27 Sep 2012

Schools and Mold and Indoor Air Quality

It’s back-to-school time. Fall brings not only the start of a stormy period, but as the leaves change, they fall the ground and begin to mold, releasing plenty of mold spores into the air. The combination of moisture and spores is a recipe for mold growth.

Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of problems: roof and plumbing leaks, condensation or excess humidity to name just a few. With moisture from storms and high traffic areas in schools where spores are constantly brought in from the outside, there is a high risk of mold developing.

Of course there are ways to help reduce mold growth in schools, including reducing indoor humidity with proper ventilation, controlling humidity levels and the use of exhaust fans. However, as experts will tell you, it is nearly impossible to remove all mold spores from the air. So even with all the precautions, mold can still sneak up on you. School maintenance personnel should keep a sharp eye out for the following warning signs:
• Inspect the building for signs of moisture, leaks or spills
• Check for moldy odors.
• Look for water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, walls, floors, and window sills.
• Look around and under sinks for standing water, water stains, or mold.
• Inspect bathrooms for standing water, water stains, or mold.
• Do not let water stand in air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans.

Even with due vigilance, mold can still grow. Luckily, there is MoldOff — an innovative product unsurpassed in mold and mildew stain removal and works incredibly well on hundreds of surfaces. It contains no chlorine bleach and is environmentally friendly and biodegradable so it is safe for the environment, and especially safe for use around children. MoldOff is easy to use …in most instances, you just spray it on the affected area, then wipe it down the next day. With little or no scrubbing necessary, there’s no hard work, just peace of mind.

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