Is Mold Growing in Your Brandywine Residence?

As direct and harsh as some of the effects of mold development and microbial spread can be, the earliest stages of growth might not be as noticeable to Brandywine homeowners and business owners. Many massive commercial properties like the Doubletree by Hilton, the Courtyard by Marriott, and the Days Inn by Wyndham might utilize air sampling to determine what concentrations of mold exist in the environment. This information can help our SERVPRO remediators choose the best approaches to protect the structure and its occupants.

Effective Remediation Strategies for Damaged Properties

The term mold remediation refers to several tasks that all play a role in the restoration and repair of a structure after exposure to and damage from mold colonization. Establishments like schools in our district require an even greater sense of urgency when microbial threats have gotten identified. Through abrasive cleaning, surface scrubbing, sanding, and soda blasting, our SERVPRO team can eliminate mold threats in Brandywine High School, Widener University Delaware Law School, and other institutions.

Mold Damage Repairs Needed After Remediation

The recovery of your property and home after a mold damage event can require several different repairs and reconstruction actions. Because controlled demolition is so vital to stop the spread of mold in retail locations like the Concord Plaza or the Brandywine Town Center, we can work quickly to rebuild these areas and replace discarded materials to make mold damages "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (302) 762-8080

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens, irritants, and toxins. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Faster to Any Size Fire Disaster

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Brandywine community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Highly Trained Water and Mold Restoration Specialists

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, with advance training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property.  Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact - (302) 762-8080

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of the mold damage by carefully inspecting your property for visible signs of mold. Since mold can be hidden, we use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Step 3: Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

We use powerful air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, and other filtration equipment to remove microscopic mold spores out of the air. This air filtration process and our mold containment process help to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Sanitizing

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold, using a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and provide deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

During the remediation process, it’s often necessary to remove porous building materials like subfloors, drywall, and carpet. The restoration step returns your Brandywine, DE home or business back to normal. Depending on the severity of mold damage, the restoration step may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, or it may involve a substantial reconstruction project.

SERVPRO knows Mold

Here at SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington we understand what it takes to properly remediate a mold situation in Brandywine, DE. Encountering mold can be worrisome for any homeowner, but SERVPRO is here to put your mind at ease. We have the right tools and trained professionals to get the job done right. Give us a call at (302) 762-8080 and we will be on our way to help.