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Naples, Florida is known for many things, like its beautiful beaches, luxurious homes and seasonal guests. Unfortunately, Naples also has its share of mold and microbial growth issues due to the wet environment.
We all know that one of the major causes of mold growth in Naples homes and businesses is water damage that is not dried or treated properly. When water damage is not dried and dehumidification is not utilized, mold can begin to appear as soon as 48 hours after the water damage occurred. Luckily the expert mold removal team at FP Property Restoration can help with our mold services in Naples.
How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home?
Mold growth can be a serious problem for homeowners, leading to health issues and costly repairs. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent mold growth in your home.
Here are some mold prevention tips from our experts at FP Property Restoration:
- Control humidity levels: Keep the humidity in your home below 50% to discourage mold growth. Consider using a dehumidifier in areas that tend to be more humid, such as basements or bathrooms.
- Fix leaks promptly: Any leaks or water damage should be addressed immediately. Moisture from leaks can quickly lead to mold growth if left untreated.
- Proper ventilation: Ensure that your home has adequate ventilation, especially in areas prone to moisture, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Use exhaust fans or open windows to promote air circulation.
- Regularly clean and dry: Regularly clean and dry areas that are prone to moisture, such as shower curtains, bathroom tiles, and kitchen sinks. Mold thrives in damp environments, so keeping these areas dry can help prevent mold growth.
- Inspect and maintain: Regularly inspect your home for any signs of water damage or mold growth. If you notice any issues, address them promptly to prevent further damage.
By following these preventive measures, you can reduce the risk of mold growth in your home and ensure a healthier living environment for you and your family.
Is Mold a Common Problem in Naples?
Yes, mold issues are common in Naples and throughout Florida. In 2018 for example, Hurricane Irma came ashore in Florida. The wind and rain did its fair share of damages. Many would say Naples residents got lucky, as the storm weakened drastically prior to making landfall. The damage was far from over, however.
One Naples resident called and stated that they:
- Didn’t notice water damage initially
- Were now seeing some spots or discoloration on some ceiling drywall
- Were now noticing a musty smell
Naples residents and business owners rushed to get their homes dried. Many were without power for extended amounts of time, meaning there was no central air conditioning running to provide dehumidification. Water damage plus humidity leads to rapid mold growth. Many residents in Naples Florida had mold remediation contractors, like FP Property Restoration, out to their homes immediately to remove mold-affected materials and treat the remainder of the property for mold and airborne mold spores.
Some Hurricane Irma-related damage was obvious. For every home that had obvious roof, property, and water damage, however, there were two homes that had damage that was not immediately obvious. Homes popped up with cracked shingles and small, hard-to see-water spots on ceilings and drywall.
This call volume picked up considerably and upon inspection, many of these home and business owners’ worst fears were verified: they did, indeed, have mold—and the levels and extent were much worse than expected.
I had total trust in them, I could leave for a few hours and they would even take care of my 4 dogs like they were their own.- Barry M.
Honestly not sure what we would have done if FP hadn’t stopped to help- very grateful.- Dennisun C.
Operations manager Devin McKeon was especially helpful in finalizing the completion of the restoration.- Dave K.
All of the techs were so professional, kind, and sensitive to the homeowner's situation.- Eileen L.
They worked non stop for the last 10 days to mitigate our home.- Brian B.
We recommend the following steps be taken to prevent mold post disaster:
- Even when the smallest water damages have occurred, use a reputable Naples water damage restoration company to inspect and properly dry and dehumidify the property
- Every three to six months, have your home inspected using infrared thermal cameras and meters to detect any hard-to-see water damage
- If you think you have mold, no matter how minor it may seem, contact a licensed mold assessor to test your home for mold spores; when dealing with mold and its dangers, you can never be too careful
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Numerous reports on different brands of DIY testing kits rate them as “not recommended.” More defects and inaccurate results were reported by other reporters and consumers. In one report, a consumer stated that mold was found in an unopened mold testing kit.
Problems caused by DIY mold testing kits:
- Over-the-counter mold testing kits have no expiration date. They sit on shelves or in storage areas for unknown periods of time. Without the expiration date, the requirement for a sterile testing kit is uncertain. Consumers can’t determine how much potential handling or exposure these kits have had.
- These testing kits have read inaccurate results in numerous cases. Some test results will read high mold counts when the actual count for mold is low and vice versa.
- Mold testing requires air flow to measure the mold in cubic units. The standard guidelines refer to mold spores per cubic meter or coliform forming units. Without controlled airflow, a level of mold per volume of air is impossible to gather.
- Mold tests need a controlled sample in order to validate the elevation of mold spores. This controlled sample will provide a meaningful reference point. Over-the-counter mold testing kits don’t provide the dish to take a comparison sample from a different room or outdoors.
- Consumers are often misled by DIY mold test marketing. They tell you that the testing kit will report the type and amount of mold you have present. This is not the case. What they don’t tell you is that it costs extra to have the test sent out to a lab for a lab report. Even then, the report is not fully accurate.
- DIY testing kits don’t provide an overall understanding of the contamination in your home. An in-person inspection plays a huge role in a comprehensive mold investigation. An inspector is a highly trained indoor mold expert, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. These specialized instruments include digital moisture meters, hygrometers, and infrared cameras. These tools allow the mold expert to give the homeowner a thorough observation and better understanding of the situation.
- Some spores have different weight, density, and air flow characteristics than other spore cells. This causes some spores to settle differently than others. water damage indicators, black mold, and other “sticky molds” will not appear readily on DIY testing kits. This absence of the results could cause a greater growth of mold in your home or place of business.
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