Importance and Benefits of Having a Mold and Moisture Prevention Plan:

Water damage and mold growth can be costly. Some industry research indicate that the average overhead loss associated with a 1-week project delay of a 250-unit building (overhead only) is about $30,000. A 1-month delay costs the building about $120,000 in overhead costs.

We know from experience that rapid response to water intrusion is essential to eliminating moisture, reducing the threat of mold, and protecting a construction project’s bottom line.

A mold and moisture prevention plan provides steps and measures that can help property/facility managers prevent mold growth issues and have an effective action plan for dealing with mold/moisture problems that arise. Having a Mold Prevention/Remediation Plan can help provide guidance to handle mold and moisture situations in a timely manner as well as being prepared to deal with occupant concerns calmly and effectively. Additionally, having a plan in place can help save money through minimizing the loss of revenue due to a section of a facility requiring remediation, preventing overcharging, and can help in preventing legal challenges and lawsuits.

Below are five steps that are typically involved in an effective mold/moisture prevention/remediation plan:

  1. EDUCATION

    The first step in developing an effective mold/moisture plan is to educate both the occupants of the building as well as your staff on mold and moisture problems.

    Educating tenants/occupants on how to identify and report potential mold and moisture issues can help in finding the source of the problems sooner so that they can be handled effectively. Additionally, this will help the tenants/occupants know that their input is valuable and be a part of the process in maintaining the environmental health of the building.

    Providing training to all employees working on the property regarding identifying and responding to mold and moisture problems is also important for handling these issues effectively. All employees should be aware of the mold and moisture prevention plan so that there is no confusion when problems arise. Part of the training should include how to properly respond to occupant concerns regarding mold and moisture problems. With employees having knowledge regarding mold issues, they can respond calmly to occupants and keep the situation contained until proper remediation is performed.

  2. RESEARCH VENDORS BEFORE ISSUES ARISE

    Once a mold and moisture issue is found, it is important to act quickly to get the problem addressed and keep the issue from getting worse. Having vendors that have already been

    researched and selected before a problem arises can help in addressing the problem faster and reduce the risk of hiring a contractor that will take advantage of the situation or does not properly remediate/correct the problem.

    The following are things to look at when evaluating different contractors:1

    1. What number of trained crew members does the contractor use for