Mold in the News: Issue 112

Mold in the News: Issue 112
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FEATURED STORIES (1)
Hot weather brings out mold from Superstorm Sandy in homes: Hazy, hot, and humid and it’s that weather that now brings out in some areas the worst of what Superstorm Sandy left behind. “You can see there are, like this fuzzy stuff over here. It’s even here, all these little black dots,” said Michael Taylor, of We Care New York. Its mold that Michael Taylor believes is a serious problem still in many homes like this one in Gerritsen Beach more than seven months after flood waters receded.

MOLD and HEALTH (3)
Precautions should be taken when cleaning up after flood: Jason Blakeney and Miquel Garcia drive long distances to stand inside other people’s flooded basements. And there’s no shortage of water damage in and around Galesburg, as area homeowners will spend the coming days dealing with water and its by-products — backed up sewage, mold and damage. Many will become more than familiar with detergent and the important role of bleach.
7 things to know about household mold: The combination of already saturated ground in some areas and persistent rains has brought water into many basements from the ground up, said Randy Dubbink. And with moisture often comes mold.
Look for must, mold and moisture in basements: The recent moisture and increase in temperature provide ideal conditions for mildew and mold growth in homes lower living areas and basements, says Marjorie Zastrow, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (4)
Union airs worries over uni vet clinic mould: The National Tertiary Education Union says James Cook University needs to re-examine its maintenance program after an outbreak of mould at its Townsville vet clinic.
Mold found in Diné education center, building closes: Mold has been detected at the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education Building, prompting tribal officials to voluntarily close down the building until tests by Cave Creek, Ariz. – based Enviroscience Consulting, Inc. confirms the nature and extent of the fungus.
E-E ISD sizes up fine arts building’s mold: The Edcouch-Elsa school district should take action immediately to seal up the fine arts building, damaged by Hurricane Dolly in 2008, to stop the proliferation of mold, according to the man whose company sized up the building’s situation. Data collected over Memorial Day weekend by Prodigy Construction Company showed humidity consistently above 60 percent within the building. And the temperatures, according to Alex Palacios, owner of Prodigy, went up and down with the weather outside. Moisture and high temperatures create the perfect environment for mold growth, he said.
Parents up in arms after mold found in at P.S./M.S. 114 in Rockaway: Parents at a Sandy-battered school in the Rockaways were up in arms after learning mold was discovered in a building that city officials had assured them was safe. The fungus, which can cause health problems, was found last month in a classroom on the third floor of Public School/Middle School 114 in Belle Harbor.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Feces, Mold Found In EPA Warehouse: The Environmental Protection Agency has some cleaning up of its own to do. An inspector general’s report released Monday found rodent feces, mold and other problems at an EPA storage warehouse in suburban Washington that the government leases for $750,000 a year. The report also found that 11 contract workers charged with protecting the warehouse and its contents were using government-owned exercise equipment and watching television in “hidden personal spaces” outside the range of security cameras.
Mold, water issues force Morrice library branch to close: The Morrice Branch of the Community District Library closed temporarily Monday because it has been damaged by water repeatedly and mold has begun to grow inside the building. CDL director Jami Cromley said Monday that the branch will remain closed until the damage is fixed and the library is safe for the staff and patrons.
Courthouse flooding update: Inspectors check for mold: Results of the air quality test to measure mold, mildew or other moisture-related problems at the Fort Lauderdale federal courthouse are due any day, according to a recent letter from John Smith, regional commissioner with the General Services Administration. The mold tests were done after the courthouse suffered severe water leaks and flooding during a heavy rain on May 2.

MISC. (4)
Proven Strategies to Inhibit Mold Growth on Pallets: Preventing mold on wooden pallets has become increasingly more important as a growingnumber of pallet users demand pallets that have been treated to prevent the growth of mold. If the proper steps are not taken, wooden pallets can be a fertile breeding ground formold growth for several reasons.
Keep your home dry and mold, mildew at bay with these tips: Moisture, an ideal environment for mold and dust mites, is typical of a Pacific Northwest winter. OK, winter, spring and fall. Humidity can contribute to allergies and also cause structural damage in a home’s walls, attic, foundation and exterior.
Guidance for N.J. homeowners struggling with Sandy-generated mold: Because all the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy continues to cause concern about mold, the New Jersey Health Department is providing some guidelines to help homeowners and businesses. There has not been an increase in reported health problems resulting from mold in flood-damaged buildings, according to Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd.
Mold found in three Bangor neighborhoods: Officials say 22 homes were particularly heavily effected, but toxic “black mold” was not found.