Mold in Schools: How to Prevent It
I've been reading many cases about mold being found in schools. As schools begin to prep for the new year to start, it is important to inspect areas that may have mold. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a guide for schools to follow if there is mold found. Schools can use the EPA's IAQ Action Plan to use some prevention mold tips. According to the findings found by the EPA, approximately eighty to ninety percent of all building problems are associated with water.
Some of those water problems because leaks. The leaks can be found in roods, walls and foundation of the building. Since water can enter through several openings from an exterior of a building it is important to seal any cracks where water can enter. Mold found in any building can be considered a sick building. Children can be exposed to mold spores which then can lead to respiratory problems or trigger asthma reactions to children who are more sensitive. Part of the six technical issues in the plan is how to control moisture and mold and give 5 main solutions:
- Conduct routine moisture inspections
- Establish mold prevention and remediation plan
- Maintain indoor humidity levels between 30% and 60%
- Address moisture problems promptly use policies
- Dry wet areas within 24-48 hours
It is important to know how to prevent mold and moisture from growing inside schools. In addition, acknowledgin that mold is a serious issue and can cause property damage. At Alliance Environmental, we understand these problems and are advocates for establishing comfortable and healthier environments for occupants. Our environmental division specializes in mold removal and use of certain technology to remove mold. Visit our website and like our Facebook Community Page to learn more about our environmental division.