Dealing with Mold in Your DFW Office

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Is your office starting to feel just as humid inside as it does outside? Have you dealt with leaking pipes or roof damage in the past few months? Moisture is one of the only things that mold needs to thrive, and once mold takes over, it can be tough to eradicate. Read on for signs of mold in your DFW office (and what to do about it).

Musty Odors

As long as there is moisture, oxygen, and a food source like cellulose (found in paper and wood products), mold can not only survive but spread. Mold often grows out of sight, taking root behind walls, under the floor, or inside porous materials like grout. Though it’s not always easy to spot, it’s often easy to smell. When you have mold growing somewhere in your office, you may start to notice a musty or earthy scent, particularly in dark, damp areas.

Water Damage

Water damage isn’t an automatic sign of mold growth, but it is a sign that the conditions for mold growth are ripe. Water damage can result from something as major as a burst pipe and as minor as a spill. It can leave behind stains, discoloration, and rust. It can also cause walls and floors to warp or bow. Any time you discover water damage, make sure to inspect the area for mold and tackle it aggressively when you find it.

Visible Mold Growth

Naturally, the most obvious sign that you have a mold problem is visible mold growth. In fact, if you can see mold growing on open surfaces, it’s probably a bigger problem than you realize. Because there are so many species of mold, you may notice splotches of green, grey, black, white, yellow, or brown growth. Generally speaking, there’s no need to test the mold to find out what species it is. The same protocol is used to remove mold growth regardless of type.

Health Problems

Mold spreads by emitting microscopic airborne spores that can start to cause respiratory issues over time. For example, you may notice more employees complaining of itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Prolonged exposure can also cause serious health problems like headaches, dizziness, and disorientation. Employees with preexisting conditions like asthma or allergies may notice their normal symptoms getting worse. A quick response is crucial to prevent mold spores from spreading to ventilation systems and recirculating throughout the building.

What to Do About Office Mold in DFW

The first step toward eradicating your DFW mold problem is getting indoor humidity levels under control. Work with professionals to address any open water sources or maintenance issues. Install dehumidifiers in high-moisture areas, like office bathrooms or cabinets that contain plumbing.

Then, call the professionals at Prime Facility Maintenance to remove existing mold growth and keep new mold growth at bay. Our janitorial services can keep your office space clean, preserve your indoor air quality, and protect employee health.