- Danger in the Damp - Dealing with Mold (HSW)

Instructor: Paul Spite

Credit Hours: 4.00

Approval Number: J607BGS06

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Course Description

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 course 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.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • discuss how entrapped water creates problems for building users
  • apply measures to retard the infiltration of moisture into built environments
  • distinguish where and why mold growth occurs
  • perform testing and inspection to find water damage

Other Approvals

Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) - Commercial: AIA-J607BGS06
American Institute of Architects (AIA): J607BGS06