The Importance of Professional Mold Removal for Businesses

Mold is neither plant nor animal, but rather a fungus that grows in dark, damp corners and presents significant health hazards to the surrounding environment—which is why it’s critical that a professional mold removal company remediate a mold situation.

When mold spores find moisture and begin to grow unnoticed, they can present health problems when higher concentrations of spores are inhaled. Here we’ll go over what you should know about keeping mold out of your business.

What Conditions Are Best For Mold Growth?

Mold Outdoors

Outside mold prefers shaded area. Ultraviolet sunlight deters the growth of mold.

Mold Indoors

Inside mold growth occurs where there is moisture. It can occur in ceilings, floors, insulation, wood, drywall, clothes, carpet and more. Some causes of excessive moisture are condensation, humidity, cooking, washing, or water from a flood, leak or spill.

Mold also grows in environments with a warm temperature. Growth can begin in less than 48 hours of excessive moisture. Mold works as a decomposer, consuming the dead materials on which it grows, and it can appear to be black, blue or green in color.

Is All Mold Bad?

Given the right conditions, mold will create spores to reproduce – similar to how plants produce seeds. Molds release these small spores into the air where they spread to create new colonies. The spores are small enough that people can inhale them. Settling deep within the lungs, the development of respiratory problems or asthma is a possibility. Mold also produces allergens that can cause an allergic reaction when touched or inhaled. While some molds present serious health hazards, not all molds are bad. And not everyone that comes into contact with mold will be affected; some people are more sensitive to mold than others. Because there are so many variables, it’s best to keep mold out of your business.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Workplace

The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture.

  • Fix water leaks. Any known water leaks should be fixed quickly. Have a contractor inspect for unknown leaks.
  • Limit condensation. Keep room temperatures warm and/or well insulated.
  • Reduce humidity. Open windows, install exhaust fans or use a dehumidifier.
  • Clean wet/damp areas. Any wet or damp area, materials or affected equipment should be cleaned within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.

To educate your employees on mold, download this handout.

Mold Removal

Hiring a professional mold removal contractor is the best way to manage mold. An individual may consider cleaning/removing mold themselves in an area less than 10 square feet. While doing so, the appropriate personal protective equipment (goggles, gloves, respirator) should be worn. For mold removal in larger areas, a professional contractor with previous experience should be hired.

Find full details on professional mold removal from the United States Environmental Protection Agency at

Interested in learning more? Read real-life examples detailing how we’ve helped small business owners overcome unique industry challenges or contact your local Society agent.

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6 thoughts on “The Importance of Professional Mold Removal for Businesses

  1. Pembroke Pines Duct Cleaning

    Thanks for your post. We have found many offices suffering from sick building syndrome. Respiratory problems and asthma are very common in places where mold is formed in their air ducts. One of the solutions is to clean the ducts and there are many other preventive measures, like avoiding leaks over drywall and controlling the moisture with dehumidifiers.

  2. Jane Burt

    Thank you for explaining the benefits of professional mold removal. My sister’s office building has some mold that she wants removed. I will suggest that she hire a mold removal service.

  3. Ashley

    I thought that it made sense when you said that one thing to consider when you notice that you rhome has a mold problem is to hire a professional to remove the hazardous substance since it has the ability to settle deep within your lungs upon inhalation. I have been thinking about buying an older home for my family since that it is within our budget but I have been worried that we would find the mold and other harmful substances instead. I will be sure to hire a professional inspection to find any potential harmful mold and have them remove it immediately in order to protect the health of my family.

  4. Austin Saunders

    I like what you said about mold creating respiratory problems. My sister has been telling me about how she’s been having difficulty breathing recently. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her get rid of this mold.

  5. Ellie Davis

    I liked that you mentioned fixing all water leaks will help you to prevent mold growth in your workplace. My husband is working on a remodeling project in his office, and he noticed mold in the bathrooms and other places. I will let him know about your recommendations to help him prevent mold growth in his office.


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