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Mold Remediation on Barone St. in New Orleans

When mold growth occurs inside a New Orleans home, even though the growth may be confined to one small area, all the surfaces in the entire home must be cleaned with an approved microbial agent that exterminates mold colonies and spores. The process is called remediation, not elimination since all mold spores cannot be eliminated.  HEPA filtered scrubbers must also be run for several days to remove spore from the air.  

Any time molds are actively growing in a New Orleans structure, whether residential or commercial, they are producing spores for the proliferation and propagation of the fungi. Spores occur in almost all environments, assuredly in all conditions fit for human habitation. These microscopic particles as small as .3 microns can number in the millions within the closed space of a building. Some molds are considered toxic and produce mycotoxins which can cause health effects. This preamble explains why IICRC certified mold remediation technicians from SERVPRO are necessary to secure the safety of the structure, and more importantly, the residents.

When a leak in the kitchen results in accumulated moisture in the wall cavities and attic crawl space, mold growth often occurs. The source of the drip or break must be found and fixed to help prevent future mold infestations. This kitchen has been inspected, and the assessment has led to a scoping of the job for successful remediation by SERVPRO of Metairie crew members. Note the green dehumidifier which is absorbing water vapor as the silver air scrubber, outfitted with a HEPA-- High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance filter--captures airborne spores, dust, and pollen. The blue painter's tape prevents spores from entering the drawers and cabinets thus reducing the cleaning and wiping.

The next photo illustrates the service during the cleanup of the structure. This New Orleans home’s HVAC system has been shut down to prevent the mold spores from circulating through the home causing more points of contamination. The plastic sheeting seals the fungi infested kitchen from other rooms to also prevent cross-contamination.

SERVPRO of Metairie's Professional Cleaning Products for mold remediation are EPA approved antimicrobials that kill mold and mold spores. We are highly skilled, with industry-leading equipment to treat infestations on any scale from a bathroom to a warehouse. For 24/7 service for New Orleans and the surrounding areas contact us at (504) 468-3046

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