One of our regular property managers in St. Petersburg Florida called us out to a large condo building with a particular unit in need of mold removal services. The owner of the St. Petersburg condo suspected a problem with mold while down in Florida visiting on vacation. Instead of calling a mold remediation professional, the condo owner decided to check for mold himself by removing some baseboard and then cutting a hole in the drywall. Since the property manager is responsible for the drywall, the owner thought he was doing them a favor by locating the mold for them. As it turns out, by cutting out this piece of drywall covered in mold growth he actually contaminated the rest of his unit with mold.
Mold spores are very tiny and can travel with air movement for a very long distance. If I were to drop a mold spore from chest height, it would take an hour to drop one foot as long as it wasn’t affected by air movement or any other force. By looking at the pictures below, you can see that millions of mold spores were released every time the owner cut an inch with his drywall knife. Mold testing and mold removal is a very tedious process that must be followed by a mold remediation professional.
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We were called out to a Clearwater home because of a complaint of a musty smell in the kitchen. Musty smells can be caused by many things, including mold growth. With the use of our infrared leak detection equipment we were able to locate the source of the musty smell which led us to a mold removal project. The Clearwater home had a very small leak in the plumbing waste line located in the wall. This waste line was dripping water into the block wall of the home behind the kitchen cabinets. Over a period of weeks, this plumbing pipe leak turned into a prime feeding ground for mold growth.
The pictures below show the wall where we found the mold growth behind the kitchen cabinets. As you can see by the infrared picture, the mold growth is still active as the drywall is still wet. In order to properly remove the mold, we setup a containment so that we wouldn’t transfer any mold spores to the rest of the house. Mold removal is a tedious process that must follow strict guidelines in order to properly contain the mold to one area for mold clean up. Once our mold containment was properly setup, we easily removed the mold from this area of the home. Mold removal in this Clearwater home required much more work than simply removing drywall with mold growth on it. Special equipment is needed to properly remove the mold from the air, wood studs, etc.
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Our mold removal team was called out by our water damage restoration team to handle a mold removal project at a condo located in Tampa. The owner of the Tampa condo called us in to remediate some water damage that was located in the kitchen area. We used our infrared leak detection equipment to locate a small water leak on the dishwasher plumbing line. The plumbing leak was very small and had just been dripping over a long period of time. Since this Tampa condo had laminate wood floors, the water ran underneath the flooring and wasn’t obviously visible for days and possibly weeks.
As wet building materials sit for a period of time, mold growth begins to form. Mold spores are in the air all around us just waiting for a good meal. Wet building materials such as cabinets and drywall are a prime source for mold growth. Our mold removal team was called to Tampa to put up containment around the mold and begin the mold removal process. Since the mold had time to grow and reproduce, we ending up having to remove mold from drywall and the back of all of the lower kitchen cabinets. It’s imperative to begin the water damage restoration process immediately or you will require mold removal services. This Tampa condo owner caught the water as soon as they could see it.
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