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Mold Damage Experts In Siesta Key Explain Microbial Remediation In Laundry Rooms

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture and Mold Growth Get Cleaned up in Siesta Key with a Phone Call to SERVPRO

Moisture and a Food Source Can Mean a Mold Infestation--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

Any place inside your Siesta Key home that has appliances is at risk of them breaking and spilling water into the room. Kitchens have dishwashers and water pipes that can break and cause problems. Some bathrooms have water heaters and other water pipes that can malfunction, allowing excess liquid and moisture to enter.

Another area in your house that is prone to water-related issues are laundry rooms. In some cases, the source of mold damage in Siesta Key is a broken washing machine or dryer inside your laundry room. These appliances can malfunction and slowly leak water onto hidden building materials that you do not notice until you move the appliances and see microbe growth. The dryer also provides a warm environment and food source from the cotton fibers trapped in the filter and vent.

After the mold has developed, it is essential that you call our SERVPRO technicians to inspect the damage. If issues are not treated promptly, fungi can quickly spread to other areas of the home. The presence of a fungus can cause health effects with some people. That spores produced by the contamination do not spread into the building’s ventilation system and cause air quality problems is crucial.

Before our SERVPRO restoration team begins work on the area, we section off the affected portion with thick plastic. If the washer and dryer are not contaminated, and it is possible to move them, then we move them into another room of the building during the restoration process. Once the affected area is accessible and sealed off from the rest of the structure, mold removal work can begin.

Once microbes develop, they form structures called hyphae that grow down into materials as well as up above, and across surfaces. If the contamination has been on the affected materials for an extended period, then the growth could be deep requiring that the drywall is torn out to be replaced with new material.

While the contamination is scrubbed off or removed and disposed of in sealed plastic bags, the area gets cleaned with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. Next, SERVPRO techs spray antimicrobial chemicals or a specialized sealant paint on the affected region. After that, we test the moisture content in the affected area and dry out the materials if needed.

If further required, we can leave an air scrubber set up to continue to clean the air. The machine sucks in air and pulls it through a HEPA filter that can trap microscopic spores and other particles. For assistance with remediating fungal growth, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any day of the week.

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