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How To Prevent Mold Growth

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Background of mold, sign that says ANYWHERE Mold spores are present almost everywhere

How To Prevent Mold Growth

Mold growth in your Knightdale, NC, business can be a major problem. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and preventive maintenance, you can help your facility remain mold-free.

Necessary Conditions
Although mold spores are present almost everywhere, there are a few conditions that must be met before mold can colonize an area. The following are three things that all mold needs to grow:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warmth

Most indoor locations have many food sources and are warm enough for mold to thrive. Therefore, the main determinant in where mold can grow is the presence of moisture. Keeping your facility dry will go a long way toward preventing a mold infestation.

Common Locations
Common places to find mold growth include areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens. However, there are some locations that are occasionally forgotten when checking for mold. Some overlooked places are the following:

  • Paper
  • HVAC systems
  • Ceiling tiles

Paper items are very good food sources for mold, so it is important to make sure document storage areas stay dry. Ceiling tiles are also prone to mold infestation because of their pulpy nature. Due to the high levels of condensation present, HVAC systems are ideal locations for mold to thrive. Be sure to check ductwork, drain pans, and other components for signs of growth. Clean the system regularly to prevent buildup of mold spores.

Preventive Measures
In addition to keeping your building dry and checking for signs of mold, there are a few other things you can do to decrease the chance of a mold infestation. Install a HEPA air purification system to decrease the number of mold spores present. Clean the building, including carpeting, thoroughly and regularly. Consider investing in mold-resistant paint, upholstery, and carpeting. Clean up any water damage as soon as possible because mold can begin to grow in as few as 24 hours.
Unfortunately, even the most conscientious business-owner's property can suffer mold growth. However, an experienced restoration company can help you get your commercial property back to normal quickly and safely.

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