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What to Do When a Business Finds Mold Growing in Their Building

Posted by Cory Sursely on Tue, Oct 26, 2021 @ 01:00 PM

MoldMold spores can enter a building in a number of ways, even a commercial or public building. Additionally, spores are common in all kinds of buildings according to the cdc.org website. They can be carried in through the door, blown in through windows, vents, or heating and air conditioners. The problem happens when a source of water mixes with the spores, like from a flood, a leak, or persistent condensation.

Whenever a building owner finds mold spores growing or existing in their building, it is critical to take action to completely remove them and replace infected materials, so not to expose building users. The biggest problems that businesses face with mold is exposure making their staff or customers sick, and (if necessary to mitigate the mold) keeping their operations going. The earlier a water source is stopped, the easier it is to remove without stopping business operations. It is Wolgast Restoration’s goal to keep your staff working while we safely remove the spores by following regulatory and specialist guidelines.

What to Do?

Not all mold spores are harmful and a natural level of spores are present in all buildings at all times. Any areas where harmful mold has grown to more than 10 s.f. in size, the EPA recommends hiring a certified professional because a written plan by an Industrial Hygienist is mandatory at that point. They will assess the type of mold and if it is harmful, create a method for getting the area back to an acceptable level and instruct the Remediation Team on how to remediate and prevent spores from spreading. This is important so spores don’t become loose and therefore able to be inhaled by building occupants or have them take up residence on another surface. The spores make people sick with headaches, allergies, asthma attacks, or worse, which is bad for staff’s wellbeing, productivity, and attendance.

Wolgast Restoration has certified professionals that mitigate and/or clean mold spores in homes, commercial buildings, and public institutions. We work with building owners to temporarily relocate occupants, while identifying the source of the water, fixing the issue causing mold growth, following the written Indoor Air Quality procedures, wearing appropriate PPE, and using containment equipment. The professionals will use drop clothes to cover and protect contents, use containment walls when necessary to block off whole rooms/sections of the building, and also use air scrubbers to reduce dust so that the rest of the building can remain open for business operations.

Mold’s Effect on Different Industries

Old buildings aren’t as well ventilated, and in their roof’s lifetime, have most likely experienced leaks. There are many K-12 school districts out there that have original buildings built 50+ years ago, and children are more susceptible to issues with mold due to their developing lungs. Since school buildings are used daily for an extended period of time, exposure can be extensive.

Likewise in an office setting, users or staff members have prolonged exposure that could be causing headaches, active allergies, or asthma attacks. Productivity or attendance issues could result.

In healthcare office settings, the exposure may not be as prolonged, but patients could be more sensitive if their immune systems are compromised.

Restaurants could be shut down for not addressing mold issues in their kitchen, bathroom or dining room.

If an infected area is less than 10 s.f., the EPA says a trained maintenance person can handle the cleanup using appropriate PPE and equipment. It’s good to note that according to the cdc.org website, “bleach does not kill mold. To remove small-scale, less than 10 s.f. mold infestation, use a mix of household detergent and water.” Again, infestations larger than that require trained remediation professionals, like those at Wolgast Restoration and an Industrial Hygienist to work together to properly mitigate the mold without spreading the spores. Michigan business owners and home owners, please keep our 24-hour emergency hotline number for your restoration needs, 855-WOLGAST.

Topics: Mold, Water Damage in Schools

Schools Can Alleviate Potential Problems When a Disaster Happens

Posted by Cory Sursely on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:58 AM



If you’ve been unfortunate to witness what a tornado can do to a school, you know it’s the most awful thing in the world.  As a parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or grandparent you assume that your loved one is safe each day they’re at school.  Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that when bad weather hits it will pass over a school with no damage.  We’re coming into the stormy season:  Is your District prepared?

We’re pretty lucky in Michigan since we don’t need much concern for hurricanes and major flooding.  Of course, floods do happen, but not as much as a chance for straight line winds or tornadoes in Michigan.  In fact, the average number of Tornado’s touching down in Michigan is 15-21 per year.  That number was down in 2012, but history shows there really isn’t a predictor out there to say if 2013 will have more or less activity.  Michigan’s tornado season starts in April and runs through August (but has seen tornados outside these months).  Our peak season is May, June and July, thankfully, when classes aren’t typically in session.

Do you know what would be the first thing you would or should do, once the children and staff are safe and sheltered?  Facing any damage to your buildings would be easier and on target if you teamed with a professional and experienced restoration company like Wolgast Restoration.  By developing a relationship and strategy before you have an emergency would ensure the most effective, strategic, efficient way to make the decisions your District will face. 

Once you develop a Disaster Response Plan, which Wolgast Restoration can assist you with, it must be in place and managed at all times.  Some situations require immediate critical response, so having these documents ready is important for cost containment and proposed techniques in advance of implementation.  Time is always critical when a disaster strikes and having an agreed-upon course of action will alleviate potential problems.  Resources could already be in place to meet most of the demands of the situation, such as; knowledge and contact information of officials (fire marshal, school board, local building inspectors, etc.). 

Wolgast Restoration is familiar with how schools operate and insurance claims, and would work well with your insurance adjuster.  With the team formed (Wolgast Restoration, Superintendent, the District’s facilities and operations staff, local government officials, school board members, etc.), the level of communication established and all detailed documents in place YOU ARE NOW READY to handle a disaster should it happen. 


Topics: wind damage, roof damage, Wolgast Restoration, structural damage, Water Damage in Schools, disaster plan