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Risk of Mould During Pandemic Business Closures

The world has changed around us because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The way we do business has changed too, bringing with it a whole host of new problems. Abandoned office buildings due to the lockdown laws have brought about new and unforeseen challenges. According to a risk assessment expert, the lack of maintenance and the inability to routinely check the premises for leaks or other potential threats due to lockdown closures has led to bigger and more costly issues such as mould growth. 

Ventilation Issues

When offices reopen after lengthy closures, the air within the building usually has poor air quality. Humidity within the closed premises increases the risk of mould development. Build up of moisture and dust within the building harbours the perfect conditions for mould growth. Moreover, if left too long, the remediation process can become increasingly complex and would require specialist equipment and trained personnel to effectively remove them. If mould and mould spores are not removed following correct methodology, they may recur when the conditions are once again ideal. The WHS in office and shop environments may be affected and may harm employees and customers too. Therefore, it is vital that action is taken sooner rather than later.

Offices and buildings that have been locked for many days may have ventilation issues that cause moisture to remain which may form mildew and mould growth. Air conditioning units are the most common breeding grounds for mould as they harbour moist and humid conditions within its system. Due to their spider web-like structure, ducted systems can cause mould to spread rapidly and become airborne when spores are released. Mould spores become a potential health hazard if present in large concentrations. Persons suffering from allergies and asthma are at high risk of becoming ill, however, even healthy individuals exposed to high concentrations may become prone to suffering from respiratory ailments too.

Mould Growth due to Water Damage

Apart from humidity, any water leakages, burst pipes or existing damp areas may cause water damage and rapid mould growth if not addressed immediately. Within two days, even clean water damage (water from a non-contaminated source) has the potential to develop into a contaminated water damage situation. Contaminated or black water damage may cause black mould to form and release toxic mould spores into the environment and become a major health hazard. Water damage and mould growth may also cause extensive damage to building materials that would require specialist equipment and trained technicians to restore the building to its pre-loss condition. 

Juvenaire has over 25 years experience in the restoration industry and over 15 years experience with mould remediation. Our team has successfully completed countless mould remediation projects with the latest restoration technologies. Our trained technicians will treat mould in any building or office space with the best techniques to ensure the health and safety of all occupants. Juvenaire has the latest equipment to remove airborne mould spores and bring the environment to a normal mould ecology which reduces the risk of a recurrence of mould growth. We also conduct clearance testing by sending surface samples to an independent laboratory. Once cleared, we provide a clearance certificate when all remediation works are successfully completed.

If you need to schedule an inspection or if you have any questions and concerns, contact us to speak to a Juvenaire Project Manager on 1300 550 960 or email us at claims@juvenaire.com.au

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