Understanding Mold and Mold Remediation – Editor’s Note: We spoke with Bradley Tayloe with SERVPRO to learn more about mold and mold remediation. Learn more at ServproVenice.com.
Why is mold an issue in Florida?
Florida provides the ideal environment with its heat, moisture and humidity. Mold is a type of fungus that can produce allergens, irritants and cause health issues including sinus congestion, fungal infections and the irritation of asthma. It also spreads quickly.
How can a homeowner know if they have mold?
A musty odor or patches of green or black are possible signs. Any place that’s damp could be a mold-friendly environment. That includes shower stalls, under the sink, behind appliances, behind a drywall, under the carpet, and even in wood. One of the ways mold grows is from a roof leak pooling water in a dark area that’s out of sight.
How does SERVPRO approach remediation?
Our first step is to inspect your property. If mold appears to be present, or if the owner still has a suspicion of mold, we recommend an air quality hygienist do a pre-test. Depending on their findings and recommendations, we move forward with remediation, restoration or other strategies. We also use equipment to help us detect the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate this area using a negative air pressure chamber. We also filtrate the air to stop the spread of mold. The next step is removing the mold and mold-infested materials followed by proper cleaning and restoration. The final step is a post-test to ensure that the levels of mold meet the appropriate standards.
What makes your approach different?
Some restoration companies advertise removing mold, but that’s impossible since microscopic mold spores exist everywhere. We are realistic about remediation and restoration. Our major difference is our depth of knowledge and experience.
How do you train to deal with mold infestations?
Our staff is certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. They also provide our staff with best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and related areas such as structural drying, smoke restoration, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning. Our training involves ongoing education.
What are your other areas of expertise?
Our expertise includes water damage, fire damage, storm damage, biohazard removal, trauma and crime scene cleanup, and helping home owners and business owners – big or small – to recover from various calamities. Even a single storm can disrupt the productivity of a business. Many business owners do not know that we have expertise in deep cleaning of flooring and carpets and that goes beyond the scope of regular janitorial support. We bring urgency to all of our projects regardless if they are commercial or residential.
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