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A Closer Look into Mold Removal Process and Various Cleanup Methods Utilized in Jersey City, NJ

September 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Moisture buildup in your home or office due to water from leaks, broken pipes, and other problems can have serious implications for both health and property. Immediate steps need to be taken to thoroughly dry the affected areas and remove damaged items and debris. It takes less than 48 hours for mold to develop and begin spreading. If left unchecked, you can have a serious mold issue before you know it. For effective and thorough mold removal in Jersey City, NJ, contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan.

Mold Growth and Associated Problems

Mold can lead to many different problems for your health and property:

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many varieties of mold are toxigenic. This means they produce mycotoxins which can be harmful and lead to neurological problems.
  • Molds also produce allergens as well as irritants which cause allergic reactions like skin rashes, a runny nose, and sneezing. If a person has asthma, an allergic reaction to mold can cause a serious asthma attack.
  • As per the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), another problem with mold is that it destroys anything it grows on, for example, furnishings.

 Steps in Removal of Mold

Some of the steps a mold removal service providers will take to get rid of mold include:

  • Identification of Source: In this step the technician utilizes a device for detecting moisture such as a thermal imaging device. The main source of moisture is identified so it can be contained before remediation work starts.
  • Containment: This step consists of isolating the area with the mold problem to prevent the spread of spores into other areas.
  • Filtration: HEPA air filters as well as other air equipment is operated to remove mold spores, different types of airborne debris, and MVOCs from air.
  • Cleanup: In this step the contaminated material is either remediated or removed, and fogging equipment is used for removing the mold odor. Additionally, carpets, drywall, furniture and other items damaged or contaminated which are salvageable  are cleaned to prevent the return of mold.
  • Replacement and Restoration: Restoration work involves replacement of drywall, minor repairs, painting, as well as reconstruction of damaged building structures.

 Mold Cleanup Methods

Different methods are used by mold removal experts and the technique utilized largely depends on the affected material:

  • Wet Vacuum: These are used for removing water from carpets, floors, and any other hard surface.
  • Damp Wipe: Mold remains allergenic whether it is alive or dead. Mold is removed from non-porous surfaces by scrubbing using water and detergent.
  • HEPA Filters: HEPA vacuums are utilized for cleanup after everything has been completely dried.
  • Biocides: It is not a routine practice to use biocides for mold remediation, but may become necessary when immune-compromised people are living in the house.

If you are facing a mold problem, give ServiceMaster Metropolitan a call at 1.855.560.7999. Our experts in Jersey City, NJ will immediately assess the situation and develop a mold removal plan to eradicate the mold infestation.


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