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What is the Best Way to Remove Mold from Schools?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

School hallway; built-in lockers; no people in photo Mold infestations can occur anywhere, even in schools. SERVPRO has the know how to remediate the damage.

Call SERVPRO Franchise Professionals in Chicago to Perform Commercial Mold Remediation in Schools

Worries about indoor exposure to mold have increased as the public becomes aware that mold can cause health effects. Dealing with mold is not something any school owner or manager in Chicago wants to do. However, with SERVPRO’s mold remediation services, you do not have to worry.

Can you remove mold effectively from all the areas it is growing?

Mold can grow on any organic material that contains oxygen and moisture, including paper, wood, and insulation. Our team has the expertise and mold removal products required to perform effective commercial mold remediation in your Chicago school. Our team can replace and remove porous materials such as tiles, drywall, or moldy ceilings. We can clean non-porous materials like metals, plastics, and glass to remove mold. If the surfaces are dry, we can eliminate the mold through HEPA vacuuming. If the mold is growing in soils, we can damp wipe the surfaces with a detergent solution.

Why could be mold growing in my school?

Mold in schools usually grows when airborne mold spores land on damp food sources and begin digesting them to survive. Mold gradually ruins the materials it grows on. The water that contributes to mold infestation could enter portable classrooms and school buildings through leaky pipes, roofs, foundations, windows, and other structural openings. Mold can also set in your school after a flooding or water intrusion incident. Moisture issues in schools can result from scheduled maintenance activities or conditions during school breaks like:

  • High humidity during the summer.
  • Increased moisture because of painting.
  • No heating or air conditioning system operation or reduced use when the school is closed.

Other common causes of mold growth in schools include gutters which direct water to the buildings, poor maintenance linked with moisture, and unvented combustion appliances. Overall, any problem that can cause water to accumulate or increase moisture and humidity spots favor the formation of mold.

Can you conduct clean-up safely? 

Our SERVPRO team can conduct the mold remediation process safely. We can wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid exposing ourselves to mold-laden dust. The PPE we use depends on the extent of mold infestation, and it includes:

  • Eye protection
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Full body suits if the contamination is extensive.
  • An N95 or greater filter type respirator for use in small, contaminated spaces.

Our crew can also take caution to keep mold and mold spores from dispersing throughout the air where students, teachers, and other people who use the school facilities can inhale them.

Mold infestation in a school can cause health effects to students, teachers, and other staff. Call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900 for effective mold remediation services.

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