Mold In Schools and What To Do
Based on the EPA guidelines for mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings
Mold allergies can be a serious problem when there is hidden mold. When this happens at schools, the health of our children is at risk.
Every year there are news stories about health problems for students and teachers that are believed to be caused by mold.
Improper maintenance and infrequent inspections at schools allow conditions for mold growth to go unnoticed, which can lead to mold growth and mold-related health risks. For example, mold that is hidden behind walls and in air ducts is often unnoticed.
Many hidden mold problems can be prevented. At a minimum, schools should follow these steps to keep their learning environment healthy and mold free:
Fix leaky plumbing and any leaks in the building as soon as possible. Ensure wet areas are fully air dried.
Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
Treat previously wet or damp areas with non-toxic Endurance BioBarrier Mold Prevention spray to prevent mold growth.
Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the humidity. To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
Don’t let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
For schools that have a confirmed and known mold problem, refer to the EPA’s guidelines for Mold Remediation in Schools for direction and guidance.
During the mold removal process, we highly recommend taking preemptive measures against future growth. Such actions ensure lasting results in regards to the current mold problem and provide assurance that new problems will not arise down the road. This investment saves money, protects budgets, and comforts parents with the knowledge that the school is taking extra precautions for the health and safety of their kids.
If you are interested in having Endurance BioBarrier Mold Prevention Spray applied in your classroom, school, or entire district, just ask your mold remediation contractor. Use our mold remediation contractor directory to find a professional near you.
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