Is Mold a Likely Threat for Poughkeepsie Properties?

When you consider the humid continental climate throughout the Hudson River Valley, cities like our Poughkeepsie are among the most likely to experience conditions like mold and microbial growth. This threatens landmark areas of the town like Academy Street and Balding Avenue Historic Districts, but it can also be detrimental to larger commercial facilities like the Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Marist or Vassar Colleges.

Mold Remediation Strategies to Help Poughkeepsie

When you consider how quickly mold can deteriorate exposed materials and contents, mold remediation companies like our SERVPRO team should urgently address damage to cultural centers like the Barrett Art Center or the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. Often surface cleaning can have a positive effect when in the early stages of exposure, but it is possible that sanding and soda blasting might also be necessary for more porous structural elements. In some complexes, like the Poughkeepsie Galleria, it might be more cost-effective and faster to choose controlled demolition over restoration actions.

Mold Damage Repairs

With general and mold contractors, we can wait for vital information from the third-party inspector to determine what actions should be taken regarding controlled demolition and repairs. With high-traffic facilities like the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, containment and reconstruction are often vital to full-scale remediation. Our mold contractors can also provide long-term solutions, such as installing dehumidification equipment in Vassar and Dutchess Community College dorms.

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (845) 635-4550

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 Fire Disaster

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Poughkeepsie community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

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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) 635-4550

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 carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Step 3: Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off 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

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County will use a variety of cleaning techniques and products to clean your furnishings and personal belongings. Since mold infestations also cause a persistent musty odor, our professionals are 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

In Poughkeepsie, NY, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is ready to tackle and resolve any mold issues that arise. SERVPRO professionals understand the anxiety that can happen when a homeowner uncovers mold. Let us help put your worries to rest. Our knowledgeable crew is ready with the gear needed to tackle any mold job. Reach us at (845) 635-4550 - We’re ready to activate our team to remediate your mold.