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Remediating Mold Damage to Chicago Homes

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

If you smell mold or spot it in your home, call SERVPRO to remediate the damage and prevent further issues.

Rely on Experienced Mold Remediation Specialists to Take of Your Mold Problems

Flooding and fire disasters can happen to any home in Chicago. Each one not only has its requirements to remediate damage to a home, but they both can cause secondary contamination by jumpstarting a mold infestation.

Dealing with mold damage in Chicago homes requires as much expertise and attention to detail as a fire or flood. While visible mold is not as alarming as smoke pouring from a window or six inches of water in the living room, SERVPRO knows that the replacement and remediation costs can be just as high. To develop the best plan to clean a home, we start with an inspection and a series of questions for the homeowner.

The first one, of course, is “Why do you think you have mold?” The answer we usually get is either the homeowner smells it, or they see it in their bathroom. Most residents detect that musty odor only mold seems to produce, but since not every mold has that odor, it is not the best indicator. After a flood or when a fire is put out, this means excess water is found throughout a home, so SERVPRO technicians use air content testing devices to measure spore levels.

More helpful to our inspector is an answer that identifies a location. Mold spores expand and grow where there is water, so typically, this means a growth starts where there is a leak (laundry rooms, attics, and kitchens for example). That is why our next question is “Have you had mold problems before?” If the answer is yes, then the location of the previous infestation is where we start looking.

As we examine locations, we also ask “When did it start?”. We ask because if there is more mold present than is possible after only a week, then we know the starting location is somewhere we cannot see and have to look more carefully.

As an example, if a homeowner says they only noticed mold under the kitchen sink a week ago, but the growth is covering half of the rear cabinet wall under the sink, we know there is a leak in the wall which has been dripping water for a long time. That means we have to be prepared to remove the cabinet and the drywall behind it to repair or replace a damaged pipe.

Restoring your home from the effects of mold takes experience and the knowledge to build a functional remediation and repair plan. SERVPRO of Hyde Park / E. Bridgeport / Bronzeville has over two decades of doing just that for the Chicago area. Call us today at (312) 509-5000 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions. We are here to help.

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