Summertime Mold Damage Woes In Trooper
Humidity in Trooper Buildings Can Lead to a Need for Mold Remediation--Time to Call SERVPRO
The sunny summer months can be hot and humid in the Trooper area. Moisture is the catalyst for mold growth in any building. Warm months also feature rain and sticky dew points in our area of Pennsylvania, Sometimes combinations of these conditions contribute to mold growth in your home, If you suspect mold has taken hold in your home this summer, we can help.
The housing stock in Trooper can inadvertently increase the risk of mold damage. A unique mix of older homes and new construction means some houses may have central air conditioning while other dwellings cope with the heat using window units or evaporative coolers. Air conditioning makes summer life more comfortable, but some configurations create conditions favorable to mold growth. Our technicians are familiar with the mold risk increase when air conditioning malfunctions, offering strategies to contain and remove the microbial infestation as well as practical suggestions to limit recurrence.
Air conditioning cools the air by blowing warm, moist interior air over supercooled coils. This action causes the water in the air to condense on the coils. If the equipment is in optimum working condition, the water drains away safely, and the air in the room gradually reduces in humidity level, making the space feel much cooler.
A musty smell and staining near the vents of an AC unit signal that water backed up and saturated structural components of your home. Our crews assess the area and devise a plan to contain and remove the active mold colony. Using physical barriers like plastic sheeting or negative pressure air scrubbers the SERVPRO crew members isolate the outbreak, ensuring that particles do not break free and move to other areas of the home.
The mold material is scraped or blasted off with sodium bicarbonate. Materials that show heavy infestation are removed and discarded with the mold, bagged and handled according to hazardous waste protocols. SERVPRO then treats the area with an EPA registered disinfectant to inhibit subsequent mold growth.
Most importantly, we arrange for cleaning the air conditioning system, eliminating blockages and dusting coils. HVAC ducts showing dampness and mold growth receive a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO also suggests a review of the size of the AC unit or units. Appliances that do not have the capacity to reduce humidity enough can increase the threat of mold. Interestingly, units that are too large may not cycle long enough to reduce the humidity either. An ambient humidity of more than 60 percent is a mold risk on its own.
SERVPRO of Norristown is ready to evaluate your mold problems this summer. Contact us at (610) 272-8520 to set up an appointment with our experienced production crew leads.
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