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Air quality tests confirm airborne mold spores

August 19, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, IN — An air quality test at the Vigo County Jail found a low concentration of airborne mold spores, according to the Tribune-Star.
The results, which were similar to what a test conducted by Micro Air Inc. in June found, confirm that there is a need to address water leaks causing mold contamination in the "O Pod" area of the jail, the story stated.
According to the story, CIH Services Inc., the company who performed the latest test, recommends identifying how water is getting into the jail area, removing all damaged ceiling drywall and insulation, and cleaning all surfaces after drywall is removed before taking a post-remediation air quality test.
Vigo County Commissioner Michael Ciolli said: "We do need to repair the roof as there are signs of mold. I have two estimates to put a new roof on the recreation room [in the jail] and have submitted those to the [Vigo County] Council."
Roof leaks have been a concern since an attached former county office building was converted into an expanded jail/security center in 2001, the story noted.
Roof repairs, which were estimated at $75,133, have been temporarily avoided by making minor repairs, such as sealing skylights and caulking around steel roof beams, the story added.
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