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Ceiling Stains Indicate a Bigger Problem

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold on ceiling tile Ceiling damaged by mold

Five Main Areas To Inspect For Mold

If ceiling tile mold makes an appearance in your Summerhill, PA, business, it is almost guaranteed that you have some type of water damage, as well as a potential roof problem. As time goes by and it isn’t corrected, you will likely need a mold remediation and restoration expert to get the building back to what it once was. While tile discoloration means a water issue, finding the source isn’t always easy. Below are five main areas to inspect.

1. Roof Vents or Skylights
Even if there aren’t skylights, many roofing systems include air and plumbing vents. Since they are not part of the actual roof, where they are secured can become a problem area for water. If that is the culprit, there should be visible staining around it.

2. HVAC Systems
Along with the potential for parts of the system located on the roof, there could be water leaking from the actual unit or within the duct system. Improper installation around the HVAC unit

3. Pipes
Tile mold doesn’t always mean a roof issue. The walls and ceiling hide the plumbing pipes. Extreme temperatures or aging pipes can start to leak, slowly causing hidden water issues.

4. Roof Flashing
Areas of the roof are joined together by pieces of metal known as flashings. Their main function is to guard against water seeping through the roof. If they are damaged, aging or not properly installed, the vulnerable areas they are protecting may quickly turn into problem areas. It may also lead to staining on walls.

5. Roof Membrane
A commercial roof typically has a membrane that functions as a waterproof layer. Any damage deters from its ability to properly do its job. Older roofs may face this issue more frequently, especially if it is more than 15 years old.
Spotting tile mold alone is unpleasant. It’s important to remember that lurking behind that stain is a much bigger issue that needs to be addressed.

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