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Cleaning And Removing Commercial Mold Damage In Chestnut Hill

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Treating a mold infestation is different for every Chestnut Hill business.

Removing Commercial Mold Damage

Treating a mold infestation is different for every Chestnut Hill business. In an establishment like a brewery/restaurant, there is a mix of retail and industrial operations that have different needs. While airborne mold does not affect most people, ingesting spores can cause health problems.

Cleaning Chestnut Hill commercial mold damage normally allows us to use cleaning agents we might not use in private homes. In a food processing environment, however, SERVPRO team members have to be more cautious, so we do not inadvertently contaminate food or food products. Our goal, after all, is to help each business reopen their doors as quickly as possible, not to cause further loss.

We usually find mold growing behind a refrigerator or other food storage unit. These areas usually have some moisture on the outside and since they are constantly in use, difficult to move and thoroughly clean. The moisture also collects in a pool underneath the unit where mold can expand and grow as well.

To prevent contaminating the inside of the unit, we seal it and use an anti-fungal spray to kill any spores on the outside surfaces. Then, we use dry cloths and sponges to remove the mold. If the layer is very thick, SERVPRO technicians may use a vacuum with a special, HEPA filter that is designed to capture even a single spore from the surface.

Once the outside is clean, we examine the inside. If we find any spores, unfortunately, that means we have to empty the unit and dispose of any food or ingredients like yeast or hops before cleaning it.

On the industrial side, it is the moisture overhead which can be a problem. Even the small amounts which collect on top of a pipe can provide enough for spores to expand and grow. Eventually, spores break away from this mass and travel on air currents throughout the entire structure.

Our technicians use dry sponges to soak up the moisture and mold without disturbing it enough to cause more to break away. Once we have all visible mold removed, we use air content meters to ensure the environment is back to a safe level.

At SERVPRO of Manayunk, we understand just how important it is to reopen for business quickly. Each day closed means a loss of receipts and owners cannot take care of their customers and employees. Enough days closed can shut down a business permanently. If you see or suspect mold is in your business, call us at (215) 482-0800. We are here to help.

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