AMERICAN RESTORATION & CONSTRUCTION OF SALEM INC.
Quality Property Restorations Since 1988    CCB 58715

Mold & Mildew Mitigation & Remediation

Restore With Confidence

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Broad media coverage has recently brought mold into our general consciousness. When confronted with a mold problem, keep things in perspective and don’t overreact. While health and structural concerns are serious in some situations, most mold remediation is not as dangerous as commonly thought. And most do not require major precautions. In fact, there is no way (short of clean-room technologies) to eliminate mold spores in the indoor environment. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. The most effective mold remediation is to eliminate moisture sources. We have been cleaning mold since 1988. We are aware of the proper remediation techniques and safety precautions necessary to address serious mold problems. The most important initial step in mold remediation is to reduce the humidity in the property to near 30%. Once that is accomplished, mold remediation can begin through filtered vacuuming, removal of materials damaged by growing mold and damp wiping of soiled surfaces. Most importantly, the sources of moisture which initiated the excessive mold growth must be eliminated to prevent recurrence. If your excessive mold problem is not related to known water damage, we’ll pinpoint the likely source of the moisture problem. Poor insulation, low-efficiency windows, improper ventilation and carpet in close proximity to water sources are all common sources of excessive moisture accumulation. American doesn’t use chemical washes to prevent future mold growth as chemicals are often as annoying to sensitized occupants as the mold itself.
 

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Fans, pumps, ozone generators and dehumidifiers -- the tools of choice in the fight against mold.

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Water is the tool of choice in firefighting. Unfortunately, water often enters through holes in the roof, walls or broken windows. Wetted materials such as wood, drywall, and some insulations can quickly grow mold – often within days. Mold exposure has been associated with health consequences including congestion, coughing, aggravated asthma, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and sinus inflammation.
Preventing mold by drying wet property and contents is a high priority. Unfortunately, normal household dehumidifiers cannot adequately dry a building. American Restoration uses industry-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers. These tools work in tandem to rapidly dry surfaces and “deep dry” the structure. American professionals are keen to monitor the drying process to avoid warping and cracking in soaked wood products from overzealous drying. But it is important to assure that structural components such as drywall and plaster are thoroughly dried.
If mold is already a problem, let American safely sequester the damage and prevent its spread to other areas of the building. Then the cleanup process can begin.

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