Mold in schools is a common environmental concern. If your schools haven’t been affected by it you might not be aware of the frequency of the problem. As experts in residential, commercial, and institutional mold removal in San Diego, Clean Earth Restorations has our finger on the pulse of the issue.
A recent look at national news gives you a quick indication of how prevalent mold in schools is:
Colton, California: http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20150824/colton-classroom-temporarily-closed-due-to-mold
Stockton, California: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-stockton/toxic-mold-spores-found-in-stockton-school-classrooms/34798690
East Moline, Illinois: http://wqad.com/2015/08/25/east-moline-school-officials-deny-claims-of-mold-at-hillcrest-elementary/
Howard County, Maryland: http://www.abc2news.com/news/in-focus/students-head-back-for-first-day-at-glenwood-middle-school-some-parents-remain-concerned
York, Pennsylvania: http://abc27.com/2015/08/20/mold-removal-delays-first-day-of-school-for-some-york-county-students/
Oneida, Illinois: http://www.galesburg.com/article/20150820/NEWS/150829977
Mold in schools is often detected at the beginning of the new school year as air conditioners have been turned off for the summer months to conserve energy while students are not present. Heat and higher humidity, or slow undetected leaks, can combine to create perfect conditions for naturally occurring mold spores to flourish and develop large colonies which become evident and problematic. Colorful patches of mold and a distinct mold smell are telltale signs of the problem.
For situations where no visible mold can be detected, mold remediation companies take samples from the air and determine whether levels of mold spores in the air are acceptable of need to be “scrubbed” with an air scrubber.
When mold is advanced and visible already, it must be removed and prevented from returning using speciality industry equipment. Often it will be necessary to replace carpet and/or ceiling tiles.
Even small amounts of mold should be considered important and action should be taken to remove the source and the cause, as mold will continue to grow and cause physical damage and potential health issues, especially for children or employees with allergies or asthma.
School adminstration officials should be careful to address reports and questions about mold in their school environments as quickly as possible for both the welfare of the people using the facilities as well as to protect against complaints and/or legal actions from the community.
If you are a school or district looking for information about a confirmed or potential mold issue in your facilities in the San Diego area, or would like to discuss mold remediation protocol and planning for your institution, Clean Earth Restorations would be happy to help. We provide free on-site estimates and have experience helping local public institutions. We are also a licensed general contractor and can help economize on remediation/rebuilding projects. Contact us today with any of your mold-related questions:
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