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The Process of Mold Remediation and Removal

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold found on a basement wall in a Louisville home.

Mold is a microorganism which can be a health hazard when it develops within a home, business or other enclosed structure. It can be furry, stringy or powdery-looking and is often black, green, orange, brown or white. The black variety is considered the most dangerous. This fungus usually thrives in areas that are damp and lack light or proper ventilation. If it appears in your home or business, you should seek professional help in having it removed. It can degrade the air quality to people that frequent the building.

Getting rid of mold can be difficult and dangerous. Professional mitigation workers must wear special clothing and masks to protect themselves when removing it. It is also important to have an environmental hygienist test the air quality before and after the mold mitigation process. Licensed and professionally trained technicians should then identify which type it is and use industrial strength cleaning supplies and equipment to kill and remove the colonies.

The process of removing the fungus begins with a visual inspection. As part of the removal process the technician will identify the cause of the mildew infestation and the home or business owner should address it so the microbial growth does not return. That includes repairing water damage, leaky pipes or roofs and cleaning the entire HVAC system including air ducts, filters, heating and air conditioning systems. In some cases carpeting and drywall may need to be removed as part of the mitigation process. They also use antimicrobial and antifungal agents to treat and sanitize the infected area.

If you find mold please, call the professional crews at SERVPRO of South & East Stark County to help remove any mold in your home or business.

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