You might think that you definitely don’t have a mold problem. You regularly clean your dental office and patient rooms. You take pride in providing your patients with a hygienic and safe environment for your dental practice.
Mold lurks in hiding places around your office. It grows in surprising spots you wouldn’t think to check. According to research, 85 percent of commercial buildings have mold and water damage.
That’s why you need to know the hiding places where mold flourishes. That way you can get it taken care of. Keep reading to find out the top 10 places to look for mold in your dental office.
1. The Window Sills and Sashes
You might think to regularly inspect the window sills and sashes in your office. However, this is one of the most high-risk places in your office building for dampness and mold.
The windows are exposed to the moisture and condensation that provides the ideal conditions for mold. Furthermore, the gaps in the window frame, allows dirt to gather and mold to grow.
2. Behind the Wallpaper
You know the pretty wallpaper you used to decorate your reception for patients?
There could also mold growing on the other side of the wallpaper.
If you’ve had the wallpaper up on the wall for a number of years, it could be a prime location for mold to develop. Of course, it’s really hard to check if there’s mold. Unless you peel back the entire wall of wallpaper.
That’s why it’s certainly a job for the professionals. Get someone in to do a mold test so you don’t have to tear your dental office to pieces.
If you simply leave the mold behind your wallpaper because nobody can see it. You could find that many of your patients and staff become sick as a result of exposure to mold. To find out more about the negative health consequences of mold, view here.
3. A/C System
Have you checked your A/C system for mold?
Anywhere there’s condensation is heaven for mold to grow.
Maybe, during the winter months, it’s been a while since you last used to the A/C. You might want to check whether mold has grown in the meantime.
If you don’t deal with the mold spores early on, you’ll have an even bigger problem down the line.
4. Underneath Your Carpets and Rugs
Do you have mold underneath your carpets and rugs?
If you have concrete floors below the surface of your carpet, this could make it easy for mold to grow into the bottom of your carpet.
All it requires is a plumbing leak or a drop of food, and you could set the perfect conditions for mold below your carpet.
You need to make sure you regularly vacuum and wash your carpet. Sometimes, it requires a professional to ensure you don’t have mold lurking beneath your feet.
5. Under Your Dental Sink
Do you the dental office have multiple sinks?
The sink is one of the most important parts of your dental practice.
It’s where you wash your hands before examining your patients. Your patients spit in the sink after treatment. And you sterilize your dental equipment.
But as we know, mold loves the warmth and moisture that is created under your sink. When you’re cleaning your dental sinks, it’s easy to forget to clean underneath. Don’t forget to clean under the sink with bleach to stop mold for growing.
6. Your Filing Cabinet
Nowadays, many dental offices have switched to paperless systems of filing. However, even now, we still need to have printed documents sometimes.
And, where do you keep them? In the filing cabinet, of course.
Paper is made from wood pulp, which is a really yummy dinner for mold spores to grow off.
If you incur any water damage or high temperatures, your paper will dampen and mold will develop at a really fast rate. Before you know it, your paper documents will be ruined. If you have important data and information, you could be in serious trouble if this happens.
7. Plumbing System
Your plumbing system is made up of pipes and ductwork. Naturally, your plumbing system is one of the most vulnerable places in your building to moisture and mold.
It’s important to reduce the risk of mold in your dental office building by decreasing the humidity inside. You can also make sure you repair any pipe leaks, as soon as they emerge.
8. Ceiling Tiles
Your ceiling tiles are in close proximity to your plumbing system. It’s common for drops of moisture from the pipes to land on your ceiling tiles.
That’s why you need to make sure you regularly examine the conditions of your ceiling tiles. If there seems to be mold growing, make sure you hire a professional before it spreads around the office.
9. Cavities in the Wall
The darkness and moisture that develops in the wall cavities in your office make it a susceptible place for mold to grow.
Have you noticed any discoloration to your walls? Are there any signs of swelling in the walls?
By locating the spread of mold in the cavities in your wall, you can spot the mold before it can spread.
10. In Your Refrigerator
Do you have a refrigerator to store your sandwiches for lunch? Or maybe, you have to use the refrigerator for your patient’s medicine.
The space underneath your refrigerator’s drip pan is prone to the development of mold too. The condensation combined with the spills and drops of pieces of food and liquid make it a feast for any mold.
Make sure you regularly clean the draws and shelves in your refrigerator to ensure that you prevent any growth of mold.
Hiding Places for Mold
There are countless hiding places for mold that could flourish in your dental office.
That’s why you need to make sure you carry out regular checks to ensure that you don’t allow mold to grow and spread.
If you would like to find out more about how to keep your dental office environment safe and clean, check out our blog on a cleaning checklist.