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Mold Damage and The Facts You Should Know

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage and The Facts You Should Know Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue.

The presence of mold is a fact of life all over the world. There is a wide range of mold varieties that can live in almost any location. Mold in minute amounts poses very little risk and is found in even the cleanest of homes. It is when mold colonies become too large, or they are disturbed by either wind or movement around the mold, that the mold spreads sending off spores to colonize other areas. Mold is impossible to eradicate – there is no such thing, although remediation is quite possible even in the worst mold situations. 

In Tampa, many homeowners want to learn more about mold damage and what it means to them. Much of the information about mold searched for online focuses on black mold. However, all mold can create harmful affects. The color does not matter.

Mold is also found everywhere. Mold is found in dry locations, as well as moist ones. It is in the moister, more humid areas that can grow most easily, but those located in drier areas only need to wait for moisture to find them before they can grow and send off spores of their own. SERVPRO of South Tampa professionals are trained in handling mold so that it does not spread, and is contained adequately during the removal process. We also know how to repair mold damage, and when restoration work should include replacing materials. Our goal is restoring a safe environment.

Cleaning mold, when found, should be done very carefully in order not to spread it to other areas that may not currently have a mold issue. Cleaning mold by the homeowner should only be done if the area is very small, and never with bleach. Bleach can only change the color of the mold, living you a false sense of safety and accomplishment. The spores are still viable, and the mycotoxins still present. The odor is now masked, and temporarily, by the smell of the chlorine. The problem is that with bleach, and especially a bleach solution, the mold has been fed some water, and the bleach will help break down any organic compounds that are present. This provides additional nutrients the mold needs to thrive.
 
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Wherever you've found mold, perhaps in your attic or garage, it may have a moist appearance, or may seem to be dry. It is best not to disturb any mold found, but instead call SERVPRO of South Tampa for professional assistance. You can contact SERVPRO of South Tampa (813)839-6633 24/7 and we will come to your home at your convenience.

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