Basements are among the most challenging spaces to keep mold-free since they are naturally dark and damp. If your business features a basement, it provides storage space for inventory, equipment, tools, and more. To help you maintain a mold-free commercial basement, review what your Los Angeles mold inspectors suggest. 

Use the Right-Size Dehumidifier(s)

Dehumidifiers come in various sizes to accommodate different square footage. If your basement does not feature a dehumidifier at this time, invest in one large enough to keep your entire commercial basement dry. You can also use several smaller dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Leave the dehumidifier(s) on and empty the appliance(s) every day or every other day depending on basement dampness. 

Remove Water-Damaged Ceiling Tiles

If your commercial basement has sustained water damage, remove the affected materials as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. It takes most mold strains 48 to 72 hours to flourish in the right conditions. Get rid of any water-damaged ceiling tiles, drywall, and flooring to prevent mold growth. 

Upgrade the Ventilation System

Your commercial building’s ventilation system should extend to the basement. If it doesn’t, consider upgrading the system so the subterranean storage space gets more airflow. You’ll also want to clean all ventilation systems regularly, which includes inspecting the intake systems and air filters for mold growth. 

Don’t Leave Wet Items in the Basement

Anything that is wet or damp should not be stored in the basement until it is fully dry. This includes various materials, equipment, inventory, or anything else related to your business. Left in a damp, dark space, any wet items become perfect environments for mold growth. Ensure staff members understand that nothing wet goes in the basement to avoid mold issues as well as damaged inventory, gear, equipment, and more. 

Check the Windows

Most basements have windows. Yours should be well-insulated and sealed to prevent water and moisture infiltrations. Inspect your basement windows every few months for damage that can lead to mold growth.

For mold inspection and removal services in Orange County, please contact Mold Masters today. 

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