Property Managers Turn to CSC to Resolve Mold and IAQ Issues
The professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide property managers with indoor environmental quality testing and consulting solutions.
To prevent mold issues in apartments, it is imperative that property managers deal with any moisture issues in a timely and effective manner.
According to some estimates, there are approximately 30 million apartment units in the United States. These units are managed by landlords and professional management companies and range from low income apartments to luxury living accommodations.
As is the case with virtually any type of building, water damage and elevated humidity levels can result in the growth of mold in apartment complexes. The presence of mold can cause a wide range of health concerns from triggering asthma and causing allergies to hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), infections and exposing people to toxins known as mycotoxins.
Since mold occurs naturally in the environment, they can enter an apartment from the outside through open doorways and windows as well as through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system’s outdoor air intakes. Spores can even attach themselves to people, making clothing, shoes, bags, and even pets all vehicles for transporting mold into an apartment.
If mold spores land on surfaces where there is moisture, such as where leaks may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, or where there has been flooding or excessive humidity, they can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours. Many apartment building materials and tenant furnishings and belongings provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold to grow when moisture is present. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of some types of mold. Other materials such as dust, paint, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery, also commonly support mold growth. Mold may even be on or in many building materials before they were ever even used to construct the apartment complex.
“To prevent mold issues in apartments, it is imperative that property managers deal with any moisture issues in a timely and effective manner,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark. “Sometimes property managers may not be aware that a tenant has had a water damaging event in their unit and this can quickly escalate a minor event into a mold and indoor air quality problem. CSC’s environmental and building science professionals provide testing and consulting services for property managers of residential and commercial buildings across the country. These services allow existing and potential problems to be quickly identified so that corrective actions can be put in place to provide superior indoor environmental quality for all building occupants.”
CSC recently sponsored a video about apartments, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/AFjuj-Asb5I
To learn more about mold and other indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, health and safety issues, please visit www.csceng.com, email email@example.com or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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