Recent Mold Remediation Posts

Can Air Purifiers Remove Household Mold Spores?

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a common nuisance in many homes and properties. In the past few decades, people have been using air purifiers to get rid of mold allergens. But are all air purifiers efficient at removing mold from the air or can air purifiers get rid of mold in a home? Find out below:

What Are Mold Spores?

Mold is an essential part of nature and can be found almost everywhere. Mold spores are airborne microscopic particles that act as the “seeds” which mold needs in order to spread. While mold spores are also present in homes, the actual visible mold grows only when it has the right conditions. It requires a source of food (such as walls), moisture, and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, most homes meet those requirements, causing the potential for health effects. 

How Does Mold Affect Our Health?

Some people are more sensitive to mold exposure than others. The most affected individuals are those who are allergic to mold or suffer from asthma. You should minimize the mold in your home to avoid such health hazards.

What Do Air Purifiers Do?

There are several types of air purifiers, but those that are the most effective at removing mold spores from indoor air are high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifiers. HEPA filters capture 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles, including dust and other allergens, and an even higher percentage of larger particles. Since mold spores are usually about 1-20 microns, the HEPA filter is perfect for extracting mold spores from the air. However, air purifiers should not be used to treat the underlying mold problem.

What Air Purifiers Don’t Do

Although HEPA air purifiers can efficiently filter mold spores out of the air, you need to remove the mold first if you have a mold problem in your home. Air purifiers will remove mold spores, but can’t remove the mold growth which put the mold spores in the air. To get rid of a mold problem, it’s best to call a mold restoration company. These companies use specialized equipment and techniques to detect and remove mold growth, as well as to dry and restore affected surfaces.

The Bottom Line

If you’re allergic or sensitive to mold spores, air purifiers can be a great help. They can filter out mold spores and other allergens from the air. In addition, air purifiers can help prevent mold growth by stopping mold spores from spreading. However, air purifiers won’t kill the mold that’s already growing on surfaces. Remove the mold and fix the moisture problem to get rid of the mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood at 407-830-9899 with any questions and we will be happy to help. 

Mold is a Four-Letter Word!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a four-letter word… the very mention of mold stirs negative feelings.  Yet mold is a necessary part of life.  Bread makers, and people who make wine, beer and cheese also rely of mold and yeasts, all part of the fungi kingdom.  Molds are part of our eco system.  Saying mold is bad is not a realistic statement.  Tens of thousands of different molds have been identified and studied.  Only a few produce negative effects on people.  Tell a baker, wine maker, brewer or cheese maker that molds and yeasts are bad, and your will get a funny look.

What gives mold a bad reputation?

There are molds that are able to produce tiny spores that become airborne and these spores can pass through our respiratory system and into the Alveoli sacks in our lungs and cause toxins to enter our blood stream.  Infants, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system are susceptible.  These molds are called, “toxic black mold.”

The problem is that a majority of molds are black in color. Mold could come in just about every color including white, yellow, green and pink; however black is the most common color.  People hear about “black toxic mold” and then equate the black mold that they see on a window frame as being this potentially harmful variety of “toxic mold”.  There are contractors who make a living playing off of the public’s fear and lack of knowledge about mold.  They charge big fees to remove mold of any variety, harmful or not.

For realistic information about mold, one of the best sources to learn about mold is to visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website using mold as a search phrase.  You will get easy to understand information about mold.  Another thing to do is to give us a call. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood (407) 830-9899.

Saving Your Home From Black Mold!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bathroom walls surrounding toilet Mold in your Seminole County home could be a very serious issue!

Mold in a Florida home can be a very serious ordeal. While there are several things that can affect whether your home has mold growing or not, the development of mold comes down to just a few things.

If you are diligent about your problems and take immediate action, most of the time you can prevent mold from occurring. However, if you don't take care of the problem, you may never be able to get rid of the mold. Mold, if not remediated properly will continue to come back, even if you repair the area that was moldy or decayed. This is why it's crucial to take care of the issue in a timely fashion to ensure that your home isn't the cause of expensive repairs.

Where Does Mold Come From?

Mold damage in Seminole County doesn't just come from nowhere. There are mold spores all around you. They come from outside in. Mold spores can float in through an open door or window or even be brought into your home from your clothes. Once mold spores settle, if they find a wet area in your home, they can start to grow.

The best way to deter microbial growth is by eliminating any leaks on the siding, roofing, and windows that might let moisture into your home. Check and repair leaky sinks immediately to prevent moisture build up, and turn on exhaust fans when you're steaming up the house. Poor ventilation and airflow cause microbial growth as well. When areas are well ventilated, mold spores have a difficult time sticking to counter tops, walls, and floors.

What To Do If You Have Mold In Your Home

Never address the mold yourself, because it can cause health effects. Call our service professionals at SERVPRO immediately, so that we can assist you in your time of need. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is equipped and ready to handle all of your concerns 24-7. 

Give us a call today at (407)830-9899

Seminole County Mold Damage- What is Mold?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

What is Mold?

Molds are a type of fungus that are different from plants, animals and bacteria; they are micro-organisms that are decomposers of dead organic materials.  Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye. Once you can see mold growth it is considered a colony of mold, as it takes hundreds of thousands of spores that have colonized to become visible without a microscope.

It is still unknown how many species of mold or fungi exist, however it is estimated to range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more.  Mold can come in many different colors ranging from the dreaded black to red, yellow, green or even orange!  Mold spores are generally everywhere you go, and typically only present a health concern when you are exposed to high spore counts.  Nevertheless everyone reacts differently to mold.

I think I have mold! What do I do?

It is not uncommon to have mold spores in your home that have been brought in from outside.  It is when the spore counts from inside reaches a higher level than outside that you know you that is an issue.  

If you believe that you are experiencing any health effects from possible mold it is suggested that you consult your physician then contact SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood to help you address your concerns.  We will be able to help answer any of your questions, as well as help you in getting air quality testing done in your home to determine if you do have heightened mold spore counts that need to be addressed.