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Mold Growth can Damage the Structure of Your Monroe Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

When a mold infestation starts to degrade the structural components in your home, your best recourse is to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

Team SERVPRO Offers Remediation to Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Remediation is a term that many Monroe homeowners might not be entirely familiar with, let alone know exactly when they might need it for their residence. The more that you can understand about instances like mold and microbial growth in your home, the better able you become to appreciate the need for specific tools and approaches to removing this presence that could detrimentally affect your house and its occupants simultaneously.

Mold damages in Monroe might not seem like something that you need to take care of right away, but your home is not built to withstand the kind of destruction that an active colony can produce. From the moment that mold spores seat and spread throughout organic materials in your home, the integrity of these surfaces and materials begins to degrade, ultimately failing entirely.

Remediation is a service that our SERVPRO team offers to homes and businesses throughout the area to overcome the effects of mold damage and to remove the active colony from the property. This process is intricate and involved, which is why our technicians undergo extensive training and preparation in this particular niche to provide the most efficient and highest quality service to the clients that we serve.

Remediation involves removal of the mold colony, whether that is partly through the tear out of overly damaged (unsalvageable) materials in the affected area or through more concise approaches such as sanding or soda blasting surfaces to affect the deepest reaches of the hyphae. This process also focuses on reducing the possibility of this situation happening again by identifying moisture sources and providing solutions to avoid this persistent dampness moving forward.

Your home has not gotten constructed to withstand the damaging effects of mold growth. This presence in your house can spread quickly and affect not only the integrity and strength of construction materials but also potentially present health effects to the occupants of your residence. Trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe remediation technicians to arrive quickly and help you overcome this intruder in your house. Give us a call today at (318) 345-5121.

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SERVPRO - Remediating Mold Damage To Monroe Homes

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Some Mold Remediation Jobs in the Monroe Area Are Larger Than Others--SERVPRO Handles Them All

Information About and Remediation Steps for Mold Cleanup

Fire or water damage is usually easy to see in a Monroe home. The disaster most homeowners never realize until it is widespread throughout their residence is mold.
 
To stop and remediate mold damage effects in Monroe, SERVPRO uses the five-step procedures in the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. It protects the residence as technicians clean and remove mold, and reduces the risk of further infestations occurring after our team completes each task.
 
First, technicians reduce mold exposure. They isolate the affected areas by sealing all entrances and access points with plastic sheeting. This step also includes sealing the air and heating vents to prevent contaminating them and to block accidentally spreading mold spores to untouched parts of the home.
 
As technicians begin, the team leader documents every action. He includes all work, to include the results of the initial inspection and testing of each room in the home. The results he matches to industry standards for safe levels and uses them to measure progress during the task and to ensure his team accomplishes each procedure correctly. This step is highly dependent upon the degree of the mold infestation.
 
Now, SERVPRO specialists control the mold contamination at its source. They establish negative air pressure to draw mold spores and particles out of the air as team members demolish structural property too infested to clean.
 
Next, they remove the mold. Spores drawn out by negative air pressure are usually forced outside of the home, but can also be captured using a vacuum with a special, HEPA filter. This High-Efficiency Particulate Air (Arrestance) filter can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Putting this size in perspective, a human hair diameter is 50 microns, and the human eye cannot see anything smaller than 40 microns without magnification lenses. Technicians wipe down spores that settled onto a surface with a damp or dry cloth. They allow time for spores disturbed by cleaning to settle and then repeat wiping and vacuuming until the air content is back to a safe level.
 
After removing the mold, technicians lower the humidity. Mold spores remain dormant and harmless without enough moisture. To remove the threat of a returning infestation, team members set up dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and use a combination of air movers and exhaust fans to force excess moisture out of the structural property and blow it out of the home. Then an antimicrobial agent can be sprayed or fogged into the affected areas.
 
Mold is a silent and unimpressive looking disaster, but it can still cost homeowners thousands of dollars in remediation expenses. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your home, call SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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Mold Remediation For Your Monroe Home

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Monroe Structures, Mold Remediation, and the Answer--SERVPRO

Monroe Properties Benefit When SERVPRO Provides Mold Removal and Antimicrobial Applications

Microbial growth in your Monroe home is alarming to see and can be an even more significant challenge to remove. Many homeowners believe that some household cleaners and traditional cleaning approaches can remove mold colonies from their home, but in truth, these efforts merely scratch the surface of the present problem. Remediation is the practical approach, though this requires professional assistance.

When you begin to notice the mold damages in your Monroe house, you can become confident that there is much more to this colony below the surface than what you can see. Conventional cleaning methods are only suitable for removing the very top layer of mold growth, but they fail to remove the entire organism from where it has dug in.

Our SERVPRO professionals understand mold growth, primarily because they have gotten specially trained to combat all varieties of mold and contend with the effects that the colony causes in a home or business. This training can allow our team to understand what equipment is necessary to overcome any obstacles in removing the mold colonies and restoring the damage that has occurred to the structural integrity or contents of your house.

Removal of the colonies can happen in a multitude of ways. The industry standard is to utilize practices like soda blasting and sanding to penetrate beyond the outer layer of the material the colony seats on to completely remove the hyphae. During this removal, your air circulation appliances in the house must get turned off to prevent mold spores from circulating to new areas of your house. When a controlled demolition is required to discard non-salvageable materials, they are disposed of according to EPA, OSHA, and local codes.

Finally, finding the source of the moisture that allowed the mold growth to occur is another task our SERVPRO technicians undertake. We work to ensure that the area gets dried thoroughly and that the right steps get taken to prevent recurrences by sealing up the source of the moisture or encouraging the continued use of dehumidification equipment.

Ultimately, remediation is something that can help you to remove the mold growing in your home and allow you to breathe comfortably in your house once again. You can trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe mold remediation technicians to arrive quickly and work efficiently in removing this problem. Give us a call 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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Working To Quickly Remediate The Mold In Your Monroe Residence

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage hidden by drywall was removed to properly contain and dispose of damaged materials.

Our SERVPRO team can remove mold damage from you home and assess the cause to prevent future outbreaks

For mold to seat onto surfaces and contents in your home, it only requires the spores to encounter warmth and moisture. Most Monroe homeowners can attest to the humid heat that affects the area throughout the spring and summer months, leaving a distinct possibility to meet the conditions for mold growth without having a water incident or dampness in your home to trigger it. While typically these humid conditions generate mold in homes that are not temperature regulated, this is not always the case.

Mold damages in your Monroe home pose more than just a threat to the structural integrity of the construction of your house. The presence of fungal growth has gotten attributed to possible health effects for those occupants of your house that get exposed. With this in mind, it is crucial to handle these situations as soon as they get brought to your attention.

Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to your call and get to work immediately in assessing the damage in the affected areas and sectioning off the damage from the rest of the house to prevent the spread of active spores. This isolation gets accomplished typically with air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters. These filters trap microscopic spores in the environment and prevent their migration to new areas while remediation is underway.

While removal is a critical component of the remediation process, assessing the source of the problem is often equally as essential. To avoid this same occurrence happening again in the immediate future, our SERVPRO technicians might recommend the continued use of dehumidification equipment in susceptible areas of your house to prevent conditions which allow mold growth.

Dealing with mold in your home is nothing that any homeowner should have to deal with on their own. With the potential health effects and general ineffectiveness of conventional cleaning methods to remove colonies, trust our SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe team of applied microbial remediation technicians to help you overcome the damages to your home efficiently. We are available 24/7 at (318) 345-5121.

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The Basics of Mold Damage Remediation in Monroe

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO follows EPA guidelines to ensure to safely remove mold damage and return your home to its pre loss condition.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Remove Mold Colonies and Prevent Future Mold Growth

Mold growth in your Monroe home need not lead to panic. Respond quickly when you suspect mold is a problem by engaging the services of a skilled and experienced remediation firm. We use proven protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency for the best results, and we can recommend strategies to inhibit mold damage in the future.

Mold damage in Monroe stems from the intersection of two agents -- mold spores and moisture. Mold spores are present both outdoors and indoors at all times. Homeowners do not notice them as they are minuscule, invisible to the unaided eye. Without exposure to moisture, mold spores cause almost no problems.

SERVPRO knows that when a spore encounters and absorbs water its life cycle begins, and your home may become infested with mold colonies. Within only 24 to 48 hours a musty smell and the beginnings of feathery or leathery growths emerge. The water is often from a small leak in plumbing or a roof that goes unnoticed. Condensation or unmopped spills can give mold a boost. Even high humidity in excess of 60 percent support some strains of mold in their growth and multiplication.

When we assess your need for remediation, we first locate the mold colonies and then contain the area. Following the EPA guidelines, we use physical barriers such as heavy-duty plastic sheeting as well as advanced technology such as air scrubbers that employ negative pressure to direct the air in contaminated spaces through vents and filters. Our employees don personal protective equipment to begin the removal process.

We use EPA registered disinfectants to treat affected areas, and sponge or scrape the mold off surfaces. If the hyphae (mold structure) have not infiltrated porous surfaces too profoundly, building materials restore well using these methods. Other options include soda blasting, similar to sand blasting but with sodium bicarbonate. SERVPRO employees then bag and dispose of the moldy materials following local hazardous waste rules.

The crew removes remaining residues with HEPA filtered vacuums. In some cases, thermal or ULV fogging with antimicrobials helps clear the air of lingering spores and tiny contaminated particles. Our SERVPRO team has received certification in the use of these essential tools for mold remediation.

Our efforts take care of the current mold overgrowth. Managing mold issues in the future requires eliminating the moisture that awakened and fed the spores. SERVPRO can help identify potential moisture issues. We advise you to take the steps needed to remedy these problems by yourself or through the work of a contractor.

SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe is your resource for highly qualified mold remediation services in our community. Call (318) 345-5121 as soon as you suspect mold is a problem to schedule a consultation.

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