Mold Removal and Remediation Services
Mold is unsightly, damaging, and potentially dangerous. All it takes is a little bit of neglected moisture, and any property can quickly experience mold growth that may rapidly become a serious health and safety hazard. Eliminating mold is also not as simple as wiping it away. Depending on the type of mold, the cause, and where it is located, it may take a variety of tools and technology to eliminate it.
If you find that your property has mold, contact Rescue Clean 911. We are a mold remediation company located in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area, serving most of South Florida with the best mold removal service for both residential and commercial properties in the region.
Licensed, bonded, and insured, Rescue Clean 911 is ready to provide you with a free quote and fast service. Call us at 1-833-CLEAN99 (1-833-253-2699) to schedule an appointment, or fill out our online form and we’ll contact you quickly to discuss your urgent needs.
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Who We Are at Rescue Clean 911 in South Florida
Mold remediation is important. As a professional cleanup, remediation, and restoration service, we know how critical it is to trust that the company you choose will be able to get rid of mold thoroughly and permanently – one that will keep you, your property, and your family or employees safe.
Rescue Clean 911 is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). We are also certified by the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). These are the two most respected names in remediation and restoration, with strict standards that businesses like Rescue Clean 911 must meet in order to obtain their certification.
We are also a customer-focused company that knows how stressful and challenging issues like mold can be. It’s why we respond fast, provide only the latest in mold remediation technology, and extensively train each and every one of our technicians to provide the most thorough and careful service available.
We are also as transparent as possible from beginning to end:
- Offering a free visual inspection
- Providing a competitively priced estimate on the spot.
- Maintaining communication with you throughout the process.
Our mold remediation cost is determined by our Xactimate estimating software, which provides what is considered fair industry standard pricing that is directly in line with insurance company cost calculators, which means there are no unexpected surprises and no overcharging.
We are also a 24 hour mold remediation and cleanup service, available in emergencies or when an immediate restoration is needed. 24/7, 365 days a year, you’ll be able to contact us when you need us and we will be there to help.
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We know how stressful and often overwhelming it can be when your property is struggling with a mold problem. That is why we always come right away and guarantee our work, so that the moment the project is over, you can rest comfortably knowing that your mold problem is eliminated.
What is Mold Remediation?
Mold is all around us, in microscopic particles that help aid our environment. But inside, mold – when it has access to organic material and moisture – is incredibly damaging to the property, and possibly creates health hazards and other issues when left uncontrolled.
Mold can happen anywhere. But we’re at especially high risk here in South Florida, as a result of issues that include:
- Heavy Rains
- Older Properties and More
Even newer homes around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas can have mold. Florida itself is the state with the second highest mold rate in the country, after Texas, and South Florida’s more temperate climate means that we have it worse here than they do up in the Northern part of the state. If you’re living in this area, your property is at risk.
Mold remediation is the service to get rid of mold. We call it “remediation” because mold is always all around us in some form, but what we want to do is stop the spread of mold on a property, aiding with services that include cleanup and prevention across both residential and commercial properties.
About Mold Removal and Mold Damage
Mold is not bacteria. The term “mold” refers to different types of fungi that are present in the air and on all different types of surfaces, indoors and outdoors. Outdoors, mold provides an important functional purpose. It essentially eats decaying matter, capable of turning fruits, wood, deceased animals, and other decaying matter back into nutrients for soil. In the home, we often see mold on old breads and fruit. If we continued to let the mold go, eventually those foods would turn to almost nothingness.
The problem is that your house is made up of natural materials, like wood and gypsum (the natural mineral used to create drywall). When it has the right environment:
- Warm Temperature
- Consistent Moisture/Wetness
Perhaps not surprisingly, this is common in properties everywhere, as all it takes is a normal household temperature and a small leak and suddenly mold is able to thrive. The longer the property has this moisture, the more it is at risk for mold (if you have experienced water damage, please review our water damage page for more information on our water damage repair service).
For property managers, mold can also be easy to overlook. Depending on where the mold occurs, by the time you’ve noticed mold on your property it may already mean that it has caused significant damage in places that you cannot see. Also, even though mold starts small, it can spread quickly throughout a property and become unsightly and possibly dangerous.
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Dangerous Mold in Your Home or Business
Many people find themselves concerned over “black mold.” There is this consistent belief that mold that is black colored is far more dangerous than any other type of mold, and that if you happen to grow black mold on your property it can be deadly.
The truth is a bit more complicated, and not necessarily in a good way.
Stachybotrys chartarum, the mold that causes “toxic black mold,” is very unlikely to be deadly. Mold is around you all the time, and swallowing some spores of black mold is unlikely to be fatal, except in those with long term exposure to severe black mold, who also have respiratory issues.
However, the problem is not that black mold is deadly, but that all household mold can be a problem. Acremonium, Aspergillus, Chaetonium – these are only some of the many molds that can cause allergies, breathing issues, and even neurological impairment if left untreated. Many different types of molds can lead to “mycotoxins,” which are toxic mold spores released by a variety of different kinds of mold, and even those that do not shed mycotoxins may still cause other issues related to large numbers of their spores.
That means that it’s not “black mold” that is dangerous. It is:
- Pink Mold
- Brown Mold
- Gray Mold
- White Mold
- Green Mold
- Orange Mold
- Yellow Mold
- Red Mold
All molds can cause different types of health issues, especially as they grow. At minimum, those with allergies and asthma are at risk if a mold growth continues to spread, and the longer a person is in contact with this mold, the more some other issues may arise as well.
Mold is also unsanitary, reduces the value of the property considerably, and weakens the material it eats leading to the potential for long term damage. Black mold may not quite be as frightening as the media and different movies/TV shows makes it sound, but all mold is also more dangerous and problematic, and needs to be removed.
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Mold Removal – The Only Solution to Property Mold
There is no way to paint over mold. You cannot wash mold away. Once mold has started to take over a part of your property, it needs to be eliminated completely, or it will continue to persist and be likely to spread. Mold release spores, and more severe infestations mean that there are likely to be more spores floating around your property than are typically in the air. The moment they find a moist surface, they will take root and continue to spread and grow.
The solution for this is mold remediation. At Rescue Clean 911, our comprehensive mold removal and restoration service will help stop mold from spreading, repair the damage that was already done, and prevent it from coming back – ensuring that you and your property are no longer at risk.
How Does Mold Removal Work?
How we address mold remediation depends on where the mold is located, the extent of the spread, and even the type of mold. It is typically a combination of different services, and can change depending on the room, the distress, how long the mold has had to set in, and so much more.
Although the processes are similar between them, there are actually different types (called levels) of mold remediation, and before we can begin, we have to determine which level of remediation is needed in order to effectively remove and manage it.
- Level 1 Mold Remediation – Level 1 mold remediation refers to remediation that is only necessary over a small section of a property, typically under about 10 square feet. Most of the remediation process is the same early on, but addressing this type of mold is often a bit less intensive.
- Level 2 Mold Remediation – Level 2 mold remediation refers to mold removal over a much larger section of a property – typically 10 to 30 square feet. At this stage, it becomes even more important to hire a professional mold remediation company, as it often means there is both a more significant underlying problem and more potential risk with removal.
- Level 3 Mold Remediation – Between 30 and 100 feet of mold remediation is when the issue becomes potentially more hazardous. The underlying issue that led to this level of mold will need to be addressed, and anyone removing the mold will have to have protective gear and clothing. Proper disposal is mandatory.
- Level 4 Mold Remediation- In homes with over 100 square feet of mold damage, professional mold remediation is required. It is considered to be a hazardous amount of mold, and always indicates an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. There is a significant risk of disturbance as well, which means professional handling of these issues is critical to prevent mold from getting worse or returning.
There is also what’s known as HVAC mold – sometimes referred to as “level 5,” although it refers to mold specifically related to HVAC systems. If there is mold in your HVAC system – a small amount or a large amount – it should always be removed and cared for by professionals, as there is significant health risks if the mold is not removed and prevented correctly.
As mold spreads, there is also risk that it could affect the structural integrity of the home, so no matter what level of mold you may have, calling a professional Florida mold remediation company is always a good decision.
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The professional dispatcher, based on the description of your problem will instruct you on how to protect yourself and your family. The technician upon arrival will assess the situation and immediately implement a plan of action. Remember passage of time in minutes + standing water = damage to personal property (flooring, carpets, electrical and furnishings) and the structure of your home (walls, ceilings and sheetrock) and the health of you and your family could also be compromised by mold and mildew!
The Mold Removal Process
Although you can eyeball it in some ways, an inspection is necessary to determine which level of mold remediation is necessary so that we can determine which treatment. Here at Rescue Clean 911, Mold testing is also available. Although all molds are harmful, tests can help determine if the type of mold is functionally important for our removal process.
Still, a visual inspection is the most important step, as we need to determine where the mold is and how far it has spread. Mold can spread in areas that you may not see, found behind walls or hidden in corners. Any leftover mold when the process is over can lead to the issue coming back, and since all mold can be dangerous for a person or property, the test is only used to guide some of the decision making on our end.
Once we know where the mold is, the next step is remediation. The process will vary depending on the extent of the mold, its location, and other factors, so it may not be exactly as described below, but traditionally it will involve the following steps.
Step 0: Setup
Before we can even begin the mold remediation process, we need to make sure that the area is setup correctly. The setup depends on the extent of the infestation, but may include small tasks – such as making sure the HVAC is turned off and sealed – to more significant setups, like making sure everyone has vacated the property and setting up a decontamination room for our team to make sure that we have a moment to remove any toxins or mold spores before we leave the contaminated area.
These steps help keep us and you safe, all while making it possible to get rid of mold without any risk of spread.
Step 1: Eliminate Any Sources of Water/Moisture
For any remediation process to work, the first step has to be to stop the source of the mold whenever possible. For example, if the issue is a leaky pipe, a leaking roof, or even something like poor ventilation, we’ll need to stop and prevent this if we want to be able to control it.
If there is a more serious water damage problem, we do offer Florida water damage repair, so we can assist there as well. In situations where the cause of the mold may not entirely be controllable, what we can do is utilize various devices to remove moisture and humidity from the air until we can figure out the next step.
Step 2: Seal the Mold to Prevent Spread
Mold spores are survivors. If they are given an opportunity to spread, they will spread and come back fast. That is why it is important to isolate any areas of the property that have mold damage, so that it is not possible for the mold spores to spread anywhere else on the property.
Because the spores can also be harmful – and because building materials can be equally problematic if we are tearing out pieces of the property that may have pathogens – we need to make sure that spores, dust, and other debris are not able to spread from the contaminated section.
We also need to make sure there is ample ventilation in the room. Sometimes, this requires us to add air filtration devices and other technologies to make sure that the mold and its spores are unable to spread elsewhere in the home.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Mold Damage
The next step is to remove anything and everything that has been damaged by mold. Once the mold has become visible and has been given an opportunity to spread, it needs to be completely removed from the home whenever possible. Every wet or porous material that has shown signs of mold is carefully packaged and removed from the property.
Removal is about more than demolition. Like most things related to mold remediation in Florida, it has to be completed carefully, according to EPA guidelines. Although it is true that mold is everywhere, even something like improper disposal can cause health hazards and challenges to nearby homeowners, so every part of the mold damage removal process needs to be completed with the utmost care. So all materials need to be placed in airtight, durable bags, carefully sealed, and disposed of properly.
Every technician on our team is experienced in hazardous material removal, knows how to setup decontamination rooms if needed, and comes equipped with all the necessary equipment to handle any level of mold.
Step 3.5: Encapsulate if Needed
In most situations, we can remove the entirety of the offending area. But it is possible that we may run into problems that make removal impossible, where we cannot remove and replace a part of the property without causing further issues.
In situations where this occurs, what we do is called “encapsulation.” We use special materials, such as paint, sealant, or another type of material. This requires very special care and only the right products, as paint is not nearly enough to stop mold on its own, but certain types of sealant can stop the spread of mold in small spaces.
Step 4: Start the Cleaning Process
With different levels of mold, the cleaning process may vary depending on the severity of the infestation. For small, less severe instances of mold, it may be possible to wipe down the remaining area with a cleaner and then dry it off to ensure that the mold does not come back.
The more severe the level of mold, the more intensive the cleaning process becomes. We will need to integrate different strategies to make sure that the area is correctly cleaned. Some of these strategies may include:
- Placing Biocides – When mold growth is severe, we use antimicrobial biocides to kill off even microscopic fungi and prevent the fungi from growing back. When an HVAC system is affected, biocides are critical for making sure that the HVAC system doesn’t spread mold or need to be replaced.
- Air Monitoring – Using special technology, we are able to monitor the air to see how dangerous the particles are. We can do this during the treatment, and we can do this at the end of the treatment and cleaning to make sure it is safe for you and your family to enter again.
- HEPA Vacuuming – We vacuum everywhere with a high powered vacuum using HEPA safe filters that pick up all the fungi particles and bacteria and prevent it from blowing around the property.
We may use other technologies and treatments as well, including negative air machines, air scrubbers, heat, bleach, and all different types of antimicrobials. Or, for mold issues that are not as severe, we may only need an advanced cleaner and proper mold abatement practices. Each case is treated as unique, with our inspections making it possible for us to figure out what the issue is and what is the best way to treat it.
Step 5: Repair and Cleanup
Once all the moldy items have been removed, the property is clean, and the issues that led to mold have been taken care of, the final step is to repair the home and do our best to leave as quickly as possible so that you can go back to your normal life.
When needed, our services can provide a complete restoration, restoring your home to like-new condition as if you never had a mold problem at all. Everything from drywall to paint to baseboards to hardware, we can replace any part of the property that we had to remove and use our contractors to ensure that it is back to perfect, mold free condition.
If there is any reason to be concerned that the situations that caused mold are still present, then we can apply preventative treatments to protect the property from mold or mildew buildup.
Then we clean up after ourselves, double check that it’s safe for you and your family to re-enter, and leave. We’re confident that our work will remain mold and mildew free, and you will be able to go back to enjoying your property and regaining any value that you had lost.
At Rescue Clean 911, we have provided places like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, and more with expert level mold remediation for years, and we will always take all that we’ve learned to help us guarantee that your home will be free of unwanted mold.
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Benefits of Choosing a Mold Removal Company in South Florida
Mold seems like it should be a minor issue. Some people even try to tackle the jobs themselves, using mold remediation DIY techniques to get rid of mildew and signs of mold throughout the property. But even those that have expert handyman skills should strongly consider choosing an experienced disaster cleanup and mold remediation company to provide support. That is because:
- Mold is Dangerous – Even small amounts of mold can release heavy amounts of spores when it is disturbed, and often most people do not know how much mold there truly is since it can be growing in areas that you may not be able to see. Small amounts of mold are unlikely to cause serious dangers to sensitive groups, but mold inhalation is still unhealthy, and the worse the mold is the more it can spread.
- Bacteria May Be Present – Mold is a fungus, not a bacteria, but the same conditions that can lead to mold can also cause bacteria growth, which may also be harmful. Improper handling of bacteria could put someone at risk for illness and infection, as could accidentally spreading the bacteria around the home.
- Improper Removal/Disposal Means Spreading Mold – The reason that companies like ours here at Rescue Clean 911 take such precautions when removing and discarding the parts of your property that have grown this mold is because if the spores spread around your home, there becomes greater risk of additional growth. The last thing any property owner wants to do is to eliminate mold in one area only to have it grow somewhere else, and with our experience and technology, we know how to make sure that it is kept secure according to all EPA guidelines.
- Mold Can Regrow – Missing even one spot that had mold could setup the opportunity for mold to grow back. It is helpful to have considerable experience with mold removal in order to ensure that the issue is properly eliminated, and that there is no risk that the mold will come back over time.
- Mold Remediation Needs to Be Fast – Because mold and mildew can spread and regrow so easily, remediation efforts need to be quick. There are situations with severe infestations, for example, where it is unsafe to leave the area at all until the job is done, because the area needs to stay completely sealed. Since most DIY mold remediation by non-experts is a slow process, this can be both less safe and less effective.
In some situations, a mold remediation specialist is essentially required, as only with the right tools and technology is it possible to eliminate both the source of the mold and the areas that it has grown the most. But even with smaller infestations, it is helpful to at least consider a mold remediation company to give your property the care and attention it needs.
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Why Choose Rescue Clean 911 for Your Mold Removal Needs?
Property owners have a choice for who to trust for their mold remediation needs. We’re confident that when you choose Rescue Clean 911, we’ll be able to prove to you that you made the right choice.
That is because we are highly experienced, and integrate a wealth of knowledge into our work. Not only do we understand urgent cleaning, but we also integrate the mindset of our founder, who started his career not only as a disaster cleanup specialist, but also as a firefighter and nurse. Your safety, security, and satisfaction is our top priority, each and every time.
We’ll also provide you with helpful information on how to prevent mold. Once we’ve been able to see your property and get a better idea of why you experienced an infestation, we can provide you with a walkthrough of the different strategies you can use to prevent it from happening again, such as:
- Reducing indoor humidity, ideally to between 40% and 60%.
- Cleaning surfaces with bleach when there are any signs of mildew.
- Immediately fixing and removing any leaks.
- Providing air flow throughout the home, including installing vents in bathrooms.
- Preventing condensation on windows, and more.
We’ll make sure that not only is your mold problem solved, but you’ll be equipped to make sure that nothing like that will happen again. We know that the best service we can provide is one you only need once, and that’s why we’ll make sure you have whatever it is you may need to keep your property its safest and best for years to come.
Our Commercial Mold Removal
So many people live here in South Florida that we are frequently called upon for residential properties. But many commercial properties in the area need help as well, and in some cases, severe mold issues can cause legal problems that may affect a business’s ability to grow.
That’s why we also work with businesses and commercial properties throughout the region, including, but not limited to:
- Hospitals and Senior Homes
- Office Buildings
- Hotels and Motels, and More
Any property can experience mold, and in commercial properties – where moisture is often prevalent and with many areas of the property that can go missed or unnoticed – the risks and complications can often be even greater. We are able to offer competitive rates that won’t hurt your bottom line, and will work quickly to make sure that the issue is solved as fast as possible.
Because we are a 24/7 company, we can often schedule time to review or clean the mold when it is convenient for you, your employees, and your customers as well, allowing us to work discreetly so that few people know you had mold, and so that your business operations can continue as quickly as possible.
Schedule an Appointment Today with Rescue Clean 911
Rescue Clean 911 offers free quotes and estimates that we can provide right away. We have 24 hour services for emergencies, and can assist with other types of clean up as well – such as properties that have extensive water damage.
We’re a mobile team serving Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie & Martin Counties, and we’d love to be able to show you why we’ve quickly become the best choice for mold remediation in Florida. Give us a call at any time at 1-833-CLEAN99 (1-833-253-2699), and let’s talk about your mold problem and make sure that we can provide you with the best possible solution.
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What You Should Know About Mold Removal
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
Reduce indoor humidity (to 40-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
Mold is a microscopic fungus that is part of the natural environment and necessary for our ecosystem. While it is necessary in the outdoor world, too much mold inside a structure can be dangerous and unsanitary. Mold produces spores as part of its lifecycle, and these spores float through the air both inside and outside.
Many people aren’t aware that mold can cause serious structural damage to homes and businesses, which, if left undetected, can cause a property to lose value and/or require significant repairs. And if you have ever suffered from allergies, exposure to molds can often cause nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritation or even more severe reactions.
Mold needs a moist environment, temperatures above freezing and a food source, which could be leaves, paper, dirt, wood or other building materials. Mold is more likely to be found in damp, dusty spaces or areas with stagnant air.
If you see mold growth or water stains, a mold test can help identify related microbial activity. You can also look for areas where water leakage has occurred, such as roofs, pipes, ceilings or walls. Musty smells may also indicate the presence of mold.
The most effective means to keep mold in check include keeping the humidity level of your home at 40–60 percent, using an air conditioner and/or dehumidifier during humid months and in damp spaces like basements, and always utilizing exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens, along with dryer vents outside your home. Lastly, if there are leaks in your roof, walls or plumbing, it is important to repair them as soon as possible.
Most experts recommend a professional remediation company when elevated mold levels are detected. Remediation professionals are specially trained to isolate and treat mold-affected areas to avoid contaminating adjacent spaces.
Some molds have the reputation of being more dangerous than others. Is identifying the mold important?
Sometimes you will hear terms like “toxic mold” and “black mold” used to refer to molds. While identifying the type of fungus or mold may be interesting, it doesn’t affect the course of action. If mold is present, the CDC has strongly recommended that it be removed, no matter the type*.
Rescue Clean 911’s team of certified technicians are on-call 24/7, and will respond quickly no matter when disaster strikes. We understand how critical it is that cleanup begins as soon as possible to limit the damage to your property, and will be there as soon as possible, day or night.