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Mold Remediation and Control Inside Your Roxbury Home.

5/10/2024 (Permalink)

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Remediators Can Manage Mold Damage in Roxbury

Whether the lingering water in your home after a water damage emergency or a damp basement that continually contends with penetrating groundwater, conditions for mold development are common concerns for area homeowners. When you suspect microbial damage in your property, our SERVPRO team responds with a crew of experienced professionals representing multiple industry niches like:

  • AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation
  • WRT – Water Restoration
  • ASD – Applied Structural Drying
  • CDS – Commercial Drying 
  • OCT – Odor Control

How Does Mold Form?

Roxbury mold damage can exist without homeowners knowing, especially in less-trafficked areas of a residence like a basement or an attic. Any moist environment that persists for several days can facilitate mold colonies. Common examples include:

  • Unresolved Water Damage – A small leak at a connection of your plumbing or a dripping fixture could create a wet zone sufficient for welcoming mold. 
  • Humidity Concerns – Humid conditions are not foreign to our communities, and residences dealing with high moisture content can also contend with developing mold.
  • Post-Flooding – Flooding can leave many areas of the structure damp, a suitable environment for mold development.

What Materials Does Mold Target?

Organic matter becomes a food source for mold colonies. Those building materials and contents in the house are most at risk for supporting organisms and facing disastrous results. Some include:

  • Drywall
  • Wood elements
  • Baseboard
  • Carpets
  • Soft materials 

Removing Mold Damage Professionally

 The removal of mold and microbial threats involves several trusted strategies. Because of factors like the impacted materials, irregular or challenging surfaces, and the severity of the infestation, multiple remediation tactics are needed:

  • Surface Products – The least intrusive remediation method is applying sporicidal agents to the surface. Contact time with these colonies can often eradicate surface mold without further action.
  • Power Sanding – Wood framing and structural elements impacted by mold colonies can allow colonies to penetrate beyond the outermost surface layer. Power sanding removes a thin exterior segment to eliminate intruding mold colonies.
  • Dry Ice Blasting – Dry ice is not the only blasting material we can use for these pieces of equipment. We place various media under pressurized air and blast at hosting materials supporting surface colonies. 
  • Removing Damaged Materials – When surface and more abrasive cleaning methods are not possible, controlled demolition is an effective alternative. 

Will Mold Damage Repairs Be Needed?

 A contractor license for our team allows us to be there for the repairs and reconstruction that your home might require after mold cleanup. There are many instances where the infestation of colonies compromises hosting materials to the point of needing partial or complete replacement. Understanding that repairs are likely, our SERVPRO team prepares for this by dispatching experienced professionals to help with mold damage remediation.

Preventing Mold Recurrences in Your Home

 Another objective of our restoration team and the reconstruction specialists we provide is preventing recurrences. We adhere to IICRC standards for mold services. It is possible to address the entry point for moisture penetration and avoid continued infiltration. In many cases, rebuilding compromised structural elements allows moisture migration to the damaged area. Roof repairs, sealing penetration points in your home's foundation, and several other structural improvements can help.

When contending with Roxbury mold damage, homes and businesses can be impacted by these growths over a long period. The development and spread of mold and microbial organisms threaten the hosting materials and could lead to a need for extensive reconstruction. Our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team has a fast response through our Boston neighborhoods and communities to help. Call now at (617) 466-6909.

Mold In Your Home

5/2/2024 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation in Allston Homes Requires Expertise

Mold often grows in homes, especially in the wetter areas of the nation. Yet, even homes in dry places have spaces and rooms that can develop mold. When a home has moisture, mold can grow. Mold commonly infests the grout between ceramic tiles. 

An easy form of mold remediation occurs every time homeowners use a bleach-based cleaner to spray the mold and wipe it off. However, more critical mold infestations from an aesthetic or safety viewpoint occur elsewhere. In that case, you need help from professionals who offer mold remediation in Allston. SERVPRO has expertise in remediating mold. 

During the mold remediation process, our team removes moisture and mold. The goal is not to create a fungi-free, sterile environment but to return the contents and space as close to the pre-damaged condition as possible. The severity of mold contamination determines the scope of remediation activities. Our SERVPRO technicians can implement several strategies during remediation to prevent contamination of mold-free areas and minimize risks to remediation workers and occupants. The strategies include:

  • Proper planning before remediation.
  • Ensuring vulnerable persons are not in the work area. These persons include infants younger than a year old, pregnant women, and those recovering from surgery.
  • Using suitable Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Containment during remediation. This reduces the distribution of particulates and mold to surrounding areas. 
  • Implementing appropriate quality control/quality assurance measures to monitor activities during and following the remediation project to eliminate the moisture. 

An essential step in mold remediation is to set up ventilation and containment. Our SERVPRO team can use appropriate ventilation and air filtration equipment like air scrubbers to ensure that the disturbed mold spores that become airborne do not spread to unaffected areas. Air scrubbers remove the gasses and particulates mold causes from the affected area. They eliminate airborne particles, gasses, and odors from the air.

Our SERVPRO team can also clean and disinfect your home. We can clean non-porous materials and use a fungicide or biocide solution to disinfect them. Addressing any humidity or moisture concerns is also essential. 

Please call SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline at (617) 903-5055 for mold remediation services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Mold and mildew can show up anywhere given the right conditions. What do you do?

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Before & After of Downtown Home

Mold is a fungus that exists virtually everywhere and once you open your door, they can move right in. As a homeowner, it is important to understand where it can be found and how to control it. Basements and attics are the best places to catch these fungi - they lurk in areas that may have experienced a leak and spread out due to the spores released into the air. We have 5 tips you can use when you come face to face with mold:

  • Fix any water leaks you may have ASAP (Including your roof!)
  • Decrease humidity in your home to 30%-50% - as instructed by professionals
    • You can do this by using air conditioners & dehumidifiers
  • Remove any wet carpeting, bedding, or furniture that cannot dry within 24-48 hrs
  • Open doors in the home to create air circulation and prevent moisture
  • Dry any surfaces that are wet in the household

When faced with a mold issue, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call! We have the devices needed to ensure that the problem is handled with professional care, such as the HT-4000 Hygrometer, which our  highly trained mold remediation specialists use to measure the humidity levels in the affected areas of your home. We are leaders in the restoration industry in both US & Canada and our expertise is number one - with 24/7 service by your side, there is always help on the way!