Lisa@watermold911.com

We are sincerely here to help you with your Miami mold problem.

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How Do I Know If I Have Mold?

June 29th, 2015 Posted by Mold Removal, News, Water Damage 0 thoughts on “How Do I Know If I Have Mold?”

If you have asked yourself this question before, you are not alone; we receive calls from South Florida homeowners quite often asking the same question just because they are not sure. Your home may have a musty smell, or you could be experiencing mold symptoms such as runny nose, headaches, or allergies.  One thing we cannot control is the fact that we live in a humid environment in South Florida and the likelihood of mold growth is much greater in a humid climate. However, you should not be living with mold in your home as mold could affect the quality of the air you breathe

If you called South Florida Water and Mold Restoration and asked “how do I know if I have mold?”, we would ask you if there was any kind of water damage, flood or water leak in the property. If you did experience a water intrusion, we would ask if the area was properly dried with the use of dehumidification and air movers (fans) immediately after the water intrusion. If not, there is a good chance mold could have developed as mold only needs a food source such as drywall, cabinetry or flooring, and moisture to grow and amplify. If you can visibly see mold on the walls, floors or cabinetry, it may be too late to salvage the building materials as porous materials contaminated with mold cannot be cleaned.

One more factor to investigate is the possibility that mold has contaminated the air you breathe. When mold grows, it forms mold colonies which can release microscopic mold spores into the air and, as the air is circulated in the HVAC/duct system, the mold is also being circulated. This means that a mold problem in the Kitchen could cross contaminate other parts of your home by traveling through the HVAC/duct system. If this occurs, the HVAC and duct system may require mold cleaning and sanitization.

Another type of mold problem which you smell and may not see is referred to as a humidity driven or lack of humidity control issue (aka condition 2).  We live in a humid climate so we need to make sure the inside of our homes are not humid and we do this by keeping the humidity low by using an HVAC system to cool the area. The humidity inside a property should be between 40-60%, if it goes above 60%, the possibility of mold growth is likely.  If you have this type of mold problem, it’s important to have a licensed HVAC contractor inspect the system. Typically, with a condition 2 mold problem, you may see a white or green light dusting on your clothes or furniture or you may not see anything. This means that mold is forming in the air due to the moisture content from the high humidity and the mold is settling onto surfaces. A mold remediation for a humidity driven mold problem is a full wipe down of all surfaces with an antimicrobial solution and HEPA vacuuming all surfaces.

The most accurate and reliable way to know the extent of your mold problem is to have an air sample taken; this is referred to as an air quality test. At a minimum, a sample of the affected area is taken, and a sample outside the property. Once the air sample is taken, it will be sent to a 3rd party laboratory to determine if the mold spore count is elevated and the type of mold species. Usually, the test results come back within 24-48 hours of the air sample.  It’s important to note that a mold remediator should not be conducting mold testing. Always hire a state licensed mold assessor to test for mold, and a state licensed mold remediation company to safely remove mold, never use the same company for both as it could present a conflict of interest.  As a side note, I have received many calls from homeowners who purchased a mold kit from home depot to determine if they have mold and they would tell me it came back positive for mold. Don’t waste your money, the home depot mold kit is not accurate, and since we live in a humid climate, it will grow mold almost anywhere you place the kit.

If you receive the test results from the air quality test, please contact us at South Florida Water and Mold Restoration 954-923-3340 or email us to schedule a free consultation to discuss the best approach for a safe and effective mold remediation.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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South Florida Water Damage

June 15th, 2015 Posted by Water Damage 0 thoughts on “South Florida Water Damage”

South Florida Water Heater Leaks and Mold Growth

Experiencing a water heater leak can be very frustrating as the water can leak inside the wall detected and travel around the perimeter until it becomes visible either by evidence of standing water, or by visible mold growth on the walls, baseboard and/or carpet. This is especially concerning for people who own or live in apartments or condominiums as the leak will almost always penetrate through to the floors below. If gone undetected, it can cause a tremendous amount of water damage and mold growth. For all those property owners that live in South Florida only part-time, this story is an eye opener: the wall undetected and travel around the perimeter of the room until it becomes visible either by evidence of standing water, or by visible mold growth on the walls, baseboard and/or carpet. This is especially concerning for people who own or live in apartments or condominiums as the leak will almost always penetrate through to the floors below. If gone undetected, it can cause a tremendous amount of water damage and mold growth. For all those property owners that live in South Florida only part-time, this story is an eye opener:

Case Study:
A few years ago, we received an emergency call from the owner of a local condominium who lived in another state most of the time. The owner had received a bill from FPL and the amount of the bill was unusually high considering they only live here for a few months out of the year. The owner sent someone in the unit to adjust the thermostat as FPL suggested. When the unit door was opened, water came pouring out, and at least 2-3 inches of standing water was seen throughout the unit.

The cause of the problem: the water heater was leaking, and the heating element inside the water heater was working overtime to heat the new water entering the tank, thus a large electric bill. The water had been leaking for quite some time as the walls from floor to ceiling were covered with visible mold growth. In addition, the ceilings were also moldy from the condensation which developed from the air space becoming fully saturated with humidity as a result of the standing water.  All of the contents inside the unit such as photographs, books, furniture, linens were all water and mold damaged and could not be salvaged at all.

After shutting off the main valve to the water heater, the first course of action was to remove all the standing water with powerful truck mounted water extraction equipment. Then, we placed large commercial grade dehumidifiers throughout the unit to remove the moisture in the air and bring the humidity inside the unit down to below 60%. Humidity levels above 60% inside a property have a greater risk of developing or growing mold, recommended humidity levels should be 40-60%.

Due to the significant mold detected, we did not use air movers (fans) to dry out the unit as we normally would. The reason being that air movers would only serve to blow the mold spores around the air and make it a more difficult environment for the workers to complete the water damage restoration and subsequent mold remediation.

Once the humidity levels were within normal range, the entire unit was demolished, all contaminated walls, bathrooms, kitchen, and baseboards were safely removed and discarded. Once all mold contaminated building materials were removed, we utilized commercial grade air scrubbers to recycle the air, and we proceeded to micro clean and hepa vacuum the entire unit, all horizontal and vertical surfaces, and applied antimicrobial solution to all areas.

Luckily, the owner had homeowners insurance to cover the cost of the water damage restoration, mold remediation and reconstruction; however, they were slightly under-insured, and did not get the full value of all their contents that were destroyed. We worked closely with the insurance adjuster to agree on the scope of work necessary to restore the property, and the owner agreed to sign a Direct Insurance Billing authorization. As a result, the owner received a fully reconstructed unit without any out of pocket expense to them for our services.

Some lessons learned from this case study are:

1. schedule someone to check the inside of your property regularly if you are absent from the property for any length of time;

2. consider shutting the main water valve off while you are away;

3. review your homeowners insurance policy, make sure you have:

(a) mold coverage – minimum coverage of $10,000

(b) confirm your coverage limit is sufficient should you experience a total loss including drywall, baseboard, bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, and personal contents, this can add up quickly!

Most importantly, if you have a flood, water damage, or in need of a mold remediation, call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration, Inc. as soon as possible in order to minimize the potential for South Florida water damage.

Professional Mold Removal Dania Beach

South Florida Water and Mold Restoration is a state licensed Preferred General Contractor and Mold Remediator specializing in Water Damage Repair, Mold Remediation/Removal and Storm Restoration for both homes and businesses.

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