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WATER DAMAGE & MOLD SPECIALIST
For 24 Hour Emergency Response Call: 239-330-2278
Providing Emergency Service in Fort Myers, FL and the following areas:
Lee County and Collier Counties
Including service to the surrounding cities of:
- Boca Grande
- Bonita Springs
- Cape Coral
- Fort Myers
- Lehigh Acres
- Marco Island
- North Fort Myers
- Saint James City
We Provide The Following Services:
Busted Pipes, Flooding, Appliance Failure, Storm Damage, Roof Leaks
- Residential and Commercial
- Water Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Structural Drying
- Humidity Control
- Flood Cleanup
- Moisture Detection
- Raw Sewage Cleanup
Why Choose Rytech?
- Free Estimates
- 24 / 7 Emergency Service
- Direct Insurance Billing
- Licensed, Bonded & Insured
- IICRC Certified Technicians
- Daily Monitoring of Jobs
- Complete File with Digital Photos
- All work is 100% guaranteed!
Jon & Amy Lavender-Owners of Rytech of Lee & Collier Counties
Jon K. Lavender is Owner-Operator of Rytech of Lee & Collier Counties and has over 20 years of experience in the restoration and insurance industry. In the past two decades, Jon has established two successful independently-owned restoration companies. The first was one of the largest restoration companies in Pennsylvania. The second restoration company is currently located in SW Florida and has recently merged with Rytech. Jon continues to uphold the highest quality standards in the industry. He began his career as a Large Loss Adjuster for a national insurance carrier and is IICRC certified in Water Damage Restoration & Applied Structural Drying. Jon holds numerous licenses in Florida including Mold Remediation (MRSR1039), Mold Assessor (MRSA987), Certified General Contractor (CGC1520497), Independent Adjuster (W052371) & General Lines Agent license - Property & Casualty: W052371
Amy J. Lavender is Co-Owner and Marketing Representative of Rytech of Lee and Collier Counties and is responsible for all sales and marketing activity. Amy has been instrumental in the growth of their two previous restoration companies by bringing 15 year of experience in marketing, sales promotion, and community relations.
Joel Williams, Director of Operations for Mitigation and Remediation Services
Joel Williams began his water damage restoration career in Southwest Florida 16 years ago. He is experienced in properly drying residential and commercial properties. Joel began working at Rytech as lead technician and was promoted to Operations Manager of the Southwest Florida Rytech franchise in 2015. Joel holds advanced certifications through the IICRC and has been fully trained in OSHA and EPA guidelines. Joel treats every water loss as if it was his own home and is dedicated to customer service and satisfaction.
Jeff Gausling, Estimator for Mold Remediation Services/Crew Chief
Jeff Gausling has been in the water damage and mold remediation services for over 13 years. Jeff is licensed in the state of Florida as a Mold Assessor (MRSA80) and has worked for the Lavenders since 2013. Jeff holds advanced certifications through the IICRC in water damage restoration, journeyman water restorer, applied structural drying, carpet cleaning, carpet repair & reinstallation, journeyman textile cleaner, and upholstery & fabric cleaner.
What Not to Do When You Think You See Mold in the House
It’s natural to react impulsively to the sight of mold in the home. It’s equally normal to want to take immediate action yourself to get rid of it. However, before you plunge into do-it-yourself mold remediation, a few considerations may prevent you from throwing effort and money at a project likely to produce inadequate results. Here are some things not to do if you think you see mold in the house:
Assume it’s toxic mold. Some mold-like substances inside a structure really aren’t mold or are not toxic. For example, a residue of mineral salts left over from moisture or seepage long ago often forms a white or brown fluffy appearance indistinguishable from mold to the untrained eye. Also, some mold varieties are simply “cosmetic mold”— non-toxic, harmless to the structure, and not requiring treatment. Only a qualified mold remediation professional has the expertise to tell the impostors from the real thing.
Do not depend on bleach to kill mold. Effective mold remediation includes physical removal, then killing residue on surfaces. First, all growing mold must be physically removed, as well as any building materials where mold growth has infiltrated the surface. Mold residue is not killed by spraying common bleach; live spores survive and mold growth recurs. After complete physical removal of mold and affected materials, remediation experts use EPA-approved fungicides formulated for use against mold to sterilize surfaces.
Believe that dried mold is dead mold. Drying out a mold-contaminated area of the house doesn’t kill the mold. Instead, the mold growth simply shifts into dormant mode, soon to be reactivated by exposure to any trace of moisture, including high humidity. Effective remediation requires total removal and professional application of fungicides to sterilize surfaces.
Think your home is too new for mold. In fact, mold contamination may be “built-in” to brand-new homes by infected building materials, infiltrating rain and other moisture while under construction, and by the lack of an adequate mold inspection by contractors during the building process.
Wondering what to do and not to do if you suspect mold in the home? Contact the experts at Rytech.