Mold growth is a real threat for buildings of all kinds, and the most common problem areas is where water meets surfaces. From leaking pipes to steam and pooling water, kitchens have it all, and commercial kitchens – which see more volume and activity than any residential kitchen – are even more at risk. While mold in a home is a hazard to the health of all the residents, mold in a kitchen of a restaurant or other facility is a hazard to all the employees and those who eat food produced in it. This is why it’s vital to locate and deal with mold in commercial kitchens.
Likely Areas to Check for Mold Growth
Anywhere in your kitchen which can be exposed to and particularly trap moisture can quickly become a haven for mold. There are three major areas to check for mold:
Refrigeration and Freezers
Just like with HVAC systems, the cooling effects of refrigerators and freezers can quickly generate moisture both in the walk-ins themselves as well as the exhaust areas. Check around the vents but also for standing water in fridges, which are often overlooked due to the temperature.
Floors, Mats, and Baseboards
Anywhere water can form and be forgotten or trapped is a potential source of mold. Non-skid rubber mats are great for keeping workers safe but need to be regularly cleaned and tried. Likewise, floors and baseboards near water sources or hidden behind appliances need to be checked for mold growth regularly.
Damaged Floors, Walls, and Ceiling Tiles
If you’ve got chipped tile or linoleum, it’s important to seal it to avoid water getting in and becoming moldy. Likewise, inspect ceiling tiles; if not properly waterproofed, these tiles can absorb water from exhaust fans or leaky pipes (or careless dishwashing) and become a source of mold.
How Mold is a Threat to Your Kitchen
It’s important to understand that as an employer with customers, mold is more than just a nuisance, it’s a liability. Let’s review a few ways mold puts you at risk.
- Staff: Is your staff suffering from sick building syndrome due to mold? You’re probably looking at problems with OSHA workers’ rights.
- Diners: If your food is contaminated with mold spores, you could be looking at liability (being sued) and a hit to your reputation.
- Laws: Protected the above two categories is most likely your local board of health and their inspection standard. Fail these, and you could be looking at a closed kitchen.
It’s important to understand that if you’ve got a commercial mold problem, you need a commercial mold solution. Fiber Control, Inc. is a mold remediation company dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, remediation, and removal services for asbestos, mold, and lead paint in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Contact us today to take a look at your home or business so you can deal with your mold problem before it hurts your business.