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Effective Mold Remediation for Coconut Creek Homes

10/29/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room with white walls Mold damage in your home is never convenient. Our certified technicians can handle the problem quickly and efficiently. Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

Overcoming Mold Damage with Fast Action 

Pompano Beach and Coconut Creek are communities that have the same type of appeal as coastal cities like Miami without the size and volume of residents. Millions live in the greater metropolitan area of Miami, of which Coconut Creek is a part, a short 37 miles from downtown. One of the exciting features of this growing city is its nickname: The Butterfly Capital of the World. Much of this fame comes from the facilities of Butterfly World in the city limits, the largest butterfly house of its kind, home to more than 20,000 butterflies of 80 different species.

While specific environments might be ideal for allowing butterflies to flourish, moist conditions can lead to a need for mold remediation in Coconut Creek homes. This potential situation can be a significant concern for commercial properties like Seminole Casino, HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, or Atlantic Technical College. As a result, we move fast throughout Broward County to its most recognizable installations, like The Promenade at Coconut Creek and the Goldcoast Ballroom.

Mold Damage Removal Services

With a population nearing 60,000, mold damage and needed remediation services are frequent occurrences. SERVPRO® professionals must move quickly to help remove growing colonies with tactics like:

  • Cleaning – We use antimicrobial solutions to remove surface spores and newly developing organisms. 
  • Sanding – Hand sanding can remove a thin layer of materials like wood framing to eliminate the developing mold colonies.
  • Blasting – Using pressurized media with air or water, we can use abrasive cleaning tactics to remove set-in mold.
  • Demolition – Our final removal approach involves removing infested materials that our remediators cannot restore.

While you might enjoy wet conditions at the Coconut Creek Recreation Complex, this might develop into mold threats in your home or business. Contact SERVPRO of Pompano Beach at (954) 970-4942 when you need remediation and cleanup.

Mold Damage in Pompano Beach Can Start Under the Bathroom Sink

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Handle Mold Growth in Pompano Beach Seamlessly

Pompano Beach, like the rest of South Florida, is humid year-round. Its residents are used to a certain level of moisture in the air, especially when storms are brewing. Even rooms under air conditioning can feel humid as soon as a window or door is left open and outside air seeps into the space. Naturally, mold exists in all homes to a certain extent and multiplies when conditions favor its spread. When your kitchen or bathroom sink leaks, the probability of mold growth increases, especially if the leak continues undetected for a while.

Mold damage in Pompano Beach homes due to plumbing leaks should not be a reason to panic. Although it is a serious issue, mold remediation is possible when you enlist the help of a professional crew. At SERVPRO, we focus on mold removal and remediation and achieve success thanks to specialized equipment. Our staff is certified in the most effective methods to manage mold infestations in your home. Among the basic steps of mold removal, you should expect the following-

  • A close inspection to identify where colonies are growing and their cause. Infrared technology helps us find where water is leaking or accumulating, allowing us to control the primary source of the issue.
  • Repairs and controlled demolition help us remove cabinet backing, drywall, and other materials showing irreparable evidence of mold.  
  • Restoration with soda blasting and applying antimicrobial cleaning solutions help eliminate current growth and deter regrowth from happening. Like most things in life, prevention is your first line of defense when mold damage occurs.

Homeowners facing the perils of mold growth need to let professionals handle it to avoid secondary damage as much as possible.  If this is your case, look no further than SERVPRO of Pompano Beach. A call to our team at (954) 970-4942 is the first step in protecting your home and mitigating your loss. Reach out and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Where To Look For Mold In Your Pompano Beach Home

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Our team can quickly respond, inspect, assess, and get to work to make your mold infestation "Like it never even happened."

Water damage in your home or business can very quickly lead to mold. If you suspect mold in your home call the experts at SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942. The technicians are trained and certified and bring the right equipment for the job.

If you're worried about mold growth in your Pompano Beach, FL home, then there are a few places you may want to check. While mold is preventable, it does enjoy areas of warmth and humidity. This means that if you suspect there may be growth in your home, knowing where the most likely habitat is may help you find and eradicate the problem quickly.

1. Basements

The basement can be a prime mold habitat, as it’s one place that can easily accumulate water. Water can leak in through cracks or window wells and puddle on the floor or soak into organic material. You may find mold on wood framing, floorboards, furniture, or carpeting in this area. Many experts recommend having a sump pump in a basement if you believe water accumulation may be a problem.

2. Bathrooms

The bathroom is another place where you may find mold growth. The nature of baths and showers make this room humid a large proportion of the time. There are also many crannies where spores can potentially settle. It's a good idea to run your fan any time you're also running hot water, as this can help reduce the level of humidity in the room.

3. Attics

The attic is another place where you may find spores. If a storm has damaged the roof, there may be places where water can seep in. You might see signs such as moldy drywall, peeling paint, damp insulation, or discoloration in the wood. If you believe you have storm damage or mold, it's best to contact a damage and remediation professional as soon as possible. A professional can also perform any necessary tests to confirm if mold does or does not exist in your home.

Knowing where to look for mold growth may help you find it so that you can take care of the problem quickly. Try looking in warm places with high humidity, such as a basement, a bathroom, or an attic. If you believe you may have mold in your home but can't see it Call SERVPRO of Pompano Beach (954) 970-4942.

SERVPRO of Pompano Beach is here to serve the community in Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, and Coconut Creek. Due to the irritants and allergens that mold produces, it has the possibility to cause health effects to you and the people around you.

If you think you might have a mold problem, our SERVPRO team is only one call away.

The Pros and Cons of Using a Mold Testing Kit

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mold testing in a Palm Aire, FL home

The Pros and Cons of Using a Mold Testing Kit

Moisture causes mold growth. Mold reproduces by releasing spores into the air. Those spores then attach themselves to surfaces and cracks — the cycle repeats. Mold is everywhere in Palm Aire, FL. There’s no getting around it. Using a mold testing kit allows you to check your home for mold. But is taking the DIY route worth it? Check out these pros and cons before you make your decision.

1. Expense

Pro - DIY mold kits can cost between $8 and $50. The package contains a petri dish and a swab. That’s it. Hiring a mold remediation specialist to test your home for mold can cause upward of $300.
Con - The expense with the kit starts to grow with the type and amount of testing you want. Although you buy a test from a store for $8, sending it off to a lab for further testing may cost you $50. Don’t get too excited about how cheap the price is.

2. Time

Pro – Directions for mold testing usually ask you to place a petri dish on a surface for an hour. Then you close it up and wait. Some tests take as little as 10 minutes to show results.
Con – If you want extra testing, you’ll have to send it off to a lab. Some kit results will come back in five days while others may take 10 days.

3. Explanation

Pro – If there is mold growth in the petri dish after the incubation period, you have mold. Simple as that. The lab can give you information on what type of mold you have in your home. You will receive an explanation in the mail.
Con – There is mold everywhere. No mold in a petri dish does not mean there is no mold in the house. A mold removal specialist will speak with you in person. This person will go into detail with you his or her concerns.
It is up to you to choose between a DIY mold kit and a mold specialist. But only an environment hygienist can do accurate mold testing. Is it worth spending the extra money to give you peace of mind?

3 Things You Should Know About Leaks and Mold

8/25/2019 (Permalink)

You should call a professional mold remediation company to come in and perform an inspection as well as any necessary cleanup and removal.

If you have a leak in the roof of your building in Pompano Beach, FL, then it won’t take long for water damage to start affecting the structure. In many cases, secondary damage such as black mold can cause even more trouble than the primary damage. The following are a few questions that you may want to know the answers to in order to keep your building in top shape.

1. How Does a Leak Contribute to Mold Growth?
This question has a simple and easy answer. Leaks create a wet area in the building which results in the optimal environment for mold to grow. This fungus thrives in moisture and can spread very quickly under the right circumstances. When you have a roof leak, it can result in a growth forming in the ceiling and may require quite a bit of work to remove it completely.

2. How Long Does It Take to Spread?
As mentioned, mold can spread quite quickly when provided with enough moisture. If you have a roof or ceiling leak, you could end up with a mold problem overnight. It takes as little as a day for this persistent fungus to start growing a colony and the longer it is left alone, the bigger the growth will become. Over time, it can spread to other areas of the building as well.

3. What Can You Do About It?
Luckily, you do not have to be at the mercy of this black mold. There are several steps you can take to prevent it from spreading, the first of which is to have repairs made as soon as you discover a leak or water damage. Keeping moisture levels low in the building by using a dehumidifier, vent or open windows can help as well.

If you find that you have black mold growing in your building, do not ignore the problem or expect it to go away on its own. You should call a professional mold remediation company to come in and perform an inspection as well as any necessary cleanup and removal.

Does a Dry Climate Mean No Mold?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Keep indoor humidity below 45% to avoid the possibility of mold growth

Does a Dry Climate Mean No Mold?

You live in Wellington, FL, which has little to no rain and dry heat. So, although you think that means no black mold, you could be very wrong. It may be hot and dry outside, but may not be the case inside. Your overall goal is not having to deal with mold cleanup. Remember, mold grows in places with high moisture content such as humidity, leaky pipes and broken appliances.

High Humidity

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air, and when living in dry climates, it doesn’t play a big part. Inside the office building is a different matter. The air-conditioning unit can be set wrong or not working properly, giving the workspace a high humidity level. Set the level at 50% or lower. If your air- conditioning system does not have a dehumidifier built-in, you can purchase a commercial model.

Leaky Pipes

Water leakage from rusted or broken pipes is a significant concern and one you may not be aware of. The water can be in the walls or under the floor, which means mold has a perfect spot to populate. Drywall is a common area found to develop black mold. Drinking fountains placed near carpeted areas create a recipe for disaster. Water from a broken pipe can flow directly onto the carpet, and although most of the water can be wiped up, the leftover still sitting in the corner can start to produce mold.

Broken Appliances

Like leaky pipes, hoses which connect to a water supply are also susceptible. Not correctly attaching hoses on appliances such as commercial dishwashers, washing machines and your HVAC system could create unneeded headaches and a lot of moisture. An HVAC system with mold growth can quickly spread spores through the air ducts.
Dry climates aren’t usually susceptible to mold, but it doesn’t take much moisture for spores to grow. Consistently maintain and repair pipes and appliances and be aware of the humidity level in the office. A mold remediation specialist can point out the parts of your building black mold targets.

How To Know When Mold Growth Is Covered by Homeowners Insurance

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Contact your insurance agent to verify mold growth policy coverage.

It can be tricky to determine whether the mold is covered by your homeowner's insurance policy. If you have discovered fungus growth in your home, it is unlikely to be covered by your insurance, unless it was caused by something that your policy already covers.

When Is Mold Covered by Insurance?

Many insurance companies do not offer mold coverage in their homeowner's policies. However, there are certain cases in which your policy may include mold-related repairs. Essentially, if mold forms as the result of sudden or accidental water damage, it is likely to be included in your policy. Specifically, you may qualify if it is determined that mold was caused by one of the following incidents:

• Frozen or burst pipes
• Broken appliances
• Backed-up water from snow or ice

When Is Mold Not Covered by Insurance?

In most cases, fungus growth will not be included in your insurance policy. If mold forms as a result of negligence or your failure to properly take care of your home, it will not be covered. You should be sure to monitor any areas that are in frequent contact with water in order to prevent mold growth. Mold caused by a flood will likely not be included in your policy, so you will need separate flood insurance to cover the damage.

What Are the Exceptions?

Like with most things, there are exceptions to the rule. You may be able to include mold insurance in your policy for an additional price. Some insurance policies might include limited coverage for mold growth. You likely won’t receive the full amount needed to repair the damage, but even a little money can help.

If you discover mold or fungus growth in your home in Pompano Beach, FL, determining the cause can help you figure out whether it will be covered by your insurance. Hiring a mold remediation specialist or insurance adjuster can be useful, as well.