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4 Signs Your Building Has a Mold Problem

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Signs To Watch Out For In Discovering A Mold Problem

Mold can grow in a commercial building on a variety of surfaces. It has the ability to take root on porous and non-porous materials, and it does especially well in damp conditions. Tile mold shows up in bathroom floors, ceilings, and walls. Since ceramic tiles are long-lasting and require little maintenance, they can often be overlooked even though they are commonplace for mold to grow. Here are a few signs for property managers, business owners, and custodial staff to watch out for in discovering a mold problem.

1. Tile Discoloration. Many tiles will show signs of staining when water is either leaking onto the tiles or remaining on the tiles for long periods of time. This often a precursor to mold growth, so the area should be checked often. The discoloration could also be tile mold growing on the surface of the ceramic.

2. Water Damage. All instances of leaking water should be scrutinized to see if mold has begun to grow. If no visible mold is present, it might be worth calling a local mold mitigation company in Wadmalaw Island, SC, to test for fungal growth. A certified technician can determine if mold is at high enough levels in the building to be a problem. If so, the company will begin to work on professional mold remediation.

3. Musty Odor. Often a mold infestation can be smelled before it is visible. A musty odor indicates that mold is growing at a worrisome pace and it is time to take action. If left untreated, mold spores can spread to other areas of the building, complicating the cleanup effort.

4. Fuzzy Blotches. Tile mold often looks fuzzy or even slimy in appearance and usually takes on a dark green or black color. If you discover this in your building, it is a sign that the mold has formed colonies and is out of control. It's a sign that professional help is needed and fast.

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