4 Steps To Deal With Mold Damage In Colorado Springs
Spring may be here, but the rains have not stopped quite yet. Water damage is easy to spot from the inch or two covering your front lawn all the way into your garage and living room. Damage to your home from a mold is tougher to find, treat, and remove.
SERVPRO has developed four major steps to deal with mold damage in Colorado Springs homes. Our decades of experience, coupled with a nationwide network of equipment, trained personnel and an extensive catalog of cleaning agents ensure we can isolate the damage, treat it, and remove it faster than almost anyone else in the business.
First, our response team establishes containment. This step ensures the mold does not spread to unaffected parts of the home. Physical containment begins with hanging plastic sheeting to act as barriers across doorways, windows, and other openings to the affected area. Team members also seal the HVAC vents to prevent contamination of the ducts and set up fans and air movers to establish negative air pressure which forces loose spores out of your home.
Second, technicians remove the contamination. How they remove it depends on the material. Porous materials such as drywall, carpets, and fabrics are difficult to clean and often require disposal when the cost is more than replacement. Nonporous surfaces (glass, metal and most plastics) are cleaned by wiping a surface down with a dry or wet cloth. If the mold growth is very thick or growing in a layer of dirt or other soil, then team members use an anti-fungal or a cleaning agent to loosen it from the surface. All loose mold fragments are vacuumed using HEPA filters which are designed to capture even a single mold spore. If any growth remains, it is mechanically agitated to loosen and then cleaned and vacuumed again. Agitation is also used on semi-porous surfaces (wood and concrete) to loosen mold growth for vacuuming.
Third, team members allow any dust and spores disturbed by cleaning to settle. Once enough time has elapsed, surfaces are wiped down from top to bottom; usually with dry cloths. All wiping down is done in the direction of the negative air machines to remove them from home.
Finally, the previously contaminated material is dried to prevent new growth. Technicians accomplish this using dehumidifiers to dry the surrounding air and specialized heaters to raise the temperature of the affected area. Both are also effective in drying porous and nonporous surfaces.
Removing mold from your home is multi-step, complicated process. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is here to help you through every part of the process and return you to your home as soon as we can. Call us at (719) 434-4626 today for a free inspection.