The Dangers of Mold in Your Home Business

As a service provider, when looking for lurking dangers in my business, I think of not having the right target market, positioning myself incorrectly or releasing a campaign that flops.  However, this winter I learned that those can dangers can involve something more tangible, like the need for water damage restoration. Like many cities, Chicago was hit with massive snowstorms. As spring approached, the rain came to melt the snow, and melt it did…right under my back door.

Plumbing system failures are the leading cause of water loss and account for one-third of plumbing system failures. Water damage claims are the highest in January and February due to the weather being so cold-causing pipes to burst or crack. Unfortunately, it took the snow melting three times over before I realized a frozen over drain was the culprit. By then, my floor was ruined, and I had to get it replaced.

I’ve never had my floors redone, but I thought the job would be easy until the contractor pulled up my old floorboards and showed me that the concrete underneath was still wet. After he did a quick mold inspection in my home, we discovered there were patches of it attached to the floorboards he just pulled up. It had been there for weeks! If you have a home office, it is imperative that you make sure it is mold-free. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Health issues can appear.  If you let mold linger, you and your workers could develop sinus irritation, fatigue, or other allergy-like symptoms. This means lower productivity and likely reduced profit.

2. The mold may be hidden. In my case, it was underneath the floor, but mold is commonly found in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well.  Check for leaks in the roof, moisture stains or discoloration along your floors and walls.

3. A complaint could be filed against you. If you have interns or employees work in your home office, they have the right to file a complaint with the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) if they believe there are serious hazards. If a worker notifies you of one of the danger signs above, get it checked out.

I encourage you to make sure your home business is safe. While you’re at it, make sure you also look for these other contaminants found in home air, such as carbon monoxide, asbestos and lead (especially if you live in an older home), and radon. This will ensure a safe work environment for you and your employees and a safe home for your family.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

Check Also

Simple Touches To Improve Your Employees’ Office Life

Image: Freepik When it comes to boosting office livability, you don’t necessarily need to undertake …

4 comments

  1. Hii, Great post.

    I would like to mention here that the damp conditions greatly make an ideal breeding ground for the small spores to reproduce.
    The system in which mold reproduces is through these microscopic spores that are created when the state is right.
    Everyone should inspect these damp areas frequently.
    Dorris J Smelley´s last blog post ..Brown Mold

  2. Having your office checked for mold on a regular basis is a great idea, especially if you live in a humid region. Getting any leaks fixed before they cause a problem will also prevent a wide area of growth. And if you get a dehumidifier, this can prevent too much moisture from building up. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Such a great post! This is something I need to remember every single day!

  4. Thank you for sharing the helpful information with us.
    I really appreciate your efforts.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

CommentLuv badge