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Norcross Mold Damage or Soot? Call the Experts

3/12/2016 (Permalink)

Yelllow Rubber Gloves and Bleach Won't Get the Job Done---Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage in Your Norcross Home

Norcross mold damage, is it or isn't it?  Surprisingly, it is easy to mistake soot damage for mold damage. To those with no experience of either, they look somewhat similar. So, it is an understandable mistake. It can be a costly one, however, particularly if it leads to a homeowner or business owner investing in the wrong kind of restoration service. It is wise from the outset, to get the advice of an expert.

In the case of black mold especially, an accurate identification is more difficult since the coloration can cause confusion. This mold, like most other molds, can produce antigens and irritants, along with possible health effects.

Many species of mold are difficult to eradicate and must be dealt with by a professional mold damage remediation company. All of these fungi are difficult to remove entirely once a colony has been established. Throwing strong bleach at the problem does not make a difference, nor will regular scrubbing and scouring. Specially formulated cleaning agents developed by SERVPRO have proven to be very effect in remediating mold damage. Black mold (or Stachybotrys chartarum) is just one of the fungi that they treat. Protective clothing, goggles, HEPA mask filters are some of the gear to ensure the safety and protection of the technician.

The Difference between Soot and Mold
So, what distinguishes black mold from soot? Well, soot is a substance that is left behind in the wake of a fire. It is not really smoke, but the oily or powdery residue of incomplete combustion of fuels such as plastics or rubbers. It appears as a sticky, lingering substance on surfaces and furniture. It often emerges in stripes and patches across interior walls. If rubbed or smudged, it becomes tough to remove, especially from fabric items. SERVPRO utilizes specialized sponges to aid in the clean up of this nuisance.

How to Distinguish between Soot and Mold
The bad news is that it can be very difficult for homeowners to tell the difference between soot and black mold damage, without getting up close. If you suspect that either is present in your home, you need to call on the services of a reliable repair and restoration team like SERVPRO.

Pick a restoration company that has experience in handling fire damage, smoke and soot damage and mold remediation. You know that these specialists are trained and equipped for most remediation needs around your mold damaged home in Norcross. From identifying household problems and infestations to completing all phases of restoration, SERVPRO has the skilled IICRC personnel to restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of North Lilburn are trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal in Norcross and Lilburn. For all fire, water, and mold related problems call us 24/7 for help. (770) 709-3266

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