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The Importance of Prompt Mold Damage Remediation in Bay Ridge

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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Knowing More About Mold Damage in Your House

As common as mold might be in everyday environments, many homeowners do not understand the risk of inaction. The growth and development of mold colonies in your household present a volatile environment that could impact your family and compromise the structural integrity of hosting materials. It is important to act fast when mold gets discovered in your residence.

Mold damage in Bay Ridge homes can develop in as little as a few days following water damage or flooding problems to your property. Rapid restoration of these disasters can prevent or mitigate mold infestations.

The Cause of Active Mold Growth

 You will not know how to save your house from mold when unsure of how it forms or the conditions necessary to promote colonization. Active growth requires moisture and warm temperatures. Other factors, like sunlight or lack thereof, are secondary. Varying types of residential molds can grow in different environments and conditions, but moisture and appropriate temperatures are universally necessary. Places like the basement, attic, and bathroom can experience moist conditions favorable to microbial development. If you are not frequently inspecting these spaces like the attic, mold growth can develop rapidly.

Should You Be Concerned About Mold?

It is vital to understand that mold in your home is nothing to ignore. We must treat this condition as any other disaster impacting your property and offer efficient and direct remediation and restoration solutions. The most alarming aspect of mold that homeowners should respect is the continuous spread of these organisms. This threat makes initial efforts like containment an important element of successful remediation for your residence.

Keeping Mold from Spreading

There are multiple ways to stop spores from relocating to other areas of your household. While physical barriers are the most direct method of preventing the movement of mold organisms, additional actions are necessary to prevent the use of other pathways like air ducts. We seal over vents and returns of the HVAC system to keep out mold spores. We also create negative pressure on these systems to drive out spores for collection by powerful HEPA vacuums.

The Remediation Process

Removing mold damage is a product of several approaches. We focus on the actions necessary to remove active colonies impacting housing materials at vastly different depths. Some remediation methods include:

  • Surface Treatments

Using sporicidal and antimicrobial products, we can destroy surface mold colonies and create a buffer against repeat infestations.

  • Hand Sanding

This technique is especially effective with wood framing and similar materials. Sanding removes the outermost layer of the material without compromising structural integrity.

  • Abrasives

Media blasting can be an effective method of cleaning substrates hosting mold colonies. These efforts use pressurized air with abrasives like dry ice or baking soda to destroy mold without ruining the supporting material.

  • Removing Damaged Materials

When all else fails, SERVPRO technicians can eliminate sensitive materials. Protecting your home sometimes demands direct demolition and safe disposal of mold-infested building elements.

Stopping Mold from Coming Back

We strive to do more than remove the mold threat to your home. We want to protect your property for the future by resolving where moisture found its way inside the structure. We have skilled professionals for repairs and reconstruction. This build-back and sealing can be even more effective with mold-resistant paint that helps stall microbial production in moist environments like bathrooms.

SERVPRO of Bay Ridge can help when mold damage threatens your home. We understand the urgency of these situations and have effective remediation solutions. Call us at (718) 765-5572.