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Commercial Mold Restoration: 4 Ways to Curb Mold Growth Post Remediation

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold exists literally everywhere, only that you might not always see it with your naked eyes. This type of fungus produces countless microscopic spores that freely flow through the air, but it requires oxygen and moisture to grow on any surface. 

Mold growth typically forms colored spots or hair-like patches on various materials and surfaces both indoors and outdoors, so it is easily detectable.

Theoretically speaking, the most effective way to prevent mold growth is to keep surfaces dry all the time. However, this might not always be feasible, especially in the outdoor environments where various materials and surfaces are constantly exposed to rain and high humidity.

Regardless, mold growth looks unsightly and it can cause costly damage to buildings and the items inside it. Hence, it is important to remedy the problem as soon as it is detected.

Is it Possible to Eliminate Mold Completely?

The answer to this question is no. As already mentioned, mold is almost everywhere, so even if it that has grown on particular materials and surfaces is removed, the spores suspended in the air or settled in the dust can always cause further growth, as long as oxygen and moisture are present.

Then again, it wouldn’t be a good idea to remove all the mold, particularly from the outdoor environment, even if it were possible. This is because it plays a fundamental role when it comes to decomposing or breaking down of various dead organic matter such as lawn clippings, wood chippings, bird droppings, sewage sludge and many more.

Is Mold Growing in the Interiors of Your Commercial Space?

If you spot mold growing inside your commercial building, it is best to enlist the services of a commercial remediation service immediately.

These restoration specialists will arrive at your location to help you remove mold growths, stop and remedy damage, but also restore mold levels to normal, acceptable levels. 

Here’s a general breakdown of what to expect during commercial mold remediation:

  1. Getting in touch with mold remediation specialists
  2. Inspection and testing
  3. Containment
  4. Air sanitization
  5. Removal
  6. Cleanup

Keep in mind that no two restoration projects are similar in all aspects, so there might be some slight variations in the way your job is executed.

How to Limit Mold Growth Inside Your Commercial Building Post Remediation

Follow these practices if you want to minimize the risk of mold growth in your commercial building after completion of the remediation process:

1. Fix Water Leaks Fast

Most mold species require a considerable quantity of moisture to grow and thrive, so avoiding condensation problems in commercial bathrooms, kitchens, and other wet areas can go a long way in controlling this fungus.

Water leaks from rain and faulty plumbing create wet areas in buildings. So, make sure all leaks, be it through the walls, roof, windows, and doors, or floors are fixed immediately.

2. Ensure Proper Flow of Air within Your Building

Are you aware that buildings with poor air circulation create the perfect environment for the growth of mold?

Making sure your commercial air conditioning system is properly sized, set at the right temperature, and working properly all the time will help keep building occupants comfortable, but also minimize moisture build-up inside the building.

Also, consider using ceiling fans to help improve air circulation within your space, and avoid high humidity levels.

3. Eliminate Food Sources

Just like any other living microorganisms, mold also needs food to survive. It gets its nutrients from various organic food sources, such as paper, cardboard, wood, drywall, organic dirt layer and many more. It does not feed on inorganic materials like plastic and metal.

Therefore, removing organic material from the interiors of your commercial space is a reliable way to mitigate such infestations.

4. Use an Air Purifier

As spores can be found almost everywhere, it is important to find a means of reducing the amount of these airborne contaminants that flow in the indoor air.

In this regard, it is important to use an air purifier equipped with an appropriate air filter. An air purifier installed with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can help remove spores, as well as other contaminants that may be present in the air.

SERVPRO Percy Priest/Hickory Hollow is Always Ready to Help with Your Commercial Mold Remediation

You can limit mold infestation in your commercial building by practicing the above-highlighted tips. But in case of recurrent infestation, feel free to contact us.

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