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4 Reasons Ceiling Tiles Become Discolored

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Broken pipe leads to mold damage on ceiling in a Shenandoah,TX building

Four Potential Causes of Discoloration

Ceiling tile discoloration may be an aesthetic or indoor environmental issue. Some of the most common causes of discoloration include the condition of the tiles and whether any signs of damage from water or tile mold are present. Here are four potential causes of discoloration.

1. Water Damage

Leaks and pipe bursts are common causes of discoloration. Signs of prior damage do not necessarily mean that mold is present. If the discoloration has appeared recently, an owner should inspect the structure to identify the water source. Mitigation professionals may use a thermal camera or other technology to quickly determine the extent of the damage.

2. Ultraviolet Lighting

Ceiling tiles in clinics, labs, or manufacturing facilities that rely on UV lighting may become discolored over time. This exposure should not pose any additional risk in terms of wear or mold. Consider whether an area with discolored tiles has been used for curing, nondestructive testing, or sterilizing materials.

3. Tile Mold

Damage caused by water that is not quickly remedied may support mold growth. Mold thrives on cellulose and other food sources found in dirt or dust. Porous materials are particularly prone to developing mold. This may be the cause if the discoloration has a fuzzy texture or appears as irregular stains, clusters, or spots.

4. Age and Condition

Most ceiling tile materials are made out of porous materials. These tiles attract dirt and can become covered in residue over time. This is particularly the case with older ceiling tiles. These tiles may be made out of materials other than mineral fiber, or have been exposed to nicotine smoke.

Consider these four potential causes when trying to determine the source of ceiling tile discoloration in a building in Shenandoah,TX. If you suspect that water damage or tile mold may be the cause, schedule a consultation with a damage mitigation and restoration company.

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