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Eliminating Mold Damage To St. Petersburg Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection.

Eliminating Mold Damage

St. Petersburg, like much of Florida, saw more than enough water last year. Clean-up occurred fairly quickly, but many homeowners and residents are finding secondary damage from the storms and flooding in the form of mold.

Eliminating St. Petersburg mold damage is a process SERVPRO specialists learned not just from training, but also the experiences of the last year. Since mold can cause as much damage as a flood, we work quickly to clean and remove it from homes, and also work with every major insurance carrier in Florida to ensure our actions meet their requirements.

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection. They perform a visual check and use an air content meter to determine the highest concentration of mold spores and to find the origin of the mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians then find the water or moisture source of the growth. Spores require just a small amount of moisture, but they cannot expand and grow without it. Once they find it, team members dry and clean the area completely. If the source is a minor plumbing issue like a cracked connection or a leaking toilet, our specialists can repair or replace the problem. For major plumbing issues, the team leader always advises using a licensed contractor or plumber to make repairs.

With the water source removed and further mold growth stopped, technicians remove affected property and clean off mold spores. If the weather permits, team members remove items outside for cleaning. Often, this means wiping down surfaces with dry or wet sponges. When the mold layer is thicker, they may need to use an anti-fungal cleaning agent to break up the mold growth and then either wipe it away or use a brush to remove it from items like curtains or upholstered furniture.

As technicians remove property, others begin cleaning the interior of the home. They wipe down ceilings, floors, and walls using cloths or sponges attached to long-handles to reach overhead. If mold infested the carpets, team members use carpet shampooers with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to kill the spores and then dispose of them with the used water and cleaner.

Returning a home to its original condition after a mold infestation requires much more than bleach, sponges, and a ‘rent-a-vac’ from a local retailer. If you have active, growing mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000. We are here for you.

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