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Can Mold Remediation Processes Provide Ridgefield Homeowners with Long-Term Relief from Mold?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in kitchen If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Combines Removal and Prevention Methods to Deliver Lasting Outcomes When Dealing with Mold-Infested Properties.

When you notice signs of mold growing in your house, you might worry about several issues regarding the removal of moldy materials and the prevention of future infestation. SERVPRO is one of the top companies that help Ridgefield property owners deal with mold.

What common questions do people ask about mold remediation in Ridgefield properties?

  • How widespread the infestation is in their houses
  • Whether remediation efforts can defeat the mold
  • Whether there are health problems associated with mold
  • How costly the removal process is likely to be

For most people, the appearance of mold residues on surfaces such as walls, ceiling, or bathroom floors kick starts a silent storm in their minds with the apprehension that the infestation might lead to extreme outcomes. For instance, many worry that the underlying or invisible growth is much wider than what the visible signs reveal. There is also the apprehension that removal might only provide temporary relief before the mold redevelops, thus leading to recurring costs and inconveniences. When SERVPRO takes over mold remediation at your Ridgefield property, our first goal is to help you understand the full scope of the problem, including the extent of affected areas and the procedures we are likely to use in resolving the problem.

How easy is it to uncover all areas affected by mold?

Depending on what triggers the mold infestation in your property, it might take some time before you notice the signs. Hidden areas such as wall and floor cavities provide the best conditions for mold to develop unnoticed. Such areas tend to retain moisture, collect dust, and natural light from the sun rarely filters. You are only likely to tell there is a problem when you notice dark spots on the surfaces or experience a musty smell.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you identify the presence of mold earlier because of the extensive experience we have handling such problems. For instance, if there is a reason for growth such as higher than average humidity levels, a recent water spill or flooding, we check some of the familiar hiding places for mold including:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements and attics 
  • Above ceiling tiles 
  • Ventilation and air ducts  
  • Under carpet and floorboards

What mold remediation approaches help guarantee long-term results?

Each case of mold infestation is different, and therefore, the responses can also vary in many ways. Different restoration companies might also prefer diverse approaches when fixing the problem. Our SERVPRO technicians choose methods that fix underlying issues, improve comfort for the house occupants, and prevent an immediate recurrence. Typical processes for such remediation include:

  • Fixing any moisture issues in the building
  • Removal of moldy materials and residues
  • Deodorization

Since mold thrives where there is abundant wetness, controlling moisture is a crucial long-term remediation step. For wooden materials such as hardwood floorboards, our technicians find a way to reduce the moisture content to 20% or below fast to limit chances of further growth. The relative humidity levels in the area can also support such growth when they are too high. We find out whether humidity levels are high and establish the reasons for that, including retention of steam in the kitchen or bathroom and hidden leaks. 

How do you remove the existing mold?

Choosing a removal method depends on the physical properties of the infested surface. When the mold affects porous surfaces or materials like drywall, fabrics, and carpets, we remove the material itself because the hyphae penetrate deep into the material. 

For the non-porous materials like metals, glass, and plastics, we use various cleaning approaches to remove the moldy residues. HEPA vacuuming the surfaces helps remove loose fragments and is usually useful before applying other abrasive processes such as wire brushing, sanding, or damp wiping the surface. When damp-wiping surfaces, we use cleaning agents with anti-microbial properties since they stop or limit microbial growth. Once we finish cleaning, we apply biocides to the surfaces.

The agitation and other removal processes can easily spread mold residues all over your property. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent this by taking precautionary steps, such as running negative air machines in the areas we clean. We also contain the mold materials we remove from your property in zip-lock plastic bags as they await disposal. 

You need to respond appropriately when mold develops in your Danbury, Redding, or Redding Ridge property to break the cycle of recurring infestations. SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can help with cleanup and other remediation processes, making it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (203) 791-0920 to help. 

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