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Mold Prevention Measures Must Include the Routine Inspection of these 5 Areas

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in corner of window. Mold prevention must include routine property inspections, especially of the areas mentioned above.

Mold prevention is more inclusive than annual facility inspections. If you only walk through your property once per year, then you risk not seeing a potential issue, like water damage, until it is too late and requires a mold removal business in Whitemarsh, PA. Therefore, to limit your risks, it is essential to perform routine inspections of the following five areas.

Property foundation
Windows and doors

Property Foundation
Many business owners do not consider a leaky foundation as a precursor to mold. However, if water is allowed to enter a facility unabated, then mold growth is always a possible consequence. Therefore, make sure landscaping is graded away from the property and that downspouts and gutters are maintained.

Do you have an attic or drop ceiling that hides the roof from interior inspection? It is necessary to look for signs of wear and water damage to the roof from both the interior and exterior of your building, especially when the goal is to prevent mold.

Windows and Doors
Another item to pay attention to for mold prevention is the seals around your building's windows and doors. Seals age over time and can crack or become worn and ineffective, meaning every time it rains, your property is a little more vulnerable to mold growth.

If you operate out of a warehouse, then you are lucky because much of your plumbing is visible. However, if your property is more traditional, then leaks and other plumbing issues may not be as obvious, potentially leading to a hidden mold threat.

Condensate pipes or appliances tucked into tight nooks are often overlooked during routine visual inspections because they are hidden. Therefore, be sure that visual inspections include thorough checks of equipment and machinery. For example, pull out breakroom fridges and check underneath sinks.

Mold prevention must include routine property inspections, especially of the areas mentioned above. While annual checks are an excellent first step, a lot can happen in a year, so to protect your property, increase walk-throughs and visual inspections.

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