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Mold Removal Lancaster

5/23/2015 (Permalink)

Mold can cause bad odors, and it can also cause a range of health problems, some of which might be serious.

Mold Removal 

Lancaster mold removal and remediation should be your top priority if you find mold growing in your home. Mold can cause bad odors, and it can also cause a range of health problems, some of which might be serious. Mold can irritate the eyes, nose and throat in many people. Some people are allergic to mold and mildew and therefore have more severe reactions. People with compromised immune systems or lung diseases are particularly vulnerable to mold and can suffer serious infections if exposed to it.

The first step for getting rid of mold is to find and eradicate any sources of moisture that allow mold to grow. Check places where moisture could accumulate. For example, check for leaks in your plumbing or roof. Check for overflows in sinks or toilets. Make sure the kitchen and bathroom are properly ventilated. If you find problems in these areas, call a professional for repairs.

A small amount of mold on a nonporous surface like concrete, plastic, glass or metal can be dealt with easily. It is simply a matter of disinfecting the surface. To do so, scrub the area with a small amount of water and detergent and let it dry. Then mix a half cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Then spray the resulting solution on the surface and let it dry.

Semi -porous items like wood, carpet and ceiling tiles can't be salvaged if they become moldy. They should simply be thrown away.

Some things can be saved, though. To deal with Lancaster mold on clothing, brush off the mold spots, wash the article, and then let it dry in the sun. To salvage books, brush off the mold spots and then apply talcum powder or cornstarch to the affected area.

Always follow proper safety procedures when dealing with mold. Wear gloves, goggles and a dust mask. Wrap moldy items in plastic before throwing them away. If you find toxic black mold on something, call a certified professional who specializes in mold remediation and removal.

After removing the Lancaster mold, take steps to prevent it from returning. Use vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and dehumidifiers to keep mold from growing in your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (972) 227-0800

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

If you suspect that your Lancaster home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. Call us at (972) 227-0800 for help.

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