How to Prevent Mold in Your Commercial Building
Quiet, Insidious, and Costly
Mold is tough to deal with. It’s insidious and sometimes invisible, pollutes the air, and can quietly rot the structure of your building. Add up the costs of the potential missed sick days for you, your employees, and your clients along with a remediation and restoration job, and mold can cost you a lot of money. However, if you’re armed with the right knowledge, it is pretty easy (and cheap!) to prevent.
What Causes Mold?
Mold problems spring from uncontrolled moisture problems. This could be the result of a leaking roof, poorly fitted window treatments, loose pipes, etc. Mold spores can also enter through air vents and heating and cooling systems. While, under the right conditions, mold can find a home anywhere, it’s more likely to flourish on organic objects like wood, upholstery, and paper.
How Can I Prevent Mold in My Commercial Building?
First and foremost, handle your leaks. Whether it’s through the roof or under the sink, leaks need to be quickly stopped at the source. Doing so will prevent costly water damage, too.
Invest in a dehumidifier. Keeping your building’s humidity under 50% is challenging but essential, so you may want to consider installing a commercial dehumidifier.
Make sure your establishment is properly ventilated. Clean your air vents and filters regularly to keep things clean. Additionally, ensure that enclosed areas without ventilation are staying dry.
Consider using a mold resistant coating wherever possible. These products can be applied to structural materials to help prevent mold from finding a home.
How Do I Get Rid of Mold in My Commercial Building?
Some all-purpose cleaner and disinfectants can handle small outbreaks of mold. You may also want to consider calling in a professional team to see if that small spot is the symptom of a bigger problem. Mold remediation crews will run air tests to give you an idea how much the mold has spread in your building. If the contamination is severe enough, it’s best left to the experts. However, by taking a few extra preventative steps, you can solve your mold problem before it even starts.