Mold in the News: Issue 76

Mold in the News: Issue 76
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Photos: A Close-Up Look At What It Takes To Free A Rockaways Home From Mold: Last week Mayor Bloomberg touted his vision for a safer, sustainable, more resilient, post-Sandy New York, but in many areas affected by the storm, the real clean-up is just beginning. On Thursday photographer Tod Seelie followed a team of volunteers tackling one of the biggest tasks to make neighborhoods like the Rockaways inhabitable again: gutting houses to clear out the mold. “Our goal was to get all the drywall and everything else out so that only the basic structure of the house is left,” one of the volunteers, Adam Connaker, said. “Once everything is out, you let the house dry out, which kills the mold. If you don’t act fast enough, the mold takes over and you lose the house.”
Mold And Fungus Growing In Columbus Apartment: The Lynd Company said they started installing the new tub on December 12. The renter Stephanie Lowe said maintenance workers found a nail driven through a water line into her adjoining neighbor’s apartment. A woman renting an apartment called NBC4 after weeks of frustration with her landlord. She says she has mold and fungus growing in her apartment and the management company has not responded the way she wanted them to so she turned to NBC4. “I feel really sick in this apartment, maybe it is the mold growing in the walls I don’t know, but that is why I am addressing this now because I was seriously going to take my kids and go to a shelter” says Stephanie Lowe.

MOLD and HEALTH (2)
Good Neighbors helps with mold removal: Donna’s extended family lives with her in Lincoln University. Their house is home to a total of seven family members, including three small children and one elderly grandmother. Donna’s roof was in very bad shape and the family could not afford the repairs necessary to stop the leaks. Unfortunately mold began to form on the interior walls and the family began to suffer. Mold can cause mildew and musty odor in a house but has far worse repercussions if left untreated. People living in a mold-infested environment will experience more allergic and respiratory-related symptoms. According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic study, nearly all chronic sinus infections (afflicting about 37 million Americans) are a result of mold.
What are the risks of post-flood mold, and what to do about them: Molds are life forms that recycle dead plant and animal material back into soil. Some molds can also use certain synthetics and plastics as food. Molds survive dry conditions by producing inactive forms called spores, which begin to grow whenever they have the combination of food, water and oxygen. Molds can grow in above-freezing, non-flood conditions when they can get enough moisture from air, or when water leaks or accumulates in indoor spaces. Molds can’t grow under water, during a flood, because they don’t have enough access to oxygen, but they typically cause problems after floods because wet items become food sources after the water recedes. The best way to prevent mold damage after either a flood or a water leak is to dry things out quickly. Indoors you can open windows if it’s dry or turn on air conditioning or heat and blow fans over wet carpet to increase circulation of air. Things that can’t be dried out before mold growth takes over, such as stuffed furniture and sometimes carpeting, wall board, sub-flooring and finishing and trim from construction, must be replaced. The health risk of going into an environment contaminated by mold depends on the amount of mold present.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (3)
DeSoto district finds little mold in school: DeSoto County school officials say they’ve found little wrong at a school where parents say their children have been coming home sick.
Montevallo Elementary closing until 2013 due to mold testing: The Shelby County Board of Education today closed Montevallo Elementary School until at least Jan. 2 due to air quality tests showing “trace amounts” of black mold spores discovered in rooms not previously tested in the building. “We made the decision today, the board of education did, to go ahead and close Montevallo Elementary School … due to a verbal report we received today from ERG on the room-to-room environmental air quality testing,” Shelby County School District public relations supervisor Cindy Warner said this afternoon.
Hume School mould removal scheduled for completion later this month: The removal of mould found underneath the activity room at Hume Elementary School in Nelson should be done by mid to late December, said Jeff Jones, SD8 superintendent. Mould was found in the 100 year-old building last spring when air quality concerns came forward from staff and parents. When the school district staff investigated they discovered several possible sources. One was found in a storage room where paper was kept. Additional ventilation and the removal of the paper helped stop that.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Fixes postponed on damp, mold-ridden housing complex: The rehabilitation of Easton Ridge, a 264-unit affordable housing complex plagued with extensive mold and water problems, will be delayed at least until the spring after the Housing Authority of Clackamas County lost the investor on the project. Construction work on the Clackamas-area complex was supposed to begin in September, Housing Authority Executive Director Trell Anderson said earlier this year. The $42 million project is expected to replace the envelope of all the buildings, add ventilation, improve drainage, upgrade all of the units’ kitchens and some of the bathrooms, and make accessibility and other improvements.
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Mold Hazard Fact Sheet for Sandy Responders Released by OSHA: In an effort to protect workers rebuilding portions of the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, OSHA has released a fact sheet on mold hazards that may occur during cleanup activities. The fact sheet is a tool for employees and employers involved in the cleanup that will inevitably involve mold in some areas. It includes information on mold and safe plans for eradication.
Staten Island seminar guides homeowners with post-Sandy mold problems: Joseph Bellows just wants to go home, but the mold won’t let him. The 30-year-old Oakwood Beach man, who has a wife and four small children, has lived for eight years in his Fox Lane home, which was heavily damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy; it took Bellows nearly three days to step back into his house after the water had slightly receded. “I had to wear waterproof pants and boots,” recalled Bellows. “Everything was still saturated with water.”