There are a lot of things that you need to think about when running a business. Mold infestations in your place of work should not be one of them.
But sadly a lot of San Francisco entrepreneurs, shops, restaurants, cafés and important commercial establishments are finding it hard to fully get rid of mold and that’s bad for business – here’s why.
The bad sides of mold development in your place of work
Mold is many things, but pleasant looking or smelling it is not.
This is one issue a lot of Golden City residents are coming to realize, especially during the rainy season from December to February, sometimes even March.
While residential mold issues affect only the people living in said properties, commercial issues can affect a whole community.
1. It Smells Funky
You’ve probably encountered this at home already. When food goes bad, especially fruits, they start developing the mossy kind of mildew.
It’s harmless, but it produces an unpleasant smell which can drive off even the most well-meaning customer.
2. It Looks Nasty
Different kinds of mold bear different discolorations due to evolutionary adaptation. When some have yellowish, blue-ish hues, other develop as brown spots.
Either way, they stand out from the overall color scheme of your place of business and will make a bad impression.
3. Can Get You Closed Down
If your business is dealing with food preparation like a restaurant or a café you should act immediately.
This creates stress and additional expenses on the part of the business owner. It’s bad news either way, regardless if you are a small business or a big corporation.
4. It Can Get Your Employees Sick
Health risks are high when in an environment which has a lot of mold issues. Mold can and will be toxic in certain conditions and times of the year.
Most kinds of fungal growths have different effects on the body and may result in long lasting health issues.
This means more paid vacation, it creates a door for lawsuits and other liabilities which are an unnecessary stress for the business.
There is a financial side to it as well, so avoiding problems with employees and providing a good work environment will promote higher efficiency.
5. It Can Get Your Customers Sick
Any human can be affected with health issues in a second, especially if the fungal growths have become a part of the HVAC system of the property.
Air flow from air conditioning disturbs fungal cultures inside the ducts and disperses them throughout the rooms and into the lungs of everyone present.
The association of getting sick can be attached to being inside of your business. Most of the symptoms of mycotoxicoses are alleviated once no longer exposed to them, so an association of being sick and being in your business can be easily created.
6. It Can Slow your Production
If you are in an industry which relies on regular production cycles this means you. Restaurants, factories, car washes, everything depends on producing and serving a community.
If mold is found this may disrupt your business operations throwing you off track and leaving a dent in your production. An increase in expenses due to unresolved mold issues is a very common problem, especially for businesses which deal with food production.
Restaurants, factories and other food production industry related businesses heavily rely on the taste of their production. Mold can affect the sensation of taste, not to mention it may make food and drink taste bad – this is highly avoidable but also very common.
San Franciscans love their local coffee and tea places, so maintaining a good, healthy environment in order to attract more people is paramount.
8. It Makes You Look Unprofessional
Having a dirty restaurant, a shop or any other establishment which depends on creating a good appearance, is very bad for business.
This is why so many companies spend so much money on PR and Marketing so they can look the best they can.
It’s especially true in the Silicon Valley area, where appearances can sometimes be more important than the actual product that is being developed.
9. It Makes Food Spoil Quicker
This one is for health professionals – but it will and it does make food soil quicker.
Mildew feeds on the sugars and cellulose which is found in fruit, vegetables, bread and other food stuffs.
This is especially bad for organic food stores due to the lack of pesticides which would otherwise kill of such contamination.
Of course, we are not advocating for the usage of pesticides in food production, but it may be one and only upside.
10. If Not Treated is Extremely Hard to Get Rid Of
If such an infestation is left untreated or is done, but improperly, it may make it extremely difficult to get rid of. This means that once the time to make it go away comes, it will take twice as long, if not more, and twice as much money to fully remove.
Acting on time will save you a lot of issues in the future. GCD restoration provides comprehensive mold removal services which do a whole property sweet. With a specialized commercial property plan we can make sure not to disturb your day-to-day business.
11. It Can Weaken Drywall
Regular drywall is not rated for any moisture resistance and the existence of it on drywall can weaken its strength.
Mold creates its own microclimate where it tries to retain as much moisture as possible, further weakening the backing paper around set crews.
This can lead to huge issues in drywall reliability, causing collapses in interior walls and overall issues with your property functionality.
12. It Can Cause Serious Structural Damage
Wood is heavily affected by moisture and mold only heightens the decomposition process of soft woods.
And since most interior walls are made from wooden framing, having mold behind the wall, eating away at a structurally important part of your property, is not a good idea.
13. YOU may get sick
Getting sick from mold is pretty bad – like this needed to be said. It can lead to cardiac issues, disrupted sleep, sleep apnea, muscle pain, cluster headaches and nerve damage. Getting sick makes it difficult to take care of your business and can lead to losing work, money and growth opportunity.