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Mold Remediation & Removal

Our mold mitigation team will help restore a healthy living or working environment.

Mold Remediation is Essential to a Healthy Indoor Space

Mold remediation is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy living environment. Mold growth can occur in any damp or humid area and can quickly spread, causing damage to buildings and posing health risks to occupants.

For individuals with compromised immune systems, exposure to mold can be particularly dangerous. By removing mold, you can create a safer environment for everyone living or working in the building.

Mold Remediation
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Our Mold Removal Process

We take several steps to remediate mold in your home or business:
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Sample the air quality in your home as a baseline.
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Discover and repair the moisture problem. No amount of mold cleanup will be effective without first eliminating the source of the moisture which feeds the mold colony’s growth.

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Isolate the contaminated area. We will cover doors and windows with polyethylene sheeting, sealing all seams with duct tape. We will create slip openings for our technicians to enter the contaminated area and keep them sealed as well. We will build this containment structure without disrupting your household.

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Suppress dust by misting the contaminated area.
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Remove all wet and mold-damaged porous materials and discard them according to EPA regulations.

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Clean all non-porous surfaces with effective, environmentally approved detergent solutions.

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Dry the cleaned area and materials, using fans and dehumidifiers to encourage the evaporation of any moisture remaining from the cleaning.

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In the case of building materials that have been removed, such as drywall, ceiling tiles, etc., we are licensed general contractors and able to rebuild your damaged structure.

Mold can be very dangerous. If you don’t have experience identifying or handling mold, it’s important to contact a mold removal professional.

Where does Mold come from?

Mold exists naturally, both indoors and outdoors; a certain level of mold present in an environment is considered normal. It is not possible to totally remove mold from your home, as the airborne microscopic spores can enter through windows, doors, your HVAC system, even on your clothing or attached to the fur of your pet.

However, when exposed to moisture, mold spores can grow into colonies in as little as 48 hours, causing property damage and endangering your health. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. It can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery. All it needs is moisture and a nutrient source. The warm, humid climate of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, and Sarasota Counties encourages the growth of mold, so you must be diligent when it comes to preventing moisture in your home. Mold remediation is often needed following water damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

One of the reasons why mold is so harmful is because it releases mycotoxins, which are toxic substances that can cause a range of health problems when inhaled or ingested. These mycotoxins can affect various organs in the body and may lead to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. Prolonged exposure to mold and its mycotoxins can also weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to other illnesses.
Mold can be a common issue in many homes, especially in damp and dark areas. While most molds are relatively harmless, there is one type that stands out due to its potential health risks: black mold. Black mold is often associated with more severe health problems than other types of mold.

There are several things you can do to prepare your home for mold remediation before we arrive: 

  • Resist the urge to clean the mold yourself. We identify mold by specific traits and many of the clues are found just on the surface of the mold colony. Wiping them away may make identification more difficult. 
  • Don’t move furniture and other objects from the area until we arrive. Moving things around will spread the mold spores. 
  • Avoid moving through affected rooms as much as possible, as you risk spreading more spores on your shoes and clothing. 
  • If there is clothing in an affected area, remove it, wash it in hot water and detergent, dry and then bag it to prevent re-contamination. 
  • If you have pets, find a safe place for them to stay until the mold remediation is complete. 
  • Move cars out of the garage and driveway, clearing a wide access from the outside to the affected area 
  • It may be necessary for you and your family members to stay elsewhere during the mold remediation. We will help you make that decision after inspecting your home. 
While we will perform a post-remediation inspection ourselves, you are welcome to bring in a third party to do one as well. Also known as a verification survey or clearance testing, a post-remediation inspection will include a visual inspection, a moisture assessment typically using a moisture meter and an infrared camera, and air quality testing. It should be performed no sooner than 24 hours and preferably 48 hours after your mold remediation is completed. During the interim, your doors and windows should remain closed to preserve the integrity of the air quality testing.
In most cases, homeowners’ insurance will cover mold damage. Fire, water, and mold damage are typically filed under your homeowner’s insurance and storm damage is typically a combination of both homeowners insurance and flood insurance. It’s best to check with your specific insurance provider before a disaster strikes.
The safe answer is no. Do not try to remove mold on your own. Although various factors such as the amount of mold and the individual’s experience handling mold come into play, call a professional if you have any concerns.
There’s always a possibility that mold can come back after it has been removed, since it’s impossible to 100% eliminate mold. Our team takes all precautionary measures to reduce the odds of this happening.
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Your Mold Mitigation Experts in Southwest Florida

Fireservice Emergency Disaster Response has been your mold remediation experts for 50+ years. We specialize in mold removal to ensure people are safe and buildings are returned to their original state.

With local offices in Fort Myers, Naples and North Port, our 24/7 dedicated emergency response teams are on the road to you in less than 5 minutes to remediate, restore, and remodel in times of trouble.