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Mold Damage Experts In Tucson Discuss Problems Inside Bathrooms

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remediate mold damage on the ceiling of your bathroom.

Proper containment is needed when addressing mold damage in your bathroom

Any time unwanted moisture gets inside your Tucson home, microbial growth can occur. A fungus needs an organic food source like paper or wood, the ideal temperature, and water to develop. Houses are already kept at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and contain many natural materials, which when moisture is added makes a prime location for fungi.

Once microbes get the amount of moisture and time they need to grow, they form structures called hyphae that spread across surfaces and release spores for reproduction purposes. During any mold damage project in Tucson, measures must be taken to prevent spores from contaminating unaffected areas of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize various methods to contain contamination including building containment chambers.

Before any work begins in the affected region, thick plastic sheets get put up with poles, sealing the area off. Containment chambers prevent any dust or spores created by the restoration process from floating around the house and causing problems in other parts of the structure. An air scrubber gets attached to a hole in the side of the chamber so that it creates negative air pressure inside the work area. The scrubber sucks up any microscopic microbes and dust particles and runs them through a HEPA filter before exhausting air out into the environment.

Many times mold can form inside the shower in your bathroom from either a leaking shower faucet or improper ventilation. Usually, if fungi form in the shower, it is up by the faucet or on the ceiling. Once our SERVPRO technicians have determined the extent of the damage and its source they seal off your shower and create a containment chamber.

If the mold has severely damaged the drywall in your shower's ceiling, then it might have to be taken down and replaced. If demolition is required, then the contaminated materials get taken down and disposed of in sealed plastic bags. In some situations, the fungi get removed either by scrubbing or sanding.

After all of the contaminated debris gets removed from the affected area, we use a HEPA vacuum to remove all of the remaining dust created by the project. Anti-microbial chemicals get used throughout the process to inhibit future microbial growth. For help with fungal issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson at (520) 760-9352 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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