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Why Mold Damage Affects Homes in Pleasant Hill

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends cleaning with a damp cloth rather than a feather duster to prevent spores and other particles from getting into the air.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage and Take Steps to Prevent Future Mold Growth

Challenging homeowners for millennia, mold grows everywhere and on almost everything. Even if the surface contains non-organic materials, dust that collects there can hold the nutrients microbes require. Housecleaning with a feather duster can spread microbial infestations in your Pleasant Hill residence. Wiping with a soft, damp cloth instead can clean without sending spores and other particles into the air.

When conditions become relatively dry in Pleasant Hill, mold damage might not seem possible. However, because mold often grows on porous surfaces more often than on non-porous ones, the very material infested can continue providing the water required for continued growth.

Carpeting collects a significant amount of debris no matter how clean you keep your home. This debris often contains organic matter that mold and other microbes thrive on, creating the perfect environment for them. Wooden sub-flooring can also end up on the dinner menu for microbes, leading to weak areas and depressions.

Drywall, wooden moldings, and other trims can become infested with microbial activity when elevated moisture in a home becomes an ongoing phenomenon. Because microbes require not only food, an ever-present item in any house, we start to control the problem of mold damage by eliminating any water sources.

We quickly find these sources through thermographic sensors and hygrometers. Both detect the presence of water. Sources vary greatly from one home to another. The water in your residence can come from the ground under crawlspaces, foundation cracks, leaky pipes or drains, drips under counters, or a faulty roof. Gutters that contain debris from trees can also create a damper than normal environment. We find the places where the water comes from and then stop it from continuing.

The IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO remain equally dedicated to providing thorough mold remediation. Tearing away severely damaged carpeting can create a dust storm inside your home. Having tarps and plastic sheeting already in place prevents this from becoming a problem in other areas of your home. Likewise, drywall can also pose risks to uncontaminated areas.

To prevent loosened spores from affecting your home in the future, we cut carpeting into smaller pieces so they can comfortably fit into plastic bags. We treat mold infested drywall similarly. After bagging, we carry these items out of your home. We dispose of these bags according to local guidelines. However, to ensure that even if some spores do escape, they do not get too far into other areas of your home. We place air scrubbers in strategic locations, so any loose particles, spores, or microbes quickly become trapped.

The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of North Lilburn can help you with remediation of any mold damage found inside your home. Contact us at (770) 709-3266 so we can begin the process and restore your property to a healthy, clean home.

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