Molds in Water Damaged Churches

Churches may be a safe haven for worship, and could even provide temporary shelter during disasters, but it is not exempted from the repercussions of water damage. Molds, is a usual manifestation of an ongoing water damage in a home or public structure which may affect the health and wellness of people occupying the particular space.

Media publication Bottomline, Inc has included presence of molds as one of the health risks church goers face as they worship in their respective churches.

Molds in Water Damaged Churches
Flooded churches may experience mold growth, which could affect the church goers. (Photo Credits)

“This hazard isn’t limited to houses of worship, of course. But many churches, synagogues and mosques are located in old buildings, and old buildings frequently are contaminated by mold…and even newer buildings aren’t immune. Plumbing leaks, poor insulation, large carpets that are shampooed frequently—all of these factors may turn churches and synagogues into “petri dishes” for mold. Some molds can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in sensitive people…others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants, Dr. Schaffner noted.”

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Molds in the Church Building

The website Arcata Eye meanwhile published a report on the one of the church meeting houses of The Church of Latter Day Saints that allegedly suffered a major mold problem. In their article they detailed the restoration that had to be done in order to remediate molds in the in the church structure.

“Large piles of disused property were heaped outside, including furniture, books, computers, TVs, photocopiers, trophies, kitchenware and most everything else a once-bustling church might contain. Inside, Spanish-speaking workers were systematically rolling up wet carpets and carrying them out the back door. The LDS church has maintained that mold damage was so extensive that renovating the building for safe use could cost more than demolishing it. Some preservationists considered this a ruse and mocked the claim, calling it “demon mold” and suggesting that use of water and bleach would clear up the problem.”

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Molds in Public Structures

The American Industrial Hygiene Association has listed in its official website, what building managers should do in case they suspect mold presence in their building. They underscored the importance of seeking professional mold restoration services in clearing out mold in the building.

“How should a building be evaluated for mold growth? The first step is to perform an inspection to check building materials and spaces for visible mold growth, signs of moisture damage indicating a history of water leaks, elevated humidity levels, and/or condensation. Any occupant complaints should be noted, as well as any musty or moldy odors. Components of the building’s ventilation system should be inspected, with particular emphasis on the filters, cooling coils (if present), the fan chamber and any internal insulation. If mold growth or moisture problems are found, the air pressure differentials between the area of growth and surrounding areas should be determined.”

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Churches should be free from molds, so as to make sure that the whole congregation will not suffer from illnesses due to mold exposure.