Mold Delays School Opening

Faulty HVAC systems spur mold growth

August 5, 2019

Mold can be a problem in schools, due to a myriad of problems from faulty HVAC systems and hot, damp temperatures to water leaks and old facilities. Every school year sees custodians scrambling to remove mold before the first day of school, with numerous schools needing to delay the first day of classes.

It appears the start of the 2019-2020 school year will be no different, with at least one school postponing its start date. Unity Pointe Elementary School in Carbondale, Ill. has pushed back its start date 10 days to August 28 to allow cleaning and air quality professionals to remediate mold in more than 30 classrooms and make sure the building is safe for students and staff. The mold occurred after HVAC units in the school experienced mechanical failure while custodians were away during the July 4 holiday.

Do you have a mold prevention plan in place at your facility? CMM offers guidance on areas to regularly check for mold growth such as spaces that are wet and/or have poor air circulation. Once the mold is remediated, learn why it is important to remove mold debris.

Check out the Water Damage Restoration workshops and demonstrations at the Specialty Cleaning Theatre at ISSA North America 2019 for tips on removing water that can lead to mold.


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