Mold can end up costing construction companies thousands. In fact, mold can compromise the foundations of a building, the building materials and cause everyone who enters that building some serious health issues. It can also push a project way past deadline. What’s worse is that mold can grow anywhere that moisture or humidity is present even on brand new construction.
For those in the construction industry, mold prevention is essential though sometimes difficult. For that reason, we’ve put together some tips to help industry professionals prevent mold and keep work sites safe and clean.
1. Move water immediately.
If you’ve experienced any type of leak or flooding, you need to act fast. Quickly remove all excess water from the area and dry out all materials as best you can. The longer things remain moist or water-logged, the higher the likelihood of water damage and mold growth. Additionally, most insurances won’t cover mold damage unless you can prove you took fast preventative action.
2. Identify the source.
Look for the area where the water is coming from. Oftentimes the source is something small like a corroded pipe, a leaky HVAC installation, or an old sprinkler system. It is definitely worth the cost to fix these problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the bigger and more expensive the problem will become.
3. Monitor humidity levels.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, humidity levels should be kept below 50% to discourage mold growth. Keeping levels this low could be as easy as turning on the air conditioning. However, air conditioning during a construction project can often lead to debris being sucked into the ventilation system and creating air quality issues. Dehumidifiers are the simplest way to prevent condensation and allow you to focus on the project at hand. Priority Rental rents dehumidifiers for short term projects.
4. Keep air moving.
In addition to removing moisture, proper ventilation is key to a mold-free environment. Otherwise, moisture can begin to build on walls and ceilings. However, opening some windows may not be enough to get air circulating throughout a construction site. At Priority Rental, we offer fans large enough to cool an entire warehouse. The fresh air will stop mold in its tracks and keep your building site mold-free.
5. Wrap and seal the site.
Another important step in being preventative is wrapping your building materials and sealing the construction site. This will keep moisture out during wet or humid weather. If left unprotected, one storm could contribute to mold growth and put off the entire project.
If you’re in the industry, be sure you take the proper precautions to prevent mold growth — your reputation could depend on it.