How to prevent mold in commercial buildings and facilities.
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.
Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.
With mold exposure comes health issues and reactions. Mold is not something to take lightly when you own or manage a commercial property. Mold can grow on any organic surface where moisture and oxygen are present. Your commercial property is full of areas that have these perfect conditions. Add in that mold spores are invisible to the human eye and you have a perfect breeding ground for mold – and you may not even know it. At ECG we will be pleased to walk you through some steps to prevent mold from taking over your building.
With a basic understanding of mold, it’s easy to see how poor building maintenance and poorly maintained HVAC systems could contribute to mold growth in commercial facilities.
Mold is typically considered a problem when it is visible, but at that point a commercial building’s air quality has already been compromised. By understanding the conditions that cause mold to thrive and spread, you can prevent mold growth in commercial facilities.
The best way to prevent mold growth is to reduce moisture with a regular building maintenance and inspection process. Here are some strategies for controlling interior mold:
- Inspect all areas of the building for moisture, mold, and water damage routinely. Mold is sneaky.
- Repair any leaks or water damage you discover as soon as possible.
- Clean HVAC system coils and drip pans regularly. Pans that are plugged and not draining properly cause moisture to accumulate, quickly becoming a breeding ground for mold.
- Make sure that all HVAC ducts and system components such as air handlers, blowers, and any enclosed chambers are free of any moisture.
- Perform proper building keeping walls and floors dry.
- Check the location of HVAC air intakes. Air being pulled in from areas near standing water or dumpsters can cause an increase in fungal spores inside the building.
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- Let your area undergo a mold air test. A professional mold inspection will give you some insight into how much the contamination is in your establishment. Ask your mold remediation team to test other rooms as well, even those that you’re sure are not contaminated.
- Seal off the area. Once the area is determined, it will need to be sealed before decontamination can proceed. This will prevent the mold from spreading further as well as keep untrained personnel from accessing the said area and cause cross-contamination.
- Ready your equipment. You will need various commercial mold remediation equipment in order to begin such as air scrubbers, commercial air movers, industrial dehumidifiers, and more. There are also other products like mold cleaners and mold disinfectants that would be good to have.
- Commercial mold remediation. You can now start the process of cleaning infected surfaces and purifying your air.
- Test your area. Once you have finished the process, you may ask a certified mold inspector to do a mold toxicity test again in order to ensure that, indeed, it is free of mold spores.
- Clean your equipment. After you are absolutely sure that the area is clean, you must then move on to your equipment. Most filters can be replaced. If yours can’t, then you can sterilize them to make them ready for the next task and to avoid cross-contamination as well once you take them out of the sealed space.
- Maintain clean air. There are air filters and air moving machines that you can set to change your air at least every four hours. In this way, your commercial space will always be free of indoor air pollution.
- Maintain a clean space. Finally, you may now continue practicing the preventive tips we have shared with you above in order to make sure that your space won’t be invaded by mold again anytime soon. Regular mold inspection and testing are also key in order to catch the problem as early as possible next time.
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