Mold is one of the most insidious dangers to creep into homes and businesses and devilishly difficult to get rid of. It hides in air ducts, walls, and other dark corners. That’s bad enough, but the nature of mold allows it to spread from one corner of the home to the next causing a full on invasion of your home in as few as 48 hours.
The tricky thing about mold is that it doesn’t require a widespread flooding event in order to invade your home or business. It can be caused by a leaky pipe, leaks in the roof, or even carried into your home on the soles of your shoes. If you have your windows open on a nice spring day, it can float in through the windows and open doors. In homes and businesses that have central air or heating, one spore can be carried to any room that has a vent.
Kitchens and bathrooms, because they are high humidity areas, are common havens for mold. It’s important to keep indoor humidity low by using vents to pull moisture from the room.
What’s the Big Deal About Mold?
Mold presents a few problems to homeowners. The obvious fact that it is unsightly can be a problem, but that doesn’t address the unseen mold problems. Mold generates an earthy odor that many find unpleasant. Even that is only mildly problematic. The real problem is that mold presents a very real health problem for the people living in your home, work in your office, or patronize your business. Mold causes a wide range of upper respiratory irritations, cough, sneezing, runny nose, nasal and sinus congestion, and more. It can trigger asthma attacks and set off allergies.
It can also destroy the retail value of your home. The longer it is allowed to remain in your home or business, the more it will continue to grow.
How Can Mold Removal Help?
At ServiceMaster of Greenville and Spartanburg, we understand how devastating a mold problem can be for home and business owners. This isn’t something the average homeowner can do on his own. You need specialized equipment and training to remove the mold and prevent it from coming back. Our technicians are highly trained to do the following:
- Identify and assess mold damage. Since most mold is hidden from plain sight, it takes a trained eye to identify the presence of a mold problem.
- Contain mold so that it doesn’t continue to spread. Because mold spores are spread by air flow, the mold must be contained before mold remediation and mold removal begins. Otherwise the process will have to be repeated. This includes turning off all fans, heating, and cooling.
- Filter Mold from the Air. The next critical step is to eliminate mold spores that are already in the air. This is done with a specialized piece of equipment that acts like a vacuum with HEPA filtration.
- Remove Mold and Materials Mold has Infested. Everything that has been touched by mold must either go, or go through a specialized cleaning process. This includes subfloors, drywall, and even roofing materials if necessary. New technology our professionals use allows us to save many items that couldn’t be restored in days past. However, not everything that has been infected with mold can be restored. We will work to maximize the number of your items that can be saved.
- Sanitation. Sanitizing the air and your belongings helps to restore a fresh, clean fragrance to the air in your home.
We believe that mold removal is about more than cleaning out the mold. It’s about restoring your home or office to preserve the value of the property and, most importantly, to protect the health of the people inside.