The need for mold removal after water damage is not uncommon. However, if water damage mitigation is handled properly, the likelihood of dealing with mold is drastically reduced. If flood cleanup is performed poorly, you will usually have mold growth which a local Merrimack, NH business recently learned the hard way.
A restaurant in Merrimack, NH has damage after a passing storm. Trees have fallen, knocking down power lines, and there was flooding in the basement. As soon as the power was restored, the owner of the restaurant hired an uncertified water damage restoration company to clear the flooding. He chose the uncertified company because they were the cheapest.
While it initially looked like they did a great job, the technicians did not provide a sustainable solution. While the visible water damage on the floor was extracted, the building structure wasn’t properly dried, unbeknownst to the restaurant owner. A week later, after just re-opening for business, a worker went down to the basement and noticed that there was a large amount of mold developing along the walls. The restaurant had to close to deal with this issue, as the food was kept in the fridges in the basement and could easily have been infected by mold.
The owner was very disappointed that mold had developed after restoring the restaurant from water damage. He now had to close his business to further prolong the water damage issue. He complained to the uncertified company who had supposedly restored the business from water damage and claimed that he would no longer use them to fix the restaurant. The business owner tried to cut corners by hiring an unqualified contractor and now it was going to cost more in the long run due to business interruption.
Some people might say, “It’s just a little mold, nothing major, no harm in that.” But honestly, a little mold is bad enough and may spread to a lot of mold. If mold isn’t properly taken care of, it can affect one’s health very negatively. Some of the possible effects of mold include:
Just think if the restaurant were to open and customers came to eat, and they experience these symptoms where mold is present. The restaurant could be shut down, never to open again. The owner would be held liable. Mold can be a dangerous substance and cause problems for everyone if it’s not properly eliminated. It’s not a do-it-yourself job, either. The professionals who handle mold know what they are doing or else it can become a massive liability. Its best to call IICRC professionals for mold removal after water damage.
As soon as he found out mold was present, the owner called Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services, a reputable and certified restoration company that has been family owned and operated in New England since 1990. Soil-Away provides 24-hour emergency services and has a great reputation from nearby businesses. The owner was specifically looking for a mold removal company that would restore his peace of mind and get his business back up and running. Soil-Away has well-informed IICRC technicians who work effortlessly to bring your business back to its pre-damaged state.
The technicians at Soil-Away follow a specific process that works for all of their customers in each particular setting. The technicians had PPE equipment on– respirators, full body suits, gloves, goggles, and hard hats. Mold can be very dangerous to one’s health, but these technicians are well trained and equipped to remediate mold in any circumstance. The professional technicians, with the tools and knowledge, determined which objects could stay or go. No matter how bad or infected an area is with mold, they informed the restaurant owner that if infected badly enough, materials will be fully replaced. After the removal, the technicians advised that the basement needs to be monitored, kept at a specific temperature and freed from dampness to eliminate any mold in the future.
Soil-Away was comprehensive in its mold removal after water damage approach. They also offered suggestions to prevent unwanted mold growth from occurring again within this restaurant. As assured, Soil-Away will have your business up and running again before you know it, just as they did for this restaurant in Merrimack, NH. To get an estimate or receive 24-hour emergency service, please call Soil-Away at (603) 641-6555.
By A. Phelps