Mold Removal and Remediation
Mold is everywhere! It is in the air and on most surfaces, and generally doesn’t cause more than a sneeze here and there. It becomes a problem inside a home or business when there is excessive moisture or humidity. It finds these wet surfaces and begins to grow. Mold can release toxic gasses and may cause allergies and other health issues.
The moisture problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. If you can see mold on the outside of a surface, you should be concerned about what is growing on the other side. It’s always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified and licensed professional.
The topic of mold contamination is still relatively new. While Florida is known for high humidity, lots of rain, and just being wet in general, we are only now learning how prevalent of an issue mold really is.
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. People with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. Mold can be especially dangerous to the elderly and the very young.
Proper removal of mold is important to prevent further issues, and should only be performed by a certified and licensed company. Florida requires mold remediators to hold a special license to perform the task. In order to obtain a state license, the remediator must also have extensive training and experience, industry certifications, and a special insurance policy.