10 Things to Know About Mold
We received a call to inspect a newly purchased old restaurant, bought with the purpose to give it new life. The inspection eventually led to an extensive commercial mold job for SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown "molding” (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to ensure protection!
All items with mold exposure were removed. When the demo was completed, industrial hygienists came in to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious, yet rewarding, job. We get to see a building brought back to life!
What else should I know about mold?
- Mold exposures may include health effects.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate moisture sources.
- Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth.
- Clean and dry any damp building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- You should clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry thoroughly. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
- Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Some molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.