The Impact of Containment on Mold Damage in Your Chattanooga Cafe
SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Business Open
Mold is a big problem for business owners. If you are part of the service industry and deal with the general public, it is an even greater challenge. The best way to handle it is to prevent it from spreading in the first place, by identifying moisture problems and addressing them quickly. However, this is not always possible.
Even in a relatively small café, there are plenty of opportunities for mold spores to grow undetected. If a pipe bursts inside the wall, for example, mold could eat away at structural materials for some time before being detected. Crawlspaces and cupboards are particularly vulnerable because they tend to be dark and warm. Mold damage in Chattanooga needs heat and water to thrive.
The good news is that SERVPRO can protect your café from further damage by temporarily closing off affected areas.
The Purpose of Containment
When dealing with mold, containment is designed to prevent the release and movement of mold spores to unaffected areas of the building. It means that, depending on where the problem gets found, you may not have to close your café to customers.
If the mold is growing in a storage room or basement, for example, it may be possible to shut off only this non-essential space. On the other hand, if there is evidence of mold in the food preparation or dining areas, SERVPRO recommends closing until repairs are complete.
Different Types of Containment
Controlling mold contamination in proximity to the source is critical. When mold spores become aerosolized, they get much harder to capture and neutralize. There are two main types of containment – local and source.
This method is used to control fairly small amounts of mold. The aim is to prevent spores from spreading further and compromising a larger area of the café. When conducted correctly, it reduces spores and dust.
A good example would be if there was a minor, visible kitchen leak and it led to limited mold growth on a wall or ceiling. Source containment is usually carried out by taping polyethylene sheets (or adhesive plastic) to the moldy surface before removal. Individual, portable items are wrapped and bagged in 6-mil poly packaging.
SERVPRO employs local methods when remediating moderate to severe cases of mold growth. Our technicians construct a temporary frame from which to hang impervious materials like polyethylene. While it is an extensive procedure, its impact on the daily operation of the café still depends on where the mold is and the level of access.
The frame gets made out of PVC pipe, wood or spring loaded extension poles. The aim is to separate the work area from the ‘clean’ spaces. One or several pieces of plastic sheeting cover the frame so that HEPA air filtration machines can run at maximum efficiency. What we do is create a negative pressure differential in relation to the surrounding areas.
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At SERVPRO of North Chattanooga, mold containment is a vital part of protecting businesses. We want to be sure that, while we are carrying out repairs, we are also controlling the environment and guaranteeing a positive result. Call us 24/7 at (423) 332-7678 today.