Commercial Mold Inspections

Sick Building Syndrome

You’ve most likely heard the term Sick Building Syndrome before – it’s a buzzword popularized in the late 1980s to describe general respiratory issues seen by office employees in buildings with poor circulation or air quality. There was a great deal of hype and hysteria built up over SBS by the media and the legal field after the initial World Health Organization report outlining these phenomenon. But following scientific research in the early 2000s, SBS was largely discredited as a catch-all for any respiratory issue that office workers were experiencing.

You’ll still hear the term used often, particularly in articles regarding the legal issues of an office or warehouse full of workers experiencing respiratory issues. There types of situations are typically the result of mold contamination in the walls, carpets and HVAC systems – not a vague “illness” like Sick Building Syndrome. In all actuality, relying on SBS as an answer for health issues diminishes the impact and importance of toxic mold growth in buildings.

Mold growth in indoor areas is a major health risk, especially for those who spend a significant amount of time in an office or warehouse. Over the past few years, the scientific community has turned away from the vague and scientifically unsound “Sick Building Syndrome” and correctly focused their attention on understanding the effects of mold contamination.

The New Asbestos

Many experts have referred to toxic mold as the “new asbestos” because of the similarities it has in regards to health effects and extensive litigation. While we all know the great lengths that hungry lawyers went to to file lawsuits against employers, the dangers of mold contamination shouldn’t immediately be shrugged off as media hysteria or hype. Just as there were many legitimate asbestos claims and lawsuits, so are there claims against serious mold contamination in work buildings.

It’s no secret that we live in a country where people turn to the court system as their first course of action. Just like the numerous asbestos-related lawsuits of the past decades, there are an increasing numbers of lawsuits being filed against business owners regarding mold contamination in their offices and buildings. While most employees would give an employer fair warning and adequate time to test and fix a mold issue, there are many examples of employees that didn’t give their employer a fair chance to rectify a mold problem.

InspectRite has served a number of commercial and industrial businesses that want certified, professional testing conducting so that they have clear evidence whether their property is contaminated with mold. Oftentimes these clients want testing after employees notifying them of health issues; some just prefer to know proactively if they’re putting their own health and the health of their employees at risk.

The Need for Inspection

When it comes to protecting your employees and your business, a comprehensive mold inspection is too important to overlook. A mold inspection from InspectRite will give you all the detailed information you need to make the most informed decision – for the benefit of your employees, and your business.

Throughout the Region

InspectRite is proud to service these cities and the surrounding areas:

• West Virginia: Beckley, Charleston, Teays Valley, Huntington, Parkersburg, Fairmont, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, Wheeling, Princeton

• Virginia: Bluefield, Pearisburg, Blacksburg, Wytheville, Roanoke

• Kentucky: Ashland, Pikeville, Grayson, Morehead

• Ohio: Portsmouth, Chillicothe, Marietta, Waverly, Steubenville