Port St. Lucie Mold Removal
Effective Methods from Mold Abatement Professionals
If you are noticing signs of mold growth in your home, our mold remediation professionals can help safely eliminate the problem with state-of-the-industry methods and products.
In the event that you are not 100% confident about your mold problem, we can inspect for the presence of mold at no cost. Our Florida licensed experts will evaluate your situation and help you understand the nature of your problem and the process for addressing it.
The highest health risk is posed by exposure to Stachybotrys Atra a.k.a “black mold” that is extremely toxic in harsh and/or prolonged periods of exposure. It thrives well in wet materials that have high cellulose content. This includes all wood and paper materials in a home.
How Can I Know If I Have a Mold Problem?
Warm and moist conditions are the environment in which mold can thrive. Excess moisture and/or humidity between 70% and 90% creates an ideal setting for mold growth. A humidity bloom occurs when the humidity in your home is over 60% for over 72 hours. Along with humidity, mold growth begins quickly after flooding or groundwater seepage. Mold and mildew can develop in a matter of 24 to 48 hours if proper measures are not taken to properly eliminate the presence of the moisture.
The mold from a water source is usually visible behind a baseboard, cabinet or under flooring. The mold will grow on any item including walls, furniture, shoes etc. There is minimal mold in every home and the only way to really know what is in your air is to have an air test completed by a licensed mold test company. STOP Restoration provides free in-home consultation for all local homeowners who feel they may have a mold issue. We service Port St Lucie, Stuart and Fort Pierce from our office in Jensen Beach.
Below are common situations that produce undesirable or unsafe moisture conditions.
A plumbing leak under the home is a double threat. The fast collection of water both attracts mold as it begins destroying your foundation.
Moisture can seep in through old shingles, holes in the structure, or even from poorly installed or broken gutters.
Rooms that produce moisture like bathrooms and kitchens should be well-ventilated and have working fans. Leaky air ducts can also cause moisture problems that produce mold.
Poor Drainage or Flood Prone Foundation
A home that does not have correct sloping around the foundation can be a cause of severe home damage from flooding. Installing drainage systems should be a priority.
Poorly Designed Crawlspace
This is just another way to phrase the same problem above. This kind of home has a flood prone foundation.
Broken Water Systems
Problems can develop from malfunctioning or improperly installed systems ranging from washing machines to yard irrigation. If these appliances are producing excess water, they can be a source of mold growth.
Florida Mold Bloom from Humidity
In Florida, extreme humidity is a regular occurrence outdoors during the summer season. While outdoor humidity poses its own threats, indoor humidity is something to watch for as well. When a spike indoor humidity reaches or exceeds 60% relative humidity longer than 72 hours, a home will experience what is called a "mold bloom".
Myths About Mold
Here are a few myths about mold that lead people to mishandle a mold situation in their home. We always recommend contacting an expert if you see signs of mold.
- You Can Tell Toxicity By Color: This is not true. Mold comes in a variety of colors. Just because mold happens to be black, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is or is not toxic. In the same way, if mold is another shade of the rainbow (besides black), this does not make it safe.
- Toxic Molds Are Common: Realistically, toxic forms of mold are rare. Common varieties of mold are much more likely to cause allergic reactions. Long term mold exposure, a compromised immune system, or preexisting respiratory problems can compound the effects of a mold allergy.
- Mold Only Grows in Warm Environments: This is not true. All mold needs is food and water. Anyone familiar with what happens to food in the fridge is aware of this.
What Is Toxic Mold?
Toxic mold, also known as black mold, is a type of mold that produces hazardous byproducts, called mycotoxins. While individuals with asthma and other respiratory problems may have reactions to many types of mold, it’s thought that mycotoxins may also trigger health problems in even healthy individuals.
Floating particles of mold are invisible to the naked eye, so it’s impossible to see where they might have landed until they begin to grow. Loose mold particles that accumulate on items within a house are easily inhaled and can be a constant irritation to the people and pets that live there.
The common Florida toxic mold we hear most about is Stachybotrys chartarum, a slimy, greenish-black mold that grows on moisture-laden materials that contain cellulose, such as wood, paper, drywall, and other similar products. It does not grow on tile or cement.
Even if the mold in your home is not toxic mold, it can still be a problem, because any mold growing on organic materials will in time destroy them–and too much mold of any type smells bad and degrades air quality.
Our Mold Remediation Process
When our mold removal team arrives to inspect your property, they will walk you through the steps needed to eliminate the problem. To ensure the safest and most effective outcome, our team uses EPA-registered sanitizers as well as effective tools like HEPA air scrubbers.
Steps for removing mold include:
- Ensuring containment of the affected area
- Monitoring airflow to determine spread of mold
- Locating source of moisture
- Eliminating future moisture problems
- Eradicating mold and mold spores
- Killing mold with biocides and sanitizers
- Disinfecting walls, carpet, and surfaces
- Encapsulating the remaining mold
- Cleaning, salvaging, or disposing of moldy objects and materials
Our team is dedicating to providing a superior customer experience by arriving on time, working cleanly and efficiently, and delivering superior end results. We service Port St Lucie, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Fort Pierce, Palm City and surrounding areas for Mold Removal and Mold Remediation.
Get in touch by calling our port st. Lucie mold removal company at (772) 266-5428 today!