Mold in the News: Issue 71

Mold in the News: Issue 71
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 16 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (5)

FEMA Gives Advice on Mold: Everywhere they look, survivors of Hurricane Sandy see reminders of the destruction – fallen trees, washed out roads, smashed windows. But the most persistent reminder may be the least visible: mold. The microscopic fungus grows wherever moisture is present – in debris, inside walls, under floors, in attics. If not treated, mold can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and damage materials long after the storm. The good news: mold, and its close relative mildew, can be controlled. Once a home is habitable, dry it out with fans, dehumidifiers and vacuums. Remove all wet items including carpeting, furniture, insulation, food products and bedding. Any material that has been wet more than 48 hours should be thrown out!
Your Mold is Not My Problem — How Insurers Try to Avoid Paying You For Mold Damage: A home is often an individual or family’s most valuable asset. It is also an extremely delicate one, subject to damage or destruction by natural disasters or man-made accidents. It is therefore essential to get good homeowner’s insurance coverage. Homeowner’s insurance pays back the insured homeowner for damage or destruction to the property (by fire or storm, for example), as well as any damage that the property itself has caused to third parties (such as a slip and fall). Insurance companies walk a fine line, which makes them both the friend of the homeowner as well as his or her adversary. It is true that the insurance company is in the business of making payouts to homeowners when houses are damaged. But it is also true that the insurance company is a business, and wants to maximize its profits. So it will sometimes try to exclude (not pay you for) certain types of damage that it thinks will cost it too much.
Mold invades thousands of homes across flood zone in wake of Hurricane Sandy: Get ready for Hurricane Sandy, Part 2: Mold. Three weeks after the superstorm struck, signs of her menacing legacy can already be seen in thousands of homes across the flood zone. You’ll see it in the form of dime-sized, fuzzy, green spores clinging to chairs, black streaks of toxic mold lining the corners of dressers and two-inch-thick blankets of fungi covering garbage dumped along the road. Any way you slice it, it’s all mold — and it can kill you. “We’re going to have mold competing against each other,” said Dr. Ginger Chew from the Centers for Disease Control, who specializes in the health risks of mold inhalation. “Mold can grow overnight.” And it won’t stop unless you make it stop.
Property manager sued over black mold at former Fort Ord: Michelle Imperato interviewed several residents who said they found toxic black mold inside their apartments at the former Fort Ord. This is a must read article for anyone battling their landlord over mold.
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Mold dangers and remediation after Sandy: Many of the island’s families had a rude visitor after the recent visit of Superstorm Sandy. Mold, like a relative that just won’t leave, is an inevitable result of the flooding that plagued the island particularly in the north end and the golf course areas. Mold produces spores that spread easily through the air to form new mold colonies. Growth begins between 24 hours and 10 days from the exposure to water. It produces a mycotoxin which is injurious to health, particularly among those with respiratory issues. The following information, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may help readers of The Beachcomber News who are concerned about mold in their homes or are unsure how to remove it safely. See www.cdc.gov/mold for more details. People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions are likely to be more sensitive to mold. They may experience stuffy nose, irritated eyes, wheezing, or skin irritation. People allergic to mold may have difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. It is not something to ignore.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (4)
Mold discovered at magnet school: Kids who go to one New Haven magnet school are going to have to learn someplace else for now. School officials say the roof was damaged by Super Storm Sandy and then snow from last week’s Nor’easter revealed leaks in the roof.
Montevallo Elementary School mold cleanup nearly complete: Efforts to remove mold contamination and prevent future occurrences in an area at Montevallo Elementary School are about 80 percent complete, according to information presented at the Shelby County Board of Education meeting this month. Shelby County School District facilities coordinator Randy Reeves told board members at last Thursday’s meeting he expects pupils relocated by the mold to return to their regular seats from temporary classrooms before Christmas break. Reeves said the total project concerning the mold removal and prevention efforts at the school should finish in about two weeks.
School mold issue dates back to 2007: Who knew what and when? That’s the question from Shelby County parents about black mold in Montevallo Elementary School. Fifth graders are still having class in portable classrooms while renovations to remove black mold from parts of the building continues. But parents are upset because the school system knew of problems at the school back in 2007.

Lawrence School Officials: No Mold Found in HS: Lawrence School District officials assured parents Monday night that the high school does not currently pose a health risk to students and teachers, but could not provide a definitive answer as to what could develop there in the future. When probed about students with sensitivities like allergies or asthma getting sick from an odor caused by flooding, Superintendent Gary Schall said, “If any teachers or students are uncomfortable, the class locations can be moved. These are being handled on a case-by-case basis.”
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Rodent removal, mold cleanup at old Westminster Town Hall will cost $2,000: The estimated cost for rodent control and mold remediation at the old Town Hall building was revealed as $2,000 at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. The expenditure is part of an article on the warrant for Special Town Meeting, scheduled for Nov. 29, and Advisory Board Chairman Jim DeLisle recommended pushing that vote to annual Town Meeting next spring, as the other articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant do not deal with decisions for new spending, but rather transfers of funds and bylaw changes.
Call for Action: Walls of mold replaced at Audubon Cove: It’s been three weeks since WINK News told you about management at a south Fort Myers apartment complex finally admitting they had a mold issue. Audubon Cove management told us over the phone they’ve been battling mold in their units for several years. Now the problem is beginning to be fixed. Since our story aired on October 29, 2012, units at Audubon Cove have been under construction. Management is no longer accepting our calls but residents said they’re ecstatic to see work finally be done after they called WINK News.
MISC. (4)
DPH gives tips to Delawareans on how to fight mold: The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds Delawareans of the importance of completely cleaning and drying any home or business hit by excessive rain or flood waters to prevent mold. Here is the list of tips to fight mold following flooding.
Mold, flood damage: SBDR training available: New York and New Jersey homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy are finding help in protecting their homes from ongoing mold and flood damage through training provided by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Approximately 200 people have attended seven mold and flood recovery training sessions throughout the metro area this month. The two-hour training is a much-condensed version of training provided to SBDR volunteers who participate in recovery trips nationwide, developed in 2005 to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Mold Information: Tens of thousands of people in the region are returning to homes that have been flooded. Dozens of relief organizations from Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) are helping area residents take the first step in flood recovery by removing flooded furniture, drywall, insulation, carpeting and porous materials. Because the need is so great, these relief organizations will be able to assist only a small fraction of the homes flooded or damaged by Hurricane Sandy. “We cannot help everyone, so we urge everyone to help their neighbor,” said Aaron Titus, a spokesperson for New Jersey VOAD. “Tell your neighbor that flooded drywall must be removed now. Then help your neighbor if it’s safe.” Relief organizations like FEMA and the EPA unanimously recommend removing drywall, insulation, carpeting and porous materials that have been flooded, as an important first step to limit the spread of mold.
HOME AGAIN: Terrace Hill Is Mold Free: The Governor and First Lady are home at Terrace Hill again. They were forced to move out of the mansion in August when black mold was found in the building. A company was hired to remove the mold, and the Branstad’s were given the all-clear to move back home last week.