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What Becomes of Books after Mold Inspection in Daytona Beach?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Fast action is vital when rescuing books, so if you suspect mold in your home library, do not delay.

Daytona Beach Book Lovers Keen to Save Collections after Mold Inspection?

Book lovers in Daytona Beach know that even in these days of e-readers, there is nothing like picking up a good book and getting lost in the story. Book collections are personal and the thought of something happening to them can be distressing.

Homeowners might worry about what will happen to their books after mold inspection in Daytona Beach. After all, paper is hard to save from mold and other disasters, right? Luckily, the situation may be better than you think.

What makes books susceptible to mold?
Mold requires five things to grow:

    •    An organic food source
    •    Enough moisture
    •    The correct temperatures
    •    Oxygen
    •    Darkness

Unfortunately for your library, the paper is an ideal food source. If it is dark enough and moisture is present, the fungus can quickly grow on your books. Mold can hide in the dark corners behind bookshelves, but even if you cannot see it, you might be able to smell the distinct moldy odor. If you notice a musty smell, contact SERVPRO so we can arrange to carry out mold testing.

What will SERVPRO do during mold testing?
The first step in mold testing is a visual assessment. Then, we use a range of instruments to test for moisture in the area. We use moisture meters and probes, and thermo-hygrometers, to measure moisture and humidity. We can also use thermal imaging to track traces of water across surfaces.

What will happen to the books after mold testing?
If some of your books have mold on them, do not despair. We can send them to our specialist freeze-drying facility for further care. Freeze-drying is a highly effective way of rescuing damaged books and documents. Our freeze-drying method is National Archives and Records Administration approved, and is the same process the Library of Congress uses.

We will flash-freeze your books to prevent further damage, and then we use a high-pressure vacuum to remove air.

We can also use gamma radiation to cleanse your books of any unwanted microbes.

Fast action is vital when rescuing books, so if you suspect mold in your home library, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993.

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