Does Your 5 Star Hotel Have Mold?
As I am making this video, I’m on the road, I am travelling. I am staying in a hotel. A really nice hotel. And it got me thinking about a little while ago when I was at a hotel property and there was a water damage event ongoing.
They did not call us about water damage. We had an appointment to talk to them about carpet cleaning. We walk in to the lobby and they have 3 or 4 large garbage cans or buckets sitting in this lobby. It is a really nice 2 or 3 story building with water dropping out of the ceiling.
We just asked a few questions and they said they had a leak on the 5th or 6th floor. That water was coming down 5 or 6 floors, dripping into the lobby. They seemed pretty indifferent about it and not worried about taking steps to dry it out other than a few fans they set out on the carpets up on the upper levels.
By the time it got down to the lobby, they were catching the drips pretty quick. They were catching them in garbage cans and buckets.
As I look around me today and is typical of hotel properties, they have a couple of things about their construction that are not friendly to getting things dry. Carpet is easy to dry. They have vynal wallpaper. Vynal wallpaper is tough. It is durable. It is serviceable. It is cleanable. It helps their properties to withstand the wear and stay looking better longer. They don’t have the replace it that often. It is tough. It is a vapor barrier. It doesn’t breathe.
They also have tile coving. Again, where is the water going to go? It is going to go down and soak the bottom of the walls. Then you have tile coving which does not breathe. The water is trapped in the walls behind the vynal wallpapers and behind the tile coving.
All they are worried about is the carpet. The carpet is obvious to you. The guest can tell and smell when carpet is wet. They are interested in getting the obvious done. The carpets. They just don’t appreciate or realize the damage to their property when they don’t dry it out from a water damage event.
If it is coming down 5 or 6 floors or levels, who knows what path it is following. It is in the walls. It is in the ceiling. If it stays wet long enough it will develop mold. They did not seem to care because it is not visible and it is not in their face. It not on the outsides of the walls.
Don’t be surprised if your 4 or 5 star hotels, even the nice ones, have mold. It may not be obvious. They don’t respect the property or water damage. It is not uncommon.