Don’t risk our children. Younger people are at special risk from exposures to molds at school since most of them are still growing immunities. Unfortunately, many schools have plumbing problems, leaky roofs or poor ventilation systems, which can create ideal moisture conditions for molds to grow. Moisture and mold problems can be present in schools even if it’s winter or summer, and may be present in older buildings as well as new construction.
Many schools have mold problems because of poor building construction, or because they are tightly sealed and poorly ventilated, which prevents moisture from escaping. School staff and parents should be alert to and help monitor schools for moisture, water damage, and resulting mold problems. Inadequate maintenance will allow molds to spread on ceilings, behind and on walls, on floors and carpets, and in books and other water-absorbing materials.
All molds, dead or alive, can provoke allergic reactions in sensitive individuals especially the younger children that don’t have a strong immune system.
Monitoring schools for mold: the walkthrough a walkthrough is a good way to check an entire building.
• Look at the parts of each room.
• Go through and inspect for mold growth. Pay special attention to any water stains.
• Check inside closets bathrooms. Look behind furniture, especially if it is leaning against outside walls. If you smell a musty, earthy, or alcohol-like odor, it is often mold.
• Look Up—damp ceilings are frequent places to find mold in a school. It may be Necessary for someone to remove a few ceiling tiles or a patch of wall to check for mold. A professional company will do this, wearing protective gear, and controlling the site to prevent spores from spreading to new areas.
Mold Removal and More understands that there are school budgets that need to be met for all schools. We will work with you on the best way to get the mold out of your school and help you find the best way to keep it in the budget: let’s keep the children safe.