Hidden Locations of Mold Growth in Commercial Businesses
A groan-worthy sight, mold is always an unwanted guest in residential properties and commercial businesses alike. In commercial businesses, several hazards often accompany mold, including interruptions to business, dangers to the overall structure of the building, and health effects for employees. In their “Guide to Mold in the Workplace”, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration describes mold growth in commercial businesses and its dangers. In the article, the OSHA states that on “virtually any substance”, mold can not only grow, but thrive. Above all, the article seeks to warn commercial businesses that all indoor mold growth should be prevented. With an understanding of the most common areas of mold growth in commercial businesses, you can protect your commercial business from enduring an unwanted mold infestation.
1. Windows and Doors
One of the most common ways in which moisture enters commercial businesses is through doors and windows. The risk is especially high on days with high humidity levels or heavy rain. Additionally, condensation on doors and windows can present another risk for moisture accumulation inside commercial businesses. In the event that moisture accumulates around windows and doors, dry the moisture as soon as possible in order to prevent mold growth.
2. HVAC and AC Units
It’s rare to find a commercial business that doesn’t have either an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit or an air conditioning unit. While they’re incredibly common, they can become a cause for concern if they aren’t maintenanced or begin to malfunction. Mold can grow as a result of leaks or increased humidity levels throughout the building that stem from a malfunctioning HVAC or AC unit. Making sure that your business’ HVAC or AC unit receives the regular maintenance and inspections it needs can be beneficial in avoiding such problems. On a regular basis, be sure to also change your unit’s filter and clean its drip pan, as doing so is helpful in keeping your unit from becoming obstructed. If you notice mold growth in or around your business’ HVAC or AC unit, professional assistance is necessary. Be sure to get in contact with a certified commercial mold inspector to assess the situation. Additionally, consider our HVAC Cleaning Services to make sure that your commercial business’ HVAC unit receives the maintenance it needs. Learn more about our Commercial Mold Remediation Services here and give us a call for our 24 Hour Emergency Service.
3. Employee Areas
Often tucked away and out of sight in commercial businesses, employee bathrooms, kitchens, and other spaces can be at risk for mold growth. These employee areas include appliances such as sinks and toilets that involve water. If these areas are not inspected frequently, pools of water can accumulate and trigger mold growth. However, the risk for a mold problem in these areas can be decreased with regular cleaning and examination.
Remember: It Can Happen Anywhere
Even though we’ve described the aforementioned areas as vulnerable to mold growth, any surface or substance in a commercial business can be at risk for a mold problem. Preventing mold growth in your commercial business can be facilitated through frequent inspections. Be on the lookout for spaces with accumulating moisture, especially those that have previously experienced leaks, and if you discover moisture, thoroughly dry the surface as quickly as possible.
Call SERVPRO for Your Business’ Mold Remediation Needs
However, if you discover significant mold growth that is out of your control, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East at (412) 672-5400 today. After receiving your call, our team will arrive immediately, ready to hit the ground running. More information about our Mold Restoration Process can be found here. Here at SERVPRO, we are committed to protecting your business’ schedule, minimizing any disruptions to production and protecting both your employees and customers from the health hazards posed by mold. This is what sets us apart from other commercial mold restoration companies in Pittsburgh. While a mold infestation in your commercial business can be overwhelming, know that you can rely on SERVPRO and our team of skilled commercial mold remediation specialists to get the job done.