Is there Mold in Your Crawlspace?
The extreme humidity that plagues the state of Alabama year round can easily cause mold damage to occur inside of your home. If your home or business has not been built correctly in preparation for constant humidity, the excessive moisture can impact the structure of the building. Damp places can become the perfect breeding ground for mold.
A damp crawl space that has been untouched for a long time is a likely place to find mold growth. Usually, one of the first indications that there is mold somewhere nearby is if you can smell it; a musty odor is a sign.
After receiving your call, SERVPRO will send technicians quickly. Within hours, our techs can be setting up polypropylene barriers at the entrance and exit of your crawl space. It is vital to contain the area of your home where mold has occurred so it cannot spread. Sometimes, our SERVPRO techs can use tools to create negative air pressure in the confined area to ensure mold spores do not spread while inside.
Because a water damage is usually the main culprit of mold growth, our techs can also see to remediating it as well. Once SERVPRO has handled scrubbing and removing the mold from all of the non-porous walls and materials, we can use vacuums to clean up the crawl space. To help suppress the odors that were left behind by the damage, our team can use mold and mildew retardant paints.
Managing Mold in Your Home or Business
When there’s water coming in from a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause many different health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.
Call the Green Team
The mold cleanup and restoration process in your home or business begins when you call us. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Inspection and Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold and water can hide in plain sight.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have to be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. We understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.