Mold in the News: Issue 114

Mold in the News: Issue 114
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 12 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Association: grow-op registry would protect consumers: Mike Gauthier, owner of Garson-based InSpec Home Inspection Services, knows all too well the challenges of cleaning up a home that was one used as a grow-op. Gauthier, who inspects about 700 homes a year, says about a dozen of them turn out to be former grow-ops. And the damage can range from minor to almost catastrophic. “I’ve seen places where there’s been, probably, 30 per cent coverage of mould on all interior surfaces,” he said. “That’s a lot.” One of the tricky things, he said, about cleaning up the mess is if cleaners miss sources of mould, the entire house has to be cleaned again. He remembers one case where a contractor did a perfect job of getting rid of the mould, but forgot to clean the airducts. Air tests revealed high levels of mould in the air, and they couldn’t figure out what was going on. So they went over the cleanup list, one area at a time, till they realized the problem.
ISS threatened by possible ‘mold and bacteria contamination’ inside cargo spacecraft: Mission control has instructed the crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) to open the hatches of the recently docked ATV-4 unmanned cargo spaceship and carry out disinfection procedures, over fears of mold and bacteria contamination.
Action 9 investigates mortgage escrow nightmare: An Orange County family claims they’re trapped in a water-damaged home and they blame a mortgage escrow nightmare. The family discovered their lender didn’t pay the insurance company, so they weren’t covered. The wood floors and cabinets were badly damaged, and the walls were poisoned with black mold. That’s what Denise Cruz and her husband uncovered after a massive plumbing leak.

MOLD and HEALTH (3)
Juice box mold can form quickly: If you’re eating or drinking right now, especially a juice box, you might want to set it down for a moment. A non-edible, disgusting slime was found in a child’s juice box, and is prompting a warning from doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. A thick green mold coated the edges of the box and the O’Fallon, Mo. mom was worried it was going to make her 10-year-old daughter sick.

Reduce indoor moisture and mold: I have made improvements to my brick house over the years. It seems as though mold and mildew problems have gradually gotten worse. What can I do to correct this problem?
Your Summer Cold May Actually Be an Allergic Reaction: Sneezing, watery eyes, scratchy throat? What you think is a summer cold may actually be allergies, an expert says. “Contrary to popular belief, seasonal allergies don’t only strike in the spring and fall months,” Dr. Richard Weber, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. “Allergies are also common in the summer and can even last year-round for some sufferers.”
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MOLD IN SCHOOLS (2)
Toxic mold closes local school building: What started as a patch-up job is turning into a dangerous and expensive problem. Administrators at Meridian Elementary and Junior High in Mounds, Illinois discovered a spot of mold on the wall of a classroom when paint peeled off a wall, at the end of May. They called in architects to the school, who took multiple samples of the air and then the mold itself. School leaders received those results last week.

Meridian board to meet Wednesday about mold: The Meridian School District 101 board will meet Wednesday to discuss and possibly act upon recent discovery of black mold inside the elementary school. Architect Bob Huff, who spoke on the situation during a public meeting last week, said residents of the district have responded and weighed in with their thoughts on the issue. The board faces a number of different options, he said.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Mold invades Bridgewater town offices: Ceiling tiles have begun to crumble and fall. Water has seeped into the carpeting and walls. And mold is pervasive. With the onslaught of downpours throughout the past two weeks and subsequent new leaks caused by heavy rains, town employees within the Academy Building are preparing an imminent and expedited move from the fast-deteriorating building that stands at the forefront of downtown Bridgewater.
Mold closes down medical clinic: Fourteen employees at El Centro Family Health in Espanola broke out in rashes last week.An inspector found small amounts of a hazardous mold inside two offices that hold medical records and a laboratory. Patients don’t have access to those rooms and no patients reported any symptoms. The medical clinic shares space with county and state health officials inside the Rio Arriba County Health Commons. The building has been closed since Friday and will reopen as soon as crews sanitize the contaminated areas.
Mold issues in the Orange Police Department: Moldy carpets and walls are so bad it has forced some Orange Police officers to work out of a mobile police station. Recently officers have complained of itchy eyes, headaches, scratchy throats and other allergy related health issues.

Mold issues in the Orange Police Department

MISC. (1)
Mold Remediation Class Offered for Homeowners: Long after the floodwaters have receded, Superstorm Sandy has left her mark on many area homes. Now that the warm late-spring weather has arrived for good, many homeowners are finding that mold growth inside their homes continues to be a concern. But relief from spreading mold may be on the way. In April, Gov. Christie’s office released guidelines on how to remove mold safely and effectively. At the time, the governor’s office also announced that the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health, with a grant from the state health department, would begin offering free training in mold remediation for homeowners, volunteers and health and building officials. One such class is being offered on Long Beach Island. On Saturday, June 22, the courtroom at the Long Beach Township Municipal Building will be the site of the Mold Remediation Class. The class is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.