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Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Mold Damage Restoration and Cleanup

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a charming seaside village whose name says it all.   

What’s not to love about sun, sand, and life on the water? Unless, of course, that water works its way into your home and business, bringing with it uninvited guests like mold and mildew.

At times like these, you need to trust the professionals at SERVPRO

 We’ve been serving the Ft. Lauderdale North area for years and are active members of the community so we know how enticing LBTS’ beautiful beach, sidewalk cafes, public places and frequent live music events are.  exactly what life can be like in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. 

We also know how much of a problem mold can be, which is why we’ve dedicated ourselves to handling any water-related emergency and providing full mold remediation services.  

What Can SERVPRO Do For You in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea?

Living by the ocean can be the best of all worlds, whether you’re enjoying the quaint shops or taking in landmarks like the Anglins Fishing Pier.

Everything about this community revolves around water, but water can become a problem too and that’s where we come in.

At SERVPRO, we’ve got the most up to the minute training and equipment to help us handle any kind of water damage.

We also know that mold growth can begin within 48 hours after initial water damage and can spread rapidly and cause a host of health problems, so it’s important to address it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. 

Since the remediation process can be more complex for commercial properties and family-owned businesses like Dr. G’s Pharmacy and P.J. Rossi Jewelers.   

Of course, water damage can be equally devastating in a private home and we take all of our customers’ needs to heart.

We guarantee speedy response 24 hours a day and once on site we’ll remove standing water, address any damaged materials and use our specialized equipment to thoroughly dry every surface so that any mold growth can be stopped at the source.

Is Mold Really A Problem?

For something so small, you’d be surprised at just how destructive mold can be.

It can grow on almost any surface, including fabrics, clothing, and upholstery and can spread its roots deep within the structure of your home or commercial building. 

Once it reaches the ventilation system, it can spread even quicker and become a real health hazard for anyone on the property.

Unfortunately, areas like Lauderdale-By-The-Sea with its warm, humid weather provide the perfect breeding ground for mold.

That’s why it’s particularly important to make sure you hire a professional water mitigation company like SERVPRO to handle cleanup after any water-related emergency, so you can be sure that any mold problem is being handled properly.

Don’t Just Remove…Remediate!

If you’re like most people you probably assume that when it comes to mold removal and remediation are the same thing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Removing mold means cleaning up any visible growth, which is important but may not be a complete solution.

Remediation treats the problem at the source, not only getting rid of visible mold but preventing future mold growth by thoroughly drying and treating beneath the surface of walls and floors and inside air vents.

SERVPRO provides complete remediation services for homes and commercial businesses in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea because we understand the kind of water damage common to this area and what is required to treat it.

We don’t want your property to suffer when water damage hits, so we’ll respond quickly and begin the remediation process right away.  

Since we’re members of this community too, we proceed with extra care, treating your home or commercial property as if it were our own.

That means doing more than just sopping up standing water and drying damp surfaces. We’ll also remove any damaged materials and either repair them or make sure they are safely disposed of. 

Water damage can be particularly complex for a hospitality related businesses  such as the Driftwood Beach Club, the Plunge Beach Resort or any one of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s other beachside hotels and resorts.

SERVPRO knows what it takes to address problems at these properties so we’ll use the same basic steps as we would for home mitigation and stick with the job until we’re satisfied that the problem has been completely resolved.

Whether we’re handling home or a business, we understand how important your property is to you. 

That’s why we use only the best professional equipment and ensure that all of our employees have the most up-to-date training so we can handle any problem, big or small. 

We’re dedicated to stopping mold growth at its source so that you and your family or customers can breathe easier.

Leave The Water Mitigation To Us

In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, the water should be part of the fun, not a costly problem. If you have a water damage problem that needs mitigation, don’t despair, call the professionals at SERVPRO. You can trust us to get the job done right every time so you can get back to enjoying the beach! 

Here to Help Neighbors in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 

We are your neighbors so you have  probably seen us parked in El Prado  Park.   But because we are your local SERVPRO,  our being connected to the community is important to us.

We are an active member of the Lauderdale By The Sea Chamber of Commerce and are here to support the one-of-a-kind boutiques, the world class restaurants and welcoming hotels and resorts that make LBTS so attractive to residents and visitors alike.  

During the COVID pandemic, we’ve supported LBTS’s first responders and helped sanitize and helped sanitize the vehicles of the Broward Sheriff Office.    

Other professional groups that we are involved with include Leadership Broward, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Community Associations Institute (CAI), the South Florida Claims Association, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

More information is available at the LTBS Chamber Visitor Center or you can  visit us virtually on Google My Business or follow us on social media (#TYPOSERVPRO) to learn more. 

Or make one phone call to 954-733-1006, and we will be faster to your disaster. 

Water Mitigation Professionals You Can Trust

The water is an integral part of life in Lauderdale By The Sea but it can also become a real problem at times.

Whenever water damage strikes your home or business, you need to act fast and rely on the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO.  

We’re a name you can trust and we’ll do our best to serve every member of our seaside community with care.

You can reach us at (954) 733-1006 

SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North is here to help.  We are SERVice PROfessionals and are ready to respond to your moment of misery

Oakland Park Mold Damage Restoration and Cleanup

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Located on Broward County’s Middle River, just east of the Atlantic Ocean,  Oakland Park is a charming city and is in the heart of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. 

It boasts a thriving culinary district and a growing downtown, which when combined with its parks, shopping and other community amenities, make it a great place to live or visit in Florida.   

But being so close to water and living in the tropics also means dealing with water damage. 

Whether you’re in a private home or a business like 2 Lips Floral Design or Allied Kitchen and Bath, when water invades your space it can lead to all sorts of potentially costly hazards such as mold.

As members of the greater Ft. Lauderdale community ourselves, SERVPRO certainly understands how destructive water can be.

That’s why we offer a professional solution to all of your water mitigation needs.

We have the training, equipment, and personnel dedicated to address any water-related issues and restoring your property, whether it's your home or business.

SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North Is Committed To Serving The Community

The secret behind our business is that we were customers before we became a opening a SERVPRO franchise, and as a result, we know first hand just how distressing water damage can be, both for homeowners and commercial business owners.

We also understand how water damage can be a particular concern here in Oakland Park, so we’ve made a commitment to respond quickly and thoroughly to any emergency.

Mold growth can begin within 48 hours after initial water damage and it can be happening even if you don’t see it, which is why it’s vital to begin the mitigation process as quickly as possible.

Since mold can be a serious health hazard, businesses like Funky Buddha and any of Oakland Park’s other restaurants and shops have to be particularly cautious about mold remediation and make sure the process is done right to protect their customers.

Not only does SERVPRO guarantee immediate response to any emergency 24 hours a day, but once we’re on-site we’ll employ the most state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your property is thoroughly dried and cleaned.  

We’ll even go below the surface by looking inside the walls and air ducts to prevent the growth and spread of mold.

Don’t Underestimate Mold

Mold is literally everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, so it is almost impossible to avoid. But since mold thrives in warm, humid locations it can be a particular problem in areas like Oakland Park. 

While mold spores can be microscopic they can cause a huge amount of damage and health problems, especially for families with children or seniors as well as individuals with compromised immune systems.

Mold may already be present in any dark, damp area such as a garage, attic, or closet but when water damage occurs it can spread even further and faster.

That’s why you need to address the problem as soon as you can so you can stay one step ahead of a mold infestation. 

Simply removing visible mold is only part of the equation; in order to thoroughly address it, you need complete remediation from trained professionals like those here at SERVPRO.

Can’t I Remove Mold Myself?

Removing visible mold growth is certainly possible and it is a good idea, provided you take all the necessary safety precautions. 

No matter how thoroughly you clean, though, you’re probably only scratching the surface. 

In most cases, visible mold is just one sign of a much larger problem and if you don’t address the mold growth beneath the surface, in walls or air vents, it can just continue to spread.

When it comes to mold you can’t afford to take chances, whether you’re a home or business owner.

We’ve serviced many homes and commercial businesses in Oakland Park so we understand the particular concerns that our topical weather can raise. That’s why we’re prepared to respond faster to any disaster and ensure that all traces of mold are removed from your residence or business.

We’ll see the job through from the initial drying process to the removal and repairing of damaged materials.

Then we’ll put our training and expertise to use to perform thorough mold remediation, paying particular attention to air vents, where mold can take hold and do the most damage to your property.

Once we’re sure that everything is completely clean we’ll use our professional-grade equipment to dry the entire affected area.

The remediation process can be much more extensive for commercial property but we’re prepared for that too.

As a fellow area business, we know how important it is to provide the safest, healthiest environment for your customers and that’s always our main goal. 

Of course, we’ll apply that same level of care to treating private homes, assuring that you and your family can breathe easier without fear of being affected by mold.

We understand the importance of community and want visitors and residents alike to enjoy everything that Oakland Park has to offer, from the culinary district to the beauty of landmarks like Jaco Pastorius Park.

That’s why we go the extra mile to ensure that we’ve got the most up to date equipment and training to get the job done right.

Water Mitigation Professionals You Can Trust

If your Oakland Park home or business encounters water damage, don’t hesitate to start the mitigation process.

You can trust the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO to respond right away and provide the service you need because we live here too so we know how you feel. 

We are members of the community.   Our owner, Tyrone Po, serves on the board of directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and he is active the with Chamber’s Oakland Park/Wilton Manors Uptown Council.   

As members of the community ourselves, we know how costly water damage can be so we’ll do everything we can to handle your problem and get you back in business again. (How to Choose The Best Water Mitigation Company in Fort Lauderdale)

We’re a name you can trust and we’ll do our best to serve every member of our community with care.

You can reach us at (954) 733-1006 

SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North is here to help.  We are SERVice PROfessionals and are ready to respond to your moment of misery

Wilton Manors Mold Damage Restoration and Cleanup

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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“Life’s just better here” in Wilton Manors.  But as an island city, water damage and flooding can be issues that can cause trouble in paradise.  This is true for residential homes in the East Side, West Side, and Central Area neighborhoods, for commercial establishments along Wilton Drive or Dixie Boulevard and to the many guest lodgings like the Island Sands Inn.


No matter what type of building you have, once it becomes impacted by mold, it can become a costly problem it is not addressed and allowed to fester.  

That’s where the professionals at SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North come in

This is our community too, and we’re dedicated to solving any water mitigation problems you might have to ensure that your home or business stays safe.

That means going beyond the immediate water damage and providing full mold remediation to make sure that mold growth is stopped in its tracks.

Why Trust SERVPRO in Wilton Manors?

Water damage can be distressing, both for homeowners and commercial business owners, and that requires a quick and thorough response.

At SERVPRO of Fort Lauderdale North, we’ve got the desire, the training, and equipment necessary to respond to any water-related emergency and we provide immediate response 24 hours a day. 

We know what it’s like to be on the other end of those problems as customers ourselves and we take your concerns to heart.We work to reduce the stress, worry, and anxiety that you might experience. 

In your moment of need, we will be there 24/7, to provide you with extraordinary care and minimize the disruption that an emergency can cause to your life, home or business.

It’s important to remember that mold growth can begin within 48 hours after initial water damage so the sooner you begin the mitigation process, the better. 

This is particularly true for commercial properties like the famous To The Moon Marketplace or any of Wilton Manors many shops, restaurants, and clubs, where the mold remediation process can be considerably more complex and time-consuming.

Once the initial water damage has been addressed, we utilize psychrometry or the science of drying, to make sure that your property is thoroughly dried. 

If there is a mold problem that has been assessed, we will remove mold and use specialized equipment and engineering controls to prevent any further growth or spread.

What Makes Mold A Problem

Mold is everywhere in Florida, and one can not eliminate mold completely from a property.  

But mold can develop into a serious problem that can cause serious health issues and can spread from one room to another, particularly if it gets into the ventilation system of your home or commercial building, where it can quickly spread from one room to another.

Mold needs food and water to grow

Unfortunately, humidity in the air, a condition that we often find in Broward County, can provide mold with enough water to grow and spread.  

Mold thrives in any dark, damp area.  It can grow in places that you may not even to able to see, such as behind walls or within a ventilation system.  

Certain species can spread to fabric, clothing, and upholstery as well.   

That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have a professional water mitigation company handle the clean up after any water-related emergency, to ensure that no residual moisture is left that can develop into a mold problem.  

“Killing Mold” vs. Remediation

The idea that bleach is able to kill mold is a myth. 

While dealing with surface mold, the use of bleach does not address membranes that lie beneath mold’s fuzzy growth. 

This is why professional remediators like SERVPRO will remove mold during its remediation process.  

We follow the standards and best practices from the S520, the standard and reference guide for professional mold remediation from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Remediation (the IICRC).  

We’ve serviced many homes and commercial businesses in Wilton Manors so we understand what it takes to treat and repair the kind of water damage common to this area.

We’ll be able to respond quickly at any time of night or day because we know how important it is to begin the remediation process immediately.

Once we’re on-site, we’ll do everything we can to make sure remediation is conducted safely, making certain that a dry standard has been achieved and removing damaged materials.  

We will use our professional equipment to ensure that any mold growth is stopped at the source.

Clean up of commercial properties similar to the Bona Italian Restaurant or Island City Stage can be more extensive, but it follows the same basic steps as home mitigation and you can be assured that we’ll treat your business with the utmost care while we minimize the potential impact on your business. 

We are members of the Wilton Manors Business Association and support group in the community such as WiltonArt and KID

As members of the community ourselves, we know how costly water damage can be so we’ll do everything we can to handle your problem and get you back in business again. (How to Choose The Best Water Mitigation Company in Fort Lauderdale)

We also know how important your family and your customers are to you and that’s why we use only the highest-grade professional equipment and ensure that all of our employees are well trained so we’re prepared to handle any problem we might encounter.  

No matter how big or small the job, we’ll stick with it until we’re confident that all traces of moisture or mold have been removed and the health threat is eradicated.

Water Mitigation Professionals You Can Trust

The water is an integral part of life in Wilton Manors but it can also become a real problem at times.

Whenever water damage strikes your home or business, you need to act fast and rely on the water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO.  

We’re a name you can trust and we’ll do our best to serve every member of our community with care.

You can reach us at (954) 733-1006 

SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North is here to help.  We are SERVice PROfessionals and are ready to respond to your moment of misery

25 Mold Damage Myths Exposed

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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25 Mold Damage Myths Exposed Ft Lauderdale FL

Whether from flooding or burst pipes, when water damage occurs one thing is certain…mold will almost certainly follow. I’ve been through it a number of times in different homes that I’ve lived in over the years.

There are many popular myths about mold damage, but don’t let them confuse you. While mold can certainly be a cause for concern, you can keep your home safe by separating the facts from fiction.

Let’s take a look at 25 myths related to mold damage… for more mold facts, go here

Myth 1: Mold Testing is Critical

Though many experts recommend testing for mold, it isn’t necessarily crucial. In fact, testing will let you know the amount and type of mold but none of that information has any effect on treatment options so knowing this information doesn’t really make a difference. https://www.niehs.nih.gov

Myth 2: If It’s Black, It’s Deadly

Despite the panic over “black mold”, color alone doesn’t determine toxicity. There are thousands of types of mold, in a variety of colors, and any of them can be a health hazard provided they produce mycotoxins. Not all black mold produces these toxins, so being black doesn’t automatically make it dangerous.

Myth 3: You Must Clean Mold With Bleach

Surprisingly, it is not always necessary to clean mold with bleach. In most cases, soap and water is perfectly effective at removing mold from hard surfaces and it is also much safer, as fumes from bleach can be harmful to the lungs. It’s only really necessary to use bleach in situations that involve sewage.
https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

Myth 4: If There’s No Smell, There’s No Mold

This may be the biggest myth of all. Most people assume that since mold has a distinctive smell you can identify a mold issue by simply using your nose. In fact, mold can be present even without that musty smell, so if you suspect a mold issue you should perform a thorough inspection.

Myth 5: Mold-Killing Products Are The Solution

There are a number of products on the market today, from chemical cleaners to paints to air filters, but even these options can’t guarantee a solution. Mold thrives on moisture, so the only way to completely eradicate a mold problem is to eliminate all moisture sources.

Myth 6: Mold Is A New Threat

With all of the recent furor over black mold and its potential health risks, the assumption might be that it’s a new problem…but that’s far from true. Mold is actually one of the earliest life forms and has existed for thousands of years.

Myth 7: Mold Has Many Health Dangers

While there are certain dangers associated with mold, particularly to individuals with respiratory disorders like asthma, when it comes to otherwise healthy individuals the reality is a little more blurred. A 2004 study by the National Institute of Medicine on the effects of mold exposure showed that many of the assumptions about health issues caused by mold have been widely exaggerated. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK215639/#ddd00189

Myth 8: Mold Cannot Be Caused By The Homeowner

Yes, mold exists naturally, it’s all around us every day, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t occasionally give it a helping hand. Mold growth can be caused or worsened by poor ventilation, which creates warm, humid enclosed spaces that are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Myth 9: Insurance Never Covers Mold

This is not entirely true. While most property insurance policies don’t cover mold or mold remediation, if you are sued because of water damage that includes mold, the liability section of your homeowner’s policy will likely cover the claim.

Myth 10: You Can Handle Mold Infestations Yourself

While it is certainly possible to stay ahead of routine mold issues with regular cleaning, more serious issues require professional mold remediation to be treated properly. The professionals have the experience and equipment necessary to handle mold issues, so it makes sense to let them do the job.

Myth 11: You Should Demolish Walls Until You Can’t Find Any More Mold

While it is important to rid your home of all traces of mold, that doesn’t mean you should start tearing down walls. Not only is that expensive, it can actually make the problem worse by releasing more mold spores into the air. On the contrary, if mold is inside the walls it isn’t likely to be posing a health threat, so better to leave the walls intact.

Myth 12: Mold Cannot Be Managed

A common misconception is that it is not possible to stay one step ahead of mold. While more serious infections will require professional remediation, smaller issues can be handled with simple DIY steps and regular cleaning will keep you ahead of the game where mold is concerned.

Myth 13: Mold Has No Benefits

While some types of mold can be hazardous, not all mold is bad. In fact, some types of mold can even be beneficial, helping to decompose fallen leaves and dead trees, used to make cheese such as Blue Cheese, Brie and Gorgonzola and in the production of antibiotics such as Penicillin.

Myth 14: Ideally A Home Should Have No Mold

Mold spores exist everywhere, inside and out, including the air you breathe, so it isn’t possible to completely eliminate them. Focus instead on preventing mold buildup by ensuring proper ventilation and removing excess moisture.

Myth 15: A Small Amount of Mold Is Nothing To Worry About

On the contrary, even a small amount of mold can be a warning sign. If it is not addressed properly it can easily spread within 24 to 48 hours and become a much bigger and more costly problem. As such it is important to address any mold, no matter how small the amount.

Myth 16: Once Mold Is Removed It Won’t Come Back

No matter how thoroughly mold is removed, if the underlying water issue isn’t addressed, mold can and will grow again. The only way to completely prevent a repeat performance is by thoroughly drying out the infected area.

Myth 17: Mold Only Occurs After A Water Leak

While broken pipes, flooding and other water leaks can certainly result in a mold infestation, it is not the only way for mold to grow. Mold requires a warm, dark and humid environment, which can be the result of poor ventilation rather than a leak.

Myth 18: Mold Only Grows In Wet Or Moist Environments

Though mold needs initial moisture to start growing, it can grow even after its immediate surroundings are dried out because it can pull moisture out of the air. It will completely die out only in the air that has less than 4% relative humidity, which can only be achieved with absorbing or drying agents.

Myth 19: All Cleaning Services Are Equipped to Handle Mold

In order to properly remove mold from any infected areas, a company must comply with the EPA’s “Mold Remediation In Buildings” guidelines. Any service you use should always be staying on top of the industry standards and taking proper safety precautions.

Myth 20: Vinegar Will Not Kill Mold

Actually, white vinegar is a mild acid and can be more effective against mold than bleach, killing up to 82 percent of all mold species. While it can’t treat a serious mold infection, for regular cleaning or spot cleaning in trouble areas, you can remove mold by applying white vinegar and letting it sit for at least an hour before wiping it away.

Myth 21: You Can Solve Your Mold Problem By Painting Over It

Many homeowners assume that if they simply paint over mold the mold will die, but this is far from the truth. In fact, mold can actually eat through paint. To solve your mold problem you have to address the underlying moisture issue before applying a new coat of paint.

Myth 22: Mold That Has Been Killed Can’t Affect Your Health

When mold is treated it isn’t really killed, it simply goes dormant, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still pose a threat. Before becoming completely dormant, it still releases spores into the air and if the underlying ventilation and moisture issues aren’t treated, it can reappear, so it can still affect your health.

Myth 23: Mold Is The Only Problem Associated With Water Damage

Though water damage can obviously lead to mold issues, water can actually cause a wide range of problems including both cosmetic and structural damage, and can also promote bacterial and viral growth. That’s why it is so important to clean up quickly and thoroughly whenever water damage occurs.

Myth 24: Cleaning The Mold You See Solves The Problem

Mold spreads quickly and can penetrate beneath the surface, so simply cleaning the mold you see will not completely address the problem. Mold remediation specialists are trained to get to the source by treating the moisture problem that is feeding the mold.

Myth 25: Only Old Homes Get Mold

While older homes are certainly vulnerable, even brand new construction can harbor mold if there are moisture issues such as high humidity, gaps that can allow leaks and poor drainage. Also, the energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems in newer homes have less air exchange and circulation, which can lead to moisture retention.

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How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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The reality is simple: wherever water damage occurs, mold is likely to follow.

And while mold may not initially seem like a big deal, it can have disastrous consequences for your home or commercial space if you don’t immediately apply mold mitigation. 

Mold can spread in as little as 48 hours and cause significant damage to your health and the structural integrity of your property. The longer you wait to act, the worse this spread can become and the greater the risks you will face. 

If you think there is even the possibility of a mold infestation in your space, the sooner you handle it, the better. 

Why You Need Professional Mold Mitigation or Remediation

Whether you’ve experienced a leaky pipe, a flood, or are cleaning up after a hurricane, you will want to move fast and you will want to hire a professional mold remediation company.

Mold can be tricky and just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean you don’t have it and it doesn’t mean that it isn’t spreading.

Mold can not only cause structural damage to your property but it can cause or aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.  

If you attempt to remove the mold yourself, you run the risk of doing an incomplete job or spreading mold spores throughout your home or commercial property.

Mold spores can attach themselves to dust particles, your clothing, or even your pet making their spread easy (and dangerous!) if you do not understand proper mold mitigation techniques. 

Proper mold mitigation will require time and expert knowledge to ensure your safety and that of the property. 

Mold mitigation means doing more than just removing the mold you can easily see.

It means using specialized equipment, HEPA filters, and air scrubbers to prevent airborne spread as well as the removal of carpets and/or drywall and any other porous material that may have come in contact with the mold or experienced water damage. 

A professional mold mitigation company will conduct an assessment of your property and determine exactly what steps are necessary to restore your property, contain mold growth, and remove any odors that are left behind. 

How to Choose the Best Mold Mitigation Company

Because mold can cause health effects, it is critical to choose the best mold mitigation company available.

While you may think they are all the same, this is far from being the case. 

You do not want to have to make repeated attempts at mold mitigation and you do not want to be living with a hidden danger that you thought was already addressed. 

To find the best mold mitigation company, look for: 

Speedy Service

You will want a mold mitigation company that responds to your property within 24-48 hours. The best mold mitigation professionals understand that time is of the essence and will be there quickly to conduct an assessment and get the ball rolling. 

A locally owned and operated mold mitigation company that offers 24/7 service is a great place to start!

Proper Training and Certification

Do not trust a mold mitigation company that does not carry the proper certifications. Mold is a serious problem and any mitigation company you hire should be properly trained and certified. 

Look for a mold mitigation company that is:

  • Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Any company you hire should be certified in Applied Microbial Remediation by the IICRC. 
  • Certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI).
  • Certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Sometimes proper mold mitigation will require duct cleaning which will make this certification necessary. 

Specialized Equipment

Mold mitigation requires specialized equipment. The best mold mitigation company should have things like:

  • negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA-filters
  • Air scrubbers
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Hydroxyl and ozone generators for air quality and odors
  • Media blasting and sanding equipment

This equipment will not only mitigate the mold you have, but it will also keep it from spreading to other locations on your property. 

It may also be a good idea to ask a potential mold mitigation company how they handle their equipment. 

Mold can be tracked from one job site to another so look for a mold mitigation company that properly wraps its equipment and then properly disposes of those wrappings before moving between locations. 

Care for your Belongings

Mold can impact more than just your property. The best mold remediation company will be able to help clean and restore many of your personal items and belongings

This means helping to clean furniture, curtains, clothing, electronics, and keepsake items like photographs. 

If you have massive water damage or a major mold infestation, it is likely that you will need very in-depth remediation. In most cases, this will mean moving items out of the impacted area. 

Look for a mold mitigation company that will help remove items from your home or business to prevent further damage and facilitate a quicker restoration. 

If you need to make an insurance claim, choose a company that provides Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This service can provide a complete list of your belongings and a detailed room by room inventory making it quicker and easier to file and provide evidence for a claim.

The experts at SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North understand the mold-friendly damp and humid conditions in Flordia as well as the steps involved in proper mold remediation and are on hand and available 24/7 to start the mitigation process. 

From Ft. Lauderdale Beach to Rio Vista and all points in between, SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale North is your best choice for mold mitigation, remediation, restoration, and recovery.

Locally owned and operated, you’ll receive speedy, friendly, safe, and professional mold mitigation services from the initial assessment to the final walk-through.

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Mold Removal: Oakland Park, Wilton Manors

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Is Mold Removal Important?

When you hear the words mold or fungus you immediately think “yikes!”

Although they are not welcome guests in our homes, they are common in nature. While some may have positive effects, such as helping develop medicines to combat illnesses like tuberculosis, others can be harmful, especially in the long run.  The concept of mold removal is extremely important.  Water damage remediation isn’t always holistic and this can lead to chronic issues pertaining to mold in one’s home.

South Florida offers the perfect environment for mold and fungi to grow with its humidity. We are no strangers to hurricanes which can bring large amounts of rainfall in a short period of time resulting in flooding, damaging our home, office or even our belongings. This can also occur with more menial issues that may result in water damage, such as a water leak or air conditioning condensation/poorly aired bathrooms. When this occurs, it is imperative to act quickly; not only to eliminate these uninvited guests but also to ensure they do not return.

There are multiple types of fungi and mold, a few that do not require large quantities to be present to elicit health issues. While being aware of any signs (musty or fetid smells, visible mold or moisture issues) is the first step, mold removal will be the most definitive step to protect you and your loved ones. Don’t let things go “ft. lauderdale south,” call #TypoSERVPRO at the first sign!

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Wall Paper Mold: Hidden Dangers!

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Wall Paper Mold is a big health concern. To get rid of the mold you must remove the wallpaper. First and foremost remove the wallpaper safely by wetting it with a wetting agent and water. But first wear a good cartridge-type respirator.

When removing mold behind wallpaper safely wet it first. Even if the wallpaper removes dry still wet it

A simple dust or particulate mask won't offer adequate protection. Also wear gloves and goggles, remember safety first. In a garden type sprayer add the wetting agent and water for easy application.

Using the sprayer to wet the wallpaper down will reduce the mold spores from becoming airborne. Even if the wallpaper removes dry still wet it first. Move slowly and deliberately so you don't stir up spores as you work.

Once the wallpaper is removed from the walls the next step is to wash the walls down with a water and bleach solution. This should remove the mold from the walls if it is just surface mold. If the walls are soft and spongy the mold may have penetrated deeper into the wall.

One way to tell if the walls are totally saturated with mold you can take a utility knife and cut a small square out of the wall and look at the back side of the square. If there is mold behind the wall then you should replace the walls. 

But the best option is going with the pros!

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Reducing the Spread of Mold -Aventura, Biscayne Park, Boca Raton

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

Reducing the Spread of Mold Anywhere!

If you notice that mold has already started to grow, the remediation specialists from SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North will need to fix not only the water damage but also the mold problem. When your home floods, the subsequent water damage can lead to black mold growth if not remedied fairly quickly.  Before they arrive for water and mold cleanup, however, there are three steps you need to take, reducing the spread of mold.

Stop Moisture Causing Source to Reduce the Mold Growth 

One thing your situation does not need is more moisture or water flow to the area.  You may not be able to undo the damage that has already occurred, but you can prevent further damage by cutting water off at the source. Unless you know specifically where the leak is coming from, you should just turn the water off for that whole section of your home. 

Stop All Air Flow, Reducing the Spread of Mold

The first instinct of many homeowners when they have a moisture problem is to open up all the windows and doors and get air flow going through the house.  When mold is actually growing in a particular area, the concentration of spores in the air is higher. You want to keep that mold concentration contained as much as possible.

 If you have a black mold problem, however, this increased air flow just spreads the problem. You may start with mold in one room but it may grow into the hallway and surrounding areas. Shut air intake vents and turn the system off to prevent an epidemic of mold growth through your entire home.

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Mold cleanup is generally a job for the professionals, but you can make their job easier by keeping the black mold from spreading into other areas of your home. By shutting off the air flow and the water supply, you can help keep the problem contained. 

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Yacht and Boat Mold Air Effects 2018

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, we love boats and yachts.

But we don't just love watching them, we also love getting to work on them to make them as beautiful as can be. Many people don't realize that due to the extreme conditions under which boats and yachts operate, the air quality on board can become contaminated with hazardous mold or bacteria. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air pollution, such as that on board a boat or yacht, can reach up to 100 times as contaminated as the air pollution outside!

Symptoms of possible mold in air:

  • irritation of the eyes, skin, and nose while on board
  • agitation of pre-existing conditions such as allergies or asthma
  • sore throat
  • headaches and dizziness,
  • or nausea and fatigue associated with the presence of a musty odor

If you or any of your guests experience these symptoms while on board, give SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North a call so we can get to work remediating the problem. The long-term exposure to poor yacht air quality can result in severe health effects if left untreated.

Fortunately, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North has the qualified professionals to improve your yacht air quality.

If you own or insure a boat or yacht (or have a friend or family member who does) and you suspect that the air quality of the vessel may be in need of an inspection, give the yacht air quality and mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North a call.

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2018 Mold Remediation Process: How it's Done

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your are in need of mold remediation services call SERVPRO

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How do we know where there's mold? How do we get rid of it? Who else do I need to hire? Well, we're going to share with you today the complete step-by-step mold remediation process.

Step 1: Determining Mold

A third party mold inspector will need to come in and determine that there is, in fact, a mold problem, and the extent of the mold problem. You can either find one yourself, or call us for someone we recommend. The reason we cannot do the mold inspection ourselves is because of a Florida state law that protects the homeowner from being swindled by seedier remediation companies. If another company tells you they can do it themselves, in the state of Florida, it is a crime.

Step 2: Containment

Once a mold inspection has been done, we start mold containment procedures to help prevent the spread of harmful mold and mold spores while cleanup is taking place. We set up what is known as "air scrubbers" to clean the air of possible contaminates in the quarantined area while the job is being done.

Step 3: Mold Cleanup and Total Mold Remediation Process

After containment is set up, the cleaning can begin. Depending on the amount of mold present, our team may need to do little more than antifungal/antimicrobial treatments; or, in some cases, gut out drywall and flooring in order to eliminate mold colonies altogether.

Although you will need to hire a general contractor to replace any of the structure that needed to be removed, "restorable" items, such as curtains and furniture, can be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorize by our specialists.

We'll work closely with property managers and/or insurance companies to ensure the mold situation is handled as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible. While we here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North hope you won't be in need of our services, should the need arise, we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Using Chemicals on Mold?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

DOES BLEACH KILL MOLD?

Lets get this straight first! 

As soon as you notice a presence of mold, call SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North at (954) 733-1006 24/7 for immediate assessment. Our qualified technicians have the tools and training to identify the severity of the problem and can best inform you where to go from there. Remember, faster to your disaster, SERVPRO of Ft Lauderdale North will make it "Like it never even happened."

Bleach

You clean your bathroom with it, disinfect household items with it, when diluted properly, you can even use it to clean things like toys or dental retainers. So why wouldn't you use it for something as harmful as mold? Well, when mold appears on walls and ceilings in your home it's likely already formed on the inside of those structures from water events, like a pipe leaking, or excessive humidity. Because of the chemical composition of bleach, it won't do an effective job of permeating into where the mold is living. The particles of the bleach are simply too large to penetrate most surfaces. So even if you "clean up" the mold and can no longer see it, it can still be lurking and pose a health threat to you and your family.

It's not uncommon for people to think dumping bleach on areas affected by mold will solve the problem without needing to call in professional help. This could not be farther from the truth. 

Dead mold is still dangerous

Even if bleaching completely kills all the mold in an area of your home, it can still be dangerous. While dead mold can no longer grow, these "non-viable" mold spores can still be hazardous to your health, particularly to people with allergies, asthma, or people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly.

So what can you do?

Be on the lookout for these signs of mold:

  • strong musty odors
  • evidence of moisture
  • excessive humidity
  • visible mold

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Mold Safety Tips: Be Aware of the Basics

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Safety Tips

If you find mold in your home you may ask yourself, "how dangerous is the mold and what precautions should I take?" There are many questions when it comes to mold, so take a moment and learn about mold safety and removal.

What is Mold?

Molds are fungi. There are over 100,000 different types of mold, and they come in a wide variety of colors including black, green, orange, and white.

Molds reproduce by producing spores. These spores are tiny and float through the air, often into your home. If spores land somewhere dark, moist, and warm, they might grow until they form a visible mold colony. Mold will not grow without moisture, so to prevent mold keep your home dry.

Mold Toxicity and Mold Safety

Most molds are not known to cause infection in healthy adults. However, scientists only have good information for a few number of molds, and people’s reactions to mold vary greatly. There are people who are more susceptible to illness from mold than others. Overall, mold’s effect on humans is still little understood, so all molds should be treated as if they are toxic. Mold-induced illness can affect the respiratory system, throat, eyes, and skin. Wearing protective gear (goggles, mask, gloves) is recommended whenever you clean mold.  In which case, many people may not have the appropriate gear or knowledge to handle it.  Therefore, it is recommended to reach out to a professional for handling mold remediation.

Our Recommendation

We strongly recommend hiring a professional mold removal service like SERVPRO for your mold clean-up needs.  A professional will have the right equipment, will be familiar with common types of mold and their dangers, and know how to handle the situation.  It is even better to use a professional's service because at times if you try to handle the mold yourself it can either come back anyway or spread to even more parts of the house.. 

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5 Mold Myths Debunked with Mold Fact

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

With mold, what you can't see can be very dangerous.

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about mold in Fort Lauderdale. Today, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is going to debunk the old mold myth with some mold fact!

Mold Myth:

I can just get rid of mold with bleach.

Mold Fact:

Not true! Although some types of mold can be killed with bleach alone, not all of them can. And what's worse? When a structure has visible mold, there is often more mold where you can't see- and where you can't get to it with household cleaners.

Mold Myth:

Painting over visible mold will take care of the issue.

Mold Fact:

Wrong! Even if you use an antimicrobial paint, mold can still grow and cause the new paint to peel. Get rid of the mold before painting.

Mold Myth:

The only safe level of mold is no mold at all.

Mold Fact:

Nope, wrong again. While high levels of mold in the air can be hazardous to one's health, it's impossible for a space to be completely free of mold. Very low levels of mold are okay.

Mold Myth:

If I kill the mold with fungicides, it's completely safe.

Mold Fact:

Not quite. Killing mold is a good start to prevent it from spreading, but even dead mold can be potentially harmful. The only way to be sure mold isn't a threat to you is to call in a professional to have it properly removed.

Mold Myth:

I'm not immune-compromised, so I can live with mold.

Mold Fact:

No way! Even though people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly are more vulnerable to the hazards of mold, it can effect anyone. If there's mold in your home, contact SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North right away.

When it comes to mold, it's important to know the facts. SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North is here to help and are always ready to make any mold problem "Like it never even happened."

Killing VS Removing Mold: Proper Mold Remediation

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold spores are microscopic. Visible mold is actually a colony of hundreds of tiny spores.

So you may be thinking "I have mold, why don't I just spray it with chemicals like bleach or fungicides? That'll take care of it, right?" The answer: "No way!" There's a big difference in killing VS removing mold- and it could impact your health!

Working in South Florida, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North has seen a lot of mold. In most places, and especially in the sunshine state, no building will ever have zero traces of mold in the air. But when mold occurs in high amounts, that's when it poses a hazard to you and your family or employees' health.

Killing VS Removing Mold- Why can't I kill it?

First of all, if you have visible mold in your home or business, it's likely already inside the walls of the structure and other hard to get to places. If you can manage to get something to where the mold is to kill it, that only stops it from growing. The health risks from airborne particles are still present and cannot be removed without our professional equipment.

So how do I get rid of it?

Call  your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO, of course!

When you call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North for a mold problem, our trained professionals will not just kill the mold, remove the mold to the IICRC standards.

Once all the visible mold is removed, everything is wiped down with a powerful, but pet and child safe antimicrobial to stop the spread of mold we can't see. On top of all that, we also set up containment and air scrubbers to clean the air and stop the spread of mold to other areas of the structure.

When we're all done we even have a third party mold testing specialist come in to check and make sure the mold levels are safe and up to code.

SERVPRO Ft Lauderdale North is looking out for you. Faster to any size disaster, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Your Yacht's Air Quality and What It Means To You

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

On a yacht, air quality is often overlooked.

Here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, we love boats and yachts.

But we don't just love watching them, we also love getting to work on them to make them as beautiful as can be. Many people don't realize that due to the extreme conditions under which boats and yachts operate, the air quality on board can become contaminated with hazardous mold or bacteria. In fact, the EPA estimates that indoor air pollution, such as that on board a boat or yacht, can reach up to 100 times as contaminated as the air pollution outside!

Symptoms of poor yacht air quality can include:

  • irritation of the eyes, skin, and nose while on board
  • agitation of pre-existing conditions such as allergies or asthma
  • sore throat
  • headaches and dizziness,
  • or nausea and fatigue associated with the presence of a musty odor

If you or any of your guests experience these symptoms while on board, give SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North a call so we can get to work remediating the problem. The long term exposure to poor yacht air quality can result in severe health effects if left untreated.

Fortunately, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North has the qualified professionals to improve your yacht air quality.

If you own or insure a boat or yacht (or have a friend or family member who does) and you suspect that the air quality of the vessel may be in need of an inspection, give theyacht air quality and mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North a call.

Mold Remediation Process: How We Do It

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Our tools allow us to find mold you didn't even know was there!

If your are in need of mold remediation services from SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North, you may be wondering how we do it. How do we know where there's mold? How do we get rid of it? Who else do I need to hire? Well, we're going to share with you today the complete step-by-step mold remediation process.

Step 1: Determining Mold

A third party mold inspector will need to come in and determine that there is, in fact, a mold problem, and the extent of the mold problem. You can either find one yourself, or call us for someone we recommend. The reason we cannot do the mold inspection ourselves is because of a Florida state law that protects the homeowner from being swindled by seedier remediation companies. If another company tells you they can do it themselves, in the state of Florida, it is a crime.

Step 2: Containment

Once a mold inspection has been done, we start mold containment procedures to help prevent the spread of harmful mold and mold spores while cleanup is taking place. We set up what is known as "air scrubbers" to clean the air of possible contaminates in the quarantined area while the job is being done.

Step 3: Mold Cleanup and Total Mold Remediation Process

After containment is set up, the cleaning can begin. Depending on the amount of mold present, our team may need to do little more than antifungal/antimicrobial treatments; or, in some cases, gut out drywall and flooring in order to eliminate mold colonies altogether.

Although you will need to hire a general contractor to replace any of the structure that needed to be removed, "restorable" items, such as curtains and furniture, can be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorize by our specialists.

We'll work closely with property managers and/or insurance companies to ensure the mold situation is handled as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible. While we here at SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North hope you won't be in need of our services, should the need arise, we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Bleach and Mold- What You Should Know

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Don't try to clean up mold yourself- call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North today!

It's not uncommon for people to think dumping bleach on areas affected by mold will solve the problem without needing to call in professional help. This could not be farther from the truth. Let's take a look at why you shouldn't try to clean up mold yourself with household bleach.

Bleach

You clean your bathroom with it, disinfect household items with it, when diluted properly, you can even use it to clean things like toys or dental retainers. So why wouldn't you use it for something as harmful as mold? Well, when mold appears on walls and ceilings in your home it's likely already formed on the inside of those structures from water events, like a pipe leaking, or excessive humidity. Because of the chemical composition of bleach, it won't do an effective job of permeating into where the mold is living. The particles of the bleach are simply too large to penetrate most surfaces. So even if you "clean up" the mold and can no longer see it, it can still be lurking and pose a health threat to you and your family.

Dead mold is still dangerous

Even if bleaching completely kills all the mold in an area of your home, it can still be dangerous. While dead mold can no longer grow, these "non-viable" mold spores can still be hazardous to your health, particularly to people with allergies, asthma, or people that are immune-compromised such as the elderly.

So what can you do?

Be on the lookout for these signs of mold:

  • strong musty odors
  • evidence of moisture
  • excessive humidity
  • visible mold

As soon as you notice a presence of mold, call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North at 954-733-1006 24/7 (or for your local SERVPRO call 1-800-SERVPRO) for immediate assessment. Our qualified technicians have the tools and training to identify the severity of the problem and can best inform you where to go from there. Remember, faster to your disaster, SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North will make it "Like it never even happened."

Mold Prevention: What You Can Do

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold often forms on perishable foods, so check and toss old food regularly.

Mold is everywhere- in the air, the water, the dirt, and even in the foods we eat. Molds and fungi can be beneficial to humans in a number of ways, but some molds that can form in buildings can be a huge health hazard. In south Florida, it's impossible to be completely mold-free, but this mold prevention guide will show you what you can do to ensure mold never becomes a threat to you or your family.

Clean air-

Indoors, be sure your air conditioning it set to a low enough temperature to always be ventilating all the rooms in your house, and constantly filtering any mold spores and other particles out of the air. Investing in a good quality air filter, and changing it regularly can help prevent the growth of mold.

Clean home-

Another key to mold prevention is to keep a clean house- inside and out. Clean thoroughly and regularly to prevent mold from forming in the first place or sticking around.

When choosing cleaning supplies, aim to pick a cleaner that is pet and child safe, but also makes the claim of eliminating mold and mold spores. Any messes involving water or other liquids should be cleaned thoroughly with these agents as soon as you notice them.

If  a water leak is a recurring problem (like a leaky fridge or AC unit), seek out professional help in repairing the problem, and then call SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North (or to find your local SERVPRO call 1-800-SERVPRO) to check the inside of your walls and floors for mold. There can be dangerous mold hiding out in your walls without you even knowing!

Be on the lookout for these signs of a mold presence in your household:

  • small black dots on surfaces
  • strong musty odors
  • any evidence of past moisture problems (discoloration, warped floors or walls, etc)
  • excessive humidity

Mold prevention in South Florida is necessary to keep your family healthy, so make sure you do all you can to prevent mold before it becomes a problem. And should you ever need mold remediation services SERVPRO Ft. Lauderdale North will make it "like it never even happened."

Surprise! Mold is Everywhere!

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Think your home is pristine? There is no way mold can be infesting your sanctuary, right? Think again. Mold may be hiding within your residence. Mold problems can occur anywhere if conditions are ideal for growth, and some portions of your home may be home to mold, as well. You may try to maintain a clean environment, constantly dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, organizing, and doing a thorough cleaning of your property, but you may have missed a spot…or a few. For example, your washing machine may be a hot spot for mold. Check the door of the washing machine, inside the gasket. Dark, warm, moist areas are ideal for mold growth. Make sure to wipe under the door gasket after each wash to prevent mold growth. Also leave the door open to air-out the washing machine.