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Become Familiar with The Tell-Tale Signs of a Mold Infestation on Your Crested Butte Property

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth shown in corner of wall Mold can spread very quickly in your home if the conditions are right. Call SERVPRO immediately to investigate the cause and remediate any damage.

Mold Damage Experts in Crested Butte Tell Why Containment Chambers Get Used

Any time a water leak occurs inside your Crested Butte residence, a fungus may form. Once building materials get wet, microbes can quickly develop, causing mold damage to your home. Once the microbes activate, the contamination grows structures called hyphae that spread up out of the material's surface, across it, and deep into the substance. These structures then release reproductive spores into the air, forming new structures when they settle onto a wet organic material. The presence of spores during mold damage makes restoration more involved than fixing other types of problems. 

A fungus only needs an organic food source, elevated moisture levels, the right temperature, and time to develop and grow. Once a section of a building gets contaminated, the mold damage inside your Crested Butte home can get worse and spread to other areas besides the area initially affected. Once the hyphae form and start releasing spores into the air, the microscopic reproductive particles float around in the air until they decide to settle and find another spot to contaminate. 

Whenever our SERVPRO crew mitigates problems associated with a fungus, we follow the rules and procedures set out by the IICRC and government regulations. The EPA and other government bodies regulate how mold can get removed and mitigated. The primary purpose of these regulations is to prevent air quality issues due to mitigation work processes. Different strains of mold can be more harmful than others, so laws are put in place to keep particles from contaminating public air. 

This is why before any mitigation work gets started, our SERVPRO technicians build a containment chamber. The chamber gets put up with heavy-duty plastic and metal poles. The purpose of the containment area is to prevent spores and contaminated dust particles from spreading into the air outside and inside. If you ever need mold mitigation inside your house, call SERVPRO of Montrose / Telluride at (970) 240-6970 any time of the day. 

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