Preventing Property Damage and IEQ Issues in Puerto Rico’s Commercial and Residential Laundry Facilities
Zimmetry Environmental provides preventive maintenance tips to avert water, fire and smoke damage along with mold growth in laundry areas.
Whether in a home, hotel, hospital or commercial laundry facility, taking simple steps to prevent water damage, mold growth and fires is important for property owners and managers.
Laundry facilities in commercial and residential properties are an all too common location for property damage and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues to occur in buildings. In fact, one of the most common interior sources of water damage is due to faulty washing machines and their water lines.
When a washing machine is in use, large volumes of water are utilized and if something goes wrong, this water can leak and cause damage. Even worse, if the water supply line is left on and ruptures at any time, hundreds of gallons of water per hour could be released. Not only can this water cause extensive damage to building materials and belongings, the moisture can allow for the growth of mold in less than 48 hours if materials remain wet which can create indoor air quality and health concerns.
Fires from clothes dryers and clogged dryer vents also cause thousands of incidents each year that result in millions of dollars in property damage. Even a relatively minor fire that is caught early can cause extensive and costly smoke damage throughout an entire property. Smoke residues left after a fire can cause ghosting, etching, corrosion and odors.
“Whether in a home, hotel, hospital or commercial laundry facility, taking simple steps to prevent water damage, mold growth and fires is important for property owners and managers,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “These include having washing machines and clothes dryers installed by qualified professionals and keeping combustible materials away from the machines. Dryer exhaust connections and ducts should be vented outdoors and monitored to ensure they do not become obstructed or clogged. Utilize ceiling exhaust fans to help remove excessive moisture to reduce the chances of mold growth and dust mites. Finally, shut off the water supply line to a washing machine when it is not in use to prevent catastrophic water damage in the event a water line bursts.”
Property owners and managers in Puerto Rico who encounter property damage due to water damage or a fire can turn to the building science experts at Zimmetry Environmental. Their experts can identify the extent of any water damage or smoke residues and test for mold and other microbial growth. In older properties they can also determine the presence of any asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints. All of these services can be instrumental for protecting the health and safety of workers and building occupants and for filing an insurance claim to ensure all damages and hazards are recognized so they can be repaired safely. Zimmetry also recently sponsored an educational video about laundry room fire, water and mold prevention that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/N4_VkraH_LI
To learn more about Zimmetry’s building science and indoor environmental quality testing or other consulting and compliance services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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