When Is Mold a Threat for Red Hook Homes? 

Persistent moisture in the environment familiar to the Hudson River Valley's humid continental climate makes Red Hook a town that is continually at risk for potential mold growth and microbial threats. When cultural centers that provide educational programs for hundreds of students and residents in the area, like the Hessel Museum of Art, the Bard Conservatory of Music, or the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities falls victim to this spreading organism, it can be damaging to all of those exposed. We respond quickly to these emergencies with effective mold remediation strategies and containment. 

Containing Mold Organisms to Stop the Spread

Effective mold remediation works when our technicians know the full severity of these conditions and where the organism exists. Containment can reduce the microbial growth movement, making it a more manageable situation for remediation tactics like sanding, soda blasting, and even controlled demolition. Containment also limits cross-contamination to new areas by foot traffic, which is critical for locations like Bard College or the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome. We can implement colony removal strategies as soon as the threat gets contained in the structure.

What Mold Damage Repairs Are Necessary?

Controlled demolition can often remove only damaged elements in the house for more efficient reconstruction and replacement. For high-traffic structures like the Red Hook Public Library and the Community Center, reconstruction can be a more efficient path to getting the building available to the public again. 

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County

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

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because it’s impossible to remove all mold from a house or business; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the 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

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of the Red Hook community too. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 1,700, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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

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 Red Hook, 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

Depending on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces involved, the mold remediation process can vary significantly. In general, we’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Depending on the severity of the infestation, we may need to remove drywall, carpeting, and other porous materials.

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

SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County has the expertise to make any mold problem a memory in Red Hook, NY. We have seen the distress homeowners experience upon finding mold at their property. SERVPRO can help calm any mold concerns. Our trained professionals have the equipment and knowledge it takes to properly remediate mold. Call (845) 635-4550 - We are ready and waiting to respond to your emergency.