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Why Should You Choose A Company That Uses Air Scrubbers During Mold Remediation in Kalispell ?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

A cream colored wall with mold on it. Mold can become very inconvenient quickly, call SERVPRO today to help in your Kalispell home.

Kalispell Residents Need Industry-Standard Mold Remediation

Anyone living in Kalispell knows how inconvenient it is to hire contractors to deal with home maintenance. Even though it is necessary to call in the professionals, it still means spending time and money. That is why it is essential to choose companies you can trust, and whose staff are fully trained, with the correct equipment.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is a Neighbor You Can Trust for Mold Removal

If you are looking for mold inspection or remediation in Kalispell, you want to ensure the remediation team comes with industry-standard equipment. It is not pleasant when you discover fungus growing in your home, and you want the team to remove it efficiently.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have trained specialists waiting to take your call.

How does a mold get inside a property?

Mold is a naturally-occurring fungus. There are mold spores present throughout nature, which means they can quickly enter your home. Mold has tubular cells known as hyphae that form a colony and release spores that break away from the colony and look for new places to grow.

Because mold occurs naturally, it can enter your home through doors, windows, shoes, and clothes, or even your pets. Unfortunately, if the mold finds a place inside your home where there are moisture and a food source such as paper or natural fibers, it can start a colony.

Common Concerns Property Owners Have about Mold

SERVPRO recommends you deal with mold as soon as you spot it. If you do not, mold can cause problems:

  • The fungus can damage drywall and plaster so that you need to replace them
  • Mold can cause wallpaper to warp and peel away
  • Spores can grow in upholstery, carpets, and drapes – these objects will need deep cleaning and in the worst-case scenario may be unsalvageable 
  • Mold can cause health effects
  • The fungi cause unsightly black or greenish patches, damp stains, and nasty odors

What is an air scrubber, and how does it work?

An air scrubber is a unit that draws in air, traps unwanted particles in its filters, and then recycles the cleaned air into the room. The particles stay stuck in the filters and do not re-enter the atmosphere.

Air scrubbers can contain several filters, including genuine HEPA filters. HEPA filters can trap 99.97% of spores 0.3 microns or bigger. Most mold particles are considerably bigger than 0.3 microns, so HEPA filters can catch them and keep them from re-entering the air.

SERVPRO trains our teams in the correct positioning and use of air scrubbers.

Why is air scrubbing an essential part of mold remediation?

Because mold spores are microscopic, our technicians cannot see whether there is mold in the air. Mold remediation includes wiping, scrubbing, and sometimes blasting, mold-encrusted surfaces, to remove spores. This remediation process releases spores into the air, and if we do not trap those spores, they can move to other parts of your home and set up new colonies. The fungus can also settle on furniture in the affected area, or enter the HVAC system and travel that way.

Air scrubbers pull in loose spores and stop them spreading. SERVPRO believes air scrubbing is an essential part of mold remediation because it makes it much harder for spores to spread throughout your home.

Air scrubbers also help remove traces of cleaning chemicals or blasting media such as baking soda and dry ice after surface cleaning.

Because scrubbers remove mold spores, they help deodorize your home after remediation, too, leaving it smelling fresh. Some air scrubbers include activated charcoal to help with odor control. We understand that a moldy-smelling room is very unpleasant, so deodorization is a crucial part of our process.

How does SERVPRO make sure air scrubbing is effective?

Our technicians understand that to be truly useful, they must use air scrubbers in conjunction with other techniques:

  • Thorough cleaning so there is as little mold as possible left on affected surfaces
  • Creating physical barriers around the area to prevent spores escaping
  • Removing unsalvageable materials such as damaged drywall, so they do not become a source of new mold colonies
  • Cleaning mold-damaged carpets, drapes and soft furnishings
  • Switching off HVAC systems and covering vents, so they do not provide an escape route for spores

In some cases, our technicians also use negative air machines. Negative air machines pull contaminants from the air and then vent those contaminants safely outside the workspace.

We also use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the area. Because mold loves moisture, drying is an essential part of remediation.

Our technicians take care of every stage of mold remediation, from the initial examination to cleanup. Our technique is focused on removing mold and doing everything we can to reduce the risk of it coming back.

For mold remediation you can rely on, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

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