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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.

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Mold Removal is not a DIY Project

The most important lesson everyone should learn about mold is that it’s not a DIY project and there’s a myriad of reasons why the professionals should always be called in. Mold occurs naturally in the environment, but it’s only when it grows in excess that it becomes a problem. There are over a dozen types of common molds that can affect homes and businesses.

Without knowing exactly what type of mold is present, individuals can inadvertently place themselves, their family or customers in danger. The first step in mold removal is to safely take samples of the mold and have it professionally identified to ascertain the correct remediation methods to use. A mold remediation company will perform that identification and locate the exact areas of infestation.

Mold growth will typically extend far beyond what’s readily visible. It can grow unseen behind walls, under floors and in attics for months before its detected. Mold also grows in places most people never even consider, such as ductwork for AC and heating units, in and near kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms, window sills, and even indoor plants.

DIY mold removal will only result in spreading the contamination and making a bad situation even worse. A professional remediation company will take appropriate measures to isolate and contain the infestation and remove it in such a way that spores won’t be spread to other areas of the structure. Professional mold remediation companies also know which biocides and fungicides with which to treat different types of mold.

Whenever mold is disturbed – even a little – it releases microscopic spores that are blown about by even the slightest air movement. Without the specialized protective equipment available to professionals, individuals are placing their health at significant risk by inhaling the spores. The potential for serious complications increases if an individual has allergies or a respiratory condition.

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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How Fast Can Mold Spores Spread?

Mold is a nasty little substance that is often found in damp, humid areas. But that doesn’t mean that it is not dangerous to inhale or even to touch. Many times the mold that is found in homes is not necessarily dangerous to everyone, but it sure is an issue for many people. It is important to understand how fast can mold spread in order to prevent spreading and the damage that can be caused by an infestation.

Spread

When looking into how fast can mold spread you need to realize that mold spores travel pretty quickly. In fact, the speed at which mold spores travel is more than a lot of people would have you believe. Spores can be spread in less than 24 hours. If you do not get rid of a mold outbreak quickly then you will find yourself often having to replace infected clothing or have to clean carpets and floors more often than you would like.

So if you are wondering how fast can mold spread in a day, the answer is not very quick. Mold will travel at the speed of about two to five feet per day.  The spread of mold is actually considered to be very dangerous because of the fact that it can create toxins that are harmful to anyone, and in many cases, it has been known to cause death.

Exposure

Being exposed to mold can be very scary. Once you have been exposed, it is important that you take quick action. Many times you can clean the mold off of yourself, but mold is often deep down in other areas, and getting out that way is very difficult. If you do not wash away the mold spores immediately, they will begin to spread and will cause a lot of problems for you, and for anyone else that comes into contact with you.

Toxins

Many people do not realize that the mold that causes diseases also contains toxins, and these toxins can be dangerous if they are inhaled. If you are concerned about your health and the health of others, then you need to know how fast can mold spread so you can act accordingly. Just as you would with any other problem, it is better to act quickly than to let things build up.

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 Removal to Protect your Family’s Health

There’s a myriad of symptoms associated with a mold infection in your home or workplace. Unfortunately, those early warning signs are often overlooked and attributed to things like seasonal allergies, asthma or even the flu. Mold spores exist naturally indoors and outside. An infestation is problematic due to health concerns and is exacerbated by enclosed spaces.

Mold is a fungus and there’s approximately a dozen types that are typically found in homes, though there are thousands that have the potential to be present. The fungi normally won’t affect you too much unless you have a compromised immune system, respiratory condition, or there’s a large infestation. Mold requires moisture to grow and thrives in temperatures between 70-90 degrees.

Symptoms can range from headaches; eyes that are red, watery or sensitive to light; sore throat; coughing; and wheezing. Everyone won’t experience all the symptoms, the same combination, or severity. It’s just one of the reasons that mold is difficult to detect. If you’re undergoing cancer treatments, have HIV, or are a transplant patient, you’re at greater risk of developing a fungal infection if mold is present.

The best solution if you suspect mold is to call in the professionals. Mold spores are easily disseminated and you don’t want it to spread. A mold remediation service will locate the source, take samples, and have them lab-verified to determine what type of mold is present to determine the best course for eradication.

The affected area will be contained and the mold safely removed utilizing anti-microbial agents and negative air machines to completely remove the mold menace. Preventative measures will be taken to ensure it’s not spread and to prevent contamination of other areas and surfaces.

Mold growth isn’t limited to damp basements. It can grow behind walls, within air conditioning systems and ductwork, and in the attic. A mold remediation service knows where to look for mold and the best treatment method of any type so you’re breathing fresh, clean air in your home again.

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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Do I Need to Worry about Roof Mold?

Mold occurs naturally in the environment and it typically only causes a problem when it affects health or properties. You may assume that mold is only a concern if it occurs inside your home, but there are other ways it can affect you and even others in your neighborhood. A highly overlooked area of mold dissemination is the types that grow on roofs.

Roof mold infestations occur throughout the nation, but Florida residents are particularly at risk due to the state’s humid climate. Roofs that receive a significant amount of shade are at increased danger. Mold can be growing on roofs for quite some time before it becomes blatantly obvious. It often appears as a green or brown organic mass, but can also display in the form of unattractive black streaks.

Mold Moves

Mold spores are easily and effectively disseminated to other locations through the wind. If your home is infected, the problem needs to be addressed promptly for the health of your own family, the structural integrity of your home, and the safety of other homeowners in the community. If you see an infestation in another home nearby, it’s imperative that you employ measures to prevent its spread to your home.

Home Damage

Mold isn’t just unsightly. It has the ability to damage the roof, spread to other areas, and impair the structural integrity of your home. It eats away at roofing material and provides an opening for mold to move indoors into attics through leaks. Given humidity and moisture, mold will quickly multiply in attics and can be spread throughout the home behind walls. Mold also grows in gutters and can be transferred to roofs.

Compromised Health

Mold is a type of fungi that can lead to ill health and it’s especially dangerous for anyone with respiratory conditions or a compromised immune system. It also has the ability to affect the health of pets.

Mitigation Measures

If mold is a problem for you or a nearby neighbor, call in mitigation and restoration professionals. They know where to look for spreading infestations and how to remove it without contaminating other areas. They can inspect roofs, treat infestations, restore areas of damage, and suggest preventative measures such as additional ridge vents or roofing materials that discourage mold growth.

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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Can Water Damaged Floors be Salvaged?

Floors can sustain water damage from a variety of sources and Florida residents have the added potential for damage from flooding and hurricanes. One of the first casualties of water damage are the floors in any structure. Depending upon the material, in some instances, the flooring can be saved. Others will need to be completely replaced.

Laminate flooring is a popular choice due to its cost-effectiveness, ease of cleaning, and high-end appearance. It’s not waterproof, but if the affected area is small and limited in scope, a restoration and recovery company may be able to save it. Laminate affected by widespread leaks, flooding, or extinguishing a fire will have to be replaced.

For structures with hardwood flooring, it can be difficult to determine if the floor is salvageable without a professional assessment. In many situations, only the affected section will require replacing. If resurfacing is performed, it must be done by a professional to avoid warping or cupping. Much will depend on how much moisture has been absorbed and how long the damage was taking place before it was discovered.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles typically fare best when it comes to water damage. Moisture won’t penetrate the tiles and into the subflooring if the tiles were properly installed. It will also depend on the type of tile. This is another situation in which the assistance of a professional is essential. In some cases, the tiles can be reinstalled with an adhesive if they haven’t been loosened and the grout hasn’t been damaged.

Any time that water damage has occurred to floors, it’s essential to obtain the services of restoration and recovery professionals. They can evaluate the damage and they also have the advanced tools and specialized technology needed to save the flooring if it’s at all possible for it to be salvaged.

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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How Mold Spreads in Your House

One of the most little known facts is that homeowners can have mold growing in the house without even knowing it. The fungi can flourish under floors, air conditioning systems, ductwork, and in basements and attics. There’s a myriad of naturally occurring mold in the environment that can be brought in your home on shoes, clothes, and other items, along with you, your children, and pets.

It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your house when mold spores are deposited in favorable surroundings, it begins to multiply. Mold requires a moist, dark place to grow and can infest your home and grow for weeks or even months before it’s discovered. Some of the most common locations and ways mold spreads through your home include the following:

  • Air conditioning systems
  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Clothes dryer vents
  • Condensation
  • Damp clothes left to dry in the house
  • Ductwork
  • Leaks from plumbing or water heaters
  • Poor outdoor drainage
  • Rook leaks
  • Steam from showers and spas
  • Ventilation from stove hood exhausts

Mold spores are extremely small, lightweight, and are present in the air. They can be circulated through ventilation systems, by ceiling fans, and ductwork as air conditioners blow cool air through your home. The fungi can be disseminated through your home through open doors and windows. Many of the cellulose-based materials that are routinely used in homes foster mold growth. Even the soil in potted plants can be a breeding ground for the fungi.

There are dozens of ways in which mold can spread throughout your home and for people with respiratory conditions, it can even be dangerous. If you suspect mold, engage the services of a professional mold remediation company. They will identify the exact type of mold that’s present, ensure no cross-contamination takes place, and address the fungi problem throughout your entire home.

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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Stopping the Spread of Mold

Mold is naturally occurring everywhere in the world, but no one wants it in their home or commercial spaces. Individuals should never attempt to take care of a mold infestation on their own. It can make people very sick and without the proper safety precautions, it can easily be spread throughout the environment.

Mold easily grows in damp conditions. The first step is to determine where the moisture is coming from that’s spurring its growth and eliminate it. Common causes are wet basements, leaky water heaters or pipes, and leaks around windows or roof areas. The fungi can flourish in any location, even AC filters and ductwork.

The second step in mold remediation is to determine exactly what type of mold is growing by submitting it to a laboratory and having it professionally analyzed. There are more than a dozen different common fungi that can infect homes, workspaces, and commercial enterprises. The exact treatment will depend on the type of mold.

A professional mold remediation company will ascertain the area of growth and establish a plastic barrier to contain and isolate it from the adjoining area. A variety of precautions will be taken to ensure there’s no cross-contamination during the entire removal process.

Individuals don’t typically have to leave their homes during the process and businesses won’t have to suspend operations. An exception to that would be if the infestation was especially widespread and posed a hazard to pets or people.

Anti-microbial agents and negative air machines are just some of the tools and technology available to a professional mold remediation company. They’ll treat the area and stop further mold growth, ensure the safe removal of infected materials, and prevent infection of other areas. The professionals have access to methods that aren’t readily available to others and are specially trained in all available safety precautions.

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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How Mold Can Affect your Lungs

Millions of people suffer the ill effects of mold growing in their homes and they’re not even aware of its existence. The potential for mold growth increases in humid climates such as South Florida and can affect your lungs, along with your eyes, nose, throat, and even your skin.

When you breathe in mold, it typically causes the same symptoms as an allergy. It can result in watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. You may also experience shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest, along with sore throat and worsening of any existing allergies or asthma.

Mold can generate symptoms ranging from mild to severe. When mold spores are inhaled, your immune system immediately begins working overtime trying to fight it. If you have a weakened or compromised immune system, you’re at greater risk and can even develop pneumonia that produces symptoms similar to the flu.

High humidity levels can make symptoms worse. Compounding the problem is the myriad of different types of mold to which you may be exposed. There are more than 100 varieties of the fungi, with about a dozen that you may typically come into contact in a home or work environment.

Mold is a highly adaptive fungus that can multiply in dark conditions with a humidity level of 50 percent or higher. It can flourish in basements, air conditioning systems, and ductwork. It grows behind walls, in attics when there’s a roof leak, and in carpet pads and carpeting. People that work in wineries, greenhouses, farming, bakeries, and carpentry are at increased risk.

If you have mold or suspect you have, don’t try to eradicate it yourself – you could only make it worse. Hire a professional mold remediation company. They have the ability to test and identify the exact type of mold that exists and take appropriate measures. They’re also skilled in removing it without contaminating other areas of your home.

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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Damage can Happen When you Least Expect It

Household emergencies can’t be predicted and the damage is typically far worse than anticipated. They can occur due to water, smoke, fire, and power outages. The problem arises from the unexpected nature of the situation and the fact that damage can be occurring for days or weeks without your knowledge.

When an emergency happens, it’s time to call in the professionals as quickly as possible. They can remove water, dry the premises, repair the problem, and restore a wide range of belongings to pre-damage condition. Professionals will provide pack out and content services for your possessions, sanitize the premises, and leave the entire area sparkling clean and healthy.

The following are just some of the common types of household emergencies that can be rectified through rapid restoration and mitigation services.

Appliances

Refrigerators and freezers are appliances that can leak and cause water damage. Sometimes they may just be at the end of their life expectancy. In other situations, a power outage will cause freezers and refrigerators to thaw and leak.

Bacterial/Viral Sanitation

Outbreaks of bacteria and viruses are extremely difficult to control by ordinary means. The methods available to a professional service are appropriate for homes, businesses, commercial properties, and medical/lab facilities.

Biohazard Cleanup

Crime scenes produce a variety of contaminants, including blood and other bodily fluids. Rapid cleanup and restoration of premises is essential and aids in addressing trauma. Another situation that constitutes a biohazard is a backed up toilet that can spread infectious diseases.

Blocked Drains

Blocked drains are inconvenient, cause significant damage, and can spread infectious and communicable diseases. It also affects air quality.

Burst Pipes, Leaky Water Heaters

A pipe that bursts violently will spray water for quite a distance. A slow leak from a broken pipe or water heater is insidious and can take months to notice. By the time it’s discovered, a significant amount of damage has been done to floors and walls. In condos and apartments, water damage can occur when water leaks down from above.

Damaged Roof, Gutters

Even a small leak from a damaged roof can compromise the structural integrity of a building. Damaged gutters result in rainwater backup that will seep under roof edgings. Both situations result in damage to the wood and insulation and promote mold growth.

Fire

A fire and resultant water from sprinkler systems or fire departments soak every inch of a structure and the acrid smell of smoke can be overpowering. Professionals can repair any damage, remove smoke and water, and sanitize the premises to eliminate any trace of mold or odor.

Mold

A side effect of leaky appliances, storm damage, and humid climates is mold. It can grow behind walls, in ceilings, and in air conditioning ductwork. It adversely affects air quality and can even be dangerous if you have allergies or chronic respiratory conditions.

Storm Damage

Hurricanes and even ordinary storms can result in flooding and storm surges. The damage is extensive and it’s imperative that the water and possessions be removed quickly to enable crews to dry the premises, repair any damage, remediate mold, and minimize damage.

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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