Mold & Moisture: A Million-Dollar Problem that’s Easy to Prevent

Mold & Moisture: A Million-Dollar Problem that’s Easy to Prevent

  • 21-May-2014
  • published by: P & N

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Mold is ugly. Nobody wants to see mold on walls or ceilings. In addition to being unsightly, however, mold is also dangerous. So much so that, if you own/manage a commercial building or residential rental property that has a mold or moisture problem, you may face some significant legal issues.

According to HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., a leading specialty insurer, “Recent court settlements on mold related issues include $32 million to a Texas family, $18.5 million to a California homeowner for mold damages and over $17 million dollars being awarded in a Florida case for a building that cost only $13 million to build originally.”

As USA Today reports, employees are filing costly lawsuits against employers who neglect or delay in taking action to remove moisture, mildew and mold from offices.

Mold and mildew do more than look bad: separately, or in combination, these moisture-driven fungi can cause serious health issues including allergies, asthma, headaches, upper respiratory disease and more.

An Ounce of Prevention Could Save You a Million Dollars

You hear about people who die of extremely preventable forms of cancer and wonder why they didn’t take steps to ward off the problem before it ever started. The same holds true with the use of commercial dehumidifiers.

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest the use of commercial dehumidifiers or other methods for controlling moisture. Mildew and mold cannot grow without the right conditions, so eliminating the environment where these two pests flourish means eradicating the problem altogether.

Can you rent commercial-grade dehumidifiers? Yes. But problems with moisture are usually not short term. In the long run, it is much more cost effective to buy than rent.

There are numerous models available both portable and commercial, starting at less than $200. Because your specific situation will play a large role in the type and size of dehumidifier you need, we suggest speaking with one of our knowledgeable representatives. This way you can be sure of getting a unit that will help you get the results you need.

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