Rainy Day Activity: Prevent Mold
June 26, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
There’s one upside to rainy days. They afford facility executives a chance to check out potential trouble spots that could lead to mold problems. Keeping the facility nice and dry is a major way to stave off indoor air quality issues due to mold.
When it’s pouring buckets outside, take some time to walk around the facility. Check out balconies or vegetated roofs located above occupied areas to see if any ponding is occurring. Look at the weather-stripping and its seal around windows, skylights and sliding doors. Notice if any condensation is occurring on windows or windowsills. Take note of any discoloration or water stains in the ceilings, walls and floors.
Immediately dry any leakage or condensation and work on addressing the root cause of any moisture infiltration. Catching a little leak in time will prevent big mold remediation problems later.