Removing Mold in Knoxville Homes
Mold Remediation is a Process Made Up of Many Steps
Knoxville homeowners and residents usually pay little attention to mold unless it is to cut off a suspicious-looking corner off of a block of cheese. That is the experience most people ever have with mold, even though we all live with it everywhere we go.
For the most part, mold spores are dormant and pose no more threat than ordinary house dust. When mold damage does occur in Knoxville homes, SERVPRO is ready with an extensive inventory of chemical agents to stop mold growth, destroy active spores, and return an infested home to its normal condition.
The first agents we use are Commercial Disinfectants. They destroy 98 percent of organisms we find on most surfaces in the home. The types of disinfectants we commonly use are phenols, formaldehyde, chlorine, and alcohols.
To slow and stop the rate of growth of fungi, we apply Fungistats and Mildewstats. They are especially effective on paper products, textiles such as wool or cotton, and organic materials like leather. A benefit to using them is that they do not stain or otherwise damage surfaces.
For quickly reducing mold levels to a safe level, SERVPRO technicians use Sanitizers. These agents are especially useful on mold spores in kitchens and bathrooms, but they need reapplication on a regular basis. If not, mold can quickly start a new colony and spread to other areas of the home.
Sporicides also work very well to eliminates mold spores. They are stronger, however, and can pose a health threat in large quantities. To prevent this, we use all sporicides strictly to manufacturer recommendations.
A Sterilant is the strongest chemical agent in our inventory. It destroys all microorganisms it comes into contact with, so we handle them with protective gloves, at least, on every task. A common sterilant available commercially is chlorine bleach. The ones we use are more powerful than bleach, which makes them very effective on metal and glass items since the agents kill everything on them, but do not mar the surfaces.
Removing mold is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has the tools and the training to use them to get the job done. If you have, or suspect mold is in your home, call us today at (865) 862-8907 to schedule a visit.
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