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Mold Assessment and Remediation in New Milford

7/22/2015 (Permalink)

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Mold Assessment and Remediation



New Milford mold growth can affect all types of homes. There are many types of molds, although the most dangerous molds in homes are usually black molds that grow on cellulose surfaces such as wood, hay or paper. Dealing with mold can be difficult and involves a comprehensive inspection that will assess the location and cause of the mold and create a plan for dealing with it. This should be done by a professional service such as SERVPRO that will ensure the mold and its source are eliminated.


Assessment and Cause
All molds require wet environments to grow. This wetness is especially true of New Milford black mold. The most common causes of mold are water leaks, flooding or extensive use of humidifiers in an enclosed space. Once affected areas are identified, determining the source of the moisture and how to stop it is the most important step when assessing a mold problem.


Remediation
Remediation, or treatment of the mold problem, may involve several steps depending on the severity of the mold. Less extensive surface molds can often be scrubbed away with soap and water. An air purifier may be used to deal with mold spores already in the air. If mold growth in New Milford is deeper than the surface, then the entire affected piece will need to be removed to stop the mold from coming back or spreading. This spreading may require the replacement of furniture or parts of walls or flooring. Such extensive and deep mold growth is common after severe flooding and water damage to the home. The mold is notoriously difficult to eradicate, and if any mold colonies or airborne spores are not eradicated, they may continue to grow and spread the mold.
Fixing the source of the mold usually involves dealing with the water or moisture that allowed it grow in the first place. If the moisture was caused by a one-time even such as a flood, then simply drying out space with heaters and fans may be an important step. If the assessment discovers another long-term problem such as a leaky pipe, that will need to be fixed to prevent the mold from recurring.
 


Homeowners can prevent or limit the growth of mold by keeping careful watch over the moisture in their home. Always vent spaces where large amounts of steam accumulate such as in the shower, kitchen, or any room that uses a humidifier. Identify and fix broken pipes or leaks quickly. If a flood does occur, dry the affected area as quickly as possible before mold growth sets in.

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