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Water damage and mold

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Wet walls, floors and furnishings and mold can go hand-in-hand and too much moisture is prime territory for mold. The Arroyo Grande water damage specialists at SERVPRO believe it is important for people to understand that taking care of water damage as soon as possible is not only important to prevent serious property damage.

The mold that is associated with water damage is known as black mold, or Stachyborys chartarum, if one wants to know the scientific name. Black mold releases spores as it feeds on wet and damp material. In a building with water damage from flooding, a long term leak, a broken water pipe black mold feeds on drywall, carpet, insulation, and sub-flooring.

There’s that old saying, “a best defense is a good offense,” and this goes for mold in the home or workplace. The team at SERVPRO, the Arroyo Grande water damage specialists, are the people to call to restore water damage and remove toxic mold. Mold can grow without visible water damage. Damp earth from rain or watering landscaping can build up in crawl spaces under buildings. A seeming small leak from a dripping faucet or a damaged water pipe can create a perfect situation for mold to grow and spread.

The technicians from SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment for drying walls, carpets, even under buildings. Once the damaged materials have been removed, a thorough examination of surrounding material makes sure that signs of black mold have been removed, then the heavy duty equipment dries out everything that was wet or damp. SERVPRO technicians have special training and protective gear for dealing with black mold. Do not attempt to clean toxic black mold, or to removed mold damaged materials from a structure. Leave this job to the experts.

Controlling mold

Control mold inside the home or work place by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas

In the event of flooding and water damage, call the experts from SERVPRO before attempting repairs and mold removal yourself.

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande has a 24-hour emergency line for flooding and water damage emergencies. The best thing to do about mold issues is to call the experts.

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