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SERVPRO Mold Damage - Mold and How to Remove It

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Mold Damage - Mold and How to Remove It Mold in a Boulder HVAC Element Requires Professional Remediation from SERVPRO

Remediation of Mold Has Several Strategies

After flooding or other water damage, the biggest health issue isn't standing water or a smelly carpet. The largest health risk comes from mold which can grow rapidly from even a small amount of water.

Mold damage in Boulder homes is damaging and critical to belongings and building materials because it is so easily spread. Growth, even a small patch, if disturbed, can spread thousands of spores throughout rooms, hallways and even worse, HVAC systems. SERVPRO understands exactly how it spreads and how to stop it.

Excessive moisture swells existing spores which then begin to grow. These spores feed on building materials such as drywall, wood floors, and natural carpet fibers such as jute, wool, and cotton. Cellulose is the primary food source of these fungi. Once they feed, they begin to grow larger colonies. These colonies may cause health effects due to substances created by the mold called mycotoxins.

To remove it, the first step we will do is determine just how much there is. Our inspectors will determine the source of the mold and find out where it has spread if it has. Next, our technicians will begin the removal and remediation process by replacing your HVAC filters and scrubbing the system if the mold has entered it. If not, our techs will block all vents and seal off your HVAC until cleaning has been finished. This is called containment; we stop the spores from circulating to unaffected areas of the structure.

We start the cleaning by removing any material and property that has become infested with mold. Once everything is out, we place exhaust fans at strategic points in the building. This is a technique called negative pressure. By doing this, any mold spores that are released in the cleanup will be blown outside the building.
If carpets and other property can be cleaned of mold, that occurs in concert with the building cleaning. We use commercial vacuums and water extractors to pull moisture from furniture and proprietary chemical cleaners.

As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Louisville is proud to serve our fellow Coloradans. If you suspect you may have a mold problem or other issue that requires our remediation services, call us today at (303) 604-6607.

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