Mold Damage Specialists In Sparta Explain Remediation Methods
Methods used to remove mold damage
Once a fungus develops inside your Sparta home, prompt remediation is necessary so that spores do not spread to other areas and create more problems. Once the mold has affected building materials, they either get removed and replaced or cleaned free of contamination. Several techniques can be employed depending on the kind of affected material and how long it has been contaminated.
Before any work begins, the area where microbial growth has occurred gets sealed off with thick plastic. During any mold damage restoration in Sparta, containment chambers are designed to trap in dust and spores created by the removal process. Air scrubbers then are attached to a hole in the chamber creating negative air pressure.
In many cases, our SERVPRO technicians remove microbial contamination using sanding, ice blasting, or soda blasting. If wall studs are affected, they can be sanded down past the contaminated surface. Other materials can be cleaned using blasting methods. Similar to sandblasting the ice and soda methods use substances other than sand in a blasting gun to remove contaminants.
Soda blasting methods use sodium bicarbonate to remove mold off of various materials. The chemicals are safe to come into contact with food and work well removing many different types of mold. The soda is abrasive and gets shot out of the blasting gun at a high rate of speed stripping the fungi from the item.
Ice blasting is similar to soda blasting but uses dry ice instead of the sodium bicarbonate chemical. Rice-sized dry ice pellets get blasted out of the gun at supersonic speeds. The ice goes from a solid state to gas without reaching the liquid phase as soon as it hits the surface. The reaction forces the contaminants into the air to be cleaned with the air scrubber.
In some cases, the section of the house impacted by microbial growth is not severe enough to require a removal process. In these situations, our SERVPRO technicians spray the area with anti-microbial chemicals. The specialized solutions work to kill spores before they become airborne.
Even when using one of the blasting methods, anti-microbial spraying often occurs as a safety measure to inhibit reproduction. If you ever need help with removing fungi, call SERVPRO of Cumberland, Morgan & White Counties at (931) 250-5333 any time of the day.
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