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Remediating Mold Damage In San Leandro

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home.

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Mold spores are common to every San Leandro home, almost as common as house dust and just as harmless. When they come in contact with enough moisture though, they quickly expand and begin to grow into a problem that costs homeowners millions of dollars each year.

To stop, clean, and remove San Leandro mold damage, SERVPRO restoration offices follow five principles laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Their S520 Standard and Reference Guide lays out the procedures needed to remediate and restore homes and commercial facilities both large and small.

One: Health and Safety Provisions
Mold can cause health problems in some people. We immediately take steps to protect residents and our technicians from loose spores in the air. We also take precautions to reduce the risk of further contamination from mold disturbed by remediation efforts and either carried into uncontaminated areas of the home or released into the air.

Two: Documentation of Conditions and Processes Used
SERVPRO specialists record the conditions of the home before we begin work, what we accomplish, and again upon completion. The numbers we record include the extent of the mold growth and other key facts like the level of moisture saturation. We do this to ensure the mold spore counts have returned to normal, safe levels.

Three: Contain the Threat at its Source
Every action we take is not just to clean and remove mold from each home, but also to prevent accidentally spreading it. As an example, we place negative air machines at points where we need to break up and remove drywall panels contaminated by mold. These devices reduce the amount of loose mold in the air, making removal both quicker and more efficient.

Four: Remove the Mold and Contaminated Property
To remove mold from surfaces, we use dry or damp cloths and sponges to wipe off mold from otherwise clean surfaces. For thicker layers, we use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters that capture even a single spore. In some cases, it is both easier and more cost-efficient to remove both the mold and the item it contaminated rather than attempt to clean them.

Five: Reduce Any Moisture Problem
Even after a thorough cleaning, more mold spores can enter a home. We dry any visible sources of water and reduce the moisture content of the air and surrounding property to prevent mold growth from reoccurring. If we do not, spores can expand and grow again in at little as 72 hours.

If you suspect or are dealing with a mold infestation in your home, contact SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 today. We are here to help you return to a clean, mold-free home.

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