The Five Step Mold Damage Remediation Process in Newton
Technicians at SERVPRO Follow the Latest Approved Mold Removal Techniques When Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Home
Mold can grow throughout a home and remain unseen for a long time. Individual spores are smaller than the tiniest seed, and even a growth of thousands of spores is no bigger than a pinhead. If there are food sources and moisture, mold can grow year-round in most houses, condos, and apartments.
SERVPRO uses our industry standard to clean and remove mold damage from Newton homes. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) has developed a five-step process that cleans and removes mold, changes the local environment that created the initial problem, and protects workers and residents while we return homes to a clean state.
The first step we take is to reduce exposure and spread. Our technicians build containment around the infested areas to prevent the accidental transfer of spores to clean rooms and hallways in the home.
Our next step is to write it all down. Our team leader records every action to include the type of mold found, location, and the test results in every room and hallway of the air and structural property for mold and moisture content. The numbers from the clean areas of the home are the baseline we use to determine when the infested parts of the house are clean.
Now, we begin controlling the level of contamination. To reduce the mold in the air as we start to clean, team members set up negative air machines at the points of contamination. These machines draw out spores, dust, and other particulates from the air. We use special, HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single spore from out of the air.
Step four is removing the contamination. By combining the negative air machines with flexible hoses and exhaust fans, we can blow captured mold spores directly out of a home. Spores that have settled onto furniture or other surfaces we clean using vacuums with HEPA filters or wipe them down with dry or wet cloths. After each round of cleaning, we wait for mold to settle and then repeat until test results meet the baseline.
The last step is to lower the moisture to a normal level. Mold spores become inert and harmless when the surrounding air is too dry. As we finish removal, other technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to the normal, baseline level in the clean areas of the home.
Restoring any home to a level clean enough for occupation is never a quick procedure. SERVPRO of Catawba County East ensures our result is a place that looks like it did before we arrived. If you wish to schedule an inspection, call us at (828) 465-6504 today.
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