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Mold Growth in Your Business?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on corner of wall. If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth.

Mold Growth in Your Business? 

If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth. Since mold spores live everywhere, it is especially important to address any wet areas after a water leak or flood. Mold spores travel through the air and attach to damp surfaces, which can lead to mold colonies if left untreated. 

Important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following: 

  • Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation. 
  • Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days. 

Mold Growth 

If you suspect that mold is growing in your building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage. Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold. When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, fabric, and sheetrock. This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of. 

Mold Remediation 

Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation. Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold. If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention. 

If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of West Sterling Heights as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Mold in Your Commercial Building?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on a floor. If you think you have mold in your building, you may consider the usual suspects.

Mold just needs two things to grow: water and humidity. It can infest your business in as little as 48 hours and even the tiniest of unchecked leaks can produce an infestation. 

If you think you have mold in your building, you may consider the usual suspects. Mold often shows up in damp, humid places such as basements, attics, and bathrooms. You may discover it under sinks and behind appliances. You also cannot forget to check in air ducts. HVAC cleaning is essential to keeping fungal growth at bay. If you neglect this duty, you could soon discover a mold infestation. 

What Causes Mold Growth 

Mold spores travel in through the air but can make their way into office buildings through doors and windows as well as on people who come inside. Mold becomes visible and spreads when the following conditions are present: 

  • There is standing water 
  • There are damp areas in the building 
  • There is poor airflow 

Mold and Your HVAC System 

If you smell a foul odor in the air ducts of your office, mold could be the culprit. Not only can this fungus develop where there is water, but it can also collect on dust. It is common for dust to gather in the HVAC ducts. The challenge is, you will not be able to see the mold inside the duct work, so you will have to pay attention to smells and whether the system is not working efficiently. 

Here to Help 

HVAC cleaning is the most effective way to eliminate mold from your heating and cooling system. Your best move is to hire an experienced mold remediation company to tackle this job. The professionals have the knowledge, training, and tools to remove dust from the ducts and thus get rid of accompanying mold. You should focus on cleaning vents in your building at least once a year, especially if you have had mold in the past. 

We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened.”