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Mold in Lakeland, Fl
A dishwasher was slowly leaking and it never came to surface until the homeowner started smelling a strong musky smell.
Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional like SERVPRO of Lakeland.
Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.
Certified professionals have the training and experience to:
Identify moisture sources
Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
Contain damage to the smallest area possible
Physically remove contamination
Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition
Call SERVPRO of Lakeland today 863-646-4213
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Find Mold? Don't Touch!
There is over 100,000 different species of mold.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of Lakeland for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 863-646-4213
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Mold is not fun to have growing in your house, always have you air conditioner annually checked to ensure humidity in the home stays low.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is inaccurate. Consider the following mold facts:
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold can and most likely will return.
Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. You can call SERVPRO of Lakeland to take care of you!
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Questions About Mold Remediation to Consider.
If the source is strong, mold can become very overwhelming. Call us Today 863-646-2413
Here are some questions to consider:
Are there existing moisture problems in the building?
Has the building been recently remodeled or has the building use changed?
Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity too high?
Are building occupants reporting health problems?
Is consultation with medical or health professionals indicated?
Has maintenance been delayed or the maintenance plan been altered?
Have building materials been wet more that 48 hours?
Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged?
SERVPRO of Lakeland’s top priority always is to protect the health and safety of the building occupants. It is also important to communicate with building occupants when mold problems are identified. In some cases, especially those involving large areas of contamination, the remediation plan may include temporary relocation of some or all of the building occupants.
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What To Do if You Find Mold in Your Lakeland Home?
SERVPRO of Lakeland removing Mold from a home in Lakeland. 863-646-4213
Finding mold in your home can be a stressful situation. We want to make sure you know what to do and how to handle it. First if you have any questions feel free to call us at anytime at 863-646-4213.
If you discover mold or any kind of microbial growth growing in your home, it is important to get a certified industrial hygienist to test the substance. Once the growth is determined the proper recommendations can be written for how to remove and treat the affected area. It is very important to make sure each step is taken into account. This way the job can be completed and not have to be redone for a second time.
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What is This Toxic Black Mold Everyone Talks About?
It only takes 72 hours for mold growth to begin. Give the pros at SERVPRO of Lakeland a call.
What we call "black mold" is a common name for several different species of toxigenic molds, including Aspergillus and Stachybotrys . As you might guess, these toxic black molds get their name from their appearance: wet, slimy, and greenish-black. Like other types of fungi, mold grows best in damp indoor environments.
When toxic black molds are visible in your home, they're relatively easy to test, treat, and eliminate—especially with the expert team at SERVPRO of Lakeland. The real danger is when you have mold hiding in the drywall, the attic, the ducts, under appliances, or anywhere else it can creep into your home unnoticed. Call SERVPRO of Lakeland and we can navigate with you with the help of an industrial hygienist to pin down the mold.
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Breaking the Mold
This mold is obvious and visible. It's the mold that isn't so visible that can be the most harmful.
Are You Being Exposed to Mold?
Mold is one of the most dangerous materials we deal with. The danger lies in the fact the mold is often not easy to find. It likes to hide and can be harbored in any cool, damp place inside your home or place of business. Most people only think of showers and bathrooms as harboring mold, but truthfully, it can hide in attics, crawlspaces, closets, even inside the walls or under the floor.
Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.
If you think this is something you have been experiencing in your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Lakeland for an estimate. Don't spend another day suffering inside your own home.
This is the clean environment SERVPRO of Lakeland created to store and clean the salvageable items.
Are Your Items Safe In Storage?
It seems like every week here at SERVPRO of Lakeland provides our team an opportunity to work on something unique.
We complete countless numbers of commercial and residential jobs each week and each one is individually unique.
Homes and places of business are always at the forefront of our minds and most receive regular attention and maintenance. We see them everyday as we show up to work or return home after a long day.
But what about the personal belongings we don't keep at home or work?
Shipping containers, storage units, garages, attics and basements all provide extra space to store contents, but they can also provide a damp, dark space for mold spores to thrive.
Last week we had a customer whose belongings were being stored and then shipped across the country. Unfortunately, between the time sitting in storage and the cross country journey, a bulk of this customers items had been badly damaged by weather, moisture, and mold.
It is jobs like these that give SERVPRO of Lakeland new and unique opportunites to show what we can do. We were able to lead a coordinated effort with the insurance carrier and the customer to begin the process of making them whole again.
Mold doesn't confine itself to just the easy to clean, easy to remember items. For any mold damage you may experience, call SERVPRO of Lakeland today, (863)646-4213.
Mold growth is a serious issue inside your home.
Maintaining a healthy indoor environment in a commercial facility is a year-round endeavor. While it is true that every building has some mold spores present, unhealthy levels can quickly arise under the right circumstances – usually within 24-48 hours when excess moisture is present.
Periodic inspection and proper maintenance of a building, its plumbing system and the HVAC system is very important to detect potential problems in advance and to prevent moisture from entering the facility. This is especially true during the fall and winter months when the weather puts extra pressure on these systems and most indoor environments are primed for mild growth (i.e., warmer temperature settings, less air flow to help keep humidity levels under control, etc.) Even in buildings where maintaining a warm indoor environment is a non-issue, indoor air quality can still be impacted by mold species that thrive in cooler conditions.
SERVPRO of Lakeland is equipped with the proper equipment to help identify indoor air quality issues, including improper humidity levels, contaminated ductwork systems and moisture that may have accumulated behind walls or under flooring due to an undetected roof or plumbing leak.
Call us at SERVPRO of Lakeland for helpful information on how to prevent indoor air quality issues as part of your Emergency Response Profile development. (863)646-4213
The Potential Effects of Lingering Mold Damage
Mold can hide in your walls and in your belongings.
Mold Remediation Can Prevent Adverse Health Problems
Water damage can be a harrowing ordeal to go through. If not handled by a professional, these situations can lead to secondary damages that can be hard to see or detect right away.
The biggest and most frightening of these damages is mold.
At the first sign of mold, most homeowners become concerned about how it will affect the structure of their houses as well as their family's health. Mold is a serious matter, and being proactive about fixing the problem will save you time, money, and stress.
If your home has mold damage in Lakeland, it's wise to work with a professional instead of trying to clean up the problem on your own. Here are some of the lasting effects of mold damage and how SERVPRO of Lakeland works to combat each one.
Poor Air Quality and Odors
One of the most prevalent signs that a home has mold spores is the development of a stale, musty odor. Some describe the smell as being an old, wet smell, similar to a wet carpet or pet. The smell of mold is unpleasant and will negatively affect your home's indoor environment, plus it's tough to get rid of without industrial grade equipment. Also, mold can have adverse effects on the health of the residents of the structure particularly in the elderly and small children. Not only do our technicians deodorize to make air fresher, but we also address normalizing humidity levels and extracting the moisture that causes mold in the first place.
Ruined Flooring and Furniture
If you have wood floors, carpet, area rugs, or furniture comprised of wood or fabric; fungi will eventually wear through your items if allowed to sit. We're able to eliminate moisture and make it so that mold can no longer thrive in your home or on your furniture and flooring. In many cases, our team can also sanitize and restore carpets and rugs with mold damage.
Destroyed Documents and Books
Mold spores are tiny and easily travel through the air. When they collect on books and documents, you may end up having to discard them for safety. SERVPRO has techniques and equipment that will not only prevent mold from spreading to your treasured documents, collectibles, and books, but we can also restore some of these items if they've already been affected by mold damage.
The team at SERVPRO of Lakeland is here to help ensure your home is protected from mold damage so you can have peace of mind. For a quote or to get more information about our mold damage remediation services, call us 24/7 at (863) 646-4213.
Modifications to Industry Standard for Mold Removal by Robert Lay
Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) application for mold remediation project.
After years of scare tactics presented by national media outlets, the IICRC pulled the reigns back on fly - by - night restoration companies that claimed to disinfect or remove mold through encapsulation, ozone, or other decontaminants. In doing so, the S-520 was created to help provide a national standard that centered mostly around "source removal" of affected material, as we well as proper standards for creating containment, establishing negative air pressure, and properly removing mold. This document contains a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the health effects of mold exposure and provides usable advice to mold remediators in keeping employees safe. As the restoration industry is a constantly evolving industry, the standard is often considered a 'living' document. Like most industries, change is driven by technological advancements.
What You Should Know About Mold
Mold is a naturally occurring organism and certain levels are considered acceptable in both indoor and outdoor levels. These levels are often referred to as Condition 1 type mold. When physical growth is achieved (Condition 3) on building materials, it has the propensity to produce a Condition 2 type situation where spores and hyphae settle on surfaces. Actual growth includes growth of any type of mold (active, dormant, visible or hidden). Not all mold is harmful, but certain types can cause health effects to immune deficient or allergenic prone individuals.
What Has Changed in the Latest Version
Verbage has been the biggest alteration in the newest version of the S520. Better definitions of trigger words are provided to help remediation specialists better interpret guidelines of the standard of care. Misting is more widely accepted for dust suppression. Rules for better servicing sensitive environment facilities like retirement homes and hospitals have been outlined to include real time data logging system. This decreases risk of cross contamination and helps ensure that Air Filtration Devices and Negative Air Machines are operating properly. Mold contamination of Air Conditioning Systems is also better outlined. Use of EPA approved sealants or coatings are more widely observed. Lastly, contractors may now perform Post Remediation Evaluation, but a 3rd party Industrial Hygienist will still be needed to perform Post Remediation Verification.
How Does This Help Protect You and Your Home or Business
Dampness or visible fungi can be found in 50% of residences across the country (Mudarri and Fisk, 2007). At current there are no accepted guidelines defining normal fungal ecology. Comparative or control samples are needed to assess what can be dictated as "safe" however this does not incorporate certain variables like geography, occupancy, land use, time of year, and time of day. The IICRC S-520 -2015 helps bridge the gap in using technological advances and definitive verbage to reiterate proper remediation efforts are used and quantified in your home or business. Indoor air quality is directly related to personal health and indoor health professionals are constantly being held to a higher standard as more information becomes available.
Mudarri, D. and Fiskm W.J. (2007) "Public health and economic impact of dampness and mold." Indoor Air 17, 226-235
Ways to Prevent A/C Units from Causing Condensation and Mold
This picture shows the internal hygrometer inside of a dehumidifier. If relative humidity is above 60%, you may have an issue that needs attention.
By Robert Lay
Across Lakeland we have experienced consistently high humidity levels as afternoon showers have turned into all day flooding. This has wreaked havoc on the propensity of air handlers to keep up with customers’ demands. Throughout the last couple of weeks, we have experienced several insurance claims in both commercial and residential dwellings that related to air conditioner condensation. While a little dampness on a unit or a duct may sound harmless, the resulting affects on your insulation, drywall, and other building materials may be detrimental. Often times these issues go unnoticed and when they are discovered, mold growth is usually an issue. Please follow a few of these easy rules to make sure that you don’t end up with a larger problem:
1) Inspect HVAC units often. We aren’t just talking about taking a peak up at your vents every once in awhile, take a ladder and go inspect your return and handler frequqently. Note any discoloration, corrosion or standing water. Look for water staining around the area that may have been caused by condensation or faulty components.
2) Get Your AC Unit Serviced. Once a year, your unit should be serviced by an HVAC professional. They will be able to help identify any potential issues that you may encounter and curb water damage in your home or business.
3) Purchase a Hygrometer. Testing your indoor air quality can often times be as easy as knowing the indoor relative humidity and temperature. Any sharp fluctuations in relative humidity are a large indication that there may be a problem with your system. Regardless of where you set your thermostat, if you have relative humidity levels higher than 60% you are putting your home or business at risk of secondary damage including mold or condensation.
4) Watch windows and vents. Mildew and condensation should not build up on these areas if your HVAC unit is properly sized for the area in which it is trying to condition. If you are seeing discoloration around your vents or noticing mold buildup on window caulking you may need to call a mold remediation specialist.
5) Don’t ignore your senses. If you walk into your home and smell an earthy or musky odor you may have a mold issue. If you walk into your business and your skin instantly feels sticky and wet, your AC system may not be operating properly. If you see staining or discoloration that wasn’t seen before, don’t turn a blind eye. Using common sense and listening to your instincts are often the best ways to prevent further damage.
While historic flooding can create some unavoidable obstacles, these easy tips may save your home from mold or water intrusion.
Mold Remediation: A Review of How Technology Can Influence an Entire Industry
The latest air scrubber from Dri-Eaz. These machines have drastically improved their performance while shrinking in size.
by Robert Lay, General Manager at SERVPRO of Lakeland
The use of ozone among restoration professionals has become widely accepted. It is most commonly used in this field as a high grade deodorization technique that can combat strong odors like pet odor and even smoke. While proving successful in these areas, the practice of using ozone has expanded into microbial remediation as in certain concentrations of O3 proves lethal. The EPA has released recent information that Ozone use should not be used in mold remediation as hypae and spores are not eliminated during the process, thus potential allergen agents still exist. The IICRC, our industry standard, even suggests against the use of nontraditional forms of mold remediation; however, countless professionals still insist that this technique is effective. This literary review hopes to shine some light on this particular subject and the potential for advanced technology in microbiological remediation.
What is Ozone and how does it Work?
Ozone is the triatomic form of oxygen. While atmospheric oxygen (O2) remains the more commonly known molecule, ozone, or O3, has an additional oxygen atom that reacts with other molecules. In this way, this unstable atom will react with other atoms to break them down, thus neutralizing odors.
Building Ecology and the Effects of Indoor Pollution
Building composition, activity, and use all relate to indoor environmental condition. While several baselines have been created to determine air quality, building ecology is relatively based upon its occupant’s sensitivity to their surroundings. Pollution generation within comes from any number of primary or secondary agents including bioeffluents, mold, smoke, byproducts of HVAC systems, and various other Volatile Organic Compounds (herein: VOC’s). (Mitchel, Zhang). In reality, VOC’s, by comparison, are consistently higher indoors than outdoors (Mitchel, Zhang). Normal use (cooking, water heating, cooling and moving, cleaning products) produces VOC’s that pass through filters and HVAC units and can cause irritation or allergies to its patrons. For this reason, it is important to constantly monitor indoor environments, especially when considering your ventilation systems (Air Ducts, HVAC, Returns, Vents).
The Transition of Ozone Use to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Ozone has been used heavily in water purification efforts for some time to deter biological growth. In 1997, ozone use was accepted as generally safe for food contact applications (U.S. FDA 1997). Currently, it is used for the post harvest treatment of fish and fruit, in order to remove the presence of mycotoxin contamination (mold growth) and insects. Eventually school of thought transferred to the restoration industry. If ozone could deter mold growth in fruit and vegetable processing, could it remove mold growth in homes?
According to one study conducted in 2008, ozone was reported to have successfully inactivated colony-forming fungal units both in a “laboratory and simulated field condition on various surfaces” (Hudson, Sharma, 2009). The question then becomes does inactive mold still present a hazard to occupants and is this sufficient for remediation purposes?
Modern Day Mold Removal, Remediation, and Treatment
The EPA has completed several reviews on the current status of mold remediation processes and the use of ozone across throughout the industry (EPA, 1996). Current OSHA and EPA guidelines shy away from ozone use for indoor air pollution as the positives often outweigh the negatives. Both occupants and technicians could be at risk of respiratory issues if ozone is used improperly or at too high of a concentration. In addition, both inactive and active mold particulates can cause the same health affects if inhaled.
If used properly however, ozone may be used in conjunction with other cleaning methods. A pre-ozone treatment could potentially limit hazards to employees prior to remediation. While source control should always be the number one priority in any hazardous remediation effort, shunning technology will limit the efficiency of air quality improvement (SERVPRO of Lakeland, 2015).
Other Technological Advances Used In Microbial Remediation
Efforts have been made to reduce the impacts of mold removal through other means as well. Dry ice blasting, hydroxyl use, and even UV light disbursement have all entered into the restoration industry as means to assist in the sanitization of an affected area. These methods take additional training and in some cases additional safety precautions for technicians that are completing the projects. These techniques, while effective in disinfecting areas, still need to be combined with more traditional types of remediation (Containments, Negative Air Pressure, Air Scrubbing, etc.) in order to properly remove mold growth.
Indoor air quality should be constantly monitored, as air pollution can be caused by a variety of issues. If you think you have a mold problem, please don’t hesitate to call in a professional as these problems get worse with time. Mold can hurt the value of a home, but it can be easily treated if the right company is hired to remediate the problem. Make sure that your remediation company isn’t doing more harm than good in your home.
SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in: water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland, Polk County, and the rest of central Florida for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213, www.SERVPROlakeland.com
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2. Mitchell, Clifford S., Zhang, Junfeng(Jim), Sigsgaard, Torben; Jantunen,Matti; J. Lioy, Paul; Samson, Robert; and Meryl H. Karol. 2007 Current State of the Science: Health Effects and Indoor Environmental Quality. Environmental Health Perspectives. Vol. 115, No. 6 (Jun., 2007), pp. 958-964
3. U.S. EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). 1996. Review of National Ambient Air QWuality Standards for Ozone: Assessmnet of Scientific and Technical Information. OAQPS Staff Paper. Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. Research Triangle Park. NC. EPA-452/R-96-007.
4. U.S. EPA Environmental Protection Agency.2013. Ozone Generators That Are Sold As Cleaners. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html#area
5. SERVPRO of Lakeland. 2015. “Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation. http://www.SERVPROlakeland.com/mold-removal
South Lakeland Mold Removal
Mold Removal Customer Satisfaction Form
An AC condenser produced a leak in the attic of this south Lakeland home. Unfortunately, this went undetected and caused a mold issue that needed the attention of SERVPRO of Lakeland. Using S-520 protocol and extensive experience, SERVPRO of Lakeland remediated the mold in a safe and timely fashion so that this family was able to get back to a safe living environment. Since the remediation, the family has claimed that they have already noticed an improvement in their air quality.
SERVPRO of Lakeland built containment and created negative air pressure within the affected areas in order to reduce any concern of cross contamination. The affected drywall was removed, packaged, and disposed of in a safe way. Then the affected area was treated with a biocide and HEPA vacuumed. The studs were dried so that this problem would not persist and air scrubber made sure to remove any remaining particulates.
The customer was immensely pleased with SERVPRO’s effort. On our “certificate of satisfaction: job completion” form, SERVPRO of Lakeland received all 10’s for customer service. The Job Completion COS, which is protocol on every job for SERVPRO of Lakeland, is attached above. Please visit our before and after page to see a couple photographs from the job.
SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in: water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland and Polk County residents for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213, www.SERVPROlakeland.com
Mold Detection and Water Removal
Mold comes in many different shapes and colors.
Detecting Mold in Your Home
The adverse effects of mold growth inside your home can be catastrophic. Homeowners who have mold problems have complaints ranging from basic sinus infections and headaches to upper respiratory issues. It can cause debilitating problems to the value of a home and one's health and remediation can be costly.
With that being said, it is no wonder that one of the most dreaded four letter words you can utter in any home is mold. Detecting mold, however, is not as daunting as many may think. It can sometimes be as easy as looking at you’re A/C vents, smelling the air when you return from the grocery store, or even spotting discoloration underneath cabinets or on walls.
In most cases, microbial growth is facilitated or activated by sources of constant moisture and high humidity levels. Leaky pipes and drains and faulty A/C ducts often produce a presence of moisture in your walls and ceilings that can create mold if not dried properly. This is the first and most important step in detecting and preventing a problem in your home.
Sometimes sources cannot be identified and could be caused by a crack in your foundation or bad seals on showers and windows. At this point, finding mold growth becomes somewhat invasive. If no surface mold is apparent, drywall or floors may need to be pulled back in order to detect the problem.
If a problem cannot be detected, it is always recommended that air samples be taken in order to properly identify the amount of spores and the type of microbial that is present in your home.
It goes without saying that all remediation and detection should be handled by a licensed professional, but identifying any of the issues above could keep a small problem from becoming a big problem.
SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in: water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning.
SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland and Polk County residents for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213 , www.SERVPROlakeland.com