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SERVPRO - Removing Mold Damage From Little Rock Homes

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Large Mold Infestations in Little Rock Homes Need Safe, Professional Remediation--Contact SERVPRO

Property Owners in Little Rock Often Turn to SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

Mold spores are common to every Little Rock home, but an infestation of the active mold is not a common occurrence. Cleaning the home and then removing the mold spores requires a trained service that can return it to a pre-infestation condition.

Most Little Rock mold damage remains confined to a room or a section of a home. SERPVRO restoration crews train to remediate (cannot eliminate) mold by establishing containment, removing contamination and then cleaning structural and personal property depending on the surface type of affected materials.

First, technicians isolate the contaminated area to prevent accidentally spreading mold throughout the structure. Our crews use plastic sheeting to cover all entry and exit points like doors, windows, and hallways. They also seal the air vents to stop passive airflow and to block the HVAC system from drawing air and mold spores into the rest of the home. If the infested area is extensive, crews may set up a clean room where they can store tools and clothing while removing mold to help prevent spreading mold spores.

Next, SERVPRO technicians remove the mold contamination from affected surfaces. They fall into two categories, porous and non-porous. Porous surfaces include carpets, fabrics, and insulation. With most of these surfaces, crews have to remove the property from the affected area. Technicians remove items like upholstered furniture and curtains to outside the home to clean them. They can clean carpets using an anti-fungal agent and a shampoo machine to kill the spores and remove them with the contaminated water. Insulation, depending on the type and degree of contamination, may be cleanable. However, when in doubt, throw it out.

Non-porous surfaces are items with glass, metal, or hard plastic for the tops and sides. Technicians can usually clean these with a wet sponge and a mild detergent if needed. For thicker mold layers on these surfaces, our restoration specialists can use vacuums with a HEPA filter that can pick up and trap even a single spore off a countertop.

There is also a smaller category of semi-porous materials which include concrete and wood. These rougher surfaces require agitation of the surface to remove mold spores from every crack and crevice. Standard agitation actions include sanding, wire brushing, and damp wiping with an abrasive cleaning agent. Ice or soda blasting are advanced techniques for abrasively removing mold patches and hyphae without causing a mess.

Cleaning and removing mold from the surfaces in a home requires a professional restoration company. If you need us, call SERVPRO of Northwest Little Rock at (501) 803-9700 today.

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