Where To Check For Mold Growth In Your Commercial Business
As a business owner, you take care to be ready for all kinds of weather conditions. From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat. You are already aware that high temperatures paired with humid conditions will create an environment that is right for mold to establish itself in your commercial property, but did you know that the warm atmosphere indoors during winter is also attractive to these organisms? The best way to stay on top of a mold issue is to do regular inspections of your property for the sights and scents that spell trouble.
You will want to take a look around a day or two after extremely wet weather. Move machinery and office equipment, and look at the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling closely, and if the lighting is bad, this is a great time to schedule an upgrade of your interior lighting so that you can catch a colony before it gets large. Mold will thrive in dark, moist, and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage. Any places where there is, or has been, standing water that has soaked into materials of any kind are going to be places that can develop mold, especially if they are in warmer surroundings, and if your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks, this is another prime area that could be in danger of infestation.
The best way to handle mold is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that can help:
- Keep all workspaces well-ventilated
- Use a dehumidifier, especially during the more humid months
- Make sure exterior doors are properly sealed
- Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible
- Don’t keep the cardboard in storage areas
- Remove any standing water immediately and dry the area completely
- Trim back shrubs and plants near structures, not allowing overgrowth
If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Burlingame, Millbrae is here to help; we are mold remediation specialists and experienced in the cleanup after water and fire damage, as well.