If there is moisture, there could be mold.  Dealing with mold issues in your place of business can present some serious problems.  Mold can pose health issues and damages can quickly become costly.  Follow our tips to take the proper steps and precautions to reduce the risk of mold in your business.

Fix Leaks Immediately

  • Inspections on a building’s pipes, plumbing fixtures, overall structure, and roof should be checked on a regular schedule. Trained professionals will know where to look for potential signs of leaks and damage.
  • If you find a leak, take care of it immediately. Remove any wet materials right away.
  • Pay attention to any signs of leaks like wet spots or high levels of condensation. Fix these moisture problems as soon as possible.

Limit Condensation

  • Keep rooms well insulated and pay attention to humidity levels. Change room temperatures as needed to avoid moisture accumulation.
  • Keep HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Regularly schedule inspections and maintenance on all building HVAC systems, including filter changes.

Reduce Humidity

  • Indoor relative humidity should be kept below 70%. Use a humidifier if necessary.
  • Any appliances that generate moisture should vent to the outside of the building. This may include washers and dryers.
  • Any cooking, bathroom, or laundry areas should also be well vented.

Clean Wet Spots

  • If any areas become wet or damp, clean up these spots within 48 hours. Materials or equipment that have been affected should also be properly cleaned and dried out to prevent mold growth.
  • Avoid placing carpet or rugs in high-moisture areas like bathrooms and basements.

Outdoor Maintenance

  • Outside gutters and pipes should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis to allow for adequate water drainage. Be sure water is draining out and away from the building’s foundation.
  • Properly follow all building codes and have outdoor systems, roofing, and equipment inspected by a professional routinely.

You want to avoid mold in your place of business.  Following our tips will be a great way to help you prepare for potential problems.  However, not all water damage can be prevented.  If you do notice signs of mold, it is important to get it taken care of immediately.  Calling a trained professional in water restoration will be the best way to properly get rid of all the problems associated with the mold.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/

https://www.nj.gov/health/workplacehealthandsafety/documents/peosh/moldib.pdf

https://www.boltinsurance.com/how-to-protect-your-business-from-mold/

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