Chattanooga Mold Remediation and Restoration Terms
SERVPRO Explains Terms of Mold, Fire, and Water Damage to a Chattanooga Property
When it comes to Chattanooga mold remediation, you are likely to hear many terms that you find unfamiliar. To make a stressful experience much easier to handle here is a look at the most common restoration terms you need to know. Directly below, you’ll find terms related to the insurance process in general, and mold remediation provided by SERVPRO.
Air mover: Used to combat water damage, this is an industrial strength fan that dries out wet items that can be salvaged (saved).
Antimicrobial agents: Cleaning products that are applied to items to remove any microorganisms and keep them from coming back.
Containment area: A term used during mold removal projects to identify a spot that contains mold spores and mold colonies. It is often blocked off by a plastic, poly barrier.
Dehumidifier: A machine that pulls water vapor from the air to return moisture levels inside the home to acceptable conditions,
Demolition: Process that involves removing and safely discarding all wet carpet, drywall, building materials, and installations.
Drying: Refers to a period (usually 48-72 hours) during when air movers and humidifiers are placed within the structure to remove any moisture from structural materials and the air after actual water removal.
Extraction: Refers to the first step of water damage restoration during which excess water is removed using pumping equipment.
Hygroscopic: A material that can absorb and retain air vapor or moisture from the air.
Moisture Meter: A tool that detects moisture trapped in materials or walls and helps identify the water intrusion source.
Mold testing: A process that uses air and surface samples to determine the amount and species of mold found in structures. This is not necessary when an apparent mold damage site is visible.
Mycotoxin: Most often referred to as mold, this is a toxic secondary metabolite that is produced by organisms in the fungi kingdom.
Psychrometry: A term used to denote the measure of relative humidity (RH) content in the air; evaluated using a psychrometer.
Thermal imaging camera: A tool used to identify points of water by detecting changes in temperature.
Common Insurance Terms Used During the Restoration Process
Agent: The insurance company representative who clarifies the policy and works with contractors throughout the restoration process.
Adjuster: The person who advocates for the policyholder (most likely, you) while appraising and negotiating an insurance claim.
Claim: What is filed when the policyholder is attempting to recoup money from the insurance company for damages and repairs.
Inspector: Individual responsible for determining how severe the situation is and offering suggestions regarding what should and should not be done; this person does not work for the individuals making the repairs.
SERVPRO can assist with the claim as we are ranked at the top of the water, fire, and mold remediation services by most insurance companies. If your Chattanooga property sustains mold damage, call us for quick remediation. Our IICRC trained technicians can restore your home to a safe environment for you and your family to enjoy. "Like it never even happened."
We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists
SERVPRO of East Chattanooga has a team of trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home or business back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. Whether in Chattanooga, Ooltewah, or Collegedale, we respond 24/7 to your needs. (423) 326-1406