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Monthly Archives: July, 2015

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Toxic Black Mold Removal

July 28th, 2015 Posted by Mold Removal, News 0 thoughts on “Toxic Black Mold Removal”

Living in South Florida, mold is present all around us, it can develop from leaves decaying, or grass being cut, however, this type of mold referred to as penicillum/aspergillus is typically harmless in low levels. There are so many varieties of mold but only certain species can be considered harmful to your health, and result from direct water intrusions.

Toxic black mold or black mold is a name commonly used for Stachybotrys (aka Stachy). It is one of the most infamous toxic molds because it can grow in houses and is extremely dangerous to humans. Stachybotrys is known as a toxic mold because it produces toxins called mycotoxins. Toxic black mold is a greenish-black gelatinous mold. It is usually slimy because of a wet layer on the top. However if a toxic black mold colony’s water source runs out it can appear dry and powdery.

Can mold make me and my family sick?

Mold can affect the health of people who are exposed to it. People are mainly exposed to mold by breathing spores or other tiny fragments. People can also be exposed through skin contact with mold contaminants (for example, by touching moldy surfaces) and by swallowing it. The type and severity of health effects that mold may produce are usually difficult to predict. The risks can vary greatly from one location to another, over time, and from person to person.

Toxic Black Mold Symptoms

The mycotoxins of toxic black mold can possibly cause people to suffer symptoms. The general types of symptoms caused by toxic black mold include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Skin inflammation
  • Hemorrhage
  • Irritation of the mucous membranes
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Mental impairment
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Immune system suppression

Toxic Black Mold Removal

Never try to remove toxic black mold on your own. Disturbing toxic black mold can make it release huge amounts of spores and mycotoxins throughout your home, making your symptoms much worse.

If you have toxic black mold in your home you should talk to South Florida Water and Mold Restoration, Inc., a professional mold removal service experienced in removing toxic black mold. We can remove the mold with minimal disturbance, while also containing spores and mycotoxins.

Where Toxic Black Mold Grows and What Causes It

Toxic black mold grows best in warm conditions and is found in many countries throughout the world. Outdoors, toxic black mold grows in soil and on plant debris. Indoors, toxic black mold needs materials high in cellulose and low in nitrogen to grow on. This means toxic black mold can grow on many common indoor building materials.

When toxic black mold does grow in the home it’s usually in a place out of sight. Toxic black mold needs a lot of moisture for a long time before it can begin to grow. This is why it often grows where there has been a water leak hidden from view. Leaks inside walls, above ceilings or under floors are common causes of toxic black mold.

Toxic Black Mold Treatment

There is no cure or antidote which can be taken for toxic black mold. The only solution is to remove the toxic black mold from your environment safely or remove yourself from the environment. Once you are away from toxic black mold your body will start to recover and most of your symptoms should go away over time. However some of the damage from toxic black mold can be permanent so it’s important that you hire a professional mold remediation company to solve your problem.

Call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration at 954-923-3340 for a free consultation, we are always available to discuss your mold removal concern.

Mold Remediation Dania Beach

Mold Removal Hollywood Broward County

July 20th, 2015 Posted by Mold Removal 0 thoughts on “Mold Removal Hollywood Broward County”

Experiencing a mold problem in South Florida is quite common.  Many of the Condominium owners in Hollywood are seasonal, so they travel to the area on a part-time basis, leaving their property entrusted to others to watch over. If a small leak occurs from a pipe in the wall, or a water heater, or any failure of a plumbing item, it can cause a tremendous amount of damage as it may not be occupied at the time of the water leak. Many Hollywood condo owners utilize a neighbor or friend to check on the unit occasionally, but that may not be enough.

Recently, we received a call from a nice couple who reside out of state and come down to Hollywood for the winter on a part-time basis as they are not yet retired. They have a friend and a neighbor who take turns checking on the unit. This unit was being checked once every two weeks. Unfortunately, a pipe failed in the ceiling of the guest bathroom, causing a water intrusion into the unit, which went undetected for over a week. By the time the unit was checked, the damage was already done. Many building materials such as drywall, baseboard, carpeting and bath vanities were completely saturated with water and because it remained wet for so many days, mold began to form in many parts of the condo unit. Also, the personal belongings such as clothing, shoes, handbags, were all contaminated with mold.

The problem with a water leak is the moisture creates humidity in the air space, which causes microscopic mold to form. Once that happens, the mold in the air starts to land on the personal belongings, flooring and/or furniture. The damage that is caused by a water intrusion will accelerate rapidly if not addressed by removing the moisture from the air through the use of dehumidification and air movement. Another issue of possible concern is the HVAC and duct system. If the HVAC system is operating during the formation of mold in the air, then it is likely that the duct system will pick up the mold spores in the air and cross contaminate other parts of the unit. In this scenario, the entire HVAC and duct system would need to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent an air quality issue that will repeat itself by just turning on the HVAC system.

The condo association will not take full responsibility for everything that is damaged even though it was a pipe owned by the association that caused the damage. They will typically only pay for removal and replacement of the drywall. Therefore, it’s very important that a condo owner always maintain insurance for the inside of the condo including their personal belongings. The importance of this cannot be understated as many times the water intrusion that occurs in a condo is something that could not be prevented as there are many causes outside your control such as the neighbor above you who had a water heater leak, or their toilet overflowed, and the water leaked down into your unit.  These events are unpredictable, and are accidents, and insurance will cover you for the damage if you do everything possible to mitigate the damages.

We recommend that you always use a restoration contractor of your choosing, instead of using the restoration company recommended by the insurance adjuster, or association. Remember, they are mainly looking out for their best interests, which may be to save money. As a result, they may attempt to control the restoration project by minimizing the scope of work that is necessary to bring the property back to a pre-loss condition. If your mold problem is visible, you may want to consider air quality testing to determine the extent of the mold issue.

Either way, find your own contractor, ask lots of questions, check their credentials, get referrals, and you should be able to select the most experienced contractor based on the information acquired.

South Florida Water and Mold Restoration, Inc. works with Hollywood condo owners to restore their property after a water damage or flood, or to perform a safe mold remediation.

We spend a great deal of time discussing the issues of concern, and recommending the best approach to the situation.

Before you proceed with your restoration project, call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration, Inc. to discuss the circumstances, and to schedule a site visit so we can meet in person to identify the issues and to develop a plan of action.

Call us for all your mold removal needs, at 954-923-3340, we are always available, 7 days a week.

Water Damage Restoration Service Dania Beach

South Florida Water Damage and Direct Insurance Billing

July 7th, 2015 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “South Florida Water Damage and Direct Insurance Billing”

If you experience water damage in your South Florida home, you may decide to file a claim with your insurance company to pay for the costs to restore your property especially if there is permanent damage. Typically, there is a deductible that the homeowner would have to absorb before the insurance company would issue a check. Many times, the homeowner does not have the extra money sitting around to pay for the costs to hire a professional water damage restoration company. Understanding this limitation, we will bill your insurance company directly, while keeping both you and the insurance company informed throughout the drying process. We eliminate the headaches of water damage and insurance claims and get you back to normal in a dry and safe environment as fast as possible.

It’s not surprising that Water damage in South Florida accounts for more than 75% of property claims and filing a claim can be intimidating. For this reason, it is important that you go over your policy in detail before you have a claim, because water damage coverage depends on the specific cause of the water damage and the policy language of your specific policy.

Below is a list of some common water damage claims:

  • Your washing machine malfunctions, overflows (something we have seen many many times), and floods your home or an ice maker line is broken; Most of the time water damage caused by a malfunctioning appliance is covered by property insurance;
  • Water from a broken pipe in your home or business causes damage to your structureThis can be a little tricky. In general damage from a burst pipe is covered, but some policies exclude damage caused by a pipe that has been leaking over time. So in general, if a pipe breaks and water goes all over the place, it will be covered. But if a pin hole leak causes damage that you don’t notice for some time, it may not be. That’s why it is so important to know your policy.
  • Water leaks through your roof during a heavy rain storm damaging your home or business; The water damage to your property would be covered in the typical policy. Also water entering through a window broken in the storm would also be covered.
  • Water from the soaked ground seeps into your property soaking floors and walls. Usually damage from seepage is not covered because it is considered a maintenance issue. However, if the water is the result of area wide flooding, you would be covered if you had a Flood Insurance policy. Property insurance does not cover damage from floods. You must purchase Flood Insurance for that type of protection.

Prompt attention to a water intrusion is always the best approach to prevent further damage, and the formation of mold growth. If you experience a water damage or flood in South Florida, please call South Florida Water and Mold Restoration immediately to discuss the best approach to your problem. We have trained staff available 24 hours a day to serve you.

The best way to reach us is by calling 954-923-3340 and be sure to have your insurance policy information ready. If you don’t have insurance, we can still assist you with our negotiated self- pay program which will also allow you to minimize the damage being caused by a water intrusion.

Professional Mold Removal Dania Beach

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