What You Need to Know About Summer Mold
With summer just around the corner, it is important to realize that the summer months are a time of year in which mold growth is very likely to occur. Why is this the case? With rising temperatures, humidity increases, causing moisture to accumulate on surfaces. Thriving in warm, moist environments, mold’s prime time for growth is summer. In today’s blog, we’re introducing you to three of the most common types of household molds and sharing with you the ways in which we approach their remediation.
Categories of Mold
Alternaria, Stachybotrys (black mold), and Cladosporium are three different types of mold that are most commonly found in homes. The most common variety of allergenic mold is Alternaria. Showers, bathtubs, leaking sinks, and other water damaged and damp areas within the home are most likely to experience Alternaria growth if preventative measures are not taken. Stachybotrys, which we know by its nickname, “black mold,” is usually black or dark in color and commonly found in damp areas. During the summer, a popular place for stachybotrys growth is the space surrounding ventilation systems if they leak. If you have indoor plants during the summer months, you may see Cladosporium, which can be found on decaying plant surfaces and is usually blue/green to brown or black in color.
How We Care for Mold & Our 5 Principles of Mold Remediation
Our principles and procedures here at SERVPRO closely adhere to those laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification’s S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. There are three condition levels for mold remediation outlined by the IICRC, which are: 1) Normal Fungal Ecology, 2) Settled Spores, and 3) Actual Growth. Containment is our primary focus when handling mold because we emphasize preventing the mold from spreading. Negative air chambers, physical barriers, and other advanced technologies are employed to isolate the affected area, preventing mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Thorough results are ensured through our 5 principles of mold remediation:
- Safety and Health
- Control Contaminants
- Remove the Contamination
- Correct the Moisture Problem
An Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is also contacted to conduct final clearance testing as soon as the moisture problem is corrected.
Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services This Summer
In the event that your residential or commercial property undergoes mold growth this summer, know that SERVPRO has your back. You can learn more about SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s professional mold remediation services by checking out our web pages dedicated to specified topics, including Commercial Mold Remediation and our trusted Mold Remediation Process. You can also call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779. If you experience a mold emergency, let us help make it “Like it never even happened” with our thorough and reliable mold remediation services.