Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you own a small office building, you need to maintain it properly to keep your employees safe from harm. One concern you may have is mold. Mold can sometimes grow in areas where water is leaking, or the humidity is high. Mold should be removed by a qualified contractor promptly. Here's why you want to get mold out of your building and why it's best to bring in a contractor to do it.
Mold Can Cause Adverse Health Effects
Black mold has a reputation for being dangerous, but all types of mold can be irritants for people who are allergic to mold. When you have multiple people working in your building, you may not know who has allergies or asthma. Exposing them to mold every day could cause them health problems that end up costing you money due to time off from work. Plus, you don't want to be responsible for making someone's asthma worse, so getting rid of mold as soon as possible is the best choice.
Sometimes mold is in a hidden area, and you may not be aware of the problem. However, someone with a mold allergy may constantly cough at work or complain that something in the building triggers their symptoms. Don't dismiss these comments since they could lead you to a mold problem you didn't know existed.
Mold Damages What It Grows On
Mold grows on things it can use as a food source, such as drywall, cardboard, paper, wood, and fabric. The longer mold is present, the more damage is done. If the mold has been growing long enough, your building could need to have drywall and wood replaced. Mold will eventually destroy cardboard boxes and the things stored in them. If you keep paper files in a storage room that attracts mold due to a leak, all your old documents could be destroyed by mold. This is why it's important to stop its growth as soon as possible.
Mold Can Be Removed Safely By A Contractor
While your cleaning crew might be able to clean up isolated moldy areas in a restroom or behind a water fountain, cleaning up large areas of mold should be left to a contractor. One reason this is important is so that the mold isn't disturbed.
A contractor knows how to remove mold and has the equipment needed so the spores won't waft through your building and make matters worse. Plus, your cleaning crew won't be able to make structural repairs if tearing out drywall and insulation becomes necessary. Bringing in a contractor is the way to remove mold safely and restore your building to its original state.
It's important to find out why mold is growing because if there's a humidity problem in your building, the mold will come back. Mold spores are in the air constantly, so there's always a risk of mold growing again if there are damp places in your building. For more information, contact a company like American Environmental Construction LLC.