Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina
SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes
There is a mistaken idea that mold only occurs in the damp and dark. The truth is that a home in sunny California is at just as much risk as a house in Wisconsin in the winter; perhaps even more.
Mold spores need a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees in addition to a source of food and moisture to expand and grow. Once these factors are in place, they spread out from their dormant state and then mold damage in Covina can happen in any home. SERVPRO has the equipment and training needed to remove these factors from the problem to stop further growth and begin removing the mold already present.
Temperature is the most difficult factor to affect. We can raise it by a few degrees in the affected areas using space heaters, but the most efficient method is to dry the affected surfaces (walls, floors, and personal property) at the same time as raising their temperature. We do this using air movers to force warm, dry air over and under property to push away damp air and force out any moisture.
Removing the food source is the easiest factor for our technicians to effect. Mold spores preferred food is drywall. It is in every home, but it is quick to pull down from wall framing and take out for disposal. The drawback is that while a few panels are cheap to replace, paneling an entire room can be expensive. Doing so is still cheaper than spending labor time trying to cut away pieces of mold infested panels and fit in new sections.
It does not solve the overall problem though. Replaced drywall can become infested in a few weeks if the moisture source is not cleaned up and stopped. Our technicians use air content meters to check mold levels and find the origin of the growth. An inspection also gives us the moisture source. In many instances of mold infestation, this is a leak behind a wall or above the ceiling.
We repair the leak (usually a dripping pipe or several damaged tiles on the roof) and then physically remove the water and mold. Technicians test the humidity, and if it is above normal, they install a dehumidifier to draw out moisture from the air until the percentage is back in the correct range. With no source of moisture, mold spores shrink back to their dormant state and are no longer a problem.
Stopping and removing mold in your home does not have a quick fix. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can, however, quickly move into your home to begin the process and help you return to a safe, clean environment for your family. If you suspect a problem, call today at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an inspection.
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