The Threats of Mold Growth in Putnam Valley Homes

With our positioning in the Hudson Heights region with so many preserves and state-protected lands, many of the lower-lying homes in Putnam Valley are at risk of flash floods or storm damages. Beyond structural concerns, persistent water and moisture after these disasters can often facilitate mold growth. Moisture damage to wooden structures and cabins found along Bryant Pond and Oscawana Lake can quickly become compromised by spreading microbes and damaging organisms.

Mold Remediation Steps for Putnam Valley Properties

Whether it is one of the homes of the nearly 12,000 residents in town or aging structures that have become an attraction like Willow Ridge Farm and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, we can help with efficient cleaning and colony removal. As a leading mold remediation company for Putnam County, we know practical abatement approaches like sanding and surface scrubbing with antimicrobial products to eliminate the threats. In more severe situations, like deterioration of structural elements such as drywall, carpet, and wood, controlled demolition by our contractors can be beneficial.

Mold Damage Repairs and Deodorization

The final recovery stages for mold remediation involve replacing discarded materials, repairing moisture-causing conditions, and deodorizing. If mold becomes a recurring threat for municipal buildings like the Putnam Valley Free Library or Justice Court, books and documents could become irreparably damaged by organisms feeding on organic matter. Removing harsh, musty odors is another vital effort, and can often happen last with potent thermal fogging devices.

SERVPRO of Putnam County

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (845) 228-1090

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens, irritants, and toxins. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Mold spreads quickly, so a minor mold infestation can quickly escalate into a major problem. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Putnam County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Putnam Valley residents and business owners with any size mold contamination.

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Highly Trained Water and Mold Restoration Specialists

As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Learn about our water and mold training and certificates.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact - (845) 228-1090

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of the mold damage by carefully inspecting your property for visible signs of mold. Since mold can be hidden, we use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. 

Step 3: Mold Containment

To keep the mold spores from spreading further, we will use various mold containment procedures. Our professionals may use physical barriers and negative air pressure to isolate the contaminated area and to help prevent the mold spores from spreading through your Putnam Valley, NY home or business. Also, we’ll turn off the property’s fans and heating and cooling systems to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. 

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Sanitizing

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold, using a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and provide deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

SERVPRO knows Mold

Here at SERVPRO of Putnam County we understand what it takes to properly remediate a mold situation in Putnam Valley, NY. Encountering mold can be worrisome for any homeowner, but SERVPRO is here to put your mind at ease. We have the right tools and trained professionals to get the job done right. Give us a call at (845) 228-1090 and we will be on our way to help.