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Cleaning Surface Mold Damage In Winter Haven

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it.

Mold Damage Cleanup

Winter Haven is a place named for exactly why people come to Florida; escaping a dark, dank winter. It is something everyone enjoys, but flying away from a moldy basement does mean avoiding mold entirely though.

Mold spores, and therefore mold damage in Winter Haven, can happen year-round. Spores are usually inert and harmless, but with the right temperature, moisture, and a food source, even an amount no more significant than a pinhead can cause thousands of dollars in damage if undetected for too long. To remove and clean damage, SERVPRO analyzes the surface of the affected property to determine the best method. We divide them into three categories:

Non-Porous Surfaces
Glass, metal, harder types of plastics, smooth stone, and marble. These are the smoothest surfaces to clean, and technicians can typically use dry sponges and cloths to wipe down loose, dry mold spores. For wet mold, we use a damp cloth sprayed or soaked with water. If the mold is mixed in a layer of dirt or other soil, we employ a chemical cleaner.

Porous Surfaces
Carpets, drywall, and insulation. These items often have to be removed and disposed of since cleaning them is usually more expensive than replacing them. SERVPRO cleans porous fabrics such as curtains, drapes, and upholstery using a variety of spray cleaners, foaming anti-microbial products, and immersion tanks that force cleaning products through heavy mold using soundwaves.

Semi-Porous Surfaces
Wood and concrete. If infested with mold, these surfaces require an abrasive method to break up and remove most of the mold before a cleaning agent is efficient to use. Technicians use a wire brush, sandpaper, or a powered sander depending on the thickness of the mold. Since mold can affect the structural integrity of the wood, a SERVPRO inspector examines all support structures such a wall framing and roof joists after completing mold removal.

Mold damage is a year-round problem, but SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands provides the experience and equipment needed to solve it. If you suspect a possible infestation in your home, call us at (863) 510-5962 today. We are here to help.

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