Mold is everywhere. It is naturally occurring in the environment and in the air. It would be virtually impossible to eliminate it completely. It’s only when the colonies of mold overgrow, that you begin to have a problem.
What does mold need to grow and thrive? Water, nutrition, the right temperature, and a suitable surface. This is why Mold damage is a common problem here in Florida.
Therefore, it’s not difficult at all to satisfy the water requirement for growing mold, especially in Florida, with the high levels of humidity in our tropical climate. But, it’s not just humidity as the water source, it could be water from pipe bursts or leaks in your house, condensation, and nonefficient ventilation fans. As for nutrition, mold can use dead skin cells, dust, wood, paper, or sheetrock as a good source of food. And almost any surface could be a potential location for mold to grow. Furthermore, once you have a mold problem, it doesn’t take much for the mold spores to become airborne and travel to other parts of your home and even cause health problems.
If you suspect Mold Damage in your home, call 954-659-8333 for a Free Inspection.
Insurance policies in Florida contain coverage for mold. Depending on the circumstance leading up to the problem, you may have a claim, but mold testing will have to be done.
Testing for Mold
Typically, air samples are taken in your home and compared with the outside of your home. If mold is visible on your walls or surfaces in your home, the mold can be cultured and looked at under a microscope. From there, the species can be identified. If the mold is proven to be toxic, then recommendations for remediation will be made.
After that, the remediation process involves closing off areas of your house and “containing” the mold so it does not contaminate other parts of your house. There is a special disposal process of these contaminated materials. The workers may wear hazmat suits.
Getting rid of mold the correct way requires mold remediation professionals who are trained and certified in order to ensure safety. Once you disturb mold, you may cause it to release spores which become air born and more dangerous. Plus, all the mold-contaminated materials in your home will have to be disposed of properly.
Don’t ignore mold if you see it in your home. Remember, it could be an indication of another problem, as mold requires a water source as we discussed.
If you think you have a mold problem, call me and I would be happy to help you with this issue.