Facilities management at medical centers can be very involved, to say the least. Medical centers are awash with all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and mold – along with other particulates. When managing medical facilities, vacuuming and mopping floors is just the beginning. Understanding and following ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) guidelines is where you can become more comprehensive in your approach to facilities management in a medical center.
There are but five things that mold needs to grow, the first four are present in every building and with the fifth being moisture it’s no wonder that hospitals and especially dialysis centers are so susceptible to mold growth. The best way to address this issue is by consulting a certified mold inspector. Here are a few reasons why…
Why Medical Centers Need A Certified Mold Inspector
- Medical centers are a common place to find mold: Medical facilities are a conglomeration of unusual and volatile substances, whether they are nasty viruses, potent VOC’s or mold. The enumeration of contaminants in a confined space makes for an unhealthy and potentially life-threatening environment.
- The abundance of water sources and the potential for leaks leading to mold growth is high: The combination of moisture with the ever present mold that’s in the air of medical facilities can foster a mold-friendly habitat. The presence of mold can also be expected if there has been any flooding or leakage.
- Patients can be affected: The presence of mold can have negative effects especially on people who are sensitive to mold, or the unfortunate immune-compromised individuals. This fact demonstrates just how much more vulnerable a sick patient can be to the unfortunate consequences of mold exposure. Maintaining a healthy atmosphere so as not to disturb the delicate health of individuals is essential for a medical center, and the presence of mold compromises such an atmosphere. The threat of mold is particularly acute for patients whose immune symptoms are not functioning properly and, as a result, may not effectively combat symptoms caused by mold.
- Mold compromises structural integrity: Mold slowly destroys whatever it grows on. If your medical facility is built with exterior gypsum wall board like a large percentage of hospitals, dialysis centers and commercial construction are, then you have cause for concern. Mold growth on exterior sheathing keeps architects and general contractors up at night. Mold slowly destroys whatever it grows on, so having mold growing in any area of the building can eventually lead to massive structural damages if not swiftly addressed. Mold spreads over vast surface areas, devastating more and more area as it continues its gradual expansion. The EPA recommends that if mold is suspected of causing structural damage, then a structural engineer should be consulted. However, it’s much more efficient to consult with a certified mold inspector so as to avoid structural damage in the first place.
If you want to prevent mold from damaging your medical facilities, then contact us at Advanced Mold Diagnostics. You will be able to consult with certified mold inspectors with decades of experience. We have successfully treated mold in hundreds of medical centers, and we will use our expertise to effectively address any mold-related issues that you might have. Call us today at 1-888-993-4574.