We Offer Free Mold Inspections in Florida. While mold is a natural part of the environment, the last place you want to find it is in your home. If you do suspect you have a mold problem, don’t panic. The key to mold removal is to educate yourself and get the best help you can, to get rid of the problem.
If you have been exposed to mold for any length of time, it can cause health risks. Not everyone is affected in the same ways, but all molds have the potential to cause serious health issues, according to both the EPA and CDC. There are between 50 and 100 common types of indoor mold which can bring on symptoms such as:
– Skin irritation
– Persistent cough or cold symptoms
– Allergic reactions
– Breathing difficulties
– Burning eyes, nose or throat
– Infections in immune-compromised individuals
What Should You Do When You Find Mold in Your Home?
Mold can be a major league problem. When you see those blackened grout lines in your shower, or dark spots on the deck, or discoloration on siding, you know it’s mold. Mold releases microscopic spores into the air, which can cause health issues.
Just about every home has mold somewhere. To properly dispose of it, you will need certified professionals who will take care of your mold problem safely and effectively. This is one problem best left to the experts.
You may have just discovered mold in your home, under a floor, or behind a wall you’ve opened up. It’s also common in bathrooms. You will want to have it removed immediately.
If your house has been flooded, mold can begin growing there after two or three days. In this scenario, call in the experts for a proper mold inspection.
Occasionally, you may run across a small area of mold that you can remove yourself with ordinary household cleaners. But small areas of mold may be pointing to larger infestations you are not aware of. Mold remediation is not something to take care of by yourself.
If you do see mold in your home, there are things to know and steps you can take right now.
Even if you clean small amounts of mold with household cleaners, you are not eliminating the mold. Common disinfectants don’t kill mold. You don’t want to put your children, pets or yourself at any more risk than is necessary.
Mold that is in one room only can’t be contained by shutting the door.
For moist mold areas, don’t dry the spot with a fan. This will only cause the mold spores to become airborne, leading to the mold spreading.
Contact your homeowner’s insurance. Many policies cover mold removal services. Some policies state that you should contact your insurer as soon as mold is discovered.
Call your Mold Restoration specialist as soon as you can. Our professionals at Barakat Restoration know how to get rid of mold in your home safely.
Where Does Mold Come From?
Our Florida Mold Removal and Mold Remediation experts have seen and effectively treated mold in many homes and places of business. Here are the most common causes of mold we’ve found.
Flooding events, such as those caused by weather or fire. Mold will begin growing almost immediately if water damage remediation hasn’t started within 48-72 hours.
Slow leaks in pipes. This very common way for mold to grow comes from pipes or appliances, such as toilets, dishwater, kitchen sinks, or basements, where slow leaks develop. These leaks tend to go unnoticed for a long time until someone spots the resulting mold problem.
Exterior wall cracks. This is the perfect way for water to seep into your home unknown to you. Cracks will cause moisture in the home’s framework or foundation.
Roof leaks. A roof in need of replacement can often allow moisture in. This settles in pockets and the mold grows.
Dark areas of your home. Basements or crawl spaces where little light gets in are perfect places for high humidity. This causes excess moisture, which, in turn, leads to mold growth.
What We Do for Mold Removal in Florida?
Step 1. Assessment. Our mold removal and remediation specialists visit your premises to conduct a mold inspection. This can be a simple visit, or we could use more invasive techniques to get into the smaller spaces. Walls may need to be opened, carpets removed, or paint peeled away to inspect every relevant area.
Step 2. Sampling. If people living in the home have been suffering from allergies, this step may identify a particular type of mold. Some species of mold are dangerous to health. This step can be skipped if unnecessary.
Step 3. Containment. The source of the moisture problem is addressed before mold restoration can begin. The affected area is contained or closed off to prevent the rest of your home or business from airborne mold spores.
Step 4. Safety. Our mold remediation specialists are equipped with HEPA filters, goggles, and masks to keep them safe while cleaning the mold.
Step 5. Mold Removal. Mold can settle in deeply just about anywhere. The best remedy is to remove any and all affected materials. Your HVAC systems may need cleaning as well.
Step 6. Drying. Our mold remediation crew will carefully dry the area. This is done to prevent the mold from spreading to new places.
Step 7. Mold Repair and Restoration. Depending on how extensive the mold removal is, you may be in need of repainting, retiling, new carpet installation, and other repairs. This is to ensure your home or business returns to its previous living condition, minus the mold.
Step 8. Water Damage Restoration / Consultation. Any water damage to your home or business is quickly restored and remedied. Tips on preventing future mold are discussed. We can talk about using a dehumidifier, upgrading heating systems, adding additional insulation, adding ventilation to bathrooms, and not allowing for any standing water.
If you see mold in one spot in your home, chances are it’s hiding someplace else. Don’t take the chance that it will disappear on its own. It will not. It will worsen over time. When you are in need of mold removal, let Barakat Restoration be there for you.
Barakat Restoration provides mold remediation, restoration and removal services in the Florida communities of Destin, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, 30A, Panama City, Santa Rosa Beach, and the surrounding areas.