Taking care of a business is hard work, especially when it comes to maintenance. One issue that should be taken care of as soon as possible is mold. Leaving mold untreated in buildings can lead to serious problems down the road for yourself, your employees and your business. With California’s exceptionally wet winter this year, mold will be an unfortunate problem that many business will need do deal with. If you’re unsure if your business has mold or mildew, here are four signs to look out for.
If you are noticing odors in your building, that could be a sign of mold growth. Mold has a strong musty smell that is more noticeable the closer you are to it. If you are noticing odors but can’t find the source, it may be hidden in the flooring or behind wallpaper. Calling a mold remediation specialist is the best choice to make in this situation to find out if there is potential mold in your building.
Because mold is hidden most of the time, another sign is when the majority of your employees start to have health problems whenever they are inside the building. This is also known as “sick building syndrome.” Some symptoms are nausea, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and increased allergies. Employees with asthma may also experience aggravated symptoms
Water Damage and Stains
Mold is most likely to grow where there is moisture and water damage. Minor water damage shouldn’t cause mold if cleaned up right away; however, if there are consistent roof leaks or leaking pipes that are not repaired, this can cause a mold problem. Additionally, if your business has had flooding or severe water damage in the past that was left untreated, the probability of mold is higher and requires immediate attention.
Visible Mold and Mildew
The most obvious sign of mold is discovering it inside your building. There are several common areas where it can grow:
- Corners of ceilings
- HVAC drip pans
- Seams between wallpaper
- Tile grout
- Window sills
If you are also checking for mildew, it can be identified through a white, powdery texture on the floors or on furniture.
Whether there are signs of mold in your business or not, it’s almost always a good idea to get a building inspection. This way, any mold that is found can be removed to prevent future issues. By calling a mold remediation service such as Royal Oak Property Services, a team of professionals can test for mold. If there is mold growth, they can remove it and disinfect your building, making your business safer for you, your employees, and your customers.
If your commercial property is in need of immediate attention for a mold problem, give us a call at: 310-872-5999