Mold is a common problem in commercial and school buildings across the country. As commercial and school buildings age, the risks for mold growth become greater as pipes and roofs leak, waterproofing wears away, and neglect sets in.
Much of the risk of mold can be mitigated, however, with simple and regular maintenance and inspection of common mold producing areas.
Mold Remediation in Schools
According to the Health Schools Network, school children may be at higher risk from exposure to mold than adults. The lungs and other organs of small children are still developing and cannot identify hazards as effectively as an adult body. Further, the lungs of a child are disproportionately large compared to body mass when compared to an adult, so any toxins inhaled can have a greater impact on a child than an adult.
School buildings often have ideal conditions for mold development, and the risk for mold development increases as schools age. Bathrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, and storage closets are common areas for growth and can then spread their spores throughout the school via the air ducts.
The key to reducing mold exposure in schools is regular inspections and maintenance. Leaky pipes and poorly performing HVAC systems are the most common causes are mold growth, so simply having regular inspections for mold and maintenance and duct cleaning on HVAC systems can significantly reduce the risk of mold growth in schools.
Mold Remediation in Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings face many of the same issues that school buildings do. Like school buildings, one of the most common sources of mold growth in office buildings is the HVAC system. Systems that are sized improperly or not functioning at full capacity can allow for a buildup of moisture—leading to mold growth. As mold grows, the spores are spread into the office when the system operates.
Scheduling regular HVAC maintenance and yearly duct cleanings can help minimize or eliminate much of the mold from your facility.
Mold Remediation in the Gulf Coast Region
If you need mold removal at your school or commercial facility in the Gulf Coast region, contact Action Restoration today! We will provide you with a comprehensive assessment of the mold damage that has been done to your property and an estimate of the cost and amount of time it will take to repair.
We will assist you with your insurance claims to ensure that everything is filed correctly so that your repairs can begin as quickly as possible.
Contact us today to learn more or to request an estimate for your restoration needs!