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Preventing Mold Damage In Itasca Properties: The First 48 Hours

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Preventing Mold Damage In Itasca Properties: The First 48 Hours If the emergency is addressed more than 48 hours after the intrusion, there is a greater risk of mold development.

Preventing Mold


All skilled mold remediation specialists know that speed is of the essence after a flood or leak. Any moisture intrusion in the home, whether caused by a storm or an overflowing toilet, requires immediate attention.

It is because mold flourishes in the presence of moisture and it can become a destructive force very quickly. SERVPRO responds to mold damage in Itasca properties with a comprehensive 48-hour plan. What happens during this period is critical and determines the success of efforts to prevent mold from developing. This guide can show you what to expect from the first two days of a mold prevention plan.

Find The Moisture
The most important task is finding out where moisture is entering the property. Often, it is an easy one, because the leak is obviously from a burst pipe, damaged roof, broken appliance, or broken window. In some cases, pipes burst inside the walls, and it is harder to pinpoint the break. However, the SERVPRO team have access to pinhole readers and other moisture detecting tools.

Eliminate The Leak
The extent of the damage determines what happens next. If there is a broken pipe or damaged component, the technicians can arrange to have it repaired. Then, they check for signs of mold development. If spores are discovered or suspected (due to unpleasant odors), we may consult an independent mold specialist for advice on how to clean affected surfaces.

Dry The Environment
The only way to stop mold from spreading is to take away the things it needs to survive. They are water and warmth. SERVPRO can do this by establishing a drying chamber around the affected area. Cabinets, carpets, furnishings, and all other items require thorough drying with dehumidifiers. Containment chambers make it easier to control the level of humidity so that the air remains at an optimal temperature for targeted water extraction.

What Happens After 48 Hours?
If the emergency is addressed more than 48 hours after the intrusion, there is a greater risk of mold development. We might need to use biocides and strong cleaning chemicals in severe cases. It is an extreme measure, though because it usually requires a temporary evacuation. If it is not possible to physically remove or replace mold damaged components (drywall or ceilings) for cleaning or replacement, it is sometimes necessary.

At SERVPRO of Elk Grove / E. Schaumburg / Itasca / Roselle, we are committed to helping you beat mold problems. If we can prevent spores from multiplying and spreading, we can stop mold in its tracks. So, call us 24/7 on (847) 593-3055.