Mold in the News: Issue 56

Mold in the News: Issue 56
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Avoid mold hazards in your flooded home: In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac some flood-damaged home will require special attention to avoid or correct a mold population explosion. “Mold is likely to multiply on materials that stay wet for more than two or three days,” said LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel. “The longer mold is allowed to grow, the greater the hazard and the harder it is to control.” As soon as floodwaters recede and it is safe to return, don’t delay clean-up and dry out.
Take care of mold before it turns ugly: September is Mold Awareness Month and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) wants homeowners to know how to recognize signs of mold or water damage, and how to catch these issues early on—or prevent them all together. Mold is everywhere, though the amount and location of the mold is what can be harmful to your home and your health. Brian Jones, president of Jones Design Build LLC, based in Minneapolis , knows first-hand about mold in the home—how it impacts a house and how to have it safely removed. His company worked on a bathroom project, which won the 2011 North Central Regional CotY award-winning project in the Residential Bathroom over $60,000 category, which required mold remediation.
Mold buildup to blame for seasonal allergy flare-up: “We’re seeing more people feeling miserable that haven’t felt quite this bad for several years,” said Kirk Kinberg, a doctor and allergist with Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates in Lincoln. Here on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the story’s the same. “In recent memory, I think this is the worst year I’ve seen,” said LeAnn Holmes, a nurse practitioner at the University Health Center. “It’s definitely increased.”Despite many plants going dormant and pollen counts at roughly half their typical level, local clinics are seeing unusually strong seasonal allergies in higher numbers this semester.
Mold forces family from home: Miki Braxton and her family were forced from their home just after the first of the year, due to a mold problem. It started when a water heater broke, which revealed other problems during the repair. Her dryer was vented under her home, and the vents on the foundation were too low to the ground, which allowed moisture to gather, thus allowing the mold to grow. The Braxton’s insurance company, Nationwide, inspected the damage, then paid her a check for just more than $7,000 for repairs to her floor. There was no money given for removal of the mold.
MOLD and HEALTH (2)
Dangerous mold count means another bad day for those with allergies: If you experience headaches, sinus or respiratory pain Thursday, it’s likely you’re feeling the effects of allergies, according to the doctor who performs the official daily allergy count for the Midwest. The Midwest is under an air quality alert because of dangerous levels of mold, according to Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official count for the Midwest. The Midwest mold count Thursday is 60,000 — well over the 50,000 threshold that merits a dangerous air quality warning. “Headaches, sinus pain and malaise are the result of today’s assault on the respiratory system by irritants,” Leija said in a written statement. “If you feel sick, it is likely allergies.”
Chicago Allergies: Summer Cold Or Moldy Mess?: Itchy, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion. What a way to end the summer! With an off-the-charts Chicago mold count in recent weeks, your misery may actually be mold allergies, not a summer cold. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma sufferers are experiencing nasal congestion and hay fever symptoms like never before as the Windy City blows microscopic mold spores in everyone’s path. These days, the allergy index is all about mold count, not pollen count.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (9)
Mold delays south Jersey school’s opening: Most schools in New Jersey are reopening on Wednesday. However, students at one south Jersey school will enjoy a longer summer vacation. Their start of classes is delayed after mold was found in the Jordan Road School in Somers Point.
Bayville, Potter Schools to be Tested for Mold Today: Testing for mold at Bayville School and H&M Potter Elementary School will be conducted today, to ensure the Berkeley Township School District’s students are learning in a safe environment, according to district Superintendent Dr. James D. Roselli. Roselli told roughly 30 parents assembled for an information meeting at Berkeley Township Elementary School on Tuesday night that mold found at BTES and at Clara B. Worth Elementary School recently has been cleaned up and that air quality tests show mold levels are nonexistent.
Amelia ES Gym Closed Due To Mold: A mold issue has forced Amelia County Elementary School to close its gym to students until further notice. The problem is being blamed on a leaky roof, which has lead to mold growing in the gym’s carpet, as well as in the nearby athletic office. “We are waiting for the engineering firm to come back out later to direct us on the proper steps to take to fix the problem,” said Allen Vernon, Amelia Schools’ director of operations.
Berkeley Elementary School Dodges Mold Issue: Another Ocean County School District grapples with mold concerns just weeks before the official start of the fall semester. However, the Berkeley Township School District appears to have dodged the worst. Schools Superintendent James Roselli says the mold was discovered in the classroom wings on the first floor of the Elementary School building during a routine walk through the week of August 20th, and they immediately called a company to perform remediation work. Roselli says following the work, air quality test deemed the building safe for students and staff as they head back to school this Thursday. Roselli says the remediation company informed them that they caught the mold at a good time. He adds that the predominantly hard surfaces through out the facility also contributed to the company’s ability to clean and get significant results. “It’s when you have fabrics and carpets. That’s when it tends to become an issue.”
Mold delays school’s first day: The elementary school will not open today, delaying the first day of school, after more mold was found in the school. School officials are anticipating the remediation and post-air quality testing will be completed by Sunday to be able to open the school on Monday.
$11,000 mold clean up at Minot Forest: The discovery of mold in the Minot Forest Elementary School gym just days before the start of school has resulted in an unanticipated $11,000 clean up. The invoice will be paid with money from the revolving account. The mold discovered was cladosporium mold, which is one of thirty species of mold classified as “black mold”.
Mold Forces Closures At 4 Schools In South Jersey: Some students in South Jersey will enjoy an extra few days of summer vacation. The start of classes is delayed because of mold found in school buildings. Ocean City High School is the largest of the four schools affected by the mold issue. It will open on time, but six classrooms and the auditorium there are closed down.
Mold closes OCHS on second day of classes: Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor decided late Thursday, Sept. 6 that the second day of Ocean City High School’s 2012-2013 school year would have to be canceled. Mold discovered in the high school auditorium and a conference room on Tuesday, and found in six classrooms, the music room and art room on Wednesday, was discovered on cafeteria tables on Thursday. The high school opened for the first day of classes Thursday with the previously identified areas of the building closed off to students. The decision to close the building was announced Friday on the school website.
More Mold Concerns at a Little Compton School: Polly Allen’s kids are home from school today. They’re not sick, but she decided not to send them to class for fear that they could become ill. “My children are my top priority and I just want to make sure that they are safe at school,” said Allen of Little Compton. Prior to the start of the school year higher than normal levels of mold were discovered in 4 class rooms and the cafeteria of the Wilbur-McMahon School. Those rooms were cleaned, and the school welcomed back students this week. But a re-test of the air quality has found several additional 5th and 6th grade classrooms are also contaminated. “I feel that when it was initially tested the whole school should have been tested not just parts of it,” said Allen.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Belle Terre Wells Fargo clears hay from walls: The parking lot at the Wells Fargo branch on Belle Terre Parkway sits mostly empty, aside from a few odd cars and three Dumpsters filled to the brim with hay. Would-be customers are directed by staff to do their banking at another location; this one is closed for the week. This particular branch of the bank has undergone construction projects since late last year, when a complaint about the air quality and suspected mold growth within the building prompted air sampling tests. Since then, at least one employee, who asked to remain unnamed, said she has complained about health issues she and her coworkers have faced, and said she believes mold within the building is to blame.
LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MOLD (1)
Victoria’s Secret Model Sues Chelsea Condo Over Toxic Mold: This Victoria’s Secret model might be looking for a couch to crash on. Covergirl Michelle Buswell has sued her Chelsea condominium for $300,000, claiming her $1.3 million apartment has been rendered uninhabitable because property managers have allowed water leaks to persist for nearly two years.
MISC. (1)
Toxic Mold Threatens Corn Crop: It’s been a rough year for area farmers, but now many are wondering if their corn crops that have been stunted by drought, will fall victim to aflatoxin. A dangerous mold that thrives in ears of corn during hot dry summers. “It’s a highly carcinogenic toxin,” says Dave Slater of Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection. One in your system aflatoxin wreaks havoc on your liver, and can even cause cancer. The USDA has declared that all corn sold in the US must have less than 20 parts per billion.

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