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What Causes Musty Odors in a Business?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation icon SERVPRO of Eau Claire is your commercial mold remediation expert and available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Musty Odors are a Common Sign of Mold Growth. SERVPRO is an Eau Claire Commercial Mold Remediation Specialist Available 24/7.

Are odors a sign of low indoor air quality?

Musty odors in your Eau Claire business could be putting off customers and affecting staff. Usually, these odors result from a microbial growth issue that may be residing somewhere in the company building. Commonly, these issues occur due to a slow leak or damp spot, which could occur seasonally or as the direct result of an event. Mold does not just release odors but also microscopic spores. These spores often become airborne, where they can be inhaled or ingested by people using the space. If musty odors lead to the discovery of molds, you may need to restore indoor air quality to get your business back to its preloss condition.

What are the stages of mold growth?

- Spores land on damp or wet spots with enough organic matter and temperature to reproduce

- Hyphae grow from the spore onto, or into, surfaces

- Colonies produce additional spores which can spread further throughout the structure

What tools control indoor air quality?

It is typical for commercial mold remediation techniques used in your business to include air scrubbing. Cleaning air uses specialized equipment known as air-filtration devices. These can be placed throughout your company, drawing indoor air into a complex set of filters. These filters are known as high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) and can pull microscopic mold spores out of an indoor environment. Usually, SERVPRO technicians create an exhausting duct in the business to remove contaminated air from the building altogether and replace it with clean air. 

How should air-filtration devices be set up?

- Identify the affected area and enclose the system by shutting doors or windows

- Place an air-filtration device within the closed system

- Attach ducts for exhausting clean air and drawing out waste air

When your business shows signs of mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Eau Claire at 715-834-3473.

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