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Sparring with Spores: How Remediation Companies Remove Mold From Your Los Angeles Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold can indicate hidden structural damage. SERVPRO can safely remove the mold and repair your home.

Remediating Mold Damage to Los Angeles Homes

Los Angeles homes are often at risk for fire and water damage. Many homeowners, however, do not understand the risk that mold presents to their residence.  

While mold spores can cause health problems in some people, most mold risk and damage in Los Angeles centers primarily around structures. SERVPRO response teams train to clean and remove mold from the structural property, but when mold spores have infested property and penetrated the surfaces, they often have to remediate and repair the effects they have on the home and then have to replace building material. 

To safely remove mold infested material like ceiling tiles and wall panels, team members carefully pull down the items and, if needed, break them apart to bag or wrap them and then take them out of the home for disposal. When the items are already crumbling from damage, technicians first cover the floor and entrances to prevent loose, active spores from spreading to other areas of the home.  

Once the team removes all of the damaged property, technicians begin cleaning out remaining spores. They start by vacuuming all exposed surfaces to draw out the majority of the mold. SERVPRO specialists use HEPA filters designed to trap even a single, spore out of a wall cavity or an exposed crawlspace above the removed ceiling.  

After vacuuming, a team member uses an air content meter to check mold levels. If they are still too high, technicians either vacuum again or wipe down surfaces using dry and wet sponges. To prevent, or at least inhibit new mold growth, the team leader may decide to spray the crawlspaces and wall cavities with an anti-fungal agent. After the agent dries, the team begins replacement.  

Each team can hang new wall panels and replace ceiling tiles. If the homeowner desires it, our painters can cover the new materials with the same color as before, or change it at the owner’s discretion.  

Our goal at SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is to eliminate the mold threat to your home and return it to a clean, safe condition. If you need our services, call us at (818) 244-6005 today. We are here for you.

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