Sick Building Syndrome?
In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as grounds of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation.
People most at risk include:
- Infants and children.
- Pregnant women.
- People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma/allergies.
- People with weakened immune systems.
While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can become ill. Experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, but they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed.
Control Moisture and Reduce Mold:
Act Within the First 24 to 48 Hours
- Correct any water leaks or standing water.
- Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
- Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
- Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.
Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and loss of production.
Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who may work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns.
SERVPRO of New Center / Highland Park is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. To learn more about Indoor Air Quality, call us at 313-379-6768.