Mold in the News: Issue 119

Mold in the News: Issue 119
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 27 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (6)
Mold affecting Staten Island homeowners: Beacon of Hope NY, an organization that helps residents recover from Hurricane Sandy, along with elected officials held a press conference Saturday to discuss steps in the uphill battle to address mold issues on Staten Island.
High River residents frustrated by delays: While residents of Hampton Hills — one of the hardest hit High River neighbourhoods — were allowed limited access to their homes Friday, people from another neighbourhood are growing frustrated they’re still not being allowed back in. Public health teams assessing Hampton Hills have found a significant amount of mould throughout the community, said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. James Talbot.
Tackle mold first for a healthy home renovation: Whether you hire a contractor or do-it-yourself, when it comes to mold, there are a few things you should consider when tackling your home renovation project. It’s extremely common during a renovation to discover that you have a mold problem. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what steps should be taken to protect your health, your home and your renovation investment. Many people choose to ignore the issue which unfortunately can cost you more money in the long run.
Risk of Mold Growth Outbreak in Calgary and Toronto after Flooding: There is a risk of mold growth outbreak in homes and commercial building following the recent serious floods in Calgary and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Although the flooded homes could have been dried, some moisture can remain in drywall, wood furniture, cloth, carpet, and other household items and surfaces and could lead to mold growth. Exposure to mold can cause health problems such as hay-fever-like reactions (such as stuffy nose, red, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing) and asthma attacks. It is important to completely dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Buildings wet for more than 48 hours will generally contain visible and extensive mold growth. Generally after mold is established it does not require as much moisture for growth as it needed for spore germination.
Heavy Rains Could Cost You Money In The Form Of Mold: We’ve seen lots of rain these past few weeks. And that could cost you money in the form of mold and fungus building up in your home.

Should seller disclose the flaws?: You put your home up for sale. A buyer puts in an offer, which you accept, conditional upon a satisfactory home inspection. The report reveals problems that cause the buyer to back out of the deal. You put your home up for sale again, knowing these defects still exist. Should you disclose them to the next buyer? Here’s why you should: Wendy Gunderson and Levi Gravelle bought a home from Wilfred and Mary Savoy in Elko, British Columbia in January 2006, for $178,000. Richard Lightburn, the real estate agent, was a friend of Gunderson. The home had been for sale on and off for three years with Lightburn as the agent throughout. An offer to buy the house in 2005 fell apart after the inspection. The inspection found mildew in the basement crawl space, which suggested a high moisture level and that repairs would be necessary. The report also found that the furnace wasn’t adequate for the renovated home. The buyer walked away.
MOLD and HEALTH (5)
Mold spores at highest for the year: Flowers and mosquitoes aren’t the only organisms benefiting from the rainy season’s moisture. Mold spores were at a yearly high Friday after 19 days of rain in a city ranked the seventh worst for allergies by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Mould a lung hazard: PEOPLE with chronic lung conditions such as emphysema are at a greater risk of “mould infections” in their lungs, Health NSW has said. The health department’s official advice on mould states that spores released from reproducing mould organisms could cause health problems if they are inhaled by people who are sensitive, have weakened immune systems or who are allergic to them.
Managing Mold: How to protect your home and health: After weeks of above-average rain across the East, the sun is finally drying everything out. But all that water can cause big problems with your home and ultimately your health, as warm, damp, humid conditions provide a breeding ground for mold.

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Black Mold Exposure Sickens Residents: They say it could have all been prevented but the city would never step into help. “It’s really hard to breathe,” says Chastity Hauge, who lives in the Ottertail Trailer Court in Ottertail, Minnesota. At 7 months pregnant, Hauge says she’s sick and it’s not because of the baby. Hauge says it’s all because of the black mold that lives inside this trailer.
Allergy Sufferers Battle Mold This Time Of Year:Allergies are an all too common problem in the warm summer months, with the predominate allergen being mold this time of the year. Doctor Gregory Lux is an allergy specialist in Springfield, he says the mold spores you breathe go directly into your airways and lower lung areas while pollen pretty much sticks to the eyes and nose. Lux goes on to say that the cladosporium mold is the highest right now and the effect on the respiratory track is much greater than anything else.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (1)
Mold found in portions of new Central School: Workers laboring on demolition tasks inside the new Central School reportedly found signs of mold growth behind display cases and cubby-spaces for students belongings, though the fungus is not considered to pose a safety risk.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (9)
Orange, DEP tackle mold in cop station: Orange police officers may look a little more congested than usual as they continue to work out of a police station with a mold problem.
Mold problem to temporarily relocate Anson Town Office: The Town Office will temporarily move because of a mold problem that has affected air quality in offices, according to administrative assistant Bob Worthley.
VIDEO: Disabled man in mouldy public housing: A KURRI Kurri man in a wheelchair and with emphysema has resorted to sleeping on the floor in his living room because the state government has not fixed a mould problem in his house.
North Augusta Black Mold Apartment Scare: Elizabeth Martinez has lived in Willow Wick Apartments in North Augusta for three years. But for the last six months or so, when it rained it poured this: black soot inside her home. “It angers me. And now the fact that there’s mold growing everywhere and it could be affecting my daughter, it angers me even more,” Martinez tells us.
Ridgeway Rescue Squad Getting Closer To Fixing Mold Problem: The Ridgeway Volunteer Rescue Squad is one step closer to being able to finally use their whole building. We told you earlier this year about a mold problem they discovered, which is costing thousands of dollars to fix.
Mold found in River Edge Public Library’s ductwork: River Edge officials have determined that there is mold in the duct system of the River Edge Public Library. After numerous complaints from employees and patrons of a strange odor coming from the library, the Department of Public Works (DPW) was called in with an order to respond and investigate the situation.
Courthouse mold proves costly; QC receives $2.397 million estimate to remove dangerous strain: The courthouse’s black mold problem took center stage at Monday night’s regular monthly Drew County Quorum Court meeting. Steve Morris with Morris and Associates Architects and Environmental Consultants, of Scott, presented an estimate to the court in the amount of $2,397,781 to alleviate the problem.
Mold forces woman from Pelham home and into search for answers: Judy Berneske has dangerous black mold in the common wall of her now abandoned townhome in Pelham. Because of the mold, she can’t sell the home except at a give-away price, she said. But living in it makes her sick, so she’s been forced to rent an apartment at great financial hardship, she said.
Condo owner says drain to blame for water causing mold, odor: The smell inside the condo is enough to keep most out. Add to that the lack of air conditioning and the mold that is visibly growing inside. The owner said his home has been waterlogged for a month.
LEGAL ISSUES and MOLD (3)
Is your washing machine growing hidden mold?: Is your washing machine growing hidden mold? Lawsuits now accuse the top companies of making defective machines. We’re talking about some of the most popular models from the most popular companies: front-loading washing machines that grow mold where you can’t even see it, causing your clothes to reek, and bacteria to grow. Now there are accusations that at least one of the companies knew about the problem for years, but sold the machines anyway.

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Lack Of Minimum Housing Standards Could Impact Safety Of Renters: After more than a week of avoiding their apartment because of mold concerns, the Baker family is headed home. They say their landlord started the clean up after a Greensboro housing inspector said the mildew and water damage needed to be fixed.

Plumber suspected in mold outbreak still getting city contracts: The subcontractor whose work allegedly caused a mold infestation that shut a city school for most of a school year and cost $7.5 million to fix has since been awarded eight city contracts worth up to $1.5 million, records show.
MISC. (3)
Mold: The Cause, Clean-Up & How To Complain: It creeps into your home, on your walls, under your cabinets and it breathes the same air you do. We’re talking mold.

How to remove mould and mildew: How to seek and destroy mould and mildew build-up around the house.
Mold: The Next Problem: As residents of Fort Plain continue flood recovery efforts, a new problem is creeping up on them. Mold. Residences that were flooded a few weeks ago are still damp and mold is growing, and some people are still living in their homes.