Mold in the News: Issue 63

Mold in the News: Issue 63
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 11 stories we thought may interest you!
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Former Lakers coach to pay $2.7M in mold lawsuit: A former Los Angeles Lakers coach has been ordered to pay more than $2.7 million for failing to disclose water seepage and mold in the Pacific Palisades home sold to a money manager in 2007. City News Service reports a Los Angeles Superior Court panel found Friday that Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife acted with malice toward Steven Bardack, the founder of Strata Capital.
High roller Vadim Trincher sues for $6 million over mildew damages at Trump Tower condo: High-rolling businessman and professional poker player Vadim Trincher knows when to hold and when to fold, but he says there’s never a good time for mold. According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, Trincher and his wife, Elena , are seeking $6 million for mildew-related damages to their lavish 63rd-floor Trump Tower condo at 721 Fifth Ave. They claim those damages stem from the gut rehab of an upstairs duplex that was once owned by Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
The Medical Minute: Fall and Winter bring Allergy Woes, Too: It’s the time of year seasonal allergy sufferers anticipate relief with the first frost, ridding them of the ragweed currently plaguing their nostrils. Allergy season is almost over. Or is it? While anticipating the relief of winter, those affected by allergies must first face fall. The growing season may have ended with the leaves turning color and hitting the ground, but as beautiful as the scenery is, those dead leaves can be a concern. It’s not the leaves people are allergic to, but what hides underneath them. Fallen leaves are a great source of nutrition for mold and mold spores, according to Dr. Timothy Craig, of the division of pulmonary, allergy and critical care medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Mold grows in piles of leaves and rotting logs and when the mold is disturbed by wind and other means, the spores are released into the air. Unlike pollen, mold does not die with the first frost. It becomes dormant during the winter months and grows again in the spring.
Fungus Forces Family From Sharjah Home: Sounds like a 1950′s horror flick, but it’s been no Hollywood experience for this family-of-five in the United Arab Emirates of Sharjah. They’ve been living in a hotel since September 4 when they returned from vacation to discover the havoc wreaked by mold in their Al Majaz apartment. Incidents like this are increasingly common in hot and humid Gulf states, causing stress, expense, disruption to homelife and litigation. But the real damage is to our health. Illnesses caused by mold exposure are a growing problem that few people, including most physicians, are aware of. Prolonged exposure to high spore concentration can cause serious chronic illness and a syndrome called Mixed Mold Toxicosis.
Cottonade neighborhood home damaged by tornado still isn’t fixed after 19 months: Mold remediation was done once at the house. But, she said, an air-quality test done afterward showed that dangerous amounts of mold remained. She and her husband believe it had its source in the old walls that weren’t replaced. Meanwhile, when water was seeping into the house and soaking the floor, she said, the adjuster told her and the contractor that the flooring would be replaced. That layer of flooring was indeed removed. But then, Spevey said, the adjuster refused to authorize new flooring, saying the old floor that had been beneath the wet floor would be fine. Spevey said that’s unacceptable because it’s made with asbestos.
Johnson Elementary Moving Students to Clean & Prevent Possible Mold: One elementary school is moving some students into the high school for a few days so crews can try to tackle a possible air born mold issue. Back in August, Johnson Elementary had elevated levels of the mold so the school did some cleaning. Two weeks ago, another test was done and the initial numbers show it’s still a little high. There’s some moisture under the building so crews will be brought in to clean and add sump pumps under the affected rooms. Therefore, some classrooms are heading to the high school while another one will go in a modular.
Mold forces board to relocate students: The Scranton School Board voted to move students from William Prescott Elementary School to Nativity School on Hemlock Street, during a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, held in the Immaculate Conception Church, while the district deals with a mold issue at Prescott. The students are tentatively scheduled to make the switch on Monday, Oct. 29, pending the results of an air quality test at Nativity.
Mold prompts relocation of 3 classrooms at Harrison County elementary school: Three classrooms at a Harrison County elementary school are being temporarily relocated due to concerns about mold. Harrison County Schools Superintendent Susan Collins tells media outlets that air quality tests indicate mold is present in some classrooms at Johnson Elementary School in Bridgeport.
Fox59 helps family with apartment mold problem: When a viewer called Fox59 to let us know she wasn’t getting any help from her landlord in her mold-infested home, we took action to make sure her family has a healthy place to live. “It is in the wall, it is in the carpet, it is all behind my couch,” the tenant said. The concerned mom said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her family, but felt contacting Fox59 was the only way to get help. “Mold a very big concern for me because I have a baby on a nebulizer. He was sick twice last week back to back in the hospital.” We brought in Brian Lester from Indiana Mold Remediation to check the apartment. “That’s a heavy, black, sooty mold growth and that’s definitely something we don’t want to allow to stay in the unit,” Lester said about some of the mold. Painting over the mold isn’t enough, according to Lester. The apartment needs to stay dry.
Sewer Repair Blamed For Mold In Cheverly Home: Prince George’s County Officials ON Friday investigated claims by a Cheverly couple that repairs to a sewer line in the 6100-block of Lombard Street have caused storm runoff to threaten flooding in their home. No conclusions have been reached. “We have a problem that everyone is willing to acknowledge but no one is willing to acknowledge ownership of it,” said Larry Silverman, a lawyer representing Rebecca and Brett Snyder.
Ask the real estate expert | What to do about mold?: We asked our columnist Harvey Jacobs, a real estate lawyer in the Rockville office of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake who has written about mold in the past, to suggest some options for our homeowner. The “mold” inspection” you described as having been conducted by your property manager does not appear to have been anything of the sort. Mold inspections always require the sampling of mold spores as well as air quality testing. The samples need to be sent out to a lab for analysis and take a week or two to be conclusive.