Having worked in the commercial services for a long time, we are quite familiar with the mold problems many business owners face. We’ve put together a short primer to help you better understand what you’re facing, and how best to deal with it.
Molds are the most common fungus found anywhere on Earth. They spread through airborne spores--tiny microscopic specks that float through the air on the smallest breeze.
We inhale small amounts on a daily basis, and exposure to certain types (such as black mold) can eventually lead to serious health and respiratory issues. Infants, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system are especially susceptible to the negative effects it can have on health.
Mold is caused by the presence of spores, excess moisture, and a temperate growing environment. Plumbing pipes, leaking windows, poorly maintained or clogged drain pans, excess water vapor (think: showers, kitchens, industrial laundry). These are just a few of the most common sources of moisture in commercial buildings.
If you have an existing mold problem, the first thing you need to do is get rid of it. Mold remediation requires special tools, equipment, and professional training to ensure spores don’t spread and health risks are minimized.
Once you’ve eradicated the existing the mold problem, it’s important to pinpoint the source. Wherever you have dampness, you’re at risk for a new mold colony; you must stop the excess moisture to help effect a cure.
An essential part of the equation is proper building and system ventilation. Commercial systems designed with the building's structure and functions in mind will ensure moist air gets properly vented to the outside. The addition of industrial cleaners or UV light filtration will also help kill the spores and prevent further spread. And finally, proper maintenance ensures you don't let anything get too out of hand.
The team here at Jerry’s has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Contact us today, and we’ll be happy to have a member of our commercial services team do a building walk-through to assess how we can best help you.