Your commercial property is a huge investment so it’s important that you maintain it adequately and reduce the risk of damage caused by too much moisture. Unfortunately mould and moisture damage can be one of the most devastating threats to your commercial property, but it can be prevented.
Summer often brings heavy rains and, along with the humidity and warmer weather, mould can flourish in your buildings. Moisture penetration can cause timber rot, structural damage and damage to your tenants’ property (which you may be considered liable for). Mould inside commercial buildings can also be a health risk, and if you have vulnerable people within your property’s walls, for example children or the sick or elderly, the consequences can be serious.
Here are a few suggestions to help you reduce the risk of mould becoming a problem for your commercial property.
- Regularly check for signs of excess moisture in and around your buildings. This includes condensation on the inside of windows or walls, dampness or any other moisture.
- Fix plumbing problems and leaks immediately before they can lead to moisture damage and dampness. Even a dripping tap can increase the moisture levels in a kitchen or bathroom and lead to longer-term problems.
- Make sure kitchens and bathrooms are well vented. The build-up of moisture from baths, showers and cooking can create a mould problem over time.
- Seal your building’s windows and doors so moisture can’t penetrate inside. Summer is a good time of year to check for damage to seals from winter weather and make sure they are watertight before the cooler weather rolls around again.
- Make sure drainage is taken care of both in and around your building. Without adequate drainage water can seep in all too easily and lead to an ongoing problem.
- Keep your HVAC system well maintained to prevent leakage or condensation build up.
Mould prevention can help you avoid a number of health issues among your tenants as well as keeping your building in better condition and reducing structural damage caused by excess moisture.