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The Truth About Mold Remediation in 3 Minutes

When it comes to protecting your home and your wallet, you want to make wise decisions. There is no truer time than when homes are affected by mold. Homeowner’s reactions to mold can be very different. Some homeowners choose to ignore the problem (yikes!), others try to deal with the mold issue themselves, and some give scammers way too much money to “fix” the problem.

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Water Damage And Your AC System

What happens to your AC after Water Damage

Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems, when directly contacted by Category 1 water, can cease to operate, or they can function inefficiently or spread excess humidity throughout both affected and unaffected areas of a structure. If contacted directly by Category 2 or 3 water, they can spread contamination to unaffected areas. Even if an HVAC system is not directly contacted by water, when operating, it can spread humidity or contamination from affected to unaffected areas. Further, microbial growth from other causes can be carried to the interior of HVAC system components where it can accumulate and degrade HVAC component operation. Read More »

Don’t Let Mold Take Over

Don’t Let Mold Take Over Your Home

Mold and moisture go hand in hand. Whenever you have an abundance of moisture, mold is sure to develop. Add humidity to the mix and you’ve a quick cocktail for growth that if left unchecked can quickly take over your home. In Florida moisture and humidity are both as common as sunny days and oranges.

There are ways to keep mold from taking over.

  • If you have any leaking plumbing fixtures in your home, getting them fixed as quickly as possible can help curb potential mold issues.
  • Standing water and flooding can also help them spring up. Use a good home dehumidifier to remove excessive moisture from the air. The ideal humidity level should be between 40% to 60%.
  • Use fans or vents in your kitchen and bathrooms to quickly push excess moisture in the air to the outside.

Molds spread by releasing tiny spores into the air. When these land in a moist and inviting area, they begin naturally breaking down the materials they are on. Nature’s unpopular clean up crew, they have been around for millions of years and are extremely vital to maintaining healthy ecosystems in nature.

Still, in your home they can be anything from an annoyance to extremely hazardous. They can decay everything from wood to carpet. If they grow numerous before detection, great care should be taken during clean-up as disturbing already established areas could release spores to re-populate after cleaning is completed, beginning the whole process over again.

Also, some individuals can be very sensitive to molds and should avoid breathing them if possible. These people can suffer from breathing issues, eye irritation, congestion and skin irritation. Some may even have severe allergic reactions.

What Is HEPA Filtering?

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Arresting. A HEPA filter effectively extracts 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometers from the air flowing through it. Read More »

Preventing Indoor Air Problems After A Flood

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood. Read More »

All The Conditions Needed For Mold Growth.

Are in your home. Except water. The food source is cellulose. Paper and wood are cellulose.The temperature range is optimal for mold to grow. But we keep the moisture (humidity) low when we air condition our homes.

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The Importance Of Documentation When You Have Mold

It is a seller’s responsibility to disclose problems with a home at the time of sale. For a mold problem you must have documentation that the mold growth was properly and completely removed. This documentation can be a paid invoice from a certified Mold Remediation Company detailing the protocol or methods used to remove the mold problem or Air testing results from a certified Air Quality laboratory.

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Can I Fix A Simple Mold Problem?

A home owner in Tampa recently asked me why he cannot just paint over our cut out and throw away a 2X2 foot spot of mold growing on he ceiling in the laundry room. The mold was caused by an overflow from his A/C condensation pan under the air handler in the attic space.

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Mold Remediation: When is it Necessary and Will My Insurance Cover It?

Mold growth is on the rise in homes across America.More and more homeowners are discovering that their American dream is turning into a big nightmare. One day, everything seems to be fine. The next day, they discover a house plagued by mold and/or mildew. Unfortunately, this discovery often occurs far too late to avoid costly repairs. This is why mold removal is essential at the first sign of mold growth in the home.

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Dont Turn Off Your Ac

The temperature in your home can affect you and your family’s comfort level tremendously, especially if you live in states with hot, humid seasons like Tampa. However, living in such climates could have other consequences for your home and family, as humidity can contribute to mold growth. Fortunately, your air conditioner can prevent the growth of this fungus, while also keeping you cool. Read More »

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