Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is thought to be between tens of thousands and 300,000 species of mold in the world? While it is incredibly easy to come into contact with mold during everyday life, it is not something that should be taken lightly. If left untreated, mold can lead to many different health problems.
Health Hazards of Mold
Most people that become affected by mold tend to already suffer from allergies or weakened immune systems. With this sensitivity already in place, the exposure to mold can trigger congestion, skin irritation, trouble breathing, and irritation in the eyes.
If black mold is suspected in your commercial building where people work or go to school, exposure increases since they are exposed to the mold spores for most of the hours in the day. This increased exposure can lead to more severe symptoms.
These symptoms can include things like upper respiratory infections, chronic lung illness, chest inflammation, and more.
Where Can Mold Hide In a Commercial Building?
If you are the owner of a commercial building, you want to be careful and stay away from any liability that comes with your tenants suffering from mold sickness. Mold prevention should be one of your primary maintenance goals. Use these mold prevention tips to keep your commercial property free of mold.
- Watch for and clean up any wet spots.
- Fix plumbing leaks.
- Install dehumidifiers to get rid of condensation and excess moisture.
- Make sure that any appliances that generate moisture (like dryers) have a vent leading to the outdoors to keep moisture outside.
- Keep HVAC drip pans dry, clean, and empty.
- Make sure HVAC systems have recommended maintenance.
- Keep humidity levels below 60 percent.
- Keep foundations dry by providing proper drainage in your landscaping.
How to Fix Mold Problems
If mold prevention is too late, fixing mold problems is the next step. Here is what you can do to keep your building occupants safe and healthy.
- Do not touch the mold with your bare hands, and always use a mask or respirator when breathing around mold spores.
- Check the affected area and take note of any damaged building materials, including structural damage.
- Turn off the HVAC system – this only helps carry mold spores faster through the building.
- Hire a mold remediation professional that works with a health professional to return the building to safe levels.
- With the help of a professional team, use a mold remediation plan to remove all traces of the black mold. This includes:
- Finding where the water and moisture is coming from and repairing the source.
- Educating and informing the building occupants so they are aware of the mold problem, allowing them to take proper precautions.
- Clean away the mold, dry areas that are wet to prevent any mold from reforming, and replace/repair any damaged materials.
At A&J Property Restoration DKI, we have a professional mold remediation team that specializes in working with commercial buildings. Our team will handle all the details from assessing the severity of the problem and fixing the underlying issue before beginning the mold removal.
If you suspect a mold problem in your commercial building, call us now.