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If You Discover Mold Under Your Window In Miami Call The Experts At SERVPRO
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Using The Window AC On Hot Days Can Precede New Mold Damage Under The Window In Miami
Finding yourself faced with an unusually hot and humid day in Miami over the winter is fairly common. Because using window units to keep cool air flowing into your home might not happen daily or even regularly, sporadic use might lead to unexpected problems. Some of these problems might happen after insects lay eggs or casings inside drainage tubes or lines, inside the tray, or otherwise damage the unit. A lack of use can also mean that filters hold dust or other debris that make the unit work harder than normal.
The area below window units in many Miami homes contain mold damage because of steady drips coming from the cooling units. The amount of moisture that the wall is exposed to might seem inconsequential, but microbes do not require very much moisture to begin penetrating into the wall's surfaces and causing it to deteriorate. Microbes and their spores can also end up elsewhere in your home, including on the interior portion of the wall where you visibly see them.
While our infrared imaging equipment can detect temperature changes that show where dampness exists, we use digital meters to determine how much moisture a wall contains. Because a wall's exterior can feel dry to your touch, it is not an accurate indicator of the amount of moisture that same wall's hidden interior holds. Retained moisture is perfect for mold growth to continue, long after you have stopped the dripping from an air conditioner.
We can find these damp areas for you, and also locate hidden mold damage before it becomes a problem with crumbling walls that let outside pests come into your home. The health effects from exposure to mold and spores can also become a concern. After we locate all of the places that harbor mold, we can remediate them, which leaves your residence “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay understands that mold damage happens for many reasons and we are ready 24/7 to help protect your Perrine or Franjo home through remediation, prevention, and cleanup. Contact our emergency services line, (305) 278-8484, for prompt, professional service.
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We Can Restore Your Home In Cutler Ridge When A Mold Infestation Has Taken Over
As soon as you find the mold infestation, reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 so we can clean your home and keep the mold from spreading.
Mold Remediation For Your Cutler Ridge Home
You probably do not frequent your crawl space in your Cutler Ridge home. Therefore, if there has been excess humidity or moisture down there that you were unaware of, you could also be looking at quite a bit of mold once you discover it. Mold is never something you want to take time getting cleaned up, so acting as soon as you find it is essential.
Mold cleanup in your Cutler Ridge home can quickly be taken care of by professionals who have the proper tools and the experience. At SERVPRO, our staff is expertly trained to be able to hand a mold infestation promptly and keep it from spreading any further.
Although there are various ways to remove mold in a crawl space, one of the best methods is to use soda blasting. It is very safe and effective in physically removing the mold from your subflooring and floor joists in the crawl space of your home.
SERVPRO techs use sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda and apply it to the wood surfaces at a high rate of speed. The soda is abrasive, so it very effectively removes the mold that is growing there. Baking soda is water soluble, with an almost neutral pH and it also has a buffering effect that neutralizes both caustics and acids. Once the particles and dust have been blasted, we can wipe or rinse them away if needed. Just hand wiping or scrubbing down the moldy joists would not have the same results. We then need to ensure that the humidity and moisture in the area are controlled, as that is what keeps the mold from growing again.
During remediation, we ensure that we use containment to control airborne particles and keep you and our staff safe from irritating organic debris and dust. Protective equipment can be worn to keep workers safe during the cleanup.
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay works safely and efficiently to remove the mold from the crawlspace of your home in Three Lakes, Miami, or Franjo. As soon as you find the mold infestation, reach out to us at (305) 278-8484 so we can clean your home and keep the mold from spreading.
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Is Mold Lurking in Your Miami Home?
Water damage can lead to mold. SERVPRO has the technology and expertise to eliminate mold.
The Detection and Containment Process of Mold Damage in Miami
After you have experienced a flood or water damage and had to clean up the mess, there is still another problem waiting for you. When excess water is on your establishment, it can result in the growth of mold and other microorganisms. Mold damage can cause health issues, so it is crucial to detect it immediately and get rid of them. It can be a little tricky because the spores can flow in the air and it is hard to see these tiny particles.
Detecting mold damage in Miami starts by assessing the environment. The initial step in mold remediation is to determine if you have mold or not. Mold is usually dark specs that can be in various surfaces of your establishment. They often have a strong musty odor that is very pungent and unpleasant. If you suspect the presence of mold, it’s best to contact the professional. This situation is not the type of project that you can wear a glove and get rid of the contaminated material in the trashcan. This situation needs someone with skills and expertise to solve the problem.
SERVPRO technicians can come in to inspect the area to see the extent of the damage. They can help establish a containment to ensure that the mold does not spread. The SERVPRO techs can install plastic sheets that act as a containment barrier. They can even create negative air pressure in contaminated areas. Afterward, they can seal the HVAC vent to prevent the duck system from getting contaminated. Another crucial matter that we cannot ignore is to ensure that your establishment is completely dry. After all, mold often grows from the wet area, so it only makes sense to dry your environment to prevent the situation from escalating any further. The tech can utilize advanced technologies such as air mover and following other drying procedures to prevent the spread of mold spores throughout the structure. Another tool that these techs often use is a dehumidifier to help them through the drying process. Once you have detected the mold and completed the proper containment procedure, your technician can provide you with more strategic assistance through the mitigation process.
If you are interested in the detection and containment process of mold damage, then give SERVPRO of Cutler Bay a call at (305) 278-8484, and we can send our expert technicians to assess the area.
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Remediating Mold Damage In Hollywood
Without water, mold spores remain inert and as harmless as house dust.
Remediating Mold Damage
Of the many things people think about when they hear the name Hollywood, the mold is rarely ever one of them. Just like in every other community, spores are everywhere but do not present as a threat unless they come into contact with enough moisture to become a contamination problem with the building material of the home and serve as a possible health risk to some homeowners and residents.
Eliminating Hollywood mold damage means finding the source of the moisture, stopping it, and removing any standing water, regardless if it is a leak in the roof or a broken toilet in a guest room. SERVPRO restoration teams can perform these tasks, and then clean mold spores from the home, removing material and property when needed.
Without water, mold spores remain inert and as harmless as house dust. Our inspectors trace the appearance of mold back to its source using a visual check and an air content meter to determine the largest concentration of spores. That usually provides the origin point and the source of moisture.
For minor cracks on the roofline or a weak spot in an outer wall, team members can block and repair them. If there is major construction required, the homeowner needs to bring in a general contractor. Our technicians can replace toilets and perform other, minor plumbing tasks, but if there is a larger issue with water coming into the home, it is necessary to bring in a licensed plumber.
Next, SERVPRO technicians spray the area of standing water with an anti-fungal agent and then use sponges, cloths, or extraction wands to remove water, depending on how much is present. In these situations, water removal takes about a day or two.
Now, they remove the mold. If the spores did not dig into the surface of the wood, drywall, or ceiling panels, technicians could often remove the mold using sponges and a mild cleaning agent to wipe them off surfaces. If the growing mold had time to extend hyphae into the material, it is necessary to dispose of the material and replace it.
Hyphae are root-like structures that feed on and process materials to grow the mold colony. If they grow into an item, our restoration teams carefully remove the item and break it down for disposal, taking care to reduce the risk of spreading mold to unaffected parts of the home.
If you are dealing with the effects of mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 to schedule a visit and receive a free estimate. We are here for you.
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Leaky Kitchen Plumbing Can Cause Mold in Your Hollywood House
Finding mold under your sink gives you the clear indication that there was a leak. Contact SERVPRO to get a handle on the situation.
Our SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Infestation to Locate the Cause and Then Remediate the Damage
Sometimes a leak in your home can go unnoticed for quite some time, and you might not realize it is occurring until it causes a further problem in your home, such as mold damage. When the plumbing under your sink is leaking, it is even easier to miss that it is happening. Most often, that water does not leak out onto your kitchen floor where you can visibly see it. However, the entire time that the leak is happening, the base of the cupboard can absorb the water. Slowly, but steadily, it can damage your home.
Eventually, the leak can cause an environment that is consistently moist, which is a perfect setting for the development of mold damage in your Hollywood home. It is essential for you to call for help as soon as you begin to detect mold damage. One of the first signs of mold damage is usually a very particular and musty scent.
In some cases, if you look for signs of mold damage while detecting this odor, you may not find any that you can see. However, if the odor is strong enough to catch regularly, it is enough of a reason to reach out to a local restoration company, like SERVPRO.
After you phone us, SERVPRO can send a team of technicians to arrive at your home as soon as possible. Upon investigating, we can remove any materials under your sink that the mold has compromised, such as spare cleaning sponges and paper towels.
Meanwhile, other SERVPRO technicians can section off your kitchen, taping over any vents and sealing any doorways with plastic sheeting. When dealing with mold damage, it is essential for us not to allow any spores to spread from the room. To make sure that we thoroughly rid your home of the mold damage, we must make sure it stays in one place.
Our technicians can remove the bottom section of your cupboard that the mold colony is attached to. Because it is made out of plywood, which is a porous material, it is easier to remove it than trying to remediate it. Mold colonies root themselves into porous materials, making it harder to disinfect.
After we remove the plywood base, SERVPRO can thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Additionally, we can use an antifungal agent to help ensure that mold does not regrow. Finally, we can use an air scrubber to filter our any airborne spores and tackle the foul odor that mold leaves in your home.
If you find mold damage in your kitchen, do not delay. Dial (305) 278-8484 to speak with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. No matter the time, we always can take your call.
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Understanding Mold And Mold Damage In Your Kendall Home
Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves.
Understanding Mold And Mold Damage
If you have ever found mold in your Kendall home, you may wonder what exactly it is. Mold is a kind of fungus and is different than animals, plants, and bacteria. Molds are micro-organisms that decompose organic, dead material like plants, wood, and leaves. The spores of each mold colony are not visible to the human eye without the use of a microscope.
When you find a lot of mold and mold damage growing in your Kendall home, it often looks blue, black, or green. The color is determined by the kind of mold and is influenced by the nutrient source, the age of the colony, and the surface substrate. Among other types of damage, mold damage is something that our staff at SERVPRO are well trained and experienced to handle.
In order to grow, mold needs water or moisture. It also needs a food source, such as oxygen and a temperature between forty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Because it decomposes organic materials, it can grow on paper (like gypsum board drywall, wood, and other materials constructed of wood. SERVPRO understands this, so the first thing we do is find the source of the moisture if you have not found it yet so that it can be fixed before we attempt to clean the mold.
Molds like damp or wet material, but when it is quite damp some can attain moisture from the air. It can happen when the relative humidity is more than sixty percent. With the high humidity, enough moisture is available to create surfaces damp enough for the mold to grow.
Mold grows by extension of hyphae which are like tiny root hairs. A small colony of mold can in this way expand to cover several square feet of material quickly. Mold spores are like small seeds and can survive in conditions which are too hot, sunny, dry, cold, or wet for the mold to grow in. Mold continues to spread until it is thoroughly cleaned from the surface it is growing on. Since it can create health effects for you and your family, it is something that you want to get taken care of immediately.
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay wastes no time getting to you and cleaning your home in Three Lakes, Perrine, or Palmetto Bay of mold damage. Get in touch with us at (305) 278-8484 as soon as you find mold growth in your home.
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Minimizing Miami Mold Damage as the Weather Warms
Uncaulked windows and doors can allow moist, warm air into your home causing condensation that can result in mold growth.
SERVPRO Can Help To Remediate Mold Damage and Help to Prevent Future Mold Growth
Homeowners in Miami do well to prepare for the warmer spring and summer months. Adjustments that work to prevent or minimize the risk of mold growth as the temperature and humidity soar should be part of your seasonal routine. We definitely can help with remediation if microbes win a battle, and have recommendations to reduce the chance of mold issues returning afterward.
Miami homeowners can unwittingly encourage mold damage as they ready homes for hot and humid conditions. Mold thrives only when exposed to a source of moisture, encompassing not only the lingering effects of water damage but also including interior humidities of higher than 60 percent. Closing windows helps keep the heat outside but limits the ventilation needed to promote the good air circulation that maintains lower ambient humidity. We suggest improving air flow through the consistent use of exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Checking the lint traps and ensuring a clear duct to the outside for your clothes dryer also reduces mold-friendly humidity levels.
When called to a mold damage scenario in South Florida, SERVPRO workers always check for condensation problems. Uncaulked windows and doors allow moist and warmer air to enter your home, resulting in moisture condensing on cooler window sills and door frames. Mold spores already in the home or hitching a ride inside absorb even those few drops or filming of water in those areas, growing to a rapidly multiplying colony in just days. Upgrading weatherproofing can help, including evaluating how well your insulation is protecting your interior walls from heating up enough to condense moisture from the cooler interior air.
SERVPRO technicians train extensively in moisture monitoring and use hygrometers to determine the moisture content of the air and building materials. We work with you to reduce air moisture levels inside to between 30 and 50 percent. To accomplish this, we urge the consistent use of dehumidifiers and properly cleaned, well-maintained, and appropriately sized air conditioners. Air conditioning, whether employing central or window units, reduces humidity through the use of condenser coils. Humid air feels hotter and stickier; pulling moisture out through AC applications makes the air quality more comfortable and eliminates a fuel source for mold growth.
Although SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is always ready to perform effective mold remediation for members of our community, our mission is to assist you in avoiding the conditions that cause fungal outbreaks during the summer months. Call for an inspection at (305) 278-8484, and we look forward to devising a summer mold damage mitigation plan for you.
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Mold Damage In Palmetto Bay? Why Bleach Is Not The Answer
Put Down the Bleach and Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay
Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Palmetto Bay
Most householders face mold at some point. The fungus proliferates in an area where there is a food source plus moisture, which means that most Palmetto Bay homes have a bathroom, laundry room or kitchen that provides ideal growing conditions. It is quite likely that you have seen articles or posts telling you to handle a mold outbreak by spraying or wiping with bleach. However, mitigating mold damage is not as simple as using bleach.
SERVPRO understands that Palmetto Bay homeowners are eager to remove signs of mold damage as soon as they spot them. That is why it is our remit to provide a professional service that leaves your home “Like it never even happened.” However, we encourage householders in the local are to call us at the first sign of mold, rather than wipe with bleach and hope for the best.
There are two main reasons that bleach is not always the best option.
One is that bleach might not kill every single hypha, the thread-like cells that make up the vegetative part of the fungus. Even a few surviving hyphae can release more spores, which can settle throughout your home and grow new colonies.
The second reason is that in some cases applying bleach might even make the problem worse. You see, if mold grows on a porous material such as wood, wiping with bleach does not remove the fungus because it has grown into the material. Unfortunately, the water part of most household bleach solutions can provide moisture for the fungus to grow, which is why we do not recommend it.
The best way to deal with mold damage in your home is to call SERVPRO. We train our technicians in multiple cleaning techniques. Our staff knows when to scrape or use wire wool, and when detergent is the best option. We also know that removing visible signs of mold is only one part of remediation – to be truly useful we must dry out the affected area and cut the fungus off from its source of moisture.
For help with fungal growth in Three Lakes, Palmetto Bay, Princeton and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Cutler Bay at (305) 278-8484 today.
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Professional Mold Damage Remediation Services in Palmette Estates
Mold can cause negative health effects and that is why it is imperative that your remediate the mold as soon as possible.
Palmette Estates Homes Can Receive Mold Remediation Services Through SERVPRO
Mold growth is a pressing concern in the house. It can creep into your Palmette Estates property and hide behind wall hangings, carpeting, drywall, and other surfaces, leading to an intolerable smell in the room. In some cases, it can even cause certain health effects.
When it comes to professional mold remediation, it is best to hire a licensed mold removal company. SERVPRO has a long history of providing mold damage cleanup services in Palmette Estates, and it is the right choice for you. Our technicians have IICRC certification and access to advanced tools and products for detecting and eradicating mold growth in hard-to-reach surfaces.
SERVPRO can provide assessment services to determine whether you have a mold problem in your home. Mold detection is difficult and often requires an experienced technician to identify accurately. Additionally, mold cleanup is a daunting task that requires more than just applying some bleach on the surfaces. To get rid of it effectively, we need to eliminate its source of food. Using special antimicrobial products, our technicians can treat the affected areas successfully without causing unnecessary damage.
The main steps in mold damage remediation are containing mold spores, setting up a negative pressure, and then removing the mold. Invisible to the naked eye, mold spores are transported through the air and can stick to virtually any solid object. They are particularly attracted to damp surfaces or porous items. To protect other areas from contamination, our specialists seal the affected space before starting the cleanup process.
Our mold removal services also include protecting the structure from future mold growth. We can provide specific guidelines that are unique to your mold damage situation, enabling you to take the right steps toward mold prevention. Keep in mind that mold thrives in areas with relatively high moisture, which can occur for a wide range of reasons - from weather conditions to leaky pipes within the structure. As such, we may have to look for and repair any sources of water damage in the house as well.
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If you believe that your home might have a mold problem, there is no time to waste. At SERVPRO of Cutler Bay, our job is to reverse mold damage in the most effective and efficient way. Call us anytime at (305) 278-8484.
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Air Conditioner Fail Generates Mold in Three Lakes
Don't let mold hide in your air conditioning vents. Call SERVPRO when you smell a musky odor to start the remediation process.
SERVPRO Technicians Determine the Prime Cause of Mold Damage in Your Home
Air conditioners cool by removing moisture from the air. In humid areas of the world, the cool feeling is desirable, but there are secondary benefits that also improve your standard of living. When your air conditioning system fails, your home fills with much more moisture, creating the perfect circumstances for mold. Nip that growth in the bud with help from SERVPRO.
Mold damage afflicts your Three Lakes home if water or dampness activates the spores floating or lying around your living, storage, and even buffer areas in attics or behind walls. Spores are everywhere, waiting for the optimum balance of moisture and temperature to trigger growth. The proportions of wetness and heat rely on the particular strains of fungus your home harbors. Our trained mold remediation specialists measure the humidity in the air, on surfaces, and within the structures of your house. Achieving a lower ambient humidity within your living spaces also reduces the chance mold proliferates.
If you smell a musky odor when you run your air conditioner, be wary and give us a call. The chances are good that mold colonies have a grip within the hoses and drains of smaller and window units. Central air conditioning adds hiding areas in vents and ducts, places where mold grows unobserved. Water that collects spills, saturates walls, windowsills, or other structural elements, and feeds mold.
SERVPRO technicians learn about all the ways mold stays under the radar. The extensive training our staff receives includes EPA developed protocols to contain and remove mold safely no matter where it conceals itself.
More importantly, the knowledge and experience of our mold remediation team help you make smart decisions to avoid mold damage in the future. Air conditioners that operate poorly because of clogged or damaged drains need immediate maintenance, so they limit your risk of microbial growth by removing moisture from the air quickly and thoroughly. Aging units deserve retirement in some cases, replaced with energy efficient models that cool and dehumidify.
SERVPRO recommends air moisture levels of less than 60 percent to inhibit mold growth. Operating your refurbished or new air conditioner regularly in the Florida heat and humidity lowers household humidity, preventing the easy growth of mold.
Educate yourself about how air conditioners keep your home cool and free of microbial issues by consulting with SERVPRO of Cutler Bay. One quick phone call to (305) 278-8484 is all it takes to receive helpful air conditioning tips.
SERVPRO Mold Damage Three Lakes
Our SERVPRO team has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage from homes.
Dealing with Mold Damage at Three Lakes? Let SERVPRO Assist!
When it comes to stopping mold from growing or even getting started, a good inspection makes the difference between ineffectual work and a thorough servicing of your home. The restoration crew you hire has to know exactly what they are walking into and what they need to bring with them.
SERVPRO has decades of experience when it comes to stopping and removing mold damage in Three Lakes homes and across Florida. Our technicians and inspectors are fully trained to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) industry standards. They will arrive quickly and begin the inspection once their boots hit the ground. To keep you part of the process and to stay informed, our inspector starts with these questions:
First - Is there any visible mold? In which rooms can you see it?
Second - Have you smelled a strong, musty odor? If you have, where is it the strongest?
Third - Have you had a previous mold problem, regardless of the size or if you cleaned it yourself?
Fourth - Have you had recent water damage?
Fifth - Is there any mold around your heating and air vents?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, the inspector will begin. In addition to a visual check, he will also use air quality meters to determine the mold content in each room, hallway, and other parts of your home. Even if we cannot see the mold, we can still determine where it is located and how far it has spread.
With the contaminated area identified, our SERVPRO technicians isolate it in order to prevent mold from spreading further. Containment is established using plastic sheeting to prevent air movement, and the response team also seals the vents of the HVAC system to prevent spreading through the ductwork.
Now, a system of air movers and exhaust fans are set up to blow loose spores out of your home as we begin cleaning procedures. This is negative air pressure, and it is very successful in keeping the unaffected areas of your home clean as we work.
With that established, technicians begin using anti-bacterial cleaners and anti-fungal chemicals to destroy the mold spores. Anti-fungal foggers are very useful in getting into crawl spaces and behind walls where other methods of cleaning are either ineffective or require demolition of a wall, floor, or ceiling.
If it is necessary to remove drywall or other building material, team members will demolish every piece that cannot be restored and dispose of it according to local and state regulations. In some cases, we may recommend demolition to make certain we clean every surface possible of mold spores.
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A mold infestation can turn the dream of living in Miami-Dade County into a nightmare. SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is determined to help our neighbors and community put their dream back together and make it all "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (305) 278-8484 to get started.
Mold Damage Managed In Your Palmetto Bay Home
Moisture and Mold Growth in Your Palmetto Bay Condo
Prevention with Relative Humidity Targets to Inhibit Mold Growth
The very environmental conditions that attracted you and influenced your decision to make your home south of Miami can backfire and put your house and possibly your family's health at risk. Warm and humid conditions are a natural occurrence on the southeast Florida coast, often accelerating the growth of a wide range of molds, mildews and other microbial infestations within the walls of your house. Robust microbial infestations can be contained and removed safely by our trained staff. SERVPRO then can work with you to ensure that the moisture that is feeding the fungus is isolated and eliminated or significantly reduced. Microbial outbreaks are always possible where there are warmth and water, but our deep understanding of the problems of mold damage informs our efforts to limit future overgrowth once we investigate the specifics of your situation.
It is not uncommon for the ambient humidity within a dwelling to provide nourishment for the microbial growth that can cause mold damage for Palmetto Bay homeowners. Our technicians know how to use sensitive instruments to measure the overly humid conditions that may be contributing to a mold outbreak. Once excessive humidity is identified through the use of a thermal hygrometer or similar device as a culprit in microbial growth, we can take steps to help you to reduce the level of moisture in the air to curtail mold damage in the future. In consultation with our moisture reduction experts, you can take control of high humidity (RH) and limit the possibility of continued mold growth.
Your relationship with SERVPRO can make a real difference in the comfort and safety of your home. Although we are always poised to be Faster To Any Size Disaster, we prefer to help you avoid a crisis in the first place. Advising homeowners on how to control the humidity of their homes is one way to make a real difference in the indoor air quality that affects biohazard presence such as molds and mildews. We can evaluate the efficiency of dehumidifiers and air conditioners, urging upgrades or repairs in these systems to lower humidity inside your home. Temperature and moisture are crucial to arriving at a good safe level to inhibit the growth of fungi. Let us take a peek at your home's potential for microbial growth. We can help you make changes that will reduce relative humidity, actually reducing the possibility that mold damage will continue to be a problem.
SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is your partner in reducing dangerously high humidity levels in your home. Call (305) 278-8484 for an appointment to have your home's indoor air moisture evaluated for possible contributions to mold damage.