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Halting Mold Damage in Colorado Springs

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO recommends replacing mold damaged drywall because it is usually less expensive then cutting and replacing sections.

SERVPRO has the Experience and Knowledge to Properly Remediate Mold Damage

Mold in a Colorado Springs home can grow unnoticed for months. Since it can cause as much damage as a flood, it is fortunate that mold is also the slowest disaster to strike a home in our area.

Because it does grow at such a slow pace, residents think they can stop mold damage in their Colorado Springs home by spraying bleach on the visible mold and then painting over it. Bleach does not kill every mold spore. The chemical forces it into an inert state temporarily, but not only does mold return, but it also grows through the paint. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO uses the experience learned after almost three decades in the restoration business.

The quickest way to halt growth is to remove the source of moisture. Without water, mold exists in an inert condition. Individual spores are harmless in this state and mix in with common household dust. Our inspectors and technicians usually discover the water came from a loose connection or a leaking pipe. In some cases, mold grew from a small puddle created by the condensation from an improperly insulated pipe in exterior walls along areas like laundry rooms.

With the water source eliminated, the next step is to remove infested structural property. Building material makes an excellent food source for mold, but affected panels are usually difficult to clean. Drywall is especially vulnerable to crumbling after coming into contact with water or cleaning liquids.

If we find mold inside wall panels or acoustic ceiling tile, SERVPRO technicians recommend replacing the whole piece. It is cheaper than the labor hours needed to attempt to cut away sections and replace them with clean pieces.

Curtains, drapes, and clothing are easier to clean. Each SERVPRO office maintains a set of commercial grade washers and an inventory of chemical cleaners designed to neutralize and remove spores. The only property we do not clean ourselves are dry-clean only items.

Removing mold damage is not a quick and easy process by any stretch of the imagination. The goal of SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is to put our neighbors back in their home as soon as we can do so safely. For more information about what we can do for your home or to schedule an inspection, call today at (719) 434-4626.

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