Mold Removal and Remediation Guidelines
Mold is a silent culprit that invades homes and businesses that experience excessive moisture due to floods, leaky water pipes, or even undetected plumbing problems. It can be found on almost any surface where moisture is present. Sometimes it grows undetected for long periods on wood, drywall, paper, insulation, and deep inside carpets and padding underneath. When excessive moisture is undiscovered and uncontrolled, the result is growth of mold in a home or business. Mold only needs a good supply of moisture and oxygen to flourish. Even though it may be impossible to eliminate all mold completely indoors, it can be successfully handled by controlling the presence of moisture. However, if persistent infestation exists, it may become necessary to seek the services of a reputable mold remediation specialist. These professionals understand the process of proper mold mitigation and mold removal. They investigate the extent of the mold damage and determine the primary cause.
When to Hire a Professional:
Once mold is discovered in a home or business, it is time to seek professional assistance. SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is here to help. Mold is a serious problem that cannot be ignored or delayed. It will only get worse if left untreated. The first step is to arrange for a professional mold inspection by a reputable, certified remediation specialist. If a mold problem is detected a mold remediation company should begin the clean-up process and mold mitigation. The cleanup begins with the removal of all mold, mildew, and fungus infested materials.
Insurance Coverage Limitations:
If the mold, mildew or fungus infestation is a direct result of some emergency that is covered by a homeowner's insurance policy, the insurance may be required to pay. An example of this might be a broken drainpipe or water heater problem. The insurance company will investigate to determine the direct cause of the mold to determine if it is covered by a regular homeowner's policy. Mold resulting from floodwater is only covered if a separate flood policy was written. Most expenses incurred for mold damage and mold removal are not covered by insurance.
Types of Mold:
There are a variety of types of mold. The most common found in a home or business are fungus and mildew. A more severe and serious type is black mold. All types of mold can grow behind walls causing a smelly odor that requires deodorization techniques to eliminate. Once a smelly odor is detected in an area, mold damage may already have occurred. The first indication that mildew or fungus exists is the smelly odor that is present with commercial mold damage and mold in the home as well. This requires an extensive deodorization process.
Professional Mold Removal and Mitigation:
To prevent further mold damage, professionals employ extensive mitigation techniques to eliminate the moisture source as they go about the process of mold removal. Some professionals use a thermal fogging system that works by combining a deodorizer with a fresh scent in the process of deodorization. When there is extensive commercial mold damage, experts recommend opening windows, running ceiling fans, and operating exhaust fans to help disperse bad smells that were created by the mold.
SERVPRO of Archuleta, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties is here to help you 24/7/365 with any mold damage and restoration issue.
Please call us at 970-259-6184