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Problem of Mold in Jersey City, NJ Homes, Its Negative Effects and Steps in Mold Removal Process

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Mold can be quite damaging to belongings, the structural integrity of your home, and result in serious health problems. If you find you home is suffering from an infestation of mold, it is important to contact a mold removal company like ServiceMaster Metropolitan in Jersey City, NJ to safely, efficiently, and thoroughly rectify the problem as soon as possible.

Reasons for Mold Growth

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, mold starts to grow when it gets enough moisture, the right temperature, and any organic nutrient source to feed on. Mold prefers dark, damp, and hidden spaces.  Organic nutrient sources include (but are not limited to) paper, wood, food, carpet, drywall, and insulation.

Mold Growth & Its Negative Effects

Mold affects both the structural integrity of your home as well as your health. Negative effects of a mold infestation include:

  • Discoloration and/or destruction of drywall
  • Rotting wood
  • Weakened walls and floors
  • Structural damage in wood framed houses
  • Damage to materials in furnishing thereby affecting their look and smell
  • Allergic reactions such as skin rashes, red eyes, runny nose, and sneezing
  • Mold can result in asthma attacks if a person is allergic to mold
  • Toxic molds which produce mycotoxins can result in neurological problems and even death due to high exposure
  • Increased chances of respiratory problems by about 50%

How to get rid of mold

The first step in mold removal involves removing the source of moisture so further mold growth can be stopped. Some very good mold cleanup methods as described on the NC State University website include:

  • Wet Vacuum: These are used for removing water from surfaces such as carpets, floors, and hard surfaces. These are to be used only if the material is wet; if sufficient water is not present they might spread mold spores.
  • Damp Wipe: This involves the scrubbing or wiping of non-porous surfaces with the help of detergent and water, and then thoroughly drying the surface to prevent new mold growth.
  • HEPA Vacuum: High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuums are utilized after everything has been completely dried and all the contaminated things have been removed. These vacuums are also used to remove dust which might have settled over surfaces outside the area where remediation work is being carried out.
  • Dry Brushing: This method involves sanding or wire brushing to clear mold growth from solid wood surfaces like subflooring or frames.
  • Biocides: These may be used in case immune compromised patients will be living in the area that was affected by mold.

ServiceMaster Metropolitan provides professional, efficient, and thorough mold removal in Jersey City, NJ. With years of industry experience, certification, and the necessary expertise to take care of any degree of mold infestation, we are your best choice when it comes to mold removal and remediation. If you have concerns that your house is facing a mold problem, please give us a call at 1.855.560.7999.

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