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SERVPRO Remediates Yakima Mold Damage Threats

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

Mold damage on a wall with the caption “What to know about mold” Yakima property owners rely on SERVPRO for mold damage remediation, "Like it never even happened.

How Mold Damage Impacts Your Residence

The threats and potential for mold development are common, from the moisture common to the Pacific Northwest and its homes to issues that could result in homeowners dealing with water damage. We have a growing Applied Microbial Remediation Technician force accredited through the IICRC to provide fast and focused services when these disasters strike.

When you recognize Yakima mold damage, the situation is often worse than it appears on the surface. Without experience or sophisticated equipment, it is difficult to track the movement of organisms and their infiltration of organic building materials.

The Causes of Mold Growth

Mold can be more prevalent in area homes and businesses than many realize. Because spores exist naturally in nearly every environment, these microorganisms only need appropriate atmospheric conditions to settle on surfaces and begin colonization. Mold growth can be a unique challenge for homeowners, especially when the full scope of the damage is not recognized. Several sources can lead to mold development, including roof leaks, dripping plumbing, and appliances, or high humidity.

How Does Mold Impact Your Life?

Every instance of mold damage and colonization is unique to the property. Directly, colonies can destroy the hosting material because these organic surfaces are used as a food source for the organism. Other potential issues include offensive odors through the impacted areas of your home, high humidity and moisture concerns, and challenging living conditions.

Is Mold Growth a Concern for Your House?

You might not know where to find mold damage in your home to determine whether this is a threat to your residence. Often, these colonies form in moist portions of the house with little sunlight, making basements and attics a common place for this fungal colonization. Poorly ventilated rooms with high humidity, like the kitchen and bathroom, can also welcome this mold development.

What Processes Remove Mold Growth?

Because mold can appear in several forms throughout your property, there are no specific methods for removing its presence. Remediation professionals must evaluate the condition of hosting materials and determine the best removal actions to overcome the current severity and concentration of microbial infiltration. Some of the common approaches to mold removal can include:

  • Surface Cleaning

Antimicrobial products and sporicidal agents are both effective approaches to eliminating surface mold growth. In addition to destroying active colonies, these products can act as an inhibitor against further infestation.

  • Sanding

The sanding process is especially effective with substrates that can remove a thin layer to eliminate active colonization. Wood framing is a good example of this.

  • Media/Soda Blasting

Another option for removing mold growth from your home is utilizing our abrasive cleaning machines. Media blasting using products like sodium bicarbonate or dry ice can eliminate surface mold without destroying the underlying substrate.

  • Controlled Demolition

When other remediation methods have been unsuccessful, controlled demolition provides the most direct and deliberate option for clearing mold-infested building materials from the property. SERVPRO professionals carefully remove only the unsalvageable portions to make reconstruction more efficient.

Keeping Mold from Recurring

It is important to avoid situations where mold development can reoccur. Recurrences are usually the product of mismanaged moisture or repairs not made to prevent water intrusion into specific areas of the property. With a general contractor license and experience, SERVPRO professionals can offer several services designed to overcome this potentially threatening obstacle, among other actions that can help your home after remediation. Some of these efforts include:

  • Reconstruction
  • Controlled demolition
  • Utility repairs
  • Containment
  • Structural repairs

Yakima mold damage can appear within days of water emergencies or mismanaged moisture in your residence. We quickly establish containment and remediation strategies to get life back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Yakima today at (509) 972-6707.

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