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Why SERVPRO Filters the Air during Mold Damage Remediation in Los Angeles

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Mold is no DIY project. Call the trained professionals of SERVPRO. They are IICRC certified technicians with the latest equipment available.

Mold can leave indoor air more polluted than exterior air.

The pollution levels in Los Angeles earned our city a less-than-stellar reputation decades ago. However, working together, we have been able to steadily reduce the number of contaminants in the air and bring pollution down considerably. Different factors helped create the intensely hazardous pollution that once plagued our area.

Pollution comes from different places.

Fresh air is not made. It comes from the absence of contaminants in the air, water, and soil. The air pollutants over Los Angeles can end up in both our drinking water and our lawns. Pollutants come from:

• Motorized vehicle exhaust, 

• Aviation travel, 

• Factory emissions, 

• The incineration of waste, 

• Wildfires, and 

• Vaporized particles from our lakes and streams.

Why pollution sticks around Los Angeles.

Los Angeles sits in a basin, placing our city lower than the nearby mountains. This bowl-like enclosure keeps the wind from expelling dirty air, trapping it over the city. This stagnation of the air becomes worse as the temperature rises. This is why the view from your vehicle during your morning commute is more precise than the view later in the day. 

Some causes of Los Angeles' reduction in pollution levels.

Our geographical layout has not changed, nor has the inability of winds to dip in and lift out filthy air. However, our air is less polluted because of the changes we have made ourselves. We still use fossil fuels but in a much more responsible manner. Newer model vehicles' exhaust systems cause less pollution. Factories also trap solids in more efficient ways and keep them from entering the air.

Some pollutants that affect our homes, like microbes, exist outdoors, but natural conditions keep such organisms under control. Where the sun's rays can make smoggy conditions worse, mold spores often die off when exposed to strong sunlight. Too much sun can harm us, but we also need it to help our bodies produce vitamin-D. Pollution, however, is another situation that holds no benefits. Avoiding it altogether is largely impossible, but we continue to hope our efforts eventually create a much healthier, cleaner environment in Los Angeles.

Mold can cause pollution-like problems in our Los Angeles homes.

Pollution causes several potential health effects and can cause property damage, as well. Microbes like mold act in similar ways:

• Mold creates stains when it invades porous materials. 

• Spores ejected by mold travel on air currents. 

• Around 360 types of mold produce mycotoxins. 

• Many varieties of mold create microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs).

Why SERVPRO uses HEPA filters with activated charcoal.

These mycotoxins are extremely small – around 0.1 microns. NASA has discovered that HEPA filters trap contaminants smaller than the 0.3 microns often stated through the diffusion filtration mechanism, meaning they can trap mycotoxins. 

However, because of the MVOCs (which also produce much of the musty odor associated with mold infestations), we increase our filtration process's strength with activated carbon inserts. When we perform mold damage remediation, we want your home restored "Like it never even happened," including how it smells when you walk in the door.

SERVPRO of Highland Park can help make your Los Angeles home safe and healthy again by addressing mold damage with our highly effective methods. Call (323) 255-1001 to make an appointment with our team of specialists.

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