When it comes to our children, their safety is paramount. Keeping the places they live, learn, and play safe has led to many of our first regulations and rulings on hazardous construction materials in America. From asbestos to lead, many of these materials that impact the health and air quality of schools and other childcare facilities are being diagnosed and removed. However, due to its very nature mold is a reoccurring problem in schools and you need to work to prevent it. Learn the basics in this article.
A Mold Problem is a Moisture Problem
Mold is common in the air around us. What turns mold from a particulate like pollen to an issue that affects the air quality of a building is a straightforward thing: water. Mold can grow when a source of moisture can be found, it only needs time. Areas of schools that are neglected are most vulnerable, as well as those out of site.
Understanding the “Dew Point”
In places like Massachusetts, schools have another source of moisture than the ones listed below. In summer, when maintenance is lessened, there is a larger issue for humidity condensation, known as the dew point. This is when colder parts of the building have dew form on it at certain temperatures and humidity. Check out the full post here: The Link Between Mold Growth and Massachusetts Weather.
Places to Check for Mold in Childcare Facilities
As mentioned above, anyplace that can form moisture can form mold. While maintenance and facilities staff should always be on the lookout – especially in areas with water damage – here are three major areas to check.
- Floors and Carpets: Pooling water can be especially dangerous for untreated flooring and carpeting. If wet, carpeting should be removed for cleaning or disposal.
- HVAC Systems: Through condensation, cooling, and heating issues, HVAC systems can pose mold issues since they are so out-of-sight. Learn more here.
- Basements and Boilers: These areas can be out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Check basements and boiler rooms for signs of water and respond promptly to any issues or mold.
It’s important that your school or other childcare facility doesn’t suffer from sick building syndrome and impact the health of your children. If you think you’ve got mold or other hazardous conditions, it’s time to get help. Fiber Control, Inc. is a full-service hazardous material inspection and remediation service, including asbestos, mold, and lead. Contact us today, and make sure to also read our other articles on understanding, identifying, and dealing with mold.