Mold Facts and When to Call a Fort Lauderdale Professional

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Our climate in South Florida is ideal for mold growth so it is important to be informed on how and where it grows and how to handle any damage. Mold damage can range from minor to extensive; some may be treatable without a professional, while other times you may need to call in the experts.  The trouble is that it often lurks in places that you can’t see.  First and most importantly if you suspect that you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it.  It will not go away on it’s on, rather it will spread and can impact your health and the value of your home.

What exactly is mold?

Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows on any organic material (think wood, paper, sheetrock, drywall) and spreads through spores that are invisible to the naked eye.  It loves warm, humid environments but can grow any time there is moisture.  Often times it hides in places that you can’t see, like behind shower walls or in the sheetrock of a damp basement

Why is mold growing in my home?

If you have mold in your home, it is because spores have settled in your home and are continuing to grow and spread due to the presence of moisture.  Often times mold is a result of water damage: a leaky roof, leaking pipes, improper drainage around the home, etc.

Is mold bad for my health?

When it is disturbed or touched, the spores are carried through the air and can spread the problem throughout your home.  Exposure to these airborne spores can be particularly bad for people with allergies, asthma, or other respiratory sensitivities.  Anyone may have an allergic response to mold with symptoms from sneezing and coughing to rash.  If you have any of these symptoms see your doctor and call a mold remediation specialist immediately.

Can I handle the cleanup myself?

Generally speaking, if you are somewhat handy and have a mold situation in less than a 3 ft x 3 ft area, you might be able to tackle the problem yourself.   It is very important to be safe while tackling the problem.  Research proper mold removal techniques and have a plan of action before you begin to tackle DIY mold removal.  Always make sure to wear gloves, goggles and protective clothing and avoid inhaling mold spores by wearing a mask or respirator. Make sure that in addition to the mold being removed, that the moisture problem is fixed or the mold will return.

Reasons to Call a Professional:

  •  You are not handy, and feel overwhelmed at thinking of the cleanup
  • The moldy area is bigger than 10 sq ft.
  • You suspect that the mold might have gotten into your HVAC unit- turn off the unit and call a professional immediately.  The last think you want to do is spread mold throughout the entire home/building
  • The water damage/ mold was caused by sewer back up.  This is nothing to mess with and can seriously impact your health – call a professional
  • You have started to tackle it yourself and realize the problem is worse/bigger than you anticipated

Remember that the best way to prevent mold growth from happening in the first place is to control moisture in your home. Keeping the interior and exterior of your home on a maintenance schedule will help prevent any minor issues from becoming major. If you do have damage, most mold remediation companies will give you a free estimate and can give you a good idea of the extent of the damage.

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