Cold, Wet Weather Increases Chances of Mold Damage to Historic Houses in Hampton
SERVPRO Finds and Fixes the Source of the Mold in Your Home
Attics in the cold winter weather seem to stand still in time, but any microorganisms inside remain active. Ice dams and snow accumulation can work against Hampton homeowners when shingles develop weak areas. Microbes that receive even small amounts of water from melting snow trapped overhead by ice buildup can become highly active. The cold only inhibits their growth slightly.
To help protect Hampton properties from extensive mold damage, SERVPRO technicians apply a unique anti-microbial agent, Concrobium, to at-risk surfaces. Concrobium is safe around children and pets, but deadly to microorganisms.
The microorganisms already present when an application takes place become encapsulated. As it dries, any microorganisms covered slowly become crushed, rendering them inert. Other microorganisms, including spores, that travel to the treated area later cannot obtain the moisture necessary to grow because of the chemical composition of the anti-microbial agent.
Even in somewhat small areas, we can protect against the effects of mold damage. We can apply Concrobium in a spray, as a fine mist, instead of painting it onto walls. Because it contains no bleach or other strong-smelling chemicals, residual odors do not cause problems like other chemicals might.
When mold affects an attic, the problem might seem as if it should not spread to other areas of the home, but vents can permit this to happen. Furnace activity causes slight air currents inside your attic, and these can lift up loose spores.
Whenever spores become airborne inside your living space, they can colonize any other areas of your home where moisture accumulates. Windowsills often gather a great deal of moisture from condensation. Windows which receive little natural sunlight often experience much more mold activity than windows facing East or West. Other places where infestations can grow quite rapidly include in and around unwashed laundry, under sinks, and inside closets with damp outerwear.
SERVPRO of The Seacoast is always ready to help property owners fight microbial infestations by removing mold damage and helping provide the protection needed to prevent future problems. Contact us at our local number, (603) 433-4300, for our 24-hour, 7-days a week service.
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