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Commercial Restoration: How to Spot Mold Problems in Your Commercial Space

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Like in other places across the U.S., running a successful business in Nashville isn’t an easy thing.

You need to plan everything properly but also stay on top of things that may throw a wrench in your plans.

Unfortunately, there are some things that you may not see coming – like water intrusion or damp spots that may create the perfect environment for black mold to grow and thrive.

Thankfully, there are many commercial water restoration professionals out there that can help you deal with the problem the right way.

But before approaching these professionals for help, you should be able to determine if you have a mold problem in your commercial premises.

Top 5 Signs Your Commercial Building May Be Mold-Infested

Mold infestation manifests itself in many different ways, but it is particularly common in damp areas of a building. Here are a few warning signs indicating that you may require restoration service in your commercial building.

Water Leaks

Water leaks are one of the major reasons why mold attacks occur in many commercial buildings. These leaks can arise from faulty water pipes, faucets and plumbing fixtures, as well as damaged roofs.

Water leaks that go unnoticed for too long encourage mold growth because they are a moisture-source, so you should consider hiring a remediation expert immediately you find out that water is leaking into your commercial building.

Visible Growths

As already mentioned earlier, mold usually grows on wet surfaces that are exposed to oxygen supply. So when you start seeing colored spots or hair-like patches forming on the walls, ceilings or floors of your commercial building, you should know that you have a mold issue.

Leave the mold undisturbed, as it may easily move to other areas of the building if you try to remove it yourself. Remember, mold comprises countless microscopic spores that can easily travel through the air and settle elsewhere.

Musty Odor

When mold invades your commercial space, it will introduce a pungent odor that will make the space feel rather stuffy and uncomfortable. This can make it hard for staff to concentrate on their duties. Make sure you seek the services of commercial restoration experts when you notice musty odor in your commercial building.

Ensuring there’s fresh air in the workplace is vital to boosting the overall productivity of your employees.

Peeling Paint

Is the paint on your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces within your commercial space peeling off? Paint is designed to make your commercial space look nice, but also prevent surface damage.

One of the elements that the paint protects interior surfaces from is water. The paint stops water from infiltrating interior surfaces, thus preventing water damage. If you notice that the paint on the interior surfaces of your building is peeling off, you should watch out for mold infestation.

Floods

Have you experienced flooding in your commercial space in the past? If so, mold might have crept into your space without your knowledge. The wet areas of the building were not dried in good time, they could have allowed mold to grow and thrive.

With that said, it is important to ask a commercial water restoration specialist to inspect your entire building after flooding to spot any areas where mold growth and damage might have occurred.

Can Mold Problems Recur?

Mold can be found anywhere and it comprises countless microscopic spores that freely wander through the air. Provided that conditions are right – that is, moisture is present, mold growth can occur anywhere.  

It is important for you to keep the interiors of your commercial space as dry as possible. This is the best way to manage mold problems in your space. You won’t be able to remove all the mold in your commercial space, but you’ll at least be able to maintain acceptable mold levels.

Mold growth is an eyesore and serious health issue, but it can also cause costly damage to your commercial building. Therefore, it is important that you deal with the problem as soon as you detect it.

The best way to handle the problem is to enlist the services of a professional.

They will remove the mold from your building, but also advise you on how to minimize a recurrence of the problem down the road.

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