Mold in the News: Issue 111

Mold in the News: Issue 111
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Gerritsen Beach is poster child for lingering impact of high water: A South Brooklyn waterfront neighborhood is battling a health menace Superstorm Sandy left behind: Mold. As summer approaches, non-profits are redoubling their efforts to clean up the foul fungus lurking in hundreds of homes in Gerritsen Beach, a peninsula where a 10-foot storm surge during the Oct. 29 hurricane flooded nearly all 1,800 houses in the neighborhood.
‘No one deserves to live like this’: Mother complains of substandard and dangerous conditions in affordable-housing units. As you walk into Brittney Plett’s residence your first impression is that of a clean and well-maintained basement suite. Her daughters Triniti and Katie’s toys are all put away, the bathroom is spotless and the scent of pina colada candles fills the air. But as you delve deeper into her home, a different picture emerges. A copious amount of black mould can be seen growing around the bedroom and bathroom windows and a powerful stench exudes from what used to be Triniti’s bedroom.
Getting rid of mold, and how to find a reputable company: Mold Assessor Mark Stewart says that kind of problem can be washed off. More serious accumulations like the one in his own office, after one of the recent storms, requires testing. His infrared camera detects heat, while the other device checks for moisture in the air. A warning for homeowners, an air test is one thing Stewart says separates the reputable companies from the non-experts.

MOLD and HEALTH (3)
Prevent Mold From Ruining Your Home and Your Health: Floodwaters have receded from the storms that hit several weeks ago, but they have left behind the perfect damp environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Mold should be cleaned up as soon as possible or it may create health hazards, especially among the elderly, the very young and those with compromised immune systems, allergies or asthma. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, individuals can prevent mold after a flood by properly drying all porous and water damaged items, such as carpets, drywall and floors.
Is there mold in your home?: Floodwaters have receded from the storms that hit several weeks ago, but they have left behind the perfect damp environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Mold should be cleaned up as soon as possible or it may create health hazards, especially among the elderly, the very young and those with compromised immune systems, allergies or asthma. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, individuals can prevent mold after a flood by properly drying all porous and water damaged items, such as carpets, drywall and floors.
NJ Offers Guidelines For Mold Remediation: All the flooding caused by Sandy is still causing concern about mold. The New Jersey Health Department is providing some guidelines to help homeowners and businesses. Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd says there has not been an increase in reported health problems resulting from mold in flood-damaged buildings.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (2)
US experts to assess mould in schools: In an effort to properly address the mould growth in several public schools, the Ministry of Education and Culture has sought the expertise of a company based in the United States. A two-member team was scheduled to arrive in the territory Monday evening to start an intensive assessment of the situation, according to Government Information Services, which did not identify the US company.
Navajo OSHA closes education building for possible mold: The Navajo Occupational Safety Health and Administration closed the education building for possible mold on Thursday.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (1)
Mould problem plagues Midland family: Teresa Groves lives in public housing, and she is sick and tired of her home being contaminated by mould. “We have black mould,” she said, adding she has put in several calls and emailed pictures to the Simcoe County social housing department, but has yet to receive a satisfactory response.
LEGAL ISSUES and MOLD (1)
Four Tips to Protect Yourself During Mold Inspection: With the frequency of natural disasters as of late, a lot of people worry that all that water will lead to the nightmare of mold in their homes. While not all mold is dangerous – in fact, every house has some – it is the kind and the amount that determines if it will be a problem. But mold is hard to spot, since you often cannot see it or smell it. Some mold inspectors make big promises in ads and coupons to come to your rescue. But with lots of money on the line, who can you trust?

MISC. (3)
Mom upset about mold in daughter’s juice: Griselda Pandura’s 4-year-old old daughter was drinking a Capri Sun at a birthday party when she decided she didn’t want it anymore because it tasted funny. So, her mother decided to open up the juice pouch, finding a fungus-like substance inside. It was mold. “It’s sad,” Pandura said. “It’s disgusting, and I can’t believe how many she drank and we may never know what’s inside of it.”

Mould campaigners delighted at council response: TIRELESS mould campaigner, Dee Lodge has thanked Thurrock Council for “listening to me” after the latest discussions over the problems of mould in Thurrock homes. Flanked by mould expert, Jeff Charlton, Dee went see top ranking housing officers earlier this week and came out of the building, delighted and reassured over the council response to the meeting.
Mold Awareness seminars to be held in Atlantic County: Free Mold Awareness and General Safety Procedures classes will be available at three locations in June to help residents dealing with clean-up issues following of Hurricane Sandy. The 3-hour class is presented by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Health. The class “will educate residents how to identify mold in their homes, protect themselves when removing mold, discuss the use of personal protective equipment and the proper clean-up procedures, as well as to recognize environmental and safety issues that may be present,” Atlantic County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said in a statement.