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The Basics of Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

When there has been water damage in a home or commercial property, there is a strong likelihood that mold growth will follow. It is a fact that mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

If you are faced with a mold issue, knowing your next steps is vital, which is why we are using this blog to discuss the process of mold remediation.

An Introduction to Mold Remediation

Have you seen the ads for mold remediation and also the ads that promise mold removal? The latter of these two is a fallacy because removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company will focus on mold remediation, with the goal of getting mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

Yes, mold spores are naturally occurring everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It is when they are left untreated that a minor problem turns into a major problem and a major headache.

Technicians will isolate the contaminated areas during mold remediation. Depending on the amount of remediation that needs to be done, this can be accomplished by either closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded in plastic bags. All exposed and mold-affected areas are then thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum may be brought in during some cases to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated with a biocide and left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. On the following day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected areas.

What to Do If You Suspect Mold

If you are seeing evidence that your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. Evaluate the size of the problem, and if the affected area covers an area larger than 10 square feet, it is time to call in the professionals.

These professionals you contact should be highly trained and certified in the areas listed below:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, the safest way to handle mold remediation is always to call the professionals for the quickest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

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