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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration


Placentia Business Property Experiences Storm Damage

Recently, we were called to a Placentia business owner's structure to do an inspection and provide a restoration quote for a storm-related water damage.

Gilbert, one of the SERVPRO of Anaheim Hills project leaders was dispatched to the business location to meet with the owner.  It was not certain exactly when the problem had first begun, but it was clear that there had been a re-occurring leak in the interior of one of the structure's walls which plainly started at the roof.  There were no pipes in that area of the structure, but when Gilbert searched for the source of the damage, it led to a part of the roof where several shingles were missing.  Looking at the rafters from inside the building, Gilbert could see daylight.

The problem had actually been identified when the building maintenance staff pulled back a section of baseboard to reveal a large mold colony.

Given the overall amount of black mold that was growing, it was clear the mold colony had been there for a considerable amount of time.  The business owner admitted to having smelled a 'musty' odor in that part of the building for 'a (long) while'.  

Our industry certified technicians would do a damage assessment report which would include using moisture detection meters to locate pockets of moisture within the walls which likely had developed further mold colonies. They would cut out sections of the drywall to allow the interior of the walls to be treated with an antifungal agent. Commercial air dryers were first used along with dehumidifiers to dry the affected areas.

Ultimately, our remediation plan included:

  • Wall demo to attack the complete colony growing in the wall.
  • Use of anti-microbial spray to spray and then wipe clean the wall studs where the mold was growing.
  • Air blowers to thoroughly dry the studs.
  • Containment of the area around the colony and the use of HEPA air filters to clean the air within the building to EPA standards.