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The Real Costs of Ignoring Mold Damage at Your Chicago Residence

2/25/2024 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls and ceiling of a room If you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our certified technicians are ready to help you.

Timely Mold Remediation by SERVPRO® Averts Unnecessary Costs

Chicago, a big city established in 1837, has significant attractions for its 2.7 million residents and visitors. An architectural boat tour on the river is one of the best ways to spend time and explore its many famous and unique buildings. You can also visit top museums at the Museum Campus, which hosts the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. The Millennium Park in downtown Chicago has the famous Cloud Gate sculpture or “The Bean” and hosts engaging events.

Mold damage affects Chicago properties for various reasons, including dampness, poor ventilation, and neglected maintenance. Initially, the contamination exhibits mild signs such as discoloration and scattered spots on surfaces like walls and ceilings. It is easy to ignore these signs since they do not pose significant inconveniences. SERVPRO can help you address mold infestation at any stage, avoiding the challenges that such incidents present.

Challenges mold infestation presents

  • Structural damage
  • Finish degradation
  • High maintenance cost
  • Inconveniences like odor

Mold contamination starts at the surface, but its hyphae penetrate organic materials in search of nutrients. Therefore, when you leave the dark spots on surfaces undisturbed, you allow mold to eat into materials, causing structural degradation not only to wall and ceiling panels but also to structural supports such as frames. With time, the degradation can cause structural areas to collapse. A timely intervention from SERVPRO prevents this, thus saving you costly replacements.

Nice finishes on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces may require little maintenance over the years. However, mold infestation causes staining and flake-off, leaving your property looking neglected. If any changes are caught while still at the surface, it is easy to wipe the affected areas, preventing degradation. SERVPRO professionals use antimicrobial products when wet-wiping surfaces to limit the chances of further contamination. Vacuuming is also helpful since it does not introduce more moisture on the surfaces.

Addressing mold in time also saves you the inconveniences of a musty environment, which would necessitate constant airing or other maintenance procedures. Mold colonies and debris may also spread to your HVAC system, forcing you to perform unscheduled duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale can help you handle mold damage conveniently. Call (630) 830-6236. 

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