How To Address Mold in Your Air Conditioning Ducts
Black mold damage in Riverside, CA
When you think of mold damage in your building, you probably picture large spores lurking on the walls or ceilings. Sometimes, however, the black mold is less obvious. It may be hiding somewhere in your Riverside, CA, commercial property.
Air ducts are a common location for mold. They feed off the dust and moisture that is common in HVAC systems.
Musty odors and black dust near the air vents are signs of a possible mold problem. If the issue is not properly handled, the mold could spread and cause severe harm to your property.
Removing Air Conditioner Mold
Mold thus needs to be addressed immediately. Below are the basic mold cleanup steps:
- Have a certified inspector check the property for mold
- Replace the insulation, if necessary
- Disinfect the ductwork
- Find and address the source of the mold growth
Cleaning black mold improperly can just cause additional damage. Instead, you should use specialists who know how to remove the mold and prevent it from coming back.
Limiting Mold Growth
Because the black mold cleanup process can be costly and time-consuming, you should take steps to prevent an infestation before it starts. That means making sure your property has clean ducts. Bring in a technician at least twice annually to perform maintenance and fix any issues.
Dust and debris within the air conditioning vents can also promote mold growth. You should thus get the filters changed regularly.
There are also steps you can take to limit mold growth in the rest of your building. Be sure to dry wet areas immediately, clean clogged gutters and lower the indoor humidity.
Black mold can damage building materials and temporarily shut down your commercial property. Since mold often grows in damp places, you should regularly clean and inspect your air conditioner ducts. If you see spores or smell an unusual odor, mold remediation specialists can address the problem before it gets worse.
Why Insurance Agents Prefer Dealing With Professionals
Flooded building in Riverside, CA
To be honest, a commercial flood is a big mess, and in more ways than one. First and foremost, of course, is the damage caused to a building. Excess water where it doesn't belong often involves safety issues with black water, as well as the potential for electrical damages. The job of storm restoration is a big one. A nearby, highly-trained storm mitigation team is up to the task. Insurance agents know trained and certified professionals will yield the best results, work safely, make good decisions and finish the job quickly. That's why a SERVPRO franchise is a preferred vendor for many agents and adjusters.
The Traits of a Professional
Rapid storm response is not for the faint of heart or for the person with a little bit of knowledge. A valued professional has the following characteristics:
- Highly trained
- Certified in several areas
- Properly equipped
Storm restoration in Riverside, CA, often involves unique challenges. Each situation is different. A flood may envelop an area of sensitive electrical equipment or it might degrade important documents or even artwork. In many cases, flooding involves the presence of black water, which could be contaminated with harmful materials. A professional will know how to deal with each situation and will have access to equipment that aids in cleanup, water removal, and mold containment.
The Results of a Professional
Flood damage is not easily managed. It's a major problem that should be entrusted to a trained team. A water damage restoration technician and an applied structural drying technician are just two examples of certifications that help in dealing with storm restoration. Flooding comes in many shapes and forms, from hurricanes and tornadoes to broken pipes and heavy rain events. Insurance agents prefer working with a company that can handle each disaster with success, and that will make smart decisions to minimize costs and a business interruption.
What to Expect During A Sewer Damage Restoration
Carpet damaged by water in Calimesa, CA
Three Things Professionals Do When it Comes To Restoring Your Property
After a sewer cleanup at your Calimesa, CA, your company property may be in need of a sewer restoration. Fortunately, a local restoration service should be able to help. Here are three things you may see these professionals do when it comes to restoring the property.
1. Safety Gear
The use of safety gear in a restoration is especially important when dealing with sewer contamination. You may see the crew conducting the project wearing gear such as coveralls, gloves, shoes covers, and face masks. This is because sewer water has been contaminated by a number of bacteria causing substances, and the cleanup needs to be handled safely.
2. Water Removal
One of the first steps for a sewer cleanup is water removal. This needs to be done quickly as allowing water to stand can lead to additional damage such as warped or swollen wood, or foundation cracking. In many cases, professionals will use a water rated pump of vacuum for the bulk of the removal, but you may also see the use of squeegees or rags for harder to reach locations. Once the water is removed the drying process can begin, often with the help of a dehumidifier.
After a sewer backup, flooded toilet, or other sewer related flooding, it's important to thoroughly sanitize the affected area. Because sewer water is contaminated with fecal mater and other bacteria causing materials, sanitizing is an important step in the cleaning process. It helps ensure the space is free of possible pathogens to keeps your workplace healthy and safe.
During a sewer cleanup and restoration after damage on your business property, you may see the professionals in charge wear various safety gear. They will also use special equipment to remove the water and dry the area. The restoration crew should also sanitize the affected space to help remove any possible sewer contaminants.
Smoke and soot
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Riverside City will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (951)977-5294
The Mold Remediation Process
Sample of mold
Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:
- Emergency Contact - (951)977-5294
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
- Mold Containment
Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
- Air Filtration
Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub floors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.