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What You Need to Understand About Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or commercial property is damaged by water, mold growth will be likely to follow. It is fact that mold can begin to grow within 48 hours after moisture exposure.

Knowing the next steps to follow is vital if you are ever faced with a mold issue, which is why we’re providing an overview of mold remediation in this blog.

Why Mold Remediation?

Have you seen the ads for mold remediation and promising mold removal? The fact is the latter of the two is a fallacy.

Removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company focuses on mold remediation, which has the ultimate goal of bringing mold levels back to normal and natural levels.

Yes, mold spores do occur naturally and appear almost everywhere, both inside and outside, however, they only become an issue if a minor problem is left untreated and, in turn, it becomes a major infestation.

During the mold remediation process, technicians isolate all contaminated areas. Depending on the amount of area where remediation is required, isolation can be done by either closing all doors and windows or completely sealing off all doorways and openings by using a polyethylene sheet. Dust in the contaminated areas will then suppressed through a misting process.

Plastic bags will be used to remove and discard wet and mold-damaged materials and areas exposed to and affected by the mold will be thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is sometimes used to aid in the removal of contaminated materials and debris.

The area affected by mold is treated with a biocide and then left overnight to kill the mold spores. The mold remediation crew will return on the following day to encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

Act Quickly If There’s a Mold Problem

If you find that your home or business may have a mold problem, you need to act quickly. Evaluate the size of the problem, and if the area affected by mold is larger than 10 square feet, it is a good idea to call the professionals to handle the problem.

These professionals should be highly trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

Some homeowners and business owners may want to try to address some minor mold issues on their own, but it is always wisest to call the professionals for a speedy and thorough resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Mold And Mold Remediation for a Parrish Property

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold along the windows of a Parrish, FL Home

One of the most dangerous and debilitating household complications residential property can experience is a mold infestation. Parrish mold remediation should not be delayed in the event of visible mold patches. However, learning more about mold and how to prevent it from spreading in your home can help you limit losses, save money, and prevent stress. SERVPRO offers the following information you should know about mold.

Mold Basics

Molds are fungi, an organism that decomposes organic materials. Additionally, mold comes in a wide range of colors, including black, orange, white, green and blue. The color has no bearing on the potential danger of a specific mold. Mold reproduces through the process of releasing spores into the air. Once the spores find a damp, moist environment containing a cellulose food source, they begin to grow strings of colonies. These colonies can grow into extremely large mold infestations readily visible. 

Mold Remediation from SERVPRO Will Return Your Parrish Condo to a Safe State

Emergency Response for Mold Damage

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Once you’ve taken emergency measures to prevent the infestation and spread of black mold, contact a mold remediation professional.

When a flood hits Lakewood Ranch, FL, and impacts your home, the first thing on your mind is likely damage control – but you probably aren’t thinking about black mold as part of that damage. Mold cleanup should be your first priority, before anything else; it’s hard to salvage the rest of the home if mold takes root. You have 24-48 hours before mold begins its lifecycle as spores begin to blossom into a full-on fungal outbreak. Here are a few tips for mold remediation.

Preventing Mold After a Flood

As soon as you are safely able to enter your home again, you should:

• Glove up. You should wear personal protective equipment, at the very least something to protect your eyes and hands, before handling material that may be contaminated with mold or black water.
• Shut off the water. You may have broken pipes or other leakage issues contributing to an environment ripe for mold growth.
• Shut off your HVAC system. Airflow picks up mold spores and spreads them throughout the house, often carrying them to sources of water that allow them to grow.
• Quickly clean up any standing water. Black mold will rapidly sprout in areas where standing water has soaked into the walls and floorboards.
• Get rid of waterlogged materials. Furniture, carpeting, and curtains can make ripe breeding grounds for black mold. Immediately tear out anything waterlogged that can’t be salvaged. Take other objects out into the sun to dry out.
• Use an air purifier to clear the environment. While you may want to avoid fans that could just circulate spores, an air purifier can remove them from your environment and reduce the saturation of spores in the air.
• Contact a mold remediation specialist. Many times handling mold cleanup yourself is just a stopgap. Once you’ve taken emergency measures to prevent the infestation and spread of black mold, contact a mold remediation professional to conduct a more thorough assessment of your home and any potential mold hazards. For more information, visit

Mold Cleanup 101

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home or business.

There are many advantages to apartment life in Lakewood Ranch, FL but indoor mold is hardly one of those perks. Even though a fungal invasion affects most indoor areas at some point, finding out that your otherwise clean space has become victim to mold can make for a challenging experience. There are, however, some pointers that can make the process of mold cleanup easier.

Documentation Makes a Difference

The last activity that likely pops into your mind in the midst of a mold frenzy is to document the mold itself. Although mold can be hard to identify in some places, taking photos of all visible mold spores can benefit you in the long run. Mold remediation professionals can also better prepare for the process with visual documentation on hand. Either way, it is essential that tenants notify landlords of a situation immediately.

Tests Will Tell

As with most mold contamination incidents, a proper test may be in order. Once again, the pros generally have the equipment necessary to accurately test for mold in your living space. An air quality test might also apply to your situation, and this can help professionals locate the problem so it’s addressed the right way the first time around.

Eyes on the Target

When it comes to mold cleanup, most infestations usually occur where moisture has moved in. One way tenants can help landlords prevent mold growth indoors is to have regular maintenance checkups. By keeping an eye on possible leaks and other forms of unwelcome moisture in the apartment, you can reduce chances of major damage wreaking havoc on your home.

Even when you are renting, an episode of mold contamination is one you likely can’t wait to conquer. Once landlords receive documentation explaining the issue, they can best strategize a mold cleanup plan. With appropriate testing and removal, as well as regular preventative steps, you can let that fungi-induced stress fall to the wayside. Visit for more information on mold. 

Keeping Your Bathroom Free From Mold Growth

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect you have mold growing in your home, SERVPRO is able to help assess and determine the best course of action.

Mold loves moisture, and your bathroom inevitably has a lot of it. How, then, do you keep mold growth from occurring around your toilet, sink and tub? While water is used daily in your bathroom, you can still keep the room dry enough to avoid water damage and the subsequent mold problem by engaging in regular, preventative maintenance.

Recognizing a Mold Problem

Mold prevention is the ideal scenario, but most people discover the need for prevention as the result of an existing problem. There are many areas of a bathroom where mold can thrive:

" Inside the cabinet under the sink
" In bathtub grout
" In the caulk where the baseboards meet the floor
" Around faucets
" Near drains

Mold grows in many textures and colors, but if you see a dark fuzzy growth or a collection of spots where there were none before, you probably have a mold problem. Mold remediation specialists in Bradenton, FL have techniques to take care of the problem and the water damage that likely led to it.

Preventing a Mold Problem

Mold growth requires moisture, so the first step in mold prevention is minimizing your bathroom's humidity. Air vents help air circulate, and circulation helps keep moisture from gathering on surfaces. Drying your shower or bathtub with a towel after every use also inhibits the growth of mold. If the air in your bathroom remains humid, you can use a dehumidifier to dry it out some more. Replace anything damaged by mold, such as caulking, to stop the spread of the growth.

Mold remediation specialists in Bradenton, FL can help you deal with an existing mold problem, but it's even better to prevent a problem from happening in the first place. If you fix water damage as soon as it happens and take precautionary steps to limit the humidity of the room, you can probably avoid mold problems in your bathroom. Visit for more information on mold damage. 

Avoid Mold Cross-Contamination

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Once you discover mold in your business, a mold cleanup is usually your first move. While you may think it’s a good idea to grab a bottle of bleach and scrub any sign of the mold away, in the long run this can cause more problems than it helps. Mold spores are like a fine powder and can be easily carried on the wind or brushed off onto clothing. To avoid this, most professionals in mold remediation practice something called containment.

Professional Containment

If you’re planning on a mold cleanup, you should always have a professional with experience at the ready. To make sure that there is no cross-contamination, you need the right tools and knowledge to stop the mold from spreading. A professional service has the knowledge to make the process run smoothly.

Benefits of Containment

Containment is an effective way to prevent mold from spreading during the restoration process. It has multiple benefits:

• Quick restoration time
• Lower property damage
• Reduced liability
• Lower risks

For all these reasons, containment tends to be first choice.

The Containment Process

First, mold specialists will seal their work area to keep the mold spores from escaping to the rest of the building. They can do this by setting up plastic sheets or hard walls to make the space airtight. After this, they may use something known as negative air containment. This works by taking blower fans and using air pressure machines to draw in clean air while forcing the contaminated air outside. Once the air purification is accomplished, the area can be cleaned and vacuumed.

When it comes to mold in your Lakewood Ranch, FL business, it’s best to have proper mold cleanup. Keep in mind that scrubbing the fungus from your walls isn’t always enough. Sometimes you need a professional remediation service, especially when it comes to using the right tools to remove mold contamination.
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Lakewood Ranch Mold Remediation FAQs

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be a very serious problem. Please do not try and take care of it yourself. Call a pro - Call SERVPRO - "Like it never even happened."

How do I identify a mold problem?
Check the air and surfaces in the area. If you notice a musty smell, then you have a mold problem. Additionally, different types of mold discolor surfaces with black and/or green specks. Look for mold in bathrooms, windows, crawl spaces, air conditioners, ventilation systems, leaky roofs, attics and basements.

Why have I found mold in several areas?
All fungi, like mold, release spores that travel along air currents. Unless a mold-infested area is sealed off, the spores spread throughout a building. Outdoor mold spores can also cling to the surfaces of people, pets and objects.

Why does mold grow in air ducts?
Poor duct maintenance and moisture from humidity or plumbing, wall or roof leaks give mold spores the perfect dark habitat for growth. The experienced team at SERVPRO of East Manatee County use time-tested techniques to remove any mold growth and fix the source of the problem.

Can I use bleach to remove mold?
Liquid bleach is the wrong choice for several reasons: Bleach can't successfully penetrate all surfaces -- especially some porous materials -- and since it is wet it will help any missed mold regrow. Worse yet, bleach can hide a deeply rooted mold problem from a mold restoration and remediation firm like SERVPRO.

Do I need additional testing if I already know that I have mold in my home?
Testing determines the type of mold and the amount of cleaning that must be done to completely restore an area.

Can I use a DIY test kit?
Although DIY kits are inexpensive, they often provide false positive results. They also don't offer the data needed to determine the type of mold or the amount of spores in the air.

How can I remove mold growth and spores from my home?
The best way is to hire a licensed mold remediation firm. Only a qualified and licensed expert, such as SERVPRO, can evaluate the problem and perform the correct tasks to remove mold from the air and surfaces, clean the infested area and safeguard against future growth. Call in a PRO – Call SERVPRO!

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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.

Mold Problems in Lakewood Ranch - Call a PRO!

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

If you have a mold problem, call a pro - call SERVPRO. We are here to help. 941-747-2333

Do you have a mold infestation spreading rapidly throughout your home? Are you concerned about your family experiencing the potential adverse health effects mold can cause? If so, you need to start the mold removal process immediately. While some gutsy DIY’ers will handle a small mold infestation, it is recommended that homeowners and property owners hire a professional mold remediation team for their Lakewood Ranch home.

Because the mold removal and restoration process takes significant time, resources, and equipment, the vast majority of homeowners simply do not have access to these necessary items. Removing mold from drywall, carpet, air ducts, furniture, insulation, and other areas requires special protective gear, cleaning supplies, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbing fans. Additionally, all mold-infested items must be disposed of properly to ensure it doesn’t spread.

Areas of the home that are not currently infested with mold can quickly become so if the HVAC system is not shut down and infested areas are not cordoned off with plastic sheeting. Mold spores travel through the air to find a suitable host, and with our hot and humid weather here in the Bradenton / Manatee County area, suitable hosts are not difficult to find. Bathrooms, kitchens, cabinets, closets, and other areas that tend to have high levels of moisture, are all prone to develop and harbor mold.

When tackling mold infestations, it is important to clean all affected areas, preferably in one day. This is a daunting but important task. The reason this is so important is because of the way mold spreads, and how quickly it spreads. Many individuals become frustrated when they spread mold cleanup across multiple weekends only to find it to start to reappear in just a few days.

Our SERVPRO Team has received extensive, professional training and we use only the best tools and cleaning solutions available to fully rid your home of mold.

SERVPRO of East Manatee County does more than clean up mold infestations; we can help prevent them. Our team has the skills, expertise, and tools necessary to effectively restore your home to its pre-disaster shape after storm damage, fire and smoke damage, sewage backups, and other water damage has affected your home. Most mold infestations are caused by improper cleanup after water damage, that is, when best practices and cleanup protocols were not followed. Water extraction is just the first part of the process; cleaning, disinfecting, drying, and dehumidifying are all key to preventing future mold infestations.

Since mold can begin growing within 48 hours of water damage, it is imperative that you call us immediately. Time is of the essence. We are available 24 hours a day, and we pride ourselves on helping our friends, neighbors, and community members recover when disaster strikes their homes. Call us today for more information on how we can return your home to a healthy condition, and mold free.

Does Bleach Kill Mold in a Lakewood Ranch Home?

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold found a Lakewood Ranch home. Does bleach kill mold? Read more to find out.

Recently we received a call from a Property Manager in Lakewood Ranch because they noticed some mold growing on the baseboard in one of the bathrooms and they wanted to know if bleach would kill the mold spores. Unfortunately, I had to give him the bad news that bleach will not kill mold spores.

Then I followed by explaining  that the idea that bleach kills mold spores is one of those “urban myths” that has made its way into the do-it-yourself community, leading homeowners and property managers to believe that they can actually kill a mold problem by spraying a bleach solution onto a wall and then wiping it clean. But while the area appears to be clean and rid of the black fungus on the surface, this particular method actually makes the situation worse.

When mold and bleach interact, the mold spores react as if they are being attacked. Spraying the fungus down with bleach causes the mold to shoot off spores to protect itself. So as you are wiping the surface, you are actually spreading the mold spores further out.  If the cloth is used in other areas of the home, it can spread the mold to areas that were unaffected (otherwise known as cross contamination).

Mold thrives on moisture, and since the primary component of bleach is water, the solution actually feeds the fungus rather than kill it. Another reason bleach is no match for mold is because its chemicals, which include chlorine, do not penetrate through the porous areas of the sheetrock or wood where the deep roots of the mold spores are located.

Still another reason not to use bleach to combat a mold problem is because the solution is highly acidic, which can threaten the integrity of porous materials. The acidity levels in bleach wreak havoc on the fibers that compose most home building materials such as drywall and baseboard. And not only will the bleach compromise the integrity of the material, it will spread the mold spores to otherwise unaffected areas. Because this damage is occurring beneath the surface, it goes unseen and unnoticed.

While bleach can erase the unsightly black marks of mold spores on the surface, the fungus is still present in the wall. Mold has deep roots and can permeate to the outer areas of the wall, as it seeks out moisture and a food source. Since bleach can only clean up the ugly surface marks and not completely kill the roots, it is not a recommended solution for mold remediation.

SERVPRO never uses bleach on any of its mold remediation projects. Our professionally trained crews understand the problems that can arise out of using bleach on  mold spores. With over 25 years of experience responding to property owners and managers with mold in their homes or businesses, handling mold projects throughout the 941 area code, our staff can properly and completely clean up any mold situation with the right products and equipment.  As a certified mold remediation company, SERVPRO requires our staff to be trained and able to explain the different types of methods that can be used to clean up mold for our customers. We never sell our services based on fear but rather on information. If you need any help with eradicating a mold issues please feel free to contact us for an estimate.

The 5 Principles of Mold Remediation

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can cause health effects. Do not delay if you see visible mold. We can help 941-747-2333. Serving Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton.

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

1.    Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals, such as the SERVPRO of East Manatee County team. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.

2.    A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management.

3.    Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.

4.    Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.

5.    Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

Why use a certified technician?

SERVPRO of East Manatee County professional restoration  technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. We  have the certifications and the knowledge to apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition and make it look "like it never even happened." Give us a call, we are here to help 941-747-2333.