The Most Common Queries

At Three Damage Restoration LLC., we are proud of the reputation we have for delivering outstanding, individualized water damage restoration to our Florida clients. Our goal is to eradicate Water, Fire and Mold damage from your property as quickly as possible. We also want to remain transparent, so we’ve compiled a series of questions and answers, which should give you a clearer picture of what to expect from us when you contact us.

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If a storm or other calamity flooded your home, insurance companies generally prefer that you contact us before them. So if your Roof, basement, house, or business has a Water , Fire or Mold Damage, contact Three Damage Restoration immediately. We will get our service to your location as fast as possible, perform an inspection, and with your permission, start removing the water from the property. Along the way, we will work with your insurance company to make a claim. We’ll also work with the insurance company’s adjuster.

If you suffered significant flooding, contact us right away to get the water damage under control. However, there are some signs of water damage to be aware of if your house didn’t experience a significant flood. Peeling paint and wallpaper, visible mold, moisture and condensation, musty odors, and damp or wet carpets and rugs are all common signs.

The first step is to extract all water from the affected area(s). Once all water is removed, our restorers use state-of-the-art dehumidifiers and other tools to dry up any residual water and moisture to help combat the potential for mold growth. The timeframe for this step is never concrete, as it really depends on the extent of the water found on the premises. After the drying stage, moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras are used to ensure that the area is truly dry. We take this extra step to give you peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about mold developing down the line. In some cases, we may have to remove affected drywall, deep-clean carpets and furniture, repair flooring, clean out your HVAC ducts, or remove mold that we have discovered.

It depends on the scope of the project. Our evaluation will explain the overall costs and their justifications. Most of the time, you will be responsible for the deductible only, as most property insurance policies include water and Mold damage. However, the cost of the project will vary, You can contact your insurance company for more details and coverage.

Mold is a common type of fungus that thrives in moist, warm conditions. It is an important part of our ecosystem. Is a living organism that belongs to the kingdom Fungi.

Fungi are unique in that although some appear plant-like, they are neither plant nor animal. Mold is heterotrophic, meaning it cannot make its own food like plants do. Mold must gain nutrients from other organic substances. Unlike animals, however, mold does not really ‘eat’ its food. It must absorb nutrition from other organisms. To do this, mold secretes enzymes that break down the food substance into smaller organic molecules that can then be absorbed.

Mold is composed of thread-like filaments called hyphae. The hyphae then form a conglomerate, which is called a mycelium. Molds exist all around you. In most cases, they remain unnoticed, but under the proper environmental conditions, their tiny reproductive structures, called spores, can begin to germinate and multiply.

The spores are similar to other fungal spores in many ways: they are airborne, they germinate when bonded with moisture and their cell walls consist of a substance called chitin (also found on the exoskeletons of arthropods). There are also key differences. Mold spores multiply by producing reproductive hyphae, whereas yeasts, for instance, do not produce these filaments. Also, mold can grow on almost any porous surface, which does not apply to other fungi.

You can never fully kill a mold spore, but you can render it dormant. Even if you attack spores with powerful compounds with bleach, the spores can still germinate again if moisture returns. For this reason, cleaning mold is insufficient for removal. You must remove the spores and prevent excess moisture from accumulating in your home.

The Molds are part of the natural environment.  Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.  Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air.  Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet.  There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by leaking in from outside or by seeping through basement floors. Showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home.

The amount of moisture that the air in your home can hold depends on the temperature of the air. As the temperature goes down, the air is able to hold less moisture. This is why, in cold weather, moisture can condense on cold surfaces (for example, drops of water form on the inside of a window). This moisture can encourage mold to grow.

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.

Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.

The above does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional, your state or local health department, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mold website.

Tips & Recomendations

1. Identify Problem Areas in Your Home and Correct Them

You can’t mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.

2. Dry Wet Areas Immediately

Mold can’t grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you’ve experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can’t be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don’t leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.

3. Prevent Moisture With Proper Ventilation

It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn’t invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, stoves — to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.

4. Equip Your Home With Mold-Resistant Products

Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold, and removal and replacement can be expensive. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.

5. Monitor Humidity Indoors

The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. You’ll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).

6. Direct Water Away From Your Home

If the ground around your home isn’t sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or Repair Roof Gutters

A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve Air Flow in Your Home

According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

9. Keep Mold Off Household Plants

They’re beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.

Final Tips

Finally, educate yourself on your region’s climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.