Toxic schools: Making matters worse
Part 3 of an excellent series by the Orlando Sentinel: how school districts cause mold to become established, or worse. (SMH)
Do these decisions make matters worse?
10:57 PM EDT, October 18, 2010
Florida schools are continually fighting mold. But some of their own decisions might be making the problem worse:
•Turning off the air conditioning in some classrooms at nights, on weekends and during vacations to save money. The result: High humidity, which promotes mold growth.
•Not drying carpets adequately. Carpet is often left wet in humid classrooms. This creates a humidity problem but also can result in stinky odors and mold growing on floors.
•Not repairing building leaks quickly and correctly. The faster water-intrusion problems are fixed, the lower the chance mold will grow. Sometimes, officials remove the mold but fail to repair the leak, so mold keeps growing in the same places.
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