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Fungus and Mildew: How Professional Restoration Works

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fungus and Mildew: How Professional Restoration Works

Commercial mold damage and mold damage caused by mold in a home can have serious repercussions on homeowners and businesses alike. Dry rot can destabilize structural integrity, black mold can reduce resale value and smelly odor left behind by fungus and mildew can decimate any building’s comfort level. Only thorough mold removal and deodorization can restore a home or business plagued by mold. There is hope for recovery from commercial mold damage and mold damage caused by mold in a home however. A restoration company will use timeless processes to remediate mold damage and mitigate future mold growth.

The first phase of the process a restoration company will undertake to remediate mold damage and mitigate future mold growth is to inspect and assess the existing situation. Inspectors are exceptionally talented at identifying difficult to spot issues such as dry rot on structural frames, mold growth behind walls and black mold hiding under flooring or in ceilings. This initial examination will determine how long remediation will take, and exactly what priority a restoration company gives to each step of the process.

After the inspection, the next step in mold removal is containment. Halting mold growth as soon as possible is very important to mitigation of future mold. To accomplish this task, a restoration company will employ tactics such as physical barriers and negative air pressure which will prevent even mold growth behind walls from spreading. Containment allows the mold removal process to continue without allowing recontamination of already sterilized areas.

The third step in mold removal, remediation and mitigation for mold in a home or commercial mold damage is filtering out the spores released into the air. This is another step that will remain in place throughout the mold removal process, to assist in containing the mold damage especially in terms of containing mold growth behind the walls where physical barriers cannot reach. Filtering the air will also help begin deodorization. The process of deodorization is what will remove the smelly odor left behind by the fungus and mildew contamination.

Once air filtration has begun, physically removing materials contaminated by fungus and mildew will traditionally become the next phase of mold remediation and mitigation. This can often require removal of flooring to counter black mold, tearing out wall segments when there is mold growth behind the walls and cutting away dry rot damaged wood. The extent of the damage done by the mold will directly impact the final step of restoration, where the damage done by cleanup efforts is fixed. The infested materials are completely removed from the residence to ensure the mold damage does not return.

After the infected materials are removed, mold remediation and mitigation efforts for mold in a home or commercial mold damage typically turn toward cleaning the contents and interior of the structure. As fungus and mildew are scrubbed away, the smelly odor fades and future mold growth is prevented. This is yet another affirmative step in the deodorization process, as everything on the interior of the building gets thoroughly cleaned and errant mold spores clinging to life on random objects and fixtures are destroyed.

The final phase is restoration of the structure. Final inspections will be made to ensure the smelly odor, dry rot, black mold and other fungus growths have been removed, then the crews will begin to repair and replace the damage left behind. For homes, this part of the process would not only include the literal structure, but even the furnishings inside that might have been ruined by the mold or by the underlying issue which caused the mold contamination. In this way, a family can return to their home in the condition it was in prior to the mold problem. For businesses, this phase will include repairing and replacing the equipment that was damaged by the mold in addition to the structural aesthetics. Ultimately, when the final phase is complete the building is ready for use once again.
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