Cleaning and Eliminating Commercial Mold Damage In Montgomery
Don’t take on mold alone.
As Summer arrives, Montgomery residents prepare to go from warm and humid to hot and humid. It’s a complaint from non-natives that generates a good laugh, but the weather often aggravates issues with mold, in homes and businesses.
Mold spores in Montgomery are in every structure, but commercial mold damage only happens when the increased moisture also has the right temperature (about 68 to 86 degrees) and a food source. Even in a restaurant, these spores prefer to feed on items like drywall, wood framing, and even certain types of carpeting. SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRTs) train to find the source of the mold, dry up or remove the source of moisture, and clean mold off any affected property.
They perform a visual inspection and also use a moisture meter to trace mold back to its origin point. In a commercial facility like a restaurant, there may be multiple sources. They often find mold growing behind the walls of bathrooms and kitchens, but it is not uncommon to find an active colony in overhead spaces, where rain or leaking pipes can activate inert spores. As they look for the sources, the AMRTs spray the mold growth with an antibacterial agent, killing it.
Now, SERVPRO team members dry up any puddles and other water to halt growth. In most cases, they can do this with sponges and cloths and then clean the surface with an anti-bacterial spray. If there is a minor issue like a loose pipe connection, they can fix it. Major issues always need a licensed plumber though.
In many cases, the AMRTs can clean mold off surfaces like food preparation areas without damaging them. Most efforts involve scraping the mold off framing and other building materials, however. They use a combination of cleaner and brushed to remove them, but if the mold had time to penetrate the surface, MRTs also have the option to use sanders to remove the top layer of wood to get at the mold. If they penetrated drywall, it is more cost-efficient to replace affected panels than to expend the time and effort trying to repair them.
At SERVPRO of Montgomery, our goal is to swiftly clean and restore each business so owners can reopen to their customers as quickly as possible. If you see or suspect a mold problem in your business, call us at (334) 273-0992 today. We are here for you.
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