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Wet drywall

How Can You Tell if Drywall is Wet?

The majority of modern home construction utilizes drywall for walls and ceilings. The material adds fire resistance to homes to help contain the spread of fire, allowing people time to evacuate should a blaze occur. However, drywall is a porous material that can become a sponge for moisture resulting from a broken or leaky pipe or appliance, roof leak, or even excess humidity in the air.

Wet Drywall

Signs of Water Damage

Discoloration is one of the signs of wet drywall. There may also be streaking resulting from moisture running down walls or across ceilings. Paint or the outer surface of drywall may begin to bubble, peel, crack and soften. Blotches may also appear with discoloration ranging from dark yellow to brown. When sagging of walls or ceilings occur, the damage is extensive.

Behind the Scenes

You may think that the area you’ve identified is the end of the problem, but nothing could be further from the truth. There’s no way for you to know what’s going on behind the scenes. Damage can be far more severe than you think and even has the potential to affect the structural integrity of your entire home, depending upon how long the problem has existed.

Find the Source

It’s critical that the source of the moisture be identified and eliminated. That’s when the expertise of a professional remediation company is indispensable. The experts will be able to locate where the moisture is originating and repair it.

The Solution

A professional remediation company has the tools, skill and resources to dry out the premises and eliminate mold that will almost certainly be present. Remediation companies work with a network of highly-trained professionals in diverse fields to remove affected materials and restore homes to their previous condition. Remediation experts also have on-site adjusters that will work directly with your insurance company throughout the entire restoration process.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Why Spraying Mold is not the Answer

There are dozens of home remedies that people have used to kill mold in their house, only to discover it’s returned. The most popular home concoction consists of a bleach and water solution sprayed on the affected area. The facts are far different than reality – spraying bleach on mold is perhaps one of the worst things that individuals can do.

Bleach only kills some types of molds. It’s effective on most hard and non-porous surfaces, but it doesn’t work if there’s mold on surfaces such as hardwood flooring or drywall. When the fungi find a welcoming environment on a porous surface, it methodically begins to sink its roots deep into the surface. Simply spraying the surface doesn’t kill the roots so it regrows.

Moisture

Mold grows in warm, damp environments. Spraying bleach and water on mold does nothing but provide it with additional moisture to begin its life cycle again. The chlorine in beach quickly dries and dissipates, leaving the water to feed the fungi.

Color Loss

Mold will typically appear as a dirty spot. It’s often one of the first ways that individuals discover that they have a mold problem. Bleach leaches the color from mold and the surface may appear “clean,” but the fungi continue to grow.

Damage to Surfaces

Bleach has the potential to weaken the structural integrity of homes. When used on wood surfaces, bleach weakens and breaks down fibers. Bleach removes color from the items it touches. When applied to metal – particularly copper and stainless steel – it reacts with the metal and causes corrosion.

Lack of Sanitizing Power

When mixed with water, bleach quickly loses its strength. The odor of bleach may linger for a while, but it doesn’t provide any residual effects so mold and bacteria will quickly return. Light and heat also compromise the effectiveness of bleach solutions.

Safe Microbials

There are a number of microbial agents on the market – both chemical and those that are eco-friendly. Many are registered with the EPA as mold-specific. They have an immediate effect and actually work to prevent the fungi and mold from growing back.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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What You Should do if You Find Mold in Your Home

Mold is present throughout the natural environment and it can easily find its way into your home. The spores are very tiny and can enter through HVAC systems, on clothing, hair, shoes and pets. It typically doesn’t cause too much of a problem unless it’s a large infestation, you happen to be allergic, or you have a weakened immune system.

Mold will typically make surfaces appear dirty and there may be a musty smell. According to the CDC, small infestations can be removed with home remedies that include a solution of bleach and water, followed by an antimicrobial spray when the bleach and water formula has dried. Special gear will be required. Here’s what to do if you find mold growing in your home.

Large Infestation

If the infestation is large, leave it alone. The best solution is to contact a professional mold remediation service. They’ll take samples and have them lab identified. The specialists will seal off affected areas to prevent it from spreading, treat the contaminated area, and dispose of any affected materials in an appropriate manner.

Follow the Moisture

Mold requires warm and damp conditions to grow. In many instances, a leak is responsible for the growth. Moisture may be originating from a leaky roof, water heater or even pipes between the walls. Mold can also grow in HVAC systems and be distributed throughout your home. The location of the moisture must be determined to effectively treat all areas.

Collateral Damage

Depending on the extent of the infestation, you might discover that you may have to remove wallboard, flooring and other building materials. A wide variety of areas in the home can become collateral damage in a mold infestation.

Prevention

There are multiple strategies you can employ to prevent an infestation. Keep gutters clean and have any damage to roofs promptly repaired. Regularly change the filters in HVAC units. It can also be beneficial to conduct a visual inspection for leaks in basements, under cabinets where water pipes are visible, around water heaters, and appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Mold Illness Symptoms

Mold Illness Symptoms

There are approximately 12 common molds that typically inhabit homes and businesses. Mold occurs naturally in the environment and when there’s a significant indoor infestation, it can result in illness. Many of those symptoms are often attributed to other causes.

When exposed to mold, it triggers an immune system response that’s often attributed to asthma and other respiratory conditions. There are medications that can help with mold-induced symptoms, but the best way for people to deal with mold is to have it removed. That requires the experience and expertise of mold remediation specialists.

Mold allergy symptoms can vary widely among individuals and range from minor to severe. Much like ordinary allergies, they can occur all year, only during certain times of the year, or under environmental or weather conditions. Those with a mold allergy may experience:

  • Itchy eyes, throat and nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Scaly or dry skin

For those that have other allergies or asthma, symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Individuals may have an increased risk if there’s a family history of allergies. The same is true for people that work at jobs with a higher risk of exposure. Some of those include winemaking, baking and woodworking, along with farming, logging, and HVAC servicing. Structures exposed to moisture and with poor ventilation increase risk.

Most mold exposure produces mild symptoms, but it can also result in more serious conditions when mold enters the lungs or nasal cavities. Those can include asthma, fungal infections and inflammation, along with infections of the mucous membranes and skin. It can be especially dangerous for those with impaired immune systems.

Anyone that suspects a mold infestation can avail themselves of the services of a mold remediation service. They’ll isolate the source and take samples for precise laboratory identification. Mold remediation experts will then remove it without contaminating other locations.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Indoor Mold

How to Test For Indoor Mold Spores

If you think you may have mold growing in your home or business, it’s a good idea to have mold testing done. Mold can be a serious health risk to people and pets – even if it’s not showing up in the numbers, mold is still present. Indoor mold growth has been associated with serious respiratory problems including asthma. Even if the mold growth doesn’t cause symptoms, people who have a mold problem are at increased health risks for a variety of other reasons.

Mold Testing

Mold testing typically involves collecting a small number of black or dark spores from a contaminated air sample. Samples are then tested for common mycotoxins – which includes the deadly Stachybotrys chartarum and the toxic species Penicillium myristcae. Stachybotrys chartarum is known as the mycotoxin species because it produces mycotoxins when it grows. These mycotoxins can be dangerous in large amounts because they can irritate the membranes of the respiratory system. Inhaling large amounts of Stachybotrys mold can even cause toxic pulmonary asthmatic syndrome.

The second step in testing for mold is to test for spores of the species involved. There are numerous techniques for checking for these microscopic organisms. The most commonly used technique involves using an optical microscope to take a high magnification image of the sample through a water sample. If the spore appears, this implies that there is spore production in the sample and it may pose a health risk. High magnification images also help identify the species of mold involved – it’s a good idea to use various techniques to determine this so that you have a better chance of dealing with it successfully.

Airborne Samples

The third step in testing for indoor mold involves obtaining airborne samples. Samples of airborne mold spores can be obtained by using special masks designed to collect and contain the airborne spores. Mold spores will land on the mask and be inhaled, later entering the body. This is a common method of testing for indoor mold. If the spore is found in the mask, it suggests the presence of airborne mold spores.

Air sampling is not the only option that many people consider when testing for mold. A ventilation system for the home is another common option. With the right equipment and a ventilation system in place, many people believe that they can remove the mold if they simply open the windows and allow fresh air to enter the home. Unfortunately, if the ventilation system is not working properly, there could be many unseen molds growing in the home. It is very important to ensure that you are testing for mold both inside and out.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Restoration After a Flood

A flood is a highly traumatic event in a person’s life and recovering from it can seem like an overwhelming task. The restoration process can be considerably easier and far less stressful with the assistance of a professional restoration company. They’ll take care of all the details, will have an on-site claims expert, and works with an individual’s insurance company.

A restoration company can salvage a wide range of possessions and restore them to pre-flood condition for savings. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small, localized flood contained to the home or the result of a force of nature such as a hurricane. Individuals don’t have to face the clean-up and restoration process alone.

There’s far more than just the water damage to consider. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours and the odor can be horrendous. Flooding from sewage lines or a hurricane are dangerous and highly toxic. Restoration specialists provide 24/7 emergency services and can respond within 30 minutes. The speed with which the restoration process begins is critical.

Restoration specialists have access to equipment, products, techniques and technology that aren’t available to the average individual. Thermal infrared imaging is utilized to identify where a leak originates so it can be stopped. Professional drying systems will be utilized to remove moisture from the premises.

In South Florida’s warm and humid climate, mold growth is a foregone conclusion. Restoration experts take samples and they’re analyzed in a lab to identify the exact type of mold that’s present to ascertain the best treatment option. Affected areas will be isolated to prevent the spread of mold spores and affected materials will be removed.

Complete structural cleaning will be conducted, the premises will be deodorized, and the restoration specialists oversee any rebuilding required. Salvageable possessions will be inventoried, packed up and transported to the company’s facility where they’ll be cleaned, deodorized, and treated to remove mold. Items will even be stored until they can be moved back into the home. The ability to salvage and restore affected possessions saves money on replacement costs.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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How to Spot Mold in Your Home

There are approximately 12 types of molds that typically inhabit homes. Mold is a naturally occurring fungi in the outdoor environment that provides the valuable service of helping to break down plant and animal matter. It’s spread by spores through the air, water, on pets and on people and their clothing.

A mold infestation is fairly easy to identify once it’s located. The fungi can appear as an innocuous scuff mark on a wall or behind furniture. It may also look like a dirty area on any surface. Mold only needs moisture, warmth and relative darkness to grow and homes with a fungi infestation will acquire a musty smell.

If your home has experienced water damage from storms, roof damage or a water leak, there’s a good chance that there’s been mold growth. What you may not know is that mold can also grow in AC filters and ductwork that’s then blown about your home where it can start a new colony.

A DIY test can be done with a swab and a diluted bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 16 parts water. Dab a small area of the solution on the suspect area. If the area quickly lightens or continues to come back after it’s been cleaned, there’s a good chance it’s mold.

Mold can have a serious effect on health that’s often chalked up to allergies. Symptoms include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and sinus headaches. People may also experience wheezing and difficult breathing, congestion, and a sore and itchy throat. If the symptoms get better when you leave the house, you should suspect mold. Some types of molds are highly toxic and have the potential to result in life-threatening illness.

The best recourse if you’ve detected mold in your home is to hire a professional remediation company. The professionals will contain the contaminant, have a sample analyzed by a lab, and treat the entire home if necessary to remove the affected area and restore air quality.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Costs Associated with Mold Remediation

A mold outbreak shouldn’t be taken lightly and has nothing to do with a lack of cleanliness. There are approximately 12 different types of molds that can infest structure and swift remediation is essential. Individuals should never attempt to address mold on their own. It’s a job for professionals that have the special training required to remove it safely and prevent contamination of other areas.

The cost of mold remediation will vary, depending upon the size of the colony, the severity of the infestation, and its location. Professionals charge between $13 and $28 per square foot, on average, for a total of about $3,000. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Variables include the number of individuals needed to remove any affected areas ranging from walls and floors to bathroom cabinets.

The longer individuals wait to call in a professional, the more extensive the contamination will become and the higher the cost will be. Don’t wait until there’s a need for a whole-house remediation job. The cost of remediation includes far more than mold removal. There’s testing to ascertain what type of mold is present. After the mold has been eradicated, there can be wallboard, insulation and flooring to replace.

Mold is a type of fungus and only needs darkness and moisture to thrive. If the source of the moisture that precipitated the mold growth is a leaky pipe or roof, it will have to be repaired or replaced to prevent another infestation. Be on the lookout for signs of a damp environment where mold can grow such as a termite infestation.

The growth of mold can occur anywhere, even in air conditioning units and pipes. Mold can aggravate allergies and affect overall health. The fungi can trigger an asthma attack, cause sneezing and runny nose, along with itching, wheezing and shortness of breath. Anyone that suspects a mold infestation can have mold testing performed.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Water Damage? Always Call the Experts

It can be tempting for individuals to attempt water clean-up and restoration themselves in an attempt to save money. What most people don’t understand is that the damage goes far beyond what they can see on the surface. A DIY approach to water damage can make the situation worse, affect health, and cost more to remediate and repair.

Water damage can occur due to appliance leaks, burst pipes, storms, sewer problems, and water from extinguishing a fire. Any type of water damage should be addressed within 24 to 48 hours. Within 24 hours, mold can begin to flourish and it’s a situation that requires the services of a professional. Wallboard, insulation and similar building materials can soak up water like a sponge.

Water Detection and Removal

Restoration specialists have access to industrial level tools and advanced techniques that the average person doesn’t. The professionals will begin by removing any liquid and drying out carpeting and furnishings. If the location of the leak is unknown, professionals have thermal infrared imaging to detect leaks behind walls and under floors.

Mold

The growth of mold is a particular hazard in South Florida’s climate. Restoration professionals will take samples of any visible mold and have it analyzed to determine what type of fungi is present to ascertain the proper remediation method. They’ll isolate the source and utilize multiple measures to prevent contamination of other areas as they remove affected materials.

Cleaning and Deodorizing

The professionals will provide a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of the premises. They also have the ability to clean and deodorize upholstered furnishings. The experts have advanced techniques that are even effective for saving expensive electronic devices to return everything to pre-damage condition.

Insurance Specialists

One of the advantages of working with a professional restoration and remediation company is that they have on-site insurance claim specialists that will work with an individual’s insurance company. It relieves stress on property owners and insurance companies like to work with the specialists as it typically reduces the amount of money they have to pay out on a claim.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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Mold and Moisture Testing

South Florida residents have a wealth of benefits conferred upon them by Mother Nature. However, those same advantages can also be the cause of excessive moisture and mold growth in homes and businesses. There are approximately a dozen ordinary types of fungi that can be found growing outdoors that are easily transferred into indoor environments.

Moisture

There are often a variety of signs that a problem exists, but they often occur so slowly and humidity levels fluctuate from day to day so the condition is easily overlooked. Excess moisture enters the air through cooking, washing dishes, drying clothes and bathing. Another way that excess moisture enters homes is through HVAC units that are old and inefficient. They don’t cool sufficiently, leading to elevated moisture levels.

In other instances, a leaky pipe or water heater may be the culprit. Even a small leak can result in structural damage to the home, but it also opens the door to accelerated mold growth. Special methodologies and technology must be used to eliminate the source of the leak and remediate the resulting mold growth.

Home humidity testers are available, but they can’t identify the source. The best solution is to contact a remediation company. The professionals will utilize an infrared meter that can identify the source of leaks even behind walls and under flooring.

Mold

A small amount of mold can blossom into an extreme growth in very little time when it has the dark and moist conditions it needs to replicate. Mold can be growing, even if it can’t be seen. There are at-home mold test kits, but every home has a small number of mold spores, and they can’t determine the exact type of mold. Even if the infestation isn’t extensive, it can affect the health of people and pets.

The professionals will take a sample of the mold and have it tested in a laboratory to ascertain exactly what variety of fungi is present. The area to be treated will be sealed to prevent contamination of other places in the home. The mold is removed and disposed of properly, and all infected areas are cleaned. When necessary, a surface is removed and replaced.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070

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