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Library director assures mold discovered during repairs has been remediated

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Forsyth Public Library has had a leaky window problem for a number of years, and the project to repair it hit a snag in recent weeks. That’s according to Library Director Rachel Miller’s July 1 report to the Board of Trustees describing a temporary delay in the project.

Her report, in part, read: “As Quality Concrete and More started the project on June 20 they discovered mold in the wall below the window and recommended testing before the construction proceeded. A sample was sent to Key Laboratory in Decatur. Their report found that we have high levels of cladosporium, which can cause health problems for those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory problems. Both Key Laboratory and QCAM strongly recommend that the construction area be contained during work and precautions taken to make sure that the mold does not become airborne.”

So, what should patrons be afraid of?

“Nothing,” Miller said, adding that it’s not the lethal kind of mold and that the problem was being tackled head on.

Miller was told by experts familiar with the project that it is a less problematic type of mold. She also said that the mold is still contained within the building’s walls and was only discovered once the project was started.

“It’s inside the walls, not outside,” Miller said. “It wasn’t until we started the project that it was found, and it was immediately sealed back up.”

This containment, according to Miller’s report, required hiring a specialist to work with the contractor and window company during construction.

Peerless Cleaning and Restoration was the low bidder for the mold remediation project. A containment structure was erected around the construction area while drywall and other materials were removed around the window. An air purification system was scheduled to run for several days prior to the actual repair of the window, which began July 15.

To accommodate the project, the library did some rearranging to parts of the children’s department. Miller added that because the library is a public facility, the plan was to have the problem remediated in the safest way possible, noting that the containment area and its air filters were put in place to protect the public.

“We are being proactive in taking care of this potential problem so that it won’t be a danger to patrons and families,” Miller said. “We would encourage everyone to continue to use our resources and continue to visit the library.”

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