Mold in the News: Issue 60

Mold in the News: Issue 60
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South Mississippians battle mold after Isaac: Weeks after Hurricane Isaac caused widespread flooding and power outages in South Mississippi, people here are still tearing out drywall and throwing away furniture covered in mold. Mold spores are a familiar foe for those who live in the low-lying areas of Hancock County. They fought them after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, then Gustav in 2008 and now Isaac. All three caused heavy flooding in Pearlington and elsewhere. Isaac pushed 16 inches of water into Racquel Barnhart’s home in the Oak Harbor area, where it stayed for several hours. “This entire neighborhood was flooded,” she said. ” … We all had mold. When we pulled out the (drywall), there was mold, mold on wood, mold on the furniture, mold on the cabinets. If you didn’t have mold, I don’t know how that was possible.”Barnhart said she scrubbed the home down with bleach and other cleaning products and rinsed it with water, among other tactics. Her husband also tore out drywall in patches that were 4 feet high, and removed cabinets and got rid of furniture. She’s unsure how much the mold issues will end up costing the family. Barnhart said it’s better to be safe than sorry, though.
Molds proving to have biggest effect on local allergy sufferers: Amid a flurry of recent news reports about drought-like conditions driving up pollen counts and making things miserable for allergy sufferers, a local allergist said there actually are a number of weather factors influencing symptoms in the Scioto Valley this fall. Temperature, rainfall, wind and the length of the growing season — “it all works together,” said Dr. Dana Esham of Adena ENT and Allergy. While there wasn’t much rain this summer to help cleanse pollen from the air, there also likely was less pollen to begin with, Esham said. “If you have less rain, you have less of a growing season and less pollen,” Esham said. “We’re seeing more of a problem with molds,” she said. “Mold counts are pretty high.”
OCHS auditorium reopens after mold clean up: The final section of Ocean City High School closed due to mold reopened Thursday, Sept. 13, and hosted its first public event, the Ocean City Pops, over the weekend, Board of Education business administrator Tom Grossi said Friday, Sept. 21. Originally, school officials had been hopeful that the auditorium would reopen as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 11. Grossi said Coastal Environmental Compliance of Hammonton performed the final air tests in the auditorium the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 12, and gave the all clear. The auditorium, where mold was detected the day before the 2012-2013 school year began on Sept. 6, was closed off to students, as were six classrooms, an art room and a music room. Officials were forced to cancel classes for the second day of school, Sept. 7, when mold was discovered on the underside of cafeteria tables.
Closed Toquam classrooms reopen this week: After closing down two classrooms last week due to mold, Toquam Magnet School has reopened one and plans to reopen the other this week. The two classrooms, rooms 3 and 27, were shut down last week after complaints of “extreme moisture” by school staff and a mold test. City facilities staff worked over the weekend and into this week to clean them up, bringing in 75 dehumidifiers to help combat the mold.
23 instances of mold reported at Reed Hall, students forced to move: Two University sophomores were moved from their room in Reed Hall to a “temporary” room in Russell Hall after they reported mold multiple times. One of the sophomores said her roommate first submitted a work order reporting the mold Aug. 10. She said it seemed like University Housing did not do much about the issue, and it seemed like they just “painted over” the mold. According to work orders for Reed Hall, the report filed on Aug. 10 reported “condensation around air vent and mold on the ceiling.”
King: Officials did not know about Prescott mold report: It took the Scranton School District six months to remove moldy ceiling tiles from William Prescott Elementary School, despite a report detailing the problem that was circulated by at least one district employee five months ago. Top officials did not know about the report, Superintendent William King said Monday. The day after the tiles were replaced, however, Mr. King told The Times-Tribune that the work had been on the maintenance staff’s to-do list since the spring, but workers just got to the job after a busy summer.
Townsend motel shut down for excessive mold, other violations: Townsend authorities have shut down a motel after receiving several complaints about the business over the last three years. Family Inns of America located on East Alexander Parkway was closed last week because of deplorable conditions. Pictures from inside rooms show mold on the walls. Townsend Police Officer Tony Rayburn says 80 percent of the rooms had evidence of mold. “It was disgusting. The smell of the mold would take your breath away,” said Officer Rayburn, describing what he found.
More KB Townhome Owners Complain of Structural Problems: Palm River is one of five KB Communities in the Tampa Bay area where homeowners say they are having ongoing structural failures, problems with water intrusion and mold. Homeowners say the common denominator here is KB Homes. Armando Oyalo-Delgado watched workers replacing rotted wood on the side of a KB Home in Palm River. “They are replacing the wood, but leaving all the mold there,” he says. Armando and other homeowners from Willowbrook in Manatee County say they are seeing similar problems with KB Homes here in Palm River. “Rotted wood, stucco falling off building,” describes Armando. “I regret buying a KB Home.”