Lewes, DE, July 15th, 2011 -- Last month, The Standard Speaker reported that water leaks in the historic Hazelton Center in Hazelton, Pennsylvania have tenants of the building concerned. According to the article there have been ongoing water leaks in the downtown building for a number of years, but more recently tenants have noticed possible mold growth and some employees of the building’s tenants have complained of illness.
One tenant, a law firm that occupies the sixth floor, has reported employee health complaints due to possibly mold exposure. According to a paralegal that works at the firm, water incursions have resulted in the gutting of the firm’s accounting office and damaged plaster and evidence of water damage on the ceiling in other offices.
When building materials become wet, many can begin to grow mold in as short as 24 to 48 hours. Buildings that have chronic leaks, due to deteriorating roofs or plumbing issues, can present an ideal environment for mold growth. “Mold growing in homes or offices almost always indicates that there is a problem with water or moisture,” stated Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants (SEHC), a Delaware based environmental consulting firm. “This is the first problem that needs to be addressed. If the moisture problem is not addressed then the mold will simply come back. Testing surfaces and the indoor air quality for elevated levels of mold can also help identify the source of the contamination. This information is also vital for comparing results after a structure has been remediated to remove the mold. Without testing, hidden sources of mold may be missed and it also ensures the remediation job is done correctly,” she continued.
SEHC recently sponsored a public outreach video on Stachybotrys chartarum, a mold commonly identified with mold growth in buildings. It can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGk2_jj6VH8
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services customers nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 corporations.