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DIY Mold Mitigation?

10/3/2023 (Permalink)

Close up green and white mold spores It only takes 24-48 hours of dampness to create a mold outbreak.

The humidity in Shreveport puts residents at risk for mold growth and damage to their homes. If excess moisture is able to collect or saturate structural components, it can lead to serious problems for the homeowner. Even those who regularly clean and are proactive about preventing mold can still miss a microbial threat. 

It only takes 24 to 48 hours of dampness to create a mold outbreak. If a water event moistens areas of your home and you do not remove the moisture, expect mold. A weekend away is enough time for spores to spread if an open window lets in rain or if a pet knocks over a water bowl.

While removing water and drying out surfaces quickly can help prevent a mold outbreak, water damage can be tricky for a homeowner to manage if it reaches behind walls or occurs in low traffic areas of your home. When a mold outbreak does occur, trying to clean it up yourself can lead to even more problems. When bleach is used to attempt to remediate an infestation, it will not kill the mold but will only lighten the staining. Common household bleach is primarily water and will soak into the affected area and feed the mold rather than killing it

Professional mold remediators have the training and job experience to meet the challenges mold damage brings. SERVPRO® mold remediation crews rely on a range of techniques and products to remove mold colonies. Some of these include EPA registered antimicrobial agents, scrubbing and scraping techniques, and soda blasting to restore porous surfaces.

Trying to remove or mitigate mold on your own generally only makes the problem worse. Making mold a problem best left to the experts. If you suspect or are experiencing a mold problem, SERVPRO® of South Shreveport is poised to remediate any size mold damage outbreak in your home. Contact our experts at (318) 865-4655 for a mold abatement plan that clears away the current mold with an eye on eliminating the moisture mold must have to reproduce and multiply.

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