Schools are where we send our kids to be safe and learn all day long. We don’t like to think about any problems lurking under the floorboards or behind the walls of our schools, but there is something there to worry about. It’s mold.
Mold can lurk anywhere, even at the place where you send your kids every day, and expect them to be free from harm. Mold in schools is a big issue, because local governments are required to provide education, so when mold is discovered in a school, what to do with the kids so that teaching continues is always an issue. However, it would be best if schools just avoided mold in the first place, because young kids are more vulnerable to health problems from mold exposure. Here are some ways that they can do that.
First of all, just like in a house, increasing ventilation and lowering humidity will reduce the chances that mold will occur. Using exhaust fans in the industrial kitchens found in school cafeterias can help to reduce moisture greatly in those areas, and using air conditioners to keep humidity low in a school is also a helpful way to keep chances of mold contamination low.
In addition, schools should always be inspecting areas for mold. Ceilings, window sills, floors and walls are all places that should be visually inspected for dark spots or other discoloration. The main place to look a bit closer for mold would be anywhere that water is present.
Drinking fountains, sinks, toilets and refrigerator drip pans are prime places for mold to grow in schools, and bathrooms should be inspected from time to time for any flooding or standing water. Remember, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to take hold in standing water.
The most important thing for schools to remember is that when they do find mold, call a mold remediator right away! The safety of kids is worth it, and the parents of your school district will thank you for taking care of the problem responsibly.
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