Danger in the Damp – Dealing with Mold
Despite our best efforts to keep it out, water has found its way inside the building. This course examines the question of what to do next, since abandoning the building to its eventual collapse is not usually an option.
The material briefly examines design and construction methods of systems designed to withstand water penetration. An understanding of these systems gives us a starting point in finding sources of intrusion, and a starting point for how to best repair them and prevent further damage. Sealing a failed envelope is the first step in remediation. Otherwise, the appearance of mold will likely be the next step in rendering our damaged buildings uninhabitable.
Once the source of the problem has been addressed, steps can be taken to reclaim full use of the built environment. Assessment of moisture damage must be done next to best determine and prioritize steps toward repair or replacement of damaged components. Immediate and critical remedies are examined, as well as those which can be addressed after a couple days have passed. Lastly, any resulting mold growth must be eliminated, and steps taken to prevent its recurrence.
Because of its power and the many ways water finds to enter our buildings, water intrusion with accompanying mold growth is one of the most discouraging building maintenance issues to address. But we have enough accumulated experience from past battles to handle it far better moving forward.
This course is intended to equip others with that knowledge.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Terminology used to discuss how entrapped water creates problems for building users
- Measures to retard the infiltration of moisture into built environments
- Where and why mold growth occurs
- Testing and inspection to find water damage
- Systems and procedures to inventory moisture damage following intrusion
- Immediate and secondary actions steps to take following water intrusion
- Indoor air quality issues and how to identify them
- How to deal with mold growth, once it is discovered
Danger in the Damp–Dealing with Mold
Overview of Moisture Related Problems
- Don’t Let the Water In
- Glossary of Terms
The Scope of the Problem
- Moisture Damage to Buildings
- Monetary Loss Due to Moisture Problems
- General Moisture Intrusion
- The Mold / Moisture Connection
- Definition of Mold
- Controlling Mold Growth by Controlling Moisture
Before Building Damage Occurs
- Basic Moisture Movement
Solutions to Water Penetration Issues
- Blocking Transport Paths
- Wet by Design
- What About Existing Buildings?
- Necessary Ventilation
- Improving Air Quality and Ventilation
- Addressing Moisture Problems in Various Building Systems
Maintaining Building Systems as Lines of Defense
- Maintaining Site Drainage
- Maintaining Foundations
- Maintaining Walls
- Maintaining Roofing and Ceilings
- Maintaining Plumbing Systems
- Maintaining HVAC Systems
- Making Your Building Weathertight
Dealing with Building Damage from Moisture
- Testing and Remediation of Dampness and Mold
- Testing for Contaminants
- Inventory Damaged Materials
- Inventory and Response to Ceiling Damage
- Inventory and Response to Drywall / Plaster Damage
- Inventory and Response to Carpet Damage
- Inventory and Response to Electric Systems Damage
- Inventory and Response to Furniture Damage
- Inventory and Response to Paper / Records Damage
- Specific Instructions for Specific Materials
Air Quality Concerns
- Air Quality in General
- Health Concerns with Dampness
- Changes in Indoor Air Quality Attributable to Mold
- Air Quality in Schools
Dealing with Mold in the Airstream
- Reiteration of Basic Remedies
- Procedures – Problem Found in the First 48 Hours Following a Leak
- Procedures – Problem Discovered after 48 Hours Have Passed
- Cleaning up Mold
- Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available to print upon completion of the course.
- This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA or any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.
- Course instructors will be available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone (800-727-7104) between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.