Guidance from CDC on Reopening Buildings after Prolonged Shutdowns
It is important to understand that many buildings or facilities in the world are operating on the very edge of becoming a mold-infested disaster.
Buildings are meticulously engineered by air handling experts, architects and the like to maintain the proper airflow, temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, balance, etc. etc. It’s a balancing act in which the climate plays a big part. Make no mistake, every building or facility contends with the possibility of mold becoming an issue.
In the first several months of a worldwide pandemic, facilities and businesses have either voluntarily shut down or have been forced to shut down. Often facility engineers, owners, and maintenance personnel have tried to lower operating or (non-operating) costs by turning the air conditioning/heating down, fans and lighting off, and doors shut. Additionally, p-traps and floor drains have all dried out adding to odor and undoubtedly bacteria and mold flowing into the building or facility. All of this has become a “perfect storm” so to speak, for mold to grab a stronghold within the facility. For this reason, the Center for Disease Control has issued a report titled, “Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation” As part of the report, the CDC mentions that mold will grow on building materials where there is moisture, produced from leaks, condensation from roofs, windows, or pipes, or a flood.
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