Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

Businesses go to great lengths to keep public spaces free from hazards and as safe as possible. But, since mold and poor indoor air quality are not visible, it may pose a hidden threat needing to be addressed.

To keep your business as safe as possible, we will address the source of mold events, why they are dangerous, and how to address the hazard.

Where does mold come from?

Molds are a fungus, a very necessary part of the ecosystem, responsible for decomposing organic material. There are more than 100,000 types of fungus; many are useful and are used to create bread, cheese, and even medicine. The fungus becomes a problem when they find a space to grow in enclosed spaces.

Mold will grow anywhere two things are present: organic matter (even small amounts like dust) and moisture (it doesn’t take much). Mold reproduces rapidly and spreads by sending out microscopic spores—the equivalent of seeds in plants.

These spores can be inhaled and when inhaled they can be harmful to the respiratory system.

What leads to a mold growth event in enclosed spaces?

Since organic matter is readily available indoors, a source of moisture is all that is needed for mold to grow rapidly. Water sources may include:

What harmful effects result from a mold growth event?

Unchecked mold growth can have an adverse effect on carpet, furniture, and walls, including odor, discoloration, and, of course, decomposition. Mold spores can be harmful to skin on contact, however, the most dangerous effect to human health is on the respiratory system. Mold can cause:

The people most at risk already have breathing issues, such as emphysema, COPD, or lung cancer.

What can be done to prevent a mold growth event?

The first step is to eliminate sources of moisture such as leaks or water from flooding. Promote evaporation with abundant airflow on large areas and dry up small areas. Quickly remove wet carpet, rugs, furniture, and other items that will hold moisture for long periods of time.

Weatherizing for energy efficiency should also provide for adequate ventilation to reduce high humidity, especially in seldom-used spaces. As a further preventative measure, many mold remediation products are available commercially.

How can I remediate after a mold growth event?

Commercially available mold testing kits are available to determine whether you have a problem and the extent of the problem. If you determine mold is present, removing dust and undiscovered moisture is the next step.

Have your HVAC system cleaned and checked for condensation and isolated areas that might be developing high humidity spots.

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Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

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