Mold in the News: Issue 50

Mold in the News: Issue 50
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Extremely High Mold Count Has Allergy Sufferers Feeling Miserable: The enjoyable temperatures and sunny skies lately have been a welcome respite from the heat wave Chicago went through last month, but another factor in our recent weather has been making plenty of people sick. Lots of people have been suffering from splitting headaches, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats, all because of the highest mold levels in the Chicago area in a decade. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports the high mold levels have prompted an air quality alert, and left many allergy sufferers feeling miserable.
KB Home buyers complain of rot, mold, leaks:Some residents in the Willowbrook neighborhood say they’re tired of living with collapsing balconies, rotting floors and mold so they’re launching an organized protest. “I’ve been screaming for help for six years,” said Armando Oyola-Delgado. “We’re desperate.” At least 60 homeowners in the subdivision north of Lakewood Ranch have complained of major structural and water damage in their condos, caused mostly by leaks around their second and third floor balconies.
Monday’s mold count is the highest on record in Chicago, according to Dr. Joseph Leija: Kathy Olalde was gardening Monday when her chest grew heavy and her eyes began to itch. Olalde, 64, popped an allergy pill, but the relentless congestion eventually drove her into her air-conditioned Melrose Park home. “The hay fever season is not even here yet, but then I saw the mold count,” Olalde said. “I just said, ‘Holy cow, that’s why I felt like that.” Microscopic mold spores swirling in the air are making life unusually miserable for allergy sufferers, the result of this year’s weird weather and all the rotting vegetation it has left behind. Monday’s mold count is the highest on record in Chicago, according to Dr. Joseph Leija, Chicago’s longtime allergen measurer.
Weather on Steroids and Mold in the Basement: One of the consequences of extreme summer weather is mold. Heat and humidity fosters furry colonies in damp basements, attics and closets. Added to this is the onset of hurricane season along the gulf and east coasts. Sudden floods leave behind a wake of wet walls, carpets, clothing and furnishings that are ripe for mold growth. If you can make it through the summer without a mold invasion, chances are good your home will be okay the rest of the year. That is, assuming your roof and pipes don’t leak. The cornerstone of mold prevention is keeping things dry. Most basements and crawl spaces need a dehumidifier in the summer, one whose bucket gets emptied on a daily basis. At the first sign of dampness, water damage or mold growth find out the source and fix it. You may need a plumber, waterproofer, roofer or carpenter to help you. Usually testing your house for mold is unnecessary and a waste of money. A moisture/mold problem is pretty obvious — you don’t need someone to tell you you’ve got mold. Also, it doesn’t matter what kind it is — black, brown, green, white. It’s all a problem. But you may need advice about how to fix it and what exactly needs to be discarded. Remember the 48-hour rule — if furnishings or walls get wet from a storm or burst pipe, you need to dry it out within 48 hours to prevent mold from attacking. Schools shut up for the summer can have mold growth on desks and carpets just from the humidity and lack of air circulation. We have seen the start of school delayed in some towns by an urgent and costly cleanup.
Mold Allergies Spike In The Upstate: The heat, humidity and heavy rain it’s a perfect storm for allergy sufferers, particularly allergies to mold. “With the dampness, mold loves that and they grow,” Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento said. Just ask Canh Satterfile she thought her allergies were under control. “I started the allergy shots and its really made a difference,” Satterfile said. But even her allergy shots weren’t strong enough to combat this years mold explosion. “I think the rain brought on the mold which gave me a sinus infection it’s the first one I’ve had in 5 years,” Satterfile said.
Rainy weather means increase in mold allergy sufferers: With the recent rainy weather, experts say mold levels are up significantly. Tuesday, there were more than 58-hundred mold spores measured in a cubic meter. That’s according to the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center. Right now, mold is causing the most problems for people with allergies. “When there’s a lot of mold in the air after the rain, there’s certainly a lot of pollution in the air and that even jumps on top of the allergens and makes things worse,” says Dr. Bob Overholt, an allergist and regular guest on WBIR-TV.
Mold cleanup continues at the Norris Recreation Center: More than a decade after the expensive mold cleanup at St. Charles East High School, District 303 is once again battling mold. The mold was discovered at the Norris Recreation Center, 1050 Dunham Road, while the building was closed for routine maintenance starting July 30. In a meeting with reporters last week, district superintendent Donald Schlomann said workers noticed a soft spot in the corner of wall while painting and sanding.
Middle School Vacated After Mold Discovered: Staff have been removed from Manchester Township Middle School while testing on mold found inside the building is conducted over the weekend, according to Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway. School officials met with testing and cleanup companies Thursday to inspect the building after staff noticed “visible signs of mold” in some first floor sections of the building, Trethaway said. “We’re in a holding pattern until they do the tests and they get back to us some time early next week,” the superintendent said. TTI Environmental and Servpro restoration were brought in for the consultation.
Mold found in Upstate middle school: A cleanup is under way at an Upstate middle school after mold was found in some classrooms. Crews from an environmental cleaning company plan to work through the weekend to clear up a mold problem at Gettys Middle School. Cleanup began Thursday morning and is expected to be finished by Monday. Teachers plan to return to GMS on Tuesday to prepare for school. The mold was discovered throughout the first floor of the S Building, primarily in some seventh grade classrooms. According to Otis Rabon, the SDPC Hazardous Communications Officer, the problem is far less severe than the mold that affected Easley High School and R.C. Edwards Middle School in 2010. He described the cleaning process as “precautionary.”
Mold Closes Portion Of Cherokee Nation’s Sallisaw Health Clinic: The Cherokee Nation has temporarily closed a portion of the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw, due to the discovery of mold. Officials say an environmental assessment is currently underway to determine the extent of the mold. The news release says a number of services are being shifted to the Redbird Smith Health Center Annex which will reopen by Monday, August 13, 2012. “The health of our employees and patients is our utmost concern, so we wasted no time in closing the affected portion of the facility,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “In the meantime, we are working quickly to reroute patients with existing appointments to other clinics. We are also preparing the annex to provide limited medical care. We understand this is an inconvenience to our citizens, so we are working diligently to resolve this issue and reopen as soon as we are able.”
Adairsville’s Jackson House battles mold: The Adairsville Development Authority took action Friday to remediate a mold infestation at The Jackson House. The Jackson House is a historic home on Main Street in Adairsville, built in the 1840s, recently renovated and now used as a public rental venue. After a recent private event, the customers renting the facility mentioned to administrators that they saw some mold growth on the ceiling. Within a couple of days, when a member of the development authority went to check on the issue, mold had nearly covered the ceiling of most of the building.
Mold prompts county to issue warning to hotel: The Brunswick County Health Department’s threat last week to close down the Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Southport came as distressful news to general manager Baiju Vadgama. “We have a good record,” she said, almost sobbing. “I put my heart and soul into this place.” The complaint-driven notice gave the business 30 days to remedy the small amount of mold that had sprouted in a number of rooms. It’s a common case during the muggy summer months. Health department officials say they see a spike in mold related problems when the heat intensifies and conditions become ideal for it to sprout. Hotel rooms are especially susceptible to mold, where there is a constant shift in room temperature due to a guest’s air conditioning preferences, said David Stanley, the county health director.