Buildings that develop leaks become excellent places for mold colonies to thrive. A property that been damaged by leaks, storms, or HVAC systems should be fixed immediately to prevent mold buildup. Mold decomposes organic construction materials making them in some instances irreparable. Here are a few ways to be diligent in water damage and mold prevention.

Check the Plumbing System of the Building for Leaks

Plumbing systems frequently develop leaking pipes and dampen the natural construction materials of commercial properties. To prevent damp materials from becoming infested with mold, check for these types of leaks regularly:

Burst pipes
Worn supply lines
Leaking fixtures

Making sure old plumbing systems are updated, especially if there are any rusted pipes, will also prevent water damage.

Check HVAC Systems for Humidity

HVAC systems are a common culprit in creating favorable environments for mold growth. Check often with a professional to ensure that humidity levels in the property are standard for mold prevention. The drip pan of HVAC systems collects humidity and dust, providing fungus the necessary conditions for its development. Examine the drip pan of your HVAC system regularly for any mold colonies to prevent mold spores from circulating into the building.

Check for Water Stains from Inclement Weather on the Ceilings and Walls

Water can seep into a building through the ceilings and walls from a storm’s powerful winds. Examine these areas for water stains and call a professional if you find them. This means the material is damp and favorable for mold. Materials that have been dampened can be dehumidified and restored to prevent mold growth.

If you find leaks or water stains on your commercial property, it is important to address them immediately to prevent fungus growth. Call an expert water damage restoration service to repair natural construction materials. If your plumbing is the problem, make sure you call a plumber before having your property restored.