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Achieving Energy Efficiency without Compromising Mold Prevention in Your Home

11/2/2023 (Permalink)

mold and drywall damage Balance energy efficiency and proper ventilation to prevent mold in your home or business.

A home's energy efficiency is a top priority for many homeowners, but it's important to consider the potential impact on mold growth. Mold thrives in warm and damp environments, and excessive ventilation and air sealing for energy savings can create such an environment. In this blog, we will explore how to balance energy efficiency and mold prevention.

Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential in balancing energy efficiency and mold prevention. It is important to ensure that your home has adequate ventilation that minimizes the risk of mold growth, especially in areas where there is potential moisture buildup, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Consider installing whole-house ventilation systems with a heat exchanger that can recover heat from stale air and conserve energy.

Insulation

Insulation is essential for improving energy efficiency, but care should be taken not to create an environment conducive to mold growth. Use materials that are moisture-resistant and can regulate humidity levels. Inspect insulation for water damage regularly and replace any affected parts. If you live in a humid region, consider using a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air and maintain consistent relative humidity levels.

Air Sealing

Air sealing is another energy efficiency strategy that needs to be balanced with mold prevention. It aims to reduce air leakage by sealing cracks and gaps in walls and floors. However, air sealing can lead to higher indoor humidity levels if not done correctly. Use professional-grade sealants that are moisture-resistant and avoid materials like paper tape that can promote mold growth in moist environments.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance is critical in balancing energy efficiency and mold prevention. Conducting routine inspections can identify leakages, damaged insulation, or faulty ducts before they lead to mold growth. Regular cleaning of air conditioning units and changing filters can improve indoor air quality and prevent mold accumulation in the filters.

Professional Help

In cases where mold growth is beyond your control, consider seeking professional assistance. Professional home energy auditors can help identify energy-saving opportunities while identifying risks of mold growth. Mold remediation professionals can also help identify and remove mold from your home and advise you on how to prevent future growth.

In balancing energy efficiency and mold prevention, proper ventilation, insulation, air sealing, maintenance, and professional assistance are key. A well-implemented strategy can improve your home's energy efficiency while keeping mold at bay. By following these practical tips, you can enjoy a comfortable and healthy living space without jeopardizing energy savings.

Common Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

10/10/2023 (Permalink)

Flood cuts in a home due to a water leak. Recognizing these common signs of water damage in your Winter Haven home is crucial for early detection and prevention.

Water damage can strike when you least expect it, and early detection is key to preventing extensive damage and costly repairs. In this blog, we'll discuss common signs of water damage in your home, helping you identify issues promptly and take action to protect your property.

Musty Odors

Unpleasant, musty odors often indicate the presence of hidden water damage. If your home smells damp or moldy, it's essential to investigate the source promptly. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments, and their presence can worsen indoor air quality and pose serious risks.

Visible Water Stains

Water stains on ceilings or walls are telltale signs of water intrusion. These stains often appear as discolored patches or streaks and may grow over time. Identifying and addressing the source of the water is critical to prevent further damage.

Peeling or Bubbling Paint and Wallpaper

Moisture can cause paint to peel or wallpaper to bubble away from the wall. If you notice these signs, it's likely that there is water damage behind the surface. Investigate further to prevent more extensive issues.

Warped or Buckled Flooring

Wooden floors, laminate, and even tiles can warp or buckle when exposed to excess moisture. These changes in the flooring's appearance may be due to leaks or flooding and should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.

Sagging or Discolored Drywall

Drywall can become compromised when it absorbs water. Look for areas of your walls or ceilings that appear saggy or discolored, as this may be an indication of hidden water damage within the walls.

Cracking or Flaking Caulk

Water damage can affect the caulk or sealant around sinks, bathtubs, and windows. If you notice cracking or flaking caulk, it's a sign that water may be infiltrating these areas, potentially leading to structural issues.

Visible Mold Growth

Mold can start growing within 24-48 hours of water exposure. If you see any mold growth, even a small amount, it's a sign of a moisture problem that needs immediate attention. Mold can be harmful to your health and should be remediated professionally.

Increased Utility Bills

A sudden increase in water or energy bills without a clear explanation can also indicate a water leak. Be vigilant about unexpected spikes in your utility costs, as they may signal an underlying issue.

Recognizing these common signs of water damage in your Winter Haven home is crucial for early detection and prevention. If you suspect water damage, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Winter Haven for professional assessment and restoration services. Our team is dedicated to helping our community protect their homes and property from the effects of water damage. Remember, addressing water damage promptly can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Causes & Categories of Water Damage

3/1/2023 (Permalink)

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your house, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage.

Causes can include:

Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
Clogged pipes
Leaking roofs
Broken toilet pipes
Heavy rain
Water heater leaks
The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start the cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage:

Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
Blackwater. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

Poor Drainage Caused Water and Mold Damage

2/11/2023 (Permalink)

Backed-up drainage on a roof caused this Winter Haven patio to flood.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven was called in to clean up the aftermath! The homeowner was extremely happy to have our crew come into her home, extract the water, remediate the mold, and remove all the damaged building materials.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is locally owned and operated by Chris and Jennifer Brill in Polk County, Florida. In addition to bio-hazard clean-up, we provide full restoration services for damages resulting from water, fire, and mold. From clean-up to full rebuild services.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a licensed contractor in the state of Florida.

At SERVPRO of Winter Haven, we make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today! 863-551-5004

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Licensed Bio-Hazard Clean-Up Company

2/6/2023 (Permalink)


SERVPRO of Winter Haven is qualified to perform bio-hazard clean-ups and has met training, documentation, and equipment requirements to both clean-up and transport bio-hazard materials. When choosing a partner for crime-scene or bio-hazard clean-up make sure they have these permits. It is a State of Florida requirement and assures you that you are dealing with a company that understands the special requirements and risks associated with blood-borne pathogens.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is locally owned and operated in Polk County, Florida in addition to bio-hazard clean-up, we provide full restoration services for damages resulting from water, fire, and mold from clean-up to full rebuild services. We are Florida State Licensed Building Contractor CBC-1259536. At SERVPRO of Winter Haven, we make it "Like it never even happened."

Where it Shows Up

2/6/2023 (Permalink)


Mold needs certain conditions to thrive and spread. Your building may be at risk for mold growth in places such as attics, bathrooms, and around appliances. The following environments and situations make mold a threat:

High humidity
Poor airflow
Leaky or broken pipes
Poor drainage
When it Can Appear
Flooding is one of the most common precursors to mold's arrival. Whether it's a major flood from a sudden wave of water into your building, or whether a slow leak causes water damage over months or years, mold will likely show up soon after you see water. It usually only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to form after a water loss.

What You Can Do to Avoid It
You must be diligent when it comes to mold prevention. You should first check your plumbing system and make sure you don't have any broken pipes. It's essential to repair any issues as soon as possible. Also, inspect your roof for leaks, and ensure that rain gutters and downspouts are diverting water away from the building.

If You Have a Problem
If you do discover mold in the building, call a professional mold removal company right away. Technicians have the training and equipment to remove mold from the premises. The company will also tear out damaged materials and restore your workplace.
Mold will quickly follow water damage. Be aware of these facts so you can make your facility free of mold.

Why to Choose SERVPRO of Winter Haven

2/6/2023 (Permalink)

When water damages your home or business time is critical, and shopping for a contractor is not a luxury you can afford. Owners Chris and Jennifer Brill of SERVPRO of Winter Haven were recently interviewed and asked about tips on how to select a water restoration contractor. Click the link to see what his suggestions are:

SERVPRO of Winter Haven

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If you have any questions regarding any issue regarding water, fire, mold, or bio-hazard clean-up don't hesitate to contact us at 863-551-5004

All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, let us show you we strive to be the Premier Restoration Company in Central Florida

Leaking Roof Causing Water Damage

2/6/2023 (Permalink)

If you have a roof leak it is very important to get a professional company out to address the damage and either fix it or tarp it. If the leak continues it can turn into more than just a roof leak. The roof leaked and continued to leak and eventually caused the drywall ceiling to collapse. The customer was overwhelmed and needed help. SERVPRO was able to go out and take it off their hands. They were very pleased with our services.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help

Residential Water

2/6/2023 (Permalink)

Often times the damage is caused when a problem goes without being noticed right away. Time is of the essence when you are dealing with water damage, and the key is to act fast! Not only can the water ruin your carpets, ceiling, and furniture, but it can also destroy precious family possessions, important documents, and irreplaceable, personal items.

You may need to vacate your home during the repairs, and the disruption of your normal routine could really have a huge impact on your way of life. Having to stay in a hotel or at a friend’s home isn’t the way you want to spend your week, or sometimes, weeks.

Even if the issue is handled swiftly, water damage has been known to wreak havoc even months down the road. Often times the leak isn’t noticeable and maybe behind (link to pipe section here) a wall or in the ceiling.

The longer a leak goes unnoticed, the more money it can cost you to get fixed. Moving quickly also increases the chance that your personal belongings can be saved or restored.

Not only is important to start the process as quickly as possible for your tangible items, but it is also for the things you can’t see right away. Damage inside your walls or ceiling can absolutely affect your health and is something that has serious repercussions. Withstanding water and wet items comes mold.

For all of your water-related issues call SERVPRO of Winter Haven at 863-551-5004. Let the pros handle it and make it "Like it never even happened."

Seeking Water Damage Restoration in Winter Haven?

2/2/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Makes Water Damage Repairs in Winter Haven and adjacent areas

When it comes to effectively repairing water damage, drying is critical. Without being able to dry the impacted area effectively, you cannot adequately repair damages, particularly in humid climates like in Winter Haven and the rest of Florida.

Water damage restoration for your home means effectively drying the areas while repairing the house. One way that technicians approach drying the impacted area is to break up your home into 'drying zones.' This helps isolate the areas requiring attention. Each drying zone may have different amounts or types of equipment due to varying conditions. For instance, some areas may not need as many air movers or dehumidifiers.

There are two types of drying systems found in drying zones:

Open drying system: doors and windows are open, allowing fresh air to act as a facilitator in the drying process.
Closed drying system: IICRC certified technicians close off the area with doors, windows, and heavy plastic to create an optimal drying environment.
Contact SERVPRO of Winter Haven at (863) 551-5004 for 24/7 assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.