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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.

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