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Don’t Let Minor Mold Exposures Shut Down Your Business

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Nov 10, 2014

Mold can cost your business time and expense. Taking action as soon as you see water intrusion and/or mold starting to grow will reduce your loss.

You can obtain mold remediation information from a number of different resources. Most likely you will need a professional mold remediation contractor to handle those problems. You do not want to disturb the mold, get it airborne, and have it spread throughout the area and into the HVAC ducts.

To keep things in perspective, indoor air samples compared to an outdoor air sample will almost always show more mold in the outside air. That is usually true even if there is a minor/small mold exposure in the house or commercial building, which is the reason you don’t want to touch the mold.

Water intrusion (small leaks) and high humidity (frequently in lower levels or basements) are two of the more common problems for minor mold growth that we normally see. For water intrusion, you need to find the leak(s). These can come from a leaking roof, windows, leaking pipes, or pipes with excessive condensation. It is important to find and repair the leak as soon as you can as mold generally does not start to grow for about 48 hours (but can be sooner). Effective use of air conditioning and a dehumidifier are needed to help with drying the area after the mold has been cleaned. Actually, the effective use of the air conditioning and a dehumidifier are two main controls to help prevent minor mold issues.

There is no single solution that works for all situations, but we do see some simple prevention controls that have shown to be effective. These are fix and clean gutters, direct surface water away from your house/building, use ventilation in areas of higher humidity (bathrooms and basements in particular), use air conditioning to keep humidity levels low, use dehumidifiers in high humidity areas, place the dehumidifier away from floor drains, and establish a cleaning/disinfecting schedule for areas with higher potential exposure.

Following the simple prevention controls listed above will reduce your chance of having to deal with a mold problem which can impact the health of your workers and your bottom line.

Senior Loss Control Representative


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