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Tampa Mold Removal Articles

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Long-term exposure to certain types of toxic molds can be catastrophic. One highly rated provider shares four easy tips to prevent mold from invading your home.

Is a mold problem in your home making you sick?

Mold contaminants in the air you breathe and on the surfaces you touch in your home can make you sick. One highly rated provider explains the common culprits.

How to dry your home after a flood

Knowing how to protect yourself and recover from flooding can keep a bad situation from getting worse. One highly rated provider shares his expertise.

Tips to clean your flood-damaged home

Floods can damage carpet, flooring, drywall, furniture and clothing — follow these tips for what to do until a pro arrives or for cleaning up on your own.

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"It went well.
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gave me a lot of helpful information along the way. Recommended affordable and easy solutions that I could do and try first. He did not seem eager to steer us toward major, expensive work if it wasn't necessary.
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was honest and sincere.
He also knows a lot about how a house works in general. In fact, the next time we have major work done on this old house, we may have him consult to make sure the job is done right.
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was immediately responsive, scheduling an appointment within days. He arrived on time, kept me completely informed (my daughter lives in the house), and provided a knowledgeable and complete assessment, with suggested actions we could take to control the problem. I would recommend him highly and was fully satisfied with the service.
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"The inspector was very professional, experiences, and helpful. He did a very thorough inspection of our building and provided us with a number of recommendations. We have implemented the recommendations, which appear to be eliminating the odor."
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was very conscientious regarding how he approached the task. His inspection created minimal damage, which he repaired before he completed his work. Despite a fair amount of surface staining,
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determined the primary suspect area was mold free and concluded there was little reason to continue with an intrusive inspection.
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provided a wealth of information regarding how to minimize future mold problems and suggestions for next steps to insure past water intrusion problems have been completely remedied.
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's procedure is to clean as he goes when cutting holes to access an area. He left the property is a clean and tidy state. His approach to the entire project was quite professional.
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"ACR's work has twice failed post-remediation clearance testing. I have given ACR the opportunity to address the problems revealed by the inspection reports, but the company has refused. The licensed mold inspector that conducted the post-remediation clearance testing advised me to report ACR to the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. ACR has left me no choice but to do so, and to share my experiences through this review.
The summary
There are 3 major problems with ACR's work in our home:
1. Illegitimate Encapsulation -- Contrary to EPA and industry protocols, moldy drywall was not removed, but was instead
painted over with an opaque, black encapsulate.
2. No Protective Containment -- The company removed mold without containing work areas to prevent contamination of the rest of our home.
3. Refusing Responsibility -- ACR sealed off mold left behind to skew air sample test results, and responded to the failed
post-remediation clearance testing by walking away from the job.
The details
1. Illegitimate Encapsulation
The contract states that encapsulation would be applied to exposed wood framing. However, ACR sprayed large areas of drywall with an opaque, black encapsulate. Anyone considering hiring a company to conduct mold remediation should google "mold encapsulation" to educate themselves regarding the legitimate and illegitimate uses of such a product; such a
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reveals that the use of encapsulates on mold is widely known as a possible scam. There are legitimate uses of encapsulate, but it is a technique of last resort. It can be used on wood framing after it has been cleaned and sanded, but moldy drywall must be
discarded and replaced, not encapsulated (see the EPA's "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home" and the more detailed "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings," both available on the web). A quote from the report by the inspector who conducted our post-remediation clearance testing: "The established EPA protocol for mold remediation of damaged drywall is to remove and replace.
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of ACR has not followed the proper protocol as set forth by the EPA."
Moreover, when encapsulation is legitimately used as a last resort, it is usually transparent. In our home, ACR used an opaque, black encapsulate. It is impossible to see what they covered with the encapsulate. When I asked for photographs of cleaned areas prior to the application of the encapsulate, I was told none were available. When I asked why the encapsulate used was black, the explanation
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offered was that the other pail they had on the job was bad, so they had to use the black.
2. No Protective Containment
The contract with ACR specifies that "negative pressure containment using
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filtered air cleaners" would be used during the remediation. The morning the work began, I informed
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that we would be seeking clearance testing, and he assured me that the containment barriers would be left in place until after the lab test results were received. But when the inspector arrived to take the air samples, he discovered that no containment was in place. I called
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, and he said that the containment could not be kept in place because the residents of the house (who speak limited English) kept walking through it, to remove
their belongings from the work area. ACR could have easily reached me on my cellphone to give me the opportunity to intervene and translate, so that the
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would not have been compromised. But ACR did not at any point notify me of any problem, and did not inform me that the mold remediation was done without containment protecting the rest of our home.
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acknowledged the lack of containment only after the clearance testing inspector arrived at the house and found that no containment
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was in place.
3. Refusing Responsibility
Following ACR's mold remediation, I requested clearance testing. The lab report indicated spores (including of Stachybotrys or "black mold") were present in the air samples from the remediated areas. After I sent ACR the report, they offered to come back out, reclean, and leave air scrubbers running all weekend, and I was grateful for this. ACR also said we needed to have the air ducts cleaned, so we paid a company to do that. After all this, I requested a second round of clearance testing. When the licensed mold inspector arrived, he found that ACR had covered some moldy areas with plastic and tape. A quote from this inspector's report: "The sealing off of the tub cavity and the adjacent vanity in the hall bath was an attempt to cover up additional mold and skew the air sample test results. It also indicates
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of ACR knew the additional mold existed." The inspector removed some drywall paper from the work area and sent it to a mold lab. That sample, and several others, tested positive for mold.
I forwarded the 2nd clearance testing report to ACR.
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responded that ACR would not address the report's findings because the needed work entails replacing wood framing and plumbing, which is outside the company's licensing. However, I have never asked ACR to address framing or plumbing. I hired ACR only to remediate mold.
Our contract with ACR says that the company will "Remove and dispose the damaged drywall in the hall and around the shower. Attempt to save the tile if possible in the shower," and "Remove and dispose the damaged drywall in the closet and bathroom around the toilet where needed. Attempt to save the tile if possible in the shower." It was clear from the outset that it
might not be possible to save the tile, and I was prepared to pay ACR more if the scope of the job widened. ACR failed to complete the work of removing and disposing of damaged drywall, violating our contract. We have given ACR the opportunity to correct the problems revealed in post-remediation clearance testing, but ACR has refused.













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"Terrible smell. Thought it was mold. Exam showed black insulation inside unit covered in mold and drain
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that did not drain right. Was given list of recommendations to try to get rid of mold in insulation inside handler (replace insulation) and have drainage
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reconstructed to have drippings drip downward. Was given 3 referrals to a/c contractors.

Humor me while I share what the referrals said. One gave (high) estimate, one couldn't be seen in my neighborhood with his truck with advertisement in my driveway for fear of loosing referrals, and the third examined, but did not send an estimate or respond to voicemail or email requesting estimate. I reported all 3 of these responses to
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so they could use their own judgement on these three referrals. Apparently they do well with other customers that don't have mold issues.

I hired an a/c contractor with a brain. Mold was not as bad as perceived (though I would die soon). It was cleaned up. Drain
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was sufficient, and cleaned up. Unit cleaned to he
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. Smell was addressed. It was not mold. It was a drain pipe in a washer/dryer closet next to a/c that had not been plugged after several years of not being used. I was smelling sewer. Smoking gun found.

Please understand, the C grade is because of the referrals. I expected more, and was really shocked. Many lessons learned.

Thank you, Lord, for giving me
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to hire the right person. My new a/c contractor.
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responded to my calls immediately.
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was involved and professional throughout the project. The entire wall had to be stripped down and cleaned of mold. They were very attentive to our office hours and worked long hours over the weekend to accommodate our needs.
They were true to the estimate I had received. The work was done well, as discussed, and in a very timely manner.
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"The job was done very professionally. The engineers showed on time, did a thorough inspection of the entire hose from the attic to the foundation. They did a survey, lifted surface samples with tape and took air samples for allergens. They were very thorough and professional, knew what to do and how to do so no wasted time or effort. They did and data analysis and provided an understandable written report. I highly recommend them. A contractor of choice if you think you have a drywall problem."
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"In January I had a rodent in my attic and the exterminator found a hole in between a wall that
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from the crawlspace under the house to the attic. When the exterminator was in the crawlspace under the house he found extensive water damage underneath the bathroom and kitchen floors. The shower had been leaking in between the wall for years and rotted out all the flooring in the bathroom, joists and some of the kitchen. The damp conditions also
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to an infestation of mold. A plumber was called and cut into the wall to stop the leak. A contractor then said he could fix the remainder of the damage. After the contractor's shody work the interior of the of the home became exposed to the mold. The mold quickly spread to the rest of the house. Several more contractors were called and I was given a ton of misinformation. Eventually, I had the house tested for mold and was told the home was not safe and to get out.

I used Angie's List to see if I could find an honest contractor. I did not have high expectations upon meeting another contractor, but
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Surface Disinfection hold true to his reputation and he appeared as a star. He showed up courteous, professional, conscientious and eager to bring resolve! He provided me with a detailed estimate and was more than willing to discuss concerns and answer questions.
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went above and beyond by contacting my Insurance Adjuster, a Public Adjuster, as well as an Engineer to guarantee his approach. Due to denial of any insurance assistance, Air & Surface Disinfection,
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offered me a doable and comfortable finance plan.

ASD knows how to make the best out of a bad situation and that is what they are there to do. I am impressed with the professionalism, quality, timeliness, honesty, and thoroughness of their work. Air & Surface Disinfection is a small family-owned company with the process and performance of a larger company. They can tackle any job. Yet, there is never a job too big or too small in terms of serving the client. Of all the estimates and the many different options offered to me from other mold remediation companies, Air & Surface Disinfection was the only company that I felt safe to give my keys to and my home!
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and his team hold the best of intentions and service for each individual customer. Thru this experience, I learned that one tiny mold
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can lead into a very large and overwhelming mold industry full of dishonest contractors. There are no shortcuts to tackling a mold remediation project. Air & Service Disinfection gave me the support and service I needed for a successful clean bill of health so I could go home.
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was able to see outside of the scope of the problem and without his attention to detail, knowledge, excellent communication and ability to work as a team player; my house would not have been saved!!!
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. was very thorough. He inspected the bedroom where we thoought we might be having a mold problem. He looked under the house and confirmed there was no mold problem. He gave very detailed suggestions to help us prevent a problem in the future."

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Accu Environmental Restoration

9934 Woodridge Ct
Port Richey, FL

Accutech Restoration & Remodeling, Inc.

1600 Barber Road
Sarasota, FL

ACFOOL.com

4701 37th Street E
Bradenton, FL

AdvantaClean of Palm Harbor

13720 Mill Place
Odessa, FL

AdvantaClean of Tampa

5004 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL

Advantage Restoration

2007 Wood Court
Plant City, FL

Affordable Inspections Inc.

1155 Jackson Rd.
Clearwater, FL

AFFORDABLE INSPECTIONS INC.

1155 JACKSON ST.
Clearwater, FL

AFFORDABLE INSPECTIONS INC.

1155 JACKSON ST.
Clearwater, FL

Against the Current Restoration

100 Yellow Smoke Rd
Macy, NE

Air and Surface Disinfection, LLC

1101 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL

Air Masters of Tampa Bay Inc

4830 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL

Air Quality Environmental Inc

9325 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL

AirMD

245 114th Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL

AirMD

12432 Bramfield Dr
Riverview, FL

AirMD

8452 FLAGSTONE DRIVE
Tampa, FL

AirMD

7700 Congress Ave
Boca Raton, FL

Airrific Air Conditioning and Heating

2073 Porter Lake Dr
Sarasota, FL

All PRO Home Inspection Services, Inc.

Raysbrook Drive
Riverview, FL