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Should School Cleaning Staff Manage Mold Damage in Advance Educational Institutions?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Leverage the specialized skills of SERVPRO of Davie & Yadkin Counties’ mold remediation technicians when mold lingers in community schools.

The Singular Focus of SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Crews Support Their Use in Advance Schools Struggling with Recurring Mold Issues

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) turned its attention to microbial remediation, the mold damage seen in Advance schools was precisely the type of issue at hand. The EPA developed a straightforward protocol for managing mold infestations without hysteria or impossible to meet promises. School engineers do not have the specific training contemplated by the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and IICRC R520 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.

Why Is Intensive Cleaning Inadequate for Mold Damage Resolution?
Even when school employees clean affected surfaces daily, if the mold damage in Advance educational buildings is not approached in fidelity to the above references, it is likely to recur. Cleaning with water or diluted bleach solutions can feed the mold spores, merely lightening stains while keeping organic surfaces wet enough to support mold growth.

How Do Mold Remediation Experts Manage a School Mold Outbreak?
The EPA guidelines developed included measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) take care to find the water source and arrange for repair or elimination of the root cause of mold growth -- persistent moisture. Then our team, clad in personal protective equipment (PPE):

• Contains the moldy space, including the use of air scrubbers
• Removes the mold by mechanical techniques, bagging the debris for lawful disposal
• Vacuums and wipes down surfaces
• Applies EPA-registered antimicrobials to affected surfaces to inhibit mold growth rebound

Why Is a Topical Disinfectant Alone an Ineffective Strategy?
Merely spraying mold-covered surfaces is not best practices. Although we sometimes broadcast-spray an excessively moldy space before remediation, physical removal of the mold organisms is the only way to reduce spores to typical levels. Ridding the area of current colonies and managing moisture are the EPA recommendations with the most likely success chance.

Leverage the specialized skills of SERVPRO of Davie & Yadkin Counties’ mold remediation technicians when mold lingers in community schools. Call (336) 677-1415 to discuss how we follow the EPA protocol in schools and commercial buildings.

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