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Removing Mold From A Wet Basement In Merrimack

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth.

Mold Removal From A Wet Basement

A little water in the home can be unpleasant, but it can also cause structural and personal property damage if ignored. Merrimack residents can find themselves with an expensive repair and restoration bill unless they act quickly.

A wet basement in a Merrimack home can also result in mold growth. Since the air in most basements is cooler and moister than the rest of a house, it is a perfect breeding ground for a mold infestation. To stop and remove it, SERVPRO lowers the humidity and clean visible mold from surfaces.

We set-up a dehumidifier to reduce the air moisture content. Once it is down to normal levels, mold spores return to an inactive state and no longer pose a threat. With that achieved, our technicians use a chemical cleaner, sponges, and cloths to remove any mold we find. If the growth is very thick in some places, we may use a specially designed vacuum with a HEPA filter. This filter is designed specifically to remove and trap mold spores.

The best way to stop mold, of course, is to prevent it. Since mold only needs a small amount of moisture to expand and grow, SERVPRO technicians look for the smallest source. The most common ones are drips from damaged or unprotected pipes and seepage from outside the home.

Even a finished basement usually has exposed pipes overhead. A leak from a cracked connection invariably drips water onto support beams where it helps mold spores expand and begin to feed on the wood. The same occurs when exposed pipe drip condensation. Our technicians can fix these connection issues in just an hour or two and wrap insulation around an exposed pipe in a matter of minutes.

Seepage is hard to find and requires an inch-by-inch inspection of the basement walls. We seal any cracks we find with a special, hydraulic cement and then cover the basement walls with a layer of masonry cement. Both applications are excellent barriers against leaks with the second one being completely waterproof.

If you suspect there is mold in your basement, or you want to prepare it against a future threat, contact us today. SERVPRO of Merrimack has decades of experience protecting homes in New Hampshire and is ready to help you. Call (603) 262-9293 today.

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