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Cocoa Residences Require Professional Mold Damage Remediation

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs don Tyvek clothing and respirators when remediating mold damage in Cocoa homes and attics.

SERVPRO Uses EPA Approved Mold Remediation in Cocoa Homes

Effective mold damage interventions for Cocoa properties are essential when spores encounter water and microbial growth gets out of hand. The use of proven best practices helps preserve and restore structural components and contents affected by rapidly multiplying fungi. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted extensive research that resulted in a comprehensive mold remediation protocol applicable to and successful in commercial and residential settings used by professionals specializing in microbial removal and control.

EPA-Guided Mold Clean Up Delivers Consistently Outstanding Results

Remediation strategies designed by the EPA comprise the undisputed industry standard, clarifying why SERVPRO crews responding to Cocoa mold damage confidently rely upon them. Resolving a fungal infestation includes ticking off the specific steps listed in the EPA process to find and safely rid a dwelling of active colonies of mold organisms. Mold damage results only when endemic spores encounter and absorb water, fueling growth on available organic surfaces such as a broad range of common building materials. Inhibiting resurgence is also vital to protect properties from continuous microbial damage and requires an overarching moisture management plan.

Why Is SERVPRO A Good Fit for Mold Damage Removal?

Expertise in water damage restoration and applied structural drying techniques offers Cocoa customers an advantage when choosing a mold remediation partner, which is why SERVPRO ranks highly among property owners struggling with persistently wet areas. Lingering water damage can fuel mold outbreaks if not remediated within 24 to 48 hours. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians are experts in finding the sources of water incursions and tracing moisture migration throughout a home’s building materials and fixtures. Techniques and tools employed include:

  • Infrared imaging, which permits comparing temperature fluctuations to pinpoint wet or water-filled spaces behind surfaces
  • Moisture detectors help establish the perimeters of water spread
  • Moisture meters are critical to developing drying goals and monitoring progress by periodic moisture level measurement of wet components contrasted with baseline data from unaffected yet similar building materials
  • Thermo-hydrometers, are capable of recording both temperature, and relative humidity levels as some spores begin multiplying when humidity levels exceed 60 percent

What Are the Other Steps in the EPA Mold Remediation Protocol?

Identifying and testing for the intensity of water damage and persistent moisture helps remediators locate the spaces within your Cocoa home that exhibit conditions supportive of microbial growth and damage. This is the crucial first step in fungal remediation, which is why SERVPRO uses its expertise and takes the time to scope for water and moisture damage. The subsequent phases in the EPA process include:

  • Containing the affected structural components and workspace to prevent the spread, our technicians wrap the area with 1.6 mil polyethylene and use negative pressure air scrubbing technology to filter contaminants.
  • Manually removing the moldy residues with scrapers, brushes, and other abrasive tools -- sometimes adding controlled blasting with media such as soda or dry ice to loosen organisms from porous materials and incapacitate the invasive hyphae that could otherwise encourage mold rebound.
  • Clean up debris and residues with HEPA-filtered vacuums and wipe downs with EPA-registered cleaning products.
  • Treatment of the affected materials and space with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit the growth of spores in the area.

Water damage restoration and moisture management also must be part of the ongoing maintenance of your Cocoa home, which is why SERVPRO advises customers on how to limit water incursions and ensure optimum indoor humidity of 30 to 50 percent. We also offer services to address and resolve any underlying water issues.

Professional understanding of and capability to provide mold damage remediation best practices is why SERVPRO of Central Brevard is a regional restoration leader. Call (321) 360-4932 to conduct a mold damage assessment.

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