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Cleaning Mold Damage in Gilford

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Porous Drywall and Mold Remediation in a Gilford Property Rely on SERVPRO for CleanUp

The SERVPRO Remediation Service for Mold Is Thorough and Professional

Mold usually goes unnoticed in Gilford homes until it spreads across a large area or someone smells that unmistakable musty odor. If the growth started in the attic or a crawlspace, then it is possible for every room in a home to have some level of contamination by the time a homeowner discovers it.
When SERVPRO is called in to clean and remove Gilford mold damage, our first action is to inspect every affected room and surface. It helps us determine how far the spores have spread and what equipment and methods of cleaning we need to use. Regardless of where the mold has grown, we can divide affected surfaces into three categories: non-porous, porous, and semi-porous.
Non-porous are the most straightforward surfaces to clean. These include glass and metal tabletops along with marble and smooth stone countertops. For light-to-medium levels of mold, clean-up crews use dry cloths and sponges to wipe down spores from top to bottom. If the layer of spores is heavy, we use vacuums with specially designed HEPA filters to capture and trap spores. After vacuuming, we use the cloths and sponges to make sure we did not miss any.
Porous surfaces are more difficult to clean. Examples include upholstery and building materials like drywall. If the mold level is light-to-medium, we can clean the spores off, but if it is heavy or if spores have grown through the surface, we dispose of the material. In this category, we start with the vacuums.
Next, we use spray bottles containing an anti-microbial cleaner to dampen the surface. In some cases, technicians may use a pump-up sprayer to apply foam to reduce the amount of water without sacrificing the usefulness of the cleaning agent. Then, we use cloths and sponges to remove the mold.
Semi-porous are very rough surfaces and require tools not usable on porous and non-porous surfaces. Wood and concrete, for example, often need wire brushes to dig out spores. If this does not work, SERVPRO technicians have to use sanders to remove the top surface layer to get rid of them. Cleaning agents that work on these surfaces scratch or in some other way ruin the surface of glass and metal.
Before the first vacuum comes off one of our trucks, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region studies your home to know what it takes to return your residence to its pre-infestation state. If you suspect or already see a mold problem, call us today at (603) 527-2518. We are here to help.

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