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Learning about Mold Remediation | SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is something that can be found everywhere, but in some instances, it can develop into quite a major problem for homeowners and business owners. Excess moisture, such as water from a flood, can increase the growth of mold.

If you are faced with a mold issue, it is vital you know what steps to take next.

Mold Remediation 101

If you have seen ads for mold removal, know this: It is a fallacy. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply not possible.

This is because mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere, both inside structures and outdoors. The issue arises when a minor problem is left untreated, leaving it to become a major mold infestation.

A qualified restoration company’s focus is mold remediation and bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

During mold remediation, technicians isolate all contaminated areas either by closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. The dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through a misting process.

The wet and mold-damaged materials is removed and discarded through the use of plastic bags. After that, all areas that have been exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is sometimes used to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated using a biocide and left to cure overnight and destroy the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected and surrounding areas.

Here’s What to Do If Mold Has Become an Issue

If you suspect your home or business may have a mold problem, it is important that you act quickly. If the size of the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it is time to call in the professionals.

These professionals you bring in need to be highly trained and certified in the following areas:

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

There have been times where some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by homeowners and business owners on their own, but the best way is to use a professional remediation company to ensure the quickest and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin, 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.