Signs Of Hidden Water Leaks In Your Bathroom

Bathroom leaks can be tricky and hard to detect, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Puddles left on the floor after a shower or bath can seem innocent enough, especially if you have children. You may need to poke around to find the not-so-obvious bathroom plumbing leak.

Look for these somewhat subtle signs to determine whether you need to hire a plumber to fix those leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures before things get worse. If left untreated, a water leak in you bathroom can cost you, expecially if it leads to serious water damage to walls, flooring and paint.

Mildew or Mold

No matter how well and how often you clean your bathroom, mold or mildew can spring up if you have a hidden water leak. Mold thrives on moist, dark areas, and a pipe, which is typically hidden in a wall or under flooring, provides the perfect starting point for mold or mildew if the pipe springs a leak.

While it’s normal for a little mildw to occur wherever water accumulates, such as in the corner of a shower, mold or mildew on non shower walls or in corners of the bathroom is a clear sign that water is leaking somewhere and finding its way close to those areas. A leaking pipe provides plenty of moisture so the longer it takes you to detect and fix the leak, the easier and faster mold will grow.

Damaged paint or wallpaper

Wall damage from toilet leak.

A wall with blistering paint or wallpaper is another sign of bathroom leaks.

In most cases, steam from the occasional hot shower shouldn’t cause paint or wallpaper to come loose. When water and moisture get between the wall and paint, they eliminate the bond and begin to separate the two, causing the paint to rise from the wall and fall off in pieces. The same goes for wallpaper: The adhesive used to bond the paper to the wall becomes less sticky and the paper begins to come loose.

Damaged Walls

Tile damage from leak in shower. Mold in wall board behind tile.

A wall that is warped or stained for no reason is a clear sign that you have a plumbing leak in your bathroom.

When drywall is exposed to moisture, it becomes soft and begins to bubble, ultimately warping and breaking into pieces. If the leak reaches the ceiling, it causes it to sag and possibly leak some of the water that has accumulated. The same goes for the wall board behind tiles; once water has penetrated and moisture can accumulate, the tiles will begin to come loose and fall off.

To fix the leak, a plumber often must tear out the drywall, requiring someone to patch and paint or retile when the plumber is finished.

Damaged flooring

Unless you purposely let water sit on it, a bathroom floor rarely suffers water damage unless there is a leak. If your bathroom floor is buckling, cracking or beginning to stain for no obvious reason, chances are hidden water is the culprit. The water could be from a pipe directly underneath the floor, or it could have traveled there from another area.

Depending of the type of flooring in your bathroom, moisture can make it feel spongy or soft. Tile may lose its adhesion and become loose, allowing you to easily remove a piece and possibly expose water or moisture underneath it. You will also often find a damp subfloor.

Stains on ceilings

If you have a bathroom on a second floor, you might spot a leak in the ceiling under the bathroom. Check the patch of ceiling in the room directly beneath the bathroom for stains and signs of water damage. However, because water can travel a long distance, it’s possible to find water stains on the ceiling farther away.

An occasional wet floor in a second-story bathroom won’t cause enough seepage to damage anything underneath it. Any brown, copper or dark stain on the ceiling is a sign of a pernicious water leak in the ceiling. A sagging ceiling is a sign that water from a leak is reaching the area.

sources: J.T. Gonzales. Signs Of Hidden Water Leak In Your Bathroom. Web blog post. Solution Center: Plumbing. Angie’s List.

The Difference Between Mold and Mildew

Mold in interior of window

Mold and mildew are both types of fungi that are commonly found in the home. They thrive in moist environments, spread easily, and live on various surfaces which makes them very difficult to get rid of. If left unattended, however, the harmful microorganisms can quickly affect large areas of your property and may even result in health problems and structural damage. While the two types of fungi share many common features, they pose different risks and respond to different treatment.

So, in order to come up with an efficient cleaning strategy and ensure the safety of your living environment, you need to understand the difference between mold and mildew.

What Is The Difference Between Mold And Mildew?

Common Mildew Types

Primarily, mildew is a plant disease that causes great damage to crops and plants. It is classified as powdery and downy:

  • Powdery mildew mainly affects flowering plants and first appears as white or gray patterned splotches that gradually become yellowish brown or black as the fungus grows.
  • Downy mildew is commonly found in agricultural products, such as grapes and potatoes. Its appearance varies depending on the type of surface it grows on, but usually downy mildew starts as yellow spots that eventually turn brown.

Common Mold Types

Although the number of mold species that can live indoors exceeds 10,000 according to the latest CDC estimates, most household molds belong to one of the following five types. (Picture and description to the right.)

  • Penicillium spores can spread very easily and have strong musty odors.
  • Alternaria under prolonged exposure can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  • Aspergillus is the most common type of mold found indoors. It can cause allergic reactions and respiratory infections, as well as inflammation of the lungs in those with weak immune systems.
  • Unlike many other molds, Cladosporium can grow in cool areas.
  • Stachybotrys chartarum is the most dangerous kind of household mold – it produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins that can cause severe health problems, such as allergic symptoms, breathing problems, asthma attacks, chronic sinus infections, fatigue and depression. Usually grows around areas that are constantly damp.

How To Tell The Diffence Between MoldAnd Mildew?

There are several crucial differences in the appearance and properties of mold and mildew that will help you recognize the type of indoor fungi you have discovered in your home

Visual differences between mold and mildew

Differences between Mold and Mildew in Appearance

Typically, mold appears black or green while mildew looks gray or white. Yet, there are some more detailed specifics on the appearance of the fungi:

  • Mildew usually grows in a flat pattern and appears either powdery or fluffy. It can be easily identified as a patch of white, gray or yellowish fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew usually turns black or brown over time.
  • Mold is usually fuzzy or slimy in appearance. It appears as irregularly shaped spots that can have different colors – blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black or white. Oftentimes, surfaces that are covered in mold begin to rot.

Differences in the Effects of Mold and Mildew

Both Mold and mildew need to be taken care of in a quick and efficient manner as they can cause a lot of trouble over time:

  • Mildew usually affects plants and crops. If it develops indoors, however, it can also pose health risks. When inhaled, mildew spores cause coughing, headache, sore throat and respiratory problems.
  • Mold can result in considerable structural damage when left unattended for a long time. Prolonged exposure can cause a variety of health problems, depending on the strain of mold. Common health effects of mold include various allergic reactions (sneezing, skin irritations, irritation of the eyes and throat, nasal congestion, ect.), respiratory problems (difficulty breathing, coughing, pneumonia, asthma attacks), heart problems, migraines, inflammation and pain in the joints, dizziness, depression and extreme fatigue. The mycotoxins produced by black mold are particularly harmful and may have severe long-term health effects, especially in younger kids and individual with weak immune systems.

Mold and Mildew Testing

If you are not sure what type of fungi you are dealing with, you can have them tested:

  • Home testing – the easiest way to identify the kind of microorganisms in you home is to drip a few drops of household bleach on the affected area. Wait for about five minutes and inspect the spot:
  1. If it has become lighter, you are dealing with mildew
  2. If it remains dark, it is mold that has developed in your home

You can also use various mold and mildew testing kits that are available on the market:

  • Professional testing – if you suspect considerable mold growth in your property or if you aren’t sure about the best course of action to take, your best bet is to ask for professional assistance. Contact a trustworthy mold removal company in your area for inspection, testing, evaluation and efficient mold removal services that will help you get rid of the harmful fungi in your home.

How To Get Rid Of Mold And Mildew?

If you can prevent mold and mildew in the first place, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle and headaches.

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew

The most efficient way to prevent mold and mildew in your home is to keep all the areas dry and moisture-free. Maintain a humidity level of about 40-50% inside the house (a dehumidifier provides the most advantageous solution for ensuring appropriate indoor humidity), have your heating and cooling systems regularly inspected, keep air ducts clean and in good condition ensure good air circulation inside the premises, fix any leaks in the bathroom, kitchen or other areas, ect. Remove any mildew-affected plants and weeks as soon as you notice them in order to prevent mildew infestation.

How to Clean Mold and Mildew

Mildew is a surface fungus that can be efficiently treated with a commercially available cleaner and a scrubbing brush. Just make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a facial mask to prevent inhaling mildew spores, as well as to avoid breathing in fumes given off by the cleaning product you use. It is also advisable to put on rubber gloves in order to protect your hands both from the mildew and from the cleaning agent. Clean all the surrounding areas carefully as well, to ensure that all the fungi have been successfully removed.

Mold, on the other hand, attaches to the affected materials with microscopic filaments that penetrate beneath the surface. The mold spore spread very easily and can survive in extreme conditions, so they can quickly affect large areas of your property and result in permanent damage. Moreover, despite its characteristic musty smell, mold is only visible to the eye when the colonies start growing, so early detection and prevention is very difficult. Worst of all, mold can have a very negative impact on your health, so DIY removal attempts are not recommendable. Beside, DIY remedies are very rarely efficient because the fungus usually grows in area that are very difficult to access and to treat.

The safest and most efficient way to get rid of a mold problem is to call a mold remediation company. An experienced professional will come to your home to assess the situation and determining the type of mold or mildew in your property, as well as the extent of the damage. Then, the most appropriate actions will be taken to remove the harmful fungi and prevent its appearance in the near future. The experts will help ensure not only the safety of your living environment, but also your peace of mind.

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http://Luke Armstrong. “Mold Vs. Mildew: The Main Differences Between Mold And Mildew” Web blog post. mold Removal, Restoration Master

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P.R.S. Hydroxyl generator – Tampa Bay Restoration




What is a hydroxyl generator? 

Hydroxyls (-OH) are safe, naturally occurring molecules that are created in our atmosphere when the sun’ s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor. They play a critical role in cleaning the earth’s atmosphere and are often referred to as the “detergent” of the atmosphere. In chemistry, they are described as a molecule consisting of an oxygen atom and a hydrogen atom joined by a covalent bond – this means they share a pair of electrons. They are neutral because they have nine shared bonds, but it is the free electron which makes hydroxyls so highly reactive and they will bond with any odor and neutralize it. Hydroxyl molecules are so tiny that they will penetrate anywhere odors or micro – organisms may be. They are smaller and more effective at eliminating pollutants than liquid chlorine, hydrogen peroxide and ozone. A hydroxyl generators does not use any chemicals and leaves no residue behind. Hydroxyls can be used to kill bacteria, viruses and mold, and to break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemical fumes, gases, vapors and unpleasant odors. It is even safe to use on sensitive materials like rubber, leather and electronics.

hydroxl how it worksThe Odorox hydroxyl generators use a two part treatment process to eliminate odors, decontaminate surfaces and purify the air. The processing chamber purifies the air and creates hydroxyls. The hydroxyl molecules exit the chamber to decontaminate surfaces and contents and further purify the air.

The processing chamber alone is sufficient to treat the air. As air passes through, it is exposed to multiple wavelengths of UV light. The first segment of the optics produces wavelengths that deodorize the air flow. It will break down chemical vapors, volatile organic compounds and odors as they travel through the chamber. The second segment of the optics produces wavelengths that kill microorganisms and prevent them from multiplying. It will kill bacteria, viruses and mold as they travel through the chamber. As water vapor (H 2O) passes through the chamber, it is broken down into a hydrogen atom (H) and a hydroxyl (-OH). The hydroxyl molecules are the key to the second part of the treatment process. There have been many applications where the Odorox machine is set outside of the contaminated area. Clean air is drawn into the processing chamber, hydroxyls are created and then injected into the contaminated area. The hydroxyls will then go to work on the air, structure and contents of that area. The contaminated air does not need to pass through the processing chamber to be cleaned.

Why use an odorox hydroxyl generator?Lab Results Test Organism Chart

  1.  Because ozone causes damage to plants and the mucous and respiratory tissue in humans and animals.
  2. Odorox can be installed immediately because hydroxyls are safe for people, pets, plants and sensitive materials. This means that while the physical cleaning is being performed, Odorox is deodorizing simultaneously.
  3.  Homeowners can stay home and businesses can stay open while Odorox is operating. This reduces or eliminates additional living expenses (ALE) and business interruption costs for the insurance companies.
  4.  Hydroxyls are more effective than any other method. This means that many items previously thought to be unsalvageable can now be restored, like rubber, leather and electronics
  5.  Odorox reduces the work involved with cleaning drapes, upholstery, carpets, laundry and dry cleaning. Most of this can now be handled on site.
  6.  Odorox does not use any chemicals and leaves no residue.
  7. Using an odorox hydroxyl generator  for 12 hrs. has proven to reduce the presence of  E. coli, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa on stainless steel and cotton fabric by 99%.

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc uses hydroxyl generators to restore our customers homes to a clean, safe environment in a timely manner.

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When would I need this service?  Anywhere odors, bacteria, viruses or mold are present.

Fire and smoke restoration

Water and flood restoration

Mold mitigation

Sewage backups

Trauma scene and biohazard cleanup

Odor elimination

Contents restoration

Eliminate volatile organic compounds



Got Mold?

Mold is dangerous to your health and will diminish the value of your home if it goes untreated. Mold is not necessarily always visible, it can grow and live behind walls or even wallpaper. If you have any reason to believe you may have mold, you should have a professional take air samples to determine if you do in fact have a mold issue.

Usually you will smell or see the mold if you have an issue. However, there are times when you do not see or smell the mold. If you or anyone in your home suffers from the common symptoms of mold exposure you should hire a professional immediately to begin assessing your home for mold.

mold on roof

What Are the Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure?

  1. Runny nose and sneezing
  2. Forms of nasal infection and congestion
  3. Respiratory failures
  4. Skin rashes
  5. Throat irritation/infection
  6. Chest pains
  7. Irritated eyes

Mold does not always affect everyone. These symptoms will be more apparent in the elderly, infants or those who suffer from a mold allergy.

mold exposure

Mold Assessing and Remediation


Do a visual check of your home. You will have to go beyond just the visible areas and look in cabinets, below your kitchen sink and under carpets. Check all areas that are conducive for mold formation. If you do not find any mold but still believe you have mold in your home, you should contact a professional company that is able to assess your home for mold. If you have mold in your home the process of remediation needs to take place to bring your home back to a healthy living environment.

Mold assessment and mold remediation come in tandem. Mold assessment is the process of locating and determining the quantity of mold present in a residential or commercial property. Mold remediation is the process of removing the mold from the structure through intricate processes and techniques.

Mold Remediation by PRS

When in or near the Tampa Bay area, you can always trust PRS to provide the right mold remediation. Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc, PRS is duly licensed by the government to perform such activities. Mold Remediation #MRSR102 license is a privilege given to PRS because of the system and technology they are able to provide.

PRS is a one stop service for restoration. Water and structural damage can be taken care of with a simple call. PRS will also help you with your insurance claims, just what you need to have a complete turnaround on your mold problems.

Storm Damage in Tampa Bay

Storms usually lead to negative impacts to our everyday lives and property.  If you are a resident of the Tampa Bay area chances are you’re familiar with the damages and costs that come with a severe storm hitting our area. Heavy rain, high winds, hail and lightning can potentially cause storm damage to your home.  While these are not events we can prevent there are ways to build your life back together when disaster hits.
Storm Damage to Property
Fallen trees, loss of power, and flooding is not an unusual inconvenience for those of us living in the Tampa Bay area. The first priority is always our safety and preparing a disaster plan can prevent extra chaos added to the already hectic situation. It is vital to prepare a checklist of steps to take in the event that your property suffers from storm damage. The first step you should take after the storm has passed is to photograph and document all damages. This is a vital step to take before any storm damage repairs begin.  It is always a good idea to take numerous pictures from different angles to insure the pictures correctly portray the extent of the storm damage.  You should always secure all damages to prevent from any further harm. Covering damages such as broken windows, fallen roofs and walls with a tarpaulin and/or plastic sheeting will prevent additional costs.
Insurance Coverage
It is imperative that you file a claim with your insurance as soon as possible. Having the pictures you took of your storm damage printed or transferred to a computer will be important when you have to provide them to the claims adjuster.  After the insurance claim is filed you should begin obtaining quotes from restoration and repair companies and forward that information to your adjuster. If some of your property such as televisions, computers, and other items are a total loss you may find yourself paying out of pocket to replace these valuables. You should always send duplicates of the receipts for purchases made to your adjuster for reimbursement.
Health Issues
Our health may be in the back of our minds after disaster strikes but it is important to be aware of the health hazards that come along with storm damage. Many people would think to begin disinfecting their belongings after a flood, however, should you mix two different cleaning agents together this can potentially create hazardous fumes. For example; if you are under a boil alert and you had to disinfect your tap water with bleach for cleaning you should take extreme caution if you were to dilute any other cleaning agents with the bleach water.
Water damage from flooding can create many health hazards if it is not handled properly. It is imperative that areas that are damaged from the storm are cleaned, disinfected and completely dried out. Areas from the basement to the air ducts can grow mold and it is always wise to hire a professional to insure all areas are treated and mold free.
Storm Damage Restoration in Tampa Bay
You should always wait for the storm to completely pass before any restoring takes place. Storms can cause a long list of damages to your home. The damages can be caused from flooding, high winds, severe lightning, and/or hail. If at all possible, restoration should begin immediately. Should the repairs and recovery to your home get delayed you are at risk for more damage as well as mold growth. There are a lot of restoration services available in Tampa Bay. Before you call for assistance you should always fully examine your home to insure the restoration company can handle all of the damages. You should check your roofing, drainage, water supply, electric connections, etc.
Storm Damage Restoration Services Provided by PRS
Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. is here to aid and help residents cope with a life altering disaster such as storm damage. PRS is available for services 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Storms sometimes happen suddenly and without a lot of warning. PRS is here to provide fast and accurate service to those in need. We know that storm damage to your home needs to be assessed and repaired in an urgent manner and that’s why we provide a fast response to your home the moment you place a call with us.

Water Damage and Mold Remediation

Water is essential in our everyday lives, however, it also can be destructive. Water can cause costly repairs for any property owner and can diminish the value of your property. Water damage can originate from a number of sources such as bad weather to a broken pipe. If your property experiences any kind of water damage it is always safe to contact a certified professional water damage restoration specialist. It is also wise to always do your research to make sure the restoration specialist your contacting is actually certified and is able to tackle all of your needs.
Helpful Tips about Water Damage
Water damage is both dangerous and expensive. Water damage can lead to mold and mildew growth. Mold can be undetected at first and can begin to grow as early as 48 hours if water is not removed properly. Below is a list of helpful tips about water damage:
  • Prompt action is vital if unwanted water floods your home.  It will only take minutes for water damage to begin and losses to incur. Contacting a certified water damage restoration specialist would be ideal in this situation.
  • You should always carefully examine your homeowner’s insurance policy to insure that you are covered for flood damage and get the specifics on what they do and do not cover. Please note: Most homeowner’s insurance policies DO NOT cover flood damage.
  1. Water damage coverage and flood damage coverage are two different things.Water Damage: Understanding what types of water damage are covered by your homeowners insurance and how to file a claim are essential when calling Florida your home. Water damage is considered to occur when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground.
  2. Flood Damage: Generally, damage caused by water that has been on the ground at some point before damaging your home is considered to be flood damage.
  • It is important to note that flood insurance and homeowners insurance do not duplicate coverage for water damage. Instead, they complement each other.
  • Should you have any questions contact an attorney or if your claim is being denied
  • Contacting your insurance agent to file a claim, separating damaged property from undamaged property and documenting evidence of the water damage are vital steps to take.

Restoration Services
Hiring a certified restoration specialist that specializes in water damage restoration and mold remediation can save you from health issues and more stress down the road. Attempting to repair a home by yourself that has water damage can result in injury and costly mistakes. Do your homework before hiring anyone to look at your home. The first 24-48 hours are the most crucial in mitigating property losses. Your home needs to be dried properly in an urgent matter to prevent secondary damages from occurring. When water damage or flooding occurs water can be trapped in hard to reach areas of your home. Hiring a restoration specialist that is equipped with proper equipment is essential in assuring that your structure is dried properly.
What is Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation?
Both water damage restoration and mold remediation are important processes when it comes to your home and experiencing any kind of unwanted water. Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. Water damage restoration is needed from a small leak to a flooded road rushing into your home. When your property experiences any kind of water damage mold usually follows right behind the water. Even when you think you have cleaned up all visible water and everything is dry there may still be water invisible to the human eye that leaked into a crack.
Mold growth is a result to an over exposure to moisture. Given the right conditions mold will grow and will grow quickly. Hiring a certified restoration professional that is licensed to assess mold is not only smart for the value of your home but most importantly your health. Once mold is assessed the process of remediation needs to take place. Mold Remediation is the process of solving the source and removing the mold. Again, it is just as important to insure that you are hiring a licensed mold remediation professional as it is for water damage restoration.  Proper equipment and knowledge is key when it comes to treating and removing mold from your home.
Water Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation by PRS
When in or near the Tampa Bay area, you can always trust PRS to provide quick response and efficient handling of all of your water damage needs. Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc.  is duly licensed by the government to perform such activities. We are licensed in Mold Remediation #MRSR102 and Mold Assessor #MRSR236. Mold Remediation license is a privilege given to PRS because of the system and technology they are able to provide.  We are also equipped with the latest technology in thermal imaging. We have the capacity of identifying water sources and areas of trapped moisture that are not visible to the human eye. If a home has water damage a combination of structural drying and thermal imaging is the most efficient way to treat the damage. We are fully equipped to provide both of those services.
We are available 24/7 to assist you when disaster strikes. PRS can automatically bill your insurance company or we do accept a credit card if the loss isn’t covered by insurance. The faster we mitigate and dry your property, the faster things go back to normal.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation continues to be a necessity after severe water damage. Water damage has a degenerating effect on structures – so severe that if not dealt with correctly and timely, it can lead to a real health hazard.

Mold growth is a result of an over exposure to moisture. Mold is a species of fungi, the same as mushrooms; that can sprout given the willing conditions with moisture as the catalyst.

Mold infestation can become worst. It has to be taken care of before the unthinkable happens. Fungi can develop easily because of spores and their basic nature to multiply. A simple scrape and clean up would not suffice as the right sanitation technique needs to be applied to assure the establishment is free of infestation and that all moisture sources has been eliminated.

Mold Growth Is a Health Hazard

Mold growth is something that many Americans do not take seriously. This is because we do not know the real danger we are in. Mold growth infestation can put us in a lot of discomfort especially for those with allergic reactions. The most common allergic reactions to mold are respiration related. This is because of the spores they emit.

Some species of mold has also been identified to provide toxic reactions. Although this is not common, this can happen.

Mold Infestation is a Business Hazard

Mold infestations also give out an arid smell. This is a discomfort we are not willing to experience. In commercial establishments that require utmost sanitation like restaurants and hospitals, this is unacceptable. Closure of business establishments because of mold growth is possible.

When your livelihood is threatened because of fungi growth, this is unacceptable. Mold remediation should be dealt with immediately before the infestation becomes a serious threat to your income. This is the basic: Nobody likes mold, certainly not your customers.

Who to Call?

Mold remediation should only be taken up by certified mold remediation contractors. Mold remediation requires the right expertise and technology. The government provides the privilege of mold remediation only to those who have the experience and knowledge.

Only call the agencies and restoration experts who have the licenses to do Mold remediation. Mold Remediation #MRSR102 license has been secured by PRS to give you the right service. Mold remediation is a scientific activity that requires the right technology and know-how.

Mold Remediation by PRS

When in or near the Tampa Bay area, you can always trust PRS to provide the right mold remediation.  Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc, PRS is duly licensed by the government to perform such activities. Mold Remediation #MRSR102 license is a privilege given to PRS because of the system and technology they are able to provide.

PRS is a one stop service for restoration. Water and structural damage can be taken care of with a simple call. PRS will also help you with your insurance claims, just what you need to have a complete turnaround on your mold problems.

Dry Ice Blasting for Mold and Fire Damage Remediation

Dry ice blasting, also known as CO2 blasting, is now the preferred method for mold and fire damage remediation. This mode of remediation refers to the process where a pressurized fluid is controlled and released to a surface where cleaning is required, in this case, CO2. Dry Ice blasting is a specialized technique used for cleaning surfaces. This is special in a sense that it is a non-abrasive method. It leaves the surface free from scratches, without degrading the surface quality. Dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice on the surface. This leaves no residue. The dry ice particles easily vaporize upon surface impact making it very useful for restoration.

Dry Ice Blasting vs Sand and Soda Blasting

Dry ice blasting is far more advantageous compared to other forms of blasting. Sand and Soda blasting leaves behind residue that does not disappear on impact requiring more clean-up work and labor time. There is no secondary waste to dispose of with this method. Dry ice blasting is also non-toxic, non-conductive and non-flammable. Dry ice blasting, because of these reasons, has become one of the most cost effective ways of cleaning. Dry Ice blasting also takes care of the unseen. This method of cleaning efficiently gets rid of smell and other impurities. It can be used on wood, metal, concrete, stone and brick surfaces, making it flexible to take care of whole residential and commercial establishments.

Dry Ice Blasting for Fire Damage

Dry Ice Blasting has been used popularly in conducting fire damage remediation. With dry Ice blasting, the surface is restored without providing additional damage because of its non-abrasive action. It is an efficient mode for blasting, proven effective against smoke and soot damage – highly capable of restoring tight angles and spaces on structures.

Dry ice blasting on Mold Remediation

Dry ice blasting is also very effective on eliminating mold growth, especially on wood. Wood restoration requires that the surface remains intact after the cleaning process. This is where the non-abrasive action of dry ice blasting comes into play. Because of its efficiency in removing mold growth on wooden surfaces, further actions using hazardous chemicals to battle mold growth on hard to reach areas are no longer required.

Dry Ice blasting by PRS

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc., PRS, uses dry Ice blasting to provide the fastest and most efficient way for fire damage and mold remediation. This is possible with the right staff, trained on dry ice blasting and equipped with the right technology. PRS has a hotline open for calls 24/7 to provide immediate restoration service in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. More than just dry ice blasting, PRS provides cost effective means of restoration giving them more coverage. PRS also tackles other forms of damages to completely restore your establishment.

The Importance of Mold Inspection

Is your home safe from mold? Although not all types of molds can put your life at risk, they can adversely affect the quality and the value of your home. This is why you need to inspect your home regularly for contamination. In order to do that, you need to familiarize yourself of the different causes of mold formation at home.

Cause of Mold formation

Molds cannot exist out of the blue. They need certain conditions in order to develop. In order for mold to grow, they need a food source and moisture. They can feed on any organic material such as drywall and wood. These types of materials are found in every home. Add a moisture source and it becomes the ideal conditions for mold. This makes mold inspection more and more important.

Possible hazards of molds

Molds may affect your health or not. Certain individual are more sensitive to it, which can trigger allergy attacks and asthma. Although some molds are not harmful, there are also those that are toxic. A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine in 2004 presented sufficient evidence that link mold exposure and upper respiratory tract problems. Other problems caused by such exposure are eye irritation, sinus congestion and other problems with the respiratory system. Fatal illness and even deaths have been associated with toxic molds as well.

Mold inspection

With the threats presented by such contamination to your health and your home, it is only essential that you have your home checked regularly. Some mold formations are visible. You can spot them because of the discoloration on your wall. Others can lurk in hidden areas within the home such as wall and floor cavities. These become hard to detect by a simple visual inspection.

Do a visual check. Go beyond the visible areas. Look in cabinets, below your kitchen sink. Check your basement and areas that are conducive for mold formation. If you suspect mold contamination at home, you have two options. There are test kits available that you can use as a homeowner.  Basically, you need to get samples of the mold and send it to a lab. The lab results will tell you if there is a problem or not. The other alternative and probably the most logical is to hire a company that is licensed and trained to perform mold inspections.

All of us wish that our home is a healthy and safe place. However, we cannot be certain unless it undergoes inspection for problems such as mold contamination. Only by inspection can we uncover and address its problems.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is essential when mold growth is uncontrolled and manifesting. Mold is generally a part of our daily life – it is present everywhere, in small quantities living with us. However, large quantities result in health risks from allergic reactions and respiratory infections.

Mold assessment and mold remediation come in tandem. Mold assessment is the process of locating and determining the quantity of mold present in a residential or commercial property. Mold Remediation is the part where mold is actually removed from the structure though intricate processes and techniques.

Mold is a Health Risk

Mold in small parcels will not have immediate effect on human health. But, mold in larger quantities can produce a lot of problems especially for the kids and those that have weak respiratory systems. Toxic mold does exist. These types of mold produce mycotoxins than can cause long term damage.

Mycotoxins could lead to death or to some neurological issues.  Too much exposure to mold will lead to complications and symptoms such as:

  1. Runny nose and sneezing
  2. Forms of nasal infection and congestion
  3. Respiratory failures
  4. Skin rashes
  5. Throat irritation / infection
  6. Chest pains
  7. Irritated eyes

Mold has also been related to Asthma particularly in infants. People have different reactions to mold exposure that is why mold remediation is essential.

Mold Growth

Mold can grow on almost any surface for as long certain conditions are met. Mold is a sub category of the fungi family which can grow heavily on damp and humid area where food is available with limited ventilation.

Water can be a catalyst to mold growth. This is why water and flood damage’s secondary damage is often concentrated to mold growth.  Mold growth can range from 24 hours to 10 days. With the short time frame, water damage control needs to be done fast before mold growth becomes exponential.

Small growth of mold can easily be taken care of. This can be done by exposing the growth area to the sunlight, dehumidifiers, cleansers and proper ventilation. Restricting humidity and the conditions of mold growth is also one way of preventing growth.

Professional Mold Remediation

When an infestation of mold happens, mostly as an effect of water damage, professional services are then required. Professional mold remediation requires the necessary licenses, equipment and training. Proper assessment should also be done to locate all mold growth and identify the extent of the infestation.

Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay, Inc. – PRS, has all the necessary requirements to provide the best service for mold assessment and remediation. PRS also provides a complete service including water and flood damage restoration. Adding in Structural repairs that come along with flood and water damage restoration, PRS becomes your one stop shop.

PRS is available for queries about mold remediation and other restoration services 24/7, ready for emergencies. PRS is ready to service the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas as needed.