Whether you are a snowbird, or a vacationer returning to your Florida home, and you notice a musty, earthy type smell, you have likely returned to find a mold problem. Mold is very common in Florida’s warm, humid climate, and can grow in as little as 48 hours after a recent water damage event. Learn basic mold facts and how to deal with mold growth upon returning to your Florida home.
Why is There Mold in My Home/Apartment?
Remember that when you are going to be gone for an extended amount of time, water intrusion can provide breeding grounds for mold. If you were home, you would most likely recognize the problem right away.
Simple things like stained drywall or ceiling tiles are a sure sign of moisture coming from somewhere. Even if you put all efforts forward prior to departing, you might still walk into a mold problem upon your return.
Typically, you will smell a musty odor. Most common are black growths, but mold can also be white, gray, brown, yellow and green.
Health Risks of Indoor Mold Exposure
Here are some allergic reactions that can be experienced when you are affected by mold spores:
Serious pain and neurological symptoms can also be observed, such as:
People with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and children are more sensitive to the health effects of mold, so mold removal must be performed immediately by a professional mold remediation company.
What If I Find Mold in My Home/Apartment?
The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it from happening.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a helpful guidebook for homeowners about the cleanup and prevention of mold problems in homes. This booklet, entitled A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, can help you decide when you can handle mold cleanup yourself and when you should call a professional. The booklet is available on the EPA website.
Make an Appointment With Our Mold Remediation Professionals
Mold remediation is a specialty of ServiceMaster by Wright‘s remediation specialists in Southwest Florida. We have the knowledge, skills, experience, and connections as an established mold remediation firm to handle even the most difficult mold problems. Both residential and commercial establishments can benefit from our mold remediation and removal services.