Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of conditions, including roof and plumbing leaks, condensation, and excess humidity. Some moisture problems in schools have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the past twenty to thirty years. These changes have resulted in more tightly sealed buildings that may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems in schools are also associated with delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance, due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures in schools, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems (EPA).
"Sick building syndrome is attributed to inadequate ventilation, chemical
contaminants from indoor and outdoor sources, and biological contaminants such
as molds, bacteria, pollens, and viruses."(Davis, 2001, CA Research Bureau)