Long-Term Impacts Mould Can Have On A Commercial Property

Tuesday 19th December 2023

Ellen Warren

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Mould can start as a small problem but rapidly escalate if left unchecked. What begins as an unsightly spot could result in costly structural damage to your business property or legal troubles due to health risks.

ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that specialises in mould remediation services. Our team utilise industrial-grade methods and solutions that ensure the complete removal of mould, helping you to prevent its return in the future with expert advice.

Read on to learn some prevention strategies and early detection methods for mould growth.

The hidden dangers of mould in commercial properties

Mould is a nuisance, but the problems it causes go beyond unsightly patches on walls. In commercial properties, its effects can be particularly damaging.

Mould growth poses significant health risks to those exposed regularly. It releases spores into the air, triggering allergic reactions and respiratory issues like asthma.

Structural damage is another concern. Over time, persistent mould can degrade building materials, leading to costly repairs or even replacement of structural elements.

Lastly, there are financial implications from lost productivity due to sick staff members, increased maintenance costs, potential fines for violating health and safety regulations, and reduced property values if mould is left untreated.

Insights on mould in commercial buildings

Mould poses a significant risk to commercial property, as prolonged exposure can lead to health issues like allergies and respiratory problems.

However, health concerns are not the only difficulties mould can cause. A study from Science Direct showed mould infestations could also weaken structural integrity, causing serious financial consequences for property owners.

To prevent this scenario, maintaining adequate ventilation is crucial. Regular checks help detect any moisture build-up early - the primary cause of mould growth. Prompt action at first signs of mould saves both money and time spent on costly repairs later.

Prevention strategies for mould growth in commercial properties

Staying dry and well-ventilated is a must for preventing mould growth. Regular checks for leaks, dampness, and poor ventilation can stop the problem before it gets out of control.

Studies show that controlling humidity levels below 60% helps inhibit mould development. Use dehumidifiers or air conditioning units where necessary to manage moisture effectively.

The condition of your building plays a significant role in prevention. Timely repair of leaky roofs or pipes will avoid creating ideal conditions for mould.

Adequate airflow reduces moisture build-up, which deters mould formation. Enhancing indoor air quality with better ventilation systems ensures spaces remain dry and fresh.

Early detection methods for mould infestation

Detecting mould sooner can save you from problems down the line. A musty smell is often the first sign of hidden mould. If an area smells damp or stale, there's a good chance mould is present even if you can't see it.

Black, green or white specks on walls, floors and ceilings are common signs of mould growth. Use a torch in poorly lit areas, as light exposure might not be enough to reveal subtle discolouration.

If occupants experience unexplained allergies such as sneezing, coughing and watery eyes when inside the property but feel better outdoors - that could indicate indoor mould presence. Early detection lets us fix these issues promptly and efficiently.

Efficient remediation processes for mould infestation

Professional cleaning services offered by our team at ICE Cleaning use advanced techniques to eliminate existing mould. This typically involves an initial assessment, followed by careful removal of the infested material and treatment with specialised products to kill any remaining spores.

After remediation, it is crucial to maintain conditions that discourage regrowth. This means keeping areas dry and well-ventilated — dehumidifiers can help here.

Lastly, regular inspections can enable early detection of potential issues before they escalate into full-blown problems again. You should avoid touching or cleaning mould, as you could expose yourself to harmful spores and contaminants.

Mould on commercial property FAQs

Who is responsible for mould in a commercial property?

The landlord typically has to fix mould issues, but the tenant's actions can also cause it. It often depends on lease agreements.

Does mould make a property uninhabitable?

Mould can make any space unsafe because of health risks like allergies and respiratory problems.

Can you refuse to pay rent if you have mould?

You might withhold rent due to severe mould, but get legal advice first. Laws differ across locations and individual contracts.

Is mould the landlords fault?

If poor maintenance leads to damp conditions that breed mould, then landlords are responsible.

Get in touch

At ICE Cleaning, we offer mould removal services with a lifetime guarantee*. This means that if mould returns to your property after our team has cleaned it, we will return free of charge to conduct another removal procedure. Your property is protected forever under ICE Cleaning.

To learn more about our mould cleaning methods, visit our website today and read about our step-by-step process, or contact us at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We offer nationwide services 365 days a year, working 24/7 to ensure your needs are met at all times.

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