This week marks one year since Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, flooding homes and drowning out entire neighborhoods. The area is still recovering from the extensive damage. Thank you to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and all organizations and people who supported the restoration efforts. Check out some of our articles with information about Harvey and hurricane preparedness.
What is Mold
Mold isn’t just a disgusting growth on a wall; left alone, spores will spread through an entire building. Mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, and can ruin a building’s structural integrity. It can grow on wood, carpet, food, paper, and insulation. That’s why it’s vital to call mold remediation experts as soon as you find it. The sooner the remediation process starts, the less time the mold has to spread.
What is Mold Remediation
Mold remediation is the process of finding, containing, and removing mold from an affected area and the air around it. It’s crucial to contain it to one area because spores are microscopic and can easily spread to other areas through the air or by attaching themselves to clothes or objects. Mold remediation experts usually use air pressure and physical barriers to seal off the infected area, including ductwork. Sophisticated filters clean the trapped air before it gets into the building’s ventilation system.
Moldy items such as furniture and carpet are cleaned if the infestation is light, or removed if it’s extensive. Damaged parts of drywall are removed, replaced, and repainted. Other items in the area must be cleaned and sanitized, even if they don’t have visible mold. It can grow behind wallpaper, inside books or files and other hidden places. Professionals have equipment and treatments for mold that aren’t available to the general public.
Commercial Mold Remediation
The Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings on their website. The guide isn’t comprehensive, but serves to highlight some of the major issues to be addressed. Even though it’s geared towards schools and commercial buildings, it can help with home remediation too.
If you discover mold in your home or business in the Houston area, call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning. They are trained and registered by the State of Texas to safely and effectively perform mold remediation services. They even have a state licensed Mold Remediation Contractor to manage their state registered Mold Workers, ensure that all state regulations are met, and that customer concerns are properly and promptly addressed. They are locally owned and operated, and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.
The Cost of Mold Remediation
The cost of mold remediation varies, depending on the extent of the infestation. According to Homeadvisor.com, the national average cost for mold remediation is $2,161.00.