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Mold in the Workplace: What You can Do

Mold growth can occur just about anywhere. It is not necessarily confined only to private residences. It flourishes wherever moisture and organic materials exist. This means that commercial establishments are just as vulnerable to mold growth as private homes. Here are some facts about mold in the workplace, its sources and what you can do to protect yourself and your co-workers if you find it thriving in your office.

Mold in the Workplace

Mold is the number cause of a condition known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is a medical condition where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or feel unwell for reasons they cannot necessarily pinpoint. It is a very real condition that can contribute to absenteeism which results in lower productivity. Moreover, mold in the workplace can damage property as well as it can cause workers to suffer from a whole host of symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, etc. Finally, mold in the workplace is unsightly and can give visitors and clients to your office a bad overall impression of your business.

Its Sources

There are many places mold can begin to form in workplace. This is particularly true of buildings that lack adequate ventilation. Building materials like drywall can be a receptacle for mold as well. Some other sources of mold in the workplace include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed, unfinished or insufficient maintenance projects

 

What to do if you see Mold in your Workplace

If you see mold in the workplace, here are the steps you should take:

  • Advise your manager immediately
  • Provide details about the environment of the location
  • Recommend mold remediation
  • Visit or contact your regional or area Occupational Safety and Health Administration office
  • Request proof from your company that they’ve cleaned the area. They may wish to do so if only to avoid legal actions.office mold

Finally, if you have been exposed to mold either at home or in the place and exhibits signs such as a chronic cough you may wish to see your doctor for a check-up. He or she can advise you on what course you should take if your condition was caused by mold exposure. As mold damage restoration experts we can conduct a mold inspection and advise you on how you can eliminate mold in the workplace and at the same time protect your workers, guests and clients.

Ways Water Can Damage the Foundation of Your Home

One of the things we often see when people call us for water and storm damage restoration is how flooding affects the very foundation of homes. In these cases, it is about far more than the cosmetic damage or even the mold dangers that water can cause to your home, it is about your home’s very structural integrity. This being the case, let’s look at four ways in which water can threaten the foundation of your family’s home.

  • Soil saturation: Water can cause the soil around the foundation of your home to loosen. This can lead to water penetrating your home. To avoid this, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and working in proper order.
  • Soil Erosion: Water can begin to slowly wash away the soil that supports your home’s foundation causing it to settle. Sometimes these signs are very subtle and take some time to occur. Signs of this include uneven floors, drywall cracks, tilting chimneys etc. That is why it is important to have experts look at all aspects of your home in the aftermath of a flood.
  • Hydrostatic pressure buildup: Hydrostatic pressure – which is caused by soil that is over saturated with water – can build up and cause your homes wall’s to push inward leading to cracking and bowing. This can happen suddenly or over time as a result of heavy rainfall.
  • Excessive tree root growth: Overly saturated soil can cause tree roots around your home’s foundation to grow. These roots can eventually begin to add even more pressure to the foundation of your home and cause your foundation to crack. This in turn can even lead to a home “leaning” noticeably.
  • Water can cause damage to wood structural components near your foundation: Foundations that are permeated with water could damage the wooden components of your home. This in turn can lead to mold growth. It is notoriously difficult to remove mold from wood as it is porous. Our professionals have experience in removing wood from homes permanently regardless of what caused it to grow. water damage

Most homeowners don’t even think about the foundation of their home until it is damaged in some way. But water is one of those forces that can affect the very core of your home. Therefore, flood repair is a very complicated part of recovery from storms. It takes professionals who have encountered these kinds of emergencies and know exactly how to mitigate the damage that flooding often causes.

Tips for Surviving a Mudslide

It is amazing to think of how delicately balanced the forces of nature are. For example, experts believe that the deadly mudslides that occurred back in January of this year were partially facilitated by the wildfires that were raging in our state at that time. These fires devastated steep slopes, caused de-vegetation and de-stabilization to occur. This erased any barrier that would have kept damaging water at bay. Of course mudslides can be just as devastating as fire or water and it is for this reason that we offer the following advice for surviving mudslides.

  • Pay attention to rain reports if you’re in an area with damaged soil: As we said, forest fires can damage the integrity of the soil surrounding them. Stay alert to rain forecasts if you live in an area where the soil is damaged. This weakening of the soil around you could lead to a mudslide.
  • Follow your family’s emergency plan: If you do hear of landslides in the area or conditions that may lead to them, stay calm, gather your family together and implement each step to your emergency evacuation plan (if you have one).
  • Run sideways away from landslides. Did you know that landslides can travel up to 35mph? This means that you will probably not be able to outrun one if you are outside. Instead, run sideways if you are away from shelter.
  • Watch for cracks in the soil: Cracks in the soil could mean that dirt and debris are starting to slide and that a landslide is imminent. Remember that mudslides can quickly pick up speed as they travel further.
  • Go to high ground in your home: If it is too late to evacuate and you are at home during a mudslide, seek safety upstairs or on the roof.
  • Boil any tap water in your home: Since mudslides often lead to broken water lines, be sure to boil water once it has been deemed safe to return to your home. Remember that mudslides can necessitate water removal from your home as well.

Yes, it is odd to see how natural forces intertwine and even seem to conspire against us. As we have shown, fire can lead to flooding or mudslides. Mudslides can also lead to conditions that foster the growth of mold. Our company does mold removal and remediation as well as fire damage house repair can remove smoke damage to your home.

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