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 www2.epa.gov/mold.

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.

25 comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. I agree that handling water damage and molds should be left to the professionals because they are expert in doing the process, and they have the right tools to use. My grandmother’s house has been affected by a flood. My parents are looking for services who can help her restore her damaged basement. I hope they will find a reputable cleaning service soon.

  7. nice info thanks I have Faced this type of issue. After read your blog , i have used this steps and this are really helpful for me.

  8. It was interesting to learn about how some mold can present serious health hazards when they are inhaled through the lungs and cause lung problems. I can see how a business could be really interested in making sure that they can be clean and sanitary. Getting some help from a professional to remove the mold could be really useful and allow them to be more sanitary and allow them to be safer.

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  11. I didn’t realize that mold can grow within 48 hours of excessive moisture. My father recently had a minor flood at his business and is concerned about mold growing. I will have to let him know that it would be a good idea to have it checked out by a professional.

  12. Thanks for mentioning that mold can start growing only 48 hours after our home is exposed to excessive water. My husband and I discovered water damage in our basement from a burst pipe this morning. I’m glad I read your article and learned why hiring a professional water damage restoration service ASAP would be worth the cost for us!

  13. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog which is starting to help me understand about the mold. I liked it that you mentioned the health issues caused by mold. It not only damages the property but also has a very immense effect on human health. Adequate measures are taken to get rid of mold as soon as its presence becomes known.

  14. It really helped when you explained how to prevent mold in your work office. The other day my girlfriend mentioned she noticed some mold growing in her workplace, and she’s worried about it expanding. I think that it’s crucial they remove it before it develops more. I appreciate you helping me learn about how reducing humidity helps prevent the growth of mold.

  15. Great post! The most important thing is not to panic! More harm can be done without a plan and without the right information. Mold can be spread to other areas making the mold issue more difficult, more costly to remove and put occupants at higher risk. A detailed mold inspection should be considered.

  16. It’s fascinating that you point out that mold spores can be hazardous to your health. I found out that my home office has mold in the ceiling, so I’m thinking about hiring a professional to remove it for me. I’m going to search for a good mold removal service in the area that I can hire.

  17. Did you know most indoor mould growth actually starts in winter months due to condensation on windows and inside wall cavities? An independent third party like Verify Air Quality Test can save you money and make sure the work is done right.

  18. I really liked reading the information you presented about mold remediation. Most people don’t realize the problems that water damage and mold can cause to their property and their health.

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