The Hidden Dangers of Mold in Commercial Properties: Why Inspection is Necessary

The Hidden Dangers of Mold in Commercial Properties: Why Inspection is Necessary

June 5, 2023

Mold growth is a common problem affecting nearly any property, including commercial buildings.

Mold may not seem like a significant problem, but it has severe consequences if not addressed. Although mold may seem minor, it can have severe consequences if left unchecked. As a commercial property owner, it is essential to understand the effects of mold, what causes mold growth, and how to stay ahead of it.

How Does Mold Affect Your Health?

Mold growth within a building leads to various health problems. These health issues can include:

  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin irritations
  • And more

In severe cases, mold exposure can cause life-threatening health issues. This can put tenants and employees at risk as they may experience chronic health problems.

How Does Mold Affect Your Building?

Mold is more than a risk to your health. Believe it or not, it also has the power to weaken the structural integrity of your building. This breakdown occurs when mold eats away at the organic materials used to build your property. These materials include wood, drywall, and even insulation. If not identified and addressed, mold growth can result in expensive repairs.

How Does Mold Affect Your Wallet?

Mold growth can wreak havoc on your bottom line. Because it grows quickly, problems caused by mold can result in expensive repairs, renovations, and remediation. Aside from the costly repairs, you may face legal liabilities. In addition, failing to address mold growth can result in health problems for those regularly in the building, and you may become liable.

Why Commercial Properties Need Mold Inspections

Routine testing and mold inspections can help catch potential growth before it becomes severe. As a commercial property owner, you should have your building professionally inspected for mold at least once a year. Because mold can grow in any area exposed to moisture, it is crucial to work with a professional who can identify any potential sources of mold growth.

Many sources of mold growth are areas prone to water damage, including attics, bathrooms, and basements. Mold spreads much quicker than most people think, so it is essential to act quickly. Unfortunately, the longer mold is left to grow, the more difficult it becomes to remove and remediate.

Factors of Mold Growth

Poor ventilation can create a moist environment that is conducive to mold growth. Therefore, commercial properties that do not have adequate ventilation systems are at a higher risk of developing mold problems.

Water damage is another likely culprit of mold growth in commercial properties. Water damage can occur due to leaks, floods, or high humidity. Therefore, commercial properties in high humidity levels should be equipped with dehumidifiers to prevent mold growth.

In short, mold can create significant problems for commercial properties. By understanding the hidden dangers of mold and the importance of annual inspections, commercial property owners can take proactive steps to prevent mold growth and protect the health of their tenants, employees, and customers.

Contact us or schedule an appointment today to ensure your property is safe and free of mold.

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