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Mold Grows In Jacksonville Bar Shut Down Due to Coronavirus

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on bar floor with stools, tables, chairs and pool table shown as well. Buildings unoccupied due to coronavirus shutdowns present a great opportunity for mold growth.  

A recent article in Apple News points out that unoccupied buildings that were abandoned during the coronavirus shutdowns give mold a great opportunity to move in.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast ran into a situation like this recently when a bar that had been closed due to coronavirus had mold growth because the building had been shut-down with the air conditioning turned off in our high humidity climate.

The pandemic has forced all sorts of buildings to sit empty for long periods of time. Homes and businesses that have been unoccupied for months have a high likelihood of having water-intrusion issues and subsequent mold issues. Water intrusion can come from something like a roof or plumbing leak or, as in this case, high humidity as a result of leaving the air conditioning off. 

This is not a new phenomenon. We have learned over the years that vacation homes and foreclosed properties often harbor mold. New construction techniques may be somewhat to blame: Because homes are now tightly sealed for energy conservation, they may be poorly ventilated and susceptible to issues like mold.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast is a Florida-licensed mold remediation firm. If you are re-opening your vacation home or business only to discover that you have mold issues, call us at 904.729.2401.

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