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Mold Matters for Multi-Family

Mold is a serious issue for apartment buildings, especially in this year of record level precipitation. Multi-family building managers need to stay ahead of the game with response readiness when a mold problem occurs, so that a quick and thorough remediation effort can be conducted.

Here are a few important facts about mold:

  • Virtually all buildings contain some mold. Excessively moldy buildings generally have a moisture problem that leads to heavy mold growth.

  • Mold growth normally starts within 72 hours after organic building material has become wet.

  • In most cases, environmental professionals can assess an apparent mold issue through simple visual examination.

  • Contamination is not always obvious. Mold is not always visible, and is not always accompanied by a "mildew-y smell."

  • Mold sampling should normally be reserved for determining the success of a mold clean up/remediation program.

Any building with an apparent mold problem should be thoroughly inspected by qualified experts, who can identify its root cause, recommend & manage a remediation plan, and document "clearance" of the mold infestation.

KEM experts do all three, helping our clients protect tenant health while demonstrating a commitment to eradicating mold in their properties. All of our inspectors are certified, and we ALWAYS close out our work by proving that the mold is gone.

KEM PRO TIP: With mold, remediation is just the first step.

Proactive documentation of your efforts & a forward focus on prevention are essential to the health of your building & your business.

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