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Why is it so Tough to Remove Mold Colonies from the Home?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on back of plastic chair Mold colonies can quickly overtake an area. Call SERVPRO for remediation.

Mold Damage can Permeate Contents and Building Materials in your Randolph Home. SERVPRO has the Expertise and Equipment to Remediate Mold in Residential Properties

Can aggressively scrubbing mold damage materials?

Agitation is a technique that most Randolph residents use to remove soils, spots, or stains. This technique can be equally effective at dealing with out of control mold growth. However, since mold can often infest a material below the surface level, it can be tough to remove molds effectively without harming the fabric. SERVPRO technicians remediate mold using a wide range of products that can agitate and remove colonies. This remediation method can be time-consuming, so it is essential to decide which materials are salvageable before cleaning and restoring.

How do you identify salvageable and non-salvageable materials?

  • Is the material expensive and tough or time-consuming to replace
  • Have molds infested below the surface of the material
  • Is the material porous or non-porous (porous materials are generally non-salvageable)

Is there a way to remove mold without damaging the material?

When remediating mold damage in your Randolph home, technicians must identify expensive materials or time-consuming materials to remove and replace. Semi-porous materials, like wood, are generally good targets for remediation. SERVPRO can use soda blasting equipment to remove molds entirely across a large surface area. Since soda particles are less aggressive than sand, there is less chance of causing permanent damage to the material surface. In some cases, soda-blasting may remove the lacquer or finish of a surface, which can be refinished later. Our technicians can help make essential decisions regarding the control and remediation of molds in your property.

Is agitative cleaning useful for mold?

  • Steel wool or dry sponges
  • Scouring pads for surfaces that may be sensitive
  • Rotary machines fitted with sand or steel wool scrubbers 

Careful assessment and removal of microbial growth in your home are essential to an efficient remediation project. Contact SERVPRO of Southwest Morris County at (973) 895-5000.

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