Cool rooms can quickly become a haven for mould if adequate attention isn't devoted to preventing the proliferation of mould spores in that environment. This article discusses some measures that you can take to keep mould out of your cool room.
Shut the Doors
You should instruct all your employees to quickly shut the door to the cool room after they have opened it. This will prevent humidity from getting into the cool room from the adjoining rooms at your facility. Heightened levels of humidity increase the likelihood of mould growth. Keeping the door shut prevents this mould-enabling environment from being created. The sealers of the cool room door should also be checked regularly to confirm that no leaks exist.
Clean Up Spills
Any organic material that spills within the cool room should be cleaned off immediately. Organic matter provides food for mould. Promptly dealing with any spills will therefore make it harder for mould spores to survive and multiply in an environment where food sources are scarce.
Keep Paper and Cardboard Away
You should never store any paper or cardboard materials within your cool room. Such materials are made from cellulose. Cellulose is a very good breeding substrate for mould. Any paper or cardboard products that you have to keep in the cool room should be kept inside a sealed plastic container so that mould spores do not get into contact with those materials.
Pay Attention to the Sink
You should pay attention to any sinks located inside your cool room. Mould spores can easily migrate from inside the plumbing of that sink and into the cool room. It is therefore advisable to clean and pour bleach into that sink on a regular basis in order to kill any spores that may be inside the plumbing system. Develop a habit of recording when each cleaning session is conducted so that the interval between cleaning sessions is closely monitored.
Be Alert to Condensation
Always examine the surfaces that are near the cool room. For example, feel the adjoining walls for any condensation. The presence of condensation is a warning sign that the cool room isn't properly sealed. Look for the source of any leakage so that you fix it before mould proliferates into your cool room.
Use the tips above in addition to the specific maintenance guidelines that were provided by the designer of your cool room. You will then be able to avoid the issues, such as food contamination, which result when mould grows in cool rooms.
For more information or for any cold room repairs, contact a professional HVAC service.