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How Can We Resolve Mold Damage at Our Lockport Coffee Shop Conveniently?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

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The appearance of mold spots on surfaces like walls and ceilings at your Lockport coffee shop is a genuine cause for concern. Many people generally worry about the likelihood of packaged coffee containing traces of mold. Some go as far as looking for brands or coffee grown under unique conditions, such as highlands, to guarantee it does not contain mold. Therefore, resolving mold infestation at your shop is crucial for your needs and to reassure your customers.

What steps are crucial in remediating mold damage for our Lockport coffee shop to continue operating?
Cleaning moldy residues on various items
• Removal of heavily infested items
• Drying wet materials
• Deodorization

Resolving mold problems at your Lockport coffee shop is not very different from performing remediation at any other property. The process requires cleaning of all moldy residues on surfaces of the building or individual items. Our SERVPRO crews can help you identify all hotspots where such residues might remain hidden, including wall surfaces, and especially the sections concealed by wall menus or other hangings. Cabinets in storage areas and wall cavities also provide perfect locations for mold to proliferate unnoticed.

Once we identify the affected areas, we can remove the residues from surfaces if it is a light infestation or remove the affected materials when there is severe growth on porous materials. We also seek to establish what causes the mold attack so that we can find a way to stop it as part of the remediation guaranteeing long-term results.

What are the likely causes of mold development at a coffee shop?
• Ceiling condensation  
• Leaking pipe in the walls or ceiling
• Leaking hoses from appliances such as dishwashers

Temperature differences in the air can develop close to the ceiling surface leading to condensation, which deposits liquid water on the ceiling material. Such a phenomenon supplies the moisture necessary to spark mold growth. Various reasons can cause temperature differences, including poor insulation or improperly sealed recessed lighting fixtures leaking air. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the ceiling at your shop to establish whether there is a condensation problem. We also look for ways to address such condensation since cleaning or removing the moldy materials without stopping condensation would only provide a reprieve temporarily.

Another common issue likely to drive mold development is leaky pipes in the ceiling, especially if the plumbing has been in place for a long time. Such leaks can develop at the joints or along the pipe because of corrosion, which leads to pinhole leaks. Leaks can also originate from dishwashers because of faulty inlet valves, hoses, or doors. Establishing the source of the leak is crucial to ensure the moisture problem is resolved during the restoration effort.

Is it possible to perform mold removal conveniently?
Convenience when remediating mold damage in a coffee shop could mean:
• Minimizing or eliminating the need to shut down the shop
• Limit the spread of light mold debris  
• Minimizing teardown

Although removing combating mold is in the best interest of your customers, most of them might not be happy to find their favorite coffee shop closed for several days. Finding a way to deal with the problem without extended closure is desirable. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you achieve this in many ways. For instance, we can set up containment to seal off the affected areas allowing the rest of the facility to operate. Containing mold debris requires the right resources because some are very tiny. For instance, mold spores are only 4 microns in size – a human hair strand is 75 microns thick.

When creating the containment barriers, we use 6-mil plastic sheets propped up by spring-loaded poles. After sealing off an area, we run a negative pressure machine and use manometers to confirm that the seal is airtight, thus preventing cross-contamination. When cleaning mold debris, we choose methods such as vacuuming and damp wiping since they spread minimal debris into the air compared to wire brushing or other forms of mechanical agitation.

Apart from heavily infested porous materials which must be torn down and removed from the building, our technicians can find unique ways to clean other materials heavily infested materials without demolishing the area. For instance, we can use soda blasting, which removes mold residues without causing scratches or other damages to the surface. The sodium bicarbonate used also helps absorb odor and kill spores.

Mold issues should not force you to close down your business. Call SERVPRO of Eastern Niagara County at (716) 694-7776 to help with cleanup and other restoration tasks. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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