How to Identify Mold in Your Workplace

We are fortunate to live in a place with such mild, pleasant weather. However, it does have its downsides – albeit very few. One of those disadvantages is that the warm, moist air creates a more hospitable environment for mold growth.

Consider your Orange County workplace: If you have mold growing at your place of business, it could damage the building’s structural integrity as well as cause problems with your employees’ allergies and respiratory systems. Thankfully, the United States Department of Labor has provided some information about how to prevent mold so your work environment can be up-to-date with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

The key to preventing mold is to understand how it accumulates.

Outdoors, mold can be found growing on dead trees, animals, and fallen leaves. Its purpose is to break down matter into basic nutrients that get transferred into the soil. The mold receives nourishment from the organic material and is reinforced by a source of moisture or water.

Indoors, mold typically grows on wood, carpet, dust, dirt, paper, and food. Its source of water or moisture can originate from roof leaks, appliance leaks (such as washers, toilets and air conditioning units) and landscape or rain gutters that direct water into the building. Be sure to check any damp, dark and hidden spaces for signs of mold growth. If recognized and treated within 24-48 hours, an infestation could be prevented, potentially saving you a lot of money.

To further encourage a mold-free work environment, we recommend monitoring moisture levels in the building. Some easy steps to do that are as follows:

  • Identify leaks, condensation, and wet spots. Find the source and have it repaired right away.
  • Reduce humidity levels to below 70% (25 – 60% is best) by increasing ventilation or air circulation, or by purchasing a dehumidifier.
  • Follow local building codes. Make sure that moisture-producing appliances as well as bathrooms and kitchens are properly vented to the outside according to local codes.
  • Schedule regular inspections of the building and HVAC (heating/ventilating/air-conditioning). Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean, flowing and available. Replace filters as needed.

Call us before there is a problem—we will work with you to create a strategic plan to minimize business interruption, no matter what the disaster. We have the big-business qualifications that allow us to handle large commercial projects, combined with the customer service and local knowledge that you expect with a small, family-owned business. We will do what it takes to make sure you are not out of business a day, an hour, a minute longer than you have to be.

If you find a mold infestation in your Orange County building, contact our professionals right away. Our mold remediation services are second to none, and we provide all of Orange County with thorough and comprehensive cleaning to get businesses back up and running again in no time.

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