How to Find Mold in Commercial Properties
Commercial Mold Cleanup in Dallas Fort Worth
Commercial properties usually have a lot more space than the average property to grow mold. The size of a commercial property alone makes mold remediation inspection an important undertaking. When mold is found in a commercial property, it should be remediated as quickly as possible to prevent the issue from growing.
Our franchise is a licensed Texas Mold Remediation Contractor, and we have helped many businesses and commercial property owners properly remediate the mold on their properties.
To prevent mold from becoming an issue, we recommend inspecting your property for mold at least once a quarter. These are the most likely places for mold growth in a commercial property.
Mold in Bathrooms
Bathrooms are a good place to look because there are so many places that water flows through them. Look behind sinks, especially if they are in close to the cabinet, and behind and around every toilet. If you see any pipes leaking, call a plumber and get it taken care of immediately.
Mold in Kitchens or Kitchenettes
Many businesses have small kitchens for their staff to use. If you have a kitchen area, look for leaks wherever the sink is and around any cabinetry. If you have a refrigerator or ice maker in this area, also inspect the area surrounding it.
Make sure to also look inside all of your cabinets. There may be pipes running water behind the walls, and if there is a small leak behind it, you may not notice it until you see water spots on the drywall or cabinet.
Many industrial settings have multiple sinks around their property. Look for leaks around every sink you have on your property.
Break areas are popular places for mold growth due to spills and leaking vending machines. Look behind vending machines and see if there is excessive moisture behind it. If the machine is not operating correctly, there may be too much condensation that can then turn into a source of mold growth.
Mold Around Water Fountains
While not all commercial properties have water fountains, they are still widely used in public buildings such as schools and libraries. Look for mold growth around every water fountain in your facility. Make sure to have absorbent mats to absorb any spilled water around these areas. These mats should be cleaned and left to completely dry on a daily basis.n If you see the floor loosening or becoming a different color around your water fountain, this is a sign that water is being allowed to absorb into the floor.
Look for water leaking from the ice maker on a regular basis.
Just like ice makers, freezers are common in many commercial properties, especially industrial kitchens. Look for leaking water around your freezer. The smell of must means mold is likely already growing.
Mold in Laundry Areas
There tends to be some water spillage every day in a laundry area, and this water should be cleaned up quickly. Another aspect to look out for is a leak from the many pipes that carry water. If your laundry machines are close to the wall, make the effort to look behind them on a regular basis to ensure that there is no mold growth or moisture.
Mold in Showers
Some industrial properties have showers, but they are mostly placed in areas like gyms or places that host sporting activities. Communal gyms are a very popular place for mold because moisture is almost constantly introduced into the area. Showers also tend to not be regularly cleaned. If you are charged with the upkeep of a shower, make sure that there is a way to remove the moisture from the air as it's introduced into the environment.
Windows that are not sealed properly let precipitation into a building after a storm or even on a regular morning with dew in the air. A convenient time to check for moisture is after a storm. Look at your windows and ensure that no water has been able to break the moisture barrier. If you see any water, repair the moisture barrier quickly.
Doors have the same situation that windows do in case of storms. Check your moisture barriers around your doors, especially on the bottom, to make sure that water stays out.
Loading Areas or Garage Doors
Because loading areas have a lot of interaction with the outdoors and typically have vehicles coming in and out, it's important to make sure that these areas remain dry. Not only is this a matter of personnel safety, but the water that is allowed to stay indoors will eventually become a problem.
Mold in Previous Sites of Water Damage
Previous sites of water damage are also places where we ask to inspect when we are looking for mold. The reason for this is that those places have seen higher-than-average moisture content for a period of time. If the water damage remediation in that area was not done correctly, moisture was left behind and likely caused mold growth.
We recommend only hiring reputable water damage restoration companies to handle your water damage. Always ask to see the drying logs from the company you have hired to make sure that they dried your property correctly.
Mold in Air Ducts and around HVAC Systems
The areas around AC units are usually places with problems. If your unit is placed on the roof of your commercial building, make sure that the unit is inspected and working properly so no water pooling occurs. If you also notice moisture in your HVAC system, this is a sign that there is likely something blocking the air duct. In this case, we recommend you schedule an air duct cleaning.
Mold in Water Heaters
Water heaters tend to be enclosed in dark spaces, which create a perfect environment for mold. If your water heater is enclosed, make sure to expect it regularly to see if any water is leaking. If you see any leak, no matter how small, make sure it’s taken care of.
Many water damages in DFW are caused by water heater failure. In a matter of just a few hours, entire homes have been flooded. Be sure to upkeep with your water heater maintenance. If you do have a water heater leak and need water cleanup in Dallas Fort Worth, we are available 24 hours a day.
Mold Inspection in Dallas Fort Worth
If you are interested in a professional mold inspection, give us a call anytime. We are happy to visit your property and inspect it for mold growth.
Mold inspections and estimates are always free and available to all businesses in North Texas. Give us a call today.
Commercial Mold Remediation
If you find mold during one of your routine inspections or we find mold during our inspection, we can help. We have helped restore thousands of properties since we began servicing Dallas-Fort Worth in 1986. We are a licensed contractor for the state of Texas, and we have the experience you need remediate your mold quickly safely and legally.
Unfortunately, many commercial properties only find mold when it has grown past the 25 contiguous feet the state of Texas allows before it becomes mandatory for the mold remediation to be filed with the state.
We understand that businesses interruption is expensive, and any mold remediation project that occurs on your property has to happen quickly and correctly. We routinely work with other businesses to remediate their mold problems after hours. This either minimizes business disruption or eliminates it completely. Give us a call to talk about how we can best serve your business to keep your employees safe and your business disruption at a minimum.
Mold Removal Companies in Dallas
There are many mold removal companies in Dallas to choose from. Many of them are specialized and cannot also offer water damage cleanup services even though they are usually the cause of mold growth. We are proud to be one of the SERVPRO Dallas franchises that offer both in-house mold remediation and water damage repair in Dallas Fort Worth. Our ability to be a full-service mold remediation company is what makes us a leader in Dallas restoration.
Black Mold Removal in Dallas
Black mold remediation requires the same process of any other kind of mold remediation. We often receive calls about black mold in Dallas Fort Worth. It’s understandable why black mold is a major concern. There have been many news articles talking about the toxicity of black mold like stachybotrys chartarum. There are many types of mold. Rest assured that our franchise is a licensed Texas Mold Remediation contractor, and we have experience removing black mold from all properties.
Trusted Leader in Mold Remediation in Dallas, TX
SERVPRO Richardson is a trusted leader in mold removal and water mitigation in Dallas. We are an expert water restoration company, and we have helped clean up homes and businesses in our hometown for over 30 years. We know how to properly clean and restore all properties, and we have performed residential services and commercial restoration in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lewisville, Ennis, Garland, McKinney, Waxahachie, and Plano, TX. We have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections in Dallas and all DFW.
If your property requires mold clean up in Dallas Fort Worth, give us a call. You can trust us to handle all your residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services.
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