Mold remediation encompasses identifying and addressing mold issues in a structure. It prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mold – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.
What is involved in mold removal and cleanup?
Mold remediation involves mold clean up and removal by SPECCO® specialists to address the damage and health risks associated with mold. Cleaning with bleach and water will not kill mold. Moldy material must be removed and the damaged area reconstructed; therefore removing and cleaning up mold is best left to a professional trained to handle hazardous material and eliminate the spread of mold to other rooms.
Crawl Space Mold Cleanup in Lake Nona
Mold grows quickly in dark, damp places such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces. Under the right conditions in these areas mold can grow very quickly, causing health risks and potential structural damage. You need a mold damage company that can catch even the slightest instance of mold growth. Specco Environmental has the equipment and know how to handle all of your mold cleanup and removal.
If you are unsure if you are in need of basement, attic, or crawlspace mold remediation, we offer a comprehensive mold testing service so you know exactly what is happening in your home. If the test comes back that you are in need of mold removal, our mold damage contractors will start with a mold assessment to determine what measures need to be taken to eliminate the mold.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IS A MAJOR HEALTH CONCERN
60% of all allergies are caused by mold (World Health Organization). Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around your home or office. IAQ can be affected by gases that include carbon monoxide (second-hand smoke), radon, dust, pet dander, pollen, mold spores, or any other allergens that can induce adverse health conditions. Filtration and the use of ventilation are the primary methods for improving indoor air quality in most buildings. Residential units can further improve indoor air quality by routine cleaning of carpets and area rugs.
Determination of IAQ involves a full indoor air quality assessment which consist of a collection of air samples, monitoring human exposure to pollutants, collection of samples on building surfaces, and computer modeling of air flow inside buildings.
Mold affects your health in many ways including:
The Dangers Of Black Mold
Black mold is most likely to appear in areas of the home that are particularly warm, humid and damp. With the way Lake Nona’s climate is, attics or crawlspaces that may have leaks or other sources of moisture are often extremely susceptible to toxic black mold growth. Black mold is readily identifiable by its color. Whereas most other molds are green or gray in color, toxic black mold is a dark black.
Black mold can cause an array of allergic reactions and health problems. In most cases, depending on the length of exposure and the number of spores inhaled, symptoms can include chronic fatigue or headaches, fever, irritation to the eyes, mouth, nose, and throat, sneezing, rashes, and chronic coughing. In cases of prolonged or severe exposure, or cases exacerbated by an allergic reaction, more extreme symptoms can present, including nausea, vomiting, and bleeding in the lungs and nose.
To guard against the health risks associated with black mold, preventing and controlling mold growth in the home is the best defense. Treating areas of existing mold damage should be done by a professional as not to risk exposure to yourself or your family.
A SPECCO contractor will come into your home to identify moldy areas as well as the source of the problem. He will then formulate a mold remediation plan.
The source of the moisture problem is addressed and the affected area is closed off to avoid contaminating the rest of your home with mold spores stirred up during the removal process.
HEPA filters will be used to clean the air of mold spores and other particles. The SPECCO specialist will also wear goggles and masks to lessen any exposure to airborne contaminants.
Building materials and personal belongings in your home can be affected. Since mold is a living organism and deeply ingrains itself into materials to survive, it is best to dispose of anything porous. The safest and most effective way to ensure mold doesn’t return is to remove affected material. Nonporous materials can be cleaned with antimicrobial cleaners and sealants may be used to make treated areas more resistant to water and mold. You may need to have your heating and air conditioning systems professionally cleaned as well.
It is imperative that cleaned and repaired items remain thoroughly dry. Remember, excessive moisture is how the issue started. As a result, your SPECCO mold remediation specialist will likely cover moisture management strategies to ensure your home doesn’t encounter future issues.
The reconstruction process will begin after all mold-contaminated materials are removed. Clean, mold-free materials will replace what was previously contaminated.
Following remediation, we search for any signs of recurrent water damage, moldy odors or visible mold to ensure the cleanup has been successful.
Health Risks of Mold
Due to the health risks associated with mold exposure, it is best to have mold remediation conducted as soon as possible. Though the type of reaction depends upon the mold present, according to both the EPA and CDC all molds have the potential to cause health issues such as:
- Breathing difficulties
- Persistent cough or cold symptoms
- Burning or irritation of the eyes, nose, throat or lungs
- Asthma attacks
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Opportunistic infections in immune-compromised individuals
Types of Mold
About 50 to 100 common types of indoor mold have the potential to create health problems. The most common types of indoor molds include:
- Stachybotrys chartarum
If you suspect mold issues, don’t put them on the backburner. Protect the health of your family by contacting SPECCO Restoration for a consultation and mold removal estimate. SPECCO Restoration has locations across the U.S. and abroad, offering service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to restore damages due to fire, water, smoke, mold, and more.
More About Lake Nona FL
In the Lake Nona area, the population has grown from merely 1,500 in 2000 to over 50,000 people in 2015. In just the past 5 years alone, the population increased from roughly 27,000 people, nearly doubling. Some statistics show that by the 2020 census, the Lake Nona area population could be as high as 75,000, while others put the figure more or less around 100,000 strong, with the latter statistic becoming more practical due to the fact that there are nearly 20,000 homes under construction or planned in the Lake Nona area.
A popular point of interest we service near includes the Canvas.
We provide mold damage cleanup and mold testing throughout Lake Nona FL, including 32827.