Health Risks of Mold in your BuildingOctober 24, 2014 0 Comments
On average, Americans spend about 90% or more of their time indoors according to the EPA.
If mold is present in a building such as a school, office, or other indoor work environment, it can result in increased absenteeism due to allergy affects and other health-related issues.
Health Risks of Mold in your Building:
In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy people, and increased asthma-related symptoms for people with asthma.
Advanced Stages of Mold Exposure:
If you have health symptoms alone, talk to your health provider first. If you are not sure where the symptoms are coming from and suspect water damage, flooding, or moisture issues in your building, contact a certified mold remediation specialist for an inspection. Being exposed to mold can make you ill, and can have serious health consequences. We want to make sure you take the correct actions to make sure your building is safe!
If you suspect water damage or mold, take immediate action and call AdvantaClean @ 877-957-5670
Mold is a symptom of an underlying moisture issue:
Mold thrives in moist environments. Any place that is wet (and especially humid) is a perfect place for mold to grow. If you ignore the moisture, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours. It’s very important to take immediate action when you experience water damage of any type!
Tips for mold prevention in your building:
- Inspect and add insulation to piping in your building. Routine inspections of piping are safe protocol. If a pipe bursts it can cause extensive water damage and potential mold damage. Adding insulation to pipes can prevent freezing pipes over the winter season, and save your building from water damage! Be sure to look out for water stains as well as they can be a sign of a possible pipe leak.
- Maintain humidity levels at 30-50%. Controlling humidity levels will greatly reduce the presence of mold, as well as dust mites and other microbes. Dust mites/microbes are also contaminates that can affect your respiratory system.
- Schedule a roof inspection. Roof replacement can be a high expense! It is important to understand the life expectancy of your roof, and have regular inspections. Be sure to look for dark spots, missing shingles, and other roof damage which can lead to water entry within your building.
More Info.? Check out 5 Common Commercial Plumbing Problems for tips on a proactive approach to commercial plumbing leaks!