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As the summer is winding down, those family trips and vacations are coming to an end and your mind might be switching focus to getting the kids back to school. The last thing on your mind is mold, an issue that a few southern New England schools are facing this year, due to high humidity.
Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc. was called into North Kingstown, RI elementary school to clean the schools air ducts after work was performed on the school’s fire suppression system. After removing a section of ceiling tiles, mold was found. The school determined that they wanted to bring in a restoration contractor to clean the entire school. Working under the umbrella of the mold remediation company, Duct & Vent Cleaning of America, Inc. was hired by the restoration contractor to clean the entire HVAC system.
“Roughly two weeks ago, we had word after the inspection with the cleaning company that we have a significant amount of mold in one of the sections of Quidnessett Elementary School,” said North Kingstown Superintendent Dr. Phillip Auger.
“Things like this happen from time to time,” said Auger. “We had a situation, [and] once people came in to analyze, we realized that it's been an extraordinarily humid summer, so that played a factor. We also have had some work done on the fire suppression system at that school, so there were a number of ceiling tiles opened up, and we believe that put some stress on the air conditioning system because that's a school that is air conditioned.”
The school’s main concern is ensuring the air is safe before bringing students and faculty into the building. “[We’re] optimistic they’ll end clean up soon, and they’re going to do a testing, and only when we have a fully cleaned test … we will allow the opening of school even if it is a few days after school was set to begin,” said Auger.
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