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Our Specialists Explain How Storage Boxes Can Cause Mold In Your Home In Fort Myers

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (941) 575-5910 for skilled mold remediation specialists.

Storage Boxes Can Harbor Microbes That Cause Mold Damage In Areas All Over Your Fort Myers Home

Many people today are finding that living in smaller accommodations reduces stress as well as heating and other utility costs. When Fort Myers residents decide that a smaller home is preferable to a more spacious floor plan, a lot of personal belongings end up in storage boxes. These boxes often end up in paid storage.

When living in a smaller home becomes unsuitable, moving storage boxes into new and larger premises can lead to mold damage in the new Fort Myers dwelling. During storage, air currents can cause microbes to drift into boxes. Once inside, these microbes tend to stay still, as air currents do not reach into boxes and other containers. Unpacking the contents once in your new home can spread microbes around and put your new residence at risk of microbial infestation.

When items have been in storage for an extended period, they are more likely to contain mold spores. SERVPRO can help you prevent these spores from spreading with the use of a negative air pressure chamber and an air scrubber. This process can remove any spores from your items. During this process, we unpack and clean each item and then place it in a new box so you can put your belongings where you want them. If you like, we can also perform this at our facility.

Because many people do not try to prevent mold damage this way, we are always ready to help remediate infestations and restore the areas destroyed by microbial activity. It takes a few spores to start a new colony, along with some moisture in an area containing cellulose-based materials. Many materials inside your home, including books, are perfect micro-environments. Books and magazines retain moisture, provide textured surfaces, and contain large amounts of cellulose.

Vacuuming these items removes the dust and spores, but without a HEPA filter, spores and other microbes can spread rapidly. We always use such filters on our vacuums and our air scrubbers. These keep microbes from moving from one area to another and help keep the air clean as we work.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda can help you maintain a home with a naturally low microbial population. This and a dry environment helps keep mold damage from occurring and also protects your personal belongings, no matter the size of your residence. Call us at (941) 575-5910 for skilled remediation specialists.

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