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Common Sources of Mold Growth in Conover-area Businesses

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth is never welcome in a business setting, but if you know where to find it, you can take preventative measures!

No business owner wants to discover mold growth has affected their operations. It can hinder employee performance, cost money, and, depending on the industry, can halt operations altogether. Fortunately, mold growth isn’t inevitable if you take some precautions, particularly in areas where it commonly occurs.

  1. Areas that previously had water damage. Mold needs moisture to grow—among a couple of other requirements. When a property has water damage due to a busted pipe or a leak, water tends to invade porous materials (such as wood or drywall). When this hidden water is not adequately dried, mold will likely grow. If you know you have water damage, be sure to have a professional come out and dry it immediately!
  1. Inside your air duct system. We often get calls from commercial properties that discover mold is growing in their HVAC system. Because of the dust and dirt particles, mold has an abundance of food in duct systems. But when the building has high humidity or water leaks into the system, the spores will activate.
  1. Around water sources. We’ve established that mold spores need water to activate and grow. That’s exactly why you’ll find mold growing near water sources such as sinks, water fountains, and similar spots. We’ve found this to be more common in restaurants, but it can be prevented with proper cleaning and drying.

Businesses are just as prone to mold growth as the average homeowner, but because it can be costly and affect employees, it usually poses a more urgent threat. If you discover mold in your Newton or Conover commercial property, you should call SERVPRO of Catawba County East today!

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