If you own a commercial building with carpeted areas, it’s a good idea to have it inspected once in a while for potential mold. Carpets that see high-traffic are prone to damage from spills, leaks, and other moisture-related mishaps. Carpeted areas around water sources like water fountains, sinks, AC units, etc. are highly likely to suffer mold as well. When it comes to dealing with potential mold, it’s best to take care of the problem earlier than later. From the commercial mold remediation experts at Hitchcock Clean and Restore in Sinking Spring, here are four signs that your commercial carpet might have a mold problem.
Mold has a very distinct smell. Because of that, the odor is one of the easiest ways to detect mold. The smells released by indoor fungus are known as microbial volatile organic compounds (mVOCs). While the health effects of mVOCs are largely unknown, they can be helpful in detecting the source of a moisture problem in your commercial building.
While scent is a reliable method in detecting mold, it shouldn’t be the only method. After all, some molds don’t release a scent.
Pennsylvania’s humid climate can also be the source of dampness in a commercial building. Some suggestions in maintaining the moisture levels in a building is to keep the air cool to reduce airborne water vapor, increase airflow through the rooms, and using a dehumidifier. You might also want to consider removing or replacing porous materials in areas with high concentration of moisture like bathrooms and doorway entries. Our commercial mold remediation experts also recommend checking carpeted sections around these areas.
Mold can stain your carpet in severe cases. One common sign is visible black and green spots on the carpet. Be aware that if mold is visible on the surface of your carpet, there’s a high chance that growth is taking place underneath.
If you notice any part of the carpet has remained wet for more than a day, it’s likely to grow mold. If your carpet is frequently damp, be sure to check under the carpet for a potential leak source. Even spilled drinks can cause mold to grow if not taken care of quickly and properly. Checking for these signs early on can help prevent a costly commercial mold remediation service further down the road.
If you discover mold growing on your commercial carpets, be sure to give the mold remediation experts at Hitchcock Clean and Restore in Sinking Spring a call. Our team is trained and licensed to handle mold problems at a wide range of severity levels. Our specialized removal process is designed to target the source of mold and help control it from spreading to other areas of the building. At the first signs of mold, be sure to contact us and we’ll dispatch our team of technicians to your site.