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Mold Remediation Checklist for Commercial Buildings

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage or excess humidity in your commercial building can cause mold growth in just 48 hours.

If you suspect your commercial building harbors mold, use these steps as a guideline to determine the nature and scale of the problem, and then, the best way to eradicate it.

Start by Asking Some Questions

  • Does your commercial building have a history of moisture problems?  Are there hidden sources of water or is the humidity high enough to cause condensation?
  • Are building materials or furnishings visibly damaged? Have building materials been wet more than 48 hours? 
  • Has the building been recently remodeled or has building use changed? Has maintenance been delayed or the maintenance plan been altered?
  • Have building occupants reported musty or moldy odors or health problems?

First, Investigate

  • Investigate any signs or reports of mold. Clean up small mold problems and fix moisture problems before they become large problems.
  • Identify any and all sources or causes of water or moisture problems. Note the type of water-damaged materials (wallboard, carpet, etc.) and measure the size of the affected area.
  • Check inside your commercial building’s air ducts and air handling units.
  • Keep your building occupants informed about your mold remediation process.
  • If you have a medium- or large-size mold problem, select an experienced remediation manager such as SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield.

If you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

Second, Remediate

  • Dry out any wet materials within 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Use personal protection equipment (N-95 respirator, gloves and goggles) to fully protect workers. Use containment equipment to protect your building and its occupants.
  • Use the most appropriate cleanup methods for moldy items. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests:
    Method 1: Wet vacuum. Steam cleaning may be an alternative for carpets and some upholstered furniture.
    Method 2: Damp-wipe surfaces with plain water or with water and detergent solution (use wood floor cleaner on wood); scrub as needed.
    Method 3: High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum after the material has been thoroughly dried. Dispose of the contents of the HEPA vacuum in well-sealed plastic bags.
    Method 4: Remove water-damaged materials and seal in plastic bags while inside of containment, if present. Dispose of as normal waste. HEPA vacuum area after it is dried.

If the job is too big or complicated for you to tackle safely and effectively, hire a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield, who has the experience and training to fully restore your commercial mold damage.

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The team at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield has specialized mold remediation training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your commercial building or property. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield at 860.633.8791 any time, day or night.

If you suspect mold contamination at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield today at 860.633.8791

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