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Could Mold be Hiding in Your Building??

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Mold isn't always obvious, but excess moisture is a good clue that it's there somewhere... and excess moisture isn't always due to flooding, plumbing leaks, or tons of rain.

In fact, some moisture problems have been linked to diminished ventilation in tightly sealed, highly energy efficient buildings. In such cases, unbalanced indoor-outdoor air exchange can contribute to moisture vapor buildup and elevated indoor humidity levels.

Most building owners respond quickly to flooding or other water intrusion during construction or related to a roof/plumbing leak. Some even have a proactive system in place to monitor for moisture as part of their building's operations and maintenance. But sometimes the only sign of a mold problem is the persistent poor health of a building's occupants. Symptoms like ongoing headaches & coughs, recurring viruses, nausea, and aggravated allergies can be key indicators of an unseen mold infestation.

One cost-effective way for property owners & managers to stay ahead of mold is through a comprehensive and robust mold action plan.


5 KEY ELEMENTS OF A MOLD ACTION PLAN:

  1. Regularly inspect buildings & construction sites for dampness.

  2. Prevent high indoor humidity with well-maintained HVAC systems.

  3. Establish efficient response & investigation of IAQ complaints.

  4. If a problem is discovered, initiate a third-party inspection to inform the development & execution of a remedial action plan.

  5. Conduct follow up inspections to ensure corrective action has been successful.

If mold is suspected in your building, quick action is needed. A successful remediation plan will carefully contain and remove moldy building materials in a way that prevents further contamination, permanently correct the water/moisture problem, and confirm success with clear, concise documentation.

Mold doesn't have to be a show stopper for your project. Whether the mold impacts a small number of units, a construction or renovation site, or the entire building, remediation should be done by a professional who can safely and effectively remove the mold as well as the damaged materials, protect business as usual for your staff, and ensure the health of workers and tenants. 

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