Mold Mitigation and Remediation Process
Removing mold is not easy... but it can be, when you call SERVPRO, the leaders in the industry.
When a water damage occurs, mold can quickly become a problem. If you live in a state of high humidity, like Florida, mold can begin to start growing within 24-48 hours. You usually are not contacted back by your insurance company in the small amount of time. Take the following steps to get your mold problems solved.
Call SERVPRO of West Brevard
The mold process begins when you contact our office at 321-953-8600. Our administration team will take down your information and ask you a series of question to determine resources, equipment, and personnel needs.
Inspection & Mold Assessment
Our SERVPRO assessor will schedule an appointment with you to inspect your property and/or area of concern. We will carefully check for any signs of mold or hidden water sources. Because mold feeds on water and cellulose, water or moisture had to be present at one time or another.
To prevent the spread of mold spores, our technicians will place various containments. The containment procedures will isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure during the removal process.
When mold is disturbed, microscopic mold spores enter the air. Therefore, SERVPRO technicians utilize specialized filtration equipment to capture the spores in the air. While the mold remediation is in progress, air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums are on continuously to prevent the spread of mold spores.
Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process is determined on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces the mold appears on. To eliminate the mold colonies and to prevent future colonies from forming, we perform antifungal and antimicrobial treatments. Heavy mold growth any sporous surfaces, such as drywall, wood, or flooring, may result in removing and disposing of the mold-infected material.
Cleaning Contents & Belongings
After the mold-contaminated surfaces are treated or removed, our SERVPRO professionals will clean any restorable contents, such as furniture, decorative items, linens and clothing. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize the belongings. All the chemicals we use are SERVPRO made and branded at our corporate office.
Depending on the level of mold damage, building materials may need to be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as small drywall and carpet replacement and painting, or it may require larger repairs such as the reconstruction of several walls or rooms of the home or building.
About Our Mold Remediation Services in Brevard County, Florida
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in mold removal, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained technicians are restoration professionals that utilize specialized equipment and proven techniques to properly remediate your mold concerns swiftly and securely. We service the residents of Rockledge, Viera, Palm Shores, and the Suntree/North Melbourne Area. Contact your SERVPRO office if you think your home or business may have mold issues and schedule a FREE Mold Assessment at 321-953-8600
Mold: Inside & Outside a House
Is there mold inside your Viera, Florida house, and you don't understand how it could have got there. Picture: the mold came from high humidity.
Outside your Home
Mold naturally occurs in our environment and can produce useful results, such as yeast, blue cheese, and the lifesaving medication penicillin. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold and different types of mold, and/or exposure to mold may present health concerns for some people.
Inside Your Home
The growth of mold is produced by a source of water, which acts as its food source. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. The intrusion of water in your home or place of business can result from storm damage, plumbing, or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. If humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores will thrive and multiple rapidly. The organic, sporous material found inside building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation are where mold flourishes and roots itself. Extreme mold development can lead to poor indoor environmental conditions that can pose a threat to anyone in the vicinity for a long period of time.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in mold cleanup, removal, and restoration. Our highly trained technicians are IICRC restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We service the residents of Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, and Palm Shores, Florida. Don’t hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO mold professionals if you think an area in you home may contain mold. Schedule a Mold Assessment at 321-953-8600
Think You May Have Mold, But Can’t See Any
Is there no visible signs of mold, but you think there may be mold somewhere behind the drywall or baseboards. Here is how you can find out!
Do you think you have mold in your Florida home, but you cannot see any visible evidence anywhere? In this kind of situation, I would recommend hiring an Industrial Hygienist or more commonly known has mold inspectors.
How They Detect Mold
Industrial Hygienist are equipped with highly sensitive air testing equipment which will count the number of mold spores inside and outside of your house. If the mold spore count inside is higher than outside, than the air samples have confirmed your suspicion of mold inside your home. To consider your house to be a safe and normal environment, the mold counts inside your house must be lower than outside. Not only can the industrial hygienist find out if there is mold present but can also discover the area that is infected and the specific types of mold.
After the air samples are taken, they are sent off to a lab to be processed. The industrial hygienist will receive the results and provide you with a mold report and mold protocol. The mold report provides the information of the kind of mold and the affected area. The mold protocol explains the specific procedures needed, the types of protective equipment required, and tools.
Not every mold issue requires air sampling. If you can see mold, sampling is not necessary. Instead you should take the proper steps towards removing the mold including calling your homeowners insurance company and find out if you have mold coverage and start filing a claim. Once you have determined if insurance will or will not be involve in the mold remediation process, it is now time to hire a mold remediation company like SERVPRO.
When the mold removal process is complete, the industrial hygienist will return to take air sample again. This will insure that the mold issue has been eliminate from your house, and that the restoration company has returned your house to preloss condition.
Warning: Do not try to diagnose your mold problems with a home testing kit. The kits are not accurate and typically don’t work. They’ll probably reveal some mold, but only because spores are always flying in the air. (NOTE: It is impossible to eliminate ALL mold spores in the air.)
Home kits can’t:
- Guarantee a statistically significant sample of air.
- Confirm the presence of dead mold spores (which also cause health problems).
- Determine baseline levels of mold in your home to compare results with other non-mold-infected areas.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our technicians are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We service the Florida residents of Rockledge, Viera, Suntree and Melbourne. Don’t hesitate to contact our West Brevard, Florida office staff to start getting your home back to the way it was, and our technicians and contractor will have your home look “Like it never even happened.” Schedule a mold assessment at 321-953-8600
Not Home For the Holidays
Are you traveling during the holidays and not going to be home? Use these 5 tips to protect your home while you're away.
Spending quality time with your families may be one of the best parts of the holiday season. For many of us, we live in another city or state than our family. Which means start packing up and get the family ready to head out. Before you leave, it’s important take the proper precautions to keep your house safe while you’re away.
The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, as long as you take the steps needed to protect your house for when you return.
Turn Down your Thermostat
Not only will you save money on your electricity or gas bill by turning off the heat or AC, but you limit your chances of an AC leak or furnace malfunction while you’re away from you home.
Notify a Neighbor
Be sure to notify a trusted neighbor. Ask the neighbor to keep an eye on your house and report any suspicious activity. You’ll also want this neighbor to keep your walks cleared of snow and to pick up your mail and newspapers while you are away. Make sure your house looks like somebody is home to deter a burglar.
Check your Holiday Lights for Fraying or Damage
December is the deadliest month for electrical fires. Before you string lights on the house or the tree, be sure to inspect the strands to make sure there aren’t any frayed cords or cracked lamps. Replace any broken lamps and throw away strands with frayed cords. This will help prevent any accidental fires.
Inspect the Furnace & the Chimney
Heating-equipment, like furnaces and fires can cause many deaths every year in the United States. In fact, in 2008, the U.S. Fire Administration reported approximately 2,650 people were killed by house fires. Take the time to have a professional come inspect your furnace and clean the chimney before you need to heat your home.
Turn Off your Water
By turning off your water, it ensures that you won’t come home to water damage. Appliances malfunction when you least expect it and if the water is turned off there is no chance your water heater or pipes will leak.
Locally Owned, with National Resources
SERVPRO of West Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of Viera and Rockledge, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Please call (321) 953-8600.
Avoiding Thanksgiving Kitchen Fires
Avoid kitchen fires this Thanksgiving by staying alert while cooking and knowing safety protocols if a fire does breakout.
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and house injuries. The leading cause of fires in kitchens is unattended cooking.
Stay Alert While Cooking
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains.
Safety Protocols for Cooking Fires
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an over fires, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.
Locally Owned & Operated
SERVPRO of South Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Melbourne Beach, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.
As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Please call (321) 953-8600
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
Smoke alarms are life savers, and these tips can help you.
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, reduces the risk of fire injury in half. It is recommended that smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom on every level of the house. Business owners should ensure that their space is up to building codes and smoke detector requirements are met. If owners are unsure about the building, be sure to consult with your local Fire Marshall. It works the best when pairing the smoke alarms with a fire escape plan. In an emergency situation, a plan will allow your family, employees, or clients escape quickly and safely. Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
Tips for Smoke Alarms
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Locally Owned and Operated
SERVPRO of West Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Viera, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.
As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Please call (321) 953-8600
What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes
After a hurricane strikes your area, there are certain steps you should and should not take.
Hurricanes can be devastating, and to many Brevard County residents, Irma was just that. If your home had damages caused by the hurricane, here are the immediate steps you should take.
Photograph and Document Damage
Dealing with your insurance company is not always a walk in the park, but by documenting your damages, the process can go a lot smoother. Take photos of all damages, both inside and outside of your home. Also create a list of all damaged contents inside your home such as water damaged furniture.
Conduct Emergency Repairs
In many insurance policies, it suggests it is your responsibility to stop any future damages from occurring. For example, if you have a large hole in your roof, you need to place a tarp over the hole to prevent rain and other elements from causing further damages. Don’t make any permanent repairs until your insurance adjusters come out to reviews your home’s damages.
Secure Home Inventory
By securing your home inventory, this will help your claim process go much easier. A home inventory is a document detailing all your possessions in the home. Your inventory should include photos, detailed descriptions, and if possible, the item’s receipts.
File a Claim ASAP
If you experienced damages to your home from the hurricane, you should file a claim immediately. Be prepared to explain all the damages that occurred to your home in detail. This will help your insurance provider in starting your initial claim, and they can also provide you with some advice while waiting for your adjuster to come and assess the damages firsthand.
Secure Safe Lodging
If your home is damaged to the extent where it is no longer fit to live in, you will need to secure a place for you and your family to stay in the meantime. Check your insurance policy to see if you have coverage for temporary lodging while your home is being repaired. In standard homeowner’s insurance policy, this is typically covered as long as the overall damage to your home is part of the covered insurance claim.
Financing To Fit your Needs
SERVPRO of West Brevard is excited to announce that we are now offering financial solutions for our customers through our new corporate partner, GreenSky Financing.
Why use GreenSky Financing?
GreekSky loan program is focused on simple and out-ranks its competitors in the financing business. They offer low monthly payments, no prepayment penalties, multiple ways to make payment, and quick approvals (same day in most cases), which allows us to let our customers rest assured that their property is being taken care of, as well as the payment. Financing terms are available for a variety of services- from deductibles, non-coverage on insurance claims, or even just a home remodel.
Why did SERVPRO partner with GreenSky?
We at SERVPRO of West Brevard realize that damages to your property, either residential or commercial, never come at a GOOD time. Sometimes we are prepared, but most of the time we aren’t…. so while SERVPRO of West Brevard helps make your property damage “Like it never even happened,” we can take some of the pressure of financing the job off as well.
How Does GreenSky Program Works?
Step #1: Customer Applies
Customers can apply online through the program website, by phone, or on the mobile application.
Step #2: Customer Gets Approved
Credit decisions can be delivered in SECONDS!!! The approved customers receive a GreenSky account number and loan agreement from the lender.
Step #3: You Get Funded
Use the customer’s GreenSky account number to process the payment just like a credit card.
7 Steps in Preparing For a Hurricane
Even though hurricane season has just begun, it’s never too early to prepare. Unless you prefer to rush to several different stores and stand in hour long lines, within hours of the hurricane actually hitting. I know I’d rather not do that! I’ve been in that situation, and let me tell you, it is not fun.
Instead, follow these 7 steps you should take before a hurricane hits.
1. Stay Informed
Make sure you know what is going on with the hurricane. Such as, what is the category of the storm, will it be hitting your area directly, if so, what time? Make sure to know your county’s evacuation route, and customize your evacuation plan for your family specifically. The hurricane’s course is never set in stone, so be sure to establish a back-up plan for every scenario. There are great phone apps you can download and utilize while preparing your family’s hurricane plans and staying informed. Click Here to learn more about these apps.
2. Make a Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Be sure that you create a checklist of supplies that is specific to you and your family and then more general supplies. Click Here
3. Do you have Hurricane Shutters?
Be proactive! Hurricanes are known for causing damage to houses, and the first thing that’s usually damaged is your windows. Florida Home Builder’s know this and sometimes provide hurricane shutters to new homes. Make sure to check and see if yours has or not. If not, you can purchase shutters or you can pre-cut boards for your house windows.
4. Have a Back-up Power Source
During hurricanes, it is likely that power lines get damaged or fall down, causing many people to go without power after the hurricane. It can take several days to several weeks for your local power company to repair the power line and get power up and running again. Because of this, it is a good idea to have a generator. Remember that they need gas to run and they are quite noisy.
5. Have at least 2 weeks of water and non-perishable food
FEMA recommends that each household has 2 weeks of food supplied. Hopefully you will not need to 2 weeks worth of food, but disasters do happen, and hurricanes can change on a flip of a dime. It is always best to be over prepared than under prepared.
6. Know How to Cook Without Electric
Without electric it can be hard to cook or warm up some of your food; considering this day of age, we rarely cooks without electric. But instead of trying to figure out how you are going to heat up the can foods you stocked up on, decide this issue before hand. Here are some ways you can cook without electric.
- Canned heat
- Camping stoves
- Grills- propane or charcoal
7. Remember to Relax and Stay Calm
Being relaxed and calm during disasters are much easier when your family and you are prepared for any kind of scenario a hurricane throws your way. Come up with some ideas and activities that can take your mind off of the storm or its aftermath. Pull out those dusty board games in your closet and take out the stack of books you’ve been meaning to get to. This should preoccupy you and your family, and give you some quality time together.
Wildfire Danger Index
Wildfires are rapidly taking over our state of Florida. The lack of rain this spring is fueling wildfires across Florida, making 2017 fire season the most active fire season since 2011. So far this year over 2,000 wildfires have consumed more than 150,000 Florida acres.
With wildfires being so active, staying informed and being safe is of the up most importance. The state of Florida provides its’ residents with a Fire Danger Index (FDI), which is a continuous reference scale for estimating the potential for a fire to start and require suppression action on any given day. The Fire Danger Indices are classified as Low, Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme, and represented by a color. Below is a description of each fire warning level and the specific actions that should be taken.
(FDI: 0-11) Easy for fires to be controlled, and there is little to no risk for life or property damage. Monitor the situation for changes and know where to get additional information
(FDI: 12-24) Fires can be controlled. Expect embers to blown away, which can cause small fires around main fire. It is unlikely for loss of life, and there will be minimal property damage. Be well prepared and to defend home in case of wind speed or direction change.
(FDI: 25-49) Fires may be difficult to control. Embers will blow ahead of fire, causing tree tops to burn and spot fires that can be up to 2 km from main fire. Some home and business could be affected, but there is a low chance for loss of life or injuries. Only stay at your residents if you’re well prepared and can actively defend it.
VERY HIGH: Red
(FDI: 50-74) Fires will be uncontrollable, move quickly, and flames may exceed the tree tops. Embers will blow around and cause spot fires that can be up to 4 km from main fire. Buildings may be damaged or destroyed, and there is a chance for loss of life or injuries. For insured survival, leaving your residents early is the safest option. Only stay if you’re well prepared and you can actively defend your home.
(FDI: 75-100+) Fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable, and fast-moving. Flames will be higher than the tree tops, and embers will be blowing by the thousands. Spot fires will be forming in all directions and fast-moving. Anything that comes in the path of the fire will be affected. Hundreds of homes and businesses will be destroyed. Leaving is the best and safest option for survival.
If you spot a forest fire, remain calm, go to the nearest telephone and dial 911 to report the fire as quickly as possible to your local fire department. Calmly tell the emergency dispatcher when and where you saw it. Stay on the telephone until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.