Mold in the News: Issue 54

Mold in the News: Issue 54
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 13 stories we thought may interest you!
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Don’t allow mold to be an uninvited guest in your home: Mold seems to be a growing issue (no pun intended) in area homes, as it is being cited over and over in home-inspection reports. For mold to thrive, it requires an environment of moisture, temperatures ranging between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and an organic food source. Aging roofs, missing flashing around chimneys, winter ice dams, wet basements and leaky plumbing are obvious culprits for moisture leaching into homes; however, bathroom fans and dryer hoses that vent into attic spaces are also a common source of creating a mold-friendly environment. Indoor temperatures certainly accommodate mold and cellulose, always on mold’s favorite food list, is abundant in residences. Cellulose can be found in drywall, carpets containing organic fibers, and in wood. Not all mold growth is in plain sight. Mold can be hidden under wallpaper, behind paneling, on the top side of ceiling tiles, within ductwork, on furniture and under carpets.
Mold problems: Flooding and humidity after Tropical Storm Isaac are a recipe for mold. Fort Myers Beach homeowner Paul Edwards said Tuesday he expects the rain to flood his yard but after water levels his home has the capacity to grow mold that can lead to illness and a expensive treatments. RM Collins Inc. owner Ray Collins said most people have some mold in their homes. “There are fragments of green fuzz in the home growing on the walls. Don’t let it go unnoticed… eliminate the mold,” Collins said. He said the dampest places to check are areas like behind the fridge, under the kitchen sink, and in the bathroom.
Flood + Drought = High Levels Of Mold And, In turn, Allergy Symptoms: Sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes. It’s sniffle season but this year seems to be extreme. Taylor Cameron of Sioux City said, “It’s been worse than ever this year. We definitely had to start taking our allergy medicine a lot sooner than normal.” You see, it all started last summer. When a little event known as the massive and historic Missouri River flood of 2011 hit our area. That was a breeding ground for mold. Then, the flood was followed by a mild winter and a drought. The recipe for high amounts of mold.
Fungal finder: Microbial volatiles predict extent of contamination: The presence of mould indoors can lead to asthma and other respiratory problems, so its reliable detection is essential for suspect properties that are inhabited by residents or workers. The established commercial methods involve trapping the spores from the air or wiping them from surfaces, but they might miss moulds that are growing behind walls or beneath wall coverings, since the spores cannot pass through building materials. An alternative method for mould detection gets round this limitation by targeting the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted by moulds. VOCs can diffuse through many types of building material, which is often why people can smell the characteristic musty odour before they can see the mould. Both of these methods, spore trapping and VOC analysis, only provide a snapshot of the state of a room at a particular moment in time, but the latter method has shorter sampling times.
Mold not enough to delay Round Rock ISD school opening: The test results are in. Mold will not keep a Round Rock ISD school from starting classes on time this upcoming Monday. For faculty at Purple Sage Elementary School, it’s been a long week. Last Thursday lab results confirmed a serious problem inside the school. Strong odors were traced to three different types of toxic mold. “It really took us by surprise,” said Michelle Arteja, whose twin daughters are students. “It kind of scared us. I have one that very easily gets sick so we were definitely surprised that we just heard through the grapevine about it.”
Mold to delay Oxford School opening: Facing an air quality test that detected elevated levels of mold spores in the gymnasium, Fairhaven school officials decided today to delay the opening of the school year for 270 schoolchildren until Sept. 4. The children, who usually attend the Wood School, are scheduled to spend the school year at the Oxford School while a new Wood School is being built. The Oxford School has been closed since 2007. They were supposed to begin classes Tuesday.
Mold Concerns at a Little Compton School: A Little Compton School won’t be opening tomorrow as originally planned. Cleaning crews are working over time at the Wilbur and McMahon school after tests came back saying higher than normal amounts of mold were discovered in 4 classrooms and the cafeteria. “As a result of a school, sea–side community school being closed up for a period of time we did not run our dehumidifiers in the building, anticipating not being here, so we had a little problem with moisture in the building,” said Superintendent Kathryn Crowley.
Black Mold Closes Fairhaven Elementary School: An unsettling discovery at an elementary school in southeastern Massachusetts just as the kids were getting ready to return. Black mold showed up in air quality tests requiring a last minute change of plans. The welcome notes are on the desks but so still are the chairs. Now the hallways at the Oxford Elementary School in Fairhaven will remain dark following the discovery of unhealthy black mold in the air. Kevin Miller is the president of the environmental company hired to fix the problem. “People who have asthma, they should not be around a lot of mold and we are going to make sure that does not happen,” he said.
Mold removal at Roosevelt Elementary School: School officials expect work to eliminate mold found last week in the elementary school to be complete in time for the start of classes Sept. 6. The cost of the work at Roosevelt Elementary School on School Lane will be about $100,000, said interim Superintendent Stephanie Bilenker. “We will ensure the safety of the students and teachers,” Bilenker said. There are 94 students and 20 teachers at the pre-kindergarten-through-sixth-grade school.
Air Quality Testing After Mold Found At Heritage Elementary School: Crews finished up cleaning several areas of a Greenville County school Thursday morning after mold was discovered on Wednesday and several areas sealed off. Greenville County School District spokeswoman Susan Clarke said that maintenance personnel and an environmental contractor began inspecting the media center and science lab at Heritage Elementary School on Wednesday. Cleanup crews remained on scene early in the evening and found mold in an additional seven classrooms and three offices.
Mold forces Mount Olive court to move, offices to close: The municipal court offices have been closed because of potentially hazardous mold developed by air conditioning condensation but past officials knew of the problems at least a decade ago and failed to follow through on recommended solutions. The court offices were closed on Aug. 10 and court has since been held in the Township Council chambers. Court personnel have shifted their records and have been working in the court room until their offices are deemed safe to be occupied. Since then, Judge Brian Levine has held court in the council chambers.
Suit filed for mold in military housing: Another mold-related lawsuit has been filed against the company that manages rental housing for military families in Hampton Roads. Natasha Chaparro and her husband, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Angel Manuel Chaparro-Mendoza, claim in their lawsuit that mold in their townhouse near Norfolk Naval Station sickened their family. The lawsuit seeks $3.7 million in damages from Lincoln Military Housing.
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Council Mould campaign gathers pace with action plan: THURROCK Council’s pilot scheme to tackle dampness and mould is now well underway. The pilot scheme has brought together both housing and public health officials for the first time in the borough to look at the problems caused by damp in houses. The pilot focuses on the Flowers Estate in South Ockendon and some specific areas in Belhus and cuts across all housing tenures aims to develop solutions to control the problem which will then be rolled out across the whole borough. The bases of the pilot is to remove all signs of mould growth, treat any damp and service all heat recovery units in the pilot area before the end of September. This will then be followed up by a visit to every family in the pilot area from November onwards when damp and mould would have returned if the solutions and heat recovery units put in place are not working.