By: Consuelo Avila-Ramsey
Yes, we live in South Florida and it does, in fact, rain nearly every afternoon. However, inside our schools, there are other sources of water; flooding from pipes, faucets, hot water heaters and other leaks can become catastrophic. Last summer, we had two flooding events that caused significant damage and could have been worse if they had not been detected earlier. In fact, because the schools are not occupied during the summer months, these events were discovered only by chance.
These photos show some of the effects and the response needed to remediate the problems.
The message is to keep your eyes open when walking the campus and report any water events promptly. Drying materials within the first 48 hours may help prevent mold growth and costly repairs.