What is Mold?
- Mold is a fungus that can develop both indoors and outdoors. The most common types of mold include Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Stachybotrys chartarum (atra), also known as black mold. Mold spreads and reproduces by making spores. Spores can survive conditions that are too sunny, hot, cold, dry, or wet for mold to grow. Spores can be airborne and carried by air or water to new locations to spread more mold.
- Mold is a silent grower but dangerous. Mold can grow indoors in commercial properties on wet or damp surfaces, including wallpaper, ceiling tiles, insulation material, wood, and drywall. If a trained professional does not properly remove the mold, your health, and your commercial property or business’s value can be at significant risk.
- There are normal levels of mold in every indoor environment. ServiceMaster by Singer is available to perform mold testing and mold removal and remediation if the mold is hazardous and spreading.
Health Problems Associated With Mold
Fungi that form mold are one of the most notorious indoor air polluters. The health danger generally forms in places with high levels of humidity and water damaged properties.
In your commercial property or business, all mold types have the potential to cause health problems, including:
- Aggravation of Asthma Symptoms
- Allergic Reactions
- Breathing Difficulties
- Eye Redness and Itching
- Overreactive Immune System
- Skin Irritation
Note: Read Molds and Health for Public Health Professionals by The US EPA
How to Keep Mold Away
ServiceMaster by Singer will perform mold testing, and mold removal and remediation. Still, we want to help you make sure this issue does not occur in your commercial property or business:
- Contact ServiceMaster by Singer immediately if your property experiences water damage. Our Water Damage Restoration and Clean Up Specialists can help you with any commercial water damage issues since water damage is a common factor leading to mold and mildew growth.
- Check areas of your property susceptible to high levels of humidity. Make sure to keep these areas dry. These common areas are listed and explained below.
- Ventilate your commercial property or business properly. High-quality ventilation systems may help you fight mold regrowth.
Common Commercial Property and Business Areas for Mold Growth
Commercial properties and businesses are more susceptible to mold formation in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garages, as well as walls of rooms with a greater chance of experiencing water damage. Any porous surface or area that is prone to higher levels of moisture can lead to mold growth. Check these areas often to ensure there is no visual mold or mildew growth.
- A leaking roof is one of the most common causes of mold growth in the attic. A roof leak can lead to water damage to the commercial structure and become immediately apparent. However, recent storm damage, or other roof leaks, can go unnoticed until the attic is visited.
- Many times, when a commercial property leaks, you see it if you have ceiling tiles. They become wet and discolored. Pay close attention and look out for this issue, as it is likely a larger issue that must be addressed as soon as possible. Remove these tiles quickly and dry the area that has become wet from the water. If the water came from a hurricane, the water from these tropical storms and has significant contamination. You must clean or remove all the materials it has touched, then clean the affected surfaces, and finally dry them out.
- Moisture issues in the basement generally take a long time to dry out. One of the biggest causes of mold in the basement is flooding. If your commercial property or business floods, water can seep into every crack and crevice. The basement is the lowest level of your property; this area has little to no sunlight, very little ventilation, and is often humid. Mold can easily grow in those conditions on drywall, wood, and insulation in a basement.
- The bottom padding of carpet takes an extremely long time to dry if it gets wet. The top layer of carpet might seem to dry out reasonably quickly, but the padding underneath stays wet long after. If your property has carpet wall to wall, replacing the infected mold parts of the carpet is necessary but not necessarily the entire carpet. Cutting out and replacing the damaged mold carpet should suffice. We have noticed in the past that affected carpet that was cleaned, but was however not extracted properly, will mature into a major health hazard later.
- Like basements, if moisture is left stagnant in the crawl space area, mold growth can appear. The crawl space location is an area with little to no sunlight and a lack of ventilation, resulting in an often-humid environment. Some molds move easily from the crawl area into your property’s living space. High levels of airborne mold spores and mold spores in settled dust have been tracked directly to the moldy crawl space.
- If these spaces are bit properly conditioned, with stagnant and water being removed as necessary, dangerous conditions will almost always evolve, which can pose a dangerous risk to you, your employees, and your clients.
- Mold can grow inside air ducts if moisture can stay in place. High humidity and condensation often develop around these areas, creating an environment where mold spores can take root and develop.
- If you have mold or spores in your ducts, the US EPA suggests cleaning your air ducts. Clean the air ducts if the surface of your ducts, or any other components on your heating and cooling system, have visible mold. However, mold can affect many areas of your commercial property or business HVAC system, but the hazardous damage is not visible.
- Remember that the HVAC system in your property delivers air throughout the facility, so whatever particles are present in the duct works will get delivered throughout the commercial property.
Contact Our Experts For Commercial Mold Damage Testing & Removal
Contact ServiceMaster by Singer immediately or call (410) 346-9336 for commercial mold testing and mold damage removal and remediation. Our Mold Damage Specialists are available to help your commercial property or business with any mold-related issues. From water damage restoration, carpet drying, furniture cleaning, mold removal, and everything in between, no commercial property problem is too big for our professionals to handle.
ServiceMaster by Singer is a full-service restoration company. We will do whatever is necessary to get your mold-damaged commercial property back to its pre-loss condition, and to get your company back to an operational level. Because of our decades of experience in this industry, we know what to look out for to save you time and money in the long run. Effective communication in mold damage restoration is essential to getting your organization back to work as fast as possible while maintaining a high level of quality. We can act as a liaison for you between the mold damage and all relevant stakeholders. Beyond any physical work that is necessary, we can also help with insurance carriers, insurance policies (including the building owner’s master policy and tenant policies like Betterments and Improvements Insurance, Contents Liability Insurance, etc.), or any other complications resulting from your loss.
Find Out More About Our Proprietary Disaster Preparation Program
To be able to effectively implement a customizable comprehensive disaster solution for you and your organization, we need to work together to plan for the possibility of future mold damage.
This would include onboarding your company’s unique needs and property specifications.
There are many important questions to consider prior to the event of mold damage:
- What do your insurance policies (there may be multiple relevant policies) cover?
- What is your deductible on each policy? Will you be paying out pocket?
- Where can our team park to minimize business operations?
- Do you want trucks with our company name and logo showing up at your property?
- What structures, systems, and materials are we allowed (and not allowed) to work on?
- Who should we first talk to upon arrival at your facilities or building (this may vary depending on the time)?
- What authority does this person have to make financial decisions for the company?
- and many more…
Please reach out to us prior to a loss, or needing our restoration services, so that we can help prepare you for a catastrophic event and save you money when it does happen. Find out more about our proprietary Disaster Preparation Program to see how you and your organization can minimize a future loss’s impact on your operation.