Can Mold Grow Through an Entire Cocoa Home?
To Restore Your Home to a Safe Condition after Mold Damage, Call SERVPRO
Cocoa was originally a fishing town, with the first families settling in about 1860. The first maps of Cocoa were created in 1882 with the name “Indian River City”. The land detailed was owned by Captain R.A. Hardee. The name, however, was rejected by the local U.S. Postal Office as too long for a postmark.
Two Interesting Origin Stories
There is some disagreement on how Cocoa got its name. Two of the more popular tales involve the local agriculture and an early business on the river banks.
• The first tale states that a town meeting was convened in 1884 to name the community. Suggestions were taken from either geographical features or local products. Captain R.C. May suggested cocoa since it fit the requirements and was short enough for the Post Office. It was approved and sent to Washington D.C. for formal adoption.
• Another tale is that sailors on the Indian River when boating past the home of an old woman would shout “Cocoa! Cocoa!” Eventually, she brought them hot cocoa. Interestingly, while the hot cocoa tale is more doubtful, there is no evidence to be found of the 1884 town meeting.
Setbacks and Leaps Forward
Cocoa was eventually incorporated in 1895 while trying to recover from an economic disaster. In the Winter of 1894-95, the ‘Great Freeze’ destroyed the citrus crop for 1895, forcing many people to find new employment elsewhere. The city was still recovering from the 1890 fire that destroyed the business district.
Fortunately, the railroad was coming to Cocoa. The extension of the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Indian River Railway helped jump-start what was a crashing economy. By the end of 1895, Cocoa was a growing town once again. Growth and development continued through the first decade of the 20th century and the population nearly doubled according to the 1911-1912 Florida State Business Directory.
Cocoa’s population doubled again by 1925 to 1800. Despite the failure of its two banks in the Great Depression, the town continued to grow, with one local source in 1930 showing an increase to 2,200. In the Post-WWII years and the start of the Space Race, Cocoa continued to grow and today has a population of over 18,000.
How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home After Mold Appears?
Our Restoration Teams follow five key principles to return Cocoa residences to a safe condition, ready for occupation once more.
• Health and Safety – Although mold may cause health effects in some people, our restoration teams concentrate on how the mold compromised building material.
• Document Conditions and Processes – Our teams keep extensive records so that owners and independent inspectors can see our actions taken.
• Control the Mold at Its Source – Technicians prevent mold from becoming airborne and spreading to clean areas of the home with erected containment chambers or barriers.
• Remove Mold – Specialists physically remove mold from contaminated materials by vacuuming mold spores through HEPA filters and damp wiping surfaces with special cleaners.
• Correct the Moisture Problem – Teams remove excess water and lower the air moisture content to prevent future mold growth.
Professional and thorough mold remediation is why SERVPRO of Central Brevard is your best choice to clear up an infestation. Call us today at (321) 638-494 to get started.