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Vero Beach Mold Facts

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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If you are in your home and see visible mold, do not touch or move it. If you disturb it, spores can easily spread throughout your home. Below, we have  provided general facts about mold-

Areas with High Mold Exposure in Indian River County:

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops

Common Indoor Mold:

  • Cladosporium- Olive-green to brown or black in color. Most commonly found on living or dead plant material
  • Penicillium- Major importance in food and drug production, used as an antibiotic
  • Alternaria- Known as a common allergy to humans causing hay fever or hypersensitivity reactions
  • Aspergillus- Found indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe it in regularly without getting sick

Prevent Mold Growth:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as possible
  • Fix any and all leaks
  • Clean bathrooms with products that kill mold
  • After a flood, clean up and dry everything immediately

If you see signs of mold in your Vero Beach home,

Call Us Today! (772) 770-0501

Mold Threat is No Joke

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold found in the closet of a local Vero Beach home.

The threat from mold growth is multiple. There is the visual infestation that covers ceilings, walls, and other structural property. If the visible signs go unchecked, the mold grows into drywall, wood beams and other parts of the home. In addition to physical damage, there are the health effects that mold can have on some people. Each of these threats requires remediation to remove them; this may involve cleaning only, but cases that went unnoticed for an extended period require removal and replacement of damaged property.


Testing for mold at the first suspicion is the best way to go. 
We have some of the best training and the latest equipment in the restoration industry, but it is our reputation that matters the most. If we uncover mold, and before we start the remediation process, we recommend that you hire a third party to perform the same tests. The second round of testing provides you with peace of mind by removing any potential conflict of interest. 

Hope you never need any of this, but if you do, call us at (772)770-0501.

Closet Containing Mold Growth

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found in a closet.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach handles mold. Our office is licensed to perform mold inspections and has developed a protocol that includes the following: 

We perform a visual inspection that includes photo documentation of all mold growth. If the visual inspection uncovers mold growth, no further testing is needed. If the fungi are present, they need removal and remediation. Air and surface samples from every room in the house or apartment along with a laboratory report to explain the findings, only if needed. After completion, one of our inspectors sits down with each customer to explain not just the results, but every step we took during the inspection. 

Also, we provide an estimate of what steps we take to treat and remove the mold along with how much each task costs. If we do not find mold, our inspector gives the homeowner a report that states the house or apartment was tested and found to have no excess mold that poses a threat. 

Understanding Mold

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Rampant mold growth grows and spreads quickly.

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Do NOT Disturb!

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold found in a house in Vero Beach.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 772-770-0501

Mold and Leaks

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Slow roof leak led to mold growth.

We hear about mold all the time on the news, on buildings (got mold?) and after all the major flooding incidents.  You might be wondering if it really matters to you.  The answer is YES! 

Mold or fungi are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere and everyone is exposed to natural mold daily. Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on damp or wet surfaces and begin to grow.

Your home, office and schools all have water sources that can create extra moisture and allow mold to grow.  Dishwashers, refrigerators, leaking water pipes, hot water heaters, toilets, sprinkler systems,  can all be quick or slow culprits that create an environment ripe for mold growth.  Checking your appliances and potential water sources regularly can help find moisture situations before they get out of control. 

This kitchen sink is a perfect example of a slow leak that allowed for mold growth all the way under the flooring and down to a basement wall.  If you suspect water damage, it is best to call a local professional who can mitigate to prevent this situation from happening to your Vero Beach home.

(772)770-0501

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Visible Mold Found In A Closet.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial or residential property. Mold infestations can be caused but not limited to minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Vero Beach, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (772)770-0501

Quick Acting Technicians Can Find Mold Growth Efficiently

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold that had grown in a home that was boarded up tight.

A busy lifestyle distracts you from subtle signs that mold may be taking hold in one or more areas of your home. You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem. Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step.
 When you see pictures in the media of mold colonies, they cover whole walls and hang down from ceilings. Typically the storyline concerns the aftermath of a major flooding event or a post-storm scenario. The more common manifestation of mold problems may not be so dramatic, but the concerns you have are just as real. We handle mold abatement whether it involves large area or one or multiple smaller spaces you desire professional assistance to solve.
 
Although a homeowner might attempt to eliminate mold growth with do-it-yourself strategies, there are many ways successful mold remediation is out of the reach of all but professionals. SERVPRO technicians spend hours learning about the lifecycle of molds and the challenges posed when remediating outbreaks. They practice careful containment and thorough removal, all the while pondering the source of the moisture that fueled the initial growth, and how to eliminate it.
 
First, our crews suit up in personal protective gear to ensure that no moldy debris irritates skin or interferes with breathing. Then they use proven methods to contain the moldy areas with plastic sheeting or an efficient high-tech negative pressure air scrubber. This type of equipment and setup makes the remediation proceed much faster and more safely, but is costly and difficult to replicate with supplies from the local hardware store.
 
Next SERVPRO technicians determine whether the mold can be cleaned off the surface without leaving a residue. Training and experience help us identify mold that has infiltrated a surface with a root-like system called hyphae, indicating it must be removed as well.
 
We then apply a professional antimicrobial matched to destroy further growth.  A homeowner might try a bleach mixture without realizing it does not penetrate far enough, and be fooled temporarily into believing it worked because it lightens the stain. Bleach is more than 90 percent water, more so when diluted, and can feed the mold it is supposed to kill making home remedies ineffective or counterproductive.
 
The key to a successful SERVPRO remediation is to eliminate the moisture that activated the mold spores. Our workers have vast experience in finding and stemming water incursions. Mold has a tough time regenerating if wetness dries completely.

Call SERVPRO VERO BEACH today for any concerns you may have TODAY.  (772)770-0501.

Does Your House Have A Mold Problem?

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growing on the bottom of a shoe in a closet.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we at SERVPRO VERO BEACH can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  (772)770-0501.

Mold Has A Shoe Fettish

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Growth On Leather Loafers

Mold loves all type of shoes.  No shoe is safe when it comes to mold. Because of its porous nature, shoes tend to be targeted immediately when mold starts growing in a home.  The tenant came home from a vacation to a house full of mold growth.  He smelled it before he saw it.  The musky smell made him start investigating a little more closely and in his closet he saw it over everything; his clothes, his hangers, and his beloved leather loafers.  Unfortunately, the mold didn't stop there.  It ended up spreading to his furniture, mattresses, and walls.  We are happy to report, SERVPRO of Vero Beach were able to remove and clean the majority of his clothes and household items, but his beloved loafers took one last ride to the nearest landfill.  

Why Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Mold Removal

There are over 1,000 types mold found in Indian River County. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood. 

People in Indian River County spend about 90% of their time indoors. This makes mold and it's destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.

The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration. Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes an analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing proper protective gear during the process.

Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Indian River County mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never happened"  for more information contact us at (772)770-0501.

Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Indian River County Home

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

When you discover mold in your Indian River home, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach!

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Ask owners about protecting their home, and you hear about hurricanes, fires, home invasion, and flooding. If they mention mold at all, it is almost as an afterthought. Since the costs to restore or repair homes from mold are in the millions each year, the mold should be higher on the list than keeping the neighborhood dogs off the front lawn.

Stopping mold damage in Indian River County is not a simple process, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in getting the job done, no matter how far mold spores have grown through and sometimes into a home. To understand how pervasive a mold infestation can be and how difficult it is to get rid of one, it is helpful to know how they grow and spread.

Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed. A group of thousands is just slightly larger than each dot on a pair of dice. They stay dormant until something disturbs them. The cause can be a breeze or a hard shake of some type. The spores which break away remain dormant unless they encounter enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Once they begin to expand, the spores send out hyphae. These structures grow across and into surfaces, looking for food and additional moisture. Favorite food sources are building materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. They also feed and grow rapidly on carpet fibers like cotton, wool, and rayon. The temperature ranges most molds expand under is from 68 to 86 degrees, but some grow in temperatures as high as 122 degrees.

The way we stop mold growth is to eliminate one of those factors, moisture, food, or temperature. Removing every food source is impossible and permanently lowering or raising the temperature is simply too expensive. We use pumps and smaller extractors to remove standing water and then test the surrounding air and material for excess moisture.

After testing we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to lower moisture. The dehumidifiers draw water directly out of the air; up to a rate of 30 gallons per day depending on the device we use and the humidity level. Our air movers force warm, dry air over the surface of the affected structural material and other property.


Restoration is not a quick set of procedures, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach understands that the first step to returning your home to a normal condition is to understand the situation and then act quickly. Call us today at (772) 770-0501 to set up an inspection.

Does Your Vero Beach Home have A Mold Problem?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

In Vero Beach, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Vero Beach Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (772)770-0501