Mold growth in a home is concerning. Mold growth in a commercial building is not only concerning but also a threat to your business. Mold spores may exist everywhere, but most are only affected by its presence once the mold locates a moisture source and a surface to begin to grow on. Once your mold problem reaches this stage, it presents a health risk to your employees, clients, customers, vendors, yourself, and all others who may be exposed while on your commercial property.
How Did My Commercial Building Get Infected With Mold?
Technically, mold is always present—we just don’t see it because the spores are microscopic and float around, generally harmlessly, until it finds a location with ideal locations. Mold requires three things to begin a “colony” (the mass of mold you can see):
- Temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher)
- Natural food source (drywall, wood beams, a wooden desk, even the dust settling on a non-natural surface like plastic).
Both temperature and a food source are unlikely to be eliminated as just about anything (or temperature) allows for proper mold condition. Mold prevention focuses on moisture management.
Moisture Management In Commercial Buildings
Many people believe mold requires water, but really a bit of moisture is all it needs. So, if a room or building has a high humidity level, there are ideal moisture conditions for mold growth. Minor sources of water intrusion can also provide just enough moisture for mold to begin colonizing.
Sources like a faucet that keeps dripping, a loose pipe fitting that allows a few drops of water to hit the ground, or a small crack in the roof that allows in a slow leak on heavy rainy days are often unnoticeable until a larger problem occurs—like mold.
Signs of Mold Growth
Aside from the obvious visible signs, you may notice:
- An odd, musty smell that gets worse closer to the affected area.
- Have many employees or customers report of allergy-related issues.
- Those affected by asthma or other respiratory issues may call out sick or report difficulty breathing.
- See signs of water intrusion or water damage.
Commercial Mold Remediation
Mold grows quickly, and often times, it grows behind walls, under carpet or tile and can go unnoticed for a significant period of time. In reality mold can take root in as little as 48 hours once all conditions are met. If you suspect a mold problem, it is best to contact a professional mold remediation company rather than leaving the task to your maintenance or janitorial staff.
What To Do
- Section of the area if possible and do not allow anyone near the affect area.
- Turn off your HVAC system—it can help spread mold spores to other areas of your building or cause mold growth in your HVAC system.
- Avoid trying to dry or clean up the area yourself, including spraying the area with bleach.
- Contact Fortis Remediation for a full mold assessment and remediation plan.