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This Winter Don't Let Mold Plague Your Carol Stream Home

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream.

Winter Mold Cleanup Woes In Carol Stream

The winter months seem to be an unlikely time for mold damage to be a significant issue in Carol Stream. Unfortunately, molds and other fungi can thrive in a wide range of temperatures and scenarios. As long as a moisture source is available, mold spores can take hold, multiplying into colonies that damage building materials and cause health concerns in some susceptible individuals. Any time of the year our remediation crews can help homeowners with mold concerns.

During the winter months, families can struggle with mold cleanup in Carol Stream even when the weather is chilly and central heating systems operate. Usually, the warm air inside a winterized home creates a dry environment, hostile to mold growth. Some decisions made by homeowners, however, artificially increase the moisture levels inside dwellings in winter. This can expose spaces inside a home to microbial infestation requiring our mold cleanup services.

For example, parents often buy a warm or cold mist humidifier for a baby or child’s room to add moisture to the air. A little one with the sniffles or a cough can obtain relief from the humidified air. SERVPRO sees the results of excessive indoor humidity when we receive calls for mold cleanup in a nursery or other bedroom.

Mold spores need just a small concentration of moisture to activate their growth cycle. Humidity levels measuring in the 60 to 75 percent range can support mold growth without additional water damage. In a humidified room the water vapor can condense on a wall or behind window coverings or furniture, offering mold spores the opportunity to develop into full-blown colonies. SERVPRO recommends adjusting the humidifier or vaporizer to maintain a humidity of 30 to 50 percent to avoid further mold issues.

If humidified air caused a mold cleanup need in your home SERVPRO mold remediation technicians quickly assess, contain, and remove the offending materials. Our team follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to address mold cleanup effectively and safely for your family. We build a containment area with plastic sheeting or the use of air scrubbing equipment, remove the mold and contaminated structural components, and clean and sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit additional mold growth.

Any damage done by microbial growth during a period of higher humidity is on the SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale mold cleanup agenda. Give us a call at (630) 830-6236 for an assessment and development of a remediation plan.

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