Wilmington, DE Mold Damage Remediation

Is Mold a Serious Threat for Wilmington Homes?

Many homeowners and business owners do not appreciate the severity of mold growth as they should. Because of the humid subtopic climate for the city, the environment's moisture content is often conducive to facilitating microbial colonization. Adding in factors like groundwater and moist basements, even historic properties like the New Century Club, the Brandywine Academy Building, and the Friends Meeting House can be affected. Mold remediation by our SERVPRO team can help to protect the property.

What is Mold Remediation?

When homes and businesses in Wilmington suffer the development of mold and microbial threats, remediation is often the solution. Mold remediation itself describes several individual tasks, but its primary focus is the removal of active colonization. When you consider high traffic institutions in the area like Drexel University, University of Delaware, or Wilmington University, thousands of students could get impacted by an active mold threat until containment gets established. Removing colonies can happen in several ways, including abrasive cleaning with antimicrobial products, sanding, or controlled demolition.

What Mold Damage Repairs Are Necessary?

While our SERVPRO team is not the only mold remediation company in Delaware, we can offer a unique combination of both experienced remediators and licensed general contractors for repairs and build back. From replacing discarded material to long term solutions to prevent mold recurrences, we can help many large commercial properties like Wilmington Country Club, the Grand Opera House, and Frawley Stadium get back to business as usual. 

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 Disaster

Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington is locally owned and operated, so we are part of the Wilmington community too. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 2250, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Highly Trained Water and Mold Restoration Specialists

As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Learn about our water and mold 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

To keep the mold spores from spreading further, we will use various mold containment procedures. Our professionals may use physical barriers and negative air pressure to isolate the contaminated area and to help prevent the mold spores from spreading through your Wilmington, DE home or business. Also, we’ll turn off the property’s fans and heating and cooling systems 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

Depending on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces involved, the mold remediation process can vary significantly. In general, we’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Depending on the severity of the infestation, we may need to remove drywall, carpeting, and other porous materials.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Sanitizing

SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington will use a variety of cleaning techniques and products to clean your furnishings and personal belongings. Since mold infestations also cause a persistent musty odor, our professionals are 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 Wilmington, 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 Wilmington, 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.