In recent years there has been increasing concern related to the health impacts associated with living and working in damp buildings. Risk factors are complex and exposure levels differ from building to building. Additionally, susceptibility varies from individual to individual, but the Center for Disease Control identifies a relationship between damp buildings and upper respiratory problems with particularly acute symptoms presenting in persons with asthma or compromised immune systems. It’s up to janitorial services in Los Angeles CA to work with facility crews to ensure the damp doesn’t become an issue.
Of particular concern, damp buildings provide an ideal climate for mold and bacteria to multiply. Individuals living or working in damp buildings can be exposed to mold spores and fragments. Additionally, moisture attracts pests like cockroaches, mites, and rodents. Moisture can also degrade building materials such that they release dangerous compounds into the indoor environment. So with the wet season in California nearly upon us, identifying and remediating sources of moisture in your facility or home is crucial to maintaining a healthy building.
Identify Problem Areas
Conducting a simple visual inspection of your facility can identify obvious sources of moisture intrusion, and should be the first step. Check ceilings, walls, and flooring for any signs of leaks. The Environmental Protection Agency provides a sample checklist to assist in the process. A leak might involve water seeping in from the exterior or it could involve interior plumbing. A leak, even a slow one, can serve as a breeding hot spot for mold. Be sure to check any exposed and or accessible pipes as well. Additionally, check furnishings for stains or visible discoloration that could suggest mold.
While attractive, indoor water features can actually pose health concerns. Fountains and indoor ponds elevate moisture levels and can serve as a breeding ground for microbes, especially if not maintained properly. Evaluate whether the aesthetic qualities of these features justify potential health concerns. Fountains can after all be repurposed in attractive ways. Extensive indoor foliage can also contribute to higher than average moisture levels.
Maintain a Healthy Building
Regular maintenance and inspection of the facility’s HVAC system is also critical to maintaining proper air exchange rates and by extension, healthy moisture levels within the building. Ensure that areas like restrooms are properly vented to draw out excess dampness.
Additionally, ensure that buildings receive regular and thorough cleaning to guarantee that spills and other sources of dampness are promptly eliminated. With our well-trained and motivated crews, ICS provides the best janitorial services Los Angeles CA clients can find. We provide both scheduled and responsive cleaning services to fit your needs. At ICS we prioritize keeping your facility as clean and healthy as possible.