Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Get Rid of Shower Mold: Quick and Easy Tips

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Keeping your Tampa, Florida, home clean is probably a priority for you, even when juggling other responsibilities. However, some household chores can be more challenging than others, such as fighting shower mold. Humidity and moisture give this fungus a prime environment to grow, and it can be difficult to scrub away once it takes hold of tile grout.

If you are currently battling mold in your tile grout, SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene can provide you with strategies to rid the mold.

  1. Try Baking Soda

While some commercial cleaners are designed to fight mold, many have strong odors and may not be gentle on your shower tiles and bathtub walls. For a simple odor-free product, mix baking soda with water until it forms a paste. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to create a pleasant scent. When your baking soda forms a paste, spread it on moldy areas, let sit a few moments, and scrub it away. Lastly, rinse the area thoroughly to ensure all the fungus is gone. Repeat this process until the mold is less noticeable.

  1. Use Vinegar

Using vinegar to clean away shower mold can be useful in two ways. First, it contains a level of acidity that can inhibit further growth. Secondly, vinegar can eliminate the unpleasant, musty odor caused by mycotoxins, which are released by mold as it eats and grows. Add some undiluted vinegar to a spray bottle, coat the shower tiles, rinse, and dry them after an hour.

  1. Call in Professionals

Some types of fungi, such as black mold, can be difficult to eliminate on your own. Calling mold removal and remediation specialists may be the best approach if you are dealing with stubborn or recurring mold issues. Our knowledgeable technicians know how to banish stubborn fungi.

Mold is tricky. Contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082 for additional help with mold removal.

What If My Tampa Home Needs Microbial Contamination Cleaning?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

What is mold?

Mold growing in your North Tampa home is a form of microbial contamination. Other types of microorganisms that affect the health of a building and the people therein are: bacteria, viruses and protozoa.

Do I have mold in my home?

Mold growth can spread rapidly through a seed or spore and become a significant issue, regardless of geographical location because microbial contamination may come from outside rain water, a flood, a sewer disaster, bat or bird fecal matter, decaying animals, plumbing failures, a roof leak, and the like. 

Still, microbial growth is especially prone to areas with high humidity. This happens because mold is living, relying on moisture to spread. Mold spores are concerning because there are many varieties, they spread quickly and they can be invisible. The word “microbial” refers to microbes, or microorganisms too small for the naked eye to see. While mold can manifest itself in visible ways, some of it cannot be seen until many days after its initial contamination. 

Some microbes grow on dust in carpets, inside walls, on wood, on paper, in foods or insulation. When a mold spore lands on a piece of damp organic matter, it absorbs the matter and grows if conditions provide food, water, an acceptable temperature and a calm environment.

What to do if I notice mold?

In some cases of mold contamination, it may be necessary to conduct a controlled demolition, removing structures to allow access to the damage sources. If toxic mold spreads, SERVPRO has many practical solutions for mold remediation. 

If you suspect microbial contamination, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082 for 24/7 service.

Does Your Tampa Home Need Mold Demolition Services?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Demolition is Strictly for Professionals

In commercial properties or large private residences, mold growth can spread rapidly and become a significant issue. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to carry out a controlled demolition, removing structure to allow access to the damage source. Properties built before 1978 can contain lead-based paints in their structure, which turn to dust during demolition and can be extremely dangerous. Certain types of mold can also pose health effects. These are jobs for a professional.

It is generally quite rare for us to carry out mold demolition in Tampa homes and commercial properties. This procedure is only necessary in cases where the damage is widespread and poses a health risk. Usually, SERVPRO sends tests to a laboratory to assess the level of mold growth before beginning a procedure like this due to the high level of the cost it can involve.

Demolishing structures are necessary when mold has become a significant problem by spreading throughout wall cavities, below the subfloor, or into crawl spaces. SERVPRO has many practical solutions for mold remediation, but almost all of them require access to the affected area. Removing parts of the structure allows us to get your property back to preloss conditions and tackle mold using rapid-air movers, solvent-based wet cleaning, and even soda or ice blasting.

Here at SERVPRO, we understand the dangers of this procedure. On arranging a call-out, we send an IICRC certificate holder to assess and remediate mold damage. We can also send an in-house remodeler or use a third party to help put your home back together. Part of our remit is to "always do what is right by the customer," which means we only undertake expensive proceedings like demolition when necessary.

Making it "Like it never even happened," is not just a slogan for us. We promise to use all expertise and equipment at our disposal to restore your home to its preloss conditions. Where possible, we restore items rather than replace them through content cleaning. As a homeowner or property manager, you need a service you can trust; we have a proven track record in this area that stands us in good stead with our community.

When mold gets out of hand, contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene at (813) 694-9082 for second-to-none service.

Signs of Mold

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene for mold remediation services.

Remember, significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours. You might notice a strong, musty odor; this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible, but the odor can help identify it. Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, give SERVPRO of North Tampa / Magdalene a call at (813) 694-9082.