The Basics of Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central
When there has been water damage in a home or commercial property, there is a strong likelihood that mold growth will follow. It is a fact that mold can begin to grow within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.
If you are faced with a mold issue, knowing your next steps is vital, which is why we are using this blog to discuss the process of mold remediation.An Introduction to Mold Remediation
Have you seen the ads for mold remediation and also the ads that promise mold removal? The latter of these two is a fallacy because removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company will focus on mold remediation, with the goal of getting mold levels back to a normal and natural range.
Yes, mold spores are naturally occurring everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. It is when they are left untreated that a minor problem turns into a major problem and a major headache.
Technicians will isolate the contaminated areas during mold remediation. Depending on the amount of remediation that needs to be done, this can be accomplished by either closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.
Wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded in plastic bags. All exposed and mold-affected areas are then thoroughly cleaned and completely dried. A HEPA vacuum may be brought in during some cases to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.
The mold area will then be treated with a biocide and left overnight to destroy and kill the mold spores. On the following day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected areas.What to Do If You Suspect Mold
If you are seeing evidence that your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. Evaluate the size of the problem, and if the affected area covers an area larger than 10 square feet, it is time to call in the professionals.
These professionals you contact should be highly trained and certified in the areas listed below:
- Applied microbial remediation
- Water damage restoration
- Applied structural drying
While some minor mold issues can be successfully resolved by home and business owners on their own, the safest way to handle mold remediation is always to call the professionals for the quickest resolution to the problem.
At SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.
The Importance of Proper Ventilation in a Bathroom
Mold in a Poorly Ventilated Bathroom
Here’s a very common scenario.You step out of a nice hot shower and you have to wipe off your vanity wall mirror to see yourself because of all the steam that has built up in the room.. You chalk it up as a minor inconvenience. However consider this: if your bathroom mirror is fogging up, where is all the excess moisture from your shower also going? The answer is, that it accumulates behind the walls and tile as well as the tub or shower, with potentially bad results. Think mildew and mold, and while a lot of people really like all the steam that results from a hot shower, mold is an entirely different story. The good news is that you don’t have to give up hot showers or steamy filled bathrooms to protect your family from the health risks associated with mold. Instead, install adequate exhaust fans in your bathrooms and keep them running long enough to achieve proper ventilation. This is especially important for bathrooms with no windows. Also, make sure to leave any doors and windows open for additional ventilation.
Installing a bath exhaust fan is very beneficial in the case of allowing steam and humidity to escape. However, improper installation can lead to bigger problems than just some mold growth on the ceiling. Do not vent the bath exhaust directly into the attic hoping it will exit some other roof vent. Bath fan exhaust can and does cause massive mold blooms and wood rot in attic spaces. The fan exhaust must vent directly to the exterior of the home. People often notice water dripping from the fan cover and think they have a roof leak. More often than not, the issue is water flowing back down the pipe into the fan. This can result in mold growth on the backside of the ceiling which won’t be detected until it’s too late. The way to avoid this problem is to invest in a one-piece insulated flexible piping that prevents condensation and leaks. If you decide to use this option, be sure to consult a professional or bath fan manufacturer about the best way to connect this pipe to the fan and fittings.
In the case that mold does begin to grow or even consume your bathroom ceiling or attic, we at SERVPRO of Garden Grove East / Anaheim Central would be more than willing to eliminate the issue in your home using our mold remediation process. Give us a call today for a free inspection.
Containment Isn't Just For Mold Remediation
Containment placed at a doorway to assist our crew with focusing only on the affected area that we are drying.
SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central sometimes utilizes the use of containment to escalate drying. During Water Mitigation it is sometimes necessary to tear out saturated drywall instead drying it in place. This could be due to a few different factors. One factor might be that the saturated materials were damaged beyond restoration and could not be dried in place. Another factor may be due to insulation being present inside the walls which would delay drying. After performing the demolition of the saturated drywall we sometimes find that the wood studs are also saturated and need to be dried. If the affected room is too large, we know that it might take longer to dry those studs so it's sometimes necessary to setup containment in order to concentrate our drying efforts to one particular area of the room. Such as depicted in these photos. This technique assists us with speeding up the drying process and helping us achieve preloss conditions in your home or office quicker.