As more buildings reopen around the country, the US can start getting back to business. This means kids back in schools, gyms and spas back in operation, and patrons returning to bars and restaurants at full occupancy levels. Reopening after long periods of closure presents unique problems, however, and mold is one of them. As buildings sat empty with doors and windows closed and no ventilation, mold concerns grew for business owners and building managers. Taking action now limits those risks and gets buildings open safely after COVID-19 shutdowns.
The COVID shutdown was a new experience for Americans for sure, but mold is not. Mold is a problem for older buildings as cracks in the foundation and around doors and windows allow water to enter. Buildings with water intrusion issues after heavy rains, a burst pipe, or sewer back up face mold risks as well. Moisture and high humidity also provide ideal conditions for mold to thrive. It’s not just old buildings that are at risk either. The design of new construction homes calls for tight seals to conserve energy. Combined with poor ventilation, this increases the chances of a mold problem.
Molds exist both indoors and out. This fungus releases tiny spores that travel through the air. If they land in moist humid areas a new colony forms. Most molds go unnoticed. Many are harmless too, but they do cause allergy-like symptoms and trigger asthma attacks in some people. For people with compromised immune systems, symptoms can be worse.
Molds feed on organic materials. This includes building materials and cardboard boxes, ceiling tiles, and fabrics. Black mold concerns both business owners and homeowners. Black mold is not a scientifically recognized species, however, Stachybotrys chartarum is often referred to as black mold. This mold, which is greenish-black in color, grows on damp building materials such as drywall.
People react differently to mold, so if you have a problem in your building you need to identify it and get rid of it. After remediation, air purifiers help keep building occupants safe from the health risks of mold, viruses, and bacteria.
Mold Detection and Remediation
Testing for mold in the home or workplace gives people the information needed to take action on their mold concerns. Mold can be hidden behind furniture and appliances, but can also be detected by the presence of a musty odor.
To grow, mold needs moisture and temperatures between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Identifying areas of excess moisture is the first step toward remediation. Inspections of HVAC systems and annual cleanings of filter boxes, air intakes, and diffusers address mold concerns. As well, regular carpet and upholstery cleaning should also be a part of your mold prevention efforts.
Building Science Services Address Mold Concerns
In larger buildings and on campuses, extensive inspections are needed to identify mold problems. HVAC systems in particular require attention. Pure Air’sBuilding Sciences services specializes in building assessments to identify and remediate mold and improve indoor air quality. In short, our combination of services addresses mold concerns.
Building Health Check
The Building Health Check is an evaluation based on HVAC zones. On-site inspections and lab reports combine to provide building managers information on wall and floor moisture and temperature and humidity levels. The report also includes mold assessments.
HVAC Hygiene Assessment
Building Sciences’ HVAC Hygiene Assessment includes a visual inspection of the AHU’s evaporator coils, drain pan, blower as well as ductwork. The Environmental Diagnostic labtests collected samples for mold and bacteria. Performance testing evaluates the impact of pressure and airflow on the coils. At the conclusion, the resulting report gives building stakeholders the information needed to address issues.
The IAQ Guard system providesaround-the-clock monitoring of indoor building conditions. For example, readings on temperature and relative humidity give facilities directors real-time data to keep occupants safe from any potential mold concerns. Also, this system measures levels of volatile organic compounds (TVOC), particulate matter, CO2, and other gases.
If a mold problem exists, PURE-Decon is thesolution for remediation. This system disinfects HVAC equipment and ductwork using EPA-registered Disinfectants for Emerging Pathogens. Above all, PURE-Decon services get to areas in the HVAC system left untouched by topical cleaning.
Contact Us About Your Mold Concerns
Contact Pure Air Control Services to deal with your building’s mold issues and improve your indoor air quality. Call 1-800-422-7873 or email us here.