Spotting humidity problems in your Cincinnati business before it turns into a safety hazard and costly repairs is essential. Learn what signs to look for in your business and address problems quickly. Humidity detection and prevention are key to keeping your employees and your assets safe. Here are five tips on how to spot humidity problems in your Cincinnati business building.
- Mold and Mildew
Exposure to mold and mildew can affect the health and safety of your employees. Mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects and severely effect employees with asthma, sinusitis, respiratory conditions and allergies. Mold is more likely to grow where there is water damage, dampness or high humidity. If moisture problems remain uncorrected mold and mildew will spread. You can identify mold issues by noticing signs of mold smell or mold symptoms. Mold and mildew have a musty smell. Symptoms of exposure to mold include sneezing, runny nose, red or watery eyes and skin irritation. Some mold, but not all, can show visible growth. If your Cincinnati company is showing signs of mold and mildew, contact Nelson Comfort and schedule an appointment to look at HVAC and dehumidifier solutions.
If condensation is present in your building then the humidity levels are most likely too high. Visible condensation occurs on surfaces as ice, frost or water. Concealed condensation can be seen as damp spots, stains or mold and mildew on walls or ceilings. It can also be seen on peeling paint and damp insulation. Make sure there is proper ventilation in the building and that air can circulate. Have your HVAC unit inspected and well maintained throughout the year.
- Water Leaks
If your business has current or previous leaks, then the humidity in your building may be too high. Even a leaky pipe or leak in the roof can produce enough moisture to effect humidity levels. These places that produce moisture are often overlooked in a business. Backed up sewer lines can also contribute to high humidity levels as well as previous flooding within your building.
- Damage to Flooring, Furniture or Paneling
Mold can grow on any substance and eat away at materials. Mold can affect the smell, look and structural integrity of wood framed buildings. Damage to flooring, furniture and paneling are signs that the humidity in your building is too high. Mold infestation is usually found in damp, dark, hidden spaces and can grow rapidly.
- Damage to Electronics, Papers, Files or Books
Excess moisture in the air can cause damage to electronics, papers, files and books. If your business is having unexplained issues with electronics such as computers or office equipment, it may be the result of humidity levels being too high. High humidity levels can also cause papers or files to be damp, wrinkled or warped. You may also notice books having a musty smell. These are all signs that should be addressed within your company.
Damage caused by humidity levels being too high in your Cincinnati business need to be addressed promptly. The longer this issue is left unfixed, the more likely issues will escalate and cause more damage. You also run the risk of putting employee’s health and safety at risk. If you have spotted issues which point to high humidity levels in your Cincinnati business, contact Nelson Comfort and fix the issues before they become too devastating.