Business Reopening Plans May Call for Mold Remediation

Business Reopening Plans May Call for Mold Remediation

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Now that we have passed the fourth stage of reopening in New York State, businesses are opening their doors, schools are looking to get back in session, and commercial workspaces that once sat vacant are welcoming back their employees. As much of the concern is focused around the COVID-19 pandemic and attempting to establish face mask and social distancing safety protocols, employers may be overlooking another biological issue that the stagnant environment can cause – mold.

As leading mold remediation specialists in Albany, Philadelphia and Tampa, we explain what causes mold to grow in empty buildings, how to prevent it, and what to do if you find it.

Why Building Closures Can Lead to Mold

When buildings are closed for several months with little airflow throughout the summer, the conditions become favorable for mold to thrive. In fact, structures that have been closed and were not properly prepared for extended closure periods, can provide the perfect humidity, temperature and air quality levels for mold to grow.

Structural mold is silent but can grow and cause enough damage to structures, ultimately causing buildings to remain closed longer than expected. Mold can also have harmful effects on the air quality and health of the individuals breathing in that air.

How to Prevent Mold Growth During an Extended Closure

Many buildings were closed abruptly in March, eliminating the opportunity to perform proper procedures for building closure. Ideally, in closing a building, the following measures should be taken to properly secure and close a building for extended periods of time:

  • Complete cleaning of the structure, focusing on areas where dust settles, such as door jambs, chair rails and baseboards.
  • Removal of all food, including trash and other garbage that can cause odor or other issues after being present for months at a time.
  • Removal of any standing water, such as is in sinks.
  • Provision of fresh air into the building by a designated employee.
  • Opening of window blinds to allow ultraviolet light into the building for destruction of mold growth, as it is a natural destroyer of mold.
  • Maintenance of humidity levels under 60% to reduce the chance of mold growth.

How to Determine if You have a Mold Problem

When inspecting the structure’s overall integrity, it is important to look for visible mold growth, water stains or discoloration on exterior or interior walls, and “keep a nose out” for musty odors. Mold can begin colonizing within 24 hours, feeding off moisture and organic matter found inside most buildings, ultimately causing damage to the building’s structure.

How to Remove Mold

Fortunately, if you find mold growth, MacFawn Fire & Flood Restoration can help. There is no building too big or too small that we can’t handle. With over 30 years of experience in mold remediation in Albany, Philadelphia and Tampa, MacFawn Restoration has the licensing, equipment and expertise to properly remediate and remove mold from your business or home. MacFawn’s team of professionals will work with you every step of the way to meet your unique needs.

For more information, contact us online or call (877)-MAC-FAWN. Our mold remediation professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Mark S.

"We were very happy with the work performed by MacFawn. The project manager was a huge help in the beginning, giving us information and assessing the issue. Then, the technician who performed the actual work was really friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. I could tell he actually cared about making sure this was all done the right way."

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"I called MacFawn last week when my basement flooded and they responded promptly; materials in hand and ready to work. They gave me a more than fair estimate of what the work would cost before they started and were in and out. They completely dried out my basement in a matter of a day or so and gave me sound advice on preventing mold growth and what to look for in the future to bypass anymore damage. I would highly recommend these folks. "

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"These guys are by far the BEST in the area. I called them when I discovered my basement was full of water and they were at my house in Slingerlands in 35 minutes FLAT. Professional, courteous, knew what to do and did it quickly. After my basement was dried there were no visible signs of mold growth. They did an excellent job. I don't think I've ever had a service call show up that quickly. I would highly recommend."

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"Literally life saving. After our home was infiltrated with toxic silica dust from a nearby construction project, MacFawn saved us. We discovered the mess after 7pm on a Friday. That night they reached out to cleaners, we had an on site quote Saturday and by sundown Sunday, our home was both clean and safe. Within a week the entire inside and outside were spotless after a window cleaning specialist came a few days after the interior clean up. The crews inside our home were kind, professional and did an excellent job!"

Elizabeth B.

"I cannot say enough about how wonderful MacFawn is. I had significant mold in my basement from a water runoff problem. CJ came very quickly, did a walk through, located the problem and told me step by step what could be done. While they could do mold remediation, the water problem that was causing it had to be dealt with. I was able to schedule an inspector and looked into estimates for a basement system. We did the mold remediation first, then the basement project. The crew of Joe, Leah, Jordan and Zach, as well as CJ and Evan, were all amazing, hardworking, punctual, professional and gracious. CJ and Evan were always on hand by text or email to answer additional questions. Evan came to my property to have a look at the project and bring the dumpster. Leah called to my attention a hole in my dryer vent, clogged with lint, that was a fire hazard, thus averting a potential tragedy. I took care of that issue immediately. After the mold project was completed, the crew picked up everything and swept my basement. No debris was left, not even in my driveway. When I had the basement system installed, those workers ran into an unforeseen problem which necessitated having three half walls of decorative brick removed. I emailed CJ about checking those areas for mold. CJ answered me within the day. No mold, fortunately. CJ and Evan actually sent Joe back out to remove some pieces of damaged wood, as well as clean and use encapsulating paint on those three areas of cinderblock, at NO additional charge. I was floored. Who does that nowadays? These individuals are a pleasure to work with, patient, professional, answered all of my questions and did a phenomenal job. They are dog-friendly, too! I felt that the information given regarding what needed to be done was accurate and honest, and their estimate was fair. There was no pressure. I am beyond grateful with the positive experience I had with MacFawn. Thank you all so much! You rock! "

Albert C.

"Great job. We had extensive insulation in the attic covered with thick dust from a very old roof replacement. Was impressed with the initial review of the problem and skill and professionalism of the staff. Also impressed with the respirators and PPE worn. The staff really took a lot of time to protect all our walls, furniture, and floors while carrying the many piles of very dusty insulation out of the home. Would definitely use this company again."