Victor’s Insider Scoop on Does Your Apartment Have a Mold Problem? How Can You Find Out? Is It a BIG Deal? and What Can You Do About It?
May 28th, 2013 | top of page
Have you, a friend, family member, employee or tenant ever made a statement similar to one of the following? …
“Every time I attend meetings in the management office for more than 10 minutes my sinuses begin to bother me.”
“Last time I showed the model apartment I began to cough and wheeze.”
“Every time I go into the laundry room I begin to sneeze and notice my eyes get watery.”
We’re all constantly affected by our environment. A cool draft may make you to reach for a sweater or road construction outside of your building may cause you to close a window to prevent construction dust and exhaust from entering your office. When problems appear with our indoor air quality it has a direct impact on each of us:
Some Reactions are Minor,
Others More Serious,
Some Life Threatening.
Indoor air quality (IAQ) has a dramatic effect on our quality of life. Poor IAQ can cause illness, lost productivity, affect learning and trigger deadly asthmatic attacks. Any of these could result in decreased property values and the ever present threat of lawsuits for apartment owners and managers.
The good news is providing good IAQ can be a straightforward and cost effective process.
Microbial contamination of the air—bioaerosols—is one component of IAQ that should be periodically reviewed. Often the first thing to review in determining the IAQ is to find out if any occupants have reported any complaints or health effects that could be attributed to poor air quality. If the answer is yes, then a thorough visual inspection of the area should be conducted. Discoveries like
- standing water, or
- moldy baseboards, or
- water stains on ceilings, ceiling tiles, or walls
can all be indicators of a microbial contamination and should be given a closer look if it appears they could be causing the problem.
Many times there can be mold problems that are invisible to the naked eye. For example, it’s not uncommon for a pinhole leak in a pipe to be causing tremendous mold growth in a wall cavity that no one can see.
There are many similar situations that may necessitate an indoor air quality professional become involved.
Qualified professionals involved with IAQ investigations have the knowledge and training to not only know what to look for, but also have the tools to test and sample the indoor environment. Their training should consist of an understanding of
- Building Dynamics,
- Construction Techniques, and
- HVAC Systems.
Understanding how to conduct air and surface tests, what types of tests to conduct, and what the results mean are all part of the profession. As with any professional, be sure to ask for references and verify qualifications.
The tool chest of IAQ professionals contains many useful instruments including
- Moisture Meters,
- Infrared Cameras,
- Digital Thermometers,
- Particle Counters,
- Gas Sensors, and
for air sampling for microbial and other airborne contaminants. These tools are used in conjunction with a visual and physical inspection of the property to determine if there is an IAQ problem. Identifying the source then allows for proper remediation and prevention services to ensure a healthy environment moving forward.
Locating problems that do, or could, affect indoor air quality is the first step in improving any building’s environment. Carefully consider the scope of any potential problems, and if necessary, hire qualified professionals to
- Test, and
- Recommend Corrective Actions
- Remediate Contaminated Areas
It’s always recommended that when hiring IAQ investigators and microbial remediation companies to be sure that these two distinct and important services are conducted by completely independent companies.
As with many aspects of life, an ounce of prevention can save countless future effort and financial resources. To learn more about what you can do to prevent mold growth in your apartment complex contact Global Prevention Services® at 480 951.3600, email Kelly Wendel at kellyw@NoMold.com or visit www.NoMold.com.
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