As an employer, it is your job to provide a safe and healthy place for your staff to work. It’s important to keep your building clean and safe from health hazards like mold and mildew.
How Does Mold Form?
Mold is a common form of fungi that is found in most homes and buildings. In small amounts, it is not dangerous, but in larger quantities mold can cause health issues, especially for those with underlying health issues.
Mold spores form on organic surfaces like wood and feed off of the material. It likes dark, moist areas that when left untreated, can multiply quickly. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye and can be transported easily on our clothes or shoes, spreading the problem from room to room.
What Causes Mold in Buildings?
Excess moisture is the primary cause of mold in buildings. While it is impossible to eliminate all mold in your building, moisture control is essential to the control of the mold problem. Ridding the property of excessive mold is something that a professional mold restoration specialist can assist with. McMahon Services can help any property owner in Arlington Heights and surrounding areas with mold problems.
Mold can form due to moisture behind walls, leaky pipes, window leaks, leaky roofs, appliance issues, and more. As long as there is a damp area undisturbed for 24 to 48 hours – mold can form.
Effects on Commercial Buildings
As a business owner, it is important to quickly rid your building of any signs of mold. Mold can cause structural damage if left untreated, as moisture grows and rots away the wood where it has grown. Another area of concern is that it can have a negative impact on the health of staff members. Mold can trigger a wide array of health concerns for people.
Allergic reactions in individuals are somewhat common when large amounts of mold are concentrated in one area. Poor air quality may cause allergic reactions like sneezing, asthma flare-ups, skin rashes, wheezing, and trouble breathing.
Preventing Mold Growth
Keeping mold from growing in your building is the best way to keep your staff safe and healthy. It is also the best way that you as a business owner are protected from any negative consequences.
Moisture control is the key to mold prevention. Without water, mold cannot grow. To begin this process, it is important to take an inventory of your building for any problem areas.
- Start by looking around the building for any signs of high moisture levels. Check all drain pans, plumbing, and drainage systems to make sure they are in working order.
- Test any areas that feel like they have excess moisture for the humidity levels. If they are higher than normal, install a dehumidifier to pull the moisture out of the air. Humidity should be below 70%.
- Check all plumbing fixtures and water-using appliances for any visible leaks or cracks and repair them as needed.
- Windows should be checked for leaks, along with the basement foundation.
Call in McMahon Services
When you begin your examination of your building and sense that moisture is present and mold may be an issue, McMahon Services is your next call. Our mold removal specialists are available 24/7 and can service your commercial building in Berwyn, Des Plaines, Evanston, Mount Prospect, Grayslake, Mundelein, Libertyville, Oak Park, Palatine, Wheaton, Naperville, Waukegan, Schaumburg, Skokie, and surrounding areas.
Call us today to schedule your free estimate and we will take care of your mold problem as quickly as possible.