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Is There Mold in My Attic?
Mold damage on attic in Highland Beach, FL
Is There Mold in My Attic?
Whether you see black mold or just wonder if there's a musty odor coming from the basement, you need to act quickly. You might ask yourself some questions:
- Is the smell stronger near the basement or the attic?
- Does the house smell musty after it rains or during specific seasons of the year?
- Are there any visible signs of leaks or moisture getting into the home?
- Has there been a problem with mold in the past?
Ultimately, the only way to clear up a mold or moisture problem is to identify the source. This often means hiring a mold remediation and cleanup professional.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
One of the hardest places to find mold is in the attic or the area underneath the roof. This is because many homeowners seldom venture into the out-of-the-way part of the home, especially if it isn't usable. Black mold in the attic is a fairly common problem because it's often damp due to rain or snow or a moisture problem such as a leak.
Does Out-of-the-Way Mold Matter?
The mold in your attic may have a darkish, streaky appearance or it could look like whitish-pink polka dots. No matter what it looks like, the mold could be causing damage and other problems for your family. If you've noticed, for example, that mold smells and trouble seem to get worse during a rainstorm, the attic may have mold.
Professional Results Are Safest
One of your best options is to contact a professional mold removal specialist. In addition to handling mold cleanup, the professional may provide advice about preventing mold in the future. The amount of work involved in removing mold damage in the attic is often extensive and could be dangerous. Professionals have the training, tools, and personal protection gear to handle this project.
If you've noticed signs of mold in your Highland Beach, FL, home, especially when it rains, you may have black mold under your roof. Responding to this trouble requires more than wiping up surfaces or blocking off access to the attic. Contact a professional for safe and comprehensive mold remediation.
How SERVPRO of Delray Beach can help with Mold
Mold is a natural part of many environments. In outdoor conditions, it plays an important role in breaking down dead organic matter, but you want to avoid mold growth indoors. Here’s a look at why you may have a Delray Beach mold problem and how to tell if you need professional mold removal services.
What Causes Mold Growth?
The key to mold growth is moisture. Mold also needs organic material to grow and thrives in dark, dank places. Conditions that can cause indoor mold growth include:
- A leaky pipe, window, or roof
- Improperly cleaned up flood water
- Standing water
- Wet insulation
- High indoor humidity
- Moisture in the building foundation caused by poor drainage
Do I Need Professional Mold Removal Services?
Because of Florida’s high humidity, it’s more common for mold to grow indoors in this climate than in other areas of the United States. Sometimes, it’s easy to tell that you have a mold problem. Other times, it’s less apparent. Signs that you need professional mold removal include:
- Visible mold:It’s easy to see mold growing on windowsills, shower walls, or under bathroom sinks. With a little more effort, you can also check the attic and crawlspace for visible mold growth. Where there’s a little mold, there is always the possibility there could be more.
- Signs of excessive water:Stains on the wall or ceiling could indicate a roof leak, which probably means the insulation in the attic is damp and harboring mold growth. Bubbling, peeling, or cracking paint on the walls and ceiling are other clues that excess water is coming from somewhere.
- Condensation:If condensation forms on the inside of windows or other smooth, cold surfaces, that’s a sign the humidity is too high indoors. Excess humidity creates an environment for mold to thrive.
- Past water trouble:If you know you had a leaky roof, burst pipe, or flooding in the past, fixing the problem is just the first step. If you didn’t perform mold removal when you fixed the source of excess water, some may have been left behind. Remember, even if no mold is visible from your vantage point, that doesn’t mean mold couldn’t be growing behind the wall where water seeped through.
- Musty smell:Mold gives off a certain smell that even those without allergies can detect. Don’t ignore the presence of a musty odor; you may not be able to see any mold, but it could still be growing under the carpet padding, around the foundation, or behind the bathroom tiles.
Don’t ignore these signs. Contact SERVPRO of Delray Beach to have your Delray Beach home inspected for mold growth and begin the remediation process today: 561-272-5180.
SERVPRO of Delray Beach is Here to Help
When disaster strikes in your Delray Beach home, you want to be sure you have the right people to restore your property and contents. It holds true that not all restoration companies are alike.
SERVPRO of Delray Beach technicians have specialized training, skills and equipment to restore the job efficiently and effectively.
In today’s business environment many companies are looking to increase their revenues by adding new services, for which they may have little or NO training. Be sure that the restoration company you are working with has been properly trained to handle your Delray Beach water damage, fire cleanup or mold remediation. These companies often appeal to homeowners or businesses to perform disaster restoration services but end up costing clients in the end.
It is very common for amateurs to simply tear things out and then replace the materials or the items. A true professional performs a thorough inspection and identifies those materials and items that can be salvaged and restored to their preloss condition. This allows those professionals to complete the job much more quickly; thereby allowing you to get back to your normal routine. Restoration, instead of removal and replacement, helps contain costs. In some instances, it eliminates the need to file an insurance claim.
For all property damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold and any other disaster, call SERVPRO of Delray Beach office. We are standing by to provide professional service 24/7/365 and can be reached at 561-272-5180.
SERVPRO – Any emergency, Any time 24/7/365
With any Delray Beach disaster, cleanup can be a hassle. The mess left by floods, fires, or mold is a lot to handle by yourself. At SERVPRO of Delray Beach, we provide emergency cleaning services for any of these problems. Let us help you get your life back to normal after any emergency.
Sometimes the most damaging thing from a Delray Beach fire is the smoke and soot that comes with it. Our cleaning professionals will remove any traces and odor left by smoke and soot after a fire. Removing the mess after a fire is a difficult job, and it requires knowledge and experience to be completely successful. The same is true when it comes to removing mold, mildew, and sewage. With our trusted professionals, you can be sure the damage from any disaster will be minimized as much as possible. Cleaning services from SERVPRO of Delray Beach will take care of these messes so you don’t have to!
If you’ve already had to deal with the stress of a disaster, let us take the stress out of the cleanup. We are available 24/7/365 to help with any emergency, at any time.
Whether its mold, water, or fire damage, our team at SERVPRO of Delray Beach has the most reliable emergency restoration services. We are available any time, day or night, to help with any problem, and you can trust us to do our best work every time.
Mold Damage- Mold grows when water damage has not been dried properly. If you have had previous water damage and are now seeing fuzzy or wet spots of mold somewhere in your home, call us today. The quicker a mold problem is taken care of by our professional restoration team, the less overall damage you will have to deal with.
Water Damage- Immense water damage, like a flood from a burst pipe, always happens when you least expect it. Our emergency restoration services are available 24/7 because these emergencies cannot wait. Immediate action must be taken in order to save your home or business. Our trusted team will respond quickly to clean up the mess and lower the possibility of mold growth.
Fire Damage- Fires are destructive, as well as the smoke and soot that comes with them. If these problems aren’t taken care of very quickly, the damage will be severe and permanent. Take action instantly after a fire and call our restoration team. We can fix all of the problems that come after a fire, and we do our best work to return your home or business to normal.
No matter what emergency you’re facing, contact us at SERVPRO of Delray Beach today @ 561-272-5180, and let our emergency restoration services team take care of it!
SERVPRO of Delray Beach – Helpful Tips!
A flooded Delray Beach home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Delray Beach to help restore the home. However, there are some things that you can do before they arrive. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.
Check Before Entering Home
Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.
Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.
While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.
Turn Off Power
After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.
Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.
Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Delray Beach to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.
If you suffer flood damage in your home, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Delray Beach to clean up. But if you want to get the process started prior to their arrival, these tips will help you remain safe.
SERVPRO and Mold in your Delray Beach Home
SERVPRO of Delray Beach are experts in remediation and removal of your Delray Beach mold damage.
Our mold remediation team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This means we know mold and know how to effectively provide remediation it so it ceases to be an issue.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Delray Beach are also your neighbors, and are familiar with the climate around your home, which- let’s face it - is one mold just loves.
If you think you have mold, give us a call and we will come take a look. And if you do have a mold problem, we will solve it.
WHERE DOES MOLD COME FROM?
Mold can creep up from a variety of sources. Often, mold is a by-product of a flood or other water damage. Improper or incomplete drying is usually the culprit. That is why the experts at SERVPRO take extra care of thoroughly drying a job to ensure that mold does not creep up later. But you need not always have “water damage” – for example, over the years, a simple thing like a pipe condensation can cause mold (again thanks to that humid South Florida weather), or a leaking roof, trapped moisture, a damp basement, or a hundred other reasons.
The key is to find it and remove it. Then, make sure it doesn’t come back. The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Delray Beach will handle all phases of mold detection and removal, so you can be assured of your family’s health and well-being.
If you suspect you have mold, give the experts of SERVPRO of Delray Beach a call today @ 561-272-5180.
Satisfied SERVPRO of Delray Beach Water Damage Customers
SERVPRO of Delray Beach strives to provide excellent customer service, superior quality of work and compassion for your damaged property. We are always so happy to hear positive feedback from our customers.
Here are some recent comments from real customers:
From beginning to end, we were very happy with the service provided by SERVPRO of Delray Beach as well as the very warm and understanding attitude of all those who helped us during this difficult period. Kerrie in the office provided ongoing support and Doug gave us the benefit of his technical expertise and Jack and his assistants did an outstanding job of remediation. Our independent air quality assessor was very impressed by the cleanliness of the work. Our apartment passed the test with flying colors. I hope that we never again need water and/or mold remediation again. However, if we should, I would not hesitate to call upon them.
SERVPRO is the most amazing company I have ever dealt with. In the middle of one of the most traumatic experiences of my life, they were on my doorstep within a half-hour beginning to clean up the flood in my unit and earn my total trust and respect. Jack and Mike are extreme experts and amazed me with their knowledge and competency. They answered my every question and concern in detail and with patience and respect that you rarely see in the workforce today. They are priceless!
Prompt, professional, detail oriented Highly recommend!