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Should Your Office Stay Open During Mold Cleanup?

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fan drying out affected area

Should Your Office Stay Open During Mold Cleanup?

If your commercial property in Oak Grove,GA, has been subjected to mold, bringing in a professional mold removal company to clean it up is a no-brainer. It may be unclear, however, whether or not you can continue daily business operations while the affected area is restored. Here are three things to consider before asking your employees to come in to work during mold remediation.

1. How much of the office will be worked on?

Finding mold growth under the sink in the breakroom kitchen is one thing. Discovering that the entire warehouse needs to be cleaned up is another. As you decide whether or not to maintain normal business practices, the first thing you should consider is how much of your office will need to be contained, cleaned up, and kept completely off limits from your staff in order to expedite the remediation process.

2. Is noise an issue?

Mold removal can get loud. In order to dry out the affected areas, the remediation team will likely need to operate dehumidifiers, fans, negative air machines, and other equipment that will raise the noise levels in your office considerably. Turning these noisemakers off may not be an option, either. If the hum, whir, and occasional clank of remediation equipment will disrupt your business, it may be best to give your employees time off or make arrangements for them to work from home if possible.

3. Are you okay with it getting a little hot in here?

Temperatures often rise during indoor mold cleanup due to the various equipment that will likely be employed to contain, clean, and thoroughly dry the premises. Additionally, the building's HVAC system may need to be turned off for long periods of time, even if it wasn't affected by black mold. If breaking a sweat isn't part of your business plan, this might present a problem.

Ultimately, whether or not your business stays fully staffed during mold removal is up to you. To make the right call, it's important to carefully consider these and other factors that can affect you and your employees' productivity and contentment.

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