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 your work or live, Maven Construction Group can help. Maven offers mold assessment and removal services for Gainesville, FL residential and commercial buildings. We provide free estimates and are available 24-hours a day.
Mold Removal Services
Mold grows as a result of moisture, so to prepare for mold removal, 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, Maven begins the mold remediation process.
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?
The main reason why it is so common for mold to grow in bathrooms is 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
Shower & Bathtub
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 left over 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, these can allow water to seep under tiles, in the floor, and inside walls causing water damage and mold growth that will be more complicated and expensive to repair.
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.
Drains & Pipes
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. It is important to check that pipes are sealed properly and no water drips when ran through them. Look under cabinets, on the walls, and on the floors for dark spots, dampness, loose tiles, spongy floorboards and walls, and rotting wood as these could be signs of leakage.
Walls & Ceilings
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 it is not allowed to escape. A bathroom fan should be installed and allowed to run during the shower and about five minutes after to draw out excess moisture.
How Does Maven Get Rid of Mold?
1. Mold Containment
Maven 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 Gainesville, FL.
2. Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows Maven’s restoration professionals to 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 anti-fungal 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 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.
Mold Assessment & Remediation in Gainesville, FL
It can be costly and time consuming to remove mold from walls, ceilings and floors if the problem develops too far. If you have bathroom mold or water leaks, contact Maven Construction Group before it is too late. Our mold and water restoration services are often covered by your homeowner’s insurance and we will bring in a plumber for you if necessary.