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Performing Mold Remediation in Waterbury Homes

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Remediate Mold Damage from Wetrooms

Bathrooms are designed to withstand wet and moist conditions. However, built-in moisture resistance can weaken over time, leading to mold on window frames and in-between tiles. Unfortunately, these issues do not resolve themselves and usually require an inspection, assessment, and remediation procedure. Thankfully, SERVPRO is a licensed remediation service that can help to return bathrooms to their pre-damaged condition. 

Our services:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Mold Remediation

Common bathroom symptoms that require mold remediation in Waterbury are microbial infestations of grout or caulking. Caulking is the rubbery seal used between tub and wall or around faucets- the sealant between a toilet and the floor is caulking. Grout, on the other hand, is the spots in-between tiles. Both of these areas have frequent exposure to moisture and are highly porous, which molds love. These materials are not always moldy due to their finish, which creates a vapor barrier. Failure to maintain these finishes annually can lead to these materials becoming hotbeds for microbial activity.

If microbes appear on the grout, there is a chance that the infestation has spread to the backing board. These areas are inspected using a moisture sensor that can help technicians to detect whether the materials behind the tiling are wet. Usually, a damp backing board means dry rot and may require a bathroom remodel. In less difficult situations, surface molds can be scrubbed off using steel wool and scouring pads. Once the surface layers are removed, the remaining grout is treated with biocide, like bleach. Following the bleaching of the area and after sufficient drying time, new grout can be applied to return the bathroom to its former luster.

What to do if there is a moderate mold infestation in the bathroom:

  • Remove the shower surrounds, tile backer, and, if necessary, the bathtub or shower unit.
  • Clean and dry the framing using EPA-registered anti-microbial along with drying equipment.
  • Assess and address the underlying moisture problem before replacing the unit with new grout and caulk.

A moisture problem in your bathroom could cause problems in other areas of the home. Contact SERVPRO of Waterbury for mold remediation assistance at (203) 757-5050.

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