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Why Is Plastic Sheeting a Vital Part of Mold Removal?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Spokane Homeowners Want Mold Removal that Minimizes the Risk of Recurrence

People living in Spokane know that taking care of their homes sometimes feels like a full-time job. Between cleaning, yard work, and house repairs, there is always something to do.

Houses can quickly fall prey to fungus, and when that happens, homeowners need Spokane mold removal they can rely on. One of the essential parts of mold remediation is stopping the spread of mold, to reduce its risk of returning.

Why is the spread of mold an issue?

Mold contains tiny microscopic spores. Because of their small size, the spores can quickly become airborne. They can stick to your clothes or shoes, your pet’s fur, or travel on the air currents. This endemic presence is a problem because whenever the spores find a new hospitable environment, they can set up a new mold colony.

How can householders prevent the spores from spreading?

SERVPRO customers ask us if there is anything they can do to stop the spores spreading while they wait for us to arrive. The answer is yes. Homeowners can:

  • Stay away from the moldy area as much as possible
  • Do not let children or pets near the area
  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not try to vacuum or wipe it away – wait for the professionals

Why is plastic sheeting a vital bit of mold remediation?

Before SERVPRO begins remediation work, we set up containment. Containment looks simple – it is essentially plastic sheeting taped over a frame that covers the affected area. We typically use 6-mil thick polypropylene. We can erect temporary decontamination areas also using tension-spring or PVC pipes. However, containment plays a vital role in mold removal:

  • It stops people and pets from walking in and out of the affected area
  • It keeps mold spores inside
  • It can be used to create a negative air chamber, to vent contaminated air outside

Containment must be tightly sealed to be effective. It must also be the correct size for the job. It is also vital to cover doors, windows, vents, and ducts, so the spores do not find alternate ways of escaping and circulating to unaffected rooms of the house.

Many tools help with mold removal. However, for the best results, choose a company that understands containment and uses it properly.

To help contain the spread of mold at your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

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