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What To Do With Mold Damaged Possessions

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Severe Mold Infestation in Longmont After Water Damage If your home in Erie, CO suffers from mold damage, our SERVPRO of Longmont team is here to assist!

What To Do With Mold Damaged Possessions

If your home has experienced extensive water damage, there’s a good chance many of your personal belongings have been affected. While wood floors, carpeting and drywall can be replaced, many personal items carry sentimental value that makes them irreplaceable. While not everything can be restored, resist the temptation to throw away mold-damaged possessions until a mold remediation specialist in Erie, CO, has assessed it. You may be surprised by what mold cleaning can restore.

What To Clean

Mold damage affects different materials in different ways. Porous materials, such as fabric, upholstery, carpeting, leather, plywood, canvas and paper suffer the most damage. Mold can partially digest some of the material, or get lodged in tiny openings in the material so that it’s extremely difficult to get out. On the other hand, non-porous materials usually fair much better. Because the mold is only on the surface, it can be scrubbed off with a minimal amount of effort. Possessions made of the following materials can usually be cleaned without difficulty.

• Metal
• Plastic
• Hardwoods
• Glazed ceramics
• Glass

What To Replace

While it may be possible to restore some items with mold cleaning, the cost to do so may make it more reasonable to replace it. For example, a favorite recliner that has suffered serious water damage and mold growth. If a new recliner can be purchased for the same price as restoring it (or less), you may be advised to buy a new one. If the item in question isn’t one-of-a-kind or of great sentimental value, you’re probably better off replacing it.

What To Restore

Anything precious or unique is worth restoring. A child’s favorite toy, a handed-down leather jacket, rare books or precious paintings can all be potentially restored by a restoration specialist in Erie, CO. Even if you think the damage is too severe, wait until a professional has assessed the damage before you give up hope. A new, patented, hydraulic washing system by a company called Esporta can restore 90% of soft materials to a “food-grade” clean. While you may lose possessions to water and mold, professional mold cleaning and restoration can make sure you don’t lose everything.

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