Ways to Reduce Mold Growth in Your Commercial Property
You know that moisture control is an important part of your business plan because it translates directly into your bottom line: more repairs means more money that won’t be preserved for profits. Even more importantly, your employees will be suffering from the lack of clean, fresh air and a safe working environment where they will perform at their peak and enjoy their best quality of life. So when water damage or other moisture control issues aren’t handled the right way, problems can develop in the form of mold, mildew and other harmful spores that will contaminate your indoor working spaces and eventually cause you major headaches, both physically and financially. So here are some simple ways to reduce mold growth in your commercial property – you have a lot to do as a business owner, but what’s more important than giving yourself and your team a safe, healthy working environment? We think these steps, when incorporated into your regular maintenance and facility inspection routine, will be well worth the small investment of your time and money.
- Maintain temperature and humidity at normal levels
Ideally, you want the temperature to remain below 75 degrees and humidity to be below 60 percent. While this won’t be possible in every room and every working environment, you can add dehumidifiers and small air conditioning units to spaces that are extra moist and hot. This will help keep mold at bay and you’ll save money in the long run by not having to make major mold remediation repairs to your facility.
- Routine cleaning is a must!
Daily basic cleaning steps like sweeping, mopping and wiping down surfaces will go a long way toward making sure that mold doesn’t develop. Make sure that there are weekly and monthly cleaning efforts being carried out as well, such as pulling everything out of the break room fridge once a week and pulling the fridge itself out for a quick sweep once a month. That’s just one example of the kind of proactive, basic maintenance that will instill an ethos of cleanliness and healthiness among your staff and help you both identify and prevent any mold issues.
- Inspect ventilation and exhaust systems.
Your ductwork and HVAC systems, when not properly cleaned and maintained, can be havens for moldy particles to develop. Make sure your filters are being changed on a regular basis and that exhaust fans and other ventilation systems are being routinely cleaned, dusted and sanitized.
- Repair any leaks and clean up spills immediately.
Teach your teams about the importance of reporting any leaks and thoroughly mopping, sanitizing and drying any spills that occur. If the spill or leak happens on a rug or carpet, then additional care should be taken to dry the spot to ensure that mold doesn’t develop.
- Ensure items are dried before putting them in storage.
This may sound like a no-brainer because wet items in dark spaces can more easily develop mold, but ensure that your teams aren’t cutting corners to save time when putting items away, especially into long-term storage.
If you’ve found mold anywhere in your property, it might be a good idea to invest in a mold inspection and mold testing service from a professional mold remediation company like AdvantaClean. Sure, you’ve found some mold in a spot that’s visible – but what about the spaces behind all those walls, and what about all those ducts throughout your facility that are pumping air into the workspace for your employees and customers to breathe? What if there’s more mold that you can’t see? The bad news is that mold can develop virtually anywhere that’s at the right temperature and moisture level, but the good news is that we can find it and eliminate it for you. Even the mold that’s invisible to the naked eye can be found with the right equipment and the right people who’ve been trained and certified to locate it and root it out. Our service professionals here at AdvantaClean use only the finest mold testing technology and our careful, meticulous mold inspection processes are proven to find all the black mold and other harmful contaminants lurking throughout any facility, large or small.
Call (877) 800-2382 to schedule an appointment with our NADCA Certified Indoor Air Quality Professionals at AdvantaCleantoday!