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Ways To Limit Mold Development and Exposure in Commercial Facilities

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

There are several commercial facilities prone to mold growth, including restaurants and laundromats. Limiting mold development and exposure in these buildings is paramount to financial security, especially with the potential business interruption caused by black mold. To avoid costly interruptions and repairs, consider contacting US, or perform routine maintenance in several crucial areas.

Assess structural integrity
Inspect plumbing
Address humidity issues

Assess Structural Integrity
To avoid a costly mold cleanup, assess the structural integrity of the building. Look for cracks, sealant failure, and other foundational, roofing, and drainage issues. You are looking for signs of water intrusion or areas that may allow water access. If you find anything, be sure to not only resolve the existing problem but also test the area for mold growth.

Inspect Plumbing
If the exterior of your facility is clear of any visible damage, inspect your plumbing systems. A mild leak can cause black mold and spawning significant business interruption. Aim to have professional plumbing inspection at least twice per year, once before winter and the other after the spring thaw.

Address Humidity Issues
Restaurants, dry cleaners, laundromats, and other commercial facilities can have areas of high humidity, which is conducive to aggressive mold growth. If the business has areas of high air-moisture content, it is vital to install proper ventilation systems, ceiling fans, and dehumidifiers. If the building routinely reaches humidity levels of over 50%, contact a professional to assess the facility and pinpoint specific problem areas for correction. A persistent moisture problem is one of the leading causes of mold development.

Because of the high-use and heavy foot traffic of commercial facilities, it is necessary to perform routine inspections to ensure the health and safety of workers and clients. While black mold is not inevitable, many commercial properties have a higher risk of exposure. If you are concerned about mold in your building, then contact SERVPRO of East San Antonio to test and assess the space.

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