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Mold Damage In Your Clifton Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage in your Clifton Home Requires Extensive Mitigation

Basements are a common place to find mold damage. Because many homeowners do not inspect this area of the home regularly, it is not unusual for a small mold infestation to become a large one quickly.

Working on a partially finished basement in Clifton with mold damage, SERVPRO technicians found evidence of a large infestation. The presence of both wood support beams, sheetrock, and cardboard boxes all give the mold something to consume, which exacerbates the issue.

Mold remediation is a restoration service that the technicians have specialized training to handle. The techs take precautions to ensure mold spores do not spread during mitigation and additionally follow up with protective measures upon completion to ensure the mold does not return.

Containment and Drying
Mold cannot exist when air moisture content levels are below 50%, so the technicians set up containment around the work area and use their drying and dehumidification equipment to lower the humidity and effectively dry the colonies. Air scrubbers also run in tandem to capture airborne spores stirred up by the air movers.

Abatement Techniques
Once the colonies dry, the techs use hand tools to lift the mold from surfaces gently. In cases where the mold does not release quickly, or the scale of the infestation is large, the techs use methods such as soda blasting to remove any remaining visible colonies. After abatement, the surfaces get wiped down with professional-strength antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning agents.

Post Treatments
It is common for techs to apply antimicrobial sealant in areas where colonies previously established. This action is particularly useful in cases where an issue that requires repair is, in part, responsible for mold growth. Treatment ensures no return of the problem before the homeowner has the necessary repairs completed. Technicians also commonly inspect the ductwork to determine it needs cleaning to remove evidence of mold spores, so they don't spread to other areas of the residence.

When mold damage is an issue, contact SERVPRO of Clifton at (973) 928-3705. The certified technicians can end the infestation and ensure it does not return “Like it never even happened.”

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