In January of 2014, a scary incident fell upon the students of Hinsdale Middle School. A fairly serious mold infestation was detected throughout the school, and students missed three full days of class as well as nearly two weeks of half days made up at another school while officials did a deep cleaning of the school.
The school itself is not particularly old — it was built in 1976. The total remediation and cleaning cost the school a whopping $384,000. Officials were particularly worried about getting the ducts regularly cleaned at the school to prevent the mold problem from happening again. It was likely a mixture of water damage due to a burst pipe and an air circulation problem that caused the mold infestation in the first place.
Because the pipe burst in a cold snap in the middle of winter, school officials likely did not feel it was initially necessary to check for mold. However, mold can flourish in the winter as well. It actually loves to colonize warm buildings, and Hinsdale Middle School was certainly a victim of this colonization.
There was some suspicion of a mold problem even before the official tests were done. One parent reported her daughter coming home from school with runny eyes and a runny nose every day, while remaining perfectly fine on the weekends. In addition, a teacher at the school came back from winter break and experienced some more serious symptoms, such as dizziness and laryngitis.
In January of 2014, Hinsdale Middle School unknowingly compromised the safety of its students and staff. While school officials did the right thing by getting students out immediately and dealing with the problem in its entirety, many parents are saying that they believe there is no excuse for such behavior.
However, as a result of this incident, there were no long-term injuries. If anything, this close call with Hinsdale middle school is serving as something of a wakeup call for schools statewide, and for individual houses and families as well.
Here at Mold Inspection Illinois, we know that if you’re educated, you’re safer. So here are a few things to remember about mold exposure:
- If your home has recently flooded or had any water damage, it’s always a good idea to get a mold inspection. Hidden moisture is common, and if that moisture sits for even as little as 48 hours, harmful mold can begin to develop.
- If you or your family members (or pets) are experiencing the symptoms of mold exposure, it’s likely you already have a fairly serious mold problem. Calling Mold Inspection Illinois in a timely manner is of the utmost importance.
- Mold isn’t always visible. If you smell mold or are experiencing symptoms, you are probably right. Often, moisture can get trapped behind walls and mold will colonize and flourish there.
Mold can have incredibly negative effects, and it is important to keep your guard up if anyone near you is experiencing symptoms or you suspect you may have a mold infestation. No matter what, Mold Inspection Illinois will be here to help you every step of the way.
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