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Understanding and Cleaning Mold Damage in Sarasota

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the skills and experience to remediate mold damage found in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Mold Remediation

Mold is everywhere and in every Sarasota home. The spores that form mold growths are usually inert and harmless but can expand and grow quickly with the right mix of moisture, temperature, and food sources.

It is necessary to understand how mold grows to know how to stop mold damage in Sarasota homes. SERVPRO has studied mold growth in Florida for years and knows to interrupt the growth patterns.

Mold spores are very small. Even a mass of hundreds of them is smaller than the eraser on the end of a pencil. They remain inert until enough moisture forces them to expand. It can take just a few drips from a leaky faucet or rainwater that has worked its way into the home.

The now active spores extend hyphae to search for more moisture and food. These extensions resemble roots and serve the same purpose. Many spread across a surface to grow the new colony while others dig into drywall panels and ceiling tiles. These common building materials provide a food source for mold from floor to attic.

Most molds grow in a wide range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the comfort range for most homes, it makes mold a year-round problem. It also, for the most part, excludes SERVPRO technicians from using heat or cold to stop mold growth.

That makes the best way for us to interrupt mold growth is to find and eliminate the source of moisture. In many cases, we find there is a leaking pipe under a sink or in a wall behind the bath or laundry rooms. We can quickly tighten loose fittings and even replace small, cracked connections. If there is a major plumbing issue, we recommend using a licensed contractor to repair the leak before we get started.

Once we eliminate the source of moisture, the mold spores quickly return to their inert state. We use vacuums, cloths and sponges to remove the spores safely without spreading them to clean areas of the home. For thicker layers of mold, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break up the mold and make it easier to remove from structural and personal property.

Removing mold is not a simple procedure. It takes planning, experience, and the right equipment. If you need our services to rid mold from your home, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 today. We are here for you.

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