Mold in the News: Issue 64

Mold in the News: Issue 64
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Expert shows how to detect mold in your home: After mold is found inside a University of Louisville dorm, WDRB digs deeper to see what homeowners should look for, and just how easy it is to inspect your own home. Mold can make some people sick–it is why 270 students are being moved out of Miller Hall, and it’s why you should check for it in your own home. Dr. Shirish Phulgaonkar is a chemical engineer who does testing and remediation for Allergen Control. He let us join him during an inspection, and shares what homeowners should look for.
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Reason discovered for the toxicity of indoor mould: A team of researchers at the University of Helsinki has discovered how indoor mould makes people sick.The only remedy is to heal the living environment. For more than a decade, it has been known that the fungus Trichoderma longibrachiatum is the most common finding wherever people are suffering from health hazards related to damp building damage. However, it has not been known how this mould — which is typical of most buildings with indoor air problems — harms people’s health. Published in September, a study by a team of researchers at the Department of Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki explains how microbial metabolites in the living environment cause health problems.
Council promises to act on army veteran’s damp and ‘uninhabitable’ home: “I suffer from fibromyalgia which causes pain all over my body and when I went to see my doctor last I showed him pictures of the black mould in my house and water marks on the walls – he said the house looked uninhabitable.” Council promises to act on army veteran’s damp and ‘uninhabitable’ home. An Army veteran has said his health has deteriorated because damp and mould in his house has become so bad – and his doctor has labelled it “uninhabitable.” David Stephenson, 53, and wife Lucy, 49, have lived in the Richmondshire District Councilowned property for 26 years, since Mr Stephenson left the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, where he was a medic. Mr Stephenson said he has repeatedly complained to the council about the increasing damp in the Richmond property, but has not seen any adequate improvements to his home.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (6)
Contractor hired to remove mold from W.Va. school: The Harrison County Board of Education has hired a contractor to remove mold from an elementary school where air quality concerns prompted the relocation of three classrooms. Media outlets say the board voted Tuesday during an emergency meeting to pay Basement Systems of West Virginia more than $168,000. The work is expected to take five to six weeks.
District 303 weighs options for Norris rec center: Mold on the walls of racquetball courts at Norris Recreation Center has led St. Charles’ School District 303 to take a long-term look at what it wants to do with the building. A school board committee recently decided to form a task group charged with reporting which option — from tearing the courts down to making substantial improvements — makes the most sense. “What they’re saying is ‘let’s take a look at the bigger facility and how it will be used into the future’,” said district spokesman Jim Blaney.
Residence hall evacuated after mold discovery: University of Louisville students living in Miller Hall are being evacuated this week due to an inspection that occurred over the university’s fall break this passed weekend that was responsible for discovering a mold growth. Students are expected to be out of their rooms by Oct. 12 and are expected to have cleared their respective rooms of their belongings. In a message from Housing and Residence Life, officials reported: “Although it appears to pose no immediate health risk, the university has determined it is best to remove the mold and begin the process of identifying the source for the sudden mold growth.” The message assured students would be given alternate housing options. These new living situations would most likely be for the rest of the fall semester.

Officials say mold at school decreased: A mold report for Great Bridge Primary School in Chesapeake has been released, showing a decrease in spore counts. WAVY.com met with the man in charge of removing the mold, Eric McKee of McKee Environmental, who would not speak on camera. McKee said he uses detergent like Dawn Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid to wipe down mold, aggressively attacking the mold until there is no visible evidence of mold or mold odors.

Scranton School District Considers New School Because of Mold: The Scranton School District has been plagued with a mold problem at two elementary schools in the city’s Hill Section. In response, the school board made a move to possibly build a new school for all of those elementary students. The Serrenti Memorial Army Reserve Center on Colfax Avenue has only sat empty for a few months, but now the Scranton School District has taken the first steps toward possibly buying the spot for a new Hill Section school. The elementary schools in that part of the city have been plagued with a mold problem. Officials decided earlier this year to permanently close the John J. Audubon School on Mulberry Street because of mold.
Black mold forces NCSU sorority members out of house: About 35 residents of North Carolina State University’s Sigma Kappa sorority have been told they have to move out of the sorority’s house by Sunday night after black mold was discovered recently around vents and light fixtures in several bedrooms. Contractors for Beta Beta Land Partnership LLC, which owns the property and leases it to the sorority, has already started working to remove the mold, but to fully clean it, the students must move out for approximately three weeks.
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Family forced to sleep in lounge because of mould: Black mould and years of neglect have forced Susan Williams and her children to sleep in the lounge of their state house. The mother of seven has been told the mould seeping through the bedroom walls in her Housing New Zealand home in Manurewa is far too dangerous for the children to be exposed to for too long. Williams said her newly appointed tenancy manager advised her to abandon the rooms as soon as she saw the mould. She and her family have lived in the Rata Vine property for 16 years. All the while the bedroom walls have been absorbing moisture from a bathroom that isn’t watertight. Williams is happy Housing NZ is now fixing the problem but is concerned others could be in the same situation.
Woman gets ill in Meridian rental after mold discovery: So you move into a new rental home and shortly thereafter realize something is not quite right. “I started smelling the closet a lot,” Jacqueline Hutton said. Within days of moving to her Meridian rental, Hutton says her place was making her sick and she thought mold was the problem. “(I had) congestion and my nose started bleeding,” Hutton said. She says her landlord denied there was a problem so she hired a mold inspector to investigate. As it turned out, there was a clear indication that Aspergillus Niger was present. This mold is not found outside the home so it shows there is a mold problem indoors. It produces toxins known to make people sick.

TCHC tenants complain of disrepair, mould and bedbugs: Tenants living in a west-end Toronto Community Housing Corp. building for seniors said they are plagued by broken elevators, bedbugs and a huge repair backlog spanning months — and in some cases, years. Since 62-year-old Miriam Miller transferred to 100 Cavell Ave. — in the Evans Ave. and Royal York Rd. area — from another TCHC building two years ago, she’s developed health problems from increasing amounts of black mould around her windows. “It’s in the walls, but no one’s willing to knock down the walls or change the windows,” she said Thursday while giving a tour to the Toronto Sun. “It’s just going to keep growing. I’ve had all these hives from stress and my sinuses are much worse.”
Buffalo renters concerned about mold: Renters at the Maria Villa apartments are fighting their landlord in court over growing concerns of mold. Many of the people live at the affordable housing complex at 607 1st Ave NE in Buffalo are seniors or disabled, and say the conditions are making them sick. Jen Bakken is a single mother who says she and her two kids have suffered from respiratory problems since they moved in last June. This week, she bought a home mold test kit.

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No more mold, asbestos in disabled woman’s home: It was Denise Conley’s dream home long before she ever moved in. She eyed the 1930s-era brick home with its oval shape when her father first bought it in the late 1970s. Only it and its twin neighbor in the neighborhood near 41st and Sprague Streets had the same curvy facade. There was just “that little something” about the unusual home, she said. After her father died in 1985, Conley acquired it, and the 59-year-old Omaha woman couldn’t have been prouder to call it her own. But even a dream house — especially one that was built sometime during the Great Depression — needs improvements. When Conley asked for a hand with the needed repairs, she never imagined that extra hand would be dozens of businesses and workers donating their time, materials and money to make her three-bedroom, 1,400-square-foot house livable again. This week, Rebuilding Together Omaha and MAXX Properties Nebraska are leading the effort to give Conley’s home a makeover. Together, the two developed a plan of action and helped recruit more than 50 workers from 30 businesses, including general contractors, electricians, cleaners, arborists and concrete contractors.

2 thoughts on “Mold in the News: Issue 64

    • Sanjay Gupta

      Chrissy, I consulted with our founder, James C. Watson, and this is what he said about work Got Mold? does:

      “Yes we remove the mycotoxins at the job sites. Mycotoxins are carried on the spore and dust within the area. This is why we do a final clean called a HEPA sandwich where we start from the ceiling and vacuum down the walls and floors followed with a wet wiping with soap and water and then one more HEPA vacuuming. This is all done with negative air machines in place and air scrubbers in the immediate work area.”

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