Mold Remediation in Schools is a topic we all care about and Who should do the mold cleanup depends on a number of factors including: Symptoms of Mold Sickness, conserns regarding mold sickness, recommendations and choosing a mold remediation contractor. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself. However, If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guideline: “Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although written about schools and commercial buildings, this document also helps when dealing with mold in other building types.
Symptoms of Mold Sickness
Symptoms of mold sickness are similar to the symptoms that occur in other types of upper respiratory allergies. Signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis caused by mold allergy can include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Cough and postnasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Watery eyes
- Dry, scaly skin
Symptoms of mold sickness vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. You may have year-round symptoms or symptoms that flare up only during certain times of the year. You may notice symptoms of mold sickness when the weather is damp. Symptoms of mold sickness can occur in outdoor spaces that have high concentrations of mold.
Concerns Regarding Mold Sickness
If you have concerns regarding mold sickness health before starting the mold cleanup, consult your doctor. Note: The EPA suggests the following: “Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold – it could spread mold throughout the building”. Unfortunately, it is thought that most, if not all, heating and air conditioning systems in Florida will support mold growth at some point.
Mold Sickness recommendations
If you suspect you have mold and start feeling mold sickness, stopping the use of an air conditioning system. Due to suspected mold growth would make most Florida buildings very uncomfortable during hot and humid weather. This is why, you should you turn off an air conditioner if a mold problem in the system is found? Ideally, yes. The system should be shut down while cleaning or mold removal is performed. On the other hand, if the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
Mold Remediation Contractor
If you choose to hire a mold remediation contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA’s “Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the Guidelines of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMM), the industry standards published by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) or other applicable guidelines from industry, professional or government organizations. If you think the heating or air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold, read the EPA’s guide “Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?” before taking further action.
Who can I call if I have mold sickness?
If you suspect yo have mold sickness please call your County Health Department’s Environmental Health Office. The Florida Department of Health, Radon and Indoor Air Program at 1-800-543-8279. You can also review the respective mold webpages of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s or the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have a mold complaint about an apartment, hotel or workplace, contact the experts in Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and they will assist you right away.
Note: This article is informational only. When making purchasing decisions, conduct your own research. If you have need mold remediation, contact us.