How to Keep Mold Out of Your Nashville Business
Are you concerned about mold infesting your Nashville business? Do not fear, there are proactive steps you can take to reduce the possibility of it happening. Mold spores are everywhere, spread easily and cannot be completely removed. It can grow anywhere, from ceiling tiles to clothing to food to inside walls. Not only is mold hard to remove, but it can also be toxic and may cause health effects. It is important to stop mold before it starts or it will be more costly in the long run. Here are tips to prevent mold growth in your Nashville business!
- Moisture control is important as mold cannot grow without it. Mold growth is also sped up by warmth. Keep mold growth at bay by controlling moisture, heat, and humidity.
- Identify the problem areas in your business where it is prone to moisture such as areas around pipes or appliances. Address the issue as soon as possible so it does not cost you in the long run. It may be just as easy as installing mold-resistant products or removing carpet. However, it might be as serious as excavation or major waterproofing depending on how prone your business is to moisture.
- Dry any wet areas immediately, and clean up after messes as soon as possible. Monitor any areas that are susceptible to moisture and make sure they stay dry. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls.
- Use proper ventilation in your business to prevent moisture. To prevent moisture build-up and mold growth, use fans, AC units, and dehumidifiers. Be sure to clean them regularly so they do not develop moisture themselves. It is beneficial to even open a window to create fresh airflow. However, do not open your windows or doors if the AC is on or it will bring humid air into the home. Improving airflow is important, and it can be improved by removing clutter. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air.
- Monitor your humidity levels indoors, which can be measured by a tool found at any local hardware store. The EPA recommends indoor relative humidity to be kept below 60 percent, or ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
By following these steps, you can prevent mold growth in your Nashville business. While these steps are a good start, it is not 100 percent guaranteed to keep mold out. If you encounter mold in your business, be sure to contact us here at SERVPRO of North Nashville. We are professionals when it comes to mold removal and mold remediation, and we will safely solve the problem for you if it escalates beyond your control.