Before you reopen your business in San Jose, California, call Benchmark Environmental Engineering for mold testing. The 2020 COVID-19 lockdown forced many commercial buildings to stop operations, leading to a reduction in cleaning, maintenance, water, and equipment use. Sudden halts like this can create hazards to returning workers and patrons that require professional inspection to uncover and resolve completely.
Mold Grows During Shutdowns
Mold will grow wherever moisture collects: ceiling tiles, fabric, wallpaper, insulation, carpet, drywall, etc. Mold-infestations are fed by leaks in pipes, windows, or roofs. Naturally, people with a mold allergy should stay away from know problem areas, but mold can also aggravate those with respiratory conditions (like asthma) and weakened immune systems. So, it’s important to know if and where you have contamination.
Quick Action Is Key
Mold will spread to a dangerous degree if left unchecked for a prolonged time. Whether that extended period is defined in days or weeks depends on the season, climate, and building-specific factors. If your building is in a humid area and has poor ventilation, mold needs only a few days to spiral out of hand, but it will take a week or more to spread that far in a well-ventilated building in dry weather.
Who Should Consider A Mold Inspection?
Any business can suffer from mold issues, though ones that generally use a significant amount of water daily run a higher risk from leaks and standing water that developed during a shutdown. Mold can hit businesses in the food and beverage and health and wellness industries, especially hard. It’s also wise to take extra health precautions if your company serves vulnerable populations, like children or senior citizens.
- Agricultural Facilities
- Auto Repair Shops
- Barber Shops
- Coffee Shops
- Day Care Centers
- Fitness Centers
- Grocery Stores
- Hair Salons & Spas
- Yoga Studios
Our Environmental Consulting Services
Our environmental consultants are trained to recognize mold. Our team also uses special tools during inspections to test for mold in hard-to-reach places. Once testing is complete, your consultant will give you expert guidance on the next steps, including post-remediation testing, to make sure your business is actually mold-free.
If you think your building may have been exposed to the coronavirus, we can also perform post-cleaning COVID-19 surface testing. With both tests, you can be doubly sure that your business is safe and ready to reopen.
Get Ready To Reopen Today
Does your San Jose area business need commercial mold testing before reopening to the public? Contact Benchmark Environmental Engineering today to learn more or to schedule your åservice.