Project Spotlight: Mold in Schools
The summer of 2018 was one of the wettest on record. Frequent torrential rain created challenges for many school districts, most notably an increase in moisture and humidity and, consequently, mold.
Wet Weather Challenges
While the wet weather contributed to ideal conditions for mold growth, many districts mistakenly helped the mold spread through their buildings by shutting down HVAC systems for the summer months to reduce utility costs. Properly functioning HVAC systems help prevent mold growth by removing humidity and moisture from a building.
Several districts discovered mold issues in late August and early September as school administrators and faculty reported back to work to prepare for the school year.
RRS to the Rescue
Reynolds Restoration Services responded within an hour to all mold issues, and within several hours full crews were on-site to begin remediation. The sites were contained and put under negative pressure to prevent spreading, followed by a thorough cleaning of all surfaces and removal of soft goods that could not be cleared of mold. For several districts, our team performed structural repairs, such as installation of new drywall and casework in addition to mold remediation.
Challenges & Solutions
One common challenge shared by all districts was how to address the problem in a timely manner to either start school on time or limit the number of missed school days. Reynolds Restoration crews worked 10-12-hour days, 7 days a week, to help open schools as quickly as possible. All clients were able to open their schools within one week of discovering mold.