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How Does Mold Containment Prevent Cross Contamination in a Commercial Property?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

plastic containment set up with a SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Upper Darby can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

If you are dealing with mold contamination in a commercial property, a mold cleanup service may recommend containment. Containment can help prevent cross-contamination, such as the spread of mold to a new environment or the reintroduction of mold spores back into a structure that has been treated for mold. 

Containment Procedures During Mold Remediation Services

Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans

Adequate ventilation plays an important part in promoting drying after water damage and can prevent mold from developing. Once mold is present, however, you should turn off systems that circulate air from the contaminated portions of a structure to unaffected areas. If spores spread and find other moist surfaces conducive to growth, the mold problem in your commercial property may get worse. 

Seal Off Affected Areas

If a mold cleanup service discovers anywhere from 10 to 100 square feet of contamination in your property, they may recommend limited containment. This involves using a single layer of polyethylene sheeting to enclose the affected area as well as a slit entry and exterior flap. It is also important seal off air supplies as well as vents, doors, and pipe chases.

Build Negative Air Chambers to Create Negative Air Pressure

If more than 100 square feet of your property is contaminated or mold growth is extensive, cleanup specialists may create an airtight containment area. This involves plastic barriers and double layers of polyethylene. It may also require a decontamination chamber.

Conduct a General Cleanup
Throwing out porous objects, such as baseboards, drywall, and insulation, can be an effective isolation procedure during mold cleanup. While this process is not always categorized as control, it does help stop the spread of fungus.

Sometimes specialized air filters can be used to help isolate the mold problem. HEPA filters, for example, are fine filters that can catch spores and other particles. Regular filters might not be able to stop the spread of fungus, which is why it is so important to use expert-recommended products when trying to stop the spread of mold.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Understanding the containment procedures used to stop mold spores during mold cleanup may make you more comfortable with the commercial remediation process. The experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby can provide more insight into mold remediation for your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is experienced in commercial mold remediation. We will work with you to minimize the impact of our services on your business. From estimates to abatement to billing, our highly trained professionals will guide you through the process with transparency and trust, and make your commercial property look "Like it never even happened.”

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