Mold can be tricky. It can grow almost anywhere.
Like any other oragnisms, mold needs food and water to survive and most buildings have more than enough of these organic materials to provide mold just what it requires to grow.
Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to help prevent that pesky mold from getting out of control. This article outlines what needs to be done to keep your schools dry and mold free.
Carpets can be the most tricky of all. Even if you think you are doing everything right, you still may be at risk for a mold outbreak.
When deep cleaning carpets make sure you do not lock up the school before the carpets are completely dry. Mold loves moisture and that includes damp carpets.
One way to insure you have clean carpets in your school while still avoiding that mold infestation everyone fears is to use carpet cleaning machines or “extractors” that have the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval to insure rapid drying.
Another thing to avoid is humidity.
Make sure to keep the humidity of occupied spaces below 60% (50% is the ideal). It is important to keep all areas of the school, that are not designed to be wet, dry.
One way to do that is to better insulate the school’s exterior walls, cold water pipes and cold air ducts. This will cut down on condensation and sweating and thus cut down the risk of mold.
These areas – walls, pipes and ducts – as well as roofs and foundations should be frequently inspected for any signs of leaks.
Maintenance is the key.
Moist surfaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold. So clean spills immediately, do not allow standing water in any location and insure your school has proper water drainage around its perimeter.
Do not forget steam. Make sure you provide sufficient exhaust in steamy areas like kitchens or showers and disinfect or sanitize rooms that are designed to be wet, like restrooms.
Mold can grow anywhere so you have to look for the warning signs.
Discard and furniture or carpet that has a musty odor or has been wet for more than 72 hours and throw out any ceiling tiles with water stains, but do not forget to fix the source of the leak.
Mold can lead to many respiratory illnesses – like asthma – which is the leading cause of school absences.
So keep you schools safe and healthy by following these easy steps.
For any of your mold questions contact Advance Mold Remediation at 1-877-411-MOLD or click here.