The Importance of Sampling and Assessment for Mold Damage in Downtown Montgomery
Mold Damage Can be Treated More Effectively After the Cause is Determined
Mold damage is a problem that can affect almost any kind of home or property. While it tends to be most prevalent in older buildings which have been poorly maintained, it can strike new houses too. The key to its growth is moisture. If a home does not stay clean and dry, the risk of mold spores is significantly increased.
Mold remediation is a great way to neutralize the spread and render spores harmless, but it is a complex process. In order for SERVPRO to treat a mold problem, our experts need to know how it developed and what may be causing it. They have to learn a little about the type of mold damage in Downtown Montgomery buildings before they can begin repairs.
Sometimes, a visual inspection is enough. Other times, advanced sampling techniques may be used to determine the severity of the problem.
Air samples are collected using a bio-aerosol air impactor device. It pushes particles towards a special sampling container or surface, where they can be captured for testing later. This process is only carried out if mold damage is very light and the SERVPRO technicians need to determine whether it actually poses a risk.
Swab (or surface) samples are a more reliable method than air samples. They are commonly used to identify the source of a mold problem. A remediation expert takes a sterile swab and inserts it into a neutralizing solution. It is then sent to a specialist testing facility for assessment and analysis. When the results come back, the remediation team will know more about the type, severity, and characteristics of the mold.
Organic fibers can trap and hold mold spores for a long time. This is why SERVPRO always treats and remediates carpets and soft furnishings. If they do not, there is a chance that the problem could just come back after we leave. Carpet testing is a simple way to determine whether there are undetected spores hiding in the fibers, so it is an early method of detection.
If you need more information on any of these sampling or assessment procedures, our team of remediation experts is happy to talk. SERVPRO of Montgomery is based in your local area. We can carry out testing at a time that suits you. Call us 24/7 at (334) 284-1612.