Some students in South Hall have noticed they have been continually sick without explanation. The problem has been identified as mold. Mold was found in the LSU Dorm.
Mitigating LSU Dorm Mold
LSU’s protocol for dealing with a report of mold or mildew has three parts.
First, they bring in their maintenance team and determine if the problem is maintenance related.
Then, the custodial team inspects the room to determine if anything needs to be cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants and microbial enzyme killing solutions.
Finally, they call in a licensed environmentalist who goes into the room reported to have a mold or mildew issue.
Residents in South Hall were advised to leave the AC on the “auto” function to dry out the air in their rooms. They also were instructed to let wet clothes and shoes dry out before putting them away in a closure or drawer. NOTE: To read about other mold clean up suggestions on Mold-Help, click here.
To follow the impact of freshman Sierra Vanderhorst who lives in South Hall and her doctor’s diagnosis of mold sickness, read “Old school, mold school: LSU students discover mold in South Hall, causing health issues”. According to Vanderhorst, she couldn’t be in her room for more than an hour without having coughing fits. Her doctor prescribed cough medicine, steroids, an inhaler and Zyrtec. He also advised her to moved before her condition turned into an upper respiratory infection or pneumonia.
Vaderhorst’s room mate has been sick throughout this semester as well. They soon realized it was caused by conditions in the room. Other students have also reported mold and mildew growing in their dorm rooms.