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How is water intrusion and mold found in MN schools?


Nothing can raise the ire of a parent faster than if their children are placed in a potentially unhealthy situation. When that happens at the places where the child is supposed to be safest, that can only compound the anger. One such circumstance is when there might be water intrusion and mold at the child's school. The state of Minnesota has certain procedures in place to investigate for mold if there is a reason to do so. Knowing these procedures is important for the parents so they're aware of the condition of the places they send their kids.

The mold might not be visible to the naked eye, but there will likely be evidence that it is present. When seeking areas where mold might exist, there should be a check to see if there is mold growing. It can come in a variety of different colors and textures. There could be a patch of it or areas in which it is more difficult to locate. Looking for leaks, warped areas, standing water, stains, condensation, metal that has corroded or dampness are also signs that mold could be present. There is a certain smell to mold. It can be described as musty, but it's possible that there's no smell and mold is still located in the school.

Going through the potential trouble spots to find out where the mold is is an important factor in finding it. If there is an area in which air circulation is poor or there are hidden areas, it can be a spot where mold will grow. Experts might need to be called in to determine where the mold is if it isn't easily found. Behind furniture, in shelving areas, under rugs and poorly crafted slab, in ceiling tiles, behind panels and wallpaper, in ducts and tunnels, in the walls and in mechanical systems are all areas in which mold can grow.

This could have occurred for a variety of reasons for mold to occur such as defective construction materials and other construction defects. While the state lists methods to find and treat the mold, that shouldn't be enough for parents to feel comfortable with the procedures especially if they're of the belief that a child grew ill because of water intrusion and mold. Discussing the matter with a legal advocate with experience in pursuing product liability claims is a must.

Source: Minnesota Department of Health, "Step 3 Investigation, pages 4-5," accessed on Mar. 24, 2015

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