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How To Avoid Excess Mold Growth in Your Building

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

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How To Avoid Excess Mold Growth in Your Building

Mold spores are present throughout the environment. They flow through the air and grow on organic substances, including:

  • Carpet
  • Insulation
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Food

Mold destroys these materials as it grows. Excess mold can thus damage the walls, ceiling, and floor of your Porter Heights, TX, commercial building. Since mold appears naturally in the environment, you cannot completely remove all the spores from your property. However, with proper carpet cleaning and other safety measures, you can control the spread of the mold.
Mold grows fastest in dark, damp areas. If you keep your building dry and address any moisture problems immediately, you can limit mold damage.

Reducing Moisture
There are some simple ways to lower the moisture level in your building. You should keep the relative humidity below 60 percent at all times. Ideally, the humidity level should be between 30 and 50 percent.
Condensation can also lead to mold growth. To reduce condensation, consider adding insulation or increasing the air circulation.

Cleaning Wet Items
Mold commonly appears following floods or similar water disasters. Water-damaged items need to be dried or replaced immediately before mold starts to grow.
Carpet cleaning should be done within 24 to 48 hours. If it is safe, turn on a dehumidifier or fan to accelerate the drying process. Then contact mold remediation specialists to assist with the water removal.
Mold-damaged papers and books can possibly be salvaged via freeze-drying. Upholstered furniture and hard surfaces can also be cleaned with the help of professionals. Other wet items, including certain insulations, wallboards, and ceiling tiles, should be thrown out and replaced instead.
By limiting the amount of moisture in your facility, you can avoid the buildup of mold spores. If you do discover any water or mold problems on your property, cleanup and restoration professionals can assist with the remediation process. They will decontaminate the damaged items and perform a thorough carpet cleaning if necessary.

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