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Finding And Remediating Hidden Mold Damage

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Requires Removal of Moisture to Prevent Regrowth

SERVPRO Reveals the Hidden Pockets of Mold for Proper Remediation

Without you realizing the danger seemingly insignificant water leaks can be causing serious mold damage to your home. Within a kitchen cabinet or bathroom vanity under a sink a tiny crack in the caulk around the porcelain or dripping from a spray attachment that needs replacement can be allowing moisture to build up to the point where a mold colony begins growth. Because you rarely inspect these hidden areas your first hint that a problem is brewing may be when you notice a musty odor. Perhaps a darkening of the ceiling below the vanity or cabinet poses a mystery that SERVPRO can help solve.

The possibility of mold damage in Portland needs to be assessed by AMRT ((Applied Microbial Remediation) technicians from SERVPRO who are trained to follow the microbial trail back to the source. Until the leak or seepage is discovered and the water stopped mold will return even after the most thorough cleaning and disinfection. If your home has been subject to an unnoticed slow leak, expect our first step to being ensuring you repair or replace the plumbing or fixtures that were causing the leak. Once the water source has been isolated and eliminated, our staff will determine whether the cabinetry needs to be removed and replaced in part or entirely. Depending on the materials used to construct the vanity or cabinet there may be splitting or delamination that complicates restoration and offers more places for mold colonies to hide, suggesting replacement is necessary.
If a floor underlies the vanity or cabinet, SERVPRO technicians will make sure the moisture in that area has been removed as well. Tight, enclosed areas can maintain a level of humidity higher than the rest of the dwelling which will continue to encourage microbial growth in that space. Our staff will make use of extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to reduce the moisture content within the vanity or cabinet and use strategies to get dry and eventually warm air flowing to achieve that goal. The cabinetry may need to have holes drilled or toe kicks removed to ensure dry air replaces the damp, humid conditions that feed the mold. Post-remediation we will make sure your kitchen or bathroom looks as good as or better than before the slow leak caused your problems, "Like it never even happened."
Musty smells and spread of shadowy colonies of mold signal a household crisis SERVPRO of Sumner County can help you avert. Call our dispatchers any time of the day or night at (615) 822-0200 for a fast response to hidden microbial contamination.

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