Mold in the News: Issue 106

Mold in the News: Issue 106
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 15 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
Another Sandy insult: Exterior mold removal isn’t covered (photos): After Midland Beach residents Mona and Irving Shriver gutted their Hurricane Sandy-ravaged home, they found mold growing in the cracks and crevices of their first floor. They tried everything to get rid of it, from store-bought sprays to bleaches, but it came back — three times. Finally, after a visit from a professional mold specialist, the couple breathed a sigh of relief — the pervasive fungus was finally out of their home. “Mold can be on the outside of your house and affect your air quality inside. It’s so critical to get rid of it both inside and outside.”
Six Months After Sandy: Mold Is Unwelcome Neighbor In Gerritsen Beach: While it is not hard to see the effects of Hurricane Sandy in damaged or destroyed homes, mold is a lasting problem under the surface that homeowners, including many in the Gerritsen Beach area of Brooklyn, are still battling. NY1’s Michael Herzenberg filed the following report. Bill Dwyer shows what’s left of his Gerritsen Beach home. Hurricane Sandy took out his whole first floor, but its waves almost washed him away.
Sandy Mold Brings Allergy Hell to NYC: Mold spores left behind are being released now across NYC; Doctors say allergy season to be among worst in memory. Six months after Hurricane Sandy tore across the East Coast, mold spores and their impact on allergy sufferers is among the lingering legacies, experts say.
Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy lack help on mold: The people who took the brunt of Hurricane Sandy six months ago keep getting hammered by bad news. Recently, many owners of homes in flood-prone areas learned that they would not be eligible for the buyouts advertised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after all.
MOLD and HEALTH (3)
Tips for Fighting Spring Allergies in California: The tree pollen that causes related spring allergies can only arise from trees that pollinate: deciduous trees. These are the oaks, hickories, sycamores, cottonwoods, birches and other hardwoods that are more prevalent in the northern and eastern United States. The evergreens prevalent in California do not produce pollen, but the habitats that support them tend to breed a lot of something else—mold.
Super Storm Sandy’s Legacy: Mold, Severe Allergy Season: Mold spores and their sneezing, coughing impact on allergy sufferers is among the lingering legacies of Hurricane Sandy, six months after the super storm tore across the East Coast, experts say. Medical experts say Long Island is going through one of its worst allergy seasons in memory, in part because of the mold spawned and left to grow in moisture-prone places. Countless millions of mold spores are rising from the warming earth, causing allergy misery across Long Island.
Scientists Find 5 Types of Mold in Capri Sun Drink: New research conducted at Indiana State University has discovered five different types of mold in the popular kids’ drink, Capri Sun manufactured by Kraft. The research project was initiated after reports of other fungal mats found in the fruit drink. According to Kathleen Dannelly, associate professor microbiology, she believes the culprit is the fact that the beverage does not contain any preservatives, which allows lots of fungi to survive the drink process. She became interested in researching the drink after a television reporter contacted her regarding an object found in a package of Capri Sun by a Terre Haute family. “A father had brought it to him and was very upset about what was this large ugly thing in his child’s drink,” she said. “So we took it from there and determined it was a fungal mat.” Further investigation found other online reports of other fungal mats found in Capri Sun.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Drew County Judge: Some Courthouse Employees Sickened by Black Mold: Some employees at the Drew County Courthouse in Monticello have been sickened by some type of black mold. That’s according to County Judge Robert Akin, who says the substance has been blowing from air conditioning ducts.
Resident: Black Mold is making me sick: A senior citizen said black mold in his apartment at a federally subsidized senior living facility is making him sick. Darrell Holman said AHEPA 310 VII Senior Apartments in Bayou La Batre had certified testing done in his apartment to check for mold on April 15, and then on the April 17 the property management installed a new AC unit. Holman is concerned his apartment is infested with airborne mold and claims he now suffers from breathing problems.
LEGAL ISSUES and MOLD (1)
Tenants sue NYC Housing Authority over repairs: A group of tenants has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority over repair delays in public housing. More than 300 tenants at Smith Houses in Manhattan filed the suit on Monday. They say the 12-building complex has leaks, flooding, mold, warped floors, holes in walls and broken stoves, toilets, doors, windows and buzzers.
MISC. (5)
How to control mold: Mona Weingarten, of Washington, D.C., wasn’t aware that there was mold in her house. She didn’t see anything or smell anything. But when one of the tiles on the bathroom floor became loose, she called a contractor to fix it and he discovered mold. Mold later was discovered elsewhere in her house. Weingarten, who has severe allergies, developed a fungal infection in her sphenoid sinus and had to have surgery. For most people, mold and mildew are just an ugly pain. “Their bathroom gets these black stains,” said Ken Collier, editor-in-chief of The Family Handyman.
Check Homes For Mold Issues: Health agencies are warning homeowners to search their for possible mold issues. Mold can be a problem inside a home if mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Mold rapidly grows in carpeting and drywall that are wet. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.
Siller Foundation Now Doing Mold Remediation Six Months After Sandy: Hurricane relief wasn’t the original goal for a foundation founded in the wake of 9/11. But just as things changed on 9/11, life shifted gears once again last October for Frank Siller, chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which was created to honor the fallen 9/11 firefighter, when superstorm Sandy hit. “As soon as Sandy hit, we knew what we had to do,” Frank Siller told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. Immediately, the foundation joined the relief effort, and that continues to this day. We’ve had 10,000 volunteers, 10,000 volunteers that come through our doors since Sandy hit,” he said. “We have given out over $10 worth of food and supplies.”
Snow mould could affect your lawn: So much to write about! Water dowsing, tapping maple trees, companion planting, moles and voles, plus a whole lot more. It can’t be done in a single column. Today, a little emphasis on nasturtiums under the picture and a whole lot on a common fungal disease that begins growth under the snow during winter. It’s rather prevalent locally, this spring. Snow mould appears… once the white stuff has melted. The fungus begins growth in winter beneath a snow cover on ground that didn’t freeze and remains viable as long as the grass stays cool and wet. Snow mould may be grey, white or pink and appears fuzzy in appearance or resembles something like slightly slimy cob-webbing.
Community learns mold prevention, health assistance: Installation employees learned ways to prevent mold in the workplace during a Mold Education Training session in Wood Theater Tuesday.
The event, hosted by the Fort Belvoir Safety Office, featured discussions led by subject matter experts from the Directorate of Public Works and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The experts touched on various topics such as defining what mold is, ways to treat it and symptoms community members may experience if they have a negative reaction to mold.