Understanding Mold and Our Remediation Process

How Our SERVPRO Professionals Handle Mold in Miami Properties

Mold can be one of the most unpredictable destructive disasters that impact residences and businesses across Miami. Despite the need to address these concerns as soon as they happen, you want to ensure that you are making the best choice for your property. Our professionals have significant experience in the mold remediation niche of restoration, and under the guidance of our owner Miles Early, have become a leader in mold remediation and contracting throughout the state of Florida.

Every mold recovery process for a Miami property starts similarly, with a detailed inspection and assessment of the property. This evaluation determines what materials are susceptible to deterioration and migrating mold colonization. Surfaces and contents can get categorized based on the corrective actions that can remove active colonies and recover the hosting material.

Strategies to achieve this include:

  • Media blasting and other abrasive cleaning methods
  • Antimicrobial solutions for early mold development
  • Controlled demolition for severely impacted materials like drywall and carpeting

What Happens to Your Home During Remediation?

While many properties differ in severities of mold damage and therefore vary in the strategies needed to recover these buildings, many of the underlying strategies remain the same. We must fixate our technicians on removing active colonization while addressing persistent moisture issues that allow mold growth in the first place. Even with the first remediation efforts, secondary practices like thermal fogging for odor removal might be necessary.

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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (305) 269-8900

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.