How to Remediate Microbial Contamination Caused By Mold Damage in DeKalb Homes
SERVPRO's Three Steps to Combating Mold Damage
If evidence of mold and microbial contamination is present in a home, it is time to call the experts. The existence of mold is a serious thing because it spreads quickly and degrades structural materials. The tricky thing about it is that the spores are very tough to beat.
The first option is a direct and physical removal of the affected items. Alternatively, they can be rendered neutral, so that the spores are unable to spread further. It is not possible to tackle mold spores with regular household cleaners, so it is important to consult a company like SERVPRO. We have lots of experience dealing with mold damage in DeKalb homes.
Keep reading to find out how we remediate mold and prevent it from spreading throughout family homes in this region.
Step One: Inspect the Area
Successful repairs are not possible until the source of the water gets identified and eliminated. Mold thrives in moist conditions, so there is always an underlying problem with excess water somewhere in the house.
If a pipe has burst, for example, it needs fixing and the affected area needs a thorough drying. Concealed leaks are the hardest to deal with because they present access problems. In some cases, a small section of plasterboard requires removal, so that the technicians can place dehumidifiers and fans inside wall cavities.
Step Two: Cleaning with Biocides
The most efficient way to handle moldy materials is to lift them up and out of the house. We can do this in some cases. Often, smaller non-porous items get removed for external cleaning. Or, the SERVPRO team sets up a containment chamber, where cleaning is carried out.
The aim, in both situations, is to take the mold away from unaffected areas, so that they do not become contaminated with microbes. Similarly, HEPA vacuums are a common tool, because they transfer the spores to a contained receptacle.
However, physical interventions are not always possible. When walls, floors, and ceilings become compromised, biocides are used to neutralize the mold spores. We only resort to strong chemicals if there is no other option for restoration, as they require all residents to vacate the building for a set period.
Step Three: Post Remediation Tests
SERVPRO does not leave the site until the technicians are confident that the spread of the mold is no longer a danger. Affected walls and other surfaces may need to be sealed and repainted to cover stains. Our team is happy to handle this part of the process too. The last step is to test the moisture levels in the home and ensure that the current conditions do not allow for further growth.
At SERVPRO of NW DeKalb/Dunwoody/Brookhaven, mold is a serious business. We have spent years tackling the problem for residential customers, and our methods are highly effective. We can help you rescue your property from the grip of mold damage. Call us 24/7 at (770) 396-3883.