While any part of the country is at risk for mold growth, the high humidity of the Charlotte and Piedmont areas lead to greater risk of moisture buildup which encourages mold growth. This can lead to health problems for tenants or employees, leading to lower productivity and higher risk of workers compensation lawsuits.
Mold can already be present in your building in a dormant form. Mold spores can be trapped during construction and then reactivated after a leak or high humidity leads to moisture build-up. If left untreated, growth can be explosive. This is especially an issue in buildings that are vacant for long amounts of time or after a flood. In cases where the mold grows on structurally important parts of your building, unchecked growth can lead to significant structural damage.
As mold reproduces, it releases toxins into the environment. These particles are very harmful to humans, leading to a wide variety of health conditions dependent on the range of the exposure. Direct skin contact can lead to irritation and lesions. Inhaled mycotoxins can permeate the air sacs of the lung, making breathing difficult and painful. Mycotoxins that manage to enter the nervous system can lead to neurological symptoms, including memory loss and poor coordination.
If you suspect that there may be a potential mold infestation or if there has been moisture damage, Contact us for air quality testing. The size of the affected area determines the extent of the clean-up effort. Any infestation over 10 square feet should be remediated by a professional according to the EPA. A layperson could handle a smaller cleanup provided they arm themselves with masks, gloves and goggles.
Fix leaks and other water problems immediately. Allow affected areas to air dry completely.
Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water. Allow affected area to air dry completely. Never paint over mold.
Replace porous materials such as carpet, insulation, and drywall.
The number one strategic plan to prevent mold growth is to reduce moisture. Accomplishing this can be as easy as installing adequate ventilation in wet areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. Exhaust fans should be installed in any area prone to moisture and humidity.
Keep drain lines clean and free of debris.
Make sure water doesn’t collect around your foundation.
Allow space between walls and heavy furniture.