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How Can Raleigh Mold Damage Be Prevented?

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician installing a plastic containment barrier If your property has mold damage, call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Techs Can Removal Traces Of A Raleigh Mold Infestation

Vigilance is the key to avoiding the need for mold remediation in Raleigh properties. Homeowners should be on the lookout for sources of humidity and moisture in the home. Common areas for mold to grow within a home include:

  • Around air conditioning units
  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Attics
  • Bathrooms
  • Appliances such as refrigerators or dishwasher

To minimize the potential for mold damage, homeowners in Raleigh need to stay aware of the conditions in their homes and the state of the plumbing. It is helpful to keep and maintain interior humidity levels below 50% to discourage mold spores from germinating. This air moisture level is also too low to sustain mold colony growth. Leaks in the plumbing need to get addressed as soon as they are seen. Areas in the home that lack ventilation should have air movement methods to stop moist air from stagnating. Exhaust fans can assist in dispelling moisture. 

What Are The Signs of Mold Damage?

Although a mold infestation can grow behind the scenes in a home and can continue to spread until the conditions within the house do not allow it to sustain life. Even though mold damage does not announce itself, there are warning signs that colonies are present. One of the early warning signs that an area within the home needs mold remediation is the presence of a musty odor. Condensation on walls or other surfaces can indicate an issue with drainage or humidity in the room. Water stains on walls, floors, or ceilings can signify that mold lurks nearby. 

Types of Mold 

A single type of mold does not cause mold damage. There are over 300,000 species of mold throughout the world, and each kind needs specific conditions to thrive. Nearly all types need warm, damp conditions with little to no ventilation; mold colonies need sustenance such as wood, cardboard, and sheetrock. Mold can also consume fabrics and even dead skin cells. 

How Soon Can Mold Damage Occur After Water Damage?

If the other conditions are right within a property, mold spores can germinate and spread as quickly as 24 to 72 hours after a leak or flood damage event within a home. When the mold grows on building materials, including insulation, they require disposal as they cannot get cleaned for reuse to a sanitary level. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians can identify the problem areas using their moisture detection equipment to show the most likely regions to sustain mold colonies. This enables the techs to target only the areas that need assistance and leave the entire home section intact. 

What DIY Methods Work Against Mold Damage?

Homeowners should not attempt to clean up a mold damage problem independently. One of the main reasons is that improper removal can launch spores into the air, and they can land in other areas of the property, and if the humidity levels and temperature are correct, the spores can grow and spread. SERVPRO technicians can safely remediate mold colonies and apply the treatments to inhibit any return of the problem. We have EPA-approved antimicrobial products to target and exterminate mold spores and colonies specifically.

SERVPRO of Southeast Raleigh / Garner at (919) 615-1179 brings professional mold damage remediation services to the local Raleigh area. The IICRC trained and certified technicians can handle any size mold infestation and make it "Like it never even happened."

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