Ft. Lauderdale’s Mold Removal Experts Offer Tips on Identifying Mold

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Ft. Lauderdale’s Mold Removal Experts Offer Tips on Identifying Mold in Your Home

Mold removal is an experience that almost every Ft. Lauderdale homeowner will go through at least once. Ft. Lauderdale and all of South Florida is the home of an incredible number of mold species and at any given time you have mold spores in your home. They come in through windows, shoes, your clothes and even your pet's paws. The best defense is regular dusting and vacuuming.

The good news is that small mold formations, even the so called "black mold" are not particularly harmful to your health providing of course that you find and remove them before they have a chance to grow. The most common forms of mold found in Ft. Lauderdale include Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Penicillium and Stachybotrys chartarum, which is often referred to as black or toxic mold. The terms "black" and "toxic" are both misleading; several molds are black and non-toxic while Stachybotrys chartarum is usually green-black and dangerous.

Mold comes in a variety of colors such as black, blue, orange, red, violet, white or yellow. However, just because there is a spot on the wall or ceiling that doesn't match the paint it doesn't mean you have mold. Smoke from cigarettes and cooking grease can mimic the appearance of mold.

Detecting Mold in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

Mold is usually detected by its musty, earthy smell. If you come across that aroma it will probably be near an area that is prone to dampness like a bathroom, around appliances that use water, water heaters or any place that there has been a recent large spill of water.

Mold needs warmth, food and moisture to form a colony. Given that mold will eat just about anything to include wood, wallboard, paper, furnishing fabric, soap scum and leather, the only real way to prevent it from growing is locating the source of moisture and cutting it off.

Small colonies can be safely removed by the homeowner providing a mask and rubber gloves are used. They can be cleaned using an unscented dish soap mixed with baking soda (an abrasive) then rinsed with water.

However, when you encounter a large colony you need to call a professional like All Florida Restoration Pros the community's go-to mold remediation and water damage repair company. Large concentrations of mold can be hazardous to your health and have to be carefully removed to prevent accidentally spreading it.

When you need professional mold removal in Ft. Lauderdale you'll want to call our 24/7 hotline and arrange a mold inspection.

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