Common Places to Find Mold in a Commercial Building
When It Comes to Mold, It's Important Where to Look
Mold only requires oxygen, moisture, and a food source to survive. It’ll thrive in more areas of your Santa Clara, UT, building than you probably realize. Mold growth can begin in as little as 24 hours of the introduction of moisture and can quickly take over. So, when it comes to mold, it’s important to know where to look for it. Be sure to regularly inspect:
1. HVAC Systems
An air conditioning system that isn’t working properly can cause high humidity. Getting your HVAC system inspected and maintained regularly will keep it balanced and clean so that airflow is properly maintained, keeping humidity at a minimum.
2. Refrigerators and Freezers
Refrigeration and freezing equipment such as refrigerated display cases, ice machines, and walk-in units have the ability to grow mold. Temperatures can fluctuate if the unit is faulty or there’s a power outage. Monitor temperatures of the appliances and clean in and around them regularly, checking for condensation and mold.
3. Break Areas
Break areas, restrooms, and kitchens can be havens for mold growth. Water is being used and will linger on different surfaces. Hot water and food preparation can create steam and condensation. Be proactive by regularly inspecting pipes, drains, and sinks. Also, check inconspicuous areas where water might not dry as quickly.
4. Faucets and Pipes
Regularly inspect faucets and pipes for leaks, condensation or water pooling. Mold can grow on the pipes and faucets themselves, but also on countertops, tiles, grout, and caulk. Also, watch your water bill in case of a pipe leak that you might not notice otherwise (e.g., behind a wall).
5. Drains and Drip Pans
Drains and drip pans sit beneath equipment to deal with water drainage. These are necessary for water damage prevention, but also create the perfect habitat for mold. Empty and clean drip pans often and clean in and around drains.
Taking a proactive approach will lessen the likelihood of a major mold problem occurring. If you discover mold growth in your commercial building, you can be confident that mold remediation professionals will do a thorough job.