Buildings are becoming more and more energy efficient, and as a result, these “tighter” buildings often don’t have proper ventilation or air exchanges. This poor air quality becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Even as your HVAC systems become more efficient at energy conservation, and air filters and other measures are introduced, exposure to indoor mold has become a major hindrance. Fortunately, there are several different solutions to this issue. When mold growth does occur, however, it's imperative to know the right steps for properly removing it from an indoor environment, and ensuring that it doesn't re-occur.
Any area that has the right levels of water, lack of light, and no exposure to fresh air - mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours. Since mold tends to grow in cramped, closed, and damp spaces, the reality is that for every visible colony of mold that you see, there could be several more square feet (millions of spores) of mold in areas that you do not. Simply put; an area that can hold moisture and no easy access is vulnerable, especially in commercial buildings where there are numerous places mold can grow, and are often difficult to locate.
You should have trained and licensed personnel work in or around an area with mold growth. It’s a task which should be firmly limited to professionals, and those who have the proper knowledge and equipment to safely remove mold and mold contaminated materials. Just inhalation or exposure to mold could cause significant health problems, some of them long term, and many of them immediately harmful.
l Plan and Prepare. Whether it's having the contact information for a mold remediation company, or even having trained, in-house staff that are skilled in handling mold remediation, this is a problem you should plan for if you own a commercial building.
l Identify, and Protect. When remediation is performed, take special care in inspecting “unseen” areas where mold could potentially grow, and have them cleaned accordingly. Protect your building by having any water damage completely remediated, and by having air inspections to detect spores that could cause a resurgence in mold growth.
l Act Quickly. Mold begins growing within 48 hours, but some can begin colonizing a surface even sooner, so don’t wait when it comes to contacting a mold remediation contractor or beginning your own remediation. If you have had an area flood with water, water removal and potential remediation needs to begin as soon as it is detected or mold is a real possibility.
l Turn Off the HVAC. Mold is spread through airborne spores, and your HVAC can transport those spores throughout a building. It can also grow in any ventilation shaft where there's condensation to feed growth. Until the mold has been properly removed, don’t give the mold potential routes of access throughout your building, or you could be dealing with a much more extensive growth.
When all else fails, and you think you have mold, it’s time to call a trusted mold remediation contractor. Reset Restoration has the skills, staff, certifications and equipment to handle your mold project.
Author: Dick Wagner, AskDickWagner, mold removal, certified contractors, restoration coach, commercial marketing consultant