The danger created by owning and managing a commercial building with mold problems can be serious, and the liability as the owner of the manager of the building can be significant. Any situation that puts people who work for your company, work in your building, or are part of your workplace at risk should be addressed immediately and commercial black mold issues are not different. The liabilities of that can come from owning and maintaining a commercial building that has black mold issues can be extremely large simply because people health is at risk. The key to ensuring that you are not experiencing black mold issues is being proactive about working to prevent mold issues. These potential mold sources in commercial buildings need special attention to prevent mold growth.
Here are some basic things that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also known as the EPA recommends for preventing mold before it becomes a problem.
Water and Water Leaks
Water and water leaks should never be allowed to go unresolved/repaired. Mold grows in areas of high moisture. Treat water leaks as soon as you notice it to prevent mold growth. Also, watch for sources of continuous water and moisture issues and correct the source. The sooner you do this, the less likely mold will grow or the less extreme the mold growth will be.
Any plumbing that leaks should be repaired or replaced in a timely manner. Again, neglecting to take care of it may result in water damage and mold growth.
Air circulation is key when it comes to condensation. Insulating also increasing air circulation in an effort to increase surface temperature is important. Additionally, your HVAC can be a problem. Make sure to the drip pans remain open, clean out, and always flowing properly. There should never be any blockage. Mold growth in HVAC systems happens and you need to monitor it to prevent growth. We have equipment that helps with that. Finally, The addition of out outdoor venting is key. Proper venting cuts down on moisture left in the building. When possible add moisture-generating appliances that will dry the air and any condensation.
Your Indoor Environment
Create an indoor environment that is helpful for water, condensation, and mold reduction. Plus, you want to always keep the indoor humidity below 60% relative humidity. This cuts down on the likelihood of moisture forming in your commercial building. Overall, always be alert for issues and do regular inspections for water, moisture, or condensation issues. Staying on top of these things help cut down on mold growth since you check for moisture sources in your home. Additionally, keep your foundation dry with the right drainage. The ground surrounding your foundation should always be graded and sloping away from the foundations. This prevents water from accumulating in areas prone to flooding.
At Extreme Microbial Technologies, we work with you to remove mold and other harmful microbes from your commercial building, especially from these potential mold sources. This mold removal helps keep you and your employees safe while also preventing product loss from harmful microbes. If you’re looking for consistent sanitation systems, look no further than Extreme Microbial Technologies. Contact us now.