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Three Reasons Why Unoccupied Properties Are A Major Source of Mold Damage in Amherst

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Mold damage can grow quickly. Call SERVPRO today to assess and remediate.

Tips to Follow to Prevent Finding Mold on Your Property

There are many reasons why a property might be left to stand unoccupied. The former tenants may have moved out in a hurry, after having trouble paying their bills. Or, the previous occupant might have died. It could just be a victim of hard times and a harsh economy.

Whatever the reason, unoccupied houses pose a challenge for future tenants. Mold damage in Amherst is often found in vacant properties, where damp has set in and spores have accumulated. The experts at SERVPRO have dealt with many restoration cases like this. These properties often require extensive mold repairs before they can be reused.

If you own or are primarily responsible for an unoccupied property, SERVPRO is on hand to help you clean, dry, and fully restore it. This guide to mold restoration will explain why it tends to thrive in this kind of environment.

Lack of Supervision

The most obvious reason is a lack of monitoring. Mold develops in the presence of moisture, and even a small amount of humidity in the air can encourage its growth. Ordinarily, things like condensation on window panes and minor faucet leaks are managed by the occupants. In a vacant home, however, they go unheeded and damp spreads through walls, floors, and ceilings.

Poor Air Circulation

When properties are left vacant, all of their windows and doors are closed. This impedes the healthy circulation of air and prevents heat from escaping as it normally would. Mold requires heat and moisture to survive and spread. If the air is not moving, it collects water. This is why mold damage experts use sophisticated air moving devices and dehumidifiers to capture the moisture and circulate clean air.

Organic Materials and Debris

Mold spreads much more quickly in homes which contain a lot of wood and natural fibers. It feeds on these materials. If any food waste has been left in the building, this could also be a natural accelerator. The first thing that remediation and restoration experts do is clear the environment it of organic waste (this includes old food, moldy carpets, and damp fabrics).

How to Get the Mold Damage Restoration Process Started

The first thing that you need to do is call the SERVPRO team. Generally, restoring an empty property is much simpler, because there are fewer valuables to protect. We can inspect the house and install industrial air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans right away. If there is any furniture, electronic equipment, artwork, or paper documents that you wish to preserve, you can discuss this with your technicians.

SERVPRO of Merrimack is a locally based company. We are highly trained and have access to state of the art drying, cleaning, and restoration equipment. If you need to fix up a mold damaged property in a hurry, we can help. Call us 24/7 at (603) 262-9293.

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