If you’ve spent significant time and effort building your business into something you’re proud of, the last thing you’ll want is for your brand’s reputation and safety to be marred by something as simple as mold growth. If you already have a mold problem, or you’re concerned that one is about to develop, read this guide to understand why it’s an issue you must control promptly.
What Is Mold?
Mold is a term for the fungi that grow on food and damp materials. There are many different kinds of mold that have adapted to live in different environments, but almost all of the mold you’ll encounter growing on the walls of your business premises produce spores.
You may be able to smell mold even if you can’t see it, as it often gives off a musty odor. Mold grows quickly especially if it’s living in the right conditions as the spores act like seeds that create new patches in the environment.
Why Is Mold an Issue for Businesses?
You may be putting you, your staff and your clients at risk if you’re inviting them into your business premises when mold is present. Some people are sensitive to or allergic to mold, and exposure can cause them to have symptoms that are similar to flu or a rash. Even those who aren’t allergic to the fungi can be at risk if spores contain toxins. These toxins are rare in buildings but can cause serious reactions similar to an allergic reaction if they do grow.
Aside from health concerns, any business with an obvious mold problem could lose clients if they see or smell its presence. A dip in profits can be a serious problem for a small business, so don’t let your reputation be ruined by mold when it can be controlled.
How to Stop Mold Growth
To prevent mold yourself, you’ll need to keep your business premises as free of damp as possible. Maintain good ventilation by keeping windows open and installing fans in bathrooms, kitchens and areas with laundry if you have these on site. You can also keep humidity low by adjusting the settings on your humidifiers.
If you suspect a mold issue, you should contact an environmental services company to address the problem for you. They will test your air quality to ensure the spores being produced aren’t harmful, and then help you with a removal routine which may include extensive cleaning, decorating and drying any damp areas.
Don’t hesitate to contact a professional if you suspect mold in your business premises. It’s better to acknowledge the problem and fix it, rather than risk a nasty surprise if you just hope it goes away.
Facts About Mold, AIHA.org
Facts About Mold and Damness, CDC.gov