What to Do if You Get Excessive Water in Your Work Area
Plumbing leaks and other sources of water should be reported to Facilities Management as soon as possible. When sufficient moisture is present mold spores can germinate and begin to grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours after becoming moist enough. New mold colonies can form in as little as three days if materials stay wet. This is why water intrusions must be treated as an emergency and addressed quickly by removing the source of the moisture.
All items should be dried completely. Any visibly stained, water damaged, or mold infected materials such as ceiling tiles need to be replaced. If the affected area is small (<10 sq.ft.), Building Services Personnel may perform the dry out and clean up procedure. If mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, a certified mold remediation contractor may be needed.
Health Concerns Regarding Mold
If you have health concerns related to potential mold in your work environment, contact Health Services University Health Services, 835 South Wolcott Avenue, Room E-144, Chicago, IL 60612, Phone: (312) 996-7420.