Feb 27 2010
Building owners and facility managers have long dealt with the threat of mold to their buildings. A leaking roof, ponding water and even condensation from the HVAC ducts, can all lead to mold. But the danger it poses to the general public has become a new issue to face. With proper insurance coverage and a trusted roofing partner, the battle against mold can be won.
The first line of defense against mold is proper roof maintenance. The damage caused by a small or minor leak can be disastrous. Not only will the water damage the structure of the building, it can damage interior furnishings, equipment and inventory. Even worse, the water can lead to poor indoor air quality and mold.
Mold can grow on the roof decks, ceiling tiles, drywall, insulation and roof membranes. It’s also not only dangerous, but costly. The average mold remediation case costs nearly $11 million, according to an article from Buildings Magazine. Not to mention the amount of money building owners and facility managers can invest in litigation due to mold. According to that same article, there are more than 10,000 cases of toxic mold pending in the U.S. Court System.
Anthony Vross, owner of Simon Roofing, a leading commercial roofing manufacturer and service provider said, “Eliminating the roof condensation and roof leaks is the first step in preventing mold.” With an aggressive roof maintenance program and dependable warranty programs that include leak free protection, building owners and facility managers can drastically reduce the risk of mold.
While the threat of mold is nothing new to building owners and facility managers, the general public has recently become much more aware of the issue. According to research from Charles Schoenwetter, in just one year alone more than 6,000 articles were published on the topic. With the increased awareness of mold, the insurance industry is also responding. Jim Althans, President and CEO of Althans Insurance, said, “Ten to 20 years ago, mold wasn’t as much of an issue. With the new finishing systems and air tight construction if there is water that gets in, possibly through the roof, it’s hard to get it out.”
When buildings are unable to breathe and excrete the excess water, mold begins to form. In order to stay protected from mold, Althans recommends liability and/or property coverage. Coupled with proper roof maintenance and a knowledgeable roofing partner, building owners and facility managers can stay on top of the ever-increasing threat of mold.