SERVPRO Reduces St. Petersburg Mold Damage
Mold Remediation Requires Specific Procedures for a St. Petersburg Area Home
No one wants mold in their St. Petersburg home. Unfortunately, mold spores occur almost everywhere, making it hard to avoid them altogether. It is challenging to prevent mold growth after a water leak or spill, and many homeowners struggle with fungal growth at some point.
St. Petersburg mold damage can occur in many places in your home. The fungus could grow after an appliance leak or because the rain seeped into the basement. The mold colonies can develop if a pipe bursts and water soaks into the structure of your home or soft furnishings and materials such as drapes or carpets, and it can grow on the surface of walls.
How Does Mold Grow?
Molds are microscopic organisms that combine with interconnected hyphae to colonize around and consume a food source. Mold can grow wherever the conditions are ripe for it. The fungus needs:
- An organic food source such as cotton, paper, or wood
Mold grows best in cool and dark conditions. The spores reproduce rapidly and can create a significant problem in as little as 24-72 hours.
How Does SERVPRO Reduce Mold Damage Risks?
You might call our team because you are concerned about visible fungi, a moldy smell, or a water leak. Mold remediation can contain the damage, demolition, and costs.
We know that looking for visible signs of mold is not enough. The fungus often grows in dark, hidden corners of your home or hard-to-reach places like inside wall cavities. We can use various equipment to assess moisture levels in your home's walls and carpets and check humidity levels.
- Moisture meters use small probes that assess the amount of water in materials such as carpets or drywall
- Non-penetrating moisture sensors help us discover dampness in hidden places such as behind furniture
- Thermo-hygrometers measure humidity in the air
Because we measure exact numbers, we can monitor the progress of mold remediation. We can continually assess the readings to ensure our techniques are working.
Why is Drying Your Home so Important?
Because fungi need water to thrive, properly drying your home reduces mold damage risks. This is especially important if your house has suffered water damage or a water leak.
Getting your home dry is a crucial part of our process. There are several ways we can do that.
- Setting up air movers to help dry the surface of wet flooring or walls
- Using dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture in the air
- Using portable extractors to remove water from floors and help dry carpets
Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified teams can also help deal with the fungus already present. Trained SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians have the skills, experience, equipment, and products to leave your home looking "Like it never even happened."
We can set up containment to help prevent spores from spreading further throughout your home. We also used specialized air filtration equipment such as powerful HEPA filters and air scrubbers to capture airborne spores. We safely remove fungus-covered items such as wooden furniture or soft materials and either clean or dispose of them, depending on whether they are salvageable. Typically, an antimicrobial product is sprayed on treated surfaces to help inhibit future mold infestations.
Fungal growth is a genuine concern if your home has a dampness problem or suffers from water damage. These microorganisms can grow easily and spread quickly. However, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help. Call us at (727) 522-0000.