Let’s face it — finding mold in your home or office is scary. You want to know how it got there, how long you’ve had it, and how bad the problem is. Most importantly, you want it gone. If you suspect there is mold where you work or live, our restoration company has you covered. We provide expert mold removal services to both residential and commercial properties throughout North Central Florida. Our technicians provide free estimates and are available for prompt, reliable service 24-hours a day, 7 days a week — schedule services today!
Mold grows as a result of moisture, so to prepare for mold removal, all water damaged areas are dried as quickly as possible. Next, an assessment is performed to determine if mold is present. Once the mold assessment is complete, we will begin the mold remediation process.
Where Is Mold Commonly Found?
Mold can and will grow anywhere that conditions allow it. Unfortunately, it takes very little to nourish mold — all it needs is darkness, moisture, and a food source, making your bathroom the perfect setting. Mold growth in bathrooms is one of the most common problems in any house and if it is not identified and corrected, it can get out of hand causing serious damage and costly repairs. The best treatment for mold, however, is prevention.
What Causes Mold In Bathrooms?
Among all the places in a structure, the bathroom is typically the most common place for mold to grow because there is constant water and moisture. Since most bathrooms are not well ventilated, wet surfaces that are not dried quickly become ideal for mold colonies. The water that does evaporate usually has nowhere to go and increases the humidity in the bathroom, further dampening areas such as walls and ceilings. Grime and oils left on surfaces are perfect sources for mold to feed on and the constant lack of light in bathrooms creates a nurturing environment.
How To Prevent Bathroom Mold
In some cases, mold growth is inevitable. However, the following tips can help you prevent bathroom mold from growing and spreading to other areas of the home.
Shower & Bathtub Mold
Mold grows quickly on showers and bathtubs due to the constant running water, steam, soap scum, and body oils left behind. To prevent mold in showers and tubs it is important to regularly clean them with cleaning product and then dry the surfaces to get rid of the leftover moisture. Wash bathroom rugs and curtains frequently or replace if needed. Minimize the number of products placed inside the shower or tub; bottles, razors, sponges, etc. provide ideal crevices for mold to grow in. Check for damaged sealant and shower pan failure, such as cracks, as these can allow water to seep under tiles, in the floor, and inside the walls.
Bathroom Sink Mold
Mold can be found in bathroom sinks for the same reasons as showers and bathtubs. It is important to keep them clean and check for any leaks on the handles and faucet as these can allow mold to grow where the pieces connect.
Drain & Pipe Mold
Drains and pipes that do not drain water properly due to clogging can contribute to mold growth in sinks, showers, and bathtubs. If the water does not drain as fast as water runs from the tap then there is a clogging problem and it should be addressed immediately. Any water that sits will create moisture and be prone to mold growth. To clean mold from pipes, scrub them as far as you can reach with a brush and pour mold killing solution. Any leaks or bursts in pipes can also create mold in bathroom walls and floors. Check that pipes are sealed properly and no water drips when running through them.
Wall & Ceiling Mold
Humidity in the bathroom should be kept below 55 percent to avoid mold growth on walls and ceilings. Steam can cause paint to bubble, create wet spots, and induce mold growth if the moisture is contained in a singular space. A bathroom fan should be installed and allowed to run during the shower and about five minutes after to draw out excess moisture.
What Does Mold Removal Include?
As experts in the restoration industry, we know how important it is to restore your home to its mold-free condition. That’s why mold removal with Maven Construction Group includes every service required to identify and remove every occurrence of mold in your home or business. We also provide restoration services, so your structure can revert back to pre-damage condition.
1. Mold Containment
Maven Construction Group uses advanced containment procedures, such as negative air chambers, to isolate contaminated areas and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during cleanup. Proper containment is an essential first step to proper mold remediation in residential and commercial properties.
2. Air Filtration
Using specialized filtration equipment, our restoration professionals capture microscopic mold spores out of the air and we use “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while mold remediation is in process.
3. Mold Removal
We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming.
4. Mold Damage Restoration
Restoration of areas affected by mold may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may require major repairs such as reconstructing affected rooms within a home or business. The scale of the restoration project will depend on the size of the mold colony and whether it has spread to other areas of the home or business.
How Do I Know If I Have A Mold Problem?
The first hint that there might be a mold problem is finding a water leak. Another indicator of possible mold growth is discovering moisture in some area of the building — under sinks, carpet, in the attic, etc. But, just because these factors are present does not mean you have a mold problem. To be certain, in most cases, a professional mold assessment is necessary. Maven Construction Group uses licensed professionals and state-of-the-art equipment to accurately diagnose mold contamination. For more information or to schedule mold inspection or removal services, contact us today.