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Safe Use of Buildings During Mold Removal

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is a common concern for many property owners and in many cases has become so familiar that people don't take appropriate steps to remediate the situation. Unfortunately, there are some reasons to make mold removal a top concern:

The presence of mold, even unseen, can lead to unpleasant odors.
Mold spreads quickly and may affect entire buildings before it's found.
Mold damages the materials it lives on, including wood, drywall, fabrics, insulation, and even metals.
If nothing else, the sight of mold on otherwise clean walls can make your Huntington Beach CA, property look old, rundown, or unclean.

Safety and Comfort for Building Occupants
Once you've scheduled mold removal, you may wonder how to proceed as usual while mold cleanup and remediation professionals tackle the cleanup efforts. Happily, there are steps you can take to keep your employees and other building occupants comfortable. There are also protocols the professionals will take to keep mold contained.

Containment Steps You Can Take
As soon as you've noticed mold, take steps to reduce further mold growth. For example, keep your employees away from the area. Turn off fans and the HVAC system, so spores don't spread into other areas of the property. Don't touch the mold or allow others to touch it.

Professional Containment Procedures
While working, professionals may introduce containment procedures, such as hanging physical barriers or installing negative air chambers. This is often the case when professionals are handling black mold or if there are very large colonies. During the cleaning and disinfection processes, professionals may introduce the use of air filtration systems or wear personal protective equipment.

Continued Building Use During Removal
There are many steps involved in mold removal. The good news is that you can probably keep your building open and operation during the cleanup process because of containment steps. During cleanup efforts, ask professionals how to prevent future mold growth.

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