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Mold on College Campuses

Posted in Blog | Mold Inspection on September 15th, 2017 by Hunter Adams

Recent news reports have highlighted outbreaks of mold on college campuses. Learn more about the recent mold scares, the dangers of mold, and how you can reduce your child’s risk of exposure.

Recent Reports of Mold in Colleges

Indiana University recently spent more than $568,000 correcting mold problems in two of its dormitories, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is no isolated case. In recent years, mold has also been detected in dorm rooms in the University of Louisville, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The Wall Street Journal article noted that aging buildings are most at risk of mold, which is why historic college campuses have hit the headlines.

The Dangers of Mold Exposure

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people sensitive to mold can suffer numerous health problems when they come in contact with mold. Common symptoms of mold exposure include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Throat, eye, and skin irritation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Lung infections
  • Worsening asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Reduce Your Child’s Risk

Since your child is only staying in their dorm, they cannot take many of the steps homeowners would to reduce the risk of mold growth in their room. However, there are a few things he or she can do to minimize the risk of mold exposure. Encourage your child to:

  • Run a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50 percent
  • Open windows for ventilation
  • Clean and dry any spilled drinks quickly and thoroughly

If you’re concerned about your child’s exposure mold on campus, speak to MD Mold Testing. We can test your child’s dorm room and other common areas in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and the Delaware region for your peace of mind. Visit our website to learn more about our services and arrange your mold inspection today.