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Mold is an extremely common problem in Florida homes, usually due to the humid environment and  living habits, and therefore is a problem because of the health risks associated its spores. ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief has technicians who are highly trained and have many years of experience in mold inspection and mold remediation.

ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief is a mold removal company that can produce before-and-after results to validate the clean. You can be certain that all mold will be effectively removed and its return prevented, giving you complete peace of mind. Now, let’s be sure you understand mold.

Basic Facts About Mold

Here are some basic facts about mold from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore.

Types Of Mold and How To Recognize Them

Mold comes in many different forms; in fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are probably tens of thousands of types of molds, if not more. Molds play an important role in breaking down leaves, plants, and trees. Mold can break down natural materials, like wood and leaves, which can damage the structure of your home.

Here are a few types of mold commonly encountered in various areas of a building:


Molds: Alternaria


Molds: Aspergillus


Molds: Aureobasidium


Chaetomium on the Wall


Molds: Cladosporium


Molds: Fusarium

How Does Mold Growth Start?

Not many people realize this, but mold is generally caused by lifestyle. Put simply, this means it is caused by the way we live in our homes these days. We cause a lot of moisture from:

These are everyday activities, which in the summer months rarely cause an issue because we tend to open our windows and ventilate for long periods. However, when our windows are closed to retain AC, this prevents all the accumulated moisture from escaping, which quickly encourages mold to form.

Health Risks of Mold

While some mold species are harmless, some types produce allergens, irritants, and even toxic substances. Allergens are substances that can cause allergic reactions. These allergic reactions can stem from inhaling or touching mold or its spores.

Here are some allergic reactions that you can experience when you are affected by mold spores:

Prolonged exposure can cause chronic lung problems. Those who already suffer from asthma and allergies are more likely to have more severe symptoms when exposed to mold spores.

You can also suffer from serious pain and neurological symptoms, such as:

The people most at risk for mold health concerns are:

Structural Damage Caused by Mold

Why is Air Quality Testing Recommended?

Mold inspectors may recommend an air quality test to determine the type of mold growing in your structure and the degree of infestation. Moreover, whatever the type of mold present, the CDC recommends that mold should be removed immediately to prevent future growth.

If you do decide to pay for environmental sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results. They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

Mold and the spores it produces are a recognized health hazard. If the area affected by mold is less than 1 square meter and the growth is caused by condensation, you may be able to remove it on your own.

If the mold is a result of sewage backup or is one square meter or larger in size, you will need to contact a professional mold remediation company in Clearwater, Florida.

Fight Mold by Improving Home Air Flow

As excessive moisture is the primary driver of mold growth, adequate ventilation can effectively combat mold development while improving the home’s indoor air quality. Here’s how to improve home air flow:

Open windows and doors

Install fans

Utilize dehumidifiers

How Quickly Can ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief Be on Site?

ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief can be on-site within 24 hours of your call. Dealing with mold removal early will save time and costs for any business and will reduce the risk of ill health to individuals in the environment.

For more information, please contact ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief so we can provide you with expert advice on mold treatment and prevention.

Contact ServiceMaster by Disaster Relief at (813) 295-7797 or message us to know more about our restoration services. We service Oldsmar, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Florida and surrounding areas.