MOLD – A GROWING INDOOR AIR QUALITY CHALLENGE
Mold is an increasing menace in homes, work places, schools and public buildings. Every year millions of dollars are spent trying to eradicate the problem. It can damage or destroy property, leading to expensive and time-consuming clean up and renovation projects. Indoor spaces that are wet, and have organic materials that mold can use as a food source, can and do support mold growth.
Mold spores or fragments that become airborne can expose people indoors through inhalation or skin contact and has been shown to have serious negative consequences for respiratory health. Certain fungi and mold are known to be responsible for allergies, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, infections, mucous membrane irritation, and many others ailments. Mold reproduces through microscopic spores, which readily become airborne, and it can produce its own noxious MVOCs (microbial volatile organic compounds).
A 2001 report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings) attributes much of the evident increase in problematic indoor mold to changes in building construction over the past three decades. These changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed for energy efficiency, but potentially lacking adequate ventilation that would allow for quick moisture evaporation. The same report warns that four other key factors may be contributing to the growing mold problem:
- Portable Classrooms and Temorary Structures
- Remodeling and Building Use Changes
- Delays in Maintenance or Changes in Maintenance Procedures
- HVAC Systems Without Properly Maintained HEPA Filtration Systems
One of the many ways to improve your indoor environment is to kill and remove any existing mold and then coat with GLOBAL Encasement's Your Last Coat™. This defensive and environmentally advanced, high performance coating is extremely durable and scrubbable making the surface easier to clean and remove mold if it does come back. As we know mold and mildew can grow on any surface given the right conditions.
GLOBAL Encasement, Inc. has two products that can help defeat mold and mildew. After the mold has been killed off the surface should be cleaned with PremeClean™ and then coated with Your Last Coat™. This will give you a very washable surface if mold does grow on it.
PremeClean™ is a highly effective industrial cleaner that can be used in many areas requiring intense cleaning and decontamination on all types of interior and exterior building surfaces.