When Water Damage Strikes in Miami Beach, SERVPRO is Here to Help.
South Florida is a condominium market. Much of our mold remediation work takes place in condominiums. As a result, many condo owners ask us, “I can have you clean up my side of the damage, but what about the neighbor next to me?”
It’s an important and very good question. If your side of the condo wall is contaminated, chances are high that your neighbor’s walls are affected too. Unfortunately the condo owner is somewhat limited. We confront this situation frequently, and use every avenue possible to help our customers out.
First step is to simply approach the neighboring owner. We use the powers of persuasion to get them to do their part. Sometimes we’re successful, and do get the neighbor to remediate the mold on their side of the wall.
Other times we’re not. When this happens, we attempt to contact the association manager or board of directors. Technically in South Florida, condo associations ‘own’ the wallboard, so they’re also a customer. They should take steps to remediate the problem. Associations have more tools than you as a simple neighbor. However, sometimes even they choose not to act.
If it becomes clear that the neighbor will NOT remediate your side, all we can do is clean up their side of the wall best possible, apply EPA-registered anti-microbial solutions to render the mold colonies non-viable for future growth, and then “encapsulate” the affected portions of the wall. We use an outstanding product called “Enviroshield,” a mold-resistant paint which seals in the contaminants, making them less likely to enter your breathing space.
Encapsulating is not the ideal solution. The highest standard is to remove and replace the affected porous material like drywall or plaster. However, in a situation where you don’t have that option and you’ve exhausted every other avenue, Enviroshield is an excellent alternative.