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Understanding Household Mold
Black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize
Moisture, when allowed to remain on structural materials can precipitate mold growth. Likewise, high humidity “wakes up” mold spores that can cause mold damage. You may wonder what types of mold will grow in your home if moisture goes unchecked. The most common type of non-food mold is black mold, although there are others.
Common Household Molds
Several types of mold are found in and around the home, some more prolific than others. It is important to reduce the risk of any of these, which include:
Alternaria – Commonly found in houseplants or outdoor landscaping
Stachybotrys Chartarum – Otherwise known as black mold - grows on almost any damp surface
Aspergillus – Found in decaying outdoor matter and often carried indoors on shoes
Chaetomium – Most often found in damp sheetrock, a damaged roof or near leaky basement pipes
Cladosporium – Can occur in wet cabinets, carpeting, and wooden floors, or any damp areas
How To Recognize Mold
Most of the molds listed have names that are hard to remember, but Stachybotrys Chartarum or black mold is the most common and the easiest to recognize. Black mold growth is black and spotty. You may see only a few small splotches or it may cover a vast area. It also had a damp and musty odor, which is easily recognizable. It thrives in humid areas, such as inside a cabinet, inside wallboard or inside tub surrounds or showers.
Ridding the Home of Mold
In black mold cleanup, it is essential to remove any porous material or any wood that is molded through, as it can spread and weakens the structure. Mediating the problem also includes thorough drying and humidity control. A water damage and mold remediation specialist in Glenwood Springs, CO can perform mold cleanup procedures and take steps to prevent its return.
Black mold growth is fairly aggressive and knows few boundaries. Luckily, it is possible, with proper abatement methods to remove it and put mold prevention measures in place.
Lending a Helping Hand
If your property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today! (970) 618-1516
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
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Why SERVPRO Involvement Improve Flood Damage Outcomes in Silt
No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.
Take the Appropriate Steps for Flood Cleanup in Silt
Heavy precipitation and snowmelt can expose Silt residences to flooding risk. Although you might consider managing the water that enters your home when the surrounding ground is saturated or frozen yourself, partnering with our trained and well-equipped crews is more efficient and safer. Flood water removal and structural drying must be completed within a short timeframe, why our scalable resources are sought by many in the community.
Unexpected Crisis with Predictable Outcomes
Flood damage in Silt does not make an appointment. It is unlike most other DIY projects you can schedule and complete in increments. A homeowner needs to drop every other task and responsibility to respond to the demands of a flood. Even if you can focus entirely on cleaning up, the sheer quantity of water dwarfs the capacity of most consumer tools. One person working alone is not enough to get the job done on time. During the emergency response phase of flood recovery, we might assign several technicians to perform all the tasks necessary. Our scalable response is why we can assure prompt and proper attention.
Contamination Is the Norm
Floodwaters are, by definition, contaminated with a wide range of hazardous substances. Human blood and fecal-borne pathogens, industrial waste, chemicals, and even dead animals can be swept into your home. A full set of personal protective equipment (PPE), including a respirator, is crucial to prevent exposure to substances that can make you and your family ill or worse. You need time and money to obtain and don the gear. Our inventory of equipment stocked on our service vehicles, including PPE, is why SERVPRO technicians can begin flood mitigation and remediation immediately.
Containment and Lawful Disposal Is Mandatory
Proper workspace containment is a must to prevent the unaffected spaces in your home from airborne hazards and the dangerous substances coating PPE and other clothing and footwear. Best practices strongly recommend the construction of partitions wrapped in 6-mil polystyrene and sealed with the help of negative pressure air scrubbing equipment. The time and expense of erecting necessary containment systems are prohibitive for the homeowner. The health and welfare benefits of appropriate containment are why SERVPRO employs it on nearly every flood remediation project, and we have the technicians and tools to make it happen. The materials and fluids involved need disposal as hazardous waste. We are familiar with those protocols.
Flood damage mitigation and remediation is a complex process, why SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties dispatch multi-member crews with extensive inventories of professional equipment to handle all possibilities. Call us 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.
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We Are Faster To Any Size Disaster In Silt
Our industry certified technicians are armed with the latest in equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”
Technicians Always Available to Mitigate Flood Damage in Silt
As any Colorado homeowner living close to the river knows, flooding and groundswells are always risks that need to be taken into account after rainfall and snow melts. Flooding causes tens of thousands of dollars to damage by bringing contaminants into the home that can affect the safety of structures.
If you have flood damage in your Silt property, SERVPRO technicians are always available to clean up the disaster. Availability is 24/7, all year round. If you encounter flooding and water damage on weekends or holidays, you can have technicians at your home within hours of your call. They can coordinate cleanup with you and your insurance adjusters and restore your home to its pre-flood condition. Your local IICRC-certified crew is affiliated with organizations like the American Red Cross, Carbondale Leads, and the Western Colorado Contractors Association.
Certified to Do the Job
SERVPRO employs a team with a diverse range of skills to restore your home. Certified technicians receive education in a variety of disaster mitigation fields, including:
- Applied structural drying
- Carpet cleaning and hard flooring care
- Odor control and water damage restoration
- Fire and smoke damage restoration
- OSHA 10-hour general/construction industry training, among other programs
Both technicians and franchise owners must undergo extensive certification and training to maintain the quality homeowners need to enjoy a safe, clean home once more.
How SERVPRO Can Save Your Home
Flooding can be disastrous to a variety of surfaces, particularly porous items like fabrics, carpet, and upholstery. SERVPRO technicians can dispose of contaminated carpet and other items at the discretion of the homeowner. Once cleaning and drying are finished, qualified professionals can repair your structure, eliminate odors, remediate mold, and put the contents of your home back in place.
Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) rely on a variety of sources to remove odors from a flood-damaged home. Equipment can include ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, air scrubbers with HEPA filters, and pumps or sprayers that sanitize odor-affected areas. High-velocity exhaust fans run before and after deodorization to ensure that air is clean and safe for occupants.
SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (970) 618-1516 today for thorough cleanup after a disaster occurs.
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We Know The Measures to Take With Your Glenwood Springs Damages, When It Comes to Water, Fire, Mold, or Storm.
SERVPRO will face the fight no matter the lengths it takes for your Glenwood Springs community.
No matter the damages you face in Glenwood Springs, we can help your through it.
There are never convenient or easy times for disasters to strike your Glenwood Springs home, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with a prompt response. We have a 24/7 emergency dispatch system that can mobilize our qualified technicians whenever these events occur, and with ready trailers stocked with useful equipment and products, we can handle even significant loss incidents without delay. Our team has the full support of the other area franchises, providing an infinite roster of certified restoration technicians, an endless inventory of recovery tools, and the efficiency in handling multiple damaging projects simultaneously.
Saturation and exposure of construction materials and the contents of your home can present a hazardous situation for property owners. We understand the importance of protecting these belongings and structural elements that become at risk when water loss incidents occur, and that is why we have both Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as well as a full team of content management professionals. When water damage affects Glenwood Springs properties, we are a wise choice to help.
Our success over the years in the area stems from our commitment to provide quality service to every customer that needs it. By embracing a belief that every job deserves the same level of effort and resolution, we can do more Glenwood Springs homeowners and their properties. We work closely with your insurance provider as well, offering a constant connection and updates with our documentation software DryBook.
As much as these emergencies can occur at any time, water damage in Glenwood Springs is not a universal threat that compromises properties in the same way every time. The evolution of our water restoration team has embraced changing techniques and strategies, along with the acquisition of the latest and most effective equipment and products available, to exceed your expectations every time.
Fire loss incidents require several unique restorative approaches from our SERVPRO technicians. Because each instance is different than the last, our specialists must thoroughly inspect properties when we first arrive to determine the full extent of the damage. This assessment helps to determine the equipment and products necessary to overcome fire damage in Glenwood Springs homes and businesses, but also the specific personnel and specialized units necessary. These trailered machines can include portable power, portable heating or cooling units, or industrial-grade dehumidification.
We have become a trusted name in fire recovery in the area because of our fast response. We keep a trailer within our Green Fleet stocked with deodorization tools, soot removal equipment and products, and cleaning units to begin mitigation as soon as we arrive at a fire damaged Glenwood Springs property. While we have an entire division of our company devoted to Fire & Smoke Restoration with IICRC certifications, we also encourage these same professionals to get educated in other areas of fire restoration, including odor control, content management, and advanced cleaning niches.
We have a full warehouse for the storage and recovery of your belongings and furniture removed from a fire-damaged Glenwood Springs home. We have advanced cleaning techniques to remove soot from your valuables and keepsakes and an on-site ozone chamber to neutralize smoke odors. Once your belongings have gotten restored, they can get restored on-site until it is safe to return them to your property when restoration work completes.
Mold damage in Glenwood Springs can be an underappreciated threat, and without the appropriate steps taken quickly to limit the spread and growth of these colonies, the situation can quickly get out of control. We have a special division of our SERVPRO team with IICRC certifications as both Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), helping to address the consequence and the cause simultaneously.
Much of the work that we do to secure homes and businesses from the threat of mold damage begins with practical containment efforts. With physical barriers and the use of filtering tools like negative air chambers and air scrubbers, we can limit the spread of mold spores throughout moist areas of Glenwood Springs homes. In addition to limiting the spread, our remediation specialists can begin work on removing colonies with antimicrobial sprays, sanding, soda blasting, and in extreme cases, material removal.
Success in remediation for our SERVPRO team is more than just removing the present threat, but ensuring that the same problem does not happen again and again in Glenwood Springs properties. We can help by encouraging the use of permanent dehumidification units, water diversion and pumps, or better waterproofing solutions for affected regions of your household.
Flash flooding and severe weather systems threaten thousands of homes and businesses all around Glenwood Springs. We know that when structural damages occur, that we must act quickly to ensure that your home does not suffer long-term consequences of effects like flooding. With breaches in your roof or other exterior elements of the house, it can be easy for water penetration to occur, and our professionals must work quickly to not only secure these breaches but to also mitigate your loss from standing water.
As alarming as these situations can become, storm damage in Glenwood Springs homes does not have to be a total loss for your property. With our fast response 24/7, our SERVPRO team can arrive with extraction and drying tools that can help to regain control of a disastrous scenario quickly. The fast reaction to these destructive events can protect installed elements from requiring removal and allow our professionals to protect sullied contents and saturated contents within your house.
We move quickly to ensure that any rubbish or degraded materials get removed quickly from the Glenwood Springs property, as these moist conditions can encourage insect infestations and mold growth. Our team can work to prevent these situations with debris removal practices and with antimicrobial spray to protect exposed elements during the drying process.
You have choices when it comes to restoration services, but few have the experience and extensive training that our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties professionals do. No matter what loss incident affects your property, you can count on our specialists to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (970) 618-1516.
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When a Water Supply Line Unexpectedly Supplies Your Silt Home With Water Damage
Burst pipe while you were at work? We are always ready to handle your unexpected water loss situations.
Call SERVPRO When Your Silt Kitchen Needs Water Removal Services
Many things in our kitchen can cause a need for professional water removal services. A broken faucet, a faulty ice maker, or a busted dishwasher, to name a few. Once an unreliable appliance causes a mess, we can find ourselves in need of external help. However, fortunately for you, there is always help close at hand when you need it.
In the case of your home, your Silt kitchen needed water removal services because a water supply line, under your sink, burst while you were away at work. It is always wise to check on old piping or supply lines from time to time, as some are not always made to last. If a section of plumbing seems to be straining, call for a professional opinion before the accident happens.
However, always being preemptive is not very practical. Sometimes, accidents happen very suddenly, and there is nothing that could have been done to change them. For this reason, companies like SERVPRO exist, to help you when an accident happens.
Here at SERVPRO, we focus on our priorities around being there for you when you need us, as quickly as possible. After receiving your initial call, our team of technicians, certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC,) immediately begin to gather together. Once assembled, they can take one of our signature green vans, filled with advanced equipment, and travel to your home promptly.
When our team of SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs arrive at your home, they can get to work immediately. We pride ourselves on our work ethic as well as our swift reaction times. The first task is to remove the puddled water from your kitchen and discard it, using devices such as wet/dry vacuums and extractors.
We can then bring drying equipment into your kitchen to remove the excess moisture from your floor, as well as under the sink. We can use pieces of equipment, such as dehumidifiers and heaters, to encourage the moisture to evaporate. Once finished, we can help you order a new supply line for your sink and then recommend a plumber to install it.
When your home finds itself in need of water removal services, don't wait to get them. Communicate with SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties by calling (970) 618-1516. Night or day, we're ready to assist you.
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Why We Are The Leader In Glenwood Springs Flood Damage Restoration
When a portion of your residence has been flooded the need for water damage cleanup and restoration is very real. We are available 24/7 to help you.
Why SERVPRO has Highly Trained Technicians to Deal with Flood Damage in Glenwood Springs
The average flooding incident leaves significant amounts of dirty water and silt in the affected home, so restoration only requires extraction and cleanup. However, some incidents cause severe damages presenting considerable challenges for the restorers. As part of our professional flood mitigation services, we help homeowners deal with any situation they might face because our teams are highly trained in different restoration fields.
When an incident of flood damage in Glenwood Springs involves sewage backup, it can lead to severe contamination. If the affected area has porous materials such as carpets, the only way to deal with the contamination effectively is through teardown and removal of the porous material. Hard surfaces, on the other hand, require thorough cleaning that removes contaminants without causing additional damages. Our SERVPRO FCT, Floor Care Technicians, rely on their advanced training to choose the right cleaning agents that sanitize affected areas without ruining the materials.
If a significant amount of water flows into a house, it leads to a wide range of problems, particularly if not extracted fast enough. Unoccupied houses such as vacation homes can present extra challenges since the discovery of the flooding incident might take some time. Such delays create a perfect chance for water permeating any exposed materials. Mold also starts developing within 24 hours, followed by other forms of material deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps, including controlled teardown to remove mold from the structure. We also use advanced moisture detection equipment to establish hidden moisture or water pockets.
Strong odors can develop after a flooding incident. Among the sources of such odor include soils such as raw sewage and chemicals dissolved in the water. Cleaning agents used to sanitize contamination caused by flooding can also leave a trace of bad odor. Controlling such smells requires elaborate steps. Our SERVPRO teams have certified OCT, Odor Control Technicians, who use their advanced training to help remove bad odor. We use different approaches like fogging, direct spraying, and injection to deliver deodorizing agents.
For the stress-free restoration of flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties to assist. You can reach our highly trained teams at (970) 618-1516 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Call Us If Water Damage Plagues Your Glenwood Springs Home
Give our crew a call anytime at (970) 618-1516, and we can help you get your home back to the way it was.
Why SERVPRO Is The Right Option For Water Removal Services In Your Glenwood Springs Home
Coming home to a flooded basement from a broken water heater in Glenwood Springs is a very unpleasant surprise. However, do not delay in getting the mess cleaned up, as the longer the water sits, the more damage is done and the costlier it is to fix.
A flooded basement in your Glenwood Springs home needs water removal services from a professional remediation company right away. SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, which makes it clear why SERVPRO is the right choice for an emergency like this. We have all the tools and training to help you out and return your home to the safe, dry refuge it once was.
Upon arriving at your home, SERVPRO technicians first assess the extent of the damage based upon how much standing water there is and how high it was absorbed into the insulation, walls, or other items such as carpeting, flooring, and furniture. We look at the surfaces which need specialized drying procedures including concrete, hardwood, or brick.
With state-of-the-art equipment, we extract the standing water quickly, usually with truck-mounted pumps if the water is more than a few inches deep. In this way, the water doesn’t come into contact with other surfaces of your property.
Any materials that cannot be salvaged are removed and disposed of properly. We can cut away part of the drywall if the water has gone up the wall a bit and replace those sections with new material. Anything else affected is cleaned and sanitized.
High powered fans, air movers and dehumidifiers are placed to remove all the remaining moisture in the area. We may even open windows and doors if possible, to help speed up the drying process. We use sensors to gauge the humidity levels as needed.
Specialty cleaning products are then used to sanitize, clean, and deodorize your basement thoroughly. If any restoration and renovation are needed, we can then complete these tasks. For any significant projects, we bring in other professionals for help.
SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties are the ones to call when your home in Rifle, Aspen, or New Castle has experienced any water damage emergency. Give our crew a call anytime at (970) 618-1516, and we can help you get your home back to the way it was.
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You Can Depend On Our Highly Skilled Crew For Assistance After Water Has Damaged Your New Castle Property!
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Why The Advanced Training SERVPRO Technicians Undergo Improves Water Cleanup In New Castle
Water loss incidents happen when least expected causing a lot of inconveniences. However, the most challenging thing is to clean up the mess left after the incident. Water can soil property by leaving debris collected from the source of the leak or by dissolving materials found in the property such as dyes in non-colorfast fabrics. Proper cleanup is possible when you take the right steps. Working with a highly trained team of water restorers is one way to ensure the right outcome.
Although water damage is physical, it also causes emotional stress. Therefore, the exercise of water cleanup in New Castle should not exacerbate the situation. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained in customer care to ensure they take all the needs of the client into consideration. One thing that creates conflict during such exercises is deciding what needs replacement and what can be saved. Our crew works closely with the property owner and insurance adjuster to make sure all parties agree.
Removing all traces of standing water from the property is a crucial part of the cleanup. Such removal should also happen fast because microbial growth occurs if the water remains standing for long complicating the cleanup further. WRT, Water Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO, are highly trained on ways to remove water fast from affected properties. We combine the use of advanced equipment such as water extractors and specialized skills such as creating flood cuts and vent holes to expedite removal.
After property floods, various residues collect on surfaces. The water might also dissolve dyes and resins in contents as well as causing rust in metal items. Removing all these soils is necessary and should be done with care to avoid worsening the situation. Careful choice of a cleaning agent is necessary to prevent further damage to the contents. Our SERVPRO technicians use OSHA approved cleaning agents. Our training also helps us decide where to use each agent. For example, we do not use chlorine-based agents on rust stains because it sets them.
With help from SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties, you can clean up your property to sanitary levels after water loss incidents. Call us at (970) 618-1516 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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What Few People Know About Water Damage Remediation in Silt
When water damage occurs behind walls or on top of ceilings, you may not have much warning before it is visible. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.
Pipe Bursts in Your Silt Home Require Immediate Attention
Many things can affect the plumbing in your Silt home. From influxes in pressure from the main line supplying water to homes throughout the street you live on to scaling on the inside of the metal pipes that service your home, you cannot predict or account for the possibility of failure, bursting, or complete separation. When this happens, reaching the shut off valve for the supply into your home is one of the most effective routes to take to stop the flow, but often, the damage has already occurred.
When a pipe bursts in your Silt home, there is no preventing your need for professional water removal services. Choosing among your options for this work focuses mostly on who can arrive quickly and have the advanced equipment that can start to restore your home right away. Our SERVPRO professionals work to exceed the expectations of every customer we serve with efficient and prompt responses with the technology and equipment that can make a difference with our initial arrival.
Once our team arrives at the address, we can work to determine the source of the damage by isolating the portion of piping and repairing it ourselves if possible. We can understand the importance of having water available for many reasons, so restoring that service is vital for our technicians to perform. We also assess the full scope of the damage to begin setting up our extraction and drying equipment that can protect unaffected materials and lightly damaged areas from requiring demolition and reconstruction.
We are available 24/7 for any emergency that affects your residence. Our SERVPRO Green Fleet remains stocked with efficient machines like our gas-powered pumps and extraction wands to effectively remove excess water from your property right away. We also have industry-leading tools like air movers, weighted extractors, our injectidry system, LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers and other gear for efficient drying efforts.
Our focus in a water removal situation is to get your home dried quickly to prevent further damage and loss. You can always count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (970) 618-1516.
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Water Damage In Your Silt Home Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Advanced Equipment
Water can damage your home, and our team can make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO's Use Of The Latest In Technology Means More Efficient Water Removal From Homes In Silt
When you do all you can to maintain and protect your home in Silt from wear and tear, as well as accidents, the unexpected can leave you wondering what to do. When a water line breaks or a hose slips free, your residence can quickly become a mess of soggy carpeting or worse. Getting it cleaned up fast helps prevent further damage, but in such situations, a mop and bucket fall short of your needs.
Homeowners in the Silt area can rely on SERVPRO to help in such emergencies by providing water removal services using the latest in technological developments. We do more than extract the water that escaped through the faulty water line. We also get your home dried out again in a precise manner. While many people may want to dry things out as quickly as they can, this can also cause problems with more sensitive materials in the home. Wood can warp and crack when exposed to too large a change in its moisture content, even if that includes the elimination of excess moisture.
To prevent this kind of damage to wood and other materials, we study the best ways to handle the materials used in the construction of homes and other types of buildings in different situations. Water can damage a large portion of a home, but handling a disaster requires both knowledge and skill, as well as the proper training of the equipment used to eliminate disasters. Proper mitigation helps solve existing damage and eliminate the possibility of additional harm to the property.
With water, SERVPRO extracts the visible water, either by large and powerful pumps or with hand-held wands, depending on the amount of water. We wipe down surfaces that appear damp and take readings with different types of equipment. Hidden moisture affects the temperature of many materials, so using infrared devices to detect these changes can lead us to such locations. We use other devices to determine the moisture content and then compare these readings to materials sheets detailing the acceptable levels of moisture in similar materials.
After we begin drying the area and eliminating excess moisture and any present water vapor, we continue to monitor the issue to ensure proper drying rates. Once finished, we confirm this with additional readings. Throughout the process, we document all our work, as well as the readings.
Because SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties takes the responsibility of assisting property owners in Redstone, Basalt, and Carbondale seriously, we keep updated regarding the latest water removal techniques. Call (970) 618-1516 to ensure your home receives attention from IICRC certified technicians who want to restore your home to its previous condition, “Like it never even happened.”
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You Can Count On Our Team To Restore Your Mold Damaged New Castle Home
Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area.
Remediating Mold Damage In New Castle Homes
Mold spores usually stay unnoticed in New Castle homes until it has spread over a large area. Too many people depend on that ‘musty’ odor, but that is too late, and not all mold generates a distinctive smell. By this point, the mold spores have expanded into a large colony.
Remediating the effects of mold damage to a New Castle requires a professional agency. Every SERVPRO office maintains restoration teams trained to the industry stands as required by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) to safely clean and remove mold from each residence.
Team members first determine what type of surface the mold has damaged. A quick inspection determines what tools and cleaning methods they need to use and how much time they need to finish each task. Affected surfaces usually divided into three categories: porous, nonporous, and semi-porous.
Examples of porous surfaces are building materials like ceiling tiles and fabrics such as curtains and upholstery. Our teams can usually clean fabrics with the right chemical and a stiff brush, but if the mold has had time to grow into the surface of the ceiling tiles, it is often cheaper to dispose and replace them than waste labor and supplies attempting to restore them. Technicians can also use vacuums with HEPA filters designed to capture even a single mold spore off surfaces like curtains and upholstered items like sofas.
Nonporous surfaces are easier to clean. With items like glass and metal tabletops and marble slab kitchen countertops, SERVPRO team members can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. They wipe them down from top to bottom to ensure they remove all active spores. For thicker mold layers, technicians may use a cleaning agent to break them up for easier removal.
Semi-porous surfaces often require methods and tools simply not usable other surfaces. Concrete patios and wood floors may require team members to use abrasive cleaners and wire brushes that would damage glass to get into the cracks and crevices to remove all of the spores. If the mold penetrated the surface of the wood, technicians might have to use hand or power sander to remove the uppermost surface layer to get rid of it.
Stopping and removing mold from your home is not an easy or quick process. With the right tools and IICRC training, SERVPRO of Garfield & Pitkin Counties can return your home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as possible. If you need our services, call us at (970) 618-1516 today.
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