Commercial Mold Damage Restoration in Williston
Total Cleanup & Odor Treatment After Mold Infestations
If you’re busy running a business, you probably don’t have the time (or desire) to deal with anything beyond the tasks that are already on your plate. You’re busy, and likely already stressed. At ServiceMaster Elite - Vermont, we get it. That’s why we’re readily available to be by your side, guiding you through the process as we eliminate any mold growth on site.
Signs of Mold Colonies
The earlier you can detect mold and get it treated, the better the recovery process will be. And since there are several warning signs, it’s good to be aware of the differences so that you’re prepared to act fast.
Musty, Lingering Odors
Many times, mold is growing out of eyesight. It could be behind wallpaper, tiles, underneath the flooring, or in dark crawl spaces, which means a reliance on more than visual cues is necessary to determine whether something is wrong. Mold has a strong, musty smell that gets stronger the closer you are to the source. So, if you smell mildewy, strange odors, call for an inspection.
Stains or Bubbles
Make a point to investigate anything that appears to be a water stain on carpeting or discoloration on walls and tiles. The same can be said for any peeling, bubbling, or cracking wallpaper or paint. It’s most common for mold to come from roof or pipe leaks that seep within walls and flooring, causing problems behind the scenes for some time before they’re caught.
If you’re noticing that employees seem to be taking more sick days than usual, start investigating potential mold causes. This situation is known as sick building syndrome, which means that several people are experiencing a range of symptoms that either appear or increase when they’re in the building.
Some of the signs of sick building syndrome include:
- Persistent Fatigue
- Onset Asthma
Especially if you notice the musty smell in combination with increasing sick days, the signs are pointing to mold that needs treatment immediately.
Our team is available for emergencies that lead to mold problems, such as floods or pipe bursts. If you’re in need of immediate assistance, call us any time – day or night, business days or weekends, we are here to help.
Where You Can Inspect to Find Mold in Commercial Facilities
Some of the places that mold likes to hide that you can investigate are:
- Ceiling Corners
- Window Sills
- HVAC Drip Pans
- Tile Grout
- Exposed Pipes
- Irrigation Systems
In general, materials are classified as either porous or non-porous. Non-porous materials do not absorb water, which means they can be cleaned of mold growth. These are contents such as glass, plastics, and metals. On the other hand, porous materials absorb water, typically rendering them unsalvageable (think drywall, upholstery, and carpeting).
The Problem with DIY Mold Removal
It’s common to think that using a strong cleaner and wiping away any mold spots that you find will take care of the problem, or at least push it off so that it doesn’t get worse. Unfortunately, with mold, that’s not the case. Within 24-48 hours, mold will begin growing under the right conditions. And mold reproduces by making spores, which travel via the air and by hitchhiking on shoes, equipment, etc. until they find a good landing spot. These spores can survive conditions that mold wouldn’t typically grow in – hot, sunny, cold, or dry – they remain dormant until the right conditions appear.
Standard dust masks do not protect from mold, and protective equipment is necessary to avoid spores clinging to you and finding a new home somewhere else. Removing damaged materials and applying products such as biocide only address the surface issues. Both the mold and dampness need to be handled carefully and completely to prevent another mold infestation in the future.
How to Minimize Mold Exposure During Restoration
Removing moldy materials and reconstructing damaged components of a building can release mold spores and raise the level of mold within a building, which is why the professionals at ServiceMaster Elite - Vermont take precautions by containing the mold in the remediation area, sealing everything for protection while we bring the property back to pre-loss condition.
We understand the need to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible, which is why we plan with you to minimize downtime and work efficiently to get your doors open fast. Before you know it, the indoor air quality is good once again, and your employees are safely back to normal activities.
If you’re concerned about mold somewhere within your facility, don’t hesitate to reach out for a second opinion. Get in touch for mold restoration in Williston.