Mold In Commercial Buildings
Just like in your home, you also need to be concerned with mold in commercial buildings. Mold can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as there is moisture and oxygen present. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold starts to grow, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. Although it is impossible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores, but you can control mold growth by controlling the moisture indoors.
In commercial buildings, moisture problems may include:
- Roof leaks
- Landscaping or gutters directing water into or under the building
- Unvented combustion appliances
- Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance
As mentioned before, the key to mold control is moisture control. Follow these mold prevention tips:
- Fix any leaky plumbing and leaks in the building as soon as possible.
- Look out for condensation and wet spots. Fix sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
- Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing the surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air.
- Keep heating, ventilation and air conditioning drip pans clean, properly flowing and unobstructed.
- Maintain a low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity, 30-50% is ideal.
- Have your building and HVAC inspected and maintenance regularly.
- Clean up and dry out wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
- Never let foundations stay wet.