Mold in the News: Issue 59

Mold in the News: Issue 59
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FEATURED STORY (1)
West Layton couple battles mold in their house: That’s the message a West Layton couple wants to share with the community, by telling the story of their expensive battle with mold in their home. It’s been a nightmare they know could have been avoided if they had been more educated, and if they had noticed problems with their home’s attic vents earlier on. If they had they would have been covered by a home warranty.
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
Healthy Home Improvement Tips: Reducing Mold Growth: Mold growth in the home can have many negative implications for your health. If you have allergies or respiratory conditions, it can make breathing more difficult and produce unpleasant symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes. Even if you do not suffer from these issues, you can still experience irritation as it will decrease indoor air quality. While it is not possible to completely eliminate mold spores from your home, there are some simple tips to keep growth at bay and reduce its negative health effects.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (6)
Schools to reopen after mold discovery: Schools in Somers Point and Northfield will open Tuesday after mold was removed from classrooms. Northfield Community School and Jordan Road, New York Avenue and Dawes Avenue schools in Somers Point will began classes tomorrow. Despite the mold outbreak, parents like Helen Lenzch are confident the schools are once again safe. “I trust our school system. If they say it’s prepared and we’re ready, then we’re prepared and we’re ready,” said Lenzch. Other parents like Laurel Tetesco echo the same confidence. “I don’t think they would let our kids back in the class if it had mold in it,” said Tetesco.
Mold remediation cost Upper Township school district $110K: A mold abatement and remediation project at the Upper Township Primary School ensured that the school year began as scheduled but the project came at a hefty cost to taxpayers. The Upper Township school board authorized two payments for the work at its Monday, Sept. 17 meeting: a contract with Paul Davis Emergency Services for $83,773.47 and a second contract for $26,600 to Devine Bros., Inc. for a total of $110,373. 47. According to school board member Steve Martinelli, who heads the board’s buildings and grounds committee, the mold is cleaned up but the problem is still not completely rectified. “It will be a two phase cleanup,” he said. “Phase one was remediating the mold, phase two will be insulating the pipes that were either never insulated or insulated incorrectly when the building was built. The insulation will be torn out and redone correctly.”
Possible mould closes school in C.B. for 173 students: A suspected mould problem has forced the closure of Mountainview Elementary School in Howie Centre, just outside of Sydney. About 173 students at the school have the remainder of this week off and will start classes at East Bay Elementary School on Monday. “It was discovered by one of the cleaning staff in the building under routine maintenance of the building,” said Charles Sheppard, the co-ordinator of school services with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School board. “It was discovered in various parts of the building, so an unknown object, we don’t know if it’s mold or if it’s mildew.” The school board doesn’t know what caused the mould or mildew to form.
Insurance Company Will Cover Middle School Mold Clean Up: The mold growth at Manchester Township Middle School was the result of a mechanical issue and clean up and restoration will be covered under the district’s insurance policy, administrators said Wednesday. Middle school students have been attending the township’s high school in split sessions with their older counterparts while their school is cleaned following the discovery of mold in the building’s downstairs in August. When administrators addressed the public in a series of meetings that month, they were unsure if the district’s insurance company would accept the claim.
Work being done to stop mold at Prescott: The cafeteria at Scranton’s William Prescott Elementary School is still off limits for students as workers try to rid the room of any mold and fix what is causing it. The district closed the cafeteria last week, when maintenance crews found a 6-inch area of what appeared to be mold on the wall. After a mold remediation crew removed the mold Friday and a thorough cleansing was done, air tests done Monday were still not acceptable, Scranton School Board President Bob Lesh said. While the air quality in the rest of the building was fine, the air quality in the cafeteria was “not critical, but it wasn’t acceptable,” Mr. Lesh said.
Final Test Results Show OCHS Free of Mold After Cleanup: Environmental cleanup crews finished work removing mold from parts of Ocean City High School on Sept. 12, and within three days final test results allowed the school to reopen all parts of the building to students and faculty. The tests indicated that the school was free of all airborne and surface mold and ended a chapter that required the closing of the entire school for one day and parts of the school for four other days. After the discovery of mold, the school restricted students and faculty from entering entering a set of classrooms, including art and music rooms, and the school auditorium on the first day of classes Thursday, Sept. 6. The entire school closed on Sept. 7 as the cleanup continued.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Mold a recurring problem at Winston-Salem fire station: Growth in the Hanes Mall area of Winston-Salem led to the construction of Fire Station No. 2, a $1.3 million station twice as large as the one it replaced in 2004 on Griffith Road. Twice in the past two years, operations at the fire station at 405 Somerset Drive have been disrupted by mold — and city officials are taking extra steps to determine the cause of the problem so that it won’t return again. In 2010, mold first crept in. On Aug. 23, it came back. This time, firefighters — a total of 27 — had to be transferred to other stations temporarily, fire officials said Friday. Average response times are still within four to five minutes, the average time to which the fire department aspires, Fire Chief Antony Farmer said.
Mold Closes Point of Honor Visitors Center: The gift shop at the Point of Honor Museum has mold on the ceiling, and they need a company to clean it up before the museum hosts a big event soon. A visit to Point of Honor typically starts at the Carriage House. It’s a visitor’s center and gift store. But, an outbreak of mold has closed up shop. “The meeting room is where we found the most,” said Jerry Kelly, the general building maintenance supervisor for Lynchburg Public Works. Kelly in charge of getting rid of the mold. But this mold spread and spread fast – staff say overnight. It speckles the walls, the vents and even a storage closet. Kelly has a theory why the mold spread in just 24 hours: leftover moisture from air conditioning work, coupled with the outside temperature dropping created a perfect environment.
Complaints about mold, bats, raw sewage and other problems plague Perrywood Garden Apartments in Harford: Apartments that flood after heavy rain, leaking raw sewage, a bat infestation, mold, loitering illicit drug users and an unsanitary community swimming pool were among the concerns to be raised this week when members of the Bush River Community Council met with the new management team at the Perrywood Garden Apartments complex southeast of the Aberdeen city limits in Perryman. Periodically plagued by issues relating to drug dealing and the associated violence, the low-income apartment complex was purchased in March by New Jersey-based Tryco Partners real estate group for about $10 million. At the time, the new owners committed to making major improvements to the 184-unit, eight-building complex.
LEGAL ISSUES SURROUNDING MOLD (1)
$20 million lawsuit over mold in schools: Harlandale Independent School District is suing the company that installed $20 million in air conditioning units in 10 of its campuses. As I first reported back in 2008, Harlandale has been battling mold and mildew in these schools since the Trane air conditioning units were installed as part of the 2001 Bond program. Equipment and flooring has been replaced because the air conditioning units are bringing in outside humidity.
MISC. (1)
Indoor marijuana grow operations pose healthy threat: The combination of warm temperatures and high humidity found in many indoor marijuana grow operations can fuel extensive mold growth,” said Dr. Martyny. “Airborne levels of mold spores that we found inside these structures may subject the occupants, emergency personnel and other individuals to significant health hazards, especially allergies, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and other respiratory diseases.