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What to Expect When You Work with Mold Remediation Specialists

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

If your home or business experiences mold challenges due to water damage, storms, or other issues, you may be unfamiliar with mold and how the process works. We’ve provided some helpful insights so that if you ever experience mold challenges you have a better understanding of the process and what to expect.

Mold remediation vs. mold removal

Did you know that there’s no such thing as mold removal?  It’s true! Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a misleading notion. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors. We understand mold and mold growth. When you reach out to SERVPRO of Phoenix with mold issues, we show up to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Mold grows fast and can be tough to find and address

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 24-48 hours. Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. These spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Otherwise, the mold may return. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas. While not a pleasant odor, oftentimes homeowners and business owners only realize they have a mold problem once they smell it, well before they ever see it! Higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

What a mold remediation process entails

Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. It starts with an inspection and mold damage assessment. Local and state laws may require a specific inspection and documentation protocol based on the size of the affected area. We can advise you on this process, providing guidance based on your unique situation. We look for visible signs of mold as well as inspect for telltale odors. We use a variety of technologies at our disposal to detect mold and hidden water sources causing it. Once the cause is addressed (leaky faucet, etc.) we work to contain the mold to keep the mold from spreading. This may include air filtration, removing mold-infested materials, and cleaning belongings that may have mold on them. If the damage is bad enough, further work may be done if the infestation required the removal of flooring or drywall. Last, we’ll address any lingering odors. Even once the mold is remediated (not removed!) some odors may remain, but SERVPRO remediation specialists know how to handle this.

If your home or business experiences mold, work with SERVPRO of Phoenix. We’ll handle the issue immediately and resolve it to your satisfaction. Contact us at 480-503-2090.

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