Project Spotlight: Mold in Schools

Project Spotlight: Mold in Schools

Project Spotlight: Mold in Schools The summer of 2018 was one of the wettest on record. Frequent torrential rain created challenges for many school districts, most notably an increase in moisture and humidity and, consequently, mold. Wet Weather Challenges While the wet weather contributed to ideal conditions for mold growth, many districts mistakenly helped the mold spread through their buildings by shutting down HVAC systems for the summer months to reduce utility costs. Properly functioning HVAC systems help prevent mold growth by removing humidity and moisture from a building. Several districts discovered mold issues in late August and early September as school administrators and faculty reported back to work to prepare for the school year. RRS to the Rescue Reynolds Restoration Services responded within an hour to all mold issues, and within several hours full crews were on-site to begin remediation. The sites were contained and put under negative pressure to prevent spreading, followed by a thorough cleaning of all surfaces and removal of soft goods that could not be   cleared of mold. For several districts, our team performed structural repairs, such as installation of new drywall and casework in addition to mold remediation. Challenges & Solutions One common challenge […]

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Summer School Health: Preventing Mold in Your School

Summer School Health: Preventing Mold in Your School School’s out for the summer! While it might seem as though summer is the perfect time to give your school’s HVAC system a rest, a little bit of air conditioning and some preventative maintenance can go a long way in keeping your unoccupied school healthy. As schools sit idle, mold growth can become an issue and impact the overall learning experience for students, teachers, and administrators, particularly those with a sensitivity to allergens, when they return in the fall. Mold can cause adverse health effects such as throat irritation, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, coughing, and wheezing, and in some cases, skin irritation. These health issues lead to missed attendance by both students and faculty, impacting the quality of education. The key to controlling mold growth is to identify and address moisture issues immediately. Where Does Mold Grow?  Mold is a result of excess moisture in an environment and requires oxygen and a source of food to grow. Mold thrives in warm, dark, and humid spaces and grows most commonly on porous surfaces in a school, including: Wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation On roof materials above ceilings Around windows Walls, ceiling tiles, […]

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Employee Spotlight: Rich Commo

Meet Rich Commo Describe what you do at Reynolds Restoration Services. I am the Director of Emergency Services. I oversee the emergency response efforts in our three locations: Harrisburg and King of Prussia, PA, and Elkridge, MD.   How long have you worked in the restoration services industry? I have been in the restoration and recovery industry for about 20 years.   How has the industry changed since you first started? The industry was driven by insurance adjusters when I first started. It has become more end-user and third-party administrator driven.   What is unique about working in the restoration services industry? Since you never know where the next loss will take place, your plans for a day, week, or month could change in one phone call. You never know where you will be at any given time.   What is your favorite thing about working for Reynolds Restoration Services? There is a really great group of people that I work with. I enjoy interacting and working alongside them.   What is something that people would be surprised to know about you? Although my family is from the Philadelphia area, I was born in Texas. My father was stationed there […]

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