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How Water Loss Incidents Can Cause Future Mold Growth Issues in Your Charleston Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Water Loss Incidents Can Cause Future Mold Growth Issues in Your Charleston Home Moisture is a breeding ground for mold. Inspect your home for sins of water leakage.

Ways to Get Longer-Term Results from Mold Remediation in Charleston

Mold colonies quickly form whenever there is excess moisture or even humidity in a home. The spores that cause mold growth are microscopic and natural occurring, and apart from moisture, they require an organic food source, oxygen and the right temperature to thrive. Because of the environment, a mold problem can keep recurring even after remediation, which is not only costly but also inconveniencing so finding ways to get long-term results from a remediation exercise is essential. 

Most exercises of mold remediation in Charleston happen after incidents of water loss because such events supply the necessary moisture for growth. Leaks that go unnoticed, especially in hidden sections of the property, can also lead to infestations. Such leaks are common in plumbing lines within wall cavities and beneath sinks or bathtubs. Addressing the source of the water helps prevent recurrence. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals take measures to quickly bring down relative humidity levels below 60 percent after a water loss incident to prevent growth. Fixing small leaks and drying wet materials using dehumidifiers and air movers helps deal with the issue "Like it never even happened." 

Moisture retention is likely in sections of your home such as crawl spaces and wall cavities where airflow is constrained. Moisture is also likely to find a way in through ground seepage or absorption from surrounding areas. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals use different approaches including using injecti-dry systems and pumps to extract the water from the affected areas. To prevent future problems we recommend long-term measures such as crawlspace encapsulation to lock out moisture. 

In cases of heavy infestation, the remediation exercise might cause other problems. For example, tearing down a section of heavily infested drywall can spread debris and spores to other unaffected sections of the property. Some methods of mold removal such as wire brushing can also cause other problems such as damaging the infested material. To help minimize these additional problems, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals create exclusion zones with plastic sheets to prevent the spread of debris. To clean heavily infested materials without damaging them, we use special techniques such as soda blasting and dry ice blasting. 

If you are facing a lingering mold problem, call SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston at (843) 577-2470 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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