Mold, also known as fungi, can grow indoors and outdoors all year round. While there is no precise number of how many species exist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates ranges between tens of thousands to more than 300,000. Despite how easy it can be to come in contact with mold spores in everyday life, it’s not something that should be overlooked, especially if mold is suspected in your commercial building.
People most affected by exposure to mold tend to have a sensitivity related to allergies or a weakened immune systems, for example. This sensitivity can result in symptoms including: nasal congestion, skin irritation, difficulty breathing, or itchy, watery eyes.
When black mold exists in commercial buildings where people work, go to school, or live (e.g., housing rentals), their exposure increases with possibly little respite from the spores throughout the day or night. This increased mold exposure can lead to more severe reactions, such as chronic lung illness, chest inflammation, and upper respiratory tract symptoms, as noted by the CDC. Some molds also have the ability to produce harmful toxins that could create potential health hazards even in those not typically sensitive to mold spores.
Given the liabilities that come from owning and maintaining a commercial building that could put people’s health at risk, it is key you stay vigilant when it comes to mold prevention. Moisture control is the key to stopping mold from growing at all. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends the following tips to preventing mold before it becomes a problem:
If you’ve already spotted a mold problem in your building, remediation is necessary to keep occupants safe and healthy. Here are key steps to take:
Even if you’re adept in commercial building maintenance, conducting mold remediation is often times better left to professionals. Consult with a mold remediation professional, such as A&J Property Restoration, regarding your building’s issues before deciding if you can provide the appropriate level of response needed.
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