HOW TO DEAL WITH MOLDS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Posted on by Jose K. Taing

Have you ever noticed molds on food that was refrigerated for too long? What do you do with it? Do you eat it or just toss it out? Likewise, molds are toxic to the commercial buildings you own or manage. Keeping the analogy in mind we always tend to throw food that is toxic. The Moment you turn the lights down of the fridge and humidity takes hold of the place, the food turns stale. Similarly, the interior of your commercial building is no different from your refrigerator. The molds can grow anywhere. All they need is a little moisture, plus the spores are invisible to naked eyes which makes it all the more difficult to locate.

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If one is in contact with molds it can lead to various health complications. Those people who have respiratory snags, allergies, asthma or weak immune system are the ones who are most affected. But this doesn’t mean that people who are fine won’t be affected. Prolonged contact with an environment which consists molds can also make people sick. They may as well start having rashes, feel itchy or have difficulty in breathing. If the exposure continues sooner or later their condition could get worse. And so one must know how to deal with molds when they occur in such large commercial buildings.

Eliminate human contact from the mold and also help the space from being damaged by following these tips:

  1. STAY VIGILANT: You should conduct a routine inspection. Spores are usually so small that one may overlook it. But one must stay alert especially in the damp areas. Sometimes the stain on the carpet can be an area for mold to grow. Hence appoint a janitorial staff to look after such stains and areas.
  2. FIX IT: There’s only one way to mend such mold conditions and that is by fixing it. Find areas of leakage, unsealed window or anything with a cracked foundation. Such areas are the breeding grounds for molds. Try to repair it before it turns out to be a moldy disaster.
  3. Avoid Moisture: Since most of these molds grow in a humid and moisture prone environment. It is very important to keep the place ventilated. Don’t encourage them to spread their microscopic roots.

In 1994 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognized the havoc a mold can create. Thereafter the lawmakers and the public became more aware. It also caught the attention of the media and mold clause in Commercial Property Leases And Purchase Agreements was introduced. Since then commercial property owners have been advised to perform a routine assessment for toxic mold risk and overall evaluation of indoor air quality. If they fail to deliver the assessment they may be vulnerable to liability litigation.

In recent times, the property owners who are aware of situations where mold could re-occur even after repair set up clause where the owners are made responsible for the cost of mold assessment and reporting policies. Therefore, If you are a Commercial property owner and are suffering a commercial property mold problem, then contact a mold remediation and removal team immediately as it is better to be prepared of what the future brings.

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