Respiratory Problems Experienced in Florida Courthouse Prompt Mold Testing

Employees at the Okaloosa County Courthouse had been recently complaining of an irritating odor and respiratory problems that may have been associated with poor indoor air quality.

These complaints had prompted officials to test for mold in this aging building, which confirmed its presence as well as an inefficient HVAC system, leading to poor air circulation in the building. That, combined with moisture, is a breeding ground for mold and its spread and resilience throughout the building. Testing of volatile organic compounds- which also cause a bad odor indoors- will also be conducted.

Commission Chairman Nathan Boyles will be recommending a proposal of $17 million to renovate and expand the courthouse, and construction should begin in early 2016. Until then, a temporary space will need to be created for courthouse operations so that employees can safely and comfortably carry on their day to day activities.

Renovating your house after a mold outbreak would never cost $17 million, but it can go into the tens of thousands of dollars if you let the problem persist without remediating it correctly. Getting the wrong kind of mold expert in your home who simply covers up the mold damage with a chemical will wind up costing you more money in the long run, as mold can be persistent and keep returning.

If you are looking for a permanent fix to an indoor air quality or mold problem, it is best to contact an expert like MVP Environmental Solutions who will remove mold completely and in a cost-effective way.

Sources:
Barlow, Kari C. “Mold Found in Courthouse.” NWF Daily News. Gatehouse Media, 19 Sept. 2015. Web. 22 Sept. 2015. <http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/20150919/NEWS/150919102>.

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