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Identifying Mold Growth During Mold Damage Remediation In Chicago

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

close up of mold on a black surface There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments.

Identifying Mold Growth

There are over 100, 000 species of mold which exist in both the outside and indoor environments. For mold damage to occur, organic materials and moisture must be present - that is why they commonly grow on wet ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, carpeting, paint, wallpaper, and fabrics. Mold can also grow on dirty and moist surfaces such as ceramic tiles, fiberglass insulation, and concrete. We are going to look at some of the facts that we consider during the remediation of your Chicago property.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Chicago property to perform mold damage remediation, we perform an evaluation and determine whether the site is safe to enter. We can also set up barriers using plastic sheeting to separate clean areas from the contaminated areas. To avoid the trip, fall, and slip hazard while at the site, we might provide portable lighting.

Our SERVPRO technicians are aware that mold can cause health effects and as a result observe protective measures during the remediation process. If we are working on a structure which was renovated or built before 1970, we are aware that asbestos may be present. It is usually found in floor coverings, insulation pipes, furnaces, and siding shingles. The same applies to structures which were constructed before 1978 which may be having lead-based paint. By using N-95 particulate respirators, we can avoid such forms of exposure.

To visually identify the mold, we watch out for discoloration on walls, staining, musty odor, and leathery growth on building materials. In most cases, mold grows on hidden areas, so, we check behind the insulation, wallboard, wallpaper, carpet backing, and padding. We can also use moisture meters to measure moisture levels of materials such as wallboard, brick, plaster, carpet, and concrete. It is because mold grows typically on surfaces with moisture accumulation.

SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City is an industry leader in mold remediation and cleanup. Call SERVPRO at (773) 337-3900 when you need professional help from our highly trained and experienced technicians.

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