Mold in the News: Issue 51

Mold in the News: Issue 51
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Mold: a silent killer: Mold is alive, and mold is sneaky. It doesn’t even need a constant source of water to sustain life, which isn’t a very comforting fact. Mainly all it needs is a wet or damp surface to be a menace. Mold can be in your walls, shoes or on your food, and those are just places you can see. What about hidden places, like under carpets, in the attic and appliances? All molds aren’t toxic, but if left to grow, they can be. So, how do we prevent this fuzzy troublemaker? Mold and mildew are both types of fungus. Even good mold like the Penicillium Species, used to make penicillin, is a bad mold. Mold is often gray or black, but it can be orange, green or white. “No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more,” said Christine Englemann, 94th MSG, chief bioenvironmental engineer. “Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions and spread and reproduce by making spores”
Four things you might not know about fall allergies: As most allergy sufferers will tell you, allergy symptoms can always be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing season. A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year. There are also a few lesser known triggers. Here are four things you might not know about fall allergies, courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Winnebago County dealing with increased mold levels: Although the hot weather seems to have melted away, the scorching temperatures could be the reason many have been sneezing this weekend. The Winnebago County Health Department says the Rockford area is dealing with higher levels of mold. That’s because mold thrives off of heat and dying materials, and it’s no secret farmers lost crops due to the drought. If we have humidity indoors in the next couple of weeks, experts say we could also grow mold inside, which can make us sick.
Mold Cleanup Finished In Pickens Co. School, Pending Air Test Results: Crews have finished the process of cleaning up mold discovered at a Pickens County school. Now, officials are just waiting for results of an air quality test at Gettys Middle School. The school district says the mold was found Friday at the Easley school. They raced to get the job done before teachers are scheduled to return Tuesday. If the air tests come back with problems, work will continue to remove the mold. Several 7th grade classrooms would remain closed.
Manchester Middle School Deals With Mold [AUDIO]: Mold inside a school is the last thing a district wants to deal with, especially with just three weeks to go before classes are set to begin. One Ocean County school is feeling that right now while officials scramble to rectify the situation. The Manchester Township Middle School had to be evacuated last week after mold was discovered. The district is still waiting word from a environmental consulting firm on how the discovery will impact it’s opening September 4th for staff and the 5th for students. Several mold spores were found in spots inside the lower level of the building. The extreme heat from the summer and air conditioning condensation may be to blame. A cleanup crew has been hired.
Titusville Police Department will get relief from mold: A Clermont contractor will repair the roof of the Titusville Police Headquarters in a new effort to stem mold problems that have plagued the building. The Uniqco Group agreed to make roof and interior repairs under warranty with no extra expense to the city after mold problems resurfaced this month, according to city officials. “They agreed to do all the repairs and also to replace the ceiling tiles that were damaged by water,” said Tom Abatte, support service director for Titusville. “They agreed entirely it was their responsibility under the warranty.” Uniqco had completed an $86,460 roof resurfacing last summer with a reflective material intended to lower surface temperatures, increase roof life and lower energy costs. The project was funded by a Department of Energy grant.
Mold, mildew makeover at city building: After years of fighting for clean facilities, parents’ voices may finally be heard. Linda Turner and her daughter Gayle have walked the halls at the Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center many times. Gayle first started swimming there in the 1970’s. “I have seen the decline over the years. The showers are in really really bad shape,” says Turner. Just one look at the locker rooms and pool area and you’ll see–mold, mildew and soap scum blanket the walls. Turner and other parents believe the conditions aren’t healthy for their kids. “Most of our special needs individuals do have compromised immune systems. It’s really detrimental to them,” adds Turner.
Mold moves Redbird Smith Health Center’s services: Health services at the Redbird Smith Health Center have been moved to the center’s annex after the facility closed in early August because mold was found in the dental clinic. All services are available at the annex except for dental. However, dental patients can visit the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell, Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee or W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah for dental and other health services. Connie Davis, executive director of Cherokee Nation Health Services, said the type of mold in the health facility was still under evaluation and that a second company had been called to test it.
Vt. Veterans Home is investigating possible mold issue: A room located on a dementia wing at the Vermont Veterans home underwent air quality assessment tests on Monday after a musty smell returned following a “thorough” cleaning. Administrator Melissa Jackson said a common room known as “The Club,” located on the Freedom Village dementia wing, has been closed off to residents and staff until air testing can take place. Home air sampling tests indicated mold could be present, she said. “A couple weeks ago we noticed a musty smell,” Jackson said. “We did a thorough cleaning of the room and the smell went away. Š Then we noticed that the smell had come back. Based on that we got some home air testers and those came back indicating that there may or may not be mold in the building.”
HUD inspectors search for problems in Riviera Beach apartment: Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development came to the Stonybrook Apartments in Riviera Beach today to look for health problems in the apartments that residents say are filled with mold and rats. Two construction analysts from HUD’s Jacksonville office were sent to the 216-unit apartment complex on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard following media coverage that drew attention to poor living conditions there, said Gloria Shanahan, a spokeswoman for HUD in Miami. Shanahan said the inspectors are focusing on health and safety issues, but did not say when they might produce a report.