When Mold Damage Ruins Photos and Precious Items In Jacksonville homes
Mold Can Cause Damage to Your Personal Belongings in Your Jacksonville Home
Stagnant water in wrong areas can be a nightmare for Jacksonville homeowners. As well as taking safety precautions against storms and heavy rainfall, they also often have to keep an eye on their plumbing systems and house appliances such as dishwashers and laundry machines to avoid undesirable water leakages. However, every now and then, accidents happen that cause water to penetrate different surfaces and items within the house, with unsightly consequences.
Photos and other precious items are some of the most vulnerable items to water damage and mold damage in your Jacksonville home. SERVPRO can help with mold damage remediation by dispatching our highly trained, highly experienced restoration experts to your site. Our methods, tools, and techniques are up to scratch with IICRC guidelines so that you can be sure of a smooth restoration process.
Once mold damage begins, the task of salvaging your photos becomes very difficult for SERVPRO technicians, but not impossible. Of course, the first step involves removing all the items from the standing water (where necessary) before commencing the drying process.
Generally, saving photographs from mold damage is harder than salvaging books and other items. Photographs tend to stick together due to coatings and emulsions, in addition to other items with which they come into contact. It is important to avoid making direct contact with the actual image, or else you risk incurring additional damage.
There are certain chemicals that can kill mold spores, but using them on photographs is more damaging than helpful. As such, SERVPRO mold remediation experts use special solutions to clean the frames and surrounding areas that may have sustained mold damage. Inactive mold spores can easily spread to other items and repeat the infection under the right conditions.
Exposure to UV light, air drying, and freezing are some of the methods we use to inactivate mold. However, light can also lead to fading, so it is important to avoid too much exposure on the photographs– ideally, one hour at most. Once the mold is inactive, we complete the cleanup process by installing dehumidifiers and air movers in the room to curb future growth.
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Precious items such as photos are priceless, and you cannot afford to lose them to mold damage. If you suspect the presence of mold damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Arlington immediately for mold remediation services. We are available 24/7, every day of the week at (904) 721-2230
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