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Mold Damage Can Ruin Investments and Memories Alike

6/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Can Be Caused By a Leaking Roof

Protect Your Belongings From Mold Damage Through Remediation

If you own a business, you know that your inventory and business equipment is a valuable asset that needs to be protected. At home, you also have personal belongings that are irreplaceable and hold sentimental value. For those with both to protect, your job is doubled. Protection from those who would steal from you is common sense, but one thief can be so small, it is easy to disregard. Mold can slip in anywhere, at almost any time, and take hold, slowly destroying items that can make them unusable and unfit for sale to others.

In Chicago, mold damage is often in the news, and reports of adverse health effects are on the rise. Protecting your family and your business fully and adequately is possible when you have skilled technicians certified in handling mold. We have specialists certified in both commercial drying (CDS) and technicians certified in applied structural drying (ASD) who can effectively decrease the humidity present in your home or business's interiors that has allowed mold to flourish.

What Mold Will Destroy

Mold destroys porous materials such as building materials, textiles, books and papers, photos, clothing, bedding, carpeting, and much more. Hard surfaces such as metal and porcelain can be cleaned easily enough, but the residue must be contained, or it can spread elsewhere and create an infestation in other areas of your home or office. When mold attacks clothing, it can stain the textiles and render the item worthless. Mold will settle in and make a home in practically any fabric or cloth, including silk, cotton, polyester, and nylon.

Airing Out and Using Fans and Dehumidifiers are Not Enough to Eliminate Mold  

Because mold grows on the surface, many people assume that if the surface is dry, mold cannot grow there. This is not exactly true, because due to fluctuations in temperature, moisture does not remain stagnant, even when present at low levels. Mold can become dry and still be alive. It can go for short periods of dryness, only to rejuvenate itself when moisture levels rise again. This is why it is so important for the interiors of materials such as drywall, upholstery and even more solid items such as wood found in floors and stairs be dried with special equipment. Fans and opened windows can only do surface drying, and that just isn't enough.
 
SERVPRO of West Loop, Bucktown, and Greektown (773) 434-9100 can provide specialized assistance in removing and controlling mold growth in your home. We are available 24/7 to both residents and business owners. Call now to protect your personal belongings and inventory from the damaging effects of mold.

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