How Safe Is Your School’s Air Quality?

How Safe Is Your School’s Air Quality?
At the beginning of this year, Got Mold? began asking the question: “Are Schools Making Kids Sick?” This question was prompted by a news article published by CNN which concluded that public schools are literally making children sick.
Beginning with this initial investigation, we decided to attempt to document the ocurrence of mold in schools through our “Mold In the News” feature that we publish weekly. What we have found is that nearly 30% of the news stories published are about mold in schools.
It is fairly clear that mold is an issue. It is therefore not surprising that this past week, there were three stories about mold in schools. Schools in Massachusetts, Texas, and New Jersey are currently dealing with mold issues.
What is troublesome, however, is that our efforts to document issues are based exclusively on what becomes public knowledge and therefore available to the news to report.
How many more schools have mold and air quality issues?
What are our school boards doing to measure the air quality?
As a parent and perhaps because of my awareness of the health consequences of mold, this issue is particularly troublesome. My hope is that our School Board Trustees, Principals, and others that manage our schools take the issue of air quality seriously.
Since we started our investigation into this matter, Got Mold? has been proactively creating awareness by engaging with school board officials. Knowledge, we believe, is the key to ensuring that the managers of our school system understand why this is an issue.
To explore the issue of mold in schools further, please visit these links:
Mold in Schools
Mold in Schools: Statistical Analysis
Mould in Classroom Made Her Sick!
Should Canadian School Boards be Concerned About Mold?
Are Schools Making Kids Sick?
School Board Makes $800,000 Mistake!
Got Mold? Actively Engaging School Boards and the Military
What is the True Economic Cost of Mold?

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got mold?™ is a locally owned and operated Canadian company with over 25 years of combined experience in the disaster restoration industry. A Message from the President Mold is a growing concern. To continue to thrive as a business over the next ten years and beyond, we must look far ahead, understand the ever changing world and power in order to structure our business in the future and maneuver in such a way that will allow us to anticipate challenges we face throughout our journey, enabling us to continue operating as a world class company employing great people for continued success. Our Mission Find & fix sources of unhealthy indoor air Our Vision Healthy indoor air Our Core Values Dependable - We make commitments and meet them Resourceful - We find a way or make one Knowledgeable - We are certified and constantly learning Productive - We get it done right ASAP Trustworthy - We have a great reputation Loyal - We are proud of our company and its values Ethical - We don’t compromise our values and we don’t cut corners Respectful - We care about people, property and good stewardship of money All this while maintaining the utmost in health & safety standards. Indoor air quality specialists, we are experts in mold testing, removal and remediation; fire and flood damage restoration; indoor air quality testing; asbestos surveying, asbestos testing, sampling and abatement.

3 thoughts on “How Safe Is Your School’s Air Quality?

  1. sanjay@gotmold.ca

    Over 90% of the indoor air we have tested in schools is off poor quality. High Volitile Organic Compound (VOC) rates are detected and or high microbe counts with high Colony Forming Units (CFU). The older schools that are not so “air tight” actually have better air quality. This is partly due to a higher, unintentional, fresh air exchange with the outside because of a leaky building envelope. The newer buildings have a tighter building envelope and trap more VOC’s. Fresh air exchange can only rely on their HVAC system to circulate outside fresh air. In newer designed buildings, especially ones that do not even have functioning windows, it is important to install air purification technologies that scrub the interior air of all microbe contaminants. Photo Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) technologies are excellent in effectively killing contaminants in the air and on surfaces in a school or hospital setting. PCO cell probes can be installed in the duct system of HVAC systems and the fan blower will gently distribute the oxidation ions throughout the building killing harmful mold and mildew and yet be perfectly safe for the inhabitants.

    (Weston W.)

  2. sanjay@gotmold.ca

    Unfortunately, this a much bigger problem than it seems. I challenge anyone to go into any school in the country and NOT find a problem either with mold or asbestos. In our area, a lot of the schools are redoing their entire roof systems because of the presence of asbestos in the roofing materials. I commend them for doing something about it. This has also brought my company a fair amount of work due to the roofers now completely covering their work, then rains comes in and you has a rather large water damage. Over the past year, this has happened 6 times where our company was called in to perform mitigation services.

    (Gary D.)

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